Once again City Councillor Jan Harder is holding her Spring Open House tonight in the Upper Concourse of the Walter Baker Centre from 5pm to 7:30pm. The HMBCA will have a table set up, come say hi!
Representatives from many city departments will be on hand to chat or hear your concerns, as well as the Ottawa Carleton Disctrict School Board and Trustee Donna Blackburn who will be showing off the design of the new Half Moon Bay Public School slated to open in Fall 2016.
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.
This Saturday, November 29th at 10am, the Minto Recreation Complex will officially open its doors!
A ribbon cutting will take place at the back entrance of the building at 10 a.m., and is open to the public. At the event, residents will have the opportunity to register for programs to be offered at the facility in the winter of 2015, enjoy a complimentary skate from 10:45am to 2pm, take a tour of the pool, meeting rooms and fitness rooms, and try out different sports in the gymnasium.
In 2006 when we were planning your community I knew it would be special. In fact we passed the Barrhaven South Community Design Plan with all the components. Here are a few items we've worked on over the years:
New Minto Recreation Complex opening November 29 – it’s amazing!
Beautiful Half Moon Bay Park
Finally Regatta paving
River Run exit to Greenbank
Crossing guard for St Cecilia School
Advanced Jockvale widening with 2 bridges and roundabout plus Jockvale east in phase 1
Greenbank realignment phase 1
Zoned Business park for 7,000 high end jobs/more people will love to live in Barrhaven
Connecting pathways and cycling lanes
No expansion to Trail Road landfill
Working on Barnsdale interchange
I work hard for you everyday, I’d be honoured to have your support on Oct 27 to continue building a great Half Moon Bay and Barrhaven!