Bulletin de décembre 2021

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Patinoire extérieure au parc Jeanne d’Arc

Si vous cherchez une activité physique à l’extérieur cet hiver, sachez que nous planifions la préparation et l’ouverture de notre patinoire communautaire extérieure, située au 1155 St. Moritz, derrière l’école Convent Glen.

L’hiver dernier, la surface de la patinoire était exceptionnelle, grâce aux efforts d’une merveilleuse équipe de bénévoles, dirigée par Jeff Fennessy. Les membres du groupe ont gratté et arrosé la glace presque chaque nuit. Ils sont toujours reconnaissants de votre aide pour déneiger la patinoire après une chute de neige! Fait amusant : l’année, notre patinoire était ouverte plus longtemps et en meilleur état que la patinoire du canal Rideau!

La patinoire est illuminée la nuit, et si vous désirez apprendre ou patiner tranquillement, il y une petite patinoire située du côté nord de la patinoire principale. Les bancs et les filets sont fournis par la Ville d’Ottawa.

Les consignes concernant la COVID-19 seront affichées régulièrement sur les panneaux par la Ville et seront mis à jour au fur et à mesure. L’état de la glace est également mis à jour sur le site Web Ottawa Rinks, ainsi que sur la page Facebook de l’ACCGOW. Nous avons hâte de passer un autre hiver formidable à la patinoire extérieure !

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Des arbres pour Orléans

La ville mène un sondage pour déterminer si et où planter des arbres sur le terrain entre la rivière des Outaouais et la promenade Voyageur. Si vous croyez que les arbres sont de bon puits de carbone, qu’ils offrent de l’ombre aux piétons, qu’ils réduisent l’érosion et qu’ils créer des habitats pour les animaux, faite compter votre opinion en complétant le sondage au: https://participons.ottawa.ca/sentier-de-la-riviere-des-outaouais

La date limite est le mardi 7 décembre.

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L’hiver est à nos portes

Normes pour le déneigement

La neige est à nos portes, alors c’est le temps de se remémorer les processus municipaux de déneigement. Voici les directives de la Ville d’Ottawa concernant le déneigement des propriétés privées :

  • Ne poussez pas la neige et la glace sur la rue, le trottoir ou dans un parc.
  • Assurez-vous de dégager les bornes fontaines.
  • Indiquez où se trouvent les côtés de votre entrée de cours à l’aide de bâtons de la taille d’un bâton de hockey, en bois, en plastique ou en fibre de verre.
  • Lorsque la température s’adoucit, dégagez les puisards devant chez vous. Ils sont marqués par un « T » peinturé en jaune sur la chaussée.

Un andain de neige est un amoncellement de neige qui s’accumule au bout des allées et sur les côtés des rues pendant le déneigement. Il incombe au propriétaire de dégager les amoncellements sur son terrain.

Que faire si les normes de service de déneigement ne sont pas respectées?

Si la neige a cessé depuis 48 heures et votre trottoir n’est toujours pas déneigé, composez le 3-1-1. La ville n’est pas responsable du déneigement des entrées de cours ni des trottoirs privés menant à une résidence.

https://ottawa.ca/fr/stationnement-routes-et-deplacements/entretien-des-routes-et-des-trottoirs/entretien-hivernal/pendant-et-apres-une-tempete

Conduire de façon sécuritaire en hiver

Le Conseil canadien de la sécurité vous propose neuf étapes pour la conduite sécuritaire en hiver. Vous trouverez l’article au complet sur leur site web : Conseils pour la conduite en hiver – Canada Safety Council

Notre sélection des trois meilleurs conseils de leur liste :

Conduire lentement et doucement

  • Évitez les arrêts et virages brusques lorsque vous conduisez, car ces manœuvres sont susceptibles de causer une perte de contrôle et un dérapage.
  • La vitesse excessive est la principale cause des collisions qui surviennent l’hiver. Faites en sorte de conduire lentement et prudemment sur les routes couvertes de glace ou de neige.

Ne pas talonner

  • L’hiver vient aggraver les risques auxquels s’expose un conducteur qui suit de trop près la voiture de devant. La distance d’arrêt est beaucoup plus longue sur des routes glacées ou enneigées que sur une chaussée sèche; il convient donc de maintenir une distance suffisante entre votre véhicule et celui du devant.

