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                                                                                                                                                          OSGOODE WARD
                                                                                                 COUNCILLOR
                                                                                          DOUG THOMPSON
            COYOTE UPDATE                                 OSGOODE WARD                                               METCALFE
Recently, I met with our MPP Lisa MacLeod
and Mayor O'Brien with regard to the coyote
infestation in Osgoode Ward. The Mayor has
                                                       COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS
                                                    Osgoode Ward is composed of 5 main
                                                    villages, numerous small hamlets, country
                                                                                                                50TH ANNIVERSARY
                                                                                                      Congratulations to the Metcalfe and District
                                                                                                      Lions Club who celebrated their 50th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2009
                                                    estate subdivisions and, of course, rich          Anniversary Charter Night (1959 - 2009) in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          YEAR END Report
committed to support our efforts to pressure
the Ministry of Natural Resources to take           agricultural areas. The Villages of Greely,       November 2009. We are very proud of the
strong action to reduce the coyote problem. In      Kenmore, Metcalfe, Osgoode and Vernon are         outstanding Community work the Metcalfe                                                                                                 FEDERAL/PROVINCIAL
January, I will be attending the final meeting of   supported by vibrant Community                    Lions Club has done during their glorious                                                                                            INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING
the Human-Wildlife Conflict Strategy                Associations. We encourage Residents to           history. Congratulations to Gerry Mullins,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The following projects in Osgoode Ward are being funded
Working Group. This Group studies the issue         actively participate in our Community             Archie Sayant and Bill Porteous who were the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                through the Federal/Provincial Stimulus Package.
of nuisance coyotes in residential areas and        Associations. Please contact the Chairs of        original Charter Members in 1959 and are still
other wildlife issues that are occurring across     these groups for more details.                    active Lions members today.                                                                                               n Greely Library - This $1.3 million project will be started
the Province. Following this final meeting, I                                                                                                                                                                                       in the Spring of 2010 and completed in 2011. Thanks to
                                                    Greely - Gillian Toll          613.821.1960
expect the Ministry will announce plans to                                                                 GREEN RIBBON CAMPAIGN                                                  Doug Thompson                                     the GREAT work of our MP Pierre Poilievre, the
                                                    Kenmore - Rob McKenny 613.821.4913                                                                                                                                              Honourable Jim Watson and Councillor Jan Harder,
resolve our concerns over the serious problems                                                        Congratulations to Osgoode Ward Resident,                                         Councillor
with coyotes.                                       Metcalfe -Ellen Everson        613.821.4446       Lyn Presley, for raising the profile of the Organ                                                                             funding for a new library for Greely was approved. The
                                                                                                      Donation Program and the importance of the
                                                                                                                                                                         Dear Residents,                                            Federal and Provincial Governments, and the City of
                                                    Osgoode -Trudy Quinn           613.826.1649
                                                                                                      Green Ribbon Campaign. Please visit                                I want to take this opportunity to again thank             Ottawa will each invest $400,000 into this project.
    BINGO HALL - RACETRACK                          Vernon - Kim Sheldrick 613.821.3033
                                                                                                      www.giftoflife.com for more information on                         you for your continued support of our                  n Belmeade Road - The $2.5 million reconstruction of
This fall, Rideau Carleton Raceway received                                                                                                                              Community.
                                                                                                      this lifesaving program.                                                                                                      Belmeade Road is now complete with the exception of
approval to open a Bingo Hall in their facility.
                                                     CITY OF OTTAWA POPULATION                                                                                           Osgoode Ward has seen unprecedented growth                 the surface treatment which will be completed in the
Rideau Carleton Raceway has, over the last 10
                                                                                                           METCALFE SHROOMFEST                                           in new residential construction. We are also               Spring of 2010. This is a joint project of the Township of
years, contributed in excess of $33 million to      The City's population has reached 900,000,
                                                                                                                                                                         seeing a substantial number of new                         North Dundas, the City of Ottawa, the Provincial
the City of Ottawa in addition to supporting        representing about a 12% increase since                   GREAT SUCCESS                                                                                                         Government and the Federal Government.
many Charities and other events. The new                                                                                                                                 commercial buildings in our Ward.
