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Camp FFIT was held at the main Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre on Industrial Avenue with many seasoned Firefighters on hand to go through the camp activities that included putting out vehicles on fire, repelling down the side of a building and safety practices. What a great experience for young women to have a chance to experience what firefighters do everyday and help them decide if this is the future career for. The Camp FFIT participants also had a chance to showcase the many tasks they learned in the days leading up the final event. It was good to see so much enthusiasm from the young women in the paths of a future firefighter. Well done everyone!
Capital Fair Special Needs Day 2018
Each year, Ottawa Hydro sponsors a day for those with special needs living in the Capital. Mayor Watson and myself took a tour around the Fair before the official opening day, and had a chance to chat with residents from all over Ottawa. It is a great fun filled family day. The fair grounds filled up quickly with smiling, excited individuals waiting to go on rides, see animal shows, sing karaoke and enjoy a BBQ lunch. DooDoo the Clown was entertaining families with his humour-filled show. It was good to see so many people enjoying themselves! Looking forward to next year!
Capital Fair Day Opening and Ceremonies 2018
Another year at the Capital Fair and we opened the day officially with free rides for the first hour. Despite the drizzly weather, the lines grew longer and longer as the time approached noon. Many excited children and family members enjoyed the rides, shows with DooDoo the clown, great food and so much more. I had the opportunity to greet many Ward residents when they stopped by my booth to say hello. Many of my council colleagues including Mayor Watson, members of OWBA, surrounding Fair board members, Hard Rock Ottawa and Rideau Carleton Raceway attended the Opening Ceremonies. The guests heard many words of welcome followed by a meet and greet reception. I am very happy to welcome the Capital Fair to my Ward each year; it is a great investment in the community and keeps the tradition of the family fair alive!
MS Bike Rally
The annual MS Bike Rally began from Metcalfe arena with hundreds of cyclists participating. I was very proud to give opening remarks and best wishes at the beginning of the race. Many groups were families participating for the local portion of the ride while others signed up for the long leg to Cornwall and back again. The funds raised each year goes towards MS research.
Appreciation Plaque for Parkway Church
What an honour it was this morning to have spoken and presented the Parkway Church with a plaque to show our appreciation and gratitude for everything they have done. I think it’s important to recognize all the volunteers in the church that take the time out of their days to help make a difference in our community by developing the relationships and partnerships created throughout not just the ward but our city.
Annual BBQ for Vernon
It was a gorgeous afternoon in Vernon last Saturday for the Storytelling festival at the Vernon Public Library. Lots of young residents came to see the magic show in the Vernon Library, then headed outside for some hot dogs, water and popcorn from my free BBQ! There were lots of crafts and games to play in the yard, and even a fire truck to see and take a seat. Mayor Jim Watson stopped by and took a tour of the Vernon library, guided by the library supervisor Shanon. The Vernon library is an old one room schoolhouse- a little piece of special history in the village. It was also nice to have MP Pierre Poilievre stop by the festival. A huge thanks to Moncion's Independent Grocer for generously donating the items for my BBQ. A big thanks also to the volunteer firefighters for grilling the delicious hot dogs! It is always a pleasure to work with such fantastic volunteers. Great work to the organizers of the Vernon Storytelling Festival!
Construction Begins for the New Amazon Fulfillment Centre
It was an honour and privilege to be part of the ground breaking ceremony for Amazon’s new fulfillment centre! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mayor Jim Watson along with many council colleagues and myself gathered at the site on Boundary Road and Highway 417 on Monday to mark the first day of construction. This facility will be a warehouse that handles package and delivery of items such as house décor, sporting equipment, and gardening tools. It was nice to see representatives from all levels of government and some international ambassadors come out to support the development. Since my first day in office, I have been dedicated to job creation and opportunity building in the rural area, which is why I have advocated and supported this development from the beginning. The facility will bring 600 permanent middle-class jobs with benefits, and will create over 1500 jobs in 30 different trades during the construction phase alone. Opportunities for job creation and economic boosts are the key to revitalizing the south end of the City of Ottawa. I hope to see more economic opportunities from international companies that benefit the public! See here for my comments on this development when it was first announced last month.
Osgoode Village Community Association
The Osgoode Village Community Association (OVCA) held a brief meeting this week to discuss upcoming events for the next few months and discuss road safety concerns. Phil Landry, Director of Traffic Services at the City of Ottawa, was a guest at the meeting and brought information and pictures of possible solutions for some road issues. Keep an eye on the OVCA facebook page for more information they are putting out to the community.
Annual O-YA Leadership Challenge
Once again, the Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA) asked me to participate in the Leadership Challenge for the youth camp and I was quite excited to join in. I shared with the kids my personal experiences of running an information booth, creating a team member and marketing to the public. I challenged them to split into two groups and brainstorm ideas for a booth that will be a part of the grand opening of the Wall Mural in Osgoode. The team who has come up with the best idea within a budget of $100 will win the challenge, and will be participating at the Wall Mural grand opening! I am looking forward to seeing the hard work the team had put into the challenge.
