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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:

DAR Signage OLD

Here’s an example of the new signage:


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

Jason G.

Hawaiian Luau in Heron Park on Wednesday, August 1

The pool staff at the Heron Park Wading Pool is teaming up  with the Heron Park Community Association to organize a party in Heron Park on Wednesday, August 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The theme this year is HAWAIIAN LUAU! There will be a costume contest, decorations, themed activities (throughout the day), and the usual special event treats (slip’n’slide, parachute, music, etc.).

The HPCA will fire up a couple of gas grills around noon and we will be selling $2 all-beef hotdogs and $3 hamburgers. Drinks will be $1 each. Jumbo Freezies for $1.

So, bring your grass skirts and colourful shirts to Heron Park on August 1st!!!

Wading Pool Hours


Curtis poses in front of Wading Pool schedule.

The Heron Park Wading Pool is once again open for the season. With all the hot, dry weather we’ve been experiencing in Ottawa this summer, residents are very grateful that they have a place to bring their kids to cool off and have fun.


Steph, Curtis and Chris are lifeguards with the City of Ottawa who have been assigned to the Heron Park Wading Pool.

Curtis, Heather and Steph are City of Ottawa lifeguards for the Heron Park Wading Pool. Steph is the Wading Pool Supervisor.

August Hours of Operation









Community Design Plan – A Fit for Heron Park?

The City of Ottawa’s recent Open House on the community design plan for Bank Street between Billings Bridge and Heron can be accessed at the link below which goes directly to the information shared at that time. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to click on links to the presentation materials.  If you seek more information, please post a comment or question on this site and a response will be provided as time permits.

Breaking News: Pedestrian Bridge over Brookfield O-Train tracks!

The City of Ottawa’s Transit Commission approved moving forward on Thursday, June 16th to make major improvements to the  existing O-Train line.  6 new trains are to be purchased, the existing 3 trains will be sold and the tracks will be doubled in the vicinity of Gladstone and Brookfield. This will improve service from the current 15 minutes to 8 minutes.  Doubling the track at Brookfield includes a much desired pedestrian bridge over the tracks.

Have Your Say: Bank Street Community Design Plan Meeting

The first public open house for the Bank Street Community Design Plan is scheduled for:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
St. Timothy’s Presbyterian Church
2400 Alta Vista Drive
From 6pm to 9pm, with presentation at 7pm

The Study Area is a portion of Bank Street that extends from Riverside Drive to the CN rail line located south of Walkley Road. The Study Area affects three City Wards (Ward 16 – River, Ward 17 – Capital, and Ward 18 – Alta Vista) and includes the properties that abut either side of Bank Street and several properties near the Street that are zoned AM – Arterial Mainstreet

The goal of the study is to prepare a CDP for the portion of Bank Street mentioned above. The plan will provide a broad and integrated twenty-year vision and guide for the future of the area.

Visit for full details.

Opening Day for Wading Pool!

Lisa (Supervising Lifeguard), Kyomi, Matthew and Carla. (Absent: Afsana)

Lisa (Supervising Lifeguard), Kyomi, Matthew and Carla. (Absent: Afsana)

Friday, July 2nd was Opening Day for the Heron Park Wading Pool. The pool will stay open (with extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays) until Friday, August 27th. Funded and staffed by the City of Ottawa, this year’s pool staff are:

  • Lisa (Supervising Lifeguard)
  • Kyomi
  • Matthew
  • Carla
  • Afsana

Hours of Operation:

  • Sunday–11am to 5pm
  • Monday–11am to 6pm
  • Tuesday–11am to 7pm
  • Wednesday–11am to 6pm
  • Thursday–11am to 7pm
  • Friday–11am to 6pm
  • Saturday–CLOSED

Pool Maintenance at Heron Park Wading Pool

Pool Maintenance at Heron Park Wading Pool

There will be a variety of programs, activities and events for everyone to enjoy. Some of the highlights of the 2010 season are:

  • VJPP–Volunteer Junior Parks Program
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sports
  • Occasional BBQs (hotdogs and beverages for a nominal fee)
  • July 19th SPECIAL EVENT (theme to be decided)

The wading pool is a wonderful, well-used community resource. Enjoy!

