Volume 12, Issue 14: April 2, 2012

 

POLITICAL NEWS

 

OTTAWA CITY COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULES

Transportation Committee

April 4 

9:30 a.m. 

Ottawa City Hall 

Agriculture & Rural Affairs
Committee

April 5 

9:30 a.m. 

Ottawa City Hall 

Ottawa City Council

April 11 

10:00 a.m. 

Ottawa City Hall 

ROMA

April 12 

All day 

Toronto 

Ottawa Public Library Board

April 16 

5:00 p.m. 

Ottawa City Hall 

South Nation Conservation
Communication

April 18 

9:30 a.m. 

Finch 

South Nation Board of Directors

April 19

9:00 a.m. 

Finch 

Ottawa City Council

April 25

10:00 a.m. 

Ottawa City Hall 

Osgoode Care Centre Board

April 26

2:00 p.m. 

Osgoode Care Centre 

 

GREEN BIN COLLECTION GOES WEEKLY

Starting April 2, 2012, residents will have their green bin and leaf and yard waste collected every week, year-round, permanently. Food scraps, soiled paper products and other allowable waste from residential homes can now be placed at the curb for weekly collection.

Organics recycling is an important part of the City of Ottawa’s long term Waste Strategy. Diverting residential organic waste away from landfill saves the City millions of dollars and reduces the need for additional landfill sites.

For more information on using your green bin visit ottawa.ca/greenbin and discover:

  • How to get a green bin

  • What goes in your green bin

  • Leaf and yard waste collection

  • 2011-2012 Collection Calendars

  • Waste Explorer – automated search tool with 777 items that will help you determine what can go in your green bin, blue and black boxes

Residents are reminded to:

  • Put their green bin and recycling out with their garbage by 7:00 a.m. on collection day

  • Lock the lid to deter animals and pests

  • Add leaf and yard waste to top up the green bin

For the latest garbage and recycling information, follow us on Twitter @ottawacity or via the hashtag #ottawawaste. You can also find out more at ottawa.ca/recycle.

 

FIRE PERMIT INFORMATION

Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a Fire Permit before they have a fire in the open air. Permit holders are then required to call (613) 580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid Fire Permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire Permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on Fire Permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.

 

EASTER SCHEDULE CHANGES

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Friday, April 6 (Good Friday), and Monday, April 9 (Easter Monday).

Client services:

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centres located at 110 Laurier Avenue West and 580 Terry Fox Drive, will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 10.

  • The City's Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, April 10.

  • The City's 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City's immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or (613) 580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY: (613) 580-2401).

Garbage and recycling services:

  • There will be no curbside green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 7, and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 10. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of April 9.

  • There will be no multi-residential recycling container collection on Good Friday. Good Friday’s pick-up will take place on Saturday, April 7, and Easter Monday’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, April 10. Recycling container collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of April 9. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regular scheduled day.

  • The Trail Waste Facility is closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Transit services:

  • OC Transpo will operate a Sunday schedule on Good Friday. On Easter Monday there will be minor weekday schedule reductions and the cancellation of all school routes numbered in the 600's and supplementary school trips. Call (613) 560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone (613) 741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.

  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday with the exception of the Rideau Centre office, which will be open Easter Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • The OC Transpo Information Centre (613) 741-4390 will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Good Friday and from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Easter Monday.

  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613) 842-3600 will be closed both days.

Recreation services:

  • Many pools, fitness centres and some arenas will be open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday for public swimming, skating and fitness classes with modified schedules. Please check with ottawa.ca or the facility of your choice for details.

  • Many registered programs at swimming pools, community centres and arenas are cancelled on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, clients should check with their facility to confirm, as some exceptions will apply.

Cultural services:

  • Billings Estate National Historic Site, Pinhey’s Point Historic Site and Cumberland Village Heritage Museum are open for Easter events.

  • Arts centres, archives, galleries and theatres will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm as some exceptions may apply.

Municipal child care services:

Library services:

  • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. They will operate as usual on Saturday, April 7.

Ottawa Public Health:

 

EXPANDED SMOKE-FREE REGULATIONS WILL CLEAR THE AIR

With the City of Ottawa’s expanded smoke-free regulations coming into effect on April 2, the City is working to ensure residents, businesses and other affected groups are aware of the changes.

