Column: April 4, 2019

Apply now - Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding to landowners and non-profit organizations for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation. The next application deadline is May 1, 2019. Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects. Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa. Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Approval of $1.2 million for accessible transportation

Following extensive consultation with residents and users of accessible transportation services, City Council approved allocating the $1.2-million Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund to three projects that will improve services to residents. All three were identified as priorities during consultations. The Accessibility Fund is generated from a voluntary per-trip surcharge paid by licensed private transportation companies like Uber and Lyft. Funding would be provided to:

- Help community agencies expand accessible transportation services in rural areas
- Make accessible taxis more affordable by:
- Reducing taxi-coupon costs by 25 per cent
- Doubling the maximum allowance of taxi-coupon books per customer to eight per month.

Speeding concerns

My office receives numerous calls regarding excessive speeding on our roads. Please make sure you contact the Ottawa Police directly when you witness speeders at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their records management system and are tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement and other responses may be documented and assessed.

Column: April 9, 2018

Apply Now for Grants through the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding to landowners and non-profit organizations for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation. The next application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre. They can be contacted at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Dunrobin Community Centre – spring/summer special needs sporting programs

The Dunrobin Community Centre now has its spring and summer sporting programming for special needs open for registration. All ages and stages are welcome!

  • Ball Hockey: runs Saturdays, 9am-10am, April 28 to June 2. Cost $45
  • Tennis/Basketball: runs Wednesdays, 6pm-6:45pm, April 11 to May 16. Cost $45
  • Soccer: runs Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm, May 23 to July 25. Cost $45.

For more information and to register, please visit www.dunrobincommunity.com or email  tracy.taffinder@dunrobincommunity.com.

Open-Air fire permits available online

Open-air fire permits are now available for purchase online. Through the MyServiceOttawa portal on ottawa.ca, clients can apply for and renew an annual, annual restricted, and annual agricultural permit(s) online. All existing in-person services at client service centres and rural fire administration offices will remain the same.

Reporting potholes, mailbox/lawn damage

Thank you to residents who email and/or call my office directly to let me know about potholes on area roads, and when mailboxes or lawns have been damaged by passing snowplows. Alternatively, residents can also call 3-1-1, or report the issue online on the City of Ottawa website.

Column: March 23, 2017

Community Environmental Projects Grant Program

Are you looking for an opportunity to put your environmental ideas into action? The City of Ottawa is now accepting applications for the 2017 Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP).  For details on funding eligibility criteria, profiles of past projects, the application process and an online application, please visit Ottawa.ca or contact Jen Brown at 613-580-2424 ext. 27914. The deadline to submit an application is March 31.

New Grants Available through the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Landowners completing projects in 2017 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is May 1, 2017.

Grants are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa.  

Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Committee of Adjustment applications available online

The Committee of Adjustment holds regular public hearings to consider the applications that fall within its mandate, such as Minor Variances and Consents to Sever. The meetings are open to the public and any interested party can appear before the Committee to present their views in support of or in opposition to an application. Public hearings are held in the Council Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

For more information on presenting to the Committee of Adjustment or attending a hearing, or to find out about the applications under review please visit: www.ottawa.ca/cofa (Public Hearings Tab). Rural applications can be viewed by selecting the Panel 3 link.

Column: February 23, 2017

Snow Angel Program

Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition? A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway. Snow Angels will be recognized by Mayor Watson. To nominate someone, provide the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details by one of the following methods:

  • Email: communitypride@ottawa.ca
  • Mail: Attention – Snow Angel Program, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Cres., 5th floor, K2G 6J8
  • Fax: 613-580-9605 Attention – Snow Angel Program

Controlled Tile Drainage Workshop

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program is hosting a workshop that explores controlled tile drainage as a means to increase agronomic and economic performance on the farm while improving the local environment. It’s taking place on Tuesday, February 28, 12:30pm-4pm at the Kars Recreation Association Hall, 1604 Old Wellington Street. RSVP to Katherine Watson, Water Resource Specialist, 877-984-2948 x291, kwatson@nation.on.ca.

Ice Hut Registration

I’d like to remind anglers that they must register new or previously unregistered ice fishing huts on area lakes. Registration is free and helps discourage anglers from abandoning their huts, which can end up in waterways and washed up on shorelines when the ice thaws. To register your ice hut, visit www.ontario.ca/icefishing.

Ottawa2017 is celebrating youth faces, spaces & accomplishments

#OttYouth2017 is a social media campaign that aims to showcase youth friendly faces, spaces, and accomplishments that have contributed significantly to the success of Ottawa. The campaign is run under the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC). OYEC is a youth run organization that aims to encourage youth engagement and to amplify youth voice and representation at the City. Youth can submit a photo and short story (maximum 200 words). 150+ stories will be chosen and displayed throughout the year. The top stories will receive a prize at the end of the campaign. For further details on the application process, visit youthottawa.ca/ottyouth2017. Submission deadline is March 15, 2017.

Fitzroy Winter Carnival

Get out and enjoy winter fun at Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival, which runs from February 23 to 25 at the Fitzroy Community Centre. A detailed itinerary of events is posted on fitzroyharbour.wordpress.com.

Column: October 8, 2015

Submit feedback now for Budget 2016

Thanks to all that attended my Ward 5 Town Hall & Budget Input Session on September 29. It was an informative evening where I received input from residents for consideration before the draft 2016 budget document is prepared.

You still have the opportunity to take part in pre-budget consultations. If you’re interested in contributing to the conversation and have ideas on cost savings, or suggestions on where money should be spent, send your feedback to budget2016@ottawa.ca (and copy me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca). Any input generated that can be incorporated into the budget will be provided to management prior to the draft operating and capital budgets being tabled on November 12.

Between November 16 and December 4, residents will also have the opportunity to provide feedback at the City’s Standing/Advisory Committees, Boards and Commissions (in the coming weeks I will provide a detailed list of the meeting dates, times and locations).

Final tabling and approval of the budget goes to Council on December 9.

Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP) provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas. Landowners completing projects in 2015 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is October 15, 2015. Examples of eligible projects include, buffer strips, livestock restrictions from watercourses, manure storage, land retirement, stream bank stabilization, tile outlet protection, tile drain control structures and well decommissioning.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre. They can be contacted at 613-692-3571, toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132. Visit ottawa.ca/cleanwater for more information, application forms and eligibility requirements.

Thanksgiving Day schedule changes

There will be schedule changes for the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Monday, October 12. There will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day. That day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, October 13 and collection will be delayed by one day for the week. A full listing of all schedule changes will be found on ottawa.ca.