Consacrer toute son attention à la conduite

  • Il est plus ardu d’effectuer certaines manœuvres dans la neige. Assurez-vous de bien prévoir votre prochain geste afin de disposer de tout l’espace nécessaire aux virages et aux arrêts.
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Cadeaux des fêtes pour la communauté

Quelle que soit la fête que vous célébrez, c’est souvent une période de l’année où les gens pensent à des moyens de redonner à leur communauté d’une manière ou d’une autre. Que ce soit offrir du soutien informel à des amis ou à la famille, ou faire don d’articles ou de fonds à une organisation locale. Voici quelques idées si vous souhaitez donner des articles ou de l’argent :

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Ski Heritage East trace un chemin jusqu’à votre porte

L’hiver est à nos portes – profitez-en! Des études démontrent que l’activité physique en plein air contribue à améliorer notre sentiment de bien-être et de tranquillité d’esprit. La piste de loisirs d’hiver Ski Heritage East Trail est une piste polyvalente, tout près de chez vous.

Ce sentier vous offre 40 km de piste pour le ski classique et le ski de patin, la raquette, le fatbike et, bien sûr, la marche, le tout tracé professionnellement. Il débute au stationnement du Musée de l’aviation, traverse le champ et descend longer la pittoresque rivière des Outaouais jusqu’au ruisseau Green. À cet endroit, il monte jusqu’au sentier supérieur et continue jusqu’à Radisson à Orléans. Il est interrompu sur 500 mètres par un bout de rue, après quoi le sentier continue ininterrompu jusqu’au chemin Trim, en bordure de l’île Petrie. Vous trouverez des aires de stationnement facilement accessibles à plusieurs endroits le long du sentier.

Bien que des gens aient tracé une piste de ski le long de la rivière depuis de nombreuses années, c’est en 2017 que Ski Heritage East a connu ses débuts et a commencé à l’entretenir avec. Il s’agissait au départ d’une piste de 7 km desservant principalement Orléans et entretenu une fois par semaine. Depuis, le sentier a pris beaucoup d’ampleur : il est maintenant entretenu 3 à 4 fois par semaine et dessert plusieurs communautés, dont Beacon Hill, Manor Park et Rockcliffe. Au cours de la saison 2020/21, le nombre d’usagers a beaucoup augmenté, passant d’environ 35 000 à 75 000, ce qui indique la popularité croissante de ce joyau récréatif.

Notre opération dépend de notre groupe de bénévoles, qui se chargent de tracer et entretenir les pistes. Ces gens dédiés se promènent avec nos motoneiges et nos dameuses Ginzu, souvent même avant le lever du soleil. Si vous les voyez sur la piste, n’hésitez pas à les saluer.

Ski Heritage East est un organisme communautaire bénévole financé par une combinaison de soutien gouvernemental (la Ville d’Ottawa et la CCN contribuent environ 50 % de notre financement) de dons privés par l’entremise de notre page GoFundMe, et de commandites d’entreprises et d’organismes. Les commanditaires actuels dans votre communauté comprennent le conseiller Matt Luloff, les agents immobiliers Jean Richer (Keller Williams) et Jacques Bédard (Remax), Dental Docs et plus encore. Si une commandite vous intéresse, écrivez-nous au skiheritage.east@gmail.com.

Merci pour votre appui et bonne saison!

Ski Heritage East

www.skiheritageeast.ca

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December 2021 Newsletter

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Jeanne D’Arc Park Ice Rink

For those of you looking for a little outdoor exercise this winter, our community outdoor ice rink (located at 1155 St. Moritz behind Convent Glen school) will be operating again this season.

Last winter, conditions were immaculate thanks to our fantastic group of volunteers led by Jeff Fennessy. This group was out scraping and flooding the ice almost every night. Help clearing the rink is always welcome and appreciated after a snowfall! Fun fact: last season, they were able to keep the ice up longer and in better condition than the Rideau Canal Skateway!

There are lights on at night and for those looking to learn or skate quietly, a puddle rink is located on the north side of the main rink. Benches and nets are provided by the City of Ottawa.

