ARAC Agenda, Canada Day in Rideau-Goulbourn & Order of Ottawa Nominations

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Our next meeting of Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is coming up on Thursday, July 5th. As usual, we meet at Ben Franklin Place in the Council Chambers at 10:00 am. The agenda for this meeting includes the following items:

  • Commemorative Naming: Mike O’Neil Arena
  • By-Law: 4837 Albion Road, 4910 Bank Street
  • Zoning Amendment: 4835 Bank Street
  • Zoning Amendment: 2683 Mackey Road
  • Richmond West Municipal Well System

Pertaining to Rideau-Goulbourn, the zoning amendment for 2683 Mackey Road is simply a surplus farm severance application where the retained lands are zoned to prohibit residential uses as the creation of a new building lot in the agricultural zone is not permitted. The report on the Richmond West Municipal Well System is to recognize the new well system within the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan. For every communal well system in rural Ottawa, there is an identified area that is to be protected to ensure clean drinking water. Property owners within the area of potential risk are notified and informed how they can reduce the risk to the system.

The commemorative naming application for Mike O’Neil Arena pertains to the Manotick Community Centre. Recently, an application was received to name the arena inside the Community Centre as the Mike O’Neil Arena to recognize his many contributions to the community of Manotick, specifically in the hockey community. Most recently, Mr. O’Neil spearheaded the initiative to expand the arena, working alongside various community organizations.

Canada Day in Rideau-Goulbourn

There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day but in Rideau-Goulbourn, we have two great community events to help celebrate our 151st birthday. The two events are Canada Day in the Gower and the Munster Canada Day Extravaganza. The North Gower event features activities all day long at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre while in Munster, festivities will occur at the Community Centre.

2018 Order of Ottawa Nominations

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at the City Hall Information Desk, and at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Nominations will be considered every year for five consecutive years from the date of submission.

More information on both awards can be found online at

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Elected municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible to be considered for this award while they are in office.


If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit