Council is Back in Session: My Priorities
After a busy Summer, my team and I are getting prepared for an even busier Fall. Council and Committees are back in full swing, with the 2024 Budget coming up soon, along with a full and critical legislative agenda. Council also recently approved our Term of Council Priorities, which will help guide our focus for the remainder of the 2022-26 term.
I wanted to use this opportunity to re-introduce my own core priorities as your Councillor. Fortunately, they’re quite well aligned with our overall Term of Council Priorities, and they involve the same issues I’ve been communicating to residents of Ward 9 since campaigning for this office.
While my team and I are always going to be focused on a wide range of local concerns beyond these priorities, here are the main items that my office is focused on:
This is the most pressing issue that our city – our entire country - is facing: the lack of housing for a growing population, and the skyrocketing costs of building and buying those new homes. It is a generational issue, and one that all levels of government must commit themselves to addressing. And that commitment must include significant investment, with public funds being used for the construction of affordable and supportive housing, since we cannot rely on the private sector to fill these gaps.
For this reason, I was happy to participate in a federal funding announcement of $18.5 million from the Rapid Housing Initiative for Salus Ottawa to construct a lovely new 54-unit supportive housing complex at 56 Capilano in Ward 9, adjacent to Merivale Road. As this funding is contingent on a quick construction process, we should see shovels in the ground quite soon! And just across on the other side of Merivale Road, in Ward 8, there’s another affordable housing project commencing soon, with over 100 affordable units being built. I’m thrilled about this kind of intensification happening in and around Ward 9, and especially around Merivale.
And speaking of Merivale Road, my team and I were quite happy to see that our work in promoting the transformation of Merivale has paid off, as the City’s Planning Department has added Merivale to their list of areas being scheduled for a new Secondary Plan. While it will still be a few years before this new Plan is in place, it will set the conditions for the future of what we are certain will be the “Heart of Nepean” for generations to come.
Intensification is certainly coming to Ward 9, and while I’m sensitive to how apprehensive residents can be about change to their neighbourhoods, my concern is on the future viability of our city if it’s simply too expensive to live here due to scarcity of housing. Chances are the street you live on today looked quite different 50 years ago, just as it will look quite different 50 years from now.
But intensification can bring with it damaging consequences, which is what’s being seen with high-rise development projects being proposed along the border of the Central Experimental Farm (CEF). I’ve been very engaged on this issue to the proposed towers at 780 Baseline, but also from my engagement on a very similar development at 1081 Carling. The CEF has raised legitimate concerns about the impact that shadows would have on their crop research. For this reason, I’ve been engaging with researchers at the Farm, with the developer of 780 Baseline, as well as with residents in Fisher Heights to discuss possible changes to the towers, but also to start conversations about our relationship with the Farm.
Clearly, our city’s population is growing, and we must accommodate that growth with new and diverse housing options that people can afford. But we must do so in a manner that is responsible and sustainable.
TRANSIT & TRANSPORTATION
It’s not news to anyone that our city’s public transit system continues to face challenges, including low ridership. For this reason, I was very concerned to learn about the city’s proposal to include a 2.5% fare increase as part of the 2024 budget direction, which Council will debate this Fall.
As your Councillor, I am all too aware of the many financial pressures that our city is facing. But the current proposal to raise fares while also possibly cutting transit services can have devastating long-term effects.
A transit “death spiral” occurs when there is declining ridership on a transit system, which causes the system to post a deficit. The deficit triggers service cuts and/or fare hikes, which, in turn, lead to an even greater decline in ridership due to the inadequate service and steep cost to ride.
I recognize that in a post-COVID world, when many workers are no longer commuting, we need to re-think our transit system, especially as we see certain bus routes no longer transporting workers to and from the core. And so, I do support initiatives to modernize our various routes to meet current and future needs. But I will not be supporting any budget direction that includes a fare increase. In my opinion, this is a short-sighted response that not only unfairly penalizes our remaining transit riders but will continue to see our system lose customers and decline.
This Fall in Ward 9, my team and I will be conducting various surveys and on-site engagements with residents to gauge the satisfaction level of bus route reliability, as well as seeking to determine what are the current transit needs of residents.
In terms of transportation needs, my office continues to advocate for enhanced traffic safety measures, which includes fighting for safer road designs, lower speed limits in residential neighbourhoods, implementing more temporary traffic calming measures, and increasing the presence of highly effective Automated Speed Enforcement cameras.
