Ottawa Centre Provincial Election Debate May 17 2022 Now Posted

19 05 2022
Top Election Issues as determined by attendees in the Debate Webinar

Find the video here: Ottawa Centre Provincial Election Debate May 17 2022 – YouTube

Seven candidates debate issues relevant to the upcoming June 2nd Provincial Election. Organized by ten Community Associations in the west end of the Ottawa Centre riding. Moderated by Amanda Pfeffer Participating Candidates Shelby Bertrand – Green Katie Gibbs – Liberal Joel Harden – NDP Scott Healey – PC Glen Armstrong – New Blue Josh Rachlis – Independent Raymond Samuels – Ontario People’s Front

Invitation from Churchill Alternative Public School

14 05 2022

… from Churchill Alternative Public School:

Check out Churchill Alternative Public School: A great option for K-6 students in our neighbourhood!

The school council of Churchill Alternative invites families from McKellar Park to check out this fantastic option for their children. All students are welcome at Churchill and while many families choose Churchill from the very start of junior kindergarten, other students join Churchill throughout the primary and junior grades.

Seven core tenets are intentionally infused throughout all the classrooms and the school as a whole. You can learn about the tenets and what they look like in practice here: In addition to how the tenets influence the learning environment, there’s lots that makes Churchill quite unique right down to the fact that teachers and admin are known to students and parents by their first names! Churchill is a very community-focused school. 

Our school council is reaching out because we keep on hearing from new families that they didn’t know about the program and the only way they found out was by word-of-mouth.  So we’re spreading the word. 🙂

If you want to learn more, our school council can provide a virtual tour by emailing Alison Boyd (the principal – is also available to answer any questions about the school and program. If you are considering Churchill, Alison has pointed out that it’s extremely helpful to touch base with her before the end of June because new enrollments for September impact staffing decisions that are being made now.

The Churchill Alternative School Council

from Unitarian Congregation: Tree Giveaway & Plant Sale; Choral Concert; Summer Camp

12 05 2022

Three community announcements from the First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Avenue in McKellar Park:

Ecology Ottawa Tree Giveaway + Stephen Lewis Foundation Fundraising Plant Sale
Friday, May 13 – 10am – 1pm
30 Cleary Ave (First Unitarian Congregation, just off Richmond Rd)

Ecology Ottawa is embarking on their largest tree giveaway in Ottawa’s history, and we’re involved!
Help re-plant Ottawa’s urban forest by picking up one of 20,000 seedlings that are looking for new homes on your private property.
Visit FirstU, at 30 Cleary, on May 13th to pick up a FREE baby tree for your yard
You can pick up some by-donation perennials for your garden while you’re here, and help the Unitarian GoGos raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
The plant sale runs from Friday at 9am through to Sunday at 2pm. Stop by any time!

Choral Concert: The Road Home
Saturday, May 14 – 4pm
In Person at 30 Cleary Ave (First Unitarian Congregation, just off Richmond Rd)
By Donation at the Door – $15 Suggested

FirstU’s singers are so excited to be home again and presenting “The Road Home”, our first concert in over two years!
Join us on Saturday, May 14 at 4pm for an hour-long live, in person performance featuring our contemporary Fusion ensemble, our Three Rivers Singers women’s ensemble, and our Chalice Choir, presenting music about community, resilience, and finding home.

Please Note: You must be fully vaccinated to enter our building and masks are required for attendees.

OWL Summer Camp – Registration Open!
July 4 – 8 (9am-4pm, daily)
$75 per child for the week – subsidies available upon request

Good news! First Unitarian is running OWL Summer Camp for both 10-11 year-olds AND 12-14 year-olds this July!

OWL day camp includes all the usual Summer Camp fun – art, games, and getting active outdoors – plus workshops that focus on “Our Whole Lives” topics like body image, consent education, cultivating healthy peer-to-peer relationships, and building communication skills.

More information is available here:
Contact to register your kids for camp.
Please Note: There is a mandatory information session for parents and caregivers.

Richmond Road Resurfacing to start May 4

2 05 2022

From Councillor Jeff Leiper’s Kitchissippi Ward site:

The city is preparing to begin a road resurfacing project on Richmond Road between Broadview and Rowanwood. Staff tell us that the first step of the project, localized sidewalk repairs, are set to begin May 4. Overall, the project is expected to last about a month. While Richmond Road will remain open, you can expect some lane closures. We’ve attached the city notice to this post.

Link to attachment on Kitchissippi Ward site:

Link to notice on

McKellar Park Community Association is joining a Kitchissippi-wide yard sale, Saturday, June 4

1 05 2022

McKellar Park Community Association is joining a Kitchissippi-wide yard sale:
Saturday June 4th – 8am (rain date Sunday June 5)

All Kitchissippi community associations & Councillor Jeff Leiper are partnering for a ward-wide yard sale.