The expanded smoke-free regulations will prohibit smoking on all municipal properties, such as parks and beaches, and on all bar and restaurant patios. These changes are designed to protect non-smokers and children from second-hand smoke, and to ultimately reduce smoking rates.

During March and April, By-law and Regulatory Services and Ottawa Public Health staff are reaching out to all affected groups by:

  • Sending letters and e-mails to all affected restaurants and bars, business groups, community associations, event organizers and users of City facilities;

  • Notifying the public through www.ottawa.ca, social media, and print and radio advertising;

  • Visiting all restaurant and bars with patios or terraces to discuss the changes, and providing information and signage to ensure that employees and patrons are aware of the new regulations;

  • Offering information and training sessions for restaurant staff and other interested groups; and

  • Engaging City employees through an internal communications strategy that includes information and training sessions.

Awareness strategies will continue throughout the spring and summer to help ensure a smooth transition for the regulatory changes. Starting April 2, 2012, by-law enforcement officers will provide information and issue courtesy warnings where appropriate. Fines may be issued starting July 2, 2012.

For more information about the expanded regulations, or if you need help quitting smoking, please visit ottawa.ca/smokefree or call 3-1-1.

If you are a restaurant or bar owner and would like to arrange for training for your serving staff, please e-mail healthsante@ottawa.ca or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at (613) 580-6744.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR CAMP FFIT NOW AVAILABLE

Ottawa Fire Services invite young women between the ages of 15 and 19 to apply for a position in Camp FFIT, an annual camp designed to educate young women about the career of fire fighting. Participants will experience such tasks as search and rescue, aerial ladder climb, auto extrication, forcible entry, and high rise operations. As well, they will wear full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) and fight simulated fires.

They will also meet with men and women from Career and Part time Ottawa Fire Services, firefighters from neighbouring communities, and students who have graduated from the Pre-Service Fire Fighter Programs at Algonquin College and La Cite Collegial.

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a female between the ages of 15 and 19

  • Be in good physical condition

  • Have a positive attitude

  • Participate in all activities and classes

  • Possess a valid OHIP or Provincial Health Insurance Card

  • Agree to follow all rules and regulations

  • Complete an application form including an essay

Applications are available at ottawa.ca and must be returned to Ottawa Fire Services Training Centre at 898 Industrial Avenue no later than May 15, 2012 (applications received after this date will only be considered if postmark indicates May 15 or earlier).

Camp FFIT is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services and Fire Service Women Ontario. It will be held at 898 Industrial Avenue during the week of August 13 to 17, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please email campffit@ottawa.ca or call (613) 580-2424 ext. 29032.

 

ANNUAL CLEANING THE CAPITAL READY FOR A SPRING CLEAN SWEEP

The City of Ottawa and Tim Hortons are launching the annual Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign.

Residents of all ages are invited to participate.

Register your cleanup project on or before April 14 to be eligible to win early bird prizes. Registration continues until May 15. Cleaning the Capital volunteers who submit their online cleanup reports by May 31 are also eligible to win one of many prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Registration is quick and easy. Start by selecting a cleanup location. It can be a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area requiring tidying up after the winter months. Projects can include litter pickup or graffiti removal. Register your cleanup project online at ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 3-1-1 (TTY: (613) 580-2401).

Cleanup starter kits for litter pickup and/or graffiti removal projects are available to all registered volunteers upon request. Litter pickup starter kits include: disposable vinyl gloves, garbage bags and leaf and yard waste bags. Graffiti removal starter kits include graffiti removal wipes, masks and gloves. All kits come with helpful project and safety information to guide your cleanup project.

It 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 an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

 

OTTAWA’S FIRST-EVER FOOD ACTION PLAN

A food plan for Ottawa is needed to better promote health and environmental sustainability and to address poverty and inequality, according to a draft Food Action Plan released by Food for All, a project led by Just Food and researchers at the University of Ottawa.

