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As part of the government’s Plan to Build Ontario Together, Ontario is helping rural communities across the province attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. On January 20, while speaking at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) annual conference, the Premier of Ontario announced the province is now accepting applications for a new intake this year under the RED program. “Many rural communities are feeling left behind,” said Ontario’s Premier. “We need to make sure everyone, no matter where they live, can find a good job, grow a business, start a family, and build a better life for themselves. The RED program is one of the many ways that our government is helping to bring real benefits to more communities in rural Ontario.” Rural communities and
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regions, Indigenous communities and organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and local service boards can all apply for the RED program starting today through February 24, 2020. As part of the program’s Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream, the province will cover up to 50% of the costs for eligible projects that help remove barriers to job creation and attract investment and skilled workers that will help regions grow. The Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream of the program enables the province to cover up to 30% of eligible minor capital projects that help spur economic growth, such as restoring museums and heritage sites,
setting up community hubs, and streetscaping. The Ontario government is also working with our federal partners and the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) project to provide a combined investment of nearly $35 million for a broadband pilot in rural communities across Ontario. SWIFT is taking the next step today by awarding contracts to successful bidders to help bring better broadband service to three counties in Southwestern Ontario. “This investment will help SWIFT move forward on projects that will provide broadband access to approximately 11,000 more homes and businesses across Norfolk, Wellington and Lambton counties,” said Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Having highspeed Internet access is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity that allows our businesses to connect to global
markets, enables students and workers to learn and upgrade their skills, and allows people to bank or shop online.” The Ontario government is committed to helping build stronger rural communities that can attract investment and jobs to their region and promote new economic opportunities for their residents. The government is also supporting rural Ontario through additional measures that include: to • Responding farmer and rural municipality concerns by introducing Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019 in the Ontario Legislature. If passed, the legislation will better protect farmers, their families, their employees, animals, livestock transporters, and the province’s food supply. • Providing $450,000 in new funding for the Rural Ontario Institute, an organ-
ization that provides leadership development programs for agriculture, rural businesses and organizations that help drive economic development and promote leadership in rural communities. • Hosting a series of economic roundtables to listen to the views of people living in rural Ontario to understand how best to leverage the potential for economic growth in their communities. The first roundtable took place on January 19 at ROMA. • Developing the new AgriSuite, a valuable suite of tools for farmers, land use planners and municipalities encompassing a phosphorus risk assessment to support environmental sustainability and Nutrient Management Planning tools that help to protect drinking water sources. WE ARE HERE TO SERVE: My constituency office
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‘Without being all in, I cannot be in at all’ Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre withdraws from Conservative federal leadership race
By Jeff Morris Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre will not be the next Prime Minister of Canada. Poilievre announced Thursday that he will be withdrawing from the Conservative Party of Canada’s federal leadership race. He will remain in place as the Carleton Member of Parliament. “Over the last several weeks, I have been building a team and support for a possible run for the conservative leadership. In criss-crossing the country, I have been overwhelmed with the favourable response,” Poilievre stated on Twitter and Facebook. “I knew it would be hard on my family life to do this. But I did not realize how hard. It is harder still because I had just spent the earlier 18
months campaigning furiously to win back my seat in the recent federal election, I mostly missed the first year of our baby’s life. “As such, my heart is not fully engaged in this leadership race. Without being all in, I cannot be in at all. So I have decided not to seek the leadership of the party at this time.” It was first reported that Poilievre would seek the Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership Jan. 7. Speculation of Poilievre running for the leadership began immediately following the resignation of Andrew Scheer as the Tory leader. Poilievre had a couple of political heavyweights in his corner. John Baird, the former Nepean-Carleton MPP and federal Cabinet Minister, was the Chair of his cam-
paign. Jenni Byrne, a former senior advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was an advisor to his campaign. Byrne commented on CTV Power Play Thursday that she was disappointed in his decision, but also proud of what they accomplished in a few weeks during their campaign. “He was organizing, there was no secret there” she told CTV Power Play. “He’d built a team of people like myself who were behind him. He’s a veteran MP, He’s fought in the trenches. But the toll that it was taking on his family was something he want to proceed with.” Poilievre’s wife, Anaida, also commented on her husband’s withdrawal from the race on Twitter. “First of all, I would like to thank the overwhelming
amount of people that show support for my husband, within caucus, outside of caucus, and in all provinces of our beautiful country,” she stated. “This decision wasn’t taken lightly. But it was necessary. “Time cannot be bought back, and our baby girl is growing way too fast. While we felt ready to tackle this challenge together as a family, logistically it became a challenge bigger than expected. We wish to be together more, and I hope people understand that.” With Poilievre’s announcement, and with the announcement made by Rona Ambrose that she is not running for the leadership, former Cabinet Minister Peter MacKay is considered by many to be the front runner for the Tory leadership.
Carleton MP Pierre Poilievre and his wife, Anaida, thank supporters after winning the Carleton seat in the federal election last fall. Jeff Morris photo
Manotick BIA says 2020 will be a year for partnerships By Jeff Morris “Amazing!” That’s the way Manotick BIA Chair Dr. Salima Ismail summed up 2019 in Manotick’s business community. Dr. Ismail addressed the large crowd as the Manotick Business Improvement Area held their Annual General Meeting at the Black Dog Bistro Fri., Jan. 17. “We have accomplished
so much with our new forged partnerships,” she said, citing examples of how several businesses have partnered in crosspromotional ventures throughout the year. “Our partnerships were not only limited to business,” Ismail added. “We had incredible success with the Manotick Community Association for our $40,000 grant to upgrade our Main Street. Thank you to all that were involved in this
massive project!” Some of the highlights of 2019 included the opening of the Mahogany Harbour Docks, new benches, planters and garbage cans in the village, a refurbished gateway stone wall, a task force on Main Street revitalization, and increased activities in the business core for Dickinson Days. The BIS will also be hosting five events through the year in the village. The events are
created to encourage local consumers and visitors to experience the Village of Manotick. The events this year include Health and Wellness Day (May 2), Dickinson Days (June 6-7), A Taste of Manotick (August 15), Women’s Day (Nov. 7) and Manotick Village Christmas (Dec. 5). The BIA is an association of local business owners and property owners who work together to improve, promote
It may be too much for people to go and meet with Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt, so he is bringing the meetings to the people. Moffatt and his staff were at 692 Coffee and Bar in Manotick last week for an open house. It was an opportunity for local residents to visit with him and discuss
issues in the city and in the community. “We talked about a little bit of everything,” Moffatt said. “People came in and talked about everything from some of the issues at Hycroft Place to what was gong on at Dickinson House to the impact of construction in Manotick, and even the Manotick Miler annual run.”
Moffatt said the meetings are a great way to interact with the residents in Rideau-Goulbourn. “Our staff comes along, and they are working,” he said. “It’s like having a mobile office. Connecting with people faceto-face is much better than having to communicate through an email or on the phone.” Moffatt said that, as an ex-
ample, he had many valuable conversations at the Richmond Fair in the fall. “There is a need for this kind of interaction,” he said. Moffatt holds the events on the first and third weeks of every month. He is in Burritt’s Rapids Feb. 5, and then North Gower Feb. 19. The complete schedule is available on his website, rideaugoulbourn.ca.
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and undertake projects that will result in a stronger and more competitive commercial business district. The Manotick BIA covers the business core, which includes more than 125 businesses. Ottawa business consultant Angela Sutcliffe was the keynote speaker for the breakfast. She gave a presentation on the 10 Commitments that every business owner has to make in order to succeed in business.
Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt met with local residents at 692 Coffee and Bar Wed., Jan. 15. Jeff Morris photo
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Appeals filed opposing approval of distribution centre in North Gower Two interconnected appeals have been ﬁled with the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in objection to the Ofﬁcial Plan Amendment (OPA) and zoning by-law amendment (ZBA) permitting Broccolini to build a 700,000 square foot distribution centre within the village limits of North Gower. A group of concerned community members, incorporated as the Rideau Action Group or RAG have retained a lawyer and a land planner to ﬁle the appeals on their behalf. The appeals, running to dozens of pages, assert that the Ofﬁcial Plan Amendment and zoning by-law amendment do
not conform with the Provincial Planning Strategy, the Ofﬁcial Plan of the City of Ottawa or the North Gower Secondary Plan. LPAT, which is part of Tribunals Ontario, is an adjudicative tribunal that hears cases in relation to a range of municipal planning, ﬁnancial and land matters. It has replaced the Ontario Municipal Board. LPAT has the power to overturn the zoning amendment and the by-law amendment if it contravenes the law. If they ﬁnd it does not break the law, they can order mediation. This may be an opportunity for the community to inﬂuence aspects of the proposed facility, such as size,
height, setbacks from residential areas. Appeals ﬁled with LPAT must be submitted within 20 calendar days of the notiﬁcation of the bylaw and rezoning approval. The 30-plus residents who spoke in opposition before the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee on December 5 received notiﬁcation of registration on Christmas Eve. The City Planner responsible for the ﬁle was on holidays for more than half of the period available for ﬁling the appeal. This added insult to injury when residents already feel that the City Council has been stacking the deck in favour of Broccolini. “It is regrettable that a group
of middle income rural residents are forced to defend the Village’s rural character and community safety against the teamwork of the City of Ottawa and a large construction company both with multi-million dollar budgets” stated Teddie Laframboise, Chairperson of the Rideau Action Group. Fundraising to support the appeal process is now in progress. Donations can be made at https:// www.gofundme.com/f/say-no-to-northgower-mega-warehouse and at fundraising events will be held in the community. RAG has 30 days in which to raise $20,000 to continue the appeal to the next stage.
Manotick Horticultural Society meeting Feb. 10 at RCMP Campground Jeff Rolland, an award-winning landscape designer with one of Ottawa’s leading design companies, Yards Unlimited Landscaping, will be the guest speaker at the next Manotick Horticultural Society meeting. His presentation will focus on ideas for us to develop Garden Rooms on our properties. Rolland has over 20 years of experience in designing beautiful gardens in and around Ottawa and will share some of his great ideas with us. There will be time to ask questions after the presentation. The meeting takes place Mon., Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the RCMP Campground, 415 Nicholl’s Island Road. Enjoy refreshments and home baking after the talk and chat with fellow gardeners. Bring your own mug for refreshments and help us reduce waste going to the landfill. The cost is $5.00 per guest, members free.
