El-Chantiry: Ward 5 bi-weekly news for Sept. 21

The Councillor's Column

2022 Carp Fair – Sept 22 to 25, 2022

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The countdown to the 159th edition of the Carp Fair is well underway with opening night on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 6 pm featuring the midway, beer gardens and live entertainment. The gates open at 9 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There will be something for everyone of all ages. Be sure to take in the agricultural events and exhibits that shine an important spotlight on the talents of farmers and agri-producers as well as on junior farmers and local 4-H clubs. The Carp Fair Ceremonial Parade kicks off at noon on Saturday, Sept. 24. I hope to see you this weekend at the Best Little Fair in Canada!

National Firefighters’ Memorial Day

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Sept. 11 was Firefighters’ National Memorial Day. On this day, the City of Ottawa honoured the courageous and committed firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty. My gratitude goes to our local fire services in Ward 5 who are always on call and support our communities year-round. Thank you for your service and commitment.

2022 Municipal Election

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Candidates’ Debate in West Carleton-March
The Huntley Community Association is hosting a Ward 5 candidates’ debate on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm at the Carp Agricultural Hall at the Carp Fairgrounds.

2022 Municipal Election Debate: West Carleton-March – Ward 5 | Rogers TV
Derrick Fage moderated a Ward 5 Councillor candidates debate that was recorded on Sept. 8, 2022. The broadcast has been posted on Youtube

Special Advance Vote Days for Ottawa’s 2022 Municipal Elections


 Special Advance Vote Days will take place from Saturday, Sept. 24 to Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 10 am to 8 pm.

During Special Advance Vote Days, eligible electors can vote at any of the following 9 voting places, regardless of your address:

All electors will be required to present a piece of identification in order to receive a ballot at their voting place. The identification must show your name and qualifying Ottawa address. Photo identification is not required. If you cannot present an acceptable proof of identity and residence, you can make a statutory declaration prior to being issued a ballot.

NEW – “Voters in Training” event

ImageNew for the 2022 Municipal Elections, the Elections Office is piloting a “Voters in Training” event to educate and engage future voters in the City of Ottawa. This event will occur during Special Advance Vote Days only. Kids of all ages can come to any of the nine Special Advance Vote locations and cast their own Voters in Training ballot. For more information on the Voters in Training event, visit ottawa.ca/vote.

Additional in-person voting opportunities

Electors who do not vote during Special Advance Vote Days will have three other in-person opportunities to vote. Advance Vote Days will also take place on Friday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 14. Voting Day is Monday, Oct. 24. On these days, electors can vote at their assigned voting place. Voting places are open from 10 am to 8 pm with the exception of long-term care centres and retirement homes which may have reduced hours.

Appoint a Proxy
Electors who are unable to make it to a voting place on voting days can appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf. To learn more about appointing a proxy, visit ottawa.ca/vote.

Voting Locations:
Electors can verify when and where they can vote on their voter notification letter or by using the Where Do I Vote? tool on ottawa.ca/vote.

List of Mayoral, Councillor and School Board Trustee Candidates:
Electors can verify when and where they can vote on their voter notification letter or by using the Where Do I Vote? Tool on ottawa.ca/vote.

Election Signs

  • Candidates for Mayor, City Councillor and School Board Trustee, as well as registered third party advertisers for the 2022 Municipal Elections, can place election signs on public and private property (with the permission of the resident or business owner) from Friday, September 9 until 72 hours after Voting Day. This equates to 11:59 pm on Thursday, Oct. 27. (Voting Day is Oct. 24)
  • The City of Ottawa has two sign by-laws that regulate election signs for municipal, provincial, and federal elections. Click here for details. Any concerns or complaints regarding election signs should be directed to 3-1-1Click here for details.
  • Interfering with or damaging election signs is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Individuals that witness election sign tampering can contact the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222. Owners of election signs that are tampered with can report the incidents online at ottawapolice.ca or through the Police Reporting Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300.

