VOLUME 4, ISSUE 5: February 9, 2018


Week in Review!


St. Mary Catholic School Presentation

The enthusiasm shown by the two Grade 4 classes at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School during my City presentation was amazing! These students were eager to learn and to contribute their thoughts on the levels of government, neighbourhood improvements, and my job representing residents. I really enjoy having this opportunity to speak with students about their community, how they can get involved at any age to help give back, and hopefully spark their road to volunteering. A big thanks to Mme. Ouelette and Mrs. Popp for inviting me to their classrooms to share this fun learning experience. I was happy to leave the students with reflective bracelets from Safe Roads Ottawa that they can wear when they are out in the community!

Vernon Winter Carnival Day

The Vernon Winter Carnival was a great success this year with ideal conditions for skating, indoor crafts, a bouncy castle, church service, and a delicious brunch to start the day. Close to 100 people, including Mayor Jim Watson, came out to enjoy the brunch, greet residents and chat with member of the Vernon Community Association (VCA) executive. All-in-all, it was a very successful day! Thank you VCA members that cooked, served the brunch and organized the events.

Hard Rock Casino

The Hard Rock Casino had a soft opening of their gaming tables this week with board members and executives present to oversee the first patrons playing. This new addition to the casino will add a different dimension to the regular slot machines and will also be adding over 100 new well-paying jobs to our local economy! Improvements like this are only the early stages of an investment in our community of over $320 million, and up to 2000 full time jobs. This expansion is an important step in making sure funds from OLG circulate back into our municipal economy, instead of having those funds go across the river.


What‘s Happening in the Osgoode Ward

Councillor Darouze's 3rd Annual Irish Tea
Submitted by Councillor George Darouze

Come on out and enjoy an afternoon of tea and music with me on March 13th! Everyone is welcome. Tea will be served by the Greely Lions and the Volounteer Firefighters. There will also be live folk rock roots and blues entertainment by the talented Spencer Scharf. On March 13th from 1-3pm, join us at the Metcalfe Town Hall, and don't forget to wear your green!


OSA Soccer Registration is Open!
Submitted by Janice Gould-Paterson

Summer registration for Ottawa South United Soccer is starting Feb. 1st! OSU offers Programs for all ages and abilities. Programs fill up quickly, so don’t be delay – check out our website for a list of programs and registration information.


Are You Ready? 

Take part in the Personal Emergency Preparedness Workshop, and learn all the essential information you need to make sure that you are ready in the event of a large-scale emergency or disaster. It could be one of the most valuable events you ever attend! It will be held on February 23rd at the Greely Community Centre. Call 613-580-2424 ext. 30235 to register.


Health & Wellness Clinic

Ottawa Community Paramedics will be onsite to discuss your health and any health related concerns you may have. They will also be performing Respiratory Assessments, Heart Rate & Electrocardiograms, Blood Pressure Checks, Blood Glucose Readings and Flu Vaccinations. February 13th 10am to 3pm at the Greely community Centre.


Ready, Set, Kindergarden Registration
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 (CCS) 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


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. 


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

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 to 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.


What‘s Happening in the City

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

Leitrim Road Alignment Environmental Assessment – Public Consultation

I would like to let you know about an upcoming public consultation. On February 28th, from 6:00 until 9:00 pm there will be a public consultation on the Leitrim Road Realignment and Widening Environmental Assessment Study at the Barrett Arena, 3280 Leitrim Road. If this interests you, mark it in your calendar and I will see you there.


Community Project Funding Program – Up To $20,000 Dollar Grants Available!

The City of Ottawa One-time Non-Renewable Community Project Funding supports time-limited or pilot projects that address new or emerging needs in the community. Priority is placed on programs or projects that increase Access to Basics for people from diverse equity groups, reduce poverty, and increase self-efficacy. Equity groups include racialized people, Aboriginal people, women, people with disabilities, older adults, the LGBTQ community, people living in poverty, youth, immigrants, and people living in rural communities. The deadline to apply is February 22, 2018. Find out more about the criteria to be eligible for the grants, and how to apply, by clicking here.


NROCRC Tax Clinic

NROCRC is a much needed, well-used community service organization that helps vulnerable individuals & families lead better lives. If you have a low-income and meet other eligibility criteria a Volunteer Tax Preparer can help you at one of our scheduled tax clinics! Tax preparation is free, but we do accept donations. For eligibility criteria and documents to bring visit our website www.nrocrc.org


Launch of Social Media Fortune Teller to Mark Safer Internet Day

Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) is pleased to announce the launch of a fun and interactive resource to help children and their parents understand some of the potential dangers of social media.
The social media cootie catcher, also known as a paper fortune teller, is targeted at kids aged 8 – 12. A cootie catcher is a game played by children around the world. Players spell a colour and then pick a number to reveal their “fortune.” CPO’s version features bright colours, emojis and texting language to provide tips to children about social media use. This resource is an ideal handout for schools, school boards, youth groups and homework clubs. The release of the cootie catcher and tips sheet coincides with Safer Internet Day on February 6, 2018. The cootie catcher and tips sheet are available in English and French at crimepreventionottawa.ca. You can also find more information at ProtectKidsOnline.ca.