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The company we hired to manage LRT are amateurs in their field
So many problems, so many questions, and not many good answers. After sitting through a special Transit Commission meeting Jan. 23rd, I thought I would have a clearer picture of what has been causing our light rail system to breakdown or delay causing commuter chaos and hardship in the Capital. RTG CEO Peter Lauch was in the hot seat, prepared to stick handle tough questions. Note, the man has barely spoken at previous meetings and has always high tailed it out of council chambers to avoid questions from media. OC Transpo boss John Manconi began by laying the blame for the litany of problems squarely on RTG. And he said there’s no debate about it, that
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RTG agrees it needs to improve its performance and that they need outside expertise. In fact, they’ve already hired JBA Corporation, an international team with rail experience to access operations and maintenance and provide solutions. Good for them. About time. It was apparent when Peter Lauch answered or attempted to explain problems with LRT that he is not an expert. Line switches play an integral role in mov-
ing our trains, yet he seemed surprised that ice and snow buildup prevents the switches from operating, and that electric heaters are not up to the task of keeping the switches clear. The equipment is not the problem he said; it’s the weather. Well, this is Canada, winter can be brutal. Yet no one anticipated how the switches would be affected. That’s just one example, but what is clear to me is that the company we have hired to maintain the LRT for the next 30 years are amateurs in their field. They’re surprised by the problems and unprepared to solve them. It’s been trial and error. It’s like they’re writing the maintenance manual as they go. I suppose eventually they will be experts. But how long can
we be inconvenienced as they learn? Who’s really at fault here? It’s city council because we gave senior managers delegated authority to find the best companies to undertake the work. They came back recommending SNC and RTG and without the tools to question and check their work, we (councillors) had to trust staff. Not only that, we entered into a P3 agreement to build our entire LRT system, ignoring or dismissing studies that warned they cost more in the long run. Maybe it’s true that Ottawa got a “good deal,” but remember the saying, “you get what you pay for.” With the same gang responsible for Stage 2, we could be paying for a long time.
Happy Hundredth! Dorothy Maziarz is joined by her family during her 100th birthday party last week at Orchard Walk Retirement Community. The Orchard Walk management describes her as a true inspiration to the staff and the other residents. She actively takes part in activities and swims regularly. When she was 98, she got the chance to ride on a 30-motorcyle ride with the Ottawa Hog Chapter. Happy birthday Dorothy from all of us at the Messenger! Jeff Morris photo
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Feds’ Buy Canadian food campaign could be a disaster Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is going into marketing. It wants you to buy Canadian. The federal government intends to spend $25 million over five years starting this summer to promote Canadian food products and instill pride in what our country can bring to our tables. This is a great idea. But promoting Canadian products may not be quite so simple. The idea is to tell the story of our food sector and highlight the advantages of Canadianmade food products. The initiative also intends to provide transparency so Canadians can understand how our products are made. The focus is to build public trust in our food sector and promote Canada’s brand, if it can be defined. It’s unclear if the Buy Canadian initiative will support “Products of Canada” or products “Made in Canada” – there are subtle but important differences. “Products of Canada” means that all the noteworthy ingredients of a food product are Canadian and that non-Canadian material is insignificant. A “Made in Canada” product suggests the last step of processing occurred in Canada, regardless of where its ingredients came from. These two labels have Canadians confused about what food products are truly Canadian. The Buy Canadian campaign could support one, the other or both of these labels. Canadians could end up wondering what the campaign is actually supporting. Naturally, this could be about “Products of Canada.” But given our climate and the fact we can’t grow everything year round, some “Made in Canada” products are worthy of support since the processing required generates important manufacturing jobs here. But consumers need to know the difference. And then we have Canadian cuisine. It’s highly unlikely that poutine, shepherd’s pie, Nanaimo bars, donair, Hawaiian pizza and butter tarts – all intrinsically Canadian – would be part of this initiative. These Canadian recipes have endured the test of time. Perhaps it’s high time we promote Canadian cuisine and inspire our food industry to do more. Innovation takes many forms; it’s not just about carrots, tomatoes, Canadian beef or wheat. Promoting Canadian food should be about consumers and not just about farm gate issues. Farmers feed cities, but so do processors, distributors, grocers and the food service industry. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada doesn’t have the greatest reputation when it comes to serving the food industry. Farmers are often critical of our food systems. But other elements of the supply chain shouldn’t be forgotten. If this initiative is about promoting the industry and providing transparency, then processing, distribution and service need to be in scope. If not done properly, this program could be a complete disaster. Troy Media – Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is senior director of the agri-food analytics lab and a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.
