April 2020 Newsletter

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We are living history right now as we see the daily changes in response worldwide to Covid-19. The CGOWCA wishes everyone, near and far, health and positivity during this time of uncertainty. We’ve seen and heard of many positive actions being taken in our neighbourhood. Let’s keep this going in ways that are safe for everyone.

What can you do to be a good neighbour?

  • Check in on your neighbours to see if anyone needs help – we’ve seen posts on Facebook and have witnessed people doing neighbourly things like offering to pick up groceries or supplies for others who can’t leave their home.
  • Limit your activities and outings – the fewer contacts we have during the next few weeks, the more we limit the spread and protect everyone
  • If you do go out, practice social distancing – keep six feet between you and anyone you are interacting with who doesn’t live in your home
  • If you do go out, drive slower – many people are using the time they would have spent commuting to go outdoors to walk, run and bike.  There are more people outside, but fewer cars on the road.  Please respect speed limits when driving.
  • Take care of your mental health – it feels strange to be out of our routines and cut off from coworkers, friends and family.  Here are some suggestions from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to help us keep feeling good through the next few weeks: https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health

What’s the best way to stay up to date on Covid-19?

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National Volunteer Week (April 19-25)

This year’s National Volunteer Week is from April 19th to 25th and the theme is “It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers!” 
In Convent Glen and Orléans Wood we have an active community thanks to volunteers who work every day in our schools, seniors’ homes, parks, sports associations and many other organizations. From April 19 to 25, please help Volunteer Canada in celebrating them. Post a “thank you” message to a volunteer in our community on social media and add the hashtag: #NVW2020

Get involved in City of Ottawa Planning from Home

There are many ways to contribute to the City of Ottawa planning activities from the comforts of home.    Currently, there are consultations open on the following: Solid Waste Master PlanOrléans Corridor Secondary Plan StudyCommunity Safety and Well-Being PlanWard Boundary Review.
To have your say, visit Engage Ottawa: https://engage.ottawa.ca/  This Website is updated regularly with new consultations. Be sure to check on the dates that specific engagement opportunities close.

March 2020 Newsletter

3rd Annual Community Winter Carnival was a success!

On Saturday February 15th, more than 50 community members came out to Jeanne d’Arc Park to enjoy some winter fun together.  There were games, maple taffy, and very popular tug of war competitions.  Thanks to the dedicated team of rink volunteers, the ice was also in excellent condition!

Thank you to everyone who came out, and for those who missed it this year, we have a photo gallery to share the fun that was had by all.  See you next year.

LRT Stage 2 Presentation

Please join us for an update on the eastbound extension of the Confederation Line. City staff will provide information on what to expect during construction, how the stations are shaping up, and how they can address resident concerns. This free public meeting is hosted by the CGOWCA. For background on LRT Stage 2, see: www.ottawa.ca/stage2

Date: Tuesday March 3, 2020

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 255 Centrum Blvd, room 340

RSVP for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/505280480401752/

Orléans Corridor Secondary Plan Study Open House

The City is undertaking a review of land use in proximity to the Orléans Light Rail Transit Corridor and its four future stations. The goal is to prepare a new plan that will guide future development of neighbourhoods that are livable, resilient, affordable, support transit and complementary to existing neighbourhoods. The study will produce plans that identify permitted land uses, height and density of development as well as improvements to pedestrian, cycling and transit connections to and from the future stations.

At this first open house residents will have the opportunity to engage with city staff who will be undertaking the study in the coming months. Come and tell the City your ideas about future development in the Orléans corridor.


Date: Wednesday March 4, 2020

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (presentation at 7pm)

Location: Shenkman Art Centre (245 Centrum Blvd)

Special thanks to Worry Free Snowplowing!

After the big dump this week, Worry Free blew the snow off the outdoor rink at Jeanne d’Arc Park (1155 St. Moritz Court). Thanks so much! It was a big help for all the volunteers who shovel and flood the rink all winter long.

Carnival postponed to Feb 15

Brr, it’s cold today. We have postponed the Carnival until next weekend, February 15th from 12 to 2 pm

If you want to brave the cold, the ski track around the park and the rink are still open for everyone.

February 2020 Newsletter

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3rd Annual Winter Carnival

Only a few more days until our 2020 Winter Carnival on Saturday February 8th!  Bring the whole family out to the community outdoor rink at Jeanne d’Arc Park.  It’s located behind Convent Glen Catholic Elementary School.  There will be fun for people of all ages.  You can bring your skates to enjoy the rink.  If you aren’t a skater, there will be other activities too. 

