ARAC returns and Long Island Road

September 3, 2015 - 10:00am in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place

September 3, 2015 - 10:00am in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place

After having no meeting in August, the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is back to work on Thursday, September 3rd.  As always, this meeting will take place at Ben Franklin Place in Nepean, beginning at 10:00am.

Agenda items include a presentation from the Carleton 4-H Club titled “The Real Dirt on Farming”; the commemorative naming of the Doug Thompson Pathway (Osgoode); the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program Review and Renewal; a street closure application for 3128 Moodie Drive (Rideau-Goulbourn); Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-Law Amendment applications for 1705 Old Prescott Road (Osgoode); as well as two housekeeping items. As per the norm, there will be an “Open Mic” session at the end of committee so if there is anything you’d like the committee to hear, feel free to come out and speak.

Long Island Road

As many of you are now aware, Long Island Road has been resurfaced this summer.  However, since I have recently become the recipient of a form email campaign, I thought I would provide some history on why Long Island was done the way it was and what we can expect going forward.

As far back as 2012, I became aware of two separate projects that impacted Long Island Road.  One was a simple resurfacing, which was scheduled for 2014 and the other was a watermain project scheduled for 2016, approximately.  Long Island Road was a potential route, at that time, for a future backup watermain which would provide a secondary supply to those in Manotick who are currently served by City water.  Not wanting to have Long Island Road torn up twice in less than three years, I worked with staff to twin these projects and potentially expand the scope to include a sidewalk between West Avenue and Bridge Street.

The immediate need for the watermain project was based on future growth in the new Mahogany development, therefore the costs were being front ended by Minto.  Unfortunately, slow growth has pushed back Mahogany Phase 2, thus pushing back the need for the backup watermain.  We became aware of this change in the fall and I immediately began to push for the resurfacing as Long Island Road just couldn’t wait any longer.  However, we were still left with the reality that the watermain would have to be installed at some point, just not in the next five years. 

In January 2015, the Infrastructure Services Department contacted me with their proposed plan for Long Island.  While the Planning & Growth Management Department has targeted Long Island for improved cycling and pedestrian facilities, not much could be accommodated within the 7m existing width.  The solution to that was to do a 5-10 year resurfacing job without fully reconstructing the road as that full reconstruction will occur with the watermain installation.  To obtain the necessary width now to install the proper pedestrian facility would require ditch filling, drainage accommodations, among other things.  These are all issues that will be addressed when the road is reconstructed with the watermain.  We will be able to install a sidewalk at that time.

In the meantime, staff have been able to widen the paved surface out to 7.5m by paving the previously existing gravel shoulder.  What I am working on right now is determining the lane width which is why you haven’t seen any painted lines yet.  The intent is to have white edge markings which should provide some paved surface on either side of the road for pedestrians and cyclists.  If we can narrow the travelled lane, we can create more width on the edges.  I am continuing to have this discussion with staff.  The current lane width guidelines are somewhat outdated so we are working through some ideas in order to come out with the best result in the end.

Obviously, and City staff will agree, the best result would have been sidewalks but the right circumstances didn’t come together at this time for that to happen.  What we’re focused on right now is to achieve the best compromise to get us from now until such time that a sidewalk is constructed.

Photo Credit: Mayor Jim Watson on Flickr

Photo Credit: Mayor Jim Watson on Flickr

Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award

The deadline is quickly approaching to submit nominations for the 2015 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 11 at 11:59pm.

The prestigious Order of Ottawa award is intended to recognize those who have made significant contributions through their professional endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recognizes 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 Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online at, or by filling out a nomination form available at your local community centre, public library, or any client service centre.

The awards will be presented at the Order of Ottawa awards ceremony in the fall of 2015.

5th Annual Manotick Soapbox Derby and BBQ Picnic in the Park

Come out to Centennial Park in Manotick this Sunday, August 5th and celebrate the end-of-summer with a wonderful day for the entire family. There will be races, music, a craft table for children, face painting, balloon figures from Dr. Kaboom,  and of course, a BBQ lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers to purchase and fresh FREE corn on the cob. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs and spend some relaxing time in the park. It’s not just a day for racing, but also a day for families to come out and enjoy the festivities.


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

Fall/winter recreation registration opening soon

The annual (and free) Concert in the Park Series is back at the Richmond Fairgrounds this week and next.  Come out to Richmond on Thursday, July 30th and Thursday, August 6th for great music provided by Sidewinder (July 30) and Ambush (August 6). The BBQ starts at 6:00pm with the concerts beginning at 7:00pm.  Concerts in the Park are brought to you by the City of Ottawa, Ontario Parks and Waste Management.  Donations to CHEO will be accepted.

Fall/Winter Recreation Registration

The Recreation eGuide for fall and winter programs are now online at Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.

Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Monday, August 10th at 9:00pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 11th during regular business hours. Registration for all other classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Wednesday, August 12th at 9:00pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 13th during regular business hours.

To register online or by phone residents will need a client barcode and family PIN numbers. The City expects high volumes of online registrants throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.

Residents who do not have access to the Internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public Internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with registration. Some community centres may provide printed brochures for their local activities.

Dickinson House News

On August 2nd at 1:30pm, there will be a concert by the Manotick Brass Ensemble and a Lawn Social on the grounds of Dickinson House.  Come and enjoy a summer afternoon in the 19th Century way.  You are also welcome to tour the House and visit the special exhibition of Tableware in Times Past in the Coral Lindsay Memorial Exhibition Hall.  As always, admission is free, and donations to support the House are welcome.

Looking ahead, reserve September 4th to come to an old-fashioned, family-oriented Barn Dance at Watson’s Mill; then take part in the Heritage Country Fair in Dickinson Square on September 5th.  For information about the events, visit, call 613-692-2241, or visit Dickinson House.  The House is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.

Community Partnership Minor Capital Program

The Community Partnership Minor Capital Program is an initiative available for minor capital improvements to city-owned parks, recreation and cultural facilities on a cost-sharing basis with community groups. Examples include: play equipment, basketball courts, park furniture, tree planting, landscape improvements, minor community facility improvements, etc. Projects on school board land and other public lands that are accessible to the general public may also be eligible. Deadline: September 1, 2015. Details:


Donna Williams
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 23169

Renée Proteau
Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 26967

Manotick Soap Box Derby

The 5th Annual Soap Box Derby is coming up on August 30th and, for the very first time in Ottawa, the Manotick Village and Community Association will be holding special races for Super Kids during this event.

Super Kids is an international program created to provide children with special needs the opportunity to participate in the sport of Soap Box Derby Racing. The Canadian chapter came into being in 2009. The program features custom built two-seater derby cars. These cars were specifically designed to allow children who meet the daily challenges of either physical or developmental barriers to enjoy an activity experienced by thousands of kids every year. Two of the special cars are being borrowed from the Canadian Headquarters of Super Kids in Peterborough.

For more information on registration for these races, please go to or contact


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