Street Name Changes and More Rideau-Goulbourn Updates

After amalgamation, streets names across the City were changed or altered to alleviate duplication. While the most obvious duplicates were changed initially, the process to correct every duplication was onerous each one took up a considerable amount of time. As a result, the process was changed in 2015 in order to get through the backlog of addressing anomalies.

In Richmond, many residents will be receiving letters about new street names within the village. The issues being addressed at the moment involve streets that are cut off by the Jock River. As many residents know, most of the streets in Richmond straddle the Jock but don’t cross the Jock. Since this could cause challenges for wayfinding and emergency services, the City will be adding cardinal directions to the ends of each street with the fewest number of addresses. For instance, there are more homes on the north end of Lennox Street than on the south end so only the southern portion will have the cardinal direction added to it.

The new streets names include King Street North, Burke Street East, Cockburn Street South, Lennox Street South, Colonel Murray Street South, Maitland Street South, Ottawa Street West, Royal York Street West, Queen Charlotte Street North, Fowler Street South and Cambrian Road West. Letters to affected homeowners will be sent by the City of Ottawa. In fact, you may have already received these letters.

While these street names present minor conflicts and can be corrected by simply adding a cardinal direction, some other streets still require full changes. Currently, the City is looking at renaming one section of Links Drive in Country Club Village. Those residents have received notification. Further on, the City will be getting in touch with residents on Hamilton Street in Richmond as well due to the conflict with Hamilton Avenue. If you have any questions on any of these, feel free to contact my office.

Construction Updates

Many of you have likely noticed that construction is coming along nicely at Manotick’s newest park located in Dickinson Square. With the grand opening slated for July 2nd, the Remembrance Park is nearing completion having just had a split rail fence installed at the rear of the property. This work was completed by staff from the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority as well as community volunteers. The entire park has been a community effort and it is exciting to see it come this far.

On another local construction project, the Manotick Arena expansion is well underway. Scheduled to continue through the fall, the City is working with the community and Arena user groups on finding ways to utilize the ice surface come October while the new space is still under construction. The new dressing rooms and community space on the second floor is scheduled to be available for use in January 2018.

As for road construction, the spring weather hasn’t been incredibly friendly to our road crews and contractors. William McEwen Drive resurfacing is nearing completion with Shea Road just getting underway after several delays due to weather. Similarly, projects on Donnelly Drive, Harnett Road, Mackey Road and Gallagher Road are advancing and will be completed over the next two months. The Gallagher and Mackey projects are both different stages of a gravel road upgrade while Harnett and Donnelly will see microsurfacing.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

 In 2016, 17,962 participants dropped off 646 tonnes of material at the City’s household hazardous waste depots. This represents an 8% increase in participation and a 16% increase in material collected over 2015 rates. This year, the Public Works and Environmental Services department (PWES) will continue to provide collection services for household hazardous waste such as corrosive, flammable or poisonous materials; by offering free one-day mobile depots from April 30, 2017 through to October 28, 2017.

Our next depot will be held at the OC Transpo Park and Ride facility at 3355 Fallowfield Road on June 25th from 8:00am until 4:00pm. Electronic waste will also be accepted.

A Canadian Odyssey

Manotick Brass will be presenting “A Canadian Odyssey” to celebrate Canada 150 on June 24th at Knox Presbyterian Church in Manotick. This special program will feature all Canadian music including the world premiere performance of a new work titled “Aurora” by Saskatchewan composer Laura Pettigrew. The composition describes the Aurora Borealis which is so visible on the wide expanse of the Canadian prairies in northern Saskatchewan.  “Aurora” was specially commissioned for this program by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and the composer will be attending the premiere performance in Manotick on June 24.

“A Canadian Odyssey” is a musical journey which visits each province in the order they joined confederation. A short narrative introduces each province and sets the scene and a slide presentation created by Manotick resident Brian Cromie which will provide a visual enhancement of the music. 

The program features several new musical arrangements commissioned by Manotick Brass thanks to a generous grant from the Kiwanis Club of Manotick.  These include two pieces by Vancouver composer Robert Buckley, “Cathedral Grove” which describes our heritage old growth forests on Vancouver Island and “Yukon Quest” which captures the excitement of a long-distance dog sled race. 

The program also features “Alberta Cowboy Songs” by Edmonton musician Trent Worthington and several arrangements by Ottawa musician E. F. Lloyd Hiscock.  These include “La Metisse” attributed to Louis Riel and “Sunset on the St. Lawrence” attributed to Frederick Harris founder of the Frederick Harris Music Publishing Company. 

