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LINKED: Cavanagh fined for discharging sediment into wetland

From CBC Ottawa:

An Ottawa construction company convicted of discharging construction sediment into a drain that flows into the Jock River in 2013 has been fined $275,000.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited was convicted in June of four charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act, according to Ontario’s environment ministry. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: 2016 edition of the Upper Jock River Race

Dozens of paddlers raced down the Jock River on a cold but sunny Saturday, taking part in a tradition dating back to 1971. All photos by Barry Gray.

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Paddling down river at the Jock River Race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral.

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. First paddlers down the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
First paddlers down the Jock River.

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Paddlers on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Splashing through some rapids on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

Nearing the finish on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Nearing the finish.
RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Splashing through rapids on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Splashing through rapids on the Jock.
RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Paddlers passing the church in Richmond and nearing the finish. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Paddlers passing the church in Richmond and nearing the finish.

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Paddling down the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Paddling down the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Shooting through some rapids on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Shooting through some rapids
RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Bundled up for the cold on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Bundled up for the cold.

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Jock River paddler. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Nearing the finish line. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Nearing the finish line.
Pirates of the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Pirates of the Jock River.
RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. All kinds of pirates on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
All kinds of pirates on the Jock River. There was a prize for best costume this year.

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Paddlers on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Finish line at the Jock River Race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Chili and hot chocolate at the finish line. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Chili and hot chocolate at the finish line.
RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Finish line. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
At the finish line.
Going to the dogs on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
The race goes to the dogs.
RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Celebrations at the finish line at the Jock River race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
Celebrations at the finish line.

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Paddle boarders on the Jock River. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

RICHMOND, ON. April 9, 2016. Approaching the finish line at the Jock River Race. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)
A crowded field approaching the finish line.

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PHOTOS: Jock River Race kicks off spring in Richmond

Over 100 teams of paddlers raced down the Jock River last Saturday, continuing a spring tradition that dates back to 1971.

Despite the cold weather, organizers say it was the best turn-out ever.  King’s Your Independent Grocer from Richmond helped feed over 200 people, including racers and volunteers.

The full list of racers and results is here…

All photos by Leon Switzer (Front Page Media Group).

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Paddlers get set for annual race down the mighty Jock

Organizers Ian Mockett and Gaetan Plourde are ramping up for this year’s Jock River Race, an annual paddling event down the Jock River that was first run in 1971.

This year’s race is set for April 11 at noon, although that could be moved to April 25 due to the cold spring so far.
UPDATE: Due to river conditions the race has been rescheduled to Saturday, April 25.  Early bird registration will be open until April 18.

The event typically draws between 100-200 paddlers from Ontario and Quebec and has become a rite of spring for the community.  The top racers in each category win a medal, and any racer who completes the course under one hour gets their name on the official Jock River Race trophy.

This will be the second year that Mockett and Plourde have organized the event. They took over from John Hiley, who kept the race alive for nearly two decades with help from volunteers and support from local businesses.

They’ve introduced a new bib sponsorship package this year, where business can buy one or multiple bibs for $25 each.  Paddlers wear the bibs over their life jackets, and then at the end of the race the signed bib is divided into two pieces, one for the racer and the other for the business owner to proudly showcase in their establishment.  The deadline for sponsorship support is April 4.

The event started in 1971 and was known as the “Lower Jock River Race”, starting in Richmond Park and ending at the Rideau River.  In 1997, the race moved to the upper part of the river, starting on Munster Road near the Jock Trail, and continuing into Richmond Village. This year’s course is 12.5km.

Next year will mark the 45th year the race has been run, and the organizers are looking at potentially bringing the race back to the Lower Jock River in addition to the Upper Jock, and making it a full-day event for those who wish to participate in one or both events.

Mockett and Plourde say they love paddling and they want to share and grow the sport in the community as a full-family sport engaging all ages and skill sets.

Early bird registration is $15 per paddler until April 4, and then $25 after that. For more information about the race, check out jockriverrace.ca

Jock River Race. Photo by Leon Switzer.
Photo by Leon Switzer.
Jock River Race. Photo by Leon Switzer.
Photo by Leon Switzer.

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