Councillor’s newsletter – June 2012

City of Ottawa
Reminder! OC Transpo Route 203 Free to Ride until June 30:  OC Transpo introduced a Wednesday only bus route that provides Ward 5 residents with a convenient way to get into town for shopping, doctor’s appointments, etc. Since it’s inception in January 2012, Route 203 has steadily increased it’s ridership and is becoming a popular service. This service is FREE to use until June 30, 2012. I would encourage you to try it out to see firsthand how convenient it is! For a detailed map outlining the route, go to my website at For travel planning assistance call OC Transpo at             613-741-4390       or visit
Sheila McKee Commemorative Naming:  In recognition of her significant contribution as a community leader, the City of Ottawa has honoured the late Sheila McKee through the naming of “Sheila McKee Park.” On June 15, 2012, Mayor Jim Watson and I were pleased to attend the commemorative naming ceremony. Sheila McKee Park is located at 1730 Sixth Line Road and was previously known as Riverfront Park.
Rural Association Partnership Program:  All interested parties should take note that there is a second round starting for the Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP). RAPP is designed as a funding program with a total budget of $75,000 to support the rural economy by providing funding for rural business organizations, fairs and farmers markets. The guidelines for applying can be found on or by contacting the Rural Affairs Office atruralaffairs@ottawa.ca613-580-2424, ext. 28352. Deadline to submit requests is July 27, 2012 at 4 pm.
Galetta Community Association Public Meeting: On June 26, the Galetta Community Association is hosting a public meeting from 7-9pm at the Galetta Community Hall (119 Darwin Street). All residents are invited to attend and ask questions or raise concerns regarding their community. I will be attending this meeting as will be the Fire Chief, representation from Health Resources, Xplornet and more.
Canada Day in West Carleton-March:  There are many great events being planned throughout Ward 5 on July 1. Take a look at my Ward Calendar to see some of the fun-filled festivities taking place this year.
Ward 5 Seniors Invited to attend Mayor’s Canada Day Celebration:  Tickets are now available for the Mayor’s Canada Day Celebration for Seniors. This popular annual event takes place on Sunday, July 1 from 8am to 11am at the Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park (1015 Bank Street). Breakfast will be served from 8am to 10am. Visit for a listing of locations where tickets are available.  Mayor Watson kindly provided my office with 15 tickets to distribute to seniors in my Ward. If you or someone you know would like to attend this event, please connect with Sylvia Bell in my ward office at             613-580-2424       x32272or  These tickets will be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
Carp Garden Tour:  On Sunday, July 8, 2012, from 10am to 4pm, the West Carleton Garden Club is hosting a tour of twelve memorable gardens in the Carp area. This tour is a fundraiser for the Carp Memorial Hall beautification landscaping project. A souvenir booklet and map, which is the ticket to the garden tour, is available for $15 at six area businesses and garden centres. For a listing of these locations go to the Garden Club’s website.
Movie Nights in the Park:  Why not enjoy a movie under the stars! Every Wednesday in July will be Movie Night at Fitzroy Provincial Park. A canteen will be available providing popcorn and refreshments. Donations to CHEO will be collected. Don’t forget your lawn chair. Showtime begins at dusk and the line up is as follows: July 4 (Shrek), July 11 (Ferris Buellers Day Off), July 18 (Grease) and July 25 (Jumanji). 
Concerts in the Park: The popular Concerts in the Park series is back this summer and is happening every Thursday in July at Fitzroy Provincial Park. This year’s line up includes Sidewinder (July 5), Maple Hill (July 12), Ambush (July 19) and the Mick Armitage Bank (July 26). There will be a cash BBQ starting at 6pm. Funds raised will go to supporting local youth initiatives. Donations will also be collected for CHEO. Make sure to bring your lawn chair. 
Huntley Splash Pad Open for the Season:  The splash pad located at 108 Juanita Street in Carp is now open for the season and operates during the Summer from 9am to 8pm. The find locations of other splash pads (and wading pools) throughout the City go to
Auditions set for Rural Root Theatre’s Next Production: Auditions for Rural Root Theatre’s fall show are scheduled for Sunday, June 24, Monday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 27, all at 7.30pm at the Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Centre (262 Len Purcell Drive).  Contact Rural Root Theatre at            613-839-3595       for more information.
