Column: Construction season is going strong

I would like to quickly begin this week’s column by thanking the many residents who took the time to attend our open house on the South Island access issue.  This project has been a commitment of mine since the election and I’ll continue to push forward thanks to your support.  We are still going through the comment sheets from the meeting.  Once a design is finalized, this project will go to Committee and Council in September with a hopeful construction start date of November 1, 2012.

Speaking of construction, I just want to take a moment and thank everyone for their ongoing patience throughout Rideau-Goulbourn as construction projects move forward all over the ward.  Both Donnelly Drive and McCordick Road are currently undergoing resurfacing and hard surfacing, respectively.  This work will continue over the next several weeks and should be completed in both cases by mid-August.

In Manotick, residents will see several disruptions with the installation of a paved shoulder along Rideau Valley Drive North, the Orchard View on the Rideau construction, and the installation of a water main along Manotick Main Street from Eastman Avenue to the entrance into the Mahogany development across from Antochi Lane.  The sewer works along Eastman Avenue will be completed shortly, as will the soil removal which many have noticed on the Mahogany site.

A further reminder to those of you who work in the downtown area or in the west end, Woodroffe Avenue southbound is closed between the 417 and Baseline.  This closure is a result of sewer main and watermain replacement and traffic is restricted to northbound only until the end of the fall.

Dwyer Hill Road will undergo a resurfacing from Franktown Road to Bleeks Road, to be completed by mid-August.  Also in that area, McCaffrey Trail will be closed to traffic from July 3 to September 7 as major construction takes place on the McCaffrey Trail Bridge.  The bridge is being upgraded to accommodate two-way traffic and there will be “No Exit” signs in at all entrances.

Additional construction includes McKenna Casey Road, between Moodie & Strandherd.  All of these projects will see completion by mid-August as well.

As for the commercial development in Richmond, ground breaking will occur shortly on the first phase, which is the new King’s Independent Grocer.  The other confirmed tenants are TD Bank and Tim Horton’s.  As future tenants are announced and construction progresses, I’ll be sure to keep you updated through my column and my website at

Canada Day in the Gower

Avoid the craziness of downtown Ottawa and celebrate Canada Day in North Gower this Sunday!  The festivities begin with the annual bike parade at 1:00pm which is always fun to see as the kids make their way from North Gower-Marlborough Public School to the Alfred Taylor Centre on their festively decorated bikes.  Following a brief opening ceremony and cake cutting at 1:30pm, there will be plenty of activities to enjoy culminating in the fireworks display at dusk.  The Canada Day celebration in North Gower wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated community volunteers and also our great volunteer firefighters from Station 83.

UK Day Garden Party & Tea

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind presents its annual UK Day Garden Party & Tea on Sunday, July 8, 2012 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

In the tradition of British afternoon tea, stop by for a “spot of tea”, served with authentic imported English Double Devon Cream, plus fresh scones and jam, prepared by the Chef at Earnscliffe, the residence of the British High Commissioner. 

The day features live music by Lynch & Fine, an accomplished musical duo performing instrumental music to enhance the mood.  As well, purchase British food & wares from Clarence & Cripps, on-site during the day, specializing in the British foods that you miss so much.

The event will occur on the property of the National Training Centre of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, 4120 Rideau Valley Drive North, Manotick.

Tickets are $13 in advance and available by phoning 613.692.7777.  Tickets will be $15 at the door.  This is a rain or shine event, with indoor and outdoor seating.  100% of the proceeds are directed towards the work of Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Please note that this event is a fundraiser and does not feature dogs or tours of the facility.

Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was established as a registered charity in 1984. Since that time, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind has provided professionally trained guide dogs to Canadians who are visually impaired from coast to coast. In 2010, Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind launched an Assistance Dogs Division, which trains assistance dogs for individuals in the Ottawa area with mobility-related disabilities.


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