We’ll be there between 10:30am and 12:45pm.  This event is free, but donations to the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

photo showing the trail after the grooming machine passes.
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Expanding Winter Recreation in Orléans

Guest article by Ski Heritage East

Winter can be a long season if you don’t get out and enjoy it. That’s why Ski Heritage East put in operation a plan to groom a multi-use winter trail along the banks of the Ottawa River.

The Ski Heritage East Trail was launched in 2017 and, now, in it’s third year of operation, is enjoyed by approximately 5,000 users a winter. A group of local volunteers raises funds and grooms the Trail for use by cross-country skiers (skate and classic), snowshoers, fatbikers and walkers.

In addition to donations from individuals in the community, operation of the Trail is funded through support from the City of Ottawa, Brigil, the NCC and several local businesses. This funding has enabled the group to purchase and operate grooming equipment including snowmobiles, drags and, new this year, a Ginzu Groomer. Our volunteer grooming team grooms regularly and their hard work shows in the excellent quality of the trail!

Stretching 13.5 km from Shefford Rd. in the west to Trim and Jeanne d’Arc, the Trail is walking distance from several bus stops and is easily accessible from many access points, including the north ends of Trim, Champlain and Orléans Blvd. The full Trail map, trail conditions, and a complete list of local sponsors is available at www.skiheritageeast.ca.

To lend your support you can visit the Ski Heritage East GoFundMe page or e-transfer funds to skiheritage.east@gmail.com. Come out and enjoy the Trail soon!

Butterfly Garden

Our community is looking for a group or individual who could tend a garden near the Orléans YMCA.  There is a butterfly garden on Centrum that was established by the Lions Club in 2014.  They are looking for someone (an individual or group) to adopt this garden.

Do you love gardening?  Do you know of a Scouts, Brownies, or Girl Guides group that would be interested?  The garden is not too large, so it should be manageable for people of all gardening ability (approximately 10 square metres).

For more information about the origin story of this garden, check out this article in the Brampton Guardian: https://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/6778021-butterfly-garden-officially-opens-in-orl-ans/ If you would like more information or you are interested in caring for this garden come spring, please contact Councillor Luloff’s assistant, Peter MacDonald.   Peter’s email address is Peter.macdonald@ottawa.ca

January 2020 Newsletter

This edition of the CGOWCA Newsletter is brought to you by Myers Orléans.

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“See you at the ODR!” – Jeanne d’Arc Park Outdoor Rink

The outdoor rink (ODR) will open soon! Thanks to dedicated volunteers, Convent Glen Orléans Wood has one of the best outdoor rinks in Ottawa. Located in Jeanne d’Arc Park, behind Convent Glen Catholic School, at 1155 St. Moritz Court.

Come out anytime. Bring family and friends. It’s a great place for pick-up hockey, learning how to skate and getting some exercise outdoors!

Our rink is one of 255 outdoor rinks in Ottawa. More than any city in Canada and probably the world. The rinks are all made and maintained by volunteers! It’s an Ottawa “thing” and it says a lot about the pride we take in our communities. If you would like to help out in our area, meet some new friends and neighbours, or do your volunteer hours, we are looking for volunteers. Please contact the Association at: conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com

Special thanks to Robertson Rent-All for the lawn roller used to prepare the rink.

image of family playing in the snow with a sled and making a snowman

3rd Annual Winter Carnival

This year’s Winter Carnival will be here before we know it!  Come out to Jeanne d’Arc Park on Saturday February 8, between 10:30am and 12:30pm for some family-friendly fun.  Previous years have had games and skating mixed with hot chocolate and time to connect with neighbours.  We hope to see you there.  This event is free. Donations to the Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association are welcome.

a snow removal tractor in a parking lot with two people holding shovels standing nearby

Snow Go Program

The Snow Go Program can help you! This program is divided into two parts to match your individual needs to the appropriate service. The two programs are as follows: 

  • The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow. 
  • The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250. 

In our area, contact the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre at: 613-741-6025 or info@eorc-creo.ca

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Rink Volunteers Needed at Pierre Rocque Park

If you’d like to help with a community rink but live in Convent Glen South, the volunteer rink coordinator at Pierre Rocque Park is looking for help!  This rink is not managed by the Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association.  

Details about requirements and expectations:  

  • Be minimum 14 years of age 
  • Have a police record check (cost covered by the City of Ottawa)  
  • Commit to working 3 to 6 shifts per week (during the day, late evenings and weekends). Depending on weather and ice conditions.
  • Work starting at the end of December and ending February 28, 2020. 
  • Shovel and operate a snowblower
  • Water ice rinks 4 days a week.

If you are interested, or would like more details – please contact Jason Ilacqua at 613-867-1994 and jason_ilacqua@hotmail.com.