Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, ARAC Review & Upcoming Events in Rideau-Goulbourn

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Similar to last month, the publish date of the Messenger during the first week of May does not align with the release of the agenda for our May 3rd meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. Although not completely set, the agenda will include the revisions to the Site Alteration By-Law that will improve clarity and remove ambiguity surrounding the agricultural exemption and some of the definitions. The agenda is also expected to include the Zoning By-Law Amendment for the Rideau Carleton Raceway property, which is a major step in the Hard Rock Casino development. Please be sure to sign up for our e-Newsletter, if you have not already, as the complete agenda will be sent out next week.

Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is now accepting applications for summer student positions. Please note that these jobs are still pending approval, expected in mid to late April, under the Canada Summer Jobs program.

To be eligible under the program, students must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • have been registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • intend to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • be a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act* and;
  • be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial / territorial legislation and regulations

The positions are:

To apply, send your resume; covering letter, including your availability and eligibility under the Canada Summer Jobs program; and two references by email to development@rideauwildlife.org. Only complete applications will be accepted. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Scott Moffatt Golf 4 Youth Classic

The Scott Moffatt Golf 4 Youth Classic is back! The tournament will be on Friday, July 6th at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Last year, this event raised over $20,000 for Youth of Manotick Association and the Richmond Youth Centre! We are currently in the process of obtaining sponsorships for the tournament. If you are interested or would like more details, please contact our office and we can connect you with the tournament organizers. Furthermore, if you are interested in participating, you can buy tickets at golf4youth.ca.

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. This evening of fun takes places at the Manotick United Church on Friday, April 27th  from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. 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, and children under 12 are free. There is a family max admission of $20. For more information, please call 613-692-4576. http://dance.manotick.net

7th Annual Zumba MS Fundraiser

The 7th Annual Zumba Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser is taking place at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower on Friday, April 27th. Admission is $10. All process go to the MS Society. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. The event begins at 7:00pm but you are encouraged to arrive early to sign the waiver form. The evening will also feature a live auction and plenty of door prizes.

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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, Green Bin Contract Update & Cranberry Creek Municipal Drain Court of Revision

From time to time, the publish date of the Messenger does not always align well with our Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee meeting schedule. As a result, I am not always able to provide advance notice of the meeting agenda through this forum. Our Thursday, April 5th meeting at Ben Franklin Place falls into that category. Agenda items for this meeting include:

  • Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment for 6341 Perth Street
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment for 5471, 5575, 5613 Boundary Road
  •  Site Alteration By-Law

The Boundary Road item is to approve the zoning for a Provincially approved waste management site. This site would include facilities for recovery and recycling of waste as well as a landfill area. The applicant, Taggart/Miller Group, received Provincial approval for the facility in June 2017 from then Environment Minister Glenn Murray. Following Provincial approval, the applicant then must seek the proper zoning approvals from the host municipality.

The item for 6341 Perth Street is a recommendation to partially approve an Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-Law Amendment that would allow the previously stalled Hyde Park Development, now known as Samara Square, to move forward. The original plan called for the entire property to be served by a private water system. Under the current proposal, the property would be split into multiple parcels serviced by the one water system. Since that is not permitted under City policy, the applicant was required to seek an Official Plan Amendment. Due to the unique nature of this property and its stage of development, staff are recommending approval. Future phases to the north are still to be sorted out, as is the property ownership for the existing Hyde Park homes.

The Site Alteration By-Law is something that will have an impact across rural Ottawa. The intent of the by-law, aside from amalgamating several existing by-laws into one, is to prevent land manipulation such as tree clearing and soil stripping for the purposes of large scale development. This is something that could occur in and around the urban boundary so as to make land better suited for growth, rather than agricultural purposes. The by-law does include exemptions for agricultural uses and managed woodlots. However, some concerns still exist that the by-law is too open for interpretation and that property owners may not have a clear picture of what is and is not permitted. I expect a number of delegations on the matter at our meeting and a healthy discussion.

ARAC will also consider a one-time contribution in support of Farm and Food Care and their Breakfast on the Farm event, scheduled for September 8th in North Gower. For more information about Farm and Food Care, please visit farmfoodcareon.org.

Green Bin Contract Update

For as long as there has been a green bin program at the City of Ottawa there have been residents asking the City to make it easier for them to use the green bin. While many of us have inventive ways to keep the mess to a minimum or use the Bag to Earth paper bags, there are many more who will not use the bin because of the mess. Among other things, that is why the City has been working on a revised contract with Orgaworld Canada.

After several years of legal wrangling and being stuck in a lengthy arbitration process, staff have been able to have a good dialogue with Orgaworld and have come up with a solution; allowing residents to put their organic waste in plastic bags, which will be screened out at the Orgaworld plant. For those residents who want a green bin with less mess and odour, this will certainly help.

This change, however, does come with a cost. Adding plastic bags and dog feces to the green bin program will cost 15 cents a month per household. The green bin program is paid for out of the property tax base and not the separate garbage fee on your tax bill. As a result, this will not increase your collection fee. The City will build the additional cost into the annual budget.

While this change has been greeted with mixed reactions among residents, I see it as a positive step to increasing participation in the green bin program and ensuring that we can extend the life of our Trail Road landfill. Trail Road’s lifespan is currently set to expire in 2043. I am not interested to opening a new landfill and this change will help buy even more time. In the coming years, though, the City will need to get serious about our post-Trail Road plans. It has been three years since the Plasco saga ended and we cannot waste time in planning for the future.

Cranberry Creek Municipal Drain Court of Revision

For anyone assessed on the Cranberry Creek Municipal Drain, we have scheduled the Court of Revision meeting for Monday, April 23rd at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower. The meeting will begin at 7:00pm. With the Engineer’s Report approved at Council last week, this is the meeting to consider appeals to the assessments in Schedule A of the report. Anyone subject to an assessment should receive notice of this meeting. Notices were mailed out on March 29th.

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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.

Clapp Lane, Kanata South Link, Flowing Creek and Hobbs Drain & More!

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In my last column, I provided an update on the Clapp Lane development at 1125 Clapp Lane. As many of you are likely aware, this is a property that was acquired by the City of Ottawa and subsequently sold for the development of a seniors independent living centre by the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation. The builder is Reichmann Seniors Housing. RSH acquired the property from Joe Princiotta following the sale from the City.

Further to the last update, you can expect to see activity on the site this week. The general contractor, Laurin, will be setting up their trailer as well as fencing and signage. Over the next two weeks, the contractor will carry out work to prepare the two houses for demolition. Both demolition and tree removal are scheduled to begin April 9th.

There will be an Open House regarding this property on April 4 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Manotick Place Retirement Community (1145 Bridge Street). Parking is available across the street in the Clapp Lane lot. This is an opportunity for the community to get an update on plans. Coffee/tea and cookies will be served. 

Kanata South Link Info Session

The City of Ottawa invites you to a Public Information Session to review information with respect to the Kanata South Link project that is planned to begin fall 2018 with completion in spring 2021. Design drawings will be on display for your review. Staff will also be on hand to provide information and receive comments. This session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Kanata Recreation Complex.

