Monday, 24 October 2016

QTSRCA AGM Follow-Up: How Can We Serve You Better?

The QTSR Community Association held our AGM yesterday and thanks to the willingness of a group of volunteers to stand for election to the executive we will be continuing our activities next year, including maintenance of the skating rink in Kilreen Park.

A key topic of discussion at the meeting were how to engage more members of our community to participate in our events or to assist with skating rink maintenance as volunteers.  We discussed improving our communications strategy and engaging in more direct email-based communication with the community.  To start this process, we have now added a new link on our “Contact Us” page that you can click on to generate an email to the association if you would like to receive email notifications of our upcoming meetings and events.

We also discussed the possibility of introducing new types of events, activities, and services for our community – both live and virtual.  Ideas included running small contests for neighbourhood residents on our website such as photo or colouring contests, creating a community resources guide that could be downloaded off of our website, and trying out new types of activities such as participating in the “Clean the Capital” campaign.

What are your ideas on this topic? How can we better serve our community? In what kinds of activities would you like to become involved? How can we best reach out and share information with you?

We are your community association, so your ideas and suggestions matter! We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Reminder: QTSRCA AGM

QTSRCA Annual General Meeting

When: Sunday, October 23rd, 1:30-3:00
Where: Pinecrest Recreation Complex

The Queensway Terrace South Ridgeview Community Association (QTSRCA) will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, October 23rd from 1:30-3:00pm in the lounge of the Pinecrest Recreation Complex.

Your community association is in crisis. Since our founding in 2013, the number of volunteers have dwindled to the point that we are no longer able to achieve our mandate. Unless there are new volunteers, there will be a vote at this AGM to either do much less, or to fold entirely. 

All members of our community are invited to attend and are encouraged to take the AGM as an opportunity to volunteer to become more active with the association.  If the community still wants an association, wants the ice rink, wants occasional events, and support to interact with the City, then we need your help

Ash Tree Removal along Pinecrest Creek Pathway / Abattage d'arbres le long du sentier du Ruisseau-Pinecrest

(Le français suit)
We wish to inform you that the National Capital Commission (NCC) has begun cutting down ash trees in the Transitway corridor, between the 417 and Baseline Road. This work is necessary, as the trees are affected by the emerald ash borer, and pose a risk to the health and safety of users of the Pinecrest Creek Pathway.
The affected area is located in the Transitway corridor, between the 417 and Baseline Road, along Adirondack Drive, Parkway Drive and Fellows Road. This work, which began today, Monday, October 17, will be undertaken between 7 am and 5 pm, and should be completed on Friday, October 21, weather permitting. Where work requires pathway access, there will be a flag person controlling traffic in the area to ensure safety.
If you have any questions, please contact the NCC’s client services at 613-239-5000 or For more details about the emerald ash borer management program, please visit our website.
We invite you to share this message with other members of your community.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Nous souhaitons vous informer que la Commission de la capitale nationale (CCN) coupera des frênes dans le corridor du Transitway, entre l’autoroute 417 et le chemin Baseline. Ces travaux sont nécessaires, car les arbres sont touchés par l’agrile du frêne et ils représentent un risque pour la santé et la sécurité des usagers du sentier du Ruisseau-Pinecrest.
Le secteur visé se trouve dans le corridor du Transitway, entre l’autoroute 417 et le chemin Baseline, le long des promenades Adirondack et Parkway et du chemin Fellows. Les travaux ont commencé aujourd’hui, le lundi 17 octobre, et le personnel sera à l’œuvre entre 7 h et 17 h. Ils devraient être terminés le vendredi 21 octobre si le temps le permet. Là où des travaux nécessiteront l’accès au sentier, un signaleur contrôlera la circulation dans le secteur pour assurer la sécurité.
Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec le service à la clientèle de la CCN au 613‑239-5000 ou à Pour plus de renseignements sur le programme de gestion de l’agrile du frêne, veuillez consulter notre site Web.
Nous vous invitons à transmettre ce message aux gens de votre quartier.
Merci de votre collaboration.

