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!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FCA All-candidates meeting questions

From the Federation of Citizens’ Associations:
The Federation of Citizens’ Associations (FCA) of Ottawa-Carleton would like to thank all Community Associations who responded to our request for feedback to help create a candidate survey and a list of questions for all-candidate meetings, for the Provincial election this Fall.

While we await responses to our Candidate Survey, the final list of FCA Questions for all-candidate meetings has been completed (see attached). Please share these questions with anyone in your community who will be attending an all-candidates meeting.

For Community Associations in the riding of Ottawa Centre, there is an all-candidates meeting taking place in your riding this Thursday evening, September 29, 2011 at St. Paul's University Auditorium. Start time is 7 pm.

For more information about the event and to submit questions online in advance, please visit: http://ottawa.openfile.ca/blog/topics/ontario-election/2011/provincial-election-debate-thats-all-about-you

Next regular meeting: Monday Oct 3rd

The next Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association meeting will be on October 3 at 7:30 pm in the Community Room of Katimavik Elementary School, 64 Chimo Drive.

In addition to regular items, there are three matters on our agenda.

First, we will have a review of the progress being made in bringing the West District Branch of the Ottawa Public Library with its improved services into reality.

Second, we will receive a comments on September, 2011 transit passenger volumes in Katimavik-Hazeldean. Are there adjustments that still need to be made to bus routes and service timings?

Third, we will assess the prospects for the Kanata North Elementary Accommodation Review Committee proposal that Highway 417 become the boundary separating access to Earl of March Secondary School and A Y Jackson Secondary School.

All residents are welcome to attend KHCA general meetings.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Heads-up: Proposed changes to antenna systems

We have been advised that the Planning and Growth Management Department has initiated an Official Plan Amendment for the purpose of deleting redundant provisions regarding Wireless Communication Facilities from the Official Plan (Section 3.1 – Generally Permitted Uses), and to replace them with a reference to the proposed Municipal Concurrence and Public Consultation Process for Antenna Systems.

As you may be aware, the Planning and Growth Management Department has undertaken consultation concerning the drafting of a Municipal Concurrence and Public Consultation Process for Antenna Systems, recognising Industry Canada’s authority over the installation of these systems, and the City’s opportunity to provide comments.

This Official Plan Amendment will follow Council’s adoption of the Municipal Concurrence and Public Consultation Process for Antenna Systems, and is currently scheduled for Planning Committee on November 22, 2011; Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee on December 1, 2011; and City Council on December 14, 2011. (NB: If Council fails to adopt the Municipal Concurrence and Public Consultation Process for Antenna Systems, this Official Plan Amendment will be withdrawn.)

For more information regarding the Municipal Concurrence and Public Consultation Process for Antenna Systems, please contact Rob MacLachlan at x. 28315 or refer to the website:

www.ottawa.ca/antenna

Note: what I think this means, in plain language, is that the city is considering deleting restrictions on antenna systems from planning documents, and subordinating us to whatever Industry Canada's decides. Don't take my word for it, check out the link to be sure!

Cleaning the Capital Cleanup recognition -- Reconnaissance pour le Grand ménage de la capitale

The KHCA's efforts in cleaning the capital have been recognized.

The KCHA would like to thank the team of "Twenty Younger and Older Katimavik-Hazeldean Residents" who really earned this certificate.
They, including the younger ones, each took up to an hour each and did a great job cleaning up Hewitt Park North on Saturday morning September 24.

We also look forward to even greater participation in our next campaign! Check out ottawa.ca/clean for future campaign dates.

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Les efforts de l'ACKH envers le Grand ménage de la capitale ont été reconnus.
Nous tenons à remercier l'équipe, une vigntaine de résidents jeunes et jeunes d'esprit qui ont offert leur temps pour restaurer la propreté du park Hewitt North samedi dernier.

Nous nous réjouissons à l'avance d'une encore plus grande participation à notre prochaine campagne! Vérifiez les dates des prochaines campagnes sur le site ottawa.ca/menage.

Provincial party leaders respond to Federation's questions

The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario (F.U.N.) submitted six questions to the leaders of the four major political parties competing in the current Ontario Provincial Election. These questions were selected by the F.U.N. Executive as topics of high interest to residents’ organizations across the province.

The questions pertained to the OMB, Provincial Election Financing Reform, Traffic Congestion, Planning Reform, Ontario Legislative Viewshed, and Anti-SLAPP.
Responses were received from the Liberal party, the NDP and the Green party. The PC party did not respond.

