March 15, 2018: Photo Inset: Quicker than Boiling an Egg; 2 weeks of short skywatching.

March 15, 2018: Photo Inset: Quicker than Boiling an Egg;
2 weeks of short skywatching, with a Newswest Night Sky Scorecard.
Chart courtesy of Mark Narwa.
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Photo Caption: Because the ISS passes over Ottawa so rarely at convenient times, and in suitable weather conditions for viewing, Newswest is celebrating this month’s 7 consecutive evenings of early fly-overs with this handy schedule and score card. Now, you can keep track of your sightings and let us know about what you expected to see, and what you actually saw. Send an email to editor.newswest@gmail.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter @NewswestOttawa – Chart courtesy of Mark Narwa.
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Newswest Night Sky Score Card.
Chart courtesy of Mark Narwa.
March 17 – 31, 2018.

Date. Time. Event. Did you see it?.
March 17, 2018. 30 minutes after sunset. New Moon.
March 18, 2018. 30 minutes after sunset. Moon close to Venus in west horizon.
March 20, 2018. 12:15 p.m. Vernal Equinox – Spring Begins – Equal Day and Night.
March 24, 2018. 11:35 a.m. First Quarter Moon.
March 24, 2018. 8:42 – 8:48 p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from SW horizon.
March 25, 2018. 7:50 – 7:58 p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from SSW horizon.
March 26, 2018. 8:33 – 8:41 p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from SW horizon.
March 27, 2018. 7:40 – 7:50 p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from SW horizon.
March 28, 2018. 8:24 – 8:32 p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from WSW horizon.
March 29, 2018. 7:31 – 7:42 p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from WSW horizon.
March 30, 2018. 8:15 – 8:24 ;p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from West horizon.
March 31, 2018. 8:37 a.m. Full Moon – *Second Blue Moon of 2018.
March 31, 2018. 8:59 – 9:06 p.m. ISS passes over Kitchissippi from WNW horizon.

Web-extra:

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Photo Caption:The second table is of satellite predictions from March 16 to March 30 for the Kitchissippi area. Chart courtesy of Mark Narwa.

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DATE TIME EVENT
March 16, 2018 9:44pm – 9:48pm SEASAT 1 passes over Kitchissippi from NNE – NNW
March 17, 2018 9:24pm – 9:29pm H-2A R/B passes over Kitchissippi from ENE – North
March 18, 2018 8:06pm – 8:13pm ERS-2 passes over Kitchissippi from SSE – NNW
March 20, 2018 9:31pm – 9:36pm H-2A R/B passes over Kitchissippi from ENE – North
March 21, 2018 8:16pm – 8:25pm SL-16 R/B passes over Kitchissippi from SE – North
March 23, 2018 8:03pm – 8:10pm RESURS-DK1 passes over Kitchissippi from South – NE
March 24, 2018 9:37pm – 9:42pm COSMOS 1953 passes over Kitchissippi from SW – North
March 27, 2018 8:20pm – 8:27pm ERS-2 passes over Kitchissippi from South – NNW
March 29, 2018 9:52pm – 9:57pm ARIANE 40 R/B passes over Kitchissippi from East – North
March 30, 2018 9:36pm – 9:41pm COSMOS 2242 passes over Kitchissippi from SSE – NNE
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March 15, 2018: Community Calendar Plus

March 15, 2018: Community Calendar Plus

DRAFT UPDATED March 16th. See bottom for late additions.

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Newswest Volunteers. ++++
Newswest is seeking volunteers to help with its monthly digital on-line content. Experience with Facebook or WordPress ideal, but eager learners welcome. Email editor@newswest.org or come to a board meeting. (Next meeting is Tuesday February 27, 2018 at 7p.m. in the Hintonburg Community Centre.)

March 10 (and onward) – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars.
The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers is hosting a series of urban organic gardening seminars at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W.) Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 10, April 14, and May 12. Seed sale to follow at 1:30 p.m. One day passes are available, which includes three full seminars. Discounts are available with registration for full package passes; nine seminars in all. Student discounts are available too! March topics include: Growing Organic Vegetables; Herbs & Edible Flowers; Container, Small Space, and Labour Saving Urban Garden; Starting Seeds Indoors and Out. For more information and to sign up go to http://cog.ca .

