Tom Sawyer’s Life Lesson
Mark Twain’s brilliant story about the Adventures of Tom Sawyer shows that “to make someone covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.” Tom Sawyer, when his friend asked why he was not distressed about having to paint his Aunt Polly’s fence, simply said, “I don’t see why I would be, you don’t get to do this everyday.” Within a few hours, every one of his friends was vying for the opportunity to paint the fence, even paying him in kind (apples and precious pieces of string) for the privilege.
Well, we have some difficult things to challenge you that are also important enough for you to want to take on the challenge.
What are we talking about? Keeping 180 trees and a pollinator garden alive and thriving during a dry spring and summer is both difficult to attain and important to beautifying our neighbourhood. We are also trying to recover the abandoned former parking lot at Pontiac and the Park as a future tree planting site. Your contribution can make a difference, by taking on responsibility for a few hours in our watering schedule or by doing other tree or earth moving care. We have a pretty good system in place, but need more helping hands.
If this amazing opportunity to bring biodiversity into the neighbourhood is something you want to be part of, contact Daniel Buckles (email@example.com) for a brief orientation and access to the online schedule. The project is an initiative of the Champlain Park Community Association.
Champlain Park neighbours are encouraged to review the following information and consider writing individual letters in support of the initiative to rename the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
Coucillor’s Jeff Leiper, Catherine McKenney and Theresa Kavanagh have asked the Federal Government to facilitate an Indigenous-led consultation process to rename the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. The letter is posted on Jeff’s web site at: https://kitchissippiward.ca/content/name-reconciliation-re-name-sjam
For those with an interest in history, a precipitous name change in 2012 turned the Ottawa River Parkway into the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. There is no historical link between the Parkway and Sir John A. Macdonald, who died in 1891. The Parkway, first proposed in the 1940s as part of the Greber Plans for Ottawa, was built on former rail lands and the sites of waterfront houses.
An excellent synopsis is contained in Kelly Egan’s article in the Citizen, published on June 3: https://o.canada.com/news/local-news/egan-sir-john-a-wrong-name-for-parkway-in-2012-even-more-wrong-today.
Wikipedia has a brief section on the history of the Parkway: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_John_A._Macdonald_Parkway.
The last week’s item from Neighbourhood Watch:
- Increased police presence in ByWard Market, Downtown Rideau, beaches and parks.
From our city councillor Jeff Leiper, originally posted on Twitter. See https://ottawamosque.ca/london/ for more details.
Here’s what I tweeted. They told me yesterday they don’t mind if I make it public:
The @OMA_Mosque will hold a public prayer in the parking lot this Friday after the 8:30 PM Magrib prayer. Collections will be donated to the family of the London attack victims (ottawamosque.ca/london/)
Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi ward (15)
613.580.2485 | @kitchissippiott
In case you’re interested in the city parks, there’s one consultation session via Zoom remaining and an online survey…
Subject: City of Ottawa Update No. 31 – Draft Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan // Mise à jour de la Ville d’Ottawa No. 31 – Plan directeur des infrastructures des parcs et des loisirs
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 2021 19:21:47 +0000
From: rec (recreation)-info / info-loisirs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear Community Partner,
We are pleased to invite you to participate in the second round of consultations on the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan (the Plan).
The last week’s items from Neighbourhood Watch:
- Seniors month.
- Update on Amber Alert for missing Abby Mathewsie.
- Missing child found.
Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting
Thursday June 10, 2021
7:30 PM via Google Meet
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 email@example.com to request a link to join the meeting.
Open session – draft agenda
- Approval of minutes of April 19, 2021 – Liz
- Report of interim motions – all
- FCA update – Roland (Information, 5 Minutes)
- Membership Fee Update – Dave
- Start discussions on Registering the CPCA as a charitable organization and assign a board member to lead – Adrian (Guest Lana Saleh will contribute her expertise also)
- CPCA Signing authority – Adrian – quickly discuss and agree who can sign for:
a) 2021-22 NCC Winter Passes for Non-Profits
b) Register for Non-Profit Software Licenses
- Update on our Insurance (Lynne, Liz)
- Other Business
- Next Meeting
Are you a struggling student artist? Work with a pro and help your neighbourhood too by documenting the amazing green transformation going on right here in Champlain Park.
If you have been down to the river you will have seen the pollinator garden at the end of Carleton, and the “Tiny Forest” that has popped up along Pontiac.
There are other delights in the woods too that are the fruit of local volunteers with the Champlain Park Community Association.
We would like your help (photographers, painters, sculptors, etc.) to showcase the plant biodiversity and volunteer spirit we are bringing into the neighbourhood.
Don Monet, painter and owner of Ottawa’s CUBE Gallery, lives here too and would be happy to mentor or otherwise support you in a local art project focused on the green transformation. If interested, contact Daniel Buckles (firstname.lastname@example.org) for a virtual introduction to Don.
Looking for a fun place to volunteer?
The Champlain Park Community needs your help caring for plants and tiny forests (watering, weeding and maintenance).
“It is really nice to spend some time outside in the forest, and you get volunteer hours too! If you love to be outdoors and help out your community, this is the place for you!”
says student volunteer Natasha L.
You can expand your knowledge about plants and trees and species of bugs, and meet new people, all while getting volunteer hours. It is all outdoors, so there is plenty of space to social distance and stay safe!
If you are interested, please contact Daniel Buckles (email@example.com)
Some news from the NCC on their Westboro Beach renovation. Didn’t realise that there would be a Churchill avenue underpass; that explains all the construction on the SJAM parkway! Copied from their newsletter which doesn’t have a corresponding web page…
Westboro Beach Pavilion Project Update
(Le français suit)
The National Capital Commission (NCC) would like to provide an update regarding the Westboro Beach redevelopment project.
Below, you’ll find the most recent information about construction work, the new pavilions and the development of parking areas.
Westboro Beach pavilions and landscaping
Over the past year, our team has been working on furthering the design development for the new and rehabilitated pavilions at Westboro Beach. We’ve progressed from the ideas phase to a concrete plan. Also, drawing on the rich and diverse feedback provided by community members, we have developed a design that we think will please all who visit this enchanting site. Here is a short video illustrating the proposed design.