Ottawa’s New Official Plan

The City is rewriting its Official Plan. That is the strategic document which describes how the city will grow over time, where we will place major infrastructure, and what policies will be in place to support economic growth. It is also a guide to the development and evolution of  our communities. Your FHACA board was recently invited for a preliminary introduction by city staff.

Liveable City

The purpose of this review is to position Ottawa to be flexible, resilient, and, above all, a city where people want to live, work, and play. This new plan will take us to the year 2046, but it also seeks to set the stage for the City and Region to reach a population of two to three million people. That is 2 to 3 times as many people as we have now.

5 Big Moves

The city wants to focus on five major statements, called the ‘5 Big Moves’. The city released a high level document with contributions from many city planners. It doesn’t mean that all those plans are implemented though, it is an overview what we could do to accommodate the growth in a responsible way. We are currently in a stage where the city does an inventory of what other cities do and what our residents want. In this document you can read about best practices in other cities in the world which our city could implement too.

What are those five big moves?

Growth: More growth inside the city rather than using valuable agricultural land for food production. Currently 50% of the housing is built through intensification, rather than building in green pastures. That is a very good number already. The city has changed zoning in order to build much higher near LRT stations for example.

Mobility: Make it easier for people to walk, bicycle and use public transport or a combination of these means of transportation, called ‘multi modal’. The city would like to see more than 50% of the trips done by these means of transportation in order to keep our motorized traffic flowing too.

Urban Design: better community design, respecting the village feel of the rural villages and building near transit stations. We can also consider more mixing of living and working.

Resiliency: Embed public health, environmental, climate and energy resiliency into the framework of our planning policies. One can think of places to temporarily store rainwater and add solar panels to large buildings. Also think of communities where nothing is further than a 15 minute walk and more tree canopies to provide shade.

Economy: Embed economic development into the framework of our planning policies such as further developing the airport.

Many best practice ideas

At this time, the plan is still very abstract with lots of ideas. It contains many best practices from other places in the world. City council will eventually vote on the actual plan, no doubt with lots of pushing and pulling by many stakeholders. If you want to read more, we recommend you read the 24 pages PDF file, which you can find here. Alternatively, you could go to a talk at the Ottawa Public Library Main Library downtown on October 8 at 7:30 pm. Here is more information on the talk by Alain Miquelez.

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Fisher Heights AGM – September 30th, 2019, 6:45 pm doors open

Just one of the many successful events in our neighbourhood

Reminder: Tonight (Monday night) AGM

The association’s annual general meeting will be held on Monday, September 30, at 7:15 p.m. at our community building at 31 Sutton Place. Doors open, registration, membership renewals, and refreshments will begin at 6:45 pm.

The annual general meeting is an important event in your association’s activities, as it allows your board to update you on activities, finances, issues, and plans. It allows you to meet with like-minded neighbours and raise subjects that concern you.

No recycling speaker

Unfortunately, we don’t have a speaker on our planned recycling topic. WE’ll save that for a later date.

Fisher Heights Islamic School – Mona Egeh

However, the new principal of the Islamic School in Fisher Heights, Ms. Mona Egeh, will attend to give an update on the unfortunate setbacks and the steps currently being taken to finish the school. She was the school’s guidance councillor before she started in this new job. We are very happy to have Ms Egeh in our midst.

City Councillor Keith Egli

Rachel at the opening of the Steve MacLean Park

Keith Egli won’t attend as he is celebrating his 30th wedding anniversary. Rachel Hannah from Keith’s office will be here tonight to. Rachel has a lot of experience with several files, but we have to respect she is not the councillor. She will be supported by a city lawyer, Mr. Mark.

Ward 9 Councillor Egli with -in his own words- “his favourite lady” in Ottawa’s LRT train.


As mentioned before, we are looking for several volunteers: board members, website updates and a new chair of our Parks Committee. Consider volunteering not only to support the community you live in, but also as a great resume booster, as you learn perhaps lots of new useful skills. Details in our previous post.


If possible, bring your completed membership application for the year just starting up. The form can be found on the last page of the newsletter.


If you receive this through a friend, consider signing up for these website updates through email on our website:

One more thing

We received a link to a collection of photos of the opening of Steve MacLean Park from Rachel Hannah at Keith’s office. Click here to see the photos on Google Drive.

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Annual General Meeting – Fisher Heights Area Community Association

Our AGM takes place on Monday September 30 at 7:15 pm

Fisher Heights Community Place, at 31 Sutton Place, is available for community events and, for a reasonable fee, private functions.

The association’s annual general meeting will be held on Monday, September 30, at 7:15 p.m. at our community building at 31 Sutton Place. Registration, membership renewals, and refreshments will begin at 6:45 pm.

The annual general meeting is an important event in your association’s activities, as it allows your board to update you on activities, finances, issues, and plans. It allows you to meet with like-minded neighbours and raise subjects that concern you.

Speakers: Waste disposal and recycling (not confirmed yet)

The board has invited city representatives to update the community on waste disposal and recycling.