March 18 – Ottawa Orchid Society meeting.
The Ottawa Orchid Society welcomes guest speaker Leslie Ee from the “Southern Ontario Orchid Society” Toronto. Leslie’s presentation will be on Phalaenopsis Violacea variety Indigo. Also on the program will be a show table for members bringing in their flowering orchids to be shown and judged. Plants will be offered for sale from Flora Peculia which specializes in Neofinetia (Vanda) Falcata (the Samurai orchid). Starting 1:30 p.m. at Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Rd.). Visitors welcome, $5 at the door. For information please call 613-729-0175 .

March 15 – St Patrick’s Friendship Luncheon.
At the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) on Thursday March 15 from 11:50 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring the Sue Fay Healy Irish Dancers. Catered sandwiches, salads, desserts, tea or coffee Cost: $12.50 (over 65) or $13.75 ( under 65). Deadline to register is March 6. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

March 21 – Afternoon Tea Dance.
At the Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) on Wednesday March 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ballroom, line, and Latin dance in a social setting on large wood spring floor. No partner required. Cost: $3.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

March 24 – Westboro Legion Dance with live music.
Please join us at the Westboro Legion Saturday Night Dance with live music performed by “The Divas” in the upstairs lounge at 391 Richmond Rd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to join. Cost for admission is $2 for Legion Members and $5 for the public. For more information please visit our website at http://www.rcl480.com . Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

March 25 – Ukrainian Easter Bazaar.
Join our regular bazaar patrons who have shown exceptional skills as they refine the art of designing beautiful pysanky (Easter eggs) every year. Pysanka decorating supplies including traditional dyes and beeswax will be available along with beautifully illustrated books. The Ukrainian Women’s Association hosts its bazaar from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral hall (1000 Byron) on Sunday, March 25. Admission is free with parking on Byron and the church parking lot. Enjoy your Ukrainian lunch with your friends, then stock up on varenyky, holubtsti and borscht for your freezer. New arrivals from Ukrainian include richly embroidered handicrafts, blouses, modern apparel and ceramics. Local raw honey and knitted goods are favourites along with the Easter breads and popular goodies like lemon poppy-seed and carrot cakes. For more information call Doreen Keir at 613-826-0353 .

March 26 – Media Streaming 101.
Broadband internet has significantly transformed the delivery of media content to our households. With more content readily available, a growing number of Canadians are cutting the traditional cable and satellite umbilical cord and opting for online alternatives. Jeff Dubois, Publicity Chair, Ottawa PC Users’ Group, examines some of the alternatives, restrictions and solutions used to maximize your streaming experience. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday March 26 at 6 p.m. Registration is required. For more information go to https://biblioottawalibrary.ca .

March 29 – Carlingwood Film Club.
Watch and discuss a good film in a relaxed, book-club-style chat about film and cinematography! Last Thursday of the month until May. Happening at the Carlingwood Library on Monday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. Drop-in. For more information go to: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/event/carlingwood-film-club .

March 31 – Westboro Legion Dance with live music.
Please join us at the Westboro Legion Saturday Night Dance with live music performed by “Country Mile” in the upstairs lounge at 391 Richmond Rd. from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to be a member to join. Cost for admission is $2 for Legion members and $5 for the public. For more information please visit our website at rcl480.com. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.

April 10 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
from 7 to 9p.m. “Gardening with Wildlife” with Rebecca Last. Learn plant and garden design to create a wildlife-friendly garden. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

April 11 – Annual General Meeting for Hampton Iona Community Group.
The Annual General Meeting for Hampton Iona Community Group will be taking place April 11 at 7 p.m. in the second floor Teaching Kitchen of Loblaw’s Superstore on Richmond Road. The Agenda will include: A review of the past year’s events; upcoming June gardening and park events; election of officers and proposed constitutional amendments. For more information contact webmaster@hamptoniona.ca . If anyone is considering putting their names forward for the position of President, Vice President, Treasurer or Secretary, they are required to submit their names by March 28 so we can plan for any potential board elections. Please contact Ken Hoffman at khoffman@web.ca .

