January 2023 Newsletter

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Outdoor Rink at St. Moritz

A giant thank you to Worry Free Snowblowing for helping clear our outdoor rink! 

Our team of volunteers is working very hard on the rink! Contact us (conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com) if you are interested in helping out.

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2023 Orléans Leading Women and Girls Recognition Awards

As the MP for Orléans, Marie-France Lalonde is delighted to launch the 2023 Orléans Leading Women and Girls Recognition Awards, to recognize and reward women and young girls in Orléans for their involvement in the community and for their leadership. She would like to invite you to help find extraordinary nominees from Orléans.

Please use the fillable pdf nomination form for the Orléans Leading Women and Girls Recognition Awards, which you can obtain by writing to Marie-France.Lalonde@parl.gc.ca. A letter of support is required in addition to the nomination form. The letter must include responses to the questions below.

The letter must be unique to each nominee and must address these 3 themes:

  1. Describe how the nominee’s efforts improved the lives of women and girls in her community.
  2. Explain how the nominee’s achievements demonstrate her leadership.
  3. Please specify the number of volunteer hours the nominee contributes annually (approximately).

The deadline to send the form and support letter is February 10, 2023, by email at Marie-France.Lalonde@parl.gc.ca.

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Suicide Prevention Webinar – January 16

Know What to Do: Hope, help and strength when faced with suicide

Community members in Orléans are invited to a lunch and learn webinar about how to become a stronger community in the face of mental health challenges and suicide.

Monday January 16, 2023
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Register here. (Registration is full – the webinar will be broadcast on Suicide Prevention Ottawa’s FB page)
The webinar will host presenters from Suicide Prevention Ottawa who will:

  • Share tools about how to talk about suicide with someone who is struggling
  • Share tools to help people who are struggling talk about suicide and to get help
  • Highlight trainings that are available in Ottawa if you’d like to go deeper in learning about how to be a community supporter
  • Share existing organizational supports if people need to speak to a professional or a peer support person about their struggles.
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Reduce and Divert Waste in 2023

As many of us think about what kinds of new year’s resolutions we want to make, why not consider household waste reduction as a goal for 2023? Reducing our garbage is good for the local environment, saves money, and helps us add years to our local landfill sites.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your waste post-holiday season, there are plenty of resources available to help you out. The City of Ottawa has a number of programs in place to encourage recycling and waste diversion, including curb-side pickup of natural Christmas trees, and recyclables, drop-off locations for household hazardous waste, and composting programs. You can find more information on the City’s website
To learn more about the benefits of recycling and waste diversion, check out these videos from the City of Ottawa:

Here are a few tips to help you reduce waste leading out of this holiday season:

  • Recycle or reuse packaging and wrapping materials when possible
  • Compost food scraps and yard waste
  • Return beer and wine bottles, bottles caps, and packaging to the Beer Store for a refund
  • Use reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and food containers

Next year, if you are looking for more environmentally friendly gift options, consider giving experiences or consumables as gifts, rather than physical items that may eventually end up in the trash. Also, check out Terra20’s eco-friendly Holiday Gift Guide. Terra20 has a location in Orléans at 2284 Tenth Line and is a great source for local, organic, sustainable, and waste reducing household products. 
By working together, we can make our community more sustainable and environmentally-friendly. Remember to recycle and divert waste whenever possible, and encourage others to do the same. Happy New Year from the CGOWCA Environment Committee!

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LRT Information Session – January 17, 2023

Please join us for an Information Session about the LRT work that is happening in our neighbourhood.  You can also read more about what has been accomplished in 2022 by checking out this year in review with descriptions and photos of the work.

When: Tuesday January 17th at 7pm
Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85121883629?pwd=RXJ0bThtMm5jeUF5SWlzcGtjbmpRZz09
Passcode: 789523

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Interprovincial Bridge Concerns

A group of concerned community members are meeting about the proposed interprovincial bridge in the east end. The group has been working with the CGOWCA Environment Committee, led by Cassandra Polyzou. The focus has been to reach out to other environmental groups, and to try to elicit information about the process for choosing a Bridge location from the National Capital Commission (NCC) and Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC).

Several members attended the NCC’s Annual Public General Meeting and posed questions to the board who shared that the project is now in the hands of the PSPC.
We are planning a community meeting early in 2023 to inform the residents about this process, watch for details!

More information is available on our website. If you would like to learn more or get involved with the Bridge Committee, please write to CGNbridgecommittee@gmail.com.

December 2022 Newsletter

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Outdoor Volunteer Opportunity – The Community Rink!

