- Councillor's Corner
Metcalfe Firefighters Donate $500 to #2951 Army Cadets Vimy Trip
A $500.00 cheque was presented to the Vernon Cadets from the Metcalfe Firefighters for their Vimy trip coming up in November. The cheque presentation was made at the 3rd Annual Meet and Greet in Metcalfe.
2nd Annual BBQ in the Park Metcalfe
My office hosted our 2nd Annual Free BBQ in the Park in Metcalfe during the Annual Meet and Greet event. Mayor Watson was able to stop in and take a walk through the Village with me as I introduced him to many local business owners. Joining us this year in the park were Betty and Brian McGowan with their miniature horses, Brittany with balloon twister, Rural South Recreation that provided kids games and face painting, Safer Roads Ottawa, and newly formed Osgoode Ward Youth Community Involvement Program (OWYCIP) which helps bridge the gap between students and businesses so they can earn their Community Hours before graduation. I would like to acknowledge and thank the Volunteer Firefighters that supplied the BBQ, grilled the food, and served it. I also want to send out my sincerest thank you to Marcel and Linda Moncion from Your Independent Grocer, Riverside South location for donating all the food for this community event. They are always giving back to the community and I am very grateful that they continue to support my events year after year.
RNAO Region 10 Ottawa Breakfast
The annual breakfast held by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) Region 10 is a great opportunity for nurses in Ottawa to voice concerns to the different levels of government in a face to face sit down setting. The breakfast enables everyone to interact and gather some information that will work towards a better work environment and care for their patients. I always look forward to the personal touch this forum provides me with for the very special health care providers that not only live in our community but throughout the city.
Legislative Page from Metcalfe
The latest resident to be selected to serve in the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park is 12 year old Matthew Howell from Metcalfe. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for sure. Matt applied for this position a while back and was selected based on his grades and capabilities to serve away home. During his stay in Toronto, he will continue his studies until his return in June. Congratulations Matt!
7th Annual Goode Run for O-YA
The 7th Annual Goode Run for O-YA took place over the weekend with well over 500 people pre-registered for the 2km, 5km and 10km walk/run held in Osgoode. This fundraiser is the largest one that O-YA hosts in order to raise funds to keep the programs running for the youth in Osgoode Village. O-YA’s Nicole McKerracher and her incredible team of staff and volunteers undertake this task every year to make it the huge success it has become. Congratulations on a terrific job once again and thank you for everyone that participated and/or volunteered which showed our great community spirit once again!
South Nation Conservation (SNC) Celebrates 70 years
South Nation Conservation is celebrating 70 years in existence this year and providing people with the knowledge, support and reiterating the importance of maintaining the natural beauty surrounding us. The board and its’ members are a dedicated group of individuals that all share the common goal to keep our environment healthy and help spread the word of their work.
Dennis O’Grady Retires
At the recent South Nation Conservation 70 anniversary, Dennis O’Grady was recognized for all his years serving on the board and his dedication to the organization. Dennis will leave behind a great legacy of “spirited and valued” information for incoming Angela Coleman to carry on. Congratulations Angela and best wishes Dennis on your retirement.
Annual Wayne Swales Fishing Derby
A fishing derby held in memory of a dear friend of mine and the community, Wayne Swales, took place in the drizzle and high waters of the Rideau. Wayne’s widow and best friend, Deanna came out to participate with some of her friends along with close to 50 other fishermen from the community along with the former Ottawa Mayor, Jim Durrell. All in all a great day.
Metcalfe Farmers Market is Open!
The Metcalfe Farmers Market officially opened with the ribbon cutting last Saturday during the Annual Meet and Greet event. MP Pierre Poilievre helped to open the market along with the Manager Cathy Proctor and several vendors. It is great to have the market open again for all the farm fresh items and crafts. The Lions also opened their canteen for their famous breakfast sandwiches, coffee and much more! I look forward to dropping by on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. Please stop in and see what the Market has for you every Saturday from now until the Fall.
3rd Annual Meet and Greet on Victoria Street
The 3rd annual Meet and Greet in Metcalfe went off without a hitch with so many more kiosks in Victoria Park joining in this year. Organizer Marc Sauve and his team of great community volunteers/business owners met numerous times throughout the year to help make this event an even larger one than before. The businesses in Metcalfe displayed what they have to offer to the public so people can shop local and stay local and also be competitive with businesses in the City. The businesses are not allowed to sell anything that day, but are there to simply promote what they have. This community has tremendous leaders and spirited residents that come out to support this annual event and have fun as well with a scavenger hunt, kids’ games, face painting, petting zoo, balloon twisting and so much more. The Canada 150 tulip bulb planting that took place last Fall in Metcalfe was followed up by the Tulip Blooming Ceremony during the Meet and Greet as well. The red, white and flame tulips were in full bloom just in time for the event to take place at Metcalfe Town Hall.
(RCR) Hard Rock Casino Ottawa
The Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will be a reality soon enough. The $320 million partnership will bring more than 1900 construction jobs and 2000 ongoing jobs in the community. This is a great initiative that will boost our local economy and will provide local jobs for our rural residents. The Rideau Carleton Raceway (RCR) opened its doors in 1962 and has been a vital part of the horse racing community in Ottawa. The grounds are also home to the Capital Fair and service the community as a facility for a variety of charitable events. The RCR has always given back to the community and we look forward to the continued generous support from the Hard Rock Casino!
MCA Town Hall
Metcalfe Community Association (MCA) held a Town Hall this week to discuss many issues with guest speakers from the City’s 311 centre and Parks and Recreation. Each gave a quick presentation on how they work and who to connect with when MCA has questions from their community. I also gave a quick overview of what was happening in the Ward. It was a great meeting. Thank you to the MCA for organizing it and inviting me to speak.