Newsletter, Fall 2019

28 09 2019


Sept, 2019

Welcome to the fall edition

Fall has arrived, bringing with it our Annual General Meeting (AGM), detailed just below, and an All Candidates Debate for the federal election (see page 2). It also brings to an end, we hope, more roadwork than any summer in recent memory. The Sherbourne remake is now complete. Work on Richmond Road watermains continues. LRT preparations have been going on for most of the summer. And next spring, the actual LRT construction will begin on the Parkway. Hope to see you at the debate and the AGM!

Your MPCA Executive

Annual General Meeting, Monday Oct. 28

Come out to our Annual General Meeting at the McKellar Park Field House from 7 to 10 pm on Oct. 28. Speakers include David Fraser from the Red Cross on Personal Emergency Preparedness, our city Councillor Jeff Leiper and Constable Jeff Kostuch, our community police officer. There will also be elections and a call for volunteers.

Tree removal for Stage 2 LRT

The City has advised that trees and vegetation will be cleared from several areas for Stage 2 Light Rail Transit site preparation, including part of Byron Linear Park and the SJAM parkway between Dominion and Cleary. Work will start the first week of October and continue through November. It is being done now to avoid impacting the 2020 bird nesting and bat roosting seasons, and for construction to remain on-schedule. A tree inventory and replacement plan will guide how the greenspaces will be restored. On average, two trees will be replanted for every one removed. For further information, see the Sept. 12 posting at or email

Richmond Road watermain renewal

This project will continue until November. Eastbound Richmond Rd. traffic has been detoured to Byron between Redwood and Fraser. In this section of Byron, parking is prohibited, and on-road cycling lanes and pedestrian crosswalks have been provided at Wavell and Westminster. For more details, see

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Stay informed!



2019 Federal CANDIDATES DEBATE v0903

Beware of a scam using the Ottawa Police main phone number and 9-1-1

27 09 2019


TODAY: Fall Festival in McKellar Park

22 09 2019

fall-festival-sundayWe can’t wait to see you today between 10:30 am -2:30 pm ! The weather looks amazing and we have a full day planned with our friends from Dovercourt, Sportball, Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Police, Ottawa Fire Services and City of Ottawa Bike Rodeo (Bring along a bike to participate) !

This year’s musical lineup includes:

Five + None, Marnie Johnstone and Sing Song Party Time with Derek McKinley. Bring your appetite with you – Bridgehead Coffee, The Merry Dairy and Angry Dragonz will join us in McKellar Park, along with pizza from Lorenzo’s!

Our sincere thanks to our community sponsors and partners- Dovercourt Recreation, Living Life Chiropractic, Kelly Ebbs Realty, Morris Home Team, Liam Kealey Realty and the Twin Team.

See you in the park !

Westboro Farmers Market is moving to McKellar Park for October 2019 and part of May 2020. Jeff Leiper advised neighbours:

19 09 2019

McKellar Park Market Letter

NOW: Input to survey on new Official Plan

19 09 2019

From the city’s Planning office:

7015a1284c7ce3aa609d174597fc1dabCheck out the 5 Big Moves and have your say!

The Official Plan team has shared some new ideas – called the 5 Big Moves – and we want to hear from you! The Official Plan team wants to engage residents early in the development of the New Official Plan, which is why we created a series of quick polls for you to share your views on each of these Big Moves. The Official Plan team will then take your feedback and develop these concepts into the Draft Official Plan in Spring 2020.

Haven’t heard of the 5 Big Moves?

The City is proposing to make a number of significant policy changes through the Official Plan to make Ottawa the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. Known as the ‘Five Big Moves’, the following statements capture the most significant policy proposals for the new Official Plan:

  1. Growth: Achieve, by the end of its planning period, more growth by intensification than by greenfield development. This growth will provide a variety of affordable housing options for residents.
  2. Mobility: By 2046, the majority of trips in the City of Ottawa will be made by sustainable transportation.
  3. Urban Design: Improve our sophistication in urban and community design, and put this knowledge to the service of good urbanism at all scales, from the largest to the very small.
  4. Resiliency: Embed public health, environmental, climate and energy resiliency into the framework of our planning policies.
  5. Economy: Embed economic development into the framework of our planning policies.

Interested in learning more about each of these 5 Big Moves? Check out the full report on the New Official Plan webpage on

Interested in joining the conversation? Check out a quick poll on each of these proposed Big Moves in the Engage section of the New Official Plan webpage. We invite you to also share the link to these polls with your community before the deadline for completing the polls of September 20, 2019.

Stay tuned to the New Official Plan webpage to learn about in-person opportunities to engage with the 5 Big Moves.

Fall Festival is one week away

15 09 2019


Still some volunteer slots available, so sign-up today … and see you there!

Reminder from Ottawa Police

13 09 2019

Theft from Vehicles continue to be a problem that sometimes go unreported, I encourage you to report all incidents so the patrol officer in your area  are aware of recent crime trends.

  • Keep observation for suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighbourhood.
  • Don’t leave personal identification, vehicle registration or insurance certificates, or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Remove valuables and shopping bags from view. This includes loose change and electronic devices such as IPods, cell phones and GPS navigation systems.
  • Never leave your vehicle running and unattended.
  • Always close windows all the way and lock the doors.
  • Park in well lit areas with pedestrian traffic. Park your vehicle facing the street. Anyone tampering with it is more likely to be seen.
  • Don’t hide spare keys in your vehicle — they can be found. And never put your name or address on your house or car keys.
  • If you have a garage, use it. Lock both the vehicle and garage.
  • Consider installing anti-theft devices.

If your vehicle has been broken into…

Report the theft to the police online or by calling 613-236-1222 ext 7300.

                                                    Make the right call: 

                                 Life-threatening emergency or crime in progress 9-1-1

                                          Non-emergencies  613-236-1222

                                   Telephone report: 613-236-1222  ext. 7300

                                       On-line reporting: