VOLUME 4, ISSUE 26: July 13, 2018


Week in Review!


Important Notice:

As I regularly do each year during the summer, both my Downtown and Ward offices will be closed for a couple of weeks from the period of July 16th to July 27th. The Client Service Centers will continue to have their regular hours. Please call 311 for any inquiries or to report an issue. My office will re-open Monday, July 30th.

As my office will be closed, the next issue of the newsletter will be August 3rd, 2018!



2018 Annual OTFGCC Kids Fishing Derby

What a fantastic turnout for the annual Osgoode Township Fish, Game and Conservation Club kids fishing derby! This year was a record with over 185 kids registered by early morning to participate and the first 150 received a free fishing rod that I was happy to contribute to. It was quite a sight to see!  So many smiling faces and excited anglers who came out with family and friends. A BBQ during the tournament provided the hungry participants with some food as they chatted about their catch. It was great to see many neighbors and even some of my own family joining in on the fun. Thanks to the Club for once again hosting such a great family event!



Open Door

This week I had a great Open Door! Started off the afternoon with a quick stop-in from our community police officer, Const. Arbuthnot, to communicate on a few items of concern in the Ward. I ended the day by presenting Robert and Phyllis Desnoyers with a certificate from the Mayor and myself to congratulate their 50th wedding anniversary! I personally served them some cookies to celebrate. I wish them both many more happy years together!

Just a reminder that there will be no Open Door for the rest of July (17th, 24th, 31st). My Open Door will resume Tuesday, August 7th at the Metcalfe Ward Office!



Osgoode Ward Tour

Earlier this week I had the honour of giving an agricultural tour to members from the Netherlands Embassy, with members of Osgoode Ward Business Association and the community. We started at Carleton Mushroom for a tour of the facility to showcase their production. The innovation and technology behind ensuring the highest yield is a true science! Next we visited VelthuisTrioliet, which mixes the feed. The Velthuis family is ready to start their 3rd generation of the business, which is very rare in Canada; apparently only 10% of Farms make it to 3rd generation! Last but not least, we visited LiveWell Foods. They are working every day to convert the facility over from their former cucumber greenhouses, but graciously took time from their busy schedule to show us around. Each of these businesses all have ties to Holland, whether they have clients for business, the source from where their equipment is imported, or where their family originated.  It was a such pleasure to see how connected we all are internationally right here in Osgoode Ward!


Metcalfe Golf Charity Classic 
Exciting day at Metcalfe Golf course this week for the annual Charity Classic, in support of the Osgoode Care Centre. The support from individuals and businesses in the community was great to see. There was a little fun at Hole #10 waiting for the participants; they had to answer a question with the correct answer to get popcorn & water. If they missed and answered incorrectly, they got sprayed with a water gun! All in all great time had by all! Thanks to all the participants that helped raise money for Osgoode Care Centre. Thank you to my staff for having fun and taking care of participants!



What’s Happening in the Osgoode Ward

THIS WEEKEND: Osgoode Medieval Festival
You are cordially invited to enter into the Kingdom of Osgoode and attend the 11th annual kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival which runs 14-15 July 2018, with education day on 13 July.

This will be the Osgoode medieval festival’s last event. Thank you to all the performers, vendors, volunteers and fans who have helped through ten wonderful years, and a big thank you to the village of Osgoode for all of your support.



UPCOMING: Greely Legion’s 11th Annual Country Music Festival
The Country Music Festival is back! Thursday, July 26th to Sunday, July 29th, enjoy 3 days of music, food and fun. Live entertainment and "rough" camping!



UPCOMING: Play It Forward For Wishes Family Fun Day
Sunday, July 22nd join the community at the Metalfe Golf Club for a BBQ, 3, 4, 5 and 9 Hole Golf Events, and many fun day activities! The Fun Day Activities include a 55ft Inflatable Zip Line; 25ft Rock Climbing Wall; Tug-n-Dunk Bungee Run; Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo; Street Curling, Police Cruiser, Ambulance & Fire Truck; Longval Physical Park Fitness; Raffle Prizes & Silent Auction. Register here.  



NROCRC Tools 4 School Program
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. There are a few ways you can support this program. Donate a back pack and or supplies; coordinate a work campaign and collect supplies; make a financial donation through CanadaHelps or through their website NROCRC.ORG; or attend the fundraiser BBQ.



15th Annual Plowing Fore A Cure
The Annual Plowing Fore A Cure is held in Memory of Lloyd Cowan. 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.



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. The following culvert replacements are also taking place between July and October: Mitch Owens (east of Hall Road); Rideau (east of Hawthorne); Victoria (west of Boundary Road); River Road (north of Kilby Lane). Please check out the complete list of 2018 improvements including road closures on my website here.




  • 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

Amazon Warehouse Coming to Ottawa
This week Amazon announced it has selected Ottawa for the host for its new fulfillment center. This warehouse is excellent news for rural Ottawa, providing good local jobs and positive economic growth. See more here.


Veteran’s Worklife Social Enterprise Project
The Veterans Transition Support team at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa (FirstU) is currently developing a Veterans WorkLife Social Enterprise funding application for submission to Veterans Affairs Canada. Veterans and their family members are invited to participate in a Focus Group where they can offer their viewpoints, suggestions, and feedback. As such, they will be key players in the creation of a new program to support veterans’ transition from military to civilian life.


City Hall Parking Lot at 110 Laurier Ave.
Parts of Elgin Street are currently under construction, and in early 2019, the entire street will be closed to vehicle traffic for important infrastructure renewal work that will create a revitalized and reimagined Elgin Street with wider sidewalks – a true pedestrian destination. The businesses on Elgin Street will remain open throughout this period, and the support of the entire community is essential to their success. Sidewalks are open, buses are running, and beginning on Monday, July 16, parking at the nearby City Hall parking lot will be free on evenings and weekends!


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.


Help the Ottawa Police Service Develop the Next Strategic Plan for 2019-2021
The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB), and the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), are conducting public opinion research to help the OPSB in developing the next Strategic Plan for 2019-2021.  There are a number of methods that are being used to gather input from the public, including surveys, in-person consultation sessions, and more.  The input received will assist the OPSB and OPS to improve the quality of police services to all residents across the City.




  • 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.
  • Wild Parsnip
    • The City has started to spray treatment for Wild Parsnip and will end on October 15, 2018. If you see wild parsnip, report it to 3-1-1! For further information on wild parsnip, please consult the City of Ottawa website. Please note that homeowners are responsible for any noxious weeds on private property.
  • 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.
  • 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.