COVID-19 protocols will be posted to the side boards regularly by the City and will be updated as we move forward. Ice conditions are also updated on the crowd-sourced website Ottawa Rinks as well as the CGOWCA Facebook page. Looking forward to another great winter at the outdoor rink!

More Trees for Orléans!

The city is running a survey to find out if and where to plant trees in the open space between the Ottawa River and Voyageur Drive. If you believe in trees as carbon sinks or providing shade for passersby, reducing erosion or providing habitat for wildlife, you should make you voice count by completing that short survey at: https://engage.ottawa.ca/ottawa-river-pathway/survey_tools/potential-future-reforestation-along-the-ottawa-river-pathway.

The deadline is Tuesday December 7th.

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The Snowy Season is upon us!

Snow clearing guidelines

We’ve already seen a few flakes, let’s review some key information about snow clearing from the City of Ottawa. Guidance for clearing snow from your own property:

  • Do not push snow and ice on the street, sidewalk or park.
  • Keep fire hydrants free of snow.
  • Use wood, plastic or fibreglass driveway markers, which should be no larger than a hockey stick.
  • Open catch basins or drains in front of your property when the weather becomes mild.
  • Catch basins are identified by a yellow “T” bar painted on the roadway.

A snow windrow is a pile of snow that accumulates at the end of driveways and on the sides of streets during plowing. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to remove their own driveway windrows.

What are Snow Removal Service Standards in the City, and What if They aren’t Met?

If your sidewalk has not been cleared 48 hours after the end of a snowfall, please call 3-1-1. The City does not clear snow from driveways or private sidewalks leading to a residence.

chart outlining how quickly city will plow after various amounts of snowfall. https://ottawa.ca/en/parking-roads-and-travel/road-and-sidewalk-maintenance/winter-maintenance/during-and-after-storm

What do You Need to Remember about Winter Driving?

The Canada Safety Council has 9 steps to drive safer in winter conditions.  You can read the whole article here:  https://canadasafetycouncil.org/winter-driving-tips/

Here are three of our favourite tips from the list:

Drive smoothly and slowly

  • Don’t make any abrupt turns or stops when driving. Doing so will often cause your vehicle to lose control and skid.
  • Driving too quickly is the main cause of winter collisions. Be sure to drive slowly and carefully on snow and ice covered roads.

Don’t tailgate

  • Tailgating becomes much worse in winter weather. Stopping takes much longer on snowy and icy roads than on dry pavement, so be sure to leave enough room between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

Pay attention.

  • Manoeuvres are more difficult to make in the snow. Be sure to anticipate what your next move is going to be to give yourself lots of room for turns and stopping.
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‘Tis the Season for Giving

Whatever holiday you celebrate, this is often a time of year when people think of ways to give back to their community in some way.  Sometimes it’s informal support for friends or family, and other times it might be donating items or money to a local organization.  Here are a few ideas if you are looking to donate items or money:

  • Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre
    • The annual Christmas Program is running, which allows you to sponsor a family, provide a gift or make a food donation.
  • Did you know that the Ottawa Food Bank can stretch your dollars further?  Consider donating funds instead of nonperishable food if you are able.   
  • Minwaashin Lodge
    • You can donate through CanadaHelps or e-transfer. 
    • They are currently looking for donations of personal hygiene products, diapers and formula.  Please contact Ida at info@minlodge.com or at (613) 741 5590 for more information.
  • Royal Canadian Legion – Orléans Branch 632
    • Pandemic restrictions over the last two years have impacted their ability to maintain the branch.  You can donate in two ways:
      • from your bank account using Interac eTransfer.  Funds may be sent to rcl632orleans@gmail.com, or
      • from your Credit Card, using PayPal HERE
  • Community Compassion Centre
    • You can donate to their Food Bank here or by dropping donations off at 1825 St Joseph Blvd weekdays between 9:00am and 2:00pm.  Learn more here: https://cpcorleans.ca/foodbank/
  • Sonshine Families
  • Eastern Ottawa Community Resource Centre
  • Helping With Furniture
    • Donations – HWF has no paid staff, so all funds go directly to covering essential expenses.
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Ski Heritage East Grooms a Path to Your Doorstep

Don’t fear the coming Winter, get out and enjoy it. Research has shown that our sense of well-being and peace of mind dramatically improve with outdoor physical activity. The Ski Heritage East Trail is a multi-purpose winter recreation trail, groomed past your doorstep.