The purpose of this project is to widen Old Richmond Road and a portion of West Hunt Club Road to improve traffic capacity across the Greenbelt from Kanata South. The proposed work will widen sections of these roads to four lanes, including roundabouts and intersection modifications. Design is nearing completion. Construction will take place on the following roads:

  • Old Richmond Road (Hope Side Road to West Hunt Club Road including Roundabouts at three intersections)
  • West Hunt Club Road (Old Richmond Road to East of Moodie Drive)

Plans for future adjacent work including the Preliminary Design of Hope Side Road and West Hunt Club Road will be available for viewing, as well as the Preliminary Design of the Wetland Compensation Plans required for this project.

City staff and the project consultant will be on hand to discuss the project, construction impacts and to respond to questions. Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact Carolyn Newcombe.

If you are not available to attend the meeting or would like additional information, please direct your comments to the City of Ottawa Senior Infrastructure Engineer, Carolyn Newcombe, at Carolyn.Newcombe@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424, x28230.

Flowing Creek & Hobbs Drain Floodplain Mapping Open House

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed hazard mapping studies for Flowing Creek and Hobbs Drains, which are tributaries of the Jock River.  Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review regulations and hazard maps. 

These studies provide new mapping that show areas that are prone to natural hazards such as flooding and erosion and have natural environmental features such as wetlands. The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff welcome historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping. 

The open house is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th from 4:30pm to 8:00pm at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena Hall in Stittsville. For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca/flowing-creek-and-hobbs-drain-hazard-mapping-studies. To understand how mapping may affect your property or to provide comments, please contact an RVCA Resource Specialist at development@rvca.ca or complete an online property inquiry form at www.rvca.ca/regulations-planning/general-property-inquiries.

This study is being done through a collaboration involving the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Valley, Mississippi Valley and South Nation Conservation Authorities. The City recognized a need to update its zoning schedules based on up-to-date flood risk mapping, and has provided contributions enabling the Conservation Authorities to move ahead with these studies sooner than would otherwise be possible. The RVCA is currently working on several studies in the Ottawa area. For a complete list on ongoing work, please visit www.rvca.ca.

Volunteer with Doors Open Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is proud to present Doors Open Ottawa (DOO). On June 2nd  and 3rd, more than 140 of the city’s historically, culturally, and functionally significant buildings will open their doors for free public viewing, including several right here in Rideau-Goulbourn.

Each year, the City helps connect participating buildings with volunteers for this event. From greeting visitors to assisting as tour guides, volunteers play an important role in the success of DOO. It is a pleasure each year to see familiar faces assisting at participating buildings in our community. If you are interested in getting involved with this fantastic event, I encourage you to attend one of the upcoming volunteer information sessions to learn more:

  • May 14 from 6 pm to 8 pm – Room 1A, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • May 17 from 6 pm to 8 pm – Councillors’ Lounge, City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

For more information, please contact heritagevolunteers@ottawa.ca.

Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition?

A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend who has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who needs some assistance by clearing snow or ice from their property. If you know of a resident of Ottawa who is a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!

Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by Mayor Jim Watson and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo.

To nominate a Snow Angel, please provide the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how) by emailing communitypride@ottawa.ca or by regular mail Attention: Snow Angel Program, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent, 5th floor, K2G 6J8.

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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 & Additional Infrastructure Improvements

   Photo from the ward:  This photo was submitted to the MVCA's 'Going to the Dogs' photo contest. Dude, a 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, loves David Bartlett Park, especially in the winter!

Photo from the ward: This photo was submitted to the MVCA's 'Going to the Dogs' photo contest. Dude, a 3 year old Bernese Mountain Dog, loves David Bartlett Park, especially in the winter!

To begin this week, I would like to thank residents for taking the time to attend the open house last week for the proposed roundabout at the intersection of Barnsdale Road & Prince of Wales Drive. The feedback was quite positive to the rationale and design. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2019 pending budget approval. Staff will now move to detailed design. For more information, please visit www.rideaugoulbourn.ca/barnsdaleroundabout. Any comments may be sent to Kunjan Ghimire via email at Kunjan.Ghimire@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2424, ext. 21685.

While at the open house, many residents also asked about the intersection of Prince of Wales and Bankfield Road. You may recall that I had been working on a plan for 2018 to implement turning lanes on Bankfield Road. Through further discussion and examination, staff have come back with a more comprehensive plan that also brings in the required upgrades to the First Line Road and Bankfield Road intersection. The plan is still being finalized and I will share that when it is available. What we are now looking at are new turning lanes in all directions at Prince of Wales and Bankfield in addition to signalization of the First Line Road intersection. Staff are currently working toward a spring 2019 timeline for construction.

Previously, the City approved plans for a roundabout at Prince of Wales and Bankfield as well as a realignment of First Line Road into a new roundabout 300m south of Bankfield on Prince of Wales. While still the plan for the future, it simply is not affordable in the short term. Through the next Development Charge By-Law review, staff will recommend these projects for inclusion in that by-law so that all future development in Manotick is paying into the plans for those improvements.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

The March 1st meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee has only two items on the agenda. Both affect Rideau-Goulbourn. The main item will be the Engineer’s Report on the Cranberry Creek Municipal Drain, in North Gower and Kars. The second item is an amendment to the Zoning By-Law for the Caivan development at 6350 Perth Street in Richmond. That report just fixes the various zoning boundaries within the development to align with the blocks and lots within Phase 1 of the subdivision.

The Cranberry Creek Municipal Drain item dates back to 2012 and beyond. After a very wet spring in 2012, landowners on this Municipal Drain (MD) raised concerns about the maintenance of it. As of approximately 1991, the MD actually lacked a pump and dyke system that allowed it to operate as per the approved Engineer’s Report. In essence, the MD has not been properly functioning since that time.

The drain itself was originally constructed in 1895 but the pump and dyke were installed following an updated Engineer’s Report in 1969. That system remained in place for over two decades but it was considered insufficient based on the volume of water it could handle. An updated report in 1991 recommended upgrades to the pump and dyke at that time but it was not accepted by Rideau Township and the landowners at that time. As mentioned above, the matter resurfaced nearly six years ago leading to our current report.

In September 2014, the City appointed Robinson Consultants to update the Engineer’s Report and bring forward a plan to have the MD function as was intended and also to clean it out to its original depths. This report brings that forward. Landowners assessed by this MD received the Engineer’s Report in recent weeks which outlines the proposed works as well as the assessment values. Being a significant watershed, there are many properties affected by these drainage works.

While the Cranberry Creek MD Engineer’s Report comes to our Committee for approval, it is actually the Drainage Act that outlines the process. I understand that the assessments can create undue burden on affected landowners and I have committed to doing what I can to find some financial assistance to lower those assessments. That work will likely continue right through into April when this matter returns for the Court of Revision process.

The purpose of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee meeting will be to discuss the Engineer’s Report. Andy Robinson, Drainage Engineer, will be presenting to the Committee. For those wishing to appeal assessments, that opportunity comes during the Court of Revision, which is scheduled for Monday, April 23rd at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower.

The Thursday, March 1st meeting of ARAC takes place at 10:00am at Ben Franklin Place.

2018 Additional Infrastructure Improvements

During the 2018 Budget deliberations, City Council was made aware of a $10M surplus, which was then directed to infrastructure renewal. At the Finance & Economic Development Committee of February 5th, staff brought forward a report on how the $10M would be spent in 2018. I am pleased to report that nearly $2M of that amount will be spent in Rideau-Goulbourn.

