Column: November 26, 2015

Draft City Budget 2016 tabled

On November 12, the draft City of Ottawa budget for 2016 was tabled at City Council. The draft proposes to continue investments in active transportation, affordable housing and economic development. It also caps the residential property tax change at 2 per cent and provides reasonable cost-saving measures that do not affect front-line services. The proposed tax revenue increase is 1.75 per cent for City and Police services, which translates to a 2 per cent increase for a residential property.

To provide feedback on the draft budget, residents are welcome to register as a public delegation at any of the standing committee, commission and board meetings, which are taking place through to Monday, December 7. A full listing of these public meetings is available on ottawa.ca. Residents can also provide their input via email at budget2016@ottawa.ca, on Twitter using the hashtag #ottbudget or directly to me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca. The budget will rise to City Council for consideration on Wednesday, December 9. For full information on the Draft 2016 Budget, visit ottawa.ca/budget2016.

5th annual Ward 5 Christmas food hamper drive

My Ward 5 office is once again collecting food for the West Carleton Food Access Centre from November 30 to December 19. Please drop off any non-perishable food items at my ward office, 5670 Carp Road, Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. Items in great need by the WCFAC are: peanut butter, canned soup, packaged oatmeal cookies, 100% fruit juice boxes (pure or from concentrate) and whole grain breakfast cereal. Please be sure to check expiry dates on any goods you are bringing – expired items cannot be accepted. The residents of West Carleton-March have always come to the aid of those less fortunate and I thank you in advance for your ongoing generosity!

Free public skating

Starting on Saturday, November 28, 2015 and running until Sunday March 27, 2016, all public skating sessions held in City arenas on Saturdays and Sundays will be free again this winter, compliments of a sponsorship agreement between the City and RBC, as part of the City’s Community Champions Program. The RBC commitment to this initiative has a value of $285,000 over three years, and ends in 2016.  Residents can check public skating schedules on ottawa.ca for dates, times and locations.

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.