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Carp residents still trying to “Buy the Village Green”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A few weeks back we published an article about projects funded through a “Community Initiative Fund” for the Carp Road Landfill.  As part of an agreement with the City of Ottawa, Waste Management has contributed over $600,000 to projects in West Carleton, Stittsville, and Kanata. In 2007, $60,000 of that amount went to a project called Buy the Village Green in Carp.  We were curious about what the funds were used for, and sent reporter Victoria Klassen to look into it. Here’s what she found.) Continue reading


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LETTER: City’s vision for garbage stinks

“Look, we all know that garbage happens… The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.”

Carp Dump II has the passed the Environmental Compliance Application (ECA) and the so called “West Carleton Environmental Centre” is now all but certain.

Frankly, I am more than just a little surprised how little I’ve read about this inevitability.

When the first dump was opened in Carp the early 1970s, it was essentially for local use and it was in the middle of nowhere. Now, some forty years later, the new dump (which will be beside the old one) happens to be in the middle of growing suburbia, and for the use of all of Ontario.

We all know that garbage happens. What is necessary is a well laid plan that is environmentally sound and economically viable. The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.

Plasco and Orgaworld were both whiffs of legendary proportion, and yet here we are continuing to move forward without a viable 30 year plan.

Operating without a plan continues to cost us money and will have a negative effect on some of our residents’ quality of life.  It could also harm our environment, and it will devalue property.

I think we all know that landfills are not the answer. It’s the way of a bygone era. No one wants them except the companies that make a fortune operating them.

Yet, despite lingering complaints about the first dump, the City of Ottawa is on the verge of adding two more landfill sites.   We already have four!

That’s not very green for a supposedly very green city.

 

Landfills are not the way of the future, but unfortunately, it seems to be the way of our city.

Moving forward, transparency is a must, and clearly our neighbours should all be entitled to live in an environment that is clean, safe and healthy.

Jonathan Mark
Dunrobin, Ontario

(Jonathan Mark is a broadcaster, Chair for the Ward 5 Citizens’ Council (W5CC), and a candidate for West Carleton Ward in the last municipal election.)


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Councillor El-Chantiry provides update on Hydro One customer transfer

From West Carleton Councillor Eli El-Chantiry’s email newsletter:

This past June I updated residents with some favourable news regarding having 45,000 Hydro One customers transferred to Hydro Ottawa.

At that time, Jim Durrell (Hydro Ottawa Board Chair) addressed Ottawa City Council and noted he was hopeful to have a resolution of some kind by September 2015 to this longstanding issue.

As it’s now October and we haven’t received further updates, I connected with Hydro Ottawa to find out the latest on negotiations. Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa, noted to me last week that both parties have had a number of positive meetings since June and both sides are engaged in good faith. At this point both parties have exchanged and are reviewing detailed financials underpinning any potential transaction.

This is a very complicated exercise – further complicated by changes to Hydro One’s governance model (the provincial government has made clear it plans to privatize a portion of Hydro One through an IPO process) as well as the regulatory model within which the industry operates. Discussions are expected to continue, and both parties will keep their respective shareholders fully briefed and informed as to the process and deliberations.

Mr. Conrad acknowledges that that process may seem like its taking longer than it should, but he reiterates that for a deal to happen, all parties need to be satisfied that it’s in the best interest of their shareholders and customers. I will continue to stay on top of this issue and will update residents as I know more.


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From Las Vegas to West Carleton: Meet the family behind the Pazab Farm

(Above: The Pazab Family: Agata and Preston Zaborowski, with Sonja, 11, Eloy, 9, Sasha, 7, Arkadiusz, 3. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Can you imagine moving your family, including four young kids, from Las Vegas to a patch of land in West Carleton, and setting up a farm?

That’s exactly what Agata and Preston Zaborowski did two years ago, when they established the Pazab Family Farm on Upper Dwyer Hill Road last year.  A couple weeks ago, they officially opened their roadside market, selling organic produce, meat and baked goods, along with original art.  Here’s an interview with Agata and Preston, along with photography by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre proposed for West Carleton

Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre wants to build a new facility at 1883 Bradley Side Road.  The City has received new proposals for a zoning by-law amendment and official plan amendment that would allow for a 30-bed facility for youth aged 13 to 21 years of age with substance abuse issues.

Bradley Side Road is just northwest of the intersection of Richardson Side Road and Huntmar Drive, backing onto the Thunderbird soccer domes and golf course. Continue reading


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