The questions and the responses can be viewed by clicking the link below:

http://urbanneighbourhoods.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/provincial-party-leaders-respond-to-federations-questions/

Kizell Pond as sensitive wetland

In the spirit of providing opportunities for residents to express their views to elected and appointed officials:
Kizell Pond, which is part of the SouthMarch Highlands, was recently designated a Provincially Significant Wetland by the Ministry of Environment, which limits the amount of stormwater that can flow into it. City council may vote in favour of allowing the drainage anyway.
Persons interested in expressing their views should know there is a petition aimed at protecting the wetlands area.

Breaking down the walls of silence -- Briser les murs du silence

In recognition of Woman Abuse Awareness month, WOCRC is hosting their annual Breaking Down the Walls of Silence art exhibit on November 15-17, 2011

WOCRC is looking for contributions of artwork; please contact Maureen or Vivienne at 613-591-3686. Deadline for art submissions is October 30th.
“Heighten your awareness and reflect on the experience of violence, and support the process of healing through art for women and children touched by violence.”


View the event invitation.

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Exposition d'art en l'honneur du mois de la prévention de la violence à l'égard des femmes.
Le grand public est invité à visionner cette exposition d'art ayant lieu du 15 au 17 novembre 2011, au Centre de ressources communautaires d'Ottawa ouest.

Quiconque est intéressé à contribuer une oeuvre à cette exposition est demandé de joindre Maureen ou Vivienne au 613-591-3686.

L'affiche peut être visionnée ici.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Consultation on OCDSB Policy on Special Education Programs and Services

The OCDSB is revising its policy on special education. See below for details:
The Ottawa-Carleton Board of Education has scheduled two focus group discussions to be held on October 19, 2011 to seek public input: one from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the other from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The sessions will be held in the cafeteria of the Confederation Education Centre, 1645 Woodroffe Avenue, in Nepean.

The purpose of this consultation is twofold: to~request input regarding possible changes to Policy P.096.SES Special Education Programs and Services and to request input on other issues affecting the delivery of special education programs and services.

Information is posted on the district’s website regarding our process. The website information is shown below for your information.~
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is in the process of revising its existing Special Education policy. The committee coordinating the policy review is committed to developing a policy which promotes and protects educational practices which support the unique learning needs of students with exceptionalities. The review will also help to align the policy with provincial directives.

The public is invited to provide input on the draft revised policy~word.jpg. Specifically, the OCDSB is seeking input regarding areas in which it is believed that policy needs to be changed, or new policy statements need to be developed.~ Subsequent to the development of a draft policy, the public will be invited to comment on that draft prior to its presentation to Board for approval.
Please consider the following questions when submitting your input:
  • What do you like about the policy?
  • What do you not like about the policy?
  • What is missing in the policy?
  • If you have identified a problem, can you suggest any solutions?
If you wish to provide input please send your comments to the following email address: PolicyOnSpecialEducation@ocdsb.ca until October 21, 2011.
Relevant input received will be published on the website.~ If you do not wish to be identified on the web-site please indicate that in your email.
To find out more~visit the OCDSB Policy Reviews webpage and read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
If you plan to attend one of the focus groups, please RSVP to lorraine.smith-champagne@ocdsb.ca or call 613-596-8254.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thank you Katimavik Residents -- Merci aux résidents

Open letter from KHCA President to all residents and park users:

Thank you Katimavik Residents


My check for debris in Parks showed that for the most part our parks are practically debris free. Thank you one and all for keeping our neighborhood beautiful.
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Lettre du président de l'ACKH à tous les résidents:

Merci aux résidents de Katimavik


Une vérification pour détritus dans nos parcs confirme qu'ils sont pour la plupart très propres. Merci à tous pour continuer à maintenir la beauté de notre cartier.

Progress on dog feces in parks -- Compte-rendu sur la salubrité des parcs

Open letter from President KHCA to Dog Owners and Dog Walkers:
Katimavik-Hazeldean Community has made progress.


Whatever the difficulty may have been with dog feces in the past, I did not find dog deposits in any of the Katimavik-Hazeldean Dogs Off Leash Parks.


I encountered dog feces only once last Thursday when I checked our Parks. What I found was under a clump of bushes at the Pickford Drive edge of the most Southern section of Hewitt Park.

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Lettre de la part du président de l'ACKH à tous les maîtres de chiens:
La communauté Katimavik-Hazeldean a fait du progrès.


Les problèmes d'excrément de chiens semble être derrière nous, car je n'ai pu trouvé de traces d'excrément dans les parcs sans laisse de Katimavik-Hazeldean.


Toutefois, j'en ai vu une fois jeudi dernier lors d'une tournée dans tous nos parks, sous un buisson à l'extrémité sud du parc Hewitt, longeant promenade Pickford.

