Christmas Tree Safety and Disposal

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Courtesy of Rural Affairs Office – Ottawa

It’s time to trim that Christmas tree, and if you’re using a real tree, buy a fresh tree and keep the base of the trunk in water at all times. If purchasing a real tree, consider buying one through a local member of the Christmas Tree Farmers of Ontario (

Water fresh trees daily. Keep your tree away from any ignition source such as the fireplace, heaters or candles. Check all sets of lights before decorating. Before you put those lights on the tree or around the front window check the cords closely. Discard any sets that are frayed or damaged.

Christmas trees will be picked up as part of the regular garbage and recycling collection schedule in January. Trees must be free of decorations and not wrapped in plastic bags.

POSTPONED – City of Ottawa Addresses CGYHA Water Drainage

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The meeting scheduled for tomorrow evening (Wednesday, December 10th) has been cancelled due to the impending snow storm.

Some of the staff who should be at our meeting will likely be working overtime addressing the road conditions. There is also the concern that anyone attending might encounter dangerous driving situations. Scott Moffatt & City of Ottawa staff plan to reschedule in January.

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

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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Street Party 2014 - group
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!!!!

 Street Party 2014 - foodtent