Column: August 8, 2019

Garbage collection issues in Ward 5

Over the past couple of weeks, since the Waste Management facility on Westbrook Road experienced a small fire which affected some of the fleet of collection vehicles, there have been some ongoing issues with garbage pickup in Ward 5. The City is working with the contractor to meet our service standards and will continue to be following the City’s Contract Administration Policy to continue to keep Waste Management accountable. In the meantime, the contractor is bringing in additional trucks, mechanics, drivers, and logistics people to help meet the current demand. Please call 3-1-1 if your garbage is not collected on schedule.

Culvert replacement - Rochon Way

Rochon Way, from Dunrobin Rd. to O’Hara Dr. will be closed from August 12 to 16 (weather permitting) to complete a culvert replacement. Notification signs will be posted and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Culvert replacement - Kilmaurs Side Rd.

Kilmaurs Side Road will be closed between Woodkilton Rd. and Dunrobin Rd., beginning August 6 for a period of three weeks (weather permitting). The closure is required for the replacement of an existing bridge culvert. Detours will be in place and only local traffic access will be available.

Speeding on our roads

My office receives frequent calls from residents regarding speeding on our roads. Residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked, allowing them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed.

Calls for service

I am frequently ‘tagged’ in Facebook posts on my personal Facebook page, from residents who are posting various concerns relating city services (road maintenance, potholes, by-law, garbage collection, etc.). I need to reiterate that just because a resident has tagged me in their post, does not mean it will be seen right away or actioned. My Facebook account is personal account. It is not monitored 24-7 and my staff do not access this account, so any city related concerns posted may not be addressed in a timely manner. Instead, resident should do one of the following:

• Call 3-1-1

• Complete an online service request via ServiceOttawa on ottawa.ca

• Contact me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca

Column: July 31, 2019

Speeding on our roads

My office receives frequent calls from residents regarding speeding on our roads. Residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their system and tracked, allowing them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement may be assessed. If speeding is a concern in your community, you may want to consider installing a “Slow Down for Us” sign on your lawn to warn passing motorists to follow the speed limits and watch out for children. If you would like one for your lawn, please stop by my ward office – we have a supply on hand.

Calls for service

I am frequently ‘tagged’ in Facebook posts on my personal Facebook page, from residents who are posting various concerns relating city services (road maintenance, potholes, by-law, garbage collection, etc.). I need to reiterate that just because a resident has tagged me in their post, does not mean it will be seen right away or actioned. My Facebook account is personal account. It is not monitored 24-7 and my staff do not access this account, so any city related concerns posted may not be addressed in a timely manner. Instead resident should do one of the following: - Call 3-1-1 (you will receive a service request number that can be use for further follow up and tracking of your request)- Complete an online service request via ServiceOttawa on ottawa.ca (you will receive a service request number)- Contact me directly at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca.It's certainly fine for residents to go onto Facebook to discuss their concerns together, but please remember some of the city-related issues being discussed won't actually get addressed unless and until the City is notified.

Schedule changes for Colonel By Day

I would like to remind residents there will be schedule changes to City services on Monday, August 5 (which is a statutory holiday). Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Monday, August 5. Pick up will be delayed a day and collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete list of all changes to services.

Engage Ottawa

Giving feedback on City projects has never been easier. The City of Ottawa has launched an online engagement tool called Engage Ottawa. The City wants to make it easy for as many people as possible to engage with the City, and to participate in and learn about ongoing projects. This online space gives residents the opportunity to get informed and give the City feedback in a way that’s accessible, portable and convenient for you. Residents can create a profile to gain access to online public engagement opportunities. Registered users can tailor their preferences to receive notifications about topics that mean the most to them. Check out the new site (engage.ottawa.ca) to see how it works and register yourself with to stay informed about current and future topics of interest. Some of the current projects include:

- Rural Economic Development Plan

- Recreation facility strategic plan

- Ottawa Central Library/Library and Archives Canada joint facility project

- Elgin Street renewal

- Open Data

- Peer to Peer Parent Program

Column: April 4, 2019

Apply now - Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding to landowners and non-profit organizations for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Grants of up to $15,000 are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation. The next application deadline is May 1, 2019. Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects. Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa. Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Approval of $1.2 million for accessible transportation

Following extensive consultation with residents and users of accessible transportation services, City Council approved allocating the $1.2-million Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund to three projects that will improve services to residents. All three were identified as priorities during consultations. The Accessibility Fund is generated from a voluntary per-trip surcharge paid by licensed private transportation companies like Uber and Lyft. Funding would be provided to:

- Help community agencies expand accessible transportation services in rural areas
- Make accessible taxis more affordable by:
- Reducing taxi-coupon costs by 25 per cent
- Doubling the maximum allowance of taxi-coupon books per customer to eight per month.

