Column: August 13, 2018

Constance Bay Community Market

Constance Bay Community Market’s next two markets are taking place Saturday, August 18 and Saturday, September 15, from 9am to 1pm. (There will also be a Thanksgiving Market on October 6 and a Christmas Market on December 1). Located at 205 Bayview Drive, stop by and enjoy the full market experience with vendors selling a variety of products and services, such fresh vegetables and fruit, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, bath and body products, handcrafted gifts, clothing, and decor as well as ready to eat food. Barking Barista coffee will be available for purchase. Local community groups will be on site sharing their initiatives, and there will be entertainment as well. For more details visit:

Reminder: Registration for Fall recreation programming opens August 13

Fall registration for City of Ottawa recreation programming starts August 13 at 9pm! This evening you will be able to register for all aquatics programs/swimming lessons online or by phone after 9pm. For all other programs, registration starts on Wednesday August 15 at 9pm online or by phone. Don’t forget, when you register you need to have your client barcode and family pin. For more details on all programs available as well as setting up your barcode and family pin, go to

Savvy Seconds Pop Up Shops

Savvy Seconds has partnered with Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) and they are holding Pop Up Shops on August 13 and August 16, from 9am to noon, at Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre located at 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay. Gently used clothing is available free of charge for any shopper. There will be a variety of clothing options for families with children and older adults. WOCRC staff will be on site to provide information about their services and referrals.

Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family. Their store is located at 5670 Carp Road in the West Carleton Community Complex. It is free and confidential. Anyone can make an appointment to see the current inventory to take what they need. Donations of clean, gently used clothing gratefully accepted. Please note that the Savvy Seconds store location at 5670 Carp Rd., is closed for holidays during the week of August 13-17 - however this WILL NOT affect the above Pop Up Shops noted above that are happening in Constance Bay.

Rural Root Theatre - Carp Capers

Get your tickets now for Rural Root Theatre’s Carp Capers! Carp Capers runs August 23 - 25 at 7:30pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. 3 shows in 1 for just $15. Tickets available from or by calling 613-618-9789.

Carp Drive-In Movie Nights

Join the Huntley Community Association for their 2018 Drive-In Movie Nights on August 28 and 29 at the Carp Fairgrounds. The cost is $5 per person. The movies are The Greatest Showman on August 28 and Avengers: Infinity Wars on August 29. (Rain date is August 30). Movies will begin at dusk. Parking opens at 6:30pm and cars are required to be parked by 8pm. The snack bar also opens at 6:30pm. Refreshments will be available for purchase including burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and water. There will also be face painting provided by HoneyDrop Body Art.

Column: June 18, 2018

Kinburn Community Garage Sale & BBQ

On Saturday, June 23, from 8am-1pm, there is a huge community garage sale and BBQ taking place at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. There will be kids clothes, toys, sports equipment, housewares, furniture, handmade soap, home baked goods, candy and loads of other treasures. This event is hosted by the 1st West Carleton & Arnprior Scout groups to support International Youth Travel to the Haarlem Jamborette in the Netherlands. Anyone wishing to sell treasures or crafts can reserve a table by contacting Jenn Maranta at or 613-899-2486. The cost is $10 per table.

Herb Fest

The Carp Farmers' Market is hosting their annual Herb Festival on Saturday, June 23 from 8am to 3pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. On hand at the Festival will be fresh herbs, tea tasking, ask the herbalist table, herb featured baked goods, herbal body car products, growing herbs and much more.

CARPe Diem fundraising event in support of Epilepsy advancement & research

On Saturday, June 23, there is a fun evening planned of dinner and dancing in support of Epilepsy advancement and researched. The CARPe Diem Seize the Day event is taking place at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd, from 6pm to midnight. The event will feature a roast beef and chicken buffet, music, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Tickets can be purchased by emailing, calling 613-257-7128, or going onto

Story Time in Constance Bay

Every Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting Story Time at the Northwind Wireless Fibe Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay. Books will come to life with songs, puppets and exciting twists. Be transported into a new adventure every week. Snack time (bring your own) and crafts follow story time. Please note this activity is offered in English and French and is ideally suited for children 2-6 years old (siblings are welcome).

Rural Root Theatre auditions

Rural Root Theatre is holding auditions for their Fall musical "Leader of the Pack.” Auditions are taking place June 20 and June 24, at 7pm at the CBBCA (262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay). There are several roles that need to be filled. Please check for all the details.

The new Ottawa Central Library

At the June 13th City Council meeting, City Council approved the implementation plan for building the new Central Library. The City will build the library as a joint facility with Library and Archives Canada at 557 Wellington Street, opening in 2024. The design process will start in early 2019 and will include public consultations on the design and function of the library. The City will contribute $104.2 million to the $174.8-million facility, along with the entire cost for an $18.1-million parking garage. The 200-space, underground garage will be cost-neutral, based on estimated revenue.

Column: June 11, 2018

Reminder: Public Meeting on the Carp Barrens

I would like to remind resident that the Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) is holding a public meeting at the Huntley Community Centre Mess Hall at 2240 Craig Side Rd., this evening (June 11) at 7pm to share your views on the conservation and use of the Carp Barrens on land owned by the City of Ottawa. I will be on hand along with City staff to participate and answer questions. For more information visit Anyone that cannot attend this evening can send their feedback to

Rural Root Theatre fall auditions

Rural Root Theatre is holding auditions for their fall musical "Leader of the Pack" on June 20 and June 24 at 7pm at the Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Centre. There are several roles that need to be filled. Please check for all the details.

