Countering Auto Thefts

18 08 2018

News reports in recent months include high-end vehicles stolen from areas in and near McKellar Park. A CTV News report from early August describes an Ottawa incident:

One of their missing high-end cars—a 2016 Lexus and a brand new 2018 Lexus—was a replacement for another Lexus that was stolen from their driveway in mid-June.

In each case, the cars were locked, and the wireless fobs that could be used to open them were tucked securely away in protectors inside their home.

Marnie Bennett, a neighbour who also had her Lexus stolen, told CTV Ottawa that police suspect a ring of international thieves that steals the cars and then ships them elsewhere around the world is responsible for the recent wave of thefts.

The thieves appear to be using a device called a “relay box,” that searches for, finds and then relays a signal from a wireless key fob inside the victim’s home. The signal is then transmitted to a second device held near the car, tricking the car into thinking that the fob is present. It unlocks, and the thieves are able to start the car and drive off with it.

The whole process can take less than one minute to carry out.

Asked by the Association for comment, Ottawa Police Constable Brad Peak suggests area residents take common-sense measures to secure their property:

As seen in the news cast there has been a spike in 2018 of high end cars being targeted despite the vehicles being locked with alarm, this is because they have a reader which gives them access to replicate the key fab. So this makes it very difficult to protect against. What I can say may seem obvious but if you have access to the garage than park vehicle there, if there is something (older car/trailer/boat etc) that can be placed behind the vehicle then do that, lot’s of lighting around the house. Anything old style that would just give cause to move on to the next one such as wheel lock etc might help. Try and be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in neighborhood and look out for each other. Call police if anything suspicious is seen.



Synchronized swimming

16 08 2018

City swimming lesson registration is coming up, but are you thinking of something different for your swimmer? Synchro could be their sport! Try synchronized swimming with the Nepean Synchro Swim Club. Programs are available for different ages, swim levels, boys and girls. Combine dance, gymnastics and swimming for a ton of fun!
Try-synchro session Aug 16th and 18th for $10.
Fall registration also now open.
Check out our website for more info and to register:
Any questions, feel free to drop me (Michelle) an email at

No McKellar Park Fall Fair this year.

7 08 2018

The Executive of the MPCA, after much discussion, has reluctantly decided not to hold a Fall Fair this year.
A fair the size of ours needs many volunteers and most importantly someone to oversee and co-ordinate their efforts. We were unable to find someone willing to take on that role.
We would like to thank Patrick Morris and the Morris team, Diana Sneddon of the Twin team, Kelly Ebbs and Liam Kealey who generously offered to help sponsor the fair.

Info on Sherbourne/Redwood construction coming end of July. From Jeff Leiper’s newsletter.

23 07 2018

Sherbourne/Redwood construction

Work is set to begin this fall on a watermain replacement and asphalt rehabilitation at the south end of Sherbourne and on Redwood this fall. We have more details here. This was the subject of a public consultation / open house in February.

21 06 2018

OPS Chat e-Invitation

Berm in McKellar Park

7 06 2018

On Sunday night MPCA is hosting a meeting to discuss whether or not building a “landscaped berm” in the south east corner of the park would be beneficial. The attached document was a study done in the community in 2011 which outlines what people felt would be useful additions to the park. Thinking has evolved since then but it does show that a berm was envisioned. The berm we are looking at will be smaller, maximum 2 metres in height at it’s highest .
If you are interested in this idea, please attend our meeting at the MP Field house at 7PM on Sunday, June 10th.

Community Submission for McKellar Park Enhancements
A meeting was held by McKellar Park stakeholders and neighbours on September 27, 2011 and launched a widely-engaged discussion on what the community wanted McKellar Park to look like in the future. The motivation behind the meeting was to generate a list of park enhancements that would be considered by Councillor Hobbs and the City of Ottawa for funding from the Cash-In-Lieu of Parkland fund. Four subsequent Friends of McKellar Park meetings followed, resulting in various community engagement efforts and resulting with this submission.
Discussions about why to change an already great park followed. Discussion points included:
• creating a barrier-free, inclusive park
• increasing family use because a family-used park is a safer park
• ‘recreation’ having been redefined over time, and with the exception of the play structure erected eight (8) years ago, the park is remains in its original state
• increasing the park’s appeal to all age demographics
• any changes to the park would tie in with the City of Ottawa’s Global age-friendly cities initiative
• the funding opportunity currently available

This submission will detail the following areas of desired park enhancements:
1. Fitness Trail
2. Shelters / Gazebo
3. Seating
4. Berm
5. Field Improvements 6. Winter Rink
7. Safety Enhancements 8. Tennis
9. Basketball
10.Wading Pool

Meeting to Discuss a New Landscaped Berm in McKellar Park

4 06 2018

7 pm, Sunday June 10
McKellar Park Field House Wavell Avenue

Come and Hear About Plans for a new Landscaped Berm in McKellar Park

Get an Update on the Project

See Preliminary Plans

Let us Know What You Think