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The First “Beacon Hill Evening”

Over the next few months, your BHCA will be holding several events designed to get our community out and socializing. Once a month, for the next few months, we will have different “Beacon Hill Evenings“, with the first one being a Euchre Tournament April 12th, 2012, from 8-10PM at the Beacon Hill Community Centre. Beacon Hill Community Association members get in free, and non-members will be $5 at the door.
Come as teams or an individual. No sign up required, first come, first served.
Don’t know how to play Euchre? It’s actually quite a simple game. Here’s a great web site explaining it: http://www.ehow.com/how_17493_play-euchre.html

Interprovincial Bridge Update March 2012

Roche-Genivar held a “by invitation only” interprovincial bridge community consultation event on February 28, 2012 at the Bob McQuarrie Recreational Complex in Orleans to unveil Corridor 6 and 7 alignments.  The invitation was extended to those people that lived within 100 meters of these alignments.  Other than the BHCA Bridge Subcommittee chairperson who received a “courtesy invitation” and City Councillor Tim Tierney (who attended as “a guest”) it appeared there was no one else from Beacon Hill at the consultation.  It is not clear if anyone from Beacon Hill was even invited.  When a Roche-Genivar representative at the meeting was asked who they invited or the streets in Beacon Hill they sent invitations to, he indicated “for privacy reasons” he could not reveal this information.

If you or know of someone in Beacon Hill that did receive an invitation to this event, we would like to hear from you (email: bridge@bhca.ca)
All other attendees (over 100) were from Orleans. Two back-to-back sessions were held to accommodate the demand from Orleans.
For more details on this event and a description of Corridor 6 and 7 alignments please go to the BHCA website:
Provide  the link to the stuff on the website I sent to you on March 26
The next public consultation event is to be held in May 2012.  Participants are suppose to be given the opportunity to provide input on what criteria (e.g. cost, noise, pollution, etc.) they think should be used in determining which corridor should get the bridge and will be asked to rank the relative importance of their selected criteria to the decision.  A bridge corridor recommendation is targeted for August 2012.
It is very important that Beacon Hill residents get out in force and participate in what may be their last opportunity to provide input.
You can be sure that any future public consultation events will be announced with little warning,  will not be well advertised and that one will need to register to attend events so please check the BHCA website for updates: http://www.bhca.ca/issues/the-bridge
or the “What’s New” page at the  NCC website: http://www.ncrcrossings.ca/
The BHCA plans to distribute a flyer throughout Beacon Hill prior to the May consultation event.  If you are able to help with the distribution of this flyer, please email:  bridge@bhca.ca

Big Beacon Hill Garage Sale

Start digging out your ‘treasures’! The Big Beacon Hill Garage sale is taking place May 26, 2012. Anyone interested in having their garage sale advertised through the BHCA site, as well as other local newsletters and newspapers, can sign up on www.BHCA.ca .


Le Phare School 5th Annual Plant and Yard Sale

(rain or shine)
The annual plant and yard sale takes place Saturday, May 26th from 8am – 1pm on the school grounds.  Shoppers will find a great selection of sun and shade plants ranging in price from $1 – 18.  As well, there will be great bargains on household items, toys, books and clothing.  Baked goods available.  Shop early for best selection.  Payment by cash only.

What kind of plants will be sold?

Plants are generously donated by the families who attend Le Phare E.S.  Some other plants are dug up from the school gardens to help thin out the overgrown beds.  Until the sale date, one never knows what kinds of plants will be available.  However, one thing is for sure.  All plants are proven to perform well in our growing zone.
Donations of plants, household items, toys, etc. for the sale are much appreciated.  Drop off time: Friday May 25th from 7-8pm.  Plants must be labelled.  To rent a table ($20) at the Yard Sale please contact us at plantyardsale@lephareschool.ca.  Funds raised support healthy and active living programs for students as well as maintenance of the school gardens.

