A Note from Councillor Eli El-Chantiry
Hello Ward 5 residents,
This e-newsletter marks a return to my regular bi-weekly e-newsletter publication schedule following the publication of three Ward 5 Storm Response-themed newsletters in recent weeks. In this edition you will find updated storm response resources, Ottawa Public Health updates, Ward 5 news and events, City of Ottawa programming and engagement opportunities and City Council and Committee updates. I hope you find the information useful.
City of Ottawa Storm Response and Recovery
The devastating storm on Saturday, May 21 resulted in sweeping power outages affecting hydro customers across Ottawa and beyond. Through the long and difficult days that followed, I witnessed many acts of kindness as West Carleton-March residents stepped up to assist their relatives, neighbours, friends and complete strangers in need.
Many of you helped by sharing the updates my team and I shared on my website and social media channels and in my newsletters. Circulating this information as quickly as possible was critical at a time when many were cut off from their usual sources of information.
Residents and community leaders wrote in offering to help in any way they could. Community associations, such as the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Association and the Corkery Community Association, worked with me to open the doors to their centres to provide support as soon as their own power was restored.
City staff mobilized to ensure a food waste bin was stationed at the community centre in Constance Bay. I also arranged for staff to open the W. Erskine Johnston Arena in Carp where they worked long hours and many days assisting residents in need.
I made a number of stops at the arena in Carp in the aftermath of the storm to pick up bottled water for several impacted Ward 5 residents. Thank you to Jason and Lacey and their City staff colleagues for working long hours following the storm to make the arena available for those in need.
Thank you to the many residents who warmly welcomed me to their homes when I was checking in on people and delivering bottled water. My gratitude also goes to our West Carleton-March firefighters who conducted wellness checks in several Ward 5 neighbourhoods. Thank you to the many residents who let us know which streets were still impacted as the power outages continued throughout the city. Please know we immediately flagged your street with our contacts at Hydro Ottawa and Hydro One. The storm response and recovery effort has been a team approach at every level. I thank every West Carleton-March resident and business for their patience.
Cleanup and Recovery Continue
Cleanup and recovery efforts continue across Ottawa. Residents requiring assistance are encouraged to contact 2-1-1 or 3-1-1 to be connected with the appropriate supports.
Storm Debris and Waste Guide
Wondering what to do with debris and waste after the storm? Visit bit.ly/3yZXcLn to find out how to properly dispose of a variety of items. City of Ottawa crews are hard at work removing items put at the curb, but cleanup will take time, Your patience is appreciated.
Tree Debris Collection
The City is continuing to accept organic (examples: tree-cuttings, brush, branches) storm-related waste free-of-charge at Trail Road Waste Facility for a limited time. Residents can also put out organic waste to be collected as part of the regular weekly green bin collection. Residents are encouraged to continue to place trees, stumps, and root systems curbside if possible. Residents are asked to continue separating larger debris from regular curbside items to support efficient collection. Dedicated clean-up crews will pick up this debris as they move throughout the city. This collection may take several weeks due to the scale of the storm.
Need help removing damaged or downed trees on your property? Please contact Samaritan’s Purse at 1-844-547-2663 so they can assess the situation and determine if they can provide support.
Damage to Private Property due to Fallen City-Owned Trees
If a City-owned tree is damaged or has caused damage due to the recent storm, it is important to report it to the City via 311 and to not touch the tree. The City will arrange for the clean-up and/or removal of any damaged City-owned trees. Click here to learn more.
Emergency Financial Food Aid
If you need financial help due to storm losses, you can complete an application to the City for emergency food replacement and in exceptional circumstances for help with medication, medical supplies or personal care. Click here to learn more and to apply. You can also enquire by calling 3-1-1.
After the Storm Volunteer Opportunities
The City in partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, a non-government organization, will provide support to residents who have been impacted on their private property. To enquire about projects that can use your specialized skills, please contact Samaritan’s Purse at 1-844-547-2663 or samaritanspurse.ca/ottawavolunteer. Click here to learn more.
My team and I tried every means possible to reach residents. If your power is out and you have a battery-powered radio, please tune in to 1310AM, 850AM and 91.5FM. These three radio stations are excellent sources of local information.
Please know you can reach out to my office for your city-related needs. We are here to connect you with the right supports and information. Please email me at email@example.com or call me at 613-580-2475. I am on Facebook at facebook.com/Ward5Ottawa and on Twitter at twitter.com/Eli_ ElChantiry. Check my website at eliel-chantiry.ca for Ward 5 updates and City of Ottawa news. If you know someone who would like to sign up to receive my e-newsletter, they can visit eliel-chantiry.ca/ monthly-newsletters.
Mental Well-Being – A Message from Ottawa Public Health
The storm we experienced has significantly impacted people across Ottawa. The shock of a stressful event can be immediate or delayed, and those affected can feel a range of emotions and reactions. Resources and supports are available: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/SevereThundersThunderstorm.
After the Storm – Important Safety Messages from Ottawa Fire Services
During the widespread power outages across Ottawa that were caused by a severe storm on May 21, 2022, Ottawa Fire Services shared several important safety messages.
When you use candles, place them in a sturdy, safe candle holder that will not burn or tip over. Even better, consider using battery-operated flameless candles.
Never use BBQs and portable fuel-fired heaters or generators indoors, including inside your garage. Locate these outside away from any windows, doors or air intakes. Turn off generators and let them cool before refueling.
Emergencies can happen at any time and without warning. Be ready. With a little preparation, you can respond quickly to help yourself and others. Understand the risks in your area, create a household emergency plan and build an emergency kit. Learn more here.
The City of Ottawa – Emergency Preparedness
Residents interested in learning more about emergency preparedness can consult the City’s Emergency Preparedness website. This site provides a range of information, including checklists that can be used to help plan for emergency situations.