In 2006, 14% of Ottawa residents lived below the low-income cut-off rate, but in many neighbourhoods, this figure is over 20%. Food bank usage increased 7.8% between 2008 and 2009 and, in some neighbourhoods today, residents have very poor access to healthy foods. Food issues affect everybody: obesity, poor nutrition, the loss of food-related skills like gardening and cooking and the loss of agricultural lands to development all point to the need to take action on food.

The Food Action Plan points to 14 key areas where businesses, community organizations, the NCC, school boards, individuals and the City of Ottawa can take action to address food-related concerns, and identifies other areas for further research and consultation. A Food Action Plan for Ottawa focuses on:

  • A Breastfeeding-Friendly Ottawa 

  • Healthy School Food Environments

  • Access to Food: Planning and Zoning

  • OC Transpo and Food Access

  • Income and the Cost of Eating

  • Community Programming for Food Security, Food Education and Awareness

  • Healthy Corner Stores

  • Community Gardening on Private and Public Lands

  • Community Gardening and Urban Agriculture on NCC Lands

  • Prevention, Identification and Remediation of Soil Contamination

  • Edible Landscapes

  • Hens in Urban Areas

  • Bees in Urban Areas 

  • A Food Policy Council for Ottawa

The Food Action Plan, based on more than two years of research and discussion, and developed and written by over 300 community members, is in its draft stage. An online consultation and community-based Kitchen Table Talks that allow for group discussion on these topics are taking place until April 22. These are an opportunity to comment and help shape the final report, and to play a role in the implementation of the Action Plan.

A Food Action Plan for Ottawa: A Community Vision is available on the Just Food web site at www.justfood.ca/foodforall. Comments on the draft plan can be made on-line at www.justfood.ca/survey/ and a listing of community Kitchen Table talks can be found at www.justfood.ca/foodforall/food-action-plan/.

For more information contact:

Erin Krekoski, Food for All Coordinator
(613) 699-6850 ext. 14
erin@justfood.ca
www.justfood.ca

 

COMMUNITY BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

United Way Ottawa is seeking nominations for the 2012 Community Builder of the Year Awards. You are invited to nominate a person, organization, partnership, agency or neighbourhood group that has played a significant role in making change happen in our Community. Those selected to receive an award will be honoured at United Way Ottawa’s annual Community Builder of the Year Awards Gala on May 17 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

For more information, e-mail cbay@unitedwayottawa.ca or call (613) 228-6721.




COMMUNITY NEWS

 

Youth Dance

Date:
Time:
Location:
Ages:
Admission:
Hosted By:

Friday, April 20
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Greely Community Centre
6 – 12
$5.00
1st Greely Pathfinders

 

7th Annual Shroomfest    

The 7th Annual Shroomfest is set to go Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Metcalfe Fair Grounds. Over the past six years, Shroomfest had raised tens of thousands of dollars that have been donated to a wide variety of local organizations. As there is space for only 600 people in the Entertainment Centre, make sure you get your tickets early. Contact any one of the organizers below.

The committee members are Al Graham, Doug Hicks, Brian Johnston, Cory Reaney, Chris Reaney, Daryn Hicks, Kevin Cavan, Brenden Cavan, and Doug Anderson.

 

Metcalfe Farmers' Easter Market At Greely Legion

The Metcalfe Farmers' Market, Easter version, will be held at the Greely Legion on Saturday, April 7  from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come on over to the Legion, you will not be disappointed!

 

Opening Of The Metcalfe Farmers' Market  

We know spring is here for sure as news comes out that the Metcalfe Farmers' Market is close to reopening for their 19th season. On Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m. until noon, we can once again buy our locally produced products and enjoy socializing with our neighbours. Mark your calendars and see you at the market!

 

Torch of Life/Organ Donation Rates 

On Friday, March 30, I  had the honour of participating in the Proclamation of Helene Campbell Day in the City of Ottawa. Over 500 people attended the ceremonies at City Hall before marching to Parliament Hill to complete our goal of raising national attention to Organ and Tissue Donation. Helene is a 20 year old lady from Ottawa, requiring a double lung transplant, who moved to Toronto awaiting the call that a donor has been found. As she waits for a life saving donor, Helene is working hard at raising awareness of the need for people to register as a donor for organs and tissues. Recently, music heartthrob Justin Beiber tweeted her story, bringing world wide attention to Organ and Tissue Donation. Also, talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, showed a video of Helene's incredible story and the following day, 3000 people signed up as Organ Donors. In Ottawa, 140,000 residents (21%) out of a population of 900,000 are registered donors.

