Column: January 14, 2019

Survey on Ward 5’s Community Needs Assessment – Are you a resident of West Carleton-March and the guardian of any children, youth or young adults under the age of 24? If you answered YES, then the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) wants to hear from you. WOCRC is undertaking a Community Needs Assessment, and by participating you will be helping to shape how family services are delivered in West Carleton-March. As a parent or caregiver, your experiences are extremely valuable in helping us identify our priorities and opportunities for growth. There are two ways you can share your ideas, thoughts and experiences with WOCRC:

Option 1: Fill out this online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ward5ott (10 minutes). As a thank you, you and can enter your email into a draw for a $50 PC grocery gift card.

Option 2: Connect with Colleen Taylor via email at taylora@wocrc.ca or call 613-591-3686, ext 228 to schedule an in-person interview (1 hour commitment). In an effort to make it as easy as possible for you to participate in this option, WOCRC can provide reimbursements for family care costs, compensation for travel, and as a thank you a PC grocery gift card.

Free Fitness Classes in Kinburn – Adults 55+ – Take advantage of FREE fitness classes for adults 55+ in Kinburn. This is a new program funded by Ontario Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) with acknowledgments from Champlain CCAC and the Family Physiotherapy Centre. Join this drop-in program that runs until the end of the month. Classes are one hour in length and include a mix of cardiovascular exercise, stretching and strength training. The qualified and experienced instructor emphasizes correct technique, posture and balance. Classes accommodate all fitness levels, but are geared towards adults who are somewhat active (i.e., this is not a chair exercise program). Classes available Mondays and Thursdays, 10am–11am Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. For more information or a listing of all exercise classes, call 613-310-2222 or visit www.champlainhealthline.ca.

3rd Annual Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser – The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) is preparing for their Coldest Night of the Year fundraiser for Chrysalis House and they are currently looking for about 10 more teams to join. If you can participate, please gather up your family and friends for a winter walk for a great cause. For more information go to www.cnoy.org/location/kanata. Chrysalis House is a 25-bed shelter in western Ottawa. It is a place where a woman can go to protect herself and her dependents from violence and abuse. The Coldest Night of the Year Walk raises money to help Chrysalis House serve about 160 women and children this year.

West Carleton Food Access Centre – As we are now into a new year, I want to remind residents that the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is in need of non-perishable donations throughout the year (not just during the Christmas holiday season). If you can help keep their shelves full throughout the year, please consider dropping off items at our Ward Office at 5670 Carp Road. We have a donation bin set out and will gladly accept items on their behalf. Please, no expired products.REMINDER: Ward 5 residents are invited to attend Councillor El-Chantiry’s 2019 Pre-Budget Consultation & Meet Your City Services Night on Thursday, January 24, starting at 6pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd.

Column: November 5, 2018

Welcome back – After a brief hiatus from publishing my weekly column due to the ‘black out’ period leading up to the Municipal Election, I am now back at it! I will be publishing my column online via my social media accounts and on eliel-chantiry.ca. My column will be published every Monday. I look forward to this next four years continuing to represent Ward 5. Please accept my sincere thanks for your continued support.

Get your flu shot in West Carleton-March – Ottawa Public Health will be holding a Flu Shot Clinic this week on Thursday, November 8 at West Carleton Secondary School, 3088 Dunrobin Rd., from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. As well, residents can also get their flu shot free of charge at the Constance Bay Pharmacy at 131 Constance Bay Road. No appointment needed and they are open 7 days a week.

Fundraiser for tornado relief – On November 10 the Knights of Columbus are holding a dinner dance with live music by The Heartbeats. The event will be at St. Isidore Parish Hall and begins at 6:30pm. Proceeds will go toward the tornado relief fund. Tickets are $25 per person and are available for purchase from the parish office at 613-592-1961 or office@stisidorekanata.com.

Remembrance Day Ceremony in Carp – On Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, there will be ceremony at the Carp Cenotaph with residents gathering between 10:30am and 10:45am. After the ceremony, attendees can head to the Carp Agricultural Hall (3790 Carp Rd.) for a Remembrance Day Luncheon held from noon to 3pm.