Approved at the February 14th meeting of City Council, the report includes pavement preservation projects on Eagleson Road (Perth to Brophy), Old Richmond Road (Fallowfield to Hope Side Road) and Dwyer Hill Road (Fallowfield to Highway 7).  The report also includes the resurfacing of Potter Drive and the portion of Barnsdale Road, between Moodie Drive and Twin Elm Road. On that, I have asked staff to take a second look and determine whether it would be more beneficial to resurface a portion of Barnsdale Road east of Moodie Drive instead. They are currently looking into that.

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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.

City of Ottawa's Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund, TD Park Grant and Other Updates

 Rideau-Goulbourn was home to multiple Winter Carnivals including Fallowfield Village's Annual Winter Carnival, Manotick's Shiverfest, Munster Winter Carnival and North Gower's 56th Winter Carnival. Thank you to Grace Thrasher from the Manotick Village & Community Association for the photo from Shiverfest and to Jessica Breckenridge from the Munster Community Association for the photo from the Munster Winter Carnival. For more photos from Winter Carnivals in Rideau-Goulbourn, visit: www.facebook.com/rideaugoulbourn.

Rideau-Goulbourn was home to multiple Winter Carnivals including Fallowfield Village's Annual Winter Carnival, Manotick's Shiverfest, Munster Winter Carnival and North Gower's 56th Winter Carnival. Thank you to Grace Thrasher from the Manotick Village & Community Association for the photo from Shiverfest and to Jessica Breckenridge from the Munster Community Association for the photo from the Munster Winter Carnival. For more photos from Winter Carnivals in Rideau-Goulbourn, visit: www.facebook.com/rideaugoulbourn.

The City of Ottawa is asking residents to weigh-in on how to spend more than $450,000 in the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund. Residents can have their say by completing an online survey. The Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund Consultation Questionnaire is available on ottawa.ca from January 24 to February 16.

Money in the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund is generated through a voluntary surcharge paid by private transportation companies (PTC), such as Uber Canada. The surcharge was implemented because many PTCs cannot currently accommodate persons who use mobility devices including power wheelchairs and scooters.

Money from the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund will be spent to support accessible transportation in the city of Ottawa. These programs and services may include:

  • accessible transportation services provided directly by wheelchair accessible vehicles such as OC Transpo, Para Transpo and taxis
  • City and community-based programs and services that support or enhance the ability of persons of all ages with physical disabilities who require the use of a mobility device to move around the city regardless of the mode(s) of transportation used

In order to receive funding from the Vehicle-for-Hire Accessibility Fund, programs and services must also be:

  • accessible
  • safe
  • available
  • affordable
  • timely
  • sustainable

An information package that includes background, details and definitions of all these terms can be found on the public consultation page of ottawa.ca. Please note that I have encouraged Rural Ottawa South Support Services to seek funding through this Fund to help with their transportation efforts. Similar suggestions from residents in the rural area would go a long way.

Barnsdale Road & Prince of Wales Drive

As a reminder, there is an open house upcoming to discuss plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Barnsdale Road & Prince of Wales Drive. Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2019 pending budget approval.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and will be held at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority building at 3889 Rideau Valley Drive. For more information, please visit www.rideaugoulbourn.ca/barnsdaleroundabout. Any comments may be sent to Kunjan Ghimire via email at Kunjan.Ghimire@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2424, ext. 21685. Comment on this open house should be submitted by Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

TD Park Grant

The TD Park People grant program was created to support community groups to host events in urban parks or public green spaces. Through this grant, TD hopes to lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable community partnerships in parks across each of the selected cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Ottawa). Groups who demonstrate the ability to successfully organize and host events, as well as sustain their group beyond this grant cycle, are encouraged to apply.

Their expectation is that successful applicants host at least three events between April and December 2018 with each event open to all members of the larger community. Eligible groups include volunteer-based park groups, local agencies, resident associations and non-profits that are active in their local parks.

Eligible expenses include honoraria for volunteers, event materials, supplies and equipment, printing of promotional materials with provided templates. Essentially, any reasonable event expense can be covered by the grant.

To apply, visit https://parkpeople.ca/parkgrants/. Applications are due by the end of the day on March 5, 2018. Funding decisions will be made in April, with cheques sent in May.

Richmond 200 Events

Richmond is currently celebrating its bicentennial. A variety of exciting events have been planned for 2018, including but not limited to:

  • Major Events Weekend (June 15-18, 2018)
  • Richmond’s Got Talent
  • Canoe Race
  • Curling Bonspiel
  • Historical Display
  • Genealogy Workshop
  • Car Rally/ Scavenger Hunt
  • Fashion Show

I am also currently working with the Potsdam Junior Hockey Association and Richmond Munster Minor Hockey Association on celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the original Silver Stick Tournament that was held in Richmond in February 1958. Games are tentatively scheduled between the two clubs for Sunday, February 25th between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm followed by the Richmond Royals Junior B game vs. Winchester Hawks. We are still confirming which teams will be playing.

For more information on these events, please visit: richmond200.ca.

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 23rd 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.

Shrove Tuesday

On February 13th, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm 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 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.

Munster United Church 7th Annual Spaghetti Dinner

The Munster United Church invites you to their 7th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, February 24th between 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Your spaghetti dinner includes a Caesar salad, rolls, ice cream, cookies and coffee or tea. Gluten free pasta is also available.

There is no charge for the dinner but the church will be accepting donations. Take out is also available. The Munster United Church’s youth group will be on hand collecting tips for Big Sky Ranch.

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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.

First ARAC Meeting of 2018 & Other Updates

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The first few months of 2018 promise to feature busy agendas for the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, including many items that affect our Rideau-Goulbourn ward. The first meeting of the year is coming up on Thursday, February 1st at our usual time of 10:00 am and our usual location of Ben Franklin Place. Agenda items for this meeting include:

Zoning By-Law Amendments

  • 2403 Huntley Road
  • 4534 Loggers Way
  • 5130/5208 Ramsayville Road
  • 4139 Moodie Drive
  • 2026 William Hodgins Lane
  • Manotick Area-Specific Development Charges
  • Cassidy Municipal Drain Improvements

The two local zoning by-law amendments are 2403 Huntley Road and 4139 Moodie Drive. 2403 Huntley Road is a property on the northeast corner of Huntley and Fallowfield Road, directly across from Karter’s Korner. 4139 Moodie Drive is halfway between Barnsdale Road and Brophy Drive and adjacent to the proposed Alottawata Water Park.

The 2403 Huntley Road application seeks to rezone the property from Rural Countryside to Rural Commercial in order to increase the commercial uses on the property. However, the uses will be limited to amusement centre, artist studio, convenience store, office, personal service and retail store. During consultation with residents along Kimini Drive, the use of gas station was raised as a concern and will continue to be prohibited on this property.

The applicant on 4139 Moodie Drive is Proslide Technologies, also the proponent for Alottawata. This application seeks to permit ‘research and development centre’ as well as ‘office’ as permitted uses on the property. The intent is to build an R & D centre and office building to support the water park project. The neighbouring property, 4221 Moodie Drive, is already zoned for a water park. The proposed facility will facilitate the design and testing of new water rides and emerging technologies.

