Clapp Lane application, well water testing

As mentioned last week, I, along with Joe Princiotta, will be hosting a public meeting on his application for 1125/1129 Clapp Lane.  This meeting will be held at Orchard View on the Rideau, 1145 Bridge Street, on Monday, March 23rd at 7:00pm.  The format will include an open house at the beginning with a presentation slated for 7:30pm.  Unless my wife goes into labour that day, I will act as host for the meeting.

As many of you are already well aware, this application stems from the Dickinson Square process that saw the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation sell 1125 Clapp Lane to Mr. Princiotta for the purposes of an independent living centre.  Mr. Princiotta had previously acquired 1129 Clapp Lane and will utilize both properties for this proposed project.  While 1125 Clapp Lane is zoned appropriately, a zoning amendment is required for 1129.

The proposal for 1125/1129 Clapp Lane calls for a three storey, mixed use building consisting of 45 units for independent living, underground parking and a coffee shop on the corner of Clapp Lane and Dickinson Street.  There will be display boards at the meeting showing the proposed development from a variety of angles.

Rural well water testing drop-off schedule

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has established permanent sites across Ottawa where well owners can drop off their water samples and pick up new bottles for future testing to make it more convenient for residents living on residential well systems to have their well water tested for free. As part of the improved program, residents can drop off their water samples every Tuesday at one of the following locations:

North Gower Library
6579 Fourth Line Road, North Gower
10:00am - 8:30pm
Manotick Library
5499 South River Drive, Manotick
10:00am - 8:30pm
Rural Ottawa Support Services
1128 Mill Street, Manotick
8:30am - 4:00pm
King's Independent Grocer
5911 Perth St, Richmond
8:00am - 10:00pm
Ashton General Store
8981 Flewellyn Road, Ashton
5:00 - 6:00pm
Mac's Milk
2871 Munster Road, Munster
5:30am - 11:30pm

Residents wishing to drop off their samples and pick up testing bottles may also continue to do so during regular business hours at OPH’s main office – Mary Pitt Centre (100 Constellation Drive) or at the Ontario Public Health Laboratory (2380 St. Laurent Blvd).

This service will be provided year round and testing for bacteria continues to be offered free of charge. OPH also recommends testing for nitrates. If you are in an agricultural area, you may also wish to test for pesticides, herbicides, gasoline and solvents.

For any further questions or information, please visit or call OPH at 613-580-6744. You can see the full schedule of all sites in the ward and throughout the city in our information section as well.

Ottawa welcomes the 2017 Roar of the Rings

In the past, I have spoken about the City of Ottawa’s “Bid More, Win More, Host More” program aimed at bringing world class events to the city.  This has been a very successful program and has helped grow the City’s reputation as a premiere destination for major sporting and cultural events.  The latest success of this program came last week with the announcement that Ottawa will host the 2017 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings curling competition.  The bid for this event was spearheaded by Ottawa Senators Sports & Entertainment, led by Cyril Leeder.

Curling Canada announced Monday that Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre will host the event, from December 2 to 10, 2017. The competition will determine which teams will represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The Bid More, Win More, Host More philosophy has become a central component of the City’s Economic Development Strategy. Since the program was launched, the combination of bids won and events hosted has resulted in close to $57 million for Ottawa’s economy.

Ottawa will enjoy a busy schedule in the coming years, with events that include the FIFA Women’s World Cup this year, the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) Conference from 2017 to 2020, The Canadian Videogame Awards in 2017 and the 2017 and 2018 Canadian Track and Field Championships. Past events include the 2013 Women’s World Hockey Championships, the 2013 Duathlon World Championship, the 2014 Canadian Comedy Awards and the 2014 Canadian Gymnastics Championships.

Go on a Space Odyssey during March Break at Your Library

Children are invited to take part in ‘out-of-this-world’ programs at the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) during the March Break.

OPL is offering free fun, for kids of all ages, between March 16th and 20th. The theme this year is ‘Space Odyssey’. Kids will explore the final frontier, enjoy interplanetary journeys, and discover the secrets of deep space. Registration started February 11.  

March Break programs are being held at branches all over the city. For more information, visit  or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or


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