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Summer 2012

Newsletter June 29, 2012
One last Newsletter before the BHCA Newsletter writer takes a summer break.
Picnic in the park
Canada Day’s Picnic in the Park will take place at 2130 radford court from 10 to 2 on Canada Day. Bring a blanket or chairs and a lunch and be prepared for fun games, some light tunes and a great time.
Fireworks
Do you want to see what launching over 85kg (186 lbs.) of fireworks looks like? Do you want to see simultaneous launches from three separate firing points? Do you want to see fireworks criss-crossing in the air before bursting in a rainbow of colours? Do you want to see all this in your backyard? Canada Day in Beacon Hill is where it’s happening. The show begins between 8:30 and 9:00 PM with some amateur stuff, and the BIG show starts around dusk (9:30PM-ish) at Loyola Park, and keeps going until we run out of fireworks. Time for some “oooh”s and “aaah”s! Don’t miss a single second! www.beaconhillfireworks.webs.com
Fireworks Donations
The Fireworks show is an expensive endeavour that your BHCA puts on for free. If you’re feeling generous, it would be very much appreciated if you brought a few dollars or your spare coins to drop in our donation buckets to help us offset the cost of the show so we can continue to put it on every year for every family in our community.
Fireworks Video
Your BHCA is asking anyone in attendance at our Fireworks show who is able to, to please video the show and send it to us. You can email us the video (info@bhca.ca), you can post it to youtube and email us the link (info@bhca.ca), or email us (info@bhca.ca) and we’ll arrange to pick up a copy from you in person.
Home Depot

Our Fireworks Show would not be possible without the very generous support of the Home Depot located at 1616 Cyrville rd. When shopping there, be sure to thank them for everything they donated to make our Community event possible. Thanx, Home Depot!

Graffiti, Vandalism and Theft
Your BHCA has been approached by the Ottawa Police Services to organize a Neighbourhood Watch. This will only work if we get people to go for evening strolls, take their dogs for a walk, and take some pride in their community. Vandalism (in the form of tagging) has increased dramatically in our neighbourhood, and a Neighbourhood Watch could help reduce these instances of vandalism. The worst that could happen is you get some exercise and prevent crime. Let us know if you’d like to help info@bhca.ca
Clean up the Capital
We are looking to put together a Clean Up the Capital committee to help us organize cleaning, and keeping clean, our community. If you are interested in spending a few hours over the next 9-10 months helping us plan, please email us at info@bhca.ca.
Free Soccer Camp
Greenbelt Baptist’s FREE soccer camp is a great opportunity for your children to to have fun, improve their soccer skills, and learn that there’s more to life than simply sports! Kids are 5-10 are welcome, space is limited to the first 90 campers who register. Last year the camp was full so register soon at www/greenbeltbaptist.com/soccer

BHCA’s New WebsiteWe’ve switched our website over to a “wiki” format, running the same software that Wikipedia runs on. Feel free to create an account and add to our content. It’s easy to do. Let’s make this the best community Website in Ottawa!

Fun Stuff

If You Only Do One Type of Weight Training, Do Squats

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June 2012

INTERPROVINCIAL BRIDGE FINAL PUBLIC INPUT EVENT TUESDAY JUNE 12TH – HAVE YOUR SAY!Did you know that a bridge, the size of the MacDonald Cartier Bridge (6 lanes) will be built in the East end!

The next public consultation event will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at Shenkman Arts Centre – Lower Lobby, 245 Centrum Boulevard in Orleans. This is an open house format from 3 PM to 9 PM.

This event will likely be the last time the public can provide input that will be used in the corridor selection process. We are encouraging all Beacon Hill residents to go to this event, see the latest corridor alignments and provide your feedback. Up to this point in time, few Beacon Hill residents have participated in the process and thus people from other communities are influencing the corridor alignments and decisions being made, especially for Corridor 6. Do Beacon Hill residents want that?

Corridor 6 Changes – Now a Hybrid of the “Canotek Option”

Since our last newsletter to you, the design of Corridor 6 has changed once again. These changes occurred following consultations to which Beacon Hill residents were not invited.

Corridor 6 is now a hybrid version of the “Canotek Option” – with the access road to the bridge running along the east side of the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre, to avoid parts of the greenbelt. In addition, changes to the Montreal Road/Hwy 174 road are proposed – moving this interchange towards the Canotek Business Park and encroaching surrounding lands. The bridge would cross Lower Duck Island, (previously it was located further east). A new highway 174/bridge interchange (not a cloverleaf) with a stop light would be built next to the Orleans Fruit Farm, not quite the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) recommended 2 KM distance from the existing Montreal Rd/Hwy 174 interchange. Just visualize the traffic backup here! On the Quebec side, 85 homes would be lost on Lorrain Boulevard!

