June's ARAC Meeting Agenda and Other Updates

June is always a busy month in Rideau-Goubourn and across the City of Ottawa, with events such as Food Aid Day and the Mayor’s Rural Expo as well as Dickinson Days. Of course, there are Ottawa 2017 events and it all leads up to July 1st where Canada Day events will be taking place in North Gower and Munster.

To kick off the month, there is nothing more exciting than a rousing meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee! Our upcoming June 1st meeting agenda includes the following items:

  • Surplus Farm Severance Zoning Amendments for:
    • 2638 Mackey Road
    • 4779 Carp Road
    • 6462 First Line Road
  • Report on Coach Houses in the Rural area on private services
  • Manotick Mahogany Harbour Dock Project
  • Rural Residential Land Survey: 2015-16 Update
  • Hobbs Municipal Drain
  • All-Way Stop Control at Van Vliet Road & South River Drive
  • 1229 Dwyer Hill Road Development Charge Report

The report on coach houses in the rural area is the response to a direction that had been given by ARAC in the fall. Staff were asked to look at ways of reducing costs and process on building a coach house on private services in the rural area. The proposal before ARAC on June 1st does that. However, I feel more could be done and Committee will explore those options at the meeting.

The report on the Mahogany Harbour Dock will provide an update on the status of this project and speak to the temporary Parks Canada facility being installed this season. It will also lay out the City’s role going forward from an ongoing maintenance perspective.

The report on 1229 Dwyer Hill Road relates to the Dwyer Hill RV Park and the potential sale of the property. This report looks at waiving a portion of the Development Charges owed to the City of Ottawa by the current park owners. The waiver is only available to a potential purchaser and not the current owner.

As usual, the monthly ARAC meeting is held at 10:00am at Ben Franklin Place in Centrepointe.

UPDATE: Munster Sewer Backup

On April 7th, 2017, amidst heavy rainfall and runoff occurring during the spring freshet, the City of Ottawa received eight calls from Munster residents who were experience sewage backups in their basement. Seven of these calls came from the southeast portion of Munster, on Middlewood Court and nearby Dogwood Drive homeowners. At that time, the pumping station became surcharged with stormwater and crews were quick to respond to alleviate the surcharge. Unfortunately, during this time, several homeowners closest to the pumping station saw backups.

After some investigation, it was determined that the pumping station reached capacity due to the existence of sump pumps connected to the system. Since the backup occurred in early April, bypass pumping into the overflow lagoon at the Munster pumping station was activated earlier during rainy periods in early May to reduce the risk of basement flooding. The connection of sump pumps to sanitary sewers also caused capacity issues in Richmond during that same time in April. As a result, I will be working with City staff on developing a program that will seek to encourage the disconnection of sump pumps from the sanitary system. In the meantime, the City will continue to initiate the bypass measures earlier than done previously.

As homeowners, there are options to protect your home against flooding as well. There is information on the City of Ottawa’s website regarding the Residential Protective Plumbing Program. If you did experience flooding as a result of the pumping station backup, you can also file a claim with the City of Ottawa. For more information on the protection program or on how to file a claim, please feel free to contact me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca.

McLean Bridge Renewal

Beginning the week of the May 15, 2017th, the City of Ottawa commenced construction on the McLean Bridge Rehabilitation on Barnsdale Road. The City of Ottawa has retained the firm, RW Tomlinson Ltd., to complete the work. The McLean Bridge must undergo rehabilitation in order to extend its service life. Work will involve repairing the deck, widening the north sidewalk, removing and replacing the bridge railings, repairing the guard rails, concrete and steel repairs as well as some painting of steel members. The work is planned to begin in mid-May 2017 and continue until late October 2017.

There will be an impact to traffic on the McLean Bridge. Traffic will be reduced to one lane for the duration of construction. With the assistance of portable temporary traffic signals, motorists will be able to safely pass over the bridge during construction. One direction of traffic will proceed at a time. OC Transpo will be impacted by the rehabilitation to the McLean Bridge and will experience a minor delay to the route. Pedestrians will have access to the McLean Bridge at all times.

RW Tomlinson Ltd. will take every precaution to minimize interruptions to the normal life of your family, but as you can appreciate, there may be some inconvenience during the course of the operation of the work including noise and delays. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and co-operation.

For any emergency outside normal working hours on weekdays and weekends, please call the City at

3-1-1. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Project Manager, Elizabeth Murphy at Elizabeth.Murphy@ottawa.ca or by phone at 613-580-2424 ext. 15397.

