Community Sleigh Ride – December 20

Start Your Holiday Celebration with a Community Sleigh Ride and Carol Singing!

Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 6:15PM

[Horse and sleigh ride]

What a great way to start the holidays!

If you’re able to volunteer any time with set-up, cleanup, making treats or hot chocolate, or just have questions about the event, please let Jim Cocks know at or (613) 728-7881. We thank-you in advance. One can never have too many elves!

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Outdoor Rink Volunteers Needed!

[New Boards at the Champlain Park Rink]

The Outdoor Rink recevied a whole set of New Boards in 2017/18!

New snow expected for 2018/19! Volunteers needed to shovel it!

Volunteers Urgently Needed!

Mother Nature and the Farmer’s Almanac are hinting at a longer, snowier winter this year, so we need extra help to keep our rink in great shape this season. To help with supervision, shovelling, and ice flooding, please contact Jim Kot phone 613-355-7519 or e-mail Jim will coordinate the schedule for flooding, scraping, and clearing the ice. You can also support the rink by donating a new shovel, tuning up the snowblower, refreshing the first aid kit, or donating funds. Or just show up with a shovel after a snow fall!

High school students can earn Community Volunteer credit hours by helping out.

Don’t forget to dust off your skates and get them sharpened… Come out and enjoy our community rink and have fun with your family and friends!

The first day of the rink is always weather dependent, it’s not usually sooner than December 27 but not later than January 1st.
The official last day is February 28, weather permitting the Rink Coordinator will try to keep open as long as he can.

Don’t forget to bring your helmet! Skate safe, have fun!

See for hours of operation, booking special events, and facilities.

NCC Moving Trees at Champlain Bridge Park

From the NCC e-newsletter, unfortunately not anonymously available online (you’d be able to unsubscribe us).

[Aerial View of the Proposed Champlain Bridge Park]

Improvements to the Champlain Bridge parking lot area: Implementing the first phase of the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park

The National Capital Commission (NCC) would like to inform you about upcoming work to improve the Champlain Bridge parking lot area, which will begin this Thursday, December 13, 2018.
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Bird Count – Sunday

Subject: K9: Bird count this Sunday

2018 marks the 100th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC). The CBC is a census of birds in the Western Hemisphere, and is conducted by volunteers. This year’s count will be on Sunday, December 16. The count involves monitoring your bird feeder and counting the birds that come by. Participants will be given a checklist and are asked to report the numbers at noon and final numbers at the end of the day.

Gillian Koh, Hintonburg Community Association board member, will be administering the CBC for the Kitchissippi. If you would like to participate, please email her at

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2018-12-10

This week’s topics:

  • RIDE programs – Impaired driving is the concern for this season. Also police can now ask for a breath test without need for suspicion.
  • More RIDE programs – 3 MegaRIDE days in December.
  • Food for youth in need – Non-perishable donations appreciated.

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Art & Sparkle Local Show

From Alison Fowler via Facebook:

Dear neighbours! It is my pleasure to bring to the hood a new holiday show featuring a past Wellington West fave Bija Bijoux with her amazing jewelry, joining my latest paintings under one roof! Welcome to Art&Sparkle, TWO weekends of holiday shopping! Opens this Fri night 7-9pm. Then Sat&Sun 11-5pm. 265 Patricia Ave. Hope to see your there! All deets on my website.

[Tabletop with jewellery and paintings]

Rosemount Revitalization Open House – December 13, 15

Invitation: Open House for Rosemount Revitalization

Ottawa Public Library invites members of the community, partners, and customers of OPL’s Rosemount branch to view preliminary designs for revitalizing and improving the 100-year-old branch.

There will be two Open House sessions at the Rosemount branch:

  • Thursday, December 13 from 6 to 8 pm
  • Saturday, December 15 from noon to 2 pm

The branch is located at 18 Rosemount Avenue. Registration is not required.

OPL is working with local design firm +VG Architects, who have been engaged to conduct the revitalization, including public consultation to ensure community needs are met. The preliminary designs reflect input and suggestions from the public, further to consultation online and in person in October 2018. Members of the public will be able to meet the architects and OPL staff, ask questions and share comments about the most recent design.

Designs will be finalized in the coming months and presented to the OPL Board in February.

Construction work is expected to begin in spring 2019 for completion in late 2019 during which Library services will be provided at a nearby temporary location.

Write for Rights – December 9

Subject: Calendar – Write for Rights event
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:25:11 -0500 (EST)
From: Us – <>

Write for Rights at Parkdale United Church

When: Sunday, December 9, 12:30 – 3:30

Where: Parkdale United Church, at the corner of Parkdale and Gladstone. Please enter by the ramp off Gladstone.

More details: Join in the biggest human rights event in the world, Amnesty International’s “Write for Rights”.  This is Parkdale’s first Amnesty write-a-thon, but they have taken place since 2001. Last December, hundreds of thousands of letter writers all over the world wrote five and a half million letters and messages in support of those whose human rights have been violated. Because they are under threat all over the world, this year’s campaign will focus on courageous women peacefully advocating for human rights.  Parkdale’s write-a-thon event is open to all. Coffee kindly donated by Bridgehead.

Thank you.

Lori Pope

Halifax Urban Trees Video

Subject: Fwd: [CANUFNET] Short video about the importance of trees from Halifax, NS
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 21:48:55 -0500
From: Heather Pearl <>

Dare I say that this five minute video is worth a thousand words?


From: David Foster via CANUFNET <>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2018 at 15:19
Subject: [CANUFNET] Short video about the importance of trees from Halifax, NS

Hi CANUFNET folks,

A collaboration between the Halifax Regional Municipality and PLANifax, a local group of planning enthusiasts/students/videographers has produced a new video about the importance of trees to urban environments. Share widely to help spread the word about the unsung heroes of our cities! Thanks for your help getting it out.

YouTube: Trees of all Trades (


David Foster

David E. Foster, BSc, MREM
PhD Student
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS
t: 902-880-8712