Column: Mar. 5, 2015

ARAC meeting location changed

A change has been made to the location of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee meetings. Effective starting on March 5, all regular ARAC meetings will be held in the Council Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive and will begin at 10am. As well, ARAC will still be able to hold special meetings off-site as deemed necessary by the Committee Chair. Moving the meetings to Ben Franklin Place is ideal as parking is free, and it’s a central location making it easier for all rural residents to attend. To view the ARAC agendas and scheduled meetings for 2015, please go to

Congratulations to Chief Pingitore

I am very pleased that Ward 5’s very own Gerry Pingitore has been appointed Chief of the Ottawa Fire Services. With over 37 years of experience, Gerry brings with him an extensive background and tremendous knowledge. I have worked closely with Gerry over the years and have seen firsthand his dedication to serving our city. Congratulations Chief Pingitore!

Peoples’ Choice Business Awards

On February 26, the West Ottawa Board of Trade held their 16th Annual Peoples’ Choice Business Awards. It was a great evening where several West Carleton-March businesses were honoured. Congratulations to the following Ward 5 area award recipients:

  • Community Support/Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre
  • Tourism Business of the Year – Diefenbunker Museum
  • Retail Business of the Year – Sobeys in Stittsville (which serves West Carleton & Goulbourn)
  • Restaurant of the Year – The Cheshire Cat
  • Health & Wellness Business of the Year – Yoga & Tea Studio
  • New Business of the Year – Quitters Coffee (which serves West Carleton & Goulbourn)
  • Small Business of the Year – The Herb Garden

Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards

At the recent Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards event, three Ward 5 locales were honoured as noted below. It’s great to see some ‘gems’ of West Carleton being recognized – a job well done!

  • Carp Village Café & Apartments received an Award of Excellence-Infill
  • Gourlay Ruins received an Award of Excellence-Other
  • The ruins of Old St. Mary’s Anglican Church & Cemetery presented with a heritage designation plaque

Column: Nov. 20, 2014

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2015

Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple as long as they meet the program eligibility requirements: must be between ages of 18-39, must be farm operators and must derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming. Nominations for the 2015 Award are due by December 15, 2014 and are available at

Primary Care Outreach to Seniors

The Primary Care Outreach to Seniors program works in collaboration with health professionals and other agencies to reduce isolation and support high risk seniors (aged 65 and above) living at home. The program is offered at no cost to the client, and is available in English, French and a variety of other languages. Through a shared care approach, a registered nurse and community health worker are able to visit vulnerable seniors in their homes, including those in rural Ottawa, to provide support with their care and link them to appropriate community resources to assist them with their various needs, enabling seniors to maintain their health and independence. Referrals are accepted from any source for eligible seniors who may be isolated and at risk of hospitalization. To inquire about this program, please call 1-844-726-5115 or visit

Congratulations to Terry Kelly

On November 5, I had the pleasure of attending a surprise retirement party for Terry Kelly. After 42 years of dedicated service to the Ottawa Fire Services as a rural firefighter, Terry decided to hang up his fire gear. On behalf of the residents of Ward 5, I want to thank Terry for all that he has done for West Carleton-March and for his service to Ottawa Fire Services. I wish him all the best in the coming years.

My Monthly E-Newsletter

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