Dickinson Days & Gathering in the Square

Dickinson Days is happening in Manotick between Friday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 4th. The weekend events celebrate the birthday of Manotick's founder Moss Kent Dickinson with a parade, fireworks, street market, and so much more. You won’t want to miss the Gathering in the Square on Sunday, which be filled with live entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, guided tours, a flour grinding demonstration, crafts for children, and lots of fun! The Dickinson House will also be open and will be doing a cake cutting and housewarming to celebrate the house being built 150 years ago. 

On Sunday the meal will be a ticketed mechoui barbeque with a choice of meat, salads, and fries. The cost of the meal is $12 for children 11 years old and under and $15 for adults aged 12 and over. We encourage people to reserve a table of 6 or 8. Tickets can be purchased by calling Watson's Mill at 613-692-6455. For a detailed schedule of events, visit watsonsmill.com.

At the same time, you are welcome to visit the good folks at Dickinson House, as they too celebrate Moss Kent Dickinson.  Not only are they honouring Dickinson and his achievements, but they are also part of Doors Open Ottawa.  June 4th will be extra special, not just because of the aforementioned Gathering in the Square, but also the 150th anniversary of the construction of Dickinson House.  To celebrate this milestone, special guests from the past will be in attendance.  Please come and join them for a re-enactment of the Dickinson House housewarming for a piece of birthday cake at 1:30pm.

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If you have any other comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me on those as well or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.

Dickinson Square Update and Upcoming Town Halls

Our Rideau-Goulbourn Mid-Term Town Hall Series continues on Tuesday, November 15th with our Manotick meeting. As usual, we will cover a number of city-wide issues that have been making the news over the last 20 months. We’ll also focus on local issues. At our Manotick meeting, I will be focusing on a variety of issues but will specifically discuss David Bartlett Park and the Falls House.

Over the past couple of months, I have been having conversations with various community groups regarding the use of David Bartlett Park as well as the parking issues. I have been floating plans for a parking lot expansion as well as the notion of creating an on-leash area on the south end of the park abutting the Bravar Drive properties. While nothing is imminent, we’ll continue this conversation on the 15th.

For the Falls House, I will be discussing the background, the future and showing the virtual tour of the building that was filmed prior to demolition. In addition, we’ll provide updates on other goings on in and around Manotick, including some of the agricultural issues with MPAC and LEAR. These meetings are always general in nature and any topic is up for discussion. The meeting will be at the Manotick Arena beginning at 7:00pm.

After the Manotick Town Hall, we’ll be hosting a meeting at the Kars RA Centre on Wednesday, November 23 at 7:00 pm. The following, and second last meeting, will be in Richmond at the Agricultural Dining Hall on November 30th. This meeting will be a bit different as there will also be a public meeting on the Shea Road development application at 6:00 pm with our town hall to follow. As usual, we will cover a number of city-wide issues that have been making the news over the last 20 months. We’ll also focus on local issues, such as development and infrastructure projects.

Dickinson Square Update

Another topic that we’ll touch on next week is Dickinson Square. Last week, the Finance & Economic Development Committee approved my report that recommended the retention of the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House in City ownership. As many of you know, these properties were purchased alongside four other Dickinson Square properties and placed under the care of the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation. Following the retention of the Holloway Property and the sale of the Weaver House, the Ayres Building and the Clapp Property, the MMQCDC was left with just the Carriage Shed and Dickinson House.

The approved report means that these two buildings will remain in the City’s ownership and that the MMQCDC will be dissolved. The next steps will see the City enter into long term agreements with Watson’s Mill and the Rideau Township Historical Society to occupy the buildings.  While we still have some work to do, I just want to take a moment and thank Margot Belanger and Gerald Reasbeck, who have been members of the MMQCDC with me since 2010. I would also like to thank the member groups of Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc., who have helped advise me throughout the Dickinson Square process. Last, but not least, I’d like to thank former Councillor Glenn Brooks, who helped guide the acquisition of the Dickinson Square properties through Council.

Richmond Library PD Day Program

The Richmond library has a really exciting PD Day program planned for Friday November 18th from 2:00-4:00pm (drop-in). It’s a PD DAY Pop up Makerspace and Lego Block Party.  We will have the pop up 3D printer at the branch!  Children are invited to: 

Get Creative! Test your building ability with our Lego® challenges and participate in our Lego® scavenger hunt! Join in on our community colouring project or explore our makey-makeys and LED-throwies. Check out our 3D printer demonstration to see what you can build at our Imagine Space.

