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Public Meeting on the Hog’s Back Bridge Closures

April 24th, 2019 Comments off

The Hog’s Back swing bridge is slated to be under repair from August 2019 to April 2020, immediately followed by repairs to the stationary dam bridge which will take the remainder of the calendar year, finishing in December 2020.
River Ward Ottawa Councillor Riley Brockington will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the impact of the bridge closures on our community.

When? Monday, May 13, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Where? Carleton Heights Community Centre (1665 Apeldoorn Ave)

The NCC, Parks Canada, and the City’s Traffic branch will be on hand to answer questions from area residents.

For more information:

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From the Archives: History of Mooney’s Bay and Hog’s Back

April 24th, 2019 Comments off
So you think you know Hog’s Back? Think again! Here’s a little historical reflection on Mooney’s Bay and Hog’s Back, from the archives of the Gloucester Historical Society. (See pages 7-9)
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Metal and Electronic Recycling Day @ George-Étienne Cartier School

April 23rd, 2019 Comments off

In honour of the Cleaning the Capital Campaign, George-Étienne Cartier School is hosting a Metal and Electronic Recycling Day fundraiser:

Where? 880 Thorndale Dr.
When? May 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids are invited to touch a fire truck with Ottawa Fire Services, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Click on the images below to download the event poster.

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Spring Cleaning in Riverside Park!

April 12th, 2019 Comments off

Join us in #CleaningTheCapital!

Join your neighbours, friends and fellow Riverside Park residents to clean up our parks and greenspaces as part of the city’s annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign. Register on RPCRA’s Facebook page to participate and stay up-to-date on the campaign.

From April 15, 2019 – May 15, 2019, we are asking residents to clean up litter, report graffiti and audit the state of our community’s parks and green spaces. Your contribution can take place while you walk your kids to school or walk the dog at night. We will also be hosting larger clean-up events on Capital Cleanup Weekend when we will host our big clean up in each of the five neighbourhoods that make up Riverside Park.

Clean-ups will take place at 0ne of five community parks at 1:00PM on Saturday, April 27, 2019 (rain date is May 4):

  • Pauline Vanier Park (Harkness Ave)
  • Paget Park (Hobson Rd)
  • Linton Park (Linton Rd)
  • Arnott Park (Hartman Cres)
  • Geoff Wightman Park (Kamloops Ave)

This is an excellent opportunity to get out, socialize, improve the state of our wonderful community and possibly win some prizes! Part of a church, social or sports group? Share the event and have them sign them up too at:

A park checklist will be provided by email with questions about park amenities, waste management and the overall condition, and clean up materials will be available on Capital Clean-up Weekend or by request.

If you have any questions, just email

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Share Your Views on the Airport Parkway Expansion

April 12th, 2019 Comments off

Your Views are Needed on Mitigating the Impact

Are you worried about the impact of the scheduled Ottawa Airport Parkway off-ramp on West Walkley Road? Send your concerns, ideas and input to

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RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting – April 3, 2019

March 29th, 2019 Comments off

Board of Directors’ Meeting – April 3, 2019

The April RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 3. Join us to learn what is happening in our neighbourhood and how you can get involved!

When: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Councillor Riley Brockington will report on important issues for our community and Adam Joiner from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa will present on programs to promote their newly renovated Tomlinson Family Foundation Clubhouse.

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RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting – March 7, 2019

February 24th, 2019 Comments off

Please note that the March RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting will take place on a THURSDAY, not the usual Wednesday. We have moved our date to all residents to attend the Annual River Ward Women’s Day Speaker Series. Please join us on Thursday, March 7 to learn what is happening in our neighbourhood and how you can get involved!

When: Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 5.

Councillor Riley Brockington will report on important issues for our community.

