Community Updates This Week

It is with great sadness that I begin this week’s column speaking about the passing of Ramsay Brown.  Ramsay passed away on August 11th at his home in Carleton Golf & Yacht Club.  A WWII veteran and recipient of the Burma Star Medal, Ramsay was a fixture of Remembrance Day ceremonies in Manotick, Kars and North Gower with his passionate, yet solemn, delivery of the Ode of Remembrance.

Ramsay could also be regularly seen at the Seniors Luncheons in Kars and was a proud member of the Manotick Legion.  There was rarely a time where you didn’t see him smiling.  It was a pleasure and an honour to know him.  He was 92.  We will remember him.

Manotick Soap Box Derby

In keeping with the spirit of community and passion for it, I would like to take a moment and thank everyone involved with this past weekend’s Soap Box Derby and Picnic in the Park in Manotick.  This event was a tremendous success and a collaboration of many different groups in the village, including the Manotick Village & Community Association, the Lions Club and the Kiwanis Club.

From last year’s Super Kids initiative to this year’s involvement of young Syrian refugees, who were part of the 40 participants registered for the event, the annual derby has shined a bright light on Manotick time and time again. Congratulations to everyone involved in making it happen.

Heritage Country Fair

As a follow up reminder from last week’s column, Dickinson House is hosting a Country Fair in Dickinson Square this weekend. This Friday evening you are invited to a Family Barn Dance at 7:30 pm at Watson’s Mill. The cost is $10 per person, and children under 12 are free.  For tickets, please call 613 692 6455.

On Saturday, September 3rd, the Fair will be in full swing on the grounds of the Square between 10:00am and 4:00pm, rain or shine. You are invited to enter and enjoy the Family Dog Show, the Art Contest, the Baking Contest, and the Flower and Vegetable Show. Detailed show contest information is available at or may be picked up at Dickinson House between 10:00am and 5:00pm daily.  In addition to the contests, there will be live music at 11:30am and 2:30pm.  The Isle in The River Theatre Company is putting on the play, Monday’s Child, at 1:00pm.  You can also have your photo taken in costume in an old-fashioned Photo Booth, marvel at a model train display, and sample the offerings of the food vendors. Everyone can enjoy a Horse and Carriage Ride between 1:00pm and 3:30pm.  Entry to the grounds is free; donations are always welcome.

What’s ahead this fall?

With the month of September now upon us, stay tuned to this column for important announcements in the coming months. As I did in 2012, I will be hosting a series of eleven Mid-Term Town Halls across the ward.  We are still finalizing dates and will get the info out as soon as it is available.  I will also be involved in two Budget meetings which I will announce as we get closer to those dates.  In October, the City’s Environment Committee will discuss, and vote on, the recommendations on the Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Structure Review.  This was a hot topic in the spring and City staff will return with a report and recommendation that aims to address the comments heard across the city during the consultation process.  The report will be released well in advance of the meeting so that everyone has ample time to review the material and the recommended option.

This fall, I am also focused on bringing closure to the Dickinson Square properties file, getting the Remembrance Park development underway, finalizing the City’s LEAR update and finally putting Kars back together after almost a year of construction.  It will, no doubt, be a busy fall.


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