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February 2013


Hockey Day in Ottawa

Our fifth annual Hockey Day in Ottawa is scheduled for Saturday, February 9th, 2013 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The key objective of Hockey Day in Ottawa is to celebrate a sport that has defined our nation and united Canadians time and time again. The concept is simple; we want to have as many people as possible grab their skates, hockey sticks and helmets and hit their local rink at 1:00pm on Saturday afternoon. This event is all about participation, inclusion and being active outdoors in our local parks.

And as an added bonus, we’re providing free Hot Chocolate (donated by Tim Horton’s) and Hot Dogs (provided by Jeff Adams Mortgage Broker, www.JeffAdams.ca). While supplies last, so head on out and have a great time at the following rinks:

Jasmine @ 2040 Jasmine Cres

Fairfield @ 49 Appleford St

Eastvale @ 740 Eastvale Dr **

**(tentatively scheduled to be open by Saturday)


 

Transit Oriented Development Plan

The city’s Transit Oriented Development Plan is available from our website. Click here to download/view the PDF.


 

Scam to Watch For

(from CBC News, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/01/17/marketplace-duct-cleaners.html)

Offshore telemarketers sell ripoff duct cleaning, expert says – Canada – CBC News

Canadians are getting ripped off by some air duct cleaning services sold by offshore telemarketers, a CBC investigation has revealed.

In a recent report, Marketplace found many Canadians are facing harassment from foreign telemarketing firms who defy Canada’s do-not-call list. One of the most common services for sale is cheap air duct cleaning.

But Marketplace found that, even with the low price, Canadians aren’t getting what they’re paying for.

“Customers have to be really very careful,” said air duct cleaning expert Gino Meranda. “Many, many people are getting ripped off in this business in so many different ways.”

Marketplace hired multiple Toronto duct cleaning companies from telemarketers using fake, or “spoofed” phone numbers to conceal their locations. It’s a common trick used by some call centres to avoid CRTC penalties for calling numbers on the do-not-call list.

Meranda took part in the Marketplace investigation, which used hidden cameras to monitor the techniques and the overall effectiveness of the discount duct cleaners.

In one house, Meranda estimated one duct contained almost four centimetres of dust before the cleaners arrived, with very little change afterward.

“(The dust) hasn’t been moved at all,” Meranda said inspecting the same duct after cleaning. “It hasn’t moved, not even an inch.”

Work raises red flagsIn two cases, the cleaners completed the job in approximately one hour and charged $115 and $99 before tax, respectively.

That’s a red flag, Meranda says, since a proper job should take at least two hours and cost more than $300, depending on the size of the home.

One cleaner said they don’t have time to do a proper job, because the telemarketers schedule too many jobs — as many as eight in one day.

“My boss gives me hour (for every) job,” said one employee who gave his name as Kassim. “He wanted me to run to one job and then go to other job.”

Meranda agreed that’s not enough time.

“It’s really ridiculous,” he said. “There’s no way you can do a proper job, (cleaning) eight to nine houses a day.”

Despite the tight time constraint, the cleaners don’t spend all their time working. Hidden cameras captured one man blowing compressed air onto his pants while his co-worker sat and watched. Meranda guessed the worker was “just making noise” to appear busy.

Watch Marketplace’s episode, When The Repairman Knocks, Friday at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in Newfoundland and Labrador).

Kassim also admitted that some homeowners don’t want their ducts cleaned: they hire the cleaners in order to confront them face-to-face about the telemarketing calls.

It’s a problem Kassim understands, since he also gets calls selling duct cleaning services.

Upselling a common scamDebate exists about the necessity of cleaning home air ducts. A November 2012 study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that dusty ducts aren’t a health hazard and don’t conclusively increase dust levels in a home.

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association argues that dirty air ducts can recirculate contaminants and create or aggravate respiratory problems, allergies and other illnesses.

The EPA and NADCA both suggest that clean ducts can increase household energy efficiency. Both also agree that if homeowners choose to get the work done, they should hire qualified companies.

Meranda and NADCA also warned that aside from just doing a poor job, the dodgier duct cleaners sometimes pull another scam: upselling.

Homeowners in Canada and the U.S. have reported duct cleaners who do the work, then claim to discover problems that will cost more money to fix — including full furnace replacement.

Meranda says homeowners can avoid the ripoffs just by doing their homework.

“You need to research,” he warns. “Ask (the company) how long they’ve been in business, ask them if they’re a member of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, and most importantly, have the companies show you before and after the cleaning is performed, so [you] know that [you] had a good job done.”