April 14 (and onward) – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars.
The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers hosts a series of urban organic gardening seminars at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W.) Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 10, April 14, and May 12. Seed sale to follow at 1:30 p.m. One day passes are available, which includes three full seminars. For more information and to sign up go to http://cog.ca .

April 18 – Friends of the Farm Annual General Meeting. ++++
From 7 to 9 p.m. Public welcome, membership not required. Free event. Guest speaker is Dr. Paul Villeneuve, presenting “Environmental Impacts of the Farm.” Meeting and presentation at K.W. Neatby Bldg with free parking. Registration is required, 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/event/annual-general-meeting-2018/ .

April 21 – Introduction to Hiking. ++++
Saturday, April 21st, a full-day course for new hikers and those interested in tips to make hiking safe and enjoyable. Topics include hike planning, preparation, packing, outfitting and on-trail procedures, plus an orientation to hiking with a guided group. The day includes a short hike to practice your new skills. Nepean Sportsplex, $85 (includes one-year RTA membership). (RTA means The Rideau Trail Association, a volunteer-based hiking club active in Eastern Ontario). To register or for information: e-mail introtohiking@rideautrail.org .

April 24 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “Flowers and Vegetables ” with Judith Cox. Add beauty to your vegetable garden and reap the rewards. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

May 8 Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “Unusual Edibles” with Esther Bryan. Come and learn about all sorts of weird and wonderful edibles. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

May 12 – Urban Organic Gardening Seminars.
The Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers hosts a final series of urban organic gardening seminars at the Hintonburg Community Centre (1064 Wellington St W.) Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 10, April 14, and May 12. Seed sale to follow at 1:30 p.m. One day passes are available, which includes three full seminars. For more information and to sign up go to http://cog.ca .

May 22 – Friends of the Farm Master Gardener Lecture. ++++
From 7 to 9p.m. “A Garden for the Bees” with Julianne Labreche. Learn how to attract bees and why they are necessary for pollination. FCEF members $12, non-members $15, Bldg 72 CEF Arboretum, east exit off Prince of Wales roundabout. 613-230-3276 or http://friendsofthefarm.ca/master-gardener-lectures-2018/ .

Westboro Legion’s Bingo and Leagues.
Bingo every Wednesday night at the Westboro Legion. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for Café 480 and games begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Join us with your friends, or come and meet new friends. Funds raised are donated back to community organizations. We also have bid euchre, darts, pool and sandbag leagues on a weekly basis. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

Westboro Legion’s Saturday Pool.
Free Pool from noon to closing upstairs at the Westboro Legion. Everyone is welcome. For more information visit http://www.rcl480.com or call 613-725-2778 .

Toastmasters.
Learn confidence and hone your leadership skills. Above and Beyond Toastmasters will help you get there. We meet every Monday at 7 p.m. except holidays at the Civic campus of The Ottawa Hospital in the Bickell Room on the main floor (across from Tim Hortons). Our next guest night is January 22. Everyone is welcome. For more information, please see abottawa.toastmastersclubs.org or contact toastmasters.iwona.bm@gmail.com .

Churchill Seniors Centre.
Drop- in bridge and mahjong at the Churchill Seniors Centre (345 Richmond Rd.) every Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. Come and play. No partner required in either of these games Cost: $1.75. For more information, please call 613-798-8927 .

Drop-in Ukulele.
at the Churchill Seniors Centre on the last Wednesday of the month from
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Bring your own ukulele. This is a beginner drop-in but all players welcome! Cost: $1.75 .

