Column: November 13, 2018

Carp Christmas Craft Sale – The 4th Annual Carp Christmas Craft Sale is taking place on Saturday, November 17 from 9am to 3pm at the Carp Agricultural Hall. This will be a fundraiser for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. There will be gifts and décor available for the whole family! As well, there will be a lunch special for $5. There will also be a Secret Santa Shop for children under 12 years of age.

Fitzroy Harbour Craft Fair – Fitzroy Harbour’s Annual Craft Fair is being held on Saturday, November 17, from 9am to 2pm at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre, 100 Clifford Campbell St. There will be raffle prizes. The canteen will be open and a light lunch will be available for purchase sponsored by The Arnprior Wrestling Club.

Fundraising Concert – A free concert by Sterling is being held at the Northwind Centre (262 Len Purcell Drive) on Saturday, November 17 starting at 7:30pm. Donations are being collected for the West Carleton Food Access Centre and West Carleton Disaster Relief.

St. John’s Turkey Dinner – St. John’s Anglican Church is hosting their annual turkey dinner on Sunday, November 18 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. Tickets available at the door. $15/ adults, $7/kids ages 6-12. Everyone welcome.

Yoga Fundraiser – There is a Yoga Fundraiser happening on Monday, November 19 at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. All funds raised at this event will be donated to West Carleton Disaster Relief. The class runs from 7:30-8:30pm. Cash donations only. This is open to everyone and no previous yoga experienced required. Please bring a yoga mat. For further details, contact Elaine at Elaine.j.yoga@gmail.com.

West Carleton Outdoor Hockey League – Sign up your child for one of the oldest outdoor hockey leagues in Canada! This league is ideal for kids who want to learn how to play or just want to have fun. Non-contact, non-competitive. Season runs January to mid-March. Open to boys and girls in four age groupings: 5-7, 8-9, 10-12 and 13-15. Games are typically on Saturday with one weekly practice. For more information and to register contact ohl@fitzroyharbour.com. Please register ASAP as it takes a lot of preparation by the dedicated volunteers to ensure the kids have a great season!

Preventing Deer and Wildlife Collisions – You might have noticed new permanent road signs warning “Speeding Costs You Deerly” that have been placed along our roadways that are known to be high collision corridors. Our Wad has a large amount of green space which makes it more likely that you’ll come into contact with wildlife while driving on our roadways. At this time of year collisions tend to occur more often as days become shorter and deer wander onto our roadways in search of food. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) has produced a resource with tips and strategies for how to lower your risk of a collision with wildlife. Some of these tips include:

  • Reduce your speed

  • Use your high beams, scan roadways and shoulders

  • If yellow wildlife warning signs are posted, this means other drivers have had collisions in this area

  • Drive defensively in case other drivers do not know how to react properly to wildlife on the road

Column: June 15, 2017

Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus

Ottawa Public Health continues to be diligent in testing for the West Nile Virus throughout the mosquito season. OPH treats any standing water that has had a positive result with the appropriate treatment. If you are concerned about a specific area of standing water and you would like to check if that area is being tested, simply call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 or 3-1-1. The City's website at ottawa.ca has useful tips and suggestions on avoiding mosquito bites and eliminating standing water around your home.

I have received a couple of inquiries wanting to know if the City can spray for nuisance mosquitoes in the Ward 5 area. There are no plans at this time to implement such a program. There is currently a trial program running in Ward 4 (Kanata North) relating to nuisance mosquitoes. It is too soon to conclude if positive impacts are occurring, and the research program will continue for another two years. As well, it should be noted that the residents of Kanata North have to pay a yearly tax levy of approximately $40 for this program. As West Carleton-March is over 30 times larger than Kanata North and boasts many ponds, creeks, and other bodies of water, it would be challenging to institute a similar program in our ward. It should be noted too that the tax levy that would be incurred by the Ward 5 taxpayer would be much higher than what Kanata North is currently paying.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Kinburn

The Kinburn Community Association is taking part in Ottawa 2017 celebrations. They hosting Kinburn Fun Day on Saturday, June 24 at their community centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. The day will be filled with free activities for all ages. The schedule of events is listed on kinburn.ca.

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park back for another season

I am sponsoring this year’s Concerts in the Park series happening at Fitzroy Provincial Park every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical line up includes John Henry & The Steel Driving Band (July 6), The Heartbeats (July 13), The Debenham Brothers (July 20) and Ambush (July 27). Beginning at 6pm there will be a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. All funds will go towards local youth initiatives. Concerts begin at 7pm. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.