 

Bridge Update

Bridge corridor selection will be presented Spring 2013.

The Evaluation Committee (EC) will conduct the evaluation of the three corridors in the New Year. The committee is made up of technical experts with relevant and broad knowledge of the corridors to ensure there is a balanced and informed evaluation. These experts have senior-level experience in one or more of the fields related to the Evaluation Factors, such as natural environment, cultural environment, water use and resources, social environment, land use and property, economic environment, traffic and transportation and cost. Each corridor will be subject to a comparative analysis process identified in the Study Design Report to determine the preferred corridor.

Following public and expert comments received during Round 2 of public consultations held last summer, the consultant has worked on refining the technically preferred alignments within each of the three corridors.

Subsequently, the evaluation is scheduled for winter 2013 to allow the consultant to also refine the various technical reports that will provide information to the members of the EC in preparation for the evaluation. The transportation and human health reports, for example, have been refined to ensure that the most complete and up-to-date information and methodologies, and that the most robust set of findings are made available for the evaluation activities that will follow.

Round 3 Public Consultations are scheduled to take place this spring.

The preferred corridor will be brought forward for public consultation and feedback in spring 2013. As usual, as they become available, details of Round 3 Public Consultation will be announced in advance.

The results of the evaluation will also be presented for information to the National Capital Commission Board, the City of Ottawa Transportation Committee and the Ville de Gatineau Comité Plénier.


 

The No-Nonsense, Non-Alarmist, Essential Guide to the Flu

(from GoKicker.com, http://gokicker.com/2013/01/11/the-no-nonsense-non-alarmist-essential-guide-to-the-flu/)

The flu is here.

Flu season came early this year, and it’s not only worse than expected, but it’s also the worst flu season in years. The mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency in the city due to the high number of cases – over 700 – there. And dozens of cases across the country have been fatal. In fact, the outbreak is more intense in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world right now. So, it’s serious.

There are actually several different kinds of sicknesses affecting the country – seasonal flu, norovirus, whooping cough, and strep throat among them, not even counting Bieber fever (although there is a cure for that).

What is the flu? Has it hit your neighborhood? How worried should you be? How can you avoid getting it? What should you do if you do get sick?

Read on to find out.

What is the flu?

Let’s get this straight first… Flu is the respiratory sickness caused by the influenza virus that threatens the functions of your nose, throat and lungs.

Flu is a virus that spreads by injecting its genetic information into the nuclei of your cells. In other words, it hijacks the good cells and controls their function to turn them against you. And you get it simply by breathing it in.

After the virus moves into the bloodstream, it causes those symptoms we all know and love:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fever
  • Body aches and chills
  • Runny nose and/or congestion
  • Tiredness
  • Some of the harsher symptoms include dehydration and sinus/ear infections.

Hopefully you don’t have norovirus, a stomach flu that is quite painful to go through (it usually involves vomiting, back pain and diarrhea).

How is the flu different from a bad cold or strep?

There are four big telltale signs that can help you distinguish among a cold, a flu, norovirus and whooping cough:

  1. Fever equals flu. You might get a slight temperature from a cold, but if you’re really heating up, it’s probably the flu.
  2. Colds are mild and long lasting. Colds usually start with a sore throat, then progress to symptoms like a runny nose and congestion, followed by a cough that won’t go away. And they don’t usually cause fevers. Sometimes it can take up to 3 weeks to get rid of a cold entirely. The flu, though, tends to come on quickly all at once and be more intense, but it doesn’t linger. If you’re running a fever and your body aches and you can’t get out of bed and don’t feel like eating anything, it’s flu time.
  3. Pink swollen tonsils are the strep red flag. Strep throat also comes on quickly and starts with a sore throat and headache. So how do you know what’s what? Tonsils that look red or inflamed (sometimes with white yellow patches of pus on them – ugh), with an absolutely killer sore throat, separates strep – a bacteria that usually takes antibiotics to cure – from flu (against which antibiotics are useless). Show a doctor if you think it’s strep. No Instagram photos please.
  4. Diarrhea can be a sign of norovirus or whooping cough. Whooping cough, or pertussis, a strong cough that ends with a “whoop” noise, takes effect 10-12 days after a common cold sets in. It’s caused by bacteria and can be fatal for infants. You might also experience stomach issues from what’s called the stomach flu but is a totally different thing from the seasonal flu. This year norovirus is the stomach flu variety that’s sweeping the country.

What’s up with this year’s epidemic?