The Corridor Selection Process:

A recommendation on the preferred corridor will be made at the end of summer/early autumn. A panel of 22 “experts” will be chosen to make this decision using input (among other things) from the public. We were assured they were all experts in their fields but the names of these people, where they come from will not be revealed. Do they have any conflicts of interest? We may never know.

The Fairness Auditor:

The National Capital Commission has hired consultant Deloitte to oversee the bridge selection process. The auditor’s role will be to oversee the panel making the selection not to accept feedback on the process from community groups!

For more details:

Visit the BHCA website at www.BCHA.ca

The June Public Consultation Schedule, Exhibits and Handouts are now available on the Interprovincial Crossings EA Study website. See the “Resource Page”: http://ncrcrossings.ca/index.php/public-consultation

CHEO BBQ presented by Bell celebrates 20 years on June 9On Saturday, June 9 over 1,500 people will gather at Ottawa’s east-end Shefford Park for the 20th annual CHEO BBQ presented by Bell. Ottawa-Gatineau’s only volleyball and ultimate Frisbee event, the CHEO BBQ presented by Bell will see athletes and families play, pledge and win with the hopes of this year raising $60,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

This year’s BBQ will once again feature an ultimate Frisbee and beach volleyball tournament, plus a new 5km family walk around the streets surrounding the park presented by RBC. Other event festivities include the Wireless Amber Alerts Family Zone, and of course the infamous Bytown Catering barbecue pit, including chicken, sausages, veggie kabobs, hamburgers, hot-dogs and a steak dinner!

CHEO BBQ presented by Bell is also thrilled to have Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live host, Lianne Laing as honourary chair for the 20th anniversary BBQ. “It’s one thing as a parent to deal with sniffles, fevers and band-aids, but life changes drastically when your child is seriously sick or in need of medical treatment. CHEO represents different things to different families. I am grateful that CHEO is here in Ottawa and I am sincerely touched that I was asked to come on board as honourary chair of the CHEO BBQ presented by Bell, an event that brings fundraising and fun to another level”.

In 1993, the CHEO BBQ began as a 15 person backyard gathering organized by Mike Machargo and cofounder Johnny Hunt with a fishbowl was passed around to collect donations for the hospital during the CHEO Telethon. Since then, the CHEO BBQ presented by Bell has grown bigger every year with over 1,000 participants, 40 sponsors and 200 volunteers, and a grand total of $365,000 raised for CHEO over 20 years.

For information on the CHEO BBQ including how to register, volunteer or make a donation, please visit the CHEO BBQ website www.cheobbq.com.

For media inquiries, please contact: Mike Machargo, mike@cheobbq.com.

Celebrate Summer Beacon Hill, come and Celebrate Summer on June 16th at the 2nd Annual Celebrate Summer Festival! Once again a wonderful community celebration will be taking place in and around Earl Armstrong Arena on Saturday June 16th from 11 am to 11 pm. Come and enjoy midway rides, bouncy castles, hotdogs, a magicians show, barbeque, a beer tent and live rock music at night. In addition there will be be a Quidditch demonstration, soccer games, a dunk tank and the presence of Darth Vader and various other Star Wars characters! There is something for people of all ages! Be prepared to have too much fun all day long!

Picnic in the ParkOn Canada Day (July 1st) your BHCA will be holding a (free) Picnic in the Park again this year, put on by our youth committee, with games and treats for all ages, singing O Canada! at noon. Please join us for a fun day at the Eastvale park, 2130 Radford court behind Annunciation of the Lord church on Ogilvie road. Bring your picnic blanket and lunch. Events start at 10AM and go until 2PM. Then you can come out and see our…

Canada Day Fireworks!For the second year in a row, your BHCA will be putting on a huge fireworks show at the Loyola Park field on Loyola ave (between Shefford and Eastvale. It’s a great show, and close to home. No need to fight crowds downtown. The show starts at dusk and goes until we run out. The first fireworks display will be a pro-like choreographed display by a Beacon Hill alumnus. Following his show, we will continue to launch all the fireworks that have been donated to us. This is a free show for all, however it is an expensive show to produce, so donations to help defray the costs are greatly appreciated and will be accepted online at our website www.BHCA.ca on the homepage, or by BHCA volunteers at the show.