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opened up on the CHEO campus in 2006. There is no way to sugar coat the work they Friday night, listening to renowned sports do there. It is a place where terminally ill artist and Barrhaven resident Tony Harris children go to pass away in peace and comspeak about his old friend, Roger Neilson. fort, surrounded by love and compassion. His words were eloquent. One would It is a calm and beautiful place, and it is a expect nothing less. Tony is a world class tribute to the man who inspired everything artist whose sports artwork – many of his to do with the building, and the wonderful more known pieces people who work there. were commissioned They also provide clinical the NHL – has trancare and family support. FROM THE OTHER scended the hockey The first time I had world and has become heard of Maddy’s Gala a rich part of Canadiwas about a decade ago. ana. Before I met the Diva, Jeffrey Morris But Friday, at she and a couple of her Maddy’s Gala, Tony friends had organized the used words to paint first ever Maddy’s Gala. a beautiful portrait of his late friend. He Her close friend, Jeanine Otto, lost her little shared stories of being a counsellor at his girl, Maddy, at Roger Neilson House. Maddy hockey camp. The descriptive words he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain used were of the same tone as the ones tumour at CHEO just 48 hours before her passused by everyone fortunate enough to know ing. Maddy was taken from CHEO to Roger Roger Neilson. Kind. Gentle. Caring. Gen- Neilson House, where she passed away in a erous. Innovative. Filled with compassion. room with family, friends, staff, and more love It was easy to get lost in Tony’s speech than you or I could ever imagine. The Diva and reflect on the few times I had been lucky describes Maddy’s passing as one of the sadenough to cross paths with Roger Neilson. dest things she had ever seen, yet also one of I was a fan of his from his colourful ties to the most beautiful because of the extraordinary the changes he brought to hockey through amount of love in the room. the use of video technology as a coaching The Otto family did not intentionally emtool, to his kind and personable soul. Sever- bark on a journey of philanthropy. It just, as al times I would cross paths with him when Dean Otto says, kind of happened. he was a visiting coach at the Auditorium The goal of that first gala was to raise in Buffalo when I was working games as a $10,000 for Roger Neilson House. It was a reporter and photographer. I always said hi low-key event with some close friends and a to him. He didn’t know me from a hole in few sponsors at the Monterrey Inn on Prince the ground, but I always got a warm smile of Wales Drive. But it grew. And the story of and a hello back. Maddy grew. And it continues to grow. When I became the hockey brand manThis year, a crowd of close to 450 people ager at Pinnacle Trading Cards and later attended the event. This year, Maddy’s Gala the VP of Marketing at Pacific Trading and the Otto family will have reached the $1 Cards, our paths crossed more frequently. I million mark in funds raised for Roger Neilson still said hi, and I still got a greeting back. House. I doubt that he remembered or recognized And as Tony Harris spoke, all of this went me, and if he did, he probably wondered through my mind. I thought of the people who why the beat reporter and photographer in have used and needed Roger Neilson House Buffalo was suddenly wearing a suit and through the years. I think of how the Otto hobnobbing as a marketing executive. I family has given the dark cloud in their lives would see him at the NHL All-Star Game from the saddest of tragedies a beautiful silver and its corporate functions, or at the NHL lining in a legacy for Maddy. Draft, or at the Hockey Hall of Fame inducHannah Otto, Maddy’s older sister, spoke tion ceremonies. I was there the night he in the Barrhaven Independent last week about was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. growing up with the gala. She was seven when It was one of the most emotional ceremon- Maddy passed away. ies for one of the most beloved people in “All of the money we have been able to raise Canadian history. is great and it has helped a lot of people through What I didn’t know at the time was how the programs it funds,” she said. “But the hope much of an impact his legacy would have that our message gives is a lot more important on my life. than any amount of money.” Maddy’s Gala, in which Tony and his She knows her little sister would be looking wife, Lianne Laing, have become such an down and smiling, proud of the work they integral part of, has become the marquee have done. event of the year for Roger Neilson House. But after hearing Tony Harris speak, I The children’s hospice palliative care centre think Roger Neilson would be just as proud.
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The MessengerCommunity Letter to the Editor Third party golf course operator City of Ottawa for Stonebridge a good idea Go Snow program
The Editor, As you may be aware, on January 17, 2020, the Stonebridge Community Association endorsed Phase 16 of Mattamy’s planned development of a portion of the Stonebridge Golf Course. In 2018, Mattamy submitted a plan to build a 158-unit development near the corner of Longfields and Prince of Wales. The community opposed and Mattamy and the SCA put in place an agreement that would allow Mattamy to build the 158 units and in return, Mattamy would “sell” the Stonebridge Golf Course for $6 million to the community. The $6 million would come from a levy on Stonebridge residents. A group of concerned residents worried that the terms would not be honoured, changes would be made, and that residents would pay into a fund and eventually could lose their money. That is why we formed StonebridgeFacts and demanded that a contract be presented and that residents’ tax/levy contributions be protected. We were also concerned that Mattamy would not honour the terms of any agreement. A divisive debate ensued and the SCA, the Stonebridge Working Group, and Councillors Jan Harder, Carol Ann Meehan, and Scott Moffatt,
cause it will reduce the levy as those 184 houses will also pay the levy. It further states that any new proposals will not be considered as the time for that has passed. But why not consider this offer? Why wouldn’t the SCA want to reduce the tax burden on residents by $3 million? What are their real intentions? Why should the community engage a 3rd party golf course operator? 1. Bringing in a golf course operator now, with an investment of nearly $3 million, would ensure the existing golf course remains in operation for 20+ years. This secures the course for this generation of home owners and future homeowners. Also it provides a professional golf course operator immediately. 2. This offer alone would significantly reduce the tax burden on all Stonebridge residents by more than half (plus