The report on Manotick Area-Specific Development Charges just cleans up something that was missed when the charges report was approved a few years ago. Unfortunately, two development areas were not included at that time. The affected addresses are 1086 Antochi Lane and 5721, 5731, 5741 Manotick Main Street. The approval of this report will ensure that development on these properties is charged the appropriate amount regarding connection to the existing water supply and sanitary service.

Full reports on all of the above items are available online at Ottawa.ca.

Planning Advisory Committee

The City is establishing a Planning Advisory Committee (PAC). The mandate of the PAC is to advise on the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department’s policy priorities and its annual work plan and may also include other matters as they arise.

Several positions are available including two members from the rural area of Ottawa. They will join counterparts from the urban and suburban areas as well as specialists in the fields of architecture, planning and landscape architecture. The PAC will also include the Chairs of Planning Committee, Built Heritage Sub-Committee and the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, which happens to be me. Members of the Planning Advisory Committee will be required to prepare for and attend meetings. It is anticipated that the PAC will meet twice per year.

For more information on eligibility, roles and responsibilities and the application process, please visit ottawa.ca/volunteer or contact Eric Pelot at 613-580-2424, ext. 22953 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or by email at committees@ottawa.ca.

Barnsdale Road & Prince of Wales Drive

In a recent column, I announced plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Barnsdale Road & Prince of Wales Drive. An open house has now been scheduled to discuss this project and the proposed design.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to start in 2019 and is subject to change depending on availability of funding. At this open house, you will be able to:

  • Review plans displaying the recommended design;
  • Identify potential issues that may have not been addressed; and,
  • Provide comments on the recommended design.

The open house is scheduled for Thursday, February 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm and will be held at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority building at 3889 Rideau Valley Drive. For more information, please visit www.rideaugoulbourn.ca/barnsdaleroundabout. Any comments may be sent to Kunjan Ghimire via email at Kunjan.Ghimire@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2424, ext. 21685. Comment on this open house should be submitted by Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

Winter Carnivals

No matter which part of Rideau-Goulbourn you live in, you are never too far away from a winter carnival. Shiverfest takes place in Manotick on Friday, January 26th and 27th and features a number of events including chili cookoff, curling, bingo and trivia. On the other side of the ward, the Munster Winter Carnival takes place on the same weekend. Munster will also feature a number of events aimed at families taking place at the Community Centre and Munster Elementary School. To learn more about these events, please visit our Rideau-Goulbourn website’s Events page.

The following weekend, North Gower will host its 56th Winter Carnival at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre. You can come out on Friday, February 2nd for the Kemptville Players Murder Mystery dinner theatre and then come back on Saturday for a full schedule including a pancake breakfast, bake sale, snowmobile rally, buffet dinner and talent show. Information on this will also be available on our events page.

Isle in the River Theatre Company

This year, ITR is going to do something a little different for Valentine's Day. They will be holding an Afternoon Tea at Vibration Studios (5488 Osgoode Main St.) on February 10th and 17th. ITR has selected Norm Foster's two act play Wrong for Each Other to entertain you.

“A chance meeting in a restaurant, after four years apart, sends a couple flashing back through the highs and lows of their courtship and marriage. It is a hilarious and often heart-breaking look at the rollercoaster ride of a relationship.”

Tickets are $28 per person (includes the afternoon tea) and are now on sale at www.itrtheatre.com or by calling 613-800-1165. There are only 50 tickets available per show.

As always for IRT’s Valentine's shows, proceeds will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

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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 Upgrade Project and Protect Yourself Against Fraud

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Happy New Year and welcome to my first Messenger column of 2018. A new chapter for my column begins this week, as this will be the first time that the Messenger is delivered to Richmond. Following an incredible 50+ year run of the Stittsville News, which sees its last issue delivered this week, communities in Goulbourn will experience a void and the Messenger is stepping up to help fill that void. As a result, my column will now feature some information that Rideau residents would not normally see.

Up until now, I have been writing columns in the Messenger, Stittsville News, Kemptville Advance and the Carleton Place Gazette. Each column is usually different and speaks to the readership in the appropriate catchment area. Because of the change in delivery and the elimination of the Stittsville News, my Messenger column will now focus on things from Richmond in addition to matters in Manotick, North Gower and Kars.

Having said all of that, welcome to the Messenger, Richmond! I first had the privilege of writing articles in the Messenger when I was in high school reporting on the South Carleton High School hockey team. That was twenty years ago. It is a great local, independent paper that focuses on community and provides coverage of our Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. It is a perfect opportunity for residents to stay informed. I hope you will enjoy it.

Richmond North Sales Meter Station Upgrade Project

This is an update that our office received recently on the status of the Richmond North Sales Meter Station Project. TransCanada initially mailed communication about the Project in January 2017 and filed an application with the regulator, the National Energy Board (NEB), in February 2017.

On November 24, 2017, TransCanada received approval from the NEB to upgrade its existing Richmond Sales Meter Station. The Richmond Sales Meter Station is located at 6783 Fallowfield Road, between Conley Road and Huntley Road, in Stittsville, Ontario. The Project will provide TransCanada with the capability to accommodate a customer’s forecasted future natural gas needs.

After the new sales meter station is put into service, the existing Richmond Sales Meter Station will be decommissioned. TransCanada submitted notification to the NEB in February 2017 under a Section 45.1 regulatory application for this decommissioning activity.

Construction of the Project will commence once the pre-construction conditions of the NEB Order are satisfied by TransCanada. TransCanada currently anticipates that construction will commence in May 2018, however some clearing activity is expected to take place in February 2018. TransCanada will provide further notice once the timing of construction is confirmed.

Please note that this project is not related to the Energy East pipeline proposal that was cancelled in October 2017. If you have any questions on this, please let me know and I will make sure to get a response from TransCanada.

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. With the tax season upcoming, 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. Do not 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:

While CRA related scams can be quite frequent, they are not the only ones you need to be concerned about. You also need to be cautious of charitable organization scams. While there are many organizations that do tremendous work in our communities, there are some that 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.

The following was published in the last edition of the Stittsville News:

The end of an era is now upon us. Unfortunately, this is the very last edition of the Stittsville News. For over seven years, I have been able to use this newspaper as the prime means of communication between my office and the residents of former Goulbourn Township. While this one form of communication comes to an end, my office continues to find ways to communicate with you in a variety of forms.

If you have been relying on this column as your source for information, rest assured that we have you covered. My office will increase the frequency of our e-Newsletter in 2018 to bi-weekly. You can easily register for that newsletter on our rideaugoulbourn.ca website. In both Richmond and Munster, I actively participate in Facebook conversations concerning issues throughout the ward. If there is any issue on one of these pages that you feel needs my attention or input, just tag me in a post and I will jump in. We also send out paper newsletters, usually twice per year.

Richmond and Munster also have active community associations that help out as well. In Munster, the MCA produces the Munster Mash four times a year and they allow me to communicate with residents through that. In Richmond, the Village Association has been working diligently in recent weeks and have developed RichmondHUB.ca. You can get your Richmond fix by visiting online or following them on Twitter @HUBreport. The RVA has been kind enough to welcome my submissions as well.

In addition to all of this, do not expect to wait too long before another print weekly community paper comes to Richmond. A new paper could be in your community as early as this week. The lines of communication will continue and I will endeavor to do everything that I can to keep you informed. If there is any method of communication that you suggest, please feel free to email me and let me know your thoughts.

