Do you or a neighbour need help clearing snow during the winter?

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The City of Ottawa offers two programs that can help:

The Snow Go Program provides a matching service for seniors and people with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Residents who participate in this program are responsible for paying the individual or contractor removing the snow.

The Snow Go Assist Program provides financial assistance to eligible low-income seniors (60+) or persons with disabilities looking to hire an individual or contractor to clear snow from private driveways and walkways.  Approved participants may be reimbursed for 50 % of the cost of snow clearing per event, up to a seasonal maximum of $250.  Rural applicants who have excessively high cost of snow removal, as defined by staff, are eligible up to 50% of the cost of snow clearing for their private driveways and walkways per event, up to a maximum of $450 per term.

For more information about the Snow Go and the Snow Go Assist programs, please visit or call 3-1-1.

Do you know a Snow Angel who deserves recognition?

A Snow Angel is a neighbour or friend that has volunteered to help you, or someone you know who is elderly or has a disability, to improve their accessibility during the winter by clearing snow or ice from their driveway, steps or walkway.
If you know of a resident of Ottawa who is a Snow Angel, the City of Ottawa wants to thank them!
Snow Angels will be recognized with a certificate signed by the Mayor and a custom keychain with a snowflake symbol and Ottawa logo.

To nominate a resident for recognition as a Snow Angel, please give the City the name and address of the candidate, as well as relevant details (who they are helping and how) by one of the following methods:

  • Email:
  • Mail:  Attention: Paul McCann, City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent, 5th floor, K2G 6J8
  • Fax:  613-580-9605 Attention: Paul McCann

Fitness Centre Opening & Membership Opportunities

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Bob Bonisteel , the new President of Carleton Golf & Yacht Club announces opportunities for CGYHA members:




Carleton Golf & Yacht Club is pleased to announce the opening of the club’s new FITNESS CENTRE.
The club is also very pleased to introduce a special WINTER FAMILY MEMBERSHIP for Carleton Golf & Yacht Homeowners.
A homeowners’ family membership fee of $99.00 + HST will provide access to the facility for the months of December 2014, January, February and March 2015.
To start, the center will be open for use from 8:30am to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. In January, the facility will be available outside of office hours by using an access key card or fob ($25.00 deposit).
Membership fees can be paid at the club office. A waiver form must be completed and signed upon payment.
Those homeowners who have joined the Waterfront/Backyard Development Project are exempt from the $99.00 fee.


The Board of Directors and the new management at the golf club have made it a priority to investigate the potential for new initiatives that would be win/win for the club and the people who live at the golf course.
With this in mind, homeowners should be aware that the club is looking at various trial membership packages for Carleton Golf & Yacht homeowners that could include golf, fitness, dining and other amenities.
The club hopes to have a series of offerings to homeowners before the end of January 2015.

Call CGYC president Bob Bonisteel for details at 613-692-5502.”


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Wednesday, December 10th at 7 p.m.
North Gower Client Service Centre Boardroom
2155 Roger Stevens Drive, North Gower.

Councillor Scott Moffatt and City of Ottawa Staff will hold a community meeting on drainage. It will address ditches in the community and the issues surrounding them.

This Meeting is open to all CGYHA Members.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Marv Sywyk or call him at 613-491-1390.

Neighbourhood Watch

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  • A resident of Bunker Road reported that, two nights ago, someone entered and stole items from his garage, The garage was closed, however, unlocked. No sightings were reported.
  • Belongings have also been reported stolen from unlocked vehicles.

To protect your personal property, please remember to lock your vehicles and doors.
Report any suspicious activity and/or persons on your property to Ottawa Police by telephone at (613)236-1222 ext.7300 or on-line at


  • As the days get shorter, darkness falls earlier and neighbours who walk in the evening become less visible to drivers.

To protect yourself, your pets and drivers on the road, please wear something that is brightly coloured. Consider wearing a reflective garment and/or light for you and your pet.
Drivers: please observe the posted speed limit in our community 

CGYHA Street Party Success! by Lisa Geraghty

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Photos: Courtesy of Mike Curtin


After the disappointing postponement due to rain, our community was treated to an evening of glorious weather and an outstanding turnout at the Annual CGYHA Street Party. Our volunteer chefs, Adam MacArthur and Gareth Mercer, served up hamburgers and hotdogs to over 150 neighbours, along with fresh corn, watermelon, drinks and chips. This year’s hosts, Jimmy, Sunny and Ben Kim, created a safe area on their driveway for the our youngest neighbours. Kids enjoyed a tattoo station, ring toss, bean bag toss and a water balloon race while neighbours welcomed those new to our community, met some new friends and caught up with old ones.

