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Guerrilla Gardening

posted Jun 18, 2016, 2:32 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 2:36 AM ]

Dip your toes into activism with guerrilla gardening. This is the ideal job because you can work when you want, for as many hours or minutes as you want, doing what you love, gardening!  Make a positive impact on our community by allowing the native species to dominate and reducing the presence of invasive European Buckthorn. 

  1. A pair of sharp secateurs/clippers
  2. Ability to identify European buckthorn
  3. Work gloves (optional)

If you need help identifying buckthorn, or send Susan an email. 

Pick one bush or more to tackle in the wild areas of our community. Every bit helps! Cut branches off, then simply pile the branches neatly on the side of the road and the City will pick them up during their normal rounds. 

This plant is taking over in parts of our beloved Westboro Beach Community, particularly along Workman Ave. From there it can easily spread to all of our gardens. 

For more information, please contact Susan at

Barefoot Summer Solstice Labyrinth on Westboro Beach

posted Jun 18, 2016, 2:17 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 2:20 AM ]

Thank You from the WBCA to Our Neighbours

posted Jun 18, 2016, 2:09 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 2:09 AM ]

A special thank you to the West Village Church who hosted a free barbeque with carnival games and a bouncy castle at the Roy Duncan Park on June 4. Everything was free of charge as part of the “Big Give” where local churches hosted a day of generosity and giving to their neighbours. Many people in the neighbourhood including many children enjoyed the food and games. Again a big thanks from the Westboro Beach Community Association for choosing to host the event at the Roy Duncan Park.

Greening our community

posted Jun 18, 2016, 2:03 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 2:04 AM ]

Several Westboro Beach gardeners received a lovely gifts on the weekend of gift cards to buy more plants for their gardens from a happy couple celebrating their 25th anniversary. 
“It’s our 25th anniversary and you’re one of the people who we’d like to honour for trying to improve your little corner of the world. We could go to Paris or we could go to Rome but we decided to plant seeds at home. Keep digging in the dirt (or planting something) at least for another 25 years."

New processes to protect Ottawa's trees

posted Jun 18, 2016, 1:42 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 1:43 AM ]

Two new requirements aimed at protecting Ottawa's urban trees took effect on Tuesday, May 24. The changes will affect those doing infill development or removing distinctive trees – any tree with a trunk that is 50 cm or greater in diameter at chest height.

The first change is a new process that aims to protect trees on lots undergoing infill development by identifying potential impacts early in the process. When Building Permit applications for infill development within the greenbelt are submitted to the City, the developer must now include specific Tree Disclosure information and identify whether each tree is to be removed or retained.
For trees protected under City by-laws, the applicant must follow the City's tree protection guidelines and work with an arborist to determine mitigation strategies.

For these infill developments, the applicant is required to pay a refundable deposit of $700 per lot – the average cost to plant and maintain one new tree for a two-year period – to help ensure trees are retained or replaced. The applicant can apply for a refund of the deposit upon the successful retention of the City tree(s) or, after planting a tree to City specifications.

The second change relates to the application process for the Urban Tree Conservation By-law. This By-law, in place since 2009, requires any property owner planning to remove a distinctive tree from private property in the urban area to first apply for a Distinctive Tree Permit. Under the new requirements: 
  • The Arborist Report must be submitted with the City's online template in person at one of seven Client Service Centres.
  • A $100 administrative fee will be incurred for all Distinctive Tree Permit applications.
  • An Arborist Report is not required if a Building Permit application will also be made for a site within the greenbelt because it will be included as part of the Tree Disclosure information.
For detailed information on these changes, visit

New Pedestrian Crossovers

posted Jun 18, 2016, 1:36 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 1:45 AM ]

According to the City of Ottawa:

"On January 1st, 2016, the Highway Traffic Act was revised to include a regulation which identifies a new type of Pedestrian Crossover. Now municipalities can install pedestrian crossovers on low speed, low to medium volume roads.

