Thursday, 11 December 2014

Base Ice for the Kilreen Rink - Volunteers Needed!

Now that the snow has finally arrived, work is underway for the skating rink at Kilreen Park. The snow-blowing company, Appleseed, has agreed to do an initial packing of the snow by Friday evening. This will take care of most of the hard work, but we’ll still need to level the surface by hand, using shovels, pieces of plywood, lawn rollers, and anything else you can come up with.

If you are available, please come out with your equipment on Saturday morning, 13 December, at 9:30AM to help out.

 After that, our rink volunteers will take over, beginning with the first few floodings and freezings to get the ice underway. We'll post here as soon as the rink is open!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Call for Rink Volunteers

This winter we'll once again be maintaining a community skating rink in Kilreen Park. Last year the rink was a great success. We had a dedicated group of volunteers to help maintain the ice and shovel off snow, and community members came out regularly to enjoy this great new amenity at our neighbourhood park.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with this year's rink! If you are interested, please email us your contact information so that our rink coordinator can be in touch with you. Volunteers will help to create an ice base as soon as weather permits; do periodic flooding to maintain the ice surface; and shovel on snowy days. The more people-power we have, the lighter the work for everyone.

There are many others ways that you can contribute time to the Community Association, such as distributing flyers, pitching in at community events, and translating our materials into French. Community members are also invited to serve on any of our committees (Transportation, Intensification, Events & Rec, and Communications). Please email us at if you would like to be notified from time to time about upcoming committee meetings and other volunteer opportunities. Contribute whatever time you have. It all helps to make our community a better place to live!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Ottawa's Snow Go Programs

Do you need help finding a snow removal contractor for this winter? The City of Ottawa provides a number of tips and services to help residents with snow-clearing.

The Snow Go Program helps seniors and persons with disabilities find reliable contractors and/or individuals to clear snow. Once matched up with help, residents are responsible for making payments directly to the individual or contractor. Eligible seniors and persons with disabilities can also apply to the Snow Go Assist Program, which provides financial assistance to cover the costs of snow removal.

Also, residents searching for a reputable snow plow contractor can review the City's roster of licensed contractors listed on There, you will also find tips on how to handle a door-to-door sales pitch and how to understand the terms of your contract, and links to the Better Business Bureau and customer review websites.

For more information about any of these services visit or call 311 (TTY: 613-580-2401).


Avez-vous besoin d'aide pour trouver un service de déneigement pour l'hiver? La Ville d’Ottawa offre aux résidents un certain nombre de conseils et de services afin de les aider à déblayer la neige de leur entrée ou de leur allée en hiver.

Le Programme Snow-Go aide les personnes âgées ou ayant un handicap à trouver un entrepreneur ou un particulier fiable pour enlever la neige de leur entrée ou de leur allée privée. Les résidents paient directement le particulier ou l’entrepreneur en déneigement avec lequel ils ont été jumelés. Les aînés et les personnes ayant un handicap admissibles peuvent aussi faire une demande au Programme d’aide Snow Go qui fournit une aide financière et paie une partie de leurs frais de déneigement.

Les résidents qui cherchent un entrepreneur en déneigement fiable peuvent consulter la liste d’entrepreneurs licenciés affichée à; ils y trouveront également des conseils pour faire affaire avec les vendeurs qui font du porte-à-porte; comprendre les modalités du contrat avant de le signer; et consulter le site Web du Better Business Bureau et les sites où trouver les avis de clients.

Consultez pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements sur ces services ou composez le 3-1-1 (ATS : 613-580-2401) pour connaître le nom de l’organisme de soutien à domicile qui dessert votre secteur.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Annual General Meeting

Sunday, November 16, 1:30 p.m.
Gordon DesClouds Hall
Pinecrest Recreation Complex

Our second Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, November 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the Pinecrest Recreation Complex, Gordon DesClouds Hall. Come and hear about our successes and challenges during the 2013-2014 year, and vote on the updated constitution and our Executive Members!

If you are interested in nominating yourself or someone else to serve on the Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Directors at Large), please send an email to


Dimanche 16 novembre, 13h30
La salle Gordon DesClouds
Complexe récréatif Pinecrest

Notre deuxième assemblée générale annuelle est prévue pour le dimanche 16 novembre, à 13 h 30 dans la salle Gordon DesClouds du Complexe récréatif Pinecrest. Venez entendre parler de nos réussites et nos défis au cours de l'année 2013-2014, et votez sur la mise-à-jour de notre constitution et des membres du comité exécutif !

