COVID-19 and CPCA Operations in Fall 2022

CPCA Board meetings will continue to be virtual to ensure they are accessible to everyone, including those who may have increased health risks related to Covid-19. The meetings will be advertised on the website and the conference link will be made available to all interested community members.

Decisions regarding other CPCA events and activities will be made as we go along, taking into account the status of the pandemic and public health recommendations at the time the activity is to occur.

These are the highlights from the Ottawa Public Health Website as of 2022-09-09. Please refer to this link to remain up to date. The Champlain Park Community Association will reference these recommendations, keep up to date and take them into account as we plan activities for fall 2022.
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Scott Street Connector Winter Trail Summary

Just a note to let you know that Kris Phillips (our environment committee lead) has a nice end of season summary video of the Scott Street Connector which connects neighbourhoods south of us to the Kìchì Sìbì Winter Trail. Have a look on Twitter at:

Lazy Bay Commons Update

Following up on Lazy Bay Commons: Trees Not Embassies, Heather writes:

A key gain is that The NCC’s parkland commitments have risen from a low of 9.2% of the site in their initial proposal, to 17.9% in their amended proposal, to the current 24.3%. Among other agreed-upon conditions are some that will limit the amount of outdoor surface parking. A perfect ending would have been for the entire site to be retained as part of the Ottawa River linear park, but, at least as far as we know, only one embassy currently has any interest in taking out a long term lease on NCC land at Lazy Bay Commons. Most of the site should remain greenspace until or unless others show interest.


Mechanicsville’s Press Release:

CBC article:

Rosemount Library READ Meeting – May 17

via Lynne via Jeff Leiper…

Do you love your local library – Rosemount? Have ideas on how it can be even better?

READ is looking for you! We’re having a brainstorming and next steps meeting the evening of Wednesday May 17th. We would love to have more Rosemount library users join us in the discussion and also consider joining the READ working group. RSVP here if you want to attend OR learn more. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm for our local branch!
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Wellington West Big Heart Day – February 25

On Saturday, February 25 something BIG is coming to Wellington West this HEART Season! Join together on Wellington St W between 11am – 2pm for the BIG HEART Challenge Activity Day!

All to raise money for the Ottawa Heart Institute. Proudly presented by our sponsor Wellington West Retirement Community, and in partnership with Run Ottawa.

Lining 2km of Wellington St. West are games, activities, obstacles, and challenge stations! Grab a ballot from one of the stations and begin checking off your activities as you complete challenges. Want a neat way to try all the activities? Start at one of the two start/finish makers and make your way down the street! Invite your friends and family out and have fun while raising money for the Ottawa Heart Institute through the BIG HEART Challenge!

Event page:
Facebook event:

Some interesting challenges in the list there, and fortunately there is snow in the forecast so there can be some snowball action. I also see “FREE Stubbe chocolate for every challenge completed!” so there’s a prize even if you only do one of the ten challenges. Hmmm, should that milk jug toss challenge be a milk bag toss? 🙂

– Alex

Community Association Board Meeting – February 28


Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting

Tuesday February 28, 2023
7:30 PM via Google Meet
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. Please contact the secretary via to request a link to join the meeting.

Open session

  1. Approval of minutes of January 24, 2023 – Liz
  2. Report of interim motions – all
  3. Use of the Planning and Zoning Fund (discussion) – Heather – 30 minutes
  4. Having an area on the website for jobs and services offered (decision) – Liz – 10 minutes
  5. History of Champlain Park: Update on Book – Bob Grainger – 10 minutes
  6. Membership Drive – Need coordinator (advertise?), dates – Lynne – 5 minutes
  7. Other Business
  8. Next Meeting

Agenda last updated on February 24, 18:37. Please contact the secretary to add topics.

Cashmere & Chocolate Sale – February 11

Saturday February 11 2023 from 10am to 3pm at the Champlain Park field house, 149 Cowley Avenue.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, an afternoon that combines some of our favourite things.

On display and for sale will be high quality used and vintage cashmere sweaters and scarves and designer handbags. Several vintage clothing dealers will be hand. Expect to also find knitted hats and scarves, jewellery, exquisite chocolates and other tasty sweets.

And wait! There’s more, including double chocolate cake with tea!

[Poster for the Cashmere, Chocolate and Vintage Show, 2023]

1934 Robbery, Police Chase, Shooting Story

Just for the record, if you haven’t seen the private Facebook post or public Tweet

Local historian Dave Allston has dug up a 1934 story about some kids who idealised John Dillinger way too much, leading to a robbery and a dramatic chase across town with the young robbers shooting at the police from a stolen car, that ended up in our neighbourhood (at Pontiac and Cowley) with the thieves escaping into the forest. You can read about it on his web site at:

Neighbour Debra e-mailed Dave and wondered if Pontiac Street connected directly to Island Park Drive (there are remnants of the road with manholes in the woods, and the related old sewer line caused backflow in the 2019 flood and has since been plugged up). Dave replied back, with this 1926 map:

[Map of Champlain Park area roads in 1926]

There’s also a 1950’s map in our Roads in the Woods – Pontiac and Other Street Expansion Plans post.

It’s interesting to see how First Street became Premier Avenue, and now it’s Amanda (name of a neighbour’s child) to avoid duplicate names across the amalgamated Ottawa.

Later on Dave commented that it became Carlou Avenue briefly, from 1947 to the early 1950s. Here’s the fire insurance map he mentioned:

[1948 Fire Insurance Map where First Street becomes Carlou in 1947]