North Gower Library Turns 125!

The North Gower branch of the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is celebrating its 125th anniversary on Monday, November 14th in style. To mark 125 years of service, the branch is inviting Library customers and the community to dress up in the style of their favourite decade, or to pull from the tickle trunk, to represent the one-and-a-quarter centuries of library services, learning and community connections.

Join your neighbours on November 14th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm to enjoy interactive activities, entertainment, a photo opportunity with Queen Elizabeth in 2D, and refreshments by Dolly Doll Bakery. OPL Board Chair Tim Tierney will join the event to say a few words from 7:30pm – 7:45pm.

The North Gower branch fosters community relationships in many ways, while acting as a catalyst for exploration and discovery. Its local flavour is cultivated by the active surrounding rural community of artists, families, farmers, local businesses and entrepreneurs. The branch has strong links to the artistic community and is the site of a monthly local art display. The recently refurbished branch features a large, colourful mural created by local artist Becky Marr-Johnson.

More information about North Gower’s 125th Anniversary is available on the OPL website. OPL’s North Gower branch is located at 6579 Fourth Line Rd, North Gower, ON K0A 2T0.

Isle in the River Theatre Company

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From November 18th to 20th and from the 25th to the 27th, ITR Theatre Company is presenting a Norm Foster Double-Double. This includes two one-act plays, My Narrator and The Death of Me, at each of the 6 performances at the Osgoode Community Centre. Tickets are available through http://www.itrtheatre.com/ or by calling 613-800-1165 or e-mailing tickets@itrtheatre.com. Tickets for the dinner theatres on November 19 and 26 are selling out quickly.

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If you have any comments about anything other than No Tractor signs, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491. If you really do want to know more about No Tractor signs, Google “Scott Moffatt No Tractor”.  There is plenty of material out there.

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 Web.com Tour this past weekend, the Servientrega Championship in Cartegena, Colombia.  As many of you know, Brad has played on the Web.com Tour for a couple of years after spending the 2013 and 2014 seasons on the PGA Tour.  The Top 25 money winners on the Web.com Tour automatically move up to the PGA Tour for 2017.  This win put Brad in the Top 5 on the Web.com 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.

Visit ottawa.ca for more details.

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 www.manotickart.ca.  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.

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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.

Updates on LRT and the OLG

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day weekend and let’s hope the rest of the summer is a little less wet than June was.  According to farmzone.com, the average rainfall in Ottawa in June is 85mm whereas we received nearly 130mm of precipitation in June of this year.  For our local farmers and for the enjoyment of summer, hopefully we’ll have a much better July and August.

While summer is officially upon us, there is still some work to do at City Council in the coming weeks including a vote on the plan for LRT between Tunney’s Pasture and Baseline Station and another vote concerning a casino in Ottawa. I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss the upcoming vote on the casino issue that will come before the Finance & Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) on Tuesday, July 9th and rise to full Council on Wednesday, July 17th

For those new to the issue, Council first considered whether or not Ottawa was to be a willing host to a new or expanded casino in October 2012.  This was due to the Modernization Plan put forward by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG) that suggested new locations for casinos throughout Ontario.  Council voted 19-5 in favour of being a willing host, sending the message to the OLG that Ottawa should be considered for a new casino.  At that time, and with the support of residents throughout Rideau-Goulbourn, I voted against the idea as I felt the only desire of the OLG was a downtown casino and this would come at the cost of the existing Rideau-Carleton Raceway (RCR).  RCR is an integral part of our rural communities and its potential closure would result in the loss of nearly 1000 jobs, which, in my mind, would be completely unacceptable.  My opposition was not against the idea of expanding gaming, but against the potential loss of the RCR.  I was always of the mind that if we expand gaming in Ottawa or if we build a new casino in Ottawa, that it should be on the same grounds at RCR.