Fun StuffDid you lose the manual for your remote control? Or that power tool (you’re not sure what it’s for)? Here’s a site that’s aiming to replace every lost manual: http://www.manualslib.com/.

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May 2012 Newsletter 2 – (Those Things) Which Must Be Added

Apologies for a second email this month, but there are a few things that need to be broadcast.
The Big Beacon Hill Garage Sale is only 3 days away!
Here’s the latest list, and a map, to all of the Beacon Hill residents’ Garage Sales on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
Garage sale vendors warned to screen items – Selling banned products that hurt people can lead to stiff fines, Health Canada says.
[CLICK HERE] for the full article.
Giants football
THE GIANTS WANT YOU!!
The North Gloucester Giants Football Club is recruiting players from Tyke to Midget levels (ages 8 to 19) for its 2012 season. You can register by contacting Louise, the club registrar at 613-762-4792, nggiantsinfo@rogers.com and/or visit our website www.nggiants.ca for more information. Or show up on our practice field at Ken Steele Park, 1195 Ogilvie Rd, Ottawa any Monday to Thursday from 6pm to 7pm.
We look forward to having you come join one of Ottawa’s great tackle football teams! GO GIANTS
East Side Mario’s a partner at Celebrate Summer
East Side Mario’s Gloucester at 1820 Ogilvie Rd. is proud to be part of the Beacon Hill community and support the many causes that make our community a better and safer place for all families. Come visit us at our SilverCity location and check out our booth for many great beer and beverage selections at Celebrate Summer on June 16th. Hey Budda Boom Budda Bing!!!
We Need Some Help With a Flyer Drop
Over the course of the next few weeks, your Beacon Hill Community Association will be delivering flyers door to door. If you think you could spare an hour or two to lend a hand walking around your street dropping them off, it would be a tremendous help to us. As well, if you’re a student who is lacking volunteer hours, we can help before the end of the school year. To volunteer, please send an email to info@bhca.ca.
Picnic in the Park and Fireworks Show
One of your BHCA’s annual events is growing! Every Canada Day, your BHCA puts on a Picnic in the Park in the Eastvale park (off of Radford Court). As well, beginning last year, we help a local pyrotechnician, Yves, put on an unbelievable fireworks display that bests the one on the Hill (plus it has better parking, smaller crowds, 5 minutes from home, basically a million times better). Both of these events, while free to everyone, do requrie a small amount of money from your Community Association to put on. If you would like to help us out, please join the BHCA as a member. The cost is $10/year and every penny of that goes to helping us help you and your community. [CLICK HERE] for more information.
Wiki Coming Soon
Shortly the BHCA will be launching a Wiki. It will work exactly the same way Wikipedia works, but will encompass all things Beacon Hill. Let us know if you have any ideas as to what you would like to see in the wiki, and what types of contribution you can make. email us at info@bhca.ca.
Fun Stuff
Balloon Map Our Neighbourhood
If anyone would like to try this, let us know and we will follow your progress, publish your photos on BHCA.ca. We just thought it was a neat idea.
Game Theory and Logic to Help You Buy a Car
If you’re in the market for a new car, here’s some information on how to get the best price possible.
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May 2012 Newsletter

Clean up the Capital 2012Many thanks go to our 14 volunteers who came out to clean up our beautiful neighbourhood. With concentrations on properties surrounding school yards, as well as Beacon Hill South, our gang managed to collect several hundred pounds of trash. Again, thanks to everyone who came by to help. Hopefully next year, even more people can spend 2 hours lending a hand.

Big Beacon Hill Garage SaleWith the big day almost upon us, we’ve had over 20 people sign up for the Big Beacon Hill Garage Sale. A map will be provided a few days ahead of time on BHCA.ca, as well as some local advertising to help us out. There’s still time to sign up, right up to the last minute. visit BHCA.ca and enter your garage sale’s address right there on the home page.

Interprovincial Bridge UpdateMore detailed pictures of the proposed interprovincial bridge corridors (5, 6 and 7) have been unveiled and are available for viewing at:

http://www.ncrcrossings.ca/index.php/whats-new-/43-focused-segment-community-meetings

For Corridor 6 (of interest to Beacon Hill residents): The picture entitled “Corridor 6 Segment 3 Rue Notre-Dame and the Ottawa River Crossing” provides the best perspective on where a bridge will cross the Ottawa river to the Quebec side.

