Annual General Meeting – February 1

Champlain Park Community Association Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 7:00 PM

Virtual Meeting by Zoom

To attend the meeting please register at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_daEgrV3MRdeR86w9hkV0WA

Everybody Welcome

Nominations

If anyone is interested in running for a position on the CPCA board, please contact Lynne Bankier via champlainpark@gmail.com.

Executive Officers

Co-Chair Lynne Bankier champlainpark@gmail.com
Co-Chair Heather Pearl hptek20@teksavvy.com
Vice-chair Vacant
Secretary Liz Gyalokay champlainpark@gmail.com
Treasurer Dave Harding champlainpark@gmail.com

Board Members

Most of the following positions are Committee Coordinators:

FCA Representative Richard Lochead rlochead@sympatico.ca
Communications Carol Arnason arnasoncarol@gmail.com
Environment Kris Phillips kriscpca@gmail.com
Fieldhouse Laurie Fagan lauriefagan59@gmail.com
Membership Jennie Hornosty Jennie.Hornosty@gmail.com
Planning and Zoning Heather Pearl hptek20@teksavvy.com
Social Convenor Nick Xenos chparkevents@yahoo.com
Member at Large Michael Cheng cheng12@sympatico.ca
Member at Large Vacant
Member at Large Vacant

Agenda

  1. Chair: Nick Xenos
  2. Guest Speaker: David Wise, City of Ottawa, Planner and Program Manager, Zoning Unit (30 minutes)
  3. Financial Report from CPCA Finance Committee: Dave Harding (10 minutes)
  4. Election of Board for 2022: Nick Xenos (10 minutes)
  5. Report from City Councillor: Jeff Leiper (30 minutes)
  6. Business Items:
    1. Approval of minutes of previous AGM 27 Jan 2021: Liz Gyalokay (2 minutes, see Minutes.pdf)
    2. Reports from the 20-21 Board (5 minutes each)
      1. Planning and Zoning – Heather Pearl
      2. Environment – Kris Phillips
      3. Rink Update – Dan Wilcock
      4. Communications – Carol Arnason
      5. Membership – Jennie Hornosty
      6. Social – Nick Xenos
      7. Civic Engagement – Roland Dorsay
      8. Thanks to departing board members – Nick Xenos
    3. Call for volunteers – Lynne Bankier (5 minutes)
    4. Other Business
    5. Adjournment

Poster

[Poster for the Annual General Meeting]
AGM Poster 2022.pdf

New Scott Street Connection to the Winter Trail

Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail Announcement: please help spread the word!

NOW OPEN!! The Scott Street Connector at Tunney’s Pasture!

It is with great pleasure that the Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail Team can at last announce the opening of its new Scott St. Connector.

This newest groomed addition to the winter trail network is located along the tree-lined western edge of the Tunney’s Pasture site, and establishes a new formal trail access point near the corner of Scott St. and Sir Frederick Banting Driveway. This new trailhead is within easy reach of the neighbourhoods immediately to the south of Scott St, as well as to the Tunney’s LRT station.

Winter Trail users (walkers, skiers, winter bikers) can park in the NW corner, or the SW corner, of the Tunney’s Pasture parking lots any time after 3pm on weekdays, and all day on Saturday & Sunday, except during snow clearance operations.

[Satellite View of the Neighbourhood with Trail Extension in Yellow]
20220120 KitchiSibiWT Scott St Connector Map-Dec 2021.pdf

Should you wish to learn more about the Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail or how to support it, please visit www.wintertrail.ca. ICYMI, donations are tax deductible.
Continue reading “New Scott Street Connection to the Winter Trail”

COVID-19 and CPCA Operations in Fall 2021

How the CPCA will operate this season:

  • Undertake only outdoor community activities, where physical distancing can be achieved, to be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact the CPCA Board via the website if you are interested in organizing such an activity (Include details).
  • Covid waiver to be signed where applicable.
  • All meetings and AGM to be virtual.
  • Note that Board members remain active, attending virtual meetings and responding in writing to the City Councillor, City of Ottawa Committees and Committee of Adjustment regarding issues and proposals that affect our community.

Continue reading “COVID-19 and CPCA Operations in Fall 2021”

🌳 Cracks in a Linden Tree 🌲

From Daniel Buckles and Heather Pearl…

There is a crack, a crack in everything;
That’s how the light gets in.
(Leonard Cohen, Anthem)

Frigid temperatures. A “forever” Pandemic. Sometimes it’s hard to see the light. But it’s there. Days are getting longer. Spring is creeping closer. And sooner than we think, it will be time to plant trees.

The other day a neighbour asked us to look at a large European Linden tree in his yard. A deep, wide crack, the length of its trunk, had opened. Ever the opportunist, a squirrel now occupied the spot where the crack opens at the meeting of three main branches.

