Column: December 31, 2018

Don’t forget to recycle and compost – Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. Turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

New Year's Eve Party in Fitzroy Harbour – Celebrate 2019 tonight as the Fitzroy Harbour Community Association hosts a New Year's Eve Party at the Fitzroy Community Centre. Doors open at 8pm! The party will feature live music from Blackshire from 9pm-1am. Tickets are $20 at the door, age of majority only. Contact info: Sarah Wilson 613.552.7334 or Karen Taylor 613-623-6171.

Constance Bay Legion New Year's Levee – The West Carleton Legion in Constance Bay is holding their annual New Year’s Levee on January 1, 2019. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the start of a brand new year with Branch 616. The bar opens at noon. A complimentary buffet at 1pm.

Overnight parking ban – As a reminder to residents, until April 1, there is no on-street parking between 1am and 7am when Environment Canada forecasts 7 cm or more of snow in the Ottawa area. This includes any forecast for a range of snow more than 7 cm, such as 5 to 10 cm. Vehicles without a residential parking permit that are parked on the street during an overnight parking ban will be ticketed and towed. When an overnight winter parking ban is made, the City issues a special advisory to the local media and posts it on ottawa.ca. The parking ban ends when snow clearing is completed and the City issues an advisory indicating that it has been lifted.

Cheers to a New Year - Cheers to a new year and a fond farewell to 2018! Wishing you fun and high spirits tonight – and if you are celebrating, please do not drink and drive. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2019 and beyond!

Column: December 28, 2017

Schedule change to City service during holiday season

There will be a number of schedule changes to city services until Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Some changes of note:

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling, garbage or bulky item collection on New Year's Day. New Year’s Day pick-up will take place on Tuesday, January 2. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool on ottawa.ca.
  • Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.
  • The Client Service Centre, located at the West Carleton Community Complex, will be closed Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Visit ottawa.ca for a complete listing of changes and closures during the holidays.

Don’t forget to recycle and compost

Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. Turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

Stay informed by signing up to my monthly e-newsletter

With the closing of the West Carleton Review (their last edition will be January 11, 2018), it will be important for West Carleton residents to stay informed by signing up to receive my monthly e-newsletter. This is a great way to stay informed on the latest ward and city news. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox. Either email ward5@ottawa.ca and ask to be added to the mailing list, or complete the sign up form on my website’s home page.

Winter Zumba Fitness

Kick your New Year off to a great start with winter Zumba Fitness. Running for twelve sessions (January 10, 2018 to March 28, 2018) at St. Paul’s Church Hall on Thomas Dolan Parkway in Dunrobin. Sessions are from 6:30-7:30pm for a fee of $84. Contact Instructor Emma Venes to register or for more information at zumbazinemma@gmail.com.

Column: December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!

My wife Maha and I would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas season. Have fun and enjoy time with your friends and loved ones. As you celebrate the season please remember – do not drink and drive.

We’d like to extend a special thank you in advance to our emergency services personnel – our volunteer firefighters, paramedics and police. This is an especially busy time of year for emergency services and many of them work through the holidays, away from their own families, to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.

Don’t forget to recycle & compost

Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. Turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

During the holiday season, there will be schedule changes to city services including garbage, green bin and recycling collection. A detailed list of changes are posted on ottawa.ca
Starting the first week of 2017, Christmas trees will be collected on your regular scheduled collection day. Please remove all decorations. Christmas trees in plastic bags will not be collected.

Safety is best gift for the holiday season

  • Never leave lit candles unattended and keep them away from kids, pets and anything that can burn,
  • Make sure to have working smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms,
  • Keep matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children,
  • Make sure extension cords are never placed under rugs as this can cause damage to the cord and cause a fire,
  • Water your Christmas tree daily and double check the tree lights,
  • Keep your Christmas tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters and candles,
  • Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Ontario. Do not leave cooking food unattended.
  • Plan a fire exit route to ensure everyone knows how to get out of the house safely in case of a fire occurs.

Column: Dec. 24, 2014

Ho Ho Ho …. Merry Christmas!

My wife Maha and I love the Christmas season and we would like to take a moment to wish you and yours a merry and bright holiday season. Enjoy your time with family, friends and loved ones.

As this column is timely as it leads into the holidays, I thought I would highlight some important information that may come in handy over the next couple of weeks.

Don’t forget to recycle & compost

Your green, black and blue bins are ready to meet all your holiday recycling needs. That picked-over turkey carcass and other food scraps like peelings, shells, cores and bones, all belong in the green bin. It’s also ideal for disposing of soiled paper plates and cold fireplace ashes. You can use discarded paper gift wrapping to wrap your food waste or to line your green bin. Your black box can be used to get rid of empty cardboard boxes and used paper wrapping, while the blue box can handle your plastics and glass.

As a reminder, there will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Christmas Day. Christmas Day’s pickup will take place on Boxing Day. Collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week.

Safety is best gift for the holiday season

  • Never leave lit candles unattended and keep them away from kids, pets and anything that can burn
  • Make sure to have working smoke detectors
  • Water your Christmas tree daily and double check the tree lights to ensure they working properly
  • As a Christmas tree dries, it becomes a fire hazard that could easily ignite. Make sure the tree is well away from heat sources such as fireplaces, heaters and candles
  • Cooking is the number one cause of residential fires in Ontario. Do not leave cooking food unattended.

Drive responsibly  

As you celebrate the season, please remember to not drink and drive. Grab a cab, have a designated driver or use Operation Red Nose 613-820-NOSE (6673) if this service is available in your area.

Merry Christmas everyone!