Please consider contacting www.beadonor.ca to register your organs. Special thanks to Lyn and Dave Presley for their help in organizing this outstanding event in our City.

 

Programs And Events At The Osgoode Township Museum!

Located on Highway 31/Bank Street in Vernon, the Osgoode Township Museum offers some great workshops for kids, teens, and adults! Take a look, and join us for some of our exciting upcoming events!

Annual Spring Tea & Art Show 

Date: 
Time:

Saturday, April 14
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join us for this Community Art Show, which helps to showcase and support our local artists, who will have their artwork on display for all to see!  If you have artwork of your own that you would like to exhibit at this event, we would love for you to join us. There is no fee for exhibitors, and you are welcome to sell your work at this event, provided you are at the museum with your artwork during the hours of the Art Show.  Young artists are also welcome to participate. The deadline for exhibitors is Friday, April 13.  Tea and Desserts will be available at the cost of $5.00 per person. Please call (613) 821-4062 to register. 

PD Day Camp For Kids – Myths & Legends!

Date:

Friday, April 27  (Catholic Board)

Children are invited to the Osgoode Museum for our new PD day programming which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. For just $25 per child, children ages 6 to 12 can enjoy an exciting theme-day at the museum with us!  This month’s theme is Myths & Legends!!! Explore this exciting theme through crafts, games & activities, and help us find all sorts of beasts & creatures on a thrilling jungle safari!  Children must bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided. Please call (613) 821-4062 to register.

Adult Workshop – Decorating With Decoupage

Date: 
Time:

Saturday, May 5
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. 

Look around in your attics, garages and basements and find an interesting object to decorate with the decoupage technique! Anything goes! Broken guitars, old wooden furniture, boxes, etc. Using paper cut-outs, varnishes, gold leaf, paint, and a little bit of imagination, you will turn an ordinary object into a unique work of art! You are welcome to bring in some old magazines or images of your own to cut out and personalize your item, or simply use the supplies provided. The choice is yours! The cost for this workshop is $25 per person. Please call (613) 821-4062 to register.

 

The BIG / Little Book Sale! 

The Live and Learn Resource Centre is now welcoming books for their second annual charity Book Sale. Gently used books can be dropped into one of the boxes located in the Town Hall or at the Metcalfe Variety Store. No magazines, textbooks or manuals please! The Live and Learn Resource Centre is part of Rural Family Connections, a registered charity providing services to families of young children for almost 35 years throughout Osgoode Ward and beyond. The book sale takes place Saturday, June 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Agricultural Hall on the Metcalfe Fairgrounds, right across from the Farmers' Market. The event is a couple months away, but start digging out those unused books.

For more information, to arrange for a book pick-up or to volunteer (we can always use volunteers!), please call (613) 821-2899 or email us at liveandlearn@bellnet.ca.

 

O-YA Can Help on Your Job Search! 

O-YA has recently formed a partnership with YSB's (Youth Services Bureau) Employment Services to promote (youth and adult) employment opportunities in the Ottawa area. As YSB sends O-YA job notifications, they will be posted  on the O-YA website at http://www.o-ya.ca/job-leads.html. Check back often as this page will be updated weekly.

I fully support and endorse this outstanding opportunity for employment opportunities for our residents.

 

Greely Gardeners Group Monthly Meeting

Date & Time:          
Location: 

Wednesday, April 4
Greely Community Centre          

7:00 p.m.

Richard Aubert will be speaking on 2012's Best New Perennials. Come discover new and exotic perennials to add to your gardens in the Ottawa area. Membership for 2012 is still only $10.00. The cost for visitors is $2.00.

For further information, contact Gary at (613) 821-7445 or www.greelygardeners.ca.

