We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Canada Day in Kanata!

The KHCA is proud and pleased to support the Canada Day in Kanata Celebration, one of the largest community events in Ottawa. Crowds of over 30,000 gather at Walter Baker Park off Terry Fox Drive (right here in Katimavik-Hazeldean) to celebrate this significant community event.

Event highlights planned for this year include:
  • Sloan
  • Plush Garden
  • Open Sky
  • Go Long (!)
  • Holy Trinity Rhythm and Blues Band
  • Dominic D'arcy performs at the Seniors Breakfast
  • CSMA Tug of War Challenge
  • Captial Missfits
  • The Hazeldean Mall - Crossing Bridge Square Family Fun Zone
  • Carleton University Chemistry Magic Show
  • Rock the Arts Puppet Show
  • Princess Story Time
  • Free Yoga Class - Mountain Goat Yoga
  • Midway Rides presented by The Bill Connelly Charity
  • Huge Firework Display
Note: there is No Public Parking on Site (certain exceptions - see website) so walk, carpool, bus it, or take your bike (free supervised bicycle parking), and have a great time!

Urban Forum lecture: For better pedestrian environments

This lecture may be of interest to some residents:

Walking Around the World:
Innovation and inspiration for
better pedestrian environments


Wednesday June 29th, 2011
Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall | 7pm

Dr Rodney Tolley, Conference Director, Walk21; Honorary Research Fellow, Staffordshire University (UK)

Active living is a way of life that integrates physical activity into daily routines. Evidence shows that compact, mixed use, walkable and cycle-friendly environments can encourage active living that has associated health, economic, environmental and social benefits. In spite of this, car-oriented communities persist, – though there are powerful demographic and economic forces now at work to achieve active living.

Rodney Tolley will argue that the creation of environments supportive of active living requires collaborative partnerships between all levels of government and other agencies. Using examples from around the world, he will draw attention to the remarkable resurgence in active travel in the past decade and demonstrate how cities are re-evaluating past development paradigms –in order to achieve liveability and sustainability in the future.

Special Session Partner: Green Communities Canada

Related Links:
Walk21,
Green Communities Canada, and
Canada Walks

Saturday, June 18, 2011

8th Annual Ottawa ECO-Fair! Saturday, September 17


The 8th Ottawa Eco-Fair will be held in the Fieldhouse lof Carleton University, Bronson Avenue, Ottawa  on Saturday, September 17, 2011 from 10 am to 5 pm

Free Admission and Parking

Come and celebrate green living ideas, products and services.   

Ottawa’s grassroots community will be on display at an informative and fun-filled day for all to enjoy!

This one day environmental exhibition features displays from small and large businesses, government and non-profit organizations in the Ottawa community.   Besides exhibits, there will be cooking demonstrations, local wine and beer tastings as well as a Children's Eco-Carnival.

Find out how you can help the planet, save money and improve your health by learning more about local food, nature, transportation, energy, lifestyle, home and garden, mom’s and babies, health and wellness and more!

The Ottawa Eco-Fair will again offer a 100-mile Lunch featuring food from local producers and suppliers that had visitors raving at last year’s Eco-Fair!

LET'S Make Ottawa's Roads Safer

The City is conducting an online survey on road safety.
The purpose is to update the Integrated Road Safety Program started in 2003. By taking 10 minutes to complete the survey and in that way sharing your ideas on road safety priorities about such topics as distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, seniors, youth and children, you will contribute to making Ottawa's roads safer for all.
You may complete the form until June 26th. The final updated plan will be presented to City Council in the Fall of 2011.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Local soccer club needs your help!

Please help the West Ottawa Soccer Club win the $100,000 grant to keep our neighborhood kids active and healthy (and out of trouble!):
The West Ottawa Soccer Club has entered a contest called the Pepsi Refresh Challenge. We are eligible to win $100,000.00 to replace the artificial turf and soccer equipment lost in the fire at the Thunderbird Sports Centre. We urge all of you to help us win this challenge. Being the second largest club in the county with over 8000 members, we should be able to win this, but we need every one of you to vote, every day.

This is an internet contest, voting is done online. Voting begins on May 1st and it is crucial that you vote every day until June 30th. We need this to go viral so please put it on your Facebook page, your twitter account, and email all your friends and family.

You will have to register on the Pepsi refresh website, but only the first time you log in. After that you will be able to login and vote very quickly. Find our profile under the health section or search by using the key words wosc fire rebuild

Here are the important details:
Thank you for your support!

Monday, June 13, 2011

no smoking near play structures - update on signs

Today's update from Ottawa Public Health:
I wanted to update you on the signage.
I met with Public Works and I confirmed they have your signage requests, it should be no longer than 1 week that you should see the signs posted. I will be checking back with Public Works early next week to confirm. Please know how important your support is to this initiative.
In an earlier message, she had indicated that delays in getting all the signs up was due to a turnover from Winter to summer crew, and that they have been waiting for the next Phase of sign posting in Parks requested by Community Associations, like ours.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Simplified recycling!

