Column: September 8, 2016

Free fitness sessions in September
 
Ottawa residents are invited to sample a variety of fitness opportunities for free at City recreation facilities during the fall 2016 edition of Try it!
 
Residents have the month of September to try three fitness sessions at a number of City facilities (a listing participating facilities is noted on ottawa.ca). To give it try, simply visit one of the participating facilities to set up your free membership access card. This is a great opportunity to try aquafitness, cycling and group fitness classes, or to work out in a participating City of Ottawa cardio or weight training centre.
 
Fall Cleaning the Capital
 
The annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital Campaign is back and takes place from September 15 to October 15. Early-bird registration is now available. To register a clean-up project, go to ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1. Volunteers who register their cleanup project before Wednesday, September 14 have a chance to win early-bird prizes.
 
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.
 
Hydro One Ombudsman
 
Recently, my office received some calls from Hydro One customers who have concerns with their Hydro One bills. If you have a complaint or a concern you can contact the Hydro One Ombudsman, Fiona Crean. Ms. Crean is an independent investigator who reviews and resolves complaints from Hydro One customers. Her office investigates complaints about unfairness in the delivery of services, but cannot investigate decisions made by government bodies (the setting of electricity rates, for example) or the decisions to change the ownership structure of Hydro One.
 
If you have a customer service complaint or a concern with your bill, the first step is to raise it directly with Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 or CustomerCommunications@HydroOne.com. If the issue did not get resolved, then contact the Ombudsman’s office. There are several ways to file a complaint:

-   Online complaint form at HydroOneOmbudsman.com
-   Call 1-844-608-8756
-   Fax 1-416-345-6129
-   Email Ombudsman@HydroOne.com
 
When filing your complaint, make sure to include as much information as possible including your name, address and all relevant details and history.

Column: June 23, 2016

Important information: Hydro One Ombudsman

Recently I hosted Hydro One Ombudsman Fiona Crean at a public meeting, where residents posed questions to her directly regarding Hydro One. For residents unable to attend the meeting, below is some information for reference in the event assistance is need from the Ombudsman’s office in the future.

The Hydro One Ombudsman is an independent investigator who reviews and resolves complaints from the company’s customers. Ms. Crean’s office investigates complaints about unfairness in the delivery of services. The Ombudsman cannot investigate decisions made by government bodies (the setting of electricity rates, for example) or the decisions to change the ownership structure of Hydro One.

If you have a customer service complaint or a concern with your bill the first step is to raise it directly with Hydro One at 1-888-664-9376 or CustomerCommunications@HydroOne.com. If the issue did not get resolved, then contact the Ombudsman’s office. There are several ways to file your complaint:

•    Online complaint form at HydroOneOmbudsman.com
•    Call 1-844-608-8756
•    Fax 1-416-345-6129
•    Email Ombudsman@HydroOne.com

When filing your complaint, make sure to include as much information as possible including your name, address and all relevant details and history.

Fraud Prevention

It’s been mentioned to me a few times recently that residents are receiving suspicious phone calls, emails and even visits at their door from questionable companies selling services, charitable organizations asking for money, and even Revenue Canada demanding payment of taxes. The most important thing to remember is to never give out personal information or provide money to anyone until it’s been verified that the person/company you’re dealing with is legitimate.

Please visit ottawapolice.ca for a list of common scams and tips on how to protect yourself. If you feel you’ve be a target of a scam contact the Ottawa Police to file a report. They do not take reports via email so you must call 613-236-1222 ext 7300 or visit any police station.

Rental space available

Trinity Presbyterian Church, located at 1817 Richardson Side Road, has rental space available. The newly built building has facilities for large groups up to 220 people as well as three other smaller rooms. They are particularly interested in any non-profit groups looking for a long-term rental space. Contact Jennifer at info.trinity.kanata@gmail.com, 613-836-1429, or visit trinitykanata.ca.