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Thursday October 1, 2015
Every time I pull together an article I am writing about road repairs, updates on construction, new work to start, etc. In fact, I just tweeted out that Greenbank Road southbound at Hunt Club is down to 1 lane during peak hour traffic! I don’t expect the situation on the roads is going to improve and I am surprised that I now prefer to take OC Transpo most days to City Hall.
No kidding, I am that surprised, I never thought I would be a bus rider. It’s at the point I hate driving my car on days that I must either morning or afternoon/evening. It doesn’t matter when you leave, 6:30 am or 9:10 like yesterday. Traffic is awful. Driving home I think is worse. So I enjoy taking OC Transpo in particular because it gives me 2 hours a day to work stress free and in fact gifting me with evening time to do other things. My favourite, of course, is doing something with my grandchildren.
As we head into Fall, the warm weather continues; unfortunately, so do road closures. The most current closure notice extends along Greenbank from Kilbirnie Drive to Barnsdale Road. Minto has contracted Taggart Construction to install new sanitary and storm sewers, new watermain and to connect new lot services for their Quinn's Pointe Development. This closure will completely shut down Greenbank between Kilbirnie and Barnsdale from Monday, Sept. 21 to Monday, November 2, 2015. I am not pleased and I did push back to keep half the road open however the size of the project, the depth of the necessary dig, etc would have been unsafe for all. Staff has pressured the contractor to complete the work in less than 2 months. We ask for your understanding.
Detours for those of you coming from southerly areas will be well-marked and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. As well Minto Rec Complex Manager Janis Phillips will ensure sports users are aware to alert out of town teams and all coming from outside Barrhaven.
In a lighter vein, my Open House will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7th from 5- 7:30 pm at the Minto Recreation Complex. I have invited representatives from Police, fire and city By-law officers to be on hand to answer your questions. You know the drill if you have attended my open house over the past 15 years or so. I hope to see you there.
Firefighters will be out in uniform throughout Ottawa in the next few weeks checking fire alarms. Of course you don't have to welcome them into your home but seriously anything that makes your home safer for your family is just a darn good thing to do. Fall means cooler evenings and as we start using our fireplaces and furnaces, it's a good time to remind ourselves of fire safety and the requirement of CO2 detectors in our homes. It is also a good time to have the specialists in to check out furnaces, maybe have your ducts cleaned and your furnace chimney too.
Fall has also meant that our children are back in school and it is hard for me to believe that my oldest grandchild Marin (Mary) is now is Grade 8! Can you believe it? She will be 13 in October. Larry and I are thrilled to be welcoming a new grandchild next February.
We have so much to be thankful for and hope that you and your family are able to enjoy this autumn season and celebrate its bounties together.
Fall Clean the Capital
Why not gather friends and neighbours to join you for a cleanup project in your neighbourhood? The City of Ottawa Public Works Department and Tim Hortons are pleased to announce that the registration for the annual Fall Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open! You can register your project site - a park, schoolyard, ravine or any public area - using our new map www.ottawa.ca/clean. It would be great to see Barrhaven overload the map with projects!
In 2013 a terrible tragedy befell our club, community and family. Rowan Stringer succumbed to complications from undetected concussions brought on by multiple high impact sports collisions.
Out of this darkness is the hope to shed light on this largely still misunderstood threat which looms over all who stay active and engage in terrific sports such as rugby.
MPP Lisa Macleod has spearheaded an initiative to enact "Rowan's Law" into the Ontario Legislature which will act as the official protocol for dealing with concussion symptoms and ultimately those who are concussed.
On Saturday, September 12th, Barrhaven showed up in an amazing show of support at the newly renamed Ken Ross Park, as the official petition for Rowan’s Law was launched. It is hoped that the petition will prove the that the will and desire is there to push this bill forward and to make sure all of our athletes are aware of the reality and the danger of concussions.
Please take the time to sign the petition supporting Rowan’s Law at www.rowanslaw.ca
Enchantment Under the Sea Dinner and Dance Gala
City Councillor’s to hold “Back to the Future” themed Enchantment Under the Sea Dinner and Dance Gala to raise funds for Acute Care of the Elderly Unit (ACE) at Queensway Carleton Hospital.
At the end of the classic movie, Marty McFly jumped into the DeLorean and programmed the flux capacitor to take him decades into the future. The date he programmed? October 21, 2015. So, on that evening, we are calling the community together to celebrate this historic date in pop culture by attending a special Enchantment Under the Sea "high school" dance (and dinner) fundraiser.
City Council ACE Ambassadors’ Chiarelli, Wilkinson, Egli, El-Chantiry, Harder, Hubly, Qadri, Taylor and Queensway Carleton Hospital are hosting the 1950's and 1980's themed bash commemorating the two time periods Mr. McFly visited before his 2015 landing. The ACE Ambassadors are helping the community raise the required community-generated portion of the funds needed to build the Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit. They are doing it with the help of dedicated local sponsors including Algonquin College, which will act as the host location of the event. A delicious meal will be served by the College followed by a dance to the musical stylings of Ottawa’s own Star Fire Band! Silent auction proceeds, along with ticket sales and cash donations from the event, will go towards the ACE Unit.