Toys On Tour – Mobile Toy Lending Library

Toys ON Tour is a mobile toy lending library that offers fun and educational toys and games for infants and children up to 6 years old. For more information, contact the Toy Library CoordinatorMichelle Inglis at inglis@wocrc.ca. The mobile toy lending library visits various locations across communities in the west end of Ottawa to allow families to borrow toys, books, puzzles, and games for their children. They also offer parent resource books covering topics such as sleep, self-regulation, child development, and more! Each location is visited on a two or three-week rotation, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your resources before returning them.

Visit wocrc.ca/toys-on-tour-program for details.


Your Councillor in the Community

International Plowing Match & Rural Expo

I attended the 104th International Plowing Match & Rural Expo in Kemptville on Sept. 20 on behalf of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association. I enjoyed catching up with Renfrew Reeve Peter Emon and also meeting the 2022 Ontario Queen of the Furrow. The International Plowing Match is North America’s largest outdoor agricultural and rural expo. The event continues until Sept. 24. For more information, visit plowingmatch.org.

West Carleton Terry Fox Run

Thank you to Linda Cassidy and the volunteers who made the West Carleton Terry Fox Run at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay on Sept. 18 such a success. Your dedication to this annual event is appreciated, helping raise important funds for cancer research. And thank you to the donors for your generosity. It’s wonderful that West Carleton-March residents come together to support important causes such as The Terry Fox Foundation and cancer research.

Fire Station 63 Barbecue

Thank you to Station 63 firefighters for hosting a community BBQ on Sept. 17 in Constance Bay, with proceeds going to the West Carleton Disaster Relief volunteer organization. Thank you to Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Fire Sector Chief Tom Miller for attending. Thank you to Tamara Awada, from the Constance Bay Pharmacy, for your donation in support of Station 63.

Constance Bay Community Market

It was great to drop by the Constance Bay Community Market on Sept. 17 at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay. There were lots of great vendors, produce and locally made merchandise. The next market is scheduled for Oct. 8.

Carp Farmers’ Market

Saturday usually means dropping by the Carp Farmers’ Market to shop, browse and catch up with friends. I also stopped by the Carp Fair table at the market the morning of Sept. 17 where Carp Fair merchandise was available for purchase. 

Carp Road Corridor BIA Nine and Dine


Thank you to the Carp Road Corridor BIA’s executive director Roddy Bolivar for presenting me with a one-year subscription to West Carleton Online during the BIA’s 11th annual Nine and Dine golfing event on Sept. 14 at the Irish Hills Golf Club in Carp.

Appreciation Lunch at the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre


Maha, my staff and I were treated to a lovely appreciation lunch on Sept. 12. Thank you to the team at the Carp Campus of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre for your hospitality. It is exciting driving by the construction site next door where the new youth live-in treatment centre is taking shape, meaning more young people ages 13 to 21 who are struggling with addiction and mental-health issues will receive help. To learn more about the centre’s Village of HOPE Campaign, visit davesmithcentre.org.

Marathon Village Corn Roast

Marathon Village hosted a community corn roast on Sept. 11 to raise funds in support of West Carleton Food Access Centre. Thank you to François and all of the volunteers for putting on this fundraiser.

Carp Fitness Park Official Opening Celebration

It was great to see Jennifer Stewart, President of the The Village of Carp BIA, and Mayor Jim Watson during the grand opening celebration of the Carp Fitness Park on Sept. 10. Thank you to Carp Health Access for your ongoing community efforts to promote healthy active living and wellness.

Huntley Community Association meeting


Thank you to the Huntley Community Association for inviting me to speak at their Sept. 8 board meeting. Always a good discussion and great questions. Thank you to President Peter Green for your very kind words on behalf of the board regarding my 19 years of public service. 

