ARAC will meet on Thursday, April 6th at 10 a.m.
at Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive). 
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Good Morning,

Our upcoming meeting of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee on Thursday, April 6th will be the first since February following the cancellation of the March meeting.

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) 

View full agenda and supporting documents here:
The previously announced meeting in March was cancelled because there were only two items on the agenda. The two items that carry over from that light March agenda are the waiver of fees on the Cable Crescent closure off of Fairmile Road and the proposal to add two all-way stop controls to Osgoode Main Street. Additionally, the agenda includes:
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment for 3856, 3866, 3876 Navan Road to permit a Place of Worship
  • Status Update: Inquiries and Motions for the period ending March 30th, 2017
It is another relatively light agenda but the meeting is necessary due to the timelines surrounding the Navan Road zoning amendment. I will also be bringing forward a motion pertaining to the Mahogany Harbour dock project. This motion will allow the community to proceed to the next steps of this project including a temporary facility for the 2017 boating season.
As always, our ARAC meetings are held at Ben Franklin Place in the old Nepean Township Council Chambers. The meeting will begin at 10:00am. Full agenda information can be found at


2017 Construction Season

Construction contracts for 2017 are being awarded. As I previously wrote in my column, Shea Road, Bleeks Road and William McEwen Drive, south of Brophy Drive, will be resurfaced this summer. I will have more details next week. If you want to stay updated, my column is published weekly in the Stittsville News, biweekly in the Manotick Messenger, and at

2017 Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

Applications for the 2017 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program will be accepted until April 28th, 2017.
The program recognizes innovators who contribute to the success of Ontario's agri-food sector. Eligible applicants could receive one of the following:
  • Premier's Award ($75,000)
  • Minister's Award ($50,000)
  • Leaders in Innovation Award - three awards available ($25,000 each)
  • provincial award - 45 awards available ($5,000 each)
Program applications are reviewed by two independent panels consisting of agri-food industry representatives from across Ontario. For more information about the awards and the application process, please review the program website at


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Community Events

Cleaning the Capital

On the heels of Rideau-Goulbourn winning the Cleaning the Capital ward participation contest for 2016, registration is now upon us for the 2017 campaign. Early-bird registration begins March 15th, 2017.

Registration is Quick and Easy: 
  • Go to, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on the website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup, graffiti removal or cleanup.
Volunteers who register their cleanup project by April 14th have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31st will be eligible for more prizes.
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

Kars on the Rideau Public School Used Book Sale

The annual used book sale is approaching fast. The sale starts for the general public on Saturday April 22nd and will be open from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Karin Rabuka will be there to serve up her freshly roasted and perfectly brewed NoGo Coffee.
Between now and then, however, they need books. The annual book sale relies on the generosity of others and the organizers are in need of donations of good used children and adult books, fiction or nonfiction, CDs, and DVD movies. They are also accepting sheet music this year.  Please drop off your books in the school lobby. The deadline for this collection is April 18th.
All money raised from this sale go to fund programs for the children in our school such as Science in the School, Mathletes, Stained Glass Workshop, dance and music programs, and to increase technology equipment in the school.
If you have any questions please email Diane at

Got Lines - Line Dancing

Dave Western has been teaching Line Dancing in Richmond and Stittsville for over 8 years and would like to share his upcoming spring classes with the Rideau-Goulbourn community. Dave teaches two line dance classes a week in Richmond and Stittsville. For more information, refer to the poster below or contact Dave Western by phone at 613 838-5428 or by e-mail at It is not too late to register for the spring session!

Isle in the River Theatre Company presents Lafferty's Wake

Lafferty's Wake, a wonderful interractive play with Irish humour and song, is the second in ITR's special series celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. This time, ITR is paying tribute to the Canadian Mosaic, our cultural heritage from afar. 

About Lafferty's Wake
Charlie Lafferty is being waked in grand style in his home away from home, the local pub. Come and join Charlie's widow, his sweet daughter, bumbling son-in-law, the parish priest, and the savvy innkeeper as they celebrate the life and times of ramblin', gamblin' Lafferty through stories and song. 

Performance Dates:
Evening performances: April 28th and May 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Dinner theatre performances: April 29th and May 6th at 6 p.m.
Matinée performance: May 7th at 2 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $20.00
Seniors/Students: $16.00
Dinner Theatre: $55.00
Tickets go on Sale: March 6

Tickets may be purchased at: or by email: or phone: (613) 800-1165.

More Community Events

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