Rural Clean Water Program & Eat Your Way Through Rideau-Goulbourn

As many of you know, the City of Ottawa is celebrating Canada’s 150th in grand fashion. As part of these celebrations, we also have an Agri150 series where we showcase all the best rural Ottawa has to offer. It kicked off in February with the Fire & Ice event at Suntech Greenhouses and it will continue with nearly twenty additional events.

One such event will take place on Sunday, June 25th in Rideau-Goulbourn. Our Secret Eats event invites guests to eat their way through the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward. As host of this event, I have the pleasure of guiding participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Rideau-Goulbourn.

Foodies will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local cuisine that awaits in rural Ottawa. The event runs from 11:30am until 5:30pm. Tour shuttles will depart from OC Transpo’s Greenboro Transitway Station, at the Park & Ride level. Tickets for Secret Eats are $45.20 + fees. A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route and the O-Train Trillium Line, to and from Greenboro Station. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

For more information on Ottawa 2017 and Agri150, please visit

Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. Landowners completing projects in 2017 may be eligible for grants of up to $15,000 depending on the project they are undertaking. The next application deadline is May 1, 2017. Grants are available for 18 kinds of projects related to nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, and education and innovation.

Farmers from rural and urban Ottawa along with landowners within rural Ottawa are eligible to apply. Approved applicants must complete a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan (farm projects), or Healthy Home Guidebook (non-farm projects). Canadian Organic Certification is also accepted for some farm projects. Non-profit organizations can apply for education and innovation projects.

Applications will be accepted through the LandOwner Resource Centre, which works in partnership with the Mississippi Valley, Rideau Valley, and South Nation Conservation Authorities and the City of Ottawa.  Contact the LandOwner Resource Centre at 613-692-3571 or toll free at 1-800-267-3504 ext. 1136. Visit to see a full list of eligible projects and to download an application form.

Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities

Join me on July 7th for the Scott Moffatt Golf4Youth Classic Presented by Caivan Communities at the Canadian Golf & Country Club. It promises to be a fun day for the whole family with all proceeds going directly to the Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) and the Richmond Youth Centre (RYC). I would love for you to participate!

We are also acquiring sponsorships and silent auction donations. If you are a local business and want to be involved in this event, please contact me and we’ll find an exciting way to get you involved.

For more details or to register, visit Hopefully we can make this a successful event that will benefit kids and families all across Rideau-Goulbourn.


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Proposed Development in Manotick, Kars Post Office Closure, ARAC Agenda

I first want to begin my column this week by offering condolences to the Saunders family following the loss of Anne Saunders. Alongside her husband, Bill, Anne founded the happiest place in Rideau-Goulbourn; Saunders Farm. She also spent 33 years with the Carleton Board of Education teaching kindergarten. Whether during the daytime or on evenings and weekends, Anne touched the lives of countless youth. Her legacy and her memory will be remembered fondly by those in Munster and across the city.

As we embark on this new year in an ever changing media landscape, communication strategies will need to be tweaked in order for our office to stay connected with you. While you will still be able to find this column in the Stittsville News weekly and the Manotick Messenger every two weeks, there are many more ways to stay connected with our office and what’s happening around Rideau-Goulbourn. We actively post information on our website, via our monthly e-Newsletter and on social media as well.

Regional Development Proposal

On Thursday, January 19th, the City hosted a public meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5721, 5731 and 5741 Manotick Main Street. The main issue for those in attendance was density. The density matter, however, was determined prior to the application being submitted. During the Manotick Secondary Plan review, the community was heavily involved in looking at how Manotick should grow. This process took place over the course of two years and there was significant input from members of the community. During the review, it was determined that medium density would be the target for several properties in the village including the site in question. This is a debate that occurs throughout our growing communities. Do we intensify our communities or do we expand them? There is a fairly clear consensus in Manotick that village boundary expansion is not an option. Therefore, when we plan for the next 25-50 years, we need to consider where growth can occur and what housing options are desired.

Thursday’s meeting did bring forward a productive discussion on a variety of concerns regarding the proposed plan. In the coming weeks, residents still have the opportunity to submit comments to Please copy me on those comments so that I can work with staff on them going forward. I have already spoken with the applicant regarding many of those comments and we are working on addressing them. I cannot guarantee that the number of units will change but there were many other concerns that can be worked on.

One question that I feel was not adequately addressed at the meeting was around the zoning exception being requested by the applicant. This exception does not increase the density within the project. As stated above, those density figures were set through the Secondary Plan. The exception allows for a wider building footprint to accommodate the fact that this development consists entirely of bungalows. Without the exception, you would be more likely to see a more traditional suburban development of two or three storey towns which would not be in keeping with the community vision.

As part of the next steps, we will continue to work on the application based on the comments we have received and I will provide updates through this column. The Manotick Village & Community Association is also involved so they will provide updates on this as well. They send out a weekly e-Newsletter to members, which is another way to stay engaged within the community.