Michaela and her cousins Viviane, Coby and Kevin enjoy opening day of the Heron Park Wading Pool.

Michaela and her cousins Viviane, Coby and Kevin enjoy opening day of the Heron Park Wading Pool.

Non-Renewable Community Project Funding applications now available

Non-profit community organizations in Ottawa are invited to submit applications for new projects that address Community Project Funding priorities. Eligible organizations can apply for two different streams of funding namely, One-Year Project Funding and Three-Year Project Funding.

Non-Renewable Community Project Funding is available for projects that:

  • Increase neighbourhood capacity to enact positive and sustainable change in planning, service delivery, improve health and/or improve safety in accordance with neighbourhood-defined goals.
  • Promote the healthy development of children and youth (0-18 years) and their development of competencies through recreation, leisure, cultural and arts activities.
  • Increase participation of seniors in physical activities and community life to promote successful aging.
  • Support inclusion of people who are low income, at risk, isolated or otherwise marginalized and promote quality of life for the full diversity of residents through activities such as literacy, employment, physical activity and/or participation in cultural programs.
  • Promote conditions of equality on the basis of race, ethnicity, income, gender, official language and ability.

More information, including program guidelines and application form, is available at City of Ottawa Client Service Centres and online at

Application deadline: Thursday, April 8, 2010.

Two information sessions are provided. The schedule is as follows:


Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Dr.,
Ottawa K2G 5K7
The Chamber
Monday, March 15, 2010
4 – 6 p.m.


Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre,
300 Pères Blancs Avenue, Ottawa K1L 7L5
Salle d ‘Accueil Hall
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
4 – 6 p.m.

If you require special needs accommodation for the information sessions, please contact Julie Tremblay at 613-580-2424, ext. 12513.

For more information on the 2010 Non-Renewable Community Project Funding Program, please contact Rahmat Shahidi at 613-580-2424, ext. 24251.

City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest now underway

The City of Ottawa’s 13th annual 55 + Short Story Contest invites submissions of original, unpublished short stories or memoirs of 2000 words or less by Ottawa residents 55 years or older.

Eight entrants will be named to the 2010 Winners Circle, sharing recognition and prize money of $400. They will be recognized at An Afternoon of Readings on Wednesday April 28, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Heron Seniors’ Centre, 1480 Heron Road.

One of the winning stories will be selected for publication in the spring issue of Forever Young newspaper. Though contestants may submit multiple entries, they will only be eligible to win one prize.

An entry fee of $5 per story is applicable. Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 15, 2010.

This contest is co-sponsored by the Colonel By Retirement Residence and the Forever Young newspaper.

For full contest details, pick up a brochure at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre or call the Heron Seniors’ Centre at 613-247-4808. ext.1

Le Concours de nouvelles « 55 Plus » de la Ville d’Ottawa est lancé

Ottawa – Les résidents de 55 ans et plus sont invités à soumettre des mémoires ou des nouvelles originales non publiées de 2 000 mots ou moins dans le cadre du 13e concours annuel de nouvelles « 55 Plus » de la Ville d’Ottawa.

Huit finalistes seront nommés au Cercle des gagnants de 2010, partageant reconnaissance et des prix en argent de 400 $. Ils seront reconnus lors d’Un après-midi de lecture qui aura lieu le mercredi 28 avril 2010 de 13 h à 16 h au Centre des aînés Heron, 1480, chemin Heron.

Un des récits gagnants sera sélectionné pour publication dans la revue Forever Young du printemps. Bien que les candidats puissent soumettre plusieurs nouvelles, ils ne sont admissibles qu’à un seul prix.

Des droits d’inscription de 5 $ par nouvelle sont exigés et la date limite des soumissions est fixée au 15 mars 2010. Le concours est commandité par la Colonel By Retirement Residence et la revue Forever Young.

Afin d’obtenir tous les détails concernant le concours, veuillez prendre une brochure dans un des centres du service à la clientèle ou appeler le Centre des aînés Heron au 613-247-4808, poste 1.