“A Canadian Odyssey” will be presented on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 commencing at 7:00pm at Knox Presbyterian Church in Dickinson Square.  Tickets are $15 and are available at Knox Presbyterian Church, Manotick Office Pro or by calling 613-822-8749.

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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.

Wild Parsnip, Farm Grant Program and Property Tax Deferral Programs

With June comes Wild Parsnip. If you have been driving around rural Ottawa over the last week, you will have likely noticed small signs with red dots and green dots along roadsides. These signs are part of the City of Ottawa’s wild parsnip spraying program. Since 2015, we have taken a more aggressive approach with managing wild parsnip in the most affected areas. Through increased ditch cutting and spraying of a specific broad leaf herbicide, our efforts have proven effective.

The red dot signs indicate to the contractor that a resident has opted out of the spraying program. The green dot tells the contractor when they can restart. However, property owners who have opted out of the spraying program should still consider their role in managing wild parsnip. As soon as the invasive weed goes to seed, it spreads. By keeping the ditches mowed in areas that aren’t being sprayed, it will prevent the plant from growing and spreading. Therefore, even if you’ve requested that there be no spraying in front of your property, I would strongly encourage you to help control the spread of wild parsnip by keeping those areas mowed.

For more information on wild parsnip, please visit www.rideaugoulbourn.ca/wildparsnip.

Farm Grant Program

The City of Ottawa Farm Grant Program provides financial relief to working farmers. The grant program will assist eligible farm property owners by allowing the June final tax installment to be paid in December.

To qualify for the grant, the following conditions must be met:

  • The property must be defined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation in the farmlands property class
  • The property must not be owned by a commercial enterprise
  • Taxes have been paid up to date before the June instalment
  • The final tax instalment billed (mailed May) is paid in full in early December

How the program will work:

  • Penalty charges will continue
  • Notification of the amount to be paid will be communicated to you in the fall
  • The grant amount will be the equivalent of the penalty charges and fees added to your account during the deferral
  • The City will automatically calculate and apply a credit for the grant amount to your tax account; there is no application to fill out

Should you have any questions, please contact Revenue Branch from Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:00pm at 613-580-2444. TTY: 613-580-2401.

Property Tax Deferral Programs

The City of Ottawa offers two property tax deferral programs for low-income seniors and low-income people with disabilities. Eligible homeowners may apply for a full or partial deferral of annual property taxes. Application for tax deferral must be made annually to the City of Ottawa to establish eligibility or confirm continued eligibility.

You may apply for one of the following programs: Full Property Tax Deferral Program or Partial Property Tax Deferral Program. For more information, visit ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2740.

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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.

Prince of Wales Drive Construction Plans, North Gower Recreation Association AGM and the Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic

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While local resurfacing projects on William McEwen Drive, Shea Road and Bleeks Road are slated to commence shortly, another resurfacing project will likely have a significant impact this summer on Rideau-Goulbourn residents. A Commence Work Order has been issued for the resurfacing of Prince of Wales Drive. Construction along Prince of Wales Drive, between Strandherd Drive and Hunt Club Road, is scheduled to begin June 5th.

The Contractor will maintain a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction along Prince of Wales during daytime hours (5:00am‐7:00pm).  The staging and sequencing of construction will on occasion require sections of Prince of Wales to be left as compacted granular material, but the distances for these granular surface areas will be limited, and the length of time which these areas have a granular surface will be restricted to 1-2 days, weather-permitting, before the asphalt can be placed.

A nightly detour of Prince of Wales northbound traffic, from Strandherd Drive to Fallowfield Road, was permitted under the Contract in order to complete the project this construction season while minimizing impacts to commuting motorists. The proposed nightly closures of northbound Prince of Wales Drive, from Strandherd Drive to Fallowfield Road, are currently scheduled to begin the evening of Sunday, June 11th. The nightly closures of northbound traffic, between 7:00pm and 5:00am, will last approximately two months.  Overnight works are scheduled from Sunday night to Friday morning of each week. There are no proposed weekend closures of Prince of Wales scheduled at this time.

The signed detour route for the northbound closure will be to direct traffic west along Strandherd Drive to Woodroffe Avenue, north along Woodroffe to Fallowfield Road, and east along Fallowfield to Prince of Wales Drive. The City will be installing digital messaging signs along Prince of Wales Drive to notify commuters in advance of the nightly closures. Cyclists will be encouraged to use alternate routes during construction and a cycling detour route will be signed.

