Fall/winter recreation registration opening soon

The annual (and free) Concert in the Park Series is back at the Richmond Fairgrounds this week and next.  Come out to Richmond on Thursday, July 30th and Thursday, August 6th for great music provided by Sidewinder (July 30) and Ambush (August 6). The BBQ starts at 6:00pm with the concerts beginning at 7:00pm.  Concerts in the Park are brought to you by the City of Ottawa, Ontario Parks and Waste Management.  Donations to CHEO will be accepted.

Fall/Winter Recreation Registration

The Recreation eGuide for fall and winter programs are now online at ottawa.ca. Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.

Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Monday, August 10th at 9:00pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 11th during regular business hours. Registration for all other classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 13th during regular business hours.

To register online or by phone residents will need a client barcode and family PIN numbers. The City expects high volumes of online registrants throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.

Residents who do not have access to the Internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public Internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with registration. Some community centres may provide printed brochures for their local activities.

Dickinson House News

On August 2nd at 1:30pm, there will be a concert by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and a Lawn Social on the grounds of Dickinson House.  Come and enjoy a summer afternoon in the 19th Century way.  You are also welcome to tour the House and visit the special exhibition of Tableware in Times Past in the Coral Lindsay Memorial Exhibition Hall.  As always, admission is free, and donations to support the House are welcome.

Looking ahead, reserve September 4th to come to an old-fashioned, family-oriented Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill; then take part in the Heritage Country Fair in Dickinson Square on September 5th.  For information about the events, visit www.rideautownshiphistory.org/dickinsonhouse, call 613-692-2241, or visit Dickinson House.  The House is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups. Examples include: play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible. Deadline: September 1, 2015. Details: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/funding/recreation-program-funding/community-partnership-minor-capital-program.

Contacts:

Donna Williams
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23169

Renée Proteau
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26967

Manotick Soap Box Derby

The 5th Annual Soap Box Derby is coming up on August 30th and, for the very first time in Ottawa, the Manotick Village and Community Association will be holding special races for Super Kids during this event.

Super Kids is an international program created to provide children with special needs the opportunity to participate in the sport of Soap Box Derby Racing. The Canadian chapter came into being in 2009. The program features custom built two-seater derby cars. These cars were specifically designed to allow children who meet the daily challenges of either physical or developmental barriers to enjoy an activity experienced by thousands of kids every year. Two of the special cars are being borrowed from the Canadian Headquarters of Super Kids in Peterborough.

For more information on registration for these races, please go to http://www.manotickvca.org/ or contact derby@manotickvca.org.

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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.

Scott worked hard to help make history fun at the Goulbourn Museum

Councillor for Hire: Goulbourn Museum

Scott ventured out to help the Goulbourn Museum with one day of their Camp Curator during March Break. Looks like he had a great time; the museum is a great place for a history buff like Scott!

Storified by Rideau-Goulbourn· Fri, Mar 15 2013 09:14:12

It's #CouncillorForHire: March Break edition! I'm off to Camp Curator at the @GoulbournMuseum.Scott Moffatt
We have extra help with Camp Curator today #CouncillorForHire - get your glue gun ready @ScottMoffatt21 :)Goulbourn Museum
Great aerial view of #Richmond @GoulbournMuseum from 10,000 feet in 1946. Only 300 residents at that time. http://lockerz.com/s/286937293Scott Moffatt
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We're all set up for Camp Curator here @GoulbournMuseum. A quick lunch and then the kids arrive at 1pm! #CouncillorForHireScott Moffatt
The kids are all ready to conduct an archaeological dig at Camp Curator @GoulbournMuseum. #CouncillorForHire http://lockerz.com/s/286948958Scott Moffatt
The kids have started the dig at #CampCurator. @ScottMoffatt21 #CouncillorForHire #MarchBreak http://pic.twitter.com/JvffBegUy0Goulbourn Museum
We think @ScottMoffatt21 could have decorated his #CampCurator ID badge with more colour but he still gets a star :) http://pic.twitter.com/YKLSawlMRTGoulbourn Museum
Love the history at the @GoulbournMuseum! Here is a picture of all Carleton County Wardens 1933-35. http://lockerz.com/s/286960626Scott Moffatt
A great day @GoulbournMuseum's Camp Curator. Thanks to the staff, and of course the kids, for having me there! #CouncillorForHireScott Moffatt