National Institutes of Allergy and Infections Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci announced on CNN, “We are into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic.”

How can I avoid the flu?

If only it were as simple as more cowbell.

Or swathing yourself in plastic.

The main thing you can do is take care of yourself. Which is obviously easier said than done with habits and busy schedules.

Your body really does do much better at fighting off the flu if you are:

  • Getting enough sleep. (Most people need 7-8 hrs.)
  • Eating a healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables and non-processed foods.
  • Drinking the amount of water you need.
  • Exercising. When you work out you enhance your body’s immunity.
  • Washing your hands and keeping clean. The norovirus spreads through contact. Hand sanitizer helps kill any germs you might have after touching an infected area.
  • Taking vitamins, avoiding sick people and using hand sanitizer are just a few other ways to keep from getting sick.

You should also cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze.

To take prevention to another level, get vaccinated – especially if you are particularly at risk.

Problem is, suppliers are reporting shortages of the main flu vaccine. Still, you might be able to get a shot, or maybe get the version known as FluMist, which is inhaled instead of injected.

What should I do if I get sick?

One thing that can help is the prescription medication Tamiflu – but there’s a shortage of that too. Another medicine is Relenza. Both need to be taken soon after the disease rears its ugly head, so be ready to call the doctor.

Kids and the elderly are more at risk than many others, and it’s especially important for them to see a doctor if they think they have the flu. And definitely go to the doctor if you experience any acute symptoms like the inability to keep fluids down, chest pain, fever and constant vomiting.

Healthy adults might want to consult a doctor but will probably mostly just have to wait it out.

No matter what, if you have the flu, stay hydrated, get a lot of rest, and stay home – both to get better and to avoid infecting others.


 

Fun Stuff


 

14 wonderful words with no English equivalent:

 

1. Shemomedjamo (Georgian)

You know when you’re really full, but your meal is just so delicious, you can’t stop eating it? The Georgians feel your pain. This word means, “I accidentally ate the whole thing.”

2. Pelinti (Buli, Ghana)

Your friend bites into a piece of piping hot pizza, then opens his mouth and sort of tilts his head around while making an “aaaarrrahh” noise. The Ghanaians have a word for that. More specifically, it means “to move hot food around in your mouth.”

3. Layogenic (Tagalog)

Remember in Clueless when Cher describes someone as “a full-on Monet… from far away, it’s OK, but up close it’s a big old mess”? That’s exactly what this word means.

4. Rhwe (Tsonga, South Africa)

College kids, relax. There’s actually a word for “to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.”

5. Zeg (Georgian)

It means “the day after tomorrow.” Seriously, why don’t we have a word for that in English?

6. Pålegg (Norweigian)

Sandwich Artists unite! The Norwegians have a non-specific descriptor for anything — ham, cheese, jam, Nutella, mustard, herring, pickles, Doritos, you name it — you might consider putting into a sandwich.

7. Lagom (Swedish)

Maybe Goldilocks was Swedish? This slippery little word is hard to define, but means something like, “Not too much, and not too little, but juuuuust right.”

8. Tartle (Scots)

The nearly onomatopoeic word for that panicky hesitation just before you have to introduce someone whose name you can’t quite remember.

9. Koi No Yokan (Japanese)

The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love.

10. Mamihlapinatapai (Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego)

This word captures that special look shared between two people, when both are wishing that the other would do something that they both want, but neither want to do.

11. Fremdschämen (German); Myötähäpeä (Finnish)

The kinder, gentler cousins of Schadenfreude, both these words mean something akin to “vicarious embarrassment.” Or, in other words, that-feeling-you-get-when-you-watch-Meet the Parents.

12. Cafune (Brazilian Portuguese)

Leave it to the Brazilians to come up with a word for “tenderly running your fingers through your lover’s hair.”

13. Greng-jai (Thai)

That feeling you get when you don’t want someone to do something for you because it would be a pain for them.

14. Kaelling (Danish)

You know that woman who stands on her doorstep (or in line at the supermarket, or at the park, or in a restaurant) cursing at her children? The Danes know her, too.


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January 2013

Children’s Movie NightLooking for FREE family fun this weekend? Councillor Tim Tierney invites you to the following:

Children’s Movie Night featuring THE SMURFS

Free popcorn and snacks! Just bring a blanket!

When: Friday, January 11, 2013

Time: 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Colonel By High School, Cafetorium

Vous cherchez à vous amuser GRATUITEMENT en famille pendant cette fin de semaine? Le conseiller Tim Tierney vous invite aux activités suivantes.

