Kiwanis Watch-It Shred-It Day: October 21, 2017

22 09 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is holding their Annual Watch-It Shred-It Day on Saturday, October 21st, 9:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Hampton Park Plaza, Carling and Kirkwood.

– Cost is $8.00 per box / maximum 5 boxes per person.
– Size of a bankers box, approximately 12” x 16” or similar size.

Watch them shred your papers right in front of you and even get your box back if you ask.

Please pass this along to your contacts who may want to get their personal documents shredded.

Thank you for supporting Kiwanis!


Proposed Official Plan/Zoning By-Law Amendment for Rochester Field

22 09 2017

Jeff Leiper is looking for feedback!

Please see Application Summary for French version and diagram.

2017-09-14 – Application Summary – D02-02-17-0060

 Proposed Official Plan /Zoning By-law Amendment Summary

File Number: D01-01-15-0014 & D02-02-17- 0060

Owner/Applicant: City of Ottawa Address: 110 Laurier Ave W Phone: 613 580-2424

Site Location:

Rochester Field – 529 Richmond Road

Description of Site/Area and Surroundings:

Date: Monday September 18, 2017

Comments due date: October 16, 2017 Agent/Consultant: N/A:
Address: 529 Richmond Road: Phone: 613-580-2424 x21850

The lands affected by these amendments are those known as “Rochester Field” and are located at 529 Richmond Road. The land is bounded by the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to the north, Richmond Road to the south, The Keg Restaurant and multi-storey office and residential buildings to the east, and a low-rise residential neighbourhood to the west.

Purpose of Official Plan and Zoning Amendments

Rochester Field was designated by the City as a Major Open Space in 2003. This designation was appealed by the NCC and the appeal has remained an outstanding matter. The NCC now plans to incorporate the northern part of Rochester Field as a part of the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway Linear Corridor. As part of this corridor the northern two-thirds of the Rochester field will be developed, by the NCC, as a public park. The balance of the land fronting Richmond Road will be retained by the NCC for possible future development but will also include an integrated park access to Richmond Road and will permit amenities for park users.

The Richmond Road /Westboro Secondary Plan anticipated that the whole of Rochester Field will be preserved by the City as public park. As part of the City’s Agreement with NCC concerning the route for the Western LRT the City undertook to retain some development potential at Rochester Field. The proposed amendment sees the reduction in the amount of potential development and its concentration at the Richmond Road frontage. The Secondary Plan retains the requirement for an open space linkage to the park and the NCC’s cycle path.

Proposal Details:

The Official Plan and the Richmond Road /Westboro Secondary Plan are to be amended to re- designate land within 90 m of Richmond Road from Major Open Space to General Urban Area. Richmond Road is already identified as a Traditional Mainstreet and that designation will not be changed.

The accompanying Zoning By-law amendment will rezone the land adjacent to Richmond road to a Traditional Mainstreet Zone, however a park access corridor to Richmond Road will be retained in an Open Space (O1) zone.

The majority of Rochester Field will be retained as park but will be rezoned from the existing Opens Space and Parks (O1L [310]-h) zone, which currently also permits non-park uses, will be rezoned to an Opens Space (O1) zone.

Related Planning Applications: None

Approval Timelines & Authority: The “On Time Decision Date”, i.e. the target date the application will be considered by the City’s Planning Committee is November 14, 2017.

Further Information: To obtain further information relating to this proposal, please contact the undersigned planner or plan to attend the public open house:

Date: Wednesday Octoebr 4th, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Private)

Notification and Submission Requirements: If you wish to be notified of the decision of Council on the proposed official plan amendment you must make a written request (i.e., return the attached comment sheet) to the City of Ottawa.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed Official Plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the City of Ottawa to the Ontario Municipal Board.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Ottawa before the proposed Official Plan amendment is adopted, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to add the person or public body as a party.