Certificate Presentation – Nichols Gas Station and General Store


On Sept. 7 I visited Nicholls Esso Gas Station and General Store in Woodlawn to present owner Maher Kraieh with a certificate in recognition of the exceptional service he and his staff provided to their customers in the wake of the devastating derecho storm on May 21, 2022. As soon as the gas station’s own power was restored that evening, staff quickly resumed serving customers amid extremely high demand for gas for vehicles, generators and chainsaws. The lineup for gas was long, stretching down Dunrobin Road. Despite this, staff greeted their tired and weary customers with smiling faces and exceptional customer service. Though they already keep long hours, from 6 am to 10 pm, Nicholls planned to remain open beyond this for any customers in need. Even after Nicholls temporarily ran out of regular-priced fuel, staff offered premium fuel at the regular price, which was truly appreciated by many customers. Nicholls went above and beyond to support and serve their customers during a very difficult time. Thank you!

Ward 5 Development Applications, Road Works and Culvert Projects

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.

March Road Sanitary and Watermain Upgrades – September 2022 Update
The asphalt paving of March Road was expected to be substantially completed by Sept. 16. Full lane re-opening in the urban section of March Road is expected to be immediately following line painting. A project notice update has been issued to neighbouring residents in the Inverary Drive and Shirley’s Brook Drive area. The substantial completion date for this project is projected to be November 2022, with final asphalt reinstatements on Shirley’s Brook Drive to be completed in Spring 2023. For project details, please click here.

Culvert Improvements: Highway 417, from 2.1 km east of Campbell Drive to the Highway 7/417 Interchange
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited has been retained by the Ministry of Transportation to perform construction work on Highway 417 from 2.1 km east of Campbell Drive to the Highway 7/417 Interchange. Construction activities related to a culvert replacement is scheduled to commence on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022 and will continue until Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 at the following location:

• Highway 417 / Panmure Road N/S-E On-Ramp Closure

• Highway 417 Lane Closure at Panmure Road Exit 163 (1.1km past EB kilometre marker 166.0km)

The company will take every precaution to minimize interruptions; however, a long duration ramp and single lane closure will be required to complete the work. Construction notification signs will be placed in advance of any ongoing work to provide notice to motorists. During this scheduled ramp closure period, a detour will be in place. Please visit Ontario 511 Traveler Information Services website to access the Interactive Map showing construction work and delays on ministry highways at: www.mto.gov.on.ca.

A culvert replacement and the asphalt resurfacing of ramp are scheduled to commence on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, and will continue until Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at the following location:

• Highway 417 / March Road S-E Ramp (March Road northbound on-ramp to Highway 417 EB)

Every precaution will be made to minimize interruptions; however, this ramp closure is required to complete the work. Construction signs will be placed in advance of any on-going work to provide notice to drivers.

Renewal of Small Culverts
The City of Ottawa’s stormwater infrastructure benefits all areas of the city – urban, suburban and rural. During major rainfalls and snow melts, ditches and culverts play major roles in diverting the runoff from fields, properties and roadways to creeks, streams and rivers. In 2022, there will be approximately $18 million to support the renewal of drainage culverts crossing city roads across the city, with $10.2 million for renewing or replacing culverts in rural areas.

As part of the City of Ottawa’s annual infrastructure maintenance cycle, rural road culvert replacements will occur to improve drainage and roadways. This work is being conducted to complete culvert rehabilitation/replacements.

What: Work will involve rehabilitation/replacement of the culverts beneath the roadway, and asphalt resurfacing.

Why: The culverts were selected for renewal due to poor condition and end-of-service life. 

When: Construction will start in September 2022 and be completed by the end of 2022. Minor landscape work may take place in spring 2023. 


