Column: Town Hall Meetings - Fall 2012

With the incredible weather we have been having, I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer to date.  As much as I don’t want to look too far ahead (only six weeks until school starts), I am planning on hosting town hall meetings throughout Rideau-Goulbourn this fall.  December 1, 2012 will mark the halfway point of my term as your Councillor.  Between September and December, I’d like to hold informal town hall meetings in nearly every community in this ward.  The idea will be for me to provide an update on what has transpired in the first 24 months and it will also serve as an opportunity for you to raise any issues that you feel I should be focusing on for the next 24 months as well.

Elections are great opportunities to get out and meet people at debates but they only happen every four years.  These mid-term meetings will look to replicate the usefulness of election time and I hope residents will take the time to come out and chat.  At first glance, I’ll likely be hosting meetings in Richmond, Manotick, Munster, Fallowfield, Kars, North Gower, Burritt’s Rapids, Ashton, Country Club Village and Beckett’s Landing.   If you have any other suggestions as to communities in which I should host meetings, please let me know.  I will host as many as I need to in order to cover this large ward appropriately because the entire point is that I intend to come to you, not the other way around.

Over the summer months, I hope to get out and do some more canvassing as well.  There are still some streets and small communities I never got a chance to go door to door and I’ll be focusing some effort on that as a part of this mid-term meeting process.  I encourage you to send in any issues you might wish me to focus on at these fall meetings and feel free to begin sending in the issues you want me to focus on as your Councillor in the latter half of my term as well.  Suggestions can be sent to or to me directly at or you can contact the office at 613-580-2491.

Children’s Day at the Market

The North Gower Farmers' Market will be holding their Annual Children's Day on Saturday July 14th.  There will be many free activities including face painting, balloons, cotton candy and games along with a special appearance by “Goopee the Clown” from 10:30 until noon.  Enter your child's name in our free draw.

The North Gower Farmers' Market can be found in the Big Red Barn in the village of North Gower.  This authentic country market has more than fifty vendors selling everything from produce, meat and eggs and all kinds of homemade baking to cutting boards, pottery and jewellery.  The Market is located at 2397 Roger Stevens Drive and is open from 8:30am to 1:00pm every Saturday until Thanksgiving.  For further information please visit our website at  or call 613-489-9794.

Grass Roots Theatre

Manotick’s “Grass Roots Theatre” returns for another summer, providing outdoor entertainment for all ages.  Mark your calendars and please pass on to interested friends and neighbors! Shows start at 7:00pm sharp on the green across from Watson’s Mill on Dickinson Street, come early to grab a good spot. Bring your blanket or lawn chair, and a donation for the hardworking actors ($10 per audience member is suggested.)

July 17: As You Like It. Bear and Company brings one of Shakespeare’s most enduring comedies to Manotick. Banished from her uncle’s court, Rosalind seeks safety and her love in the Forest of Arden.

July 24: Henry V. War is Heck! “Why do we fight wars? What qualities make a good leader? And what are we going to do with all these tennis balls?” A Company of Fools mixes blood and battle, bravery and romance, all with the Fool-ish twists audiences have come to know and love.


Keep enjoying your summer and feel free to contact me anytime.  As usual, email me at or call the office at 613-580-2491.