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Vernon Remembrance Day
The first of the Remembrance Day ceremonies began in Vernon with plenty of Veterans, guests and the Castor Valley Children's Choir singing songs. Under the sunny skies with a little chill in the air, the soldiers who fought for our country and freedom were remembered by family, friends and members of the clergy in a touching sermon with the laying of the traditional wreaths. MP Pierre Poilievre joined me along with many military personnel, Lions' Club members and Vets to thank and remember them with the reading of their names.
Second Annual Haunted House
My second Annual Haunted House at the Greely Community Centre was a tremendous success. We partnered up with South Rural Ottawa Recreation and the Greely Lions to put on a spectacular event for children of all ages! There were over 200 children that enjoyed the various organized activities such as cookie and pumpkin decorating, bowling, a photo booth and of course the Haunted House! The Haunted House was incredibly decorated and setup with spooky touch and feel activities along the way. I was blown away by the imaginative rooms, games and detail put into this event. Words are not enough to describe it! It was also great having the Ottawa Library Haunted Bookmobile and the Volunteer Firefighters join us for the event. Judging by the amount of free loot bags, chips and drinks that were given away, everyone had lots of fun! Many thanks to all the great staff and volunteers with my office, and South Rural Ottawa. I'm happy that everyone had a great time!
Ontario Paramedic Association
It was a huge honour to receive an Appreciation Award from the Ontario Paramedic Association during the Paramedicine Expo and Conference. I am very thankful to Darryl Wilton, who nominated me for the award.
The evening was very touching. Some standout moments were the entertainment from the Paramedic pipe band and dancers, along with the tolling of the bell in recognition for all those who lost their lives over the last year.
As a City Councillor, I consider the safety of my residents to be one of my highest priorities. Over the past few years, I have worked closely with Emergency and Protective Services and council colleagues to increase the number of Paramedics within the City of Ottawa. Adding these paramedics has help provide faster response times across the city and especially in the rural wards.
I have also worked on a project to ensure all the Royal Canadian Legions in Ottawa, not already equipped with the AED heart defibrillators, will have one provided by Ottawa Paramedic Services. Our veterans risked their lives to protect us, and we felt it was important to protect them by having access to these live saving devices. I will continue to work with Ottawa’s Emergency and Protective Services and champion the real heroes, Ontario Paramedics. Everyday these brave men and women put their lives at risk by responding to emergency calls and saving lives. I can’t thank you all enough for your dedication, service and sacrifice.
"Leave the Phone Alone" Campaign
The “Leave the Phone Alone” campaign is an awareness project that stresses safe driving practices. McEwen Gas at Mitch Owens and Albion partnered with Ottawa Police Services, Safe Roads Ottawa and my office to promote the awareness program and it was very successful! Getting the attention of motorists early in the morning as they stop for gas was a great and effective way to spread the word for safe driving. Distracted driving is a very real danger to everyone who shares the road. Data indicates that 40% of collisions (2013) were caused by distracted driving. Drivers talking on cell phones are in many cases just as impaired as drunk drivers. This initiative taken by the Ottawa Police Services and Safe Roads Ottawa is focused on speaking with people giving out a car decal with a reminder to you and other drivers to leave the phone alone. I was excited to be involved in this program for a second time and I am looking forward to doing more in the near future, in effort to make people in our Ward more aware of the dangers of distracted driving.
Stay safe and leave the phone alone!
Holy Trinity Pork Loin Dinner
Holy Trinity church in Metcalfe held its annual Pork Loin dinner this week and was a big hit! Despite the pouring rain, the church hall was full and the inviting smell of a great home cooked meal welcomed guests as soon as they walked in. MP Pierre Poilievre joined me and many volunteers to serve the hot beverages and to help clear tables. It is always a great opportunity to connect with residents and hear the feedback they may have to offer.
What's Happening in the City
Submit nominations for the Nepean-Carleton Canada-Ontario 150 Inspiration Awards!
The Nepean-Carleton Canada-Ontario 150 Inspiration Awards will be given to 150 residents who have been nominated by our community and who have made a significant impact to Nepean-Carleton through volunteerism, philanthropy, innovation, military service or leadership. Recipients will be chosen based on nominations that outline six criteria: Role, Impact, Reach, Engagement, Overcoming Challenges and Inspiration. If you know someone in the community who deserves this award, please send me a Nomination Letter outlining how your nominee embodies these six criteria to George.Darouze@ottawa.ca. Don't forget to include all of their and your contact information! Deadline to submit nominations is Friday, November 10th 2017.