                                                    amalgamation in 2001, and increasing nine         Brian Johnston, Al Graham, Doug Hicks,
Bingo Hall will support even more local                                                               Doug Anderson, Kevin Cavan, Donald                                 I especially want to remember our Volunteers,          n Bike Path - This $1.4 million off-road, 3.0 m wide stone
                                                    times since 1901. Anticipated growth by 2031
charities in our Community.                                                                           Kettles, Mike Campbell, Earl Maahs and Chris                       our Community Associations, our Lions                      dust 22,000 m long multi-use pathway for pedestrians and
                                                    is expected to be more than 1.1 million people.                                                                                                                                 cyclists will lead from the south end of the urban
                                                                                                      Reaney know how to raise money for our                             Clubs, our Legion Branches, Minor Sports
                                                    In order to accommodate this growth, the City                                                                                                                                   boundary (Alert Road) to Osgoode Village (Buckles
                                                                                                      Community. The 4th Annual Shroomfest on                            Coaches and all others who work so hard to
     NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED                           is emphasizing 'Residential Intensification' by                                                                      improve the quality of life for our Residents.             Street), along the city-owned rail line (the Prescott
In 2009, we completely revamped our website.                                                          April 30th hosted 600 men at the Metcalfe
                                                    putting major emphasis on urban design.                                                                                                                                         Subdivision). It will provide a direct, off-road link for
Kyle Burry of Osgoode, owner of Burbek,                                                               Fairgrounds raising over $25,000. This 2009                        I look forward to continuing to represent such
                                                    Residential Intensification is to develop         amount brings the 4 year total to just under                                                                                  residents into the urban area of Ottawa. Construction is to
Inc., built an interactive website for us to get                                                                                                                         an outstanding Community.
                                                    communities in ways that are sustainable from     $90,000 with all proceeds going to local                                                                                      be completed by mid-2010.
our message out to the Community. We also           environmental and economic perspective,                                                                              Thanks,
enjoy hearing from you on any topic. Please                                                           Osgoode Ward organizations. The generosity                                                                                n    8th Line Road, Metcalfe - This major multi-million dollar
                                                    offering a unique identity for each               of our local residents and businesses is truly                                                                                 project involves digging up the street, replacing storm
visit www.dougthompson.ca and send us your
comments.                                           neighbourhood.                                    remarkable! Special thanks to the organizers.                                                                                  sewers, building new sidewalks on the east side,
                                                                                                      We truly appreciate all your hard work.                                                                                        replacing the existing sidewalk on the west side of 8th
                                                                                                                                                                             25 YEAR SERVICE AWARD                                   Line Road and the resurfacing of some side streets. The
          OSGOODE WARD                                  NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES
                                                                                                           OTTAWA’S COUNTRYSIDE                                          On Thursday, December 3, over 100 friends,                  tender was awarded in the fall of 2009 and work is
         PARKLAND FUNDING                                   IN OUR PARKS                                                                                                 neighbours and family helped me celebrate 25
                                                                                                          MEMBERSHIP REACHES 100                                                                                                     expected to be completed in August of 2010.
This new procedure within the parkland              Osgoode Ward has many outstanding                                                                                    years of political service to our Community.
funding of the City of Ottawa is great news for     Community Parks for our residents to enjoy        Ottawa's Countryside is excited to announce                                                                                                 NEW PARK AND RIDE
                                                                                                                                                                         The Honourable Jim Watson, Minister of
our Community.                                                                                        its membership is now over 100 business                                                                                                     AT RIVERSIDE SOUTH
                                                    their leisure hours. We should be very proud of                                                                      Municipal Affairs and Housing, presented me
                                                                                                      members strong! Proudly we have grown from                                                                                A new Park and Ride Lot is now open across from the
Through the approval of a new Cash-in-Lieu of       the dedicated work of our residents and local                                                                        with my 25 Year Long Standing Service Award
                                                                                                      4 members in 2005 to over 100 in 2009 who are                                                                             Riverside South Shopping Centre. Also, a new Park and Ride
Parkland By-law, Council included a formula         organizations in the development of these                                                                            from the Province of Ontario.
                                                                                                      pleased to offer residents and visitors alike an                                                                          Lot will be open in mid-2010 on Leitrim Road just west of
for all Cash-in-Lieu of Parkland (CILP)             recreational areas. These Parks are off limits    experience that cannot be matched anywhere                         December 1, 2009 marks the beginning of my             Albion Road. Both lots will be serviced by bus Route 99 with
payments. This means that 60% of the funds          to motorized vehicles which include dirt          else! Our businesses in and around the Rural                       27th year serving the residents of Osgoode             service to downtown and be of great value to our Residents.
