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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,


Have a pool? New City of Ottawa rules are now in effect

The City of Ottawa’s new backyard pool safety rules are now in effect.

The new rules are contained in a By-law passed by Council earlier this year (Pool Enclosure By-law No. 2013-39).

Under the By-law, all pool owners must now ensure pool enclosure gates are self-closing, self-latching and locked at all times, except when the pool area is in use.

Existing pool enclosures installed with a permit remain compliant, but must be locked when the pool area is not in use. All new and replacement pool enclosures must comply with the new By-law.

The By-law has also updated fencing requirements for pools (including wading pools), hot tubs and fish ponds.

Requirements vary, so pool owners and prospective pool owners are encouraged to review the changes at

Throughout the spring and summer, the City and its partners will be informing the public about water safety and reminding residents to always keep children within arms’ reach around and in the water. The City of Ottawa will be inspecting pool enclosures in some neighbourhoods this summer to advise residents about the requirements of the new By-law.

For more information on water safety, visit

Content courtesy of City Councillor Jan Harder at