Councillor For Hire: A busy day at the Trail Road landfill

As many residents of Rideau-Goulbourn are aware, Scott is an active user of Twitter, which allows him to send out short updates about various topics no matter where he is. He faithfully shares the stories of his Councillor for Hire adventures, including tidbits of information he learns. This is always particularly interesting when he gets to work in City facilities.

Scott's latest took him out to the Trail Road Waste Facility, which is one of two landfills within the borders of Rideau-Goulbourn Ward. We've put together the story here for anyone who missed seeing his tweets.

Councillor for Hire: Trail Road Waste Facility

On January 31st, I had the opportunity to spend the day as an employee at the Trail Road Waste Facility, Ottawa’s very own landfill off of Moodie Drive. It was a cold, windy day but that doesn’t stop the garbage trucks from rolling in...

Storified by Rideau-Goulbourn· Wed, Feb 13 2013 09:53:09

At Trail Road Waste Facility working the Scale House to start the day. #CouncillorForHire http://pic.twitter.com/S5f81iSyScott Moffatt
Checking the temperature of the compost windrows at Trail Road! #CouncillorForHire http://pic.twitter.com/abd5n8YHScott Moffatt
Taking a tour of the new construction at the Trail Road Waste Facility, a building aiming for LEED Gold. . http://pic.twitter.com/XePKcr9PScott Moffatt
Putting on the second coat! #CouncillorForHire #TrailRoad http://pic.twitter.com/pGybiRT8Scott Moffatt
Spending the afternoon driving heavy equipment at #TrailRoad. #CouncillorForHire http://pic.twitter.com/eX5VMT2JScott Moffatt
Great day as a #TrailRoad employee! It's great to experience first hand what happens with our waste. #CouncillorForHireScott Moffatt
The one thing I learned more than any other today was that the staff here at #TrailRoad love their job. It is a great work environment.Scott Moffatt

Column: Working at the Trail Road Waste Facility

Celebrating the life of Nick Newton

Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a special event in honour of Nick Newton, a long time Manotick resident and endless volunteer.  This event, titled a Celebration of Life, was held at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, a place that Mr. Newton helped raise over a million dollars in support.  At this event, individual after individual stood up and spoke about how much Mr. Newton touched their lives.  I had the honour of being there with Mayor Jim Watson to present Nick’s wife, Wendy, with a posthumous City Builder Award.  Nick Newton is a role model to many people and his memory and dedication to community will live on in all those he touched.

Manotick Community Meeting - March 7

During the Fall of 2012, I hosted meetings throughout Rideau-Goulbourn providing updates on various issues around the City and in our communities.  Since the Manotick Town Hall in October, a number of projects have moved forward and new issues have come forward.  Therefore, I have scheduled a meeting at the Manotick Arena on Thursday, March 7 from 7:00-9:00pm to discuss these issues and provide updates on the goings on around Manotick.  Items to be discussed include Van Vliet Extension, intersection improvements at Bridge Street & Dickinson Street along with Bridge Street & Manotick Main Street, and we’ll also provide updates on various developments throughout the village.  I’d also like to provide some information on Dickinson Square and the Requests for Expressions of Interest.  I’ll touch on this subject in my column next week as well.  More details about this meeting can be found in the Village Voice column in this very newspaper.

