Column: November 5, 2018

Welcome back – After a brief hiatus from publishing my weekly column due to the ‘black out’ period leading up to the Municipal Election, I am now back at it! I will be publishing my column online via my social media accounts and on My column will be published every Monday. I look forward to this next four years continuing to represent Ward 5. Please accept my sincere thanks for your continued support.

Get your flu shot in West Carleton-March – Ottawa Public Health will be holding a Flu Shot Clinic this week on Thursday, November 8 at West Carleton Secondary School, 3088 Dunrobin Rd., from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. As well, residents can also get their flu shot free of charge at the Constance Bay Pharmacy at 131 Constance Bay Road. No appointment needed and they are open 7 days a week.

Fundraiser for tornado relief – On November 10 the Knights of Columbus are holding a dinner dance with live music by The Heartbeats. The event will be at St. Isidore Parish Hall and begins at 6:30pm. Proceeds will go toward the tornado relief fund. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for purchase from the parish office at 613-592-1961 or

Remembrance Day Ceremony in Carp – On Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, there will be ceremony at the Carp Cenotaph with residents gathering between 10:30am and 10:45am. After the ceremony, attendees can head to the Carp Agricultural Hall (3790 Carp Rd.) for a Remembrance Day Luncheon held from noon to 3pm.

Volunteers needed – Santa Claus is coming to town and the Huntley Community Association needs your help. They are looking for volunteers to man the barricades during their Christmas parade on Saturday, December 8 from 11:45am to 1:45pm. They need 2-3 volunteers at each barricade. If interested, please email

Kinburn Craft Fair in Kinburn – The 38th Annual Kinburn Christmas Craft Fair is happening November 10 from 9am to 3pm at the Community Centre located 3045 Kinburn Side Road.

Christmas Basket Program – West Carleton Food Access Centre – The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is organizing their annual Christmas Basket Program to help family and neighbours in need this holiday season. Want to help? Here’s how:

1) Sponsor a basket for a family. A complete list of items will be provided to each sponsor. Call WCFAC at 613-832-5685 if you can sponsor.

2) Provide financial donations to cover the cost of preparing the baskets. A tax-deductible donation can be mailed to WCFAC, 5670 Carp Road, Kinburn, ON, K0A 2H0. Please make cheques payable to West Carleton Food Access Centre and note in the memo section “Christmas Basket Program.”

If you will be in need of that extra help this Christmas, please contact WCFAC in the strictest confidence at 613-832-5685. Leave a message and a volunteer will return your call and make necessary arrangements. Deadline for requests is December 17 and delivery of the baskets will be Tuesday, December 20 between 9am and 2pm.

West Carleton Skating Club – Registration is now open with the West Carleton Skating Club for the 2018-2019 season. There are various programs available. Visit for details and registration information.

Column: October 29, 2015

Flu Shot Immunization Clinic in Ward 5

Unfortunately it’s that time of year – flu season. With it comes the reminder for residents to get their flu shot. Ottawa Public Health is holding a flu shot clinic on November 4 from 3:30-7:30pm at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road.

You can also get the vaccine from your family doctor, participating pharmacies and at any of other Ottawa Public Health clinics (a complete listing can be found on under the “Latest News” section of the homepage). You can also visit and enter your postal code or address to find the nearest location where you can get your vaccine.
Accessibility services survey

The City of Ottawa is currently consulting on a new multi-year accessibility plan. Please visit to complete a short survey and provide your input.

This is an opportunity to share innovative ideas on City programs, services and facilities to better ensure they are responsive to our diverse communities. Please contact the Accessibility Office ( should you require any assistance completing the survey.

4th Annual Whiskey Business Fundraiser

The Diefenbunker's 4th Annual Whisky Business Fundraiser is coming up on November 28, and tickets are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased at

With the help of Geoffrey Skeggs, master sommellier, guests will taste 5 different whiskies with 5 different food pairings. Light fare, tasting notes, and educational handouts are all part of this event. There will be a selection of prizes for raffle, with all proceeds going to the preservation of the Diefenbunker.

Have a safe and fun-filled Halloween!

There are a lot of Halloween events happening in West Carleton-March in the coming few days. I’ve listed many of them on my website ( under the “Ward Events” section. There’s something for everyone’s taste – from family-friendly events through to spookier happenings not for the faint of heart!

Wishing everyone a safe and candy-filled Halloween night. For those travelling on our roads, please remember to be very cautious of the excited and preoccupied ghosts and goblins roaming the streets. Drive slowly and be alert!