the extra 184 units and the money they will contribute). 3. It would meet the “SPIRIT” of the agreement with Mattamy. Mattamy wants out of the golf business. This gets them out immediately, gives them a $3 million down payment, with the remainder guaranteed to be paid from the City of Ottawa collected levy. 4. And it guarantees that no further “spiritual” changes would occur in the future. Jack Stirling stated on July 30, 2019 at the public meeting at St. Joseph High School that if an “angel” showed up with money, it should be considered. Now, there is a local, experienced operator that wants to invest and yet the SCA refuses to even discuss the proposal, let alone gauge the interest of residents. Why? The residents of Stonebridge deserve to know. Peter Nikic, Stoinebridge
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Teachers picket in Mantoick
Elementary teachers from Manotick Public School were on the picket lines Monday, as they protested proposed cuts by the Ontario Ford Government. Catholic high school teachers had their rotating strike Wednesday. Jeff Morris photo
City of Ottawa launches consultations on Cycling and Pedestrian Plans In tandem with the ongoing consultations on the Transportation Master Plan, the City has launched consultations on the Ottawa Cycling Plan and Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. Work will address pedestrian and cycling facility design guidance, winter maintenance priorities, and implementation policies when streets are built or reconstructed. The update process will also include reviewing and updating the priority cycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects considering new links, connections to rapid transit stations, crossings of barriers such as highways and waterways, and improvements in rural areas. The next phase of consultation on the Transportation Master Plan, January to March, will focus on the policies, priorities and networks for pedestrians and cycling. All of these plans will feed into the Official Plan for 2032 and beyond. More information is available at www.engage.ottawa.ca Beryl Gaffney Park Update As reported last fall, the City is proceeding with the addition of a fenced-in off leash dog area in Beryl Gaffney Park. Work will begin this summer on preparing an area located near the existing
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parking lot at the south end of the Park. The dog area is expected to open in 2021. A number of community meetings have been held over the past 18 months to discuss improvements to the Park as a result of the accumulation of $600,000 in an enhancement fund. A portion of that money was used to purchase the additional land for the fenced-in dog area. We are still awaiting details on how the remaining funds will be used to enhance the Park. Task Force on Revitalization Update Now that we have a final plan for revitalization, the Task Force members have begun working on implementation. The first step has already been completed with the help of the Manotick BIA who managed the Main Street Revitalization grant and added new street furniture, signage and gateway lighting in the Village Core. However, other goals will take more time. In the coming months, the
team will be working on identifying additional parking spots in the downtown area and developing an information kit for potential businesses interested in locating here. The kit will include information about the Village demographics, the market potential, results from the business and visitor surveys as well as information about the Manotick BIA and local community groups. The Task Force is also looking at offering a design session for Main Street businesses who are interested in sprucing up their facades. It has been exciting to see some of the work that has been done already on buildings on Main Street, including Lasting Impressions, Manotick Optometric, Morning Owl, 692 Coffee Bar and the building next to it. This spring, we expect to see work begin on the replacement of the Lockett’s Building (old heritage Tea Room) with a possible new building to replace Manotick Spa and Nails. In partnership with the Manotick BIA, the Task Force is also committed to keeping Main Street beautiful with fewer weeds and better sidewalks. The Task Force, chaired by the Manotick Village and Community Association, includes representatives of the Manotick
BIA, Manotick Culture Parks and Recreation, Youth of Manotick Association, Manotick Art Society and community volunteers. Details on its work can be found at www.manotickvca.org A Shiverfest Thank you The Shiverfest organizing committee would like to thank everyone who participated in Shiverfest 2020, the fifteenth time this winter festival has been held in Manotick! The community and business support for this event is encouraging and we are looking forward to Shiverfest 2021. Around the Village Nice to see Anne Robinson, President of Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation, getting recognized for her community work as the Messenger Person of the Year! Anne has contributed years of volunteer hours to helping make our community a better place to live and is an inspiration to us all. The new Manotick Area Centre for the Arts and Wellness at Manotick United Church is starting a jigsaw puzzle exchange. Drop your used puzzles off at the Church and pick up another one to try. For more information or to donate a puzzle contact Lisa at Manotick United Church at 613-692-4576.
Community Events Rural Youth Expo, February 1, 1 – 3 p.m. This free event set for Manotick Community Centre, second floor, is something brand new for children, youth and their families. Find out about activities in the area. Learn about volunteer opportunities and employment opportunities for youth in rural Ottawa south. Refreshments and activity lounge for children. Hosted by YOMA, City of Ottawa and Manotick Community Church. More information at www.yoma.ca Outdoor Garden Rooms, February 10, 7:30 p.m. The February meeting of the Manotick Horticultural Society will feature Jeff Rolland, an award-winning landscape designer with Yards Unlimited Landscaping. His presentation will focus on ideas to develop Garden Rooms. Jeff has over 20 years of experience in designing beautiful gardens in and around Ottawa and will share some of his great ideas. The meeting takes place at the RCMP Campground, 415 Nicoll’s Island Road. Enjoy refreshments and home baking after the talk and chat with fellow gardeners.