In closing, thank you to all of you for following along these past seven years. Thank you to Mike Stoodley of Metroland for running my column each week in addition to running my monthly column in the Carleton Place Gazette and the Kemptville Advance. Thank you to John Brummell for always having a smile on his face every time I saw him in the community. Most of all, thank you to John Curry for everything you have put into this paper for so many years. I know I said this all a few weeks ago, but it really cannot be said enough. On behalf of an appreciative community….

THANK YOU!

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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.

Storefront Industries and Shea Road Hydro Pole Replacement

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Welcome to my penultimate Stittsville News column and Happy New Year! On behalf of my Rideau-Goulbourn team, I would like to wish everyone the best for 2018. It started off incredibly frigid so it can only really go up from here.

Storefront Industries

The City is looking at introducing new zoning provisions to allow limited, small-scale manufacturing and food processing, including micro-distilleries and micro-breweries, in commercial areas. Currently, the Zoning By-law restricts all manufacturing and processing activities to industrial zones that are located in segregated industrial or business parks. These land use classifications do not align to the current trend of small-scale, light manufacturing and food-processing activities that also include a storefront retail or restaurant component in a mixed-use area. These kinds of light "storefront industries" no longer need to be isolated in industrial areas. Under certain circumstances, they are compatible with, and often better suited to more pedestrian friendly main streets.

For example, making beer is technically an industrial activity under the current zoning, regardless of quantity. The growing popularity of microbreweries and brew pubs on urban mainstreets, where the same site brews the beer and serves it to on-site customers as well as wholesaling relatively small quantities to other restaurants and retailers, is poorly accommodated by the current zoning.

The proposed amendment is intended to allow small-scale light manufacturing under certain circumstances in commercial and mixed-use areas. These "storefront industries" will, by definition, include a retail or restaurant component where the products being manufactured are available for sale and/or service to customers on-site, thereby supporting the commercial intent of these areas. However, the proposal also provides for such an operation to sell or distribute its products for resale at other locations.

If you have any questions or comments about this proposal, please contact Tim Moerman at Tim.Moerman@ottawa.ca.

Shea Road Hydro Pole Replacement

Beginning this month, Hydro Ottawa will be undertaking a project that involves replacing aging hydro poles on Shea Road (between Fallowfield Road and Garvin Road). This work is necessary to ensure reliability of the electricity distribution system in the area.

Work on this project is scheduled to commence January 2018 and continue until September 2018. Residents will notice an increased construction presence throughout the duration of the project, including excavation activities and construction vehicles. Traffic control will be implemented when required to ensure that roads and driveways remain accessible and safe to residents and staff. In order to minimize noise concerns, Hydro Ottawa will ensure that work is completed weekdays between 7:00am and 6:00pm.

Be assured that all residents and businesses in the affected area will receive advanced notice of the project and be provided with a point of contact. Customers will also receive advance notification prior to any planned power interruptions affecting their premises. Hydro Ottawa will work diligently to reduce disruptions and their staff and contractors will conduct this work safely and efficiently, ensuring that any inconvenience is minimal.

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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.

City of Ottawa's 2018 Budget

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On December 13th, City Council approved the 2018 budget. This budget maintains the predictability of the previous seven budgets in that it focuses on priorities that matter the most and carries a 2% property tax increase. You likely heard talk of a proposed 2.5% increase but that was withdrawn following the announcement that the City had a surplus for the second straight year and $10M of that surplus would be dedicated to infrastructure renewal.

In Parks & Recreation, planning and consultation will be undertaken for improvements to Beryl Gaffney Park using the master plan for that plan and the $560,000 identified in the budget. Blue Rock Park, in Kars, will see improvements, as will King’s Grant Park and Richmond Lions Park and Gordon & Ivy Scharf Park in Manotick. New parks will be created in the form of Lela Scharf Park, Mud Creek Park and the Spring Pond Parkette, all in Manotick. Also in Manotick, a new park is planned for construction in the new Riverwalk development. Sarah McCarthy Park will be constructed in Richmond. The total funding commitment for these parks, using 2017 and 2018 budget dollars, is $1.7M.

When it comes to traffic improvements, planning is slated for the intersections of Prince of Wales Drive & Bankfield Road, Prince of Wales Drive & Barnsdale Road, First Line Road & Bankfield Road and Rideau Valley Drive & Barnsdale Road. Previously budgeted works are also expected to be carried out this year at Moodie Drive and Fallowfield Road.

The biggest issue across the City, and in every other municipality for that matter, is infrastructure renewal. For 2018, Rideau-Goulbourn will see the resurfacing of Rideau Valley Drive South as well as a small portion of Fallowfield Road around Moodie Drive. Another major renewal project for 2018 is the McBean Street Bridge. There will also be many culvert replacements throughout the ward. In cases like Rideau Valley Drive North, these culvert replacements are the precursor to full resurfacing. The previously mentioned $10M injection into renewal will be discussed early in the new year as recommendations are presented to the Finance & Economic Development Committee on how to allocate those funds.

In other areas, the 2018 budget adds 25 new Ottawa Police officers, 14 new paramedics, $100,000 for rural transportation to be distributed through service agencies, including Rural Ottawa South Support Services. This budget also sees increases to social services spending and increased transit to suburban growth areas as OC Transpo continues to prepare for the opening of LRT in 2018.

If you have any questions about any of the items listed above or anything else on the budget, please do not hesitate to contact me.

North Gower Client Service Centre

Please note that the Client Service Centre in North Gower will be closed on Thursday, December 28th and Thursday, January 4th. Normal hours will resume on Thursday, January 11th. With that said, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Onward and upward to 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.

Richmond Marketplace/LCBO and the City's Snow Go Program

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Last week, I gave an update on the plan to rename certain Richmond streets to remove duplication of disconnected streets. Following that, letters were delivered to all affected property owners. In that letter, it states that a change of address form is required. To make things easier, I am going to obtain a number of these letters and bring them to the Richmond Library so that residents can pick them up there during their regular operating hours. The City of Ottawa has also asked that some copies be made available at the Post Office in Richmond but, regardless, I will have dropped off letters to the library by the time you have read this column.

Richmond Marketplace/LCBO

The City of Ottawa has received an application for the Richmond Marketplace at 5873 Perth Street. The proposal is to alter the configuration of the building at the northwest corner of the property to facilitate the construction of a new home for the LCBO. This new building would be addressed 5921 Perth Street.

The property owner has submitted a site plan amendment application to amend Phase 3B of the approved site plan for the Richmond Village Marketplace. In Phase 3B, Building 5 (six buildings in total for the site) is proposed to be the same size from the previous concept but with a change in configuration to accommodate an alternative loading space size and placement. This will ensure that the loading dock does not negatively affect homes on Shea Road.

If you would like to comment on this application, please contact the lead Planner on this file, Lorraine Stevens, prior to December 27th. Lorraine can be reached at Lorraine.Stevens@ottawa.ca or at 613-580-2424 ext.15077.

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.

Richmond Forcemain Project & Street Naming

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Over the last couple of years, I have used this column in the Stittsville News to provide updates on the Richmond Forcemain project and the proposed street naming changes throughout Goulbourn. Allow me to take this opportunity to provide further updates on each item.

