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is the fastest growing area of the city, just 20 km southwest of Ottawa's downtown core.

Before municipal amalgamation in 2001, Barrhaven was a neighbourhood in the City of Nepean with fewer than 35,000 people. With the many new developments being built, Barrhaven's population will surpass 100,000 in just a few years.

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Thursday 30 July 2015

Hi everyone, here we are about half way through summer and it’s been quite nice!  After the late spring and the miserably cold winter I was concerned the summer too would disappoint. It is hard to believe we are mere weeks away from hockey tryouts!  I hope all of you have had some time or will take some time to share with family and friends by grabbing yourselves some downtime whether it is in a staycation or travel elsewhere. 

The first two items this week continue the good work of Ken Ross and I hope you will take time to read about them and consider getting involved.
Please Help Me Honour Ken Ross in an Epic Way!

Is there a family that hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way, be it a friend, family member, or neighbour. When I agreed last year to Co-Chair EPIC WALK with Deputy City Manager Sue Jones little did I know how many friends and neighbours we would have lost since then.

As you know Barrhaven lost our dear friend Ken in March, and with the participation of Ken’s wife Kelly and friends, we have put together “TEAM Ken Ross” our Barrhaven TEAM in EPIC WALK. Kelly and I hope many of you will join us on Saturday September 26th in Ottawa’s EPIC WALK. 

We all know how much Ken did for this community, and we know how hard the Queensway Carleton Hospital and Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre tried to help Ken with his battle, so let’s raise money for cancer treatment and prevention, let’s do it for Ken Ross and all family and friends, and let’s do it for our community. Please visit https://shar.es/1sltg4 to get involved now!

Funds raised from the EPIC WALK will be invested in local cancer care including equipment and programming at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and the Queensway Carleton Hospital. This means that every dollar raised will help local families who are facing a cancer diagnosis. The Queensway Carleton Hospital, our community hospital, will invest in state-of-the-art technology and equipment that will help prevent and detect cancer. 

A Ken Ross Tribute Gala
The Barrhaven Food Cupboard will be holding a Fundraising Gala Dinner on Thursday, September 24, 2015 in memory of and to honour Ken Ross, a prominent business man, philanthropist and community leader. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

You can get more information or purchase tickets at Ross' Independent Grocer, or online at www.barrhavenfoodcupboard.ca.
For corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact David Rattray, Director, Barrhaven Food Cupboard at 613-797-2959.

Barrhaven Senior's Centre
Are you looking to connect with other older adults 55+ in Barrhaven? 

The Barrhaven Senior's Centre has over 200 members from your community, and continues to grow.  Everyone is welcome to join any or all events. Beginning in September 2015, programs will be offered five days per week, on Monday to Friday 1 PM to 4 PM.

For more information about the Barrhaven Seniors Centre, please email Don Winchester at chipchip@rogers.com or call 613-440-3620.

Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 641 Barrhaven Ninth Annual Golf Tournament
It is time to sign up for this year's Ninth Annual Branch 641 Golf Tournament at Cedarhill Golf and Country Club Friday August 14th, 2015. Sign up and get your tickets at the Early Bird prices before August 1st.
For more information please visit contact Randy O'Reilly at randy.oreilly@sympatico.ca

Half Moon Bay Tree Planting Event
If you would like to make a difference in your community of Half Moon Bay you can do so by helping to plant trees along the Jock River on Tuesday, October 6th at 4:30pm - 7:30pm.
This event is a joint effort by the City's Forestry Services Department and community volunteers. City staff are providing coordination with internal stakeholders such as parks and recreation or stormwater management; consultation with external stakeholders such as Rideau Valley Conservation; site preparation, plant material, shovels.
The community is providing the manpower.
If you think you may be able to participate, please visit the event's Facebook page called HMB's Treerific - Community Tree Planting (just put that in Facebook’s search bar to find the event) to get more information and let organizers know.
The City of Ottawa has several tree planting programs that rely on community groups, schools, and individual residents to plant trees for the betterment of their local neighbourhoods.
For more information on the City of Ottawa’s tree planting programs, please visit ottawa.ca/forestry.

\Volunteers Needed for The Arthritis Society
The Arthritis Society has reached out to the Barrhaven community to ask for help to undertake their local door to door canvassing campaign in September.
If you're interested and able to help, please contact Gayle Schultz the Area Coordinator for the The Arthritis Society Door to Door Campaign at 613-314-6608 (call or text), or by email at gayle.s@sympatico.ca.

Barrhaven Transit Changes for September
As many of you know, every fall OC Transpo makes regular schedule adjustments to optimize service. This September changes include three types of modifications:

  • The continuation of service adjustments during Confederation Line construction, which began in June 2015;
  • Transit network improvements; and,
  • Seasonal adjustments to service levels and capacity.

