Ottawa Public Health Launches New Online Parenting Initiative

parenting in ottawa logoWhere parents go to get in the know…

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Ottawa – Ottawa Public Health (OPH) launched a new interactive web portal today to help parents access relevant, reliable and local parenting information online.

The Parenting in Ottawa portal was developed in response to the increasing use of the web to find information, support and community resources. Research shows that a large majority of parents are using online channels to find information and to stay connected with other parents. Parenting in Ottawa is designed to cover everything from planning for a family to getting through the teenage years.

“This newly launched Parenting in Ottawa portal will complement many of the services already offered to Ottawa parents,” said Councillor Shad Qadri, Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health. “Ottawa Public Health is a national leader in providing timely and relevant online health information to residents, and this new tool is a great addition to their toolbox.”

Parenting in Ottawa provides access to credible, evidence-based information in easy-to-navigate formats. Parents and families will learn about local community resources and events and be able to connect virtually with experts from various organizations. Furthermore, parents will also have access to the recently launched and very popular Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page; where parents can interact live with other parents and with a Public Health Nurse weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“For parents, each stage in a child’s development has new rewards, but also new challenges. We wanted to create an online space that supports all parents, is highly interactive and is easy to use,” said Sherry Nigro, Manager of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at Ottawa Public Health. “Another of our objectives is to connect people with local community resources.”

“As a first-time mom, I’m always looking for great parenting and health-related advice. The Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page provides a reliable resource to parents in Ottawa,” said Sara Zahiri, active user of the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page. “It’s nice to have a local resource that parents can depend on to get accurate, current information on parenting issues.”

This web portal will provide access to parenting information on subjects such as:

  • pregnancy
  • breastfeeding
  • the growth and development of your child
  • mental health
  • when to worry, when not to
  • healthy eating
  • immunization
  • how to talk to your child and teen about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs
  • how to talk to your child and teen about puberty and sexuality
  • community services for your family

For more information on pregnancy and parenting, please visit ParentinginOttawa.com or call the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744. You can also follow OPH on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

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Book Your Table for Our Annual Rummage Sale

Rummage-Sale-Event

Once again we are having an indoor Rummage Sale at Fisher Heights Community Place from 9 am to noon on Saturday, April 25th.  Get an early start on Spring cleaning by selling your stuff, or drop in and find some great deals on household items, sports equipment, toys, books, clothing, electronics and more. The Association will promote and advertise this event throughout the city.  Coffee and treats will be available for purchase.

Rent 1 or 2 six foot tables for $12.00 each and do your own selling.  To reserve a table you can mail your cheque, payable to FHACA, and include your name, address, email address and telephone number to our community postal box at:

FHACA Rummage Sale,
P.O. Box 78022 Meriline,
1469 Merivale Road, Ottawa K2E 1B1

Or: Drop the above information with a cheque or cash into the mailbox of Margaret McPherson at 13 Eleanor Drive.

No tables will be reserved without payment. Once your payment is received you will be contacted by email or telephone to confirm your registration. Nearer to the date of the sale you will receive your table number and instructions. Last year the table spaces were sold early – don’t wait too long.

Not Enough for Your Own Table? No Problem!

The Association will have a “Community Table” with proceeds going to the Community Association. If you have only a few items to sell, please consider donating them to our table. Please contact Bob McCaw at (613) 224-1682 or Bob.FHACA@bell.net.

volunteerStudent Volunteers needed for Rummage Sale

High school students looking for their last few volunteer hours can help out at the Rummage Sale.  Volunteers are needed from 7:45 am – 8:45 am to help sellers set up tables, and from noon – 1 pm to help with clean-up.  Contact Margaret McPherson at (613) 723-0169 or Bob McCaw at Bob.FHACA@bell.net. Please bring the necessary forms for completion on the day of the sale.

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Construction Set to Hit Deer Park & Higwood

road-constructionAll of Higwood Dr and a short but critical section of Deer Park Rd will become construction zones this summer as the city plans to replace sanitary and storm sewers, with work scheduled to begin in May. The project is designed to improve drainage on Higwood Dr. and Deer Park as well as in the sewer upstream area. Portions of the watermain may require replacement where sewer construction has a significant impact.

The affected area will be:

  • All of Higwood Dr, between Wallford Way & Deer Park Rd
  • Deer Park Rd between Greenwich Ave & Meadowlands Dr E.

This affected section of Deer Park is a very short but critical route to and from Meadowlands Dr for our community, and in fact is the only legal access from Meadowlands into the entire Fisher Heights and area community during weekday rush hours. City staff say they plan to keep Deer Park open one-way moving northbound during construction. Residents within the construction area will receive City notices providing details of how and when they will be affected.

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City View Curling Club Open House

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City View Curling Club is planning for the 2015-16 Season, and they have an opportunity for increased membership.

The Day Men and Day Ladies Leagues are hosting the open house. Members will be available to answer your questions about the game and the club, and  there will be ice available for those interested to actually give it a try.

Wear warm and comfortable clothing, and bring clean running shoes. For further information, please contact the club at dayladies@cityviewcurling.ca or daymen@cityviewcurling.ca

Curling is a game enjoyed by all ages, youth to seniors, and beginners of any age are welcome!

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Last Chance for a Skate

The end of the outdoor skating season is fast approaching!  This Sunday, March 8, will be the last day that our community rink at 31 Sutton Place is supervised.  Visit https://fhaca.wordpress.com/programs-2/rink-schedule/  to see the rink schedule.  The Change Room will no longer be open after Sunday, and the ice won’t be maintained nor snow removed.

It was a good season with no big thaws after our delayed opening the first week of January.  We were happy to see many young people taking advantage of the great ice conditions, even on the coldest days.  See you next year!

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Register Now for Local Fitness Classes

Registration is open for the spring sessions of fitness available at Fisher Heights Community Place.  There are two distinct types of class, both being offered by the City:

Better Strength, Better Balance – This is a class for seniors, designed to help prevent falling.  It is offered locally on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.  Visit http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/public-health/healthy-living/better-strength-better-balance-exercise-program for details, or phone Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.

Fitness for Older Adults - This class is for those age 50 and over; it is more vigorous than the class decribed above.  It has been offered for some years at our community building, on Tuesday and Thursday at 9 am.  Visit http://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/documents/ss2015_adult50plus_en.pdf  and go to page 4 of the recreation guide.  Or contact Keri at 613-226-2208.

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CITY VIEW CURLING CLUB IS BUILDING!!!!

New City View Curling Club

City View Curling Club is excited to announce that a new 4-sheet curling facility will commence May 1, 2015, with expected completion by January, 2016.

The new curling facility will include:

  •  Four sheets of ice
  • A spacious member and spectator lounge
  • A full kitchen
  • A licensed bar
  • Larger change rooms & washrooms
  • Rental lockers
  • A community meeting room
  • Opportunities for rentals year-round
  • A large banquet facility
  • An all-accessible curling club (the first of its kind in Ottawa!)

You can follow construction updates of the new club on their website www.cityviewcurling.ca.

Naming Rights Campaign

City View Curling Club has a naming rights campaign and are looking for companies or individuals that would like to support the new club. If you are interested in more information about the new facility or the naming rights campaign then please contact buildingcommittee@cityviewcurling.ca.

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