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.