Move it Outside - Age Friendly Park Checklist -- Est-ce que nos parcs favorisent l'activité physique chez les aînés?

The Seniors Health Promotion Coalition (SHPC) is delighted to send you the Move It Outside Age Friendly Park Checklist and Profile of Park Usage by Older Adults 2011. We look forward to your involvement in the Move It Outside project during Active Aging Week - September 25 to October 1, 2011 to complete the quick and easy Age Freindly Park Checklist and offer a Fall Frolic Activity. Ideas for Fall Frolic Activities are included in the Assess Your Park document.

For more information, please request the associated documentation and checklists from president@khca.on.ca.

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La Coalition pour la promotion de la santé chez les aînés invite à évaluer la convivialité des parcs sur le chapitre de l’activité physique chez les aînés en fonction :
  • des éléments déjà présents;
  • des points à améliorer;
  • des mesures à prendre pour améliorer les parcs de façon à ce que les générations d’aînés à venir puissent en profiter.
Les renseignements et les formulaires connexes sont disponibles par courriel auprès de president@khca.on.ca.

Pilot project: Sitting Volleyball -- Volleyball assis

Sitting volleyball is an alternative form of volleyball designed for athletes with a disability, but is a game that can be played by everyone, sitting down, on a smaller court and with a lower net.

This unique sports program offers participants a chance to try one of the world’s fastest growing sports for athletes with a disability. Come out, get active, and participate. Sessions include a warm-up, skill development and games.

For more information, see the attached poster and register at ottawa.ca/recreation using program code #676631

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Le volley-ball assis est une variante du volley-ball conçue pour les personnes handicapées. Toutefois, tous peuvent y jouer, assis directement sur un terrain plus petit et le filet plus bas que dans le cas du volley-ball ordinaire.

Ce programme unique en son genre permet aux participants d’essayer l’un des sports pour personnes handicapées dont la popularité connaît la plus forte croissance au monde. Soyez actifs et participez. Les séances comprennent un échauffement, l’apprentissage de techniques et des parties.

Pour plus d'information, voir l'affiche ci-jointe et inscrivez-vous à ottawa.ca/recreation avec le code 676631.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall 2011 Clean Up destination: Hewitt Park North

On Saturday, September 24, the Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association will be leading the Fall Clean Up of the forest area on the East Side of Hewitt Park North between Pickford Drive/De Carlo Gardens and Hewitt Way.
WE WILL GATHER at the CHILDREN’S PLAY STRUCTURE in HEWITT PARK for 10 am on SEPTEMBER 24. (The rain date is October 1 at 10 am)


See the attached notice/invitation for more details.

Be Square and Join Us THERE

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Proposed Naming Robert Barr Football Field in Walter Baker Park

We have received the following request for our comments on the proposal to commemoratively name the football field at Walter Baker Park in honour of Robert Barr so the field will known as   The Robert Barr Football Field.   
No other change is being proposed to Walter Baker Park sports fields at this time.
The City website shows essentially the following report on Robert Barr

Robert Barr has been a community leader in Kanata for almost 30 years.        He has been a coach, administrator and organizer with Kanata Knights Football Club working with over 1,000 players in over 300 games.      He has fostered the “Spirit of Voluntarism” as mentor to parents and fellow coaches.     While he has been successful as a football coach winning multiple championships, Robert Barr has just as importantly been successful in passing on the values of honesty, respect and fairplay.

For more details you may visit  City website

Please do copy me at president@khca.on.ca when emailing comments to the City at namingottawa@ottawa.ca as indicated below. 
We have until 4:30 pm on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 to submit views to:  
Tyler Cox
Policy & Projects Coordinator, City Clerk & Solicitor Department
Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 15636
Fax: 613-580-2416



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Next regular meeting: Sept 12, 2011

The next regular meeting of the KHCA will be held on Monday September 12, 2011.
  • The evening will feature a presentation on the services available to visually impaired members of our community and on the opportunities to assist visually impaired residents we may know or encounter. 
  • There will, of course, be an opportunity discuss the experience you are having with the bus changes now in effect
  • As part of the City’s 2011 Fall Cleaning the Capital Campaign, we will arrange for an hour for general Clean-up of select Katimavik Parks among those who can participate.
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.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Senior Summit - October 3, 2011

 The City of Ottawa will be holding a series of steps leading to improved City of Ottawa programs servicing for Older Adults.
   
 The kick off will be a  SENIOR SUMMIT  at 8:00 am City Hall  on October 3, 2011 with Opening Speeches by Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mark Taylor followed by questions and answer; presentations on seniors demographics, trends and current City programs; small group discussions, keynote speakers .        

