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May 21, 2021: Well, another season has begun. We had a successful AGM in April and elected two more members of the Board. Please join us in welcoming Susan Newport and Becky Lee Rogers. Becky will not only be joining the board, but she will also be taking over in the roll of Treasurer from Bill MacLean who has done a yeoman’s job for us for the past two years in that position. Many thanks to Bill for his great work. Bill will be continuing on with the Board and will be doing a lot of project work for us in the next few years.

Last year’s Covid restrictions were a bear, but this year’s prospects look rosier for our activities. After last year’s success, we have been in contact with the Gananoque Boat Museum and are in negotiations to carry out another 20 tours with them this summer.

Paddlefest was cancelled last year because of Covid-19 restrictions and as a result, this year we have delayed its planned date until September in hopes that more of the restrictions are lifted before the event.

We were very busy during this past winter with our intern Jake Wilson carrying out a Shoreline Cleanup around Smiths Falls and writing a report on the activities. He discovered that much of the waste was plastic and that lead to him researching and reporting on the problems of plastic waste in the environment. He made a number of Zoom presentations on that issue that were very well attended.

He also carried out the planning for a shoreline rehabilitation program that the Rideau Roundtable is carrying out in Smiths Falls this year. Jake made presentations to the Town of Smiths Falls and to local residents, and he coordinated activity with Parks Canada, the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Tree Canada, and other non-profits.

Our new events website (www.rideauroundtable.com) has increased our visibility as an organization and helped us plan and execute our presentations and events. We were also gifted access to many Microsoft products and services due to our not-for-profit status. These new collaboration tools should begin to bear fruit shortly.

As was the case last year, all inquiries about booking REX tours should now be sent to [email protected]

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, WE ARE HIRING for this summer. We have two jobs posted on our events site. We are hiring another Voyageur Canoe Tour Guide (see www.rideauroundtable.com) and a part time coordinator for Paddlefest 2021 (see www.rideauroundtable.com). These positions are for anyone under 30 years of age. Click on the links above for more details or to apply.

  • We've added a new page about the Ottawa Riverkeeper Swim Guide. See the Ottawa Riverkeeper page.

  • The 2018 paddling season has come to a great conclusion after a summer of wonderful activity. Paddlefest was held on a new date this year, early in June. It went off without a hitch and included great demonstrations and exhibits, water activities, and a voyageur canoe race. We carried out about a dozen of very well received REX events too. If you or your company are interested in having an experience on the Rideau give our REX coordinator, Stew Hamill, a call to arrange an adventure.

  • In May, Max Finkelstein did a wonderful presentation about last year’s Four Winds Brigades momentous trip from each of the four directions by water into Ottawa for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. The presentation, hosted by the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) was held at the Smiths Falls’ Station Theatre and was well received by an enthusiastic crowd.

  • A group of avid photographers competing in our new Rideau Paddlefest Photo Contest covered the entire event. If you have photos of the event that you would like to enter in the contest, the rules can be found here: Paddlefest Photo Contest Rules (PDF).

  • Two of our long time Board members (Ken Graham and Doug Stewart) have retired and will be sorely missed. These fellows worked tirelessly for us over the years and we wish them the best in their future endeavours.

  • Sadly, our accountant of many years, Don Ross, died earlier this fall. Don provided pro-bono accounting work for our group for many years and his generosity and kind spirit will be missed.

  • Our Annual General Meeting was held on January 18, 2018, at 1:00pm at the Rotary Club in Smiths Falls. Thank you to everyone that attended, and a heartfelt welcome to our new members. Check back regularly to find out the date for the Annual General Meeting for the 2018-2019 fiscal-year. It will likely be scheduled for just before the paddling season around the end of March.

  • Finally, don’t forget to renew your memberships. For more information visit our “Contact Us” page

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