ARAC, 5514 Manotick Main Street Update & Community Events

After a couple of lighter agendas, the May the Fourth be with you meeting of Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee has a few more items on it. As usual, the meeting is held at 10:00 am at Ben Franklin Place. Agenda items include the following:

  • Commemorative Naming Proposal: Ronald Warren Ball Diamond (Osgoode)
  • Housekeeping Amendment to Coach House Policies
  • Official Plan Amendment: 2715, 2777 Tenth Line Road, 810 Wall Road, 2390, 2484, 2656 Trim Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendments: 6202 Nick Adams Road, 3400 & 3468 Old Montreal Road, 1156 – 1170 March Road, 3746 Larry Robinson Road, 6840 Rideau Valley Drive South, 557 & 577 Jinkinson Road
  • Partial Abandonment of Staidler Municipal Drain
  • Omnibus Zoning Amendments

The item on Coach Houses is just some minor changes to the policy. I continue to work with staff on addressing the main issues relating to the requirements for a hydrogeological study and Site Plan Control. Similarly, the Omnibus report includes minor changes to certain properties and by-laws, including a property in Richmond that was incorrectly rezoned during the 2010 Richmond Community Design Plan process.

The Official Plan Amendment for Tenth Line Road, Wall Road and Trim Road is an application to re-designate agricultural lands to general rural. The recommendation is to refuse the application. The Zoning By-Law Amendments on Larry Robinson Road and Rideau Valley Drive South are to prohibit residential uses following approval of surplus farm severances. The Zoning By-Law Amendment for 557 & 577 Jinkinson Road is to permit Rural General Industrial uses on portions of the properties that are setback from the natural heritage features on the properties. A large portion of this property is already zoned Rural General Industrial.

The abandonment of a portion of the Staidler Municipal Drain includes a section north of Mackey Road and includes the Brooks Branch. A request for abandonment must be made by owners representing no less than 75% of the area assessed for benefit under the by-law for the drain. That has been met in this request. This item was originally on the March agenda but was deferred.

The full agenda with reports is available at Ottawa.ca. Every month, our office also sends out an e-Newsletter with the agenda and link to the reports, among other information. You can sign up for these at rideaugoulbourn.ca. Our next one will be sent out this Friday, April 28th.

5514 Manotick Main Street Update

Two weeks ago, I provided an update on the property that used to be home to the Falls House. As many have likely seen, there is a new retail/office building proposed for the site. Since last year, a group of community leaders has been assisting me in working with the owner of the property. Just last week, this same group had the opportunity to sit down and discuss the proposed design with the owner and the architect.

At the meeting, the architect presented some revisions to the design which responded to some of the comments we have been hearing from the community. Those present felt more improvements could be made to help soften the look of the building and make it more of a feature in the village, knowing the importance of this site. As a result, the owner and architect have agreed to look at further revisions. This work has already commenced and we will be updated as soon as possible.

Please stay tuned to this column for further updates. More information on the background and current application for 5514 Manotick Main Street are available at rideaugoulbourn.ca/fallshouse.

Community Dancing in Manotick

On Friday, April 28th, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, come on out to the Manotick United Church and enjoy a fun, interactive session of dance, laughter & music. Join the Ever Hopeful Stringband and caller Pippa Hall for a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening of community dancing, including circles, squares and contras. Each dance is taught and the whole family is invited. The evening begins with simple dances, followed by dances that build on skills as the evening progresses. Admission is $10; $5 for those aged 12-18; participants under 12 are free. There is also a family maximum admission of $20. For information, please call 613-692-4576 or visit http://dance.manotick.net.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic

Join me on July 7th for the Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities at the Canadian Golf & Country Club. It promises to be a fun day for the whole family with all proceeds going directly to the Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) and the Richmond Youth Centre (RYC). I would love for you to participate!

We are also acquiring sponsorships and silent auction donations. If you are a local business and want to be involved in this event, please contact me and we’ll find an exciting way to get you involved.

For more details or to register, visit www.golf4youth.ca. Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit our youth and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Richmond North Sales Meter Station and Protecting Yourself Against Online Fraud

Richmond North Sales Meter Station Upgrade Project

TransCanada is proposing to replace the existing Richmond Sales Meter Station, with a new sales meter station called Richmond North Sales Meter Station. The proposed Project will provide TransCanada with the capability to accommodate a customer’s request for additional natural gas capacity. The Project is co-located at two adjacent TransCanada sites – the Richmond Sales Meter Station and the Stittsville Compressor Station, both located at 6783 Fallowfield Road, between Conley Road and Huntley Road, in Stittsville.

Meter stations are an important piece of infrastructure for a natural gas pipeline system. They are used to measure the volume and composition of natural gas transported through a pipeline. Construction of this Project involves the building of a new sales meter station and the installation of piping adjacent to the existing Stittsville Compressor Station site. A new pipeline connection will be built from the new meter station to the existing customer connection in the southeast end of the meter station property. The Project will also include the removal of the existing meter station and connection piping, currently located at the southern end of the property. All work will take place within TransCanada’s existing station properties.

Subject to National Energy Board approval, construction is anticipated to begin in summer 2017 and last approximately three months. The facility is anticipated to be in-service in November 2017. More information is available on TransCanada’s NEB application here: http://tinyurl.com/k73ho35.

Protect yourself against online fraud

Everyone is vulnerable to fraud, including you. Sadly, the Internet has made it much easier for criminals to take advantage of people, and much more difficult for investigators to track. This tax season, protect yourself against online scams. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) does not send emails or texts with links requesting your financial or other personal information. Don’t give your personal information over the phone until you have checked the status of your CRA account.

Ottawa Police Staff Sergeant Stephanie Burns offers these tips to keep you safe from tax scams and enticing offers:

  • Be suspicious of emails that ask you for confidential information.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of contests asking you to pay money to collect your prize, or winnings for contests you did not enter.
  • Take your time to think and ask questions. Contact someone you trust for a second opinion.

Learn more about fraud and how to protect yourself:

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Updates on the Richmond Pumping Station & McBean Street Bridge

In last week’s column, I joked about the end of winter but I didn’t anticipate all of spring occurring over a matter of two days. I hope everyone has had a chance to dry out. When we get these extreme weather events, there can tend to be adverse effects on certain operations. Last week’s rain was no exception as the Richmond Pumping Station was impacted.

This past Friday afternoon, the Pumping Station was nearing capacity and a by-pass was put in place to prevent a potential failure of the system. The by-pass diverted overflows directly into the Jock River. By-pass pumping from the Royal York Street Pumping Station ceased at 9:00pm that same evening.

City Staff recorded that 4,300 cubic meters of wastewater was pumped into the Jock River. Unfortunately, due to severe flooding, the Richmond Lagoons by-pass valve, which would normally redirect any overflow from the wastewater system to the lagoons, was in-accessible, leading to the by-pass operation that ultimately took place.

Due to the high water level of the Jock River, the by-pass overflow line leading from the pumping station to the Jock River was lower in elevation than the Jock River Water levels. The decision was made by staff to actively pump wastewater from the station so water in the river would not backfill into the pipe which would have caused the pumping station to flood. This would have resulted in the City losing operational control of the pumping station and the integrity of the system as a whole.

Staff remained onsite throughout the weekend to monitor the wastewater system. The Ministry of the Environment was notified at the beginning of the by-pass operation. Regular operations of the wastewater system have resumed. This event was caused by the heavy rains coupled with the spring freshet. There are plans to upgrade the Pumping Station and forcemain to accommodate future growth and the increased capacity in the coming years. Part of that upgrade is taking place currently between the pumping station and Eagleson Road. The entire project, funded by growth, will see the station upgraded and a twinning of the forcemain from Richmond into Kanata.