Why? By 2031 over 1 in 5 people in the City of Ottawa will be older than the age of 65. The 34-bed ACE inpatient medical unit will serve that influx with a specialized inter-professional team of healthcare and social science professionals. The care focus is not only on treating one of a patient’s medical illnesses, but multiple ailments and their interactions. ACE is also dedicated to maintaining seniors' independence, to trying to prevent the loss of physical abilities and to addressing mental health problems. Care provided will meet the special needs of our elderly, lead to shorter hospital stays and help provide a healthier return to the community.
The Enchantment Under the Sea Dinner and Dance Gala will help raise funds towards the required $1.5 million community contribution needed to complete the project. Individual and group tickets are on sale now, please contact AceAmbassadorGala@gmail.com for purchase details or to make a donation. You can also purchase online at: www.enchantmentundertheseagala.eventbrite.com
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015,
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Algonquin College
For more information:
Half Moon Bay Tree Planting Event
If you would like to make a difference in your community of Half Moon Bay you can do so by helping to plant trees along the Jock River. This event is a joint effort by the City's Forestry Services Department and community volunteers. City staff are providing coordination with internal stakeholders such as parks and recreation or stormwater management; consultation with external stakeholders such as Rideau Valley Conservation; site preparation, plant material, and shovels.
The community is providing the manpower.
If you think you may be able to participate, please visit the event's Facebook page to get more information and let organizers know.
Date: Saturday, October 6th, 2015. Rain or Shine.
Where: The Gazebo on Greenbank Rd. and Half Moon Bay Road along the Jock River.
Time: 4:30 pm
Dress: Long pants, long sleeves, boots
Trick or Treat with the Mayor
On Saturday, October 24th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, the Mayor will host a safe Halloween event in support of the Ottawa Food Bank's Baby Supply Cupboard. The Baby Supply Cupboard targets the most vulnerable members of our society, infants and toddlers, whose parents lack the resources to adequately provide for them. As a result of this program, expensive items such as formula, baby food and diapers are made available to assist families in need. Last year’s event resulted in the collection of over 4,100 pounds of non-perishable donations and $561.20 in financial donations for the Baby Supply Cupboard.
This year the festivities will begin in Jean Pigott Place where everyone is invited to “trick or treat” with the Mayor, meet numerous costumed characters and visit the spooky witches’ den in Andrew S. Haydon Hall. The excitement continues outdoors on Marion Dewar Plaza with pumpkin decorating, a fall-themed photo booth, the Giant Tiger train and hot beverages. With the support of our corporate sponsors, a memorable evening is assured while supporting a very worthy cause.
Greenbank Road Widening at VIA Railway
Construction continues along Greenbank south of Strandherd where traffic signal work and then concrete work will continue. The section of Greenbank from Strandherd to Wessex will see completion of the concrete median and curbs, and then paving of the centre area.
Work is now active at the Foxfield / Malvern intersection and surrounding area. Lane reductions will be in effect in this area during off- peak hours. We appreciate patience and a cautious approach while construction is underway to maintain a safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and construction workers. Drilling and blasting will recommence during September on the north and south side of the railway. The final areas of rock excavation will be done by hoe-ram due to proximity to the operating railway track. All blasting activity is monitored to ensure vibration is within allowable limits.
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd. and their sub-contractors continue to work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work. Your continued patience throughout this project is very much appreciated.
Barrhaven Senior's Centre
Looking to connect with other older adults (55+) in Barrhaven? The Barrhaven Senior's Centre has over 200 members from your community, and continues to grow. Everyone is welcome to join any or all events. For more information please visit their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/groups/barrhavenseniorscouncil or contact Don Winchester at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-440-3620.
Royal Canadian Legion 641 Bursary Program
The Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) recognizes the need for a post-secondary education to prosper and believes that our young people are the leaders of tomorrow. As a result, the RCL offers partial financing of post-secondary education through the granting of annual bursaries.
The Bursary Program is designed to assist students entering or continuing their post-secondary education, including courses and programs of a technical and vocational nature, outside of and beyond secondary school. Approved bursary assistance is not based upon scholastic standing but rather on the successful admission status to a post-secondary institution or successful completion of one or more years leading to a recognized degree, diploma or certificate. Students applying for assistance may be granted a bursary based on documented need, per scholastic year (September to August), as determined by the RCL 641 Bursary Committee.
Eligibility, selection criteria and application forms can be found on the RCL Branch 641 webpage, under the Youth tab: http://www.rcl641.ca/youth.html.
All applications must be submitted by October 31, 2015 for the academic year ending June 2016 and hand delivered or mailed to “RCL 641 Bursary Committee” at the Royal Canadian Legion at:
3A- 3500 Fallowfield Rd.
Nepean ON, K2J 4A7