Mental-Health Support for Farmers and their Families
When your day stops, the silence takes hold. That’s when your thoughts come into focus.
If you’re in need of support, please reach out and call anytime – from the tractor, from the barn, or from the house after the sun sets on another long day.
Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. The Farmer Wellness Initiative provides access to free counselling services and tailored mental-health support and resources to all Ontario farmers and their families.
Farming demands bravery and resiliency, but there’s still a stigma around admitting your challenges and asking for help. Your job is tough. Reaching out doesn’t have to be. For more information, please click here.
The Farmer Wellness Initiative is paid for in part by the governments of Canada and Ontario and through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Farmer Wellness Initiative is supported by the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario Division, in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. Counselling services are provided by LifeWorks.
Kinburn Community Centre Home to New Mural
Be sure to visit the Kinburn Community Centre, where a special mural now adorns one exterior wall. The mural, which members of the local community painted on August 31, was made possible thanks to a Paint It Up! mural program grant from Crime Prevention Ottawa. Thank you to the Kinburn Community Association and the Association’s Paint It Up! Mural Team for spearheading such a wonderful initiative that is truly reflective of our beautiful and dynamic rural community. This was a project I was very proud to endorse.
Apply Now for Grants Through the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program
The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding to landowners and non-profit organizations for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality, with grants of up to $15,000 available. Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Funding is still available for 2022, and applications are considered on an ongoing basis. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to complete an application form.
Trees In Trust Autumn Planting Schedule for Ward 5
Forestry Services’ fall caliper tree planting program is scheduled to begin on Sept. 19 and will run until mid November, weather permitting. This includes tree planting in parks, at City facilities, and along streets through Forestry Services’ lifecycle tree planting programs as well as the projects for the 2022 Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program. The fall planting also includes trees that were not planted last spring due to the May 21 derecho weather event. Please note that the list of locations does not include trees planted by other City services, through development projects or by applicants as a condition of tree removal permits.
- 1 Acer Saccharum sugar maple will be planted on Homesteaders Road
- 1 Acer Saccharum sugar maple will be planted on Marshwood Road
Wood Burning Tips
As we are heading into the fall and cooler weather, many Ottawa residents burn wood as a primary or additional heat source for their homes. This creates pollution and steps should be taken to burn wood safely to reduce the quantity of smoke and ultimately help protect the health of yourself, your family and your neighbours.
- Replace older wood burning equipment with new, high-efficiency and low-emission appliances.
- Look for a wood stove that’s been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency and certified by the Canadian Standards Association.
- Start your fire with newspaper and dry kindling.
- Burn only clean, dry and well-seasoned wood and newsprint.
- Never burn garbage and products such as cardboard.
- Keep fires small and hot.
- Install smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
For more information, visit Wood Burning – Ottawa Public Health, or contact Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.
Make your property uninviting to coyotes and other wildlife
You can take preventative measures around your property to prevent attracting and encountering coyotes and other wildlife.
Last year, 476 coyote sightings were reported to the City. If you see one or more coyotes in your neighbourhood, you can report it to Service Ottawa online at ottawa.ca, email email@example.com or call 3-1-1. If a coyote is posing an immediate threat or danger to the public, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Coyotes are usually wary and fearful of humans. But should you encounter a coyote, follow these important instructions:
- Remain calm and slowly back away from the coyote
- Do not turn your back and run
- Stand tall, wave your hands, and make plenty of loud noises
Please click here to learn more.
Nominate a West Carleton-March resident for the 2022 Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching
The Order of Ottawa celebrates outstanding citizens. This prestigious civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa.
In 2003, in recognition of Brian Kilrea’s 1,000th career victory, the City of Ottawa created the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s exceptional career. The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony.
An outstanding citizen may be nominated for either the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.
Nominations close Sept. 9. For the nomination process and details, please click here.