McBean Street Bridge

As residents in Richmond may have noticed, the City has closed access to the west sidewalk on the McBean Street Bridge because of concrete deterioration. As you may recall, the City undertook some improvements to the east sidewalk a few years ago and, at that time, there was no funding available to address the deterioration on the west side. Since the east side is used more frequently, it was repaired and widened.

Recently, the City received a service request for the west sidewalk due to continued concrete deterioration propagating to the edge of the narrow sidewalk on the west side of the structure. Staff have inspected the bridge and the railing and posts appear to be sturdy.  Therefore, there are no concerns structurally but the concrete deterioration led to the closure.

Staff considered temporary repairs pending the planned replacement of the bridge in 2018.   To do that, the west sidewalk would still need to be closed for repairs and then the entire works would be replaced in 2018. Staff felt that closing the narrow west sidewalk would not severely impact the level of service and prevent wasting money with the full repair slated for 2018.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Get Ready for Construction Season!

With the snow finally behind us (I think), it is now time to look ahead to our other season in Ottawa: Construction. Once again this summer, there are a number of road projects that will impact Rideau-Goulbourn. I would like to take this opportunity to list those projects here.

Since 2012, the City has made an increased commitment to resurfacing roads throughout the City of Ottawa. The total contribution to infrastructure renewal has increased year over year during that time. For 2017, our rehabilitation program has just been awarded to Cavanagh Construction and will include the following Rideau-Goulbourn roads:

  • Shea Road (Hemphill Street to Fernbank Road)
  • William McEwen Drive (South of Brophy Road)
  • Bleeks Road (Dwyer Hill Road to 80m East of Munster Road)

Road resurfacing projects are to be carried out between April 24th and October 24th of this year. I will have more specific details on timelines in the coming weeks as the contractor presents their schedule. Another project that could have significant impacts for Rideau-Goulbourn residents will be the resurfacing of Prince of Wales Drive from Hunt Club to Strandherd Road.

Gravel road resurfacing will be carried out on Bleeks Road, Bowrin Road, Conley Road, Goodstown Road, McLinton Road, O’Neil Road, Rushmore Road and Woods Road in Goulbourn. In Rideau, residents can expect to see gravel resurfacing on Callendor Road, Flood Road, Gilroy Road, Harbison Road, Mackey Road, Paden Road and Weedmark Road. This work involves the addition of new gravel, a reshaping of the crown of the road to ensure proper drainage and a calcium application to reduce dust. Gravel roads have a lifecycle of four years. The roads listed above were last done in 2013, except for McLinton Road, which was done in 2012.

As for gravel roads being upgraded from gravel to hard surface, 2017 will see the completion of work on Mackey Road that begun in 2016. Additionally, Gallagher Road, from Mackey Road to Malakoff Road, will be upgraded from gravel to a hard surface. Pavement preservation projects will be carried out on Third Line Road (South of Lockhead Road), McCordick Road (Donnelly Drive to Mackey Road), Harnett Road and Donnelly Drive (Merlyn Wilson Road to the City boundary). Pavement preservation is generally a microsurfacing of the road which sees a layer of asphalt added to add life to the road at a fraction of the cost of resurfacing. These works have been awarded to Miller Paving with works scheduled to be carried out between April 24th and August 11th.

5514 Manotick Main Street Update

Over the last year, I have spoken about the Falls House at 5514 Manotick Main Street in this column and also during the November 15th Town Hall meeting in Manotick. Since last fall, the property owner has been working with an architect on the proposed building. Since last winter, the owner has also been consulting, through my office, with several community leaders. Having said that, the owner has submitted a zoning by-law amendment to the City prior to sharing this with our ad-hoc consultation group. The application and the proposed design are now available for public comment.

The property is zoned VM9 which is a mixed use zone specifically for villages in which commercial and residential is permitted. The 9 refers to the prohibitions imposed through our recent Manotick Secondary Plan Review, such as gas bar, townhouse dwelling, funeral home, automobile service station and so on. In terms of height, it is the village standard 11 metres, or three storeys.

As mentioned, a zoning by-law amendment (ZBA) has recently been submitted for this application. The main part of the amendment only applies to a small portion of the property. Recently, the property owner was approved for a lot line adjustment between 5514 Manotick Main Street and 1157 Maple Street that was necessary for access purposes. 1157 Maple is zoned Village Residential so that portion needs to be rezoned to make it consistent with the balance of the property. However, the ZBA also seeks to change the building height from 11m to 12.5m as well as some other less significant proposals on setbacks.

Ultimately, we all know this intersection is changing with the plaza having approved an expansion, the former McNeil Motors property for sale and the demolition of the Falls House. The good news for the village is that the owners of 5514 Manotick Main Street are from the village and have shown a strong willingness to work with the community since the initial acquisition in 2015.

More details and information are available at rideaugoulbourn.ca/fallshouse. Your comments are welcome.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

ARAC & Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Our upcoming meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee on Thursday, April 6th will be the first since February following the cancellation of the March meeting. The previously announced meeting in March was cancelled because there were only two items on the agenda. The two items that carry over from that light March agenda are the waiver of fees on the Cable Crescent closure off of Fairmile Road and the proposal to add two all-way stop controls to Osgoode Main Street. Additionally, the agenda includes:

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment for 3856, 3866, 3876 Navan Road to permit a Place of Worship
  • Status Update: Inquiries and Motions for the period ending March 30th, 2017

It is another relatively light agenda but the meeting is necessary due to the timelines surrounding the Navan Road zoning amendment. I will also be bringing forward a motion pertaining to the Mahogany Harbour dock project. This motion will allow the community to proceed to the next steps of this project including a temporary facility for the 2017 boating season.

As always, our ARAC meetings are held at Ben Franklin Place in the old Nepean Township Council Chambers. The meeting will begin at 10:00am. Full agenda information can be found at ottawa.ca.

2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Applications for the 2017 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program will be accepted until April 28th, 2017.

The program recognizes innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. Eligible applicants could receive one of:

  • a Premier's Award ($75,000)
  • a Minister's Award ($50,000)
  • a Leaders in Innovation Award - three awards available ($25,000 each) 
  • provincial award - 45 awards available ($5,000 each)

Program applications are reviewed by two independent panels consisting of agri-food industry representatives from across Ontario. For more information about the awards and the application process, please review the program website at omafra.gov.on.ca.

2017 Construction Season

Construction contracts for 2017 are being awarded and, in next week’s column, I will provide an update on what you can expect to see this summer. As mentioned previously, Shea Road, Bleeks Road and William McEwen Drive, south of Brophy Drive, will be resurfaced this summer. I’ll have more details next week.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Rural Association Partnership Program, Clean Water Program & More News

Prior to every Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee meeting, I post the agenda here giving plenty of notice. Unfortunately, due to the April 6th Committee date and the printing schedule of Manotick Messenger, I will only be able to provide that agenda in the April 5th edition of the Messenger. Having said that, we regularly post the agenda in our monthly e-Newsletter. You can register for that here: rideaugoulbourn.ca. The agenda will also be published in the Stittsville News. 

Rural Association Partnership Program – Apply Now for Funding

If you are an Ottawa organization operating a rural fair, a farmers’ market or a rural business organization such as Chamber of Commerce and Business Improvement Areas, you may be eligible for funding of up to $7,500 through the City of Ottawa’s Rural Association Partnership Program (RAPP).

