Column: July 7, 2016

Fundraising for Walker family
On June 24 the Walker family from Constance Bay lost their home and possessions in a house fire. Unfortunately, they did not have insurance. They are hoping to rebuild their home and return to Constance Bay. The family has let me know that they are very grateful for the incredible support of the local community and for the generosity of the donations they’ve received thus far.
The Walkers’ extended family and friends are hoping to host a fundraising BBQ in the coming weeks. Andrew, Tammie and their teenage daughter will attend the BBQ to personally thank all of those who have been so generous.
In the interim, there are many immediate and longer-term items the family needs in order to start rebuilding and they are listed below. (At the time of the publishing deadline for this column, a donation drop off location wasn’t confirmed. Check my social media and website - information will be posted there.)

  • Immediate items: boxes, suit cases, duffle bags, Rubbermaid bins, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, towels, face cloths, hand soap, dish soap, Mac 3 blades (due to allergies), Sensitive Skin Venus blades (due to allergies), men's body wash/shampoo, men's hair gel, hair brushes, hair elastics, bobby pins, tweezers, Q-tips.
  • Long-term items: pots/pans, dishes, microwave, utensils/knives, coffee cups, coffee maker, glasses, Tupperware, blender, toaster, mixing bowls, curtains, pillows/pillow cases, blankets, sheets, dish rack, dish towels, dish soap, mop/bucket, broom/dust pan, vacuum, hangers. 

There is also a Go Fund Me page set up where financial donations can be made:
Free dental services
On Saturday, July 9 Carp Family Dentistry (3771 Carp Rd.) is hosting their annual CFD Cares Day in which free dental services are provided to anyone who cannot afford dental care. It runs from 8am-4pm with registration at 7:30am. Patients can choose an extraction, cleaning or basic filling. Patients will be seen on a first come, first serve basis. Patients may be asked to wait outside – bring a chair, snacks and water.
Temporary road closure
Woodkilton Road from Thomas Dolan Parkway to Vances Side Road will be closed from July 11 to July 21 to replace a culvert. There will be a signed detour and local emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Column: November 12, 2015

Update on the West Carleton Environmental Centre expansion

In last week’s column, I noted that earlier this year the City received a site plan control application from Waste Management of Canada for the West Carleton Environmental Centre to permit an expansion to the existing waste disposal facility.

When the application was received, the City put a holding provision (h) on the property which could not be removed until the site plan control application was approved. As of last week, city staff approved the application and recommended the holding provision (h) be lifted. As part the approval process, the City put in place 38 conditions that Waste Management must meet before the site plan could be registered and any work take place on the property. Waste Management has agreed and expansion work won’t begin until all conditions are met.

At the Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee on November 5, city staff presented an information report recommending the lifting of holding provision (h). Next, it will be presented at City Council where staff will recommend Council pass a by-law to lift holding provision (h).

It will still be some time before any work is started on the expansion. The City will continue to work closely with Waste Management as they fulfill their site plan conditions.

For more information on the planned expansion and the approvals process, visit my website ( Under the “Latest News” section of the home page, I’ve provide some detailed background information as well as a Q & A document.

Temporary road closure

Please note that McGee Side Road from Spruce Ridge Road to David Manchester Drive will be closed from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20, 2015 to complete work on small culvert replacements. There will be a signed detour and local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Nominate an outstanding young farmer

Do you know a farmer or a farm couple who exemplify excellence in their profession? Then why not nominate them for Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmer through the Outstanding Young Farmers Program. A farmer or farm couple can be nominated as long as they are between ages 18-39, are farm operators and derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming. Nominations are due by December 2, 2015 via

Column: August 27, 2015

Temporary road closures

In the coming few weeks, there will be some temporary road closures in Ward 5 as follows:

  • Weatherly Drive - August 24 to September 4: Weatherly Dr. from Maley Lane to Old Second Line Rd. will be closed for culvert work. A detour will be in place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
  • Riddell Drive - Sunday, August 30:  Approval has been granted to a local community group to close Riddell Dr. between March Valley Rd. and Sixth Line Rd., between Riddell Dr. and a point 500 metres west of Riddell Dr., to facilitate a community event. The closure may be in effect from 6am to noon.
  • Barlow Crescent - September 3 & 4:  Culvert replacement work is being done on Barlow Cres. between Vances Side Rd. and Thomas A. Dolan Pkwy. A detour will be in place and there will be access for local and emergency vehicles.
  • Donald B. Munro Drive - September 8 to 17: Culvert replacement work is being done on Donald B. Munro Dr. between Robertlee Dr. and March Rd. There will be a detour with local and emergency vehicle access maintained.

Tim Hortons Fall Cleaning the Capital

Early bird registration has started for the Tim Hortons Fall Cleaning the Capital campaign, which takes place from September 15 to October 15. Register your cleanup project before September 15 and you’ll have a chance to win an early bird prize! To register go to or call 3-1-1. This is a great way for you and neighbours to work together to keep Ottawa clean, green and litter-free. It's also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

West Carleton Garden Club

The West Carleton Garden Club is holding a special meeting featuring gardening expert Ed Lawrence, who will be speaking on proper pruning practices and techniques followed by a Q & A. Mr. Lawrence is featured on CBC Radio’s Ontario Today program, and is a retired Head Gardener for Rideau Hall and other Ottawa official residences. The meeting is September 8 at 7pm, Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. The cost is $5/members and $10/guests. (It is also the gardening club’s fall flower and vegetable show and membership renewal time). For more info visit