Officer, Public and Community Relations │ Agent, Relations publiques et communautaires
Public and Corporate Affairs Branch Direction des affaires publiques et d'entreprise

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Halloween Events at Ottawa Museums

Get Spooked at Your Local Museums!

Play in the past. Make happy memories for the future.

On Friday and Saturday evenings from October 7 to 29, the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum transforms into a creepy, disturbing, and downright terrifying place. This year, you'll be subjected to a completely different experience that takes you through dark rooms and misty forests as you experience a truly unsettling evening. As night falls, are you willing to join a small group and catch the wagon that leads to the darkest of Grimm's fairy tales? Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the museum to purchase your tickets today.

Are you brave enough to tackle Ottawa's newest haunted attraction? This October, Billings Estate National Historic Site becomes the Haunted House on the Hill on Friday and Saturday evenings from October 14 to 29. Will you walk through the old woods, explore the darkest corners of the house, and face your fears by the cemetery? Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the museum to purchase your tickets today.

Looking for something a little less scary? Bring the whole family to your local museum for fun Halloween-themed crafts, games, and activities. Come over to Nepean Museum for a Pumpkin Party on Saturday, October 22, complete with fortune-telling games, face painting, and of course, pumpkin decorating. Make your way to Pinhey's Point Historic Site on Sunday, October 23 for treats, tricks, pumpkin carving and spooky stories. On Sunday, October 30 at Billings Estate National Historic Site, join us for a Halloween Party and hunt down some movie monsters and try making your own fake blood. Visit the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum for Halloween Hijinks on Sunday, October 30 to trick-or-treat from house to house and try out our potions laboratory. Whatever you're into, our museums have something for everyone!

Have you ever been to a séance? Get in touch with the other side at Billings Estate National Historic Site on Sunday, October 23 and Sunday, October 30, and at Pinhey's Point Historic Site on Saturday, October 22 and Saturday, October 29. At this event, visitors will participate in a traditional séance, led by a psychic medium. Following the experience, participants will be treated to hot cider and can learn all about the mysterious side of history. Ages 18 and up only. Reservations are required for this popular experience, so email us to reserve your spot at the table.

Reservations open at 10 am on November 7 for our very popular Christmas Tea at Billings Estate National Historic Site. On December 11 and 18, gather your family and friends and treat yourselves to this special experience that celebrates Victorian Christmas through literature. Carolers dressed in Victorian costumes will set the tone for this festive tea, singing carols as tea and delicious holiday treats are served. Gluten- and dairy-free options are available with advance notice. Reservations are required, so please call us at 613-247-4830 x221 to reserve your seating.

Artefact Showcase

  Did you have the chance to visit a fall fair this year? While many people today think of fairs as places for carnival rides and food trucks, in days past they were gathering places for farmers to meet up and chat. This automated milking machine would certainly have been a hot topic of conversation in the 1920s. In 1923, farmers were able to purchase this Surge Bucket Milker, invented by Herbert McCornack to make the difficult chore of milking cows easier. This brand of machine was so popular that it was used by 70% of farmers in the United States by 1955! Our Surge Bucket Milker was used by a local farmer and is now part of the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum's collection.


Will you be in the Bayshore area for trick-or-treating on Halloween? Come meet us at Fairfields Heritage House for candy and some simple and fun Halloween activities. The museum is located on Richmond Road near Bayshore Mall, so stop on by for some "tricks" and "treats" and to learn more about our upcoming programs and activities at the museum.

Looking to Volunteer?

Are you looking for a fun way to give back to your community? Why not consider volunteering at the City of Ottawa Museums? If you're a fan of Halloween, be sure to contact us to learn more about our cast and crew positions for the Haunted Historic Village and the Haunted House on the Hill – it'll be a scream! Looking for something a bit more festive? You can help out with our museums' upcoming Christmas programs. We're looking for people to help with setting up and decorations, as well as with sharing the Christmas spirit with visitors at our museums across the city. Contact us today to find out more!

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Register for the Planning Primer II Session

The Planning Primer Program has helped hundreds of Ottawa residents become more aware of and involved in the land-use planning process.  The program is a series of half-day courses.

You can register online for the course until October 21, 2016. Seating is limited to 40 residents per session.

