Speaking at South Carleton High School

As many of you know, I have been working various jobs once a month for nearly a year and a half.  In December, I worked at the Gingerbread Man, in January at the Trail Road Waste Facility, but I did something a little different in February.  As I have done in several times since being elected, I accepted an invitation to speak to careers classes at South Carleton High School.  I always enjoy this opportunity as these Grade 10 students are no different than I was at that exact same point in my life, which seems to be much less recent than I thought.  One student kindly mentioned that she was born the same year I was in Grade 11.

For the majority of these students, my job is really quite boring so I generally refrain from talking about my job too much and spend most of the time talking to them about how I got from where they are now to where I am today.  I have spoken about this in a column before so I don’t want to be overly repetitive but the journey was not without setbacks.  From graduating from South Carleton to attending Carleton University to eventually being elected in 2010, all along the way there were people that told me I couldn’t achieve the goals I set out for myself.  It’s this that I emphasize when speaking with students because no matter what school you choose to go to or what career path you envision for yourself after high school, there will be negative people along the way.  If I had let these people bother me, I would never have run for election in 2010 after losing in 2006.  Whether applying to your first choice of University or College, going to an interview for your first job or running in an election, the lessons are the same and failure only teaches you how to succeed in the future.

While I’m sure some students in these classes tune me out the second I get there, I do appreciate the opportunity to speak to these students.  Even though they can’t vote, I represent them too and it is nice to get to know them and speak about their concerns in the community they live in as well.

In March, I’m back to “work” as Councillor for Hire takes me to the Goulbourn Museum on March 14 where I take part in their March Break day camp.

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Youth Connexion: Starting a Business

For students between the ages of 15 and 29, the City of Ottawa’s Youth Connexion program is hosting an Information Session at the Manotick Arena on Tuesday, March 12th from 7:00-8:00pm.  The speaker for the evening will be Majeed Mogharreban, Program Coordinator at Invest Ottawa.  The Province offers a program that provides $3000 to students looking to start their own business and also provides mentoring and hands-on coaching.  This information session will provide details on that program.

Watson’s Mill March Break Camps

This year, Watson’s Mill is expanding their March Break camp to 2 days of themed activities and fun! These are camps you do not want your children to miss! On Tuesday March 12th, kids can register with our Circus Camp and learn the ways of the Clown.  Juggle, make balloon animals, and put on rubber noses and big feet. It’s a day full of acrobatics and clowning around. Then, on Thursday March 14th, Watson’s Mill gets Goofy as we take a trip to the enchanted world of all things Disney. Campers will have a ball at the Bippity Boppity boutique or ride to the isle of Tortuga with Captain Jack Sparrow.

This March Break, why not let your kids run off with the circus or perhaps hang with the most popular mouse in the world? Circus Camp and Disney Camp include activities, crafts and games that will have your child swinging from the roof.  Camp has never been so fun! Camp Date: Tuesday March 12 and Thursday March 14. Cost: $25 ($20 for members) includes one small snack, bring your own lunch. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm. Ages: 6-12.

Spring/Summer Recreation eGuide Now Available

The Spring/Summer Recreation eGuide is now online at Ottawa.ca.  Registration for Swimming and Aquafitness programs began on March 4 at 10 p.m. online and by calling 613-580-2588. In-person registration at any recreation or cultural facility began March 5 during regular business hours. Registration for all other programs including summer camps begins on March 6 at 10 p.m. online or by calling 613-580-2588. In-person registration at any recreation or cultural facility begins March 7 during regular business hours.

Residents are advised to review the list of activities and registration procedures now to ensure they are ready to enroll in their favourite classes in a timely manner. Anyone registering will need a client barcode and a family PIN (Personal Identification Number). Please have this information ready for faster processing.  Residents can get a family PIN at Ottawa.ca as well.

High volumes of online registrants are expected throughout the first week of registration which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.  If you encounter delays, please wait for a few minutes before you try again or try our Touch Tone Telephone registration system at 613-580-2588.

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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.

Goulbourn Museum’s March Break camp will create kid curators

This March Break the Goulbourn Museum is offering a one-of-a-kind camp experience for children aged 7-11.  At Camp Curator kids will get their very own curator kits, don pint-sized lab coats and gloves and learn how to handle artefacts, create their own exhibits and even conduct an archeological dig.

This week long camp will include crafts, games, a behind-the-scenes tour of the artefact collection (did you know the Museum has over 8,000 artefacts?), and visits from special guests.

Camp Curator takes place March 11-15 from 1-4:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per child for the week. Snacks are included. For more information or to register, please call 613-831-2393 or email education@goulbournmuseum.ca.

The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit http://goulbournmuseum.ca/whats-happening/ or call 613-831-2393 or visit the Museum on Facebook.

City of Ottawa March Break Activities

From crafts to sports, the City of Ottawa has lots of activities for your family during the week of March 11-15 in recreation and culture facilities, pools and arenas. Find active and interesting camps in your neighbourhood or a specialty camp for the athlete or artist. For more information visit ottawa.ca

Western Development Lands

Public Meeting on Western Development Lands

In December, I mentioned that there was a tentative date set for a public meeting on a portion of the Western Development Lands. That tentative meeting date has since been confirmed. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 13 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Richmond Arena. This meeting is for an application of a subdivision at 6335 Perth Street and the developer is Caivan Developments.