Through working with my other like-minded Council colleagues, I will be seeking to advance pilot projects that focus on pedestrianizing commercial streets in our downtown, much as been done across Montreal and in several other North American cities to the great benefit of residents and businesses alike. You can read more about this in an interview I did for CBC News.
On August 10th the City of Ottawa experienced a historic rainfall, which overwhelmed our stormwater sewer system and caused flood damage to homes all across the city. As with many other recent natural disasters, Ward 9 and the immediately adjacent wards were among the hardest hit. But what continues to become clear is that whether it’s wildfires, windstorms, ice storms, river flooding or rainfall flooding, the City of Ottawa and its residents continue to be at risk to an increasingly frequent and diverse array of climate-related disasters. It would therefore be irresponsible of me not to fight for augmenting our city’s resilience against and mitigation of these growing risks.
And residents can play their part in better protecting our city! Even during the August 10th rainfall flooding, residents who went out onto their streets to clear their catch basins of debris were instrumental in preventing streets from flooding. If you don’t know how to find the catch basins on your own street, please use the city’s online Catch Basin Locator Map.
Earlier this year I attended the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Conference, where I met Duane Nichol, the Chief Administrative Officer of the town of Selkirk, Manitoba. Mr. Nichol made a very strong impression on me in describing how his city views its infrastructure spending as a means of protecting residents against climate change, viewing every dollar spent on infrastructure through a climate lens.
One idea that I got from Selkirk, Manitoba was the work they’ve done to change how the city landscapes its public rights of way. In Selkirk, they’ve planted wildflowers and micro clover along medians and other public land, instead of turf grass. Not only does this cost the city of Selkirk far less due to less need for frequent grass mowing, but there are other benefits as well: less water needed, micro clover stays greener longer than turf, greater biodiversity accomplished through wildflowers. I am meeting with our Public Works staff this week to discuss a micro clover pilot project here in Ward 9.
Naturally, any conversation about increasing the resilience of our infrastructure has to include the ongoing concern over vulnerability of our electrical grid. As readers of this newsletter have heard me say many times, I am pressing Hydro Ottawa for details of a reporting process they have promised for this Fall to address the specific vulnerabilities of Ward 9. Regrettably, the ongoing strike between Hydro Ottawa and its workers is postponing many day-to-day operations, including the planning of this Fall 2023 engagement session.
The last issue that I want to raise on climate resilience ties back to the ongoing question of car dependency. Recently, an Ottawa resident named Patrick Bickerton produced an interesting map that showed each neighbourhood’s proximity in walking distance to a grocery store. What we noticed in viewing this map was that there was a stretch of Ward 9 (Manordale, Tanglewood, Merivale Gardens, The Glens, Country Place) that was far outside of the recommended 15 minutes walking distance to a grocery store.
I raise this issue here because the intersection of Woodroffe / Medhurst includes a large piece of city-owned land that has been slated as the eventual site for Knoxdale Station as part of LRT Stage 3. Who knows then LRT Stage 3 might get funding to proceed, but I will continue to push the city’s planning staff to look at that site as an ideal location for transit-oriented development, as the site could easily accommodate a transit station along with residential buildings with ground-floor retail such as grocery stores.
VALUE FOR MONEY IN CITY SERVICES
The last item I want to address in this newsletter is promising to fight for getting better value for our money when it comes to city services. As he did last year, Mayor Sutcliffe is advocating for a property tax increase of no more than 2.5%. While the cost of living to residents is surely a concern, many city departments are not able to provide the services that residents expect, simply because we don’t have enough money. But property tax increases will have to be a conversation for another day.
When our revenues are limited, and our services are diminished, we need to ensure that we get good value for that money. Part of that is seeking to ensure that our various departmental budget increases go where they’re most needed, as opposed to universal adjustments across every department. Another part is to seek more cost-effective methods for delivering services (a small example of this would be the micro clover / wildflower proposal described above). But perhaps the greatest question that we could pose is to seek out a workforce strength report for the City of Ottawa’s 17,000 workers. This work force represents our greatest expense. When I routinely get emails and phone calls complaining about a slow or ineffective rate of response for residents, it makes my office want to inquire about what percentage of our massive work force is effectively fulfilling their role at any given time.