Volunteers needed – Santa Claus is coming to town and the Huntley Community Association needs your help. They are looking for volunteers to man the barricades during their Christmas parade on Saturday, December 8 from 11:45am to 1:45pm. They need 2-3 volunteers at each barricade. If interested, please email shelleymccormick@rogers.com.

Kinburn Craft Fair in Kinburn – The 38th Annual Kinburn Christmas Craft Fair is happening November 10 from 9am to 3pm at the Community Centre located 3045 Kinburn Side Road.

Christmas Basket Program – West Carleton Food Access Centre – The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is organizing their annual Christmas Basket Program to help family and neighbours in need this holiday season. Want to help? Here’s how:

1) Sponsor a basket for a family. A complete list of items will be provided to each sponsor. Call WCFAC at 613-832-5685 if you can sponsor.

2) Provide financial donations to cover the cost of preparing the baskets. A tax-deductible donation can be mailed to WCFAC, 5670 Carp Road, Kinburn, ON, K0A 2H0. Please make cheques payable to West Carleton Food Access Centre and note in the memo section “Christmas Basket Program.”

If you will be in need of that extra help this Christmas, please contact WCFAC in the strictest confidence at 613-832-5685. Leave a message and a volunteer will return your call and make necessary arrangements. Deadline for requests is December 17 and delivery of the baskets will be Tuesday, December 20 between 9am and 2pm.

West Carleton Skating Club – Registration is now open with the West Carleton Skating Club for the 2018-2019 season. There are various programs available. Visit www.wcskatingclub.ca for details and registration information.

Column: July 30, 2018

Rehabilitation of Peter Robinson Bridge

Residents should note that Peter Robinson Bridge will be undergoing rehabilitation, which is set to begin at the end of July and go until mid-November, 2018. Affected residents in the area on Peter Robinson Road, Vaughan Side Road and Carrol Side Road should have already been advised of this work. A signed detour will be in place while the construction takes place.

Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service

On Sunday, August 5 at 10am there will be a Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kilmaurs (1325 Kilmaurs Side Road). All are invited to attend. Proceeds will go to the care of the cemetery.

Used book donations requested

As mentioned in a past weekly column, the West Carleton Food Access Centre is getting ready for their Used Book Sale in September and they are accepting donations of used books. Donations will be accepted until August 10. They are looking for DVDs, CDs and gently used books such as fiction, children, cookbooks, gardening, westerns, war, etc. No encyclopedias or textbooks are needed. Donations can be brought to their warehouse at 3075 Carp Rd., or my ward office at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Rd. You can also call 613-913-4234 and leave a message to arrange for a pick up. The book sale will be happening Friday, September 7 (noon to 7pm) and Saturday, September 8 (8am-2pm) at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd.

First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa mosquitoes again this year. There have been no reported confirmed or probable human cases of WNV in Ottawa in 2018.

WNV is an infection spread in Ottawa primarily by the northern house mosquito that, in a small number of cases, can cause serious illness. Most people will not develop any symptoms if infected with WNV, but about 20 per cent may experience flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches, and, possibly, a rash. The risk for more serious illness increases with age, with older adults and the elderly as well as people with weakened immune systems being at higher risk. TOPH urges residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites by:

  • Applying a Health Canada-approved mosquito repellent containing DEET or icaridin to exposed skin and clothing
  • Protecting yourself especially between dusk and dawn, periods when mosquitoes are most active, and at any time in or near shady, bushy, or wooded areas
  • Wearing light-coloured, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing including long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
  • Making sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition
  • Reducing standing water sites around your home (bird baths, toys, flower pot saucers, swimming pool covers, old tires, wheelbarrows, buckets, cans, etc. ­– anything that can hold water for 7 days or longer)
  • Ensuring all openings to rain barrels are covered with screen mesh at all times

OPH has a proactive plan to deal with WNV that includes weekly surveillance and, when necessary, mosquito larvicidal treatment of natural and man-made standing water sites located on City property, such as ditches and storm water management ponds. As part of this plan, OPH also has regular applications of larvicide in City-owned roadside storm sewer catch-basins to reduce the mosquito population.

