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MarketMobile Launch June 13

June 9th, 2015 Comments off

MarketMobile LaunchThe MarketMobile, an initiative of the Poverty and Hunger Working Group and the Coalition of Community Health and Resource Centres, is a mobile grocery store that brings fresh, affordable, and culturally-appropriate vegetables and fruit to Ottawa neighbourhoods that have limited access to healthy food. Produce on the MarketMobile is selected based on residents' needs and cultural preferences, purchased in bulk and sold on a cost recovery basis. The MarketMobile now operates year-round, two days per week.

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Riley’s Seniors’ Strawberry Social

June 9th, 2015 Comments off

If you are a Senior or just feeling old enough to enjoy some strawberries
come to the Alexander Community Centre on 960 Silver Street for
Riley’s Seniors’ Strawberry Social
Thursday, Jun 18th, 1-3pm


Community Update – Experimental Farm land set aside for Civic Hospital Expansion

November 9th, 2014 Comments off

800px-Central_Expmtl_Farm_OttawaIt was announced this week that up to 24 hectares of the Experimental Farms lands along Carling Avenue have been set aside for  an expansion of the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus.

While funding has not been confirmed for the new hospital this land paves the way for an expansion across Carling Avenue.hi-ott-civic-hospital-852

The CCA will be following these developments and will provide updates as they become available.

More information is available here.



Full video available for River Ward Debate

October 23rd, 2014 1 comment

Debate1The all-candidates' River Ward debate on October 16th was a resounding success!

With seven candidates for Councillor squaring off, the standing room only crowd were treated to a lively and informative discussion on issues important to local residents.

The CCA would like to thank our excellent moderator Joanne Chianello of the Ottawa Citizen for helping guide the dialogue and our debaters for their participation.

NEW CONTENT: At the end of the debate there were still several excellent questions from the floor. Several candidates have kindly provided answers to the questions. The replies are available online now.


Missed the debate? 

The entire debate is now available to view online.

Read the media coverage:

CBC TV - River Ward debate coverage

Ottawa Citizen - River Ward Candiates Square OffB0GtLjACYAI_7O5

Ottawa Sun - River Ward Debate Packs Carlington School


On October 27th Get Out and Vote!

Your vote matters! Don't miss the opportunity to decide who represents your voice as Mayor, in Council and on the School Boards.

Information about voting is available on the City of Ottawa website.

Not sure where to vote? Use this handy search tool to search by address.


EMC West CCA Election Article

May 23rd, 2013 Comments off

Carlington community association AGM yields new president; Diane Zilkowski replaces outgoing president Josh McJannett, who congratulates community on its teamwork

From   Ottawa West News

By                 Steph Willems

The Carlington Community Association has emerged from an active past year more successful and knowledgeable than ever before.

Last week's annual general meeting provided a forum in which to reflect upon and celebrate recent accomplishments, while also taking care of administrative matters.

With past president Josh Mc-Jannett not seeking re-election, Diane Zilkowski was placed in the top spot following an election from the assembled members. The rest of the executive will consist of familiar faces.

A relatively new addition to the community, Zilkowski recently joined the association and played a large role in formalizing the community's response to the contentious 1110 Fisher Ave. development. Zilkowski put her name forward to the association's nominations committee because she felt the stated values of the association align closely with her own beliefs regarding communities.

"The priorities you have established are what communities are all about," she said, adding since moving to Carlington she's quickly become enamoured with the neighbourhood.

"There's so much energy

and so many incredible people I've met so far," she said.

The formal response to the 1110 Fisher proposal Zilkowski was involved in was a key occurrence in both the community - and community association's - evolution and growth. That six-storey, 42-unit proposal, which would have been adjacent to single-family

homes, brought the contentious issue of intensification and land-use to the community's doorstep. In his president's report, McJannett praised the association's growing membership for raising the bar with their initiatives.

"It's been a great year for the community association," said McJannett. "We've seen tremendous engagement from everyone."

The association's main efforts are directed at creating a greener, safer community, fostering a sense of community and encouraging positive development within its boundaries.

Those goals were met thanks to the hard work of members, said McJannett.