The Senior Summit will be followed by public consultations in October and November organized in cooperation with the Age Friendly Ottawa Initiative

The objective is to develop an Older Adult Plan as an action plan to be implemented in 2012 as the template for realizing the necessary adjustments which the City may have to make.

Attention is being focused on the following six broad areas: Transportation; Housing; Social and Recreation Services; Community Support and Health Services; Civic Participation and Volunteering; Public Safety and Security.

Clink  Register Online  in order to register for the Senior Summit     Please note registration for the Seniors Summit is limited.

There are two background studies.     You may click Portrait of Older Adults to consult the demographic data on seniors  and also click the Inventory of Programs and Services for Older Adults   to review the current status of City programs


                

Thursday, September 1, 2011

KIDS DAY KANATA


On Saturday, September 10, 2011 Hazeldean Family Chiropractic Clinic will be hosting a free  KIDS DAY KANATA from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Kanata Leisure Centre.
It will be an afternoon dedicated to health, safety, and environmental issues that affect children and our whole community.
Because of the rising concern about some childhood health issues Hazeldean Family Chiropractic along with other health professionals in our community will offer free health screenings.     
The Ottawa Police Service will provide free child ID cards and conduct free fingerprinting for all children who attend.  
As well Hazeldean Family Chiropractic will distribute information on child health and safety, on environmental issues, on crime prevention and on disease prevention and health promotion generally.   Also the Clinic will provide balloons, giveaways and prize draws as well as snacks
 As part of this event, Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Paradis have chosen to sponsor KidSport Ottawa so as to spotlight their involvement in organized sport for children and youth.
Please note that access to the Kanata Leisure Centre pool is NOT PART of Kids Day Kanata health celebration.

CNIB presenting at September Meeting

Are you aware of the services which the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) may provide to those experiencing visual difficulties, or would you like to find ways we can help neighbors and friends who are partially sighted or blind? The next regular meeting (Sep 12 at 7:30pm) will feature a special presentation from the CNIB. All residents are welcome to attend!

Give the gift of friendship!

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to provide regular social interaction and companionship to people who are blind or partially sighted in Kanata and East Region Ontario.

As a Vision Mate, you provide sighted assistance with reading, errands (grocery and other shopping), leisure activities such as theatre, concerts, baseball games, recreational activities such as the gym, walking, swimming or gardening.

To learn more about this exciting volunteer opportunity, contact Perpetua Quigley at 613-563-4021 x5002 or perpetua.quigley@cnib.ca.  Visit www.cnib.ca today!

Atlantic Voices Choral Composition Contest 2011

Atlantic Voices: The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir of Ottawa is a mixed-voice (SATB) community choir that sings music from and about Atlantic Canada.  This is their second Choral Composition Contest, and the choir is looking for quality choral music with an East Coast flavour.  They are offering two prizes, a 1st prize of $500 and a 2nd prize of $200, for original choral works by Canadian composers.  The winning works will be programmed on Atlantic Voices' spring 2012 concert.  This competition is open to all residents of Canada, of all backgrounds and all ages.  Note: the winning entrant need not have a particular connection to the Atlantic region.

Deadline for submissions is October 31, 2011. Please see this document for contest specifications, or visit their website for more information.

25th anniversary of the WOCRC!
25e anniversaire du CRCOO!

The WOCRC Open House - Celebrating 25 Years of Bringing Care and Community Together in western Ottawa. 
On September 19th 2011, from 4:30 to 6:30pm, the WOCRC will be launching its 25th Anniversary with an Open House at 2 MacNeil Court (corner Hazeldean-Castlefrank). The event will coincide with the WOCRC's 2010-11 Annual General Meeting taking place at 7pm. The Open House will include a trade show highlighting the programs and services offered to communities within western Ottawa. Refreshments will be served.

All partners, stakeholders, volunteers and members of the community are invited to join the celebrations on the new 4th floor. The open house is an ideal team to come out and learn about how it all started, the milestones along the way, and the important contributions that have made a difference in the lives of people of all ages in western Ottawa.

Those who require help with transportation may contact Deirdre Machum at 613-591-3686 x315.
For further details on the Open House, please be sure to visit their website.
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Portes ouvertes du CRCOO pour célébrer les 25 ans de jumelage des soins et de la collectivité dans l'ouest d'Ottawa! 
Le 19 septembre 2011, le CRCOO fera le lancement de son 25e anniversaire avec une session portes ouvertes de 16h30 à 18h30 au 2, cour MacNeil (coin Hazeldean-Castlefrank). L'événement sera suivi par l'assemblée générale annuelle du CRCOO à 19h, et comprendra un salon d'exposition mettant en vedette les programmes et services offerts à la collectivité dans l'ouest d'Ottawa. Des rafraîchissements seront servis. 

