More spring clean up along the Rideau River - May 4, 10, 11, possibly May 17, 18

On Sunday May 4, Saturday May 10, Sunday May 11 and perhaps Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18, new trees and shrubs will be planted along the Rideau River Nature Trail, as well as spreading soil and mulch. University of Ottawa students will be helping with this project but more community support is greatly apprecaited, especially if you can provide wheel barrows, shovels, etc. Ian McRae has been working with the students and has purchased the plant materials and ordered the soil and mulch with money from a TD environmental leadership grant. If you can help, please contact Ian at 613-235-0096 or e-mail

The 14th annual Rideau River canoe clean up will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (water level and weather permitting). Once again we are calling on our neighbourhood canoeists and kayakers to help clean debris from both sides of the Rideau River between the Transitway Bridge and the Smyth Road Bridge. This year we will NOT be coordinating with the parks clean-up on May 3, since the river is still high.

Please bring your canoe if you have one, plus your life jacket, boots and work gloves to the Brantwood Park basketball court by 10:00 a.m. As usual, we will provide bags and "pickers." Please confirm by end of day on Friday, May 9, if you are attending to ensure we have the appropriate number of canoes and partners. Contact Carol & Jim at 613 565-1963 or

Spring clean up in Brantwood and Springhurst Parks - May 3

The annual spring clean up in Brantwood and Springhurst Parks is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. This event is rain or shine. Please bring gloves if you have them, bags will be provided.

In Brantwood Park, please meet at the field house. The flooding has delivered more garbage and vegetation than usual. For Springhurst Park and Rideau River Trail Park, meet at the basketball court close to Springhurst. There is a lot of garbage particularly behind the Lees Avenue buildings. Some buckthorn will be pulled for those who like to use weed wrenches.

Public art on Main Street - June 25

The City of Ottawa invites residents to have their say about the public art to be commissioned for Main Street in the neighbourhood of Old Ottawa East, as part of the Main Street Renewal Project. The public can meet the five shortlisted artists and view their proposals for permanent exterior works.

Wednesday, June 25
4 to 7 p.m.
Saint Paul University, Laframboise Hall, Rm 120

A Peer Assessment Committee reviewed 44 proposals submitted by professional artists and artist teams for this opportunity. Five proposals were shortlisted for the next stage. The committee considers public feedback when selecting the winning proposal.

The five shortlisted artists and artist teams are:
- Cooke-Sasseville (Quebec)
- Lynda Cronin (Ottawa)
- Studio Kimiis Inc. (Toronto)
- Stuart Kinmond (Ottawa)
- Susan Point (Vancouver)

Open House on Alta Vista Transit Corridor Hospital Link

The City of Ottawa will host a hospital link community information session on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Vincent Massey Public School on Smyth Road. This session will provide details on the planned construction of the portion of the Alta Vista Transit Corridor between Riverside Drive and the Ottawa Hospital complex. For more details, see the information boards that will be shown at the open house.

Brantwood Rink - the gift that keeps on giving

For the first time in recent (since 2008) memory we will have ice on the rink over the March Break! We would like to see the rink well used over the break so are running extended hours as follows:

3/10/2014 Monday noon - 9pm
3/11/2014 Tuedsay noon - 9pm
3/12/2014 Wednesday noon - 9pm
3/13/2014 Thursday noon - 9pm
3/14/2014 Friday noon - 9pm
3/15/2014 Saturday 11:30 - 5pm
3/16/2014 Sunday 11:30 - 5pm

Happy skating!

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