This brings to us to a motion before FEDCO on July 9th, put forward by Mayor Jim Watson, which states “that the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation be informed, prior to the start of the RFP process, that the only location acceptable to the City of Ottawa for an expanded gaming facility is the current location at the Rideau Carleton Raceway.”  This is a welcome change in direction from the support of a downtown casino that responds directly to the overwhelming support of RCR from the residents of Ottawa.  From October until today, I have consistently heard from residents across the City, either via email or in person, if we are to see a new or expanded casino that it should be at RCR.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen one individual come forward and suggest that he should be allowed to bid on a casino for him to build on land that he currently owns.  However, at no point in the last eight months have we heard from residents of Kanata/Stittsville, or any other community for that matter, indicating that they want a new casino in their community.  A new casino in a community like Kanata/Stittsville would decimate existing restaurant and hotel businesses and create a gambling environment in a community where that environment does not currently exist.  Without the support of the people that actually live in the community, I would not support the construction of a new casino in it and nor should the elected officials that represent that community.

Rideau Carleton Raceway was established long before any new developments have encroached upon it and a considerable buffer still exists between Findlay Creek and their site on Albion Road.  It is the logical choice for an expanded casino operation and I am happy to support our call to the OLG that this be the only location considered.  I strongly encourage my colleagues on Council to do the same.   I look forward to this vote and I want to thank all of you for the support you have shown for Rideau Carleton in recent months.

Watson's Mill Beer Tasting

Join the good people at the Watson’s Mill in Manotick on Friday, July 12th, between 7:00 and 10:00pm, for their annual beer tasting event.  Your $30 event admission will include five 4oz. sample tickets redeemable at any of the brewery stations with additional sampler tickets available during the event.  Approximately 8-10 local craft breweries will be in attendance, including Hog’s Back, Kichesippi, Mill Street, Beau’s, and others.  There will be appetizers and live jazz music provided by the Swamp Water Jazz Band. Each admission ticket will be given one ballet to vote for their favourite brewery and the winning brewery will win an intimate pairing and tasting session with Indulge’s renowned Chef David Godsoe, which will take place at Watson’s Mill later in the fall. For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/WatsonsMill2013CraftBeer

Treats, Treasures and Open Market

The Kars Recreation Association wants to invite local residents to stop by the RA grounds between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday, July 20th to mingle, browse and purchase art, crafts and homemade edibles from people in your community. Admission and parking are free.  This event coincides with the annual International Dog Show taking place on the Kars RA Grounds from Friday, July 19 until Sunday, July 21st.  The Kars RA is located at 1604 Old Wellington Street in the beautiful village of Kars.  For more information, please visit www.kars.ca

Flewellyn Road Closure

I’d really like to thank everyone on Flewellyn Road for their patience this summer as construction will affect this particular road due to three separate projects stretching the entire length of the road.  Earlier, we announced closures between Huntley Road and Eagleson Road due to the Enbridge Gas pipeline reinforcement project.  Beginning this month, we’ll also begin the resurfacing of Flewellyn Road, between Munster Road and Ashton Station Road.  The latest notice of closure is concerning the portion between Munster Road and Dwyer Hill Road for the renewal of a bridge.  This closure will begin July 2 and last until August 22.  Local and emergency traffic will maintain access and a signed detour will be in place.  Thank you again for your patience.

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.

Speaking at South Carleton High School

As many of you know, I have been working various jobs once a month for nearly a year and a half.  In December, I worked at the Gingerbread Man, in January at the Trail Road Waste Facility, but I did something a little different in February.  As I have done in several times since being elected, I accepted an invitation to speak to careers classes at South Carleton High School.  I always enjoy this opportunity as these Grade 10 students are no different than I was at that exact same point in my life, which seems to be much less recent than I thought.  One student kindly mentioned that she was born the same year I was in Grade 11.

For the majority of these students, my job is really quite boring so I generally refrain from talking about my job too much and spend most of the time talking to them about how I got from where they are now to where I am today.  I have spoken about this in a column before so I don’t want to be overly repetitive but the journey was not without setbacks.  From graduating from South Carleton to attending Carleton University to eventually being elected in 2010, all along the way there were people that told me I couldn’t achieve the goals I set out for myself.  It’s this that I emphasize when speaking with students because no matter what school you choose to go to or what career path you envision for yourself after high school, there will be negative people along the way.  If I had let these people bother me, I would never have run for election in 2010 after losing in 2006.  Whether applying to your first choice of University or College, going to an interview for your first job or running in an election, the lessons are the same and failure only teaches you how to succeed in the future.

While I’m sure some students in these classes tune me out the second I get there, I do appreciate the opportunity to speak to these students.  Even though they can’t vote, I represent them too and it is nice to get to know them and speak about their concerns in the community they live in as well.

