Category Archives: Federal Government

Posts from or about our Federal Government.

Community Garden for Kitchissippi – November 25

Large community garden likely for Kitchissippi – now looking for volunteers!

Are you a fan of community gardens? Do you have some time to spare and are interested in helping to launch a large allotment garden in Kitchissippi?

The Goldenrod Community Garden is a group of volunteers working to establish a large 60 plot garden on NCC land just north of Tunney’s Pasture. While we don’t yet have approval, we are encouraged by recent events as the NCC invited us to apply and we are currently going through their formal process. Our hope is to launch the garden in Spring 2020.
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New Patricia Avenue Sidewalk

In local news – there’s a new sidewalk on Patricia Avenue!

The former asphalt one has been replaced with a new concrete sidewalk. It has fewer cracks than the old one, a slip reduction rubber pad at the corner, and the sideways tilt is about half of the previous one (formerly it had driveway ramps sloping up completely in the half of the sidewalk next to the street).

The more noticeable change is that the corner of Patricia and Amanda is narrower, just the width of the road. Formerly it was the junction with Island Park Drive and part of the extra wide curve was the former road going up the hill to Island Park.

The $120,000 budget was funded by the city of Ottawa and the Federal government. And it seems like they’re finished as of October 18th 2019, except for a bit of landscaping repair to the adjacent front lawns.

New Patricia Avenue sidewalk at the corner with Sunnymede. Note the slip reduction rubber pad built into the curve, the place where slips are more likely.


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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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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

Federal All Candidates Debate – October 15

You are invited to the Federal All Candidates Debate, Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 7 pm.

  • The debate is sponsored by your local community associations.
  • Some volunteers to help set up and put away tables and chairs would be appreciated. Please get in touch with Heather Pearl at pearhea@aol.com before October 4. I will forward your information to the organisers.

If you can’t make it in person, there are also plans to live-stream the debate on YouTube.

[Poster saying: All Candidates Debate, 7 pm Tuesday 15 October 2019, St. George's Parish, 415 Piccadilly Ave North, use parish hall main entrance, doors open 6:30 pm]
All Candidates Debate – Federal Flyer 2019.pdf

Remic Rapids Bistro Opening

We have a new arrival near our neighbourhood, a bistro at Remic Rapids is opening tomorrow morning!

NCC Bistro @ Remic Rapids Park
Operated by The Rapids Grill and Patio
Opening August 17 2019 at 11am

http://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/bistro