Column: December 14, 2017

MVCA extends financial relief deadline for flood victims

At the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) Board of Directors meeting on December 6, the Board voted in favour of extending its decision to provide financial relief to 2017 flood victims. Initially this was to end on December 31, 2017, but due to a large number of applications received, there was concern not everyone affected has had the opportunity to submit. The deadline has been extended to August 31, 2018.

In May 2017, the MVCA Board approved to reduce fees by 50% to permits received in relation to reconstruction/repair of residences and charge $25 for alteration of shorelines that have been impacted by the flood of 2017 along the Ottawa River. The reduction applies to current landowner applications only. For landowners looking for more information, contact MVCA head office at 613-253-0006.

A Ward 5 “Snow Angel” recognized for his efforts

On December 6 at Ottawa City Hall, a handful of residents from across the City were honoured at the annual Snow Angel Recognition Ceremony. The Snow Angel Program recognizes residents who volunteer their time to assist older adults and people with disabilities with snow removal.

At this year’s ceremony, Ward 5 resident Kevin Rees was recognized for helping a couple of his neighbours with their snow clearing needs. I have heard from many folks in his community that Kevin has always been one to step up and help his friends and neighbours. His small act of kindness has had a big impact on those that needed his help. Thanks to Kevin for stepping up and helping his neighbours.

Budget 2018

As of the writing of this column, the City’s Budget for 2018 has not yet been approved and will only be finalized at the City Council meeting held on Wednesday, December 13. For those interested in reviewing the final budget to confirm how it will impact you in the coming year, I recommend visiting after December 13, where detailed information on Budget 2018 will be posted.

My West Carleton-March Food Drive ending soon

Next week is the last week of my Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Please consider dropping off non-perishable food by December 22 to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Thank you for all the generous donations thus far!

Column: February 23, 2017

Snow Angel Program

Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition? A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway. Snow Angels will be recognized by Mayor Watson. To nominate someone, provide the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details by one of the following methods:

  • Email:
  • Mail: Attention – Snow Angel Program, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Cres., 5th floor, K2G 6J8
  • Fax: 613-580-9605 Attention – Snow Angel Program

Controlled Tile Drainage Workshop

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program is hosting a workshop that explores controlled tile drainage as a means to increase agronomic and economic performance on the farm while improving the local environment. It’s taking place on Tuesday, February 28, 12:30pm-4pm at the Kars Recreation Association Hall, 1604 Old Wellington Street. RSVP to Katherine Watson, Water Resource Specialist, 877-984-2948 x291,

Ice Hut Registration

I’d like to remind anglers that they must register new or previously unregistered ice fishing huts on area lakes. Registration is free and helps discourage anglers from abandoning their huts, which can end up in waterways and washed up on shorelines when the ice thaws. To register your ice hut, visit

Ottawa2017 is celebrating youth faces, spaces & accomplishments

#OttYouth2017 is a social media campaign that aims to showcase youth friendly faces, spaces, and accomplishments that have contributed significantly to the success of Ottawa. The campaign is run under the Ottawa Youth Engagement Committee (OYEC). OYEC is a youth run organization that aims to encourage youth engagement and to amplify youth voice and representation at the City. Youth can submit a photo and short story (maximum 200 words). 150+ stories will be chosen and displayed throughout the year. The top stories will receive a prize at the end of the campaign. For further details on the application process, visit Submission deadline is March 15, 2017.

Fitzroy Winter Carnival

Get out and enjoy winter fun at Fitzroy Harbour Winter Carnival, which runs from February 23 to 25 at the Fitzroy Community Centre. A detailed itinerary of events is posted on