ARAC Agenda, Canada Day in Rideau-Goulbourn & Order of Ottawa Nominations

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Our next meeting of Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee is coming up on Thursday, July 5th. As usual, we meet at Ben Franklin Place in the Council Chambers at 10:00 am. The agenda for this meeting includes the following items:

  • Commemorative Naming: Mike O’Neil Arena
  • By-Law: 4837 Albion Road, 4910 Bank Street
  • Zoning Amendment: 4835 Bank Street
  • Zoning Amendment: 2683 Mackey Road
  • Richmond West Municipal Well System

Pertaining to Rideau-Goulbourn, the zoning amendment for 2683 Mackey Road is simply a surplus farm severance application where the retained lands are zoned to prohibit residential uses as the creation of a new building lot in the agricultural zone is not permitted. The report on the Richmond West Municipal Well System is to recognize the new well system within the Mississippi-Rideau Source Protection Plan. For every communal well system in rural Ottawa, there is an identified area that is to be protected to ensure clean drinking water. Property owners within the area of potential risk are notified and informed how they can reduce the risk to the system.

The commemorative naming application for Mike O’Neil Arena pertains to the Manotick Community Centre. Recently, an application was received to name the arena inside the Community Centre as the Mike O’Neil Arena to recognize his many contributions to the community of Manotick, specifically in the hockey community. Most recently, Mr. O’Neil spearheaded the initiative to expand the arena, working alongside various community organizations.

Canada Day in Rideau-Goulbourn

There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day but in Rideau-Goulbourn, we have two great community events to help celebrate our 151st birthday. The two events are Canada Day in the Gower and the Munster Canada Day Extravaganza. The North Gower event features activities all day long at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre while in Munster, festivities will occur at the Community Centre.

2018 Order of Ottawa Nominations

The Order of Ottawa recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents. This prestigious civic award honours up to 15 of Ottawa’s most deserving individuals each year. Any resident of Ottawa who has made a significant contribution in a professional capacity that has been of benefit to our community may be nominated.

Nominations for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching may be completed online or by filling out a nomination form in pamphlets that are available at the City Hall Information Desk, and at your local community centre, public library, or at any client service centre. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Nominations will be considered every year for five consecutive years from the date of submission.

More information on both awards can be found online at

Nominations by immediate family members, self-nominations, and posthumous nominations will not be accepted. Elected municipal, provincial and federal officials are not eligible to be considered for this award while they are in office.


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

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.

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.