The first round of RAPP funding is now available with applications being accepted until Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 4:00pm. The objectives of the RAPP are:

  • To provide project based funding that supports the main priorities for rural organizations.
  • To contribute to the City’s rural economic health by supporting projects that will assist Ottawa’s rural business organizations, fairs and farmers markets achieve sustainability and capitalize on the proximity to Ottawa’s large urban market.
  • To assist in promoting Ottawa’s rural identity to both residents and tourists.
  • To provide economic benefits to small and medium sized enterprises in Ottawa’s rural communities.
  • Assist rural communities to overcome the business development challenges associated with smaller local population base.
  • To increase the capacity for rural communities to provide a quality visitor experience.

More information, including guidelines and an application form, can be found on the Rural Association Partnership Program webpage.

Prospective RAPP applicants are encouraged to contact the Rural Affairs Office at ruralaffairs@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 27815 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting an application.

Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Landowners completing projects in 2017 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is May 1, 2017.

New grants are available. Grants are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa. 

Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit www.ottawa.ca/cleanwater to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

2017 Cleaning the Capital Campaign

On the heels of Rideau-Goulbourn winning the Cleaning the Capital ward participation contest for 2016, registration is now upon us for the 2017 campaign. Early-bird registration begins March 15th, 2017.

Registration is quick and easy:

  1. Go to www.ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  2. Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.

Volunteers who register their cleanup project by April 14th have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31st will be eligible for more prizes.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

OC Transpo EquiPass

The application form for OC Transpo’s new EquiPass, an affordable monthly transit pass that provides a lower-priced transit option for those who live on low incomes, is now available.

The EquiPass is priced at $57 per month, a 50 per cent discount from the adult monthly pass, and will be available for use starting April 1st, 2017. It is available to individuals and families whose income is below the low-income threshold, which is set by the Government of Canada.

The EquiPass is not transferable and can only be used by the approved customer on the registered Presto card. For more information on EquiPass, please visit octranspo.com.

Kars on the Rideau Public School Used Book Sale

The annual used book sale is approaching fast. The sale starts for the general public on Saturday April 22nd and will be open from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Karin Rabuka will be there to serve up her freshly roasted and perfectly brewed NoGo Coffee.

Between now and then, however, they need books. The annual book sale relies on the generosity of others and the organizers are in need of donations of good used children and adult books, fiction or nonfiction, CDs, and DVD movies.  They are also accepting sheet music this year.  Please drop off your books in the school lobby.  The deadline for this collection is April 18th.

All money raised from this sale go to fund programs for the children in our school such as Science in the School, Mathletes, Stained Glass Workshop, dance and music programs, and to increase technology equipment in the school.

If you have any questions please email Diane at dianejdey@gmail.com

Jockvale Road Renaming

To close out this week, I wanted to give everyone a heads up that on April 10th, Jockvale Road will officially be renamed Longfields Drive. Since there are three disconnected sections of Jockvale, it was logical to rename the southern portion of the road that connects with Prince of Wales. Since the Longfields Drive extension opened, the road simply changed names mid-block. Therefore, it was decided that this section would become known as Longfields Drive all the way to Prince of Wales.

Similarly, the southern section of Cedarview Road was renamed William McEwen Drive last summer. In that case, there were also three different sections with the middle section being renamed Borrisokane Road. The existing William McEwen Drive intersected with Cedarview Road at Brophy Drive so that name was extended north with the support of the property owners along that stretch of Cedarview.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Cleaning the Capital and OC Transpo EquiPass

On the heels of Rideau-Goulbourn winning the Cleaning the Capital “Ward Award” participation contest for 2016, registration is now upon us for the 2017 campaign. Early-bird registration begins March 15th.

Registration is quick and easy:

  1. ·        Go to www.ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  2. Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.

Volunteers who register their cleanup project by April 14th have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31st will be eligible for more prizes.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

OC Transpo EquiPass

The application form for OC Transpo’s new EquiPass, an affordable monthly transit pass that provides a lower-priced transit option for those who live on low incomes, is now available.

The EquiPass is priced at $57 per month, a 50 per cent discount from the adult monthly pass, and will be available for use starting April 1st, 2017. It is available to individuals and families whose income is below the low-income threshold, which is set by the Government of Canada.

The EquiPass is not transferable and can only be used by the approved customer on the registered Presto card. For more information on EquiPass, please visit octranspo.com.

Line Dancing Classes - Spring Session

If you've ever been interested in trying your hand (or feet) at line dancing, there is no better time than the present. Introduction to Line Dancing classes are available on Tuesday afternoons from 2:00pm to 2:30pm at the Richmond Arena from March 21st until June 6th. On those same dates, you can also register for the Beginner/Improver class that runs from 2:30pm until 3:30pm.

On Thursday evenings in Stittsville, you can take part at the Johnny Leroux Arena between 7:00pm and 7:30pm from March 23rd to June 8th. The Beginner/Improver class runs after this from 7:30pm until 8:30pm.

All ages are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Western at dlwestern@yahoo.com or by phone at 613-838-5428.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Greenbank Road Closure

In my most recent column, I included information on the, at the time, upcoming meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. Please note that, due to a small and non-urgent agenda, the meeting for March 2nd was cancelled and the two agenda items will be deferred to our April 6th meeting.

Greenbank Road Closure

Motorists and cyclists are advised that Greenbank Road, between Jockvale Road and Half Moon Bay Road, will be closed from Monday, March 6th at 9:00am until Sunday, March 19th. The closure will allow for the installation of two box culverts as part of the ongoing Mattamy Half Moon Bay Development.

During the closure, detour signage will be in place. Access for local and emergency vehicles, and for pedestrians, will be maintained at all times.

Hydro Ottawa

From now until mid-July of this year, Hydro Ottawa will be undertaking a project that involves rebuilding the existing hydro pole line on Fallowfield Road (between Old Richmond Road and Shea Road). Impacted residents have already received notice of this work as it was scheduled to begin in January.

In total, 90 hydro poles will either be replaced or newly installed along the north side of Fallowfield Road. Any primary poles that are currently located on the south side of Fallowfield Road will be relocated to the north side due to a gas main. This work will improve the reliability of the electrical distribution system in the area.

Residents will notice an increased construction presence throughout the duration of the project, including excavation activities and construction vehicles. In order to minimize noise concerns, Hydro Ottawa will ensure that work is completed weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm. Traffic control will be implemented when required to ensure that roads and driveways remain accessible and safe to residents.

Hydro Ottawa’s qualified staff and contractors will conduct this work safely and efficiently, ensuring that any inconvenience is minimal. Hydro Ottawa is committed to delivering safe, reliable electricity service. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ainley Ching, System Designer, who has been overseeing this project. Ainley can be reached by phone via email at ainleyching@hydroottawa.com.

Almost Sunrise

A local Manotick resident is heavily involved in the upcoming showing of an award winning film about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. ‘Almost Sunrise’ will be shown in Ottawa on Saturday, March 18th at 3:30pm at the Mayfair theatre, 1074 Bank St. This film features a PTSD program called Project Welcome Home Troops that specifically targets veterans but also ‘first responders’ in their struggles with post-traumatic stress.

“Almost Sunrise” follows two Iraq war veterans, both of whom are tormented by depression years after returning home and are pushed to the edge of suicide. Together, soldiers Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson embark on an extraordinary journey: a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and to ultimately save themselves. 

