VOLUME 3, ISSUE 40: October 20, 2017


Week in Review!


Fall Feast

A new event by the Metcalfe Community Association (MCA) took place in Victoria park with well over 150 people taking part. The Fall Feast featured a roasted pig and all the trimmings, including a delectable apple crisp by Log Cabin Orchard. It was a place for children to experience pumpkin decorating and live music for your listening/dancing enjoyment. The park was transformed into a fall wonderland with beautiful fall mums, straw bales and lights on the bridge. I’m afraid I had to miss all the fun and the delicious meal due to an injury. Congratulations everyone that helped organize and set up the park, food, entertainment and activities. I do look forward to attending next time!


Our Lady of Visitation Harvest Dinner

The annual Harvest dinner at Our Lady of the Visitation was sold out for both meal sittings. The Darouze Team from my office filled in for me while I was recovering, and they reported that the roast beef meal looked delicious, and judging from the response of the packed room it clearly was! Father Bill Penney was busy serving up the mashed potatoes to hungry patrons with a smile. Well done to all the volunteers that prepared, cooked and served the Harvest Dinner. I am sure the November Turkey dinner will be just as big of a hit!


Ward 20 Bylaw Report

The By-law & Regulatory Services Branch Activity Report for the first three quarters of 2017 has been released, and it offers some interesting insights into the work Bylaw Services has done in our Ward, and how we compare to the rest of the city. Our Ward makes up about 2.9% of the population of Ottawa, yet we only account for 1.4% of the calls to Bylaw, in fact we had the 2nd fewest calls. Parking complaints rose to a peak in 2013, then dropped and have now been about the same each year since 2014. Complaints about care of the streets has increased steadily over the years, and this year saw an even larger uptick. Property standards has seen a gradual increase in complaints over the years in a very similar pattern to complaints about care of the streets. Calls about parks have fluctuated quite a bit over the last ten years, but this year there was actually a slight drop. Calls regarding animals have decreased this year, and have been dropping since 2012. Finally, for the second year in a row our Ward has not had a single complaint about graffiti! These stats are pretty interesting to go through, so if you would like more information you can reach out to my office. 



Annual Fall Tea

My 2nd Annual Fall Tea also took place this week. Luckily, I was on the mend and back in time to be there. The musical entertainment provided by the ever talented Spencer Scarf had the ladies and gents clapping and singing along. Thank you to the many community supporters, like Moncion's Independent Grocer, Millers Farm, Orchard View Event Centre and Donevelyn Farms, who contributed baked goodies, pumpkins, linens, cornstalks and teas. Also thank you to all the volunteers that came out to help serve all the attendees, such as the Greely Lions, Volunteer Firefighters and Ottawa Police. It is always a pleasure for my office to work with these groups of volunteers. They always help to make the different events in the community go smoothly. 



Osgoode Village Luncheon

There is a new event that has recently been launched in Osgoode sponsored by the “Community Minded Volunteers” group in the form of a hot luncheon once a month, with the next one taking place on November 15th. The first luncheon was a huge hit with over 65 people in attendance to enjoy a hot turkey dinner with all the trimmings and fresh apple crumble from Log Cabin Orchards. There was live musical entertainment, and the Volunteer Firefighters were on hand to help serve the food. This group wanted to give back to the community so they could enjoy a hot lunch with friends and family for the affordable price of only $5 each. The group spread news of the event by word of mouth, social media and posters. 



Open Door

Well I made it back to my Open Door this week while still in recovery, and it felt great to be back! I had several well-wishers drop in and even a little reminder from my staff that safety comes first. To make their point, my chair was decorated with safety gear and you guessed it, a live action, noise-rendering toy chainsaw generously donated by Allan Johnson Repair & Sales of Metcalfe. It was a realization of how quick an accident can happen and the importance of wearing appropriate safety equipment. Thank you Allan for your thoughts and the toy chainsaw, too real for comfort I have to say!




What’s Happening in the City!

LRT Phase 2 South Terminus Public Information Session

Please join the City of Ottawa to learn more about the updated south terminus of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Trillium Line on Wednesday, October 25 2017 at St. Jerome School at 4330 Spratt Road between 6 pm to 8:30 pm. At this public information session, staff will provide a brief overview of the updated Trillium Line alignment and potential extension to Limebank Road, and gather input regarding desired pedestrian and cyclist access to the future Earl Armstrong/Bowesville LRT Station.


  1. 6 p.m.  – Doors open: Opportunity to view information boards and speak with City staff
  2. 6:30 p.m. – Presentation begins
  3. 7:30 p.m. – Breakout sessions begin
  4. 8:30 p.m. – Workshop ends

For more information please email stage2@ottawa.ca, or contact Alison Lynch by email at alison.lynch@ottawa.ca or by telephone at 613-580-2424 ext. 12764.


City of Ottawa Public Recreation Opportunities

Skating season is upon us! The City of Ottawa offers memberships to the different public rinks in the city at a very affordable price. To get a membership you must purchase them in person at one the fitness facilities.

For the full list of prices, types of membership and the list of locations where you can pick up a membership click HERE. You can also get passes for other public recreation activities, such as swimming and fitness.


What’s Happening in the Community!

Girl Guides Youth Dance

Submitted by: Melissa Cox

The girl guides are having another youth Dance this Friday (October 20th).

October 20 7-10 pm.

Ages 7-12

Greely Community Centre

$5 per person

Wear your Halloween costume! :)