City Seeks Public Input on Draft Older Adult Action Plan:  The City of Ottawa is inviting older adults and other stakeholders to provide feedback on a draft Older Adult Action Plan.  The Older Adult Action Plan is scheduled for presentation to City Council in the fall of 2012. It will provide the roadmap for how the City of Ottawa will provide services and respond to the needs of older adults now and in the future. Adoption of a final Action Plan will be the conclusion of a process that included extensive research, public consultations and the Seniors Summit in the fall of 2011.  The draft Older Adult Action Plan proposes several actions under eight areas:   Outdoor Spaces and city buildings,
 Transportation and mobility,
 Communication and information,
 Social, recreational, and cultural participation,
 Civic participation and volunteering,
 Community supports and health services, and
 Respect and social inclusion.
The public is being asked to provide feedback by either completing a survey between June 20 and July 6, 2012 or by attending a community feedback session.  Registration is required for the feedback sessions and is limited to 50 people per session. Session locations and registration information can be found at or by calling 3-1-1.
Order of Ottawa:  Nominations are now open for the newly established Order of Ottawa award, which will recognize the professional achievements and outstanding service of up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. It is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions through their professional accomplishments to life in the city, in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields of endeavour that benefit Ottawa. Nomination pamphlets will soon be available at your local community centre, public library or any Client Service Centre. The deadline for submission of nominations is Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  The online nomination form can be found
Community Environmental Projects Grant Program:  The City is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations wishing to help to improve the environment in their community. The Community Environmental Projects Grant Program is available to groups with projects in the areas of water efficiency, waste diversion, wastewater, the water environment and sustainable development.  Since its inception in 1995, the program has supported local, non-profit organizations with a range of environmental projects. Examples of past projects include tree-planting along river banks, creating interpretative signs along trails, walkability forums, ecological monitoring of local ponds, composting, delivering environmental awareness campaigns, hosting creative competitions focused on the environment and many more. The online application form and funding eligibility criteria can be found at The application deadline is Monday, September 17, 2012, before 4pm.
City of Ottawa’s Four Beaches Open for the Season:  Britannia, Westboro, Mooney’s Bay and Petrie Island beaches are now open for the season. Lifeguards are on duty Monday to Sunday, noon to 7:00pm until August 19, 2012.  For more information on the beaches visit Before heading out to the beach, make sure to check the water quality.  The City of Ottawa samples beach water every day from June to the end of August. Daily water quality results can be given to you by contacting Ottawa Public Health at             613-580-2424       ext.13219.
Stay safe around water:  With municipal beaches, wading pools, splash pads and outdoor pools open, Ottawa’s Drowning Prevention Coalition is encouraging residents to remember to practice water safety during the summer months. Drowning is one of the leading causes of injury-related incidents for Canadian children under the age of five. It is important to remember that drowning deaths are preventable. Residents are encouraged to follow these tips:
       •   Stay within arm’s reach of your child at all times in and around the water,
       •   Enroll yourself and your children in swimming lessons,
       •   Take a first aid and CPR course, and
       •   Install proper fencing around all pools.
West Nile Virus:  Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has coordinated a mosquito control program to reduce the risk of the West Nile Virus being passed to humans. The 2012 program began June 10 and will run until October 14. For detailed information on the program go to or call OPH at            613-580-6744      .
2-1-1 Service:  Sometimes it is hard to know where to start looking for the help you need or even what resources are available in Ottawa.  Talking to a trained specialist makes it easier to find information, discover options and deal with challenges life hands you. 2-1-1 is an easy to remember non-emergency telephone number that connects callers to a full range of community, social, government and health service information in Ottawa.  Bilingual specialists answer calls Monday to Sunday, from 8am to 6pm.  2-1-1 is free and confidential. For more information visit
Upcoming City Council and Committee Agendas/Minutes and their scheduled dates can be found on
Check out the great upcoming community events happening in Ward 5 by going to the Ward Calendar on my website.  There is always something happening for everyone in West Carleton-March!
If you have an event you’d like added to the Ward Calendar,
Feel free to contact me any time at             613-580-2475       or at  You can also follow me on Twitter at @Eli_Ward5 or add me as a “friend” on Facebook.  Any feedback on my newsletter can be forwarded to

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