Community Association Board Meeting – April 19

Monday April 19 7:30 pm looks like the best date for our next CPCA board meeting. Please send your agenda items to the secretary (via the webmaster if you don’t have her personal e-mail). Anybody who wants to attend should contact the secretary and she’ll send them the link to the video conference. We’ll post the agenda closer to the date of the meeting.

Tunney’s Pasture Redevelopment Survey

Subject: Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment plans, history, update on current status and a survey
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 19:26:47 -0400
From: Heather Pearl

After years of silence, we may soon know more about the redevelopment proposals for Tunney’s Pasture.  Here is some history:

  • Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) presented a draft plan to local community associations and the West Wellington BIA in 2012.
  • The CAs and BIA responded that the site needed to be redeveloped as much more than an attractive employment campus.
  • Our MP, Paul Dewar held a public meeting, attended by a large number of residents from the adjacent communities, to discuss what the Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan (TPMP) needed to address.
  • The resulting TPMP Community Report (attached) was posted on Paul’s website.  In-house negotiations began, to which the CAs were not privy.

In 2013, PSPC held a public consultation to gather comments on their new, very different proposal, for a substantial mixed-use development, that responded to most of the issues raised in the TPMP Community Report.

Current status:

  • Jeff Leiper has regularly asked for updates, but has learned only that the 2014 TPMP is being, for the most part, followed.  Recently, he heard that more information should be coming soon.
  • The Wellington Village CA (WVCA) recently heard from PSPC that more information may be available by late spring.

A survey:

  • WV is inviting all interested residents of Champlain Park to respond to their survey questionnaire on the Tunney’s redevelopment plans.  The survey can be found at https://forms.gle/mEWU8BTBj2Rg3oZ6A

Their intent is to:

  • Gather preliminary information on awareness, concerns, and priorities associated with the coming redevelopment.
  • Gather information for a mailing list of keenly interested residents.
  • Take the first step in a series of steps as they attempt to obtain more information, and participate in public consultation.

Based on the survey responses, they hope to form a small working group amongst neighbouring CAs to keep the ball rolling.

Please consider completing the short survey and staying current as this issue matures.  Whatever happens at Tunney’s Pasture has a direct impact on Champlain Park.

Heather

TPMP Community Report.pdf

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

Farmer to Gardener Webinar – April 1

Subject: Farmer to Gardener Webinar with Ottawa Farm Fresh
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2021 11:51:02 -0400
From: Ottawa Farm Fresh Admin <info@ottawafarmfresh.com>

[Farmer to Gardener Webinar Poster]

Hello,

I am writing to you today from Ottawa Farm Fresh, Ottawa’s newest family-run organic vegetable farm. We are located on an NCC farm nestled in the Greenbelt, just 12 minutes from downtown Ottawa.
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Goldenrod Community Garden at Tunney’s Pasture

From: Mimi Golding <mimi@fylum.org>
Date: March 24, 2021 at 9:14:38 AM EDT
Subject: Goldenrod Community Garden – Gardens for Good Grant : Can you help bump our message?

Good morning,

My name is Mimi Golding. I am a volunteer with the Goldenrod Community Garden. It is a new community garden slated to be built on NCC lands just north of Tunney’s Pasture (off Goldenrod Driveway and Parkdale Avenue).

The Goldenrod Community Garden has applied for a Gardens for Good Grant. We need your help and support to help us bump our messaging for voting for this grant. We are hoping you can add our message request to your communication channels.
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Join the Champlain Park Baseball Pool!

Nothing says spring like the beginning of baseball – Join the first ever Champlain Park Baseball Pool! It’s free and low-maintenance, to enter:

  • Pick one position player from each of these positions: 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, Catcher, (5 players total)
  • Pick 3 outfielders

Position players get 1 point for each steal, run, homerun, RBI

  • Pick 1 pitcher – pitchers get 5 points for each win and 1 point for each strike
  • Pick a team – each team win gets 2 points

Submit your 10 picks (9 players and 1 team) to Nick at chparkevents@yahoo.com by April 22nd 10pm.
For questions or details email Nick.

Play ball!

Champlain Park Chess Tournament Final Stretch

Want to join the Champlain Park Chess Ladder Tournament?

Email Nick at chparkevents@yahoo.com to register with your name and email – it’s free to join and for all ages. Then you will be added to the bottom of the ladder and you can start challenging other players. Season ends May 1 and then the top 4 will go to the play-offs to crown the neighbourhood champ.

[Chessboard front view]

Rules on the Chess Ladder Competition page.

Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2021-03-22

A few topics since the 17th up to today:

  • The real threat of authentic-looking fake guns.
  • Hate incidents targeting Asian community.
  • Missing 37-year-old man to locate – Seen near Tunney’s Pasture on Sunday.

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Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2021-03-15

Just this week’s topic:

  • Overdoses in Ottawa.

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Gatineau Park Parkway Survey – April 5

https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/news/survey-gatineau-park-parkway-use-2021

Survey on Gatineau Park parkway use

The NCC would like to invite you to take part in an online survey about Gatineau Park parkway use.
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