Column: December 14, 2017

MVCA extends financial relief deadline for flood victims

At the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) Board of Directors meeting on December 6, the Board voted in favour of extending its decision to provide financial relief to 2017 flood victims. Initially this was to end on December 31, 2017, but due to a large number of applications received, there was concern not everyone affected has had the opportunity to submit. The deadline has been extended to August 31, 2018.

In May 2017, the MVCA Board approved to reduce fees by 50% to permits received in relation to reconstruction/repair of residences and charge $25 for alteration of shorelines that have been impacted by the flood of 2017 along the Ottawa River. The reduction applies to current landowner applications only. For landowners looking for more information, contact MVCA head office at 613-253-0006.

A Ward 5 “Snow Angel” recognized for his efforts

On December 6 at Ottawa City Hall, a handful of residents from across the City were honoured at the annual Snow Angel Recognition Ceremony. The Snow Angel Program recognizes residents who volunteer their time to assist older adults and people with disabilities with snow removal.

At this year’s ceremony, Ward 5 resident Kevin Rees was recognized for helping a couple of his neighbours with their snow clearing needs. I have heard from many folks in his community that Kevin has always been one to step up and help his friends and neighbours. His small act of kindness has had a big impact on those that needed his help. Thanks to Kevin for stepping up and helping his neighbours.

Budget 2018

As of the writing of this column, the City’s Budget for 2018 has not yet been approved and will only be finalized at the City Council meeting held on Wednesday, December 13. For those interested in reviewing the final budget to confirm how it will impact you in the coming year, I recommend visiting after December 13, where detailed information on Budget 2018 will be posted.

My West Carleton-March Food Drive ending soon

Next week is the last week of my Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre. Please consider dropping off non-perishable food by December 22 to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Thank you for all the generous donations thus far!