Category Archives: Community News

A collection of all the news items about the people and happenings in Champlain Park.

CPCA Executive Meeting – September 21

Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Executive Meeting

Thursday September 21, 2017
7:30 PM at the Fieldhouse

Note: The chair will invite non exec community members to speak at specified times during the agenda

Time for each item is assumed to be 5 minutes unless otherwise specified. Please state whether your item is for information only (with opportunity for Q & A) OR whether a decision has to be made. For info items, distribution of a brief summary before the meeting is an option to be encouraged with use of the allotted time for Q & A/Decision-Making. It is the responsibility of all exec members to read distributed materials before the meeting and print them if preferred.


  1. Approval of previous minutes of executive meeting June 8, 2017, and review of action items – All
  2. Review of how to update action items – All
  3. Report of interim executive motions – All
  4. Fieldhouse sensitivity and remote attendance arrangements update – Heather, Liz
  5. Budget – Joan (15 mins)
    1. CPCA Financial Statments
    2. Budget process for 2017-2018
    3. CPCA Finances August 31, 2017
    4. Draft budget 2017-2018
  6. Development Fund – P&Z committee – 5-10 minutes
    1. Development Budget Allocation Update 17Sept2017
    2. CPCA development fund 2017-2018
  7. AGM agenda & possible speakers – All
  8. AGM Election: Board Member Nomination List – current members – Lynne
  9. Decision-Making Protocol – Roland
  10. Request for funds for the tree inventory proposal – Daniel
  11. Pontiac Closure – Planters Business Questions – Lynne
  12. Update on the Fieldhouse Garden Project – Laurie
  13. NCC agreement: indemnity clause update – Daniel/Adrian
  14. How to attract people to meetings and whether to post minutes on the website – All
  15. Report of the Mayor’s breakfast for Kitchissippi Ward/Jeff – Duncan (2 minutes)
  16. Kitchissippi Ward Spending Plan – Roland
  17. Scott Street Bus Detour- Update – Roland
  18. Thai Embassy Update – Roland
  19. Membership of the Risk Management Committee – Lynne (2 minutes)

Book Club Inaugural Meeting – September 19

Amy Steele Kempster is setting up a book club. An inaugural meeting is set for Tuesday September 19th at 2pm, to decide on how to run the club and to find out how much interest there is.

They need to decide on things like:

  • When should the meetings be (likely on Tuesdays at 2pm since that’s available) and how often (monthly, weekly, bi-weekly)?
  • What sort of books should they read? Fiction, non-fiction, or specific genres. Or have the members choose books on a rotation basis.
  • Should they take turns reading and discussing a book, particularly if multiple copies aren’t available, or wait for everyone to have read it before discussing?

Please show your interest by coming to the inaugural meeting.

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2017-09-18

This week’s topics:

  • Vehicle arsons – In Orleans.
  • Diversity celebration – Now with a citizenship ceremony.
  • Missing teen.
  • Small business fraud – Stolen credit cards cashed.

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Day One in the Post-Car Era – on Pontiac

Daniel Buckles writes:

Hours after planters were installed on Pontiac as part of the Park extension/depaving project, a new temporary public use has taken shape. It inspires me to dream about a time when cars as we know them will no longer rule (and pollute) the land.

[Pontiac Street with barrier planters, and a hockey net]

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2017-09-11

This week’s topics:

  • School safety blitz – Tickets issued.
  • STEP in September – School zones & buses, seat belts.
  • More school safety – Mostly about the students.

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Garden Club with Ed Lawrence – September 12

Laurie would like to point out that Ed Lawrence will be appearing on Tuesday at the gardening club meeting, possibly his final appearance at the club. He’s locally (Ontario) famous for a call-in radio show about gardening,

More about the Garden Club at

Champlain Oaks Available for Planting

Daniel Buckles writes:

I have a small number of Bur Oak saplings grown from seed of the oldest and biggest trees in our neighbourhood. The saplings are direct descendants from the ancient oak forest viewed by Champlain in 1613 and that lined the Ottawa River following the last great Ice Age. Contact me if you have a plantable spot and would like to establish one of these trees.

Daniel Buckles, 613-722-8048.