The film explores the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder and moral injury on soldiers, and the lengths necessary to overcome difficulty. As part of their journey to wellness, the soldiers utilize meditative breathing techniques.

Project Welcome Home Troops (PWHT) is the featured as the method of treatment in the film and was started 12 years ago in the US to help veterans deal with the effects of PTSD. PWHT Canada is an organization of highly trained volunteers who teach veterans ancient breathing techniques enabling veterans to move quickly beyond the effects of their traumas empowering them to get back in touch with their true nature/self. Currently PWHT Canada is teaching veterans in the Kingston and Ottawa areas.

Ever wanted to be a Luger?

The Ontario Luge Association in collaboration with the International Luge Federation is presenting a 3 day training camp at Edelweiss on March 14th, 15th and 16th. This is a rare opportunity and definitely one not to be missed.

Some of you may have seen the media stories out of Manotick recently about the Mino family and their backyard luge runs. This camp is a reality all because of their story. 1988 Calgary Olympian Chris Wightman reached out to the Mino family and the rest is history.

The Ontario Luge Association and international coaches are scheduled to be there. More information on the camp is below:

  • Open to 15 kids
  • Carpooling available
  • City drop off for 8:30am and return around 4:30pm
  • Training Session will begin on hill from 10am and conclude for 3pm
  • Video review of each persons’ technique
  • Daily Time Trials
  • Timed Race on the last day!
  • $90 Registration fee (covers hill rental, insurance and luge equipment)
  • Have your picture taken with a former Olympic Luge Athlete

For those interested, please email Cassandra.Mino@gmail.com or contact her by phone at 613-852-6466.

6th Annual Zumba MS Fundraiser

It's time to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis again. With Kirsten Mooney organizing her 6th Annual Zumba MS Fundraiser, this is a great time to come out and dance it up. Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going to the MS Society; receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

Kirsten is also looking for Live Auction items so please consider donating. Proceeds from the auction will be going toward a local North Gower family that has been affected by cancer. You can learn more about their story here: https://www.gofundme.com/ryans-road-to-health

This year’s event takes place on Friday, April 7th at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre at 7:00pm. For more information, please contact Kirsten at 613-851-4589 or by email at mkmooney17@live.com.

The Oasis in Kanata

On March 20th, 7:00pm, The Oasis in Kanata, a place for caregivers of people with mental illness, will present “Gaining and Maintaining Balance.”  Dianne Blackburn, a Social Worker and Therapist with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field, will discuss how caregivers can support their loved ones with their mental illness while continuing to have lives of their own.  Admission is free and all welcome.  This event will be held at the Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Drive.  Visit www.TheOasisKanata.ca for details.

ITR Theatre Company Presents Lafferty’s Wake

Charlie Lafferty is being waked in grand style in his home away from home, the local pub. Come and join Charlie's widow, his sweet daughter, bumbling son-in-law, the parish priest, and the savvy innkeeper as they celebrate the life and times of ramblin', gamblin' Lafferty through stories and song. This is the second show in ITR’s celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and is a reflection of the Canadian mosaic - our rich cultural heritage from afar.

The show will be performed at the Osgoode Community Centre Hall, 5660 Osgoode Main on April 28th and 29th as well as from May 5th to the 7th. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors/students and $55 for ITR’s yummy dinner theatre.

Tickets went on sale March 6 and can be purchased at www.itrtheatre.com, tickets@itrtheatre.com and 613-800-1165.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Bob Easy receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

In last week’s column, I included information on the upcoming meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. Please note that, due to a small and non-urgent agenda, the meeting for March 2nd was cancelled and the two agenda items will be deferred to our April 6th meeting.

Bob Easy receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

At the City Council meeting of February 22nd, I had the pleasure of joining Mayor Jim Watson in presenting the Mayor’s City Builder Award to Munster’s Bob Easy.

Bob Easy has been involved in building and supporting youth in the communities of Munster and Richmond going back to the 1970s. The sense of community and of family he established among the teams he coached was sadly evident in 2012 when one of Bob's players, Tyler Kerr, died tragically during a game due to a heart condition. Bob took it upon himself as head coach to support the boy's family, his team and coaches, and the opposing team, by arranging grief counselling. He also organizes fundraising events to assist local players whose parents are unable to fully afford the cost of a hockey season; players who have been given the opportunity to play at a higher competitive level but whose parents are not able to pay the fees associated with that.

In 2001 Bob was presented with a plaque in recognition of his outstanding service to Minor Hockey under the Ottawa District Minor Hockey Association. In 2009-10 he was honoured as Coach of the Year by the Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association for his special dedication to player development and team play. In 2014 Bob was presented with the Bill Kitchen Award for his devotion of time and effort to strengthening minor hockey in the community.

Bob was also involved in umpiring for fastball in Kanata for many years, and in slo-pitch in North Gower, Richmond and Munster in his later years. He is also involved in the Munster Co-operative Nursery School's annual ball tournament in June. There aren’t too many community events in which you don’t see the always recognizable Bob Easy involved in some way. Just recently, Bob and I both took a few pies in the face at the Munster Harvest Fest. Fortunately for me, I don’t have Bob’s beard so the clean-up was much easier.

Congratulations Bob! It is a well deserved honour.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

ARAC is Cancelled, Chateau Laurier Expansion and Upcoming Events

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd has been cancelled due to a light agenda. The items will be moved to the next regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, April 6 at 10 am in the Chambers, at Ben Franklin Place. 

North Gower Country Kickup

The North Gower Cooperative Nursery School is holding its annual fundraising event on Saturday, February 25th at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre. The North Gower Country Kickup will feature the musical stylings of Brea Lawrenson with the Jordy Jackson Band as the opening act. The event starts at 8 pm and runs until 1 am. Keep in mind that I live nearby so try to keep it down! Tickets and information can be found at www.countrykickup.com.

Shrove Tuesday

On February 28th, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, come and enjoy a hearty supper of pancakes and syrup, ham, sausages, baked beans, fruit salad and homemade pies, with coffee, tea, juice or water. Cost is just $10 per adult, $5 for children 6-12, and children 5 and under free. This supper is hosted by Holy Trinity Anglican Church, North Gower. For more info, call 613-489-2207.

Chateau Laurier Expansion

The City has received a Site Plan Control application for the development and that information is now publicly available at ottawa.ca/chateaulaurier. Members of the public have 28 days to review the project and submit feedback, including through an online form and via email at chateaulaurier@ottawa.ca.

The proposal will be refined by City staff following their review and public feedback. Owing to the local and national importance of the Château Laurier, a special heritage working group, comprised of nationally respected heritage professionals and a representative from Heritage Ottawa, has been established to provide advice to the applicant, the City, and the National Capital Commission.

There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback before the project comes before Council, including when it considered by the Committee of Adjustment, Built Heritage Sub-Committee, which I sit on, and Planning Committee later this year. The City will also organize a community session for information and comments before these committees review the proposal.

