Column: February 15, 2019

Family Day Free Skate

I am sponsoring my annual Family Day Free Skate event and everyone is invited to lace up your skates with your family and friends. Enjoy two hours of free skating, and make sure to say hi to me as I’ll be handing out free treats to kids and hot beverages for all. Hope to see you there! (This event is supervised by staff. All skates 10 years of age and under, and weak skaters of any age, must wear a CSA approved helmet.)

Monday, February 18

11am to 1pm

West Carleton Community Complex (Sensplex Cavanagh Arena)

5670 Carp Rd.

Chair’s Report: Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

As many of you will know, I have been appointed Chair of the City of Ottawa's Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) for this term of Council. As part of this new role, I will provide updates on the latest news and information regarding my work on ARAC to keep residents informed.Interested residents should be aware that the first ARAC meeting of 2019 is happening on Friday, February 22, starting at 10am, at the Chambers at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

One of the items on this meeting's agenda is Budget 2019. (Visit to review ARAC's 2019 draft budget document). Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting to listen in and to speak to the Committee as a public delegation on any item on the agenda. Details on registering as a delegation are noted on the City of Ottawa website.

Apart from the special ARAC Budget meeting mentioned above, ARAC meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month at 10am, and they take place at the Chambers, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive. Committee meetings are always open to the public and the Committee will receive presentations by members of the public and community organizations.

Attention all seniors – Tea & Toast

Are you a senior looking for a retirement home? Do you know a senior looking for a retirement home? With over 80 retirement homes in Ottawa and the surrounding area, this journey can be very overwhelming. Tea & Toast is a local complementary search team that can help ease the stress of this task. They will work with you and/or your family to figure out your needs and then start to identify homes in the city that are appropriate. They will also stay with you and your loved one throughout the touring process. If you know of a senior or are one yourself, please contact Tea & Toast at 613-698-1319 and speak to one of their Senior Living Advisors. You can also visit

Column: April 14, 2016

Health priorities for West Carleton seniors and caregivers

Please join the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) for their remaining planned conversations to discuss health priorities for West Carleton seniors and caregivers. Facilitators are Dr. Barry Bruce from the West Carleton Family Health Team and Julie McKercher from the WOCRC. The sessions are free to attend. Subsequent sessions are planned as noted below. (For individual interviews or small group presentations call call Julie 613-591-3686 x 498 or

The remaining sessions are:

  • April 16, 2016:   10am-noon, St. James Parish Hall, 3774 Carp Rd.
  • May 6/7, 2016:  Community wrap up, West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd. (Timing to be determined. Contact WOCRC for details).

 2016 Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching, which will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2016, recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online at or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at the City Hall Information Desk, and at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 9.

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls to the office regarding excessive speeding on our roads.  As in previous columns, let me reiterate that residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. Police will only be aware of a problem area by the number of calls received. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

Column: March 24, 2016

Early birds can register for Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce the annual Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available. Registration is quick and easy:

  • Go to, or call 3-1-1 to register. The new online interactive map assists with the registration process.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.

Volunteers who register before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Service to Seniors Award 2016

As part of the Council on Aging of Ottawa’s 40th anniversary in 2015, the City of Ottawa marked the year with a new award to recognize those who share values of making a difference in the lives of seniors in Ottawa. The Service to Seniors Award will publicly recognize individuals who have volunteered their time to make a difference in the lives of seniors in the Ottawa community in a variety of ways. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 4, 2016. For questions, please call Lise-Michelle Bouchard, (613) 789-3577 ext. 11, or Sarah Bercier, (613) 789-3577 ext. 16,

Rural Association Partnership Program

If you are an Ottawa organization operating a rural fair, a farmers’ market or a rural business organization such as Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7,500 through the City of Ottawa’s Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP). The first round of RAPP funding is now available with applications being accepted until Friday, April 8, 2016 at 4 pm. For more information, including the objectives of the program, guidelines and application forms, visit the Rural Association Partnership Program webpage at

Column: February 18, 2016

Health priorities for West Carleton-March seniors & caregivers

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a series of sessions to discuss health priorities for West Carleton-March seniors and caregivers, as follows:

  • March 2, 7-9pm: Bethel-St. Andrew’s United Church, 184 Carleton St., Fitzroy Harbour
  • March 12, 1-4pm:  West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd., Kinburn
  • April 16, timing TBD:  St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Rd., Carp

Sessions are free to attend but seating is limited. Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided. Transportation may be available. For more information and to register, contact Julie McKercher at 613-591-3686 x498 or

Carp Library closing temporarily

The Carp branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed temporarily from Monday, February 29 to Thursday, March 10 to receive improvements. The book drop will still be available during the closure. The nearest alternate service location is the Beaverbrook branch at 2500 Campeau.

2016 Summer Student Employment Program

Attention summer students! Get your resumes in now for the 2016 Summer Student Employment Program with the City of Ottawa. Applications are being accepted online until February 29, 2016. To be eligible, students must satisfy the following criteria:

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • be 16 years of age or older by the first day of summer employment
  • be enrolled in a secondary or post-secondary program or institution of higher learning on a full-time basis, returning to school or graduating that same year
  • if a part-time student in university or college, the student’s transcript must indicate that the course of study is leading to a degree or diploma

Please visit to review the many job opportunities available. Students should apply online to all of the competitions they are interested in and qualified for. For individuals who do not have access to a personal computer and wish to apply, they are encouraged to use computers available at all Client Service Centres, library branches and community centres. For inquiries contact the HR Service Centre 613-580-2424 x47411.

Please note that my office cannot accept resumes and submit on a student’s behalf. Applications must be submitted online and follow the established process on

Good luck to all that apply!

Column: Nov. 20, 2014

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2015

Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple as long as they meet the program eligibility requirements: must be between ages of 18-39, must be farm operators and must derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming. Nominations for the 2015 Award are due by December 15, 2014 and are available at

Primary Care Outreach to Seniors

The Primary Care Outreach to Seniors program works in collaboration with health professionals and other agencies to reduce isolation and support high risk seniors (aged 65 and above) living at home. The program is offered at no cost to the client, and is available in English, French and a variety of other languages. Through a shared care approach, a registered nurse and community health worker are able to visit vulnerable seniors in their homes, including those in rural Ottawa, to provide support with their care and link them to appropriate community resources to assist them with their various needs, enabling seniors to maintain their health and independence. Referrals are accepted from any source for eligible seniors who may be isolated and at risk of hospitalization. To inquire about this program, please call 1-844-726-5115 or visit

Congratulations to Terry Kelly

On November 5, I had the pleasure of attending a surprise retirement party for Terry Kelly. After 42 years of dedicated service to the Ottawa Fire Services as a rural firefighter, Terry decided to hang up his fire gear. On behalf of the residents of Ward 5, I want to thank Terry for all that he has done for West Carleton-March and for his service to Ottawa Fire Services. I wish him all the best in the coming years.

My Monthly E-Newsletter

The next edition of my monthly newsletter will be emailed out next week. I strongly encourage residents to sign up to receive it. I make a concerted effort to include as much information as possible on the latest events and initiatives happening throughout Ward 5, as well as the latest on City-wide issues. To subscribe you can either email or visit my website at