Category Archives: Letters to the Editor

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Coyote Sighting

Peter L. wrote on Mon, 13 Sep 2021 07:02:18 -0400:

Just saw a large coyote this morning in the Champlain Woods while walking my small dog. Not aggressive but a decent size. Heads up to all residents with small dogs or children.

Thanks
Pete

Trees, Birds and Money

Subject: Trees and birds, oh the joy of it
Date: Sun, 28 Mar 2021 11:27:16 -0400
From: Daniel Buckles <dbuckles@sas2.net>

Trees help make Champlain Park a special neighbourhood in this part of the city, and no doubt add to the property value and enjoyment of residents (studies show generally a 10-15% increase in property value due to trees, and many direct human health benefits as well).

Native tree species are particularly important because they harbour native insects that recognize them as food sources and good places to lay their eggs. The Norway Maple and Japanse Lilac, while lovely in their own way, confuse insects looking for food and habitat, making them less desirable tree species for a healthy ecosystem. The same logic applies to shrubs and herbaceous plants: native is better for insects.

Anywhere insects go, birds follow. If you enjoy birds, Champlain Park and the nearby woods have lots to offer, including a recent visit from a flock of Bohemian Waxwings and perennial sightings of the solitary Pileated Woodpecker (among many others).

It now seems that birds make us as happy as money, in fact, an extra $190 a month according to a study of 25 European countries. Check out a media report on the study here: https://nationalpost.com/news/world/birds-make-you-as-happy-as-money-study-finds

Objections to New Embassy Row + February 10 Webinar

Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2021 08:38:55 -0500
From: DANIEL BUCKLES <dbuckles@sas2.net>
Subject: Solidarity with Mechanicsville Community Association

[…] The affected lands are very close to us so is relevant to our neighbourhood as well, and likely to become even more relevant over time. […]

Please write to the NCC CEO Tobi Nussbaum (c/o assistant Sarah.Skrzek@ncc-ccn.ca) to indicate your solidarity with a call by the Mechanicsville Community Association and Big Trees of Kitchissippi to withdraw its plan to build diplomatic offices and parking lots on prime greenspace along the Ottawa River. Consider participating as well in an online forum on the development hosted by Councillor Leiper.
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Local Letter Carrier Neil Retires

A message passed on via a neighbour:

After 30 years with Canada Post, the time has come to retire. I’m finishing my career with two years in this friendly neighbourhood, ironically (but by choice) on the same route I walked during the Ice Storm! (1998). Thank you for all your kindness. Merry Christmas.
Neil

Bus Route Changes Survey

This is a slightly political message, but it’s worth posting since the recent bus route changes are of local concern. Problems with the new routes (such as not fully connecting across downtown Ottawa) have lead to this survey to get feedback to present to municipal candidates, and to the formation of the Ottawa Transit Riders’ Group. Continue reading

Dog Walking in the Woods

Subject: Dog walking in the woods
Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2017 12:18:14 -0500
From: Nhung Hoang

I have lived in Champlain Park for 24 years and love this neighbourhood. The proximity to nature is one thing that is especially precious to me. I have a small dog (a bichon frisé who is getting somewhat elderly) who I take for walks daily. One of the places we like to walk is the path through the woods. Near the entry to the path, it is clearly marked that dogs must be leashed. Unfortunately, not everyone follows this bylaw.

Twice in the last few months my dog has been attacked by larger dogs that have been off leash. Fortunately, he has not yet been injured but I feel that it is just a matter of time. I understand that dogs like to run off leash. Farms, cottages and off-leash dog parks are all places where you can let your canine friends have some more freedom. Please do not do so in places where the law doesn’t allow and where your dogs (as friendly as you believe they are) may be a menace to other dogs (not to mention, skiers, snowshoers and other walkers). Thank you for your consideration.

Nhung Hoang, Cowley Avenue

Missing Cats Warning

Subject: missing cats – a warning
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:54:18 +0000
From: Eloise Holland

Missing Cats:

In the last month five “missing cat” posters have been put up in and around Champlain Park. It is possible they may have been taken by predators. There have been foxes and coyotes spotted in the neighbourhood since the beginning of the summer. Please consider keeping your cats indoors for their protection.

Eloise Holland

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]

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New Facebook Group for Neighbours

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If you want to chat with your neighbours online, and Tweets are too short or too public, there’s now an unofficial Facebook group you can join, just for people who have lived in the neighbourhood. You do need a Facebook … Continue reading

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Monthly Poll Inaugurated

We’re trying out the WordPress/Polldaddy poll facility to see if it would be useful. The plan is to put out a monthly question of relevance to the neighbourhood. Maybe we should have a poll to pick questions for the next … Continue reading