In March, I’m back to “work” as Councillor for Hire takes me to the Goulbourn Museum on March 14 where I take part in their March Break day camp.

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Youth Connexion: Starting a Business

For students between the ages of 15 and 29, the City of Ottawa’s Youth Connexion program is hosting an Information Session at the Manotick Arena on Tuesday, March 12th from 7:00-8:00pm.  The speaker for the evening will be Majeed Mogharreban, Program Coordinator at Invest Ottawa.  The Province offers a program that provides $3000 to students looking to start their own business and also provides mentoring and hands-on coaching.  This information session will provide details on that program.

Watson’s Mill March Break Camps

This year, Watson’s Mill is expanding their March Break camp to 2 days of themed activities and fun! These are camps you do not want your children to miss! On Tuesday March 12th, kids can register with our Circus Camp and learn the ways of the Clown.  Juggle, make balloon animals, and put on rubber noses and big feet. It’s a day full of acrobatics and clowning around. Then, on Thursday March 14th, Watson’s Mill gets Goofy as we take a trip to the enchanted world of all things Disney. Campers will have a ball at the Bippity Boppity boutique or ride to the isle of Tortuga with Captain Jack Sparrow.

This March Break, why not let your kids run off with the circus or perhaps hang with the most popular mouse in the world? Circus Camp and Disney Camp include activities, crafts and games that will have your child swinging from the roof.  Camp has never been so fun! Camp Date: Tuesday March 12 and Thursday March 14. Cost: $25 ($20 for members) includes one small snack, bring your own lunch. Time: 9:00am- 4:00pm. Ages: 6-12.

Spring/Summer Recreation eGuide Now Available

The Spring/Summer Recreation eGuide is now online at Ottawa.ca.  Registration for Swimming and Aquafitness programs began on March 4 at 10 p.m. online and by calling 613-580-2588. In-person registration at any recreation or cultural facility began March 5 during regular business hours. Registration for all other programs including summer camps begins on March 6 at 10 p.m. online or by calling 613-580-2588. In-person registration at any recreation or cultural facility begins March 7 during regular business hours.

Residents are advised to review the list of activities and registration procedures now to ensure they are ready to enroll in their favourite classes in a timely manner. Anyone registering will need a client barcode and a family PIN (Personal Identification Number). Please have this information ready for faster processing.  Residents can get a family PIN at Ottawa.ca as well.

High volumes of online registrants are expected throughout the first week of registration which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.  If you encounter delays, please wait for a few minutes before you try again or try our Touch Tone Telephone registration system at 613-580-2588.

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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.

Column: Dickinson Square, Richmond Development and more

The most awkward vote an elected official ever has to make is the one that pertains to his/her own salary. Be it municipal, provincial or federal elected officials, we all have to vote at one point or another on what we should make. This issue has been in the news lately with the proposed cost of living allowance to City Councillors, effective January 1, 2013.

During a debate in North Gower in the Fall of 2010, all five Rideau-Goulbourn candidates for Councillor were asked whether or not we would support/accept a pay increase during our term, if elected.  Coming from a job that paid less than half of what I would make if elected, I said no. In my effort to keep my word to the individual who asked the question, I dissented from the proposed increased at Council on February 13.  However, along with Councillor Mark Taylor, I put forward a motion that would allow me to opt out of the pay increase and remain at the same salary for the remainder of this term.  This motion was rejected at Council on a vote of 15-6.  I am now forced to accept the pay increase that I had committed not to accept.  Councillor Taylor has committed to giving the money back to the City, Councillor Peter Clark has already donated the increase to a charity of his choice.  What I want to ask of you is: where should my increase go?  It would be wrong of me to vote against the increase and then turn around and accept it, therefore should I write a cheque for the difference back to the City of Ottawa or should I donate it to a charitable or community organization?  I want to hear your thoughts on this issue.

Dickinson Square: Request for Expressions of Interest

As many of you are aware, the City of Ottawa acquired six properties in Dickinson Square in 2008.  At that time, the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation was formed with a mandate to protect and preserve the heritage nature of Dickinson Square but also to repay the expenditure to the City of Ottawa through sale or lease of any or all of the properties.  The properties included Watson’s Mill, Dickinson House, the Carriage Shed, the Ayres Building, the Weaver’s House as well as the properties to the north, known as the Clapp and Holloway properties.  Shortly after, Watson’s Mill was sold to Watson’s Mill Manotick Inc. and further, the Holloway property was deemed unsuitable for construction.