I strongly encourage you to submit comments on this proposal. I have been very critical of the proposed expansion as I feel it completely detracts from the hotel. This is a building that has seen an expansion before and that was done tastefully. I see no reason why the same approach cannot be taken here. It will be interesting to see how this file moves forward and how impactful public input will be.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Richmond Forcemain Project Update

As we begin Canada’s 150th birthday year, the City has many exciting events and projects planned for Canada’s Capital celebrations. Last year, during my mid-term Town Hall meetings, I detailed several of these exciting attractions including: Ignite 150, Agri 150, Red Bull Crashed Ice and the Juno Awards and Juno week. In addition to these special events, I thought I would take this opportunity to update the residents of Richmond and Munster on a not so flashy project. Progress on the Richmond Forcemain has been progressing steadily over the last few months. City staff, through my office, have been updating residents that are directly impacted by the on-going construction. To date, this project is on time and on budget. Minor work has been completed on the 300 mm bypass Forcemain. Last week, the 300 mm bypass line was commissioned to discharge sewage for a few hours into lagoon “C”. This happened on schedule without incident and all safety precautions were taken to ensure public health and safety. Starting this week, sewage will be pumped into Lagoon “C” using the 300 mm bypass line, as the primary Forcemain is repaired and replaced. This work is expected to take two to three weeks. Residents will continue to see work all along the construction site next to the Jock River along Royal York Street and on Eagleson Road. Trails and parking lots around the Richmond Lagoons have been closed for the duration of the construction project.

If you are interested in seeing past updates, or have any questions or concerns, you can contact David Brown in my office at David.Brown2@ottawa.ca or contact him by phone at 613-580-2424 EXT. 25443.

Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival: May 27th at Earl of March Secondary School

The Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival is currently recruiting student volunteers for the day of the Festival. If you know a student who would be interested in volunteering at the Festival on May 27th, please contact my office.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For more information regarding Rideau-Goulbourn issues and events, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation and Canada 150 Maple Groves

In the early hours of Friday, January 27th, the kitchen on the second floor of the Manotick Arena caught fire rendering the entire second floor unusable. That same day, this community came together more than ever to ensure that Shiverfest went off without a hitch. The Manotick Village & Community Association put on a wonderful event that couldn’t have been possible without the effort of so many in the village including the Manotick Kiwanis Club, the Manotick United Church, the Manotick Legion, Station 94 and so many more. When space was lost at the arena, space was found elsewhere including in the village of Kars. Even a local business in Osgoode, Vibration Studios, reached out to assist in any way they could. Communities come together and that was never more evident than last weekend. Thank you.

Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Update

In my November 3rd Messenger column, I provided information on the City of Ottawa’s Woodlot Rehabilitation Program aimed at removing dead and dying ash trees from David Bartlett Park, Van Vliet Park and Aston Woods in Carleton Golf & Yacht Club. That work began last week. As a reminder, this work will involve the clearing of ash trees this month as well as the removal of the highly invasive shrub buckthorn. In some areas, this work will result in significant tree loss as the presence of ash is substantial.

Following the removal, there will be a reforestation plan which will see a number of native species planted either in the fall or spring of 2017. If you have any questions on this, please let me know and I will endeavour to get answers as quickly as possible.

Canada 150 Maple Grove

In keeping with the tree theme, each ward in the City of Ottawa will see a Canada 150 Maple Grove planted commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. In Rideau-Goulbourn, several sites were looked at but the chosen location will be David Bartlett Park. This project will see the 150 maple trees planted in groups throughout the park.  The plantings will consist of 50 red maple trees, 75 silver maples and 25 sugar maples. More information will become available closer to the planting date.

Community Dancing in Manotick

Interested in a fun, interactive session of dance, laughter & music? Join the Ever Hopeful Stringband and caller Pippa Hall for a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening of community dancing, including circles, squares and contras on Friday, February 24th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Manotick United Church. Each dance is taught and the whole family is invited. The evening begins with simple dances, followed by dances that build on skills as the evening progresses. Adults are $10, children aged 12-18 are $5 and anyone under 12 is free. There is a family max of $20. For more information, please call 613-692-4576 or visit http://dance.manotick.net.

Controlled Tile Drainage Workshop

The Ottawa Clean Water Program is pleased to announce a Controlled Tile Drainage Workshop to be held on February 28th from 12:30pm to 4:00pm at the Kars Recreation Association Hall (1604 Old Wellington Street). There are several speakers that will cover different topics related to CTD, including: agronomic and environmental benefits, installation, experience using CTD on the farm, available funding, and opportunities for CTD and other best management practices within drainage management.

Grants for controlled tile drainage and other agricultural and stewardship projects are available through the City’s Rural Clean Water Program.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Celebrating John Brummell (& Other News)

Last week, we started the column off on a sad note following the passing of Anne Saunders. This week, I'd like to begin on a celebratory note in honour of Stittsville News's very own John Brummell. Last week, John was recognized at our City Council meeting with the Mayor's City Builder Award. I had the distinct pleasure of awarding this to him alongside Councillor Shad Qadri and Mayor Jim Watson. The honour was given following the recent retirement of our favourite photographer.

John Brummell is an institution in Goulbourn. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know John over the last six years. Whether it is the Santa Claus parades or the Richmond Fair, John is always there to help celebrate the community and document the events in the Stittsville News.

Over the years, John has become a great friend and it simply won't be the same without him behind that camera lens. I suppose John Curry will have to do from now on. Best wishes on your retirement Mr. Brummell!

Conley Road Closure

Please not that Conley Road, from Bleeks Road to Copeland Road, will be closed from Friday, 3 February 2017 to Thursday, 9 February 2017. A signed detour will be in place. The purpose of the closure is for a culvert replacement that will be undertaken by Willis Kerr Contracting.

WOCRC Be Well Survey

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre (WOCRC) invites you to join them in exploring a snapshot of the health and wellbeing of people living in our far-west and rural communities.

The “Be Well” survey, developed by the Association of Ontario Health Centres, aims to capture overall quality of life indicators derived from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing. With this survey data, WOCRC aims to better understand the wellbeing needs of their far-west and rural communities, while making comparisons with communities across the city, province and country.

Participation in the “Be Well” survey ends on March 8, 2017. WOCRC greatly appreciates your participation and looks forward to sharing their community wellbeing report at a public forum later this year. Please share this survey far and wide!

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. All information is kept strictly confidential. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WOCRC

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Proposed Development in Manotick, Kars Post Office Closure, ARAC Agenda

I first want to begin my column this week by offering condolences to the Saunders family following the loss of Anne Saunders. Alongside her husband, Bill, Anne founded the happiest place in Rideau-Goulbourn; Saunders Farm. She also spent 33 years with the Carleton Board of Education teaching kindergarten. Whether during the daytime or on evenings and weekends, Anne touched the lives of countless youth. Her legacy and her memory will be remembered fondly by those in Munster and across the city.

As we embark on this new year in an ever changing media landscape, communication strategies will need to be tweaked in order for our office to stay connected with you. While you will still be able to find this column in the Stittsville News weekly and the Manotick Messenger every two weeks, there are many more ways to stay connected with our office and what’s happening around Rideau-Goulbourn. We actively post information on our website, via our monthly e-Newsletter and on social media as well.

Regional Development Proposal

On Thursday, January 19th, the City hosted a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5721, 5731 and 5741 Manotick Main Street. The main issue for those in attendance was density. The density matter, however, was determined prior to the application being submitted. During the Manotick Secondary Plan review, the community was heavily involved in looking at how Manotick should grow. This process took place over the course of two years and there was significant input from members of the community. During the review, it was determined that medium density would be the target for several properties in the village including the site in question. This is a debate that occurs throughout our growing communities. Do we intensify our communities or do we expand them? There is a fairly clear consensus in Manotick that village boundary expansion is not an option. Therefore, when we plan for the next 25-50 years, we need to consider where growth can occur and what housing options are desired.

