Flu Clinics, Woodlot Rehabilitation Program, and Dickinson House News

While the November 1st Finance & Economic Development Committee meeting will have already taken place by the time you read this, there are two key items on the agenda with relation to Rideau-Goulbourn, specifically Manotick. One is a report that I brought forward that seeks Committee and Council approval to retain Dickinson House and Carriage Shed in City ownership. This would conclude the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation process and ensure that Dickinson Square remains as you see it today with Watson’s Mill and the Rideau Township Historical Society calling these two buildings home.

The other item is a land swap that will place the woodlots on the Mahogany lands in City ownership. This is something that came from the OMB decision approving the Minto development in the south end of the village. The woodlots are years away from seeing development occur near them, but this land swap will ensure that these lands are protected from development.  As part of the deal, the City is giving up lands in South Nepean to Minto.

Forcemain Project

On October 25th, a Commence Work Order was issued by the City of Ottawa to Robert Excavating to complete the upgrades to the forcemain project.  As many of you are aware, this is the culmination of nearly two years of planning and consultation

The original forcemain was built in the early 1980’s and is in need of repair. The construction project will involve repairs and modifications to the existing 500mm diameter forcemain, the installation of a new bypass 300mm diameter forcemain to facilitate the repairs, the installation of a new section of 600mm diameter forcemain for the proposed future development within the Village of Richmond, and decommissioning of an abandoned forcemain in the immediate vicinity of the Richmond Sewage Pump Station (RSPS).

This work is tentatively planned to begin any day now and be completed by October 2017. Spot repairs and modifications to the transition couplings, valves and valve accessories will be made at various structures along the existing forcemain between the RSPS and Lagoon Cell C as well as on Eagleson Road between the Jock River crossing and Robertson Road. An abandoned forcemain will also be decommissioned as part of the works and runs from the RSPS from Royal York St and along King St to Chanonhouse Dr. before heading north at Chanonhouse park through adjacent wooded lands prior to reaching the Lagoon site.

Ottawa Public Health Flu Clinics

During the 2015-2016 flu season, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) administered over 10,000 influenza vaccines at community clinics, while it distributed over 379,000 doses of the vaccine across the City through physicians’ offices, pharmacies, long-term care facilities and other vaccine providers. For the 2016-2017 flu season, OPH will again focus on providing access of flu vaccine to the general population through physicians’ offices and pharmacy providers, and outreach to vulnerable populations. As in previous years, OPH will continue to run community-based clinics in areas of low pharmacist / physician coverage.

For the upcoming season, over 170 Ottawa pharmacies will be offering the influenza vaccine.  Many pharmacies are open long hours, and are located throughout the city, making the publicly funded influenza vaccine ever more accessible.  In addition, more than 300 physicians’ offices across the city will be offering the flu vaccine to their patients.

OPH will be offering 12 community clinics in different areas of the city from October 29, 2016 to November 16, 2016, including at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre on Thursday, November 10th and at South Carleton High School on Tuesday, November 15th.  Both clinics run from 3:30pm until 7:30pm. Local pharmacies offering flu shots include Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart and Paul’s Pharmasave in Manotick; Richmond Village Pharmacy and Richmond IDA; and North Gower Pharmacy. The eQuinelle Pharmasave and the Kemptville Shoppers Drug Mart also offer flu shots.

Woodlot Rehabilitation Program

As ash trees continue to decline within the City of Ottawa due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), it is important to address the safety issues and necessary tree removals within our parks and woodlots.

Part of the City’s EAB strategy includes selective park and woodlot rehabilitation; identifying City parks and woodlots with a high percentage of ash to remove unsafe dead, dying or invasive trees, encourage non-ash trees and shrubs with the exception of buckthorn and plant a selection of native tree species.

Many parks and woodlots hold significant plant and wildlife populations and make large contributions to human health and the environment: it is important to manage these significant areas, not only for public safety but also to conserve the many benefits they provide.

This winter, the City of Ottawa will begin removing all dead/dying trees from Beryl Gaffney Park, Ashton Woods and Van Vliet Park. For public safety reasons, identified areas of the park will be closed to the public during the tree removal operations. While most of these are passive parks, maintained areas of the park will be cleared of small woody debris once the snow has melted and conditions are dry enough for equipment access.

All areas subject to tree removal are to be replanted. Reforestation species will include: red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, serviceberry, hackberry, white pine, burr oak, red oak, American elder, white cedar, basswood, nannyberry, large tooth aspen, trembling aspen, dogwood and speckled alder.

Dickinson House News

To commemorate Remembrance Day, you are invited to Dickinson House where there will be a special display featuring the contributions made during WW2  by the late Lt.- Col David L. Fromow  and  Mrs. Barbara Fromo, both long-time residents of Manotick.  The House will be open on weekends from 10:00am to 4:00pm in November, and will be open on November 11th from 10:00am to 4:00pm as well.  Admission is free; as always, donations are welcome.