Si vous êtes intéressé à nominer quelqu'un (ou vous-même) au Comité exécutif (président(e), vice-président(e), trésorier (ère), secrétaire et directeur(e)), veuillez envoyer un courriel à

Monday, 6 October 2014

All-Candidates Meeting This Week

The Westcliffe Estates Community Association in Bells Corners is hosting an event this week where voters can meet with our Ward 8 candidates for City Councillor.

Ward 8 All-Candidates Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 9, 8:15 p.m.
Westcliffe Community Centre
681 Seyton Drive

For more information, contact the Westcliffe Estates Community Association.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Upcoming Municipal Elections

The slate of candidates for Ottawa's upcoming municipal elections has just been finalized. The election will take place on October 27, and we encourage all members of our community to participate!

To make sure your name is on the voting list, check with the City's Elections Office.

The candidates running for City Councillor in our local area, College Ward 8, and their contact information, are as follows:

Phone: 613-406-4999

Phone: 613-820-9916

Phone: 613-369-5020

Phone: 613-828-5520

The candidates running for School Board Trustee in our local area, Ottawa Carleton District School Board Zone 5, and their contact information, are as follows:

Phone: 613-315-1400


Phone: 613-809-2843

To see the candidates in other wards, and also those nominated for the office of Mayor, visit the City's elections website.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Residents can take household hazardous waste to a one-day depot on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 150 Tunney's Pasture Drive. These are items that cannot be safely left at the curb for pickup, including:

               Aerosol containers
               Batteries (automotive/household)
               Propane cylinders
               Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
               Fire extinguishers
               Fertilizers and pesticides
               Needles and syringes
               Paints and coatings
               Pool chemicals

If you aren't able to turn in your household hazardous waste on the 7th, you can also return them to certain local retailers who accept this type of waste for recycling and proper disposal. For a list of retailers who accept HHW, please visit And check the City of Ottawa's website for more information about the disposal of waste and tips for reducing it.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Coming Up: Family Picnic in Ridgeview Park

Join us Wednesday, August 20 for a gathering of families in Ridgeview Park. Bring your own picnic, spread out on the grass, and relax while getting to know your neighbours. Ridgeview Park is located behind Our Lady of Victory Elementary School and can be accessed from Placid, Badger, or Edwin Crescents. See you there!

Family Picnic in Ridgeview Park
Wednesday, August 20
BYOP (Bring your own picnic)
Cancelled in case of rain

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Crime Prevention in August

During July there were four home break-and-enters in QTSR, and also a couple of reported car break-ins. August is the worst month of the year for burgluries, as people head off for vacations and leave their homes unattended. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind this month:

• Lock all doors and windows
• Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors and other entrances into the home
• Ensure proper locks are installed on sliding glass doors, and consider inserting a fitted piece of wood or metal in the doors' lower track to improve security
• Use curtains on basement and garage windows to prevent passers-by from shopping for goods
• Do not leave purses or valuables in view of persons at your door
• Consider purchasing a home security system
• Keep tools, ladders, garbage pails, and other material locked away
• Keep bicycles, barbecues, and lawnmowers and snow blowers securely stored
• Ensure you have adequate exterior lighting
• Inform neighbours or relatives of your vacation plans and where you can be reached, and leave a key with them so that they can check your home
• If you go away on vacation have a neighbor park their car in your driveway and pick up any flyers or mail
• Leave your home with a lived-in-look. Use automatic timers to turn on lights.
• Report any suspicious people in your neighborhood.

The Greenbank Community Police Center does offer free home security inspections. You can contact our local Constable Sue Wright at 613-236-1222 ext. 2179 for more information.

Also, please contact us at if you are interested in establishing a Neighbourhood Watch Program on your block. A new program is underway on Thorson Avenue, and we can provide you and your neighbours the information necessary to follow suit.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Splashpad Coming to Kilreen Park!