This 40km trail is professionally groomed for classic and skate skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and, of course, walking. Beginning at the Aviation Museum parking lot, it sweeps across the field, dipping down to follow the scenic Ottawa River to Green’s Creek. There it climbs up to the upper-level pathway and continues to Radisson in Orléans. There is a brief 500m stretch of road, after which the Trail continues uninterrupted to Trim Road, on the edge of Petrie Island. Parking is readily accessible at many points along the Trail.

While people have bushwhacked a ski trail along the River for many years, Ski Heritage East began grooming with equipment in 2017. Initially a 7km Trail serving primarily Orléans and groomed once a week, the Trail has expanded dramatically, is now groomed 3 – 4 times a week and serves many more communities, including Beacon Hill, Manor Park and Rockcliffe. In the 2020/21 season, the number of users exploded from approximately 35,000 to 75,000, indicating an increasing awareness of this recreational jewel.

The backbone of our operation is our group of volunteer groomers. These hardy souls are on the Trail with our workhorse snowmobiles and Ginzu Groomers, often before you are awake. If you do see them on the Trail, please wave hello.

Ski Heritage East is a volunteer community organization that funds its operations through a mix of government support – the City and NCC combine to provide approximately 50% of our funding – private donations through our GoFundMePage, and business and organization sponsorships. Current sponsors in your community include, Councillor Matt Luloff, real estate agents Jean Richer (Keller Williams) and Jacques Bedard (Remax), Dental Docs and more. To learn more about sponsorship, write to us at skiheritage.east@gmail.com.

Please lend us your support and enjoy the Trail!

Ski Heritage East

www.skiheritageeast.ca

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November 2021 Newsletter

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Daylight Savings Time

Sunday November 7th marks the day we “fall back” or set our clocks back one hour. Don’t forget to change all devices in your home either before you go to bed Saturday or when you wake up on Sunday.

There are links to increases in traffic accidents in the days following this shift in time, so take extra care when going about your week following the change. It will also be all the more important to get outside during the day to enjoy some sunshine now that we will have less daylight in the evening.

Do you think Daylight Savings Time should be kept or abolished?  Here’s a 2016 article from CBC if you’re curious to know more about Daylight Savings Time:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/daylight-saving-time-facts-figures-1.3485261

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Remembrance Day ceremonies in Orléans

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If you do not feel comfortable or able to attend an in-person ceremony you can pay respects virtually at the National Remembrance Day Ceremony. This will be available on most news channels, as well as some live stream options through Facebook or other social media.

Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity

Are you comfortable working outside in cold weather and want to give back by using your physical talents? We are looking for additional volunteers to help maintain the community rink off of St. Moritz Drive (behind Convent Glen Catholic Elementary School).

Tasks include:  shoveling the ice surface after snowfalls, flooding the ice surface, using the snow blower to remove snow from the ice surface. Other tasks may be assigned by the lead volunteer. What we need most is additional help after large snowfalls to shovel and remove snow off the rink. Supplies are provided.

We have a very strong team of volunteers who maintain our rink and the feedback from visitors has been very positive.  If you want to learn about how to properly maintain an outdoor rink surface, this is a great opportunity for you!

Contact conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com if you are interested or if you’d like more information.

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2022 Winter Carnival – Save the Date

Although we were unable to host our annual Winter Carnival in 2021, we are hopeful that vaccination rates and public health measures will allow us to host one in 2022.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday February 12th and watch for more information in the months to come.

Save the date - November 30th - Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday is November 30th

The 9th annual GivingTuesday is coming up this year, but you might be wondering what it is and how it was started.  From www.givingtuesday.ca/about: “GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.”

If you’d like to donate to a local organization, here are a few suggestions:

If you want to participate in GivingTuesday but aren’t sure where you’d like to direct your donation, you can also go to www.canadahelps.org and search for causes by category, location or key word.  To help you choose, each charity’s profile includes information about their mission and work, as well as their revenues and expenses and the number of employees.

