Provincial All Candidates Debate – May 28

We’re co-sponsoring an all candidates debate at the end of the month, here’s the poster with the details:

[Poster with Details in Print]
2018 Provincial CANDIDATES DEBATE 003 – Final.pdf

Convent Development Phase II Open House – June 6

From: “Mitchell, Fiona” <>
Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 3:22 PM
Subject: 114 Richmond Rd – Ashcroft Homes Convent Development & Phase II Open House – June 6 7:00-8:30pm

Afternoon folks,

I wanted to give you direct notice that we are hosting a second open house for the Ashcroft Convent property, as well as what I’m referring to as their Phase II development, which is the rest of the undeveloped site, on June 6 from 7:00-8:30pm at the Van Lang Field House. Full details and some renderings from the development applications can be found on our blog:
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Local Crime Rash

Several people have been reporting minor theft from cars in the neighbourhood. If it happens to you, feel free to warn other neighbours by contacting your Neighbourhood Watch block captain, sending a message to the webmaster, or by posting on the neighbourhood Facebook group. If this gets bad enough, the Neighbourhood Watch can arrange for an education meeting about theft prevention. Though is a good place to start (hmmm, there’s a section on what to do if your vehicle is broken into).

Please also let our local constable Dawn Neilly know so that even if they can’t catch the thieves, they can track the kind and locations of the crimes.

Here’s a report from one of our neighbours about an event on the wee hours of May 17:

Just wanted to report that my car at xxx Cowley was broken into last night at around 2:45 AM. Nothing was stolen but the 2 culprits (both wearing black hoodies, one in beige pants) were heading North down the last block of Cowley towards the Ottawa River. During my drive around, I noted a few other cars around the neighbourhood with their doors ajar, or dome lights on so this may not be the only notification you receive.

Then there was a post last night (May 19) on the Facebook group about sunglasses being stolen overnight from a car, leaving the interior light on and door ajar. Car reportedly was locked. There’s another report of small change being stolen. Someone noted that baby gear is never stolen, so we can rule out desperate mothers as the thief :-).

– Alex

Re: Repaired Park Benches!

New boards on the picnic tables.

On 2018-05-15 08:52 PM, Heather Pearl wrote:

Hi neighbours. This note is an update to Alex’s message regarding the new / refurbished park benches and picnic tables. This truly was a successful team effort, led by Champlain Park resident Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie. Dominique was ably and enthusiastically assisted by residents Alex Smith and Carol Arnason, and Fiona Mitchell, who is Jeff Leiper’s Assistant.

As a result of the team effort, we not only have better furniture. Carol Arnason now has a contact in the City’s Public Works Department. Carol hopes to benefit Park users by fostering this relationship with Public Works, but she needs your help. As a first step, she would like to meet with neighbours who use the play area and pool during the summer. One goal is to involve residents in helping to maintain a safe, clean Park for their kids. Please be in touch.

Carol can be reached at

Thank you,

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2018-05-14

This week’s topics:

  • Emergency preparedness – Supplies and planning, with stories.
  • Drug advisory – Purple putty mixed maybe with Fentanyl.
  • Avoid break and enters – Warm weather and unsecured sheds.
  • Police Week 2018 – This year’s theme is community partnerships.

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Spring Cleanup 2018 – May 12

As described in this Saturday (or Sunday) is the Spring Cleanup day. If you find anything interesting, send in a photo!

[Bow Tie look-alike found in Spring Cleanup 2016]

Opportunity to Meet Neighbours

Urgent: Can you help out?

I am still looking for 4 or 5 additional canvas volunteers to assist with the Champlain Park Community Association membership drive. This is a great way to meet people in the neighbourhood and help make our community a vibrant place to live.

If you are able to help or want additional information, please contact Jennie Hornosty (membership coordinator) at 613-729-0423 or email