Origami Dahlia Flowers February 11, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Try your hand at origami and create easy to fold dahlia flowers. This self-directed program will include instructions along with a demonstration to get you started. Join us for a fun creative afternoon! Registration with library card required at https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/ Family Story Time, Saturday and Tuesday, 10:30 – 11 a.m. Songs, stories and rhymes for children of all ages accompanied by a parent or caregiver. This free event is being offered by the Manotick Public Library. YOMA – Friday Night Drop In, 7-9:30 p.m. Two programs for youth. Pre-Teen Nights for youth in Grades 4-6, every other Friday from 6-8 pm. $5 per youth. Free weekly DropIn for youth age 12-17 years from 7:00 – 9:30 pm. YOMA is also a resource for volunteer opportunities and employment opportunities for youth in the area. Visit the website or follow them on social media for more information. www. yoma.ca Follow us on Twitter @ manotickvca and Facebook
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It’s time for the groundhog to emerge from its burrow Groundhog Day February 2; is celebrated in Canada and the US. According to legend, the groundhog emerges from its burrow about noon on that day to look for its shadow. If it is a sunny day and the groundhog sees its shadow, according to folklore it becomes frightened and returns to its hole to sleep, and winter continues for 6 more weeks. If it does not see its shadow, it remains outside because the worst of winter is over and warmer weather is on its way. One of Canada’s furry forecasters hopefully bring good news to winter-weary Canadians on Groundhog Day: Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam. A crowd turns out for the ceremony in Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, the first of several such events across the country. In Wiarton, the famous Wiarton Willie showed up for many
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years but died at age 13 in 2017. Wiarton continues with outdoor and indoor stage events; a large tent where the town showcases talent and holds events. The Festival includes a winter carnival, ice carving, a food expo and kids events. Early settlers hoped for signs of an early spring so they could begin planting and shorten the time to harvest, especially with winter provisions dwindling. What settlers did not realize was that the groundhog sleeps later than the European hedgehog and is less likely to stir even on warm winter days. By February 2, the worst of winter’s weather is
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Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show the ones you love just how much you care about them. This is achieved through various gestures, including giving heartfelt gifts. Research from Business Insider found that 51 percent of Americans now celebrate Valentine’s Day. While a recent poll from Insights West found that although many Canadians view Valentine’s Day as overly commercial, 75 percent still plan on celebrating it. People are still spending big bucks on making Valentine’s Day special. The National Retail Federation indicates Americans spent more than $20.7 billion on the holiday in 2019 and forecasters predict similar spending in 2020. Every Valentine’s Day, certain gifts emerge as the most popular. While certain gifts are common, there are ways to make them seem fresh and exciting. Here are some ideas for Valentine’s Day gifting. Flowers The National Retail Federation estimates that people spend around $2
billion on flowers for gifts. While roses are much sought after, thinking outside the bouquet can produce unique results. Choose different blooms, perhaps a loved one’s favorite flower or something regional. Potted plants also will last longer than cut flowers, giving them more staying power. Skip bouquets in favor of table centerpieces, which can be eyecatching. Jewelry Gifting jewelry can be tricky because it is such a personal gift that must tie into a sweetheart’s style. It may be tempting to go with something large and flashy or full of diamonds, but a better option is to take inventory of what your loved one wears on a daily basis and try to mimic the size and scope in your gift. Other thoughtful jewelry gifts include understated pendant necklaces or bracelets engraved with key dates or the names of their children. Colored gemstones in lieu of diamonds also may be a striking choice. Entertainment Dinner and a movie
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Expert on coyotes to speak at City Hall Thurs., Feb. 6 A belated Happy New Year given my lack of a column two weeks ago. 2020 marks our tenth year in the Messenger and I continue to be grateful to Jeff Morris for giving me the opportunity to communicate with all of you. To begin, I would like to apologize for some odd scheduling issues and lack of communication surrounding a drop-in meeting at the Manotick Community Centre regarding the Transportation Master Plan. Originally, a session had been scheduled for Sunday, January 12th. That was cancelled due to weather. Later that week, it was rescheduled for Friday, January 17th. Unfortunately, when residents showed up, staff were not in attendance. It ended up being a bit of a miscommunication. The intent of the TMP drop-in sessions were to get more people to fill out the survey as part of the TMP review process. To do so, staff would set up in public spaces where people gather.
WARD REPORT by Councillor Scott Moffatt
When they arrived at the Manotick Community Centre to set up on the 17th, they discovered that there was not much scheduled and decided to leave. Unfortunately, I had advertised the drop-in session. When I arrived, I found residents waiting to participate but no staff. In the end, I provided some feedback to staff based on this experience. I spoke with some who showed up personally but to those who attended and found nothing, I’m sorry. If we cancel any sort of meeting, we need to, at the very least, provide some notification for when people show up. That said, you may still engage in the Transportation Master Plan review and fill out the survey by visiting https://engage.ottawa.
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Wildlife Speaker Series
Residents are invited to learn about living with coyotes in the city at the Wildlife Speaker Series on Thursday, February 6th. Opening remarks begin at 7:00pm with a presentation at 8:00pm. The session takes place at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West in Council Chambers, also known as Andrew S. Haydon Hall. Coyotes have adapted to life in cities across North America. Their human neighbours may not realize they’re around until they notice tracks in the snow or hear their song at night. Some residents may be concerned about coyotes living among us, so it’s important to understand how we can coexist safely. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Stan Gehrt from Ohio State University. He has studied coyotes in Chicago since 2000 and made
interesting discoveries about how coyotes interact with humans and other animals in different settings. The event will also feature displays by local organizations. Admission is free and will be on a first come, first served basis.
Community Economic Development Grants
The City is now accepting applications for the annual Community Economic Development Funding Program, which funds projects that reduce barriers to employment and create jobs for disadvantaged populations. Grants are available for non-profit organizations that are starting businesses and creating jobs or helping people that are under-represented in the mainstream economy – including lower income youth and older adults, rural residents, new immigrants and visible minorities – to develop entrepreneurial and employability skills.
