Old Home Earth Day – TODAY

We are quite proud to send you the awesome final program for the Old Home Earth Day event this Saturday. See below. Workshops, bells & whistles. Please distribute to your members and like-mindeds!
Admission is free. Also free coffee, tea and bananas* (*supplies are limited to 240 bananas, all rumored to contain potassium, so come early…)
We are in the final sprint —  very grateful for any help you can give with event promotion! https://www.faceboo k.com/events/1238129402931606/


Sir John A. Macdonald

Sesquicentennial Prime Ministers Book Club – Sir John A. Macdonald
7:00 p.m.,  Room L120, 233 Main Street, Saint Paul University
Philippe Azzie will present the life and times of Sir John A. Macdonald. Philippe holds a PhD in political science and specializes in modern political philosophy and Canadian constitutional politics. He is currently a Senior Research Associate with Phoenix Strategic Perspectives Inc., a public opinion research firm in Ottawa.

Stay Safe, Stay Back campaign

The Ottawa Police Service, Safer Roads Ottawa, the Share the Road Cycling Coalition, along with National Capital Heavy Construction Association and Citizens for Safe Cycling are encouraging owners of heavy trucks and commercial vehicles to participate in the Stay Safe, Stay Back initiative. 

“The Stay Safe, Stay Back campaign enables both cyclists and heavy truck operators to work together to ensure the safety of cyclists on our roads,” said Jamie Stuckless, Executive Director of Share the Road, “by educating and creating awareness for cyclists and heavy truck operators about blind spots and safety.” 

The initiative provides free bilingual decals to private sector partners from the heavy trucking industry that can be attached to the backs of their vehicles. “They serve as a reminder for cyclists not to proceed past the back bumper of a heavy vehicle or into their blind spot and for heavy truck operators to keep cyclists in clear view at all times,” said Rob Wilkinson, Coordinator of Safer Roads Ottawa. 

“This is a great program,” said Jim Flegg, President of the National Capital Heavy Construction Association. “We have encouraged our members to place decals on their heavy trucks and more and more of them are getting on board.” 

Decals can be requested by email at sro@ottawa.ca or by calling 613-580-2424 extension 28064.

This initiative supports the Safer Roads Ottawa Program which is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department, who are committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Earth Day Celebration – Party like your Earth depends on it!

Join Ecology Ottawa on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017, for our first Earth Day Celebration at Makerspace North.

Let’s face it, protecting the environment can be tough on the spirit, (with the looming mass extinction, corporate greed and impending catastrophic climate change, for instance). We should, therefore, take the opportunity every so often to celebrate our fabulous community and all the brilliant people in it doing Gaia’s good work.

So join us on April 22nd for an Earth Day Celebration, where you can mingle with like-minded people, enjoy complimentary drinks from Ottawa’s favourite microbreweries (Beau’s and Clocktower), snacks from great local eateries like the Green Rebel and Courtyard Restaurant, and door prizes from friendly local businesses. Comedian Martha Chaves will be our MC, and DJ Cat Abreu (also known as the Executive Director of Climate Action Network Canada) will be luring us onto the dance floor with her fine tunes.

What are you waiting for? Come party like your Earth depends on it!

The Earth Day Celebration will take place on Earth Day – Saturday, April 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, at MAKERSPACE North (Bay 216, 250 City Centre Ave., Ottawa, ON K1R 6K7). Tickets are $25/person, which will include complimentary light snacks and an open bar with beer and wine.

The Earth Day Celebration is proudly supported by: Clocktower Brewpub, Green Rebel, Courtyard Restaurant, Moksha Yoga Orleans, Maitland Massage Therapy, Life Without Plastic, Britannia Yacht Club, Smoke’s Poutinerie, EcoParent Magazine, Lunapads, the Table, Ottawa Organics, Rainbow Foods.

Hospital Link Project

Key Activities this Month
Level of construction will be reduced until the spring when the ground conditions are not frozen. The key activities anticipated for the month of April 2017 include:
Storm Sewer Installation
 The VIA post tensioned culvert sections have been placed, grouting of the steel grillage
clear stone and post tension tubes will be completed when water levels are low 2017.
 Reinforced concrete saddles over the large box storm sewer will be constructed in April 2017.
Old Riverside Drive
 Installation of the narrow foot print Durisol retaining wall adjacent to 1725 Old Riverside started in March 2017 and will continue into April 2017.
 Construction of the Redi‐Rock Retaining wall will start in April 2017, following completion of the Durisol retaining wall construction.
 Construction of the south cul‐de‐sac on Old Riverside Drive will commence in April 2017.
Transitway Structures
 Construction of the RSS walls will commence in April 2017
 Backfilling of Transitway structure will continue in April 2017
VIA Rail Structure
 Excavation and forming for VIA structure footings will be completed in March 2017 such
that the pier and abutment footings can be poured in April 2017.
 Construction of footings for the piers and abutments will commence in April 2017 following
completion of footing excavation and forming in March 2017.
Alta Vista Drive
 Roadway construction may start in April 2017 for the intersection of Alta Vista Drive and the Hospital Link depending on weather conditions. This work will include the installation of underground utilities, streetlighting, and traffic signals.

Transportation Master Plan

The City of Ottawa’s current Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was approved in 2013, based on 2006 census information, 2011 traffic data, background reports and public consultation. It contains targets and strategies regarding walking, cycling, transit and vehicles for 2031. The City originally intended to update the TMP for 2018, but now does not expect to begin the process to update the TMP until 2021.

On Saturday April 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview rd.) the FCA Transportation Committee will hold a half-day workshop on building a new Transportation Master Plan for our city. Please see the attached Agenda or click on it here:


What should be its goals and strategies?

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the following survey by April 5, 2017:


Survey results will be released during the workshop to help us in planning the discussion for the event. All answers are anonymous and may be published on the FCA website following the workshop. Please do not include any personal information in the survey answers.

Volunteers Needed!

The Riverview Park Community Soccer Club was created many years ago by a group of local moms. Children from 2 years of age to early teens come out each week. Each year it continues with the help of local parents and volunteers. It’s a very relaxed, fun, social, parent-run, parent-led and economical Wednesday evening at Riverview Alternative School from June until the end of August.
Vacant positions needed for the club to run again include:
CHAIR – General overseeing of program, events and volunteers
REGISTRAR – Registration and coordination of fees, waivers and parent/child info
COMMUNICATIONS – Manage Facebook page, email distribution list and answering questions
COACH COORDINATOR – Coordinating and connecting coaches per age group.
We’ll also need parents/volunteers to again step up for coaching. This is a good way for high school students to get their volunteer hours. Experience is not needed and you are not required to commit to all the Wednesdays in the summer. Even if you can volunteer a few Wednesdays, that’s very helpful.
Please connect with us at : RPCASoccer@rogers.com  OR our Facebook page Riverview Park Community Soccer