Green Light Awareness Campaign
I am proud to announce the official launch of the Green Light Awareness Campaign! Ottawa’s rural communities are served by 470 volunteer firefighters, many of whom are equipped with green flashing lights on their personal vehicles. When you see a green light flashing from a driver’s dashboard, it means the driver is a volunteer firefighter responding to an emergency. Drivers are asked, as a courtesy, to please yield the road to these vehicles with green flashing lights. Pulling over when you see a firefighter’s green light can have a big impact, as every second counts. You may notice additional road signs and billboards reminding drivers about the meaning of green lights of the program. They will help spread awareness and educate drivers on the meaning of flashing green lights in vehicles and why we should pull over for them.
This project has been in the works for a long time, and it all started here in Osgoode, after a conversation with Jean Johnson from the Osgoode Village Community Association who brought this issue to my attention. I brought the campaign to the attention of other Councilors and we worked to bring these signs and this program to the rural communities in Ottawa.
I'd like to thank Osgoode Village Community Association, Fire Chief Gerry Pingitore, Deputy Fire Chief Paul Hutt, District Fire Chief Adrian Dearman, the Community Protective Services Committee, and all my colleagues who helped bring this campaign to the forefront for rural Ottawa.
Secondary Sump Pump Rebate Program
At Council this week, a 2-year pilot project was approved that will give 100 Ottawa residents a rebate of up to $400 when installing a secondary sump pump with back-up battery power. Launching in early 2018, the federal government will provide nearly half of the funding for the pilot, through the National Disaster Mitigation Program, which aims to address the rising risks and costs of flooding. A secondary sump pump with back-up battery power reduces the risk of basement flooding during a power outage. While this project is still in development at this time and may change closer to launch, staff have indicated that for residents to qualify for the program they will have to have a functional sump pump already installed and be up to date on their taxes. Applicants for the project will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, so we will keep you posted on any new details that emerge and on the specific date that this program launches so you can apply fast.
The latest play by the ITR Theatre group was a hit on opening night in Osgoode. Once again it was a full house for “Short Handed: A Ladies Game”. This comical play was all about women in a very important Game 7, and how they managed both on and off the ice. Mayor Jim Watson made a cameo appearance, proudly wearing his Ottawa Senators jersey. As always, great performances, great acting, and wonderful to see so many friends and guests at the theatre production. There are several more performances of this fantastic play scheduled, so check my event calendar for details and future dates.
LRT Stage 2 South Terminus - Public Information Session
On Wednesday October 25th, Ottawa City Staff held a Public Information Session on the LRT Stage 2 South Terminus. Staff highlighted some new details, and the information session presented another opportunity for the city to engage with residents on the different aspects of the LRT and clarify different parts of the project that may still be unclear. Staff shared a wealth of information, with a specific focus on connectivity between the LRT and existing infrastructure such as the Multi-Use Pathway, which will allow for many in our Ward to bike safely to the LRT station, and use public transit into the city. The session was well attended by residents of our ward, local business owners, and numerous representatives from community associations from groups like the Osgoode Ward Advisory Committee, the Osgoode Ward Business Association, the Greely Business Association and the Osgoode Village Community Association.
Residents Marcel and Linda Moncion, owners of Moncions YIG in Riverside South, generously donated their cooking demo kitchen for a unique CHEO fundraiser. There were plenty of exciting foods to sample on the floor level, and upstairs you were able to watch the chefs prepare food and sample as well. CHEO was accepting donations from customers throughout the event. Once the food was cooked, celebrity judging took place along with guest judges from the City, including Councillor Michael Qaquish and myself. Now that was fun! Mayor Watson and MP Pierre Poilievre also stopped by and said a few words on the great things CHEO does. also mentioning the tremendous support that Marcel and Linda give to their community. They raised well over $6,000 in a few short hours.
O-YA Fall Harvest Dinner
O-YA celebrated Canada and Ontario’s 150 anniversary with meal prepared by local Chef Steph Legari (TV Host, Caterer & Food Planner), Mathieu Desjardins (Chef to British High Commission), and Alexandra Benedict (Chef at NAC and Parliament Hill). Live musical entertainment by Sherri Harding during dinner and Cat n’ Around played on till the close. The meal was both colourful and a culinary adventure for sure! It was a unique event and one that drew many people not only from our Ward, but from all around the city. There was a great team effort on behalf of the youth who were serving and staff who worked this event. Well done O-YA!
