VOLUME 3, ISSUE 24: June 16, 2017


Week in Review!


Greely Community Association (GCA)

The Greely Community Association (GCA) held its AGM this week. During the elections, President Bruce Brayman welcomed in the new President, Adam Sooley, and Vice President, Andrea Ghent. Lee Warrish was voted back in as Treasurer. Secretary Christine Leblanc also stepped down to begin enjoying some well deserved down time from the GCA. The position of secretary is vacant at the moment. If there is anyone interested in joining the board in this position, please contact any member of the current GCA through their website or facebook. Election of secretary will take place at their next meeting in September. I would like to thank Bruce and his family for all of their devoted years of service. Together you have made the GCA a great Community Association and a very active one too! Bruce will remain a part of the executive as “Past President” of the GCA.

St. Mary's Family Fun Night

Once again, St.Mary's Family Fun night had many activities for kids to enjoy like bouncy castles, games and a dunk tank. The dunk tank was so fun to man! They also had a BBQ, cake sale table, and silent auction gift baskets. Thank you to Cindy MacDonald for inviting me to be a part of this fun time. You and your team of volunteers did a terrific job!


Lebanese Night at Rideau Carleton Raceway

The annual Lebanese evening at Rideau Carleton Raceway (RCR) was filled to capacity once again.  Guests saw the traditional dancers perform several dances, heard the beautiful voice of guest singer Samantha Ammoun as she sang the two national anthems in both languages, and enjoyed some fabulous traditional food.  It is always a special treat to gather with many friends and very special guests like the Ambassador and his wife.


O-YA's Block Party for Canada 150

Osgoode was a lively place to be this past weekend with lots of celebrating going on at O-YA Centre for their block party. They had live music, caricature drawing, cake and much more! The block party was a celebration of Canada 150. Lots of planning went into this event and it paid off! Great job!

Ottawa Fire Services Luncheon

City Council was treated to a great luncheon in between Council business this week. The luncheon was a chance to bring together the many people in the background of the firefighters such as trainers, nutritionists, first aid instructors, and many more that keep our firefighters healthy and fit. It gave my Council Colleagues and myself a quick insight into what goes into keeping the fire houses in shape!


Castor Valley Elementary School

Castor Valley hosted their annual Fun Day this week where many families gathered to enjoy a petting zoo, BBQ, face painting, bake sale, basket raffles, cotton candy, and so much more. The school fun nights are a wonderful opportunity to meet up with neighbours and friends! Always a pleasure to attend these community school events. Great job to Cynara for all your hard work and your team of volunteers.

Greely Village Park Grand Opening

We finally we did it! Greely Village Park was officially opened this past Saturday with Mayor Watson cutting the ribbon. MP Pierre Poilivere was also in attendance as was GCA VP Adam Sooley and developer Dan Anderson. It was a fun-filled day of activities for kids playing gigantic outdoor games provided by Rural South Recreation, skateboarding, and BMX biking to name a few. Safer Roads Ottawa, Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Police Services, Volunteer Firefighters, Cotton Candy, Popcorn, Elephant Ears, Live 88.5 FM, Champ from the Ottawa Champions Baseball, Mini Horse drawn wagon rides, and the Ottawa2017 Banner for signing were all there to greet the hundreds of visitors. Also joining us was Aquahaulics with their water dispensing truck where people could refill their bottle or fill up their new ones. Skateboard demonstrations were provided by On Deck owner Trevor as he wowed the kids with tricks. Parkway Pentecostal Church provided a great number of volunteers, washrooms, and free parking as well a terrific live band. It was a great time and I hope to see many families from all over the Ward enjoying this beautiful new park.  There are plenty of benches and tables, play structures, and tennis courts for use.  It is located on Parkway Road near Bank Street South.



What's Happening in the City!


Wild Parsnip Warning
Be advised that Wild Parsnip is a dangerous plant that causes severe skin irritation and burns. If you see Wild Parsnip, please contact 3-1-1 immediately to have the area sprayed. 


City-Wide Tick Warning
The black-legged tick that carries the bacteria that can cause Lyme disease is present in the Ottawa area, across Eastern Ontario, and the Outaouais region of Quebec. Ottawa is now considered an at-risk area for Lyme disease. Ottawa Public Health has seen an increase in the number of cases of Lyme disease reported in the Ottawa area over time, as well as an increase in the number of cases of Lyme disease likely acquired in the Ottawa area. This is most likely a result of growing Lyme disease awareness and increase in tick populations in Eastern Ontario. Ottawa Public Health is committed to reducing the health risks to residents posed by Lyme disease through prevention, education, and awareness, as well as surveillance. Preventing tick bites is key to the prevention of Lyme disease. Visit the following link for more information. http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/disease-and-medical-conditio...


Police Checks Now Available Online
Ottawa Police Services is proud to announce that you can now apply for a police record check online. Visit the following link for more details. https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/Online-Police-Record-Checks.asp


Red Bull Global Rallycross
For the first time in its seven-year history, Red Bull Global Rallycross will head to Canada for two rounds of action – and it’s happening right here, in Ottawa, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum!The double header event utilizing portions of the Rockcliffe Airport. The course will feature long straightaways and wide-open corners, allowing the 600-horsepower Supercars to reach top speed. The paved main course and Joker Lap will merge leading into the dirt section, just before cars fly over the finish line on the series’ signature 70-foot jump. With grandstands set throughout the dirt section and up to the finish, fans will be up close to some of the most exciting moments of the 2017 season.