Column: June 11, 2018

Reminder: Public Meeting on the Carp Barrens

I would like to remind resident that the Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) is holding a public meeting at the Huntley Community Centre Mess Hall at 2240 Craig Side Rd., this evening (June 11) at 7pm to share your views on the conservation and use of the Carp Barrens on land owned by the City of Ottawa. I will be on hand along with City staff to participate and answer questions. For more information visit Anyone that cannot attend this evening can send their feedback to

Rural Root Theatre fall auditions

Rural Root Theatre is holding auditions for their fall musical "Leader of the Pack" on June 20 and June 24 at 7pm at the Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Centre. There are several roles that need to be filled. Please check for all the details.

Strawberry Tea Social

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a Strawberry Tea Social on Tuesday, June 19, from 1:30pm-3pm, at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Center, 184 Jack Lougheed Way. The event is free to attend, but registration required by June 15. Call 613-591-3686 ext. 327 to reserve your spot.

City’s public beaches opening for the season

The City of Ottawa has four public beaches that residents can enjoy this summer. Beginning June 16, lifeguards will be on duty every day until August 26, from noon to 7pm at the following locations:

  • Britannia Beach, 805 Carling Avenue, 613-820-1211
  • Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, 613-792-3875
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive, 613-248-0863
  • Petrie Island Beach, 727 Trim Road, 613-824-5704

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) tests beach water quality daily for the presence of E Coli bacteria. Visit for more information on advisories.

OPH would also like to remind residents to stay safe around lakes, rivers and backyard pools by following these important water safety tips:

  • Always keep children within arms’ reach in and around water
  • Children & weaker swimmers should wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices in & around water
  • Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Keep safety equipment and a phone close to the pool
  • OPH recommends installing four-sided fencing to ensure access to pool is separate from the house
  • Children under the age of five should never use a hot tub – not even with an adult. Hot tubs are too hot for young children, may have high bacteria, and the drain in the hot tub can trap children
  • Always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat. When not in use, lifejackets/PFDs need to be kept in a dry, ventilated area and out of direct sunlight
  • Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1

Column: February 19, 2018

Carbon Monoxide Alarms available to Ward 5 seniors

Ottawa Fire Services received funding for the purchase of carbon monoxide alarms through the City of Ottawa's Older Adult Plan. Fire Services has now provided our ward office with 40 alarms for distribution to Ward 5 residents aged 55 or older. First come, first serve. Residents receiving an alarm will be required to provide their name and address. Before stopping by my ward office (at 5670 Carp Road between 8:30am-4:30pm Monday to Friday), I would suggested calling my office first to confirm availability. Contact my ward staff Sylvia Bell (613-580-2424 x32272, or Kerry Bourgaize (613-580-2424 x32256,

Prepare for Diefenbooker Race: Sign up for FREE Walking Clinic

The annual Diefenbooker Race is happening May 5, 2018. If you've been thinking about your health and fitness, why not join the free 10-week walking clinic in preparation for the race? To register for the clinic, simply register for the Diefenbooker Classic's 5km Walking event ( and then come to the lobby of the W.E Johnston Arena (3832 Carp Rd.) on February 28 at 6:30pm to be ready to start the 10-week clinic (wear running or walking shoes). For more information, please attend a 30 minute information session at the West Carleton Amateur Sport Club, located upstairs in the W.E. Johnston Arena, on February 26 at 7pm.

Temporary road closure: Ritchie Side Road

Starting Tuesday, February 20, Ritchie Side Road, from Ivy Acres Road to Upper Dwyer Hill Road, will be closed to replace a culvert. A signed detour will be in place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The closure will be in effect until approximately March 8, 2018.

Deep Roots Food Hub AGM

Deep Roots Food Hub is holding their AGM on February 22, 7-9pm, at St. James Anglican Church, 3774 Carp Rd. Residents, farmers, food entrepreneurs and anyone with ideas are invited to attend and help release the Food Hub’s vision of a vibrant local food economy that is fair for all. For more information contact

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre “Coldest Night of the Year” Walk

WOCRC is raising money to help Chrysalis House by taking part in the "Coldest Night of the Year" Walk on Saturday, February 24. The walk will help Chrysalis House serve about 150 women and children this year. Chrysalis House is a 25-bed shelter run by WOCRC in Western Ottawa. It is a place where a woman can go to protect herself and her dependents from violence and abuse. You can register to participate by visiting

Column: October 5, 2017

WOCRC hosting Flu Shot Clinic in Fitzroy

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) in the Fitzroy Harbour Hub at Bethel St Andrew's United Church, 184 Jack Lougheed Way will be holding flu shot clinic on Tuesday Oct 24, from 2-6pm. To help in the planning, please register by October 13 by calling 613-591-3686 ext. 327.