Soirée cinéma pour les enfants – présentation de la version anglaise du film THE SMURFS

Collation et popcorn gratuits! Vous n’avez qu’à apporter votre couverture!

Date : le vendredi 11 janvier 2013

Heure : de 19 h à 21 h 30

Endroit : école secondaire Colonel By, cafétéria

Rink VolunteersThe Beacon Hill Community Association is once again taking on the supervision of the outdoor rink surfaces in our area and we’re looking for supervisors again this year. If you’re interested, please send us an email to rinks@bhca.ca or president@bhca.ca and let us know your availability. Supervision starts within a couple of days of skate-able ice, which should be any day now (assuming temperatures decide to go back into the minuses). Again this year, you will receive either volunteer hours for your High School graduation or a $10/hour stipend. The only changes to this year’s supervision are 1) we ask that the supervisor has a cell phone on them during their shift; 2) the supervisor has an email address of their own for scheduling, payment info, and other communications.

Rink UpdatesOfficial BHCA Rink Conditions are available at www.BHCA.ca or the official City of Ottawa site www.ottawarinkconditions.ca. We are not affiliated with, nor do we support other rink condition sites.

Makes Snow Sense

Here are a few tips for the winter weather:

  • When shovelling snow, warm up your muscles first as if you were about to exercise – because you are.
  • The roads are slippery enough in the winter. Please don’t aggravate the situation by shovelling snow into the street.
  • When walking or running, please use the sidewalks at all times. Icy roads, moving vehicles and pedestrians don’t mix well.
  • Please observe the City of Ottawa parking bans and Snow Removal ‘No Parking’ signs.

Advertising SignsThe BHCA has purchased a side-of-the-road, removable letter sign. The intention being to save local groups from the cost of renting similar signs. It can be borrowed for free, assuming availability. If, however, your group is able, we do accept donations as a thank you, or email addresses of your members (please ask them first) to be added to our Newsletter list. Contact Jeff at president@bhca.ca for scheduling, or more information.


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November 2012 (a few days early)

AGM 2012Once again your BHCA is holding their Annual General Meeting at the GSAC on Ogilvie road. It will take place November 1st, 2012 from 7-9PM. Now’s your chance to help us help the community by bringing us your membership, ideas and/or volunteerism.

Gloucester Senior Adults’ CentreThe GSAC is hosting a Tinsel Tea Bazaar Nov 3rd, 2012 from 10 – 2pm. Hope to see everyone there.

Ottawa Artisans Guild Christmas MarketThe Ottawa Artisans Guild is a community group that was established in 1974 under The Gloucester Craftsmens Guild.  We have been an integral part of the Beacon Hill Community by not only offering a high quality, handcrafted artisanal show, twice a year,  but also as a long time fund and food raiser for the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard.  We do not charge admission to our shows but happily accept donations for the GEFC.  We also have a silent auction at our November and May meetings where members donate handcrafted items to be auctioned off, these funds also are presented to the GEFC.

Ottawa Artisans Guild Christmas Market

Saturday, November 10th and Sunday, November 11th, 2012

10:00-4:00 pm

Lester B Pearson High School, Jasmine at Ogilvie Road

Free Admission and Parking

Donations to the Gloucester Emergency Food Cupboard welcomed.

Rinks and SkatingWe have now started to accept requests to be Outdoor Rink Monitors. What’s that? Your BHCA will be tending to the local outdoor rinks again this yearand we are in need of Outdoor Rink Monitors. If you need volunteer hours, we can sign off on them, or if you’d rather receive a small honorarium instead, we can do that too. The duties required of an Outdoor Rink Monitor are to unlock/lock the heated huts, call 911 in an emergency, and report vandalism. Other than that they are free to skate, play hockey or whatever they want so long as they remain on site. The requirements are: you must be 15 years old (or older), have an email address (for scheduling, cancellations, and other info), and have a mobile phone for calling 911 in an emergency, 311 to report vandalism.

GRDOGloucester Recreation Development Organization

The Gloucester Recreation Development Organization (est. 1993) continues to run affordable, year-round recreation programming in your community! Keep your kids (ages 4-14) busy on Tuesday or Wednesday nights at Brother Andre Catholic School – 7 weeks of basketball for only $10, followed by a fun tournament on December 15th for all program participants and community members to attend at Gloucester High School. GRDO is also running a Leaders-in-Training program starting November 24th for youth ages 14-17 to learn leadership, conflict resolution, goal-setting, and employability skills in a fun way, while completing volunteer hours in the community.  For more information about GRDO and their programs, contact: meagan.sheridan@grdo.ca.

