Construction season has officially begun

The winter of our discontent has ended and our second season will now begin: Construction. Allow me to take this opportunity to summarize some of the construction projects you can expect to see in and around Rideau-Goulbourn this summer.

Just last week, Cavanagh Construction was awarded multiple projects including Century Road West (McCordick Road to Prince of Wales Drive), Cedarview Road (420m North of Cambrian Road to 380m South of Strandherd Road), Long Island Road (Bridge Street to 100m West of Lena Avenue) and Abbott Street at the Shea Road intersection, in Stittsville.  This summer, Rideau Valley Drive South (Dorack Drive to Lockhead Road) will also have work completed.  As soon as I know project start dates, I will share that information.

Other construction projects that may impact residents from Rideau-Goulbourn include the Greenbank Road widening (Malvern Drive to Strandherd Road) as well as LRT construction with the closure of the Transitway, between Blair Station and Hurdman Station, which will begin on June 28th.  I will be sure to continue providing construction updates throughout the summer.

Goulbourn Museum is Hiring for the Summer

The Goulbourn Museum is looking for a post-secondary student to work 37.5 hours per week for 14 weeks at $11.00 per hour. Job duties include: developing and assisting with public programs, registering artefacts, and providing Museum tours. Job shifts include weekends and statutory holidays. There is no public transportation to the Museum site.

Candidates require excellent English language skills and computer competency. French language skills and knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite are assets. All candidates must be registered on the Young Canada Works (YCW) database.

Applications will be accepted by email ( or in-person until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, Stittsville ON, K2S 1B8.

Manotick Miler

This weekend, the village of Manotick welcomes the 5th Annual Manotick Miler in support of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute with the main event on Sunday, April 26th from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  There will be four races going off early Sunday morning, starting and finishing at the Manotick Arena. All residents are invited to come and enjoy the post-race tailgate party provided by Big Rig Brewery with their Manotick grown hops and enjoy a delicious lunch from one of the Food Trucks on site.

The Manotick Miler will also feature a Race Expo on April 24th and 25th at the Manotick Arena which everyone is welcome to attend.  While the race times on Sunday are early, there will be some impacts to traffic.  The roads utilized during the race are Doctor Leach Drive, Potter Drive, Eastman Avenue, Manotick Main Street, Bridgeport Avenue, Trestle Street, Century Road, First Line Road, McManus Avenue, Carrison Drive, Beaverwood Road and Whitewood Avenue.

Road closures will be in effect during the race.  All roads will be open by 12:30pm. Manotick Main Street will only partially be closed and access to the Village Walk community will be maintained throughout the event.  Ottawa Police will be on site for the road closures.

50+ Short Story Contest

The Ottawa Public Library is hosting an annual Short Story Contest for older adults. Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card, are eligible to enter. They are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original and unpublished works, and under 2000 words. Submissions will be accepted from May 5th - June 2nd, 2015.

Participants can win a cash prize which will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on September 16th during which these authors will each read from their winning stories. For contest details, visit

Jane’s Walk: Burritt’s Rapids

2015 marks the launch of Jane’s Walk in Burritt’s Rapids. This event will take place on Saturday, May 2nd & Sunday, May 3rd between 10:00am to 4:30pm, rain or shine in beautiful downtown Burritt's Rapids.  This event will feature organized walks, talks, a yoga class, a community run, Living Library story swap, self-guided tours, art exhibitions, voyageur canoe tours, Sunday potluck, local hiking, biking, Geocaching, and birding.

Jane’s Walk is a global movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs. The annual festival takes place on the first weekend in May, on six continents and in more than a hundred cities around the world. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail, that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists

Burritt’s Rapids is uniquely located on the border of Ottawa and North Grenville, split by the Rideau Canal. The village was founded in 1793 by United Empire Loyalists and is the oldest settlement in the City of Ottawa.

For more information on Jane’s Walk: Burritt’s Rapids, please visit or  For general information on Ottawa area Jane’s Walks, please visit

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