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UPDATE – Garbage Bags to Garbage Tags

At last night’s Council meeting the decision was made that, effective July 1, the large Westport garbage bags will no longer be available.  Garbage tags will be used on large clear garbage bags after that date.  You can continue to use large Westport garbage bags, if you have them after July 1, without attaching a tag.  Small Westport garbage bags will be available until 2018.  We are in discussions with three downtown Westport businesses and expect to announce in the next few days where the tags will be available for purchase after July 1.

So the good news is that we listened to your complaints to get rid of the garbage bags and to find locations with convenient operating hours where garbage tags could be purchased.  However, there is a price increase for the tags – they will cost $2.50 each.  I suspect some of you might wonder how changing to tags would result in a price increase, so here is some information that will help explain.
Our auditor strongly recommended that when we design/produce the tags, they be numbered sequentially.  This adds significantly to the cost of a tag – an additional 28%. We also heard from many people that we need to source out a tag that will stick to the bag, and not provide flimsy tags that come apart when applying them to the bags.  Thirdly, the garbage tags for the Township of Rideau Lakes are for sale in the Village for $2.50.  The Village needs to provide a similar priced product to avoid confusion at point of sale or the possibility of a lesser priced Westport tag being placed on a township garbage bag, which will either cause confusion in Portland or increase the cost of our garbage pick up.  Finally, the business owners need a small amount of compensation for selling Village garbage tags.
The Village will be putting out more detailed information in the next few weeks, however I wanted to update you on this decision of Council made at last night’s meeting.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me @ 273-9195.

Hard Working Clean-Up Crew makes a Huge Difference

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out yesterday morning and raked, swept and bagged garbage and leaves from the streets and island.  A particularly strong shout out to the Baptist Church “Odd Job” squad who tackled the important, but smelly, job of cleaning up the shoreline on the island and to Chris and Beth who picked up all of the garbage bags.  To everyone who helped or cheered us on – PRIDE in our community is our motto.


Rain or Shine – Let’s Pull Together Saturday, May 14 in Westport

Tomorrow is Spring Clean Up day in the ‘Port.  Join us at Town Hall for coffee and snacks at 9:30.  Bring a group or join some of your neighbours.  After a couple of hours of raking and bagging leaves and other loose garbage, finish the morning off with a BBQ at the Spring.  Please bring your rakes, gloves and wear a brightly coloured top.  Bags are provided by the Village.

Federal government announces $57million for infrastructure rehab work on the Rideau Canal

Great News!  The government has announced an investment of $57 million to rehab the Rideau Canal.  I have attached the government’s media release here.  Thanks to MP Gord Brown, MPP Steve Clarke and our own Seamus Cowan for keeping the importance of the Rideau Canal front and centre for the past several years.

News Release

For immediate release

Government of Canada invests $57 million in Rideau Canal National Historic Site

May 10, 2016           Ottawa, Ontario Parks Canada Agency

Canada’s national parks and historic sites belong to all Canadians. These beautiful natural environments bring Canadians together, attract thousands of tourists to our country, and support our local economies.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister responsible for Parks Canada and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, announced the installation of two paddle access points along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site.

These new paddle access points will ensure safe and easy access to the Rideau Canal for paddlers and their canoes, kayaks and paddle-boards, allowing even more community members and visitors to enjoy the history and beauty of this national treasure. The access points are located at Clegg Avenue and Patterson Creek in Ottawa.

These paddle access points respond to feedback from the local community and are an example of Parks Canada’s commitment to continually improving experiences for visitors to natural and cultural heritage sites.

Minister McKenna also announced a historic federal infrastructure investment of over $57 million in the Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Also, today’s announcement of over $57 million in additional funding for infrastructure work is the largest investment of its kind in the 184-year history of the Rideau Canal. The funding will be used to rehabilitate and repair bridges, dams, locks and historic masonry structures in communities along the Canal, more than doubling previously announced federal funding. This will improve the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to experience and enjoy this cherished UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Parks Canada continues to work with partners and communities to help the Rideau Canal be a premier tourism destination, foster recreation and support economic development along its whole length, from Ottawa to Kingston.