Councillor For Hire: Trail Road Waste Facility

On January 31st, I had the opportunity to spend the day as an employee at the Trail Road Waste Facility, Ottawa’s very own landfill off of Moodie Drive.  It was a cold, windy day but doesn’t stop the garbage trucks from rolling in.  In the morning, I worked the scale house where I did the weigh-ins for garbage trucks, residential waste, construction waste and a truck that barely had the life in the engine to make it up the ramp.  I thought he was bringing the truck to the dump but it turns out it was the contents.

I then went to check the temperatures of the leaf and yard waste compost wind rows.  As per the Ministry of the Environment, these need to be checked every day and need to be at least 55° Celsius.  While year round leaf and yard waste ends up at Orgaworld, the volume is so high during the fall and spring that this excess comes to Trail Road and is turned into compost on site.  After this, I went in to the new building currently under construction and did some painting.  It was the second of three coats, so clearly they didn’t trust to do that good of a job.

The rest of the day was spent on the landfill itself operating machinery, packing garbage, and bringing in material to provide cover at the end of the day.  At the end of each work day, all garbage is covered and at any given time, no more than a couple hundred square metres of garbage can actually be seen in plain sight.  It is a very impressive operation with plenty of jobs that keep the staff on site extremely busy and always moving.  After working with several different employees, one thing became very clear: these people love working here.  One individual told me that he feels he has the best job in the City of Ottawa.  It is a busy place with unpredictable weather, but there is a great team mentality here and that makes it a great place to work.

Having this landfill in Rideau-Goulbourn, it was a great opportunity to see how this operation works and also to see what happens with the different types of waste once they arrive on site.  Thanks to the staff and management for inviting me to spend the day at Trail Road as an employee.

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 is a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that make up the Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan, Cycling Plan and the Pedestrian Plan, with an eye towards making Ottawa a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable city.

The focus of the review is to propose solutions to 12 current planning issues. The outcome of the review will be an updated Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan and supporting plans with policies and priorities that influence the future growth of our city for years to come.  When completed, the Plans will set the directions, policies and affordability priorities that will influence the future of the city for years to come.

City Council will approve the new Official Plan, Transportation Master Plan and supporting plans in December 2013. For rural residents, the proposed policies for Rural Lots and Villages, Mineral Resources and the Agricultural Land Evaluation may be of particular interest.  Tell what you think by completing our survey before March 1, 2013. For more information, visit ottawa.ca/liveableottawa and read the At a Glance backgrounders and the Preliminary Proposals in their entirety.

Goulbourn Museum Family Day Fun

Bring the entire clan to Goulbourn Museum on Family Day for crafting fun, games & a photo keepsake!  Pose for a family portrait at their Old-Fashioned Photo Booth with the option to don heritage costumes, stop at one of their craft stations, let the kids play in the replica village shop & enjoy light refreshments. 

The Family Day festivities take place Monday, February 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages welcome. Admission is free. The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit http://goulbournmuseum.ca/whats-happening/ or call 613-831-2393 or visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/GoulbournMuseum

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.

Kars Family Fun Day

Come out to the Kars Recreation Centre on February 16th from 10:00am to 2:00pm for the Kars Family Fun Day.  This event, organized by the Kars Recreation Association, will feature sleigh rides, skating and other fun activities such as Mad Science and Little Ray’s Reptiles.  Admission is free!

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If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.

Councillor for Hire: A day at ROPEC

It's been nearly a year since Councillor Scott Moffatt announced his intention to put himself up for hire at various organizations in the Rideau-Goulbourn area or that impact the area. On May 29, 2012 the Councillor found himself at Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre (ROPEC).
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Column: Working at the Manotick Village Butcher

Last Thursday, I spent the day working at the Manotick Village Butcher in my eighth job in my Councillor For Hire series. The whole intent in doing this monthly was to get a feel for different jobs throughout Rideau-Goulbourn and to interact with residents/customers while doing these jobs. To date, I think my day at the Village Butcher was my most hands on experience, and I mean that quite literally.
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