North Gower Recreation Association

The Annual General Meeting for the North Gower Recreation Association takes place on June 19th at 7:00pm at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre. The NGRA has oversight for the Alfred Taylor Centre and the Gerry Lines Bowling Alley. They also run events such as Christmas in the Gower and Canada Day in the Gower. All are welcome to attend the AGM.

Richmond Heritage Mural RFP

Artists are invited to submit a bid to enter into a contract with The Richmond Village Association (RVA) to commission the 7th mural in the Richmond Heritage Mural Gallery. Richmond was founded in 1818 as a British Settlement and is the oldest village within the current City of Ottawa. In 2018, Richmond, Ontario will celebrate its 200th anniversary. A variety of events will happen throughout 2017 and 2018 to honour Richmond’s past, celebrate its’ vibrant present and look forward toward the future. To commemorate Richmond’s Bicentennial, the Richmond Village Association is undertaking to add the 7th mural to The Richmond Heritage Mural Gallery on the Richmond Memorial Community Centre. The mural is to be completed and installed so that the unveiling of the mural can take place on Friday, June 25th, 2018. 

The mural should:

  • Evoke a sense of neighborhood
  • Historical reference is key
  • Promote excitement and interest for the community as a whole
  • Celebrate the identity and rich heritage of the neighborhood
  • The design concept shall be compatible with the design of the existing murals

Bid evaluation will be carried out by the RVA and will be based on a combination of artistic merit, quality of previous work as provided in your portfolio, quality of material offered and price. To obtain the complete RFP Package, email David Proulx, President RVA at davidproulx@richmondvillage.ca.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities

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 kids 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.

 

June's ARAC Meeting Agenda and Other Updates

June is always a busy month in Rideau-Goubourn and across the City of Ottawa, with events such as Food Aid Day and the Mayor’s Rural Expo as well as Dickinson Days. Of course, there are Ottawa 2017 events and it all leads up to July 1st where Canada Day events will be taking place in North Gower and Munster.

To kick off the month, there is nothing more exciting than a rousing meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee! Our upcoming June 1st meeting agenda includes the following items:

  • Surplus Farm Severance Zoning Amendments for:
    • 2638 Mackey Road
    • 4779 Carp Road
    • 6462 First Line Road
  • Report on Coach Houses in the Rural area on private services
  • Manotick Mahogany Harbour Dock Project
  • Rural Residential Land Survey: 2015-16 Update
  • Hobbs Municipal Drain
  • All-Way Stop Control at Van Vliet Road & South River Drive
  • 1229 Dwyer Hill Road Development Charge Report

The report on coach houses in the rural area is the response to a direction that had been given by ARAC in the fall. Staff were asked to look at ways of reducing costs and process on building a coach house on private services in the rural area. The proposal before ARAC on June 1st does that. However, I feel more could be done and Committee will explore those options at the meeting.

The report on the Mahogany Harbour Dock will provide an update on the status of this project and speak to the temporary Parks Canada facility being installed this season. It will also lay out the City’s role going forward from an ongoing maintenance perspective.

The report on 1229 Dwyer Hill Road relates to the Dwyer Hill RV Park and the potential sale of the property. This report looks at waiving a portion of the Development Charges owed to the City of Ottawa by the current park owners. The waiver is only available to a potential purchaser and not the current owner.

As usual, the monthly ARAC meeting is held at 10:00am at Ben Franklin Place in Centrepointe.

UPDATE: Munster Sewer Backup

On April 7th, 2017, amidst heavy rainfall and runoff occurring during the spring freshet, the City of Ottawa received eight calls from Munster residents who were experience sewage backups in their basement. Seven of these calls came from the southeast portion of Munster, on Middlewood Court and nearby Dogwood Drive homeowners. At that time, the pumping station became surcharged with stormwater and crews were quick to respond to alleviate the surcharge. Unfortunately, during this time, several homeowners closest to the pumping station saw backups.

After some investigation, it was determined that the pumping station reached capacity due to the existence of sump pumps connected to the system. Since the backup occurred in early April, bypass pumping into the overflow lagoon at the Munster pumping station was activated earlier during rainy periods in early May to reduce the risk of basement flooding. The connection of sump pumps to sanitary sewers also caused capacity issues in Richmond during that same time in April. As a result, I will be working with City staff on developing a program that will seek to encourage the disconnection of sump pumps from the sanitary system. In the meantime, the City will continue to initiate the bypass measures earlier than done previously.