The OWCS Grocery Bus. ++++
For Seniors in Hintonburg, Carlington and Westboro who need assistance with grocery shopping. For only $6 Ottawa West Community Support (OWCS) provides door to door transportation and help with bagging and carrying of purchases. Each Tuesday and Wednesday, the bus departs OWCS at 9am, picks up seniors from their homes and takes them shopping at local supermarkets. For more information about the Grocery Bus and other OWCS programs, please contact the office at 613-728-6016 ( and look for their September 1st article here in Newswest On-line ).

Ottawa Tool Library – Shop Night. ++++
Every first Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. come book our benches to grind away at your projects with tools from our library. Book on line at http://www.ottawatoollibrary.com and then come to your bench for the might in Makerspace North, 250 City Centre Avenue, Bay 216 (upper level). Just $5 for members and free for members 55 or older, with lots of parking.

Ottawa Tool Library – Community and Demo night. ++++
Connect and chat with other makers around Ottawa at our tool library. Learn and observe with live demonstrations starting at 6 p.m. on topics such as Bikes, Gardening, Carpentry, Painting, Canning, Wiring etc. We are a volunteer-run nonprofit providing endless opportunities to create, garden and cook. Located in Makerspace north, 250 City Centre Avenue in Bay 216 (upper level), we are open Mondays 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find us on Twitter and Facebook, @yowtoollibrary.

Bytown Swing. ++++
Come dance Lindy Hop and West Coast Swing with us on Saturday nights in Ottawa. Grab a pair of indoor shoes and get ready to hit the dance floor. Non-profit, holds a dance every Saturday at Studio X, 122-250 City Center Avenue ( 3 minute walk from the Bayview Transitway stop ). Parking available. Beginner lessons start at 8:15 p.m., DJ’d social dancing starts at 9:00 p.m. Cost is just $7 cash at the door and $5 for students and seniors.
Starting in 2017 there will be no more bi-weekly dances: we’re moving to one-off Lindy Hop events like bar nights, pop-up dances, and special live band events. The Westie Underground will be hosting bi-weekly WCS dances under a new name. Stay tuned for future announcements on dates and details! See http://bytownswing.com or https://www.facebook.com/bytownswing/ .

Friends of the Farm’s new book ‘Blooms’ ++++
Is about the Ornamental Gardens at Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm A wonderful gift for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian history. Friends of the Farm has several books now available for purchase highlighting Ottawa’s Farm, Ornamental Gardens, and Arboretum at the Central Experimental Farm. By local authors, they are for anyone who loves gardens and flowers, as well as a treat for those interested in Canadian horticultural history. Available at http://friendsofthefarm.ca/ and local bookstores.

Friends of the Farm’s “Join Us”. ++++
Join the Friends of the Farm to influence decision-makers to preserve the integrity of this cherished National Historic Site and its exceptional setting in the heart of Ottawa.
The future of the Farm as we know it is more important than ever. While the core research areas remain, the Farm lands, Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens and historical buildings still need constant care and protection. If lost, this jewel can never be replaced.
Become a member today and support the Friends’ mission to bring the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens to their full potential. Membership benefits include free admission to the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, a quarterly newsletter, discounted events, and more. http://friendsofthefarm.ca/

Your Community Associations.
For up-to-date news on your neighbourhood, stay in touch with your community association. Information about events, traffic changes, development, neighbourhood clubs, volunteer opportunities and board meetings is available from the following Community Association websites.

Champlain Park Community Association
champlainpark.org

Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association
Chnaottawa.ca

Friends of Churchill Seniors Centre
friendsofchurchill.com

Hintonburg Community Association
hintonburg.com

Hampton-Iona Community Group
hamptoniona.wordpress.com

Island Park Community Association
islandpark.wordpress.com

McKellar Park Community Association
mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com

Mechanicsville Community Association
facebook.com/MechanicsvilleCA

Wellington Village Community Association
wvca.ca

Westboro Beach Community Association
westborobeach.ca

Westboro Community Association
lovewestboro.wordpress.com


Late Additions:

March 17 – A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for the family! ++++
On Saturday March 17th at 2 p.m. The Ottawa Family Cinema, presents an Oscar nominated animated feature from Ireland! “SONG OF THE SEA” (rated G) in Dolby Digital plus a Cartoon (G) and Door Prizes, Also Irish Music and free Gift if you are wearing Green to the show. Notre Dame Auditorium 710 Broadview Avenue (north of Carling) Ottawa 613-722-8218 . http://www.familycinema.ca

February 15, 2018: Being a Mystery Bird in Ottawa; Area authority identifies Hintonburg hawk.

