Mark Taylor’s April Column

Dear Neighbours,

We may not believe it but signs of spring are evident; the snow is melting, our days are longer, the geese and birds are returning.   Our schedules begin to fill up this time of year with outdoor activities and festivals.  Spring is a time for new beginnings and renewal. 

Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital Campaign:

You can still register your group, school, or association for Tim Horton’s Cleaning the Capital. I encourage you to show your community pride and take part in the city wide cleanup.  If we all work together in cleaning up public property where we live, work and play we can keep our City clean, green, graffiti and litter free!  The campaign runs from April 15th-May 16th.  You can find learn more about registering at

Seniors Fair:

I am proud to once again be sponsoring and am looking forward to participating in the 2nd Annual Olde Forge Community Resource Centre’s Seniors Spring Fair and Lunch.  The event is taking place Thursday April 24th at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre and runs from 10:30-1:30.  Tickets are $10.00 and include a boxed lunch.  Last year’s event was a huge success.  Plan to attend and be sure to stop by our booth! For tickets or information call 613-829-9777 ext. 7252 or

Mandarin MS Walk:

This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the MS Walk.  Money raised from the event goes towards funding research into the cause of MS and to finding a cure; as well as providing important services that help enhance the quality of life of those affected.  This year’s walk is taking place on Sunday April 27TH and travels along the Ottawa River parkway.  You can sign up as a MS Walk participant, donate and volunteer by visiting .

Jane’s Walk:

Jane’s Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours.  The walks are pedestrian focussed and usually offer insight into local history, design and planning. This year more than 50 free walking tours will be held across our City.   To ensure Jane’s Walk is a success, volunteers are needed.  If you like to walk and are passionate about your community why not volunteer as a walk leader or a walk marshal in your neighbourhood.   This year’s event is taking place May 3rd-4th.  You can find out more at

Mother’s Day Tea:

I am looking forward to hosting my 4th Annual Mother’s Day Tea on Thursday May 8th at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre.  The event runs from 1:00-3:00.  As he has done in past years Dominic D’Arcy will be entertaining us with his music and we will have a number of celebrity servers joining us.  The event is free but seating is limited.  You can email  in my office or call 613-580-2477 to reserve your seats.  This event is a highlight for me each year as we enjoy an afternoon of companionship and music while recognising the importance of mothers and all those who play a vital role in shaping our children’s lives.

Warmer Weather & Kids Playing:

With warmer weather and longer daylight hours our children will soon be out playing street hockey, skipping and riding their bikes more often.  I want to remind you that we should all be extra careful and take a little extra time when driving through our neighbourhoods.  You’ll find lots of valuable information about road safety and traffic at .

I want to wish you all a Happy Easter and may you have a wonderful long weekend with family and friends. 


Mark Taylor
Ottawa City Councillor, Bay Ward

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