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 St. Moritz Drive (behind Convent Glen Catholic Elementary School). 
Tasks include shoveling the ice surface after snowfalls, flooding the ice surface, and using the snow blower to remove snow from the ice surface. Specific tasks will 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 Jeff Fennessy (jefffennessy@rogers.com) if you are interested or if you’d like more information.
Special thank you to Myers Orléans Nissan and Myers Orléans Chevrolet for their sponsorship of the St. Moritz community rink.

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Update – Interprovincial Crossing

A message from the Interprovincial Crossing Committee

The arrival of the barge in the Ottawa River next to our community was a surprise for many who were not aware of the work being done toward building an interprovincial bridge in the East end. In fact, the Bridge Committee of the CGOWCA had just learned that the project was moving along much quicker than anyone had imagined! As a result, the Committee has teamed up with our new city councillor, Laura Dudas, to host a Town Hall early in 2023 to learn more about the project, to inform the community about what is really happening, and to make clear the concerns of the community.
Please stay tuned for the date of this important event and make plans to attend. Consider talking to your friends and neighbours about it too! If a Greenbelt Bridge is selected, it could well be the one of the biggest things to ever happen to the east end of Ottawa.

Additionally, we are happy to announce that our webpage is up and running! Please refer to it for reliable info on the bridge and share: https://www.conventglenorleanswood.com/interprovincial-crossing/

To learn more please write to CGNbridgecommittee@gmail.com.

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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, fatbiking 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 2021-2021 season, trail usage remained incredibly high, with over 75,000 users.

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 include, Councillor Laura Dudas, Orléans Physio, Orléans Waxing Haus, Aroma Pizza, the Garlic King, and many more. To learn more about sponsorship, contact us at the address below.

Please lend us your support and enjoy the Trail!

Ski Heritage East
Twitter: @skiheritageeast

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Introducing: the Environment Committee

In November, a small but mighty group of CGOWCA community members met and formed the new Environment Committee. Our group is made up of passionate people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, united by one passion: caring for our environment. We’d like to introduce ourselves and let you know what we’ve been up to. We’ve begun working to identify priorities and establish our goals, including to:

  • Identify opportunities to improve public greenspaces to better meet the needs of our community
  • Advocate to politicians and other leaders regarding environmental topics impacting our community
  • Highlight opportunities to support the environment at home and within the community
  • Provide education around our collective impact on the local environment and the broader environment as a whole 
  • Research opportunities to collaborate with local organizations and community partners to support environmental initiatives impacting Convent Glen & Orléans Wood
  • Provide regular outreach to CGOWCA members on timely topics affecting our community

Want to get involved or learn more? Reach out to our committee chair, Cassandra Polyzou at ecopolyzou@gmail.com.   

Keep your eyes open for our next updates. We look forward to seeing you at our first events in 2023!

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Meaning of Home contest

Starting January 9th, 2023 all Greater Ottawa students in grades 4, 5 and 6 are invited to participate in the 16th annual Meaning of Home Contest! For this national writing contest, students can create and submit a short story or poem about what home means to them. It’s a great way for students to engage in an interactive and fun way, and it teaches youth the importance of safe, affordable housing.

What’s more? For every submission to the Meaning of Home Contest, $10 will be donated to Habitat Greater Ottawa

Whether you’re a teacher, school admin or parent, visit meaningofhome.ca to find out how you can get your students involved for this year’s Meaning of Home Contest and help local families in communities across Canada access safe, secure and affordable housing.

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Better Homes Ottawa Loan Program

Through the Better Homes Ottawa – Loan Program, Ottawa homeowners could access low-interest loans of up to the lesser of $125,000 or 10 per cent of the current value of their home to cover the cost of home energy improvements. The minimum loan amount approved is $15,000.

On June 30, 2022, the City of Ottawa recapitalized the Better Homes Ottawa Loan Program by securing a $15 million loan agreement with VanCity Community Investment Bank. This will allow an estimated 500 residents of Ottawa to access fixed rate (4.33% interest), 20-year loans from the City to undertake energy efficiency retrofits and other home improvements.

The Better Homes Ottawa – Loan Program is being delivered by our partners at EnviroCentre, an Ottawa based non-profit organization dedicated to providing practical solutions for people and communities to lighten environmental impact in lasting ways. Visit Better Homes Ottawa(link is external) to apply for the Better Homes Ottawa – Loan Program and find out more about how to make your home more energy efficient and climate friendly.

You can combine a Better Homes Loan with energy efficiency rebates and incentives available such as the Canada Greener Homes Grant(link is external).

If you would like to receive updates on the Better Homes Ottawa – Loan Program and other climate change news subscribe to the climate change e-newsletter.

If you have questions about the Better Homes Ottawa Program, please email betterhomes@ottawa.ca.