The Western Development Lands stretch from the Jock River to the northwestern corner of the village, north of Perth Street. Caivan Communities is the landowner for 60% (53 hectares) of these lands, for which this development application accounts for. The remaining 40% of the lands on the Jock River portion are owned by Mattamy Homes and no application is currently before the City at this time.

In its present form, this application calls for approximately 1000 homes on 25 hectares of the 53 ha owned by the developer. 2.6 ha would be a drainage channel, 1 ha would be dedicated as an active park, 5.9 ha would be the storm water pond and 6.3 ha would be natural areas, otherwise known as passive open space. The remaining 12 ha would be streets. All of these figures are taken from the concept plan. The proposed development is made up of 60-70% single detached homes, with attached townhouse units making up the remainder of the development. Build out will be phased, with approximately 50-100 units completed per year.

There are plenty more details that need to be discussed and looked at, though, and this meeting will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions on the issues that matter most to the village. Further, it is important to note that this development cannot move forward until there is a major upgrade to the pumping station and the pipes that connect Richmond into the rest of the system in Kanata. These upgrades have not yet been finalized.

Winter Carnival Time!

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Winter Carnival season continues this weekend with the North Gower Winter Carnival.  I’d like to thank everyone who came out to Shiverfest in Manotick this past weekend; it was nice that it warmed up…a little.  Congratulations on a successful weekend to the Manotick Village Community Association and all Shiverfest sponsors, including the Kiwanis Club, the Lions Club, the Manotick Legion and the Ottawa Fire Department.

North Gower Winter Carnival

The fun continues this weekend in North Gower with the 51st Winter Carnival.  Events include a Spaghetti/Shepherd’s Pie dinner on Friday evening, beginning at 4:30pm, followed by the Talent Show at 6pm, skating on the outdoor rink, and a movie night at 7:30pm.  On Saturday, come back to the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre for a pancake breakfast at 8am and sleigh rides, tobogganing, skating and indoor games throughout the day.  The Carnival concludes on Saturday evening with a Pig Roast dinner at 4:30pm followed by a great performance from local resident and six-time Juno Award winner, Keith Glass.  Tickets for the dinner and concert are $10/person, $5 for kids under 10.

Munster Winter Carnival

This weekend is the annual winter carnival in Munster.  Hopefully, residents of Munster can come join me at the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, February 1st at 7:00pm at the Munster Community Centre, followed by public skating on the outdoor rink and a screening of Madagascar 3.

On Saturday, February 2nd, the festivities continue with a pancake breakfast in the basement hall of the Munster United Church at 8:00am, followed by outdoor games at the rink at 10:00am.  Over at the Munster Elementary School the fun begins at 1:30pm with the Little Tyke Zone.  The evening is capped off with a bonfire and fireworks at the Community Centre.  Let’s hope for great weekend weather and get out and enjoy the incredible community spirit Munster has to offer!

The Royal Ottawa’s “Power to the Parents”

As parents and caregivers, you have got the power to transform your child’s experience with mental health. Join The Royal Ottawa February 5th at 7pm in the auditorium for the Power to the Parents mental health information session. The Royal will provide you with practical tips and tools to empower you to reach out and connect with your children through meaningful conversations around mental well-being. The Royal’s Annmarie Nicholson along with Ian Fisher from the Ottawa Police Service will share their experience as parents supporting a child through mental health concerns and crisis.

In addition to learning practical tips and tools, the session will give you an understanding of:

  • the realities faced by youth today
  • how to lay the foundation for open communication
  • how to recognize when a child might be in distress
  • how to take a reasoned and responsive approach

With a final note on self-care, parents will leave the workshop feeling ready, willing and able to reach out to their youth and also care for themselves while doing so.

This event is free and you can register at www.theroyal.ca.  The Royal Auditorium is located at 1145 Carling Avenue.

City of Ottawa March Break Camps

School will be out for a week of fun March 11 to 15 during March Break and the City is offering more than 100 action-packed camps in sports, arts, water fun and more.

Find your neighbourhood adventure and register online at ottawa.ca/recreation:

  • Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps
  • Try aqua camps, indoor soccer or rock climbing
  • Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps
  • Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps
  • Get messy with clay, paints and glue
  • Work on your leadership skills and make new friends

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.

Applications for Camp FFIT now available

Ottawa Fire Services invite young women between the ages of 15 and 19 to apply for a position in Camp FFIT, an annual camp designed to educate young women about the career of fire fighting. Camp FFIT is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services and Fire Service Women Ontario. It will be held at 898 Industrial Avenue during the week of August 13 to 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are available at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 15, 2012 (applications received after this date will only be considered if postmark indicates May 15 or earlier).
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School’s out for a week of fun, and across the city there are over 100 action-packed March Break camps in sports, arts, water fun and more! Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps. Try horseback riding, indoor soccer or rock climbing. Wow family and friends with talents developed in computer, magic or movie camps. Star on stage in acting, singing and dance camps. Get messy with clay, paints and glue. Work on your leadership skills and make new friends.
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