Meeting Documents

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Op-Ed: Residents must ‘create’ not ‘look’ at Heron Gate of the future

February 16th, 2019 Comments off
Read this week’s Op-Ed in the Community Voice (Ottawa South) by #RPCRA Director George Brown on #HeronGate:—web.pdf

Residents must ‘create’ not ‘look’ at Heron Gate of the future

by George Brown
First of all, I want to thank Your Community Voice – Ottawa South for your ex-cellent ongoing coverage of all things Heron Gate. Although the news to date has not been good, it has been accurate. However, I do see a faint light at the end of the tunnel. From reading your front page Jan. 31 ar-ticle “Residents soon to get first look at Heron Gate of the future” it appears that Coun. Cloutier has been listening.
In the article he talks about “rejuvenating that commu-nity” and states that “so-cial infrastructure must also be considered in the (Secondary) Plan.” Anyone who has lived or lives in Heron Gate would be for-given for taking exception to this comment. I have spo-ken with many tenants who love this community and find it to be supportive and nurturing … and already rejuvenating.
However, I digress.
The article raises several key questions. The council-lor says we must develop a “mechanism to ensure that evicted tenants are given a chance to stay within their neighbourhood” and he goes on to say that the city is exploring legal avenues to ensure that tenants have a right to return to the com-munity. I would add to “affordable family sized housing units.”
I have good news. There are several major initia-tives in the works that can deal with many of the con-cerns raised by the people of Heron Gate, as well as by the councillor.
First of all, I suggest ev-eryone look at and that the councillor support Ottawa ACORN’s “Healthy Homes Platform.” To sum-marize, ACORN members want: 1. Landlord licensing 2. Rental replacement by-laws and no winter evictions in the case of redevelopment 3. Inclusionary zoning.
Space does not allow me to discuss at length these three important asks. One only needs to look to the City of Toronto, which has imple-mented all three strategies to protect tenants and pre-serve affordability. It’s time for the City of Ottawa to get caught up.
I would suggest that while the issue of a landlord li-censing policy works its way through the city bureaucra-cy, that Coun. Cloutier ask city council to implement a Proactive-Bylaw (property standards to be specific) Enforcement program for Heron Gate. This has been implemented in the past to deal with chronic problem properties and landlords. Does anyone doubt that Heron Gate would qualify?
Secondly, I am very ex-cited about a recent ini-tiative of Ottawa ACORN and the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre to facilitate the residents of Heron Gate in develop-ing the first “Community Benefits Agreement” in Ottawa.
Community benefits le-verage public and private investments in communi-ties to create decent work, affordable housing, and so-cial infrastructure that im-prove the quality of life for all community members.
Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are legally binding contractu-al agreements negotiated between a community co-alition and developers to en-sure that impacted residents can share the benefits of a development without hav-ing to fear displacement. CBAs are a much broader approach to community planning than your typical bricks and mortar focus.
The Parkdale community in Toronto just completed the “Parkdale Community Benefits Framework– Guide for Development without Displacement” to help frame CBAs in their community.
Their vision contains five collective principles: eq-uitable process, affordable housing, affordable com-mercial, decent work, com-munity assets.
What will Heron Gate’s vi-sion and principles be?
I can’t wait to find out.
Riverside Park resident George Brown is a lawyer and former Ottawa city councillor.
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Riverside Park is getting a new early learning centre!

February 12th, 2019 Comments off

We are pleased to share news that the Riverside Park Nursery School has received government funding to build a new centre with 88 spaces for children from 3-months to 5-years old!

Slated for 2826 Springland Dr, it is expected to open in Dec. 2020!

Check out the details in their community update flyer.

For more information, contact: or visit:


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RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting – February 6, 2019

February 3rd, 2019 Comments off

The first RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting of 2019 will be held on February 6. All are welcome. At this meeting, all of the Committee Chairs will present a draft RPCRA Action Plans for approval. Come out to hear what we have in store for the neighbourhood.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Councillor Riley Brockington presented a report on important issues for our community.

The Riverside Park Nursery School presented an important update.

Meeting Documents

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