Column: December 7, 2018

Council to consider report on cannabis retail stores on December 13 – A report providing options on retail cannabis stores in Ottawa was tabled at the City Council meeting on December 5. Council will be considering this report at a Special Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 13 at Ottawa City Hall. Public delegations will be received at this meeting. Any residents interested in speaking to Council as whole as a public delegation can complete a form at the meeting or can contact Tara Anderson at tara.anderson1@ottawa.ca, 613-580-2424 ext. 27156 in advance. I strongly recommend residents READ THE REPORT. This report provides the options and consequences of opting-out of the Province of Ontario’s regime for private cannabis retail stores. It includes information on crime-related consequences, economic development opportunities and public health considerations, and summarizes the results of public input on retail stores. The report also outlines the key facets of the Province’s retail cannabis regime that will be regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the role of municipalities within that regime and potential mechanisms for providing feedback to the AGCO. Finally, the report provides an update on the City of Ottawa’s actions to prepare for and address the implementation of cannabis legalization.The staff recommendation contained in the Report, which has been table and which Council will be considering on December 13, notes that staff is recommending Council agree to have private cannabis retail stores in Ottawa – that is, that City Council not “opt out” of the provincial regulatory regime, for the following reasons:

- the anticipated negative consequences of allowing the illicit cannabis market to flourish if there is an absence of a legal retail option for recreational cannabis users;

- the potential economic development opportunities and impacts of having private retail cannabis stores in Ottawa;

- the public health benefits related to the quality of legal cannabis product and the education and support that can be provided at the point of sale in a retail store model; and

- the public input received in favour of having cannabis retail stores, and for cannabis consumers in particular, in favour of shopping at retail stores

Get your Christmas tree from our volunteer firefighters – The volunteer firefighters of Station 84 are providing locally sourced Christmas trees. If you’re still in need of a tree for your home, please consider support our volunteer firefighters and get your tree from them. Drop by the Public Works Building at the corner of March and the 417, between 9am and 4pm on December 8, 9, 15 and 16.West Carleton Legion holding Christmas fun – On Saturday, December 8 the Legion in Constance Bay is holding a Sandhill Seniors Christmas Party. Turkey dinner by Harriet, entertainment by Simon Clarke “A Touch of Class.” Check at the bar to see if any tickets are available. Seniors club members $15, non-members $20. Please bring an item for the food bank. Then on Sunday, December 9, the Legion is hosting a Children’s Christmas Party, from 12:30pm to 3pm. Bring your little ones for a visit with Santa! There will be lunch, cookie decorating and crafts. Santa will arrive around 2:15pm with something for all the kids! Parents, please sneak a $10 wrapped gift to the bartender for Santa to hand out to your kids.

MY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE for the West Carleton Food Access Centre is ongoing until December 21! Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Rd.) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Items needed are canned fruit, canned stew, tomato paste, dish soap, laundry soap and packaged chocolate chip cookies. Please, no expired products.

MY COLLECTION FOR SAVVY SECONDS. My ward office is also collecting new socks and new underwear (must be packaged) for Savvy Seconds. Residents can drop off donations of all sizes Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Column: November 26, 2018

8th Annual West Carleton-March Food Drive – My annual Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre kicks off today! Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection will continue until December 21. Specific items needed are canned fruit, canned stew, tomato paste, dish soap, laundry soap and packaged chocolate chip cookies. Please, no expired products.

Collection for Savvy Seconds – My ward office is also collecting new socks and new underwear for Savvy Seconds. Savvy Seconds presently has a very large inventory of used clothing. However, they are in desperate need of new socks and new underwear. To assist them, I am asking residents to drop off donations of new socks and new underwear (must be packaged). All sizes are welcome. (Any underwear not packaged will be discarded). Drop off can be done Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Savvy Seconds is a free clothing venue for the whole family and is located at the West Carleton Community Complex. Anyone in need of clean, gently used clothing can make an appointment to see the current inventory. For more information on this volunteer-run organization, please call 613-240-8644.

Public Meeting: Conserve our Carp Hills – Please join Ducks Unlimited Canada and representatives from the City of Ottawa and Friends of the Carp Hills, for an important public meeting happening on Tuesday, November 27, 7pm, at the Carp Mess Hall, 2240 Craig Side Rd. The Carp Hills are a rare and beautiful slice of nature right in our own backyard. Ducks Unlimited has acquired 440 acres of the conservation land, adjacent to the Crazy Horse Trail. Your feedback and ideas are needed to help determine the best ways of conserving and managing this area so everyone can continue to enjoy its wilderness and wildlife for generations to come.

Carp Farmers' Market Christmas Market – The Carp Farmers' Market is holding their Christmas Market on Friday, November 30 from 3-8pm and Saturday, December 1 from 8am to 2pm. There will be a wide variety of local products and produce available, with over 75 local vendors. The Farmers' Market will be collecting non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre, so please bring along a couple of items to help support local families in need this holiday season. For further details, please go to carpfarmersmarket.ca.

Constance Bay Christmas Parade and Christmas Market/One-Of-A-Kind Sale – The CBBCA is holding their annual Santa Claus Parade on Saturday, December 1. The floats will gather on Baillie Avenue for a 10am start. The parade will run along Bayview Drive to Len Purcell Drive and will end at the community centre for hot dogs, Santa and hot chocolate. Make sure to bring non-perishable food items for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Also, be sure to check out the Constance Bay Community Market's Christmas Market happening inside the community centre. The Constance Bay Community Market is once again partnering with the CBBCA to host a Christmas Market on Saturday, December 1 in conjunction with Santa Day in The Bay. The market runs from 10am to 3pm, giving visitors time to shop for unique and special gifts with over 30 vendors both before and after the parade. Visitors can expect an variety of products and services at the Christmas Market including: preserves, maple syrup, honey & beeswax products, natural soap & body products, photography, an array of practical to whimsical hand-crafted items including jewelry, fabric, yarn, needle & bead crafts, cards and party supplies, painting and woodwork, slime and stress toys, and tie-dye t-shirts. Those looking to satisfy their cravings can choose from Thai food, decadent baking & goodies and fresh roasted coffee.

$100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale – The West Carleton Arts Society is holding their popular $100 and Under Christmas Arts & Crafts Sale Friday, November 30 (2-8pm), Saturday, December 1 (9am-5pm) and Sunday, December 2 (11am to 4pm). The sale is happening at St. Paul's United Church at 3760 Carp Road. All arts and crafts are selling for under $100. For more information visit westcarletonartssociety.ca.

Breakfast With Santa hosted by Kinburn Fire Station 61 – The firefighters of Station 61 in Kinburn are hosting Breakfast with Santa at the Kinburn Community Centre on December 2 from 10am to 1pm. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a hot breakfast with options ranging from $5 to $10. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, as well as an opportunity to get photos taken with Santa from 10:30am to 12:30pm. All proceeds will go to Station 61 and the Kinburn Community Association to support community events.

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: https://marketinthebay.com.

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 ottawa.ca.

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 www.ruralroot.org 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.