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, June 29, 2016

Save Energy In the Summer

To save energy in Heating and Cooling your home:
1) Install a programmable thermostat so you can set and adjust the
temperature of your home.   Depending on how you set the program
you could save 10% on year round heating and cooling.

2) Close the curtains to keep in the overnight cool and keep out
the daytime heat.   Let the cool air in in the morning and then
close the blinds or drapes during the day.  

3) Change the furnace filter regularly and have a heating,
ventilation, air conditioning professional perform an annual
servicing of the furnace and air conditioner to keep them at
highest operating efficiency.

You may save Hot Water when you

1) Fix leaky faucets and toilets A leaky faucet or tap could
waste 800 litres of water in a month at the rate of one drop of
water per second.

2) Install a faucet aerator can save 25 to 50 per cent
in reducing water consumption at each tap.

3) By always running a full load in the dishwasher you get
savings with your dishwasher.   Also use the light or short
cycle for easy to clean loads and the energy saving drying
cycle.   Or open the dishwasher once the wash cycle is
complete and air dry.


1) When the days get longer and shorter adjust the outdoor
lights timer to use electricity when you need to.

2) Replace burned out light bulbs with LED bulbs.   The cost
of the LED bulb is more but savings in reduced energy use will
be a benefit for years to come.

For more information on saving energy in your home, visit: http://www.HydroOne.com/forHome

OLDER ADULTS, June, 2016


Diverse group of older adults participating in different social activities

June 2016 is the 32nd celebration for ‘Seniors Month’ in Ontario, which is an opportunity to honour the contributions that seniors make every day in communities across the province.  Ottawa City Council also declared June as Seniors' Month in Ottawa.

This year's theme was Seniors Making a Difference, was chosen by the Province to recognize the many tireless hours of volunteer work and leadership generously donated by local seniors.  These local seniors have helped to build our communities through active living, shared knowledge, and a diversity of experiences.  The Ontario Senior of the Year Award gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local Ontarian aged 65 and older.  Each chosen Ontario Senior has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.

At the June 8th City Council meeting,  Mayor Jim Watson, presented the Senior of the Year Award to Marjorie Shaver-Jones for her outstanding contributions to the city of Ottawa.  Ms Shaver-Jones served as president of the Copeland Park Community Alliance and is an active volunteer with the Federation of Citizen’s Association of Ottawa as well as with the Kanata Theatre.

As the older population continues to grow, the City of Ottawa remains committed to enhancing the quality of life of older residents..  Through the Older Adult Plan 2015-2018, the City is taking concrete steps to make policies, services, facilities and programs more accessible and responsive to the needs and interests of older persons.

Summertime is especially for Kids!

DiscoverRec June 28,  2016

Camp Ottawa: Energy, Adventure, Adventure & Swim

A great way to spend the summer in our city!

If finding summer activities close to home is your priority, check out the new Camp Ottawa found around the city with organized games, sports, crafts and special events. Themes ignite the imagination and offer a different program each week. We offer the largest selection of camps in the city, in community centres, recreation complexes, arenas, arts centre and pools. Select from three Camp Ottawa’s with options for swimming and outings. We will keep your child on the go and having a blast with new friends!

Join us for active and creative programs full of fun!

Register now!  ottawa.ca/summercamps 

Fun 'n Friends: Energy and Adventure

Creative play, songs, crafts, games and special events A great place to make friends in your neighbourhood. Our well trained leaders organize imaginative and interesting activities specifically for children age 4 to 5 years. Find locations around the city including: Carleton Heights, Constance Bay, Cyrville, Huntley and Richelieu-Vanier.

Swimming Lessons are included in camp

Camp Swim Explorer:
Love to swim? Improve your skills and strokes with daily Red Cross swimming lessons and leisure swim time. Fun camp games and crafts will round out each day. 

Computers and Kids

Creating computer games is a great way to build computer skills this summer.  With one PC to two campers, get half day in the lab and half a day of regular camp activities. Make new friends who share your interests.  Many to choose from in collaboration with Future Kids of Ottawa

Things you are not allowed to do at home! 

CSI: Camp Scene Investigations at Plant Recreation Centre.

No Fixed Address!  at Alfred Taylor Recreation Facility, Bob MacQuarrie, Canterbury, Greenboro, Johnny Leroux Arena, and Richmond Memorial.

Science Camp at seventeen locations around the city!

