Rural to Rural Accessible Taxi Service Pilot Program

The Community Support Service (CSS) agencies of Eastern Ottawa, Western Ottawa and Rural Ottawa South are piloting a program that will provide wheelchair accessible transportation services within the rural area. This service is for non-ambulatory customers who use a wheelchair or scooter.

A few key details on the pilot:

  • Runs from July 1 to December 31, 2013
  • Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • 48 Hour Advance Reservations

The CSS agencies can prioritize transportation requests:

  • 1st Priority - medical appointments, including Adult Day Programs, rehabilitation, foot care and counselling
  • 2nd Priority - other essential appointments such as banking, lawyers, grocery shopping
  • 3rd Priority - all other appointments including social recreation activities

Contact the Community Support Services agency in your area to reserve a trip. Reservations can be made at least 48 hours in advance.

  • Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre 613-741-6025 x328
  • Rural Ottawa South Support Services 613-692-4697
  • Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre 613-591-3686

On your behalf, the agency will make arrangements with West-Way Taxi to provide the accessible taxi ride. Customers who use this service are required to pay transportation fees (as shown below) to the CSS agency that arranged the ride. You will receive an invoice at the end of each month.

Rural CSS Transportation Fee Schedule:

1 - 10 km = $10
11 - 30 km = $15
31- 50 km = $20
51- 70 km = $30
71- 90 km = $40
91 km and over = $0.45/km

This pilot program will run until December 31, 2013. For more information, or to provide feedback, please call the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre at 613-741-6025 x328.

Living with Coyotes

From the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Source: MorguefileCoyotes are commonly found in open, agricultural land that includes woodlots and areas covered with brush. In cities, coyotes prefer natural green space, such as parks, ravines and stream banks.

Coyotes can raise concerns when they

  • feed on garbage, compost, fruit or vegetable gardens
  • prey on livestock or pets

Landowners can take action to manage wildlife on their property. Conflicts can often be prevented by making changes on your property:

  • remove sources of food by protecting pets and livestock
  • fence your gardens
  • secure garbage and compost

Taking these steps will help encourage coyotes to find somewhere else to look for food.

Most importantly, never feed coyotes or other wildlife.

For more information about coyotes, visit MNR's website.

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

March 12, 13 and 14
Ernst & Young Centre, 4899 Uplands Drive

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) will be held from March 12 to 14 at the Ernst & Young Centre. Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, The OVFS is the largest annual exhibition of its kind held in Ontario east of Toronto. Of particular interest to farm families and other rural residents, the show features 300+ commercial exhibitors offering everything from machinery and equipment, to computer and financial services. For more information please visit ottawafarmshow.com.