There is significant flux in the recycling area especially, with the province proposing to make the packaging industry responsible for recycling plastics for example. The federal government is contemplating banning single-use plastics (and several Canadian municipalities have banned the free distribution of plastic shopping bags).

There is a reduced demand for the plastics we try to recycle since China reduced its imports of our plastic waste we don’t want to process in Canada. There is significantly reduced recycling of newsprint, and in general, the recycling programs are poorly used by industrial and commercial and retail sources, including restaurants, and by multi-unit dwellings.

Overall an overview of exactly where Ottawa stands regarding garbage, recycling and waste reduction hleps us to understand what happens to everything we throw out.

Keith Egli not present this year

Our ward councillor, Keith Egli, has already advised us that he will be unable to attend the meeting as it coincides with his 30th wedding anniversary. However, a member of his staff will be present to answer questions and take notes for follow-up.

Volunteer board members

The board also needs several new members. Community association work can be interesting, informative, sociable and rewarding, as you contribute to the ongoing life of this healthy neighbourhood. Many employers appreciate if you do volunteer work and a position in a board such as ours teaches you many new skills, from simple things like how an agenda should look like, how to take minutes and how to preside a meeting. Please consider joining the board. We meet about 10-11 times a year for 1.5 hour on Monday evening.

Website updates in WordPress

We are looking for a webmaster to maintain our website (in WordPress). If you are not familiar with WordPress, we will get you up to speed. If you know for example MS Word, it is not much different. You don’t have to build the site, just bring our news and photos on line.

Parks committee

We are looking for a volunteer to lead our parks committee, to succeed Lyn McCaw, who is retiring from this role after many years of dedicated service. The parks committee monitors the condition and facilities of our community parks and advocates with the city and others for their improvements.

Neither volunteer need necessarily be on the board (although that is desirable to see how we work). However, regular attendance of the webmaster in particular at board meetings would be desirable for that person to stay informed of association activities.

Renew your membership

If possible, bring your completed membership application for the year just starting up. The form can be found on the last page of the newsletter.

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Liberation 75 years – Free Tulip Bulbs at our community centre

Keith Bray, sales representative at Re/Max would like to give away tulip bulbs to plant this fall.

Keith writes: “I am a local realtor who lives over at 43 Farlane Blvd and I am setting up a table at 31 Sutton Place on Saturday September 28th from noon to 2 pm and giveaway tulips [bulbs] to our residents to help with the Tulip Festival next spring.”

So if you have some space left in your front yard, pick up some free tulip bulbs and plant them soon, now the weather is still cooperating. Let’s celebrate 75 years of liberation with Fisher Heights in full bloom!

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Line Dancing: New activity at Fisher Heights Community Place

Line Dance Classes starting October 2

Join us for weekly line dance lessons … a fun way to get some exercise, make new friends, or just kick up your heels to great music organised by the Ottawa- Gatineau Goodwill Dancers.

  • New beginner-level dance taught every week
  • No previous dance experience required … step-by-step instruction provided
  • No need to pre-register … participation is on a “drop-in” basis. New students always welcome!


When: Wednesday mornings from 10:00 – 11:00, starting October 2, 2019
Where: Fisher Heights Community Place, 31 Sutton Place, Ottawa
Cost: $6.00 per class or 10 classes for $50.00

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Steve MacLean Park now officially open – Photos!

Last Sunday, September 22, 2019, former astronaut Dr. MacLean officially opened the new outer space themed play structures in Steve MacLean park off Fisher and Meadowlands. Dr. MacLean, who went to school at Fisher Heights Public School, impressed us all with his stories how he started to explore his own neighbourhood as soon as he got a bike when he was a young boy and about being at the space station eventually.

Here is a photo impression of this weekend’s opening. Something not many people may have noticed yet is that the ‘pebbles’ in the path on the south side (see photo above) actually lights up the path at night, like the starry nights we can observe from dark areas out side the city. There is a photo of that very cool pathway at the bottom of this post.

Mayor Jim Watson and Dr. Steve MacLean. Rachel Hannah of Keith Egli’s councillor office watches how things unravel
Volunteers and boardmembers
Dr. Steve MacLean, astronaut, grew up in Fisher Heights
Cutting cake with Lyn McCaw and Dr. Steve MacLean
The pathway at night.It might be ‘calcite’ that lights up. Bring a flashlight and you will get even better results when you shine your light on the stones for a while

You can see more photos here on the shared drive of councillor Egli’s office.

Photos: Maria Pluvati and Hans Moor









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Family Fun at Steve MacLean Park + Opening Playground

Celebration of the New Playground +
Games, Treats & Prizes

SUNDAY, September 22 – 11:30 am to 2:30 pm No need to RSVP!

And this is only one of the several new additions to the playground!

– Opening ceremonies and cake-cutting
– Meet astronaut Steve MacLean, who grew up in our neighbourhood!
– “Outer-space” activities and games, as well as old-fashioned races
– FREE treats, drinks, and prizes
– All-new playground equipment with a space theme!
– Try the re-built basketball court

Enter the park from Deer Park at Higwood, or from the south end of Millbrook.

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