Hydro Ottawa Strike
We are now ten weeks into a strike by Hydro Ottawa workers. It has been a challenging summer for everyone, including the residents of Ward 9. Strikes are a fact of life in a democratic, free-market system and I support the rights of workers to fight for the best deal they can get. But my hope is that the two sides will work hard over the coming days to bring this dispute to a conclusion. This year, Ward 9 has suffered more than most other areas of the city with frequent and prolonged power outages. It’s time we got some answers. I plan to continue working with Hydro leadership to identify the issues and work towards lasting solutions. As I learn more, I will continue to share that information with you.
Fundraiser: Keith Egli and Trauma Talks for Voice Found
Many of you will remember my predecessor Keith Egli sharing his brutally honest story of abuse in a column he wrote for the Ottawa Citizen back in April. Since then, Keith has been a voice, an advocate, and an inspiration for many people who are living through their own trauma of sexual abuse. Part of Keith’s work has been through a support organization called Voice Found, a local charity “that provides fundamental recovery support for survivors of human trafficking and childhood sexual abuse.”
My office is supporting Trauma Talks, a breakfast fundraiser that Voice Found is holding at City Hall on September 26th. Keith will be one of the speakers at this event, hosted by Derick Fage. My office is sponsoring this event, and I will certainly be in attendance.
BACK TO SCHOOL
With students heading back to school this week, we wanted to dedicate a segment of our newsletter to providing some useful information, especially considering the many challenges that students and parents will be facing when it comes to transportation and traffic safety. We hope that this information is helpful, and our office wishes students and families the very best as they embark on another year of learning and growing!
OSTA Yellow Bus Cancellations
Many families are unfortunately dealing with the unanticipated, last-minute stress of hearing about school bus route cancellations. Several Ward 9 schools are among those that have had bus routes cancelled, including schools in both the OCDSB and OCSB.
Here’s a brief statement from the Ottawa School Transportation Authority (OSTA): “OSTA continues to work with its operators and OC Transpo to find creative solutions to provide service to as many students as possible. Some grade 7-12 students have been transitioned to public transit, and some yellow bus service has been changed and/or cancelled. For cancelled routes, parents will need to find alternative transportation to get their children to school for the next few weeks until service stabilizes. Parents and guardians may also request Single Ride Vouchers (SRV’s) to take public transit with their children.”
Here is information from OC Transpo:
“OC Transpo is continuing to work with OSTA to find ways to help address OSTA’s service gaps. Resources (availability of buses and drivers) are very tight, which limits our flexibility to shift resources to new school routes without having an impact on regular service. There are about 75 buses that will be used for school routes this fall. These buses & drivers are also used for other service throughout the day/evening/weekend.”
- Every summer OC Transpo works with school boards to support their return to school plans.
- OC Transpo provides specialized transportation to all four school boards under arrangements with the OSTA and Consortium de Transport Scolaire d’Ottawa (CTSO). This includes the 600 series bus routes, along with additional school service on some regular bus routes. The schools are primarily High Schools with some schools that also include Grades 7 and 8 students.
- All bus routes that serve schools will be monitored so we can adjust based on early trends and observations. Where feasible, additional buses can be deployed if necessary to address overcrowding.
- As we finalize plans with OSTA and CTSO, information is available to the public on our website, social media, and through promotion with our partners.
DriveYellow: School Bus Drivers Needed
So, if you’ve read the information above and you’d like to help be part of the solution, here’s how you can help. You can sign up to be a Yellow Bus driver! Because part of the OSTA’s challenge is that they simply don’t have enough drivers. And for all the families who have no option other than to walk or cycle to school, we need crossing guards to help ensure that students get to school and back home again safely.
Crossing Guards Needed
Another way that you can help is by signing up to be a Crossing Guard! This year marks 21 years of the Ottawa Safety Council (OSC) providing the City of Ottawa with the Adult Crossing Guard program across the Nation’s Capital, which encompasses 270+ intersections throughout Ottawa. In order to ensure full coverage for this school year, the OSC needs at least 50 more individuals to join their team of dedicated community members who seek to serve the community. You can view the OSC’s map of all the intersections where their guards are located, including multiple intersections within Ward 9.
To apply for a paid position, visit their website and sign up today!