Planning Primer II course covers the following topics: 
  • Six Most Common Types of Development Applications
  • The Decision Makers
  • Pre-consultation and Submission of Applications
  • Public Notification and Application Review
  • Issue Resolution and Report Writing
  • The Urban Design Review Panel

The three upcoming sessions are as follows:

Offered in English - October 22, 2016 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (Festival Control Boardroom, 1st floor Ottawa City Hall)

Offered in English - October 24, 2016 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (Festival Control Boardroom, 1st floor Ottawa City Hall)

Offered in French - October 31, 2016 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (Colonel By Boardroom, 2nd floor Ottawa City Hall)

Please see our schedule for other Primer courses.

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Thursday, 6 October 2016

City of Ottawa - October: Fall into Fun!!

What does Fall mean to us?

With exciting things happening in our facilities, fitness programs, performing arts and recreation programming, there are lots of reasons to Fall into Fun! A full list of activities across the City can be found in our online Recreation eGuide.

Registration is simple, with three easy ways to do it:  You can also browse programs by facility with:

Trick or Swim or Skate for Halloween 

Tickets on sale October 1: 10 for $10. Give the ghosts and goblins at your door a treat they will love! Purchase 10 public swim or skate tickets for only $10! On sale, while supplies last, until October 31 at City of Ottawa swimming pools and select arenas! Tickets are for kids ages 3 to 15 and are valid from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017

Public skating season kicks off in October

Just like walking, running or swimming, ice skating offers a great workout while being easy on the joints! Use our convenient search tool  to find locations and times in your area for public and family skates. Children aged 10 and under, as well as beginner skaters of all ages, are required to wear a Canadian Standards Association (CSA) approved helmet while attending City of Ottawa indoor public skate sessions.

We also offer skating programs, whether you are looking to learn to skate, or develop your skills such as figure skating, speed skating or power skating. All participants must wear CSA approved hockey helmets.

Parent & Child Expo 

Join us at the Parent & Child Expo at the Nepean Sportsplex, October 22 and 23! Learn more about our programs and services!

Duffer Doo is back 

Once again Duffer Doo parents are registering their young children in the upcoming Fall Session! With all the success Duffer Doo has had, we are looking forward to another exciting program.  If your children like playing in the sand, singing and painting, Duffer Doo is for them! Register now for classes beginning September 26.

Creative adventures available

Workshops led by professional artists! Inktense Workshop, Colour Theory and Mixing, Clay Handbuilding, Clay Wheel, Trim Your Tree Workshop, Advent Calendar, Canvas and Cocktails, Intro to Abstract Painting, You Bet You Can Act!, You Bet You Can Sing! Workshop, and Wine & Jazz Night. 

NVAC Fall Open House : November 5, 10 am to 3 pm 

Take in a pottery, mixed media or painting demo. Admire the talent from the instructor + student exhibition. Poke your head into a kids' studio. Sign up for a class. Light refreshments.

NCAC Black Box Theatre Studio 

The Last Polar Bears presented by Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre
A grandfather's unlikely trip to the Arctic with his opinionated dog, Roo, will touch and delight families with a hilarious performance on Friday, October 7 at 1:30 pm - a great PD day activity. Tickets are available online - $10 each or $32 for 4.

Prepare to be Ghoulish 

Haunted House on the Hill: Billings Estate National Historic Site

Victorian Séance: Pinhey's Point Historic Site

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Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Be Safe, Be Seen initiative to launch with Ottawa Fire Services / Lancement de l'initiative « Sois visible pour ta sécurité » du Service des incendies d'Ottawa

        Executive Services
        Services de direction
        474, rue Elgin Street
        Ottawa, Ontario
        Tel./tél. 613-236-1222

 Be Safe, Be Seen initiative to launch with Ottawa Fire Services

(Ottawa) – Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Safer Roads Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service will launch the second annual “Be Safe, Be Seen” initiative.

As part of the initiative, residents are encouraged to drop by any of the City of Ottawa Fire Stations in urban areas or one of the four rural fire offices, and receive a complimentary set of bike lights and/or a pedestrian light. The safety items will help make road users more visible at night while walking, biking, running or partaking in other activities as pedestrians.

