Column: December 7, 2018

Council to consider report on cannabis retail stores on December 13 – A report providing options on retail cannabis stores in Ottawa was tabled at the City Council meeting on December 5. Council will be considering this report at a Special Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 13 at Ottawa City Hall. Public delegations will be received at this meeting. Any residents interested in speaking to Council as whole as a public delegation can complete a form at the meeting or can contact Tara Anderson at tara.anderson1@ottawa.ca, 613-580-2424 ext. 27156 in advance. I strongly recommend residents READ THE REPORT. This report provides the options and consequences of opting-out of the Province of Ontario’s regime for private cannabis retail stores. It includes information on crime-related consequences, economic development opportunities and public health considerations, and summarizes the results of public input on retail stores. The report also outlines the key facets of the Province’s retail cannabis regime that will be regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the role of municipalities within that regime and potential mechanisms for providing feedback to the AGCO. Finally, the report provides an update on the City of Ottawa’s actions to prepare for and address the implementation of cannabis legalization.The staff recommendation contained in the Report, which has been table and which Council will be considering on December 13, notes that staff is recommending Council agree to have private cannabis retail stores in Ottawa – that is, that City Council not “opt out” of the provincial regulatory regime, for the following reasons:

- the anticipated negative consequences of allowing the illicit cannabis market to flourish if there is an absence of a legal retail option for recreational cannabis users;

- the potential economic development opportunities and impacts of having private retail cannabis stores in Ottawa;

- the public health benefits related to the quality of legal cannabis product and the education and support that can be provided at the point of sale in a retail store model; and

- the public input received in favour of having cannabis retail stores, and for cannabis consumers in particular, in favour of shopping at retail stores

Get your Christmas tree from our volunteer firefighters – The volunteer firefighters of Station 84 are providing locally sourced Christmas trees. If you’re still in need of a tree for your home, please consider support our volunteer firefighters and get your tree from them. Drop by the Public Works Building at the corner of March and the 417, between 9am and 4pm on December 8, 9, 15 and 16.West Carleton Legion holding Christmas fun – On Saturday, December 8 the Legion in Constance Bay is holding a Sandhill Seniors Christmas Party. Turkey dinner by Harriet, entertainment by Simon Clarke “A Touch of Class.” Check at the bar to see if any tickets are available. Seniors club members $15, non-members $20. Please bring an item for the food bank. Then on Sunday, December 9, the Legion is hosting a Children’s Christmas Party, from 12:30pm to 3pm. Bring your little ones for a visit with Santa! There will be lunch, cookie decorating and crafts. Santa will arrive around 2:15pm with something for all the kids! Parents, please sneak a $10 wrapped gift to the bartender for Santa to hand out to your kids.

MY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE for the West Carleton Food Access Centre is ongoing until December 21! Residents can drop off non-perishable food items to the ward office (5670 Carp Rd.) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Items needed are canned fruit, canned stew, tomato paste, dish soap, laundry soap and packaged chocolate chip cookies. Please, no expired products.

MY COLLECTION FOR SAVVY SECONDS. My ward office is also collecting new socks and new underwear (must be packaged) for Savvy Seconds. Residents can drop off donations of all sizes Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Column: December 7, 2017

Closing of the West Carleton-Review

I was very disappointed to hear that the West Carleton-Review will be closing down in January 2018. During my time in office, I’ve heard time and again from residents that our local newspaper was one of the best ways to keep informed on local news and community happenings. It’s this type of local flavour that matters most to Ward 5 residents, and it’s unfortunate it’s coming to an end.

My weekly column in the West Carleton-Review has been one of my most effective communication tools. Its purpose has always been to have you, the reader, stay informed on the latest ward and city news, and keep you engaged and involved. I will be continuing my weekly column after the paper closes, but how I distribute it to ensure maximum coverage remains to be finalized.

I know there is a segment of the West Carleton community that appreciates having the physical paper delivered to their home every week and, for some, the move to a digital/internet format may be an issue. I will be working with my staff in the coming weeks to come up with a strategy on how to keep everyone informed. Stay tuned to a future column in the next couple of weeks, as I will be providing my communications game plan going forward.

To the staff of the West Carleton-Review, I would like extend my sincere thanks for all of the work and help you’ve provided to my staff and I over the years. Thank you also for the diligent reporting you have done every week to promote Ward 5.

Congratulations to Julie & Cindy Delahunt

The Senate of Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of its first sitting by awarding commemorative medals. In a ceremony held last week, medals were awarded to Canadians actively involved in their communities who, through generosity, dedication, volunteerism and hard work, make their communities a better place to live. Congratulations to Julie and Cindy Delahunt, owners of Dunrobin Meat & Grocery, who were awarded medals by Senator Vern White.  

Reminder: West Carleton-March Food Drive

My Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is ongoing! Drop off non-perishable food to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Collection continues until December 22. Please, no expired products.

Column: November 30, 2017

Snow clearing maintenance standards

As winter will soon be upon us, I want to remind residents of the City’s snow clearing maintenance standards. Roads Services is responsible for the City’s snow and ice control program. An effective winter maintenance program is essential to allow the City to function under normal winter weather conditions.

When a snowstorm begins, crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors first and then move to residential roads. The City has developed maintenance standards and they are used to prioritize how frequently roads are plowed, how ice is controlled and how snow is removed. City crews plow residential roads to a snow-packed surface. When necessary, materials will be applied to keep roads safe.

All high priority roads and arterials (like Carp, Dunrobin and March Roads) will start being cleared as accumulation begins to the treatment standard of bare pavement within 2 to 3 hours. The time to clear snow from residential roads (like Charlie’s Lane where I live) starts when there is accumulation of 7 cm or more and will be cleared within 10 hours from the end of snow accumulation to a treatment standard of snow packed.

With approximately 882 km of roads in West Carleton-March, City crews cannot possibly plow all our roads at the same time. The maintenance standards in place work well and keep residents and vehicles moving in the most efficient way possible. More information on snow clearing standards are posted on ottawa.ca.

During a snow event, residents can inquire about snow clearing on their road by submitting an online service request via ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1 directly.

Christmas spirit alive & well in Ward 5

December is going to be busy month in West Carleton with many holiday events scheduled. From bake sales and craft fairs, to parades and Christmas concerts, there is something for everyone’s taste this holiday season. Visit the “Ward Events” section of my website frequently (eliel-chantiry.ca) as I’ve listed some of the upcoming events taking place.

Reminder: West Carleton-March Food Drive

My Christmas food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) is now ongoing! Drop off non-perishable food items to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Collection continues until December 22. Please, no expired products.