Column: The Year Ahead

Happy New Year Rideau-Goulbourn!  I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and any time off you may have had around the holidays.  After an exciting and challenging 2011, we still have plenty to do in 2012 and I’m excited to begin my second year as your Councillor.  Here is a glimpse at what to expect in 2012.

With a big priority on tourism throughout the City, the first quarter of 2012 kicks off with two big events; the 2012 NHL All-Star Game at the Scotiabank Place, and the 2012 Juno Awards, to also be held at Scotiabank Place, on April 1.  I have also been meeting with representatives from the Canadian Tour and am working to bring the professional golf tour back to the Ottawa area for the first time in over 10 years.

In development news, the Spring should see the beginning of two major projects in Rideau-Goulbourn.  Under new ownership, the proposed retirement residence on Bridge Street should break ground following the winter.  The Princiotta Group is excited to be a part of this community and looks forward to bringing their successful Orchard View model to Manotick.

In Richmond, the new village plaza should also see construction begin at the same time.  This project promises to create more jobs in the community, rejuvenate commercial business in the area, and allow more Richmond residents to shop where they live. 

Minto will begin servicing Phase 1 of their Mahogany development.  Minto remains committed to minimizing the impact of construction through the village and has requested all construction vehicles to avoid Bridge/Main.  Manotick Main Street (south of Eastman) will see construction as services are delivered to the new development.  The Mahogany sales centre should open in the Fall of 2012, but occupancy will not occur until 2013.

The Ottawa on the Move program promised in the 2012 Budget will also get underway in Rideau-Goulbourn with the much needed resurfacing of Donnelly Drive/Fourth Line Road/Merlyn Wilson.  Furthermore, McCordick Road will also see completion of its upgrade to hard surfacing from Century Road to Roger Stevens.  Many of the other projects in the Ottawa on the Move program will take place in 2013 and 2014.

Priority number one for me in 2011 was roads and achieving more funding for resurfacing, which was successfully achieved.  2012 will bring my focus squarely onto traffic issues and finding solutions and implementing them for ongoing traffic concerns, some of which have existed for 20-30 years.  The highest priority traffic related issues in Rideau-Goulbourn are South River Drive/Bridge Street in Manotick, the Highway 7 Service Road extension near Country Club Village, Church Street in North Gower, and Steeple Hill in Fallowfield Village.

Councillor For Hire also continues in 2012 with jobs lined up at Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre, Rural Ottawa South Support Services/Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, Jabulani Vineyard & Winery, Manotick Village Butcher, NoGo Coffee Company, Kingsway Medical Health Centre, and the Marlborough Pub & Eatery.  If you want to have me come and work a shift at your place of work, just let me know!

This is just a little glimpse of what lies ahead in 2012. If you have any suggestions for the year ahead or if you feel I’ve missed the mark on some of the 2012 priorities, please let me know.  I look forward to a successful 2012 and another year representing Rideau-Goulbourn.

All questions, comments, and concerns can be sent to me at or by phone at 613-580-2491.