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I’d like to start off this week by thanking and congratulating all the volunteers involved with the successful running of the 50th North Gower Winter Carnival.  It was another great year in North Gower with incredible weather that helped bring out many families and nearly 100 snowmobiles for the Snowmobile Poker Rally.

The third in the Rideau-Goulbourn series of winter festivals is this weekend in the quaint village of Munster.  I’d like to personally invite you to join myself and the Munster Community Association in kicking off the Munster Winter Carnival on Friday night at 7pm at the Munster Community Centre.  How many times can I say Munster in one paragraph?  The grand opening will be followed by an evening public skate on the outdoor rink and there will also be a movie night at Danby’s Bar & Grill featuring “Winter – A Dolphin’s Tale”.  The events continue throughout Saturday with a Chili Cook Off, Pancake Breakfast, Kid Zone, and contests at the local rink.  Cap off the night with live music at Danby’s.  Please visit www.rideaugoulbourn.ca for the full schedule of events.

Ottawa.ca

The City of Ottawa’s website not only has a new look, but has new functionality.  My goal as Councillor is always to provide better service to the residents of Rideau-Goulbourn and the rest of Ottawa.  Through the newly created Service Ottawa program, we are doing just that.  Last week, we launched the first phase of the new ottawa.ca.  In the coming months, there will be a second launch of the site that will make it even more user friendly, but for now, here are some of the changes.

Residents can now complete 250 service transactions online such as book and pay for last-minute ice time, make some payments, report graffiti, make a Bylaw or Parking complaint, request a recycling bin or a garbage and recycling calendar, request road maintenance, register for classes and activities, and report a pot hole.

The new Service Ottawa gateway is located on the right side of the main page and is extremely easy to use.  Upon issuing any service request, you will be given a tracking number and you can use the Service Ottawa program to follow up online to see what action has been taken.

The Service Ottawa program will produce a $40 million savings annually by the end of 2014.  For those of you who do not regularly use the internet, rest assured that calls can still be made to our 311 call centre or also by calling 613-580-2400 if you are outside the 311 call area.

Watson’s Mill Wine Tasting

The Wine Tasting event at Watson’s Mill takes place on Friday, February 24 from 7:30-9:30pm.  Featuring the great crew at Main Street Cellar, this super event is sure to tickle the most knowledgeable taste buds in town! With their paid admission, participants will be lead through a fun evening of specialty wines paired with even nicer hors d'oeuvres. Are you up for the challenge?? Event proceeds to the Raise the Roof campaign; in partnership with Manotick's Main Street Cellar. Tickets are $35 per person, and available for purchase at the Watson's Mill office or by phone with a visa card. Call now: space is limited! 613-692-6455. Must be legal drinking age.

OC Transpo Route 201

 For just over a month, the 201 has been running on Mondays and taking Richmond residents into Carlingwood and other destinations.  After looking at the design of the route over the first few weeks, I requested a slight change that would see the bus go through King’s Grant.  Starting in April, this change will be made.  Currently the bus turns left at Huntley and into Stittsville.  The change will see the bus continue down Perth Street, turn into King’s Grant and come back out onto Huntley via Queenston.  It is a minor change but one that will allow the 201 to touch all neighbourhoods in Richmond.

Cupids & Crafts

Create heartfelt decorations, gifts, and cards at Goulbourn Museum's next family craft & activity day. Join your children at the Museum on Sunday February 12th from 1-4pm for the annual Cupids & Crafts event.

This family event costs only $3 per child and is recommended for children ages 4-12. Parent accompaniment required. Please call 613-831-2393 or email education@goulbournmuseum.ca to register and guarantee a spot.

Please note: the History Centre will be closed during the event. The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners.