On Sunday morning, I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing a domestic cat catching, killing and tearing apart a young wild rabbit on the lawn of St. George Catholic School. The City of Ottawa does allow cats to roam, but this cat (pictured above) was not wearing a collar and tag as required.
I appreciate the wildlife in our neighbourhood. Most of it, anyway. I enjoy seeing the wild rabbits munching on grass in my backyard and laugh at the antics of the chipmunks and squirrels. I have seen raccoons and skunks foraging in my yard, too, and even the occasional fox. I have also seen many species of birds in our neighbourhood. All of these play a role in maintaining the health of our local ecosystem and many of them are threatened by domestic cats “hunting”. The bird feeders that many of us have in our yards attract birds and other wildlife, which in turn attract free-roaming cats. I have chased a number of local cats out of my yard many times, including the cat pictured above.
Peter Blancher, a scientist with Environment Canada, estimates that house cats kill 38 to 133 million birds in Canada per year. Ted Chesky of Nature Canada reported a similar number of birds killed by pet cats in Canada. That’s an astounding number!
If you currently have a pet cat that you allow to go outdoors, please consider keeping it inside. There are creative indoor options for indoor cats including a “catio”. If you allow your cat to go outdoors, please equip it with a noise device (like a bell) on its collar. Cats are not easily seen by birds because they blend in well with our natural environment. Equipping your cat with a Birdsbesafe collar (available at several online sources), which is a comfortable but colourful collar, will help birds see the cat and make it more difficult for the cat to ambush birds and other wildlife.
Reminder: the final Mayoral Eco-Debate will take place on Wednesday September 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Register to participate either in person or on Zoom:
Eventbrite RSVP: https://bit.ly/OttEcoDebates
EcoDebates Centretown September 28 7-9pm RSVP – in person or online
Recordings of the previous Eco-debates, variously including participation from all candidates except Bernard Couchman, are available here:
Barrhaven Eco-Debate August 16 2022
Kanata Eco-Debate August 30 2022
Orleans Eco-Debate September 7 2022
The Wellington West Business Improvement Area invites you to join us for our annual TASTE of Wellington West festival, happening this coming Saturday, September 24! Enjoy by-donation gourmet food samples, sidewalk sales, entertainment and family fun from 11:00am-4:00pm in Hintonburg and Wellington Village in support of our permanent charity partner, the Parkdale Food Centre.
You can find everything you need to know about TASTE here!
We hope to see you there as we host our first in-person festival for the first time since 2019!
The WWBIA Team
WELLINGTON WEST Business Improvement Area
Community Service Team
1292 Wellington Street West
After much discussion with city staff, the Champlain Park Community Association Board has decided that the field house will be open again for activities.
Other City of Ottawa recreation facilities are open and since a number of Covid-19 requirements have been dropped, that made it difficult for us to operate as a volunteer-run facility, the time is right to open things up after being closed for 2.5 years.
This means regular clubs that met pre-COVID as well as those booking for a one-time event (birthday party, baby shower, etc) can now proceed. (If you need to make a booking see the field house request form https://champlainpark.org/park/fieldhouse/).
Continue reading “Our Field House is Open”
A Reminder Regarding Membership Fees:
For those of you who want to pay your membership fees by Interac e-transfer, send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org (no password is needed as this is set up for auto deposit).
Please make sure to include: your name, street address and email in the message area. This is essential for us to track payments and know where to deliver membership cards.
Jennie Hornosty, Membership Coordinator
2022 Membership Drive Handout v7.pdf
Fall Bird Walks
Date: Tuesday mornings (September 13- ?)
Time: 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM
Location: Pollinator Garden (north end of Carleton Avenue)
Leader: Jennifer Neate
As we move into September and the days grow shorter, the fall migrants are starting to travel through Champlain Park. Come out and meet some of the resident and migrant birds of your naturehood on this family-friendly outing. Fall birds are notoriously challenging to identify with their faded plumage and lack of song. So, prepare to put your powers of observation to the test as we attempt to locate and identify migrants as they prepare for their long journey south. Bring your curiosity, a set of binoculars and a bird field guide, if you have one.
Registration is not required but if you would like to be notified of cancellations due to weather, feel free to send an email to email@example.com with the subject: “Naturehood Outing.” You may also email me if you would like to be added to the Naturehood Club list to be informed of future events.
It appears someone found lost keys and left them on the fence post at Pontiac/Northwestern. There appears to be keys/fobs for 3 vehicles. I’m not sure if the association has a lost and found or a way to advertise that the keys were found, assuming that they’re still there (we saw them on Sunday).
We’d like to take a moment to remind our neighbours that there is still time to apply to join the Tunney’s Pasture Communities Perspectives Group (CPG) to play a supporting role in the redevelopment of Tunney’s Pasture.
Until August 26, any organization or individual that represents community interests can apply to take part in this small group hosted by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) and Canada Lands Company (CLC). Of course, Neighbours for Tunney’s shares the view that we’d like to ensure that a diverse variety of interests and perspectives are considered throughout the redevelopment of the non-federal development blocks at Tunney’s Pasture.
Please consider the unique contributions that you could make and visit the CPG application form tab to learn more and complete the application.
We also encourage all local residents, community groups and stakeholders to explore these Engagement resources to follow the project and the consultation process.
Finally, please continue to spread the word and invite others to join our ever-growing network of Neighbours for Tunney’s via email request to: NeighboursforTunneys@gmail.com
Your Neighbours for Tunney’s working group
As many of you know, a “Champlain Oak” some 170 years old (pre-confederation) was lost on Patricia Avenue following the “derecho” storm in May, 2022. A link to the full story of “The Party Tree” is here: https://www.champlainoaks.net/post/ode-to-the-party-tree.
Some of the wood from the tree was “rescued,” with the help of many neighbours. It has been milled for future projects, once it has dried.
In the meantime, you can have a piece of the legacy in the form of a slab from the milled lumber (picture above). The slabs come in various lengths (2 feet to 6 feet), widths (4-8 inches) and thicknesses (2-4 inches), including bark.
With a minimum of work, they can be converted into a charcuterie cheese board, coat rack, key-holder, or wood feature in your house or yard (oak will last many years outdoors).
All residents of Champlain Park are welcome to pick one up, on a first come, first served basis. Text me at 613-807-8048. A donation would be welcome, and go towards a nursery for replacement with seedlings from remaining Champlain Oaks in the neighbourhood.
Urgently needed: Volunteers
Thanks to those who have already contacted me. But we still need an additional 4-5 new canvas volunteers to assist with the membership drive.
It’s a fun and easy way to meet more neighbours.
What’s involved: a few hours of your time (usually late afternoon or evening or on weekends).
Visit about 20 houses on a designated street in the neighbourhood to collect fees and provide neighbours with a one-page handout that highlights the various activities of the Association.
Our canvas volunteers are the core of our Champlain Park Community Association fundraising efforts. Revenues collected enable a variety of community association activities.
If you are able to help or want more information, please contact: Jennie Hornosty (membership coordinator) at email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: membership drive.