VOLUME 4, ISSUE 23: June 22, 2018


Week in Review!


Community Christian School Tour of City of City Hall
What a fun morning with Community Christian School from Metcalfe as I gave the grade 5's a tour of Ottawa City Hall last Friday! We had a chance to check out all the great careers City of Ottawa offers, as well as visiting Mayor Jim Watson Office, Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame and the council chambers with our City Manager. We wrapped up the tour with a stop at my office, where I handed out snap bracelets provided by Safer Roads Ottawa and City of Ottawa pins. I hope you all enjoyed your day! Thank you to Service Ottawa and everyone we spoke with at the 2018 Career Showcase. One City, One Team!


Castor Valley Family Fun Night
The Annual Family Fun Night at Castor Valley had a huge crowd of families attending, even with the damp weather! The activities setup both indoors and outdoors were a great opportunity for families to spend some quality time together and with other families. There was also a bake sale table, silent auction table and great demonstration by Samurai Arts Academy from Metcalfe during the evening. The food tent with popcorn, cotton candy and delicious BBQ manned by the Volunteer Fire Fighters kept everyone full! It was a great evening and I am happy to have had the chance to meet so many people there.


Info Night for Greely Village Centre
The Greely Village Centre hosted their information night for the progression on upcoming developments. If you missed the info night or have any questions, please email gvc123@rogers.com  


Holy Trinity Fish Fry
Metcalfe’s Holy Trinity church held their famous Fish Fry this past week, and as always, it was packed with people! Residents came and found a seat to dine-in at the hall, while others stopped by for some take-out dinner. Overall it was a fantastic fundraiser, great food, and equally great people attending. Thanks to all the volunteers that make the dinner run so smoothly with such a large crowd!


Greely Lions Blood Drive
The Greely Lions participated in another Blood Drive at the Greely Community Centre this week. Participating in this event can make a huge difference is someone else’s life. What better way to give back to society than to donate blood; it’s in you to give! Thank you to everyone who donated and all the volunteers and workers for setting up and taking care of all the donors.


O-YA Mock Evacuation
Have you ever seen a mock evacuation with the fire department?  It is one of the most fascinating community events to experience by far. The Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA) had the privilege of having the Firefighters of Station #91 and #92 play out a mock evacuation while the youth were attending a program. Smoke filled rooms, alarms were going off, and all made their way outside safely. Firefighters from Metcalfe and Osgoode came down the main street to O-YA with their trucks to participate in the event, while demonstrating proper safety procedure to the participants.  On hand were Deputy Fire Chief Paul Hutt and District Fire Chief Adrian Dearman along with several other chiefs and many Volunteer Firefighters from Station #91 and #92. Rushing the building, crawling, and crouching, the firefighters made their way through the building sourcing out the fire. It was quite the scene to witness and thankfully, everything went extremely well. You can feel confident in our local Volunteer Firefighters and the job they do. I am very proud of them and congratulate them all on a successful Mock Evacuation Event!


Metcalfe Farmers Market
The Metcalfe Farmers Market is the hub to meet your neighbours and friends every Saturday from 9am to 1pm on the fairgrounds.  I love to take time and walk around the market, seeing old friends and new residents in the area. A stop to the Metcalfe Lions canteen is a must, being a great place to sit down for a few moments with friends. So relaxing! Stop by next Saturday morning if you can.


Carleton Junior Farmers “Redneck” Games
The Carleton Junior Farmers hosted their annual Redneck games fundraiser on the Metcalfe Fairgrounds on the weekend, setting up crazy game stations for all the participants to try.  Junior farmers visiting from as far away as Niagara and Hamilton look forward to the fun times and bonding experiences they have with visiting teams to Metcalfe. What a great way to raise funds for the CJF bursaries and entrance fees for members to compete in other counties as well. 


Open Door

Thanks to those who came to Open Door this week! A reminder that my Open Door will be closed July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st as I do during the summer every year. If you would like to come speak to me about an idea or a concern, please come by the Metcalfe Office on Tuesday between 1-5 in the next few weeks! Following the break in July, my Open Door will resume August 7th.



What’s Happening in the Osgoode Ward

Andy Sheilds Playground Concept Plan
Presentation plans for the new playground at Andy Shields Park have been posted on the City website here. If you wish to provide comments please send, no later than July 3, 2018 to the City Parks Planner Jennifer Hemmings at 613-580-2424 ext. 20157 or Jennifer.Hemmings@ottawa.ca. The comment period will remain open until July 3rd.


Special Library Announcement
Join myself and Councillor Tim Tierney, Chair of the Ottawa Public Library for a very special announcement for the Greely Library! June 28th at 4:30pm at the Greely Library. Everyone is welcome!


Notice to Veterans of the Canadian Forces and the RCMP
The Royal Canadian Legion’s Provincial Service Officer (PSO) will be paying a visit to the Osgoode Legion during the week of July 16th -- the exact date to be determined. If you or any veteran you know might need some assistance from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) you may wish to meet with this PSO. You don't need to be a member of the Legion to apply for benefits. The Legion can help you get the paperwork done to send to VAC. There is no obligation to the Legion for this service. Our duty is to serve our veterans. To request an interview, contact Gail Burgess, Service Officer for Osgoode Legion, at 613-821-4409 before July 6th. This is the last date to get on the PSO's interview list. Please share this to other veterans who may be interested in meeting with the PSO next month. Again, they don't need to be a member of the Legion to qualify for these interviews.


Parks and Recreation French Summer Camps & Programs
If you know someone who would be interested in enrolling their child into one of Ottawa East’s French summer camps and programs, see here.


My 3rd Annual BBQ in the Park for Greely Village
Every year I host one free BBQ in the Park for each village in the Osgoode Ward. Come see me at my 3rd Annual BBQ for Greely Village at Greely Community Associations' Canada Day! I will have free hot dogs and water, and some items from Safer Roads Ottawa at my booth. My BBQ will run from 3pm to 6pm on Sunday, July 1st. The Canada Day celebrations in Greely will run from 2pm to 11pm. Looking forward to seeing everyone!


Canada Day Celebrations
There are many community associations hosting Canada Day celebrations in their villages around the Ward. Don’t forget my free BBQ in Greely! See my calendar for details.



  • Visit the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays now through to October at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds between 9am-1pm. See what each vendor has to offer!
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Construction and Road Closure Notices
    • Please check out the complete list of 2018 improvements including road closures on my website here.
  • 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

Ottawa Police Annual Report
The Ottawa Police have released their 2017 Annual Report. Read it here.


UPCOMING SOON: 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!


Registration Now Open: Ottawa Police Service: Strategic Priorities
The Ottawa Police Services Board and Ottawa Police Service invite you to join a discussion on the future of policing in Ottawa and provide input into the development of the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan for the Ottawa Police Service. See here for the dates you can register to attend.



  • 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.
  • Submit Nominations for Order of Ottawa
    • Nominations for the Order of Ottawa are now being accepted. Give someone the recognition they deserve. Details here.
  • Wild Parsnip
    • The City has started to spray treatment for Wild Parsnip and will end on October 15, 2018. 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.