This program awards up to $280,000 per year to projects that are selected by a jury panel of reviewers. For more information, please contact my office and we can provide you with the criteria for the program. Applications are open until Friday, March 20th at 4:00pm.
Rural Youth Employment & Resource Fair
The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, in collaboration with the City of Ottawa, is hosting an employment and resource fair for rural youth in Richmond on Thursday, February 20th. The Fair will take place at the Richmond Arena between 3:00pm and 6:00pm. This is an opportunity for youth to connect with potential employers and resources.
Family Day in Pierce’s Corners
The Marlborough Community Recreation Association is running a Family
Day program at the Marlborough Community Hall from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The hall is located at 3048 Pierce Road. Food will be ready for 11:00am and will include chili, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and beans. Kids and parents can enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride. There will be toasted marshmallows, toffee on snow, games outside and a craft table inside. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family. The MCRA is also anticipating having an illusionist and magician with wonderful sleight of hand and card tricks. MCRA staff will be present in their bright orange t-shirts. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-5802491. For information on Rideau-Goulbourn issues, please visit RideauGoulbourn.ca.
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The MessengerFOCUS ON YOUTH The excels MessengerFOCUS ON YOUTH Student-athlete on golf course and in classroom Being OTHS Student Council President a rewarding experience
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Name: Ryan Baker Age: 17 Name: Melita Wyche School: Osgoode Age: 17 High Township School: Osgoode Township 12 Grade: High Parents: Mark and Grade:Baker 12 Karen
Parents: HeatherBenjamin and DenBrother: nis Wyche (19), Queen’s University
(Engineering) Sisters: April (20), OTHS, UNB Fredericton. Violet Pet Canterbury Peeves: Slow Walk(20), (vocals), ers, TouristsUniversity. Ivy Carleton (22), St. Mark, Algonquin Part-time Work: HyCollege. lands Golf Club (Backshop Worker) Pets: Two dogs, Ewok and Pixie, and a cat. Favourite Subjects: Math, Physics and “CheerChemPart-time Work: istry leading and tumbling coach at Kemptville Infinity in Activities: Kemptville.) “Both inside and outsideFavourite of school, Subjects: I enjoy “Math and in Chemistry. participating a varietyI enjoy doing and comprobof sports. I’velabs played
by Phill Potter
petitive hockey at a high by Phill level, both AAPotter and AAA, since I was little. This lem solving. Since theoften conmeant having hockey or cepts are not broad, 5and 6there times a week during the isn’t much interpretafall at tion and to bewinter, done, which it’s more times made it challenging just problem solving, which to top of my is stay whaton makes me school enjoy work. Duringthe themost.” summer, those classes I enjoy playing golf with my What familyis and as yourfriends, Greatest well as competing in“Earnmany Accomplishment? local at ing thetournaments title of Studentand Council President my school. the Provincialat level. I am The processabout was golf, not easy, passionate and but I persevered and made spend most of my free timeit through, though at the golfeven course whenthere I’m wereworking. setbacksI also along the not repreway. It also been very sent myhasschool in amany rewarding sports, accomplishment, different includas I’ve gained so many oping hockey, golf, and both portunities, and gotten to boys and coed volleyball.” network with other youth likeAccomplishments: myself.”
“A few of my greatest accomplishments are: Qualifying and making theActivities/Interests: cut at the Quebec Jun“Both and outside ior Boysinside Provincial Chamof school, Being I enjoymy participionship. first patingplaying in several time at thedifferent provinsports. These cial level, I wasinclude happy socthat cer, futsal, volleyball, coed I was able to finish within volleyball, and of touch the top 60 out overfoot150 ball. I also enjoy traveling players. andMaking learningitabout into different a playlocations and cultures. I’ve off for the individual title travelled to many places at the NCSSAA City Golf and I find it very interChampionship, the winner esting how every culture of which qualified for the has unique traditions and OFSAA Boys’My Golf Chamsubcultures. favourite pionship. place is Norway, because Winning back-to-back there is such beautiful Junior Club Championplaces all over the country ships at Hylands Golf Club and amazing hiking. The (2018), and IOttawa Golf next location wish to travand Club (2019). el toHunt is Iceland, because it’s Helping the High a very open country, with School hockey team very kind citizens, and win lots the NCSSAA City Chamto see.” pionship in the AA division, anddid earning spotinat Why you aget volved in 2019 what you do? OFSAA “I Being got involved Student able toinmaintain Council because I saw it an average in the mid 90’s as an opportunity every year so far to in make high
school, while taking part in sporting activities 5 to 6 times per week.” a difference in my school, andWhy to getdid a different you get perinspectiveinon all you aspects volved what do? of the“Ischool. I was a cheerenjoy the competition leader for 10 years, but I and the new friendships could no longer continue that are made. I want to due totheconcussions, make most of my so highI turned to coaching. It school experience, andhasI given methat an opportunity to thought the best way continue in the sport, even to do so, was to take part in though I can no longer paras many activities as posticipate in it.” sible.”
