VOLUME 4, ISSUE 22: June 15, 2018


Week in Review!


Greely Community Association Annual General Meeting & Plaque Presentation
The Greely Community Association (GCA) had their Annual General Meeting with elections this week that saw the same executive team unanimously voted back into their positions for another year. This board works incredibly hard for their community and host many events throughout the year for everyone to enjoy. President Adam Sooley, Vice-President Andrea Ghent, Secretary Carol Pietka, and Past President Bruce Brayman accepted a 20 year congratulatory plaque from my office for the great community service that they provide residents. Missing was re-elected Treasurer Lee Warrysh.


Leave the Phone Alone at OTHS
The third distracted driving campaign was held at Osgoode Township High School (OTHS) this week in conjunction with the Ottawa Police Services (OPS) and Safer Roads Ottawa staff. Alongside OPS and volunteer students, we greeted students and parents and handed out decals and printed materials as they arrived at school, bringing awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. Students were also encouraged to tell their parents to “leave the phone alone” while they are driving them around. Good advice!


Metcalfe Lions Annual Steak BBQ
The Metcalfe Lions held their annual steak BBQ at the Fairgrounds and sold a record amount of tickets! Al Graham was busy cooking up the meat while other Lions helped at a various stations and welcomed their guests. Consider this event for next year if you have never been, it’s awesome!


Open Door
Thanks for coming to Open Door this week! I was happy to donate a basket to the Live and Learn’s Annual Golf Tournament being held next Monday June 18th. There is still room left if you’d like to play. I look forward to seeing more residents at next week’s Open Door on Tuesday between 1-5pm at the Metcalfe Office.


O-YA Block Party and My 3d Annual BBQ for Osgoode
The Annual Block Party event organized by Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA) had many added attractions this year, and a record-breaking attendance! The warm sunshine provided an extra incentive for people to get outside and be a part of this large community event in the Osgoode Village. Once again, I would like to acknowledge and thank the volunteer Firefighters who grilled the delicious hot dogs for my free BBQ and my staff for organizing and taking care of my booth! Fries for Charity also joined the event this year, raising a significant amount for the O-YA centre! Great job on your hard work and great event. Well done everyone!


Metcalfe Farmers Market
The weekly Farmer’s Market in Metcalfe had a couple of young talented students from Metcalfe Public School, attracting quite a crowd with their impressive vocals. Inside the market, vendors were busy with customers as usual where you could purchase fresh garden vegetables, dog treats, pastries, barn wood crafts, soaps, artwork, and crafted jewellery, just to name a few. Remember to visit them every Saturday from 9am – 1pm on the Metcalfe Fair grounds.


Vernon Annual Community Garage Sale
The Annual Community Garage sale in Vernon was a treasure trove of some great items!  Walking around the community and seeing all the items up for grabs was also a good opportunity to meet resident that I had never actually met in person! Wonder community event for sure!


Lebanon Night at the Races
The annually celebrated Lebanese night at the races was hosted this week at Rideau Carleton Raceway, with well over 200 people in attendance. Guests were invited to taste the great Lebanese dishes prepared and served on the buffet, while enjoying the traditional dancers performing in costume. The opening ceremony featured well-known Lebanese singer Samantha Ammoun, singing both anthems and sharing the winners circle with my council colleagues Eli El-Chantiry and Michael Qaqish for the first opening race of the evening. It was great to have many family members come and enjoy the evening with me.


St. Mary’s Family Fun Night
The Annual Family Fun Night at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School was an great success once again with so many families enjoying the great activities planned outdoors. Bouncy castles; dunk tank; BBQ; Fries for Charity; silent auction and cake auction were just some of the great ways to spend some fun quality time with the family and staff of the school.  Well done and as always, it was fun to man the dunk tank while others were dropped into the water! Maybe next time, I will brave the wet and be the one sitting on the drop seat!


Stagecoach Road and Mitch Owens Road Speed Limits
I have had a few concerns to my office about the newly installed speed limit signs on Stagecoach Road and Mitch Owens Road, lowering the speed limit to 60km/h. Please know that both the new speed limit of 60km/h and the speed limit signs that have been installed are temporary. Once resurfacing is completed on these roads for this season, the temporary speed limit signs will be removed and the speed will return to 80km/h.


What’s Happening in the Osgoode Ward

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!


UPCOMING SOON: Mock Fire Training In Osgoode on Wednesday June 20th 2018
Fire Station 92 will be doing a mock fire training at Osgoode Youth Association in Osgoode on June 20th 2018. This may include some trucks with lights and sirens, and closing and rerouting traffic on Osgoode Main Street for a few hours, between 6-9pm.


UPCOMING SOON: Annual Scramble Golf Tournament
The Greely Lions Club presents the Annual Scramble Golf Tournament in partnership with Live and Learn Resource Centre.  Monday 18th of June 2018 at the Metcalfe Golf and Country Club.  1956 8th Line Road, Metcalfe, Ontario.  Registration 10:30am. Lunch at noon.  Shotgun start at 1:00.  Only $125 per golfer and includes: full BBQ lunch; green fees; power cart; dinner after the tournament.  Sponsors and golfers please contact Lion Ellen at 613 746-1197 or visit www.greelylions.ca/events/charity-golf/.



  • 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
    • 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. You can see the list of culver replacement locations on my website here.
    • 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.
    • 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. 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



    What’s Happening in the City

    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.


    City Of Ottawa Hiring Election Workers
    The City of Ottawa is hiring election workers for a variety of positions at voting places throughout the city on October 12 and 22. Visit http://ottawa.ca/vote and fill out an Election Worker application today here.


    Community Meeting For LRT Extension In Riverside South
    LRT is coming to your neighbourhood! Come out to the community meeting on June 21st  to hear from City of Ottawa Staff and provide input on how the Community Design Plan should be updated to accommodate the new Light Rail Transit extension into Riverside South. Come discuss your thoughts with LRT Staff, City Planning Staff and Urbandale on how you think the community should be shaped for the future.


    Public Information Session for New OPS South Campus
    The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is pleased to invite you to a Public Engagement Session on June 26th from 6:30pm-8:30pm about the development of its new South Campus at 55 Lodge Road. There is no need to register for the Session. Please drop in!


    Submit Nominations for Order of Ottawa
    Nominations for the Order of Ottawa are now being accepted. Give someone the recognition they deserve. Details here.


    OPS Warn Of Rash of Theft From Vehicles
    The Ottawa Police Service would like to advise the public on a rash of theft from vehicles where suspects are either opening unlocked car doors or breaking windows. Since January 1, 2018, there have been 1662 reported thefts from vehicles throughout the city. Anyone with information regarding a theft from a vehicle or any other crime is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers, toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.



    • 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, 2018 allows 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.
    • STEP to Focus On Cycling Safety and Construction Zones
      The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on cycling safety and construction zones during the month of June.
    • 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.