Richmond Forcemain Project

The following provides an overview of anticipated construction activities that will be taking place in December:

  • Crews to install dry hydrant at the end of King Street and pave the section of roadway
  • Add opening to cedar rail fence at King Street park entry location
  • Small section of fence to be installed at 34 Dallaire Crescent
  • Excavation and work in valve chambers near Eagleson Road close to the former Richmond Nursery  
  • Minor remaining work inside valve chambers on the 300mmm and 600mm forcemains along the Jock River from the Condominium building on King Street to the lagoon area is on-going.

Unrelated to the ongoing work in the village, I did also want to mention that there was a break in the forcemain on Thursday, November 30th. The break occurred near Eagleson Road and Michael Cowpland Drive intersection in Kanata. As you might be aware, the sanitary forcemain runs from Richmond, along Eagleson Road into Kanata. Repairs were undertaken immediately and the forcemain was back in operation by the end of the next day. Munster waste was diverted to the Munster lagoon system and Richmond waste was diverted to the Richmond lagoon system, as per normal emergency practices.

Looking more long-term, it is anticipated that a full pumping station upgrade and forcemain twinning will be complete by 2022. Much of the future development in Richmond is contingent on the upgrade of the forcemain and pumping station. That growth will contribute significantly to the costs of the work to be completed.

Richmond Street Naming

As you will likely recall, the City has been working on renaming several streets in Richmond to avoid duplication since these streets are disconnected.  Previously, I had also mentioned that there was a delay in getting these streets renamed because of a delay in having Google update their maps. Yes, we live in a world where Google now dictates timelines.

With the Google issue resolved, the following street names will come into effect on January 15th. Letters are being sent to all impacted residents.

  • Queen Charlotte North
  • King Street North
  • Royal York West
  • Ottawa West
  • Maitland South
  • Burke East
  • Cockburn South
  • Colonel Murray South
  • Lennox South
  • Fowler South

I continue to work with staff on potential changes to Huntley Road, Cambrian Road, Hamilton Street, Douglas Drive and Alma Court.

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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.

Sad News for the Stittsville News

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As many of you may have heard earlier this week, Postmedia acquired a number of Metroland newspapers and subsequently announced that they would be shut down. This included the Stittsville News. I think I can speak for every resident in the Goulbourn area when I say that this is devastating news for our communities.

John Curry first acquired the Stittsville News in 1965 and has spent the last five decades pouring his heart and soul into those pages and our communities. Alongside his long-time partner in crime John Brummell, he brought our communities together and became a real ambassador for everything that is great about Goulbourn.

The two John’s were everywhere from bake sales and school graduations to municipal elections and community events. They were mainstays at the Richmond Fair each and every year. A parade wouldn’t be a Richmond parade without John Curry stationed at the corner of Perth Street and McBean Street photographing each and every float. Their contributions to our community are immeasurable. Between the two John’s, they have been writing Goulbourn’s biography for over fifty years.

Unfortunately, we are forced to move on. I have been fortunate to have this column included in the weekly Stittsville News for nearly seven years. That, too, comes to an end. I would like to thank Metroland’s Mike Stoodley for being my go to guy on submitting these columns each and every week. We also write a monthly column in the Kemptville Advance and the Carleton Place Gazette. Mike assists with those as well.

The loss of the Stittsville News will also make it more difficult for me to connect with you. As a result, I would encourage you to visit our website at rideaugoulbourn.ca and sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter. With so many changes to local newspapers, we may need to consider changing that to a bi-weekly e-Newsletter. If there are any other ways that you feel my office could improve our communications, please let me know.

In closing and on behalf of a grateful community, thank you John Curry and thank you John Brummell.

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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.

Electricity Needs in the Community

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Demand for electricity in the South Nepean area has almost doubled since 2002. Over the next twenty years, electricity needs in this community are expected to more than double once again due to the pace of planned residential and commercial developments. To ensure South Nepean has the power to grow, Hydro Ottawa Limited (Hydro Ottawa) and Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) have started planning for new electricity facilities to serve your community’s growing needs.

Hydro Ottawa and Hydro One are proposing to construct a new municipal transformer station (MTS) in South Nepean and to rebuild an existing single circuit 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to a new double circuit line with 230 kV capacity. The rebuilt line would connect the new MTS to an existing 230 kV line south of West Hunt Club Road. This existing line connects to the Manotick station, which is on Bankfield Road directly east of the 416 interchange.

Rebuilding the transmission line would require replacing the existing transmission structures and widening the corridor in certain locations. A temporary by-pass line would be constructed in order to maintain power supply to local residents during construction.

The Power South Nepean project is being planned in accordance with the Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Minor Transmission Facilities, approved under Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act. The Class EA is a streamlined process that has proven effective in ensuring that minor transmission projects that have a predictable range of effects are planned and carried out in an efficient and environmentally-acceptable manner. This project will also require approval from federal agencies under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Contingent on the completion of the Class EA process and other planning approvals, Hydro Ottawa and Hydro One will submit an application to the Ontario Energy Board seeking approval to construct the project. It is anticipated that construction of these new facilities could begin in 2020 and be in service in 2021.

Consultation and public input is an important part of the project planning process and your opinions matter. A Community Information Session took place earlier this week but if you didn't attend, you can find more information here: powersouthnepean.com.  If you have any questions, you are invited to contact info@powersouthnepean.com.

North Gower Farmers’ Market Christmas Market

This annual Christmas Market is just around the corner. Come out to the Alfred Taylor Centre in North Gower on Saturday, December 9th between 9:00am and 2:00pm. All of your favourite vendors will be in attendance and music will be provided by Ryan King. Also, word on the street is that Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance. For more information, please visit www.ngfarmersmarket.com.

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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 Agenda: 2018 Budget & Other Items

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The upcoming Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) is taking place a couple weeks earlier than normal to review the budget. As a result, the next meeting is on Thursday, November 23rd, with the time and place unchanged (10:00am at Ben Franklin Place in Centrepointe). Agenda items include:

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment: 8089 & 8165 Franktown Road (Rideau-Goulbourn)
  • 2018 Draft Operating and Capital Budget
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment: 7771 Snake Island Road (Osgoode)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment: Anomaly – 168 Baillie Avenue and part of 1640, 1641 Bontrey Place
  • Carp Airport Development: Area-Specific Infrastructure Recovery Charge
  • Regimbald, Simpson and Wilson-Johnston Municipal Drains: Appointment of Engineer (Cumberland)

The big item on the agenda is the 2018 Budget. We will consider the relevant portions of the draft 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets and forward our recommendations to Council for consideration at the December 13th Council meeting. The ARAC budget is relatively small as it merely deals with the rural section of the Planning Department as well as funding some minor portions of the Public Works budget.

For the budget presentation at Committee, I have asked that staff also touch on items that impact the rural area but are found in the budgets of other committees, such as Transportation Committee. The 2018 draft budget contains increases to infrastructure renewal across the City that will help begin to bridge the gap between how we are currently funding renewal and how we should be funding renewal. For Rideau-Goulbourn, the 2018 draft budget includes the resurfacing of Rideau Valley Drive South, south of Kars, and microsurfacing on a portion of Fourth Line Road. The portion of Gallagher Road that was upgraded last year will see the final surface added to it in 2018. If more funds become available following the tender of many renewal projects, roads such as Dwyer Hill Road, Old Richmond Road and Eagleson Road may see microsurfacing as well.

