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Landowners have a right to be frustrated To the editor: Bill Morrow wants to use someone else’s property for his own enjoyment (who doesn’t?). I’ve witnessed many people partying on the beach in recent years, and have yet to see someone who isn’t a beachfront property owner actually taking charge out on the beach confronting people who act inappropriately - drunk and disorderly, lighting fires, leaving trash laying around. If I were to ask Mr. Morrow to use his backyard (or front

yard) for a party, do you think, with me being a total stranger, that he would even consider it for a moment? Would he perhaps call the police if I were to just show up on his property with a couple of friends and a case of beer? You bet he would! The property is deeded to the water’s edge, but people see that as a technicality because - wait for it - because they want to use this particular piece of real estate for their own enjoyment. My neighbour has a really nice

car, so I think I should get to use it sometimes too. Friends Against Privatization? Hogwash! Friends for Communism is closer to the truth! You seem to think that the property owners are being unreasonable. That’s far from the truth. People have enjoyed the beach for decades, and I agree that many are responsible folks who just want to relax, take a dip, walk their dog, enjoy the sunset, spend time with their children.

Then there are the people who want to party, get rowdy, make threats, fires, litter, and generally get up to all sorts of trouble on the beach. Mr Morrow, if you do enjoy a relaxing walk on the beach from time to time, the next time you encounter the latter type of beachgoer, and decide just to walk on by and mind your own business, you can stop wondering why the property owners are putting up such a fuss. Rick Longtin

Councillor Eli El-Chantiry

5670 Carp Rd., Kinburn 613-580-2424 ext 32246 eli.el-chantiry@ottawa.ca www.eliel-chantiry.ca

Ward 5 West Carleton-March Community support services improved for rural transportation Earlier this year, the City started a partnership with three community support service agencies to provide more transportation options to seniors and adults living with a physical disability in rural Ottawa. These agencies – the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (which serves Ward 5), Rural Ottawa South Support Services and the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre – provide rides for persons who do not require a wheelchair to locations both within the City of Ottawa and to nearby communities. Reservations can be made in advance, and escort support is available if assistance is required with stairs or elevators or if a resident needs an escort to attend an appointment or community visit. For more information or to schedule a ride for Ward 5 residents, contact the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre 613-591-3686. Para Transpo is another transportation alternative for rural residents with a permanent or short-term disability who are unable to use conventional transit. The service is provided only between rural and urban destinations within the City of Ottawa. For Para Transpo customers, the Taxi Coupon Program is a travel option allowing customers to take discounted taxi service to locations within Ottawa and to neighbouring communities. Contact Para Transpo at Para Transpo 613-2441289.

John Carter

Fire Safety Especially Important During Dry Conditions Ottawa Fire Services is calling on the community to be cautious when throwing out lit cigarettes or matches, which could result in bush or grass fires due to the dry spell the region is experiencing. Do not throw cigarettes/matches onto the side of the road, in a flower bed or near other combustibles such as decks, garbage or fences. Hot and dry conditions across the Ottawa area have also increased the risk of fires from BBQs and grills. Residents should be extra cautious when cooking outdoors and ensure that any fire and all smouldering materials are completely extinguished with water before leaving the area. Ottawa Fire Services would also like to remind residents that in order to have an open air fire in the City of Ottawa, a fire permit must be obtained from the Fire Department. Please note however that there is currently a burn ban in effect.

Caitlyn Russell is the valedictorian of the 2012 Pakenham Public School graduating class. She also won several awards.

Thank you to the Diefenbunker Maha and I attended the Music of the Cold War event that took place on July 11 at the Diefenbunker. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Diefenbunker for hosting such a fabulous event. I would also like to thank all the great sponsors and volunteers that helped make this event such as success. If you’ve never been to the Diefenbunker, either for a tour of the facility or to attend one of their special events, I encourage you to do so. You won’t be disappointed.

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Pakenham Class of 2012 The 2012 Grade 8 graduating class from Pakenham Public School gathers in the school gymnasium just prior to going to the Stewart Community Centre for their graduation ceremony June 25. The include, from left, at back Austin McNab, Arryn Jackle Spriggs, Nick Coe, Garrett Gleeson, Micheal Blair, Spencer Chu and Zach Eliot; and in front teacher Pamela McCauley, Rebecca Cowal, Thelia Larose, Hilary McCann, Becky Schroeder, Caitlyn Russell, Victoria Tuffin, Jalee Lebrun, Grace Cromb and Regan Caldwell. Missing from the photo is Thomas Reynolds.

Bay Community Connection hosting Picnic/BBQ The Bay Community Connection (BCC) is hosting a picnic and BBQ from 11:30am to 1pm on Sunday, July 22 on the grounds of St. Gabriel Church in Constance Bay. Bring your blankets and lawn chair and relax while the BCC does the cooking. Burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be served. All welcome to attend! BCC is made up of dedicated volunteers who work with residents, businesses and social service partners of Constance & Buckham’s Bay to help maintain a healthy, safe and secure community.

Guiding Ottawa’s Growth At the July 11, 2012 City Council meeting, Council approved work to make updates to the Official Plan, the Transportation Master Plan and the Infrastructure Master Plan. These are the documents that guide how and where the City will grow over the years to come. The transportation planning work will include updates to the City’s pedestrian and cycling plans as well as a prioritization of transit and road projects. The Official Plan update will be a review of the document, rather than a full revision. Main areas of focus will be on: ensuring that future urban and suburban intensification projects are built to a higher level of urban design; encouraging the redevelopment of properties around Tunney’s Pasture Station to Blair Station as part of the City’s LRT project; prioritizing infrastructure rehabilitation projects to areas of the City undergoing intensification; reviewing Ottawa’s supply of employment lands to ensure that it aligns with the goals of Invest Ottawa; and, developing unique growth strategies for each of Ottawa’s rural villages. There will be public consultations on the updates to these plans beginning later this year and continuing next year. The updated documents are scheduled to be before Council for consideration by the end of 2013. R0011512796

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