VOLUME 4, ISSUE 4: February 2, 2018


Week in Review!


Greely Winter Carnival

The Greely Winter Carnival hosted by the Greely Community Association (GCA) was a resounding success this year! The weather co-operated, the crowds came out to enjoy the Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast, the Greely Lions Family Brunch, tryouts for Greely Idol, skating, sleigh rides, and so much more! It was a family-oriented weekend of fun, well planned and organized, and executed by the GCA and many volunteers. The Greely Idol, which joined the Greely Winter Carnival 10 years ago, is always a continuing support and great showcase for local talents. Each year there is a Junior and a Senior Idol winner; this year I proudly gave them each a basket filled with goodies! Congratulations to Senior Idol winner Nayana Kathleen and Junior Idol winner Anyssa Ricci, and to all those that participated in Greely Idol!
The dinner/comedy night featuring Absolute Comedy stand-up comics was a sell out once again. The buffet by Orchard View Wedding and Event Centre was incredible as usual, with not only visually pleasing presentation, but incredible tasting food as well. I would like to thank the Volunteer Firefighters for putting on a great pancake breakfast, and the Greely Lions for the family brunch on Sunday. They were a huge hit! Matt Tucker and the Greely 1st Scouts also deserve a round of thanks for volunteering to help clear tables and helping the Lions with the brunch. Over 200 people came out to enjoy an assortment of delicious breakfast items, and enjoy the Radical Science demos taking place at the same time! It is wonderful to have such a great community turnout and involvement from residents, volunteers and the GCA.  Engaging in the community is vital to keeping it alive and vibrant! Well done everyone!

Manotick Shiverfest Winter Carnival

Manotick kicked off their Annual Shiverfest with a hearty breakfast by the local Kiwanis Club. It was nice to run into some of my constituents that belong to the club and were helping to make and serve the breakfast. I was able to drop by later on at the Legion for their Annual Chili cook off, featuring many different home recipes for Chili. Once again, it was great to see some Ward 20 constituents participating and competing in a friendly way! The local youth group YOMA had a great variety of baked goodies for sale to help raise money for their youth programs. I didn't stand a chance. I caved in and bought a pile of goodies!


Osgoode Care Centre Tour

It was insightful to have toured the Osgoode Care Centre with MPP Lisa MacLeod and MPP Bill Walker, who is also the Critic for Seniors, Long Term Care and Accessibility, as it brought the opportunity for him to see this great facility up close and in person. Being able to tour the facility, was a chance to ask questions and see how well run it is while still facing the struggle of funding constraints and the possibility of closing. This residence is essential to the Ward and future residents as it is the only one in the rural area, making it possible for residents of the facility to stay near their families and the farms that they grew up on. The tour was a great opportunity for the OCC to connect with strong voices in the province that may be invaluable to preserving this rural institution.


Rotary Home Tour

The Rotary Home of Ottawa is another wonderful, clean, modern facility geared to families that have members with special needs. Touring the home with Cindy Wheeler who is the Director of Development, gave insight into the wonderful things they can do with clients that either are there on respite care or live in permanently. One room in particular was awesome to experience and that was the Snoezelen Room. This place is somewhere that a person can sit and hear soothing sounds, lights and become calm. This is especially good for some autistic people, stimulating their senses and giving them a peaceful feeling.


Busting Out The Brews

The Annual Busting Out the Brews fundraiser for the Osgoode Care Centre brought in a phenomenal $80,000 this year, in large part due to sponsors and magnificent donations to the live and silent auctions. The wonderful annual community event held at Stanley’s Olde Maple Farm provides the ticket holder with a chance to sample many local breweries, vineyards and restaurants. Once the sampling experience is over, the live auction begins. The evening finished off with a live band. It is always a great crowd and everyone that purchases a ticket is supporting the Osgoode Care Centre re-development fund. Thank you to all the organizers and volunteers that make this happen each year.


Open Door

This week was another busy time with community association representatives stopping by, along with many residents. I am still seeing new faces and having the pleasure of getting to know a little more about residents that have come by to introduce themselves. It always makes for a very productive day in the Ward and I look forward to seeing more people again next time. Remember, if you have not had a chance to meet yet, please drop in soon on any Tuesday from 1-5 in my Metcalfe office. You are more than welcome.


2951 Army Cadets Parade

Earlier this week I attended the Commanding Officer Parade for the 2951 RCACC Leitrim Cadet Corps, in attendance with the Osgoode Legion, families, and friends. I am very proud of the Cadet Corps for all their hard work, and I am glad I could offer my support. I was also very humbled to receive a beautiful framed group photo from their recent Vimy trip. Thank you!


