Weekly Column: January 15, 2018
With the West Carleton Review now closed, Councillor's El-Chantiry's weekly column will now be published every Monday on this website's home page. Check back every week for the latest and most important Ward 5 and City news.
Register now for winter recreation fun
The City of Ottawa is helping residents fulfill their New Year’s resolutions and start 2018 in a fun and active way. Thousands of classes are starting at City recreation and culture facilities, and the time to register is now. The online Recreation eGuide offers a variety of instructional and recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities. There are many fun ways to make the most of the winter months while keeping warm! (Please note that a client barcode and family PIN numbers are required to register for recreation programs. Visit ottawa.ca for more information).
City seeks applicants for its Planning Advisory Committee
The City is establishing a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). The mandate of the PAC is to advise on the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department’s policy priorities and its annual work plan and may also include other matters as they arise. Several positions are available:
- Residents residing in the Rural Area of Ottawa (2 members)
- Residents residing inside the Greenbelt (2 members)
- Residents residing within the Urban Area outside of the Greenbelt (2 members)
- A practicing architect and member of the Ontario Association of Architects (1 member)
- A practicing landscape architect and member of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (1 member)
- A practicing professional planner and member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (1 member)
Members of the Planning Advisory Committee will be required to prepare for and attend meetings. It is anticipated that the PAC will meet twice per year. For more information on eligibility, roles, responsibilities and the application process, please visit ottawa.ca/volunteer or contact Eric Pelot at 613-580-2424, ext. 22953, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report sick and injured animals to the City of Ottawa
Starting January 5, 2018, the City began handling calls about sick and injured animals and will take on responsibility for transporting them. If you see an injured domestic animal, such as a dog or cat, or small wild animal, such as a raccoon, squirrel, rabbit or skunk, please call 3-1-1. The City will assess the situation and dispatch a fully trained by-law officer to transport the animal, if needed. The by-law officer will bring the animal to either the Ottawa Humane Society or an emergency veterinary hospital.
The City has 54 by-law officers who have received training in the care and handling of animals. The City will hire a new wildlife management officer who will lead a specialized team of up to eight officers that will handle animals and deal with the increase in calls.
The Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre, the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and other animal rescue organizations, will continue their good work in caring for sick, injured and orphaned animals.
The City does not respond to calls regarding human-wildlife conflicts, such as raccoons in the garbage or squirrels in attics. These issues are the responsibility of the property owner, who may consult the Ottawa Valley Wild Bird Care Centre or the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary for information on what to do.
To report animal abuse or neglect, please call the Ontario SPCA at 310-SPCA.
The Ottawa Humane Society previously provided animal rescue services in Ottawa, including picking up injured domestic animals and wildlife, while the City responded overnight.
The City expects to receive approximately 1,300 additional calls per year to transport sick and injured animals.
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