May 15, 2005

Rural Council of Ottawa-Carleton prepares for rally at City Hall to address multiple governance deficiencies

The Rural Council of Ottawa-Carleton is planning a Rural Rally at City Hall between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8th, 2005.  We will be supported at the rally by a number of other organizations. 

Busing for those who need it will be available, compliments of Councillor Glenn Brooks, Councillor Doug Thompson and the West Carleton Rural Association:

The Rideau bus will depart North Gower RA at 9:00 a.m. and Manotick arena at 9:20 a.m. 

Osgoode busing will be starting in Greely.  Call Doug Thompson's office for details.

If you need a bus, please advise Glenn's or Doug's office by voice or email at: or 580-2491;  or or 580-2490.

Residents of Goulbourn are invited to also use the busses provided courtesy of rural Councillors Brooks and Thompson.

The West Carleton Rural Association is filling the gap in West Carleton, by providing a bus leaving the Kinburn Community Centre at 8:50 AM and returning from City Hall at 1:30 PM. To reserve a spot on the West Carleton bus, please call Shirley at 623-0675 or email at

Following the rally, City Council will meet to consider the Ward boundary report, which if enacted, reduces Rural representation by 40%.

A strong voice on Council is needed while many matters of fundamental importance to us are being considered; they include the following:

  1. Ward Boundary Review recommendations actually reduce rural effective representation. In spite of the report from the first OMB Hearing, the final recommendations by the consultants this time around still does not give the rural area the effective representation that was the stated purpose of the Review ("for Communities of Interest"). If our rural Community of Interest is not being heard by city council now, how does reducing our representation by 40% help us?   

  2. The reclassification of rural drainage systems to the status of river tributaries, (which the City will "police" through the unlimited powers of the DFO), will further destroy family farming under the sheer weight of (uninformed) major city interference into farming practices.

  3. Sub-watershed studies which are about to be used as an amendment to the City Official plan are being unethically used as a means to expropriate rural land rights without compensation.   SEE LINK

  4. Increased fees and licensing obligations under the "one size fits all" label of Harmonization, seems designed to put rural farmers markets out of business.   SEE LINK, also SEE LINK, also SEE LINK

  5. Allocation of federal and provincial funding in the "New Deal for Cities" is being designed to operate to the complete exclusion of any infrastructure works in the Rural part of the City.

  6. City-caused Public Endangerment of Richmond residents on private wells by the city's installation of a pressurized sewer forcemain from Munster, is directed centrally through the shallow drinking water source of more than 5,000 residents of Richmond Village and area.   SEE LINK  The City's high-risk forcemain preference has cost taxpayers $23,000,000 --in 2004 alone--  (quoting city's own Capital Cost figures: SEE LINK), while the completely safe public preference of and on-site treatment plant, had a firm bid cost of $3,800,000. Something is very rotten, here!

    The list just goes on and on...

If you feel it is time to stand up and be counted, join us.  We have no chance for change without your support.

Rural Council of Ottawa-Carleton

Janne Campbell
Rural Council of Ottawa-Carleton