Community Bulletin

Rural Connections – November 2019

Snow Go Program/Snow Angel Program

Snow Go Program
This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service. The two programs are as follows: 
– The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.
– The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50% of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.
Check the snow go map to find the agency that services your neighbourhood.

Snow Angel Program
Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition?
A Snow Angel is a neighbor or friend who has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to clear snow from the driveway, steps or walkway.
If you know a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!
Snow Angels will receive a special keychain and a certificate signed by the Mayor.
Snow Angel nominations are accepted between December 1 and April 30.
To recognize a resident as a Snow Angel, please inform us by one of the following methods: Visit or call 3-1-1

Christmas Farmers’ Markets in Rural Ottawa

Farmers’ markets in rural Ottawa are offering special market days for Christmas. For more information on these and other rural activities in Ottawa, visit the City’s website.

Metcalfe Farmers’ Market – Christmas Market
Saturday, December 14th, 2019 – 9:00am to 2:00pm
Greely Community Centre, 1448 Meadow Drive

Carp Farmers’ Market – Christmas Market
Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Carp Fairgrounds, 3790 Carp Road

Cumberland Farmers’ Market – Christmas Market
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 – 9:00am to 4:00pm
1115 Dunning Rd, 2620 Market St., 2557 Old Montreal Rd., 565 Old Montreal Rd.,

North Gower Farmers’ Market Annual Christmas Sale
Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Alfred Taylor Recreation Facility 2300 Community Way, North Gower

 Village Voices Women’s Choir

The choir greatly appreciates your help: Village Voices Women’s Choir presents “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” with special guests, The Manotick Brass.
Sunday, December 15th at 2:00 pm 
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 5462 Main St., Osgoode.
$12 Advance tickets/$15 at the door. Children under 12 free.
We will be collecting non-perishable donations for the Food Bank and offering refreshments and gift basket raffles.
To reserve advance tickets, see choir members or contact 613-821-0233.
For more info see our Facebook page,

Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 Recreation Guide

Telephone registration is no longer available. Goulbourn Recreation Centre is now CARDELREC Recreation Complex in the Recreation eGuides.

Swimming and fitness
Swim Lessons: Pools A to M
Swim Lessons: Pools N to Z
Certification and Specialty Swimming
Fitness and Wellness

Recreation programs:
New! Arts Centres
50+ Adults
Inclusive Recreation

You can also browseJOINOttawa for recreation and culture classes, activities and programs, Winter holiday camps and other camps.

Rural Flu Clinics 2019

The seasonal flu vaccine is safe and the most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu. The vaccine is available at doctors’ offices, walk-in clinics, local participating pharmacies, Ottawa Public Health clinics and workplace immunization clinics.
Residents can visit the City’s website for a complete list of OPH clinics and participating pharmacies offering the flu vaccine or visit the Ontario flu shot locator to find the nearest location offering the flu vaccine.

Things to do this Winter

This November, make sure to enjoy the things going on in the City.
For something a little different, show some love with a Sweet Hearts Workshop. You can even register for a winter break camp (pages 13-14) and have some fun with games, sports, crafts and skating.
On the other hand, if you rather, try out at Clay Wheel WorkshopCanvas and Cocktails, and Abstract Painting. 
Thursday, December 5, Adults of all ages are invited to Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre to enjoy the sounds of Ottawa’s best big bands at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, in Britannia Park. No dance experience necessary; singles and couples welcome! Dress code is casual, but if you are celebrating a special event, black tie is optional! We have lots of room for dancing plus we are wheel chair accessible. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the band playing from 7 to 10:30pm. Reasonably priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by the Newport Restaurant, CASH ONLY please. Keep up your energy for dancing with a light buffet of sandwiches, fruit platters, dessert squares, tea and coffee halfway through the evening.ADMISSION: $21 per person in advance | $25 per person at the door. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE.
Ottawa youth have plenty to keep them busy – school, homework, extracurricular activities and social media. 13 years or older, why not claim your free fitness pass. Just bring a piece of photo ID to your local facility – no appointment necessary. Try out any of the following: weight and cardio rooms,squash and racquet ball courts,aquafitness classes,indoor cycling classes,public skating sessions, and group fitness classes.

Farm Emergency Preparedness

On-Farm PED Deadstock Disposal in Cold WeatherPorcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PED) was confirmed in Ontario in January 2014. The risk of PED transmission between farms is high. On-farm biosecurity is critical to keep this serious virus out of your barns. Producers with PED infected deadstock should work with their deadstock collector to minimize the risks of transmission, or consider on-farm mortality disposal alternatives. This Info sheet discusses options for PED deadstock disposal on-farm in cold weather. Additional information on deadstock disposal is also found on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) website.Being prepared for emergencies is important to protect not only yourself, but to protect your farm. In the worst case, it enables you to act decisively after an emergency passes and get back to farming.OMAFRA recommends preparing by taking a big picture review of operations and your home, breaking things into 3 major steps:REDUCE the risk of accidents and fires on your operation.Where are things stored, what safety procedures are in place, is your infrastructure sufficient to handle current and future power loads.PLAN ahead. Develop a contingency plan for your operation to help you during an emergency.What suppression systems are in place, what are the evacuation routes, is there a way to quickly empty livestock SAFELYPROTECT your family, your employees and your livestock.OMAFRA offers help for you to reduce the risk of farm emergencies, make contingency plans, and in worst case, manage deadstock.Contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or for more for more information, or visit

Private Well Water Testing for West Carleton-March

Beginning December 4, 2019, Wednesday will be the new day for residents to drop off their private well water samples in West Carleton-March.
Please continue to drop off your samples on Tuesday’s until November 26, 2019. The change to Wednesday will be effective at all pick up and drop off location during normal business hours in West Carleton-March ward which includes: 
·         Darvesh Grocery – Kinburn, 1794 Kinburn Side Road  Carp Library, 3911
·         Carp Road  West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Road MacEwen
·         Gas Dunrobin, 2808 Dunrobin Road  Nicholls General Store, 3798 Dunrobin
·         Road  Constance Bay Pharmacy, 131 Constance Bay Road  
·         Lighthouse Restaurant, 644 Bayview Drive 
Testing your well water will help keep you & your family safe and healthy. Private well water should be tested 3 times per year, – spring, summer and fall. If you require more information regarding well water testing, call 613-580-6744 or visit

Rural Development Applications

Please see below for recently updated development applications in rural Ottawa, subject to public consultation.
Ward 5 – West Carleton-March
Ward 19 – Cumberland (includes rural and suburban properties)
Ward 20 – Osgoode
Ward 21 – Rideau Goulbourn

Via Rural Connections
City Services: 3-1-1  •  Rural Affairs Office  •  110 Laurier Avenue West
Email:  •  Web:  •  @ottawarural