Request to Post This Summary

If you have received this notice because you are the owner of a building within the area of the proposed official plan amendment, and the building has at least seven (7) residential units, it is requested that you post this notice in a location visible to all of the residents.

Please provide any comments to the undersigned planner by Monday October 16, 2017.

Bruce Finlay
City of Ottawa
Planning Infrastructure and Economic Development Department 110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa, ON, K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext.21850
Facsimile: 613 580-2459

18 09 2017

The McKellar Park Fall Festival is coming up on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10:30am-2:30pm. There will be fun activities for everyone!

14 09 2017

Volunteers are needed for flyer drops on Dovercourt, Wavell, Fraser and Mansfield this weekend.  Email to to help.   Thanks

We still need volunteers for the Fall Festival at McKellar Park. We can’t do it without you!

12 09 2017

Hello everyone,

The countdown is on to the McKellar Park Fall Festival !

Thank you to those who have already signed up and those who have helped out in the past.
To make the event happen, we are once again in need of volunteers. If you can join in for a shift, please sign up here :
Please feel free to share this message with students looking for volunteer hours and others in your neighbourhood networks.
We look forward to seeing you join us on September 24th in McKellar Park !

Infill Construction Woes

12 09 2017

Jeff Leiper has published an article on the problems that residents face when there is infill construction in their neighbourhood. To read his full article please go to

From Jeff:

Why do we need this? I’m asking you to tell me, in your own words, about the experience of infill construction that you’ve had. I’ll publish your comments. Have an infill builder you want to celebrate? Tell me! Have a horror story to share? Tell me! Send me a note at

City of Ottawa Time Capsule Project.

7 09 2017

From Fiona in Jeff Leiper’s office:

The City of Ottawa is undertaking a 2017 time capsule project and we need your help!

During the Mayor’s 2017 State of the City address, he announced that as part of the 2017 celebrations, we would be assembling a time capsule that would be opened by Ottawa residents in 50 years’ time, when Canada will be celebrating its 200th anniversary. In order for this to be a successful time capsule, the Mayor is looking for our constituent’s contributions.

What we would like you to do, is to consult with your membership to determine two possible items for the time capsule. Then, I will be taking those suggestions, as well as some suggestions we’ve been kicking around the office, and create a poll that will go out in Jeff’s newsletter for the wider constituency to vote on. I won’t specify where each suggestion came from so as to not create a bias. The item with the most votes will go in!

We need to submit our item to the Mayor’s office by September 29, so the turn around time on this is very quick.

I will need your Community Associations two preferred suggestions no later than Monday, September 11, 2017.

Below you will find some useful advice on the types of items to consider as well as items that cannot be included in the capsule.

It is important to note that the size of the capsule is 24″ wide x 36″ high x 11″ deep. Please consider this when submitting your item.

Items to consider including are:

  • medals and commemorative coins
  • documents and other publications on quality paper
  • black-and-white photographic prints
  • Cotton and polyester textiles


It is important to keep in mind a few details when choosing your item:

  • If you include Flash drives (USB), CDs or DVDs, the equipment to play them back may not be available when the time capsule is opened
  • If you include a Smartphone or other artifact DO NOT include the battery
  • All wood, especially pine and oak, gives off acid vapours and they will be sealed away from electronic equipment or metal articles in the time capsule
  • Newsprint is acidic and deteriorates easily. It will be isolated from the rest of the contents
  • Color prints and slides can fade even when kept in the dark
  • Textiles must be clean and insect free


Do not include:

  • batteries will leak corrosive chemicals & must be avoided
  • unstable documents such as photocopies and faxes
  • food & liquids
  • matches and explosives
  • rubber or objects with rubber parts (rubber deteriorates over time, releasing sulfur)
  • Any plastics with the recycling symbol ‘3’ (PVC), including plastic food wrap
  • Any plastics with the recycling symbol ‘7’ (these are very unstable)
  • Silk, because it may deteriorate
  • Wool and hair as they contain sulfur and therefore may off gas and corrode metal