Meeting on the future of Munster Elementary School

There is an important meeting taking place on Wednesday, December 3rd at Munster Elementary School in their gymnasium.  This is a public consultation put on by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board on the subjects of New Early French Immersion Program Viability & Student Accommodation for 2015-2016.  The following text is what was written in the OCDSB announcement for this meeting:

Munster Elementary School is located in the Hamlet of Munster (7816 Bleeks Road) and currently offers a Regular English program to students residing in the western portion of the former Township of Goulbourn. The school’s enrolment has decreased significantly for the 2014-2015 school year and currently stands at 58 students.

The Board is seeking community input regarding increasing the current low enrollment at Munster Elementary School with the introduction of a new Early French Immersion program and whether or not that option is viable. Action is required at the school for the 2015-2016 school year.

Following the Public Consultation Meeting on December 3rd and a review of input received from the community, a recommendation report is expected to be brought forward to the January 20th 2015 meeting of the Board’s Committee of the Whole. The report would provide Trustees with information regarding the viability of introducing a new Early French Immersion program and a recommended course of action for the accommodation of Munster Elementary School students in September 2015. A final decision by Board is scheduled to take place in late January 2015.

Detailed information and updates regarding the study can be found on the Board’s website ( by clicking on the Accommodation Reviews links and locating the ‘EFI at Munster’ webpage.
— Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

Richmond Youth Centre

All youth, ages 12-16, are invited to drop by the Richmond Memorial Community Centre this Friday, November 28th for the inaugural night of the Richmond Youth Centre.  This is a free youth drop-in event featuring art, games, sports, food and more.  The Richmond Youth Centre will be open the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month, between the hours of 7:00pm and 9:00pm.  A big thanks goes out to the Richmond Village Association, the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre and Richmond Residents for Community Space who worked together to launch this exciting new drop-in centre for our youth.

I’d like to give you a final reminder of some important meetings coming up this week.  On Thursday, November 27th, the City of Ottawa is hosting an open house at the Kars Recreation Centre to display plans for Rideau Valley Drive South, through the village of Kars.  The Open House is scheduled to run from 5:30pm until 9:00pm giving residents the opportunity to come when it suits their schedule.  However, there will be a presentation at 6:30pm.

On Saturday, November 29th, between 10:00am and 1:00pm, drop-in and speak to City staff and consultants about the 2014 Manotick Secondary Plan Update.  This is your opportunity to discuss what updates and modifications staff are proposing for the 20-year vision for development in the Village, land use, parks and open spaces, water and wastewater servicing as well as the results of the recent connectivity, parking and traffic work. This open house will take place at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority building, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, within Beryl Gaffney Park.  This is, essentially, the half way point of our Secondary Plan Review process and there will be another public meeting in 2015 before it wraps up.

Christmas in the Gower

On Friday, November 28th from 6:30 to 8:30pm, Christmas in the Gower is going to be taking place at Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower. This annual community Christmas event will include a visit from Santa,  with photos by John Major Photography. Come out and visit with friends and neighbours, sing along to your favourite Christmas carols while enjoying delicious homemade cookies and warm up with hot apple cider! Admission is free, but toy, food or cash donations accepted. Santa will be visiting for photos.

North Gower Farmers’ Market Christmas Market

North Gower Farmers' Market Christmas Market will be held on Saturday, December 6th from 9:00am until 3:00pm at the Alfred Taylor Community Centre.  This year there will be more than 40 of your favorite vendors.  You’ll find fabulous one of a kind gifts along with all the regular delicious homemade foods and fresh baked goods.  The Christmas market is a great place to buy all your Christmas treats.  Please bring either a cash donation and/or non-perishable food item for the North Gower Outreach Program.  Heather's Café will be serving both breakfast and lunch.  Be sure to enter the free draw for one of the gift baskets that have been prepared by the vendors. Go to the North Gower Farmers’ Market website, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @NorthGowerFM to get more information and updates about events and market dates.

Christmas at Dickinson House

Come and enjoy Dickinson House during the Christmas season. The house is decorated in Victorian style for the holidays. On December 6th & 7th children can try their hand at creating an old time Christmas decoration.  The House is open from 11:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays until December 7 which will be the last day of their season. As always, admission and activities are free; donations are welcome.

Nominate an Outstanding Young Farmer for 2015

Ontario’s Outstanding Young Farmers Program (OYF) is designed to recognize farmers and farm couples who exemplify excellence in their profession. Anyone can nominate a young farmer/farm couple for the regional recognition award and title of Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmer as long as they meet the following program eligibility requirements:

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 39
  • Be farm operators
  • Derive a minimum of two-thirds of their income from farming

Nominations for the 2015 Award are due by December 15, 2014 and are available at:

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.  Thank you!