Encore! Biodiversity Celebration Continues – October 6

Encore! Biodiversity Celebration Continues Wednesday, October 6, 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

Eastern Bumblebee on Cosmos Sulphureus (Golden Cosmos), by Grace Nault, a young resident of Champlain Park.

Some 15 hardy souls braved the cool wet weather on Saturday to plant more than 40 trees into our latest “Tiny Forest”, including a collection of “Carolinian Forest” species to complement our “Native Pollinator Garden”.

See details on each through the links above, and tour the site with local experts on Wednesday, October 6 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Location? The north end of Champlain Park, at Pontiac and Cowley Avenue in Kitchissippi Ward, Ottawa. Plant acorns from our Heritage Bur Oaks and share ideas on how to start your own neighbourhood biodiversity and tree canopy projects.
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Neighbourhood Watch Bulletin for 2021-10-03

Catching up on a few fraud related items:

  • Fraud Unit warning residents to be vigilant with suspicious phone calls.
  • Card skimming fraud involving a taxi.

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Celebrate Neighbourhood Biodiversity – October 2 – Reminder

Just a reminder that the celebration starts at 3pm on Saturday. See the original post for details and rain date.

Champlain Park Chess Tournament Results

It’s official, the results are in for the Champlain Park and Friends online Chess Tournament. After a grueling regular season and playoffs the top 3 chess masters are:

  1. Andrew from Huron Ave – Chess Master!
  2. Nick from Daniel Ave
  3. Daniel from Daniel Ave

Thx to all who participated and congrats to Andrew on well played games!

Stay tuned for a possible 2nd annual tournament in early winter – and always interested if anyone wants to volunteer to organize the 2nd edition (if interested in organizing it email Nick at chparkevents@yahoo.com).

[Chessboard front view]

Champlain Park Hockey Pool – October 11

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2021 02:46:22 +0000 (UTC)
From: Nick Xenos

Join the 2nd Annual Champlain Park NHL Hockey Pool!!!

To participate, it’s easy, open to all in the neighbourhood and free, simply:

1) Choose 15 skaters (forwards or defencemen) and 1 Goalie

– To ensure we all don’t pick the same top players, you cannot choose the following 15 players:

C. McDavid, L. Draisaitl, N. Mackinnon, N. Kucherov, A. Panarin, B. Marchand, M. Marner, S. Crosby, J. Huberdeau, A. Matthews, D. Pastrnak, J. Eichel, M. Rantanen, P. Kane, A. Vasilevsky (G)

You can choose any other players.

Scoring: most points at the end of the season wins.

  • Goals and assists each count for 1 point
  • Goalie wins count for 1 point each
  • Goalie shut-outs count for 5 points each

2) Email your team list (15 skaters, 1 Goalie) to Nick at chparkevents@yahoo.com by end of day October 11.

– Provide me with your player list, your first name and first initial of your last name and name of your street where you live (i.e. John D from Daniel Ave).
– Updates will be provided to all participants via a free hockey pool website.

Winner will be announced via our website at the end of the season and gets bragging rights as “Champlain Park’s Hockey Pool Champion” and in the process dethrones the current champion Dave from Daniel Ave (congrats to Dave for winning last year!)

If you have any questions email Nick at chparkevents@yahoo.com

Draft Official Plan Open House – September 29

On October 14th, a new Draft Official Plan for Ottawa will be presented to the Planning Committee. This Plan is substantially different in orientation from the current OP. It directs a major amount of intensification to the communities in Ottawa’s north end and will have a significant impact on how infill development will occur during the next 25 years. From across Ottawa, community groups and organisations came together to review the Draft OP. The attachments developed by this “People’s Official Plan” collaboration, outline the conclusions resulting from extensive analysis and provide a concise summary of what needs to change before a new OP will be ready for adoption.

As part of the public engagement process, Residents are invited to join City Staff at a Public Open House on September 29th at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about the new OP.

Please register for this meeting here.

Please submit your questions here.

Thanks, Heather

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Celebrate Neighbourhood Biodiversity – October 2

[Biodiversity Poster featuring a closeup of a red butterfly]
20211002 Biodiversity Celebration.pdf

COVID-19 Rules: Distance and Masks

When: 3:00-5:00 PM on Saturday, October 2, 2021 (rain date Monday, October 4)

Where: Outside, at the north end of Champlain Park (Pontiac Street and Carleton Avenue) in Kitchissippi


Visit the newly planted “Tiny Forest” along Pontiac Avenue (120 trees of 20 different species) and extensive pollinator garden. Contribute to planting a new “Tiny Forest” (bring a pair of gloves, spade and a watering can)

Learn and plan what you can do to contribute to neighbourhood biodiversity.


  • 3:00 PM Overview
  • 3:15 Walking tours of East Tiny Forest and Pollinator Garden
  • 3:45 Walking tours of Hügelkultur tree planting sites
  • 4:15 Tree planting in new West Tiny Forest
  • 3:00 onwards, unstaffed Information table

Convened by the Champlain Park Community Association. Thanks to Councillor Leiper and his office for their support for this event.

TASTE of Wellington West 2021 – September 21 to October 31

Our nearby neighbours are having their food festival this fall over several weeks. There’s even a calendar to keep all the action straight. Local neighbour Dennis Van Staalduinen, who runs the Wellington West BIA, appeared in an Ottawa Citizen interview on the event.

[Poster for the TASTE 2021 Event]

Their description from https://wellingtonwest.ca/taste-returns-for-2021/:

TASTE of Wellington West is back again for another year of modified festivities to showcase the very best flavours and features of our beautiful neighbourhoods in Hintonburg and Wellington West. As always, we are using this annual festival as an opportunity to raise money for our charity partner, The Parkdale Food Centre.

This year we will have an exciting combination of both virtual and in person events showcasing the food, art and fun of Wellington West. Visit our TASTE 2021 webpage for more details on all these festive features and more to come.

Community Association Board Meeting Agenda – September 14

Oops, sorry for the short notice. At least we don’t need to send a reminder around.

– Alex


Champlain Park Community Association (CPCA) Board Meeting

Tuesday September 14, 2021
7:30 PM via Google Meet
Everybody Welcome

Board meetings will have an open session for community residents to observe business discussions. Non board community members will also be invited to participate at certain times by the chair and there will be “in camera” topics for the board members only. Please contact the secretary via champlainpark@gmail.com to request a link to join the meeting.

Open session – final agenda

  1. Approval of minutes of June 10, 2021 – Liz
  2. Report of interim motions – all
    • $100 donation to federal all candidates meeting for Ottawa Centre (doodle carried).
    • Assign $1,000 donation to Mini Forest project as per donor request (doodle carried).
    • Fieldhouse Election Polling Station Lease discussion; decision to request City to sign the lease
  3. Financial Update – Dave, Lynne – (10 to 15 minutes)
  4. Operations for Fall 2021 – Lynne, Liz, Laurie, Jennie – (5 minutes)  Given continuing pandemic, assume operations to continue status quo:  Virtual Meetings, Fieldhouse closed, Door to Door Membership Drive deferred.
  5. All Candidates Meeting Questions from CA’s – Lynne –(5 minutes)
  6. Insurance and Contracts – Liz, Lynne –  (7 minutes)
  7. Official Plan Update – Heather, Roland –  (10 minutes)
  8. Increased sightings of tents and wood “forts” in the Champlain woods and beach – Ian – (Information/Decision, 10 minutes)
  9. Outdoor Rink update – Dan – (Information, 5 minutes)
  10. Update on river water quality testing – Dan – (information, 2 minutes)
  11. Other Business
  12. Next Meeting

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.