 

Books, Beads and Breakfast

The very successful Books, Beads and Breakfast is back – Friday, April 13 at 9:30 a.m. at Falcon Ridge Golf Club (just across from Rideau Carleton Raceway). Tickets are $20. This is an exciting and enjoyable event that you will not want to miss. When purchasing a ticket readers donate recent, gently used books. In return, your ticket gives you a delicious and elegant breakfast as well as your choice of books from the book exchange at no additional cost. You will also be able to purchase beautiful Kazuri Jewellery. The beads are hand made and hand painted in Africa. All funds raised by Grannies All About Kids for this event will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation supporting Grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa in their fight against the devastation caused by HIV/Aids.  Space is limited so get your tickets now. Call Joan at (613) 821-2505 or email Bev at bev@storm.ca.

 

Ladies Night Out: Dinner and Auction Cancer Fundraiser

Patti Ann Scrivens and her large contingent of volunteers are doing it again! The Hunks with Hammers (a ladies night out!!) has become one of the most successful and most exciting events in our Community. I encourage all women who are interest in attending, to call early. This event always sells out with many people on a waiting list for tickets.

Hunks with Hammers

Date:  
Location:
Tickets:
Contact:

Friday, April 13, 2012  
Stanleys Olde Maple Lane Farm  
$ 50.00 per person - Tickets can be purchased individually or by tables of 8 to10 ladies at each table.  
Gregsc@sympatico.ca or (613) 821-2805

Funds will be designated this year to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation MapleSoft Centre, Eastern Ontario's first centre for Cancer Survivorship.  The Centre focuses on a new concept in cancer therapy.  To date, we have raised $66,837.50.

 

Children's Soccer in Metcalfe: May & June 2012

Non-competitive, skills development, inexpensive soccer for children already attending JK to Grade 10 will be taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings at McKendry Park in Metcalfe again this summer. The season runs from Thursday, May 17 through Thursday, June 28 and ends when school is out for the summer. We are a parent run, fun league for beginners and we have a team for children with special needs, as well. Parents, no soccer experience is required on your part but you will be asked to coach or assist with the program in some way when your child is registered.

Registration Dates:

Saturday, April 14

Saturday, April 28  

10:00 a.m. until Noon
Side Door of St. Catherine Catholic School, 8th Line Road in Metcalfe
12:00 until 2:00 p.m.
Side Door of St. Catherine Catholic School, 8th Line Road in Metcalfe 

The cost of soccer this year will be under $25.00 per child and all children who were at least 4 years of age in in 2011, are old enough to play this season.

For more information, please send us an email at metcalfesoccer@gmail.com.

 

O-YA's Healthy Eating Workshops for Teens in 2012

Have you met Holistic Nutritionist Sarah Green? If not, you really should! Sarah is smart, funny, engaging ... and as a Holistic Nutritionist has a ton of knowledge about healthy eating and feeling great! If you are interested in eating and feeling better in 2012, O-YA has a message you need to hear during a series of Healthy Eating Workshops for Teens (ages 11 – 18). Each interesting and informative workshop offers lots of samples, recipes and great stuff to take home.

The following workshops are being offered for FREE by The Osgoode Youth Association (O-YA) as part of a Healthy Communities Grant from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport. To attend, please email an RSVP to o-yacentre@rogers.com.

The Nasties: Why sugar is soooo bad and what you can do instead
Tuesday, April 17                    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Skinny on Fat: How to choose your fat wisely and why you should
Tuesday, May 22                     6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Feed The Need: Find out what your daily calorie needs are (specific to you) and how to get what you need in your day
Your personal tastes and lifestyle will be taken into consideration to create your own meal plan.
Tuesday, June 19                    6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

For details, please visit O-YA's website at 
http://www.o-ya.ca/healthy-eating-workshops-for-teens.html.

 

Osgoode Trade and Home Show

The Osgoode and District Lions Club is in the process of organizing the 2012 Osgoode Trade and Home Show which will take place at the Osgoode Community Centre on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012. The Trade Show Committee is always looking for new exhibitors with products or services to showcase to the public.

Osgoode Trade and Home Show offers the following in order to provide companies with the best opportunity to market their product. 

*     No admission charge to the public

     Saturday – Children’s entertainment

     Trade Show advertising in local newspapers

     Mail-out advertising

     High visibility signs located throughout Osgoode Ward

If you have any questions, please contact Trudy Quinn by email at  trudyquinn@sympatico.ca or by phone at (613) 826-1649.

