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.

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

Western Development Lands - Richmond

Before I get into other issues, I just want to remind residents of Richmond and beyond that the City is hosting a public meeting on a development application for 6335 Perth Street, which is the land between the Fire Hall and the Home Hardware.  This plan calls for 1000 homes phased in with between 50-100 units being built each year.  The meeting is to be held on February 13 at the Richmond Arena at 7:00pm.

Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031

The Official Plan Review for the City of Ottawa is officially underway.  The City’s Official Plan is reviewed every five years.  This is a year long process which results in an updated Official Plan that comes into effect in 2014.  As the Chair of the Rural Review Steering Committee, I am one of five Councillors on the Official Plan Sponsors Group and I look forward to being heavily involved in crafting this updated document.

Residents are encouraged go online to have their say on how their city grows in the future.  The City of Ottawa is reaching out to the public on how neighbourhoods, roads, water and sewer services, rural villages and cycling and walking pathways should be planned.  Building a Liveable Ottawa 2031 – a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that feed into the City’s Official Plan, Transportation Plan, Infrastructure Master Plan and the Cycling and Pedestrian Plans – was launched on January 29.

The focus of the project and public engagement goes beyond a visioning exercise. It deals directly with proposed solutions to 12 current planning issues, which are profiled on The site also features a summary of each issue and each proposal, a video, and feedback mechanisms, including a survey that is available until March 1. Residents are urged to review the information before providing their survey responses.

The rural component to this review specifically speaks to no expansion of village boundaries but also at where to direct rural growth.  Richmond, Manotick and Greely are projected to see the majority of the growth in the coming years.  However, with the current development applications in Manotick and Richmond, the projections match the planning targets so this will not create new pressure on either village.

2013 Canadian Junior Curling Championships

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the send-off for Manotick’s very own rink of Jamie Sinclair, Holly Donaldson, Katelyn Wasylkiw and Erin Jenkins to the 2013 M&M Meat Shops Junior Curling Championship in Fort McMurray, Alberta.  Along with their coach, Graham Sinclair, it was a great night to celebrate their achievements at the Manotick Curling Club and wish them luck as they headed out to Alberta.  The Championships are currently underway and at the time of printing this, Team Sinclair is 3-0.  The finals are this weekend and their progress can be followed at  Good luck girls!

North Gower Cooperative Nursery School

Straying from the usual dance and silent auction, this year the NGCNS will present their first ever Casino Royale & Silent Auction at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre in North Gower on Saturday, February 23.  The evening will include black jack, poker, martinis and some appetizers provided by AJ’s Catering as well as The Whalesbone Oyster House.  The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be yours truly so come on out and enjoy a great night all the while supporting the Nursery School.  Doors open at 8:00pm and tickets are available at Roxy’s Salon in North Gower, Kit & Kaboodles in Manotick and from any NGCNS parent at a cost of $15.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  For more information, please visit

An Evening of Port & Chocolate at Watson’s Mill

Port and Chocolate has always been a favourite pairing and what better way to accentuate our winter season than with a night dedicated to this attractive relationship. On Friday February 8 at 7:30 p.m., Watson’s Mill is excited to host a romantic evening that will expose the tempestuous flavour of our closest comfort food with the best full bodied wine. Leading guests into this passionate night of selected tapas, sweets and port will be Lori Savignac, Chocolate Lover Extraordinaire, who will deliver classic romantic readings, explain pairings and perhaps give a little chocolate trivia. Manotick’s French Café will be providing the desserts and tapas. All proceeds go to the ongoing operation of Watson’s Mill.

Tickets for this event are $35.00 (must be legal drinking age) and can be purchased at the Watson’s Mill Office, French Café, or Manotick Office Pro. There are a limited number of tickets, so call today to reserve: 613-692-6455.

Maple Madness at Goulbourn Museum

Join the Goulbourn Museum for all things maple at their P.A. Day program February 15. Wear your most Canadian outfit, make some maple treats and learn the art of maple syrup. There will be games and activities aplenty.  The fun takes place on Friday, February 15 from 1-4:30 p.m. and is geared to children ages 7-11 years. Cost is $25 per child. Snacks will be provided.

To register please call the Goulbourn Museum at: 613-831-2393 or email:  The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit, call 613-831-2393 or visit us on Facebook.

Ottawa South United Registration

Ottawa’s only GOLD-rated Soccer Club by the Ontario Soccer Association is beginning registration for all Summer Programs on February 6, 2013.  Celebrating its 10th Anniversary of Soccer Excellence, OSU is proud to offer programs for all ages and abilities.  Programs fill up quickly, so don’t be disappointed – check out our website at for a list of programs and registration information.

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