Please note, Ottawa Public Health will be starting their annual city-wide Flu Clinics in the near future. When dates, times and locations have been confirmed I will provide an update in an upcoming column.

Rural Community Building Grants – Last Call for 2017 Submissions

Calling all non-profit organizations located in Ottawa’s rural area. The Rural Affairs Office is still accepting applications to fund community projects and activities that benefit rural Ottawa.

All non-profit organizations located in Ottawa’s rural area can submit requests by October 2017. For more information on project eligibility and how to submit a proposal please visit

Cleaning the Capital 2017 Fall Campaign

Registration is now open for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at This is an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn some community volunteer hours.

If your community group is participating and would like my help with your clean up, email me at or call 613-580-2475. I’d be happy to participate!

Please support my Thanksgiving food drive

My food drive is still on and residents have until 4pm on Friday, October 6 to drop off Thanksgiving-themed food items at my ward office at 5670 Carp Rd. We’re looking for items such as canned fruit, canned pumpkin, cranberry sauce, canned peas, canned gravy, boxes of stuffing, packages of cookies, jars of jam, coffee and tea. (Expired items won’t be accepted). My sincere thanks to all residents who have generously donated!

Thanksgiving Holiday schedule changes

There will be schedule changes for the Thanksgiving Day holiday on Monday, October 9. There will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Thanksgiving Day. That day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, October 10 and collection will be delayed by one day for the week. A full listing of all schedule changes will be found on

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Column: April 23, 2015

Commemorative Naming Proposal: Doug Rivington Park

In recognition of Doug Rivington’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a new park at 701 Meadow Ridge Circle “Doug Rivington Park.” This new park will be built on land that has been in Doug’s family for three generations.

Doug Rivington was born and raised in Carp and has contributed to the community in many ways, including as chairman of the school board, as president of the Carp Agricultural Society and as warden at St James Church. He has provided gratuitous labour to the Carp splash pad and to making the Parish of Huntley Hall wheelchair accessible. He has also provided generous monetary support to the Carp Fair, the Huntley Curling Club, the West Carleton Community Complex, Huntley Centennial Public School, the West Carleton Library branch and local sports teams.

Comments on this proposal must be submitted by May 16 to Diane Blais, City Clerk and Solicitor Department, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1, tel: 613-580-2424, x28091, fax: 613-580-9609, e-mail:

Diefenbooker Classic

On Saturday, May 2, the Diefenbooker Classic is being held in Carp. Participants can run, walk and cycle in this major fundraiser for the Ward 5 branches of the Ottawa Public Library. There are events for all ages! For full event details and registration information visit

WOCRC offers transportation

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) offers transportation services for seniors and adults with physical disabilities. Clients can schedule rides in advance and can be provided supported escort with stairs or elevators. Clients having a medical procedure requiring sedation, will need to be accompanied by another adult. Clients living in the rural area, requiring the use of a wheelchair, travelling to a rural destination can call to schedule a drive. Fees are as follows:

  • 1-10km $11
  • 11-30km $16
  • 31-50km $21
  • 51-70km $31
  • 71-90km $41
  • Over 91km $0.50/km

Parking fees are the responsibility of client. Drives not cancelled are subject to charges. Clients will be charged from volunteer’s home. The WOCRC can be reached at 613-591-3686 or

Column: Jan. 22, 2015

Drivers sought to assist West Carleton residents

On January 15, I attended a volunteer information session hosted by the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC). The purpose of the session was to actively recruit volunteer drivers from communities in West Carleton who are able to support local seniors and adults with physical disabilities with drives to activities such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, church, etc. I was pleased to see a good contingent of residents attending the session which resulted in WOCRC recruiting several new volunteer drivers. This is a great start!

WOCRC is still actively seeking volunteer drivers. Drivers are compensated for their mileage and provided with great training opportunities in the health and social service sector. If interested, please connect the WOCRC at 613-591-3686 or

Skating season begins on outdoor rinks

Thousands of volunteers are preparing the City’s outdoor rinks and, weather permitting, many rinks are open for skating. The City operates more than 250 outdoor rinks citywide, with 8 outdoor rinks in Ward 5:

Our community outdoor rinks may close from time-to-time due to changing weather conditions. As well, the rinks are supervised by dedicated volunteers, so availability to skate may vary from rink to rink. To find out the present condition of your favourite rink, visit the above community association websites.

Attention students! Polish up your resumes

The City of Ottawa 2015 Summer Student Employment Campaign will be open from February 2 to February 27, 2015. Students interested in summer employment with the City apply online at This is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience with positions available in many different areas. For more information including eligibility criteria are outlined on the City’s website.