Kars Post Office Closure

Please note that as of February 1st, 2017, the Kars Post Office will no longer operate out of the Kars General Store. As they look for a new home in the village, temporary community mail boxes will be set up. They are currently working with the City on locating those boxes near the Kars Recreation Centre. They will work on this swiftly in order to avoid any disruption in service delivery. If a new location for the post office cannot be located, permanent community mail boxes will need to be installed throughout the community. Please contact me should you have any questions.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

The first ARAC meeting of 2017 is scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd at 10:00am in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place. This meeting has a relatively short agenda including the following items:

  • Zoning Amendments as a result of Surplus Farm Severances for 7110 Third Line Road, 3117 Roger Stevens Drive, 3285 Eagleson Road
  • Minor Rezoning of 5810 First Line Road reinstating certain storage uses
  • Commemorative Naming: David & Judy Makin Trail
  • Amendment to Richmond Secondary Plan
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Ottawa 2017’s Agri 150 presents Fire & Ice

The first Agri 150 event of the year has now been announced and tickets are currently on sale. The culinary adventure will take place on Saturday, February 11, just prior to Valentine’s Day, at the SunTech GreenHouses near Manotick Village.

Renowned chef Marc Lepine is creating the menu for this four-course gourmet experience, which highlights molecular cuisine. The evening begins at 6:00pm with a winter cocktail and outdoor fire and ice entertainment, followed by a small-plate fine dining meal inside the cozy ambiance of the tomato greenhouse.

Tickets for Fire & Ice are $100, or $125 with a wine pairings. A round-trip shuttle service, from one of three points of departure, can be added at cost of $12 per person. To purchase tickets, visit

Announced in June, Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. More than 20 unique outdoor events will take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.

It’s Time to Shiverfest!

Manotick’s aptly named Winter Carnival will build on the huge success of last year’s event. It will kick off on Friday night with a skating exhibition, magic show, family skate and bonfire with live music, hot chocolate and Timbits. Saturday morning will feature the Kiwanis pancake breakfast and a children's fun time, with sleigh rides and fire truck tours. The chili cook-off on Saturday afternoon is always a popular event, where you get to be the judge of both the professional and amateur entries!

Two events that had successful débuts in 2016 will be repeated in 2017: bingo, put on by ROSSS, and curling demonstrations at the Manotick Curling Centre.  A new event for 2017 is a dance on Saturday night to help fund the arena expansion.  As a result of adding that, the trivia contest at the Mill Tavern is moving back to its original time of 4:00 to 7:00pm on Sunday.


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

Get Ready for Ottawa 2017!

We are less than three weeks away from Canada's 150th anniversary and the launch of our Ottawa 2017 programming. Throughout the year, there will be a number of Signature Events that will entertain the millions of visitors to Ottawa and create memories for the many who call the Ottawa area home, such as:

Red Bull Crashed Ice: Professional athletes from all over the world will skate down a plunging ice track on the iconic locks of the Rideau Canal, overlooking Parliament Hill and the famous Chateau Laurier

La Machine: For the first time in North America, La Machine will bring its monumental motion theatre to the streets of downtown Ottawa. Prepare to be mesmerized by these fascinating creatures

Underground Multimedia Experience: Experience the ultimate underground extravaganza with this world first immersive multimedia production, projected  inone  of  our  city’s future Light  RailTransit (LRT) stations

YOWttawa: A  massive  music  celebration,  featuring Canadian,  First Nations and international artists

Agri150: A series of rural events, between 15 and 20, aimed at celebrating the rural parts of Ottawa.

Other major events include the Juno Awards, the 105th Grey Cup, the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at the Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club, the Davis Cup at TD Place, the Canadian Track & Field Championships, the Canadian Videogame Awards, National Skating Championships, the Roar of the Rings, and more.

With festivities taking place in every corner of the city and throughout the year, there will also be plenty of opportunities where you can celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in your community. For more info on the exciting Ottawa 2017 programming and to learn how to get involved, visit the

Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program

Volunteers will serve as a major contributor to the success of Ottawa 2017. Working with the producers and organizers of each Ottawa 2017 event, the Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program will determine the need for volunteer crews and provide a workforce at each event site throughout 2017. The Ottawa 2017 Volunteer Program will recruit, engage, train, deploy, and support 2017 volunteers who will assist in various areas such as logistics, public relations, guest services, hospitality, marketing and security. Four experienced Volunteer Captains have been recruited to lead and/or co-lead volunteers at specific Ottawa 2017 events.

How to get involved:

Applicants must be 16 years and older by December 31st, 2016, progress through a screening process and undergo a criminal records check. We are looking for super volunteers who demonstrate the following:

  • Pride in representing Ottawa and Canada
  • Strong oral communication skills in English, French or both
  • Warm and friendly personality, strong people skills, enthusiasm, positivism, team player,
  • Eager to help attitude
  • Knowledge of the Ottawa region
  • Comfort level with technology
  • Willing to undergo volunteer training
  • Interest in music, culture, arts, sports
  • Enjoy working outside

We are recruiting on an ongoing basis and spaces are limited. We strongly encourage applying soon by following the registration link on the Ottawa 2017 website:

Beware of Scams

Recently, a Richmond resident contacted our office and let us know that she was the recipient of a scam phone call.  There are many common scams that may target you via email, through door to door sales and many over the phone. If you suspect you are the target of this, please contact the Ottawa Police Fraud Section at 613-236-1222, extension 5433. 

This time of year, you need to be cautious of charitable organization scams. While there are many organizations that do tremendous work in our communities, there are some that use this season as an opportunity to scam people using pressure tactics to give on the spot and have you sign up for monthly donations with your credit card. For more information about common scams, please visit the Ottawa Police website at


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