El-Chantiry: Ward 5 bi-weekly news for Aug. 12

The Councillor's Column


Open Air Fire Permits

Ward 5 residents can now purchase Open Air Fire Permits (also known as Burn Permits) from the District 6 Fire Services Administrative Office at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road, on Mondays and Tuesdays between 8:30 am and 4 pm

By-law and Regulatory Services Branch – Call Volume Data – Q2 of 2022

  • By-law & Regulatory Services experienced an overall decrease of 5.5% in total call volume for the City of Ottawa compared to Q2 of 2021.
  • West Carleton-March has the lowest number of reports out of the entire City of Ottawa in Q2 of 2022.

City of Ottawa Fall Programming – West Carleton-March locations

Looking to try a new activity or improve your swim skills this fall? Check out the City of Ottawa’s fall 2022 eGuide, available now: bit.ly/3PzVDZG Registration for aquatic programs began August 8 at 9 pm and registration for all other programs begins August 10 at 9 pm. For more details, please click here.

Wood and storm-related tree debris

Woodchips from storm-related tree debris are available for pick-up at various locations and at no cost to residents. Since July 15, more than 1,736 cubic yards of woodchips have been delivered to 7 City sites. Residents have picked up the equivalent of 28,000 standard garden mulch bags, creating a beneficial re-use of tree debris from the May 21st storm. Woodchips from storm-related tree debris may differ in size and quality from what is for sale at a garden centre. There is no per-person limit and chips will be available while quantities last. Residents should bring a shovel and containers for loading the chips, and wear work gloves and appropriate footwear. For more information on where to pick up wood chips, visit the City’s storm update website. The City’s public works yard at 1655 Maple Grove Road in Kanata is the closest site with woodchips to West Carleton-March.

Firewood and pieces of block wood from City trees damaged by the storm will also be available for residents to pick up at no cost in the coming weeks. Information on dates and locations for collecting this material will shared when it becomes available.

Savvy Seconds Seeks Fall/Winter Clothing Donations

Savvy Seconds-West Carleton, a free confidential clothing service for the family, is looking for donations of Fall/Winter wear for the family. This includes back-to-school clothing for children and youth from kindergarten to university age. They also gratefully accept casual work wear for women and men, blouses, shirts, sweaters, hoodies, trousers, skirts, dresses, jackets, coats, seasonal footwear and accessories. Items must be clean, gently used, and odour free as they do not have laundry facilities. Due to health regulations they  are unable to accept used socks and underwear. 

Savvy Seconds is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2 to 4 pm at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road. They are also open by appointment. To make an appointment, connect with them on Facebook or email vljones@ymail.com.

City of Ottawa Museums and Historic Sites Membership Program Survey

The City of Ottawa is conducting an online survey at chkmkt.com/museummembership to help staff develop a membership program for the five museums and historic sites owned and operated by the City of Ottawa, including Pinhey’s Point Historic Site in Dunrobin. Your feedback is important and will help City of Ottawa Museums and Historic Sites staff to create a membership program that meet the needs of the community. The survey is anonymous and should only take a few minutes to complete. Thank you for helping make the City of Ottawa Museums and Historic Sites the best they can be! 

Your Councillor in the Community

Softball Canada’s U23 Canadian Men’s Fast Pitch Championship

Thank you to the organizers of the U23 Canadian Men’s Fast Pitch Championship for hosting an incredible sporting event at the Carp Fairgrounds August 2 to 7. I appreciated the opportunity to say a few words during the event’s opening ceremonies on August 2 during which I was joined by Mayor Jim Watson, Kanata-Carleton MP Jenna Sudds, Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton, and City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner Councillor Mathieu Fleury. My appreciation also goes to local residents for attending and cheering on the teams, to City of Ottawa staff for their support and to the volunteers with the Huntley Community Association for also working hard behind the scenes to help make this event such a success.

