Newsletter 2012-06-07



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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

The June Public Consultation Schedule, Exhibits and Handouts are now available on the Interprovincial Crossings EA Study website. See the “Resource Page”:

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

For media inquiries, please contact: Mike Machargo,

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 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:

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