VOLUME 4, ISSUE 27: August, 3 2018


Week in Review!


Blade Sign Delivery
Over the past two weeks I have been out in the community, many of you having seen or spoken with me while I was delivering sign blades. I have been hearing great feedback about my Civic Blade Sign Replacement program, for the way it has helped bring awareness to the importance of having a proper civic sign at the end of your driveway! Civic signs are a public safety tool used by our Emergency Response Services to identify your home, should you require emergency assistance. Public safety is a major concern of mine and I am proud of this program. Many resident have asked why not everyone is receiving a civic blade under the program. I wish I could have replaced all the blades in the ward; however, this one-time program had limited funding and was only possible by showing that the main roads in the Ward had rusted faster than they should due to the road salt from the winter season. The new civic blades are more durable and visible, and I encourage everyone to replace their worn civic blade with a new one. I am hoping this program will continue to serve as an educational tool to promote public safety in our community!

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 main roads, you can always purchase a new one here.



Update on Greely Loop
I want to thank many residents and dedicated volunteers who reported some maintenance concerns with the Greely Loop. Staff were able to address some potholes, tree trimming, and now the loop is looking great. Looking forward to seeing the billboard signs going up in a few weeks!


Update on the Osgoode Multi-Use Pathway
Many resident been patiently waiting for the bridge along the Osgoode Multi-Use Pathway to be fixed. The work has been scheduled to begin on Monday, August 13th and is expected to be complete by September 3rd. Just a safety reminder to keep off the pathway until the work is finished and re-opened by staff. I know this pathway is well loved and used in the community, but safety first!


Wild Parsnip
Wild Parsnip has been a major concern in the past few weeks. I want to thank all residents who have been reporting the parsnip to 311! The City of Ottawa has a Wild Parsnip Spraying Program that begins in May, which sprays the early stages of the wild parsnip on city property. There is a limited 3-4 week window for the spraying to be effective, as attacking the wild parsnip in the early stages is what prevents the plant from blooming. In early June to late July, the wild parsnip blooms into the yellow flowering stalks with seeds. Once the parsnip has reached the blooming stage, spraying the plant is no longer effective as the herbicide does not affect the seed bank. Additionally, mowing the plant at full maturity is not recommended as it will cut the stems and spread the toxic sap.
I want to remind residents to avoid areas where the wild parsnip has bloomed, or be mindful and wear protective clothing if you are travelling near the plant. Caution signs are installed by the city in frequently travelled areas where there are high levels of wild parsnip infestation, such as parks or pathways (this does not include roadsides).
In order to eliminate the wild parsnip, the seed bank in the soil needs to be exhausted, which takes a few years. I encourage everyone to continue reporting the parsnip to 311, as this information helps staff determine what management practice they will take to address the parsnip in that location next year. See Laila Gibbons, Director of Parks, Forestry & Stormwater Services, speak a bit more about parsnip on CTV here: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1450853.

The City’s Election-Related Resources Policy prohibits Members of Council who are seeking re-election in a municipal election from using their office budgets to sponsor newsletters, advertisements, flyers or householders during the 60-day period leading up to and including Voting Day, with very few exceptions. In order to comply with the ERRP, I will not be issuing any newsletters between August 23rd 2018 and October 22nd inclusively. Because of this, if you have an event you would like promoted in the next few newsletters, please send the information with a flyer to George.Darouze@ottawa.ca before August 17th so I can spread the word!


What’s Happening in the Osgoode Ward

THIS WEEKEND: Findlay Creek Community Association’s Community Fun Day
Come see me at Findlay Creek Community Association’s Community Fun Day! Monday, August 6th at the Diamond Jubilee Park on White Alder Avenue in Findlay Creek. My office will have a booth from 11am to 2pm. See you there!


15th Annual Plowing Fore A Cure
The Annual Plowing Fore A Cure is held in Memory of Lloyd Cowan, this year on Tuesday, August 14th At Emerald Links Golf & Country Club. Early Bird On-Line registration ends Tuesday August 7th.  Registration deadline is August 9th. Get your tickets to enjoy 9 Holes, Cart, Dinner, Awards Presentation and Silent & Live Auctions. Tickets available for Dinner & Auction only also. All proceeds to be shared between the Kemptville District and Winchester District hospitals. Contact Emerald Links to donate or be a sponsor.


