Column: Prince of Wales and Upcoming Events

Last week was a very busy week, culminating in a busy, but extremely fun weekend.  As a member of Transportation Committee, we approved the environmental assessment for the Prince of Wales widening and that project will now move into the planning phases.  Councillor Steve Desroches was instrumental in presenting motions that would look to get some work done before the 2016 estimated project start date.  The project will be phased from south to north, though, which is a welcome relief to the many residents, like myself, that travel Prince of Wales on a daily basis.  Further, as a member of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, I had the pleasure of hosting Thursday’s meeting in North Gower.  At this meeting, we approved the first steps of three municipal drains in Rideau-Goulbourn, and we also approved the renaming of Richmond Road to Old Richmond Road, a move necessitated by April’s Council decision to rename Robertson Road.  Also at this meeting, Committee approved the zoning changes to the property at Shea and Perth from future commercial to village commercial.  The next step is the Site Plan approval for the proposed retail plaza.  If you have any questions on this, please contact me.

Food Aid BBQ
The weekend was packed with great events, starting early Friday with the 7th Annual Food Aid BBQ on the front lawn of City Hall.  This great event brings our rural traditions downtown in an effort to support the Ottawa Food Bank.  With great involvement from Ottawa’s Countryside, The WORKS, and CFRA, this year’s event was a tremendous success.  Important to note is the role played by the Manotick Lions Club as they helped with the sale of 1500 burgers.  All told, over $100,000 was raised and that money will go to purchase local beef to be given to the Ottawa Food Bank.  On the more fun side, I managed to win my head to head battle in the Cow Milking competition over Majic 100’s Trisha Owens.  The highlight of the event was Lowell Green somehow managing a victory over Laureen Harper, but I’m still thinking it was fixed!

Dickinson Days
What a weekend we had in Manotick for Dickinson Days.  The Friday parade seemed like one of the biggest we’ve ever had, the midway was packed all evening and the fireworks were spectacular.  I couldn’t stick around for them but I still managed to see them driving down Woodroffe Avenue, what a show!  Saturday’s weather was even better and it was my pleasure to officially launch this year’s Dickinson Days with Lisa MacLeod, Pierre Poilievre, and Mayor Jim Watson.  This was the first year Main Street was shut down and I think it really added to the accessibility of the entire event, allowing the many visitors to stroll through the village and see all the great things Manotick has to offer.  Many thanks to the Manotick Kiwanis club on the great success this year, you’ve done a wonderful job keeping up the tradition that the Kinsmen built up for many years.

Dance 4 Diabetes
A few months ago, along with the Mayor, I had the privilege of meeting Hannah Hempinstall.  Hannah is a Richmond resident and Goulbourn Middle School student that, ever since learning her best friend was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, has dedicated her life to helping raise money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Through five Dance 4 Diabetes events, Hannah has raised over $14,000 and the sixth edition was held Saturday evening at the Canadian School of Dance in Barrhaven.  It was a great event and I had a lot of fun being a part of it.  Thank you to Hannah for inviting me and for all of your hard work.  Hannah’s sixth Dance 4 Diabetes brought her grand total to over $18,000 and she’s only 12 years old.  Great work Hannah, you truly are an inspiration!

Manotick Safety Awareness Day
The Manotick Action Group will be hosting its first Safety and Security Awareness Day this Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Manotick Arena parking lot.  Come out and see Ottawa Police Service vehicles and motorcycles. Ottawa Fire Service will be doing a demonstration of a vehicle extrication. There will be a Neighbourhood Watch representative, Child Print will be made available and Ottawa Public Health will be there to discuss Car Seat safety, Bike Helmet safety and Air and Water Quality.

Jabulani Winery Grand Opening
For all of the wine lovers out there, the Jabulani Vineyard and Winery is having its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 11th at 11am at 8005 Jock Trail Road, west of Richmond and south of Munster.  Join me as we welcome this great addition to Rideau-Goulbourn.  Jabulani has an array of different wines that will be available to taste and buy including Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Pinot Grigio.  The winery will be open on weekends until Labour Day.  I look forward to the opening and hope you will join me!

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Have a great event coming up this summer?  Let me know about it so I can get the word out to all of Rideau-Goulbourn and beyond.  Email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or call me at 613-580-2491.



