Column: July 4, 2019

Changes to the green bin program

Starting on July 2, plastic bags are now allowed to be used as a clean and easy bagging option for your food scraps. If residents choose to use plastic bags to dispose of their organics, they are encouraged to reuse bags that may otherwise be thrown out, such as grocery/retail, milk or bread bags. The organic waste facility has been retrofitted to rip open the plastic bags and separate the organic waste for composting. The plastic bags are then disposed in the landfill. Residents can explore all options and learn what type of organic materials go into the green bin at

Why this change to allow plastic bags in the green bin? When asked in a market research survey, 60% of people who seldom use or do not use the green bin said they would participate if plastic bags were allowed. The use of plastic or compostable bags will address the inconvenience and ‘yuck’ factors for residents who are hesitant to use the green bin. These changes will also make the green bin even more convenient and easier to keep clean.

Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The City is now accepting nominations, until September 13, for both the Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

The Order of Ottawa is a prestigious civic award that recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa. Past recipients from West Carleton-March who have received this award are Todd Nicholson, Emily Glossop and Dr. Barry Bruce.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea's exceptional career. Ward 5 resident Greg Patacairk is a past recipient of this award.

For more information on the nomination process and eligibility requirements for both awards, please visit If you know someone in our community that would be a worthy recipient of either of these awards, please consider nominating them so they can receive some much-deserved recognition.

Committee recommends two-year process to develop waste master plan

On June 25, The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management recommended Council approve a two-year process to develop the City’s second Solid Waste Master Plan. The new 30-year master plan would provide the overall framework, direction and goals for solid waste management, diversion and reduction policy over the short, medium and long term. It would look at how the City collects and processes waste, and how we could increase waste diversion rates. Refocusing our approach to waste management will help keep Ottawa clean and livable over the long-term and help extend the life of the Trail Road Landfill, which is currently expected to reach capacity in 2042. Following extensive, inclusive and ongoing public engagement and consultation, the master plan would come to the Committee for consideration by the end of 2021, along with the initial five-year implementation plan. Staff would provide updates and new implementation plans every five years, making the master plan adaptable as new technologies, legislation, policies, information and ideas emerge. This item will go to City Council for final approval at the Council meeting on July 10, 2019.

Column: November 19, 2018

Emily Glossop to receive the Order of Ottawa – The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields that benefit the residents of Ottawa. Last week Mayor Jim Watson announced the 16 residents who will be inducted into the Order of Ottawa this year. I am very happy to announce that Ward 5's own Emily Glossop will be bestowed this recognition at this year's ceremony on November 22 at Ottawa City Hall.

Emily is a former member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team, serving as a guide skier to one of Canada's top vision-impaired skiers, and winning many World Cup medals. Ms. Glossop is a Recreation Therapist with CHEO, providing therapeutic, educational and support services to children and youth with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Her passion, teamwork and advocacy help her clients develop independence, problem solving and life skills.

Emily has dedicated her life and career to working with children and youth with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs. She advocates for programs and services for people of all abilities to ensure equal opportunities and equal access. Since 2013, Emily and her husband Todd Nicholson have been planning Abilities Centre Ottawa, a major component of the proposed redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. The Centre is planned to be a 125,000-square foot fully integrated, fully accessible, inclusive, multi-purpose recreation and community facility for people of all ages and all abilities. Abilities Centre Ottawa will offer four streams of service: sport and recreation, arts and culture, life skill development and research and innovation.

As a motivational speaker, Emily gives talks on the importance of physical activity and following your dreams. She is the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, one of the highest honours Rotary can bestow upon a person, in recognition of her outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “Service Above Self.” She also received the Growing Up Great Award for Stable and Nurturing Relationships from the Ottawa Child and Youth Initiative. Most recently, Emily was one of 16 women acknowledged for their contributions at CHEO in celebration of International Women’s Day.

My sincere congratulations to Emily. She is a very worthy recipient of this recognition and I’m so proud that she’s a resident of West Carleton-March.

