Column: January 4, 2018

Happy New Year!

My wife Maha and I want to wish you a safe and Happy New Year!

I would like to thank residents who generously donated to my Christmas food drive in December. The many contributions received helped the West Carleton Food Access Centre fulfill the demand during the holiday season. Please remember, WCFAC are in need of non-perishable food donations year-round and will gratefully accept your donations at any time. They are located at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road.

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2018

Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OOYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the regional recognition award and title of Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmer as long as they meet the following program eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Nominations are due by January 15th, 2018 and are available at www.oyfontario.ca/nominations.html.

Safety first on snowmobile trails

Every winter we hear stories of accidents and mishaps on our snowmobile trails. Please consider these safety precautions when heading out on the trails:

  • Machines should be carefully checked before heading out,
  • Snowmobiles should have all required permits and insurance,
  • Proper gear should be worn including an approved helmet,
  • Always ride with a partner,
  • Stay on approved trails and do not trespass,
  • The maximum speed on trails is 50 km/h and 20 km/h where posted,
  • Plan routes and advise someone of travel plans and arrival times,
  • Carry a cell phone and GPS,
  • When riding across ice, wear a floatation device or a floater suit,
  • Watch out for obstacles on trails such as trees, branches, trail washouts and snow banks,
  • Pedestrians and snowmobilers should be respectful of each other and share the trails,
  • Snowmobilers should slow down when passing pedestrians,
  • Pedestrians should move off to the side of the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass by safely, and
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times while on the trails (as stipulated in The Animal Care and Control By-Law No. 2003-77, dogs are never allowed to run at large when off the owner’s property).

For information on our trails, visit the West Carleton Snowmobile Association's website at wcstai.com.

Column: December 15, 2016

Rural Shopper’s Bus

I’d like to remind West Carleton residents that you have a convenient way to get into town for shopping, appointments and more. OC Transpo operates Route 203 on Wednesdays. It is free to ride and is a fully accessible bus. It travels from Dunrobin and Carp to Stittsville, Kanata Centrum, Bayshore, Lincoln Fields and Carlingwood shopping centres. On the afternoon return trip it visits the same stops in reverse order. For more information visit octranspo.com/routes/rural_shoppers_bus.

Snowmobile Safety

Every winter we hear stories of accidents and mishaps on our snowmobile trails. The Ottawa Police note that snowmobiling accidents and fatalities often involve alcohol, unsafe ice, excessive speed and riding outside trails. Please consider these safety precautions when heading out on the trails:

  • Machines should be carefully checked before heading out,
  • Snowmobiles should have all required permits and insurance,
  • Proper gear should be worn including an approved helmet,
  • Always ride with a partner,
  • Stay on approved trails and do not trespass,
  • The maximum speed on trails is 50 km/h and 20km/h where posted,
  • Plan routes and advise someone of travel plans and arrival times,
  • Carry a cell phone and GPS,
  • When riding across ice, wear a floatation device or a floater suit,
  • Watch out for obstacles on trails such as trees, branches, trail washouts and snow banks,
  • Pedestrians and snowmobilers should be respectful of each other and share the trails,
  • Snowmobilers should slow down when passing pedestrians,
  • Pedestrians should move off to the side of the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass by safely, and
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times while on the trails (as stipulated in The Animal Care and Control By-Law No. 2003-77, dogs are never allowed to run at large when off the owner’s property).

Let’s have a fun and safe snowmobiling season!

Extending my food drive for WCFAC

I have extended my annual food drive for the West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) until December 23. WCFAC is in need of donations year-round, and especially at this time of year as they prepare Christmas hampers for needy families in our community. If you can help, please drop off non-perishable items at my ward office at 5670 Carp Road, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Column: January 7, 2016

Snow clearing maintenance standards

When a snowstorm begins, City crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors first and then move to the 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 snow 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.

Stay safe on the Snowmobile Trails

Every year we hear stories of snowmobile accidents and mishaps that could have been prevented. The Ottawa Police note that snowmobiling fatalities often involve alcohol, unsafe ice, excessive speed and riding outside trails and rider abilities.

Accidents are preventable if safety precautions are followed. Machines should be carefully checked before heading out and riders should have the required permits and insurance. Proper gear should be worn, including an approved helmet. Snowmobilers should stay on approved trails and keep within the speed limits posted. Make sure to carry a cell phone if possible. Riders travelling across ice should also wear a floatation device or a floatation suit.

Pedestrians and snowmobilers alike need to be respectful of each other. Snowmobilers should slow down when passing pedestrians. Pedestrians should move off to the side of the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass by safely. As well, dogs must be leashed at all times while on the trails.

Thanks to the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association (www.wcstai.com) for maintaining our trails for everyone’s enjoyment.

Column: Jan. 8, 2015

Snow clearing maintenance standards

When a snowstorm begins, City crews clear snow on high priority roads, main arterials and collectors first and then move to the 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 snow 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.

Stay safe on the Snowmobile Trails

Every year we hear stories of snowmobile accidents and mishaps that could have been prevented. The Ottawa Police note that snowmobiling fatalities often involve alcohol, unsafe ice, excessive speed and riding outside trails and rider abilities.

Accidents are preventable if safety precautions are followed. Machines should be carefully checked before heading out and riders should have the required permits and insurance. Proper gear should be worn, including an approved helmet. Snowmobilers should stay on approved trails and keep within the speed limits posted. Make sure to carry a cell phone if possible. Riders travelling across ice should also wear a floatation device or a floater suit.

Pedestrians and snowmobilers alike need to be respectful of each other. Snowmobilers should slow down when passing pedestrians. Pedestrians should move off to the side of the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass by safely. As well, dogs must be leashed at all times while on the trails.

Thanks to the West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association (www.wcstai.com) for maintaining our trails for everyone’s enjoyment.