Column: April 4, 2018

Stay clear of ice covered waterways

As temperatures begin to climb and with rain in the forecast, flows and levels across the Mississippi River watershed are expected to increase. No significant flooding is anticipated at this time. However, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) reminds the public to exercise extreme caution around all water bodies. Banks adjacent to rivers and creeks are very slippery at this time and, when combined with current weather conditions, pose a serious hazard. Parents are encouraged to keep their children and pets away from all watercourses and off frozen water bodies, which have been weakened as a result of the warming conditions. Residents in low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

  • Ensuring sump pumps are clear and in good working condition
  • Removing or securing items that might float away as flows increase

 Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website at http://mvc.on.ca/water-levels/. The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

Council approves better green bin service

At the March 28 City Council meeting, Council approved a new agreement with Orgaworld Canada that will make it easy for residents to recycle organic waste, keeping it out of landfills. The new agreement approved that:

  • dog waste will be allowed in green bins
  • residents will also be allowed to put their organic waste in plastic bags

The full report can be reviewed on ottawa.ca. Please note, these changes noted above will only go into effect in mid-2019. Do not put these items into your green bin until then.

Fundraising event:  Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets still available for my April 13th Trivia Night in Carp. This is an event raising funds for the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hope Rising Campaign for Mental Health. It’s guaranteed to be a fun evening, so get your tickets soon: https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com.

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 12, 2018

West Carleton Softball Association

West Carleton house league softball is now accepting registrations for boys and girls born from 1999 to 2013. Last year, they had over 400 players and the association hopes to continuing growing! Games are played at participating community centres in West Carleton (Fitzroy Harbour, Kinburn, Carp, Dunrobin and Constance Bay) with older age groups also playing against teams in other associations. The house league season runs from May 1 until June 23. All skill levels are welcome and registration fees are very reasonable. To register, please visit http://www.wcminorsoftball.ca or your local Community Association's webpage. To learn more, you can contact mailto:fastball@fitzroyharbour.com.

Reminder: Trivia Night in Carp

Tickets are selling fast for my Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser taking place on April 13. If you have note already done so, get your tickets now!

This fundraiser is in support the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health.

Event details and ticket purchases can be done via
https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com

Friday, April 13, 2018
7pm to 10pm
West Carleton Amateur Sports Club
3832 Carp Rd. (above W. Erskine Johnston Arena)
$25 per adult. Age of majority required.
For questions, email ward5@ottawa.ca

Mental health will likely affect all of us at some point during our lifetimes. Please support my fundraiser and help ensure we have the facilities required to serve our community.

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show is taking place March 13-15, 2018 at the EY Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr. There will be hundreds of exhibitors and many informative events. For more information and to purchase your tickets go to ottawafarmshow.com.

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) is Ontario’s longest running agricultural trade show. From the beginning, it has been organized by farmers for farmers on a non-profit basis. The OVFS traces those humble beginnings back to 1927.

Column: March 5, 2018

Eli El-Chantiry hosts fundraiser: Trivia Night in Carp

Please attend my fun-filled Trivia Night in Carp Fundraiser in support the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for Mental Health.

Organize a team of 6, or attend as a couple or individually and join a team when you arrive! There will be a cash bar and free snacks. There will be prizes for the winning team! There will also be a silent auction with many great items to bid on! Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite: https://TriviaNightInCarp.eventbrite.com.

Friday, April 13, 2018
7pm to 10pm
West Carleton Amateur Sports Club
3832 Carp Rd. (above W. Erskine Johnston Arena)
$25 per adult. Age of majority required.
For questions, email ward5@ottawa.ca

The QCH’s Hopes Rising campaign is a $5 million initiative to improve mental healthcare in Ottawa. Due to an unrelenting increase in the number of adults of all ages requiring acute mental health services, QCH’s Mental Health Program urgently needs to transform its space and the care it delivers to meet the needs of our community. For more information on the QCH Foundation and this very important fundraising initiative, please visit qchfoundation.ca/hopes-rising.

Mental health will likely affect all of us at some point during our lifetimes. Please support my fundraiser and help ensure we have the facilities required to serve our community.

Spring/Summer recreation program registration starts today!

Registration for the City’s spring & summer recreation begins as follow:

  • Swimming and aquafitness programs: Online and telephone registration (613-580-2588) starts Monday, March 5 at 9pm. In-person registration on Tuesday, March 6 during regular business hours.
  • All other recreation programs & summer camps: Online and telephone registration (613-580-2588) starts Wednesday, March 7 at 9pm. In-person registration on Thursday, March 8 during regular business hours.

Visit the “Latest News” section of www.eliel-chantiry.ca for a listing of the programming available in the West Carleton and Kanata North areas.