Public consultations on these revised corridor alignments are to be held some time in June (Date not yet announced).

We encourage you to review these files and send your comments to info.crossings@genivar.com.

Also, please visit the BHCA web site to keep up-to-date on bridge issues: [Click Here].

Celebrate SummerBeacon Hill, come and Celebrate Summer on June 16th at the 2nd Annual Celebrate Summer Festival! Once again a wonderful community celebration will be taking place in and around Earl Armstrong Arena on Saturday June 16th from 11 am to 11 pm. Come and enjoy midway rides, bouncy castles, hotdogs, a magicians show, barbeque, a beer tent and live rock music at night. In addition there will be be a Quidditch demonstration, soccer games, a dunk tank and the presence of Darth Vader and various other Star Wars characters! There is something for people of all ages! Be prepared to have too much fun all day long!

Le Phare Elementary School Plant and Garage SaleLe Phare’s annual Plant and Garage Sale (May 26, 2012) is happening at the same time as the Big Beacon Hill Garage Sale as it does every year and this year is no exception. Space is still available if you’d like to rent a table, and drop off for items is Friday evening, May 26, 2012. Please call Le Phare for more information. 613-744-2597.

Beacon Hill EveningsThe May Beacon Hill Evening will be delayed until early June due to a lack of venue. We will be learning how to roast our own coffee using small appliances you probably already have in your kitchen. Stay tuned!

GRAND OPENING! – ‘Challengers’ Tennis Academies‘Challengers’ Tennis Academies are excited to invite you to our Grand Opening on Saturday, May 26th and Sunday, May 27th at our courts, located at Colonel By Secondary School, 2381 Ogilvie Road. We will be showcasing our improvements to the facilities; we now have a pro-shop, patio furniture, and umbrellas so that you can sit and enjoy yourself. Additionally, four of our seven courts are being resurfaced on May 21st and we think you will enjoy the look of them! Come and join us to play some tennis, enjoy a BBQ lunch, meet our pros and staff and bask in the sun. We can’t wait to see you!

‘Challengers’ Tennis Academies are a new tennis club in the cozy Ottawa neighbourhood of Beacon Hill. We are here to provide a valuable service to the public in the form of a fun, affordable, accessible sport for members of the community. In addition to our recreational tennis programs, our tennis pros also coach and run lessons as well as a high performance program for interested members of the community. We are looking forward to working with you to bring your game to the next level.

For more information about ‘Challengers’ Tennis Academies, please visit

http://www.challengersacademies.ca/ ,

contact us at

info@challengeracademies.ca ,

or come by the courts, located at Colonel By Secondary School, 2381 Ogilvie Road.

Councillor Tim Tierney’s Community UpdateMay 2012

As we move into the warmer, almost summer days we have a few hurdles behind us and a few projects on the horizon to watch for.

Council is pleased to be moving forward with Lansdowne development plans as this is a long-awaited improvement. Looking down the road, we’re also looking forward to hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015 – the world’s premier women’s sporting event.

If you’re following the LRT news, you’ll know that we are also marching ahead and tweaking plans for station locations and will be moving forward with the necessary studies and ultimately, construction.

The recent shake up at OC Transpo will bring many new and exciting changes – and improvements – to the system. The new priorities include the implementation of the PRESTO card, fares, financial management and labour relations with the number one focus being customer service!

On the local scene, you will notice the familiar true indication of spring – road work. Watch for construction on Hwy 174 (Montreal to Blair) and the much-needed La Verendrye Drive. After hearing from many of you in the community I was pleased to have this street added to the Ottawa on the Move priority list for 2012.

On a final note, congratulations to Natalie Maione of Helping With Furniture who was presented with United Way Community Builder Award this week – a true community leader! We’re proud of you and all that you do.

In the coming weeks I will be sending out my community newsletter that will have more detail and information on our upcoming community fair “Celebrate Summer”.

Visit my website at http://beaconhillcyrville.ca/ for all of the up to date information.

TIM TIERNEY

Beacon Hill-Cyrville City Councillor

Conseiller, quartier Beacon Hill-Cyrville

City of Ottawa/Ville d’Ottawa

110, avenue Laurier Avenue West/ouest

Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1

Tel./tél.: (613) 580-2481

www.BeaconHillCyrville.ca

Twitter: @TimTierney

Fun StuffF Minus by Tony Carrillo

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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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