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HMBCA requests quick action to update Hunting Regulations in our community

hunting-regulations-mapToday the HMBCA sent a letter to City Councillor Jan Harder asking for quick action to update the Hunting Regulations in and around our community.

Late last week a stray long gun bullet was discovered in a home on the Western edge of Half Moon Bay. While the Ottawa Police investigation continues, the HMBCA raised the question of if, or why, rifles can be discharged in the areas surrounding Half Moon Bay. It has since been discovered that the Schedule 1, Ward 3, Plan 1 “Discharge of Firearms Not Permitted” map has not been modified since May 31st 2002. As our community was built much later than 2002, we are not within the "Discharge of Firearms Not Permitted" area.

Please read our letter to Councillor Harder below:

February 11, 2015

Jan Harder
Ward 3 City Councillor
Ward Office
Walter Baker Centre
100 Malvern Drive
Nepean, ON K2J 2G5

Sent by E-Mail

Dear Jan,

As you are well aware a stray bullet from a long gun entered a home in our community of Half Moon Bay. The Community Association would like to thank you for your ongoing communication with our representative in sharing information about the investigation.

As you can imagine our community is quite shaken by the matter. Many of the residents in the Half Moon Bay Community Association catchment area reside in our community because we are closer to trails, the Jock River and enjoy an outdoor lifestyle where we are very close to amenities but also have a sense of nature. We are a growing community with the expectations to double in size and the next 3-5 years with many young families.

We are most alarmed at Schedule 1, Ward 3, Plan 1 “Discharge of Firearms Not Permitted” map has not been modified since May 31st 2002. Our entire community spanning from the north/south boundaries of the Jock River to Barnsdale Rd and the east/west boundaries of Greenback Rd to Cedarview Dr is impacted.

We would like to thank you for your public response to the matter at hand and your commitment to work toward a resolution and change the Firearms Boundaries for our community. We would like to extend our support to expedite this process in any way possible. We have an engaged membership who have mobilized in the past to advocate for schools to be established in our community, and given the seriousness of this matter, our expectation is they would rally for this amendment to be accelerated.

We look forward to working with you on this matter, appreciate the ongoing communication and will wait to hear about next steps from your office.

Kind regards,


Event Announcement: Family Day in Half Moon Bay, presented by Boston Pizza Barrhaven

What: Skating, hot chocolate, pizza samples, winter activities
When: Monday, February 16th, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: River Run Park

boston-pizza-barrhavenOn Family Day, Monday, February 16th, the HMBCA and Boston Pizza Barrhaven invite you to River Run Park for a couple of hours of skating, hot chocolate, pizza samples and other winter activities!

As with all of our events we will be collecting non-perishable food for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

See you there!

Greenbank Road Widening (Malvern to Strandherd) Detour

Heads up drivers!

Greenbank Road between Berrigan and Malvern will be closed from 11pm Saturday February 7 to 1pm Sunday February 8 as they complete and open the detour road that will be in place for a couple of years.

This detour road is located adjacent to existing Greenbank over the VIA tracks as the city begins construction of an underpass as part of the Greenbank Road widening project.

Learn more information about the Greenbank Road widening project on the City of Ottawa's website.

City of Ottawa Snow Removal Plan

Ever wonder when your street will be plowed after a winter snow storm? The City of Ottawa has provided this great infographic demonstrating their plan.

Note that most residential side streets are not plowed until 10-16 hours after the beginning of snow accumulation. While the overnight parking ban is in effect from 1am-7am, this sometimes means that the majority of our streets are not plowed within the parking ban hours.

Please be courteous to your neighbours and try to keep your vehicles off the streets until plowing has been completed.

City of Ottawa's Snow Removal Plan


Event Announcement: HMBCA Winter Blast 2015

hmbca-winterblast-2015-logoWhen: Saturday, January 24th, 2015, 12:00pm-3pm
Where: Minto Recreation Complex

This year we're moving the party indoors to the brand new Minto Recreation Complex!

Enjoy free skating from 12:15pm to 2:15pm and join us upstairs in the Cambrian Room from 12:00pm to 3:00pm for refreshments, and activities for the kids.

As with all of our events the HMBCA will be collecting non-perishable food for the Barrhaven Food Cupboard.

Please note that the Minto Recreation Complex limits the number of skaters on the ice at one time. MRC staff will help keep track of capacity.

See you there!

Refreshments and door prizes generously provided by:


Jan Harder - City of Ottawa Councillor