Thank you to Robinson’s Your Independent Grocer and Miller’s Farm and Market who donated the food and refreshments. Special thanks goes to all of our neighbours who volunteered their time and resources and to our Events Director, Darlene Mercer, who coordinated everything to make it happen!!!!

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CGYHA Street Party Postponed by Lisa Geraghty

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In hopes of better weather, the CGYHA Street Party is postponed until tomorrrow.

Sunday, September 7th from 4 pm – 8 pm.

1227 Upton Road 

CGYHA Artists to Participate in Studio Tour September 13-14 by Lara Charlebois

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Three Artist Studio stops within the CGYC Neighborhood are participating in the 2014 North Gower Kars Discovery Tour. Variety is the hallmark of the Discovery Tour, and this year’s Tour, September 13th & 14th, from 10-5, promises to be the most interesting yet.
This year’s Tour is the biggest ever with 16 stops and 34 participants, including visual artists in all media; potters with very different styles, materials and techniques; a weaver; a metal jewellery maker and a custom woodworker. To ensure the Tour’s high quality, all participants and stop venues are juried into the Tour. All stops are within a 16km by 14km area, making it an easy day outing.
A number of Tour participants will be demonstrating their work throughout the Tour. This year you can win a door prize, another of the Tour’s special features. Another plus: admission is free to all stops. (Donations are welcomed to the food bank.)
Be sure to visit your neighbours at stops #13, #14 and #15, and support their involvement in our local arts community:

At Stop #13 (6550 Rideau Valley Dr North), chat with photographer Susan Preston and see her beautiful prints, and find functional and artistic turned wood bowls and pepper grinders by David Harper.

Meet five artists at Stop #14 (6648 Marina Dr). Admire the diverse work of potters Lara Charlebois, Suzanne Snook, and Jean Jaffe watch demos and try your hand at throwing pots at the wheel. View lovely Oil & acrylic paintings by Sheila M. King, and sumptuous watercolours by artist B. Jane Magee. 

At Stop #15 (6431 Clingin Lane), meet watercolour media artist Rosalie Daly Todd whose art features the human form, Heather Linttell painter of florals and landscapes, and watercolour/acrylic painter Ann McDonald and admire their gorgeous paintings. 

Enjoy the scenery of farms, forests and the Rideau, sample award winning restaurants, and learn about the diverse art and farm products that come from the area. And there’s much more to view and buy: wood and stone sculptures and carvings; birdfeeders, birdhouses and feeders, felt jewellery and scarves; hemp clothing, ethnic and recycled vintage jewellery. There is even a provider of quality alpacas and alpaca products. And visitors can buy fall plants and décor, pumpkins and produce at Miller’s Farm, Market and Garden Center in Manotick, another returning participant in the tour.

For information and a brochure:

Test Your Household Water by Lisa Geraghty

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As residents of a rural community, household water comes from private wells. The safety of that water is the responsibility of individual homeowners. To protect the members of your household, ensure that  “well water is tested for bacteria three times a year and after major plumbing work.”*City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa offers free well water testing with rural drop-off locations close to our community. For more information on maintaining healthy well water and the rural drop-off schedule, use the following link:


Family Fun Day in the Park by Lisa Geraghty

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Last Saturday, our neighbourhood “Family Fun Day in the Park” was a great success! Over 30 kids on bikes, trikes and in strollers were escorted to Echo Park by Ottawa Fire Services.  “Bri The Cowguy” thrilled the audience with his daring magic tricks and zany antics. Kids young and old participated in sack races, a tug of war, face painting and tattoo station. Hot dogs and hamburgers with all the fixings were served up along with snacks and refreshments, sponsored by Councillor Moffatt.

Thanks to all who donated their time, services and resources: Michael, Gareth, Lisa, Darlene, Tammy, Cassandra, Sean, Angelo, Karen, Marv, Jimmy, Bruce, M.J, Andrew and more! The event would not have been possible without the help of our neighbours and the efforts of our Events Coordinator, Darlene Mercer.



Ladies’ Nine & Dine by Nancy Mandigo

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The Carleton Golf and Yacht Club invited ladies in the neighbourhood to a “Nine & Dine”on Tuesday, June 3. There was no golf experience necessary and Club Members volunteered to play in each foursome. Chef Peter produced an amazing Italian Meal and, judging by the volume of chatter in the Dining Room, the neighbourhood was having a great time.