Column: November 2, 2017

Please yield when you see a green light coming your way

The City of Ottawa would like to remind motorists that vehicles with green flashing lights are being driven by volunteer firefighters who are responding to a call. As a courtesy, all road users are asked to allow these vehicles to pass quickly and safely.

Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters. Through the Green Light program, volunteer firefighters are equipped with green flashing lights for their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s vehicle, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency.

Drivers are asked, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. This may mean pulling over, if it is safe to do so, to allow the vehicle to pass.

Volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency typically need to drive their personal vehicles to a nearby fire station where they can transfer into a fire vehicle before responding to the scene of an incident. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact because every second counts.

To increase awareness of the Green Light program, the City launched an awareness campaign on October 25. Drivers in rural areas may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding them of the program. An instructive Green Light Awareness Campaign video is also available on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

Ambassadors Raising Hope

As many residents of Ward 5 attend and use the services of the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH), I have joined forces with ten of my west-end Council colleagues as “Hopes Rising Ambassadors” to raise $500,000 in support of the QCH Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for mental health services for adults of all ages in west Ottawa.

The Hopes Rising campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families at QCH, as well as enhance emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis.

In the coming weeks and months, my fellow Ambassadors and I will be hosting various events to help fundraise and support this initiative. For already scheduled events go to https://qchfoundation.ca/our-events/. Online donations can be made at www.Ambassadors.qchfoundation.ca.

I am currently planning a fundraising event and it will be held in the coming months – stay tuned!

Column: October 1, 2015

Fundraiser for the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit

As many Ward 5 residents can attest, caring for our seniors is becoming more of a concern and there is a significant need to find adequate care. That's where the Acute Care of the Elderly Unit (ACE) at the Queensway Carleton Hospital will play a huge role in meeting the needs of elderly residents.

City Council "ACE Ambassadors" Chiarelli, Wilkinson, Egli, Harder, Hubly, Qadri, Taylor and myself along with the Queensway Carleton Hospital are working together to help raise the required $1.5 million community portion of the funds needed to build the ACE Unit. Why? By 2031 over 1 in 5 people in the City of Ottawa will be older than the age of 65. The 34-bed ACE inpatient medical unit will serve that influx with a specialized inter-professional team of healthcare and social science professionals. ACE will be dedicated to maintaining seniors' independence, preventing the loss of physical abilities and addressing mental health problems.

We are hosting a Back to the Future themed fundraising bash! At the end of the classic Back to the Future movie, Marty McFly jumped into the DeLorean and programmed the flux capacitor to take him decades into the future. The date he programmed? October 21, 2015. So, on that evening, we are holding an Enchantment Under the Sea "high school" dinner/dance fundraiser. This is a 1950's and 1980's themed event commemorating the two time periods Marty McFly visited before his 2015 landing. It's taking place at Algonquin College on Wednesday, October 21, from 6:30-10:30pm. A delicious meal will be served followed by a dance with live music. Proceeds will go towards the ACE Unit.

For tickets visit Eventbrite. Donations can be made by contacting AceAmbassadorGala@gmail.com or visiting qchfoundation.ca.

Dravet “Walk for the Kids”

The 4th Annual Dravet "Walk for the Kids" is happening October 3 at the Constance Bay Community Centre. It will include 3km walk, face painting, balloons, silent auction, fundraiser BBQ, raffles and entertainment. Registration begins at 10am with the walk starting at 11am.

Dravet Syndrome is a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy for which there currently is no cure. As many of you know, Constance Bay's own Liam McKnight suffers from Dravet Syndrome. "Liam's Team" is participating. To donate visit dravetwalkforthekids.kintera.org.

Column: April 30, 2015

Arctic Char Dinner & Dance

On Friday, May 1 the Carleton Masonic Lodge No. 465 is hosting their annual arctic char dinner and dance, at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Road. Doors open at 6pm with dinner at 7pm. There will be a cash bar and dancing. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased from Peter Pregel, 613-223-1239.

CHEO Fundraiser

Pong’s Poutine at 2079 Carp Road is holding a fundraising event on May 2, 2015, from 11am to 3pm to raise funds for CHEO. The event will offer an afternoon of fun for the family, and will give the community the opportunity to help give back to CHEO. Pong's Poutine will be making a specialty poutine in which all proceeds from its purchase that day will go to the hospital.  There will also be donation boxes set up for those who are not in the cheese and chip mood. As an incentive for all those who make a purchase or donation; their name will be entered into a draw for a gift basket.

Fundraising for QCH’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit

I have joined forces with my fellow Ottawa-West Councillors in the “I’m an ACE Ambassador” community fundraising campaign for the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH). We are asking that each household in our respective wards donate $30. The money, which would amount to a total $1.5 million contribution by Christmas 2015, will fulfill the remaining “community raised” component of the funds required to build a 34-bed Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at QCH.

The ACE Unit is the first of its kind in Ottawa and only the second in Ontario specializing in holistic geriatric care. It will be an in-patient unit that will help meet an urgent and growing need in Ottawa for specialized acute geriatric care and enhance a philosophy focused on patient and family-centered care.

QCH serves one of the fastest aging populations in Canada. Over 70% of their medical in-patients are over the age of 65. The province entrusted QCH with this strategic investment by contributing close to $9 million towards the unit. QCH Foundation still needs the remaining $3 million to fund the ACE Unit.

The ACE Unit will benefit all of us in the future!  Visit ace.qchfoundation.ca for more information and to make a donation.

Column: Jan. 15, 2015

Open air fire permits

Effective January 20, open air fire permits for 2015 will now be available at Fire Station 64, located at 475 Donald B. Munro Drive. The office is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am-4pm (cash or cheque only at the fire hall). Permits will continue to be available at the Client Service Centre at 5670 Carp Rd. on Wednesdays from 8:30am-4:30pm (all forms of payment accepted). Permit renewals have been mailed out. 2014 permits are valid until January 31, 2015.

Fundraising for QCH’s Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit

I am very happy to have joined forces with seven other Ottawa-West Councillors in the “I’m an ACE Ambassador” community fundraising campaign for the Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH).

Along with Councillors Chiarelli, Harder, Qadri, Egli, Wilkinson, Taylor and Hubley, we are asking that each household in our respective wards donate $30. The money, which would amount to a total $1.5 million contribution by Christmas 2015, will fulfill the remaining “community raised” component of the funds required to build a 34-bed Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit at QCH.
 
The ACE Unit is the first of its kind in Ottawa and only the second in Ontario specializing in holistic geriatric care. It will be an in-patient unit that will help meet an urgent and growing need in Ottawa for specialized acute geriatric care and enhance a philosophy focused on patient and family-centered care. ACE patients will usually have at least one other chronic disease in addition to their presenting condition making them more vulnerable to the hazards of hospitalization. The ACE approach has been shown to reduce and avoid these complications.

QCH serves one of the fastest aging populations in Canada. Over 70% of their medical in-patients are over the age of 65. The province entrusted QCH with this strategic investment by contributing close to $9 million towards the unit. QCH Foundation still needs the remaining $3 million to fund the ACE Unit. Residents can get in early by donating at www.ace.qchfoundation.ca.

I strongly encourage each household in my ward to donate $30. The ACE Unit will benefit all of us in the future.