Column: October 27, 2016

Carleton Street renamed Jack Lougheed Way
 
On October 17, the former Carleton Street in Fitzroy Harbour was officially renamed Jack Lougheed Way. I couldn't think of a more appropriate person to be honoured with this renaming. Jack Lougheed has a long history of service in the Fitzroy Harbour community. As a community mentor and pastoral care leader, Jack dedicates much of his time to visiting with seniors experiencing sickness or failing health. Congratulations to Jack!
 
Carp Farmers' Market
 
The final Carp Farmers' Market of the season is Saturday, October 29. It will be a Kids' Club Halloween Spooktacular. There will be a haunted barn and costume contest (taking place at 11am). Plus, all who visit in their costumes will be able to trick-or-treat from booth to booth. The Market is open from 8am-1pm. (FYI, Carp Farmers' Market will hold their annual Christmas Market on December 2, 3pm-8pm, and December 3, 8am-2pm.)
 
Snow Go & Snow Go Assist programs
 
The City of Ottawa provides the Snow Go Program. It helps seniors and persons with disabilities find reliable contractors and/or individuals to clear snow from their private driveways/walkways. Once matched up with snow removal help, residents are responsible for making payments directly to the individual or contractor. Seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply to the Snow Go Assist Program. It provides financial assistance for a portion of their snow removal costs for eligible participants. For more information about any of these services visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).
 
Recruitment of outdoor rink operators and volunteers for the 2016-2017 season
 
The city is looking for community members to operate or support neighbourhood outdoor rinks. Grants are available to assist you in this endeavour. For more information or if you are interested in becoming a community outdoor rink operator or volunteer, contact the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 or seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.
 
Have a safe and fun-filled Halloween!
 
There are a lot of Halloween events happening in West Carleton-March in the coming few days. I’ve listed some on eliel-chantiry.ca under the “Ward Events” section.
                               
Wishing everyone a safe and fun-filled Halloween night. For those travelling on our roads, please remember to be very cautious of the excited and preoccupied ghosts and goblins roaming the streets. Drive slowly and be alert!

Column: Jan. 22, 2015

Drivers sought to assist West Carleton residents

On January 15, I attended a volunteer information session hosted by the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC). The purpose of the session was to actively recruit volunteer drivers from communities in West Carleton who are able to support local seniors and adults with physical disabilities with drives to activities such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, church, etc. I was pleased to see a good contingent of residents attending the session which resulted in WOCRC recruiting several new volunteer drivers. This is a great start!

WOCRC is still actively seeking volunteer drivers. Drivers are compensated for their mileage and provided with great training opportunities in the health and social service sector. If interested, please connect the WOCRC at 613-591-3686 or info@wocrc.ca.

Skating season begins on outdoor rinks

Thousands of volunteers are preparing the City’s outdoor rinks and, weather permitting, many rinks are open for skating. The City operates more than 250 outdoor rinks citywide, with 8 outdoor rinks in Ward 5:

Our community outdoor rinks may close from time-to-time due to changing weather conditions. As well, the rinks are supervised by dedicated volunteers, so availability to skate may vary from rink to rink. To find out the present condition of your favourite rink, visit the above community association websites.

Attention students! Polish up your resumes

The City of Ottawa 2015 Summer Student Employment Campaign will be open from February 2 to February 27, 2015. Students interested in summer employment with the City apply online at ottawa.ca. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience with positions available in many different areas. For more information including eligibility criteria are outlined on the City’s website.

Column: Dec. 31, 2014

Here comes 2015!

My wife Maha and I would like to extend a very Happy New Year to the residents of Ward 5! We hope 2015 brings with it health, happiness and prosperity to you and your loved ones.

Let’s keep our roads safe this year for everyone travelling on them – if you are out and about celebrating the New Year, please do not drink and drive.

New Year’s Day schedule changes

As a reminder, there will be no green bin, recycling, garbage collection on New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day’s pickup will take place on Friday, January 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Discarded Christmas trees will be picked up as part of the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule in January. Trees must be free of decorations and not wrapped in plastic bags.

Residents are in need year-round

Last month my ward office was collecting donations for the West Carleton Food Access Centre, to help them meet demands during the Christmas season. Since the Access Centre depends on donations year-round, I will be keeping the donation box up for the month of January. We are accepting non-perishable items (please, no expired items) such as:

  • canned food (fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, soup)
  • dry pasta, sauces, peanut butter, rice, snacks, soup, cereals, juice (boxes or cans)
  • baby diapers, infant formula, household products, hygiene products

Free family fun in Ottawa

Are you are looking to have some FREE and fun family time on this last weekend before school and work resumes? Here are some great ideas:

  • Go public skating at any of the City’s 29 indoor arenas (free Saturdays and Sundays until the end of March)
  • Enjoy one of Ward 5’s eight outdoor community rinks
  • Head down to the Rink of Dreams at Ottawa City Hall or the Lansdowne Park skating court
  • Take your toboggan to one of the City’s 56 approved sledding hills

Before attending the ice rinks or sledding hills, check ottawa.ca for hours of operation, schedules and last-minute closures.

Happy New Year one and all!

Column: Dec. 04, 2014

The New 18-month Waste Collection Calendar

The City has delivered its new 18-month waste collection calendar, and residents should have already received it in the mail. It contains important information regarding waste collection until the end of June 2016. If you haven’t received your calendar, please call 3-1-1 to request one. There is also a supply of calendars at my Ward Office, so feel free to stop in to pick one up.

Volunteer at Your Community Outdoor Rink this Winter

The City is now recruiting for outdoor rink operators and volunteers for the 2014-2015 season. There are several outdoor rinks in Ward 5 (and more than 250 city-wide). If you would like to volunteer to help keep the rinks operational, supervising, or assisting with winter activities and events, please contact the City of Ottawa Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590 or email seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

Free Public Skating Thanks to RBC

The Royal Bank of Canada has once again brought free public skating weekends to the City of Ottawa each Saturday and Sunday until the end of March 2015. Public skating is free for participants during regularly scheduled public skating sessions at all 29 indoor arenas.

Christmas in Constance Bay

On Saturday, December 6, from 9am-11am, Constance & Buckham’s Community Association (CBBCA) is having their annual Breakfast with Santa. Also happening at the Community Centre is their Christmas One of a Kind Sale from 9am to 5pm. Also taking place is the CBBCA’s annual Santa Claus parade. Floats will gather on Baillie Ave and will start at 1pm. The parade will run along Bayview Drive to Len Purcell and will end at the Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.). There will be a collection of non-perishable food items.

Carp Farmers’ Christmas Market

The Carp Farmers’ Christmas Market is happening Friday, December 5 from 3-8pm and Saturday, December 6 from 8am-2pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. With over 60 local vendors on hand, this is a great opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done while also supporting local business. The Market will be collecting non-perishable food for the West Carleton Food Bank.