New warning about ‘distraction’ thefts in Ottawa

Below is a press release from the City of Ottawa that may be of interest to members of the community:

New warning about ‘distraction’ thefts in Ottawa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 1st, 2019    1:10pm

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating a number of Distraction Thefts throughout Ottawa targeting our senior population (but not exclusive to seniors). These thefts occur near retail locations across the city of Ottawa and investigators have identified 10 known cases in the past four days.

Most of the occurrences are happening between 12:00 (noon) and 4:00pm. Victims are approached by the suspects in public areas and parking lots. The suspect(s) offer a form of assistance to the targeted victims, such as an offer to help carry purchases, state that the victim dropped money or point out an issue with the victim’s vehicle. While the victim is distracted the suspects steal their debit or credit cards.

The suspects appear to work in groups of two or more and are a combination of male and female.

Ottawa Police are reminding people to remain vigilant as a potential victim or witness to their surroundings and immediately report any similarly suspicious encounters to the Ottawa Police Service. Please remember to hide your PIN when using your debit or credit cards, lock your vehicle with your keys in hand even if you step away from it for a brief period.

Anyone with information about this type of distraction thefts can contact the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

For more information on theft prevention tips see commons scams and crime prevention for seniors.

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Weather Warming in Time for Winter Carnival Saturday!

It looks as though Mother Nature is going to help out a bit for Saturday’s Winter Carnival at the Community Centre (1-4pm at 31 Sutton Place).  We’ll be pulling out of this Polar Vortex and reaching a high of -6°C!  Seems strange to celebrate this kind of temperature, but hey you take it where you can get it.

So there’s no excuse to miss out.  Come on out for horse drawn wagon rides, snow painting, skating, toasting marshmallows, fun games, activities, and enjoy some warm beverages and light snacks with your neighbours.  And don’t forget there will be a draw for Senators tickets as well (courtesy P-Kom Promotions winter carnival

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Winter Carnival February 2

Our annual Winter Carnival is coming up!  Spend a fun afternoon with your neighbours at the Fisher Heights Community Place and Park on February 2 between 1pm and 4pm.  There will be games and activities, a craft table, horse drawn sleigh rides, and warm drinks and snacks to keep you warm.

There is also a wonderful door prize of a pair of Senators tickets, donated by local resident Peter Komporis of P-Kom Promotions ( ).

Also, a reminder that the rink has been up and running for a while, so get out for a little shinny or skating with the family!

2019 winter carnival

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Update: Rink Will Open Monday December 17

We spoke too soon!  The weather has postponed the rink opening to December 17.

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Rink Opening Friday December 14

There is an upside to cold weather: the return of skating!  The rink behind the Fisher Heights Community Place at 31 Sutton will be open as of Friday December 14, and should remain open for the season, weather permitting.

Hours will be the same as last year, details are in the table below.  Also of note is that during the Christmas break the rink will operate on Saturday hours, so you can get your kids out of the house all day long!

Rink hours table

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A Rat in a Restaurant in 3rd Annual Free Family Movie Night

Fisher Heights will host it’s 3rd annual Family Movie Night on Saturday November 17 starting at 6pm at the Fisher Heights Community Place.


In 2016 we saw Zootopia, and in 2017 we saw Moana. This year we are going back a decade to bring Ratatouille to a new audience, children who were uanble to see the original — perhaps by dint of not being alive then —  and to past audiences, the parents and grandparents who can now share the movie experience with their families.

Ratatouille was a bona fide critical and box office success in 2007, winning the award for Best Animated Movie at both the 2008 Golden Globe and Oscars ceremonies, and grossing $112 million at the box office. At the Rotten Tomatoes movie website it achieved a 96% rating among critics and 87% rating among audiences

Unlike the previous two movies, Rataouille is perhaps not as oriented to very young children. It is, however, fully entertaining to children older than 5 and equally, for their parents and grandparents. As the National Public Radio critic commented: “Kids are gonna gobble Ratatouille up; adults will relish its wit; and everyone will want to go out to eat after.”

The “critics’ consensus” at Rotten Tomatoes reads: “Fast-paced and stunningly animated, Ratatouille adds another delightfully entertaining entry — and a rather unlikely hero — to the Pixar canon.”

The movie runs for 110 minutes, and the show will begin at Fisher Heights Community Place at 6:00 p.m on Sat Nov. 17. As usual, there will be a draw at the end of the show for a gift card.

Feel free to bring blankets, sleeping bags or other items for your children to sit on in front of chairs.

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FHACA Partnering with The Council on Aging in Ottawa for Winter Walking Audit

FHACA has agreed to participate in the 2019 ‘Snow Mole’ winter walkability audit program through the Council on Aging in Ottawa.   The program encourages seniors and other pedestrians to audit their neighbourhoods for winter walkability.

Our Walking Club seemed like the perfect way to provide input to the Snow Mole program, so they will be filling out the surveys through the winter while doing their neighbourhood walks.

As part of the initiative, the Council on Aging is hosting WALK ON! , a community event at the Council on Aging of Ottawa on Thursday, November 29th, from 1 to 3  p.m.


The Council on Aging of Ottawa, Age-Friendly Pedestrian Safety & Walkability Committee invites you to attend a special event to:

  • Report on community audits and the progress we have made in making Ottawa streets safe for seniors and other valuable pedestrians.
  • Launch the 2019 Snow Mole* Winter Walking audit program
  • Explore City snow ploughing practices
  • Provide tips on safe winter walking, demonstrate pole walking and the use of boot grippers (Get a Grip program).

When:  Thursday, November 29th, 2018.

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Where:  The Council on Aging of Ottawa

101-1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa K1H 6K9.

  • Free Parking or take OC Transpo bus #148
  • Copies of the 2018 Progress Report will be available in English and French at the event
  • Refreshments

 Please register:   online  –  call 613-789-3577 ext. 101 – email

2018-11-29 Walk ON Progress Report Launch FINAL

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