During this time of celebration and reflection, I want to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great start to 2012.
Closed for the holidays
For one week, we at the small but mighty Capital Ward councillor's office will be taking a break from our usual hectic pace of permits, planning and politics.
Our office will be closed during the week of December 26-30. We will, however, be monitoring emails and voicemails for urgent matters. As always, you should call 911 to report true emergencies (fires, crimes in progress and other life-threatening situations), or 311 for important matters of a municipal nature.
Upcoming Events in 2012
Here are two events to look forward to early in 2012. Visit www.capitalward.ca/en/events for updated events listings for Capital Ward.
Saturday, February 11, Time TBD
Capital Ward Cup Hockey Tournament
Heron Park, 1560 Clover St., Ottawa
It is Heron Park's turn to host this annual showdown between impromptu teams from Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South, the Glebe and Heron Park. These co-ed teams are put together from willing players just in time for the tournament each year.
If you wish to play, contact my office and we'll put you in touch with your team's captain. If you wish to watch, come out to Heron Park on Saturday, Feb. 11 to cheer the players.
Wednesday, February 1, 7:30 pm
The World We Want: An Evening with Frances Moore Lappé
St. Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa
USC Canada presents an inspiring evening with the visionary author of the 1971 bestseller Diet for a Small Planet.
Frances Moore Lappé is still shaking up our myths about markets, food, and the environment. Her new book, EcoMind, challenges us to change the way we think, so that we can create the world we want.
Tickets : $10 + HST. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.usc-canada.org/lappe for more details and information on how to buy tickets. This event will be held in English only.
In lieu of purchasing and mailing greeting cards, I have made contributions — both personally and from my office budget — toward two local charities that are helping to spread some holiday spirit to those in our community who need it most.
The Caring and Sharing Exchange (www.caringandsharing.ca) provides school supplies assistance and Christmas assistance to Ottawa families and individuals in need. The Ottawa Food Bank (www.ottawafoodbank.ca) collects and distributes food to member agencies serving people in need in the Ottawa area.
If you can, please consider making your own contribution to these and other worthy organizations. As a church minister once said to me, "If you aren't hurting yet, you can still give some more."
Food Bank fundraiser at Firehall
Here's another way to support the Ottawa Food Bank: Drop by the Ottawa South Community Centre today until 6 p.m. to purchase cookies and sweets made by the Girls Club of Firehall's After 4 program. If you are in the neighbourhood late Wednesday, please come by and support their efforts. They'll also be accepting donations of non-perishable goods to be delivered to the Food Bank. The OSCC is at 260 Sunnyside Ave.