Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation and Canada 150 Maple Groves

In the early hours of Friday, January 27th, the kitchen on the second floor of the Manotick Arena caught fire rendering the entire second floor unusable. That same day, this community came together more than ever to ensure that Shiverfest went off without a hitch. The Manotick Village & Community Association put on a wonderful event that couldn’t have been possible without the effort of so many in the village including the Manotick Kiwanis Club, the Manotick United Church, the Manotick Legion, Station 94 and so many more. When space was lost at the arena, space was found elsewhere including in the village of Kars. Even a local business in Osgoode, Vibration Studios, reached out to assist in any way they could. Communities come together and that was never more evident than last weekend. Thank you.

Ash Woodlot Rehabilitation Update

In my November 3rd Messenger column, I provided information on the City of Ottawa’s Woodlot Rehabilitation Program aimed at removing dead and dying ash trees from David Bartlett Park, Van Vliet Park and Aston Woods in Carleton Golf & Yacht Club. That work began last week. As a reminder, this work will involve the clearing of ash trees this month as well as the removal of the highly invasive shrub buckthorn. In some areas, this work will result in significant tree loss as the presence of ash is substantial.

Following the removal, there will be a reforestation plan which will see a number of native species planted either in the fall or spring of 2017. If you have any questions on this, please let me know and I will endeavour to get answers as quickly as possible.

Canada 150 Maple Grove

In keeping with the tree theme, each ward in the City of Ottawa will see a Canada 150 Maple Grove planted commemorating Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017. In Rideau-Goulbourn, several sites were looked at but the chosen location will be David Bartlett Park. This project will see the 150 maple trees planted in groups throughout the park.  The plantings will consist of 50 red maple trees, 75 silver maples and 25 sugar maples. More information will become available closer to the planting date.

Community Dancing in Manotick

Interested in a fun, interactive session of dance, laughter & music? Join the Ever Hopeful Stringband and caller Pippa Hall for a family-friendly, alcohol-free evening of community dancing, including circles, squares and contras on Friday, February 24th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Manotick United Church. Each dance is taught and the whole family is invited. The evening begins with simple dances, followed by dances that build on skills as the evening progresses. Adults are $10, children aged 12-18 are $5 and anyone under 12 is free. There is a family max of $20. For more information, please call 613-692-4576 or visit

Controlled Tile Drainage Workshop

The Ottawa Clean Water Program is pleased to announce a Controlled Tile Drainage Workshop to be held on February 28th from 12:30pm to 4:00pm at the Kars Recreation Association Hall (1604 Old Wellington Street). There are several speakers that will cover different topics related to CTD, including: agronomic and environmental benefits, installation, experience using CTD on the farm, available funding, and opportunities for CTD and other best management practices within drainage management.

Grants for controlled tile drainage and other agricultural and stewardship projects are available through the City’s Rural Clean Water Program.


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