Pine Lodge Ottawa River Meeting – May 17

Subject: PINE LODGE Conference – “WHAT CAN WE DO TO SAVE THE MIGHTY OTTAWA” w/ Romola Trebilcock, Albert Dumont & Douglas Cardinal (invited)
Date: Thu, 14 May 2015 16:37:16 -0400
From: Daniel Stringer <>

The Program: 9:00AM – The Blessing of the Water Ceremony led by Joanna McMillan on Pine Lodge Beach with Drummers

10:00AM – Grandfather William Commanda’s Legacy with The Spirit of The Water, Romola Trebilcock – Main Hall, Pine Lodge

11:00AM – What The Ottawa River Means to The Algonquin People, Albert Dumont – Main Hall, Pine Lodge

NOON – Complementary Lunch, Chicken Caesar Wraps & Chili in a Tortilla Basket, Deserts and Beverage, all made from scratch, without preservatives, in the famous Pine Lodge Resort kitchen

1:00PM – Stroll Down to the Ottawa River – Pine Lodge Beach – 3 minutes away

1:30PM – Eels & Dams: Old Tech & New Tech – Douglas Cardinal (invited) – Main Hall, Pine Lodge

2:30PM – Discussion – Participants – Pine Lodge Beach – weather permitting

3:15PM – TBA – a work in progress

4:00PM – Closing



Learning from the Aboriginals

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The Ottawa River is the great metaphor for Canada; the historic meeting place of French, English and Native peoples open and accessible to all. It is one of the 100th longest rivers in the world but its waters, like those of all rivers and lakes in Canada, are vulnerable.

It hosts a nuclear reactor and the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country alongside ancient aboriginal archeological and religious sites, significant biodiversity and recreational areas and above all is the most important natural feature of our area.

The Pine Lodge Discussion is calling you to join hearts and minds to protect the future of the Ottawa River. Do we need an Ottawa River Commission, similar to the NCC to deal with all the governments, industries and individuals impacting on it. How about having the Ottawa declared a Heritage River? What is your suggestion?

Join the discussion @ Pine Lodge Resort in Bristol, Québec, on Sunday, May 17, 2015, just a three minute walk from the Ottawa River where we will begin at 9:00 AM with a Blessing of the Water. Romola Trebilcock will open the conference with a presentation on Grandfather William Commanda’s spiritual legacy with the Water at 10AM. Discussion and other presenters will follow. Lunch will be served at noon. This free event, which will continue all day until 4PM, is hosted by the National Capital Peace Council.

Hope to see you on the 17th


Daniel Stringer, Peter Stockdale, Sulaiman Khan & Richard Jackman

Please reserve by contacting Daniel Stringer: 613-218-1431 or email;  

Directions to Pine Lodge are below.

The National Capital Peace Council is a network of Ottawans, largely non-aboriginal, who are dedicated to peace at all levels and who were touched by Grandfather Commanda’s vision for Victoria Island. We wish to assist its realization in any appropriate manner possible. We meet on the last Tuesday of each month at 7:30AM for a complimentary breakfast at Donna’s Express/Newport Restaurant on Churchill Ave. at Scott Street, listen to interesting guest speakers and enjoy compelling conversation. Our meetings are open to all peace loving people. We support William Commanda’s vision and have been doing so in various ways including Friends of The Ottawa Riverbank GreenUP at Westboro beach and elsewhere along the Ottawa River.

Financial support for the conference is provided by the Universal Peace Federation and the Family Federation

Directions to Pine Lodge:

Directions from Ottawa to Pine Lodge (approximately 1 hour)

  • Depart on Champlain Bridge [Island Park Dr] (North) 0.6 km
  • Enter Québec
  • Road name changes to Pont Champlain 0.7 km
  • Turn LEFT (West) onto Chemin D’ Aylmer (2nd set of lights after the bridge) 1.4 km
  • Turn RIGHT (North) onto Chemin Eardley (2nd set of lights after Tim Horton’s) 6.5 km
  • As you leave Aylmer, Chemin Eardley will become RTE-148 50 km
  • Turn LEFT at the Bristol Road; Turn off and follow the signs to Pine Lodge (approximately 10 minutes)

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