Career Goals: “After Career high schoolGoals: I hope to go to “As someone who university somewhere near enjoys math and the the east coast; hopefullysciin ences, I amMy interested in kinesiology. top choice pursuing a career in enginschools are University of eering. Next year, plan on New Brunswick in ISt. John, studying at either Queen’s and Dalhousie in Halifax. University, thetoUniverAfter that, I or hope pursue sity of Waterloo.” a career in either athletic therapy, or education.” Ryan Baker has maintained After suffering numerous an academic average in the concussions, Melitagolf Wyche 90s while playing and turned to hockey at coaching. high levels. PHILL POTTER Phill Potter PHOTO photo
• Social Bridge Club in Manotick - Come join us miscellaneous other goodies will be available for night at 7:00 pm29th in the basement (613-838-2931) • every OttawaMonday Futsal Club entering their season indoor •sale. Old Time Fiddle Music & Dance - East Osgoode Greely ofsoccer. St. Leonard’s Church (5332 Long Island Road). Youth boys & girls, women, men & coed. Players / Assoc, First Friday of each month, invites & welcome The is only $3levels. and League light starts refreshments are • all 4-Hand Euchre Philips Parish Hall, teamscost wanted. All skill October ends Musicians, Dancersat& St. Listeners. Greely Community provided. This club has been running for decades 127 Burke Street, Richmond, will be held on April 2020. Please go online at www.futsalottawa.com. Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely. For additional info and we do not play for masterpoints. We are a very Wednesday, November 27th and December Early bird ends September 21st call 613 489-2697. friendly club and all levels of bridge players are 11th at 7:00 p.m. All euchre players welcome. welcome. For further information, please contact Includes a light lunch. For additional • Neil Ottawa Newcomers Club - For women who have recently •information Thursday Fun please Night forcall adults and children. An optional at 613-692-4924. 613-489-3996. moved to this area; (and those who have experienced a life change), would Christmas like to meetBake new •significant ST. PHILIP’S CWLand Annual people of take similarplace interests by joining our many group Sale will on Saturday, December 7th activities. information from 9:00More to 11:30 a.m.at:inottawanewcomersclub.ca the Father Michael Gillissie Hall, St. Philip Parish, 127 Burke Street, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The MessengerSPORTS MCPRA leading million dollar project to enhance Centennial Park By Anne Robinson, President MCPRA
The Manotick Culture, Parks and Recreation Association (MCPRA) is leading a $1 million project to enhance the northeast corner
of Centennial Park on Dr. Leach Drive in Manotick. The project includes the skateboard park, outdoor rink/basketball court, and gateway areas. Centennial Park is Manotick’s primary active rec-
reational park and community gathering place. This seven-hectare (17+ acres) backdrop to the Mike O’Neil Arena and Manotick Community Centre currently includes facilities for tennis, pickleball, soc-
cer, football, softball, outdoor skating, skateboarding, sledding (Manotick Mountain), along with a play structure and outdoor pavilion. Representatives from the following groups sit on the Centennial Park Working Group, chaired by MCPRA: o Kiwanis Club of Manotick o Ottawa South Basketball Association o Youth of Manotick Association (YOMA) o Ottawa Skateboard Association o Manotick Village and Community Association (MVCA) o City of Ottawa, Parks and Facility Planning Services After an extensive community consultation, a Concept Design for Centennial Park was completed in early 2019. Everyone agreed that Centennial Park was a ‘jewel’ to be protected and
enhanced. Residents valued the Park’s complement of facilities/ recreational opportunities, village access, centrality, meeting spaces and park aesthetics (i.e. pathways, trees and gardens). There was also consensus that the priority project for Centennial Park would be the enhancement of the ‘entrance’, including the skateboard, outdoor rink/ basketball, and gateway areas. In March, 2019, MCPRA submitted a Community Partnership grant application to the City of Ottawa. In November 2019 City Council awarded $125,000 toward the Centennial Park Enhancement Project, with the community to match these funds. With the goal of leveraging the City and community’s investment, MCPRA also applied for an Infrastructure Canada grant, that requires both provincial and
federal approval; MCPRA hopes to hear in late 2020 whether the application is successful. To date, just over $25,000 has been raised toward the project, principally from Chic Time 2019 and the Dave Arntfield Memorial Fund. In addition, in-kind services of about $100,000 have been committed from the Tomlinson Foundation. Chic Time 2020 (April 24) funds are going toward the CP project, so get your tickets now! MVCA’s Shiverfest Trivia Contest funds were also dedicated to the enhancement effort. Community fundraising continues! The Working Group is currently collaborating with City staff and Landscape Architect, Doug Fountain, Fotenn Planning and Design, to finalize the detailed design to be ‘shovel ready’ by spring 2020. For more information, visit www.mcpra.org.
The Richmond Agricultural Society hosted its annual Funspiel curling event at the Richmond Curling Club Sat., Jan. 18. Teams from South Carleton and throughout the city and Eastern Ontario came to participate in the fun event. Jeff Morris photo
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Richmond Ag. Board On January 21st, 2020 the Richmond Agricultural Society held its Annual General Meeting. Rob Parks will lead the Society again this year as President along with Bruce Bain returning as First Vice-President, Chris Lawton as Second Vice-President, Sheri Kavanagh will be returning as Homecraft President and David Brown as Past-President. Janet Hawkins will continue to serve as the Treasurer and Dale Greene as General Manager. Dale Greene who was nominated as the Richmond Hub Person of the Year, has announced that after 25 years with the Society, he will be retiring after the 2020 Fair. The Richmond Fair will be held from Thursday September 17th to Sunday September 20th, 2020.
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