[Picture of a bulky Linden Tree trunk with a crack going all the way up]

The tree may need to come down, if it presents a hazard to people or property. Its much-loved summer shade will be missed, but with the light, will come the chance to plant two or three new trees. Native species would be best, less susceptible than European Lindens to the extremes of our local climate and better suited to offer food and habitat for native birds, mammals and insects.

The Champlain Park Community Association has the Trees in Champlain Park program to help: https://champlainpark.org/ticp/ticp-home/

Trees provide shade and interest, to our homes and to our streets. If you have a tree in your yard that is nearing its end of life, we can help you plan for and find a “succession tree” that can establish itself before the older tree needs to be removed.  If you have an open space, whether it’s small, or under hydro lines, or more roomy, we can suggest the right tree species for your space. For more information contact Daniel Buckles (dbuckles@sas2.net) and Heather Pearl (hptek20@teksavvy.com).

Electronic Waste Collection at Van Lang Field House – January 22, 29

From our city councillor Jeff Leiper’s January 15 2022 newsletter:

Westboro/Westboro Beach electronics waste drop-off

Thanks to Charlotte at Nepean High School who has organized a waste electronics drop-off as part of her environmental science class. The drop-offs will be at the Van Lang field house (29 Van Lang – next to 303 Churchill N.) on January 22 from 1-4 and on January 29 from 11-1:30. They’ll be collecting items such as flash drives, phones, MP3 players, laptops, mic, speakers, DVD players and more. Write to ewastedropoff22@gmail.com with your questions and follow @electronicwastewestboro on Instagram for updates. See the full poster here.

[eWaste Poster - mostly text]

The Passing of Amy Steele (Kempster)

On the night of January 16, Amy Steele (Kempster) passed away at the Colonel By Retirement Home, where she had been residing since mid-2021. Amy, who lived at 118 Clearview Ave. for many years, had been a stalwart leader, whose goal was to help (frequently nudge in the right direction!) Champlain Park and all of Ottawa to become the best places to make a home. During her long lifetime of community engagement, her volunteer positions included President of the CPCA, Co-president of the FCA, and Co-chair of the Greenspace Alliance. Among her many awards were the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service in 1999 and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement award from the FCA. In 2014 the CPCA presented Amy with an Award for her 30 years of volunteer service with our community. The Amy’s corner web page is here: https://champlainpark.org/amys-corner/

Amy has always been an inspiration and a passionate defender of neighbourhoods and the environment.

Amy touched many lives. We will miss her.

[Amy Steel (Kempster) in 2012]

Greening the Neighbourhood Podcast

Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 18:00:42 -0500
From: DANIEL BUCKLES <dbuckles@sas2.net>

Greening the Neighbourhood

David Paré of Ottawa South has produced a delightful podcast series on “Decarbonizing Ottawa,” that highlights the actions people in our city are taking to do their part to overcome the climate crisis: https://anchor.fm/david-pare

A recent episode (Greening the Neighbourhood) features Champlain Park, starting with the de-paving of a section of Pontiac Avenue and continuing with our wonderful pollinator garden and “tiny forests.” Have listen to this, or other podcats on topics ranging from the National Healing Forests Initiative to Going Electric (pros and cons).

Community Association AGM Draft Agenda – February 1

Final agenda and link to the Zoom webinar is now ready, see https://champlainpark.org/2022/01/24/annual-general-meeting-february-1/

Note that there’s a newer agenda in the AGM poster. The final Agenda and link to the Zoom webinar will be posted on noon on Monday January 24th.

Draft Agenda

Champlain Park Community Association Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, February 1, 2022
7:00 PM via Zoom
Everybody Welcome

Here is a draft of the agenda for the AGM. Please contact the secretary with new items and changes.

Meeting Chair: Nick Xenos

Agenda

  1. Guest Speaker: David Wise, City of Ottawa, Planner and Program Manager, Zoning Unit (30 minutes)
  2. Financial Report from CPCA Finance Committee: Dave Harding (10 minutes)
  3. Election of Board for 2022: Nick Xenos (10 minutes)
  4. Report from City Councillor: Jeff Lieper (30 minutes)
  5. Business Items:
    1. Approval of minutes of previous AGM 27 Jan 2021: Liz Gyalokay (2 minutes)
    2. Reports from the 2020/21 Board (5 minutes each)
      1. Planning and Zoning – Heather Pearl
      2. Environment – Kris Phillips
      3. Rink Update- Dan Wilcock
      4. Communications: Carol Arnason
      5. Social – Nick Xenos
      6. Civic Engagement – Roland Dorsay
      7. Thanks to departing board members – Nick Xenos
    3. Call for volunteers – Lynne Bankier (5 minutes)
    4. Other Business
    5. Adjournment