Below are the new changes affecting Barrhaven, but please note that even if your route isn't listed below you should check your bus schedules on octranspo.com in advance of the September 6th changes, especially if you are travelling east or south or take a route that may increase in frequency due to students returning to school.
Barrhaven adjustments:

  • Trips toward Barrhaven Centre on Route 177 in the morning will continue through to downtown on Route 95, to save customers a transfer.
  • The direction of travel on Route 71 along Stoneway Drive will be reversed in the morning, to improve reliability by avoiding traffic congestion on Woodroffe Avenue.

Jockvale Road Closure
Please note that Jockvale Road from Strandherd Drive to Cobble Hill Drive has been closed from Monday, 20 July 2015 and is planned to remain so until Monday, 24 August 2015.
The contractor, R.W. Tomlinson Ltd. is undertaking the installation of sanitary, storm and watermains.
Local and emergency vehicle access is still being maintained and the impact to traffic is low.

Greenbank Road Widening at VIA Railway
Construction continues on the Greenbank Road Widening project. The Greenbank Detour Road has shifted roadway traffic and work will now continue to move the railway track south of its current alignment. This railway detour is being constructed to allow the new underpass structure to be constructed. To construct the railway detour, railway track must be installed across the Greenbank Detour Road. To allow this work to be completed, Greenbank Road is scheduled to be closed to vehicular, cycling and pedestrian traffic in both directions between Malvern Drive and Wessex Road during the overnight period from 9pm on Thursday July 30 to 6am on Friday July 31, 2015. This work must occur overnight when there is no train traffic. City and VIA rail representatives will be on-site while work is done and all safety regulations will be in effect. Lights will be set up and equipment will be operating which will result in noise and possibly vibration. Thomas Cavanagh Construction Ltd and their sub-contractors will work diligently to complete work as quickly as possible but you may experience some inconvenience due to the night work. Your continued patience throughout this project is very much appreciated.

Get Ready to Register for Fall and Winter Recreation Programs
The Recreation eGuide and Mon Cyberguide francophone des loisirs for fall and winter programs are now online at ottawa.ca. Choose from a wide variety of activities for all ages including swimming lessons, fitness classes, general interest courses, sports and instruction in the arts.
Registration for swimming and aquafitness classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Monday, August 10 at 9 pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Tuesday, August 11 during regular business hours.
Registration for all other classes begins online and by phone (613-580-2588) on Wednesday, August 12 at 9 pm and in person at City recreation facilities on Thursday, August 13 during regular business hours.
To register online or by phone residents will need a client barcode and family PIN numbers. The City expects high volumes of online registrants throughout the first week of registration, particularly the first evening, which could result in a longer registration experience than usual.
Residents who do not have access to the Internet are encouraged to visit City recreation centres or libraries with public Internet access. They can also visit any Client Service Centre where customer service staff can help with registration. Some community centres may provide printed brochures for their local activities.

Are you an ACE Ambassador?
Your west-end Councillors -- myself, Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Councillor Keith Egli, Councillor Eli El-Chantiry, Councillor Allan Hubley, Councillor Shad Qadri, Councillor Mark Taylor and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson -- are asking you to take this urgent opportunity to become an ACE Ambassador.
An ACE Ambassador is someone who supports the Queensway Carleton Hospital's Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit project. The ACE Unit is the first of its kind in the Ottawa-area and the second in Ontario specializing in holistic geriatric care of our most fragile population. It will be an inpatient medical unit where comprehensive care of older patients, 65 years and above, is provided by a specialized inter-professional team of healthcare and social science professionals. The care focus is not only on treating a patient's medical illnesses but also on maintaining their independence, trying to prevent the loss of physical abilities and development of mental health problems. The ACE team will work pro-actively to address these issues, which older patients are at a higher risk of developing during a stay in hospital.
The overall funding requirement for the ACE Unit is almost $12 million. The province has already contributed close to $9 million. It's up to our community ambassador's to raise the remainder.
Queensway Carleton Hospital (QCH) serves one of the fastest aging populations in Canada. Over 70% of their medical in-patients are over the age of 65. By 2031 it is projected that over 1 in 5 people in the City of Ottawa will be older than the age of 65. We are asking each west-end household to donate $30 to ensure all residents and their family members have access to the specialized resources they need.
Your donation will help Queensway Carleton Hospital provide care that will lead to:

  • Fewer falls
  • Reduced delirium
  • Less functional decline at discharge
  • More patients returning home

I hope you will join your City Councillors, and become an ACE Ambassador today to help complete the ACE Unit at Queensway Carleton Hospital and show the world the Nepean/Barrhaven you represent truly cares.
You can do so by visiting www.ace.qchfoundation.ca, calling 613-721-4731 or emailing qchfound@qch.on.ca to make your important donation.

 

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