levied will be allocated to parks and recreation    bikes, moto cross bikes, ATV's and                areas of Ottawa, invite you to Come Play,                          Township/Osgoode Ward. My political service
projects within the Ward where the                  snowmobiles.                                      Shop, Eat, Stay, Meet and Celebrate right in                       has been very enjoyable as well as being an                                   OFFICE HOURS
development occurred. The remaining 40% of                                                                                                                                                                                      Our Office Hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
                                                    City Police and By-Law officials will be          your own backyard! Ottawa's Countryside is                         extremely rewarding experience. I look                 Florence Moffatt and Jennifer Charlebois provide efficient services
the funds will be allocated to a city-wide                                                            your choice destination for an hour, a day or                      forward to your continued support.
account for projects of city-wide scale and         strictly enforcing these restrictions. Fines                                                                                                                                in our offices to our residents. Please call our direct line for
                                                                                                      more! Whether you are in the mood for a quiet                                                                             assistance at (613) 580-2490. The Metcalfe Client Service Centre is
importance.                                         and/or impounding of the offending                country escape, an exciting family adventure,                                                                             open on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Presently, Osgoode Ward has $36,809.00 in           motorized vehicles will result for those using    shopping for treasures in quaint villages, or
our account for parkland development /              motorized vehicles in our parks.                  experiencing the countryside's best farm fresh                                                      EMAIL REGISTRY & WEBSITE INFO
improvement.                                                                                          produce and meats, our members will fulfill                                 Visit our website at: www.dougthompson.ca and add your email address to the subscription list
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             2                                                           TOGETHER IN PARTNERSHIP...                                                                       ...BUILDING A STRONGER COMMUNITY
                                                             I am truly grateful to all the volunteers who support our Community and support my efforts as Osgoode Ward Councillor.                                                                                                             3
           LANSDOWNE LIVE                                 CITY SOCCER FIELDS                                         GREEN BIN                               GOOD NEWS STORIES                                                                                          Elizabeth Le Geyt:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Osgoode Ward’s
City Council approved the redevelopment of             NEAR ST. MARK HIGH SCHOOL                       The City has completed the delivery of Green                                                                                                               Ontario Senior Award Recipient
                                                                                                                                                                     Osgoode Ward's                                         Economic Boom
Lansdowne Park following six public                  The City is nearing the completion of             Bins and kitchen containers to approximately
                                                     acquiring the soccer complex west of St. Mark     220,000 households. Pick up of organics will            Outstanding Volunteers: 2009                     I am very pleased to report that the value of     Long time Osgoode Township/Osgoode
consultation meetings and hundreds of                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ward resident, Elizabeth Le Geyt, was
comments from Residents. Final studies on            High School on Mitch Owens Road. When             begin the week of January 4, 2010. During the       Close to 200 Award Recipients, Family,               our residential and commercial construction
                                                     completed, there will be six regulation size      winter months until the end of March,               Friends and Neighbours attended the 13th             in 2009 is $60.7 million. This year, the City     awarded the prestigious "Senior
transportation and the retail component are to                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Achievement Award" by the Province of
be presented to Council for approval by June         soccer fields at this location to support this    collection will be every two weeks. After that      Annual Osgoode Ward Volunteer Appreciation           has approved 275 residential building
                                                     ever popular sport.                               pickup is on a weekly basis until the end of        Awards Ceremony on Thursday, August 27 at            permits valued at $43.5 million.                  Ontario recently at the Orchardview Living
2010. Construction, taking 32 months, could                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Centre. Elizabeth, who is affectionately
begin in early 2011 with completion in 2013.                                                           November. This program accepts organic              the Metcalfe Community Centre.                       Commercial and other categories of building
                                                           LIGHT RAIL LITIGATION                       materials such as kitchen scraps, yard waste                                                             permits is $17.2 million. This is great news      known as the "Bird Lady" in recognition of
This Lansdowne Partnership Plan is a proposal                                                                                                              In 2009, we saw the largest number of                                                                  her many years as columnist about birds in
to bring Ottawa Residents, the City of Ottawa,                   SETTLED                               and other organic household materials, but no       recipients to receive Volunteer Appreciation         for our local trades and businesses.
                                                                                                       plastics of any kind, including diapers.                                                                                                                   the Ottawa Citizen, was overwhelmed with
NCC and Parks Canada together to develop a           The North-South Light Rail Project, that was                                                          Awards in our 13-year History.                                   City of Ottawa                        her award. Over 200 people, friends, family
new, transformed Lansdowne site that will            approved by the previous City Council (2003-      The collected organic materials are transported                                                                                                            and bird lovers attended the ceremony on
include green space, a revitalized stadium,
                                                                                                                                                           Youth Volunteer Awards                                        Speed Zoning Policy
                                                     2006) and rejected by the present Council on      to a state-of-the art, indoor composting facility   Paul Masaro, James Reece, Megan Swift                                                                  November 4th. My personal congratulations
refurbished arena, preservation of the               December 14, 2006, has come to a final            converting materials into a nutrient-rich                                                                Speeding on our streets and roads is one of
                                                                                                                                                           Community Volunteer Awards                           the major concerns of our Residents. During       to a wonderful lady and a great friend to all.
