Back To School @ Roy Duncan Park

A Back-to-School event was held at the Roy Duncan Park Thursday August 25 from 5 to 7pm.  A great meal was cooked up the Westboro Community Kitchen crew that included lamb stew, rice and salad.   Back to school supplies were distributed that included activity kits and backpacks. Women and kids could get their haircut at the field house and there was music and games for the children. It was a big success with 160 people in attendance. There were draws for gift cards. A big thank you to the Carlington Community Health Centre and all the volunteers who helped organize the meal and school supplies.

Preparing Lunch
Hair styling!
Lunch looks delicious!

Feeding Wildlife

Coyote Sightings in Westboro

Every green space has a coyote den but coyotes tend to be more visible in the Winter due to the lack of green vegetation. Coyotes are naturally shy animals but people feeding them emboldens them, making them less fearful of people. Over the winter, there have been a few sightings in our area, especially in Riverview Terrace Park, where food waste has been left.

Feeding coyotes whether directly by leaving or discarding food on the ground, open garbage bins or indirectly by feeding birds will encourage coyotes to return and put people at higher risk of an encounter. Do not feed wildlife and take care to ensure food waste is properly contained in garbage bins.

Feeding wildlife any human food is unhealthy for them and can lead to disease and death. Wildlife knows how to feed itself.

Dogs are seen by coyotes as predators and may be attacked. When walking , keep your dog leashed and near to you. A coyote shadowing you or your dog is actually escorting you away from their dens or rendezvous areas. When shadowed, leave the area, keep eye contact and do not run. If directly approached, make loud noises and assertive body gestures.

Following these simple guidelines ensures you’ll get to enjoy the outdoors and safely co-exist with wildlife like coyotes.

The City of Ottawa recently confirmed that they will be installing some signage at a few places in Riverview Terrace Park. One by the garbage cans and one in the interior where food – seeds, bread etc was often found on the ground.

Here are a few links about wildlife in an urban environment

NCC – Coexisting with Coyotes

Nick Stow talks about coexisting with coyotes (YouTube)

City of Ottawa Wildlife Issues – coyotes

City of Ottawa Wildlife Speakers Series – Living with Coyotes (YouTube)

Coyote Watch Canada

Some BIG Changes Are Coming!

Construction of new Westboro Beach Pavilion to begin this spring

Canada’s Capital Region  The National Capital Commission’s (NCC) Board of Directors today approved the final design for the Westboro Beach Pavilion and landscape. This milestone allows this important Capital-building project to move forward, with construction beginning this spring, to create a more vibrant, active space that will improve the visitor experience and quality of life for residents. 

Westboro Beach is a key hub on the Ottawa side of the historic Ottawa River. This project will see the rehabilitation of the beach-level Strutt Pavilion, a heritage structure designed by well-known Ottawa architect James Strutt, to provide updated modern amenities which are inclusive and accessible.  

Updated Strutt Pavillion

The NCC will also build a new, highly sustainable, zero-carbon pavilion at the upper level to serve the public year-round. The new Park Pavilion is designed to reflect the heritage and natural context of the site by minimizing the building footprint and carefully integrating with the heritage building, while maximizing the views of the majestic Ottawa River. 

Drawing of the new Pavillion

Improvements on the site will also include: 

  • new modern restaurant and community space 
  • historical interpretation of the site 
  • river lookouts 
  • children’s play areas 
  • outdoor showers 
  • gender-neutral and fully accessible washrooms 

Unfortunately, the scale of the work to be done on the site means that Westboro Beach—including the parking lot—will be closed for the summer of 2022. This temporary closure is necessary for public safety and security reasons, and because the areas surrounding the beach will be used for construction staging. Beach lovers will have other options nearby, including Britannia Beach and the beach at Mooneys Bay.  

There will also be intermittent closures of the Capital Pathway at Westboro Beach, and detours will be in place during most of the construction period. Follow the NCC’s digital platforms for the latest information.  

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Media Information

Valérie Dufour

NCC Media Relations

613-797-0279

valerie.dufour@ncc-ccn.ca

Dreaming of an early spring and gardening?

How to Start a Vegetable Garden - Vegetable Garden Plans

How about garden sharing… check out these Q&As

Join Thursday Feb 24th at 8pm for a live Q&A session. You can find out more about garden sharing, get all your questions answered and maybe find a garden sharing partner! Join our Garden Sharing Q&A Session, Thu Feb 24 @ 8pm

What is Garden Sharing?

It’s a partnership between an owner of a property and a gardener who wishes to use the property  for gardening. Like all partnerships it requires communication, trust, flexibility, and a belief in the goal of the partnership. 

