Column: March 21, 2019

Orphaned Wildlife

The City’s By-law & Regulatory Services (BLRS) is receiving calls regarding injured and orphaned wildlife. Please note, not all wild animals found alone without an adult are orphans. It’s common for mothers to leave their babies in the nest/den while they forage for food. In most cases, these mothers will return to their young. If you find a baby wild mammal on its own, contact the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary first before calling 3-1-1 (613-258-9480 or www.rideauwildlife.org). Do not attempt to move the animal from its den/nest or to feed it. If you have already touched the animal, return it to where it was found. It’s a myth that the mother will reject her babies if they have been touched. Please note BLRS only responds to calls about injured or sick small wild animals.

Reporting potholes

If you see potholes on our roads, please call 3-1-1, or report it online at ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa. You will receive a service request number making it easier to track for follow up, and your request will be sent to the appropriate department for action.

Mailbox damage

Occasionally mailboxes may get damaged by passing snow plows. Mailboxes will be repaired or replaced as determined by the City’s Roads Department Supervisor. Mailboxes damaged by the snow that comes off the wing of the snow plow will not be eligible for repair or replacement. Mailboxes will be replaced by something basic. Damaged posts will be replaced by a temporary one with permanent repairs undertaken after the frost is gone. To report a damaged mailbox, call 3-1-1 or report it via ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa.

Spring Cleaning the Capital

Early bird registration is open for the City’s Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. This is also an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn some community volunteer hours.

Camp FFIT

If you know a young woman between the ages 15 and 19 who is interested in a career in firefighting, please have them apply for Camp FFIT 2019 (Female Firefighters in Training). Camp FFIT will run from August 12 to 16. Deadline to apply is May 24. Go to ottawa.ca to get all the details, including eligibility requirements and application information.

Column: March 26, 2018

Flooding information session: Constance Bay

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session to share information about flood preparedness and mitigation. This meeting will bring together City staff, Councillors, outside agencies and residents whose neighbourhoods could be affected by a flood. Staff will make a presentation and will be available to answer questions. Key external partners will have information booths on site. This session is taking place at the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.), Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30pm. For more information contact AreYouReady@ottawa.ca.

Flooding information session: Fitzroy Harbour & surrounding areas

Councillor El-Chantiry and city staff will be hosting a flooding information session for Fitzroy Harbour and surrounding areas on Wednesday, March 28, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Fitzroy Community Centre (100 Clifford Campbell St.). Residents will be provided with flood preparedness information and the City’s mitigation efforts. There will be a short presentation and a Q&A.

Reminder: Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets are still available for my April 13th Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser, to raise funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hope Rising Campaign for Mental Health. If you have note already done so, get your tickets now at https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital Spring Campaign

Early bird registration for the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is now open! Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean.

As part of this campaign “Capital Cleanup Weekend” is scheduled for April 27 to 29. This will be a good opportunity for me to visit cleanup projects in Ward 5 to thank volunteers for keeping our community green and clean. If you are planning a project during Cleanup Weekend, let my office know and I will try and stop by to lend a hand!

Camp FFIT 2018

Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2018. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, can apply at ottawa.ca. Applications must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre, located at 898 Industrial Avenue, no later than May 25, 2018.

Column: March 19, 2018

Flooding information session: Constance Bay

The City of Ottawa is hosting a public information session to share information about flood preparedness and mitigation. This meeting will bring together City staff, Councillors, outside agencies and residents whose neighbourhoods could be affected by a flood. Staff will make a presentation and will be available to answer questions. Key external partners will have information booths on site. This session is taking place at the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Dr.), Wednesday, April 4 at 6:30pm. For more information contact AreYouReady@ottawa.ca.

Flooding information session: Fitzroy Harbour & surrounding areas

Councillor El-Chantiry and city staff will be hosting a flooding information session for Fitzroy Harbour and surrounding areas on Wednesday, March 28, from 7pm to 9pm, at the Fitzroy Community Centre (100 Clifford Campbell St.). Residents will be provided with flood preparedness information and the City’s mitigation efforts. There will be a short presentation and a Q&A.

Reminder: Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets are still available for my April 13th Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser, to raise funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hope Rising Campaign for Mental Health. If you have note already done so, get your tickets now at https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com.

GLAD Cleaning the Capital Spring Campaign

Early bird registration for the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital spring campaign is now open! Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean.

As part of this campaign “Capital Cleanup Weekend” is scheduled for April 27 to 29. This will be a good opportunity for me to visit cleanup projects in Ward 5 to thank volunteers for keeping our community green and clean. If you are planning a project during Cleanup Weekend, let my office know and I will try and stop by to lend a hand!

Camp FFIT 2018

Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Fire Service Women Ontario, is pleased to announce an application call for Camp FFIT (Female Firefighters in Training) 2018. Young women between the ages of 15 and 19, who meet the application criteria, can apply at ottawa.ca. Applications must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre, located at 898 Industrial Avenue, no later than May 25, 2018.

Column: March 16, 2017

Early birds can register for Cleaning the Capital

The annual Cleaning the Capital campaign takes place from April 15 to May 15 and early-bird registration begins March 15. Registration is quick and easy. Go to www.ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register and then 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 their cleanup project by April 14 have a chance to win an early bird prize. 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 to help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Rural Association Partnership Program – Apply Now for Funding

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 14, 2017 at 4 pm. The objectives of the RAPP are:

  • To provide project based funding that supports the main priorities for rural organizations.
  • To contribute to the City’s rural economic health by supporting projects that will assist Ottawa’s rural business organizations, fairs and farmers markets achieve sustainability and capitalize on the proximity to Ottawa’s large urban market.
  • To assist in promoting Ottawa’s rural identity.
  • To provide economic benefits to small and medium sized enterprises in Ottawa’s rural communities.
  • Assist rural communities to overcome the business development challenges associated with smaller local population base.
  • To increase the capacity for rural communities to provide a quality visitor experience.

Guidelines and application forms can be found on ottawa.ca. Prospective RAPP applicants are encouraged to contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 27815 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re out celebrating the Luck O’ the Irish on March 17, please drink responsibly and do not drink and drive!

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 ottawa.ca, 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, l-m.bouchard@coaottawa.ca or Sarah Bercier, (613) 789-3577 ext. 16, sarah.bercier@coaottawa.ca.

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 ottawa.ca.