Column: December 31, 2018

Don’t forget to recycle and compost – Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. Turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

New Year's Eve Party in Fitzroy Harbour – Celebrate 2019 tonight as the Fitzroy Harbour Community Association hosts a New Year's Eve Party at the Fitzroy Community Centre. Doors open at 8pm! The party will feature live music from Blackshire from 9pm-1am. Tickets are $20 at the door, age of majority only. Contact info: Sarah Wilson 613.552.7334 or Karen Taylor 613-623-6171.

Constance Bay Legion New Year's Levee – The West Carleton Legion in Constance Bay is holding their annual New Year’s Levee on January 1, 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the start of a brand new year with Branch 616. The bar opens at noon. A complimentary buffet at 1pm.

Overnight parking ban – As a reminder to residents, until April 1, there is no on-street parking between 1am and 7am when Environment Canada forecasts 7 cm or more of snow in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow more than 7 cm, such as 5 to 10 cm. Vehicles without a residential parking permit that are parked on the street during an overnight parking ban will be ticketed and towed. When an overnight winter parking ban is made, the City issues a special advisory to the local media and posts it on The parking ban ends when snow clearing is completed and the City issues an advisory indicating that it has been lifted.

Cheers to a New Year - Cheers to a new year and a fond farewell to 2018! Wishing you fun and high spirits tonight – and if you are celebrating, please do not drink and drive. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2019 and beyond!

Column: December 31, 2015

Residents are in need year-round

Thank you to everyone who donated to my Ward 5 Christmas food hamper for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Residents came through in a big way and showed their generosity once again, and we managed to collect a lot of items. Thank you for supporting the less fortunate in our community!

I think it’s important to remember that the West Carleton Food Access Centre is in need of donation items year-round, not just during the holidays. Please consider donating throughout the year. The Access Centre is always in need of items such as:

  • canned food (fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, soup)
  • dry pasta, sauces, peanut butter, rice, snacks, soup, cereals, juice (boxes or cans)
  • baby diapers, infant formula, household products, hygiene products

The Access Centre recently moved and are now located at the West Carleton Community Complex at 5670 Carp Road.

New Year’s Day schedule changes

As a reminder, there will be no green bin, recycling, garbage collection on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day’s pickup will take place on Saturday, January 2. Discarded Christmas trees will be picked up as part of the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule in January. Trees must be free of decorations and not wrapped in plastic bags.

Free family fun in Ottawa

Are you are looking to have some FREE family fun on this last weekend before school and work resumes? Here are some great ideas:

  • Go public skating at any of the City’s 29 indoor arenas, where RBC has funded free skating on Saturdays and Sundays until Spring 2016
  • Enjoy one of Ward 5 outdoor community rinks
  • Head down to the Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall or the Lansdowne Park skating court
  • Take your toboggan to one of the City’s 56 approved sledding hills

Before attending the ice rinks or sledding hills, check for hours of operation, schedules and last-minute closures.

Happy New Year!

My wife Maha, my staff and I would like to extend a very Happy New Year to the residents of Ward 5! Let’s keep our roads safe – if you are out and about celebrating the New Year, please do not drink and drive.