Why would someone garden share?

  • Has no land and wants access to land. 
  • Has land and desire but no time /  no energy /  no skill
  • Desires fresh produce (hyper local)
  • Desire for community

How do I find a Garden Partner? 

Join Garden Sharing Network – Westboro on Facebook and respond to a profile that’s already there or post a profile, briefly outlining your vision and aspirations.  Find a good match.

Do I lose my yard if I garden share? 

That depends on you and your partner. Talk about each others’ needs. Put it in writing. 

Do I lose privacy if I garden share?  

Discuss with your garden partner.  Set time frames, days of the week, number of people allowed, and even a system of giving notice so no one catches anyone sunbathing 😉. Put it in writing. 

Who does the work in the garden? 

The landowner can do  as much or as little work as they desire. Generally, the Gardener does most of the work. Talk to your garden partner. Put it in writing.

How do I ensure the rules are followed?

Discuss rules upfront when making your agreement. Talk to your garden partner if there are issues. Be upfront and talk about conflict resolution when you make your agreement. Put it in writing. Put any rules in writing.

What can we grow?

That’s up to you and your garden partner. Brainstorm, grow your favourites. Discuss and if necessary put it in writing. 

Are there costs from garden sharing?

These are some of the costs you’ll need to think about: 

  • Soil 
  • Fertilizer
  • Seeds
  • Plants
  • Fences (pest control)
  • Garden tools if not already possessed by either party
  • If establishing a new garden, a rototiller is needed or a lot of labour
  • Water
  • Labour and time. The majority of the work in a garden is upfront April – June. Further, if cutting a new garden, the first year may have mixed results and you may not start seeing significant yields until the second or third season. 

Talk about division of costs. Don’t forget about the tools needed. Put it in writing. 

What if the relationship doesn’t work? 

Like a garden, a partnership needs tending and maintenance to grow. But sometimes you try to grow a shade loving plant in full sun – just not a good fit. Discuss how you would gracefully end the relationship and in what circumstances. Put it in writing. No one should be surprised.

Garden Sharing Westboro Beach

Harvest Time!

Welcome to Garden Sharing Network – Westboro , an initiative brought you by the Westboro Beach Community Association.  

What is Garden Sharing?

Garden sharing involves an Owner sharing their Garden with a Gardener. Often the Gardener does not have access to land of their own.  To get involved and find potential garden partners please join our Garden Sharing network here.

Anything can be grown in these gardens, but often, vegetables and fruits are grown. If anything is for human consumption the soil should be assessed, and if necessary tested, to ensure there are no toxins being incorporated into the food from the soil. Please see this great resource from Just Food https://justfood.ca/soil-testing-urban-impacted-soils/

There are many models of garden sharing including: 

  • Gardener works entire plot and splits produce with Owner; 
  • Owner and Gardener work separate portions of the garden and take produce from their respective portions; and,
  • Any other way of organizing the sharing of the yard / garden. 

The key to garden sharing is that the Owner and the Gardener agree on: 

  • The amount of land to be gardened and the parties responsible for the labour; 
  • Ownership of the harvest; 
  • Sharing of the costs, tools, and storage of tools and supplies;
  • Methods of gardening (type of fertilizers / from seed vs. from pre-grown plants / organic versus non-organic etc.); 
  • Types of plants;
  • Access (how, # of people, and times); 
  • State of garden and general appearance of the garden; 
  • Managing waste and composting;
  • Arrangements for soil testing (if necessary); 
  • The raising of animals; 
  • Liability and acknowledgement of risks;
  • Dealing with damage to the property;
  • Outlining any additional parts to the contract (i.e. Garden layout / design / methods); 
  • Termination of agreement; and,
  • Conflict resolution and failure to comply with terms of the agreement.

Sources:

Orsi, Janelle and Emily Doskow,  The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life and Build Community, Nolo, 2009,  Pg. 256-261.

Soil Testing Urban Impacted Soils

http://sharingsolution.com/2012/10/13/gardensharin/

Did someone mention cookies?

The Westboro Community Kitchen works hard all year long cooking and delivering delicious and nutritious food to neighbours in need. This time of the year they also prepare not one BUT two turkey dinners with all of the trimmings! The hard working volunteers are also baking this time of the year to ensure that everyone is enjoying some sweet treats with their meals.

Sweet treats getting ready for packaging!

A special thank you to our partners, Newport Restaurant for cooking the turkeys, the Westboro Region Food Bank, for contributing food, and the Carlington Community Health Centre for their support.

If you would like more information, please contact Hilary at 613-722-4000 extension 204.

We are getting into the holiday spirit!