The Victorian Tea, which is at 2 p.m. on November 5th, is sold out; if you wish to be put on a waiting list, please call 613-692-6455.

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

Western Development Lands update

Western Development Lands - Richmond

On November 7th, a Staff Report will come before the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee that recommends the refusal of draft approval of the subdivision application for 6335 and 6350 Perth Street.  This is the Caivan application on the northern portion of the Western Development Lands.

The rationale for refusal, as laid out in the Staff Report is as follows: the approval of the draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law amendment are premature until such time as: the issues relating to the overall stormwater management solution for the Western Development Lands are resolved; the Environmental Assessment is complete for the stormwater management; the drainage outlet matters are resolved; the subdivision layout is addressed; and the proposal for the financial plan relating to servicing is accepted.

I will provide further updates as we move forward.

Remembrance Day

November 11th, 2013 marks the 95th anniversary of the official end to the Great War.  Much has changed in those 95 years, especially in the way we receive our news.  Today, we receive even the most minor news story instantaneously, in a variety of ways from all over the world.  However, in 1918, when the news broke out that the First World War had come to an end, the fighting still continued on the Western Front.  The armistice was signed at 5:10am, yet the official ceasefire wouldn’t come until 11:00am.  In that time, an estimated 10,000 soldiers lost their lives.  Private George Lawrence Price of the Canadian Infantry was the last Canadian, and Commonwealth soldier, to be killed in World War I, at 10:58am.  On November 11th, we remember Private Price and all those members of our armed forces who were lost in the line of duty while serving our country.

Remembrance Day services take place, this year, on November 10th in Kars, North Gower and Munster and on November 11th in Richmond and Manotick.  The Kars ceremony takes place at 11:15am in front of Kars on the Rideau Public School.  The North Gower ceremony takes place at 12:45pm in Horace Seabrook Park.  The Munster ceremony is held at 2:00pm at the War Memorial in the Munster Union Cemetery.  The November 11th ceremonies both take place at 11:00am; one at the cenotaph in Dickinson Square in Manotick and the other in Richmond Memorial Park.

If attending the ceremony in Manotick, drop in at Dickinson House afterward and take in their “Dickinson House in Times of War” exhibit.  Admission is free.

City of Ottawa Remembrance Day Schedule Changes

The City reminds residents of a range of schedule changes for Remembrance Day relating to Client Service Centre hours, the 3-1-1 Contact Centre, Provincial Offences Court, transit service and transit information, Ottawa Public Health, recreation and cultural services, municipal child care services, and library services.

The flags at all City of Ottawa will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset to honour the memory of all Canadians who have served their country in times of war.

For complete details on schedule changes, parades and ceremonies being held in and around Ottawa to commemorate Remembrance Day, visit ottawa.ca.

Curbside green bin, recycling, garbage, and leaf and yard waste collection will take place on its regular day with no changes to the collection schedule.

Veterans ride for free during National Veterans Week

War veterans who wear their medals or uniforms may ride OC Transpo, Para Transpo and Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) for free with their companions during National Veterans’ Week – November 5 to 11.  OC Transpo is also planning other activities and service changes to commemorate Remembrance Day on Monday, November 11.  Visit octranspo.com for more details.

"Keep it to 40"

The Manotick Village & Community Association has begun an initiative called “Keep it to 40”.  This campaign is aimed at curbing speeding issues on our residential streets by creating community ownership of the problem.  For the most part, the majority of speeders are local so having a campaign that targets local communities asking them to be mindful of their speed is a good way to approach it. 

Two years ago, I wrote in this very column about speeding along Potter Drive.  Potter, specifically the 850m stretch between Watterson Street and Doctor Leach Drive is quite wide with houses set far back from the road.  It is a design feature that almost promotes speeding.  However, this is a residential street where kids ride their bikes and residents go for walks.  Do you know how much time you save by driving 80km/h on this stretch of Potter Drive instead of 40km/h? A whopping 38 seconds.

This is a campaign aimed at making our residential streets safer, so please be cautious out there.  If you come up on someone driving 40km/h on a residential street, don’t tailgate them, don’t try to pass them, you’ll get where you’re going and we’ll all be safer for it.  After all, it’s only 38 seconds.

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

Goulbourn Jubilee Singers

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, alongside the Junior Jubilees, present “Winterval” Saturday, November 23, 2013 7:30pm, and Sunday November 24, 2013, 1:30pm at Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbeyhill Road, Kanata.

Under the direction of Linda Crawford and accompanied by Erna Poettcker, the first half of the performance will feature Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, with guest soloists, Sarah Burnell and Annie Duchesne, as well as a string and winds ensemble. The second half will be full of seasonal favourites.

Tickets in advance are: Adults $15.00, Children under 12 and Seniors $10.00. All tickets at the door: $20.00. Further information or tickets: Charlotte at 613-825-3357 or www.gjsingers.com

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