Category Archives: Heron Park News

2014 Election Results – Ward 17 Councillor

So the 2014 results are in.   We thought it would be interesting to look at the official results by different geographic areas.

In 2010, there were 1108 votes cast within the boundaries of the Heron Park Community Association from 2962 eligible voters — a voter turnout of 37.40%.  That was far less than the 52% voter turnout for our Ward.

This year our voter turnout has dropped even lower to 24.95% (assuming a similar number of eligible voters).

A little bit of work within our community to increase voter turnout for 2018 could result in Heron Park casting more ballots than Ottawa East… …and while it might be difficult, it would not be impossible to see Heron Park Voters cast more ballots than voters in Old Ottawa South!

Scott Blurton David Chernushenko Espoir Manirambona Total Votes Community Association(s)
327 1,376 62 1,765 Ottawa East Community Association
248 423 42 713 Riverview Park Community Association
327 2,076 67 2,470 Old Ottawa South Community Association
555 2,664 97 3,316 Glebe Community Association, Glebe Annex & Dow’s Lake
259 440 40 739 Heron Park Community Association
72 227 14 313 unknown (eg. Votes from the Advance Polls at City Hall)
1,788 7,206 322 9,316 TOTALS
7.16% 28.85% 1.29%   % of Eligible voters who voted for the candidate
   24,975 Eligible Voters
     9,696 Ballots cast
38.82% Voter Turnout (%)

Results were tabulated using the Poll-by-Poll Results and the Elections 2014 – Voting Subdivisions Map.  Thanks to Open Data Ottawa for sharing that information in a format that was easy for us to work with.

Some changes to new developments.

The City has started rolling out some changes to the planning process which were announced a few months ago.

One of these changes are new signs and an attempt at using plain language in development applications to make them a bit easier to understand.  Another is a pilot project which will be starting up later this month to allow our Heron Park Community Association to be engaged much earlier in the planning process.  Currently our community is given a “Head’s Up” around the same time that the public signage goes up, which is always after the applicant has submitted a full, completed application to the City (with all the required plans, fees and studies).

Here’s an example of the old signage:

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Here’s an example of the new signage:

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So what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Jason G.

Heron Park Community Orchard: The Making Of

Over two mornings, the four fruit trees we planted two years ago were surrounded by an edible oasis!

We owe a huge deal of thanks to Sarah from Permaculture Ottawa, Katrina from Hidden Harvest Ottawa, James & Rosella from HPCA, and more than 30 other dedicated volunteers & community members who worked together to make this happen so quickly.  More pictures here.

Take some time to tour the growing orchard at the northern tip of Heron Park (near the corner of Clover Street & Aldea Avenue) and share your pictures & stories with us!

 

Quiz Night

The Heron Park Community Building Fund is holding a Quiz Night on Sunday, January 26th at O’Brien’s Pub on Heron Road.  Proceeds will help us get a new community centre for the neighbourhood.  Tickets are $15.  They will be available at the door but you might want to send us an email (either reply to this or send to heronparkca@gmail.com ) to reserve your tickets.  The quizmaster is Gordon Smith – he did it last year and everyone had a great time. Gordon is a very fun master of quizzes. Teams of 4 or 5 people compete in categories of general knowledge, sports, entertainment, and music.  So get your team together and compete for prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights!  Don’t have a team?  Come and join an existing team or play as an individual.

Heron Park Community Association Annual General Meeting

Our AGM is next Tuesday, November 5 at 7 pm in the dining room at Billingswood Manor, 1370 Bank St.  Please enter by the side door on the west side of the building (there will be signs to guide you).  Community Policing Officer Mahamud Elmi will be attending to discuss recent crimes in the neighbourhood and what we can do to keep safe.  Executive officers will be elected for the upcoming year.  Here is the agenda (which may be added to later).

 
  • Presentation from Mahamud Elmi
  • Report on Activities by HPCA (James McLaren)
  • Financial Report (Colin MacLean)
  • Report on our new registered charity, Heron Park Community Building Fund (James McLaren)
  • Vote to change constitution to expand our boundaries
  • Election of Executive members: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
  • Discussion of Priorities to focus on for the next year
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There will be munchies and coffee available.  You can pay your membership dues for the coming year (only $5 per family) and consider making a tax deductible donation to the Heron Park Community Building Fund to help get a new community centre for Heron Park.  I hope you’ll join us – there’s lots of room at Billingswood for everyone who wants to attend.

Electronics Recycling

This Saturday, October 19, from 10 am to 2 pm, the Heron Park Community Association will be picking up used electronic items for recycling or safe disposal at the Field House in Heron Park.  We are doing this in cooperation with the Canadian Hearing Society, and you can also drop off items directly at their location, 2197 Riverside Drive, from 10 am to 2 pm.  The following items will be accepted:

  • Televisions
  • Computers – desktop, laptop
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Telephones
  • Cell phones
  • Cameras
  • Video Recorders

For a complete list of accepted items, go to recycleyourelectronics.caImage

Second Cup coming soon

A Second Cup coffee franchise will be located in the new building at Bank and Rockingham that now contains the new paint store.  The mall owner is thinking about opening a burger and fries type restaurant next door and wanted to know if that is something that would interest the community.  Please enter your preference in the poll below, and comment on the blog about what type of restaurant or other business you would like to see located there.

Ping Pong in the Park?

The neighbourhood of Old Ottawa East is getting a concrete ping pong table installed in one of their parks.  This would  be an outdoor, all-weather ping pong table where anyone could play, bringing their own ball and paddles.  We were intrigued by the concept and wondered if people would be interested in having one here.  What do you think?  Please let us know by using the poll below.Outdoor-table-tennis-007

Duck!

Duck!

While watching the falcons, this duck and his life partner waddled over for a visit. They are probably fed by the denizens of the CRA building as they were only a few feet away.

More Birds

More Birds

These are some Night Herons (I was told) that I saw while I was watching the falcons this evening. Seemed appropriate to post.

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