Column: July 6, 2017

Garbage & recycling collection calendars

Hard copies of the new garbage/recycling collection calendars are available for pick up at my ward office, 5670 Carp Rd. The new calendar covers June 2017 to May 2018. The City of Ottawa’s website has a useful online tool available where residents can:

•    view, download and print the collection calendar
•    sign up for email, phone or twitter reminders
•    upload to your personal calendar (Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, iCal)
•    request a calendar be mailed to your home.

For more information visit ottawa.ca/en/residents/garbage-and-recycling/garbage#.

Open air fires – Don’t forget your permit

Prior to setting an open air fire, residents are required to get a burn permit and should contact Ottawa Fire Services at 613-580-2880 to confirm that a fire ban is not in effect. The West Carleton Client Service Centre, at 5670 Carp Road, issues Open Air Fire Permits on Wednesdays from 8:30am-4:30pm. Permits and can also be obtained at the Carp Fire Station, 475 Donald B. Munro Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30am-4pm, 613-580-2424, ext. 32260. For more information about open air fire permits and regulations, please refer to the Burn Permit webpage at ottawa.ca/en/residents/emergency-services/fire-services/burn-permits.

Green Acres Reforestation Program

The Green Acres Reforestation Program is looking for empty, idle fields to transform into thriving, green woodlands. If you have a minimum of one acre of suitable land and are interested in planting at least 500 trees, call 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1175. The Green Acres Program can help with:

•    customized planting plans
•    free onsite technical advice
•    site preparation
•    ordering, handling and planting of trees
•    everything needed to make your tree planting project a success
•    signification subsidies available on all projects

Rural Root Theatre Fundraiser

Murder at Cafe Noir is a murder mystery dinner theatre staged by the Rural Root Theatre Company at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. It will run Friday, July 7, Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. Doors open at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Show starts at 7:15pm. On Sunday, doors will open at 1pm with the show starting at 1:30pm. Tickets are $40 each and include a three-course meal. All proceeds go towards the flood relief effort in West Carleton. Tickets can be purchased by calling 613-618-9789 or via www.rural-root.org/tickets/.

Column: September 29, 2016

Constance Bay Community Market – Final Market of the season!

The Constance Bay Community Market’s inaugural season wraps up on Saturday, October 1. Stop by from 9am to noon at St. Gabriel’s Parish, 205 Bayview Drive. The offerings are plenty: fresh produce, meats, fresh roasted coffee beans, arts, crafts, and more! Please bring a non-perishable food donation too as there will be a collection for West Carleton Food Access Centre. For more information visit marketinthebay.com. Thank you to all of the volunteers who worked very hard in making the first season a successful one. A job well done!

Green Acres Program

The City of Ottawa, in partnership with local Conservation Authorities, needs the help of rural landowners to help create more thriving green woodlands in rural areas. If you own a minimum of 0.4 hectares of suitable, idle land and meet the program criteria, the Green Acres Program will provide you with subsidized tree seedlings, advice/assistance in setting up a proper planting plan and help with caring for the trees after they are planted. Landowners are being sought now for the 2017 planting season. For more information call the Land Owner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571.

Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign

The annual Tim Hortons Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign is underway and I encourage individuals and groups register a clean up location. The campaign runs until October 15 and there are many locations in Ward 5 that need some attention! This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours. If you are participating and would like me to help with your clean up, please email me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2475. I’d be happy to participate!

Budget 2017

Last week I held a Town Hall meeting where Budget 2017 was discussed. If you were unable to attend, you can still provide feedback, which can be used in the drafting of the 2017 Budget before it’s tabled at Council on November 9:

  • Email budget@ottawa.ca
  • Participate in the online consultation at ottawa.citizenbudget.com
  • Tweet @ottawacity using the hash tag #ottbudget
  • Call 3-1-1
  • Make a presentation to Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions when they meet to review the draft budget (go to the eAgenda on ottawa.ca for meeting times/locations)

The budget goes to Council for final approval on December 14, 2016.

Column: May 19, 2016

Constance Bay Community Market
 
The Constance Bay Community Market (CBCM) website is now up and running and they are ready to accept vendor applications! Applications can be submitted online at marketinthebay.com. CBCM will start reviewing applications soon. Due to public health regulations, they must first focus its attention on recruiting vendors selling food and other agricultural products before reviewing applications from all other vendors.
 
Community Environmental Projects Grant Program deadline approaching
 
Non-profit organizations interested in improving their local environment are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP) is Wednesday, June 1 at 4pm. CEPGP provides funding for small-scale, community-based initiatives that support the City of Ottawa’s environmental stewardship priorities. Examples of projects are:
 
•        Stream protection and rehabilitation
•        Invasive species removal
•        Species-at-risk/ecosystem monitoring or protection
•        Environmental awareness and education
•        Recycling or composting
•        Energy or water conservation
•        Renewable energy
•        Cycling, walking and sustainable transportation
 
Visit ottawa.ca for eligibility criteria and an online application form. Questions can be emailed to cepgp@ottawa.ca.
 
Green Acres - Ottawa's Rural Reforestation Program
 
The City of Ottawa's Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. The program provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their property. Landowners must be rural property owners in the City of Ottawa, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation.  The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. For more information contact, LandOwner Resource Centre at www.Irconline.com, info@Irconline.com, 613-692-3571 or 1-800-387-5304.
 
Victoria Day schedule changes
 
As a reminder there will be some changes to City services on Victoria Day (Monday, May 23).  One change of note is that there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Victoria Day. Pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 24. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of May 23. A full listing of all changes for the holiday can be found on ottawa.ca.

Column: May 21, 2015

Doors Open Ottawa

On June 6 and 7, 2015 residents are invited to enjoy Doors Open Ottawa. It’s free and is the perfect way to discover over 120 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings. West Carleton-March is well-represented with the following buildings taking part:

  • Canadian Space Services, 2336 Craig's Side Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm
  • Carleton Masonic Lodge, 3704 Carp Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm
  • Carp Exhibit Hall, 3790 Carp Rd., Sat., June 6, 8am-1pm
  • Diefenbunker, 3929 Carp Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm and Sun., June 7, 10am-4pm
  • Pinhey's Point, 270 Pinhey’s Point Rd., Sat., June 6, 10am-4pm & Sun., June 7, 10am-4pm
  • St. Mary's Anglican Church, 2574 Sixth Line Rd., Sat., June 6, noon-4pm & Sun., June 7 noon-4pm
  • Ward 5 Fire Stations, Sat. June 6 – 10am-4pm at the following stations:
    • 3449 Old Almonte Rd.
    • 475 Donald B. Munro Dr.
    • 341 Bayview Dr.
    • 6900 Harbour St.

For a full listing of all participating buildings across the City, visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen.

Green Acres Program

The City's Green Acres Program is looking for empty idle fields to be transformed into thriving green woodlands. It provides landowners with advice and assistance in setting up a proper planting plan for their property. Landowners must be rural property owners in the City of Ottawa, have a minimum of 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of suitable land and must agree to cover the subsidized cost of the tree seedlings, site preparation, planting and tending as well as agreeing to reasonably protect the plantation. The funding is provided to a maximum of 50% on a cost shared basis. For more information go to www.Irconline.com.

Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid BBQ

The annual Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ is taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Thursday, June 4. This event helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. If your organization wishes to participate in the Rural Expo, please contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x28352.