Column: July 2, 2018

Temporary Road closure - Loggers Way

Loggers Way, from Kinburn Side Road to Donald B. Munro Drive will be closed from Tuesday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 10, for storm sewer and road reconstruction work. Notification signs will be posted and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park

As a reminder, Concerts in the Park starts for another season at Fitzroy Provincial Park. Concerts will take place every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical lineup features Sidewinder (July 5), Heartbeats (July 12), Eddie & The Stingrays (July 19) and Ambush (July 26).

Every week, festivities begin at 6pm with a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. Concerts begin at 7pm. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. All funds raised will go towards local youth initiatives. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Fitzroy Harbour Days

Fitzroy Harbour Days is taking place July 5 through 7. The two-day event is jammed packed with events for all ages. The event poster is noted under the “Ward Events” section of my website (

Drop In Pickleball

The Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association hosts drop in Pickleball every Monday and Friday at 6:30pm, and Wednesdays at 10:30am. It’s a toonie a session. Paddles and everything else needed to play is provided. Just stop by the Community Centre, at 262 Len Purcell Drive, and see why Pickleball is the fastest growing sport. (CBBCA membership is required and be obtained at the site for $10.). For more information go to

St. Mary’s – Berry Social

St. Mary’s Anglican Church is hosting a Berry Social on Wednesday, July 11, from 5:30-7:30pm, 2574 6th Line Road in Dunrobin. They will be serving up cake with berries and whipped cream and hot dogs. Adults $8, children $4 and families $20.

Used book donations requested

The West Carleton Food Access Centre is ramping up for their Used Book Sale in September and they are now looking for donations of used books. Donations of books will be accepted until August 10. They are looking for DVDs, CDs and gently used books such as fiction, children, cookbooks, gardening, westerns, war, etc. No encyclopedias or textbooks are needed. Donations can be brought to their warehouse at 3075 Carp Rd., or my ward office at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Rd. You can also call 613-913-4234 and leave a message to arrange for a pick up.

The book sale will be happening Friday, September 7 (noon to 7pm) and Saturday, September 8 (8am-2pm) at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd.

Camp Awesome

Camp Awesome is a Christian Day Camp for children ages 4-12 and is sponsored by the United, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches of Fitzroy Harbour, Constance Bay and Woodlawn. The camp will run from August 13 to17. Pre-registration for this camp only. For more information, please call 613-623-3882. Registration forms available at and

Column: June 4, 2018

MTO to commence Highway 17 bridge replacement work

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has notified our office that, commencing June 14, they will begin work on replacing the bridge on Highway 17 at the Mississippi River. The bridge replacement will be ongoing for the next year-and-a-half. MTO will put in place a signed detour re-routing commuters to Upper Dwyer Hill Road between Kinburn Side Road and Galetta Side Road.

As a reminder, Highway 17 is a provincially owned road and therefore MTO is responsible for the work being done. The City of Ottawa has no role in the bridge replacement work, other than to provide information to residents of the work. Questions or concerns should be directed to the MTO representative: Dan Brandao, Project Engineer, Ministry of Transportation,, 613-545-4741.

Public Meeting on the Carp Barrens

The Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) is holding a public meeting at the Huntley Community Centre Mess Hall at 2240 Craig Side Rd., on June 11, at 7pm to share your views on the conservation and use of the Carp Barrens on land owned by the City of Ottawa. I will be on hand along with City staff to participate and answer questions.
The FCH has an agreement with the City of Ottawa to maintain low-impact recreation trails for public use in the Carp Hills. The FCH has offered to host the meeting in this capacity and will publicly post feedback from the meeting on its website. In the last two years, public use of the Carp Barrens for hiking, hunting, mountain biking, dirt biking, birding, field naturalist outings, orienteering, snowshoeing, and skiing has increased substantially. Users have created and marked new trails without City authorization. The sensitive vegetation and wildlife of the area have experienced damage and disturbance. Parking on the narrow shoulder of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway creates a safety hazard. The City’s policies for its natural lands do not distinguish between more and less sensitive habitats in regulating uses. City staff will consider feedback from this meeting in a review of its management practices. If you cannot attend, send your feedback to

Volunteer at MVCA this summer

Two creeks in the City of Ottawa are the focus of this year’s City Stream Watch program, and Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is calling for volunteers to help obtain, record and manage valuable information on the physical and biological characteristics of Poole and Cody Creeks.

