Make the Right Call

On Thursday, March 5th, the City of Ottawa’s Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) will host its first meeting at Ben Franklin Place at 10:00am in the former Nepean Council Chambers. Items on the agenda for this meeting will include:

  • 2015 Budget;
  • Phase 1B Zoning Amendment for the Minto Mahogany Development;
  • Modifications and improvements to the Monahan Creek Municipal Drain;
  • Minor zoning amendments to 3981 Farmview Road (West Carleton), 4045 Highway 17 (West Carleton) and 2227 Yorks Corners Road (Osgoode); as well as
  • The annual report on the Rural Association Partnership Program and the Rural Community-Building Grant Program.

As Chair of ARAC, I am very excited in our move to Ben Franklin Place as I believe this will make ARAC meetings more accessible to rural residents on an ongoing basis. If you’d like to receive the agenda regularly, I will be including it in my monthly email newsletter, which will be sent out each Friday before our ARAC meetings.  You can sign up for my the newsletter at Ben Franklin Place is located at 101 Centrepointe Drive.

Make the Right Call

My office works in a very close partnership with Ottawa Police Service and I feel it is important to encourage you to “Make the Right Call”.

  • For any life-threatening emergency or crime in progress, call 911.
  • If you need to report a serious crime, break and enter or a suspicious incident /disturbance requiring the presence of a Police Officer, please call 613-230-6211.
  • If you would like to report a theft, loss or recovery of property, damage to property, missing person or stolen vehicle, please call 613-236-1222 Ext. 7300 and make a report.

Ottawa Police encourage you to call in when you witness speeding vehicles or poor driving habits with the appropriate information, such as location, time of day, vehicle particulars (if safely possible).  A Traffic Sgt. will review each report and allocate appropriate follow-up and enforcement by an Officer.

There is also the opportunity to file a report online at  for the following:

  • Lost Vehicle Licence Plates
  • Theft (Under $5,000)
  • Lost Property (Under $5,000)
  • Mischief/Damage to Property (Under $5,000)
  • Theft from Vehicle (Under $5,000)
  • Traffic Complaints

We encourage you to “Make the Right Call”.

City of Ottawa March Break Camps

School will be out from March 16 to 20 for March Break, and the City is offering a week of fun-filled activities with more than 100 action-packed camps in sports, arts, swimming and more. Register now for March Break camps. Find your neighbourhood adventure online at

Take to the ice with hockey, skating and curling camps. Try aqua camps, indoor soccer or rock climbing.

Impress your 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.

Ottawa’s largest selection of camps comes with enthusiastic and trained leaders. Our programs offer top value and quality you can trust.

Registration can be done online, or visit a recreation facility or Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with all your registration needs.

Interested in Heritage? Join the Goulbourn Museum Board

Combine a love of heritage with your personal skills and play a role in the success of the Goulbourn Museum. The Museum is governed by an elected Board of Directors which meets in the morning on the second Thursday of every month. The Board currently has two vacancies and is seeking members of the community who share a pride in Goulbourn’s heritage to join the Board, or to nominate someone else for candidacy.

A Call for Nominations explaining the application process and a copy of the Museum’s By-laws have been posted to the Museum’s website. The website also contains a list of current Board members. To apply, candidates are asked to provide a statement describing the skills, knowledge and experience they can offer the Goulbourn Museum. This should be addressed to the attention of the Nominating Committee and submitted to the museum by April 1, 2015. Elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Museum on the evening of Thursday April 23, 2015.

If you would like more information or have any questions about joining the Goulbourn Museum Board of Directors, please feel free to contact Curator-Manager Kathryn Jamieson at 613-831-2393 or

Last-Minute Ice Booking

You can now find and buy last-minute ice time online at your convenience. Last-minute ice is a rental period which you can buy one to seven days in advance at a discounted rate. Visit for more information.

Ottawa Valley Farm Show

The Ottawa Valley Farm Show (OVFS) will be held from March 10th to 12th at the Ernst & Young Centre. Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association, The OVFS is the largest annual exhibition of its kind held in Ontario east of Toronto. Of particular interest to farm families and other rural residents, the show features 350+ commercial exhibitors offering everything from machinery and equipment, to computer and financial services. For more information please visit the OVFS website.


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

Town hall meetings throughout Rideau-Goulbourn

View full information about dates, times, and locations  on our events page .

