Column: Enjoy a taste of Rideau-Goulbourn with locally produced goods!

July 4, 2011

What a beautiful and hot Canada Day weekend!  Whether you spent the day downtown with Will & Kate, in North Gower for “Canada Day in the Gower”, had breakfast at the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast at Lansdowne or just took it easy and relaxed around the house, it sure was a great weekend for Canada.  I had the pleasure of helping serve 3000 seniors, including my grandmother, at the Mayor’s Breakfast and then had a blast with my kids, Lane & Peyton, in the parade of bicycles in North Gower to kickoff the day-long festivities at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre.  All in all, it was a pretty great Canada Day in the City of Ottawa.

Water Ban Lifted
The news everyone in Manotick’s village core and Hillside Gardens was waiting to hear came six weeks ahead of initially expected.  On June 27, the outdoor water ban was officially lifted.  The water ban begun in late April and was expected to be in place until mid-August.  With the pipe manufacturers working around the clock and crews installing the pieces of pipe as they arrived on site, the work progressed much quicker than originally expected.  This was welcome news to the affected residents in Manotick, Barrhaven, and Riverside South.  On behalf of the City of Ottawa, I’d like to thank all affected residents for their constant patience and cooperation over the last two months.  Our next steps are currently being undertaken to ensure an efficient backup supply of water is in place at all times.  By October, a backup water pipe will be in place that will provide insurance to the residents of Riverside South, Manotick, and Barrhaven meaning that if a similar situation were to arise in the future, an outdoor water ban would not be necessary.  Thank you again for your understanding during the duration of the ban.

Locally Produced Goods
On Saturday, I did something that I would encourage each and every resident of Rideau-Goulbourn to do: I went for a drive around the ward.  I visited a few local farmers who sell incredibly fresh meats, vegetables, and baked goods on site.  The meat products are locally raised, the vegetables are grown right here in our backyard and the baked goods are, well, they’re baked goods, need I say more?  Whether you are looking for strawberry jam, a porterhouse steak, or a bottle of Shiraz, you can find it all right here in Rideau-Goulbourn.  The City of Ottawa has partnered with two great organizations that are dedicated to promoting our local farms and producers, Savour Ottawa and Just Food.  If you want to look up some of the great places to visit in and around Rideau-Goulbourn, check out their websites, and  You can also drop by the North Gower Farmers’ Market each and every Saturday morning from 8:30-1:00pm.

Kids All Terrain Triathlon & 2km/5km Cross Country Run
inStride Events is pleased to announce the Kids All Terrain Triathlon & Family 2km/5km Cross Country Run in support of the Sweet Dreams Foundation. The Sweet Dreams Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization. Their mission is to provide cozy pajamas and inspiring books to children in need. This great new event takes place on July 10th at 7:00am at Baxter Conservation Area south of Kars.  Thank you for helping us in providing sweet dreams to so many children in need. For More Information, visit or call Laura at 613-761-2874.

Torchlight Shakespeare
A Company of Fools brings “Antony & Cleopatra” to Watson’s Mill on Thursday, July 14 at 7:00pm.  Admission is of the “pass the hat” variety with a suggested $10 minimum.  A Company of Fools have been travelling around Ottawa since 1990 performing various Shakespeare plays so come on out and enjoy Shakespeare’s funniest tragedy.

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