Aberdeen Pavilion's historic features, parking,      conclusion. I had voted for the North-South       compost ideal for agricultural use. This facility
and shops and services for a unique shopping         Light Rail Plan on three separate occasions.      is located in an Industrial Park at the corner of   Natalie Currie, Tracey and Tony D'Aviero,            the past two years I have been working with
experience. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market will          The Siemens Consortium (the Plaintiffs) had       Hawthorne Road and Rideau Road. This                Nichola Dodds, Doug Hicks, Anne Peterson,            City Staff, my Colleagues and Residents to                     Acting Mayor
continue as a major tenant at this site. This is a   sued the City for $217.5 million for breach of    program is the latest waste diversion initiative    Geoff Valentine, Grant Watson                        help reduce the problem. The following            I spent four months (May to September)
long term Partnership of the City of Ottawa          a Legal Contract and lost revenues as a result    launched by the City and will significantly         Kay Johnston Outstanding Volunteer Award             procedures are now in place.                      supporting the Mayor's office - one month
with OSEG (Ottawa Sports and Entertainment           of the City terminating the signed Light Rail     reduce more than 330,000 tonnes of residential      Marjorie Robinson                                    + If 66% of Residents on rural roads or           as acting Mayor and three months as Deputy
Group) where each will contribute to the             contract. The ramifications of that decision      waste that currently goes to the landfill each                                                                residential streets sign a petition for a    Mayor. This opportunity to represent the
                                                                                                                                                           H.R. Dick McLaughlin Seniors Award                                                                     Mayor, the City and our Residents at over
capital costs.                                       are now quite evident. The Siemens                year.                                                                                                         speed reduction, the speed on that
                                                                                                                                                           Heather Bellinger, Sandy Blanchfield, Myra                                                             50 Ceremonial Functions was an honour
                                                     Consortium suit for $217.5 million had to be      In order to comply with the Provincial              Kelly, Marilyn Moffatt                                    particular road or street
     LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT PLAN                         dealt with in a logical manner. The offer to                                                                                                                    will be reduced to 40 km/h;                  and a privilege. As well, there were regular
                                                                                                       Mandated target for 60% diversion from our          Special Commendation Business Award                                                                    Mayoral Events such as hosting Foreign
            APPROVED                                 settle in the amount of $36,718,500 was           Landfills by 2010, WE MUST RECYCLE.                                                                      + Posting of 40 km/h signs on these
Light Rail transit from Tunney's Pasture to          outrageous, but unfortunately we must end                                                             Brent and Donna Pyper (Greely Sand &                                                                   Delegations, attending business meetings,
                                                                                                       Some people have questioned why organics            Gravel), Terry and Catherine McLaughlin                   roadways;                                    receiving regular updates on major City
Blair Station, including a downtown tunnel is        this sad chapter in the history of our City. We   could not be sent to the Plasco Plant when it is
our vision for the future. This identifies a         needed to settle now or pay more later.                                                               (Terlin Construction). Congratulations to all!       + Reduced speeds in school zones.                 Projects and signing a tremendous number
                                                                                                       operational. However, the cost of processing                                                                                                               of official documents. It was a marvelous
transit solution outward from the core of the                                                          wet organic material at Plasco would have been
City. A transit tunnel through the downtown is                                                                                                                    Section of Parkway Road                                  School Zone Safety                     experience and personally rewarding.