UPCOMING SOON: Councillor Darouze’s 3rd Annual FREE BBQ for Vernon
Join me for my 3rd Annual Free BQQ for the Village of Vernon! from 11:30AM-1:00PM at the Vernon Storytelling Festival, stop by my booth for free hot dogs & water. Hope to see you there!


Councillor Darouze Day at the 2018 Capital Fair
It’s the 2018 Capital Fair! Join us at the front gate for FREE midway rides for one, from Noon to 1pm on August 17th. Compliments of Councillor George Darouze.


Ward 20 Day at the Ottawa Champions
Osgoode Ward 20 Day at the Ottawa Champions is Sunday, August 26th! Make sure to come see our feature Ward 20 businesses and groups before the game at 12:30pm, including Bobby B Productions, Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Vibration Studios, and Bytown Ukulele Group. The game starts at 1:35pm. Purchase tickets at www.ottawachampions.com using promo codes: WARD20ADULT ($12); WARD20SENIOR [55+] ( $10)​; WARD20YOUTH ($5).


Reminder to Pick Up After Your Pets
Just a friendly reminder to pick up after your pets in city parks, roadways, sidewalks, and neighboring yards. This is not only out of consideration, but also to avoid health risks and to observe the City’s Animal Care and Control By-law (By-law No. 2003-77).



  • Visit the Metcalfe Farmers’ Market
    • Saturdays now through to October at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds between 9am-1pm. See what each vendor has to offer!
  • 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!


What’s Happening in the City

Welcoming New Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal to the Ottawa Police Service
I want to congratulate Uday Jaswal for becoming our new Deputy Chief of Police for our Ottawa Police Service. With 21 years of experience within the Ottawa Police Service and just recently been the Deputy Chief of Durham, he has already proven himself to be a promising Deputy Chief for the Nation’s Capital. I wish Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal the best of luck, and look forward to working with him to make Ottawa a safer and better place!


UPCOMING SOON: NROCRC ‘Tools 4 School’ Fundraiser BBQ
Don’t miss NROCRC’s Fundraiser BBQ on Thursday, August 16th from 11:00AM to 2PM at 1547 Merivale Road! NROCRC (Nepean, Rideau, Osgoode Community Resource Centre) is a non-profit charitable well-used community service organization that helps vulnerable individuals and families lead better lives. The “Tools 4 School” program provides backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies, free-of-charge, to children and youth in need. This service helps ease the financial burden faced by families when their children are going to school in September. 


9th Annual Cruise Don’t Bruise Ride Event
The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre (EORC) offers a wide range of social and community services to end domestic abuse, elder abuse and to help children who witness violence. The Cruise Don't Bruise Motorcycle Ride (the Ride) is an important initiative that supports the EORC and its efforts. It raises awareness of these issues and 100% of the funds raised are used to support the EORC's relevant programs. By participating in the Cruise Don't Bruise Ride you are helping to end domestic abuse by raising awareness of these issues, as well as money in support of important community programs. Be against violence and Cruise Don't Bruise! Register here.


Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Quarterly Newsletter
The Ottawa Police Service have released their summer edition of their quarterly newsletter. Read it here.


Road Construction & Road Closures

  • Castor Road from Gregoire Road to Yorks Corners Road will be closed from Friday,  August 3rd 2018 to Friday, August 17th 2018
  • 8th Line near Andrew Simpson Road is scheduled to be closed August 13th to 18th.
  • Mitch Owens at Boundary Road is scheduled to be closed from August 20th to 31st.


Hydro One Conducting Vegetation Maintenance Near Hawthorne
Hydro One will be conducting forestry operations on a distribution line in the Osgoode Ward 20 near the Hawrhorne area. This is vegetation maintenance and it is done on a three-year cycle. Work is scheduled as soon as notification of property owners has been completed and will continue to December 2018.



  • 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.
  • 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.



You can contact me at my office 613-580-2490 or by email at George.Darouze@ottawa.ca.