Champlain Park’s Annual General Meeting – October 23

Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA)
Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Tuesday October 23, 2018
at the Champlain Park Fieldhouse
6:30 to 7:30 PM: Meet & Greet with Refreshments
7:30 PM: Business Meeting

Community Association Memberships can be purchased at the door.
Chair: Nick Xenos


Guest Speaker (20 minutes):

  1. Mike Muir, Land Manager from the National Capital Commission (NCC) who will be providing NCC updates on the following topics and will take questions from the audience afterwards.
    • Update on the Ottawa River South Shore Linear Park Plan
    • Update on the Champlain Bridge Parking Lot Rehabilitation

Business Items:

  1. Approval of minutes of previous AGM 24 Oct 2017 – Liz (2 minutes)
  2. Reports from the Board (5 minutes each)
    1. Community Plan Overview – Nick
    2. Membership Report and call for volunteers to be involved – Jennie
    3. Financial Update – Josh
    4. Civic Engagement – Roland
    5. Social – Patrick
    6. Planning and Zoning – Duncan
    7. Environment – Environment Committee member
    8. Parks Update – Roland
    9. Fieldhouse Report – Laurie
  3. Election of Executive for 2018/19 and Call for Volunteers – Nick
    See our post on the election for positions and current candidates.
  4. Other Business
  5. Adjournment

Meet and Greet – October 23

[Poster saying: Champlain Park Meet & Greet and Annual General Meeting, Tuesday Oct. 23 at the Fieldhouse.  Evening begins with social hour @ 6:30 p.m.  Followed by the AGM @ 7:30 p.m.  Come meet your neighbours and discuss issues important to the community! Organized by the Champlain Park Community Association. Refreshments provided.]
2018 AGM meet and greet poster.pdf

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2018-10-15

This week’s topics:

  • Operation Impact results – Road safety.
  • Robbery on Wellington – Disguised thief #3.
  • Pre-paid gift card scam – Fake CEO sends orders for gift cards.

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Names Wanted for Our Riverside Park

The NCC is asking for names for their newly planned riverside park. Currently it is known as the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park, which is descriptive but not too catchy.

They want names which are, in their words:

  • A person of national stature who has made a substantial contribution to the building of Canada and its identity in the world, or to an aspect of Canadian culture worthy of special recognition.
  • A place or event with a significant historical or cultural legacy in Canada.
  • A local or regional figure who has contributed to the building of the Capital.

Submit your suggestions by October 23rd on the NCC’s web site (which also has more information about the park, and naming rules – Toponymy is the word of the day) at:

By the way, Dan Wilcock volunteered at the last board meeting to represent our community on the NCC’s naming committee. Thanks Dan!

Community Association Board Meeting Agenda – October 10


Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting

Wednesday October 10, 2018
7:30 PM at the Fieldhouse
Everybody Welcome

Board meetings will have an open session for community residents to observe business discussions. Non board community members will also be invited to participate at certain times by the chair and there will be “in camera” topics for the board members only.

Open session

  1. AGM Planning Items
    1. AGM Date
    2. Agenda
    3. Reports and Planning
    4. Board Election
    5. Treasurer Update
    6. Financial Discussion – Lynne
  2. AGM preparation tasks and person responsible
  3. Open fieldhouse and set up chairs
  4. Meet & Greet & Refreshments
    Do we need a motion to approve funds for the refreshments?
  5. AGM Chair
  6. Election – someone to run the election
  7. Handouts
    To be given to Liz by 9 a.m. Friday Oct 19
NOTE: the following items will be discussed if time permits
  1. Approval of previous minutes of executive meeting Sept 5, 2018 – Liz
  2. Report of interim executive motions – All
  3. Update: Sept 20 Ward CA meeting – Roland (5 minutes)
  4. Update: FCA – Roland (5 minutes)
  5. CPCA representative on naming committee for the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park – Lynne
  6. Other Business
  7. Next Meeting

Champlain Park’s Intrepid Volunteers (Champlain Woods)

from Daniel Buckles

Wonder what the blue flags near the Carleton/Pontiac entrance to the river are all about? To the west of the entrance, Catherine Shearer has been protecting a patch of the common milkweed, a plant critical to the Monarch Butterfly. This emblematic butterfly is making something of a come back this year (see here for details). In the same area she is also removing seeds of the Dog Strangling Vine, an invasive species that if left unchecked will form a dense mat that smothers trees, shrubs and everything else. Along the main trail to the river are flags showing where a house for Purple Martins will be installed next spring (rescued from the old Trailhead building by Adrian Bradley, and fixed up by Alan Ramunus and Catherine Shearer).

[Catherine Shearer and a patch of Common Milkweed]

Catherine Shearer and a patch of Common Milkweed

Further west down the path into the woods Adrian Bradley has been continuing the effort to smother Japanese Knotweed, Continue reading

Halloween Fun Run – October 27

[Fun Run Poster]

7th Annual Champlain Park Halloween.pdf