Speeding concerns

My office receives numerous calls regarding excessive speeding on our roads. Please make sure you contact the Ottawa Police directly when you witness speeders at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300. All complaints received by the police are entered into their records management system and are tracked. This allows them to monitor and identify problem areas, so that enforcement and other responses may be documented and assessed.

Column: July 9, 2018

Public meeting – Communications in West Carleton-March

There is going to be a community meeting happening this evening to further discuss how news will be communicated in West Carleton-March. There will be some exciting news and everyone is encouraged to attend to learn how we can share local news, community events and local advertising. This meeting starts at 7pm tonight at the Kinburn Client Service Centre, at 5670 Carp Rd. Spread the word to your family and neighbours.

Drive-In Bingo in Carp

Drive-in Bingo is back again this summer at the Carp Fairgrounds on Wednesday evenings. Mark your calendars for July 11, July 25 and August 1. There will be a BBQ which will start at 6pm. Bingo begins at 7pm. Cost is $10 for a full sheet, or $5 for a single sheet.

14th Annual Carp Show n’ Shine

Carp Show n’ Shine is set for its 14th edition on Saturday, July 14 at the Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Rd. Registration is from 8am-11am and it is $10 per vehicle. The trophy presentations will take place after 1pm. There will be vehicles of all sorts: custom, classic, trucks, tractors, snowmobiles and more. For more information go to their Twitter account at @CarpShownShine.

4th Annual Abilities Centre Ottawa Golf Tournament

The 2018 edition of the Abilities Centre Ottawa golf tournament is set for September 14, 2018 at Irish Hills Golf & Country Club. Registration will start at 1pm with a shotgun start at 2pm. The tournament this year will be 9 holes only. Dinner will be served between 5:30 and 6pm with auction items and prizes. The cost is $75 for golf, cart and dinner. To attend dinner only the cost is $30 per plate. Register by August 10 to be entered for early bird prizes. For more information and to register go to http://abilitiescentreottawa.org.
 
The Abilities Centre Ottawa Board of Directors (which includes Ward 5’s own Todd Nicholson and Emily Glossop) are a dedicated group who want to bring to Ottawa a fully-integrated, inclusive, multi-purpose and accessible recreation facility designed to meet the needs of all individuals and families. The Abilities Centre Ottawa will meet an already pressing need in our region and will, in fact, prepare the city to address the needs of an increasing proportion of its population that will benefit from the recreational, training and rehabilitative services and programs that it is uniquely designed to deliver. Ottawa's Abilities Centre will be a community hub for healthy living where everyone is welcomed.

Speeding on our roads

I am receiving numerous calls regarding speeding on our roads. As a reminder, residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. 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.

Free well water testing

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) makes it convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. OPH has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing. As part of this program, Ward 5 residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of these locations:

•    Carp Library, 3911 Carp Road, 10am to 8:30pm
•    Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Road, 7am to 8pm
•    Dunrobin Meat and Grocery, 2808 Dunrobin Road, 7am to 8pm
•    Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Road, 8:30am to 4:30pm
•    Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Drive, 7am to 9:30pm

Column: April 20, 2017

Money Sense Magazine names Constance Bay first in Ottawa

Money Sense Magazine’s recent survey on “Where to Buy Now” recently picked Ottawa’s top five neighbourhoods for real estate markets for buyers. In top spot is Constance Bay. According to the Money Sense survey:

“Constance Bay is one of the rare places where homeowners can feel like they’re at the cottage while just 20 minutes from Kanata’s high-tech cluster, the magazine concluded after consulting with Kris Sherry of Re/Max Hallmark Realty Group. It will appeal to people who enjoy life on the water without the hefty price tag of waterfront closer to downtown.”  

The other four neighbourhoods in Ottawa that rounded out the list were Carleton Square, Fringewood, Ottawa East and Plantagenet. Go to moneysense.ca for more details.

Riddell Drive renamed Cameron Harvey Drive

In memory of Ward 5 resident Cam Harvey, I would like to inform residents that Riddell Drive (in Dunrobin) has been officially renamed Cameron Harvey Drive.

Speeding on our roads

My office is receiving calls from residents with concerns about speeding on our roads. As mentioned in previous columns, residents need to contact the police directly at 613-236-1222 ext.7300. 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.

Please be aware and slow down. With spring weather upon us, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and children will be out and about on our roads.

"Slow Down for Us" signage

If speeding is a concern in your community, you may want to consider installing a “Slow Down for Us” sign on your lawn to warn passing motorists to follow the speed limits and watch out for children. If you would like one for your lawn, please stop by my ward office – we have a small supply on hand.

Rural Root Theatres’ Spring Production

Rural Root Theatre’s spring production, “Ghost of a Chance,” will run from May 3 to 6 at 7:30pm and a matinee on April 30 at 2pm at the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased via ruralroot.org.

If you haven’t been to a Rural Root production yet, I highly recommend you attend. It’s a great evening out and their productions are always very entertaining.