Fall Fair Event Coordinator

13 05 2018

The McKellar Park Community Association is looking for an enthusiastic and organized member of our community to help us plan and coordinate this year’s Fall Fair, to be held September 23rd, 2018.
Do you enjoy organizing parties and activities for friends and family? Do you want to help support our amazing community by putting your enthusiasm, organizational and planning skills to work?
What the job looks like:
– contact and follow up with possible event sponsors
– coordinate with event activity stations and vendors
– coordinate with our community partner, Dovercourt Recreation Centre
– coordinate volunteers or with a volunteer supervisor
– imagine and invent activities for our community to enjoy
It might sound like a lot, but don’t worry, we’ve got your back. You will have previous years’ resources at your disposal so you aren’t starting from scratch. You are also welcome to bring on other volunteers to help you achieve your goal and the MPCA will help out wherever we can.
If you’ve always wanted to get involved, love big family events and have an imaginative streak; if you have or are looking to gain experience in Event planning and Management please send us an e-mail at mpca.blog@gmail.com to volunteer. We look forward to working with you to deliver our best fall fair yet!

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Yoga in McKellar Park. Saturday, May 12th, 9am to 10am

6 05 2018

All proceeds will be going to Interval House of Ottawa Women’s Relief Shelter. Dogs on leash are welcome!

For more info:
https://sites.google.com/ocdsb.ca/yoga-in-the-park/home





6 05 2018

2018 Provincial CANDIDATES DEBATE





Have a look at our new draft bylaws…..

30 04 2018

The  McKellar Park Community Association Executive has drafted new by laws which we feel better reflect the intent and rules of our organization. Please look them over and let us know what you think by email.  We’re having a meeting June 10th at the fieldhouse  where the membership will be asked to discuss and vote on whether to accept them or not.

 

Draft MPCA Bylaws





To the Residents of Westboro and McKellar Park

10 04 2018

 About Rochester Field: Where We Stand 

As many of you will already know, City Council passed a zoning bylaw on February 14 to allow the National Capital Commission to develop a piece of the Rochester Field property and put up two buildings on the Northwest corner of the property, along Richmond Road.

The NCC has owned this property since the 1950s when it and the adjoining building (now the Keg) and the garden (Maplelawn) were bought from the Rochester family.

The property has served for several generations as a valuable community resource, in all seasons. It has long been expected that the City would enforce a longstanding policy and keep this property as parkland.

Instead, as part of the tradeoff that allowed the new LRT to be buried under the Sir John A Macdonald Parkway, it reached an agreement with the NCC in 2016 that allowed the NCC to develop part of Rochester Field, with the rest being parkland.

The residents of Westboro, and the Westboro and McKellar Park Community Associations, have been fighting against this development of their park since last year. We were able to get the discussion of the redevelopment delayed at Planning Committee, and at City Council.

Our Councillor met with the NCC and with City planners in an attempt to change their plans.

Ultimately the people of Westboro and McKellar Park were unable to prevail against the combined forces of the City and the NCC.

Westboro and McKellar Park community associations, and concerned residents, have been meeting to plan our response. This community resource is too valuable to allow it to slip away from us.

We considered launching an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board against the decision. Ultimately, our resources, as local associations, are not enough to hire the legal and planning support we would need to launch such an appeal, and experienced people have told us that, even with professional help we would not likely succeed in having this decision overturned.

However, we are not ready to give up on this.

In the coming weeks we will be launching a public effort to affect the political decision-making process, and ultimately the NCC, which now has permission to go ahead and develop part of Rochester Field with multistory buildings abutting Richmond Road.

Among the things we need to consider:

  • An intervention in the upcoming Provincial election. Rochester Field is in Ottawa Centre riding, which is currently served by a Provincial Cabinet Minister, Yasir Naqvi. We will seek to make Rochester Field an issue, and we will expect answers from all candidates. We will do our best, later this spring, to organize an all-candidates’ meeting in Westboro, and we will be asking questions.
  • Similarly, we will be seeking to make Rochester Field an issue in the upcoming municipal elections. Rochester Field is in Kitchissippi Ward, and the sitting Councillor, Jeff Leiper, has been supportive of our efforts. We will want to know how all candidates feel about this issue, how informed they are about it, and what they are prepared to do if they are elected. We will want commitments, not simply nice words. We know how important Rochester Field is. We don’t need to be reminded of this.   We need firm commitments and we will be urging residents to inform themselves of where the candidates stand.
  • Finally, we will want to make Rochester Field an issue in the Federal election next year. The NCC has said that its plans for Rochester Field will take some time to finalize. The current MP in Ottawa Centre, Katherine McKenna, is the Minister of Environment. We will want to know what she, and the other candidates, are prepared to do for us on Rochester Field, in some detail, and we will ensure that all residents know their responses. Again, firm commitments will be expected. We will do our best to organize an all-candidates’ meeting, and we will make Rochester Field an issue.

In theory, in a democratic society, a well-informed community should have some impact on how its elected representatives behave – and what decisions they make.

In the coming months, and perhaps over the next few years, we will begin a process to see if that really works in practice.

We will keep you informed. And we welcome your support. We may need help in organizing meetings, contacting our elected representatives and candidates, working on social media, distributing flyers, contacting the media, and other tasks.

Please let us know whether you support us in this effort, whether you have any other ideas on how to keep this issue alive, and what you are prepared to do.

To begin with, if you agree that Rochester Field needs to be protected, contact your elected representatives and say so:

Jeff Leiper 613-580-2485 jeff@KitchissippiWard.ca
Yasir Naqvi 613-722-6414 ynaqvi.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Katherine McKenna 613-946-8682 Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca
 

Contact Us At:

 

   
Westboro Community Association www.westborovillage.ca hellowestboro@yahoo.ca
McKellar Park Community Association www.mckellarpark.ca mpca.blog@gmail.com




Don’t forget, the Annual McKellar Park Egg Hunt is tomorrow!

30 03 2018

easter_egg_hunt

Thank you to our wonderful McKellar Park neighbours who are once again organizing this annual tradition. Join your neighbours and help spread the word by sharing this event and inviting your friends.

The hunt is on — rain, shine, snow, or mud — on Saturday, March 31st beginning for the kids at 10:30am.

For the first timers, here is how it works:

Parents provide 10 eggs per participating child. One adult arrives in the park early (9:45am) to hide eggs.

When the hunt begins, all the kids shoot off to find any 10 eggs. Then the older kids help the young ones to find their 10.

Bringing baked goods or other peanut-free snacks for the cookie potluck is always welcomed!

Hope to see you in the park on March 31st!





28 03 2018

Bottle drive