- Councillor's Corner
Osgoode Parade of Lights
It was great seeing everyone at the Osgoode Parade of Lights! The street was filled with Christmas spirit. So many people bundled up the watch the decorated floats pass by. What a great way to begin the Christmas celebrations!
2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa and the Greely Lions
Our 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa was amazing! With over 300 people that came out to have breakfast cooked and served by the Greely Lions and Volunteer Firefighters, it was a very busy place. Santa and Frosty were busy with excited children anxious to get a picture with them and share their secret wish list.
St. Mark Catholic High School students joined us with their musical talents on the keyboard, singing and dancing their favourite Christmas jingles. Santa also joined in the musical fun! Balloon twister Brittany was also very busy making hats and animals for the children with a special Christmas touch to them. Handing out candy canes and reindeer food, our volunteer and staff elves did a great job trying to make sure everyone got a little something to go home with!
Thanks to the Greely Lions once again for cooking and serving up the scrumptious breakfast, and to our Volunteer Firefighters for helping them out. The Greely Lions, with Al Bezesom organizing the event, were so busy that they had to make 6 trips for food! Thankfully, the Greely Community Association, represented by Adam Sooley and Andrea Ghent, also came by to lend a helping hand. Mayor Watson and MP Pierre Poilievre also made a stop to say hello.
I HoHoHope everyone had a great time!
Osgoode Township Museum Luncheon
Making a quick stop into the Osgoode Township Museum in Vernon while they hosted a potluck Christmas luncheon, which was made even more special with a presentation of Jane Cooper's latest publication on Metcalfe Hockey history. The book is called “1907 Metcalfe Win the Cup” and it tells the tale of “real Classic Hockey in Rural Ottawa”. This is a true story of the scrappy team from the village of Metcalfe that took home the trophy in the inaugural season of the Russell County Hockey Association in 1907. The book is built on artifacts and photographs that are on display in the Museum today. A fascinating book and it is available for purchase at Metcalfe Fare and Grill, Campbell's Metcalfe Variety, Metcalfe Arena Canteen, and the Osgoode Township Museum in Vernon for $10. A book worth having if you love hockey and history!
Santa Visits the OCC
Well Santa was a busy guy this week! He made his annual stop into the Osgoode Care Centre to see the seniors and take a picture with them. This was our 2nd Annual Santa Visits the OCC that had a very large crowd of residents and families waiting for Santa to arrive.
FCCA Pancake Breakfast with Santa
Finley Creek Community Association had a lot of action with their Annual Pancake breakfast with Santa! Over 200 people came out to enjoy live music with Spencer Scarf, loot bags, fluffy pancakes and of course a picture with the big guy himself, Santa! I was happy to join in the line up to help serve residents and be able to chat while making the connection with new faces. Well done FCCA!
OCNS Pancake Breakfast
The Annual Osgoode Co-operative Nursery School (OCNS) pancake breakfast with Santa took place in Osgoode with another great crowd of young families attending. Of course, the chance to have a family photo with Santa and divulge their wish lists was one of many activities that took place at the breakfast.
GBA Meet and Greet
Greely Business Association (GBA) held a Meet and Greet at the Greely Legion. The Meet and Greet had guest speakers with insightful updates on business expansion in the Ward, such as Hard Rock Casino. I was also able to update the attendees on City business and the effect it will have on local businesses. Thanks to GBA president Melanie Richard for inviting me to speak!
What’s Happening in the City!
Community and Protective Services Final Meeting of the Year
The final Community and Protective Services Committee of the year took place this week, and it was a long but a productive meeting with over 50 delegates taking time to speak to us. The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee approved its Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018, which includes $1.3 billion in operating expenses and $48.9 million in capital funding related to community and protective services. The majority of capital spending would go towards parks, recreation and culture, with $21.4 million earmarked to renew parks and buildings, including Greely West Park.
The budget includes 14 new paramedics and the purchase of one additional emergency response vehicle, bringing the total for this term of Council to 50 new paramedics. I specifically asked about the impact to rural response times and the General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services, Anthony Di Monte, and Paramedic Chief Myles Cassidy assured the Committee that increases to resources and personnel will translate to a continued decrease in paramedic response times.
Items approved at Community and Protective Services Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, December 13.