Column: June 13, 2019

State of emergency lifted

As of June 12, Mayor Watson terminated the state of emergency, which was declared on April 25 in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. The City’s emergency operations centre remains in operation while the flood response and recovery are ongoing. The City of Ottawa continues to assist residents and businesses return to a state of normalcy following the flooding. The City has implemented a demobilization guide to oversee ongoing work in the following areas:

• Debris Management
• Infrastructure services
• Building Code services
• Well water testing

Keep up-to-date with latest flood information through and the City’s “2019 Spring Flood” Facebook group page.

Ward 5 resident receives City Builder Award

At the City Council meeting on June 12, Ward 5 resident Janet Mason was presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award. While working over 30 years in management positions within the defence and technology industries, Janet Mason has always found time for the environment. In the last several years, she has volunteered for several environmental groups and initiatives. She helped co-found the Friends of the Carp Hill and led the development of the recreation trail system. She still chairs the volunteer organization, as she does with the Friends of the Carp River. Her commitment to the environment does not end there. For the past five years, Ms. Mason has sat on the board of directors for the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. She has spent the last five months as chair, representing the City of Ottawa. She has served as the Chair of the Ottawa Stewardship Council and sat on the boards of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club. She remains a champion for environmental issues facing Ottawa’s west end. Congratulations to Janet!

West Carleton Garden Club - Garden Tour

The West Carleton Garden Club is hosting a Garden Tour of nine local gardens on Saturday, June 15 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will go towards the purchase of a garden bench for Carp Memorial Hall. The tour will include a diverse variety of gardens in and around the Carp area: large and a small suburban properties, some larger acreages, a community garden, the garden of a commercial business and also, KIN Vineyards. A Victorian tea will be served at the Huntley Mess Hall. More information including where to buy tickets can be found on the Garden Club’s website at

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