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Thursday 28 November, 2013
Congratulations to Raymond Desjardins from Barrhaven for being inducted into the Order of Ottawa.
The Order of Ottawa recognizes exceptional residents who have made a significant contribution in a professional capacity in many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.
Raymond Desjardins was employed with the Canadian Tourism Commission for 35 years, retiring in 1995 as Director of Marketing USA and the Americas. A seasoned hands-on executive, Mr. Desjardins generously shares his exemplary talents in the many community activities he supports, strengthens or builds. Mr. Desjardins is Chair of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation Board, serving in his fourth term, as well as a member of the Foundation’s Finance, Compensation, Investment, Strategic Planning, Communications and Executive Committees.
This prestigious civic award was established in 2012 by the Mayor and Members of City Council. This year’s recipients of the Order of Ottawa were chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist, and the Chief Executive Officer of Library Services.
Thank you Raymond for all you have done for the City of Ottawa and of course on a very personal basis, thanks so much for all you have done for Barrhaven.
Tega Homes Application
Tega Homes has applied to the City for an Official Plan Amendment and a Zoning By-Law Amendment for a new development located at 1117 Longfields Drive.
The applicant is proposing a mixed-use development with multiple towers. The western portion will contain three towers of 3, 8, and 16 storeys; the eastern portion will contain two towers of 8 and 12 storeys. All towers will be transitioned through a two-storey podium base along the public streets, with additional setbacks at the sixth floor. The development will comprise 372 residential units, 2,200 sq m commercial spaces, and 900 sq m office uses. A total of 450 parking spaces are proposed, the majority of which are to be located in three levels of underground parking. The main vehicle access will be from Marketplace Avenue, with a service entry from Longfields Drive.
For more information, you can search for their application through the Development Application Search tool by road name, address, application number, application type. The address associated with these applications is 1117 Longfields Drive and 1034 McGarry Terrace. The application numbers are D01-01-13-0017 and D02-02-13-0109.
The link to the tool is: http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans
You can also submit your comments to myself at Jan.Harder@Ottawa.ca or to Lily Xu, the City planner in charge of this file, at Lily.Xu@Ottawa.ca
Barrhaven Food Cupboard – Christmas Hamper Program
The Christmas season is quickly approaching! For some, it is a time of joy, peace and family gatherings. For others, who may be having financial difficulties, it can become a stressful time of year.
Operating out of the Barrhaven Food Cupboard, the Barrhaven Christmas Hamper Program is focused on alleviating some of that stress. It works to pair individuals, families, groups and organizations that can provide a Christmas dinner hamper with a family who may need one. The goal is to help people in our community enjoy a holiday dinner.
From now to December 15th, Barrhaven families who want to provide a hamper may call the Barrhaven Food Cupboard – Christmas Hamper Program at 613-825-4505. You will be asked to leave your name, telephone number and address, and will receive a call back shortly afterwards to confirm your contact details and other information.
As calls are received, the volunteer team spends their time dispatching calls, matching families to sponsors, and performing call backs. In some cases, members of this team actually shop, assemble and deliver the hampers, depending on the degree of sponsor involvement.
In 2012, the Hamper Team coordinated the delivery of 130 Christmas hampers to families in need. If you are able to donate a hamper this year, please call the Barrhaven Food Cupboard at 613-825-4505.
Christmas Exchange Program
Another way to support our community this Christmas season is through the Christmas Exchange Program. Begun in 1915 under the Ottawa Welfare Bureau, the Christmas Exchange assistance program provides those in need with food hampers or much-needed redeemable gift certificates during the holiday season. These gift certificates can be used at any Ottawa Giant Tiger location and provide recipients with a sense of hope and dignity during an otherwise difficult time of year.
Let’s try to ensure all those in need receive assistance this Christmas season! To donate, please visit the Caring and Sharing Exchange website at www.caringandsharing.ca
Santa Claus Parade
Mark your calendars for Barrhaven's Santa Claus Parade! It will take place Sunday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m.