Participating neighbourhoods:
Champlain Park – Civic Hospital -Hampton Iona – Hintonburg – Island Park – McKellar Heights – McKellar Park – Mechanicsville – Wellington Village – Westboro (multi-family at Dovercourt) – Westboro Beach

Tips for sellers:

  • Promote your sale through social media, put up signs on your street corners, & share the ward-wide Facebook event.
  • If Saturday is rainy, you choose whether to go ahead or wait until Sunday.
  • Some sellers are planning to donate some/all of their earnings to charities supporting the crisis in Ukraine. Maybe an option to consider.
  • Didn’t sell all your stuff but want it gone? Consider leaving items out for the afternoon with a free sign or post the items on your local buy nothing group.

Let’s make our Kitchissippi yard sale a bit of a community party…
Kids can run lemonade stands, musicians can play on porches, and more!

The sale is dependent on public health guidance applicable to large events at the time.

All Candidates Debate – Provincial Election – Ottawa Centre – May 17th, 2022

1 05 2022

Your local community associations will be hosting an All Candidates Debate on May 17th from 7 to 9 pm on Zoom Webinar. As well, we are posting it on YouTube afterwards.  All candidates running for MPP in Ottawa Centre are invited to participate in our debate. To date, seven candidates, including those from the Conservative, Green, Liberal and NDP parties have confirmed their attendance. Amanda Pfeffer, of CBC radio and television, will be moderating this debate

How to Attend the Debate

We have taken out a special platform for this debate that can support up to 500 attendees. This platform will also allow us to provide closed captioning.

While the webinar will begin at 7:00 pm, you may sign in earlier. Attendees will not, however, be let into the debate until 7:00 pm.

Interested in attending? You’ll need to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To register in advance for this webinar:

You may wish to cut and paste this link and passcode into your online Calendar. 

Further Information

If you have general questions about the debate, please send them to We also recommend that you check the McKellar Park Community Association website in case there are further updates.

If you are/were not able to attend the May 17th Provincial All Candidates Debate for Ottawa Centre candidates, you can find the debate posted to YouTube. Please check your local Kitchissippi Community Association’s website for links to the posted YouTube debate.

Wrap-Up: Spring Egg Hunt

22 04 2022

The Spring Egg Hunt was a huge success! Estimates vary from 200 -300 kids and parents attended. It was great to get together with neighbours and friends. It’s been a long time.

MPCA would like to thank Equator Coffee Roasters for their kind support. We all appreciated having a hot cup of coffee as we chatted with neighbours.

We also want to thank all the parents who brought goodies—they were nearly all gone by the time we wrapped up.

If you are out for a walk and see some of our Egg Hunt posters still posted, it would be much appreciated if you could please take them down.

Thanks to everyone for making this day so much fun.

Spring Egg Hunt

31 03 2022

McKellar Park Community Association is having a Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 10:30AM. It will go ahead rain, snow or even mud!

Here’s  how it works:

  • Parents provide 10 peanut and nut free candy eggs per child participant
  • One parent arrives early (9:45AMand hides the eggs
  • At 10:30 AM the children gather near the play structure. They are told the rules, including that each child is only allowed ten eggs
  • At 10:30, kids hunt for their 10 eggs. The older kids are encouraged to help the younger ones find their 10 eggs

After the egg hunt, there will be coffee for the adults and both adults and kids can nibble on goodies and catch up with their neighbours. It would be greatly appreciated if parents bring some peanut and nut free goodies to share

Maplelawn: Upcoming work

27 03 2022

from the National Capital Commission:

The National Capital Commission (NCC) would like to share the following information regarding upcoming work at Maplelawn and Gardens National Historic Site of Canada. 

As part of the NCC’s investments to maintain our assets and infrastructure, we will be working to preserve this important historical walled garden by dismantling and rebuilding the entire perimeter wall. Studies have determined that the wall structure must be preserved before further deterioration occurs. To allow access to the site, in addition to excavation and the rebuilding of the wall, it will be necessary to remove a number of trees, along with some invasive plant species.

The work is expected to take three to four days (between March 28 and April 8), and will be undertaken on weekdays between 7 am and 5 pm, weather permitting. Logs and branches will be removed by truck and log loader. Noise generated by the various equipment and tools (trucks, chainsaws, wood chipper, trimming tools) is to be expected in the area. The site and adjacent sidewalks will be partially inaccessible to the public while the work is ongoing. 

The rehabilitation work on the garden wall is scheduled to start this summer. We will provide further information on the reconstruction as the project advances. 

If you have any questions, please visit our website, or contact the NCC’s client services at 613-239-5000 or

We invite you to share this message with the members of your community.

Best regards,

Benoit Gélinas
Officer, Public and Community Relations 

Implementing the New Official Plan

20 03 2022

A few weeks ago, David Wise, a planner and project manager with the City of Ottawa, spoke to the Champlain Park Community Association about implementing the New Official Plan. Below are the slides from his presentation. Mr. Wise asked readers to note that these slides represent the high level thinking of the approach needed to implement the directions of the New Official Plan and more detailed information will be coming to Council later this spring. The New Official Plan is now with the Province and the City is anticipating a response in the next month or two.

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