We're pleased to announce that, thanks to our efforts and the extraordinary collaboration of our City Councillor Rick Chiarelli, the City of Ottawa is planning to install a splash pad in Kilreen Park on Southwood Avenue. This splash pad will be a welcomed upgrade to the park's current water feature —a decades-old wooden water post— and is a development likely to excite the many young families in our community.

You are invited to provide your guidance and feedback on the splash pad design at a barbeque this weekend. Councillor Chiarelli and his staff will be on hand to listen to your ideas and take your comments on several proposed designs. Please stop by and make your voice heard!

Free BBQ and Splash Pad Design Review
Saturday, July 26, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Kilreen Park, Southwood Avenue
Including free hot dogs, face painting, and a chance to review splash pad plans with Councillor Rick Chiarelli

Among the priorities that inspired the creation of the QTSR Community Association was the use and maintenance of our area parks. We want to make sure that, as our neighbourhood evolves, our parks provide excellent facilities for recreation and a safe place for neighbours to meet and enjoy each other's company. We're delighted to share this news with you, and we will continue to provide updates here as we receive them.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Community Events Coming Up This Week

Our calendar of summer events continues this week with two informal gatherings in Kilreen Park on Southwood Avenue. See you there!

Family Picnic
Thursday, July 10
Pack your picnic basket and come to Kilreen Park for an evening of relaxation and play with other neighourhood families.

Doggie Mixer
Friday, July 11
A chance for our community's canine residents to play in the park — and for their two-legged companions to meet up, too!

To view our full calendar of summer events, click here.


Nos événements d'été continuent cette semaine avec deux rencontres amicales au Parc Kilreen, avenue Southwood. Vous y voir!

Pique-nique familiale
Jeudi, 10 juillet
Apportez votre pique-nique au Parc Kilreen pour une soirrée de détente et amusement avec d'autres familles du quartier.

Soirée des chiens
Vendredi, 11 juillet
Les chiens du quartier et leurs amis à deux pattes se réunissent pour s'amuser au Parc Kilreen.

Pour consulter le calendrier complet des nos événements d'été, cliquez ici.

Monday, 23 June 2014

QTSR Summer Social / Fête d'été de QTSR

Here are a few photos of the successful first ever QTSR Summer Social event on Sunday, June 22.

Also, please complete a few questions to help us plan future events. Click here.


Friday, 20 June 2014

Ottawa Police Offer Online Reporting Option

Ottawa Police is providing citizens with a new way of reporting certain crimes through an online reporting system for very specific types of crimes:
*       Lost Vehicle License Plates
*       Theft (Under $5000)
*       Lost Property (Under $5000)
*       Mischief/Damage to Property (Under $5000)
*       Theft from Vehicle (Under $5000)
*       Traffic Complaints

Online reporting is not meant to replace other forms of reporting crime. If you are not comfortable reporting an incident online, you can still go to a police station or phone the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222
, ext. 7300.

Once you submit the online report, you will receive a temporary reference number. Approximately 24 hours later, you will be contacted with further information.

You should not file an report online if...
*       Threat or violence was used during the incident.
*       Evidence was left on the scene (bottle, bottle neck, blood, tools, or clothes).
*       Anyone saw the suspect as the crime was being committed.
*       The incident you are reporting did not happen in Ottawa.
*       You are NOT a resident of Canada.
*       You are reporting on behalf of a business.
*       If this is related to any kind of vandalism or graffiti that could be described as hate or gang motivated.

For more information on online reporting, please click on the link below.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Summer Social / Fête d'été

You're Invited to the QTSR Summer Social!
Sunday, June 22, 2-4pm
Kilreen Park, Southwood Avenue

Bring your lawn chair, picnic blanket, and sunscreen, and wear your best decorated hat for our Best Hat Contest! Prizes will be awarded to both kids and adults. Mix and mingle with neighbours and enjoy ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES, including:
• Card games, lawn games, and parachute games
• Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, and tug-of-war
• A scavenger hunt brought to you by FUN HAVEN
• Complimentary cold beverages and snacks
• Live music by Cadillac Rumble (50’s Rock & Roots)
• Prizes and give-aways from sponsors such as IKEA, Sonny's Bar & Grill, Lee Valley, and Chances R.

