Family Fun

Families enjoyed the fun and sun in Diamond Jubilee Park on the August 7 holiday Monday.  Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, the  Findlay Creek Fun Day was a great success.

Given the record rainfall we have had this spring and summer, everyone to full advantage of the good weather to get out of their houses and get together in the park.  The splash park was alive with the sounds of children delighted to be playing in the water.  It was hard to recognize some of the children who had been transformed with face paint into characters from movies, books and yes, their imaginations!  The most curious were able to get right up close to examine and touch some animals that had ventured into the park.

Music, hotdogs and cotton candy added a festival atmosphere to the event.  There was lots of water to wash it all down.

It was also a wonderful opportunity for our Member of Parliament, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, to say hello to people from the community.  He appreciated the chance to listen to their concerns and suggestions about how to make things better for them, and as importantly, for their kids.

Pierre also took the opportunity to invite the families to join him for the barbeque he is hosting just down the road in Riverside South on Saturday, September 9 to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with all of the people from Carleton.  For more information, check out Pierre’s website at

A kid at heart, Pierre had fun too.  He was tossing a frisby with a couple of kids and although I didn’t catch him,  it is reported that he was spotted in the lineup for cotton candy!   It could be that it was the Councillor for Gloucester – South Nepean, Michael Qaqish or Ontario Progressive Conservative Candidate for Carleton, Goldie Ghamari who were standing in line with him.

Familiar Faces

Summer is a great time for meeting up with friends and family.  It is also a time when people in our community get together to raise money for worthwhile causes.

Earlier in the month, a golf tournament was hosted at Manderley on the Green in memory of Mark Lindsay.  The proceeds supported veterans being treated with post traumatic stress disorder at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre.

On July 26, Plowing For a Cure, was hosted by the Ottawa Carleton Plowing Association at Anderson Links Golf and Country Club. This year the proceeds went to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation to buy specialized equipment for the Cancer Clinic that will help researchers tailor treatments based on an individual’s DNA.

There are a number of familiar faces at charity events like these.  The Member of Parliament for Carleton, the Hon. Pierre Poilievre, the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party candidate, Goldie Ghamari, and Rideau-Goulbourn Councillor Scott Moffatt are pleased to be working with the others to make our communities better places to live and work.

As a taxpayer, it is good to see that politicians from all levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal – are talking to each other about how they can work together to better serve their constituents.  No doubt they are trying to make sure our tax dollars go toward the priorities of the people of Carleton. 

If you would like to have our MP participate in an event you are hosting, please contact his constituency office at (613) 692-3331 or by sending a message to him at