June 1, 2017

Flood recovery efforts

As the ongoing flood recovery efforts continue, residents can stay informed on the latest information and services being provided via ottawa.ca. Anyone with questions or needing assistance, can call my office 613-580-2475 or 3-1-1.

Flood-affected property owners can apply for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program via www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13760.aspx. Homeowners, tenants, small owner-operated businesses, farmers, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants can apply to be reimbursed for basic, necessary costs related to the disaster.

I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the countless residents from all across Ottawa, who have stepped up to the plate and volunteered their time over the past few weeks. I’ve seen first-hand many acts of kindness and generosity that have helped make the lives of those most greatly affected a little more manageable. Community pride is alive and well in West Carleton-March.

Food Aid Day & Mayor’s Rural Expo

The annual Food Aid Day & Mayor’s Rural Expo is taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Friday, June 2. This event is bringing the country to the downtown core and helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. A BBQ starts at 11am and The Works will be serving up burgers for $10. There will be many rural vendors on hand as well as live entertainment. This event is in support of the Ottawa Food Bank.

Ottawa River Canoe Club – Open House

Residents are invited to the Ottawa River Canoe Club (ORCC). They are holding an Open House on June 10, from 10am to 3pm. Residents will have the opportunity to paddle in a canoe, kayak, dragon boat, stand-up paddling and outrigger. Demonstrations will also be given throughout the day. ORCC is located at 1610 Sixth Line, at the corner of 6th Line Road and Cameron Harvey Drive (previously Riddell Drive).

ORCC offers summer camps for children aged 6-15 years old, and a Children’s Introductory Evening Paddling Program. They have youth and adult programs from May to September, for competitive racing, masters sprint paddling, dragon boat, outrigger, and stand-up paddling. The club also offers recreational and competitive programs for adults and youth with a physical (Para) or intellectual (Paddle All) disability.  Visit www.ottawarivercanoe.com for more details.

Column: April 13, 2017

Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day – Save the Date

This year, the Mayor’s Annual Rural Expo and Food Aid Day is taking place at City Hall on Friday, June 2. Come check out rural vendors and displays, and stay for a BBQ lunch with burgers cooked by the Works restaurant. There will be live entertainment, a celebrity milking contest and petting zoo on site.

If you are a rural artisan, farmer or represent a unique rural destination are interested in setting up a free vendor booth to sell or promote your services at the Rural Expo please contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or telephone Geraldine Wildman, 613-580-2424 ext. 27815.

This event raises funds in support of the Ottawa Food Bank while providing a forum to showcase all of the unique features of rural Ottawa within the downtown core.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for both awards may be completed online at ottawa.ca/orderofottawa or by completing a nomination form available at your local community centre, public library or any Client Service Centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 8.

Easter holiday schedule changes

There will be some changes to City services for Good Friday (April 14) and Easter Monday (April 17). Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling and garbage collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 15 and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 18. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling materials and garbage will be delayed by one day for the week of April 17.  A detailed listing of all changes to services can be found on ottawa.ca.

Happy Easter

Check out the “Ward Events” section on eliel-chantiry.ca for a listing of some great Easter events taking place this weekend.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

Column: May 26, 2016

Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid

The annual Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ is taking place at Ottawa City Hall on Thursday, June 2. 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 x25488. The Food Aid BBQ will help the Ottawa Food Bank raise the necessary funds to sustain its food programs and support local farmers.

Doors Open Ottawa

There are more than 120 buildings participating in this year's edition of Doors Open Ottawa. On June 4 and 5, the public will have access, at no charge, to many buildings in the Ottawa region. For full event details including a listing of participating buildings visit ottawa.ca/doorsopen.

Make sure to get your Burn Permit

Before you start an open air fire, make sure you obtain a burn permit. Open Air Fire Permits can be obtained at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre. The West Carleton Client Services Centre at 5670 Carp Road, issue permits on Wednesdays, 8:30am-4:30pm. Permits can also be obtained on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Rural Fire Administration Office, Carp Fire Station, 475 Donald B. Munro Drive, 8:30am-4:30pm. Please contact the office in advance (613-580-2424 x32260) to ensure someone is available to assist you.

City warns residents of phoney water sales pitches

Residents are asked to be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople making false claims about the quality of City drinking water. The City has received complaints from residents who have been contacted by salespeople of water filtration or treatment systems who are providing incorrect information about water quality. Residents are also reminded that:

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services,
  • Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff are scheduled in advance,
  • Residents are provided with advance notice of projects that may impact them; and
  • All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards.

If you have any concerns, contact 3-1-1 and/or report suspicious visits to the Ottawa Police Service, 613-236-1222.

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.