Outdoor Skating Rink Report

Volunteers

The BHCA would like to thank all of our rink volunteers who helped make this a great, if not short, season for outdoor skating and ice hockey. We would also like to remind students (and anyone else looking for a few extra dollars) that next winter we will once again be looking for more help with rink supervision. It’s a rare opportunity to make some money while getting the chance to skate. Please send your name, phone number and email address to rink@BHCA.ca to be contacted next season. Note: For safety reasons, we ask that supervisors have their own mobile phone, email address and, if under 18, their parents’ permission.

New Facebook/G+ Rink pages

The BHCA will now maintain official rink statuses in Facebook and other social media. Once the season has started, please visit www.BHCA.ca for the official Facebook, Google+ and Twitter sites to track the readiness of your local rinks, ice conditions, and other local events at the rinks.

Rink Bookings

Keep in mind for next season that all of our outdoor rinks are available for exclusive booking through the City of Ottawa website. There is no fee to book a rink, but 5 days notice is requested. Without the 5 days notice we will do what we can to try to accomodate your party. Please note that the bookings are during City of Ottawa park operating hours (close at 11pm).

Supporters

The BHCA would also like to thank our corporate rink supporters. First, our local Canadian Tire supported us by giving us a great deal on shovels to help clean our rinks’ surfaces. Second, the new Arby’s donated 15 gallons of hot chocolate and cups for Hockey Day in Canada. Thanks to both store managers for helping out in our community.

Speed signs

As some of you may have noticed, our local Councillor Tim Tierney has had some instant feedback speed signs installed in our neighbourhood. These signs allow the driver to instantly see what their speed is, and blinks their speed if they’re going over the limit. Along with the benefit of slowing people by offering more visible feedback, these signs collect lists of the speeds drivers are going (speeds and times, but nothing personally identifiable) to let the city know if more enforcement is required on those particular streets. Thank you, Councillor Tierney!


Committee of Adjustment/ Notice of Public Hearing

The BHCA has received copies of 2 Applications that will have Public Hearings. Please download and view the following PDF files if you are interested in the changes being proposed at 22 Rothwell Drive.

Application for Consent

Minor Variances


Ottawa River Action Plan

Your support is needed in ensuring that our city council moves ahead with its Ottawa River Action Plan. Every year, the City of Ottawa dumps hundreds of millions of litres of untreated sewage directly into the Ottawa River. The Ottawa River forms the Northern boundary of our community and is an asset for all of us. The province and the City of Ottawa have developed a plan, and the province and the city have both agreed to put up their fair share of the money. The city has developed the Ottawa River Action Plan to address this issue and the plan is already delivering results. In June, the city announced that recent infrastructure upgrades have cut the untreated sewage going into the river by more than half compared to measurements of four years ago. However, in 2011, the city still discharged 417-million litres of combined sewage and rainwater into the river—that is the equivalent of almost 166 olympic-sized swimming pools full of sewage! City council would like to move forward with the next phase of the Ottawa River Action Plan—the construction of major combined sewage overflow (CSO) storage facilities. CSO storage facilities will lower the amount of contaminants released to the Ottawa River, improving the water quality and possibly reducing the number of beach closures. Please consider contacting your municipal, provincial and federal representatives in order to voice your support of the ongoing clean up of the Ottawa River, and ensure that the respective level of government comes to the table with appropriate funds to end the devastating pollution of our river.


Electronics Recycling

Just to remind people that unwanted TVs, computer monitors and other electronic waste should not be put out on the curb for garbage pickup nor dumped in area parks,  shopping malls, road ditches or the Greenbelt.  Most electronic items can be recycled by taking them to appropriate facilities.  The Ontario Electronic Stewardship (OES) is a non-profit industry organization that oversees the responsible reuse and safe recycling of waste electronics through its network of more than 600 approved collection sites across the province. The program was developed in co-operation with Waste Diversion Ontario under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002. For locations where you can recycle your electronics please see http://www.recycleyourelectronics.ca/. You can also visit the City of Ottawa web site for dates and locations of special depots: http://ottawa.ca/en/garbage_recycle/special/ewaste/index.html

Little League Baseball

What says summer more than watching your child play baseball?
Gloucester offers organized baseball for children of all ages, and registration is open until April 30, 2012. Spring baseball is from May 1, and goes to the end of June, and then a summer program is also available, starting in June and running till August…
T-Ball (5 & 6 yrs old)
Coach Pitch (7 & 8 yrs old)
Minors (9 & 10 yrs old)
Majors (11 & 12 yrs old)
Junior (13 & 14yrs old)
Senior (15 & 16 yrs old)
Big League (17 and up)
More information (price, times, etc) can be found on the Glebe Little League baseball site here: www.glebelittleleague.ca  (go to the registration page to start your application!) or email Doug Long, league president at executive@glebelittleleague.ca
See you at the park!