The parade runs down Strandherd Drive, starting at Beatrice Drive and ending at the park n ride, where it turns north for dispersal.
Please remember to bring non perishable food items or cash donations for the needy. Your donation will be collected along the parade route.
I hope to see many of you there!
Ho Ho Home contest
Barrhaven Business Improvement Association (BBIA) is holding a contest: Decorate your Ho Ho Home.
Enter a photo of your beautifully decorated home (outdoor/exterior shots only please) by posting it to the contest Facebook page at:www.facebook.com/DecorateYourHoHoHome. Have your friends like and share your photos to increase your chances of winning a great home decor and improvement package! BBIA's community committee will select the top 10 finalists the week prior to Christmas- the winner will be announced in the December 19th edition of the Barrhaven Independent and on the home page of the BBIA's website www.DiscoverBarrhaven.com.
All entries must be submitted by Sunday, December 15th, 2013. Finalists will be contacted through Facebook. All 10 finalists’ photos will be featured in the newspaper as well. Now go get festive! Good luck to all!
Pancake Breakfast with Santa
On Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. come have a free pancake breakfast with Santa at Ross’ Independent (3777 Strandherd Drive). Volunteers from West Barrhaven Community Association are cooking and serving their delicious pancakes, so don’t miss out.
Fireman's Breakfast at the Barrhaven Legion
The Fireman's Breakfast at the Barrhaven Legion is Sunday, December 15th at 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. It is $5.00 for a southern breakfast with biscuits with sausages, sausage gravy, grits, pancakes, and much more. It is asked that everyone to bring a gently used or new toy which the Legion's elves will wrap and the fireman will bring to the needy.
Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a delicious breakfast!
Polar Christmas Party
On Saturday, December 21st from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Prince of Wales Manor Home (22 Barnstone Drive) have a visit with Santa for a great cause. This Christmas party with a $2 admission supports 9 year-old Olivia’s LivPolarBear pay it forward project for the World Wildlife Foundation in support of their Arctic Homeland Project.
Not only can you can have a visit with Santa, you can also meet a Disney princess and the Zoo Crew. There are amazing raffle/auction prizes including a women's Canada Goose winter jacket , a Keurig Coffee Maker, a signed book by David Suzuki, $150 worth of Polar Bear books and much more! So come on out for a great time, for a great cause.
Mayor's 13th Annual Christmas Celebration
The Mayor’s 13th Annual Christmas Celebration will take place Saturday, December 7th, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This fun-filled celebration will include ice skating on the Rink of Dreams, hot chocolate, roasting marshmallows and horse-drawn wagon rides on Marion Dewar Plaza. Inside City Hall meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorate a gingerbread cookie in Santa’s bakery, have your face painted, and enjoy live performances. Enjoy special treats from BeaverTails and Lindt!
To help those in need and to share in the spirit of the holiday season, admission to this sponsored event is a non-perishable food donation to the Ottawa Food Bank.
OC Transpo will offer free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to children 11 years and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
3:10 - 3:20 p.m.: Storytelling by Santa’s Elves
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.: Ottawa Children’s Choir
4:15 - 4:45 p.m.: Atlantic Voices
5:00 - 5:30 p.m.: Movie- A Charlie Brown Christmas (English)
5:45 - 6:15 p.m.: Movie- Joyeux Noël Charlie Brown (French)
6:30 - 6:45 p.m.: Storytelling by Santa’s Elves
Give a Little Extra This Year if Possible
As always I’d like to remind everyone to keep an eye out for the Salvation Army’s Christmas pots to help those in need in our community this Christmas season. The Salvation Army launched its national Christmas campaign last week. This is the 123rd year that the organization has sought donations from the public to help millions of Canadians living in poverty. For more information about this campaign and to learn where these donations go please visit www.salvationarmy.ca. If you are able to volunteer to “ring the Army bell” at a Barrhaven location, it would be much appreciated.
Finally a very Happy 50th (and he still plays football and looks good) Birthday to Publisher and Editor of the Barrhaven Independent Jeff Morris who had a party in Manotick last Sunday. Congratulations my friend!