FireworksBelow is a link to a final cut of our Explosive Fireworks show in Loyola Park on Canada Day. Just one of the fun things your BHCA does for our community.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ftIgb7MpH4&feature=plcp

BHCA.caThe BHCA.ca web site is now in a Wiki format allowing anyone to add or edit pages. If there’s something within our borders that you’d like to put up on our site, feel free to go in and add it. The site is moderated from time to time by the BHCA and anything falling outside of it being a community resource will be deleted. Head on over to www.BHCA.ca and add your street, local community group, church or event. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial for info on formatting and use.

Our NewsletterYour BHCA puts out a newsletter (nearly) every month. If you have a group or event you’d like mentioned, please send us an email and we’ll put it in our next one, as always, for free. Commercial sponsorship is also available at reasonable rates.

 


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October 2012

AGMTime again for our Annual General Meeting. It is to be held at the Gloucester Senior Adults’ Centre above the Earl Armstrong Arena on Ogilvie road, November 1st, 2012, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. We will be accepting memberships if you haven’t signed up yet.

Food DriveThanksgiving is coming and while we will be spending time celebrating with family and friends there are many in our community who will have trouble making ends meet. To that end, the students of Colonel By High School will be holding a food drive during the week prior to Thanksgiving, October 1st to 4th. Keep your eyes open for them in your neighborhood and give generously. If you are unable to connect with a student then be sure to drop off a bag of non-perishable food items at the donation bin in your local food store.

Kiwanis Hallowe’en SkreamersHalloween is just around the corner and once again local student volunteers and local members of Kiwanis are partnering with Proulx Berry Farm in Orleans to bring you the scariest Halloween entertainment around, Skreamers! Check out the website http://www.orleanskiwanis.com/skreamers/ for additional information on all the scary entertainment, schedule and costs. Boo!!

Interprovincial Bridge UpdateThanks to everyone that made it out to the public consultation at the Shenkman Arts Centre on June 12 and have sent e-mails/letters to the NCC/Roche-Genivar.  The jury is out on whether or not this event (open house format) was an effective way of educating the public on what is happening and collecting their input.  Based on feedback received from Beacon Hill residents and other participants, the evaluation factors weighting survey we were asked to complete for this purpose, was confusing (one needed to pay close attention to how each weighting factor is defined) and it is not at all clear how the survey responses will influence the final decision.
According to the project timelines provided to community groups at the Public Consultation Group (PCG) meeting on May 23, the NCC/Roche-Genivar is scheduled to announce the “technically preferred” location of the bridge in the fall of 2012.  So an announcement could come at any time now…

Sinkhole and BridgeJust a simple FYI: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/09/14/ottawa-councillors-east-end-pull-support-of-interprovincial-bridge.html

Emerald Ash BorerWalking around our community, especially school property, one can see that the majority of the Ash trees are dying.  They are most likely infected with the emerald ash borer.  The emerald ash borer is a beetle that has been imported from Asia. It can be treated with injections of TreeAzin, which contains Neem oil.  Neem oil comes from the Neem tree, also from Asia and is a natural insecticide against these pests.

The BHCA is asking residents to consider being proactive and treating their trees with TreeAzin (cost of about $335-$275 per application) rather than removing their infected trees (at a cost of up to $3000).  It takes 25-30 years for a new tree to grow to replace each one lost.  Our mature Ash trees make our community more livable – provide much needed shade from the hot summer sun, convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and provide shelter to many animals and birds. For more information on this topic see www.bioforest.ca.  There is also some information on the city of Ottawa website.

Snowbirds!Snowbirds, the BHCA’s website and newsletter will enable you to keep in touch with what is going on in your neighborhood and allow you to give advice with regard to making the trip easier for others.  It may be a good idea to sign up for membership before you leave, but at the very least check in with www.BHCA.ca monthly.

Rinks and SkatingYour BHCA will be tending to the local outdoor rinks again this year (once the weather turns) and we are in need of supervisors. If you need volunteer hours, we can sign off on them, and if you’d rather receive a small honorarium instead, we can do that too. The basic job of Supervisors is to unlock/lock the heated huts, call 911 in an emergency, and report vandalism. Other than that they are free to skate, play hockey or whatever they want so long as they remain on site.

