Skyline Fire Donation Exchange: Saturday, March 25th, 5:30 pm

On Saturday, March 25th from 5:30 to 10:30 pm, former 32-38 Northview Road residents are holding a Donation Exchange & Sharing event. If you have donations to share, or are still in need, join the group at 1343 Meadowlands Drive East in the Party Room. Or, simply stop by to reconnect with one another.

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Minto Townhouses Ravaged by Fire

Most local residents will be well aware that a major fire on Sunday, March 12 either destroyed or damaged 32 maisonette townhouses off Northview Road, beside Eleanor Park. Luckily, all residents of these units were able to escape unharmed, in spite of high winds that fanned the flames. Anyone present at the scene that day will have witnessed the great work done by firefighters, the Salvation Army, and the Red Cross.

Ottawa Fire Services Investigators on the scene at 34 Northview Road where a fire affected 52 units and displaced as many as 70 people. March 13,2017. Errol McGihon/Postmedia

About 70 people are left without housing; we have heard several stories of other local residents offering help, and landlord Minto Properties also acted immediately to assist those affected. Many are being housed with neighbours and friends, some in guest suites at other Minto properties, and some in hotels with assistance from their household insurance. A few days after the fire, residents were able to access essential documents and car keys from their units with assistance from Minto’s fire restoration contractor, and the following week residents were able to access salvageable contents from their homes. Sadly, several pets either died in the fire, or are still missing. Details of missing pets are posted on Minto’s Facebook page.

Ottawa Fire Services will hold an Information Session for all local residents, at our community building:

Information will be provided as to the cause of this fire as well as general fire safety information, advice on how to prevent fires and what do to when you discover a fire.

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Fun Times at Last Weekend’s Annual Winter Carnival

Our Annual Winter Carnival took place last Saturday, February 11 at Fisher Heights Park, and it was terrific to see so many friendly faces from around the Fisher Heights community come out and enjoy themselves. The weather was perfect for an afternoon of skating, hockey, snowshoeing, sled racing and roasting marshmallows.

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We’d like to thank the volunteers and sponsors who made the afternoon so enjoyable. Without tremendous community partners like these, our events wouldn’t be possible:

Starbucks (1350 Baseline Rd) at Loblaws Centre for donating coffee and hot chocolate;

P-Kom Promotional Specialties for donating a pair of Sens hockey tickets;

Councillor Keith Egli for donating popcorn and handing out goodies;

Sessila Academy for donating craft materials and looking after our indoor craft centre;

Here’s a little visual recap of the afternoon. And don’t forget to submit your email and subscribe to our website so you can stay up to date on important information regarding news and events in the community for the upcoming year.

Photos by shanefrancescut.com

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Drop-in Playgroup Moves to Friday Morning

kids-playing-with-blocks-clip-art-1512725Our drop-in playgroup, for for children 0-4 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver, now meets on Friday mornings from 9:45 to 11:00 am at Fisher Heights Community Place, 31 Sutton.   Bring your  little one(s) to play with others indoors and/or outdoors (weather permitting) and make new friends.

More information?  Contact Kate Siddons at (613) 897-1421 or siddons_kate@yahoo.ca

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Winter Carnival Saturday, Feb 11 from 1-4PM

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Afternoon Schedule:
(1-4pm: Bonfire, roasted marshmallows, catered food, outdoor games)

1-2:30pm: Family Skate
2-3pm: Horse-drawn Wagon Rides
2:30-4pm: Shinny
4pm: END

Join us on Saturday, February 11 as we celebrate winter in our community. Find out all the details by clicking here.

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Rapid Bus Corridor Coming to Baseline Rd

As we reported in October on our website and in the newsletter, the city is planning major improvements to the bus transit service along Baseline Road. The first phase will involve the eastern section of Baseline, from Woodroffe to Heron and on to Billings Bridge.

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Sample image for reference only. Not an actual plan.

The plan calls for two bus-only lanes in the centre of the road, with fewer frequent stops. Passengers will board the bus at platform-stations built at each stop, with traffic lights to control access. The roadway will be widened to keep two lanes in each direction for cars, and add a protected bicycle lane and a sidewalk on the side. The design implements a new intersection design to shelter pedestrians and cyclists from turning vehicular traffic by increasing separation and improving visibility. The residential section of Baseline in our community, along the experimental farm, will feature a bicycle/pedestrian “multi-use pathway” on the north side. In Fisher Heights, most of the expansion for the wider roadway will be on the north side, but the plan foresees that local homes on Baseline Road would lose the city boulevard in front of their homes.

Work began on the project several years ago, and the latest plans were released last fall at a public Open House. The proposals will now be considered by the Transportation Committee of City Council in early February. Detailed design planning is anticipated in 2017 and 2018, but construction is at least several years away, and depends on additional funding from provincial and federal sources.

These are some of the details about the section that affects the Association’s residents, between Merivale Road and Fisher Avenue:

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  • There would be bus stops at Merivale, Farlane, Zena and Fisher. The existing bus stop at Marson Street would be removed. Bus riders who use the Marson stop would have to use the stops at Zena or Fisher instead.
  • Existing accesses to Baseline Road from the community would be unchanged. The intersection with Farlane would continue to have a traffic signal; the intersections at Zena and Marson would continue to be right in, right-out.
  • The project would be built within the existing right of way on the south side of Baseline; there would be no need to acquire privately owned land. However, the right of way in general extends for a certain width onto the front year grass beside the existing sidewalk on each property, and this grass would be replaced by the new sidewalk, which would occupy the last part of the existing right of way. With a bicycle lane and a narrow buffer to be built adjacent to the new sidewalk, it means the actual vehicular traffic would occupy about the same locations as now, or perhaps a small distance closer to the houses.
  • The project would require seven metres of Experimental Farm land on the north side of Baseline. In addition, the Farm would use an additional 18 metres of its land to produce a ‘shelter-belt,’ a treed buffer for the adjacent farm lands and to provide a scenic backdrop for that section of Baseline. The ‘shelterbelt’ would actually start at Prince of Wales Drive and also carry on onto the east side of Merivale Road northbound. The north side of Baseline, between Prince of Wales and Merivale, would include a multiuse pathway in both directions. It would extend northbound along the east side of Merivale to the NCC pathway at Caldwell Avenue.
  • The project foresees that the city will have to implement elevated snowplowing and snow removal policies along the corridor, because of the amount of extra pavement that needs to be plowed and the reduced room to store it with the addition of median bus lanes.
  • The project is expected to spur development in the Triangle lands, the largely vacant lands bordered by Baseline, Clyde and Merivale.

A detailed drawing of the section between Clyde Avenue and Fisher Avenue can be found here, as well as the “Frequently Asked Questions”.

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UPDATE: Mindfulness Meditation Course SOLD OUT!

The upcoming Mindfulness Medication course that is set to begin Feb 1 is now… 

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Thanks to everyone who has shown an interest. Please stay tuned to fhaca.ca for future courses and events.

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