The Requests for Expressions of Interest is the stage in the process where we seek interest in the properties.  No resolution will be determined through this process, nor will any sale.  Its purpose is to gauge interest in any or all of the properties and to make aware to any proponent the objectives of the MMQCDC in preserving the heritage qualities of the Square.  This process will conclude in April and will involve City staff meeting with proponents, providing information concerning the properties and explains the objectives for adaptive reuse and redevelopment.  As with the rezoning, much of the direction has been derived from the Manotick Secondary Plan and the visioning sessions that were conducted by the Manotick Village Community Association and Dickinson Square Heritage Management Inc.  This direction helps staff inform the proponents as to what would fit in the Square and respect the village and its history.

This issue will be discussed at the March 7 meeting that I will be hosting to discuss a variety of Manotick issues.  That meeting will take place at the Manotick Arena at 7pm.

Richmond Development

On February 13, the City hosted a meeting to discuss a development application from Caivan Developments at 6335 & 6350 Perth Street.  This meeting was well attended by many residents from Richmond and I want to thank them for their attendance and comments during this meeting.  Many of the comments made were consistent with the comments heard during the Community Design Plan process for Richmond.  Issues such as drainage, communal well systems and sewer services were key issues raised.  These are outstanding concerns from the CDP process and as per Council direction in 2010, must be resolved prior to any development outside the current serviceable area in Richmond. Other comments included transportation issues as well as parks and recreation.  As soon as possible, we’ll make comments heard at the meeting available to the public. More information about this application can be found at www.ottawa.ca/devapps.  Please provide any comments on this proposed development to myself or to Cheryl.McWilliams@ottawa.ca.

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 www.ngcns.com.

And now a message from Watson’s Mill…

Watson’s Mill Presents…Manotick Files De-Classified

On Wednesday February 27 at 7:00 pm, local resident and man-about-town, Rich McDonald will open the de-classified files on Manotick’s political past. If there is one thing Rich knows, its politics. He served as a municipal councillor in the Ottawa area for 24 years and was the Chair of a number of municipal committees including: Planning, Recreation, and Transportation. He has seen it all and through first-hand accounts, he will reveal what really went on when Manotick Main Street got its first traffic light. It’s time the public hear the real stories of the village from the construction of the public library to the icy reaction of Manotick’s first Recreation centre.  Rich was there for it all and he is not afraid to tell the back stories behind them all.

Watson’s Mill Presents … is a community lecture series offered to the public as a way of educating, entertaining and creating a conversation. The village of Manotick has large number of interesting and knowledgeable residents with engaging stories to tell and on the last Wednesday of each month we have the opportunity to hear them speak. Admission is $2 for Watson Mill Members and $5 for General Public, in support of Watson’s Mill programming.  Call for more details: 613-692-6455.

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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.

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 ottawa.ca/liveableottawa. 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 www.curling.ca.  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 www.ngcns.com.

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: education@goulbournmuseum.ca.  The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please visit http://goulbournmuseum.ca/whats-happening/, 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 www.osu.ca for a list of programs and registration information.

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.

Column: What's going on with Dickinson Square?

As many of you know, there is a Zoning By-law Amendment proposed for the properties in Dickinson Square, which include the Ayres Building, Weaver House, Dickinson House, Carriage Shed, and the property at 1131 Clapp Lane. We have scheduled a meeting to discuss the proposal for August 2 at the Manotick Arena from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
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Column: Minto Mahogany development has begun

Many residents around Manotick may have recently noticed that Minto has begun preliminary work on Phase 1 of their Mahogany development. One of the commitments made by Minto to the residents of Manotick was to not use Manotick Main Street during construction. Although this commitment was made well before I was elected, I was familiar with it and I expected it was worked out with City officials. Last week, unfortunately, I realized it was not and trucks were carrying on down Main Street with no real alternative as First Line Road is not a truck route.
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Watson's Mill Accepting Summer Job Applications

It’s that time of year again and Watson’s Mill is preparing for the 2012 season. Youth are welcome to submit their cover letter and resume c/o: The Manager, by email: watsonsmillmanotick@rogers.com; by mail: PO Box 145, Manotick, ON K4M 1A2; or in person at: the Carriage Shed office, 5524 Dickinson St., Manotick—office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00-4:00. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 2nd, 2012 at noon. See www.watsonsmill.com for more details.
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