Thursday’s meeting did bring forward a productive discussion on a variety of concerns regarding the proposed plan. In the coming weeks, residents still have the opportunity to submit comments to Jeffrey.Ostafichuk@ottawa.ca. Please copy me on those comments so that I can work with staff on them going forward. I have already spoken with the applicant regarding many of those comments and we are working on addressing them. I cannot guarantee that the number of units will change but there were many other concerns that can be worked on.

One question that I feel was not adequately addressed at the meeting was around the zoning exception being requested by the applicant. This exception does not increase the density within the project. As stated above, those density figures were set through the Secondary Plan. The exception allows for a wider building footprint to accommodate the fact that this development consists entirely of bungalows. Without the exception, you would be more likely to see a more traditional suburban development of two or three storey towns which would not be in keeping with the community vision.

As part of the next steps, we will continue to work on the application based on the comments we have received and I will provide updates through this column. The Manotick Village & Community Association is also involved so they will provide updates on this as well. They send out a weekly e-Newsletter to members, which is another way to stay engaged within the community.

Kars Post Office Closure

Please note that as of February 1st, 2017, the Kars Post Office will no longer operate out of the Kars General Store. As they look for a new home in the village, temporary community mail boxes will be set up. They are currently working with the City on locating those boxes near the Kars Recreation Centre. They will work on this swiftly in order to avoid any disruption in service delivery. If a new location for the post office cannot be located, permanent community mail boxes will need to be installed throughout the community. Please contact me should you have any questions.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

The first ARAC meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00am in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place. This meeting has a relatively short agenda including the following items:

  • Zoning Amendments as a result of Surplus Farm Severances for 7110 Third Line Road, 3117 Roger Stevens Drive, 3285 Eagleson Road
  • Minor Rezoning of 5810 First Line Road reinstating certain storage uses
  • Commemorative Naming: David & Judy Makin Trail
  • Amendment to Richmond Secondary Plan
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Ottawa 2017’s Agri 150 presents Fire & Ice

The first Agri 150 event of the year has now been announced and tickets are currently on sale. The culinary adventure will take place on Saturday, February 11, just prior to Valentine’s Day, at the SunTech GreenHouses near Manotick Village.

Renowned chef Marc Lepine is creating the menu for this four-course gourmet experience, which highlights molecular cuisine. The evening begins at 6:00pm with a winter cocktail and outdoor fire and ice entertainment, followed by a small-plate fine dining meal inside the cozy ambiance of the tomato greenhouse.

Tickets for Fire & Ice are $100, or $125 with a wine pairings. A round-trip shuttle service, from one of three points of departure, can be added at cost of $12 per person. To purchase tickets, visit Ottawa2017.ca.

Announced in June, Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique outdoor events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

It’s Time to Shiverfest!

Manotick’s aptly named Winter Carnival will build on the huge success of last year’s event. It will kick off on Friday night with a skating exhibition, magic show, family skate and bonfire with live music, hot chocolate and Timbits. Saturday morning will feature the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and a children's fun time, with sleigh rides and fire truck tours. The chili cook-off on Saturday afternoon is always a popular event, where you get to be the judge of both the professional and amateur entries!

Two events that had successful débuts in 2016 will be repeated in 2017: bingo, put on by ROSSS, and curling demonstrations at the Manotick Curling Centre.  A new event for 2017 is a dance on Saturday night to help fund the arena expansion.  As a result of adding that, the trivia contest at the Mill Tavern is moving back to its original time of 4:00 to 7:00pm on Sunday.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Garvin Road Bridge and Ottawa Police Service Initiative (SI) Program

Welcome to my first Stittsville News column of 2017. While you can always read my column right here in the world famous Stittsville News, you can also read columns online at rideaugoulbourn.ca where you can also sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter. We also regularly post information on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Garvin Road Bridge

The Garvin Road Bridge was built around 1960 and is located on Garvin Road over Flowing Creek Municipal Drain about 1 km east of Huntley Road in Concession 4/5 Lot 26. The structure is a single span timber deck on steel I-Girder bridge with a span of 4.75m and an overall width of 3.9m. The ‘unmaintained’ Right-of-Way (ROW) between Shea and Eagleson Roads consists of a 3.5 m wide single-lane gravel/dirt road that has been unmaintained for over 16 years.

Dating back to early 2000’s inspections, the structure has been showing signs of deterioration. The most recent Ontario Structure Inspection Manual (OSIM) inspection (2015) identified that the bridge is in poor condition including severe rotting of the timber deck and cracking of the concrete elements. Due to safety concerns, the bridge has been closed and jersey barriers installed at both ends of the bridge to eliminate the use by pedestrians and snowmobiles. There are currently no agreements in place with snowmobile groups to use this ‘unmaintained’ ROW, although it was used as a snowmobile route up until last year.

At this time, the City’s intent is to decommission the Garvin Road Bridge. As part of this process, the City intends to consult with potentially affected stakeholders and assess the impacts of removal. Input and comments are invited for incorporation into the impact assessment study and will be received until February 3rd, 2017. Comments can be sent to kosta.karadakis@ottawa.ca. Mr. Karadakis can also be reached by phone at 613-580-2424 x23556.

Ottawa Police Service Initiative

In recent months, the Ottawa Police Service has been working on their Service Initiative (SI) Program, which is designed to improve how the OPS serves the community. A number of changes have already been made to the OPS service delivery model – such as a new organizational structure for investigative units and the Strategic Operations Centre, a hub for frontline, day-to-day operations and acts as a virtual back-up for officers on the road.

Effective January 23, 2017, the OPS will be launching the last of the major SI restructurings, the new Frontline Deployment Model, which is aimed at improving community safety by making it easier to move resources across the city to where they are needed. The new model will also have more streamlined processes for partners and the public to access services.

For more information about the SI, visit ottawapolice.ca/serviceinitiative or email serviceinitiative@ottawapolice.ca.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Looking back at 2016

With 2017 and Canada’s 150th year-long birthday celebration merely days away, it’s time to look back at 2016 for a year in review. The past twelve months were busy with many issues directly impacting rural Ottawa. It was also a year for progress on several files and increased planning on many more.

2016 was a year of progress. More of Rideau-Goulbourn’s roads saw improvements with varying degrees of upgrades conducted on Bridge Street, Royal York Street, Ottawa Street, Moodie Drive, Mackey Road and Flewellyn Road. The village of Kars finally saw the end of construction on Rideau Valley Drive South and the end result was a main street that actually feels like a village main street. We reached a conclusion in our efforts to protect and promote Dickinson Square as a heritage district with the retention of the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House in City ownership. We also began construction on the new Remembrance Park on Dickinson Street, a beautiful addition to the Square. In North Gower, the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre was the recipient of a new canteen building and new play equipment.

2016 was a year of controversy. City Council had many issues before it that were polarizing. In April, we brought forward a Vehicle-For-Hire By-Law creating a new policy in which ridesharing companies like Uber could legally operate within the City of Ottawa. At the same time, we loosened some of the regulations on the taxi industry recognizing the fact that, over the years, the industry had become over-regulated. In October, Council instituted a new Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Structure creating a system where the water and sewer rate budget can be managed in a more predictable manner with the aim of avoiding large rate hikes in the future. The new structure also balanced cost recovery of stormwater services across the City imposing a new fee on approximately 45,000 properties and lowering the fee on others. Earlier this month, Council approved an update to the Land Evaluation & Area Review which saw several changes to land designations, altering some from General Rural to Agricultural Resource Area and vice versa. Last, but not least this year, the City’s Public Library Board proposed a site for the future home of the Central Library. The new home is proposed to be at 557 Wellington Street, approximately 1.2 km west of the existing home at 120 Metcalfe.