In case you missed it, last week we had our second annual Christmas Parade. Santa and his elves did not disappoint! They wove through the neighbourhood and delighted everyone with their holiday spirit, their energy and good cheer.

The Parade Team
Collecting donations!
Winding through the neighbourhood

In addition to delighting all of the neighbours, the parade collected two truck loads of food for the Westboro Region Food Bank and $506 in cash for the Food Bank. Well done everyone!

It’s our AGM

Monday November 22nd from 7pm to 8:45pm

This will be a virtual AGM. You need to register here and then you will be sent a zoom link for the Nov 22nd meeting. As this

7:00 pm Call to order and welcome.


Our newly elected MP Yasir Naqvi will join us at the start of the AGM. Yasir will say a few words be available to answer any questions you might have.

Following Yasir, we have a presentation by Joshua Elliot from the City of Ottawa Water Quality Team. His presentation: From source to tap: Fun facts about Ottawa’s drinking water will look at how Ottawa’s drinking water system has evolved over the last 150 years. We’ll learn some fun facts along the way as we consider how advances in water treatment and testing technologies have helped shape Ottawa’s approach to purifying and supplying high quality drinking water. There will be time for Q&A.

Josh is a process engineer with the Water Quality Assurance group at the Britannia Water Purification Plant. Along with a team of technical and operational staff, Josh works to improve the quality and safety of Ottawa’s drinking water. Josh has a background in both chemical engineering and civil engineering while the water quality team also includes staff with further expertise in microbiology and analytical chemistry.

7:50 pm

  1. Approval of Minutes from AGM 202. .
  2. (Co-) President’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Election of the Board of Directors
  5. Friends

8:20 pm Jeff Leiper, our City Councillor will be joining us to answer your questions and we’re sure there will be many.


Jeff Leiper is a former community association activist working in Kitchissippi on a wide spectrum of issues and neighbourhood events. He was first elected to City Council in 2014, and has served on the Planning and Environment Committees as well as the Transit Commission. He worked closely with Mayor Watson to develop a music strategy for Ottawa, and continues his advocacy efforts on behalf of Ottawa’s arts and culture sectors. He is a vocal proponent of cycling in Ottawa.


8:45 pm Adjournment


NOTE: Everyone is welcome to join our AGM. Voting is restricted to those who live in the Westboro Beach catchment area, as defined here. We are bordered by the SJAM in the North and West, Island Park in the East and Workman in the South.


Additionally, in advance of the meeting, we will send a link for the AGM documents, including formal agenda, chairperson’s report, treasurer’s report and last year’s AGM minutes.

Garden Sharing – Mark your calendars for these two talks!

Vegetable garden in late summer. Herbs, flowers and vegetables in backyard garden.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 7pm – 8pmGarden Sharing Westboro Beach presents: Introduction to Garden Sharing with Moe Garahan, Executive Director of Just FoodOnline Event: ****MEETING LINK: Please email michaellaughton2@gmail.com for the meeting link. ****In this presentation Moe will discuss the practice of garden sharing and offer useful insight and tips and tricks to a successful garden and a successful garden partnership.Moe has been working on food and farming issues in Ottawa since 1995. Focused on community development and community economic development approaches, she has facilitated the establishment of many ongoing community and regional food initiatives in Ottawa, (including Just Food) while supporting provincial and national food initiatives. Since 2004, she has been the Executive Director of Just Food, working with teams to integrate food access and food localism within the mixed urban and rural settings of the Ottawa region.Thank you to the Westboro Beach Community Association and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West for their support of this initiative.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7pm – 8pm
Garden Sharing Westboro Beach presents:  Soil Health, Urban Gardens, and small space composting with Sundaura Alford-PurvisOnline Event: ****MEETING LINK: Please message michaellaughton2@gmail.com for the meeting link. ****In this presentation Sundaura will introduce the basics of building soil health and fertility in urban gardens and discuss some composting methods suited to small spaces.
Sundaura Alford-Purvis has been working in the horticultural industry since 1998 and was an avid gardener for over a decade before that. She has worked for the last 15+ years as a landscape designer and has taught sustainable landscape design through Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario.
She is now preparing to launch hands-on courses on cultivating healthy land relationships through A Cultivated Art Inc., while continuing her work as the executive director for the Canadian Society for Organic Urban Land Care.
Her particular focus these days is on the role that horticulture, an industry that is effectively the gatekeeper of the vast majority of urban green spaces, can play in restoring healthy, equitable relationships between humans and the rest of nature, especially in urban environments.
Thank you to the Westboro Beach Community Association and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West for their support of this initiative.

Harvest time!