What you can expect in 2014

Two weeks ago, this column focused on 2013 and now I’d like to take a few moments and look ahead to what we can expect in 2014.  Much focus will be on how the western development lands, in Richmond, proceed with one of the developers already having appealed their application to the Ontario Municipal Board.  The City, of course, rejected the application upon the appeal being filed.  As this moves forward, I will be sure to provide as many updates as possible to keep everyone in Richmond and the surrounding area informed.

The Ottawa on the Move program returns for its final year of infrastructure renewal.  Residents can expect to see the resurfacing of Mansfield Road, between Conley Road and Munster Road.  Resurfacing will also take place on First Line Road, Church Street, Rideau Valley Drive South, Walgreen Road, Willowlea Road and Westbrook Road.  The latter three roads listed make up the Reed industrial park off of Carp Road, north of Rothbourne Road.  There will also be some intersections improvements at Moodie Drive and Fallowfield Road as well as installation of roundabouts at Flewellyn Road & Eagleson Road and Fernbank Road & Shea Road.

From a city-wide perspective, 2014 will see the re-opening of the stadium at Lansdowne Park, to be known as TD Place.  This will mark the return of CFL to Ottawa for the 2014 season and also announce the arrival of professional soccer to Ottawa in the form of a North American Soccer League franchise, the Ottawa Fury.  Also, barring any further delays (unfortunately, I have to say that), the Strandherd/Armstrong Bridge will open this year as well.

As the year goes forward, we’ll touch on many more events and issues that take place throughout 2014.  If there is anything in particular that you’d like to see happen this year, please let me know.

West Ottawa Board of Trade People’s Choice Awards

It’s that time of year again.  It’s time to support our local community organizations and businesses at the West Ottawa Board of Trade People’s Choice Business Awards. Nominees include the Bell Warriors Football Club, Goulbourn Museum and the Richmond Legion in the Community Support/Non Profit Organization category.  In the Tourism Business category, you can vote for the Canadian Golf & Country Club, Jabulani Vineyard & Winery, Richmond Fair or Saunders Farm.  Spotlight Hair & Spa in nominated in the Health & Wellness Business category while Creekside Gardens has been nominated in the New Business category.  Royals Restaurant was nominated for Best Restaurant and nominees in the Retail Business category include That Hunting & Fishing Store and King’s Your Independent Grocer.  In the Large and Medium Business categories, local nominees include Cavanagh Construction and Amsted Design Build.  Nominations close at midnight on February 3rd.  Winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Brookstreet Hotel on February 20th.

P.A. Day Camp at Baxter

The great outdoors is the place to be this winter with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority’s outstanding Winter Adventurers PA Day Camps. Children aged six to 12 are invited to spend a great, fun-filled day with Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) interpreters and learn how to snowshoe, erect shelters, build campfires, cook outdoors and orienteer. Add a few great outdoor games to the mix and the day will be complete!

RVCA is hosting a camp this Friday, January 17 at Baxter Conservation Area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Andrea Wood at 613-489-3592 or andrea.wood@rvca.ca.

The camp is $40 per child ($35 for additional children in the same family) and includes snowshoe rental, snacks and the traditional reward of a frothy hot chocolate after a day of frosty fun. There is a maximum of 20 participants, so register early.

This program is being offered as part of the RVCA’s Active • Outdoor • Life series. To learn about other Active • Outdoor • Life events, visit www.rvca.ca.

Olympic Camp

This Friday, January 17th is a P.A. Day for most students and a great day to learn about the Olympics at Watson’s Mill’s Olympic Camp.  This camp runs from 9:00am until 4:00pm in the Carriage Shed.  Learn about winter Olympic sports and take part in Olympic themed crafts and games.  This is the ultimate preparation for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Cost is $25 per child ($20 for Watson’s Mill members).  Call 613-692-MILL for more information and to register.

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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.