VOLUME 4, ISSUE 21: June 8, 2018


Week in Review!


Food Aid & 14th Annual Mayor’s Rural Expo
Last Friday was the 14th Annual Rural Expo and Food Aid BBQ Fundraiser in support of the Ottawa Food Bank! The Expo had many vendors and businesses from rural Ottawa showcasing all they have to offer; among them were our local Metcalfe Fair, Osgoode Township Museum, Orchardview Wedding & Event Centre, the Capital Fair, Osgoode Ward Business Association, Travellin’ Farmer, Osgoode Medieval Festival, Calrmell Farms Bakery, Heavenly Honey, and more! The BBQ included delicious burgers provided by The Works and awesome country music from New Country 94. One of my personal favorite attractions of the expo is always the Celebrity Milking Contest, which is always exciting! Thank you to all the Osgoode Ward groups and businesses who participated in the Expo and to all those who came down to attend the Expo. I love seeing the rural in the downtown core!


6th Annual Lemonade Standimonium
With June 2nd  being declared by Mayor Jim Watson as Lemonade Standimonium Day, children from the City of Ottawa area built their own Lemonade Stands to raise funds for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Support Programs. There were many fantastic teams all around Metcalfe and Greely selling delicious lemonade at their stands! Many of the teams also have home baked goodies for sale to help raise money. It is very inspiring to see so many young and talented children involved in the community while helping to make a change. Well done everyone, and thank you for taking a Stand against cancer!


Vernon Family Gardening Day
The First Annual Vernon Family Gardening Day was quite a success with many families planting in the garden plot, with the provided gloves, seeds and a chance to win a Popcorn basket donated by my office. The Vernon Community Association’s idea for the Vernon Community Garden is to allow people to plant seeds, let them grow and harvest them in the Fall. Great idea by organizers Jacqueline and Robin, I can’t wait for next year’s planting!


OTHS Car Wash Fundraiser
Grade 12 students from Osgoode Township High School (OTHS) held a car wash at the Metcalfe Fire Station this weekend as a fundraiser for their Grad celebrations. Students were eager to wash cars and get them on their way as more came in. Close to $300 was raised for their efforts! Good job guys!


Fries for Charity at the Osgoode Care Centre
Fries for Charity were busy raising funds once again for Osgoode Care Centre this week. Residents and staff enjoyed some of the best fries in town while sitting outside enjoying the beautiful weather. This event was open to the public was a huge success! The OCC also received funds from various businesses where Fries for Charity had participated in local events over the past few months; $1500 raised at the OCSTC Drag Races, $1030 from the Metcalfe Meet & Greet, $1000 donated by Carleton Mushroom, $500 from Hicks Insurance & Grenville Mutual, and $500 from Sun Life! Well done everyone showing community spirit and supporting the OCC! Thanks to Al Graham and his team of volunteers and sponsors for helping to give back. I’m so proud to be a part of this great rural community!


Open Door
I was happy to start my Open Door this week by welcoming the Rural South Recreation Camp Directors and Coordinators for 2018. I can’t wait to see them in the community keeping our kids busy with fun and games! There are many residents with lots of great ideas for the community coming to Open Door this Tuesday. It’s very inspiring to know and see how passionate and involved my residents are with the Osgoode Ward. It was also exciting to present the Greely Gardeners Group with a certificate to celebrated their 20th anniversary! Congratulations on your hard work, commitment, and fantastic green thumbs! I very much enjoy having your group in my Ward. Please do stop by the Metcalfe Office for my Open Door next Tuesday from 1-5pm, I would love to meet and speak with you!


Tick Talk
As a joint effort with the Osgoode Fish, Game & Conservation Club and guest speakers from Ottawa Public Health; Ministry of Natural Resources and VOCAL groups, there were some astounding statistics and great information on ticks that are fast becoming a part of the outdoor life right here in our backyards. Identifying symptoms, different types of ticks, prevention and treatments were all discussed. Listening to a very personal journey of pain, years of seeking a proper diagnosis, and seeking treatment for Lyme Disease was especially interesting and relevant to other members of the audience that have also experienced being infected by a tick. One of the most important things to remember is to always check yourself and your animals when you come in from outdoors! Ticks don't fly, they latch on from tall grass and other animals. It is a good idea to carry a tick key with you at all times as a safe practice. Once bitten by a tick or if it is latched on for more than 24 hours, don't waste anytime seeking medical help. Ticks are here and not going away anytime soon. Practice prevention and check your animals often!


