Column: Councillor for Hire

Another beautiful weekend in Rideau-Goulbourn helped make two events in Richmond a sunny success.  Saturday was perfect for the Richmond Art in the Park display and I’m pretty sure you could smell the Richmond Volunteer Firefighters Annual BBQ throughout the village.  Two more great meals will be served this week in Richmond, one on June 23rd at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Annual Strawberry Supper 4-7pm) and another great BBQ starting at 5pm at St. John’s Anglican Church on the 24th (Steak for $14!!).  Be sure to get out and enjoy all that this great community has to offer.

Councillor for Hire

In recent weeks, I came up with a fun idea to get involved with our local businesses in order for me to learn more about what they do on any given day and to also help promote them throughout Rideau-Goulbourn.  The idea would be that for one day a month, I would be employed by a local business and then write about the experience and the business in my column.  To those local businesses, please consider this as my request to work for you for a day.

Some of you may be wondering what qualifies me to work for you, so let me give you a glimpse of my resume.  I cut lawn at D.K. Dods, washed dishes at Strathmere, and tended bar at Rideau View Country Club.  I’ve also worked for Alcatel, Tommy & Lefebvre, Golftown, the Brookstreet Hotel, Enbridge, and now the City of Ottawa.  I am a quick learner and would be an asset to your team for that given day.  On the flip side, if I’m horrible at the job, I’m only there for a day!

I think this would be a fun way for me to get to know some local businesses and in return, I’ll try to let many more people get to know your business.  So, I am available for hire and will spend one day each month at a different business for the length of my term.  If anyone out there wants to put me to work, please let me know.

Richmond-Munster Transit Survey

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to go online and fill out the survey on transit in Richmond and Munster.  Your feedback is currently being compiled and results will be discussed at the next Richmond-Munster Transit Committee meeting on June 28th at the Richmond Library at 7pm.  The great news about the survey is that almost half of the respondents are not current users of transit.  Thanks again for your input.

Have your say, help keep our roads safe!

Since 2003, The City of Ottawa has conducted a road safety survey under the Integrated Road Safety Program.  The survey topics include aggressive and distracted drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, as well as seniors and youth.  The online questionnaire is available at and takes only 10 minutes to complete.  The information gathered from it will influence the City’s road safety priorities for years to come. We encourage everyone to have their say and help shape this important program.

Comments will be received until June 26, 2011, and the final plan will be presented to City Council in the fall.  For more information please visit

Water Ban Update

As most of you may know, we made some progress with the Woodroffe watermain construction in recent weeks, allowing us to relax the water ban in the affected areas.  As a part of the original construction on the watermain that broke, two other lines were to be installed that would come online earlier and provide further backup to the system.  These backups are now up and running, increasing the capacity in the system.  This increase has led to the introduction of the, recently announced, rotating water ban.

Five zones were created to allow for watering on each day of the week.  The full water ban is still in place on weekends, but splash pads are open in Barrhaven and Riverside South on those weekends.  Zone 1 is our zone, and includes Manotick and Riverside South.  To put it simply, Manotick can use outdoor water on Mondays.  Not all outdoor watering is allowed, however, as the increased capacity is still not capable of handling large scale use.

What’s allowed?
-       Watering your garden
-       Filling a kiddie pool
-       Filling your rain barrel
-       Washing out your green bin

What’s not allowed?
-       Unattended watering
-       Washing your car
-       Pool and hot tub fillips
-       Outdoor cleaning, laneway washing
-       Sprinklers, irrigation systems, and pressure washers

Unfortunately, we cannot allow everything because our priority remains ensuring the safety of your drinking water.  Allowing too much watering could still put into jeopardy the water supply in the affected area.  What I can say is that progress is coming faster than anticipated.  As mentioned last week, the ban will definitely end by July 15 and work is ongoing to do whatever possible to make that date even earlier.  We are doing all we can to make this water ban a thing of the past and are no longer talking about months, but weeks.  Thank you again to everyone for your patience and cooperation since late April.

For more information on the water ban and the rotating zones, visit


That’s it for this week.  If you have any questions or concerns you’d like to discuss with me, please email me at or call me at 613-580-2491.