The goal of City Stream Watch is to ensure creeks and streams in the City of Ottawa are respected and valued natural features of the communities through which they flow. This year’s program will run from June 11 to August 10. It offers excellent hands on experience and volunteers will receive all of the necessary training. Volunteers will work closely with experienced staff members, wading up the stream taking detailed measurements and site characteristics every 100 metres. Each group will be made up of 2-3 volunteers and 1-2 staff members. Scheduling is based on volunteer availability. Anyone looking to volunteer is encouraged to send an email to with the following information:

  • Date(s) of availability
  • Shoe size (for hip waders)
  • Phone number

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park

I am proudly sponsoring Concerts in the Park for another season at Fitzroy Provincial Park. Concerts will take place every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical line up includes Sidewinder (July 5), Heartbeats (July 12), Eddie & The Stingrays (July 19) and Ambush (July 26). Every week, festivities begin at 6pm with a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. Concerts begin at 7pm. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. All funds raised will go towards local youth initiatives. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Column: June 15, 2017

Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus

Ottawa Public Health continues to be diligent in testing for the West Nile Virus throughout the mosquito season. OPH treats any standing water that has had a positive result with the appropriate treatment. If you are concerned about a specific area of standing water and you would like to check if that area is being tested, simply call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 or 3-1-1. The City's website at has useful tips and suggestions on avoiding mosquito bites and eliminating standing water around your home.

I have received a couple of inquiries wanting to know if the City can spray for nuisance mosquitoes in the Ward 5 area. There are no plans at this time to implement such a program. There is currently a trial program running in Ward 4 (Kanata North) relating to nuisance mosquitoes. It is too soon to conclude if positive impacts are occurring, and the research program will continue for another two years. As well, it should be noted that the residents of Kanata North have to pay a yearly tax levy of approximately $40 for this program. As West Carleton-March is over 30 times larger than Kanata North and boasts many ponds, creeks, and other bodies of water, it would be challenging to institute a similar program in our ward. It should be noted too that the tax levy that would be incurred by the Ward 5 taxpayer would be much higher than what Kanata North is currently paying.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Kinburn

The Kinburn Community Association is taking part in Ottawa 2017 celebrations. They hosting Kinburn Fun Day on Saturday, June 24 at their community centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. The day will be filled with free activities for all ages. The schedule of events is listed on

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park back for another season

I am sponsoring this year’s Concerts in the Park series happening at Fitzroy Provincial Park every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical line up includes John Henry & The Steel Driving Band (July 6), The Heartbeats (July 13), The Debenham Brothers (July 20) and Ambush (July 27). Beginning at 6pm there will be a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. All funds will go towards local youth initiatives. Concerts begin at 7pm. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Column: July 9, 2015

Carp Show ‘n’ Shine

The annual Carp Show ‘n’ Shine event is being held on Saturday, July 11 from 8am-2:30pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. There will be antique snowmobiles, farm tractors, lawn tractors, trucks, cars and more. Registration for the car show is on Saturday morning from 8am-11am and the cost is $10/vehicle. 4H will be providing a BBQ and refreshments. All proceeds will go to local charities. For more information, please contact organizers at or at 613-832-2486

Book Launch by local author Oliver Brackenbury

On July 14, head down to Alice’s Village Café in Carp between 7-9pm for the book launch of “Junkyard Leopard,” a horror novel by local author Oliver Brackenbury. Oliver grew up in Carp and would love residents to join him in celebrating the realization of his lifelong dream.

Starting soon after 7pm there will be a screening of the book trailer, a reading of a chapter, followed by a Q & A with the author and then a book signing. A limited supply of launch-only, custom bookmarks will be given away to those who buy or bring a previously purchased copy of the book!

Congratulations to Oliver on his debut novel! The book can be purchased by visiting this link:

Fitzroy Provincial Park hosting Movies & Concerts in the Park

Fitzroy Provincial Park is hosting both Movie Nights in the Park and Concerts in the Park in July. These are free to attend: 

  • Movie Nights in the Park are on Wednesday evenings in July and the movies will be Despicable Me (July 15) and Frozen (July 22). Showtime is at dusk (weather permitting) and there will be a canteen available. Donations to CHEO will be accepted.
  • Concerts in the Park are on Thursday evenings and this year's remaining line up includes Mick Armitage Band (July 9), Gail Gavan (July 16) and Ambush (July 23). There will be a cash only BBQ beginning at 6pm. All funds raised will go toward supporting local youth initiatives. Donations to CHEO will also be collected. For more information, please contact Adam O'Rourke at 613-580-9696 x34486, or email