November 2022 Newsletter

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Santa’s Parade of Lights

On November 26th we welcome back Santa’s Parade of Lights in Orléans! This event is hosted by the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association.  The parade will start at 6pm at Youville and St-Joseph and will run along St-Joseph Boulevard to Prestone Drive.

You can learn more on the Parade of Lights website or by checking out their Facebook page.

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Municipal Election 2022

A little under 44% of eligible voters in Ottawa cast their ballots on October 24th and the results are now official. Congratulations to the successful candidates! We have a new mayor, Mark Sutcliffe, and a new-to-us councillor, Laura Dudas.

In Convent Glen and Orléans Wood, here are the returning or new elected officials:

  • Ward 2 – Orléans West Innes Councillor:  Laura Dudas
  • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Zone 12:  Cathryne Milburn
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board Zone 3:  Brian Coburn
  • Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est Secteur 9:  Johanne Lacombe
  • Conseil des écoles publiques Secteur 7: Philippe Landry
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Help Royal Canadian Legion Branch 632

The Orléans Royal Canadian Legion is looking for volunteers to help with the poppy campaign.  You do not need to be a member of the Legion to get involved.  Find more information here: https://www.rcl632.ca/poppy-campaign

Pierre Rocque Park Renewal

The City is looking for your feedback on the lifecycle renewal of Pierre Rocque Park in WARD 1. The park is located at 1257 Joseph Drouin Avenue. The park renewal will include the removal and replacement of the existing play structures, the installation of engineered wood fiber fall surface and the repair and replacement of asphalt pathways. The play area will be universally accessible and include accessible play features.

You can provide feedback through the Engage Ottawa platform until Monday November 14.

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Funded by the University of Victoria, WalkRollMap.org is a crowdsourcing tool for mapping micro barriers to accessible walking and rolling. What is a micro barrier? Anything that makes it harder (or maybe even impossible) to walk or roll safely or comfortably in your community. It might be a missing bench, uneven payment, or unplowed snow. Whatever it is that is getting in your way, or missing (e.g. bench or washroom) we want to know what it is and where! 

Here’s a video to explain it:  https://youtu.be/fTeOYuAapGM

Here’s a walkthrough of how to report an accessibility challenge on walkrollmap.org.

Why use WalkRollMap.org?

Although urgent accessibility challenges should be reported to 3-1-1, these service requests are not shared publicly, and other members of the community are not able to see that other people have reported concerns. By using WalkRollMap.org, you will be contributing to a visual record of accessibility challenges in the City of Ottawa and also have access to view the overall map of all concerns reported.

The sister app for cycling (BikeMaps.org) is already well known by city councilors, and we will be sharing WalkRollMap.org with all newly elected councilors post-election.

If you have any questions, please contact Felicity Borgal, the Active Transportation Coordinator at Ottawa’s EnviroCentre. Together, we can help make Ottawa’s walking and rolling environment safer and more accessible!

October 2022 newsletter

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Pumpkin parade November 1

After the trick or treating is over and the good candy is eaten, bring those beautiful Jack-o’-lanterns to Hiawatha Park (corner of Voyageur and Voyageur). The CGOWCA is hosting a Pumpkin Parade on Nov. 1st from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Residents are asked to bring their pumpkins and a battery-operated candle. We will line up the lighted pumpkins for people to see, and then vote on the best one.

There will be two categories for voting, each with their own prize: one category for kids 12 and under, and one category for 13+ years old.

We hope to see you there!

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2022 Annual General Meeting

The CGOWCA held its AGM virtually on September 19. Thank you to all of the members who attended!

We heard an amazing presentation from Meg McCallum, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa. She showed us that change is possible when it comes to affordable housing – all that is required is the will to make it happen. The Alliance launched the Starts With Home campaign ahead of the municipal election to raise awareness of this issue and encourage all candidates to build more and better affordable housing into their platforms. The CGOWCA has endorsed the campaign as an organization, and we encourage you to do the same as individuals.

During the AGM we welcomed three new board members: Cassandra Polyzou, Daniel Lamothe and Karen Chow. We are very excited to have them join us and wish them a warm welcome!

The board extends its gratitude to Gary Bradshaw, former board member, for his dedication and love for our community during his time on the board.

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Little Free Libraries Near You

Have you noticed Little Free Libraries popping up around Orléans or other places in Ottawa? Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Their mission is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led Little Free Libraries.

Their vision is a Little Free Library in every community and a book for every reader. We believe all people are empowered when the opportunity to discover a personally relevant book to read is not limited by time, space, or privilege.