Traffic Safety Around Schools
For the month of September, the City of Ottawa’s Road Safety Action Plan is focusing on pedestrian and cyclist safety. Our roads are busy in September with so many students and workers back on our roads. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of (hopefully!) some agreeable weather, by cycling or walking.
Fatal and major injury collisions occur at a higher rate in September than most other months. About 25% of all fatal and major injury collisions on Ottawa’s roads involve pedestrians. Data collected between 2017 and 2021 indicates:
- 29% occurred when a pedestrian was crossing a road midblock (away from an intersection)
- 23% occurred when a pedestrian with the right-of-way was struck at an intersection by a left turning driver
11% occurred when a pedestrian who did not have the right-of-way was struck by a vehicle travelling straight through an intersection
Pedestrians are reminded to wait for the walk signal to cross at signalized intersections and make eye contact with nearby drivers when crossing at any crosswalk. Cyclists are reminded to:
- Wait for the green signal at signalized intersections and stop at all stop signs and red lights.
- Stay back when sharing the lane with vehicles ahead indicating they will be completing a right-hand turn.
Remain extra vigilant at intersections; avoid pedestrian spaces and ensure an adequate gap in traffic to complete left hand turns.
No matter how you choose to get around, please be respectful of all other road users. Our roads are for all.
EnviroCentre is a local organization which delivers the School Active Transportation Program on behalf of the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) with the goal of increasing the number of students walking and cycling to school. As we kick off the school year, we are encouraging families to help kids get exercise and improve school zone safety by including walking or cycling to school in their routines. So, let’s all Start this school year on the right foot! Make school zones safer and help kids get exercise with a walking routine!
Our office will also soon be inviting some principals from OCDSB and OCSB schools to take a return visit to Ecole Laurier-Carrière, a school in the French Catholic School Board, to introduce their fantastic “bisou” program (translation: Kiss & Ride). The councillor and his staff visited this school last year and were amazed by just how quickly, smoothly and safely this school’s student drop-off program ran.
Incident Reporting for Flood Damage
Thank you to everyone that sent information to our office regarding the flash flood on August 10th. This information will help our office and City departments in isolating problematic areas within the ward. Due to the higher-than-expected influx of emails, we were unable to get back to everyone. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns that remain, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at [email protected] and one of the staff will be pleased to assist you.
Gilbey Park Constructions
We are happy to announce that Gilbey Park will soon see the commencement of their park’s playground structure renewal. After an online consultation process last year, respondents selected the option illustrated below for the renewed structure. Construction is set begin in September. Due to supply chain issues, it is expected that construction will be completed in Spring 2024. The playground structure area will remain closed to the public during that span.
OC Transpo Fall 2023 Service Changes
OC Transpo fall service begins Sunday, August 27, with adjustments for service reliability, seasonal ridership, and construction, as well as the return of school service. The following are some adjustments that may have a more direct impact on ward 9:
- On weekdays, as part of the regular review of schedules to improve service reliability for customers, schedule adjustments will be made to Routes 74 and 75 to improve on-time performance. The same number of trips will still provide the same capacity.
- Route 74 will be extended from Nepean Woods Station to Riverview Station, in preparation for the future further extension to Limebank Station when O-Train Line 2 opens.
- On weekdays, one trip northbound in the morning and one trip southbound in the afternoon on Route 75 will be extended between Barrhaven Centre Station and Cambrian (Minto Recreation Complex), to better reflect ridership levels south of Barrhaven Centre Station.
- On weekdays, new trips on Route 88 will be added between Baseline and Hurdman Stations, to increase capacity and better accommodate current ridership levels.
For the complete breakdown of service changes, click here.
Greenbank Multi-Use Pathway Design Postponed to 2024
The Councillor’s office just learned this week that design work for the renewed multi-use pathway on Greenbank between West Hunt Club and Fallowfield that had been scheduled for 2023 will now only take place in 2024. The budget allocation for 2023 will be carried over to 2024, so the design phase will not require additional resources. We regret to inform you about this delay, as we know that this pathway is in dire need of repair.
Got hazardous waste? Check the City of Ottawa’s Waste Explorer to find retailers who take back your items today! Can’t find one? Visit our Household Hazardous Waste event on Sunday, September 10 at Tunney’s Pasture. Follow signage for the specific location. More details: ottawa.ca/HHW.
