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Post regarding parks and recreation programs available in the Half Moon Bay community area.

Deadline extended – Rink Operators needed!

The HMBCA still has 2 Rink Operator contracts available for this season at the following outdoor rinks:

Rink Operators will be responsible for flooding, snow clearing, and reporting ice conditions to the HMBCA. Water taps, hoses, and shovels will be available at each rink. Operators must be 18 years of age or older (minors can assist, but must wear a helmet and always be accompanied by an adult).

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Tara Shea, Director of Parks & Environment, at

The New HMB Public Elementary School is Now Priority #1 on the OCDSB Capital Priorities List

We are happy to announce that last night our area's School Trustee Donna Blackburn passed a successful motion which has resulted in the proposed new Half Moon Bay Public Elementary School being moved to #1 on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's Capital Priorities List!

What does this mean?

The OCDSB will be submitting this list of top 8 Capital Priorities for 2014-2015 to the Ontario Ministry of Education by October 31. This list identifies the projects that OCDSB is requesting capital funding for. While funding is never guaranteed, with a new HMB school being priority #1, the odds are in our favour. The Ministry's decisions on funding should be announced in Spring 2014. Should the new HMB school receive funding, it could open as early as September 2015. How the Ministry decides which items on the priority list are given funding is publicly unknown, but we believe that they do respect the Board's decision when requesting funding.

The list

Based on last night's vote, the Board's recommended Capital Priorities List is now as follows:

  1. New Half Moon Bay ES
  2. Broadview Avenue PS (rebuild)
  3. West Carleton SS (addition)
  4. New Stittsville SS
  5. A.Y. Jackson SS (addition)
  6. Viscount Alexander PS (addition)
  7. New Avalon II ES
  8. New Findlay Creek ES

Why is the school needed?

The Half Moon Bay community is growing rapidly. By 2016 there will be a total of 6862 homes in our community, with more subdivisions planned for other areas surrounding HMB. Children in HMB who are in the English Public Elementary system are currently being bused outside our community, which is not ideal. This impacts schools such as Barrhaven Public School, Jockvale Public School, and Cedarview Middle School which are all dealing with overcrowding and placement of portables. The overcrowding has resulted in temporary revisions to grade structures and is no doubt delaying the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten at these schools. An English Public Elementary School in Half Moon Bay would mean that our children will be able to stay and learn in our community and release the overcrowding pressure felt throughout Barrhaven schools. Children thrive through educational programs when their travel to school is reduced, parent engagement as volunteers and enrolment in after-school programs increases when community schools are available.

Thank you!

The HMBCA would like to thank our members for their support, Trustee Donna Blackburn for her hard work, and other Trustees who voted for this, for understanding how important this school will be for the Half Moon Bay community, and for Barrhaven as a whole, which is why it deserves to be priority #1 for funding.

HMBCA Media Contact:
Ryan Knuth
Director of Public Relations

An Update on the Campaign for Half Moon Bay Public School

Last week the HMBCA began a campaign to shift Half Moon Bay Public Elementary School to priority number one on the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board's (OCDSB) Capital Priorities List.

Our campaign consisted of a number of different strategies to reach out to the community to become advocates to the OCDSB Trustees through emails, telephone calls and attending the OCDSB Committee of the Whole meeting on October 1st 2013.

We want to thank the community for your passion and support with this endeavor. It was great to receive the support we did in this 6 day campaign.

On October 1st Ryan Knuth, Director of Public Relations attended the OCDSB Committee of the Whole to put forward why Half Moon Bay Public Elementary School should be priority number one for capital funding priorities for next year. Ryan did an amazing job highlighting our concerns why our school should be the number one priority. A portion of the presentation was featured on CBC radio and it presented the community association and Half Moon Bay in the best possible light.

We would also like to thank our public school board Trustee Donna Blackburn for her support, time and energy. Donna moved a motion that would've shifted HMB Public Elementary School to priority number one from it’s current second place. A lively debate followed this motion and after a good ninety minutes the vote took place. Despite her passionate efforts, the motion did not pass. Despite this, we remain as priority number two for capital funding for next year. Donna’s commitment to our community was crystal clear.

What are the next steps? The OCDSB will finalize the capital funding priorities and send the list to the Ontario Ministry of Education by October 31. We are hopeful that HMB Public School will continue to be priority number two given the engagement of community members, HMBCA and the facts and specifics we brought forward at the committee meeting. The final funding decision will be made by the Ministry.

Half Moon Bay is a new and growing community. This campaign was not only an exercise of participating in a process that determines the direction of our community, but was also about building our voice, community member relationships and getting more members involved to become advocates for what we need to thrive.

On behalf of Half Moon Bay Community Association, thank you for your engagement in the campaign. We look forward to working together for our community!

Cambrian Road Widening Environmental Assessment Third and Final Open House – Oct. 3

What: Cambrian Road Widening (Re-Aligned Greenbank Road To Jockvale Road) Class Environmental Assessment Third and Final Open House
When: October 3, 2013, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Stonebridge Golf & Country Club, 68 Hawktree Ridge

Did you know that the City of Ottawa is preparing for the future widening of Cambrian Road from two to four lanes between the future re-alignment of Greenbank Road to Jockvale Road? If not, this is your opportunity to find out more.

The widening project isn't new -- both the previously approved Barrhaven South Community Design Plan, (June 2006) and the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plan (2008) identify widening Cambrian Road from two to four lanes to accommodate future growth in the community.

Why should you attend this Open House?

By attending, you'll learn about how the recommended plan for the Cambrian Road widening has been finalized after all the consultation with stakeholders such as yourselves. As well, you will have the chance to discuss the study with the project team and provide your input for the next steps of the project. This study is being planned in accordance with the requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, 2011, which is an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.

Curious about other City transportation studies in the neighbourhood?

Project Team members for the Re-aligned Greenbank Road and Southwest Transitway extension will be holding their second public open house in conjunction with this open house and presenting their information at 6:00 p.m.

If you have questions about Cambrian Road Widening, please contact the City's project team at

Final Paving of Jockvale and Cambrian Roads Underway

The final paving of Jockvale Road will begin today. The work will occur on Jockvale Road from Riverstone Drive to Cambrian Road, and Cambrian Road from Jockvale Road to Greenbank Road, including the newly constructed two-lane roundabout.

No paving work will begin prior to 9 a.m. to avoid disruption to commuters during peak periods. No paving work will occur on Cambrian Road, between Greenbank Road and Kilbernie/Tucana Road until after 4 p.m. to mitigate any disruptions to the local school.

During the paving of the Jockvale roundabout, traffic will be controlled with the use of flag persons and police, and paving of the roundabout will not start until 9 a.m. All paving work is expected to be completed by September 6, 2013, weather permitting.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Jockvale Road and on Cambrian Road at all times. Motorists can expect delays as there will be lane closures implemented to complete this work.

The Jockvale Road Widening is a $23.975 million project that will see Jockvale Road go from two to four lanes and will see new storm sewers, catch basins, roundabouts and two new bridges over the Jock River built. For more information, visit

This construction is an Ottawa on the Move project. Ottawa on the Move is about keeping our community and economy moving forward through strategic investments in a number of transportation, water, and sewer projects to build a better city and create jobs.

*This content is courtesy of  our city councillor Jan Harder's Facebook Page