Ottawa Tree Canopy Mapping Project

Act locally, think globally.  You can do this by taking part in the “Ottawa Tree Canopy Mapping” team.

Who: Initiative by Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee, with City assistance
What: Find out how much of your neighbourhood and the rest of Ottawa is covered by trees
Why: We need better info on our trees (both public & private) to help the City plan for the future
Where: Kickoff session at the Colonel By Room at City Hall
When: Friday April 27 at 7:00 pm
To be a part of the team, you will be spending a little time at home on your computer with data provided by us. It’s not difficult, we will explain how it works at the session.
If you plan on attending this session, please send email to eric.jones086@sympatico.ca so we’ll know how many people to expect. Thanks!

EORC Note

The Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre is in urgent need of volunteers to assist with our seniors programming. We need volunteers to deliver meal on wheels and to drive seniors to medical appointments. We can definitely work with your schedule in terms of how frequently you are available. These roles are done during the weekday. The volunteer needs to have his/her own vehicle and we do pay mileage. If interested please contact Gayle Downing at gayle.downing@eorc-gloucester.ca or 613-741-6025 for an interview.


Ottawa Artisans Guild

The Ottawa Artisans Guild (OAG) is the City of Ottawa’s premier arts and crafts guild. With over 130 members showing paintings, jewellery, wood working, fabric arts, pottery, gourmet food, and much more, there is something to interest everyone. The OAG upcoming spring show takes place April 14, 15 at Lester B. Pearson High School, 2072 Jasmine Crescent, Gloucester
All Ottawa Artisans Guild markets offer free admission, free parking, and door prizes of Guild Gold to be used with member artisans. Visitors are invited to make donations of non-perishable food or cash to support the local food cupboards.

Thomas D’Arcy McGee school

Thomas D’Arcy McGee Catholic School is excited to share some wonderful news with the Beacon Hill community! This coming school year ( 2012-2013 ) we are fortunate to be able to offer Full Day Junior and Senior Kindergarten! The program for both will be an Immersion Program. As well, we will be offering Middle Immersion starting in Grade 4! This means that your son/ daughter will receive half of their instructional day in French. What a wonderful opportunity for students to remain in their community school and learn another language. Please know that all are welcome!
Please contact the school with any questions or for registration as it is on going.
Don Kearnan, Principal
613-749-2251

Safety

Now that Spring has sprung and you’re itching to get out there on your bicycle, please remember that bicycles have to obey the same rules of the road that cars do. This includes stopping at Stop signs and red lights. There were several reports of very close calls last summer.


Green Life Water
From Ottawa subReddit:
Sales people from “Greenlifewater” posing as City inspectors
A company named greenlifewater(.com) has sales people knocking on doors in Ottawa to sell their product. The sales people carry a “badge” and some of these sales people are not clearly identifying themselves as being from a private company, instead giving the impression that they are inspecting water quality for the City. One of these representatives was aggressive and tried to step into our house as if he had the authority to do so. “
These people are not from the City, even if they represent themselves as such.

Extras

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XKCD:

Better than Band-Aids: For cuts that are deep, but not requiring stitches, or in an area where stitches are tricky, superglue is used. More info.


Last Minute Addition: Clean Up the Capital!

We are looking for someone to take the reins on the Clean Up the Capital this spring. It doesn’t involve much volunteering time, but we need someone to do an hour or two of registration and emailing (as well as to help the day of).

Please contact us at president@bhca.ca if you’d like to volunteer for this position.

or

If you’d like to volunteer for the Clean Up day itself, please send us an email to info@bhca.ca.

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