The agenda also includes the Carp Airport Development, which was previously listed on the last two ARAC agendas. Due to some minor issues, it was pulled and will now come next Thursday. That report deals with the funding component of extending servicing to this development. The Franktown Road application, which was deferred from the November 2nd ARAC meeting, is a new development in Goulbourn. It is a 19-lot development adjacent to the existing Heron Lake Estates community and the Riverbend Golf Course. The item on Bontrey Place, in Kars, updates the floodplain lines on those properties following a review of floodplain mapping by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

For more information on this agenda, please visit Ottawa.ca or sign up for our e-Newsletter at RideauGoulbourn.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.

Name the Trains Contest & Community Dancing in Manotick

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Residents in Richmond have likely noticed some activity near Fortune Street and Martin Street. This is the beginning of work along Martin Street to install a new sanitary trunk sewer in order to connect the new housing projects in the Western Development Lands to the existing forcemain in the village. Greenbelt Construction is undertaking the work on behalf of the developer, Caivan Communities. While this is not a City-led construction project, the City does have a project manager that will oversee the work and respond to concerns.

We have been working on the use of Arbuckle Park, off Fortune Street. The contractor is in the process of getting a culvert installed in order to access the Martin Street road allowance from the opposite side of the municipal drain and to set up their site office on that side, away from the park. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office.

Name the Trains Contest

To help get ready for the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018, the City of Ottawa is looking for the best train name ideas from our city’s next generation of transit users.

The City is inviting children and youth, who are 16 years of age and under, to name the 34 O-Train Confederation Line train cars and the 6 O-Train Trillium Line train cars. The Name the Trains Contest will run from November 2nd to December 8th. To enter the contest, please visit octranspo.com/ready4rail.

Here are some details to keep in mind when choosing a name:

  • Names should be short (maximum of 16 characters)
  • Names should be related to trains (or train service) or have a Canadian or Ottawa-related significance
  • Names must fit into one or more of the following 5 categories: people, animals, natural world, culture or history
  • Names should be bilingual or easily translatable (English & French)
  • Names should be friendly (nothing negative, please!), have a pleasant sound and be easy to remember
  • Participants can submit as many separate entries as they wish, but each contest participant can only win once
  • Names cannot be current or future O-Train Confederation or Trillium Line station names

Winners will be notified by email or telephone in 2018 once all entries have been reviewed. For more information, including contest rules and regulations, plus guidelines on how to submit a great train name, please visit octranspo.com/ready4rail.

Community Dancing in Manotick

On Friday, November 24th from 7:00 to 9:30pm at the Manotick United Church, come out 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, and anyone under 12 gets in for free. There is a family maximum admission of $20. For more Information, please call 613-692-4576 or visit http://dance.manotick.net.

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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.

Green Light Program for Volunteer Firefighters Awareness

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Through a new signage campaign across rural Ottawa, the City is making an effort to remind motorists that vehicles with green flashing lights are being driven by volunteer firefighters who are responding to a call. As a courtesy, all road users are asked to allow these vehicles to pass quickly and safely.

Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters. Through the Green Light program, volunteer firefighters are equipped with green flashing lights for their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s vehicle, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency.

Drivers are asked, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. This may mean pulling over, if it is safe to do so, to allow the vehicle to pass.

Volunteer firefighters responding to an emergency typically need to drive their personal vehicles to a nearby fire station where they can transfer into a fire vehicle before responding to the scene of an incident. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact because every second counts.

Volunteer firefighters are also expected to follow the same rules of the road as all other drivers. The Highway Traffic Act allows volunteer firefighters to display a flashing green light when responding to emergencies. The use of the flashing green light on or in vehicles is restricted to fire services.

To increase awareness of the Green Light program, the City launched an awareness campaign recently. Drivers in rural areas may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding them of the program. This program has existed in rural Ottawa for several years and similar programs exist across North America in communities that are served by volunteer firefighters.

ReCollect Calendar App

The City of Ottawa is pleased to launch the ReCollect Collection Calendar app, in collaboration with the Service Innovation and Performance Department. The online ReCollect calendar has been in use since September 2012 and provides residents with a reminder of their collection day and the type of material scheduled for collection.                                                  

The new mobile app is now available free of charge through Apple and Android stores. By downloading the collection calendar app, residents will be able to receive notifications about their collection and quickly reference their collection calendar on their Apple and Android devices. ReCollect apps are used by over 100 municipalities across North America. Each of these mobile apps is unique to the municipality (name, artwork, content, etc.), and has been very well received by residents. In addition to weekly calendar reminders, customized waste diversion messages can also be incorporated into the app. 

In addition to the ReCollect app residents can access the ReCollect calendar on Ottawa.ca. They can download and print the collection calendar, upload it to personal calendars or sign up for email, telephone or Twitter notifications.

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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.

November's ARAC Agenda

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To begin this week, I just want to give a heads up that we are currently scheduling two meetings in the coming weeks in Manotick. One has already been scheduled and will be held on Tuesday, November 28th at the RVCA building. That will be the public meeting for Minto’s development application for Phases 2-4 of their Mahogany community. The other meeting will occur earlier and will be an opportunity for the new owner of Orchard View on the Rideau to meet with the community and discuss their project for the Clapp property in Dickinson Square. Please stay tuned to our e-Newsletter for the date and time of that meeting. It will be held at Orchard View on the Rideau.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

The November 2nd meeting of ARAC will be at our regular place and time, Thursday at 10:00am at Ben Franklin Place in Centrepointe. The agenda has more items than usual including a few carried over from last month’s meeting which were deferred. Agenda items include:

  • Zoning By-Law Amendment: 8089 & 8165 Franktown Road
  • Zoning By-Law & Official Plan Amendment: 1346 Bankfield Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment: 3315 Shea Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment: 2980 Colonial Road (Cumberland)
  • Carp Airport Development: Infrastructure Recovery Charge
  • O’Keefe Municipal Drain (Barrhaven)
  • Burnett Municipal Drain (Barrhaven)
  • Tasse-Regimbald Municipal Drain (Orleans)
  • Thomas Gamble Municipal Drain (Osgoode)
  • Kilroe Municipal Drain (Barrhaven)

The Bankfield Road rezoning follows a lot line adjustment that was approved by the Committee of Adjustment. The lot that includes Dan Murphy Ford has been expanded and this zoning application adjusts the zoning to meet the new lot configuration. The Franktown and Shea Roads applications are new developments in Goulbourn.

The municipal drains on the agenda are reports that will see a drainage engineer appointed to review the current status of these drains and prepare a report to review any proposed improvements. However, the report on the Burnett Municipal Drain is to abandon that drain. You may notice that some of these drains are location in urban wards. ARAC has full carriage of all municipal drains across the City of Ottawa so even ones located in the urban area come to our committee.

For more information on this agenda, please visit Ottawa.ca or sign up for our e-Newsletter.

Munster Drinking Water System

This fall/winter, City staff are planning to conduct a number of engineering tracer studies in three of the well systems operated by the City of Ottawa: Carp, Munster, and Vars.  These studies will provide important information about the flow patterns in the water storage reservoirs, and will be used to improve the disinfection treatment process in each system.  This testing is expected to begin in late October.

The duration of each study will be 3-5 days and will make use of a small amount of barium salt as the tracer.  Barium occurs naturally in the groundwater for these communities at a level of approximately 0.4 mg/L.  During the study, the barium concentration will increase to 0.7 mg/L for 3-5 days.  These levels are well within the safe drinking water standard of 1 mg/L established by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and Health Canada. 

