The days are only getting longer as winter slowly starts to leave us! We just had our annual Winter Carnival last weekend and a good time was had by all. The weather only partly behaved, giving us enough snow for the horse-drawn sleigh and snowmen, but not enough cold for the ice rinks to be open. But there was plenty to do both inside and out, it was great to see so many people attend! Mayor Jim Watson, our City Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, and our MP Anita Vandenbeld all dropped by at various times to say hello. Check out some photos here!
A big thank you to all the volunteers that made it happen and to the Scouts for running the games and the canteen again. And, of course, a big thank you to our sponsors whose generous donations made this event possible: (Patti Brown – RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Group; Ana Ideias – Coldwell Banker First Ottawa Realty Brokerage; Dr. Barbara Rodwin – Back to Health Wellness Centre; McGregor Quality Painting; Ralph and Sons Diner; Canadian Tire Bells Corners; and the Ottawa Senators.
The annual curling bonspiel at the Lakeview rink took place on Saturday, January 25. This event and the upcoming Harbour Harvest ice fishing derby on February 16 are two popular winter activities run independently of the CBLCA by local residents. We are truly lucky to live in such an active community!
The Maki rinks have been maintained and operated for the last few years by Grant Millar, who was also CBLCA’s Parks and Rec Chair for quite some time. Grant has informed us that after years of service he is ready to hand over the duties to a new rink supervisor. If anybody in the community wants to take on this paid position, please contact the CBLCA Parks and Rec chair (CBCLApartksandrec@gmail.com). While Grant will finish off the year, it would idea for someone to come forward now and shadow Grant for a few weeks to learn the ropes. This is a great opportunity to stay active outdoors, meet some neighbours and give back to the community. Thank you, Grant, for all your hard work for the community over the years!
As we wait out the rest of the winter, CBLCA will continue to advocate for the community regarding the LRT2 project, the upgrades to Lakeview park, the evolving situation at DND headquarters at Carling, and many other issues that affect our community. As always, our door is open to new ideas and topics that you think may be of interest to the community.