Fun StuffTED Talks are interesting videos on a large number of subjects, here is a list of the Top 20:

http://blog.ted.com/2012/08/21/the-20-most-watched-ted-talks-to-date/


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May 2012 Newsletter

OK, so the last one wasn’t our last one of the summer. Here’s July’s issue:

Fireworks and Picnic in the ParkYour BHCA sure can put on a great party, and on Canada Day we put on 2 of them! Our Picnic in the Park saw record numbers of families coming out to play games, run through the water park and take in the sun. Then in the evening, over 400 people attended our annual Fireworks show which rivals the Hill’s. Although these events are free to attend, we would very much appreciate receiving some memberships and/or donations to help us put on more events. Visit www.BHCA.ca for the Paypal donate button and a link to our Membership sign-up page.

Fireworks VideosIf you attended our spectacular Fireworks show and took some video, we would very much like to get a copy. Could you please upload the video using the ‘Upload file’ link at www.BHCA.ca, or post the video to Youtube and send us the link to info@bhca.ca, or if all else fails, send us an email to info@bhca.ca and we’ll pick up a copy from your house at your convenience.

Fireworks Thank YousFireworks sponsored in part by the The Home Depot

The Fireworks show would not have been possible without some very generous donations by The Home Depot. If you’d like to thank them as well, by more than just shopping there for all your home renovation needs, please sned a Thank You email to info@bhca.ca and we will deliver them all at once to The Home Depot’s manager.

As well, the show would not be possible without the many tireless hours of work, choreography and safety planning of our pyrothechnician, Yves Quinty. Again, if you’d like to thank him, send us an email to info@bhca.ca and we’ll pass along your gratitude.

Consultation on the preferred corridor for an east end bridge is in its last stage.The proposed Corridor 6 bridge, which most impacts Beacon Hill community, will skirt along the east side of the R.O. Pickard Environmental Centre, cut east across Green’s Creek, and then travel south through the Greenbelt where it will connect with highway 174 between the St. Joseph and Montreal Road exits.

Concerns about Corridor 6 include:

  • Expropriation of 80 family homes in Gatineau along Boulevard Lorrain
  • Impact to the environment – Green’s Creek and the Greenbelt
  • Congestion on the 174 – an estimated 2,000 additional trucks and many more cars from Quebec will use this corridor
  • Overflow traffic disgorged onto Ogilvie and Montreal Roads
Beacon Hill residents concerned about the crossing can provide their input by both:

Visiting the NCC’s website to complete an on-line consultation. Deadline is July 5th.

Contacting their Federal, Provincial, and Municipal representatives

To complete the online consultation:

1. Select this link: http://ncrcrossings.ca/eval/. Read through the document and select the button at the bottom of the page.

2. Select Corridor 6 (preferred), or Ottawa Segment 1: 417 to the 174 Montreal Road Exit, or Ottawa Segment 2: 174 Montreal Road Exit to the Ottawa River.

3. Begin the comparisons. Read the sub-factors carefully.

  • For example, the Social Environment includes sub-factors such as the “Ability to accommodate float planes”. The Natural Environment includes sub-factors such as wildlife habitats. If you consider wildlife habitats more important than accommodating float planes, you would want to indicate that the Natural Environment factor is more important than the Social Environment.
  • Similarly, if you believe that it would be wrong to expropriate residential properties or that protected areas such as the Greenbelt are important, then you would want to indicate that the factor Land Use & Property is more important than, for example, the Potential for Economic Development.

4. At the end of the survey you will have an opportunity to change your responses before submitting.

Giants Football

The GIANTS want YOU! It’s not too late to join the North Gloucester Giants Football Club! The club is recruiting players at tykes level (8-10), mosquito level (11-12), peewee level (13-14), bantam level (15-16) and midget level (17-19). You can register by contacting Louise at 613-762-4792 – nggiantsinfo@rogers.com or visit our website www.nggiants.ca for more information and registration forms. Or come out to our practice field any Monday through Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at Ken Steele Park located at 1195 Ogilvie Rd. New players welcome!!
NOTE: The GIANTS are hosting a fundraising KICK-OFF Dinner on August 8th, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm at the BeaconHill-Cyrville Community Center. Many items for auction, great food and live entertainment! Please contact Louise 613-762-4792 or Mat 613-223-4266 to purchase tickets to the event.
Come support your local amateur tackle football club!!

Fun Stuff

The Start to Finish Guide to a Perfect, Stress-Free Vacation http://lifehacker.com/5923155/the-start-to-finish-guide-to-a-perfect-stress+free-vacation

Cloned Photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/egerbver/sets/72157626131616098/with/6907632595/

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