Column: November 3, 2016

6th Annual West Carleton-March Food Drive

Every year my food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre is a success and I’m hoping for the same this year! I’m inviting residents to drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Road) between November 1 and 30. Specific items needed are canned fruit, canned ham, canned tomatoes, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Please, no expired products. Items can be dropped off Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm. Thank you in advance for helping the needy in our community.
West Carleton Community Support Services Launch

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) is launching two community service centres on November 15 in Fitzroy Harbour and November 17 in Constance Bay. The centres will offer the following services to older adults and adults with physical disabilities in West Carleton-March to help them remain living independently in their communities:

  • Low-cost transportation coordination for residents with K0A, K7S and K2K postal codes;
  • Meals on Wheels delivery;
  • Local volunteer opportunities;
  • Home maintenance; and
  • Information and referral services

The Fitzroy Harbour centre will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Bethel-St. Andrew’s United Church, 184 Jack Lougheed Way (formerly 184 Carleton St). The Constance Bay centre will be open Mondays and Thursdays at the Constance Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.).
For more information please call 613-591-3686 ext. 3 or email

2017 Kanata-Carleton Arts Booklet

I am supporting a full day Cultural Festival in 2017 being organized by a committee of arts and cultural groups in West Carleton-March, Kanata North, Kanata South, Stittsville and Rideau-Goulbourn.

To promote the festival, a 50 page booklet highlighting arts and cultural groups in the west-end will be produced. 4000 copies will be printed. Each group participating will have space to describe their organization as well as their events happening in 2017. The booklet will be distributed through various avenues at the end of December 2016/early January 2017.

If you would like to feature your organization in this publication (free of cost), please send my assistant, Sylvia Bell (, an email with the following information and someone will be in touch with further details:

  • Name of Organization
  • Contact phone number and email address
  • Brief description of the organization
  • How many scheduled events in 2017

Column: Dec. 18, 2014

Congratulations to Patricia Tait

Last week Ward 5 resident Patricia Tait was awarded the Mayor’s City Builder Award in recognition for her extensive community activism in West Carleton. I know Pat personally and have worked closely with her over the years. She is very deserving of this recognition and I congratulate her wholeheartedly. The detailed media release regarding her award is posted on my website.

My Role in the New Term of Council 2014-2018

City Council recently approved the Councillors who will serve on Ottawa’s various committees and boards. My appointments are noted below. I am looking forward to this next term in office and will keep the priorities of Ward 5 front and centre as I work in the roles delegated to me.

  • Chair, Ottawa Police Services Board
  • Vice Chair, Finance & Economic Development Committee
  • Chair, Member Services Sub-Committee
  • Member, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee
  • Member, Audit Committee
  • Member, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority and Mohr’s Landing/Quyon Port Authority
  • City Council representative for Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)

Carp River Wetland & Habitat Creation Project

Ducks Unlimited Canada, the City of Ottawa and the Mississippi Conservation Authority have reached an agreement in principle with a private landowner for the restoration of 1.5 hectares of wetland “ox-bow” habitat along 600 m of the Carp River floodplain downstream from Huntmar Dr., for an estimated cost of $500,000.

Ducks Unlimited secured federal approval under the National Wetland Conservation Fund for 50% of the cost of the project. At the Ottawa City Council meeting on December 10, I tabled a motion (which was passed) to request the use of the City’s Environmental Resource Area Acquisition Reserve Fund to fund the other 50% to a limit of $250,000. This is excellent news and I’m pleased that the Carp River Wetland & Habitat Creation Project will be able to continue their restoration work of the wetlands as far as the Village of Carp.

Reminder! Ward 5 Christmas Food Hamper

Residents have until December 19 to drop off non-perishable food items at my ward office, 5670 Carp Rd. All donations will go to the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Thanks to all who have already generously donated.

Column: Nov. 27, 2014

4th Annual Ward 5 Christmas Food Hamper Drive

My Ward 5 office, along with Ottawa Public Health, is once again collecting food for the West Carleton Food Access Centre from November 28 to December 19. Please drop off any non-perishable food items at my ward office, 5670 Carp Road, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Some suggested items for the hamper are: peanut butter, oatmeal cookies, whole grain granola bars, unsweetened jam, unsweetened apple sauce, 100% fruit juice boxes (pure or from concentrate) and dried fruit such as raisins or apples. Please check expiry dates on any goods you are bringing – expired items cannot be accepted. Thank you in advance for your ongoing generosity!

West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Center helps families at Christmas time and they are currently looking for monetary and food donations to assist with filling Christmas baskets. All donations will go to families in West Carleton-March. For more information, to sponsor a basket, or if you would like to register to receive a basket, please call the Access Center at 613-839-5685.

MVCA public open house

The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is hosting a public open house on Thursday, December 4, from 4-8pm at Roly Armitage Hall, 5670 Carp Road. The MVCA has just completed the draft updated flood risk mapping for the Ottawa River from the outlet of the Mississippi River at Morris Island to Shirley's Bay. The project has identified flood prone areas along the river. In 2014, MVCA completed the second phase of a five year undertaking of updating flood risk mapping studies on water courses within the City of Ottawa. Conservation Authorities use the mapping in the administration of hazardous lands. The public are encouraged to attend and/or provide comments on the draft mapping completed for this area. The draft maps are available for viewing at Contact Matt Craig, MVCA Manager of Planning and Regulations for more information, 613-253-0006 ext. 226.

CLCLC Recruitment

The Carp Landfill Community Liaison Committee (CLCLC) is recruiting new members to serve as community representatives. Detailed information on the recruitment process is posted on the homepage of under the “Latest News” section. Visit as well.