Find your sport

Lots of options for keeping your skills growing and being active this summer.  Check out the sports camps at these facilities:  Minto Recreation Complex-Barrhaven, Pinecrest Recreation Centre, Ray Friel Complex, Richcraft Recreation Complex-KanataSt-Laurent Complex and Walter Baker Sports Centre.

Dance away your summer

Experiment with different dance styles. Create dance combinations to music and develop basic dance skills!  Dance Camp at Beacon Hill North and John G. Mlacak; Dance Adventure at Fred Barrett Arena and Old Town Hall (Kanata).

Looking for summer camps available at a specific facility? 

Summer Ice is Nice!  Hockey Camps across the City

Keep cool this summer improving your skills for Canada's national sport – hockey! With on and off ice activities, camps are a great way to pick up some tips and increase skating and scoring skills. For recreational and competitive players, we still have spots in our camps offered at arenas across the city

Youth leadership programs: Real training; Real certificates; Real experience! 

The City of Ottawa offers a full range of leadership programs for youth 13 and up. Summer is a great time to start to become a leader. With three different levels based on age, you can become skilled and ready for employment and even meet the 40 hours for high school community service requirements.  Make this a fun summer that will change your life!

Come out to 'clay" with us! Summer classes start July 4

Keep out of the heat this summer by playing it cool with clay at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre.With a special projects intermediate and advanced pottery wheel class starting on July 5, or Level  1 and 2 wheel throwing class starting July 4.

Pottery and Dance – Great Combination!

Move to the beat with energetic and different dance styles. Continue the arts adventure by creating clay masterpieces. Locations: Shenkman Arts Centre.

Kids Can Park-ticipate

Children aged four to 10 are invited to drop-in for fun-filled summer days of sports, crafts and games at Park-ticipate locations in rural and urban water parks throughout Ottawa.  Check out the schedule for this free activity created by leaders you can trust. Excitement guaranteed! 

Summer Staff Invade Recreation and Culture

Almost 2,000 summer staff have joined Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services to deliver summer programs and events! You'll see them at the beaches, lifeguarding outdoor and wading pools, running summer camps, and organizing special events.  Trained in High Five, emergency procedures, first aid, communication and leadership – FUN is the top word on their to-do list and they've jumped on board to provide first class service! 

Join the Team

Discover all the possibilities for part-time jobs in recreation and culture by submitting an application for employment.  Applications to open competitions are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but apply early to be considered for fall vacancies.  Keep your eye on our part-time jobs page for opportunities in our pools, community centres and cultural facilities. 

Can’t Wait to Celebrate!

Is your community looking to host an event in 2017? Find out more about the Civic Events Funding Program.

Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 registration begins:

Swimming and Aquafitness Programs
  •   Online and touchtone: 9 pm August 8
  •   In person August 9 during regular business hours

All other recreation programs
  •   Online and touchtone: 9 pm August 10
  •   In person August 11 during regular business hours

Find us on Facebook!

Choose Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre for your next event!

Situated on 62 acres in picturesque Britannia Park, we have a 300-person capacity banquet hall and stage, liquor-licensed patios, small meeting rooms and free parking. Visit us in person, see the options on ottawa.ca/recreation or email ronkolbuslakeside@ottawa.ca to discuss your special day.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Responsible Dog Owners - The Why's

Why Stoop and Scoop

1. There are about 93,000 dogs producing an estimated 20,500 kilograms of waste each day.
Stoop and scoop keeps sidewalks, parks and green spaces clean.

2.  Dog waste is a health hazard especially for children and other dogs.

3.  Dog waste is an environmental hazard rains will carry dog waste into streams and storm sewers which carries the rivers increasing the bacterial content and polluting beaches as it generally degrades the environment.

4.  Dog waste can cost the dog owner who gets caught in the act of leaving dog waste on either public or private property.   Legally it is to be disposed of at the dog owner's home, ideally by flushing it down the toilet so it can be treated before being released to the environment.

This "Let's be proud of our community" approach is essentially borrowed from a pamphlet prepared by dog owners in Kanata North

Saturday, June 18, 2016


By implementing this program, the goal of the Planning and Growth Management Department is to strengthen the conversation between

the leaders in the Department around important topics and concepts in the planning process.

Below is a brief summary which outlines what this program is and is not.


        To promote enhanced outreach and build relationships

        Accessible contact to aid with Planning Issues / Inquiries

Is Not


        Contact for every resident or member of a Community Association

        One stop shop (does not replace 3-1-1)

        CAL does not replace the planning application file lead

It is important to note that communication is for only one member of your community association as the point of contact for this program.