February 15, 2018: Being a Mystery Bird in Ottawa;
Area authority identifies Hintonburg hawk.

By T Thibeault.

Early February saw several reports of an unfamiliar and unidentified hawk in at least two area neighbourhoods. Resident Paulette Dozois, started the ball rolling in a note to Newswest, “Two of my colleagues saw hawks in their yards here in Hintonburg and in Little Italy.”

From there, word travelled and the mystery deepened until photos were offered up to help with the identification, and Paulette Dozois “flipped the question to Robert Alvo – local birder and bird author…”

The hawk was first spotted in late January or early February in the neighbourhood of Gladstone and Breezehill Avenue North. At least one other report placed the hawk in Little Italy around the same time.

Andrew Horrall noted that it had been coming to a tree at the end of their garden on Breezehill North regularly over the past couple of weeks, “Sometimes to eat its prey. Other times alone” After mentioning the sighting on the Bayswater/Breezehill email list, he learned that the bird had visited several other neighbourhood gardens as well.

A few photos have since turned up, and offered definite evidence to the identity of the Hintonburg Hawk. Asked to share his considerable expertise, biologist and conservationist author Robert Alvo looked at the images and solved the mystery with the following observation:

“The bird in question is a Cooper’s Hawk. There have been a number of sightings in Ottawa this year, though none have been documented on eBird yet. It is observed in Ottawa every year. It is known to nest in at least a few places in Ottawa, but I don’t know about Hintonburg. It won’t start nesting until March or April.”

Alvo’s recently launched book, “Being A Bird in North America – North of Mexico” devotes several pages to Cooper’s Hawk and others in its family. The book is an up-to-date account of over 200 bird species, including ranges throughout the year, Conservation Status information, and individual species photos as well as the original artwork of 15 cartoonists and illustrators.

The information provided in “Being a Bird in North America” includes a detailed description of the hawk in the photograph, and some pointers that allow a positive identification. “Cooper’s Hawk has a long tail as do other accipiters (compared to Buteos like the Broad-winged Hawk, and has rufous barring across the chest. Compared to the smaller Sharp-shinned Hawk, it has a pale nape and a rounded tip of the tail compared to the Sharpie’s squared off tail.” Compare these points to Bruce Jackson’s photo above and you will agree that it is indeed a Cooper’s Hawk that stalks the ‘hood.

The Cooper’s Hawk sighted in Hintonburg has a range the stretches from Mexico, across the United States and into southern Canada. Ottawa seems to be just on the northern edge of its range. Of particular interest in Alvo’s book are world maps for the various species showing not only their range in North America, but also around the globe. We don’t often think that “our” birds might be quite common in other parts of the planet, but there they are.

And sometimes they are in danger. Alvo’s book further documents the Conservation Status of birds in Canada, USA, Mexico and globally. Categories such as Secure, Vulnerable, Imperiled, Critically Imperilled and even Presumed Extirpated, indicate that the light-hearted approach in “Being a Bird In North America” actually offsets the much darker shadow of the effects of environmental degradation and their threats to humankind’s collective future.

A casual look at the figures is a reminder of the fragility and vulnerability of bird populations worldwide, and of the threats and stresses a human population places on every creature interlocked in the bonds of biodiversity.

This meticulously researched book promises to be only the first of several in a “series of books describing the Earth’s elements of biodiversity.” For its vast educational value and light-hearted introduction to serious ecological thinking, follow-up volumes will make a welcome addition to any library.

In a series of emails, related to the Hintonburg Mystery Bird, Robert Alvo mentioned other sources of information including the website, http://AllAboutBirds.org – another resource for those seeking to positively identify a winter visitor or two.

