Column: August 24, 2017

Resident feedback needed on Site Alteration By-Law development

City of Ottawa Staff is developing a new by-law to regulate site alteration. The Site Alteration By-law is intended to:

  • Prevent drainage problems
  • Protect the productivity of soils in designated Agricultural Resource Areas
  • Protect designated natural areas and other identified natural heritage features (such as significant woodlands and valley lands) from negative impacts
  • Reduce the risk of root damage to City-owned trees or other trees protected under the City’s tree by-laws
  • Establish basic rules for how site alteration is done, to avoid impacts to neighbours and the environment

Public input is also being invited until Monday, September 25. Comments can be sent to Amy MacPherson, Planner II, Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development,, fax 613-580-2459. For further information, please review the discussion paper and draft by-law posted on

GLAD Cleaning the Capital 2017 Fall Campaign

Early bird registration for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open. 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!

West Carleton Glee Club

The West Carleton Glee Club has been offering quality music programming in West Carleton since 2014. They have both primary and intermediate programs for children from senior kindergarten to grade 8. The 2017 Fall Glee Club session begins on September 13, and they still have a few spots left for interested singers. The Glee Club meets on Wednesday evenings in Carp, and the cost of the fall session is $100. This includes all training as well as the final concert. Other performance opportunities may arise throughout the session. To register or for additional information, email

The Glee Club is always looking for performance opportunities in the Ottawa area. Please contact Music Director Jennifer Britton at or 613-883-3571 to discuss how the Glee Kids could add to your event!

School resuming soon – watch out for kids

With children heading back to school next week, drivers are being reminded to slow down and be cautious around school buses and in school zones. Wishing all students good luck this school year!

Column: June 30, 2016

Temporary road closure

Please take note that John Shaw Road will be closed from Grants Side Road to Kinburn Side Road from July 4 to September 2016 in order to complete rehabilitation work on Anderson Bridge. Notification signs will be posted and local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park back again this summer

Fitzroy Provincial Park is hosting the free 2016 Concerts in the Park series every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical line up includes Mick Armitage Band (July 7), Sidewinder (July 14), The Ramblin Valley Band (July 21) and Ambush (July 28). The eveningbegins at 6pm with a BBQ (cash only) available courtesy of local youth groups. All funds will go towards local youth initiatives. Concerts begin at 7pm. Donations will also be collected for CHEO. For more information, contact Beata Arseneault at 613-580-9696.

West Carleton Glee Club

I was pleased to learn that the West Carleton Glee Club is once again offering programming for students from grades 1-8. They will be meeting on Wednesday nights in Carp starting August 24. Sessions run for ten weeks, with a concert on the last night. The Club's focus is on fun, contemporary music with a hint of musical theatre. All children are welcome! To register email or call 613-883-3571 or visit

Canada Day schedule changes

There will be some schedule changes to city services for the Canada Day holiday. Please go to for details on all the service changes. Of note, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on July 1. Canada Day’s pick up will be on Saturday, July 2. In addition, the collection of green bin, recycling and garbage will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

Canada Day in Ward 5

Check out the “Ward Events” section of my website for a listing of some of the great festivities happening in Ward 5 on July 1 – including a FREE seniors’ pancake breakfast hosted by the Huntley Community Association and sponsored by me. All West Carleton-March seniors are invited to attend between 8:30-10:30am at the Mess Hall in Carp, 2240 Carp Rd.

Wishing everyone a fun-filled Canada Day! If you plan on celebrating, please do so responsibly.