As homeowners, there are options to protect your home against flooding as well. There is information on the City of Ottawa’s website regarding the Residential Protective Plumbing Program. If you did experience flooding as a result of the pumping station backup, you can also file a claim with the City of Ottawa. For more information on the protection program or on how to file a claim, please feel free to contact me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca.

McLean Bridge Renewal

Beginning the week of the May 15, 2017th, the City of Ottawa commenced construction on the McLean Bridge Rehabilitation on Barnsdale Road. The City of Ottawa has retained the firm, RW Tomlinson Ltd., to complete the work. The McLean Bridge must undergo rehabilitation in order to extend its service life. Work will involve repairing the deck, widening the north sidewalk, removing and replacing the bridge railings, repairing the guard rails, concrete and steel repairs as well as some painting of steel members. The work is planned to begin in mid-May 2017 and continue until late October 2017.

There will be an impact to traffic on the McLean Bridge. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the duration of construction. With the assistance of portable temporary traffic signals, motorists will be able to safely pass over the bridge during construction. One direction of traffic will proceed at a time. OC Transpo will be impacted by the rehabilitation to the McLean Bridge and will experience a minor delay to the route. Pedestrians will have access to the McLean Bridge at all times.

RW Tomlinson Ltd. will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the normal life of your family, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the operation of the work including noise and delays. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at

3-1-1. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Manager, Elizabeth Murphy at Elizabeth.Murphy@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 15397.

Dickinson Days & Gathering in the Square

Dickinson Days is happening in Manotick between Friday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 4th. The weekend events celebrate the birthday of Manotick's founder Moss Kent Dickinson with a parade, fireworks, street market, and so much more. You won’t want to miss the Gathering in the Square on Sunday, which be filled with live entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, guided tours, a flour grinding demonstration, crafts for children, and lots of fun! The Dickinson House will also be open and will be doing a cake cutting and housewarming to celebrate the house being built 150 years ago. 

On Sunday the meal will be a ticketed mechoui barbeque with a choice of meat, salads, and fries. The cost of the meal is $12 for children 11 years old and under and $15 for adults aged 12 and over. We encourage people to reserve a table of 6 or 8. Tickets can be purchased by calling Watson's Mill at 613-692-6455. For a detailed schedule of events, visit watsonsmill.com.

At the same time, you are welcome to visit the good folks at Dickinson House, as they too celebrate Moss Kent Dickinson.  Not only are they honouring Dickinson and his achievements, but they are also part of Doors Open Ottawa.  June 4th will be extra special, not just because of the aforementioned Gathering in the Square, but also the 150th anniversary of the construction of Dickinson House.  To celebrate this milestone, special guests from the past will be in attendance.  Please come and join them for a re-enactment of the Dickinson House housewarming for a piece of birthday cake at 1:30pm.

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

Rural Clean Water Program & Eat Your Way Through Rideau-Goulbourn

As many of you know, the City of Ottawa is celebrating Canada’s 150th in grand fashion. As part of these celebrations, we also have an Agri150 series where we showcase all the best rural Ottawa has to offer. It kicked off in February with the Fire & Ice event at Suntech Greenhouses and it will continue with nearly twenty additional events.

One such event will take place on Sunday, June 25th in Rideau-Goulbourn. Our Secret Eats event invites guests to eat their way through the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward. As host of this event, I have the pleasure of guiding participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Rideau-Goulbourn.

Foodies will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local cuisine that awaits in rural Ottawa. The event runs from 11:30am until 5:30pm. Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Transitway Station, at the Park & Ride level. Tickets for Secret Eats are $45.20 + fees. A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route and the O-Train Trillium Line, to and from Greenboro Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

For more information on Ottawa 2017 and Agri150, please visit Ottawa2017.ca.

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. 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.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities

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 kids 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.

Congratulations to Rideau-Goulbourn's recipients of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

On Friday, April 28th, Ottawa City Hall hosted a ceremony with the Governor General’s office to honour the dedication of many of Ottawa’s finest volunteers. The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.

As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers. It is the highest honour bestowed upon volunteers in Canada.

