Special sanitary sewer charges to be discussed at ARAC

To begin this week, I just wanted to offer my condolences to the family of George Hobson, who passed away on April 16th in his 93rd year.  I first had the pleasure of meeting George when I joined the Manotick Kiwanis Club nearly nine years ago.  I also had the pleasure of spending some time chatting with him just a month ago at his home.  George was a guest speaker a few years ago at the Kiwanis Club and I was very fortunate to be in attendance to hear him speak.  I’ll likely never meet another individual who can speak about Canada’s Arctic with as much knowledge and passion as George. He will certainly be missed.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) - May 7

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Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meets again on Thursday, May 7th at 10:00am at Ben Franklin Place.  As I do every month, I will go through the agenda items so that you are aware of what we are dealing with this month.  The first two items were deferred from the April meeting. Those two items are the amendments/modifications to the Development Charge By-Law as it relates to a special sanitary sewer charge for both Richmond and Manotick.  I feel this charge is being unfairly assessed in both villages and these items aim to correct the issue.  Important to note that this sewer charge is above and beyond the regular development charges, of which I am not proposing any changes to.  These charges are specifically unique to the villages of Richmond and Manotick and I feel they need to be altered in order to ensure they are assessed fairly.

Aside from the first two items, there are no specific items that impact Rideau-Goulbourn.  There will be, however, two updates provided at Committee: one on wild parsnip and what the City is doing to manage it this year and the other update will be on the City’s Land Evaluation and Area Review (LEAR).  I have spoken about the LEAR before and I am committed to ensuring that we complete it as soon as possible with the most up to date soils information.  The goal of an updated LEAR is to ensure that we are protecting the highest classes of agricultural lands within the City of Ottawa.

Other agenda items include an amendment to the engineer’s report for the Devine Municipal Drain (Cumberland) as well as zoning amendments for 1670 John Quinn Road (Osgoode), 4837 Albion Road/4910 Bank Street (Osgoode), 6891 McDiarmid Road (Osgoode) and 1674 Yorks Corners Road (Osgoode).  There is also an item that deals with the zoning of part of 1883 Bradley Side Road, which is the home of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre in West Carleton.  After the ARAC meeting, the members of the committee will also sit as the Court of Revision with regard to the Monahan Creek Municipal Drain.  The Court of Revision deals with municipal drain assessments under the Drainage Act.  In this case, only the City of Ottawa is assessed.

As always, ARAC also features an Open Mic session as the end of each meeting for anyone who wishes to come and speak to any issue.  As mentioned earlier, this meeting takes place next Thursday, May 7, at 10:00am in the old Council Chambers at Ben Franklin Place.

2015 Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame Inductees

The Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame announced it is inducting five members into its 2015 class. Current Ottawa Senators General Manager Bryan Murray and long-time hockey patron Charlie Henry enter the Hall in the “Builders” category. Dave “The Voice” Schreiber joins many former colleagues in the “Media” section of the Hall. In the “Athletes” section, former Canadian Soccer team regular Kristina Kiss and, together as a team, the 1975 undefeated Vanier Cup-winning University of Ottawa Gee Gees Football team.

These deserving recipients will join over 250 inductees featured in the Hall’s gallery, located in the Heritage Building at City Hall. The 2015 induction ceremony will take place June 5th, 2015 in the Horticulture Building at Ottawa’s Lansdowne Park. The event has proved popular in the past, selling out the last five years. For ticket information please visit www.ottawasportshalloffame.ca or contact ottawasportshalloffame@gmail.com.

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 www.habicurious.com/jane or www.facebook.com/JanesWalkBurrittsRapids.  For general information on Ottawa area Jane’s Walks, please visit www.janeswalkottawa.ca.

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