Corkery Farewell Party
I attended a farewell party on August 6 in honour of long-time Corkery resident and community volunteer Bob McCormick. He served as president of the Corkery Community Association from 2011 to 2016, vice president for 2009 and 2010 and was a key organizer of Corkery Canada Day festivities. Ward 5 and the Corkery community are sorry to see Bob and his wife, Rose, move outside the ward, but I wish you both the very best in your next chapter. Thank you for your many years of dedicated community service, Bob! 

Carp Drive-In Bingo Nights

Thank you to the Carp Agricultural Society and all of the many volunteers for bringing back the very popular Carp Drive-In Bingo Nights this summer. The Carp Fairgrounds saw impressive crowds five Wednesday evenings in July and August. I was very pleased to attend and see so many familiar faces, including at the final bingo of the season on August 3. 

Hudson Corn Season
It was worth the drive to Panmure to pick up Hudson’s corn on August 1. Thank you to the Hudson family for the farm fresh corn on the cob, onions and new potatoes!

Carp Farmers’ Market
I helped celebrate Mayor Jim Watson’s birthday by treating him to a birthday breakfast at the Carp Farmers’ Market on August 1. Happy birthday, Mr. Mayor!

Eldon’s Open Air Food Market
                                                                      Photo by West Carleton Online

I was pleased to attend Eldon’s inaugural Open Air Food Market in Carp on July 30, which served up delicious food and live music as well as fresh produce from the Deep Roots Food Hub. This market, located near the chip wagon on Donald B. Munro Drive in Carp, will be a regular feature every Saturday starting at 1 pm. 

Concerts In the Park Series

Thank you to the hundreds of people who enjoyed the 2022 edition of the Concerts in the Park Series at Fitzroy Provincial Park. There was great music and beautiful weather every Thursday night in July. Thank you to the volunteers with West Carleton Disaster Relief for organizing the 2022 concert series and to WM (Waste Management) for its continued support of this community event, which also serves as a fundraiser for CHEO.

National Capital Area Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament

Thank you to National Capital Area Crime Stoppers for inviting me to the Crime Stoppers golf tournament on July 21. This annual event serves as an important fundraiser for this not-for-profit program. This year’s golf tournament generated more than $25,000. I was also pleased to join Councillors Cathy Curry and Tim Tierney for the event.

Ward 5 Development & Road Works News

Development Applications

Recently updated development applications can be reviewed at this link: Ward 5 – West Carleton-March. The City of Ottawa’s Development Application Search Tool is also available by clicking here.

Culvert Replacement Work

  • Vaughan Side Road from Bearhill Road to Shanna Road is closed from Monday, August 8 to Friday, August 12 for the removal and replacement of a culvert. A signed detour will be in place during this project.

In addition, as part of the City of Ottawa’s annual infrastructure maintenance cycle, the following rural road culvert replacements will occur this summer to improve drainage and roadways. Construction is planned to begin in August 2022 and completion is anticipated by late November 2022

  • Donald B. Munro Drive culvert – 0.01 km south of John Shaw Road (4 week duration)
  • Dunrobin Road culvert – 0.22 km north of Harwood Lane (2 week duration)
  • Richardson Side Road culvert – 0.25 km west of Carp Road (4 week duration)
  • Loggers Way culvert – 0.15 km north of Kinburn Side Road (3 week duration)
  • Upper Dwyer Hill Road culvert – 0.72 km south of Hamilton Side Road (2 week duration)
  • Upper Dwyer Hill Road culvert – 0.78 km north of Grainger Park Road Drive (2 week duration)
  • Upper Dwyer Hill Road culvert – 1.5 km north of Grainger Park Road Drive (2 week duration)

Road Works – Huntmar Drive Widening
The City of Ottawa has initiated the Huntmar Drive Widening (Campeau Drive to Maple Grove Road) and Stittsville Main Street Extension (Maple Grove Road to Robert Grant Avenue) Environmental Assessment (EA) Study. The project limits for the widening of Huntmar Drive starts from Campeau Drive in the north and extend to Maple Grove Road in the south. It is approximately 1.7 km long. The limits of the Stittsville Main Street Extension are from Maple Grove Road to Robert Grant Avenue. To get involved, visit the City’s website to fill out the survey.