 

Just Kiddin' Theatre: Upcoming Events

Workshop Supporting Kids with Special Needs

Date & Time:
Location:

Saturday, April 21
Metcalfe Town Hall   

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Setting the Stage for Success

Just Kiddin' Theatre has always been an inclusive environment, encouraging children with special needs to discover their hidden talents through theatre. This is a workshop for adults: parents, educators, and volunteers.  JKT attendees will use the information to improve our programming in the future but we welcome all interested parents and supporters to attend.

This workshop features presentations from the Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton and the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre.  Presenters will help us to understand the world from a special needs perspective and help us formulate strategies to better serve our kids with LD, autism, and other special needs.

Visit www.justkiddintheatre.com to register. Spaces are limited.

Summer Camp Registration

One-Week Drama Camps 2012
Drama camp is a great place for kids to sample drama and see if it’s their cup of tea. Kids will use an improvisational approach to developing an original show they will perform for friends and family on the final day.

Participants must be 9 years old and up.Younger participants may register upon advance consultation with Just Kiddin' Theatre. 

July 16 – 20                July 23 – 27                July 30 – August 3                 Spaces are limited.

Visit www.justkiddintheatre.com. 

Coming In May To Just Kiddin' Theatre

PowerPlay                  written by Andrie Nel                                                 May 4 – 6

Power Corrupts. Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.
Really? Then what would happen to Osgoode Township High School when a power shift occurs?
Through a freak accident in Mr. Bell’s science class, a seemingly typical bunch of students are in for a shock when the balance of power shifts from the popular kids to those at the bottom of the totem pole. Is it poetic justice? Not so much.
Suitable for the entire family. 

Private Thoughts       written by Andrie Nel & Sydney Miller                     May 25 – 27

Sometimes it’s [not?] best to keep your thoughts to yourselves.
Choosing when to keep your thoughts private and when they should be shared is a tricky business. Some are silly, some are counter-productive, and some are dangerous. Private Thoughts is a departure for JKT audiences. Our company of teen actors present a truthful and serious drama about teen suicide.
This play is not suitable for children 13 years and under. The play contains mature subject matter and some language may be considered offensive.

 

Metcalfe's McKendry Park

It seems a shame that we have to send out this message once again. Some people are driving on the grassed areas of the Park, leaving ruts and all kinds of debris. Ottawa Police and City By-law Officials have been informed and will be patrolling the area.

 

Rain Barrel Sale To Be Held By Community Christian School

Date:
Time:
Location: 

 Friday, April 27, 2012
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Community Christian School
2681 Glen Street, Metcalfe

Each barrel comes fully equipped with a leaf and mosquito filter, an overflow adaptor (permitting multiple barrels to be connected in series), 1.2 metres of overflow hose and spigot that attaches directly to a garden hose. Additional overflow hose can also be purchased if required.

ORDER YOUR BARREL IN ADVANCE ONLINE  at http://rainbarrel.ca/CommunityChristianSchool. Bring your receipt with you to 2681 Glen Street in Metcalfe on Friday, April 27 between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. to pick up your barrel.

For more information, contact wendy.fuller@xplornet.com.

Saving our Environment

Community Christian School is collecting  printer cartridges, cell phones and digital cameras. For more information, contact  Wendy Fuller at wendy.fuller@xplornet.com or visit  www.communitychristianschool.ca

 

Pro Wrestling At The Racetrack

The next exciting pro wrestling match is being held on Saturday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or by contacting Wayne Cryderman  at waynecryderman@hotmail.com.

 

Volunteer Drivers Required

A volunteer driver and  back-up driver are needed to take sandwiches from Metcalfe to the Ottawa Mission on Daly Avenue each Tuesday morning.  This is a pleasant volunteer job, taking in the sandwiches that volunteers have made for the Mission each week. Please contact Sally Gray at (613) 821-2640, or grayhound@xplornet.com.

 

Bingo: Osgoode Legion

Every Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m., there is Bingo at the Osgoode Legion located at 3284 Sunstrum Street in Osgoode. All money raised at these weekly events goes back to the Community. Bring your 'dabbers'  ~  Come out and support your local Legion Bingo!

