Manotick Traffic Meeting

In recent columns, you may have read about the October 5th meeting on traffic-related issues in the Manotick area.  We are just a week away so I wanted to provide one last reminder.  As you will read in this week’s Village Voice, this meeting is being co-hosted by the Manotick Village & Community Association.  The meeting will take place at the Manotick Arena, beginning at 7:00pm.  The intent is to provide information on how the City approaches traffic matters and determines what treatment (two way stop, four way stop, signals) each intersection warrants.  We’ll also touch on speed limit methodology and have a general discussion about various traffic related issues in the village.  Traffic Services staff will be in attendance as will our Community Police Officer, Arun Daniels.

Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program

Recently, at Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee, we received a presentation on the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP) which showcased some of the projects that have been made possible thanks to this program.  The ORCWGP provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas. Landowners completing projects in 2015 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is October 15, 2015.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Buffer strips
  • Livestock restrictions from watercourses
  • Manure storage
  • Land retirement
  • Stream bank stabilization
  • Tile outlet protection
  • Tile drain control structures
  • Well decommissioning

Funding is also available to decommission wells within the city’s urban boundary. Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa and landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must have completed a third edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects) or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects).

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities, and the City of Ottawa.

Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571, toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132. Visit for a full list of eligible projects and application forms.

Muggles, Magic & Mischief at Goulbourn Museum!

On Sunday, October 4th from 1:00-4:00pm, children will be spellbound as they make three enchanted crafts at the Goulbourn Museum. Little ones are encouraged to dress up for this Harry Potter themed Family Craft Day as one of their favourite characters from the series. Museum staff and volunteers will certainly be in costume for the day.

Cost is $4 per child and activities are geared to children ages 4-11. Registration is necessary and parental accompaniment is required. Further, if their name is drawn, one lucky child will go home with a $25 gift card for Toys R Us, courtesy of Minto Potter’s Key. To register for Muggles, Magic and Mischief, call 831-2393 or email:

Thanksgiving Dinner at O-YA!

Come and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner with the O-YA family this year! For just $5, you can get turkey with all the traditional trimmings. The Osgoode Youth Association is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner on Friday, October 9, 2015.  The dinner is for those in Grades 7-12, begins at 6:00pm and is only $5 per person.  Reservations in advance are required. To reserve a seat, email or sign up in person at O-YA. Reservation deadline is Friday, October 2 at 5 pm (or until spaces are filled). Please note, there are only 16 seats available - on a first come, first serve basis! Dinner will include: Roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas and corn. Hot herbal tea and Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream will be served for dessert.

For details, visit O-YA's website at:


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.

A short note about the Stittsville News:

On a couple of occasions, I have received feedback on this column with regards to font size.  The issue being that the font is too small to read.  While I do not control font size or the size of the space I get in each paper, I do control the word count.  In order to achieve a larger font, I reduced the average size of my columns from 800 words to 500 words.  Having said that, my column last week was 800 words because sometimes 500 words just aren’t enough.  As a result of my straying from the norm, someone let me know they couldn’t read it.  As I said, I usually try to keep my columns at 500 words and will endeavour to continue doing so. Thanks for reading