Manotick Secondary Plan review

The Manotick Secondary Plan review is underway, as I have mentioned in weeks past.  With the help of the Community Consultation Group, the City of Ottawa has been finalizing the Terms of Reference for the review prior to the first public meeting.  We are looking to host a meeting, likely in March, to confirm what we heard during the Village Plan Review meetings in April & December of 2011.  The terms of reference were drafted with comments from the community in mind and the meeting will be an opportunity for City staff and myself to make sure we are on the right track.  We do not have a date just yet but I’ll be sure to inform the community as soon as it becomes available.  In order to maximize participation, we are considering a Saturday meeting for this initial consultation.  There will be at least two further public meetings during the Secondary Plan review.

The consultation group consists of representatives from the Manotick BIA (Donna Smith), the Manotick Culture, Parks & Recreation Association (Noel Norenius), and the Manotick Village & Community Association (Klaus Beltzner).  Additional members include local real estate broker Liam Swords; land development manager at Minto, Erin O’Connor; and long-time resident and former Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc. member, Todd Sandrock.  I am still looking to add one more community representative to this group.

Snow Angel program

The City’s Snow Go program has been expanded this winter to include a Snow Angel recognition component. Residents are invited to nominate someone who is helping them or a fellow resident (an older adult or person with a disability, for example) to improve their safety and accessibility during the winter.

To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, please give the City the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how) by:

  • Email: communitypride@ottawa.ca
  • Mail: Attention: Paul McCann, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent, 5th floor, K2G 6J8
  • Fax: 613-580-9605 (Attention: Paul McCann)

Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo.

For mmore information, visit ottawa.ca.

Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. The fund:

  • increases opportunities for participation in sport and recreation by developing new programs or increasing access to existing programs to encourage individuals to become more active and keep those who are, engaged throughout their lives
  • supports implementation of physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity among individuals enabling them to make healthier activity choices
  • strengthens the community sport and recreation sector by providing training in areas such as coaching, youth development, and volunteer development to provide enhanced service and quality programming.

Through the support of projects that deliver high-quality programs and policies, the OSRCF provides Ontarians with more opportunities to become physically active, including groups who experience barriers to participating and those who are traditionally less active. The program supports projects of one or two years in length, at both the Local/Regional and Provincial levels. Deadline for local / regional projects is Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm EST. For more information, visit www.grants.gov.on.ca

The nominations for Kraft Hockeyville close on February 9th at midnight so don’t forget to visit hockeyville.cbc.ca, join the Richmond Memorial Community Centre group and help support Richmond’s bid to be named Kraft Hockeyville 2014!

41st Annual Munster Winter Carnival

The Munster Winter Carnival is back for another year and is a perfect way to kick off the Sochi Olympics!  Mark your calendars for Friday, February 7th. Things are going to get heated up with a bonfire, great music from Jack FM, open skate, free hot chocolate, a movie for the kids and much more. Come back on Saturday as they start off the day with a home cooked pancake breakfast at the church.  Then shift into action for some outdoor games at the Community Centre.

The Kids Zone at the Munster Elementary School is where kids can run, play and be entertained by Circus Delight.  The Saturday fun continues at the Munster Community Centre with the Annual Munster Chili Cook-off. If you want to test out your chili against the best Munster has to offer, bring your entry to the Munster Community Centre for 11:30am, which should provide sample portions for 20-30 people. Winners will be announced at 1:00pm.

  • The entry fee is the purchase of a winter carnival ribbon, $5.00.
  • Bring your crock pot of chilli to the Community Centre for 11:30.
  • Chili tasting kits will be sold for $5.00.
  • A people's choice ballot will be provided in each kit.

The Carnival Ribbon is your ticket to fun.  Admission to all Carnival events will be the purchase of a Winter Carnival Ribbon for $5.00 (maximum $20/family) and the ribbon is good for the entire weekend.  Ribbons can be purchased during the Carnival weekend at the Munster Community Centre canteen (Friday or Saturday), Breakfast at the Munster United Church (Saturday) and also at the Munster Elementary School Gymnasium (Saturday).

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. It is a great opportunity to meet the great people in our community!  It is also a great way for high school students to get the volunteer hours they need. If you are be interested in helping out with the Carnival, please contact Janet Fisher at jcf022@gmail.com or 613-838-2491.

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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.