Strawberry Tea Social

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a Strawberry Tea Social on Tuesday, June 19, from 1:30pm-3pm, at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Center, 184 Jack Lougheed Way. The event is free to attend, but registration required by June 15. Call 613-591-3686 ext. 327 to reserve your spot.

City’s public beaches opening for the season

The City of Ottawa has four public beaches that residents can enjoy this summer. Beginning June 16, lifeguards will be on duty every day until August 26, from noon to 7pm at the following locations:

  • Britannia Beach, 805 Carling Avenue, 613-820-1211
  • Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, 613-792-3875
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive, 613-248-0863
  • Petrie Island Beach, 727 Trim Road, 613-824-5704

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) tests beach water quality daily for the presence of E Coli bacteria. Visit for more information on advisories.

OPH would also like to remind residents to stay safe around lakes, rivers and backyard pools by following these important water safety tips:

  • Always keep children within arms’ reach in and around water
  • Children & weaker swimmers should wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices in & around water
  • Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Keep safety equipment and a phone close to the pool
  • OPH recommends installing four-sided fencing to ensure access to pool is separate from the house
  • Children under the age of five should never use a hot tub – not even with an adult. Hot tubs are too hot for young children, may have high bacteria, and the drain in the hot tub can trap children
  • Always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat. When not in use, lifejackets/PFDs need to be kept in a dry, ventilated area and out of direct sunlight
  • Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1

Column: April 16, 2018

$10,000 raised for the Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health

On Friday, April 13 I held my Trivia Night in Carp event to raise funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health. I am very pleased to report that the event sold out and we managed to raise $10,000! I would like to extend my sincere thank you to everyone that bought tickets and contributed to helping make the event a big success for the QCH Foundation.

My appreciation goes out to Palladium Insurance who generously agreed to be the prime event sponsor. As well, thanks to the businesses that provided additional sponsorships for the event: Duntech Automotive, John Roberts Realty, Andy Oswald Realty, Maple Leaf Custom Homes, Constance Bay Pharma Choice, Shouldice Mechanical and Newport Restaurant. We also received 31 items for the silent auction portion of the event and two door prizes donated by the rural firefighters of Station 66. I’m overwhelmed by the generosity and thank everyone for helping make a difference in our community.

The Hopes Rising Campaign is a $5 million campaign to enhance and improve mental healthcare for a rapidly growing number of adults and families in need of mental healthcare in our community. If you want to contribute to this campaign you can do so by going to:

WOCRC Board of Directors Recruitment

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) is currently recruiting new members to their Board of Directors 2018-2019 and they have extended the deadline to receive applications to April 18, 2018. If interested, send your application to For full details on the posting and application submission requirements go to

Pong’s Poutine – 4th annual fundraiser for CHEO

Pong’s Poutine (2079 Carp Rd.) is hosting their 4th Annual Chips & Cheese for CHEO fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, from 11am to 3pm. All proceeds from their specialty CHEO poutines will be donated to the CHEO Foundation. Please spread the word and support this important cause.

Karson Aggregates – Public Open House

Karson Aggregates will be hosting a Public Open House to discuss noise and vibration issues related to Huntley Quarry blasting operations. The quarry is located at 2300 Carp Rd. The Open House will take place Thursday, April 19 at 7pm at Karson’s offices located at 3232 Carp Rd. All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Rural Root Theatre

Tickets are now on sale for Rural Root Theatre’s spring production of “Steel Magnolias.” To purchase tickets go to

Diefenbooker Classic

The 22nd edition of the Diefenbooker Classic is happening Saturday, May 5. There are events for all ages including 5 and 10km running races, a 5km walk, and 5, 18 and 33km cycle tours. For more details and to register go to

Column: July 6, 2017

Garbage & recycling collection calendars

Hard copies of the new garbage/recycling collection calendars are available for pick up at my ward office, 5670 Carp Rd. The new calendar covers June 2017 to May 2018. The City of Ottawa’s website has a useful online tool available where residents can:

•    view, download and print the collection calendar
•    sign up for email, phone or twitter reminders
•    upload to your personal calendar (Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, iCal)
•    request a calendar be mailed to your home.

For more information visit

Open air fires – Don’t forget your permit

Prior to setting an open air fire, residents are required to get a burn permit and should contact Ottawa Fire Services at 613-580-2880 to confirm that a fire ban is not in effect. The West Carleton Client Service Centre, at 5670 Carp Road, issues Open Air Fire Permits on Wednesdays from 8:30am-4:30pm. Permits and can also be obtained at the Carp Fire Station, 475 Donald B. Munro Drive, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30am-4pm, 613-580-2424, ext. 32260. For more information about open air fire permits and regulations, please refer to the Burn Permit webpage at

Green Acres Reforestation Program

The Green Acres Reforestation Program is looking for empty, idle fields to transform into thriving, green woodlands. If you have a minimum of one acre of suitable land and are interested in planting at least 500 trees, call 613-692-3571 or 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1175. The Green Acres Program can help with:

•    customized planting plans
•    free onsite technical advice
•    site preparation
•    ordering, handling and planting of trees
•    everything needed to make your tree planting project a success
•    signification subsidies available on all projects

Rural Root Theatre Fundraiser

Murder at Cafe Noir is a murder mystery dinner theatre staged by the Rural Root Theatre Company at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. It will run Friday, July 7, Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9. Doors open at 6:30pm on Friday and Saturday. Show starts at 7:15pm. On Sunday, doors will open at 1pm with the show starting at 1:30pm. Tickets are $40 each and include a three-course meal. All proceeds go towards the flood relief effort in West Carleton. Tickets can be purchased by calling 613-618-9789 or via