  • Carp Road culvert at approximately 0.90 km south of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway, a road closure may take place for up to a week on Carp Road from Craig Side Road to Thomas A. Dolan Parkway during construction.
  • Carp Road culvert at approximately 0.20 km south of Baird Side Road and Baird Side Road culvert at approximately 0.01 km west of Carp Road, construction duration approximately 1 to 2 weeks. A road closure may take place for up to a week on Carp Road (from Thomas A. Dolan Parkway to Baird Side Road) and on Baird Side Road (from Carp Road to Diamondview Road). The road closures for Carp Road and Baird Side Road will not be at the same time, but in succession of one another.
  • Dunrobin Road culvert at approximately 1.00 km north of Porcupine Trail. A road closure may take place for up to a week on Dunrobin Road from Porcupine Trail to Vances Side Road during construction.
  • Loggers Way culvert at approximately 0.38 km north of Kinburn Side Road and the Loggers Way culvert at approximately 1.00 km north of Kinburn Side Road. A road closure may take place for up to two weeks for each culvert on Loggers Way (from Kinburn Side Road to Yucks Lane). The road closures for the two culverts will not be at the same time, but in succession of one another.
  • McGee Side Road culvert at approximately 0.05 km east of Diamondview Road. Lane reductions are anticipated for up to a week on McGee Side Road from Carp Road to Diamondview Road during construction. Project dates: Sept. 19 to 21.
  • Panmure Road culvert at approximately 0.01 km west of Stonewalk Way. Lane closures may be in place on Panmure from Marshwalk Road to Stonewalk Way, however, the road will remain open to traffic at all times. Project dates: Sept. 21 to 23.
  • Sixth Line Road culvert (A641430) at approximately 0.20 km north of Pinhey’s Point Road. A road closure may take place for up to a week on Sixth Line Road from Berry Side Road to Thomas A. Dolan Parkway during construction.

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Goldie Mohr Ltd., to complete the work.

Renewal of Medium Culverts 

What: Work will involve rehabilitation or replacement of the culvert beneath the roadway, and asphalt resurfacing.

Why: The culvert has reached the end of its service life and requires rehabilitation.

When: Construction was scheduled to begin in August 2022 and completion is anticipated by late November 2022.

The following culverts will be rehabilitated and each site includes road lane reductions.

  • 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)

The following culverts will be replaced using open-cut construction and each site includes road lane reductions.

  • Richardson Side Road culvert – 0.25 km west of Carp Road (4 week duration)
  • Upper Dwyer Hill Road culvert – 0.72 km south of Hamilton Side Road (2 week duration)

The following culverts will be replaced and each site includes a road closure with detour (per location) and a signed detour route will be provided.

  • 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)

Who: The City of Ottawa has retained the contractor, Goldie Mohr Ltd., to complete the work.

For information about road renewal work, please visit ottawa.ca/constructionmap.

Ward 5 & City-wide Events


Youth ages 12 to 17 are welcome to join The Zone at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay every Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm. For details and to register, please click here



ImageThe Goulbourn Male Chorus, which practices every Tuesday evening at 7 pm in West Carleton-March at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1817 Richardson Side Road, is looking for new members. Visit goulbournmalechorus.com for details or to enquire. 

The Bay Waves Square Dancing season resumed Sept. 9 and continues until April 21, 2023. Come by the NorthWind Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive, in Constance Bay every Friday evening at 7:30 pm to join in the fun. Singles are welcome. For details, email bay.waves@live.ca.


The Carp Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday until the end of Octoberfrom 8 am to 1 pm, at the Carp Fairgrounds. There won’t be a market on Sept. 24 due to the Carp Fair.

Legion Week, Sept. 18 to 24, is now underway at West Carleton Branch 616 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Constance Bay. Click here for details.

The Carp Fair returns Sept. 22 to 25, 2022. For details, please visit CarpFair.ca.

The next West Carleton Community Conversation, hosted by the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, is scheduled for Sept. 28 at 7 pm at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road. RSVP your attendance by emailing lorusso@wocrc.ca. All West Carleton-March residents and community leaders are invited.

The deadline to register to participate in the City’s Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign is Sept. 30. Learn more here.

The Ottawa Centre Branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada hosts its next free public Stargazing event in the parking lot of the Carp Library branch on Sept. 30 at 8:30 am. The rain date will be Oct. 1.

The Dravet Syndrome Walk is scheduled for Oct. 1 in Constance Bay. An online auction is underway until Oct. 2Click here to learn more. 

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 pm. For details and tickets please click here

The Kinburn Community Association hosts an Octoberfest of Laughs on Oct. 1 at the Kinburn Community Centre. Doors open at 7 pm. The show begins at 8 pm. Click here for details and ticket information.