The Tire Pros
Owner Jean “Mouse” Quesnel and his employees Thorston Gondermann and John Ranger have been in business together since March 8, 2017, with over 20 years of combined experience. They run a 24-hour emergency line with prompt service within the region and running as far west as Kingston, ON. The business services all sizes of commercial, farm and industrial trucks, cars and even lawn mowers for sales and installations right at their Stagecoach location (2577 Stagecoach Road) in Enniskerry. Some of their larger clients also include construction companies for their truck fleets.
The Tire Pros have an extensive fleet of their own including a boom that includes three mobile trucks with spare tires and fixing flats on the spot. Their small town feeling and treating people as a person, not a number is priority in this company, says Mouse of The Tire Pros. Check out their facebook page. Always good to shop local and stay local!
What’s Happening in the Osgoode Ward
UPCOMING SOON: Mural Launch Party in Osgoode
The launch of the community mural is almost here! We would like to invite all community members to come out for the unveiling of the community mural at Vibration Studios on Saturday August 25th at 2pm. The mural will feature the past and present of Osgoode, painted by the youth of Osgoode with the help of the owners at Vibration Studios. The launch party will feature O-YA's leadership camp youth and their pop up snack stands!
UPCOMING SOON: 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, Bytown Ukulele Group and the Vernon Ukulele Group. The game starts at 1:35pm. Purchase tickets at www.ottawachampions.com using promo codes: WARD20ADULT ($12); WARD20SENIOR [55+] ( $10); WARD20YOUTH ($5).
3rd Annual Fall High Tea
Mark your calendars! It’s soon that time of year again. Come to the Metcalfe Town Hall for Osgoode Ward's 3rd Annual Fall Tea on October 4th from 1 to 3pm. High tea and desserts will be served by the Greely Lions & Volunteer Firefighters, with live music by Spencer Scharf. It’s a delightful afternoon, and I’d love to see you there!
Tickets for Fall Feast in the Park Pig Roast
Get your tickets for the Metcalfe Community Association’s Fall Feast happening Saturday, September 22nd from 3pm to 6pm. It’s only 4 weeks away and there are under 100 tickets left. Don’t miss this delicious pig roast! Emial samuraiartsacademy.com for
3rd Annual Haunted House
Join Councillor Darouze for his 3rd Annual Haunted House! Saturday, October 27th from Noon to 3pm. There will be pumpkin decorating, games & activities, loot bags, cookie decorating, and more. It will be bigger and SPOOKIER than ever! The event is in collaboration with Rural South Recreation, the Greely Library, and the Greely Lions. There will be the Greely Lions Canteen open for purchases. Don't forget to wear your costume!
Lancaster Perch Fish Fry
The Metcalfe St. Andrews United Church are hosting their fish fry Friday, September 14th! Get your tickets to enjoy some delicious Lancaster perch with beans, coleslaw, cheesecake, tea & coffee. Fries for Charity will also be there! Take out also available.
Registration Open for Fall and Winter Recreation
Registration for fall and winter recreation programs has started! You can register your child by phone (613-580-2588) or online here http://ow.ly/6Pzu30lpVnC.
UPCOMING: Metcalfe Fair
The Metcalfe Fair runs September 27th to 30th this year. 2018 will mark the 162nd anniversary of this fall tradition, held annually in the Village of Metcalfe. Don’t miss it! See their website for details on the events and competitions taking place.
Greely Lions Club Free BBQ & Information Table
Greely Lions will be holding a free BBQ at McKinnon’s Foodland parking lot in Greely on September 27th from 10am to 2pm. The club is interested in hearing from Greely and area residents on what they believe are the most important issues that should be considered in the coming year. Club members will be on hand to discuss those issues and to meet with anyone who may be interested in joining or partnering with the club to improve our community!
Registration for the 1st Greely Scouting
Another great Scouting year of adventure commences for the 1st Greely, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers in September. Scouting makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and young adults, both boys and girls. with groups available from ages 5 to 26. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to contact out Group Commissioner, Scouter Paul, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Registrar, Scouter Matt, at email@example.com
Village Voice's Women's Choir's Registration
The Village Voice's Women's Choir's Registration upcoming season will be being held Tuesday, September 4th at 7:00 pm at the Osgoode Baptist/Vernon United Church (8674 Bank Street). For more information, see their facebook page.
What’s Happening in the City
New Ottawa Police Recruits Are Ready for the Road
This week 23 new officer with the Ottawa Police Service has their first day on the job. We also have 16 recruits just back from the Ottawa Police College receive their badges after being sworn in. We look forward to having them on our streets to protect the City of Ottawa.
Early Bird Registration for GLAD Cleaning Up the Capital
The City of Ottawa and GLAD are pleased to announce that early bird registration is open for the GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign, which will take place from September 15 to October 15. Visit ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register your cleanup. The interactive map will show you which locations have already been claimed, and the online registration form will allow you to choose your own project site and indicate the cleanup supplies that you need. Volunteers who register before September 14th will have a chance to win some awesome prizes!
You can contact me at my office 613-580-2490 or by email at George.Darouze@ottawa.ca.