Pedestrian Crossovers in Ottawa

The City of Ottawa will be installing up to 60 Pedestrian Crossovers each year for the next three years as part of a City Council approved pilot program.  Crossovers will be situated at warranted locations throughout the city, starting in the summer of 2016. In the first year, these locations will include: new crossings where no crossing existed before, retrofitting of existing crossings, and single lane roundabouts.

At roundabouts where Pedestrian Crossovers are being installed, pedestrians will now have the right of way over vehicles.

What is a Pedestrian Crossover?

Pedestrian Crossovers are designated areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross roads where vehicles must yield to pedestrians when crossing. Pedestrian Crossovers are identified by specific signs and pavement markings. In some cases, but not always, they may also have pedestrian activated flashing beacons.

Always watch for pedestrians at these crossings. Pedestrians should make an indication to vehicles that they want to cross and make eye contact with the driver before entering the roadway. At Pedestrian Crossovers equipped with flashing beacons, pedestrians may push a button to make the beacon flash to enhance driver’s awareness that they will be crossing.  Drivers and cyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in the crossover. Once pedestrians have cleared the entire roadway, drivers may proceed with caution. Note also that vehicles must not pass any other vehicle within 30 metres prior to a Pedestrian Crossover.

It is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to understand and follow the rules at Pedestrian Crossovers."

To find out more including the locations of the pedestrian crossovers, click here.

SJAM Winter Trail article in Snow Grooming Magazine

posted Jun 9, 2016, 3:42 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 9, 2016, 3:47 AM ]

Please check out this great article on page 26 of Snow Grooming Magazine about the SJAM Winter Trail!

Westboro Beach Opening 2016

posted Jun 2, 2016, 3:34 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 3:50 AM ]

Saturday, June 18 at 4 PM - 10:30 PM at Westboro Beach

The Westboro Beach Community Association will host a barbeque and bonfire to welcome the summer beach season. The fun starts at 4pm with games for the children followed by a barbeque and then a bonfire with marshmallows.


Games from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

BBQ from 5:00 - 6:00 pm
hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks will be available

Family fun from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Including tug of war, pop/methos geysers, nerf gun target shooting

Bonfire from 8:00 – 10:30 pm
With hot chocolate and marshmallows - Please bring your own mugs to reduce waste

If you'd like to help out please bring some baked goods and/or make a donation to the Westboro Beach Community Association.

Westboro Fuse!

posted Jun 2, 2016, 3:11 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 3:11 AM ]

Westboro Fuse is coming up and we need help. It is our 2nd annual plant sale fundraiser.
When: Sunday, June 12, 2016
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: in front of the Churchill Seniors Centre
If you can donate some plants, please bring them on Sunday June 12th before 10:00 am. If you prefer to before Sunday, you can drop them off at 289 Selby OR 236 Royal
And we need help to staff the plant table. Please contact Catherine at, or 613-729-4217. Thank you.
We will also have an information table on both days of Westboro Fuse – Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th, same time, same location.
The WBCA will have Bob’s book “Early Days in Westboro Beach” for sale, publicity flyer for our Beach Opening BBQ, suggestion sheet for a design of a mural for the underpass to the beach, and a sign-up sheet for our 2017 celebration “Return of the Trocadero”.
Can you help staff the information table? Please contact:
Mari at, or 613-722-5944 and please leave a message.

Plants needed for our Green Gateway!

posted Jun 2, 2016, 3:04 AM by Westboro Beach Community Association   [ updated Jun 2, 2016, 3:04 AM ]

The Green Gateway to our neighbourhood is at the corner of Churchill and Workman.  Last year in phase I, the site was prepared and boulders were donated by Tomlinson Construction.  This year, we would like to add hardy perennials.   If you can share any of the following, please contact us at
We are looking for:
  • Wild Lupine
  • New England aster
  • Canada goldenrod
  • New York aster
  • butterflyweed
  • borage
  • bloody dock

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