Column: What's going on in Manotick?

July 18, 2011

The summer months at City Hall are relatively quiet and therefore I am going to take this opportunity to use my next few columns to update different communities on various issues within that community. This week I’ll be focusing on Manotick with Kars, North Gower, Goulbourn and the greater Rideau rural area to be discussed in subsequent columns over the next 3 or 4 weeks.

Bridge Street/South River Drive
For over twenty years, residents on the south end of Long Island have been looking for a safer way to turn left onto Bridge Street. I promised the residents that I would work on this immediately to find a solution and I am doing just that. I wanted to provide a quick update on where things stand as of today. I have challenged City staff to look at the rerouting of South River Drive away from its current entrance onto Bridge and, instead, to swing to the west of the Medical Centre to join into the existing set of lights. This proposed configuration would still leave South River Drive as the main road into the south island and would also leave Van Vliet as is. The goal with this proposal is to eliminate the dangerous left turn once and for all and keep the direct access for the three public sites on South River.

In December, I discovered that only a portion of necessary funding was secured and I do believe that I have solved that issue and am now awaiting the outcome of the environmental assessment and will then work with staff on a public meeting before we move forward. My ultimate goal is to see shovels in the ground in 2012 and I will continue to push this project in the hopes that this goal becomes reality.

Boat Launch
In recent years, Parks Canada has looked at closing the Manotick Boat Launch and they have now slated October as the close date for this launch. Deeming this land as surplus to their needs, Parks Canada is in the process of selling this piece of land to the City of Ottawa. The challenge lies in what we do next. I have been told the previous Councillor had pondered the notion of a public park in that space and I also know that many would like to see the boat launch remain. The City is not necessarily in the boat launch business but I would like to hear your feedback on which direction we take.

First Annual Manotick Soap Box Derby
The Manotick Village and Community Association is going a little retro this fall by adding a Soap Box Derby to the annual Picnic in the Park this year to be held on Sept. 18. Lead time is needed by participants to build a cart for this fun family event. Specs designed for safety and to ensure vehicles fit on the ramps are available at the Association site, at the Manotick Legion, at various stores in town or email and information will be emailed to you. Registration is $25 per cart; drivers can be anyone over seven!  By the way kits are also available.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns on these or any other issue, please contact me at or by phone at 613-580-2491.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please email me at or call me at 613-580-2491. Follow the Rideau-Goulbourn page on Facebook and follow me on Twitter. The best way to keep up to date and informed on all issues is by visiting as this site is updated daily.

If you would like to make an appointment to see me in the Ward offices – either North Gower or Goulbourn, please call ahead to make an appointment.