2016 was also a year for community collaboration. The Remembrance Park became a reality thanks to the hard work of local residents and various community organizations, including the Manotick Legion. The preservation of Dickinson Square wouldn’t have been possible without Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc., a group that represents over a dozen local organizations. The Manotick Arena Expansion is inching closer to construction thanks to groups like the Manotick Culture, Parks & Recreation Association. Community groups in Richmond have all come together to start planning the village’s bicentennial celebrations in 2018. Community organizations are what make our communities ever greater. My job would be impossible without them for which I am grateful. Whether it’s Burritt’s Rapids, Ashton, Fallowfield Village or any community in between, the countless local organizations work in partnership with my office, each other and the City to the benefit of all of us and that was never more obvious to me than in these past twelve months.

I hope that everyone had a pleasant Christmas and I wish you all a Happy New Year. See you in 2017!

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Review of the Final 2016 Council Meeting

I want to begin this week by acknowledging the unfortunate incident that took place on Bridge Street late last week. Without knowing all of the details, I’ll refrain from speculation but assure you that I will be working with the City and Ottawa Police to determine what happened and how such an incident could have been avoided. My thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by this incident.

5721-5741 Manotick Main Street

During the review of the Manotick Secondary Plan, I hosted a meeting to speak specifically about vacant lands throughout the village and how those lands could be developed. It was an opportunity for the community to determine the future of these lands rather than waiting for a developer to come in and do it for us. One such property that was discussed was the vacant parcels at the south end of the village, directly across from Century Road East, sandwiched in between Kelly Marie Drive and Island View Drive. These lands are 5721, 5731 and 5741 Manotick Main Street.

Following our meeting on January 22nd, 2015, Regional Group begun acquiring these parcels and put together a development proposal akin to their eQuinelle project in Kemptville and similar in nature to their Village Walk development in Manotick. While I briefly highlighted this proposal at my November 15th Town Hall meeting, there will also be a public meeting held on Thursday, January 19th, between 7:00pm and 9:00pm at the Manotick Arena to discuss this proposal. I hope to see you there. For more information about this proposal, please visit www.ottawa.ca/devapps.

December 14th Council Meeting

The final City Council meeting of 2016 was a busy one. In addition to the 2017 Budget, we had 46 items on the agenda. Eighteen of those items rose directly from the November 24th meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. While the main items were the Budget and the Land Evaluation & Area Review (LEAR), Council also approved a new Medical Centre project in Richmond and a bid to host the 2021 Canada Games.

I would like to focus on the approval of the LEAR, though, in follow up to some recent columns on the matter. As part of 17 motions that were approved on the LEAR at Council, some minor changes, additions and deletions were made. We approved further studies into some lands around the village of Munster. We approved an expansion of the employment area south of Fallowfield Road along Moodie Drive. We also approved something else, though, that I voted against. It was a redesignation of 5504 Spratt Road from Agricultural Resource to General Rural.

5504 Spratt Road is the property directly behind the Tim Horton’s at the corner of Mitch Owens and River Road. It is a 66 acre parcel currently used primarily as pasture lands. However, it was subject to an Official Plan Amendment application several years ago which sought to bring the property inside the Manotick village boundary. Following that, a large commercial development would have been applied for. At the time, the City was opposed and the application was eventually withdrawn. A big-box retail development on the outskirts of a village is not consistent with any City policy. Another key factor at the time was the Agricultural zoning of the property.

Through the LEAR, however, the property owner brought forward a soils evaluation that suggests the property falls below the threshold for agricultural designation. Working in favour of that position is the fact that the property is surrounded primarily by residential development and is also used as pasture lands rather than for crops. Ironically, the residential lands north of this property were actually better farmland. Since the study supported a lower LEAR score, staff brought forward a change is designation for this property, which was approved.

Any development, aside from a couple of severances, on this property in the short term is unlikely. Policies are still in place that would not support retail or large scale residential on this property. My vote in opposition to this change was primarily for historical reasons. I do not approve of how the Official Plan Amendment was sought previously and I feel this is merely another avenue to achieve that goal. A retail development in this location would negatively impact surrounding communities, especially the village core of Manotick.

The LEAR will now go to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval with any changes requested coming back to Council. The Minister has 180 days to respond. An appeal period will then open following Provincial approval with an Ontario Municipal Board hearing process to follow. The LEAR, and the entire Official Plan, will not be completely approved until the OMB hearings take place. The projected timeline for this brings us into 2018.

Messenger Changes

As reported in last week’s Messenger, there will be changes to the frequency. With only two editions monthly, I will do my best to keep residents informed and up to date. I’ll also have to be cognizant of timelines for meetings and ensure that we are giving ample notification. This will place more emphasis on the value of our monthly e-Newsletter as well, which you can sign up for at rideaugoulbourn.ca. We send out our e-Newsletter each month one week before the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee meeting allowing us to highlight the agenda.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Get Ready for Ottawa 2017!

We are less than three weeks away from Canada's 150th anniversary and the launch of our Ottawa 2017 programming. Throughout the year, there will be a number of Signature Events that will entertain the millions of visitors to Ottawa and create memories for the many who call the Ottawa area home, such as:

Red Bull Crashed Ice: Professional athletes from all over the world will skate down a plunging ice track on the iconic locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the famous Chateau Laurier

La Machine: For the first time in North America, La Machine will bring its monumental motion theatre to the streets of downtown Ottawa. Prepare to be mesmerized by these fascinating creatures

Underground Multimedia Experience: Experience the ultimate underground extravaganza with this world first immersive multimedia production, projected  inone  of  our  city’s future Light  RailTransit (LRT) stations

YOWttawa: A  massive  music  celebration,  featuring Canadian,  First Nations and international artists

Agri150: A series of rural events, between 15 and 20, aimed at celebrating the rural parts of Ottawa.

Other major events include the Juno Awards, the 105th Grey Cup, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, the Davis Cup at TD Place, the Canadian Track & Field Championships, the Canadian Videogame Awards, National Skating Championships, the Roar of the Rings, and more.

With festivities taking place in every corner of the city and throughout the year, there will also be plenty of opportunities where you can celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in your community. For more info on the exciting Ottawa 2017 programming and to learn how to get involved, visit the ottawa2017.ca.

Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program

Volunteers will serve as a major contributor to the success of Ottawa 2017. Working with the producers and organizers of each Ottawa 2017 event, the Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program will determine the need for volunteer crews and provide a workforce at each event site throughout 2017. The Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program will recruit, engage, train, deploy, and support 2017 volunteers who will assist in various areas such as logistics, public relations, guest services, hospitality, marketing and security. Four experienced Volunteer Captains have been recruited to lead and/or co-lead volunteers at specific Ottawa 2017 events.

How to get involved:

Applicants must be 16 years and older by December 31st, 2016, progress through a screening process and undergo a criminal records check. We are looking for super volunteers who demonstrate the following:

  • Pride in representing Ottawa and Canada
  • Strong oral communication skills in English, French or both
  • Warm and friendly personality, strong people skills, enthusiasm, positivism, team player,
  • Eager to help attitude
  • Knowledge of the Ottawa region
  • Comfort level with technology
  • Willing to undergo volunteer training
  • Interest in music, culture, arts, sports
  • Enjoy working outside

We are recruiting on an ongoing basis and spaces are limited. We strongly encourage applying soon by following the registration link on the Ottawa 2017 website: http://www.ottawa2017.ca/get-involved/volunteer/

Beware of Scams

Recently, a Richmond resident contacted our office and let us know that she was the recipient of a scam phone call.  There are many common scams that may target you via email, through door to door sales and many over the phone. If you suspect you are the target of this, please contact the Ottawa Police Fraud Section at 613-236-1222, extension 5433. 