The MOECC, which regulates drinking water in Ontario, has provided approval for these tracer studies.  In addition, Ottawa Public Health have been consulted and have provided approval for this work.  Lastly, Water Services staff will be notifying both the local District Office of the MOECC and Ottawa Public Health before and after each study. 

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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.

Kings Creek Floodplain Mapping

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Kings Creek Floodplain Mapping

The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) has completed a hazard mapping study for Kings Creek, a tributary of the Jock River, from the Brunton Side Road to the Jock River.  Members of the public are invited to an upcoming open house to review regulations and hazard maps. 

This study provides new mapping that show areas that are prone to natural hazards such as flooding and erosion and have natural environmental features such as wetlands. The mapping will be used by the City of Ottawa and the Townships of Beckwith and Montague when updating their Official Plan and Zoning Schedules and in the review of development applications under the Planning Act. RVCA will also use the mapping to guide the review of development applications submitted under the RVCA’s Development, Interference with Wetlands and Alterations to Shorelines and Watercourses Regulation.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the open house and/or provide comments on the mapping. Conservation Authority staff welcome historical records of past flood events, news clippings, photographs and even anecdotal stories to help confirm the reasonableness of calculations and resulting hazard mapping.

For those unable to attend the open house, mapping can also be seen online at www.rvca.ca/kings-creek-mapping-study and comments sent to Ferdous Ahmed, RVCA Senior Water Resources Engineer at ferdous.ahmed@rvca.ca.

To understand how mapping may affect your property, you can contact an RVCA Resource Specialist at development@rvca.ca or complete an online property inquiry form at www.rvca.ca/regulations-planning/general-property-inquiries.

The Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, November 8th from 4:30pm until 7:30pm at St. Clare Mission Hall, 4001 Dwyer Hill Road.

Rural Ontario Leaders Award

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs has just introduced a new awards program that recognizes leaders among rural residents, communities, businesses and organizations, and their work in improving the quality of life and economic well-being of rural Ontario.

The awards will also help to raise the awareness of rural Ontario’s ability to foster a competitive and innovative business environment, and help recognize the essential contribution of rural Ontario to the provincial economy.

One award will be provided in each of the following streams:

  • Individual Award (25 years of age and older)
  • Individual - Youth (24 years of age and younger)
  • Community (Municipality or Indigenous community)
  • Business
  • Not-for-profit/non-government organization

The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, will recognize award winners at a special presentation during the next Rural Ontario Summit in February of next year.

Nominations will be accepted until November 15, 2017. If you have any questions on the Rural Ontario Leaders Awards program, please contact the Agricultural information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300, or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca, or visit the following site: https://ontario.ca/ruralleaders.

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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.

Carp Snow Disposal Facility

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By mid-October, the City of Ottawa will have completed Phase 1 of the Carp Snow Disposal Facility, which included primarily the clearing of vegetation. Work for Phase 2 will then begin at 200 Westbrook Road, just off of Carp Road. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts.

A new snow disposal site is needed to accommodate a capacity shortage servicing the west end of the City of Ottawa. This project has been in the works for several years but just received some funding assistance in recent months from upper levels of Government that has allowed the project to move forward. The Contractor, Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd., will perform the work for the City of Ottawa.

Phase 2 will include installing environmental measures, excavation, earth moving and stormwater piping. The new Snow Disposal Facility will include an entrance road, perimeter fencing, lighting, a snow stockpiling area, a snow meltwater pond and a stormwater management pond. The construction will also include berms, landscaping, tree planting and a turtle pond. Westbrook Road will be widened at the entrance of the Snow Disposal Facility to accommodate trucks turning into the site.

Construction is anticipated to commence mid-October 2017, with construction completion by December 2018. For additional information regarding the project please refer to the project website: Ottawa.ca.

If you have any questions on this project, you can contact the City of Ottawa’s Project Manager on this file, Jeff DeLoyde at Jeff.Deloyde@ottawa.ca. The contact for Cavanagh is Marten Doornekamp and he is available by email as well as: mdoornekamp@cavanaghconstruction.ca.

ITR Theatre Company

It’s the seventh game of the finals. Twenty years after a crushing defeat, the ladies have one opportunity for redemption. Will being shorthanded destroy their last chance of a comeback? This hilarious and touching comedy explores the roots of friendship, loyalty, and community. Join the ladies as they share their joys and woes… and drink beer… and eat chocolate...

Shorthanded – a Ladies’ Game highlights not only the “good old hockey game” but also the advances that women have made in traditionally male sports. This play has been rewritten especially for ITR by playwright Michael Grant as an all-female version of the hilarious, award-winning, original all-male Shorthanded. ITR is honoured to debut this new version. 

There are five performances to choose from.  Dinner shows are on October 21st & 28th at 6:00pm and are selling out quickly. There are still good seats available for October 20th & 27th at 7:30pm and the October 29th matinée at 2pm still has availability too.  All performances are at the Osgoode Community Centre, 5660 Osgoode Main Street, and doors open half an hour before show-time.  Tickets cost $20 for adults, $16 for students and seniors and $55 for the delicious dinner theatre.  As a special bonus, the playwright will be there on opening night and will host an optional Q&A after that show as well as after the first dinner show.  

For more information, please e-mail info@itrtheatre.com  or call 613-800-1165.  To order tickets on-line, go to http://itrtheatre.com/tickets.html and follow the prompts.

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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.

Backyard Fires in Munster & Update on the Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

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Over the last seven years, I have received questions about backyard campfires in Munster. It is something that has always puzzled me when looking at the Open Air Fire By-Law. Every single village in the City of Ottawa’s rural area permits backyard fires except for Munster. I realize that has not always stopped residents from enjoying a backyard fire in Munster but, sadly, they were restricted and the City would not issue burn permits to Munster residents.

A few months ago, Ottawa Fire Services informed me that they were updating their maps and this begun a conversation about Munster once again. Through the efforts of Ottawa Fire Services and looking at villages with similar lot fabric, it was determined that Munster’s designation could be changed from “Restricted” to “Outdoor Fireplaces and Campfires Permitted.” The information online and the maps appended to the Open Air Fire By-Law have now been updated to include this new designation for Munster. As a result, while the good people of Richmond and Ashton are enjoying their backyard fireplace, Munster residents can now do so as well (legally).

Open Air Fire Permits are available at the Stittsville Fire Station on Stittsville Main Street between 8:30am and 4:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are feeling adventurous, you may also pick one up at the North Gower Client Service Centre on Thursdays between those same hours.

Proposed Site Alteration By-Law

The public consultation component of the Draft Site Alteration By-Law has now closed. I would like to thank residents of Rideau-Goulbourn for submitting their comments to the City over the last month. Of all the submissions that the City received, the overwhelming majority came in from our ward, which speaks volumes about our engagement on city-wide issues.

In the coming weeks and months, staff will be working on the final report and doing their best to address the comments received. I have met with staff and reviewed these comments as well. My office remains committed to ensuring this proposed by-law meets the original intent and does not create undue burden on farmers and landowners alike.

While this report was originally scheduled to come to Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee this fall, I now understand that the target date for the report is in the first quarter of 2018. The report will also go to Planning Committee at that time. If you have any questions on this proposed by-law, please don’t hesitate to contact our 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 information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.