Do you know someone deserving of the Order of Ottawa?

Before getting into the regular Rideau-Goulbourn content, I’d like to congratulate Manotick’s own Brad Fritsch.  Brad won his first tournament on the Tour this past weekend, the Servientrega Championship in Cartegena, Colombia.  As many of you know, Brad has played on the Tour for a couple of years after spending the 2013 and 2014 seasons on the PGA Tour.  The Top 25 money winners on the Tour automatically move up to the PGA Tour for 2017.  This win put Brad in the Top 5 on the Tour money list.  Congratulations Brad and best of luck on the rest of your season!

Order of Ottawa Nominations

Professionals, activists, and community leaders of Ottawa appear in a series of photographs prominently displayed at City Hall. These are the past recipients of the Order of Ottawa – residents who have been recognized for tremendous contributions and accomplishments in their field of expertise.

Since it was established in 2012, academics, entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, have all joined the ranks of this prestigious order. Fifteen people have been inducted into the Order of Ottawa each year since then. It is the City’s way of recognizing their professional contributions, and saying thank you to these exceptional residents for helping to make Ottawa a better place to live and work.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching is also presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony each year to recognize the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

Nominations for the 2016 Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching are now open and may be submitted online or by completing a nomination form, available at your local community centre, public library or any Client Service Centre.

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Upcoming events around Rideau-Goulbourn

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Manotick Art Show

The Manotick Art Association’s Inspirations Art Show & Sale is coming up this weekend running from Friday, April 15th until Sunday, April 17th.  Tickets are available for $10 for Friday’s evening Vernissage at Manotick Office Pro and Lindsay & McCaffrey.  Tickets can also be purchased online at  The vernissage runs from 6:30pm until 9:30pm.  The Art Show is open to the public free of charge on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am until 4:30pm each day.

Kars on the Rideau Public School 11th Annual Community Used Book & Bake Sale

The Annual Kars on the Rideau community used book sale is coming up. Stop by the school on Friday, April 22nd between 4:30pm and 8:00pm & on Saturday, April 23rd 10:00am and 2:00pm. Senior Hour is on Friday, April 22nd between 3:30pm and 4:30pm. This sale features over 10,000 adult & children’s books and movies at great prices in addition to the delicious bake sale. Stock up now for your summer reading!

It is also not too late to drop of used books for the sale. Books can be dropped off at Kars on the Rideau anytime between 8:30am and 2:30pm.  If you have any questions, please call Megan Dodge at 613-489-0631.

Watson's Mill Manotick Inc. AGM

Take notice that the Annual General Meeting of Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. will be held at the Manotick Legion, 5050 Ann Street, Manotick, Ontario on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 2:00pm for the following purposes:

  • To approve the financial statements of the Mill
  • To elect Directors (4 positions eligible for election)
  • To receive reports of Officers and Directors; and
  • For such other purposes as the Board shall advise.

Watson’s Mill is a unique 1860’s grist and flour mill located in Manotick, on the shores of the Rideau River.  A working industrial heritage site in greater Ottawa, it has a remarkable history linked to local politics, the building of a country, and a tragic love story.  The WMMI mandate is to preserve Watson’s Mill as a working flour and feed mill and a social, cultural and educational focal point for the community and visitors.

Over the next two weeks, my column will break down the taxi by-law issue that you have been hearing about in the news and I’ll also prepare you for the 2016 construction season which is about to get underway.


If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.