 

The 2012 'Goode Run - Call for Volunteers! The Osgoode Youth Association

Calling all Volunteers, Runners ... and anyone looking to make an impact on their Community!
 
It’s time to ramp up for the 2nd Annual ‘Good Run and we’re rounding up the troops to help us bring this awesome Osgoode Youth Association fundraiser to town. This year's run will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in the beautiful Village of Osgoode, Ontario!
 
The ‘Goode Run is expected to draw 500+ runners from across the Ottawa Region to run on the Osgoode end of the Multi-Use Pathway. The 'Goode Run welcomes runners of all levels by featuring a 2K Family Run, and a 5K and 10K chip-timed run. The focus of the ‘Goode Run, as always, is youth fitness and activity, as well as family participation and community spirit.
 
Runners: O-YA's 2012 'Goode Run Registration is available NOW! Visit O-YA's website at http://www.o-ya.ca/the-2012-goode-run.html for details and a registration link.

If you are interested in being a ‘Goode Run Volunteer, please contact Heather Roe via email gooderun@gmail.com. (Volunteer in the subject) with your availability.

If you are interested in Sponsorship, or have Sponsorship ideas, please contact Heather Roe via email gooderun@gmail.com. (Sponsorship in the subject) with your ideas.

Let’s get Running!

 

Osgoode Library Event Schedule

The following programs are available at Osgoode Library in 2012.

Family Storytime at Osgoode Library on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. 

Enjoy a discussion of good books with the Osgoode Book Club on the first Monday of each month from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.  Reserve a Book Club copy at the library.

May 7                 Water for Elephants                   by Sara Gruen
June 4               The Sentimentalist                     by Johanna Skibsrud

Needles and Yarn: On the second and fourth Monday of each month, enjoy tips, patterns, tea, and good cheer with the Osgoode Knitting Club from 2:00 to 3:15 p.m.

April 23                                                                     May 14 & 28

Wii Bowling at Osgoode: On the third Wednesday of the month, show off your skills and spend an afternoon Wii Bowling at your library from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18                                             Wednesday, May 16

Osgoode Garden Club meets at the Osgoode Library on the third Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome. 

 

Become A Greely Sandwich Maker: Help Out The Ottawa Mission

A group of sandwich makers is now starting in the Greely area. People make a loaf or two of sandwiches in their own homes and deliver them to a drop off point in Greely. The sandwiches are then delivered collectively each week to the Mission in Ottawa, where they are gratefully received and distributed to residents or to people on the street.

If you are interested in making a loaf or two of sandwiches each week for this cause, contact Monique Vandewint at (613) 821-0051 or moniquev@rogers.com for information about the Greely group.

 

Greely Legion Events 

8021 Mitch Owens Road
Gloucester

3rd Sunday of each Month   

Country Jamboree                                                 2:00 p.m. 
Bring your partner & come join us 
for some toe tapping music. Bands are
from all over the Ottawa Valley. 
Admission is $5.00. 
Hot Meal is $7.00                                                    5:00 p.m.

3rd Friday of each Month

Vernon Olde Tyme Fiddlers                                 8:00 p.m. 
Come join us for some great dancing music.                                                                                                 
Admission for Non members is $5.00

Every Wednesday

Euchre                                                                      7:00 p.m. 

Every Friday 

Darts                                                                         8:00 p.m. 

 

Rural Family Connections

Drop In Playgroups

Mondays
Tuesdays*, Thursdays
Wednesdays*

Wednesday Evenings

Provider Playgroup
Children 0 – 6 years & their Parents/Caregivers
Lullababies – Children 0 – 18 months
& their Parents
Drop in

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Outreach Playgroups

Wednesdays*, Fridays*

Osgoode

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

* Programs are supported by Ontario Early Years Centre-Nepean Carleton.

Make Your Own Baby Food

May 7

During playgroup at Live and Learn Resource Centre  

Cook And Craft

May 11

During playgroup at Live and Learn Resource Centre    

Prenatal Plus

A series of workshops funded by the City of Ottawa, a Community Project Funding Program, This is a FREE 6-week series of workshops which will focus on nutrition, yoga, childbirth, breastfeeding, infant massage, car seats, immunization, post partum, market place of products. 

