Summertime - development, events, and farmers' markets!

While many residents in Richmond are aware of the development plans of Caivan Communities & Mattamy Homes, there  is another developer looking to build homes in Richmond and they are coming to speak at the Richmond Village Association’s June 2nd General Meeting.  Cardel Homes owns lands between Shea Road and Eagleson Road, just north of Perth Street.  The land in question for their current development plan involves a portion of land that fronts onto Shea Road, directly north of the Richmond Marketplace development.

Cardel has not yet submitted plans to the City of Ottawa.  Recently, they met with me and expressed interest in meeting with the community prior to submitting any plans.  That led to them getting in touch with the RVA and being added to their June 2nd agenda.  This will give the community an opportunity to see Cardel’s plans and provide any comments that can be addressed prior to their application being submitted. The meeting begins at 7:30pm at the Richmond Arena.

Opening Day at Watson's Mill

It was a great opening weekend for Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House and the Manotick Farmers’ Market alongside the annual used book sale at the Carriage Shed.  If you didn’t get an opportunity to stop by over the long weekend, be sure to make it part of your summer routine.  Speaking of farmers’ markets, the North Gower Farmers’ Market opens next weekend, Saturday, May 30th!

Manotick Secondary Plan Review

As an update on the Manotick Secondary Plan review, we are aiming for Saturday, June 27th to host another public open house.  I’ll provide more details and notice in the coming weeks.  I just wanted to make sure you pencil that in if you are interested in attending.

Mayor’s Rural Expo & Food Aid Day

The annual Rural Expo & Food Aid Day BBQ returns to City Hall on Thursday, June 4th. The day will feature a great display of rural flavor on the front steps of City Hall, a pancake breakfast and a delicious lunch from The WORKS all in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. The Rural Expo helps urban residents learn more about what rural Ottawa has to offer. Please note that due to this event, Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee has been rescheduled to Friday, June 5th.

Great Plants, Great Prices!

It’s Spring and the Manotick Horticultural Society wants to help you get your gardens ready. This coming Saturday morning (May 23rd) at 9:00am, come by the white double doors of Watson’s Mill for the Manotick Horticultural Society’s legendary Spring Plant Sale.  You’ll want to be the first of the many gardening enthusiasts in order to get first pick of the green goodies so get there early.

The Horticultural Society’s inventory is provided by the Society’s generous membership and will be high, wide and handsome. Whether you are looking for sun-tolerant plants, shade plants, drought-resistant plants, or tough-as-nails, thrive-on-neglect plants, the Manotick Horticultural Society has got you covered.

This event has become a highlight on the calendars of many local gardeners, and the line-up usually starts forming in Dickinson Square about 8:30am.  Seasoned veterans of the Sale come well-prepared, with recycling bins, cardboard boxes and even family members to bring home as many goodies as possible.

Bring your loonies and toonies … yes, the prices start that low … and walk away with real bargains!

The money raised from the Plant and Bale Sale all goes back into the Society's coffers to sustain the Society’s beautification programs around the Village of Manotick, and to support programming for its members.

Plan your Doors Open Ottawa weekend

It’s only a couple of weeks before you can discover the secrets that lie hidden behind many of Ottawa’s finest buildings, from Carp to Cumberland. On Saturday, June 6th & Sunday, June 7th, Doors Open Ottawa offers everyone a chance to explore buildings usually closed to the public, and it’s all free of charge.

Visitors will have free access to a total of 129 buildings, including 22 new additions to this year’s roster. New buildings include the Rideau Club, which will unlock 150 years of history and tradition, the Canadian Blood Services Processing Plant, the newly renovated Festival House, which houses the RBC Bluesfest, and the Advanced Research Complex at the University of Ottawa.

The complete list of buildings offers an eclectic mix of modern and heritage architecture and celebrates the city’s culturally, historically, and functionally significant buildings. There’s something for everyone, from municipal facilities and government buildings to private businesses, artists’ studios and places of worship, to embassies and high commissions of countries across the globe. As always, there are also many Rideau-Goulbourn sites to explore as well.

It’s a good idea to map your route in advance as you prepare to join the 75,000 people expected to attend. Download a guide at or pick one up at any Bridgehead coffee location and start planning your Doors Open weekend.

The guide includes information about the free OC Transpo shuttle bus, sponsored by the Ottawa Citizen. More than 50 downtown buildings involved are easily accessible from the shuttle loop, making it an efficient way to explore.


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