From the Councillor’s Column

Here is some information from Eli El-Chantiry’s July 5 column:

Carp Garden Tour

On Sunday, July 8, 2012, from 10am to 4pm the West Carleton Garden Club is hosting a fabulous tour of twelve memorable gardens in the Carp area. This tour is a fundraiser for the Carp Memorial Hall beaufitication landscaping project. A superb 36-page souvenir booklet and map, which is the ticket to the garden tour, is available for $15 at six area businesses and garden centres: Carp Garden Centre, Scotiabank (Carp Branch), the Herb Garden, Ritchies Feed and Seed, Richmond Nursery and Green Thumb Garden Centre (Nepean). For more information, go to the club’s website:

Harbour Days

Fitzroy Harbour is getting ready to host its annual “Harbour Days” from July 11 to 14 at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre (100 Clifford Campbell Street).  Key events this year include a sold out 16 team 3-Pitch tournament, kids fair, seniors’ carpet bowling, teen volleyball, 5km race and much more.  Harbour Days is a key fundraiser for the community centre and offers a chance for the residents to enjoy four days of fun and activities.  For event details, contact the Fitzroy Harbour Community Association at 613-623-5241.

Drive In Bingo in Carp

Drive in Bingo in Carp is back again this year and is taking place every Wednesday in July (July 4, 11, 18 and 25) at the Carp Fairgrounds.  Bring your lawn chair, your dabbers and enjoy some great fun.  There will be a BBQ at 6pm with bingo starting at 8pm.

Due to Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario regulations, no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to play bingo.  However, children are welcome to attend, partake in the BBQ and spend time outside with family and friends!

Community Champions Program

On June 25, the City of Ottawa officially launched the Community Champions Program, which provides businesses, community groups and public-spirited individuals with an opportunity to become community partners by sponsoring City programs, services and facilities.

The City of Ottawa provides residents with an abundance of programs delivered in numerous facilities. However, like other municipalities, the City faces ever-increasing financial challenges to maintain the quality of its programs, services and facilities. Sponsorships generated through naming rights, legacy opportunities and other marketing benefits will enable the City delivery high quality services, while simultaneously providing value to taxpayers.

In accordance with the City’s Sponsorship and Advertising Policy, the Community Champions Program is a coordinated effort to find innovative ways to raise new revenue.  For more information about the program, visit