Dates:
Time:

Tuesdays                     May 1 – June 5             
5:30 – 7:30 p.m

Bonding With Baby

A 5-week session focusing on Infant Massage and Baby Sign.  Each 1 1/2 hour weekly session consists of instructional infant massage demonstrated by a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and introduction to Baby Sign. Participants will learn and practice the techniques of infant massage to help babies with gas, colic, constipation, teething and soothing those "fussies". Parents will be introduced to Baby Sign and learn to sign approximately 50 words to use with their babies.

Dates:
Time:
Cost: 

Thursdays                     May 3 – 31
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
$75.00 

Busy Hands Are Happy Hands 

This program is a 5-week session Brain Boosters program focusing on child development for parents of children 5 – 12 months of age. It is provided by an experienced Certified Parent Educator trained in the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum. Each 1 1/2 hour weekly session consists of information on brain development, parent-child activities, observation and discussion, book sharing, handouts and follow-up activities. This program will follow your child's development until he/she  is 1 year old.  A further chance to learn, plan and bond with your child.

Dates:
Time:
Cost: 

Thursdays                     May 3 – 31 
2:45 – 4:15 p.m.
$100

These 2 programs can be taken separately or together; if combined, registration cost is $150.

For any of the above programs, or if you have any questions or would like to register, please call (613) 821-2899.

 Think Ovarian

Come and learn about the signs and symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and how to take care of your health.

Dates:
Time:
Location: 

May 8 
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Live and Learn Resource Centre

Child Care Connection

Date:
Time:

Tuesday, April 10
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Monthly Evening Club: Metcalfe Community Knit Together (KTog)

Join Christine the second Thursday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bring a friend and share your passion. All fibre artists are welcome. For more information, call (613) 821-0231.




OSGOODE / RIDEAU RECREATION INFORMATION

 

Are You Registered!!  If Not, There Is Still Time … 2012 Spring Recreation Programs Began  April 1, 2012   

For information, visit www.ottawa.ca/ruralsouth or call (613) 580-2424 ext. 30235.

Summer Camp Schedule for Just Incredible Kids is now available.  If you would like a copy of the schedule, please email osgooderideaurecreation@ottawa.ca.

We thank you for your past and continued participation in our Rural South programs.

The Rural South Recreation Team- “Your Community and Recreation Service Providers”

Area Program information now available at URL link: www.manotick.net/cityrecreation. For more information on area programs and services, please contact (613) 580-2424 ext. 30235.

Citywide Recreation Guides are available online at www.ottawa.ca.




COMMUNITY HEALTH NEWS

 

Spring 2012 Well Water Sample: Drop-off Schedule

Sunday, May 6

Osgoode Foodland
5669 Osgoode Main Street, Osgoode

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 6

Vernon Variety Store
8717 Bank Street, Vernon

8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22

MacKinnon’s Foodland
1347 Meadow Drive, Greely

4:00 a.m. to Midnight

Tuesday, May 22

Metcalfe Variety Store
8196 Victoria Street, Metcalfe

7:00 a.m. to 10:00


Barbara O'Brien-Litten, Public Health Nurse
Social Determinants of Health  -  Priority Populations
Ottawa Public Health 
613-580-6744  ext. 26173
barbara.obrien-litten@ottawa.ca

Community Office:  Metcalfe Client Service Centre, Lower Level




COMMUNITY POLICING NEWS

 

Spring is here now and we are venturing outdoors. More and more residents are out biking so be cautious and vigilant for cyclists. Children are reminded that helmets are mandatory and must be worn at all times. A reminder to pet owners – when walking your dog make sure it is on a leash. It is also the right thing to clean up after your pet.

Let's continue to report and make those calls.

(613) 236-1222 ext. 7300

Call Centre to report vandalism, theft from vehicles

9-1-1

Crime in progress / life threatening

(613) 230-6211

Dispatcher for all other emergencies

(613) 236-1222 ext. 3700

Leitrim Information Desk

(613) 236-1222 ext. 3787

Constable Nicole Gorham  gorhamn@ottawapolice.ca




QUOTE

 

The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day.”  - Robert Frost




CONTACT DOUG

Office:

613.580.2490

Email:

doug.thompson@ottawa.ca

Website:

www.dougthompson.ca