Category Archives: Heron Park News

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 ) 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
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



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.

Falcon, Eh?

Falcon, Eh?

Here is a picture of the mama falcon (or possibly the daddy falcon) and chick at the CRA building on Data Centre Road. The parents are currently trying to teach the chick to fly, which consists of not feeding him (or her) so much and teasing her (or him) by flying past or staying just out of reach. This caused the chick to emanate a great deal of noise! For more information about falcons click on the photo to go to

Quiz Night!

After the lousy weather Friday and this weekend, what better way to relax and have a fun night out with friends (and not have to drive anywhere) than to go to O’Brien’s Pub this Sunday for Heron Park’s first Quiz Night? We’ll have a Heron Park Community Association team, Councilor Chernushenko’s staff, and the Glebe Community Association will be bringing their finest to compete. Come raise money for a new community centre in Heron Park, and display your trivia prowess at the same time. Questions are usually in general knowledge, entertainment, geography, sports, and such topics. Tickets are $15, and it starts at 7pm. Don’t have a ticket yet? You can get one at the door. Don’t have a team? Come anyway, and join another team – there’s always room for a few more!slide_221875_892961_original

President’s Report Spring 2013

This year’s Winter Carnival was very well attended, with around 100 participants, and was a great success.  Kudos to all involved in organizing and providing the food: Colin MacLean, Rosella Mac Neil, Roselyn Mescher, Donna Silver, Randy Paladeau, and the Wednesday Night Program folks.  Special thanks for the high attendance go out to Roselyn for hand delivering many flyers and to Rosella, Anne and Kate Kelm, and Anne Mac Neil for making the new signs.  It was a great day in Heron Park.

We have an exciting upcoming event: Quiz Night at O’Brien’s Pub!  This will occur on Sunday, April 14 at 7pm.  If you want to enjoy a meal as well you should consider coming a bit early so you won’t be distracted from the quiz action. Teams of 3-6 people compete in a trivia competition for prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights as the Trivia Masters of Heron Park!  The Board of Directors of the Heron Park Community Association has challenged the other Community Associations in Capital Ward and Councillor Chernushenko’s office to bring teams to compete against us.  It is extremely generous of the other community associations to participate as well as extremely sporting to go up against our own skilled contingent!  This is a fundraiser for a new community centre in Heron Park.  Tickets are $15 each and are available by emailing or calling me at 613 526-2680.  I have enjoyed similar events with our quizmaster, Gordon Smith of SuperQuiz, before.  He is very entertaining and it promises to be a really fun night.

Have you been wondering what the little square building is behind the Field House in Heron Park that was installed in January?  It is a bunker (which I have christened “Archie”) and will be used to store chlorine for the wading pool in the summer and our snowblower for the rink in the winter.  This will make it much more convenient for our rink maintenance squadrons to keep the skating surfaces clear of snow and means the Field House will be safer and more usable for other events while the pool is open.  In view of all the benefits he brings, please join me in welcoming Archie to our community.

By the time you read this the skating season will have wound down for another year.  This is the first year the Heron Park Community Association has managed the Kaladar Rink as well as the Heron one.  It has been a pretty good season, although extremely challenging to get the base ice completed because of the heavy snow mixed with freezing rain back in December.  We broke two snowblowers trying to deal with it, and that’s why the skating area wasn’t as large as we would have liked.  Because of the new location of the rink boards, we are unfortunately no longer able to make an oval around it, but next year if the weather cooperates we hope to have a much larger secondary skating surface.

In January, Rosella MacNeill and I presented the case against the development at 1055 Secord before an Ontario Municipal Board adjudicator.  This was a trial-like process where each side presented evidence, questioned, and cross examined witnesses.  The builders hired a well-known and very expensive lawyer and a planner to present their case.  We, on the other hand, could not afford to do so, so it was a daunting task, and we were not successful.  Frankly, the cards are pretty much stacked in favour of developers at the OMB, so we didn’t stand much chance anyway.  However, we cost them a great deal of time and money, and showed that we are not to be trifled with when future cases arise.

The primary reason why we lost is the way that Ottawa’s Official Plan trumps whatever the existing zoning says, and that brings me to the next point.  The City of Ottawa is now reviewing and updating its Official Plan.  They are required to do this by provincial law, and it’s a good opportunity to try to fix the problems that have cropped up in the existing one.  The primary one, in my view, is that “intensification” is taken to mean by the development industry as “I can ignore the zoning law and build whatever I want”, and most of the time, they’re right.  To take part, you can go to this URL to learn more and to fill out the online survey:


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