50th Anniversary Ivan/Linda Wyman
Another wonderful couple celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the Greely Legion, surrounded by family and friends. Ivan and Linda Wyman are familiar faces for their involvement with the Greely Legion and for their diverse work helping out in the community. There were so many people who took the time to join in on the celebration, and this serves as a testament to the warmth and respect that this community has for Ivan and Linda. I was very proud to present them with a certificate from the Mayor and myself congratulating them and wishing them many more years of good health and happiness. The evening finished off with live music, a wonderful buffet and an anniversary cake.
Fries for Charity - OCC
Once again the Fries for Charity was out in the community helping to raise funds for the Osgoode Care Centre. Al and Judy Graham, along with Brad Nixon, were on hand at the Care Centre for the folks who live or work there and anyone else who stopped by for the fresh fries! Fried For Charity works on donations only, and all money goes to the Care Centre to assist with the upgrades and additions that are needed. The community support and sponsors are what keep this little operation going. If you see them out and about, please stop by and support them as the money all goes back into the community.
Well it was a busy time this week with the Open Door! It was wonderful to see so many people stop by for a quick chat on community issues or picking up 911 Blade signs and Slow Down signs. I am always happy to meet with anyone to go over community business and updates, or too help them connect with the appropriate channels. Looking forward to next week again! Please stop in from between 1 PM and 5 PM every Tuesday in Metcalfe.
Osgoode Public School Ribbon Ceremony
The kindergarten children at Osgoode Public School presented a very special “ribbon” ceremony to say “thank you” and officially open their new play structure. The fundraising events that took place over the last year and city grant programs helped to secure a play structure for the little ones. The children formed a circle with a red ribbon being held by each one as the principal said a few words of welcome and thanks to all the helped with the project. The children also made individual thank you cards that were handed out to all the guests that came out. It was quite touching to see so many smiling faces and laughter coming from the children as they played on the brand new structure.
Dress Purple Day
In the province of Ontario, October is recognized as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. This provincial campaign, entitled “Speak Up For Kids”, urges community members to reflect on their role in supporting the safety and well-being of children and youth in our community. October 24th was Dress Purple Day, which was to educate the public on the importance of recognizing the signs of abuse and neglect and reporting any suspicions. Thank you to everyone who dressed in purple on Tuesday to show their support.
ReCollect Ottawa Collection Calendar App
We are pleased to be launching the ReCollect Collection Calendar app, in collaboration with the Service Innovation and Performance Department. The online ReCollect calendar has been in use since September 2012 and provides residents with a reminder of their collection day and the type of material scheduled for collection.
The new mobile app is now available free of charge through Apple and Android stores. By downloading the collection calendar app, residents will be able to receive notifications about their collection and quickly reference their collection calendar on their Apple and Android devices. ReCollect apps are used by over 100 municipalities across North America. Each of these mobile apps is unique to the municipality (name, artwork, content, etc.), and has been very well received by residents. In addition to weekly calendar reminders, customized waste diversion messages can also be incorporated into the app. The mobile app will be promoted via City’s social media (Twitter and Facebook).
In addition to the ReCollect app residents can access the ReCollect calendar on Ottawa.ca. They can download and print the collection calendar, upload it to personal calendars or sign up for email, telephone or Twitter notifications. Since September 2012, the online ReCollect calendar has reached 68,000 active users.
Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact Jackie Hynes, Program Manager of Public Outreach and Communications at 613-580-2424, extension 12059.
What's Happening in the Ward!
Councillor Darouze's 2nd Annual Haunted House
Submitted by Councillor George Darouze
As my ghastly alter-ego Count-Cillor George Darouze, I invite you to attend my 2nd Annual Haunted House! On Saturday, October 28th between 12 PM and 3 PM stop in at the Greely Community Centre, at 1448 Meadow Drive in Greely, for pumpkin decorating, costumes, games, activities, loot bags and cookie decorating. In collaboration with Rural South Recreation and the Greely Lions, it will be a fright to remember. Admission is free!
Comedy Classic Show
Submitted by OWBA
Get your tickets for the Comedy Classic Show happening Friday, November 3rd!
Come on out for an evening of cocktails, followed by an incredible 4-course dinner, hilarious performances from two great comedians and some dancing to finish the night!
Headlining this year is Frank Spadone, also performing will be Josh Williams. Check them out on youtube, they'll have you laughing all night!
7:00pm 4-Course Dinner
8:30pm Josh Williams
9:00pm Frank Spadone
$75 per ticket
This event will be hosted at Orchard View Event Centre as an OWBA fundraiser.
To purchase tickets, call 613-821-2675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.