Another site brought up by Alvo is ebird.org , the website of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This, “the world’s largest birding community”, offers a variety of advantages to persons interested in finding and identifying birds from around the world.

With a good book, and the resources of the Internet at hand, visiting mystery birds won’t be able to guard their mystery for long.
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Photo Caption: Neighbours on both sides of the O-Train corridor reported recent unusual sightings of an apparently urban hawk. Robert Alvo, author of “Being a Bird in North America”, identified the bird and provided additional information and expertise. Photo by Bruce Jackson.

 

February 15, 2018: OCSB Trustee’s Report; Catholic School News.

February 15, 2018: OCSB Trustee’s Report;
Catholic School News.

By Jeremy Wittet, OCSB Trustee, Zone 7.

“Questions arose about the amount of “screen time” kids were engaging in at school and also what types of new technologies were being used in the classroom.”

Artistic Fusion:
On January 15, our talented OCSB staff and student artists transformed the Catholic Education Centre Board Room into an art gallery for everyone to enjoy. This annual event saw dozens of participants from across the board display their artistic creations including, sculptures, photographs, stained glass, water paintings, jewelry, pottery and much more. We are truly lucky to have so many talented individuals working and learning at the OCSB.

Ontario Catholic School Trustees conference:
From January 18-20th, Catholic School Trustees from across Ontario gathered in Mississauga at the annual Catholic Trustees Seminar. It was a pleasure to connect with colleagues from each of Ontario’s 29 English Catholic school boards. Conference seminars included topics such as, improving constituent outreach, the 2018 municipal election and fostering the relationship between school and the parish, just to name a few. A key highlight was the provincial political panel, which featured representatives from all three of Ontario’s major political parties, including an address by the newly appointed Minister of Education. It was a privilege to represent Kitchissippi and Bay Catholic ratepayers and families on the provincial stage.

Catholic School Parents Association meeting:
The Catholic School Parents Association held its monthly meeting on January 24th at the Catholic Education Centre. The topic for discussion was the Deep Learning Framework. Parents representing their local school councils came from across the board and also joined in on-line. Our board superintendent for learning technologies, Brenda Wilson gave an overview of the board’s vision for deep learning and took questions from parents. Questions arose about the amount of “screen time” kids were engaging in at school and also what types of new technologies were being used in the classroom. Attending these meetings is an extremely valuable way to gather parental feedback and learn about what is happening in schools across the district. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 28 at the Catholic Education Centre.

Chili and Trivia Night – St. Georges Parish:
On Saturday, January 27th, St. Georges Parish hosted their annual Chili and Trivia Night fundraiser. Nearly 20 teams signed up this year making it the largest turnout to date. Questions ranged from pop culture, religion, sports and music. Msgr. Hans Feichtinger was on hand to kick things off and share some of his time with the crowd. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus for their hard work organizing and running the event.

Ottawa Student Transportation Authority:
It is a privilege to have been elected by the OCSB Board of Trustees to be one of the directors on the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority. Safe and reliable transportation to and from school is an essential part of our education system. As a board of directors, it is our responsibility to ensure safety, professionalism and financial stewardship in student transportation. It is also an important area because we share bus routes and costs with our coterminous board, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Should families have concerns or questions about their child’s transportation needs, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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Photo Caption: OCSB Trustee Jeremy Wittet Photo courtesy of OCSB.

February 15, 2018: Federal Report; Constituency Youth Council.

February 15, 2018: Federal Report;
Constituency Youth Council.

By Catherine McKenna MP Ottawa Centre.

Calling All Ottawa Centre Youth – Step up to the Challenge
Are you aged 15-24 and passionate about creating real change? Do you care about what happens in Ottawa Centre? If you answered yes, I want you on my Constituency Youth Council!

This nonpartisan council connects engaged and passionate youth within the riding with me and my team so we can hear fresh perspectives. At the same time, young people like you gain insight into the federal political process while building leadership skills.

The Prime Minister is the Minister of Youth and our government strongly believes that by partnering with young Canadians, we can inspire innovative ideas and initiatives. Difference makers come at all ages, and I am proud to be part of a government that celebrates and encourages the voices of our younger generations.