Successful events from

past years were carried over with similar results this time around, while new endeavors, such as the greening committee's community clean-ups and tulip-planting initiative, have brightened up the Carlington streetscape and brought neighbours together. The association's winter carnival, held in Alexander Park (which the association has adopted) was also a hit. On the security front, the association held a graffiti-reporting spree and invited Hintonburg Community Association security committee member Cheryl Parrott to share her knowledge and experience on reducing and reporting neighbourhood crime. The association's membership broke three figures this past year and now stands at

131, with money in the bank to fund the coming year's activities. River Coun. Maria McRae, invited as guest speaker, congratulated the association for its productive year and growing influence in the continuing improvement of the neighbourhood. McRae updated association members on issues related to the area, mainly infrastructure upgrades. Resurfacing is expected to begin soon on Crerar Avenue, between Merivale Road and Fisher.

Residents who asked for onstreet parking to be removed from Fisher will be disappointed, as not enough demand exists at this point. City traffic engineers would argue that parked cars serve to reduce vehicle speed on a given stretch of road, said McRae.


Ottawa West News article on CCA

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

Carlington community gears up for an active year

from Ottawa West News

The Carlington Cup neighbourhood shinny tournament will be back for another year in 2013, just one of the things decided on by the Carlington Community Association at their planning meeting last week.ottawa_west_news

Last winter's Carlington Cup turned out to be such a successful event that it will now be remembered as the inaugural tournament and the action this winter will be focused on the community's focal point, Alexander Park.

With cold weather on its way and rink time not too far behind it, association president Josh McJannett wanted planning to begin early so that everything will be in place once blades hit the ice.

"It was a really cool process last year," he said. "A number of the volunteers from last year are still willing to help out."

The rink draws its volunteers with the help of the Alexander Community Association, which operates in conjunction with the Carlington Community Association. Funding from the city allows for some paid positions at the rink, which serves as an opportunity for local youth who have first aid training.

While planning matters filled the agenda at the Oct. 9 meeting, there was some community association housekeeping to attend to. A recent vacancy on the board has the association looking for an eligible community member to fill the position. Another item the association is moving forward with is its fundraising proposal - a way of financing community events and initiatives. A fundraising committee was struck this past June to discuss ways to make the association more financially stable.

"Our mandate is growing, and membership fees won't be enough," said McJannet.

The committee is leaning towards enticing local business and non-profits into sponsorship arrangements for events, as well as some level of online representation on the association's website, a strategy that has already been carried out by the Hintonburg Community Association.

"I think we've got a good proposition there," said McJannett. "Things are really going in the right direction - I think that's good value to a businessperson."

Specifics on just what that content will look like will be decided by the committee and put forward to the rest of the board membership for approval.

This past weekend, members of the association and a number of volunteers were busy cleaning up Alexander Park as part of their "Greening Carlington" initiative.

In addition to picking up litter on Saturday, Oct. 13, the volunteers planted a number of tulip bulbs to add some colour to gardens during next year's spring thaw.

"We've done a clean-up for a number of years, but this year is different," said board member Sarah Dalle at the planning meeting. "We received a donation of tulips from the NCC in the spring and spent the summer months figuring out where to plant them."

A lengthy list of residential properties, schools and churches will benefit from the bulbs, as will the volunteers, who were each given some bulbs to plant at home.

A final order of business at the planning meeting was an update from the fledgling development committee, headed by Phil Bartlett. As with many other community associations, the Carlington Community Association is ramping up its focus on planning and development matters.

The development committee is working on its mission statement and will monitor rezoning proposals.

The current state of Merivale Road was a main issue at the meeting. Though designated as a Main Street, it is used as a thoroughfare, said Bartlett. He would like to see ways of reducing speed on that stretch discussed.


Fall community kick-off meeting

September 13th, 2012 Comments off

Carlington residents turned out in big numbers to roll up their sleeves and work to make a better community.

We want to extend a huge thanks to the more than 60 Carlington residents who turned out for the CCA's Fall community kick off meeting Tuesday night. Everyone in attendance was invited to provide their input and share their ideas for improving our community through a series of discussion groups.

Residents brought great energy and ideas and contributed their thoughts to building a safer, greener, better community through a broader, more representative community association. We left feeling excited about what we can achieve in the year ahead.

We want YOU to get involved! Send us an email and tell us how you want to help make Carlington a better place to live. We've got great opportunities to roll up your sleeves from tulip planting on October 13th to helping us organize our annual neighbourhood shinny hockey tournament, the Carlington Cup.

We want to hear from you!

P.S.--Our meeting was even profiled on CBC Ottawa! Watch the clip here.