West Carleton Online

As a reminder, this is the last that residents can take a look at West Carleton Online for free. The free preview of the website ends on August 3, 2018. Take a look around and see how easy it will be to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March. Make sure to subscribe!

Column: July 23, 2018

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several residents regarding dogs being off leash and owners not cleaning up after their pets. I would like to remind dog owners that they must comply with the City’s Animal Care & Control By-Law. A few main points to remember:

  • In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam.
  • Leashing is required on public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.
  • Dogs may be off leash in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly. Go to ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
  • Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are caught "in the act" of not removing your animal’s waste you may be fined. The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home – so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles. There's a fine for that too.

Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

  • Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
  • Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours

Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several residents regarding dogs being off leash and owners not cleaning up after their pets. I would like to remind dog owners that they must comply with the City’s Animal Care & Control By-Law. A few main points to remember:

In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam.
Leashing is required on public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.
Dogs may be off leash in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly. Go to ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are caught "in the act" of not removing your animal’s waste you may be fined. The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home – so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles. There's a fine for that too.
Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours
Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

West Carleton Online

Residents looking for a way to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March should subscribe to westcarletononline.com. West Carleton Online is a subscriber-owned media outlet covering Ward 5 news and information. This online publication launched on July 3, 2018 and they are currently allowing free access to allow everyone to preview the website. Make sure to subscribe before the free preview ends on August 3, 2018.
 

Residents looking for a way to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March should subscribe to westcarletononline.com. West Carleton Online is a subscriber-owned media outlet covering Ward 5 news and information. This online publication launched on July 3, 2018 and they are currently allowing free access to allow everyone to preview the website. Make sure to subscribe before the free preview ends on August 3, 2018.

Column: July 2, 2018

Temporary Road closure - Loggers Way

Loggers Way, from Kinburn Side Road to Donald B. Munro Drive will be closed from Tuesday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 10, for storm sewer and road reconstruction work. Notification signs will be posted and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park

As a reminder, Concerts in the Park starts for another season at Fitzroy Provincial Park. Concerts will take place every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical lineup features Sidewinder (July 5), Heartbeats (July 12), Eddie & The Stingrays (July 19) and Ambush (July 26).

Every week, festivities begin at 6pm with a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. Concerts begin at 7pm. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. All funds raised will go towards local youth initiatives. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Fitzroy Harbour Days

Fitzroy Harbour Days is taking place July 5 through 7. The two-day event is jammed packed with events for all ages. The event poster is noted under the “Ward Events” section of my website (eliel-chantiry.ca).

Drop In Pickleball

The Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association hosts drop in Pickleball every Monday and Friday at 6:30pm, and Wednesdays at 10:30am. It’s a toonie a session. Paddles and everything else needed to play is provided. Just stop by the Community Centre, at 262 Len Purcell Drive, and see why Pickleball is the fastest growing sport. (CBBCA membership is required and be obtained at the site for $10.). For more information go to www.cbbca.ca.

St. Mary’s – Berry Social

St. Mary’s Anglican Church is hosting a Berry Social on Wednesday, July 11, from 5:30-7:30pm, 2574 6th Line Road in Dunrobin. They will be serving up cake with berries and whipped cream and hot dogs. Adults $8, children $4 and families $20.

Used book donations requested

The West Carleton Food Access Centre is ramping up for their Used Book Sale in September and they are now looking for donations of used books. Donations of books will be accepted until August 10. They are looking for DVDs, CDs and gently used books such as fiction, children, cookbooks, gardening, westerns, war, etc. No encyclopedias or textbooks are needed. Donations can be brought to their warehouse at 3075 Carp Rd., or my ward office at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Rd. You can also call 613-913-4234 and leave a message to arrange for a pick up.

The book sale will be happening Friday, September 7 (noon to 7pm) and Saturday, September 8 (8am-2pm) at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd.

Camp Awesome

Camp Awesome is a Christian Day Camp for children ages 4-12 and is sponsored by the United, Anglican and Roman Catholic churches of Fitzroy Harbour, Constance Bay and Woodlawn. The camp will run from August 13 to17. Pre-registration for this camp only. For more information, please call 613-623-3882. Registration forms available at www.anglicanfitzroyparish.com and
www.bethelstandrews.com.