This week the issue of lighting in our parks has been brought up due to an unfortunate event at Half Moon Bay Park. The community has made it clear that violence in our community will not be tolerated and we are all thinking about how we can make our parks safer moving forward.
The Half Moon Bay Community Association wants to help find a solution. We're asking members of the community to submit your feedback to email@example.com. We want to hear your safety concerns and ideas; please keep them constructive.
The submissions will be discussed by the HMBCA Board of Directors with the hope of identifying actions items that we can discuss with the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Police.
Everybody deserves to feel safe in their community and we are committed to working with all Half Moon Bay residents to make this happen.
The Half Moon Bay Community Association (HMBCA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the City of Ottawa, in an effort led by HMBCA and City Councillor Jan Harder, has approved an amendment for a rezoning that expands the area where the discharge and use of firearms is not permitted. The boundary has now been extended west to Highway 416 and south to Barnsdale Road. This area includes the developments of Half Moon Bay, The Meadows, and Quinn's Pointe. This change is effective immediately. We thank City Council for their quick attention to this matter.
Today 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
Ward 3 City Councillor
Walter Baker Centre
100 Malvern Drive
Nepean, ON K2J 2G5
Sent by E-Mail
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.
As of today, October 15th, 2014, Carbon Monoxide Detectors are now required in all residences in Ontario near all sleeping areas in residential homes and in the service rooms, and adjacent sleeping areas in multi-residential units. Carbon monoxide alarms can be hardwired, battery-operated or plugged into the wall.
It's important to note that while all new homes built in Half Moon Bay already have these detectors installed, but they may only be hardwired, and therefore, do not have battery back-up protection. For peace of mind it's best to invest in secondary units that have battery back-up built in.