Column: Council passes two motions for Rideau-Goulbourn

At last Wednesday’s Council meeting, I had the great pleasure of passing two very important motions that will have a tremendous impact on Rideau-Goulbourn.  I have always spoken of supporting local business and promoting Rideau-Goulbourn to the rest of our City as a destination point.  We took two big steps in doing that last week.

First, City Council gave approval for the expansion of the Black Dog Bistro.  Fresh off their victory at the Manotick Shiverfest Chili Cook-off, this is another big win for the Black Dog.  This restaurant has been successful since its opening, due in large part to its great owner, Dot Janz.  Like the rest of the community, I have always enjoyed going to the Black Dog and this expansion will only improve its ability to serve our growing village.  Preserving the heritage aspects of the neighbouring building, the expanded restaurant will greatly improve the streetscape and will be a huge upgrade to the appearance on Manotick Main Street.

The other motion passed was to allow “By-the-Glass” wine sales at Ottawa’s newest vineyard, Jabulani Winery.  This unique winery will open its doors this summer.  It is located on Jock Trail Road just south of Munster and is an exciting opportunity to attract more people to the communities in Rideau-Goulbourn.  I’ll be sure to invite all of you to Jabulani’s Grand Opening this summer.

Munster Winter Carnival

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of spending the day at the Munster Winter Carnival with my 5 year old son, Lane.  The day got off to a good start at the pancake breakfast and continued at Munster Elementary School.  There, we encountered Little Ray's Reptiles.  Whereas most kids wanted to get closer and closer, my son seemed to be moving in the other direction.  The good news for him was that the other direction was a large bouncy castle, which he loves.  For fear of hearing "the Councillor's son pushed me" in the bouncy castle, my son and I checked out the used book sale in the hallway. After much deliberation, my son carefully chose Clifford's Christmas.  The way I see it, there's nothing wrong with having Christmas last 3 months.  I didn't get a chance to stop by the Chili Cook-off at Danby's but I did notice kids all day on the outdoor rink.  The crowds were big, the weather was perfect and it was another great winter carnival in Rideau-Goulbourn!  Much thanks to the Munster Community Association for their hard work and dedication to their community.

Heritage Day

February 19, 2011 is Heritage Day in Stittsville.  Hosted by the Goulbourn Historical Society, this event takes place at the Stittsville Public Library.  “Goulbourn: Past and Present, Old and New” runs from 1:30pm until 4:00pm.  In 2006, Goulbourn and Stittsville became separate wards with separate representation, meaning this event is not actually in Rideau-Goulbourn.  However, the way I see it is you can take Stittsville out of Goulbourn but you can’t take the Goulbourn out of Stittsville.  Hope to see you there!

North Gower Winter Carnival

Last week I mentioned that I attended the North Gower Winter Carnival.  We are blessed in Rideau-Goulbourn to have these great events and North Gower is no exception.  I had the pleasure of taking my family for a horse drawn sleigh ride on a gorgeous sunny day in North Gower.  That same evening, Liam Maguire delighted the crowd at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre with his insanely vast knowledge of our nation’s favourite sport.  The guy is a hockey genius.  A big thank you to Sara Charron and her team for a very successful weekend in North Gower.

Budget 2011

Next week, the City will be hosting public meetings to go over the 2011 City of Ottawa Budget.  I will be attending two of these meetings.  On February 22, I’ll be at the Nepean Sportsplex and on February 24, our rural budget meeting will be at the Osgoode Arena.  Both meetings are scheduled for 7pm-9pm.  The budget is available online by visiting

Family Day

Monday, February 21 is Family Day.  Prior to last week’s Council meeting, I parked at Dow’s Lake and skated to City Hall.  The ice is in good condition and the Beavertails are always delicious.  Family Day is a great opportunity to take the family out for a fun day on the Canal.  I have to admit, the Rideau Canal is the one thing in this city I take for granted the most.  My Council colleague, David Chernushenko, practically skates to work every day and I’m not surprised that he does.  Skating on the canal is the most unique thing that Ottawa has to offer.  Don’t miss your chance this year, it’ll soon be summer!

2011 Summer Student Employment Program

Looking for a student job this summer?  The City of Ottawa offers rewarding opportunities in nearly all City departments.  Visit for more information and to find out how to apply.

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