Request for Quality Photos from Ottawa Film Office

The Ottawa Film Office is drawing attention to Ottawa as a place for filming through a lookbook marketing tool.

This lookbook should give filmmakers a visual understanding of all the different types of locations Ottawa has to offer. There is currently a gap in photos of residential locations that are usable for this lookbook.

Should the community association have any useful pictures on file for this purpose, we would appreciate including them in our collection of pictures.

The photos would need to show off the particular aesthetic of the community and be of good quality.

They should not focus on any one specific building but should depict the overall feel of the neighbourhood as well as the style of architecture


The latest news on recreation and culture programs, services, memberships and events!

DiscoverRec: The latest news on recreation and culture programs, services, memberships and events!


Make a splash this summer!

8 outdoor pools
55 wading pools
118 spray pads
4 supervised beaches


Great Leaders Make the Difference in Your City's Summer Camps!

Our leaders are multi-talented and well trained, so parents can have confidence that their camper will have a rewarding experience.  Our leaders have often been campers themselves and bring their unique expertise to the programs. Happy parents report: 'My son had another amazing year and thoroughly enjoyed his experience. He met friends, learned new ideas and skills, experienced a variety of activities and just plain old had a fun time.'

Register now!  ottawa.ca/summercamps 


NEW! Find us on Facebook!

Looking for courses available at a specific facility?

Is your child in French Immersion?


Enhance their experience through French Summer camps. Create lasting memories and friendships while keeping the French language fresh in your child's mind. Not only is it a fun and friendly environment, it's not school! No grammar or spelling mistakes to worry about, just fun activities that everyone loves!

2016-17 After School program registration now open


Games, sports, crafts, quiet homework time and much more. Our After School programs offer opportunities for your child to make new friends and be active and qualify for the Children's Fitness Tax Credit. We are a HIGH FIVE® organization, which is Canada's only quality assurance standard for organizations providing recreation and sport programs to children aged 6 to 12. We are committed to implementing safety and quality measures for our children's recreation and sport programs, focusing on healthy child development.   Contact the location nearest you for details. 

3-month Fitness Memberships start at under $125 


Compliment your outdoor activities, with an indoor workout in our air conditioned facilities. Our fitness centres have a mixture of free weights and machines, including treadmills, ellipticals, stair climbers, rowers and indoor cycles. Staff are on hand to show you how to use the equipment for your routine. Group fitness classes offer daily options to give variety to your exercise program. Sign up with a friend to keep you coming back with the bonus of socializing as you get fit. With a variety of membership levels, for many ages, we cover the bases of affordability and fit into your schedule, everywhere across the city. Find out how we fit your life!

Celebrate National Health and Fitness Day – Saturday, June 4


Two can swim for the price of one at all lanes, public and family swims offered at City of Ottawa pools (except wave swims)!  Two can work out for the price of one at City of Ottawa weight and cardio rooms. Get active with your friends and family on June 4!

Get Water Wise – Save Lives


As temperatures rise, we look forward to our favourite summer activity, swimming. Whether it's in the pool, at the beach or cottage, or getting wet at the local wading pool, we think about the fun, but not always the safety. From June to September, at least one person will drown every two weeks within Canada. The Ottawa Drowning Prevention Coalition is committed to raising public awareness of water safety with drowning prevention tips for parents and caregivers. Remember, adult supervision is essential no matter how well your child swims. Now is a good time to learn to swim. We have swimming lessons for all ages. 

Space is still available in our summer arts camps!


We still have a few spots open in our half day and full day camps at Nepean Creative Arts Centre and the Nepean Visual Arts Centre. Give your child a week of creative adventure, outdoor play, and swimming or masterpiece theatre right here in Ottawa's west end. FREE before and after care. 

Flex-It Pottery studios accommodate busy summer scheduling!


Going on vacation? Need to accommodate your busy summer schedule? Flex-It Pottery Studios allow you to pay for individual studio times and build a schedule suits you best!  Available hand building and wheel time slots start July 10! Book yours here!

Showing at our Community Galleries this month

Atrium Art Gallery:
June 24 to July 20 - Nepean Museum: Play! The Building Blocks of Learning

Trinity Art Gallery:
June 23 to July 19 - Ann Gruchy:  COUNTERPOINT: …harmony in layers