Column: November 2, 2017

Please yield when you see a green light coming your way

The City of Ottawa would like to remind motorists that vehicles with green flashing lights are being driven by volunteer firefighters who are responding to a call. As a courtesy, all road users are asked to allow these vehicles to pass quickly and safely.

Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters. Through the Green Light program, volunteer firefighters are equipped with green flashing lights for their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s vehicle, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency.

Drivers are asked, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. This may mean pulling over, if it is safe to do so, to allow the vehicle to pass.

Volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency typically need to drive their personal vehicles to a nearby fire station where they can transfer into a fire vehicle before responding to the scene of an incident. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact because every second counts.

To increase awareness of the Green Light program, the City launched an awareness campaign on October 25. Drivers in rural areas may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding them of the program. An instructive Green Light Awareness Campaign video is also available on the City’s website,

Ambassadors Raising Hope

As many residents of Ward 5 attend and use the services of the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH), I have joined forces with ten of my west-end Council colleagues as “Hopes Rising Ambassadors” to raise $500,000 in support of the QCH Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for mental health services for adults of all ages in west Ottawa.

The Hopes Rising campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families at QCH, as well as enhance emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis.

In the coming weeks and months, my fellow Ambassadors and I will be hosting various events to help fundraise and support this initiative. For already scheduled events go to Online donations can be made at

I am currently planning a fundraising event and it will be held in the coming months – stay tuned!

Column: September 28, 2017

Yield to vehicles with flashing green lights

Do you know what it means if you see flashing green lights in the front window of another car? Volunteer firefighters activate flashing green lights in their cars and can activate them when they’re responding to an emergency. The lights are meant to signal other drivers that they are travelling to an emergency. If you see flashing green lights, please pull off the road to the right and yield the right of way. Every second counts for first responders – especially in the large rural ward of West Carleton-March.

My Thanksgiving food drive continues

Please consider giving to my Thanksgiving food drive. My ward office at 5670 Carp Rd. is collecting items. I’m specifically requesting Thanksgiving-themed items such as: canned fruit, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned peas, canned gravy, boxes of stuffing, packages of cookies, jars of jam, coffee and tea. (Expired items won’t be accepted). Items can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm until Friday, October 6.

Public Meeting – Highway 17 Mississippi River Bridge, Environmental Assessment & Design

The Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) retained Dillon Consulting Limited to complete the design and Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for work at the Mississippi River Bridge located on Highway 17. Based on the existing condition of the bridge, the recommended alternative is to construct a new bridge. Highway 17 will be closed at the bridge during construction and a signed detour route will be provided along Kinburn Side Road, Upper Dwyer Hill Road and Galetta Side Road.

A Public Information Centre will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 to present the study recommendations and receive feedback from the public. It will take place from 4-7pm, as an informal drop-in session, at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. A Transportation Environmental Study Report (TESR) to document the study process will be available for public review at the end the study. Additional information on the project is available at  

Dillon Consulting is interested in receiving comments or concerns that residents may have with the study. Please contact:

Brad Craig, P. Eng., Consultant Project Engineer
Dillon Consulting Limited
130 Dufferin Avenue, Suite 1400
London, ON1-888-345-5668 x1318

Dan Brandao, P.Eng., MTO Project Manager
Ministry of Transportation - Eastern Region
1355 John Counter Blvd.
Kingston, ON1-800-267-0295 x4741