BHCA Newsletter February 2017


6 parents left their kids at our rink, they’re beating the Leafs

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This was the name of the Beacon Hill Community Association newsletter in January 1970.

February 2017

Federal By-Election Debate!

Once again, your BHCA is hosting a debate in our riding!

When: March 29, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Colonel By Cafetorium (2381 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 7N4, Canada)

If you’d like to help:

There will also be a sign-up table at the debate.


There are currently 4 unofficial (not listed at Elections Canada as of February 20, 2017) candidates:

  1. Nira Dookeran
  2. Mona Fortier
  3. Adrian Papara
  4. Emilie Taman

Submit your question(s) to the candidates [HERE]!


Quebec City

The BHCA Executive would like to extend our sincere and deepest condolences to everyone, especially those who lost loved ones in last month’s attack.

Beacon Hill, 1954

Beacon Hill North (Short history)

A long-time resident, Elaine Garfinkel, wrote a brief history of her time here in Beacon Hill (more specifically Beacon Hill North), and we thought it would be a great idea to publish it for all to read. Although it is too long to put in a newsletter, we have published a few snippets here and have linked to the entire story on our site at the link below.

Thank you, Elaine!

We have “originals” living here still and many children of our early residents have chosen to settle in this community. Our roots run deep.


The Beacon Hill North Association still exists supporting a number of activities, acting as a monitor for the community and advocating on important issues that impact the life of residents.

Read the entire document [HERE].

Chugging ahead with Stage 2 of the LRT Project

[…] We’re moving ahead with Stage 2 of the light rail project.

Next year the Confederation Line opens with two key stations in our ward: Cyrville and Blair.

Then in 2022, we will see that track expanded all the way to Trim Road, easing pressure and congestion at Blair and adding a third LRT station in Beacon Hill-Cyrville: Montreal Road.

Yes, this means more construction is on the way, specifically at Montreal and on Regional Road 174, but with no pain there will be no train.

Stage 2 of the LRT project will connect more of our residents to the downtown core, east to Trim Station, south to the airport, southwest to Baseline and west to Moodie Drive.

All of this work will ensure 95 per cent of Beacon Hill –Cyrville residents are within a 5 km commute to light rail. It will bring you closer to retail like the Gloucester Centre, recreation facilities and Greenbelt trails as well as employment Centres like the Canotek Business Park.

Construction on Stage 2 begins in 2018, with some of the work in the west and south end being completed in 2023.

With the Rideau Transit Group signing on to maintain the Confederation Line’s core assets until 2048, lowering their costs and by agreeing not to compete to build the east – west expansion of the Confederation Line, we will be saving money on this massive project.

Stage 2 will see 36 new kilometres of rail and 22 new stations. With help from the federal and provincial governments we will be able to keep this project within the city’s $3.6-billion budget.

The Zipper Merge

Please read this article and let’s try to reduce congestion with the simple “Zipper Merge”.

[Click Here]

“By working together, by abandoning our individual preferences and our distrust of others’ preferences, in favor of a simple set of objective rules, we can make things better for everyone,” wrote Tom Vanderbilt in the 2008 book Traffic.

Beacon Hill selected to host Ottawa 2017 Event

The Beacon Hill Community Association is pleased to announce that they have been selected by the City of Ottawa to host an amazing Ottawa 2017 event – Canada Day in Beacon Hill ( The Beacon Hill Community Association is planning a massive Canada Day celebration in 2017. We’ve been putting on great shows for over 8 years, but this year will be different. With funding from the City of Ottawa, this year’s celebration will feature a bigger, brighter fireworks display, more family activities, and food and refreshments. The event will be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with our community, show off your Canadian pride and have lots of fun. Stay tuned for more details about what we have in store.

We’re also looking for volunteers to help us plan this great Canada Day event. If you’re interesting in helping out, whether on Canada Day or before, we want to hear from you. Even if you aren’t able to volunteer, we would love to hear your ideas.

Wishing everyone a great Canada 150!

Celebrating Gloucester 1867-2017

Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary as a nation in 2017, and to mark that event, the Gloucester Historical Society will have a writing contest for Grade Eight students on the theme “Life in Gloucester 1867-2017.”

Originally, all the land bordering the Ottawa River east of the Rideau River to the Cumberland boundary and south to Osgoode Township belonged to the Township of Gloucester. Parts of the township were annexed to the City of Ottawa over the years, and eventually the incorporated City of Gloucester was amalgamated into Ottawa. Your community, or at least part of it, lies within the boundaries of the original Gloucester.

Our historical society aims to preserve and celebrate the history of this area. We have contacted schools located within the boundaries of the former Township of Gloucester to invite their students to participate in this contest[…].

Entries will be up to three typewritten pages long or longer if maps and photos are included. A cash prize of $150 as well as a framed certificate will be awarded to the top English and the top French entries. Second and third prize winners in both English and French will receive $100 and $50 respectively.

Closing date will be April 30, 2017, with the award being made in June 2017 at the winning schools. Entries may be in English or French, about any aspect of Gloucester history (for example: a person, place or event), with a strong focus on evidence gathered from primary and secondary sources.

Further details are available on our website,, and inquiries may be directed to or

Hate Junk Mail?

Follow the instructions on Canada Post’s site and hopefully it’ll stop.

(Tell us if it works)

[Click Here]

Fun Stuff

Some Beacon Hill residents making bacon. (PS Subscribe to this channel!)

Ottawa Police Map

I can’t stop playing with this map of Police calls:

Useless Button

This Newsletter also sponsored in part by Councillor Tim Tierney



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