The initiative begins on Saturday, October 1 and will run until Sunday, November 6.  For a full list of station locations and the hours in which residents can pick up their items, please visit Ottawa Fire Services Blog<file:///C:\Users\desormeaco1\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary%20Internet%20Files\Content.Outlook\UM6LV9JL\> or contact Ottawa Fire Services at<> or call 613-580-2860.

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

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Media Relations Section
613-236-1222, ext. 5366

 Lancement de l'initiative « Sois visible pour ta sécurité » du Service des incendies d'Ottawa

Ottawa – Le Service des incendies d'Ottawa, en collaboration avec le Programme d’amélioration de la sécurité des routes à Ottawa et le Service de police d’Ottawa, s'apprête à donner le coup d'envoi de la deuxième édition de sa campagne annuelle « Sois visible pour ta sécurité ».

As part of the initiative, les résidents sont invités à se présenter dans un des postes de pompiers de la Ville d'Ottawa ou dans une des quatre casernes rurales, où ils pourront obtenir gratuitement un ensemble de feux pour vélo ou/et un brassard réfléchissant pour piétons. Ces articles sécuritaires sauront aider à accroître la visibilité nocturne de tous les usagers de la route, qu'ils marchent, courent, fasse du vélo ou s'adonnent à d'autres activités piétonnières.

L'initiative démarre le samedi 1er octobre et se poursuivra jusqu'au dimanche 6 novembre. Pour consulter une liste complète des postes et des heures auxquelles les résidents peuvent passer prendre leurs articles, veuillez consulter le Blog du Service des incendies d'Ottawa
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Le Programme d’amélioration de la sécurité des routes à Ottawa est un important partenariat communautaire liant le Service des incendies d’Ottawa, le Service paramédic d’Ottawa, le Service de police d’Ottawa, Santé publique Ottawa et les Services des travaux publics, et qui s’engage à la prévention ou l’élimination des décès et des blessures graves sur la route pour le bien commun à Ottawa, par la voie du changement culturel, de l’implication communautaire et du développement d’un environnement de transport durable et sûr.

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Relations avec les médias
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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Confederation Line West Extension - Notice of Completion

Good Afternoon,
You have participated in the planning efforts in the preparation of environmental assessment documentation for the Confederation Line West LRT Extension (Tunney’s Pasture Station to Baseline and Bayshore Stations), and a proposed Light Rail Maintenance and Storage Facility. You are receiving this email as a result of your attendance at a Public Open House, or participation in a Consultation Group at some point during the planning stage.
Planning efforts have been completed and this project is being assessed according to the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08. As part of the TPAP, an Environmental Project Report (EPR) has been prepared by the proponent, the City of Ottawa, to document the study process, the environmental conditions, alternatives considered, the planned project, anticipated environmental impacts, appropriate mitigation and the project's consultation program. You received notice that the draft Environmental Project Report was available for review on June 2, 2016 as part of the Notice of Commencement.
The Notice of Completion (attached) indicates the finalization of the EPR, and the commencement of the 30 day public review period. The Final EPR is now available at the links below.
The Sharefile links will allow you to download portions of the report. Select the sections or appendices that you would like to download, then select  ‘Download’ from the bottom-right of the window. You may download individual sections or appendices by selecting one at a time, and then selecting download.  Depending on your browser you may be asked if you want to open or save the file. Select your preferred option.  
Highlighting the .pdf icon will show you an option to view the file. The view function for these documents is typically not supported on Sharefile. You are required to download the documents to access them.
               The link to download the EPR is:
The link to download sections of the EPR with tracked changes, to demonstrate changes based on feedback and consultation during the Notice of Commencement Phase is:
The link to download any appendices you require is:
Attached is the Notice of Completion, the Table of Contents, the List of Appendices, and a memo documenting consultation during the Notice of Commencement Phase that has now ended. Further material is available at and The attached Notice of Completion documents how you may submit any questions, comments, or concerns to the appropriate parties.
*Sent on behalf of the City of Ottawa*
Thank you,