Partenaires, bénévoles et membres de la communauté sont invités à célébrer au tout nouveau 4e étage. La session portes ouvertes du 19 septembre est un moment idéal pour venir et apprendre comment tout a commencé, de voir les jalons le long du chemin, et les contributions importantes qui ont fait une différences dans la vie des gens de tous âges dans l'ouest d'Ottawa. 

Ceux qui ont besoin d'aide au déplacement sont invités à le signaller à Deirdre Machum au 613-591-3686 poste 315. 
Pour plus de détails sur cet événement, veuillez consulter leur page d'accueil.

National Capital FreeNet seeks an Executive Director

On behalf of the NCF Search Committee:
(The NCF is a non-commercial and not-for-profit internet service provider for residents of the national capital region.)
National Capital FreeNet's board of directors is searching for an Executive Director to manage and lead NCF's team of staff and volunteers.

The search committee plans to conduct interviews in September. We would appreciate receiving expressions of interest as soon as possible, no later than September 10.

The contributions of traditionally-generous members and volunteers are as great as ever, and a critical element is to have an Executive Director to coordinate efforts, pursue opportunities, and simply to make things happen. Doubling our membership is a key goal, because more members would improve NCF's economies of scale and allow it to accomplish more for members.

We welcome and will appreciate your email comments and suggestions at opportunities@ncf.ca.

Thanks for your help,

Mike Kelly, Ken McCarthy, Chris Cope
(NCF Board members on the Search Committee,
assisted by Jim Elder and Shirley Yik)

For more information, see http://www.ncf.ca/ncf/opportunities/

Smoke free parks

Thank you letter from the City's Public Health Officer to KHCA and other community associations regarding smoke-free parks and playing fields:

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Thank you for promoting “Smoke-Free” signs / Merci de faire la promotion de panneaux « sans fumée »
Dear Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association,
Thank you for helping to support the Play, Live, Be, Tobacco Free campaign by requesting voluntary “Smoke-Free” signs for your park and playing fields.
On July 5, 2011, almost 90 neighbourhood parks had requested voluntarily smoke-free. Over the summer, this number has increased to 188 parks. The success of this initiative truly highlights what can be accomplished when community associations, Ottawa City Councillors, and City of Ottawa staff, work together for a common goal. This initiative improves the quality of life for Ottawa’s residents through expanding Smoke-Free spaces. Tobacco-free playgrounds and playing fields protect children from second-hand smoke and encourages positive role modelling for children and youth.

Please note that if your requested sign has not yet been posted, the sign will be posted as soon as possible.  

Ottawa Public Health aims to provide voluntary “Smoke-Free” signs for all parks in Ottawa; your contribution to the Play, Live, Be, Tobacco Free campaign is greatly appreciated.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Sincerely,
Dr. Levy


Aux membres des associations communautaires et aux partenaires,
Je vous remercie d’avoir soutenu la campagne Jouer, s’amuser et vivre sans tabac en demandant de recevoir des panneaux désignant vos parcs et terrains de jeu comme des espaces sans fumée.
Le 5 juillet 2011, on comptait près de 90 parcs communautaires dans lesquels les utilisateurs sont invités à s’abstenir de fumer. Au cours de l’été, le nombre de ces parcs est passé à 188. Ce succès témoigne de ce qui peut être accompli lorsque des associations communautaires, des conseillers municipaux d’Ottawa et le personnel de la Ville d’Ottawa collaborent à l’atteinte d’un objectif commun. L’initiative contribue à améliorer la qualité de vie des résidents d’Ottawa en augmentant le nombre d’endroits sans fumée. Les terrains de jeu sans fumée font en sorte que les enfants puissent s’amuser sans être exposés à de la fumée secondaire et offrent des modèles de comportement positifs aux enfants et aux adolescents.

Veuillez prendre note que, si les panneaux que vous avez demandés n’ont pas encore été posés, ils le seront dès que possible.
Santé publique Ottawa cherche à faire poser volontairement des panneaux « sans fumée » dans tous les parcs de la ville. Votre contribution à la campagne Jouer, s’amuser et vivre sans tabac est grandement appréciée.
N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec moi si vous avez des questions.
Meilleures salutations,
Dr Isra Levy


I.G.Levy, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPC, FACPM
Medical Officer of Health / Médecin chef en santé publique
Ottawa Public Health / Santé publique Ottawa

Phone/tel: 613-580-6744 x 23681
Fax/téléc: 613-580-9641