I want to thank everyone for their feedback on the recent issues that have been before us. I have received a good amount of feedback on the photo radar issue. Both sides of that issue have been very well represented. While there were exceptions, the consensus opinion appeared to be against a blanket approval of photo radar and in favour of it only in specific cases, such as school zones. There was little support for its use on main arterial roads.
Secondly, the feedback on the stormwater issue has been tremendous. While some incorrectly saw my column as my attempt to sell residents on a new levy, most realized that I was looking for comments and looking to inform residents prior to the public consultations. If we only get thirty residents coming out to these meetings, you may as well just pay the levy today. If you want to be a part of this discussion, the meetings are your opportunity.
One comment many residents have made is that the costs of stormwater infrastructure should be coming out of the general taxes that we pay annually, rather than a special levy to cover them. That is certainly something that needs to be discussed further. The consultations are just beginning so please keep your comments coming.
There has been a healthy discussion on this on various Facebook pages as well that I have been a part of and I thank you for that also. If you are new to this issue, please visit Ottawa.ca for the background and you can also read my column from last week at rideaugoulbourn.ca.
Public Meeting on Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Rate Structure Review
The Rideau-Goulbourn meeting on the storm water rate structure review will be held on April 5th, beginning at 7:00pm, at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower. I look forward to seeing many residents there.
Census recruitment 2016
Canada’s next census will take place in May 2016 and Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 35,000 employees across the country to work on the collection phase of the 2016 Census.
There will be approximately 1,400 temporary employee positions available for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory jobs at the Data Operations Centre in the National Capital Region.
Staff are required for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory positions between March and the end of July 2016. These non-office jobs will involve working in neighbourhoods and communities across all urban, rural and remote areas of the country.
These jobs are excellent opportunities for people seeking temporary employment, for retirees to earn some additional income, and for students to gain valuable work experience.
Approximately 5,000 Crew Leaders and assistants will be hired to train, lead and supervise a team of Enumerators, while an estimated 30,000 Enumerators will be hired to distribute census questionnaires, conduct in-person interviews and follow-up with respondents in person and by phone. The rates of pay range from $16.31 to $19.91 an hour, plus authorized expenses.
Applicants must be:
- 18 years of age or older prior to start of duties
- Canadian citizen or otherwise eligible to work in Canada
- Able to commit to at least 20 hours per week, including days, evenings, weekends and holidays, as required.
If you’re interested in working directly in the community, meeting new people or earning supplementary income, this kind of work is right for you! Apply online at www.census.gc.ca/jobs.
North Gower Farmers’ Market
North Gower Farmers' Market Easter Market will be held on Saturday, March 26th from 9:00am until 2:00pm at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, 2300 Community Way in North Gower. This year, the Market will have more than 30 of your favorite vendors. They have delicious homemade foods and fresh baked goods, and it is a great place to stock up on all you need for your Easter feast. There will also be many local artisans with unique one of a kind creations. Heather's Café will be serving both breakfast and lunch. Once again this year, the NGFM will be collecting both cash and non-perishable food for the North Gower Outreach Program. Visit ngfarmersmarket.com or like the North Gower Farmers’ Market on Facebook for more information.
Kars on the Rideau Public School Annual Community Used Book Sale
The Kars on the Rideau book sale is coming up on April 22nd and 23rd and they are looking for good quality used children and adult books, etc. for their sale. If you would like the chance to clear out your home collection to make room for more, please drop off your books at Kars on the Rideau Public School, 6680 Dorack Drive, Kars during school hours (8:30 am – 2:30 pm). Donations can be made until April 14, 2016. If you have questions, please call Megan Dodge at 489-0631.
Become a Goulbourn Museum Board Member
The Goulbourn Museum is seeking heritage enthusiasts to join its Board of Directors. The deadline for applications is April 6th, 2016. Board members will be elected at the Museum’s Annual General Meeting on April 28th, 2016. For further information, including details on how to apply, please visit: http://goulbournmuseum.ca/become-a-goulbourn-museum-board-member/
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.