Category Archives: Environment

Pontiac De-paving Day Photo Review

Community Effort to Remove Pavement on Pontiac Street and Reclaim Paradise!!

Last Saturday, a family-friendly event was led by Councillor Jeff Leiper to de-pave one block of Pontiac Street and to re-connect the green space of Champlain Park directly to NCC lands accessing the Ottawa river.

The Councillor received sponsorship from the City with funds from cash-in-lieu of parkland money and a small grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Energetic community volunteers showed up to dig up sections of pavement and transfer them to City dumpsters. The volunteers were organized by Enviro Centre and Champlain Park Community Association, with coffee from Bridgehead and bagels from the Ottawa Bagel Shop.

In the near future, the City workers will finish digging the gravel base, adding soil, and seeding the area. The NCC will remove the fence and gravel on their side. Volunteers plan to landscape the NCC land with native species of ground cover, shrubs and trees. As Joni Mitchell sang in her song “Big Yellow Taxi”, “you don’t know what you’ve got, ’till it’s gone”. It’s not often a parking lot gets turned into parkland!

Enviro Centre team with Champlain Park Community Association volunteer, Debra Huron, set up coffee (Bridgehead) and bagels (Ottawa Bagel Shop) as well as supplying tools and safety gear for volunteers. Photo by John Arnason.


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Enviro Meeting – October 17

Thursday, Oct 17, 2019 at 7pm in the Fieldhouse

Agenda items

  • This year’s Enviro accomplishments – i.e. reviewing the 2019 Enviro Report
  • Please bring your ideas and suggestions in helping our community make a difference in our environmental footprint
  • Discuss future plans and call for volunteers for projects for upcoming 2020 year

All are welcome!

Tree Planting Help Needed – September 28

Join the enviro committee of the community association on Saturday September 28 at 10 am (till noon) on Pontiac Avenue between Patricia and Keyworth Avenues (across from the north end of St. George school) as we plant Tamarack, Elderberry, Paper Birch, and other trees that will bring more ecological diversity into the Champlain Woods.

Bring your own gloves. If you have shovels and wheel barrows, those are welcome, too! We will go ahead rain or shine.

National Tree Day – September 25

Grade 2 and 3 children at St. George Catholic School in our neighbourhood will celebrate National Tree Day at 1:15 pm this Wednesday by planting a tree on the Pontiac side of the main school yard. Join us that same day from 4:30 to 6:30 pm to plant a tree (or two) in “the Little Woods” at Patricia and Clearview. Weather permitting, tree planting will continue in the NCC forest near the school on Saturday, from 10 till noon. Bring your shovel and/or a pick!

For those interested in the bigger picture, attend a Tree Canada event at the Museum of Nature, where the NCC, the City of Ottawa and the Ville de Gatineau will present the results of a tree canopy assessment. This report on the extent of the current tree canopy is meant to support planning for the future of urban forestry in the region.

Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa ON:
4:30 National Tree Day Ceremonial Tree Planting, west grounds (corner of Argyle and O’Connor).
5:00 Presentation of report findings in the Rotunda.
5:30 Questions and discussions.

100 Debates on the Environment – October 3

[100 Debates on the Environment Poster]
100Debates Poster.pdf

City Climate Change Plans Talk – August 26

Three of our CPCA board members (Roland, Daniel, Heather) are involved with this event, and would like to bring it to the attention of the community:

You are welcome to attend a talk by the City’s lead Climate Change staff August 26, 7:00 PM, hosted by the Greenspace Alliance. Andrea Flowers and Jennifer Brown of the City’s Climate Change and Resiliency Unit will provide an overview of their work, including the updated vision, targets, and priorities for the Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan and the Energy Evolution model and the magnitude of change required to meet our Green House Gas targets.

The meeting will be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre, Burnside Room, 7 pm, August 26. Please RSVP Paul Johanis (pjohanis@rogers.com).

River Activities on Saturday 29 June – Remic Beach and Rapids

Shoreline Cleanup

The floodwaters have now receded, leaving behind garbage and debris along the Ottawa River shoreline.
We are seeking volunteers to help clean up the area along the river, north of Champlain Park, and remove the garbage from our waterways.
Please join the shoreline cleanup at:
        Remic Beach on Saturday 29 June, 10am – 12pm
For any questions contact Dan Wilcock at CPCADan@gmail.com

Water Quality Testing

Thanks to Water Rangers, the Champlain Park community now has a citizen science test kit that will allow us to monitor water health parameters in the Ottawa River such as temperature, clarity, pH, hardness, alkalinity, dissolved oxygen and conductivity. Regular testing will create baseline data, allowing more meaningful long-term observations of our river’s health.
Dan Wilcock is the local member of Ottawa Riverkeeper’s riverwatcher network and is leading Champlain Park’s water quality monitoring.
If you’re interested in learning more, or getting involved in water testing, Dan will demonstrate the test kit at:
              Remic Beach on Saturday 29 June,  at 11am
Water quality results are available at:
https://app.waterrangers.ca/locations/2513
https://www.theswimguide.org/beach/9207

Kitchissippi/Somerset shore fishing clinic

City Councillors Leiper and McKenney have organized a free beginner shore fishing clinic to be held at:
             Remic Rapids on Saturday June 29 from 5 – 7pm 
Full details are at the Facebook event page here.
Jeff Leiper’s office has been working with the NCC, sport fishing groups, naturalists and others to offer an educational evening that is inclusive and welcoming for all ages and everyone. They’ll have lots of tackle (fishing gear) on hand and lifeguards to enjoy a safe, very hands-on learning experience.