Public Info Session: Upcoming construction at West Hunt Club / Riverside
There is a major construction project in development for the intersection of West Hunt Club and Riverside. Although this intersection lies just outside of the boundaries of Ward 9, it is used quite heavily by Ward 9 residents, who will therefore be impacted by the construction, which is scheduled to begin in Spring 2024 and conclude in Summer 2024. Our office wants to keep Ward 9 residents informed on the process.
The Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive Intersection Modifications project will be holding an online engagement opportunity and a virtual public meeting to provide residents with an update on this project, allow you to review information about the project, and provide comments.
The City of Ottawa invites you to review and provide comments on the draft design for the intersection modifications that will be posted online on September 11th. The virtual public meeting is being held via Zoom on Wednesday September 13th at 6:30 pm. If you wish to participate, please visit the project webpage to register.
Public Info Session: Lansdowne 2.0
The second of two public information sessions about the Landsdowne 2.0 proposal will be held tomorrow night, September 6. The proposal is headed for the city’s planning and financial committees on October 18th and should come to Council the week after on October 25th. The first virtual public information session was held back in July and attracted about 180 participants. This meeting will follow the same format, giving participants an opportunity to hear about the details of the proposal. You are welcome to join the meeting, listen to the presentations and ask questions. If you wish to attend, you can sign up in advance for the virtual meeting.
Survey: Better Homes Ottawa Portal
The Better Homes Ottawa Portal is an online tool that will allow Ottawa homeowners to learn about their home’s, estimated energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and steps they can take to reduce their utility bills. The launch of the Better Homes Ottawa Portal is scheduled for Q2 2024. The City of Ottawa is welcoming feedback on this tool. To provide feedback, please complete this short online survey.
Survey: Electric Vehicle Strategy
We want to hear from you! Complete the personal electric vehicle strategy survey by September 10. The responses to this survey will help us:
- Make it easier for residents of Ottawa to transition to an electric vehicle
- Prioritize the actions needed to overcome barriers to electric vehicle adoption in Ottawa
Prioritize the number, location and type of charging stations to be installed
The results of the survey will be used to inform the personal electric vehicle strategy that will be considered at Environment and Climate Change Committee.
Survey: Wildlife Strategy Review
As part of the continued review of the City of Ottawa Wildlife Strategy a second survey has been launched. Residents are invited to complete the survey here. The survey will remain open until September 15th.
PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY
Resurgence of COVID-19
If you have been paying attention to the local news lately, you may have heard Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health warning about a resurgence in cases of COVID-19 in the community. Cases have been increasing steadily over the last month and are expected to continue rising through the fall. Dr. Vera Etches has been warning people to take suitable precautions. Ottawa Public Health is recommending the use of masks in public venues and is asking residents to ensure that their vaccines are up to date. With kids returning to school this week, it’s important to keep monitoring for symptoms and to keep them home if they do show any signs of illness.
Vaccinations against MPOX
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) would like to remind eligible residents at risk of contracting mpox (formerly known as monkeypox) to complete a two-dose vaccination series of Imvamune® as soon as possible. Anyone can contract mpox. Currently, most affected by mpox are men who have sex with men. There is no cost to receive the vaccine and an OHIP card is not required. Eligible residents who are travelling in the near future are also encouraged to get vaccinated before leaving. The vaccine becomes most effective after two weeks. For a list of clinic locations, vaccination eligibility, and or to book yourself an appointment, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/MPOX.
Precautions against mosquito bites
Ottawa Public Health is reminding residents to take precautions against mosquito bites after a horse in Ottawa tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) for the first time this season. Persons can take the following steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
- Apply insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin, making sure to follow label directions;
- Wear light-coloured, loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing with long sleeves, long pants and socks;
- Avoid being outside from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and anytime in shady, wooded areas;
Ensure that window and door screens are well fitting and without holes.
For more information about EEEV, please visit ottawapublichealth.ca/EEEV.
Rat infestation in Craig Henry
The City of Ottawa is home to many animal species that flourish in a human or urban environment. This includes unwanted wildlife or species such squirrels, mice and rats that can damage homes or properties, and which may in rare cases transmit disease.
Remember that these animals have the same basic needs as we do: food, water, and shelter. Many of our daily activities can create the conditions that invite these animals into our homes and on our properties. To decrease the likelihood of attracting unwanted animals to your home or property, follow these simple tips.