13th Annual Shroomfest Beneficiary Night
The 13th Annual Shroomfest raised $62,950 this year, which was donated this week to over 30 local charities, groups, and organizations! These local groups are what keep our youth, our seniors, and our community thriving with resources and support. The money they received tonight will go towards keeping their programs running and keep up their amazing work in the community! There were many great words of thanks from the beneficiaries, with some emotional stories on how they will be spending the funds and grateful they are to be a beneficiary. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients, I am thankful you are all in our community and I know you will continue to do great things! Thank you to Al and Judy Graham and the Shroomfest Committee for their hard work along with the generous sponsors for their donations to the event. Shroomfest exceeded their goal of raising $60,000 this year. Their continuous spirit of generosity never ceases to amaze me!



What’s Happening in the Osgoode Ward

THIS WEEKEND: My 3rd Annual FREE BBQ in the Park for Osgoode
Every year I host one free BBQ in each village of the Ward. Join me for my 3rd Annual free BBQ for the Osgoode Village at O-YA's Summer Block Party, June 9th! My booth will have free hot dogs, balloon twisting, outdoor games, and mini horses! My BBQ runs Saturday, June 9th from Noon until 2:00pm. The Block Party runs from 11am until 3pm. Hope to see everyone there.


O-YA's 2nd Annual Summer Block Party
O-YA's Summer Block Party is BACK and better than ever! Working in partnership with O-YA's Youth Advisory Committee, there are MANY fun activities for all ages on Saturday June 9th. There will be henna tattoos, a magic show, outdoor lazer tag, an international baking contest, and escape room, live music, and more! See O-YA’s page for details.

UPCOMING SOON: Metcalfe Lions Annual Steak BBQ
The Metcalfe and District Lions Club are hosting their Annual Steak BBQ Dinner next monday! Tickets are only $25 each, for a delicious juicy steak, baked potato, fresh local mushrooms and more! Contact Lion Helen at 613-821-3685 to get tickets. Must be purchased advance!


The Osgoode Township Museum
The Osgoode Township Museum will be closed from Jun 16th until August 31st for a major roof renovation. All summer camps will be held in the Vernon Recreation Centre and the Vernon Baptist Church. To see all their fun activities and programs planned, see their website!


Osgoode Village Community Association Canada Day Celebrations
The Osgoode Village Community Association organizing committee is hard at work securing activities for this year’s Canada Day celebrations. It is a fun-filled family event that begins at 2PM with pony rides, petting zoo, a BBQ, entertainment on the main stage and so much more! See here for further details.


East Culvert Replacements
There will be several roads closed in the east end of the city to allow for the replacement of 15 different culverts under the roadway. Work will begin June 11 with other culverts in the city, following with the culverts on the roads effected below. Work is expected to wrap up on the final location in October. 

  • River Road north of Roger Stevens Drive
  • River Road south of Roger Stevens Drive 
  • River Road 0.5 km south of Cabin Road
  • River Road immediately south of Cabin Road
  • River Road south of Roger Stevens Drive 
  • Dalmeny Road east of River Road
  • Cabin Road east of River Road (full road closure)
  • Stagecoach Road south of Dalmeny Road


11th Annual Playing it Forward for Wishes Golf & Fun Day
We would like you to invite you to attend the 11th Annual Playing it Forward for Wishes Golf & Fun Day taking place Sunday, July 22nd at Metcalfe Golf Club. Our annual PIFFW fundraising event supports Make a Wish and other children and family charities in our community. We also aim to teach children the concept of Paying It Forward in our community. Parents and kids are invited to enjoy a fun day of golf and/or fun day activities such as Touch a Truck, Rock Climbing, Bouncy Castles, a BBQ and much more. To register for the event please click here. If you have any questions about Playing It Forward for Wishes, please contact Rob Howell: rhowell@metcalfegolf.com



