Recognition for a Local Cycling Advocate

At a ceremony last Thursday evening, Fisher Heights resident Hans Moor received a Ward 9 Volunteer Recognition Award for his work promoting cycling and advocating for cycling safety in Ottawa. For the past 5 years, Hans has served as president of Citizens for Safe Cycling.  Congratulations, Hans!

We are very pleased to note that Hans is also actively involved as a volunteer in FHACA activities, including our annual Bike Rodeo.  Currently, Hans is co-chair, with Stephane Audet, of our newly-established Committee on Road Safety (see recent article).

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Hans Moor (centre) with Councillor Egli & MPP Lisa McLeod  (photo By Paul Clarke)

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TONIGHT: Improving Road Safety Discussion

FHACA Road Safety Poster

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Community Event: Open Discussion on Improving Roads & Safety

On October 5, the FHACA board created the Better and Safer Streets committee to be co-led by board member Stéphane Audet and resident Hans Moor. The committee has the broad mandate to engage Fisher Heights residents in a community-wide process to identify and study problem areas, and to identify and prioritize opportunities for improvement.

The initial meeting on road safety will be held Tuesday, November 17 at Fisher Heights Community Place (31 Sutton Pl). The meeting is open to all residents who wish to:

  • explore innovative ideas from Ottawa and around the world
  • identify areas of concern throughout the community
  • discuss an action plan to make progress on priorities on community safety

FHACA Road Safety Poster

The initiative was first introduced to FHACA members who participated in the recent Annual General Meeting. Participants expressed their concerns and there was a broad consensus that inadequate street infrastructure, including poor or missing street lighting, posed a real threat to residents’ sense of safety.

The Community Association wants to engage residents in a strategic and sustained conversation on road safety. The key objective would be to work toward long-term solutions, through a forward-looking process to identify, confirm and resolve issues that undermine the safety of all users of our roadways, both young and old, whether they are on foot or riding on two, three, or four wheels. 

The committee will be composed of concerned residents and report back to the FHACA board and membership. Membership is open and interested residents are encouraged to contact Stéphane at to find out more about upcoming activities and opportunities to volunteer their expertise.

If you enter your email in the box at the right of the page and click “follow”, you will be sure to receive all the latest information on this initiative and others happening in the community.

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“Conversations With The Candidates” Recap

By event moderator Don Black

By the time you read this, the 2015 federal election will be history. We will know who our Member of Parliament is, and thanks to a series of meetings in September, we will have already met them.

Regardless of the outcome, and no matter which party or parties are in control, it’s safe to say the issues we raised during those meetings haven’t gone away, and the conduct of Parliament will continue to affect our lives.

“Conversations with the Candidates” allowed for separate one-hour meetings with each candidate, with community members presenting their issues for the candidate’s response. The exchanges were quite direct, and everyone was able to get some personal sense of the candidates. They, in turn, were hearing directly from concerned individuals – in some cases very concerned – about specific issues.

Such as: assuring basic security and healthcare for the elderly poor; responding effectively to climate change; accepting more refugees, more rapidly; reforming federal governance; addressing youth unemployment and gross income inequality; reconciliation with First Nations.

Will you represent us, or will you represent your party? Can we trust you to do the right thing?

I think we were all a bit surprised at the number of people who attended, and the general sense of having accomplished something with the event. It also underlined that local communities and our organizations are directly affected by – and can affect – federal governance, perhaps nowhere so directly as in Ottawa.

In discussion afterwards, people said that being more engaged in the political process is important to them, and that an important part of their sense of community is being able to talk with other people about mutual concerns. So I’m looking forward to seeing where this first step might lead.

I want to thank everyone who participated and made the evenings lively and enjoyable, and especially all of those from the Fisher Heights and Area Community Association who continue to work to make events like this possible. It’s a great resource for our communities. We met some very interesting people, and we met each other.

Finally, on behalf of everyone, our thanks to the candidates who accepted our invitation to participate in democracy from the ground up: Marlene Rivier, Abdul Abdi, Anita Vanderbeld, Rod Taylor, and Mark Brooks. Sam Heaton, candidate for the Marxist-Leninist Party, was registered too late to be included in our event. Regardless of how the election has turned out, they all deserve our respect and thanks for being willing to stand for election, and we wish them all success.

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Lunch & Learn with Lottie Theriault Wed, Nov. 4 @ 10:30am

The Carleton Memorial United Church will be hosting a Lunch and Learn with speaker, Lottie Theriault, at Fisher Heights Community Place next Wednesday, November 4th at 10:30am.

Organized by Carleton Memorial United Church, this event will feature Lottie Theriault who, this past summer, participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in Mongolia, will speak about the project and about Mongolia and its people.

Register for this event with Ruth Loomer at (613) 727-8255 or Bev Cumming at (613) 224-5959. The cost will be $15.


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Little Kids Pumpkin Party This Saturday!!

FHACA Halloween web Poster

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Beware! Thieves are targetting Toyota/Lexus SUV’s and trucks

The Ottawa Police Service Organized Auto Theft Section would like to advise Ottawa residents that there are organized and sophisticated thieves that have the ability to steal brand new/newer model Toyota/Lexus SUV’s and trucks. Thieves have stolen vehicles out of registered owner’s laneways undetected.

“You may recall that we saw a similar modus operandi in the summer of 2014, and two individuals were charged and are in jail,” said Staff Sergeant Stephanie Burns, Organized Auto Theft Section.

Consider the following tips to protect your vehicle:

  • Make your vehicle less vulnerable to theft by parking it in a locked garage and or blocking it with a second vehicle.
  • Consider installing an after marker anti-theft device.
  • Be vigilant that no one has tampered with the door locks mechanisms.
  • Consider installing a club.
  • If you are selling your vehicle, be wary not to let anyone have access to your car keys or your vehicle out of your sight. This prevents a thief from copying your key during a “test drive” so they can return later to steal it.
  • The onus is on the registered owner of a vehicle to ensure that the person they let drive their vehicle has a valid driver’s license. As such, request to see their driver’s license prior to allowing them to test drive your vehicle. This gives you an opportunity to note the person’s identity. Further to that, note the license plate and vehicle description of any individuals who attend your home to enquire about a car for sale.
  • Finally, good old fashioned neighbourhood watch is a great deterrent. Call 911 to report any suspicious activity; be vigilant.

More safety tips are available at

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