View full information about dates, times, and locations on our events page.

Last week, in this column and in the newsletter that was mailed out to all residents, I announced a series of Town Hall meetings. The first was this past Tuesday, February 17 and I am hosting two more this week: Thursday, February 19th at the Kars Recreation Centre, between 7:00pm and 9:00pm, and in Burritt’s Rapids on Saturday, February 21st at the Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall, beginning at 10:30am.  The purpose of the meetings is to provide a general update on City-wide issues, local issues and discuss the term ahead.  Hope to see you there!

I will also be hosting three Town Hall meetings in March:

  • Monday, March 2nd at the Munster Community Centre;
  • Thursday, March 5th at the Fallowfield United Church; and
  • Tuesday, March 10th at the Christ Church in Ashton. 

All of these meetings will begin at 7:00pm.

Richmond Forcemain Repair

Last week, residents in the immediate surrounding area of the pumping station on Royal York Street were notified of field investigation works as part of a design phase of a repair to the forcemain in Richmond, between the pumping station and Eagleson Road.  As indicated in a previous letter in August 2014, the City of Ottawa will be making repairs and modifications to the Richmond Forcemain. The work involves repairing the existing 500mm forcemain, the installation of a new 300mm forcemain to facilitate the repairs, and the installation of a new section of 600mm forcemain for the proposed future development within the Village of Richmond.

The original forcemain was built in the early 1980’s and is in need of repair. As part of the repair process, these preliminary investigations are necessary to complete the detailed design for the future construction activity.  The investigation work will include geotechnical, environmental, and archeological investigations. It will also include the inspection of existing maintenance hole structures, topographical surveying, and locates for underground utilities in the vicinity of the existing forcemain. The use of both staff and equipment will be required to conduct this work.

The field investigation work will take place from mid February to early April 2015.

Gerry Lines Bowling Alley

On February 11th, Council unanimously approved of a proposal to rename the North Gower Bowling Alley to the Gerry Lines Bowling Alley.  Gerry Lines served as President of the North Gower Community Centre Board for 11 years. During that time, the Board managed the community centre, the ball diamond, boys’ and girls’ ball teams as well as the outdoor arena and hockey.

Gerry Lines was also a member of the building committee for the new community centre complex in North Gower. In this capacity, he was instrumental in the fundraising for, as well as the design and construction of the North Gower Recreation Association Centre, now known as the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre.

Gerry was also instrumental in the development and construction of various recreational facilities in North Gower, including the North Gower Ball Diamond, soccer / football field, playground and the North Gower Bowling Alley. Many of these facilities continue to be enjoyed by residents of North Gower.

In 1988, Gerry was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the Prime Minister of Canada in recognition of his contribution to his community. Gerry and his wife Hazel were also recipients of the 5thAnnual Edgar Leach Memorial Citizenship Award for their contribution to the development of the community.

North Gower Nursery School Casino Night & Silent Auction

On Saturday, February 21st, come out to the Annual Casino Night & Silent Auction and help raise money for the North Gower Cooperative Nursery School.  The fun begins at 8:00pm and includes a number of fun casino games and the always popular silent auction tables.  Come out for your chance to bid on many great items, including Senators tickets and box seats to the sold out Luke Bryan concert at the Canadian Tire Centre on May 2nd.  If that isn’t enough, for the third year in a row I will be taking on Master of Ceremonies duties!  Maybe my presence isn’t as exciting as I’d like to think it is but this NGCNS fundraising event is always a fun time and I hope to see you there!

2015 March Break Camp at O-YA

The Osgoode Youth Association will be hosting March Break camps at their home on Osgoode Main Street from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20, 2015.  The camps, for children in grades 2-6, will run from 8:00am to 4:30pm (After care is available until 5:30pm if booked in advance). The cost is $40 per day or $180 for the entire week.  After care is $10 per day or $40 for the entire week.

The themes are as follows:

Monday: Pirate Day Theme
Tuesday: St. Patrick's Day Theme
Wednesday: Build It Day Theme
Thursday: Beach Day Theme
Friday: PJ Day Theme

To register, download the Registration Form at
Please print, fill out the form and bring it to O-YA with your payment (you can also scan and email your completed forms to to reserve your spot). Space is limited, and advanced registration and payment are required. Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 5:00pm.  For more information, please visit O-YA’s 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.