  • Visit the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays now through to October at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds between 9am-1pm. See what each vendor has to offer!
  • Volunteers Needed for Osgoode Medieval Festival
  • Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard
    • Drop off food donations on the 1st Saturday of the every month between 9-11am at All Saints Anglican Church (7103 Parkway Road).
  • Pick up your new 911 Civic Sign Blade
    • If you live on one of the following roads, please contact jane.diraimo@ottawa.ca to schedule a pick-up time from the Metcalfe Office: 8th Line, 9th Line, Bank, Belmeade, Blackcreek, Blanchfeild, Dalmeny, Gordon Murdock, Manotick Station, Marvelville, Mitch Owens, Nixon, Osgoode Main, Parkway, River, Snake Island, Stagecoach, Swale, Victoria, York's Corners, Castor, Springhill (East). If your blade sign has rusted and you are not located on one of these a main road, you can always purchase a new one here.
  • Watson’s Mill and Dickinson Square
    • Be sure to check Watson’s Mill Free 2018 Schedule of Events, including a strawberry social, their new ‘Night Shift’ event, daily guided tours, and live milling demos every Sunday afternoon!
  • Fire Ban Alerts
    • Sign Up to receive immediate email alerts when a fire ban is in effect or lifted, sign up. Don’t forget you now have the option to apply or renew your Open Air Fire Permits (Burn Permits) online through the My ServiceOttawa Portal!
  • Road Construction Notices
    Find below ongoing road construction. Stay tuned in my weekly e-newsletters for more construction notices once they become available. Please check out the complete list of 2018 improvements here.
    • Mitch Owens Rd from River Road to 300M east of Downey
    • Stagecoach from Snake Island to Mitch Owens
    • Lafortune Drive North of Lawrence to the dead end


What’s Happening in the City


Give Away Weekend in Ottawa
Giveaway Weekend in Ottawa is a platform for participants to give away gently used items that are no longer needed to others in the Ottawa community on June 9 and 10. Let others find treasure in your old items, while also diverting from the landfill.


RVCA Plants 275,000 This Spring!
The Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) is pleased to report that 275,000 healthy native tree seedlings have been planted in the Rideau Valley this spring. These young trees add to the total as RVCA and its planting partners strive to plant a total of 6.5 million trees by 2020. Tree planting is one of the most practical ways to take care of our watershed and the wider environment.


The Mayor’s Annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors
Sunday, July 1, 2018 Mayor Watson will be hosting his Annual Canada Day Celebration for Seniors from 8:00 am to 10:30 am! Breakfast will served from 8:00 am to 10:00 am (no reserved seating) I have limited tickets available at my office, first come first serve. Please call Jane at x30327 to reserve your two tickets.


New Process to Get a Black, Blue, or Green Bin
As of June 4th 2018, residents of Ottawa who require a new blue, black, or green bin will no longer need to request a Canadian Tire coupon to receive new bins. The new process is much more simple, with the recycling containers delivered directly to the resident’s home within five (5) business days. See here for details. 


Ottawa Firefighters Visiting  Homes
You might get a visit from City of Ottawa firefighters this week to make sure that your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in working order! Firefighters visit Ottawa homes in this manner each spring and fall and have been doing so since the 'Wake Up' program began in 2005. Visits will take place between 6 and 8 pm on weekdays and between 2 and 4 pm on weekends, in selected areas only. Firefighters will be in uniform and you are not obligated to provide them access to your home! The Ontario Fire Code requires homes to have a working smoke alarm on each floor and outside each sleeping area. Carbon monoxide alarms are required outside sleeping areas if the home has an attached garage or a fuel-fired appliance. You can read more details here.


STEP to focus on cycling safety and construction zones
The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on cycling safety and construction zones during the month of June. Between 2012 and 2016, there were 1486 collisions involving cyclists with 1297 injuries and 12 fatalities. In Ottawa, between 2012 and 2016, 956 collisions occurred in construction zones resulting in 205 injuries and 1 fatality. Residents have identified traffic safety as a top priority. The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents.



  • Wild Parsnip
    • The City has started to spray treatment for Wild Parsnip and will end on October 15, 2018. Staff will continue to monitor and map wild parsnip infestation levels throughout the remainder of the year. If you see wild parsnip, report it to 3-1-1! For further information on wild parsnip, please consult the City of Ottawa website.
    • Please note that homeowners are responsible for any noxious weeds on private property.
  • Grass, Weeds and Roadways
    • The City is reminding property owners of residences that they are responsible for cutting the grass and weeds along ditches and roadways next to their property, even if the property is vacant.
  • New Traffic & Parking By-law
    • The new Traffic & Parking By-law that took effect June 1st, 2018allows motorists to park for up to six consecutive hours (between 7 am and 7 pm) on streets where there are no parking limit signs. This means you will be able to park for longer time periods between 7am-7pm, as the previous by law had a limit of 3 hours where there was no parking signage.
  • Rural Shopper’s Bus
    • Rural residents can use the FREE Shoppers' Bus routes 301-305 once a week service from rural communities to urban shopping destinations, arriving at urban shopping centers around 10 am and leave at 2:30 pm. For more information, please visit Rural Shoppers Routes.