It was an honour to be present at this ceremony alongside Mayor Jim Watson and Her Excellency Sharon Johnston. Recognized from Rideau-Goulbourn were Munster’s Bob Easy, Manotick’s Noel Norenius, Richmond’s Judy Wagdin, Cyril Leeder and John Curry of Stittsville as well as Shaun Tolson and Georgina Tupper of Kars. The ward was well represented and these individuals were rightly honoured for their volunteer efforts across our communities and throughout the City.

Construction Update

As mentioned in previous weeks, there will be a number of construction projects throughout the summer across the ward. Two weeks ago, the Commence Work Order was issued for the expansion project of the Manotick Arena. This project will include a doubling in size of the change rooms, new community space on the second floor as well as connection to municipal services and a number of lifecycle projects. The general contractor is Gaulec Construction out of Orleans and the project is expected to carry on through the fall. The City will be working with the various user groups in the coming weeks and months on plans to address the space restrictions in the fall.

Construction also continues on the Remembrance Park next to the Cenotaph in Dickinson Square. That project is scheduled to wrap up next month with the official opening being held on July 2nd. Cavanagh Construction has begun mobilizing on Shea Road. Shea will be resurfaced from Fernbank Road to Hemphill Street in the village of Richmond.

Richmond 200

In just over a year from now, the big celebration weekend for Richmond’s bicentennial will be upon us. Between now and then, though, the community is focused on raising money to help with the celebration and party while they’re at it. This summer, you can join in on the fun at two major events.

On Thursday, May 25th, come out to Jabulani Vineyard & Winery for “A Taste of Richmond”. Sip and sample great wines, craft beers and the Richmond culinary community’s food in the beautiful setting at Jabulani. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at 3441 McBean Street.

On Saturday, June 24th, it’s “The Best Damn Barn Dance in 199 Years!” at the Richmond Fairgrounds. The event runs from 8:00pm until 1:00am and features local legends the Doug & Pam Champagne Band. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They can also be purchased at 3441 McBean Street.

For more information on how the community is celebrating 2018, visit Richmond200.ca.

Dickinson House News

2017 is not only Canada’s sesquicentennial, but also the 150th birthday of Dickinson House. Moss Kent Dickinson built the house in the Square in 1867 and, to celebrate, there is a special exhibit; “A Walk Through the Decades”.  Young and old are cordially invited to come and gain insight into life in Manotick and Canada over the past century and a half.  The House will open for the season daily for 10:00am to 5:00pm beginning on May 20th.  Admission is free, and donations are welcome.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities

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 kids 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.

Celebrate rural Ottawa at the Mayor’s Rural Expo and Food Aid Day

This year, the Mayor’s Annual Rural Expo and Food Aid Day is taking place at City Hall on Friday, June 2nd. This event raises funds in support of the Ottawa Food Bank while providing a forum to showcase all of the unique features of rural Ottawa within the downtown core.

Come check out rural vendors and displays, and stay for a BBQ lunch with burgers cooked by the Works restaurant. There will be live entertainment, a celebrity milking contest and petting zoo on site. We hope that you can join us for a fun filled afternoon. The Food Aid BBQ helps the Ottawa Food Bank raise funds to sustain its food programs and support local farmers. All proceeds from the BBQ are donated to the Ottawa Food Bank.

If you are a rural artesian or farmer or represent a unique rural destination are interested in setting up a free vendor booth to sell or promote your services at the Rural Expo please contact the Rural Affairs Office or telephone Geraldine Wildman, 613-580-2424 ext. 27815.

Make The Right Call

Effective April 26, 2017, the Ottawa Police Service will be introducing a single telephone number in which to contact us for all non-emergency enquiries. If you need to reach police by telephone for a non-emergency, you can call (613) 236-1222 to report any type of report from vehicle theft to harassment complaints. Also, instead of having to find the proper extension to reach a desired party, our new automated Integrated Voice Response (IVR) system will connect you to the right section or person. 

All emergency or life-threatening calls will continue to be made utilizing 9-1-1.

In response to evolving technology, residents may instead choose to file a complaint online.  Some of the reports you are now easily able to file online include: Thefts, Damage to Property, Traffic Complaints, Drug Complaints, Fraud Complaints, and Hate Crimes. Residents can also utilize our on-line service if they wish to add supplemental information to an existing report.

As a valued partner, we felt it was important to let you know about these changes so that you can communicate with your constituents as early as possible. These improvements have been implemented to allow the OPS to better serve the residents of Ottawa.

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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, 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.