Column: January 4, 2018

Happy New Year!

My wife Maha and I want to wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

I would like to thank residents who generously donated to my Christmas food drive in December. The many contributions received helped the West Carleton Food Access Centre fulfill the demand during the holiday season. Please remember, WCFAC are in need of non-perishable food donations year-round and will gratefully accept your donations at any time. They are located at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road.

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2018

Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OOYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the regional recognition award and title of Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmer as long as they meet the following program eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Nominations are due by January 15th, 2018 and are available at www.oyfontario.ca/nominations.html.

Safety first on snowmobile trails

Every winter we hear stories of accidents and mishaps on our snowmobile trails. Please consider these safety precautions when heading out on the trails:

  • Machines should be carefully checked before heading out,
  • Snowmobiles should have all required permits and insurance,
  • Proper gear should be worn including an approved helmet,
  • Always ride with a partner,
  • Stay on approved trails and do not trespass,
  • The maximum speed on trails is 50 km/h and 20 km/h where posted,
  • Plan routes and advise someone of travel plans and arrival times,
  • Carry a cell phone and GPS,
  • When riding across ice, wear a floatation device or a floater suit,
  • Watch out for obstacles on trails such as trees, branches, trail washouts and snow banks,
  • Pedestrians and snowmobilers should be respectful of each other and share the trails,
  • Snowmobilers should slow down when passing pedestrians,
  • Pedestrians should move off to the side of the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass by safely, and
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times while on the trails (as stipulated in The Animal Care and Control By-Law No. 2003-77, dogs are never allowed to run at large when off the owner’s property).

For information on our trails, visit the West Carleton Snowmobile Association's website at wcstai.com.

Column: December 8, 2016

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2017
 
Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OOYF) 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 following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Nominations are dueJanuary 15, 2017 and are available at www.oyfontario.ca/nominations.html.
 
Snow Go Program
 
If you need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter, the Snow Go Program can help. It is divided into two parts:
 
The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
 
The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who pay excessively high costs for snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.
 
Check ottawa.ca/snowgo to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.
 
Carp Christmas Parade
 
Please note, Carp Road will be temporarily closed on December 10, starting at 11:45am, to accommodate the 8th Annual Carp Christmas Parade. The parade will enter onto Carp Road at the Diefenbunker and will finish up there as well. The road will reopen immediately after the parade is over.
 
Budget 2017
 
This is a reminder that the draft City of Ottawa Budget for 2017 is being tabled for final approval at the City Council meeting on December 14. Over the past few months during the consultation process, residents had many opportunities to provide input and suggestions on the budget.
 
In a future edition of my column, I’ll provide an update on the finalized Budget and will highlight the important aspects that will be of interest to Ward 5 residents.

Column: February 4, 2016

Free skating on Family Day at the West Carleton Community Complex

I have sponsored two hours of ice time at the West Carleton Community Complex (Cavanagh Sensplex, 5670 Carp Rd) on Family Day, Monday, February 15. All residents are invited to take part in free staking between 11am and 1pm. Helmets are required. All minors must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times. The canteen will be open for business. I look forward to a great turn out and hope to see you there!

Hockey Day in Ottawa

On Saturday, February 6, from 1-3pm, lace up your skates and take to one of the City’s outdoor rinks for a afternoon of fun. Enjoy a game of pick-up hockey, skating, and physical fitness while showing support for your community volunteers who work hard all winter to maintain your local rinks. Remember to dress appropriately and wear a helmet and applicable safety equipment. Visit ottawa.ca for mapping of all outdoor rinks throughout the city, including the 8 rinks in West Carleton-March.

Nominate someone as an Outstanding Young Farmer

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program is designed to recognize young farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession. They are now seeking nominations for their 2016 Outstanding Younger Farmer recognition.

Nominees may be an individual, couple or managing partner/shareholder of a farm group. Nominees may also be two partners in a farming operation. Eligible nominees must be farm operators between the ages of 18 and 39 who derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from their farm operations.

For more information including nomination forms, eligibility criteria and deadlines for submission, please check the following link: oyfcanada.com.

Spring/Summer registration starting soon

Mark your calendars! Registration will begin soon for the following City of Ottawa’s Spring/Summer recreation programs:

  • Swimming and Aquafitness Programs:  Online and touch tone telephone registration (613-580-2588) starting on Monday, March 7 at 9pm or in-person on Tuesday, March 8 during regular business hours.
  • All other Recreation Programs and Summer Camps:  Online and touch tone telephone registration (613-580-2588) starting Wednesday, March 9 at 9pm or in-person on Thursday, March 10 during regular business hours.

The Recreation eGuide for Spring/Summer 2016 will be available on ottawa.ca starting Monday, February 17.

Column: November 12, 2015

Update on the West Carleton Environmental Centre expansion

In last week’s column, I noted that earlier this year the City received a site plan control application from Waste Management of Canada for the West Carleton Environmental Centre to permit an expansion to the existing waste disposal facility.

When the application was received, the City put a holding provision (h) on the property which could not be removed until the site plan control application was approved. As of last week, city staff approved the application and recommended the holding provision (h) be lifted. As part the approval process, the City put in place 38 conditions that Waste Management must meet before the site plan could be registered and any work take place on the property. Waste Management has agreed and expansion work won’t begin until all conditions are met.

At the Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee on November 5, city staff presented an information report recommending the lifting of holding provision (h). Next, it will be presented at City Council where staff will recommend Council pass a by-law to lift holding provision (h).

It will still be some time before any work is started on the expansion. The City will continue to work closely with Waste Management as they fulfill their site plan conditions.

For more information on the planned expansion and the approvals process, visit my website (eliel-chantiry.ca). Under the “Latest News” section of the home page, I’ve provide some detailed background information as well as a Q & A document.

Temporary road closure

Please note that McGee Side Road from Spruce Ridge Road to David Manchester Drive will be closed from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20, 2015 to complete work on small culvert replacements. There will be a signed detour and local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Nominate an outstanding young farmer

Do you know a farmer or a farm couple who exemplify excellence in their profession? Then why not nominate them for Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmer through the Outstanding Young Farmers Program. A farmer or farm couple can be nominated as long as they are between ages 18-39, are farm operators and derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming. Nominations are due by December 2, 2015 via oyfontario.ca/nominations.

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 www.oyfontario.ca/nominations.

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 http://www.pqchc.com/seniors/seniors-outreach/.

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

The next edition of my monthly newsletter will be emailed out next week. I strongly encourage residents to sign up to receive it. I make a concerted effort to include as much information as possible on the latest events and initiatives happening throughout Ward 5, as well as the latest on City-wide issues. To subscribe you can either email Ward5@ottawa.ca or visit my website at www.eliel-chantiry.ca.