Column: March 21, 2019

Orphaned Wildlife

The City’s By-law & Regulatory Services (BLRS) is receiving calls regarding injured and orphaned wildlife. Please note, not all wild animals found alone without an adult are orphans. It’s common for mothers to leave their babies in the nest/den while they forage for food. In most cases, these mothers will return to their young. If you find a baby wild mammal on its own, contact the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary first before calling 3-1-1 (613-258-9480 or www.rideauwildlife.org). Do not attempt to move the animal from its den/nest or to feed it. If you have already touched the animal, return it to where it was found. It’s a myth that the mother will reject her babies if they have been touched. Please note BLRS only responds to calls about injured or sick small wild animals.

Reporting potholes

If you see potholes on our roads, please call 3-1-1, or report it online at ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa. You will receive a service request number making it easier to track for follow up, and your request will be sent to the appropriate department for action.

Mailbox damage

Occasionally mailboxes may get damaged by passing snow plows. Mailboxes will be repaired or replaced as determined by the City’s Roads Department Supervisor. Mailboxes damaged by the snow that comes off the wing of the snow plow will not be eligible for repair or replacement. Mailboxes will be replaced by something basic. Damaged posts will be replaced by a temporary one with permanent repairs undertaken after the frost is gone. To report a damaged mailbox, call 3-1-1 or report it via ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa.

Spring Cleaning the Capital

Early bird registration is open for the City’s Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. This is also an excellent opportunity for high school students to earn some community volunteer hours.

Camp FFIT

If you know a young woman between the ages 15 and 19 who is interested in a career in firefighting, please have them apply for Camp FFIT 2019 (Female Firefighters in Training). Camp FFIT will run from August 12 to 16. Deadline to apply is May 24. Go to ottawa.ca to get all the details, including eligibility requirements and application information.

Column: April 9, 2018

Apply Now for Grants through the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding to landowners and non-profit organizations for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality.
Grants of up to $15,000 are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation. The next application deadline is May 1, 2018.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre. They can be contacted at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Dunrobin Community Centre – spring/summer special needs sporting programs

The Dunrobin Community Centre now has its spring and summer sporting programming for special needs open for registration. All ages and stages are welcome!

  • Ball Hockey: runs Saturdays, 9am-10am, April 28 to June 2. Cost $45
  • Tennis/Basketball: runs Wednesdays, 6pm-6:45pm, April 11 to May 16. Cost $45
  • Soccer: runs Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm, May 23 to July 25. Cost $45.

For more information and to register, please visit www.dunrobincommunity.com or email  tracy.taffinder@dunrobincommunity.com.

Open-Air fire permits available online

Open-air fire permits are now available for purchase online. Through the MyServiceOttawa portal on ottawa.ca, clients can apply for and renew an annual, annual restricted, and annual agricultural permit(s) online. All existing in-person services at client service centres and rural fire administration offices will remain the same.

Reporting potholes, mailbox/lawn damage

Thank you to residents who email and/or call my office directly to let me know about potholes on area roads, and when mailboxes or lawns have been damaged by passing snowplows. Alternatively, residents can also call 3-1-1, or report the issue online on the City of Ottawa website.

Column: March 3, 2016

Paramedic service in West Carleton-March

As many Ward 5 residents are fully aware, recently there have been some serious concerns raised about the quality of paramedic services in our Ward and the established response times. This issue is of huge importance to me and I have spearheaded meetings with my rural Council colleagues and Mayor Watson to come up with a solution so that West Carleton-March receives the best paramedic services possible.

In the past five years, there has been a 23% increase in paramedic response volumes in Ottawa. As a result of this increase, designated rural paramedic resources are often required to respond to the urban core where demand is greatest, which consequently creates a greater reliance on surrounding municipalities, who are then required to respond to Ottawa's rural wards.

Ottawa City Council has previously directed City staff to complete a review of paramedic services to identify current and future operational needs and efficiency opportunities, and this service review is anticipated to be completed this spring. However, I am not willing to wait until then to deal with the need for better service for Ward 5, so at the Ottawa City Council meeting on February 24 I introduced a Notice of Motion to request:

1)    The addition of 12 paramedics in 2016, and

2)    The purchase for 4 emergency response vehicles to support the additional 12 paramedics.

This will be debated at the next Council meeting and I will be pushing very hard for this to be approved. Stay tuned!

Damaged mailboxes

Occasionally rural roadside mailboxes are damaged by snow plows. Mailboxes will be repaired or replaced as determined by the City of Ottawa Roads Department Supervisor. Mailboxes damaged by the snow that comes off the wing of the snow plow will not be eligible for repair or replacement. Mailboxes will be replaced by something basic. Damaged posts will be replaced by a temporary one with permanent repairs undertaken in the spring after the frost is gone. To report a damaged mailbox, call the City of Ottawa at 3-1-1 or report online at ottawa.ca/en/serviceottawa.

Pothole reporting

As spring approaches, this will be the time when potholes start appearing. If you notice one, please contact 3-1-1 and it’ll be fixed right away.

Column: Feb. 26, 2015

Road modifications on Carp Road

The City of Ottawa is providing notice to the public of its intention to approve road modifications at Carp Road, 550 metres south of Richardson Side Road, as follows:

  • New site access
  • New northbound left-turn lane on Carp Road at site access
  • New southbound right-turn lane on Carp Road at site access
  • New southbound left-turn lane on Carp Road at site access

Anyone wishing to raise objections to the modifications must contact the City in writing by March 6, 2015 at City Clerk, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1. For more information, please contact Mike Giampa, P.Eng., Planning and Growth Management Department, Infrastructure Services and Community Sustainability, 613-580-2424 x23657.

Mailbox and/or lawn damage

Occasionally roadside mailboxes or lawns are damaged when hit by a snow plow. Mailboxes that are hit by the snow clearing equipment will be repaired or replaced as determined by the Roads Department Supervisor. Mailboxes damaged by the snow that comes off the wing of the snow plow will not be eligible for repair or replacement. If damage occurs to a resident’s lawn, a crew will be deployed early in the spring to investigate and repair damaged areas. Please report damages to 3-1-1.

Spring/Summer 2015 recreation registration begins soon

The City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide for the spring and summer is now available for viewing online on ottawa.ca. Registration dates for upcoming classes and programs are as follows:

  • Swimming and Aquafitness: Online/touch tone 9pm on March 2 or in person on March 3 during business hours
  • Other programs, including summer camps: Online/touch tone 9pm on March 4 or in person on March 5 during business hours

Due to the expected high volume of online registrations throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, residents may experience longer than usual wait times. To make sure the registration process goes smoothly, residents are encouraged to review the list of classes and registration procedures ahead of time and ensure they have a client barcode and a family PIN (Personal Identification Number), which is required to register.