**In the case of rain, the event will take place 2:30-4:30 at the Barbara Ann Scott Arena in the Pinecrest Recreation Complex.**

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact

Vous êtes invité à la Fête d'été de QTSR!
Le dimanche, 22 juin, 14h00-16h00
Parc Kilreen, Avenue Southwood

Apportez votre chaise de jardin, couverture de pique-nique, et crème solaire, et portex votre meilleur chapeau décoré! Il y aura des prix pour adultes et enfants. Venez côtoyer des voisins et profitez des ACTIVITÉS POUR TOUS LES ÂGES:
• Jeux de cartes, de pelouse, et de parachute
• Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, et bras-de-fer
• Une chasse au trésor présenté par FUN HAVEN
• Boissons froides et collations à titre gracieux
• Musique par Cadillac Rumble (50's Rock & Roots)
• Prix et cadeaux des commanditaires tel que IKEA, Sonny's Bar & Grill, Lee Valley, Chances R.

**En cas de pluie, l’événement aura lieu de 14h30 à 16h30 à l’aréna Barbara Ann Scott au Complexe récréatif Pinecrest.**

Pour plus de renseignements, ou pour faire du bénévolat, écrivez-nous à

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Raccoons in the neighbourhood

QTSR residents may have noticed these guys in our neighbourhood. The Ottawa Humane Society gives tips on how to get along with our urban wildlife (click here).

Some tips for living with neighbourhood raccoons are:
  • Never feed raccoons.
  • Pick fruit as soon as it ripens.
  • Regularly pick up fallen birdseed.
  • Keep barbecues clean and covered when not in use.
  • Secure garbage in durable plastic containers with locking lids.
  • Store garbage indoors until collection day.
  • Keep compost in containers that keep raccoons out while allowing for ventilation.

Make your property unwelcoming
  • Block off potential access points to your attic, garage and other buildings.
  • Secure the perimeter of decks, sheds and crawl spaces.
  • Keep indoor pet food and any other food away from a pet door. Lock the pet door at night.
  • Install a chimney cap.
  • Trim branches near buildings to prevent easy access.
  • Complete home repairs in the autumn, so mother and young won't be trapped inside.
  • Use flashing lights, motion sensors and noise makers to deter raccoons.

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Friday, 30 May 2014

Community Yard Sale May 31

Come out to Queensway Terrace South / Ridgeview neighbourhood for our community yard sale tomorrow from 8:00 to noon. We're near IKEA between Pinecrest, Baseline, Cobden and Iris. Start at the Pinecrest Recreation Complex and wander through our neighbourhood for deals! 

Lemonade stand on Sudbury Ave with proceeds going to the Humane Society!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Summer Events / Événements d'été communautaires

We have a great line up of summer events (click here) in QTSR starting with a...
community yard sale on May 31 from 8:00 to noon. 

QTSR residents can set up in their own yards or rent a table at Pinecrest Recreation Complex (call 613-828-3118 to reserve).

If you are from outside of our neighbourhood, our boundaries are Pinecrest, Baseline, Cobden (near the Pinecrest Recreation Complex) and the Queensway (417).


L'association communautaire Queensway Terrace South / Ridgeview vous propose un programme d'événements communautaire pour la saison estivale 2014 en débutant avec...

Une vente de garage le samedi 31 mai de 8 h 00 à 12 h 00

Les résidents de la communauté QTSR peuvent installer leurs propres ventes de garage chez eux ou profiter des tables à louer au complexe récréatif Pinecrest (appelez le (613) 828-3118 pour faire une réservation).

À noter que les limites du quartier Queensway Terrace South / Ridgeview sont entre la rue Baseline au sud, le chemin Pinecrest à l'ouest, la 417 au nord et la rue Cobden à l'est (près du complexe récréatif Pinecrest).

Monday, 12 May 2014

Spring Clean the Capital in QTSR a Success!

Trend setting in QTSR on Clean Up Day!
Streets and parks in Queensway Terrace South/Ridgeview got a clean up on Saturday as community members pitched in to Clean the Capital. We have a beautiful neighbourhood and we're proud to keep it that way! Here are some photos from the event:
Lots of sticks needed to be picked up from tree removal.
A beautiful day to be outside, making QTSR a better place to live!
Lots of participation by kids! Great way to learn about community building and the environment!
And they're clean!
Lots of family involvement at Pinecrest Park
This was just one of the many piles of sticks from Ridgeview Park.