What’s Happening in the Ward

Vernon Winter Carnival
Submitted by Helen Porteous

The Annual Vernon Winter Carnival is February 4, at the Vernon community Centre, 2950 Lawrence Street. Brunch is from 9 AM to 1 PM adults seven dollars each, children 4 to 10 four dollars each, children three and under are free. Come out and enjoy our pancakes, sausages, ham, home fries, baked beans and so much more! Church service by our local Vernon churches, Osgoode Baptist & Vernon united church and the Presbyterian church, that will be held at 11 AM children’s crafts will be held in the boardroom with a small bouncy castle and crafts. The skating rink will be open weather permitting for anyone that would like to come out and enjoy the rink! Please come out and help support the Vernon community association. There will also be door prizes!

Marionville Winter Carnival

The Marionville Winter Carnival kicks off this weekend from February 2-4! Check out all the fun events like the spaghetti and bean dinner, lip sync battle, broomball tournament, brunch, skating and more! There will also be a food bank donation.


Pick Up Your New 911 Civic Blade!

One of my initiatives was to enact a one-time program to replace the civic blade signs along the main roads in the Ward. If you live on one of the roads below, please contact jane.diraimo@ottawa.ca to schedule a pick-up time from the Metcalfe Office. The old blades are deteriorating and are difficult to read. The new ones are made out of aluminum to make them more visible and resistant to the elements. You can see more information on the initiative on my website.

  • Belmeade
  • Mitch Owens
  • York's Corners
  • Blackcreek
  • Snake Island
  • River
  • Blanchfeild
  • Nixon
  • Gordon Murdock
  • Parkway
  • Bank
  • Dalmeny
  • Stagecoach
  • Osgoode Main
  • Victoria
  • Swale
  • 8th Line
  • 9th Line
  • Manotick Station
  • Marvelville


If your blade sign has rusted and you are not located on a main road, you can always purchase a new one by clicking here.


Now hiring public skating attendants!
Submitted by Kayla Twigge

We are looking for energetic staff, who like working with the public and enjoy skating. Multiply public skating and shinny hockey day, evening and weekend shifts available at Stuart Holmes Arena in Osgoode, Manotick Arena and Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe. If interested, email Kayla for more information at publicskating@ottawa.ca


Influenza Vaccination & Wellness Clinic
Ottawa Paramedics will be onsite to administer influenza vaccinations and discuss your health. The clinic will be held February 13th 2018 at the Greely Community Centre from 10am to 3pm.

Registration is Open for Rural South Recreation’s March Break Camps
Submitted by Mona Warkentin

Registration is now open for Rural South Recreation’s March Break Camps. For ages, 6-11, bring all your energy to camp for days of adventure and making friends. Sports, games, crafts, special themes and two out trips! For children 4-5 years old, we offer a fun-filled, action-packed camp. Arts and crafts, games, sports, special themes, outdoor activities, and special guest. Spaces fill up quickly. Call 613-580-2424 x 30235 for more info.


Greely Walking Club
Submitted by Janet McGuire

Tired of being house-bound? Join the free Greely Walking Club at the Greely Community Center. 20 minutes of warm-up exercises and stretching, followed by 30 minutes of indoor walking then 10 minutes of mental activity.  Walk at your own pace. Every Monday and Wednesday morning at 9:30. Vernon Winter Carnival


‘Ready, Set, Kindergarten’ at Community Christian School
Submitted by Marie Cooper

Do you have a child turning 4 in 2018? Consider registering your child in "Ready, Set, Kindergarten" at Community Christian School in Metcalfe. This kindergarten readiness program will run on Wednesday mornings throughout the month of April and is open to all children, even if they will not be attending CCS in the fall. For more information, call 613-821-3669 or look at www.communitychristianschool.ca


What’s Happening in the City

Surplus Land Going to FEDCO

A city-owned section of land in our Ward, 3200 Reid’s Lane, has been deemed surplus to city needs. This piece of property will be discussed at the February 6th Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) meeting. The city has done an internal circulation and found that the city does not have a reason to keep the land, meaning the city will put it up for sale to the public. 3200 Reid’s Lane is off Osgoode Main Street, east of the intersection between Osgoode Main Street and Nixon Drive. It is about 8.4 acres.


Metcalfe Development Charges at ARAC

February 1st was the first Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) meeting of the year, and it came with some great news for Osgoode Ward.

We carried a motion that will delay the development charges for the Metcalfe Agricultural Society to build a new facility. The charges will be delayed until next term, at which point I will be coordinating with Planning staff to reevaluate development charges for agricultural fairs and societies. These groups educate and contribute to our community and their contributions need to be taken into account. This will make the project more affordable for the Metcalfe Fair and they will be able to begin building sooner. Barry Payne and Brian Johnson raised the issue with me and were kind enough to work through the project with me and meet with Steve Willis, the General Manager of Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development. I would like to thank city staff and my colleagues on ARAC for their hard work and support. Education on our agricultural past, present and future is essential to maintaining our identity, so I am thrilled to support the Metcalfe Agricultural Society in any way I can. Next stop will be Council!

We covered a few other topics that are important for our Ward as well. We carried an item to appoint an engineer to conduct an intensive study of the Cassidy Municipal Drain. Also, the zoning amendment to add medicinal marijuana as a permitted to the property at 5130 and 5208 Ramseyville Road carried, and will be considered at the next Council.