The Kanata Central BIA in-person Job Fair is set for Oct. 4, from 12 to 8 pm, at The Holiday Inn & Suites, 101 Kanata Avenue in Kanata. Click here for details.


St. Mary’s in Dunrobin hosts an afternoon community social event featuring bridge and euchre games the first Wednesday of every month from 1 to 4 pm. The next dates are Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. The cost is $10 per person including refreshments. Reservations are required by emailing terence.hawkes@gmail.com. For details, please click here.

The West Carleton Arts Society hosts its signature “Expressions of Art” exhibition and sale at the Carp Agricultural Hall, located at the Carp Fairgrounds, Oct. 7 to 9. Entry to the show is free and there is plenty of free parking available.

The Constance Bay Community Market‘s season continues at the NorthWind Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive in Constance Bay, on Oct. 8, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3, from 9 am to 1 pm. 
Visit marketinthebay.com for details.

The West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association invites you to its Annual General Meeting on Oct. 11 at 7 pm at the Kinburn Community centre. New board members and volunteers are welcome. Details: facebook.com/wcsta

Saint Gabriel’s upcoming bottle drive fundraisers are Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, from 10 am to 12 pm. Drop off your empties at 205 Bayview Drive in Constance Bay. Click here for details.



The Great Galetta Garage Sale is scheduled for Oct. 22 to 25. Volunteers are needed to help sort donated items for the sale. Visit galetta.info/our-association for details. 

The Rural Root Theatre Company presents A Red Plaid Shirt Nov. 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 at the NorthWind Community Centre in Constance Bay. Tickets can be purchased at ticketsplease.ca or by calling 613-485-643. The box office opens Oct. 8.



The Kinburn Community Association presents its 40th Annual Kinburn Christmas Craft & Gift Sale on Nov. 12 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road. Details: kinburn.ca.


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

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

Ottawa Public Health News

COVID-19 Snapshot for Sept. 15, 2022:

  • OPH monitoring indicators are once again showing a levelling-off of the decreases seen in previous weeks, and levels of COVID-19 remain high in Ottawa.
  • You can find a detailed representation of these monitoring indicators on OPH’s COVID-19 dashboard.
  • With school resuming and colder weather approaching, it’s important to continue using layers of protection against COVID-19. These layers of protection will also help protect against other seasonal respiratory viruses like colds, flu and other respiratory viruses.

COVID-19 Vaccines


  • The bivalent mRNA COVID-19 booster is a safe and effective way to protect yourself against COVID-19 and its variants. Bivalent COVID-19 booster appointments are available immediately to the highest risk populations and to all Ontarians aged 18 and over starting September 26, regardless of how many booster doses you have received. Click here for details.
  • Residents can book an appointment at an Ottawa Public Health community clinic through the Provincial COVID-19 Vaccination Portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900
    • The nearest community clinic for West Carleton-March residents is at the Kanata Recreation Complex, 100 Charlie Rogers Place. 
      • Tuesday to Thursday: 12:45 pm to 7:10
      • Friday and Saturday: 9:45 am to 4:10 pm
  • For details on Vaccine Information and Appointment Booking please click here.

Mental-Health Supports

City of Ottawa News, Programming & Engagements

National Day of Mourning
Photos of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her many visits to Ottawa.

Sept. 19 was the National Day of Mourning as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest. Her absence will be felt significantly by all members of the Commonwealth. The City of Ottawa sends our deepest condolences to the Royal Family during their time of loss. Thank you to those West Carleton-March and City of Ottawa residents for signing the City’s Book of Condolences, either online or in person.

Nominations are open for the 2023 Ottawa Heritage Awards

The City of Ottawa has many beautiful heritage buildings and we want to recognize outstanding achievements in heritage conservation! Why not nominate your conservation project for the 2023 Ottawa Heritage Awards? The application period is now open! The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. For more information or to nominate a heritage property, visit ottawa.ca. Awards will be presented in January 2023.