Last week was a very busy week, culminating in a busy, but extremely fun weekend. As a member of Transportation Committee, we approved the environmental assessment for the Prince of Wales widening and that project will now move into the planning phases. Councillor Steve Desroches was instrumental in presenting motions that would look to get some work done before the 2016 estimated project start date. The project will be phased from south to north, though, which is a welcome relief to the many residents, like myself, that travel Prince of Wales on a daily basis. Further, as a member of the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee, I had the pleasure of hosting Thursday’s meeting in North Gower. At this meeting, we approved the first steps of three municipal drains in Rideau-Goulbourn, and we also approved the renaming of Richmond Road to Old Richmond Road, a move necessitated by April’s Council decision to rename Robertson Road. Also at this meeting, Committee approved the zoning changes to the property at Shea and Perth from future commercial to village commercial. The next step is the Site Plan approval for the proposed retail plaza. If you have any questions on this, please contact me.



Food Aid BBQ


The weekend was packed with great events, starting early Friday with the 7th Annual Food Aid BBQ on the front lawn of City Hall. This great event brings our rural traditions downtown in an effort to support the Ottawa Food Bank. With great involvement from Ottawa’s Countryside, The WORKS, and CFRA, this year’s event was a tremendous success. Important to note is the role played by the Manotick Lions Club as they helped with the sale of 1500 burgers. All told, over $100,000 was raised and that money will go to purchase local beef to be given to the Ottawa Food Bank. On the more fun side, I managed to win my head to head battle in the Cow Milking competition over Majic 100’s Trisha Owens. The highlight of the event was Lowell Green somehow managing a victory over Laureen Harper, but I’m still thinking it was fixed!



Dickinson Days


What a weekend we had in Manotick for Dickinson Days. The Friday parade seemed like one of the biggest we’ve ever had, the midway was packed all evening and the fireworks were spectacular. I couldn’t stick around for them but I still managed to see them driving down Woodroffe Avenue, what a show! Saturday’s weather was even better and it was my pleasure to officially launch this year’s Dickinson Days with Lisa MacLeod, Pierre Poilievre, and Jim Watson. This was the first year Main Street was shut down and I think it really added to the accessibility of the entire event, allowing the many visitors to stroll through the village and see all the great things Manotick has to offer. Many thanks to the Manotick Kiwanis club on the great success this year, you’ve done a wonderful job keeping up the tradition that the Kinsmen built up for many years.



Dance 4 Diabetes


A few months ago, along with the Mayor, I had the privilege of meeting Hannah Hempinstall. Hannah is a Richmond resident and Goulbourn Middle School student that, ever since learning her best friend was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, has dedicated her life to helping raise money and awareness for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Through five Dance 4 Diabetes events, Hannah has raised over $14,000 and the sixth edition was held Saturday evening at the Canadian School of Dance in Barrhaven. It was a great event and I had a lot of fun being a part of it. Thank you to Hannah for inviting me and for all of your hard work. Hannah’s sixth Dance 4 Diabetes brought her grand total to over $18,000 and she’s only 12 years old. Great work Hannah, you truly are an inspiration!



Manotick Safety Awareness Day


The Manotick Action Group will be hosting its first Safety and Security Awareness Day this Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Manotick Arena parking lot. Come out and see Ottawa Police Service vehicles and motorcycles. Ottawa Fire Service will be doing a demonstration of a vehicle extrication. There will be a Neighbourhood Watch representative, Child Print will be made available and Ottawa Public Health will be there to discuss Car Seat safety, Bike Helmet safety and Air and Water Quality.



Jabulani Winery Grand Opening


For all of the wine lovers out there, the Jabulani Vineyard and Winery is having its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 11th at 11am at 8005 Jock Trail Road, west of Richmond and south of Munster. Join me as we welcome this great addition to Rideau-Goulbourn. Jabulani has an array of different wines that will be available to taste and buy including Chardonnay, Shiraz, and Pinot Grigio. The winery will be open on weekends until Labour Day. I look forward to the opening and hope you will join me. Visit www.jabulani.ca to find out more.



Have a great event coming up this summer? Let me know about it so I can get the word out to all of Rideau-Goulbourn and beyond. Email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or call me at 613-580-2491.