Richmond Fair and October ARAC meeting

Aside from a little Saturday evening rain, it was a great final weekend before the Autumnal Equinox.  I had the pleasure of spending 35 hours at the Richmond Fair this past weekend manning our Rideau-Goulbourn booth.  It was great to see so many people from all over the ward and thank you to those who helped out in the booth.

On to business, the next meeting of Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is coming up on Thursday, October 1st.  This month’s meeting will be fairly heavy on drainage items, all four of them involving existing municipal drains in Rideau-Goulbourn.  Items 1 and 2 on the agenda deal with connections to the Daly and the Pratt Municipal Drains and the appointment of an engineer to prepare a report on the implications of these proposed drain connections.  The other two drainage related items are an update to the Flewellyn Municipal Drain as a result of development north of Fernbank Road and also an amendment to the Dowdall Municipal Drain Engineer’s Report to reflect the enclosure of Branch 6 of the Dowdall MD as it runs through the Department of National Defence property.

Other items on the October 1st ARAC agenda include: a renewal of the Septic System Service Agreement between the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority; a report on development charges relating to the Dwyer Hill RV Park at 1229 Dwyer Hill Road; the updated Protocol for Wildlife Protection during Construction; and changes to the Manotick Area Specific Development Charge.

Finally, ARAC will also receive a verbal update on the Land Evaluation and Area Review update with reference to the recent Ontario Municipal Board decision relating to the Barnsdale Lands zoning amendment. As always, ARAC meetings are held at Ben Franklin Place in the Council Chambers at 10:00am on the first Thursday of the month.  Free parking is available. 

Budget 2016 Consultation

There are two local opportunities for residents to participate in pre-budget consultations in advance of the City of Ottawa Budget 2016.  Suggestions and ideas arising from these consultations will be brought forward for consideration before the development the draft budget, which will be tabled later this fall. The two local consultations are as follows:

Tuesday, September 29
7 to 9 p.m.
John G Mlacak Centre, Halls C & D, 2500 Campeau Drive
Councillors Shad Qadri (Stittsville Ward) and Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata-North Ward)

Wednesday, September 30
7 to 9 p.m.
Rideau Valley Conservation Authority Building, 3889 Rideau Valley Drive, Manotick
Councillors George Darouze (Osgoode Ward), Scott Moffatt (Rideau-Goulbourn Ward) and Michael Qaqish (Gloucester-South Nepean Ward)

Residents may also offer budget input by sending an email directly to Learn more about the City’s budget process with the resources at

Councillor for Hire: Karters’ Korner

At the end of August, I had the pleasure of spending a beautiful Friday working at Karters’ Korner, just south of Stittsville.  Always a busy place, they were entertaining a couple of summer camps and a corporate retreat on the day that I was there.  My day began with a rundown on everything I needed to know from my boss for the day, Julie, and then I was thrown right into the thick of things, spending the morning on the Go-Kart track (working, not driving).  Karters’ Korner features the largest track in Eastern Ontario and with 48 carts to keep on the go and a constant lineup and drivers set to race; it’s a busy spot to work.

After my work was complete on the track, I helped out in the kitchen, preparing meals for the over 100 summer camps attendees.  It was then off to Splatterville to referee paintball sessions.  I had the pleasure of refereeing a corporate group from Integrated Device Technology.  Karters’ Korner features several different playing fields for paintball sessions and offers paintball year round.  The main thing I discovered here was that, although you may be a referee, you still get covered in paint.  Good times.

Karters’ Korner is not only a great place for having fun; they also do a lot to give back to the community.  They were home to the inaugural Capital Karting Grand Prix this past July, which helped raise money for the Children’s Wish Foundation and Roger’s House, among other many deserving charities.  They have also been actively involved in raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada through many different events including the annual Great Strides Walk.

Many thanks to the entire team at Karters’ Korner for having me as an employee for the day, it was a real pleasure.  If you would like to learn more about Karters’ Korner, located at 6336 Fallowfield Road, please visit


If you have any comments, questions or concerns, or if you’d like to inquire about the Councillor for Hire program, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.