VOLUME 4, ISSUE 24: June 29, 2018

 


Week in Review!

 

New Pedestrian Crossover (PXO) in Osgoode
What a great feeling to have officially opened the new PXO in Osgoode Village last Friday afternoon! Osgoode has waited 11 years for something like this to happen and I am proud to be the one to bring it to life! The safety of my residents one of my highest priorities, and adding the PXO to the Osgoode village to allow pedestrians to travel between Osgoode Youth Association and Vibration Studios on Osgoode Main is one more step to making it safer. I would like to acknowledge O-YA for being an important part of the process, voicing their concerns for the children in their programs crossing over the busy street to attend activities. I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for working with me to have the project completed, along with the City Planners, Traffic, and Roads staff who saw the project all the way through to completion. I cannot forget the many city and community groups who came out to support the opening last week! Among the many who came out were the Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service, Osgoode Village Community Association, the Osgoode Legion, Osgoode Ward Business Association, Vibration Studios, Klaus Beltzner, Greg Thurlow, Osgoode Youth Association and the children from O-YA. It was also great to have residents driving by show their excitement and support for the new PXO! Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

 

Osgoode Ward Advisory Committee Meeting
The second quarterly OWAC meeting held earlier this week began with a presentation by City staff on the LRT. Following their short presentation, I provided the committee with updates on parks, roads, Springhill, and looking ahead to understand what changes will be needed in 2019 to keep the villages rural. OWAC members continuously show enthusiasm to be part of shaping the rural community. This committee provides such valuable feedback for me, and I really appreciate all the hard work and dedication as we continue to work together. I am proud and honored to be their voice at City Hall!

 

St. Catherine's Catholic School Grade 6 Celebration
St. Catherine's Catholic School in Metcalfe held a very special ceremony for the graduating grade six class this week. Thanks to the smaller class sizes, the entire school, including family and friends, were able to join students in the assembly. Having the entire school at the ceremony provided some extra special moments; children from every grade were presented with medals of achievement, leadership and sports during the celebrations. As part of the tradition, the Grade 6 class passed on some items such as a textbook, sport shirt, Canadian flag, and more serving as tokens and symbols for the Grade 5 class who will be completing their last school year of their own at this time next year. I was honored to be a part of the ceremony by presenting medals to outstanding students, in particular, the Leadership medal to a very deserving Grade 6 student. School Board Trustee John Curry was there as well to help with medals. The ceremony ended with a song that the graduating class wrote their own lyrics to about Metcalfe being their home and St. Catherine's always being in their hearts. So well done!

 

OTHS Grad Garden Party
It was a pleasure to attend the Garden Party for Osgoode Township Highschool grads where students were finally able to relax and enjoy some quality time with their friends and family before leaving Grade 12. Sharon and Allan Johnston hosted the OTHS Garden Party at their home in Metcalfe, where hundreds of families and grads strolled the grounds taking pictures. Congratulations to all the graduates, I wish you all the best!

 

Fat Les's Chip Stand
Have you wondered where Fat Les's Fries has gone? Not far! Fat Les's Chip Stand is now officially re-opened at the new location in Osgoode. You will find them on Osgoode Main and Logan Farm, in front of Foodland. The re-location has been something in the works for quite a while and now it is a reality! I am happy to have had the chance to stop in and see the new setup on my way to my Open Door in Metcalfe this week. It looks great! Congratulations!

 

Open Door
Thanks to all who came to Open Door this week. It was nice to see Paul Elford from the Greely Lions to thank our office for our involvement with the Musical Trivia Night this past May, and Elli from Metcalfe Community Association who quickly dropped in to go over a few community ideas and items about the Metcalfe community. A reminder that my Open Door will be closed July 17th, July 24th, and July 31st as I do 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
 

THIS WEEKEND: 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 this 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 this weekend! See my calendar for details.

 

DEADLINE SOON: Andy Shields 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.

 

DEADLINE SOON: 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.

 

Construction and Road Closure Notices
Beginning July 7th 2018: Castor Road from Gregoire Road to Yorks Corners Road will be closed (entirely) for a bridge renewal. Please check out the complete list of 2018 improvements including road closures on my website here.

 

ONGOING REMINDERS:

  • 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.

 

What’s Happening in the City

Canada Day 2018 Activities
See what’s happening downtown in Ottawa for Canada Day hereFree fares all day (until 5 am) on OC Transpo, Para Transpo and STO, but beware of transit detours.

 

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.

 

ONGOING REMINDERS:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.