James Duthie Receives Key to the City
James Duthie holding the Key to the City award.
Congratulations to James Duthie! On Sept. 15 he received the Key to the City from Mayor Jim Watson in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments as a journalist, author, charity ambassador and award-winning sports broadcaster. To read more about his accomplishments, please visit bit.ly/3UfMIzA.

Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign

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Register for the fall Cleaning the Capital campaign, open now until Sept. 30bit.ly/3w5kyND With approximately 24,000 kilograms of waste collected in the spring campaign, your participation goes a long way!

Watch for the Origin Destination Survey

This month the City launches the 2022 Origin Destination Survey. This important travel survey is being carried out jointly by the major transportation planning agencies within the National Capital Region. The goal of the survey is to understand how, where, and why residents travel. The survey asks questions about residents’ households, as well as the trips made by household members. The survey results will help the City make informed decisions on road, transit, pedestrian, and cycling improvements and is a key input for the next phase of the TMP Update, developing the Capital Infrastructure Plan. Households are being chosen at random to take part and residents may receive a letter or phone call inviting them to participate. Learn more at ODSurvey.ca.

Transportation Master Plan Update

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This past winter and spring, many residents took part in the latest consultation on the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update. This consultation asked residents to provide input on the proposed active transportation projects and changes to the rural active transportation network. It also asked residents for feedback on draft policies, including policies to advance active transportation. The City has recently posted a number of documents to the project website that report on what we heard through the consultation process. Staff are reviewing the feedback received, along with technical and costing information to refine the list of active transportation candidate projects and the rural network. Comments on the draft policies are also being reviewed. Updated documents will be available in early 2023, prior to being put forward for consideration by the City’s Transportation Committee and Council. Sign up to receive the TMP e-newsletter to stay informed.

Nominations are open for the 2022 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards
If you know an immigrant to Canada who embodies the entrepreneurial spirit and deserves recognition for their contributions to the Ottawa economy, nominate them for the 2022 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards. The City is now accepting nominations online until Friday, Oct. 7. Nominate a friend, colleague, client, employee or employer who deserves to be celebrated for their contributions. Click here for more information.

Better Buildings Ottawa Program

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Ever wonder what the most energy efficient office building in Ottawa is? We can help! The Better Buildings Ottawa program allows building owners and operators to voluntarily disclose their energy consumption and overall building performance. Learn more: bit.ly/3eJhQr3

Vacant Unit Tax

Starting January 2023, residential property owners will need to declare the property occupancy status of their property during the previous year. If the property was vacant over 184 days, it may be subject to the new Vacant Unit Tax. Learn more here: bit.ly/3GuJ5yP

Climate Change News

Plant a tree by your home with the City’s Trees in Trust Program
Trees have a lot of benefits. They soak up rainwater, provide shade and cool our neighbourhoods. The evaporation from a single tree can produce the cooling effect of ten room size air conditioners operating 20 hours a day. The City’s Trees in Trust program needs your help to find suitable locations for street trees. If your City-owned street frontage lacks a tree and you have the time and commitment to help care for one, you may be eligible for a street tree from the City. Trees are available by request on a first come, first served basis. There’s no charge to the homeowner but you are required to assist with the proper care for the first three years of the tree’s life.Find out more about the Trees in Trust program

SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase and Electric Vehicle Exhibition
Saturday, Sept. 24, 10 am to 4 pm, at Lansdowne Park
Eastern Ontario’s largest sustainability event is back! Featuring a range of sustainable businesses to help you improve your home energy efficiency, an electric vehicle exhibition including free test drives and the chance to talk with local experts about all thing’s sustainability. City staff will be there showcasing the new electric buses! We’ll also be on hand to answer any of your climate related questions. Your free ticket also gets you a free transit ride to and from the event. Find out more about the Sustainability Showcase and Electric Vehicle Exhibition

Volunteer at the SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase
Do you want to help out at one of the region’s best environmental exhibitions? The SMARTNet Sustainability Showcase happens on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park and they need lots of help to make the event possible. Enjoy an awesome day that includes a free T-shirt and lunch. Sign up to volunteer

Talk Climate to MeThe next run of Talk Climate to Me starts this October. Talk Climate to Me is the climate course you wish you’d had at school. It’s a fun, free and unscary online, team-based climate education experience for women in Canada. Lunchtime, evening and weekend courses are available. Visit talkclimatetome.ca/take-the-course to find out more and register.