October 2021 Newsletter

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Participate in Ecology Ottawa’s Fall Bioblitz

Join us this long weekend, October 8th to 11th, for our second fall bioblitz!

What is a Bioblitz? It’s a community event that highlights the importance of citizen-science, where the effort is to record as many species possible. The goal is to collect as many natural observations as you can from birds to plants to insects, you name it! Download the iNaturalist app and help us better understand the rich biodiversity present in Ottawa that needs protection. Find out how to participate.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage in Ottawa Neighbourhoods

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study has partnered with Ottawa Public Health to map neighbourhood-level COVID-19 vaccination rates. In Convent Glen-Orléans Wood, 80.1% of eligible people are fully vaccinated. Great job neighbours! If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you can find out how and where to book your appointment here: COVID-19 Vaccine – Ottawa Public Health

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It’s municipal budget season!

The draft budget for the City of Ottawa is developed in the summer and fall. During this time, members of the community can provide input by asking questions, communicating with the Mayor and Council, and completing surveys. There are Councillor led public consultation sessions for you to share your views with Council. The session for Orléans will take place on October 26 – registration to come.

In the meantime, you can provide feedback through Engage Ottawa (City Budget 2022 | Engage Ottawa) or by writing directly to our councillor, Matthew Luloff (matt.luloff@ottawa.ca). The City’s 2022 draft budget will be tabled at a Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday, November 3 and considered for adoption by Council on Wednesday, December 8.

You can learn more about the budget and the process at Budget, finance and corporate planning | City of Ottawa

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Contemplating Yoga – Crescent Moon (Urdhva Hastasana)

Tips from Sandy Jones, a Certified Yoga Teacher & Accessible Yoga Ambassador offering Chair Yoga (all postures seated) and Gentle Yoga (on the Mat) via Zoom and in Orleans – www.sandyjonesyoga.com

This posture opens the sides of the body, stretching the spine and muscles along the torso.

Stand with a tall, elongated spine, roll the shoulders down and away from the ears.  Feet are hip-width apart, insteps parallel.

Inhale. Raise arms overhead, palms facing one another, interlacing the fingers, index finger up pointing, relax the shoulders down.   Exhale, bend to the right. Hold posture for 3-5 breaths, inhale back to centre and repeat on other side.

If discomfort in shoulders only raise one arm at a time (i.e. raise your right arm and bend left) or keep both arms at the side of the body and tip only the torso to the side.

For a deeper stretch bring feet/legs together and when tipping to the left press deeply down through the right foot as though you are trying to leave an imprint on the floor, repeat other side.

September 2021 Newsletter

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Annual General Meeting for the Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association

Please join us virtually on Monday, September 27th at 7pm for the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

On the agenda:

  • A presentation from the LRT Stage 2 team
  • An overview of the Community Association’s activities and finances over the past year
  • The election of our board members

Have questions about the LRT? Share them with us by sending an email to conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com and we’ll pass them along to the Stage 2 team.

Interested in joining the board? Let us know by sending an email to conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com.  Make sure you are part of our catchment area, which is bordered by the Greenbelt to the west, the Ottawa River to the north, Champlain St. to the east and St. Joseph Blvd. to the south

You can find out more about the association on our website: https://www.conventglenorleanswood.com/

Register here for the zoom link to participate in the AGM: https://bit.ly/391EZ22

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Local Events Calendars Worth a Look

Looking for something to do in our area?  Wondering what virtual event options are out there?  Here are a few events calendars run by local agencies:

  • Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre:  https://eorc-creo.ca/calendar/ Events posted for most week days during the day.  Options in both French and English.  Events are free.
  • Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre: https://events-evenements.crcoc.ca/event-evenement/ Events for all ages.  Options in both French and English.  Some in-person events are included.  Events are free.
  • The Heart of Orléans BIA:  https://heartoforleans.ca/news/ Several events posted per month.  Postings include events hosted by other organizations and festivals.  Some training opportunities and workshops are included. 
  • Shenkman Arts Centre: https://shenkmanarts.ca/en/eventsMost events have a cost, but many are less than $20 per ticket.  Options in both French and English.
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Covid-19 Updates

As always, it’s important to get facts about the pandemic and current public health measures from reliable sources.  Ottawa Public Health has a wealth of information.