Column: August 24, 2017

Resident feedback needed on Site Alteration By-Law development

City of Ottawa Staff is developing a new by-law to regulate site alteration. The Site Alteration By-law is intended to:

  • Prevent drainage problems
  • Protect the productivity of soils in designated Agricultural Resource Areas
  • Protect designated natural areas and other identified natural heritage features (such as significant woodlands and valley lands) from negative impacts
  • Reduce the risk of root damage to City-owned trees or other trees protected under the City’s tree by-laws
  • Establish basic rules for how site alteration is done, to avoid impacts to neighbours and the environment

Public input is also being invited until Monday, September 25. Comments can be sent to Amy MacPherson, Planner II, Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development,, fax 613-580-2459. For further information, please review the discussion paper and draft by-law posted on

GLAD Cleaning the Capital 2017 Fall Campaign

Early bird registration for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn some community volunteer hours. If your community group is participating and would like my help with your clean up, email me at or call 613-580-2475. I’d be happy to participate!

West Carleton Glee Club

The West Carleton Glee Club has been offering quality music programming in West Carleton since 2014. They have both primary and intermediate programs for children from senior kindergarten to grade 8. The 2017 Fall Glee Club session begins on September 13, and they still have a few spots left for interested singers. The Glee Club meets on Wednesday evenings in Carp, and the cost of the fall session is $100. This includes all training as well as the final concert. Other performance opportunities may arise throughout the session. To register or for additional information, email

The Glee Club is always looking for performance opportunities in the Ottawa area. Please contact Music Director Jennifer Britton at or 613-883-3571 to discuss how the Glee Kids could add to your event!

School resuming soon – watch out for kids

With children heading back to school next week, drivers are being reminded to slow down and be cautious around school buses and in school zones. Wishing all students good luck this school year!

Column: September 1, 2016

Temporary Road Closure – Diamondview Rd.

Diamondview Road from Donald B. Munro Drive to Old Coach Road will be closed from Tuesday, September 6 to Friday, October 21, for culvert replacement work. There will be a signed detour and local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Commemorative park naming: Doug Rivington Park

On August 26 the City of Ottawa honoured Doug Rivington with naming a park in his honour. The newly named Doug Rivington Park is located at 701 Meadowridge Circle.

Mr. Rivington was born and raised in Carp and has served his community in many capacities over the years. He and his wife Helen were instrumental in assisting with the development of a recreational soccer field on Langstaff Drive. Doug has also dedicated many years to being Chairman of the local school board and Warden at St. James Church. In addition, Mr. Rivington helped many local businesses and has provided employment to a number of tradesmen. Doug has also provided support to several local organizations including the Carp Fair, Curling Club of Huntley, West Carleton Arena, Huntley Centennial School and the West Carleton Library. As well, his gracious labour to the Carp Splash Pad and the conversion of the Parish of Huntley Hall to being wheelchair accessible are just some examples of his worthiness of this commemoration.

My sincere congratulations to Doug Rivington. I couldn’t think of a more deserving individual to be bestowed this honour.

History of Carp Storytelling and Bus Tour

The Anglican Parish of Huntley is offering a free bus tour on Saturday, September 10 for families throughout the Carp community as part of its Sharing Wisdom Across the Ages program. The tour includes lunch and an optional admission to the Diefenbunker. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Carp from the seniors who have been part of the community for many years. The tour will begin at 10am and will highlight several historical stories and will be followed by a free lunch. There are only a limited number of tickets and they are going fast, so please register right away at For more information, email or call 613-839-3195.

School resuming soon – watch out for kids

With children heading back to school, I would like remind drivers to slow down on our roads and be cautious around school buses and in school zones. Wishing all students good luck this school year!