                                                         TREE BY-LAW FOR URBAN                         much too expensive. The Province does not
the key feature of the new Rapid Transit                       AREAS ONLY                              consider incineration as diversion.                          in Greely Improved                          Following many months of work with School
Network, and is among the priority projects                                                                                                                I am pleased to report that our Roads                Parent Councils and City Staff, we have                       Chair of ARAC
approved by Council with a vote of 22-2. The         On September 1, 2009 provisions for an Urban      Points of Clarification
                                                                                                       + Contracts have been signed with farmers for       Department has widened the shoulders of              achieved our goal of reducing speeds near our     I am honoured and feel very privileged to
Tunnel will bring a faster, more efficient,          Tree Conservation By-Law came into effect                                                                                                                  schools. As well, we have increased the
                                                     for the urban parts of Ottawa. This by-law,           the use of all composted materials;             Parkway Road between Old Prescott Road and                                                             have been elected Chair of the Agriculture
environmentally friendly and world-class                                                                                                                   Stagecoach Road. This section of Parkway             signage around all our schools. These             and Rural Affairs Committee, replacing
transit system to Ottawa. The Downtown               which only applies to the urban area, will        + There are no fines for not using the
                                                                                                           Green Bin and there are no Garbage Police;      Road is an important pedestrian link from            changes are supported by flashing lights at St.   Councillor Rob Jellett, who took over as
Ottawa Transit Tunnel Planning and                   provide some protection in older parts of                                                                                                                  Mark High School on Mitch Owens Road
                                                     Ottawa from development pressures for             + Organics are not part of the future Plasco        Stagecoach Road to the core of the Village. The                                                        Chair of the Corporate Services
Environmental Assessment (EA) study, to be                                                                                                                 widening of the shoulders allows for a safer         and at St. Mary Catholic School on Bank           Committee. Councillor Eli El-Chantiry was
completed and approved by the Provincial             wooded areas and distinctive trees that are           Gasification Operations;
                                                                                                       + The Garbage Collection contracts will be          route for people to walk or ride their bikes along   Street. The City will ask the Provincial          chosen as Vice Chair of ARAC until
Minister of the Environment by May 2010, is          over 50 centimetres in diameter. As a general                                                                                                              Government to double the size of fines in
                                                     rule, urban residents should contact the City         reviewed for the new contract in 2012 and it    this section of road. This has long been a                                                             November 2010.
the first step in making the downtown tunnel a                                                                                                             concern of the Greely Community Association          School Zones as an incentive to help protect
reality. The Tunnel study will determine how         before cutting down a tree that is too big to         is expected that significant savings will be
                                                                                                           realized from reduced collection                and myself and is a temporary improvement,           our children.
we build light rail transit between Tunney's         wrap their arms around, unless there is an                                                                                                                                                                        Celebrating Canada's Best
                                                     immediate safety concern. This by-law does            requirements;                                   subject to a more permanent solution.
Pasture Station and Blair Transit Station on the                                                                                                                                                                           Medieval Festival                      Our Veterans, their Spouses and those who
existing Transitway and will identify the            not impact residents in Osgoode Ward.             + Green Bins have been constructed to ensure
                                                     More information on the by-law, including             they are animal-resistant;                          Strandherd Bridge Approved                                 in Osgoode Village                      have served our proud military are being
routing of the tunnel section through the                                                                                                                                                                                                                         honoured with a very special Award. The
                                                     frequently asked questions, is available at       + Leaf and yard waste will be picked up             The NCC Board has approved the design of the         Special thanks to Judy Carey and her
downtown core. In addition, the study will                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nepean Museum and the Bank of Nova
                                                     Ottawa.ca/urbantree.                                  weekly with the Green Bins.                     new $48 million bridge which will connect            organizing committee for their outstanding
recommend where stations will be located,                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Scotia, along with strong support from our
how transit riders will be able to access the
                                                                                                                                                           Prince of Wales Drive with River Road. This          work in coordinating the 2nd Annual
                                                                                                             OUR LADY OF VISITATION                        bridge will boast an above deck, triple arch         Kingdom of Osgoode Medieval Festival. It          MP Pierre Poilievre, are presenting a
tunnel from the street, how the stations will                                                                   HALL APPROVED                                                                                                                                     metallic "Poppy Plaque” to our past and
                                                                                                                                                           style with 3 lanes for car and truck traffic, one    was remarkable to see the community
look from an urban design perspective and                                                              The Construction of a new Church Hall                                                                                                                      present military members. As of December
finally how the stations will be integrated with                                                                                                           lane for transit and a 5th lane for cyclists and     participation in all activities.        I was
                                                                                                       adjacent to Our Lady of Visitation Catholic         pedestrians. Contribution Agreements with            somewhat pleased to be put in the 'stocks'        2009, over 150 of our Residents or their
existing buildings. The Province has just                                                              Church on Bank Street is nearing completion.                                                                                                               Families have been presented with a
committed $600 million and we are looking                                                                                                                  both levels of government are currently being        and have wet sponges tossed at me! All in
                                                                                                       When finished, the hall will be a great asset to    finalized. Once approved, construction could         all, it was a great community building event      prestigious "Poppy Plaque".
forward to a similar contribution from the                                                             the Church and to the Community. It has been a
Federal Government.                                                                                                                                        begin in April 2010 and be substantially             and we will all look forward to the 3rd Annual
                                                                                                       real pleasure working with the Building             completed by Fall 2011 and totally completed         Festival in 2010.
                                                                                                       Committee and the Church Congregation on            by Summer 2012.
                                                                                                       this Project.

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