This time of year, you need to be cautious of charitable organization scams. While there are many organizations that do tremendous work in our communities, there are some that use this season as an opportunity to scam people using pressure tactics to give on the spot and have you sign up for monthly donations with your credit card. For more information about common scams, please visit the Ottawa Police website at ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/common-scams.asp.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

2017 Draft Budget and Future Projects in Rideau-Goulbourn

The 2017 Draft Budget was tabled on November 9, 2016. As part of the pre-budget consultation process, Councillors conducted information sessions from mid-September to mid-October, providing information on the municipal budget process to residents and getting views and ideas on the priorities for this draft budget. With the 2017 Draft Budget tabled, there are still opportunities for residents to offer comments and input before the final Budget goes to Council for consideration on Wednesday, December 14th.  Information on the 2017 Budget is available at Ottawa.ca/budget2017 and you can submit comments via email at budget@ottawa.ca.

The draft budget includes a predictable 2% increase in keeping with the previous three budgets. It takes into account recent changes in the bureaucracy at City Hall that created an annual operating savings of approximately $18M. It features more money for roads, snow maintenance and parks. It also features the introduction of a low income transit pass.

In Rideau-Goulbourn, residents can expect to see a continuation of our commitment to infrastructure renewal with the resurfacing of William McEwen Drive, Shea Road and Bleeks Road. Outside of the ward, Prince of Wales Drive will also be resurfaced between Strandherd Drive and Hunt Club Road. The hard surfacing of Mackey Road will be completed this summer and pavement preservation treatment projects will take place along McCordick Road (South of Mackey Road), Third Line Road and Harnett Road. The City will also be microsurfacing Donnelly Drive between Merlyn Wilson and the City of Ottawa boundary, just west of Burritt’s Rapids. Residents on the north end of Long Island in Manotick will see the renewal of the McLean Bridge near the entrance to David Bartlett Park.

When it comes to sidewalks and cycling projects, the Federal Government has provided some funding that will go toward improving cycling in the rural area in the form of paved shoulders. These projects are not yet determined. There is also federal money that will be spent on exploring opportunities to improve cycling along Bridge Street. The primary focus will be the two bridges. With bridge reconstruction still several years away, planning now will feed into that work down the road. The 2017 Budget also identifies upgrades to the Beaverwood sidewalk, between Manotick Main Street and Ann Street. This will bring the sidewalk up to current standards.

There are several Parks & Recreation projects around the ward as well including two previously funded projects; the Manotick Arena expansion and the Remembrance Park in Dickinson Square. There is also design and construction on two parks in Richmond; King’s Grant Park and a new park on Nixon Farm Drive which will be named Sarah McCarthy Park. These two were also partially funded and announced in the 2016 Budget. In addition to the expansion at the Manotick Arena, there will also be lifecycle works completed at the same time in the form of roof replacement, septic system decommissioning, fire alarm system replacement and new flooring. Design work will also begin on replacing play structure equipment in Blue Rock Park in Kars and Richmond Lions Park.

As mentioned earlier, more information on the budget is available at www.ottawa.ca/budget2017. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Snow Go Program

Need help clearing your driveway and/or walkway during the winter? The Snow Go Program can help you. This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service. The two programs are as follows:

The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways. Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.

The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants, who pay excessively high costs for snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.

Check ottawa.ca/snowgo to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Land Evaluation & Area Review (LEAR)

There has been much discussion in recent weeks about the City of Ottawa’s update to its Land Evaluation & Area Review (LEAR). The purpose of a LEAR is to identify prime agricultural areas using several factors in addition to soil class, in order to establish an agricultural designation in the Official Plan. The LEAR is used as a tool to then help designate Agricultural Resource Areas across the City.

The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton identified the existing Agricultural Resource Area in 1997 using a LEAR system. Key components of the LEAR system are soil capability for agriculture, land use and parcel size. New soils mapping and changes in land use and the size and nature of farms in the city over the last 20 years warrant re-examining and updating the existing LEAR system. The Ontario Municipal Board has also directed the City to complete this update.

The Statutory Public Meeting required by the Planning Act to consider the amendment and submissions from the public was held on the 22nd of November at Planning Committee. The report also came to the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee on November 24th. The report will now rise to City Council at its meeting on December 14th. If you did not submit comments to either Committee, you can still do so up until the Council meeting. Council will be considering objections submitted in writing up until it makes a decision on December 14th.   Written submissions received before December 9th will be reviewed by staff and if agreed to motions for change will be presented to Council. All submissions must include the reasons why the existing or proposed designation should be changed - this should include soil sampling and independent assessment in accordance with the LEAR model.

There have been some changes in the LEAR system that the City is using now versus what was used in 1997. Some of the weighting has changed and the threshold for lands to be considered agriculture was lowered from 130 to 125. This was the recommendation from City staff. In their involvement through the LEAR update, they discovered that some lands were scored artificially higher in 1997. The idea was that, since the City lacks substantial Class 1 lands that the scores would reflect that and Class 2 and 3 lands were given higher scores and that trickled down somewhat. For this review, a more scientific approach was taken and it was determined that 125 was a more appropriate threshold. Ultimately, the difference in the LEAR mapping is negligible and much of the land proposed to be designated as Agricultural Resource Area actually ranks higher than 130 regardless. Having said that, lands that score below 125 can sometimes get bundled with lands that score much higher and the City evaluates the lands based on 250 hectare parcels, not individual properties.

Following the December 14th Council decision on LEAR, there are still opportunities to have appeals addressed. Request for changes to Agriculture designations can be submitted to staff with supporting material (soil sampling and independent assessment in accordance with the LEAR model). Staff would review and where they agree, these could be provided to Council for Council to make submissions to the Ministry before the Minister’s decision is given on OPA 2016. Any modifications to the Official Plan Amendment would have to be agreed to by the Minister. Once the Minister makes his/her decision, those wanting to appeal then have 20 days from the date the Minister issues the decision to register their appeal with the Minister and stating the reasons for the appeal.

To retain a right to appeal, written submissions must be provided to the City prior to Council making a decision on OPA 2016 on December 14, 2016. After an appeal is lodged there is a period where mediation is encouraged. This provides an opportunity for Council to consider additional information provided as part of the appeal and which may not have been available earlier.

Submissions can be made to planning@ottawa.ca and addressed to Bruce Finlay. Please contact me should you have any questions regarding the LEAR update and the recommended Agricultural Resource Area designations.

Dickinson House

On December 3rd and 4th, between 10:00am and 4:00pm, come and celebrate the Season by making a Victorian styled Christmas ornament at Dickinson House. Ideas and craft supplies are provided, and the young and young at heart can bring home a lovely memento. Admission to the House and the crafts are free of charge. Donations toward the upkeep of the House are always welcome. 

Continuing to celebrate an old time Christmas at the House, there will be a reading of A Christmas Carol at 2:00pm on December 11th and 18th; hot chocolate, shortbread and fruitcake will be served at intermission.  Tickets are $5.00, and children under 12 are free. To reserve a seat, please call 613-692-6455, or purchase your ticket at Manotick Office Pro. The House will open at 1:30pm on the days of the reading.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.