Better Buildings Breakfast – Funding Decarbonization
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7:30 am – 11 am, at Ottawa City HallThe City’s Better Buildings Ottawa team is glad to announce a collaboration with Better Buildings Breakfast to bring back a series of in-depth morning events focused on sustainable buildings. The first event on Oct. 18, will take a deep dive into the many financial programs in the market seeking to support deep energy retrofits in commercial and large residential buildings. Learn more about Better Buildings Breakfast and get your ticket

Ottawa Police Service News

Reminder: Municipal Election Conduct
The Ottawa Police Service is issuing a reminder that the municipal election process should be fully respected and that criminal harassment of candidates, election sign damage and hate-based crimes will not be tolerated. 

During most elections, these types of reports and complaints are often made to police.

“We ask that incidents of assaults, verbal harassment, threats to candidates and sign destruction be reported to police, particularly if they are suspected or deemed to be hate-motivated,” said Interim Chief Steve Bell. “Police will investigate these incidents and, where warranted, charges can be laid.”

Interfering with or damaging election signs is an offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. People can be charged for destroying or causing damage to signs. Charges can include mischief to property.

If you see anyone tampering with municipal election signs, please call the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222.

If you are the owner of a sign that is damaged, you can report incidents after the fact online or through the Police Reporting Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300

City Council & Committee News

Transit Commission – Sept. 14, 2022

  • The Transit Commission learned that ridership in July was 3.3 million customer trips, a steady annual increase compared to 2 million trips in July 2021. 
  • OC Transpo continues to make progress on its bus operator recruitment campaign.
  • On Sept. 12, OC Transpo expanded its We’re Here to Take You There ridership marketing campaign. 
  • The Commission also heard that OC Transpo’s Community Pass will now automatically renew every two years. 
  • OC Transpo’s second quarter operating budget saw a year-to-date deficit of $42.57 million. 
  • For details, please click here.

Audit committee – Sept. 12, 2022

  • The City’s Audit Committee received the second report for the audit of OC Transpo’s zero-emission buses. The audit is being conducted in phases and the focus of this report was on the procurement of 40-foot electric buses. The Auditor General made six recommendations to improve the procurement process and strengthen OC Transpo’s request for proposals. 
  • This report will rise to City Council on Sept. 21. For details, please click here.

Planning Committee – Sept. 8, 2022

  • The City’s Planning Committee approved a new secondary plan along the Orléans rail corridor, which would guide growth along St. Joseph Boulevard and revitalize communities surrounding Ottawa’s four easternmost LRT stations, now under construction. The focus is on creating 15-minute neighbourhoods by encouraging more housing and employment near transit and along the community’s main street.
  • The Committee also approved heritage and zoning applications to permit a 21-storey, mixed-use building immediately east of the CF Rideau Centre, between Daly Avenue and Mackenzie King Bridge. 
  • Recommendations from this meeting rise to City Council on Sept. 21. For details, please click here.

Upcoming Committee and Council Meetings

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee – Sept. 20 at 6 pm
  • City Council meeting – Sept. 21 at 10 am
  • Planning Committee meeting – Sept. 22 at 9:30 am
  • Ottawa Police Services Board meeting – Sept. 26 at 4 pm
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting – Sept. 29 at 10 am
  • Built Heritage Sub-Committee meeting – Oct. 3 at 9:30 am

To view the full list of upcoming Council and Committee meetings and to review the meeting agendas, please click here.
To watch the meetings live, please click here.

Connect with Your Councillor!


My team and I continue to respond to your City-related needs. We are available to answer your questions and connect you with the services, resources, information and supports you need. Please let us know how we can help.

Email me at eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca or leave us a voicemail at 613-580-2424 ext. 32246.

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