Column: September 14, 2017

Committee aims to make it easier for flood-affected residents to rebuild

At the September 7th Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, changes were approved to facilitate flood recovery by making it easier for residents to rebuild. City-initiated amendments to the Zoning By-law would relieve property owners from having to get minor variances when repairing or rebuilding structures damaged during the May flooding. The intent is to minimize delays and costs involved in rebuilding, and to make it easier for owners who may wish to rebuild at a higher point on their lot. Small increases in building height would also be permitted, to accommodate flood-proofing measures. This item will go to City Council on Wednesday, September 13 for final approval.

Temporary Road Closure for culvert work

Kinburn Side Road from Dominion Springs Drive to Timmins Road will be closed from Monday, September 25 until Friday, October 13, 2017. The closure will be in place in order to complete culvert replacements. Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure. There will be a signed detour. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Hydro One planned power outage

Hydro One has notified my office that they have planned a power outage on Sunday, September 24, from 7am to 11am. (This is the rescheduled outage that Hydro One had planned in the spring but due to the flooding event, they agreed to delay it to a later date).

Hydro One will be replacing two poles at the intersection of Kinburn Side Road and Stonecrest Road. Due to the complexity of the work and to ensure safety of the workers, the power must be shut off. The outage will affect approximately 3,500 customers in the following areas: Canon Smith Road, Limestone Road, Stonecrest Road, Thomas Dolan Parkway and the Ottawa River.

Hydro One will be notifying all customers using their automated call system. If you have questions or concerns, called Hydro One directly at 1-888-664-9376.

Try it: Sledge Hockey

Want to have some fun and learn about a new sport? Join Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario on Saturday, September 16, from 9:15am-11:15am at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to try out sledge hockey. This is open to all abilities and ages. I have proudly sponsored this event along with my colleagues Councillors Wilkinson, Hubley and Qadri.

Column: August 3, 2017

Hydro One reaching out to flood-affected property owners
 
In response to resident concerns that I heard relating to increased hydro costs experienced during recent flood recovery efforts, I approached Mayor Watson and asked that he reach out to Hydro One regarding these increased hydro costs. On June 21, 2017 the Mayor sent a letter to the President and CEO of Hydro One, requesting some sort of relief to residents. As many residents had to run water pumps and fans 24 hours a day over many days, the Mayor asked for financial relief or deferral of the costs property owners incurred due to the increased use of hydro.
 
On July 27, the City received a reply back from Hydro One. They indicated they have begun reaching out to affected Hydro One customers on a case-by-case basis.
 
For more information regarding this matter, residents should contact Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 or customercommunications@hydroone.com.
 
Colonel By Day schedule changes
 
The City of Ottawa reminds residents that there will be schedule changes to some city services for Colonel By Day holiday on Monday, August 7. There will be no curbside green bin, recycling, or garbage collection on August 7. Colonel By Day’s pickup will take place on Tuesday, August 8. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For a complete listing of changes, visit ottawa.ca.
 
Proposed Change to the 3-Hour Parking Rule
 
In September 2017, Council will receive a report regarding proposed adjustments to the Traffic and Parking By-law. Traffic Services is reviewing the general unsigned on-street parking regulations within city limits that permit parking for a maximum of 3 consecutive hours, from 7am to 7pm on weekends and holidays. However, city staff are now reviewing on-street parking for longer than 3 hours on weekends and holidays, and are engaging the public to provide feedback on this proposal. Transportation Services has developed an online survey which solicits residents’ opinion on a proposal to change the general on-street parking regulations to allow parking for 6 consecutive hours instead of 3 hours between 7am and 7pm on weekends and holidays. The survey is now available and I have provided a link on my website (www.eliel-chantiry.ca) under the “Latest News” section of the home page.
 
The survey will be on ottawa.ca until August 22, 2017. A final report will be tabled at the Transportation Committee on September 6.

June 1, 2017

Flood recovery efforts

As the ongoing flood recovery efforts continue, residents can stay informed on the latest information and services being provided via ottawa.ca. Anyone with questions or needing assistance, can call my office 613-580-2475 or 3-1-1.

Flood-affected property owners can apply for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program via www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13760.aspx. Homeowners, tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply to be reimbursed for basic, necessary costs related to the disaster.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the countless residents from all across Ottawa, who have stepped up to the plate and volunteered their time over the past few weeks. I’ve seen first-hand many acts of kindness and generosity that have helped make the lives of those most greatly affected a little more manageable. Community pride is alive and well in West Carleton-March.

