Manotick Secondary Plan review and new spring service for OC Transpo

To begin this week, I’d like to thank everyone who attended the Manotick Secondary Plan review meeting on Saturday morning.  We had over 110 people in attendance with representatives from the business community, residents from inside the village and residents from outside of the village boundary.  It was great to see so much interest and passion from so many people.  If you weren’t able to attend, there is still opportunity to provide your comments.  Check out our website and provide comments to  Please feel free to copy me on your emails.

New spring service schedule for OC Transpo - April 20

New OC Transpo spring service schedules will go into effect on Sunday, April 20. Route and schedule changes are a response to changing customer needs.  They also improve reliability and reduce crowding on some peak period routes.  Of note for Richmond and Munster residents, the fourth afternoon bus will now be scheduled to leave Hurdman Station 10 minutes earlier.  This is in response to multiple requests from Route 283 passengers. For information on affected routes, visit

Rural Clean Water Grants Program

The City of Ottawa is now receiving applications for the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Grants Program (ORCWGP), which provides grants to projects that protect groundwater and surface water in rural areas.

Landowners completing projects in 2014 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is May 1.

Some of the many eligible projects include: buffer strips, livestock restrictions, manure storage, land retirement, stream bank stabilization, tile outlet protection, tile drain control structures and well decommissioning. Funding is also available to decommission wells within the city’s urban boundary.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa and landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must have a completed the third edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects) or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects).  Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa. 

Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571, toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1128 or 1132. Visit for a full list of eligible projects and application forms.

Tax Deferral Program

The City of Ottawa was the first city in North America to allow low-income seniors or people with disabilities who own their own home to defer property taxes.  

Since 2007, seniors and people with disabilities earning less than $39,000 have been eligible to defer paying the annual property tax on their home until the property is sold or transferred to another owner. 

The program allows those who qualify to have the property taxes on their residence deferred at an annual interest rate of 5% allowing homeowners who might otherwise have to sell their homes to stay in their homes and neighbourhoods.

Eligibility criteria and other program details, including application fees, can be found at or by calling the Revenue Branch at 613-580-2444.

Kars on the Rideau Public School 9th Annual Community Used Book & Bake Sale

Kars on the Rideau will also host their annual used book sale on Friday, April 25th 4:30 - 8:00pm & Saturday, April 26th 10:00am - 2:00pm.  They will be hosting a Senior Hour on Friday, April 25th from 3:30 - 4:30pm.  This sale has over 10,000 adult and children’s books at great prices, in addition to delicious baked goods!  Stock up now for your summer reading!

Shine a Light on Our Youth

The Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre’s annual fundraising event is coming up on Saturday, April 26th at 6:00pm at the Centurion Conference & Event Centre, 170 Colonnade Road.  This event support NROCRC’s Youth Programming and features live entertainment, a buffet dinner and both a live and silent auction.  Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at or by calling NROCRC at 613-596-5626.

The evening’s guest speaker will be Ottawa Deputy Police Chief Jill Skinner, the Master of Ceremonies will be North Gower’s Brent Corbeil of BOOM 99.7 and there will be a performance by the Sir Robert Borden HS Jazz Ensemble in addition to a variety of performances from some of our talented youth.  For more information, please visit

A Medley of Memories

The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus presents ‘A Medley of Melodies’ at 7:00pm on Saturday April 26th at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road, in Kanata just off Hazeldean Road.   The 28 voices will perform a variety of traditional ladies chorus arrangements from Orlando di Lasso to Gershwin, from ‘Chapel of Love’ to ‘We Celebrate the Birth of Spring’ plus several audience participation favourites.  Tickets are $15 at the door and can also be purchased at Gaia Java Coffee, 1300 Stittsville Main St. and Kanata Cleaners, 1029 Teron Rd.  Free admission for 12 and under.   Email:

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