Great news! The City recently decided to simplify what can go in the Blue Box. Ironically, the acceptability of various plastics was discussed extensively at the last regular meeting with a representative from Garbage and Recycling department.
Here is the NEW list:
The additional food and household containers now accepted include all plastics with recycling numbers 1 through 7, such as plastic take-out containers, bakery and produce plastic containers (clam shells), single serve yogurt containers, clear plastic egg cartons, plastic pails, plastic planting trays and plastic flower pots.
The acceptance of these containers is another step to help us reach our diversion target of 60 per cent”, said Mayor Jim Watson. “It is a move that will make recycling simpler and easier for our residents and is part of our overall commitment to a greener Ottawa.
For details, see the official News Release.
See also the City's Waste Explorer for help identifying everything that can be diverted from landfill.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Hwy 417 interchange and transitway projects

This is the MOT response to the KHCA public comment about synchronizing Eagleson/Castlefrank work with the City so that Eagleson and Castlefrank are completed BEFORE the City begins building the Transitway underpass from the Terry Fox Park and Ride area to the West under Terry Fox Drive and the Province starts work at the Terry Fox Intersection ramps.
"Construction of the Highway 417 expansion between Eagleson Road and Highway 7 is scheduled to begin in 2011.  Rehabilitation of the northbound Eagleson Road to westbound Highway 417 on-ramp will be completed within the first full construction season. Ramp closures will not occur during winter months, therefore, if the required 14 week closure cannot be accommodated in 2011 these closures will be delayed until the start of the 2012 construction season.

"The proposed construction staging plan was developed with the objective of minimizing traffic impacts, both on Highway 417 and local roads, by maintaining three lanes of traffic open on the Eagleson Road Bridge in each stage. As well, to further avoid traffic impacts, ramps on adjacent interchanges will not be closed at the same time. The proposed ramp closures will only impact vehicles attempting to access Highway 417 westbound and any traffic impacts associated with the proposed ramp closures will be temporary.

"In terms of detour routes, we have considered alternatives, and are recommending the proposed signed detours as it is the most direct route. There are no practical ways to discourage use of Katimavik Road during construction, however, any potential impacts to traffic on Katimavik Road will be temporary."

City pools opening this weekend

From Councillor Hubley's office:
Beaverbrook, Corkstown, Glen Cairn, and Katimavik outdoor pools open to the public this Saturday, June 4th.

This opening date is one week earlier than in previous years.

Public swimming schedules can also be viewed online at ottawa.ca at the following link:
http://ottawa.ca/residents/parks_recreation/swimming/schedules/index_en.html

KHCA Regular Meeting - June 2011

While there will be updates on 2011 so far, the focus of the evening’s meeting will be on the impact of City Council’s approved changes to household waste collection and diversion policy.
  • The feature will be a presentation with Q&A on the impact on us from the need to rethink and become accustomed to the coming requirements of solid wastes diversion.   We are familiar with the blue box, the black box, the take it back program and special handling of electronic and household hazardous waste.    
  • You may be surprised to find out what plastics are/are not acceptable for the blue box.  More than that the City website indicates that some ‘yard’ waste may not be removed by the contractor.     
  • On top of that we have the switch to weekly green bin pick up. All of this means we need to understand exactly what the “residual” left over stuff will be.
In addition to all this information, you may pick up some green bin liners to take home.  We will have two hundred plus liners made by students of AY Jackson Secondary School for distribution at the meeting.    

This meeting will begin at 7:30 pm in the Community Room at the Katimavik Elementary School, 64 Chimo Drive, Kanata.    All residents of Katimavik-Hazeldean are Welcome.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ecology Ottawa's Building Community Power Meetings in Kanata

Invitation from Ecology Ottawa - a local grassroots environmental organization focused on making Ottawa the green capital of Canada and recently through our clean energy campaigns, a leader in the uptake and generation of renewable energy:

Have you wanted to be part or given thought to being part of the clean energy [r]evolution? Don't know where to start?

Find out by attending one of Ecology Ottawa's Building Community Power Meetings in Kanata!

This is your invitation to our first Building Community Power Clean Energy Community Meeting in Kanata on Wednesday, June 8th from 7-9 PM at the Beaverbrook Community Centre (2 Beaverbrook rd). At this meeting you will learn about opportunities to generate solar power, learn about which roofs in your area have solar potential and learn about financing options that are available. By working with others in your community, you can turn your community into a renewable energy powerhouse! Ecology Ottawa's team will help you get there.

For more information, see the Building Community Power brochure at http://www.ecologyottawa.ca/community-energy/
and contact Janice.ashworth@ecologyottawa.ca or call Ecology Ottawa at 613-860-5353