You can search on the Little Free Libraries website: https://littlefreelibrary.org/map/

Here are a few we have found in Orléans:

  • LANE Library at 1721 Meadowview Cres.
  • Librairie Des Prairies, 1751 Des Prairies Ave.
  • Radisson Way, between Amyot and Ethier.
  • Zunzun Little Free Library, 1895 Markwell Cresc.
  • Little Free Library Orleans, 2129 Avebury Drive.
  • Trish’s Little Free Library – Orleans, 443 Wincanton Drive.
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Reminder to Vote – Ottawa municipal election

Advanced polls are already open. We strongly encourage everyone to get out and vote. City Council has a huge impact on our day to day lives from garbage, to transit, to parks and recreation.

If you aren’t sure where to go, or what you need to bring, or have other questions – this website is a good starting place: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/elections/2022-municipal-elections/information-voters

To see the Rogers TV Debate for our area (Orléans West-Innes – Ward 2) it is available online: https://youtu.be/6EsHMW48UWk

Get out and vote!

September 2022 Newsletter

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Cleaning the Capital Fall 2022 – Registration is Open!

Register your clean up project until September 30, 2022.  Registering a project makes you eligible for a  free Cleanup Kit for you and your team. 

Your clean up can be as small and simple as your household heading out together to clean up a part of your neighbourhood.  It could be as large as a neighbourhood-wide event including a social get together after the clean up! 

Registering online means you’ll pick a location that isn’t already going to be cleaned by another group.  If you fill out the final report (just a summary of how much you picked up and how many people took part) then you can even win prizes.

Help pitch in and keep Convent Glen and Orléans Wood looking green and clean!

Register here: https://ottv3.ottawa.ca/en/cleaning-capital-program-registration-form

Convent Glen – Orléans Wood Community Association Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Please join us on Monday September 19th at 7pm for our virtual AGM.

Link to Register for the AGM is here: https://bit.ly/3JPxNaH

Annual General Meetings are a chance to come together, to hear about the activities of the Community Association for the past year and to elect the volunteer Board of Directors.

If you are interested in volunteering to help the Board of Directors, please reach out to conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com

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Yoga in the Park 2022

Mireille Brownhill has led the efforts that have allowed the CGOWCA to offer free yoga in the park for several years. In 2022, it was hosted in Hiawatha Park (in Convent Glen) and Décarie Park (in Orléans Wood). 

Thank you to the instructors who shared your time and expertise with neighbours. Thank you to the neighbours who attended!

Keep those Wednesday evenings open in July and August 2023 for our next offering.

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Municipal Election – Monday October 24, 2022

All of us have a civic responsibility to vote.  The next regular municipal election to elect a Mayor, City Councillors, and School Board Trustees will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. Eligible electors will have the opportunity to cast a ballot for the following offices:

  • Mayor – one elected at large
  • City Councillor – one elected per ward
  • School Board Trustee – one elected per zone: 
    • Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
    • Ottawa Catholic School Board
    • Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario
    • Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

The slate of candidates for our upcoming municipal election is set.  The ward boundaries changed since our last election and Convent Glen and Orléans Wood now fall in Ward 2.  You can confirm your ward and your slate of candidates by entering your address here: https://elections.ottawa.ca/UI/CandidateList/CandidateList

If this is your first chance to vote in a municipal election (or even if it isn’t and you just want to better understand the process), check out this Voters’ Guide prepared by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs:  https://www.ontario.ca/document/2022-voters-guide-ontario-municipal-council-and-school-board-elections

Mayors and City Councillors are responsible for making decisions about how property tax dollars are allocated.  Municipal government is responsible for things that affect everyone daily such as:

  • Infrastructure services:  snow removal, roads, garbage and recycling, water and sewer
  • Quality of life services: community centres, parks and recreation, libraries
  • Essential services:  public transit, affordable housing, public health, community services
  • Enforcement and Emergency services:  Police, Bylaw, Fire

School Board Trustees make decisions about how schools run by setting policies and strategic directions.  They are part of making decisions about how budgets and resources are allocated.  They are representatives of the community who are our advocates for public education.  Find out more here: https://elections.ontarioschooltrustees.org/WhatDoTrusteesDo/SchoolBoardTrustees.aspx

The work of municipal government affects all of us every day – VOTE!

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Call for Environment Committee Volunteers

Are you interested in environmental sustainability, protecting and naturalizing greenspaces, and engaging the community on sustainable transportation and climate resilience? Do you want to meet other like-minded folks interested in improving the biodiversity and environmental protection in our area? CGOWCA is starting an Environment Committee and we are looking for a group of committed volunteers who are interested in developing goals and projects for our community!
Please send an email to conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com with your interest, time availability (i.e. hours per month), and areas of interest (i.e. gardens, transportation, tree planting, etc.). We hope to set up our first virtual meeting sometime in October!