Over the past several weeks, our office has been in communication with residents across Craig Henry experiencing a surge in rat sightings and infestations. Currently, we are receiving reports of rat sightings in three separate areas:
- Shoreham Avenue / Bentworth Crescent
- Chartwell Avenue
- Fair Oaks Crescent
While we don’t yet have a definitive cause for the increase in sightings, many options are being considered and investigated, including:
- Recent road and sewer construction work on Craig Henry Drive
- This summer’s historic levels of rainfall and flooding
- Construction work on Algonquin LRT
While the Craig Henry neighborhood appears to be experiencing the highest level of sightings recently, our office has also received reports from other parts of Ward 9.
In addition to having meetings with affected residents, we are currently in discussions with Ottawa Public Health, By-Law, and our Infrastructure & Water Services Department to investigate both causes and solutions. But residents who have been impacted by this should do all that they can to inspect, prevent and respond to rats on their property.
To help our office compile a map of all rat sightings, as well as to share information and resources, all residents who are experiencing rat sightings are encouraged to email us at [email protected]. Please make your subject line “Rat Sighting” and be sure to include your name and address in the email.
PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
Intensification and the Central Experimental Farm
With the need to build a lot of new housing—quickly—it’s likely that we are going to see an increasing number of applications to build around the city. We must always balance the need to grow with the needs of the community. One area that our office has been paying particular attention to is development around the Central Experimental Farm. There are a couple of applications underway on the Farm’s borders (including the proposed development at 780 Baseline) and it’s important that we, as a city, have a conversation about what development in that area should and could look like. The Farm has played an important role in the history of our city, and we need to make sure that we move forward thoughtfully. With that in mind, the Councillor has been working with colleagues, residents and stakeholders to focus that conversation and make sure that we do everything we can to address development around the farm in a thoughtful, considered way. Stay tuned.
COMMUNITY NEWS & EVENTS
5-Year Anniversary of Arlington Woods Tornado
This month marks the 5-year anniversary of the tornadoes that struck Ottawa on September 21, 2018. Ward 9 residents in Arlington Woods and Craig Henry were among the neighborhoods most devastated by this powerful storm.
At the time of the tornado, Councillor Devine was president of the Trend Arlington Community Association, and was heavily involved in the local recovery, working closely with residents, the city, and local organizations to help get the community back up on its feet. One organization that played an instrumental role was the Arlington Woods Free Methodist Church, which for several weeks served as a gathering place, resource centre and operational headquarters for the recovery efforts.
On September 16th, Councillor Devine will be attending a memorial event at the Church.
Corn Roasts & Community Picnics
Over the next two weeks there are several community events happening, so mark your calendars. The Councillor and his staff will be present for all of these events, plus some neighbourhood block parties. Keep your eyes peeled for our new pop-up tent and come on up and have a chat!
- September 6th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm: Tanglewood-Hillsdale Community Corn Roast (30 Woodfield Drive). Mayor Mark Sutcliffe will be present from 5:00pm – 6:00pm.
- September 9th from 10:30am – 2:00pm: The Glens Community Association Picnic (53 Avonlea Road)
- September 9th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm: Merivale Gardens Community Association Corn Roast (Merivale Gardens Park)
- September 9th from 4:00pm – 11:00pm: Manordale Woodvale Community Association Corn Roast (68 Knoxdale Road)
- September 16th from 11:00am – 3:00pm: Trend Arlington Community Day (50 Bellman Drive). Councillor Devine will be performing live music with his cover band from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.
Nepean Ravens will be hosting a “Come Try Ringette” event on Saturday September 9th, from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM, location is Nepean Sportsplex - Arena 2 (1701 Woodroffe Ave, Nepean, ON).
Ages 4 to 11 welcome! Skates, multi-impact helmets and gloves are required. Sticks will be provided. This is an on-ice session with qualified instructors so kids can try the sport. Representatives from the association will be present to answer questions about registration and programming. This is a great opportunity for friends and neighbours to try a sport whose popularity is exploding. For more information contact James Marcogliese at [email protected]
Barrhaven Lions Club Electronics Recycling
Do you have old electronics collecting dust in your home? Drop them off at the Barrhaven Lions Club’s electronics recycling event on Friday, September 15 between 9:00am and 3:30pm. Located at 3777 Strandherd Drive.