2022 West Rural 1 Resurfacing

Please be advised that all work related to the following resurfacing projects listed below was suspended due to a labour strike. As of July 24, 2022, the collective agreement has been ratified and work was expected to resume.

The work for the following locations was expected to start in May 2022:

  • Allbirch Road from Bishop Davis Drive to Shady Lane. – Completed.
  • Donald B. Munro Drive from Thomas Argue Road to March Road.
  • Huntmar Drive from 350m north of Campeau Drive to 2.7 km north of Richardson Side Road.
  • Madawaska Boulevard from 240 m north of Ottawa Road 29 to Connifer Lane. – Completed.
  • Old Carp Road from Old Second Line Road to 120 m east of Old Second Line Road. – Completed.

The work for the following locations was expected to start in mid-June 2022:

  • Marchurst Road from March Road (OR 49) to Murphy Side Road.
  • Torwood Drive from Thomas A. Dolan Parkway to Farm Lane.

The work for the following location is expected to start in early July 2022:

  • Greenland Road from Vances Side Road (OR 129) to Armitage Way

The work for the following location is expected to start in early August 2022:

  • Upper Dwyer Hill Road (OR 3) 240m north of March Road to Grainger Park Road.

For more information about road renewal projects in the City of Ottawa, please visit ottawa.ca/constructionmap.

Ward 5 & City-wide Events

Youth ages 12 to 18 are welcome to drop into The Zone at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay every Tuesday from 5 to 7 pm. Details here.

Enjoy a self-guided or guided tour of Pinhey’s Point Historic Site in Dunrobin. Click here for details.

The Carp Agricultural Society hosts a Junior Craft Night for kids ages 3 to 10 on August 11 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Road. Bring your recyclable materials or use what will be supplied. 

A Company of Fools presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest on the grounds of the Diefenbunker Museum in Carp on August 11 from 7 to 8:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair! This is a pay-what-you-can event. Details at fools.ca.

Saint Gabriel’s next bottle drive fundraisers are August 13 and 27, 10 am to 12 pm. Drop off your empties at 205 Bayview Drive in Constance Bay. Click here for details.



The Carp Farmers’ Market hosts its traditional Garlic Market every Saturday in August, from 8 am to 1 pm at the Carp Fairgrounds. Special Garlic Festival-themed events take place August 13 and 20. 


The Carp Agricultural Society hosts its Duck Race fundraiser on August 13 at 4 pm in the Carp River. Drop by the Carp Fair Office or talk to a director to buy your tickets for a chance to win $4,000. Tickets are $10 each. 


Carp firefighters are hosting a community corn boil and barbecue at Fire Station 64, 475 Donald B. Munro Drive in Carp, on August 18 from 5:30 to 8 pm


August 19
 is the deadline to RSVP for a charitable golf tournament and/or dinner at Edgewood Links Golf Club, 3654 Dunrobin Road. St. Paul’s United Church and The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral host this event in support of Ukraine on August 27. For details and to register, please click here.

The Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Association is bringing back Bay Days in a single fun-filled day – Bay Day is August 20 at the NorthWind Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay. Click here for the full schedule.



Bay Day on August 20 will also feature the Constance Bay Community Market from 11 am to 4 pm. Drop by to shop for local wares. The market’s season will continue at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay on Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. Visit marketinthebay.com for details.


Capital Pride Festival 2022 is August 21 to 28. The festival culminates on August 28 with the Pride Parade, beginning at 1 pm in Centretown. For the full lineup of festival events, please visit capitalpride.ca/signature-events.

St. Mary’s hosts an Old-Time Corn Roast on August 24 from 5:30 to 7 pm at 2574 Sixth Line Road in Dunrobin.
For details, please click here.



The Ottawa Carleton Plowmen’s Association Plowing Match is set for August 26 and 27 at Kings Creek Farm, 8472 Franktown Road, Ashton.

Harbour News-V01The Fitzroy Harbour Community Association hosts a dinner and dance with live music on August 27, beginning at 4 pm, to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre. For details and tickets, please click here.

The Bay Waves Square Dancing season resumes Sept. 9 at 7:30 pm at the NorthWind Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay. Singles are welcome. For details, email bay.waves@live.ca.


The Carp Fitness Park on Langstaff Drive will be feted in a Re-Launch Celebration and Tradeshow on Sept. 10 from 10 am to noon. The rain date is Sept. 11 from 1 to 3 pm.


The 12th annual West Carleton Terry Fox Run is scheduled for Sept. 18, 9:30 to 2 pm at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay. Click here for details.

The Carp Fair returns Sept. 22 to 25, 2022. Be sure to mark the date in your calendars!


The Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Association hosts a Comedy Night and Karaoke at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay on Oct. 1Doors open at 6:30 pmDetails to come


The West Carleton Arts Society is is bringing back its signature “Expressions of Art” exhibition and sale at the Carp Agricultural Hall Oct. 7 to 9.

The Great Galetta Garage Sale is scheduled for Oct. 22 to 25. 
Volunteers and donated items are needed. Visit galetta.info for details.

The Rural Root Theatre Company presents A Red Plaid Shirt this November at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay.
More details to come

The CHEO Foundation hosts a 24hr Tremblant 2022 winter sport event and fundraiser Dec. 9 to 11Click here for details.

For more event details, please visit my website. To submit an event, please email Ward5@Ottawa.ca.

Ottawa Public Health News

COVID-19 Snapshot for August 4, 2022:

  • Wastewater viral detection levels are very high and are decreasing.
  • Testing per cent positivity is very high and increasing.
  • New COVID-19 hospitalizations are moderate and decreasing.
  • New confirmed outbreaks are moderate and decreasing.

Please remember: wearing a mask, getting boosted and staying home when sick are simple actions that work. They limit the spread of the virus, its impact on you and those around you, and its impact on our health-care system and local businesses.

COVID-19 Vaccines

  • The Province has approved fourth doses (second boosters) of the COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 and older. Check with your local pharmacy or book an appointment at an Ottawa Public Health community clinic.
  • The Province has also expanded second booster eligibility to immunocompromised youth ages 12 to 17.
  • Parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years can now book appointments for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here.
  • Visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19Vaccine for details and clinic information.

Ottawa Public Health recommends that high-risk individuals get their second booster dose as soon as possible: 

  • Individuals 18+ who are moderately to severely immunocompromised  
  • Individuals aged 60 and over; 
  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over; and 
  • Residents of a long-term care home, retirement home, or Elder Care Lodge and older adults living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services. 

Getting a second booster now is something people should consider since immunity to infection is waning from first booster dose, and we have very high COVID transmission in the community.Second booster doses are being offered at an interval of five months (140 days) after an individual receives their first booster dose. Individuals who recently had a confirmed infection with COVID-19 should wait for three months after infection before receiving another booster dose to improve the immune response they receive from the booster dose.

Ottawa residents seeking their second booster are encouraged to reach out to local pharmacies using the provincial pharmacy locator to find those that provide COVID-19 vaccines. Some primary care physicians are also providing boosters. Residents can also book an appointment at a community clinic through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Appointments are strongly recommended as drop-in capacity is limited.

Monkeypox Vaccine
OPH has added a new Monkeypox vaccine appointments to its booking tool. Find out if you are eligible for the vaccine and book an appointment here: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Monkeypox

City of Ottawa News, Programming & Engagements
  • Cleaning the Capital Fall Campaign

    This year’s Cleaning the Capital Fall campaign will proceed with registration starting August 15 for cleanup projects taking place between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15. Participants can register their cleanup projects by using the online registration form at ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 3-1-1. The registration form populates an interactive map, showing which locations have been chosen for cleanup projects. Cleanup kits, which include garbage bags, recycling bags, and gloves, will be made available for pick-up by registrants at one of seven City of Ottawa facilities across the city.

    Key Fall campaign dates:
    August 15: Registration begins
    September 15 to October 15: Cleaning the Capital Fall campaign
    September 30: Deadline to register
    October 31: Deadline to submit online cleanup reports


  • Virtual Green Drinks – Sustainable Housing

    Thursday, August 11; 6:15 to 8:30 pm
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