Food Aid Day & Mayor’s Rural Expo

The annual Food Aid Day & Mayor’s Rural Expo is taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Friday, June 2. This event is bringing the country to the downtown core and helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. A BBQ starts at 11am and The Works will be serving up burgers for $10. There will be many rural vendors on hand as well as live entertainment. This event is in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

Ottawa River Canoe Club – Open House

Residents are invited to the Ottawa River Canoe Club (ORCC). They are holding an Open House on June 10, from 10am to 3pm. Residents will have the opportunity to paddle in a canoe, kayak, dragon boat, stand-up paddling and outrigger. Demonstrations will also be given throughout the day. ORCC is located at 1610 Sixth Line, at the corner of 6th Line Road and Cameron Harvey Drive (previously Riddell Drive).

ORCC offers summer camps for children aged 6-15 years old, and a Children’s Introductory Evening Paddling Program. They have youth and adult programs from May to September, for competitive racing, masters sprint paddling, dragon boat, outrigger, and stand-up paddling. The club also offers recreational and competitive programs for adults and youth with a physical (Para) or intellectual (Paddle All) disability.  Visit www.ottawarivercanoe.com for more details.

Column: May 25, 2017

Ongoing flood recovery efforts

As the ongoing flood recovery effort is fluid and changes daily, the best way for residents to stay informed on the latest information and services being provided is to frequently access the information on ottawa.ca. Anyone that needs assistance or has questions/concerns, can call my office 613-580-2475 or 3-1-1.

As a reminder, if your home experienced flood damage, you can apply for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program via www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13760.aspx. Homeowners, tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply to be reimbursed for basic, necessary costs related to the disaster.

A gentle reminder to not empty sandbags onto the beaches as the sand may be contaminated. Please call my office and ask for help. Volunteers will be sent to assist any residents who are physically unable to bring the sandbags to the curb.

MVCA hosting public information session for flood-affected residents

On Wednesday, May 31 from 5-8pm, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) will be hosting an information session for people impacted by flooding in Constance Bay and surrounding area. Affected homeowners will have the opportunity to ask questions to MVCA staff. The session will be held at the Constance Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive.

Also on hand at this meeting will be City staff from the Revenue Department to discuss the deferral of property taxes that has been implemented for those affected by the flood. Staff will provide detailed information on the deferral and answer questions.

Doors Open Ottawa

Explore Ottawa’s architecture during the free Doors Open Ottawa event on June 3 and 4. Doors will be open to 150 historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will be featured in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday! Visit ottawa.ca for a listing of participating buildings as well as an interactive map.

Tick season

My office has received word of a high number of ticks in the Kanata Highlands/Terry Fox extension areas. Residents that enjoy the outdoors in that area should be aware of this and take the necessary precautions.

Ticks are becoming more prevalent throughout the City of Ottawa and precautions should be taken to protect your family and pets from tick bites and Lyme Disease. For detailed information regarding ticks and Lyme Disease, go ottawa.ca.

Column: May 18, 2017

Ongoing flood recovery efforts

As flood recovery efforts in our community will continue for the coming weeks, I have put together some information for residents to use going forward:

  • Red Cross registering:  Red Cross is registering residents impacted by the flood. This registration is an important piece to help identify the needs of impacted residents. Registration can be done by phone at 1-800-863-6582, Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm and Saturday, 9am-5pm. Registration can also be done in-person at the Emergency Community Support Centres during their hours of operation (10am-8pm):
    • Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive (Woodlawn)
    • Fitzroy Harbour Community Center, 100 Clifford Campbell Street (Fitzroy Harbour)
  • Daily garbage collection:  Garbage collection is happening every day on the following streets for as long as necessary: Bayview Drive, Baillie Avenue, Armitage Avenue, Northwoods Drive, Moorhead Drive, Cottage Lane, Loggers Way and Lighthouse Lane. Please note, regular garbage/recycling collection remains in effect for the rest of West Carleton-March. Garbage dumpsters have also been set out at the following locations and can be used by flooded property owners:
    • 3 bins along Moorhead Drive
    • 2 bins on road allowance at intersection of Greenland and Armitage
    • 2 bins near intersection of Sumac Lane and Armitage
    • 1 at north end of Morris Island Road
  • Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program:  Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians is designed to provide financial assistance in the aftermath of a natural disaster that causes costly, widespread damage to eligible private property. Homeowners, tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply for financial assistance through this program. Secondary residences and cottages are not eligible. Applicants within an activated area can apply to be reimbursed for basic, necessary costs related to the disaster. The province is currently working on having the City of Ottawa added to the Ministry’s approved areas eligible for assistance. Once added, applications can be submitted. Check the Ministry’s website frequently as it should be updated shortly: www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13760.aspx.
  • Water testing: Water testing kits are available for pick up and drop off at the Constance Bay Legion and Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Centre. Results are usually available within 48 hours. More information on water testing and water safety is found on ottawa.ca.