OCPA Plowing Match set for Twin Elm

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As summer, or whatever you want to call the last couple of months, winds down, the Committee schedule for Council gets back into the full swing of things. The first week of every month is usually a busy one for me as I sit on Finance & Economic Development Committee, Transportation Committee and Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee. Those three committees meet respectively on the first Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the month. As a result, our next meeting of ARAC falls on Thursday, September 7th. At the time of print for this edition of the Messenger, I do not have the final agenda but it will likely be light. If you are interested in seeing the details of the upcoming ARAC meeting, please subscribe to our Rideau-Goulbourn e-Newsletter on our RideauGoulbourn.ca website or you can also find the agenda at Ottawa.ca as soon as it goes live.

OCPA Plowing Match set for Twin Elm

The Ottawa Carleton Plowmen’s Association (OCPA) Plowing Match is set for August 25th and 26th near Twin Elm, at the corner of Brophy Drive and Moodie Drive.

On Friday, August 25th, there will be a brief opening ceremony at 11:00am followed by a VIP Plowing Competition and a light lunch and awards ceremony. From 1:00pm until 3:00pm, a “Plowing Workshop” will take place with coaches and equipment provided to encourage everyone, including the public, to learn more about the art of plowing.

Rain or shine, the OCPA Plowing Match starts at 10:00am on Saturday, August 26th, with competitors from across the county vying for a spot to move on to the next level of plowing perfection using both modern and vintage tractors. The day will also showcase displays, vendors and farm equipment to examine and enjoy. All are welcome, and the $3 admission includes parking.

Winners will be announced at a banquet that evening. All are welcome to it as well. Banquet tickets are $25 and should be purchased in advance by calling 613-913-0721.

Plowers must plow at local matches to be eligible to plow at the International Plowing Match (IPM) and Rural Expo in Walton (Huron County), Ontario, September 19th to 23rd, which is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the IPM.

Line Painting Program Update

In recent weeks and months, some of you may have noticed City crews out painting lines on our roads. Since the City’s line painting crews normally work at night, this might have been surprising to some and frustrating for others who were caught behind a crew while it was painting. They would normally work at night to avoid these types of traffic conflicts. Unfortunately, this summer hasn’t been like the ones before it.

Due to the high incidence of rain during the months of May and June (the City’s weather forecaster reported that it rained 37 of 61 days during these two months), City staff lost 25 out of 70 pavement marking work shifts due to rain. Furthermore, this past winter was particularly harsh resulting in an unusually high amount of wear on the existing pavement markings and leaving many pavement markings more faded than usual. As a result, this significantly delayed their production schedule. To compensate, Staff are working additional shifts (as weather permits) to ensure that the completion of this program is done before the end of the season. As mentioned, this work would have ideally been done at night as it has been done in the past.

ROSSS Walk of Care

As many of you know, each year Rural Ottawa South Support Services hosts its annual Walk of Care along the beautiful Doug Thompson Multi-Use Pathway. This year’s walk is scheduled for September 9th with the funds raised from the walk going to support ROSSS’ transportation and caregivers programs.

Last year ROSSS provided over 15,000 drives to seniors and adults with disabilities and offered over 6,000 hours of respite for caregivers. Current data shows that 15.4% of Ottawa’s population are seniors.  This number is expected to double by 2031 to 250,000 seniors.  As a result of this services and programs like transportation and caregiver support are critical to helping seniors age in the communities they have called home for their whole lives.

In Ontario, 65% of seniors over the age of 65 who receive care identify transportation as their number one need. 29% of Ontarians act as unpaid caregivers for family members, neighbours, or a friend. If you would like to help ROSSS continue to offer these needed programs in rural Ottawa, consider joining the Walk of Care.

Registration and pledge forms are available online at www.walkofcare.ca.

Barrhaven Seniors' Council

The Fall 2017 Newsletter and calendars of activities for September to December are now available at https://barrhavenseniors.com/. There are plenty of activities Monday to Friday, mornings and afternoons, and more new programs are being added throughout the year.  If you have any questions, please contact Don at 613-440-3620.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.