Huntley Township Historical Society AGM – The Huntley Township Historical Society is holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 20 starting at 7:30pm, at the Carp Memorial Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. There will be an election of 2019 slate of officers, constitution amendment, plans for 2019, displays and more. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Annual Dinner of the Fitzroy Township Historical Society – The Fitzroy Harbour Township Historical Society is holding their annual dinner on Friday, November 23 starting at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, 49 Daniel Street in Arnprior. The guest speaker this year is Dr. Norman Hillmer. Tickets are $25 and purchased by calling Pat Tait at 613-623-2002.

All That Glam Fundraiser – On Saturday, November 24 attend the Kanata Recreation Complex (100 Charlie Rogers Place) from 8am to 2pm for the All That Glam fundraising event. All The Glam is a fundraiser that sells gently used jewelry and handbags. This is a major fundraiser for DueNORTH, a not-for-profit organization that works to address issues of food insecurity in the far north. 100% of the profits from this event go to fund hot breakfast programs in Nunavut through the Breakfast Club of Canada.If you have any gently used handbags or jewelry you would like to donate to this very important cause, there is a collection box set up at my Ward Office at 5670 Carp Rd. Please drop off your donated items by end of day Thursday, November 22.

Column: November 16, 2017

Draft Budget 2018 has been tabled

The City’s Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018 was presented at the City Council meeting on November 8. It will be considered at all committees over the next few weeks, then return to Council on December 13 for final approval. There are still opportunities for the public to offer comments and input before its final approval:

1)    Register as a public delegation at a standing committee, board or commission budget review meetings that take place from November 21 to December 7, as listed below:

November 21 - Environment and Climate Protection Committee
November 23 – Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee
November 27 – Ottawa Police Service Board
November 28 - Planning Committee
November 29 – IT Sub-Committee
November 30 – Audit Committee
December 4 – Transit Commission
December 5 – Finance and Economic Development Committee
December 6 – Transportation Committee
December 7 – Community and Protective Services Committee

2)    Contact me directly at
3)    Send an email to  
4)    Tweet @ottawacity using hashtag #ottbudget
5)    Call 3-1-1

West Carleton-March highlights in Budget 2018

A breakdown of budget items that directly impact West Carleton-March has been prepared for easy reference. The PDF document can be reviewed on my website ( It is located under the “Latest News” section of the home page.

Congratulations to Todd Nicholson

I am happy to announce that Ward 5 resident Todd Nicholson has been inducted into the Order of Ottawa and will be honoured at a ceremony at City Hall on November 16.

A three-time Paralympic medalist winning gold in 2006, silver in 1998 and bronze in 1994, Todd Nicholson represented Canada as a member of Canada’s National Sledge Hockey Team. He won eight medals at the world sledge hockey championships. From 2013 until April 2017, he served as Chairman for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council and has been involved in planning and administering the Games from 2012 through 2018. He was named Team Canada’s Chef de Mission for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. He was inducted to the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Mr. Nicholson and his wife now devote their free time to building The Abilities Centre Ottawa, a centre that aims to create an inclusive recreational facility for people of all abilities.

Column: July 27, 2017

Free well water testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) makes it convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. OPH has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing. As part of this program, Ward 5 residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations:

  • Carp Library, 3911 Carp Road, 10am to 8:30pm
  • Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Road, 7am to 8pm
  • Dunrobin Meat and Grocery, 2808 Dunrobin Road, 7am to 8pm
  • Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road, 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Drive, 7am to 9:30pm

Learn to Sail at Kanata Sailing Club

At the Kanata Sailing Club (1610 Sixth Line Road), sharing their love of sailing with others is a cornerstone of the club and a key to its success. So it offers a wide selection of courses and clinics for kids, teenagers, adults and families. No matter what your level of ability or experience, Kanata Sailing Club is committed to seeing your learning experience being rewarding and fun.  

The club offers:

  • Adult and youth 16+ Learn-to-Sail Programs
  • Junior (Ages 6-15) Learn to Sail Programs
  • Family Learn-to-Sail Programs
  • Private lessons (available for non members)

For information about course dates and fees visit or email them at

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls regarding speeding on our roads. As a reminder, residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

2017 Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment. If you know of a worthy Ward 5 resident, please consider nominating them!

For more information, including nomination forms and eligibility requirements, visit Deadline for submission is Friday, September 8.

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 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 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

Happy Easter

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

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!