Members of the council meet regularly to discuss issues in Ottawa Centre that matter to them and work to find solutions. Last year’s council noticed the Glebe Community Centre did not have a composting strategy and decided that was something they wanted to change. Together, with the help of Councillor Chernushenko and the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group, they successfully implemented a composting program at the centre this past fall.

The Council’s compost project is a great, practical example of caring for the environment, reducing our waste and taking sustainable action on climate change. I am so proud to see young people mobilize the community to make a positive impact; everything helps in making Ottawa the greenest capital.

If you are interested in joining the Council, I encourage you to visit my website (http://www.catherinemckennamp.ca ) or contact my office ( 613-946-8682 ) to get more information on how to apply. Applications will be accepted until February 28th, 2018 .

I look forward to meeting the new members of the Ottawa Centre Council and am excited to work together to make Ottawa Centre a more positive and inclusive community.

February 15, 2018: Photo Inset: Cooper’s Hawk in Hintonburg; Mystery bird de-mystified.

February 15, 2018: Photo Inset: Cooper’s Hawk in Hintonburg;
Mystery bird de-mystified.
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Photo Caption: In another view of the Cooper’s Hawk from our lead story, the bird’s colouration and large size are apparent when seen in the context of a Bayswater/Breezehill neighbourhood back yard. Cornell Lab of Ornithology has joined with National Geographic, National Audubon Society, BirdLife International, and more than 100 organizations to declare 2018 the Year of the Bird. Photo by Viki Holan.

February 15, 2018: Councillor’s Corner; Current Events in Ward 15.

February 15, 2018: Councillor’s Corner;
Current Events in Ward 15.

By Jeff Leiper, City Councillor Kitchissippi Ward.

Congratulations Kitchissippi – you made it to February! We had a very busy start to 2018 and things are continuing to ramp up in our office as we are working on many important files.

On Sunday, January 28th we celebrated the SJAM Winter Trail! I was thrilled to attend a ribbon cutting of the new connection between Champlain Park and the SJAM Winter Trail, made possible by the autumn closure of Pontiac Street that my office championed.

Groomer Dave, our MPP Yasir Naqvi, the Norwegian ambassador Kari H. Ovind, John Rapp from Dovercourt, four-time Olympian Sue Holloway and many others were in attendance for the ribbon cutting. The ribbon cutting was followed by a ski festival, which included a kid’s loppet and a variety of fun activities. We are so fortunate to live in a Ward with great access to the Winter Trail and all it has to offer.

There is a City-initiated by-law amendment in the works to change the zoning for St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, the Bronson Centre, Barrymore’s, and places of worship across the city to reflect their capacity as live music and performance venues. The amendment is now available for comment, and comments to the planner Tim Moerman are due by February 27th. Find more information about the study and comment on our website!

The City has submitted a very forceful response to Queen’s Park outlining the issues with the new inclusionary zoning rules. This response addresses the major shortcomings of the rules, especially the requirement to subsidize 40% of the lost value to the developer of an affordable unit and an exemption for rental housing. I was also able to reiterate these points in an op-ed I co-authored with Councillors from Toronto, London, Hamilton, and Kingston Cities.

In related news, I brought forward and inquiry to Council at the January 31st meeting asking what tools the City has to direct housing development and renewal or renovation of existing facilities in rapid transit hubs to be affordable. The inquiry also asks if there are any current urban planning strategies in place to ensure that urban displacement of low-income and vulnerable residents does not occur around rapid transit hubs. As we welcome light rail we must continue to ensure that it is accessible to everyone.

We have a few upcoming events in Kitchissippi Ward. On February 24th we will be working with the Wellington West BIA to put on a community bonfire in Somerset Square Park from 5 to 7 pm. It will be our last bonfire of the season and it’s shaping up to be a fun one, so don’t miss out! We will have our pop-up office hours at Happy Goat (at 35 Laurel) on February 27th from 4-7 p.m. Come see us and chat all things Kitchissippi!