City View Secret Santa Christmas Gift exchange

City View Gift Exchange
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Kidsmas at the Nepean Museum on Rowley Avenue in City View

Saturdays, December 5, 12, and 19
10:15 am to 3:15 pm

Celebrate the festive season with the kids in your household at Nepean Museum! The museum has been transformed with holiday décor and we have family-friendly activities for you to enjoy. Book a time slot for your household and enjoy the museum to yourself as you help your little ones build their own early-settler toy, craft their own holly jolly holiday card, and decorate a nature-inspired tree ornament. Strike a pose in front of our cozy, Christmas cabin backdrop to capture a souvenir of your visit.

Cost: $34 per household (up to 10 people per household). Registration is required.

For more information and registration go to   https://ottawa.ca/en/arts-heritage-and-events/museums-and-historic-sites/nepean-museum

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City View Seniors Group

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2020 – Halloween Pictures!

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2020 City View Halloween

To everyone who is going to be part of the 2020 City View Halloween .

Here are the details:

If you haven’t registered already please do so A.S.A.P to help with our planning.

Part 1 – PUMPKIN CARVING

  • Halloween would not be Halloween without carving a pumpkin. We are asking that you carve a pumpkin and bring it down to 16 Withrow (St Helens Place – to the side of the house – up by the ramp) between 10-12 on Saturday morning, Oct 31, 2020, to show us your amazing creations and to help us decorate for the event! 
  • When parents drop off the pumpkin we will give you your clues for the scavenger hunt. After the end of the scavenger hunt,  you can pick up your pumpkin. You may want to light it up during Halloween evening. . 
  • Each pumpkin will get a ballot for the prize draws.

Part 2 – COSTUME ZOOM PARTY

  • At 2 pm you will go to the zoom link that we will send you next week.
  • Each family will have the opportunity to show off their costumes. Try and make it special for your family and all those watching. You can put a fun Halloween background on zoom if you would like! Have fun with this!
  • Each costume will get a ballot for the prize draw.

Part 3: SCAVENGER HUNT

  • If you choose to participate in this event, it is an opportunity to get the children out for some fresh air! Please let us know so we can get your clue package together.
  • You must follow the instructions/clues that you received when you dropped off your pumpkin. No peeking until we start the hunt! 
  • While the kids are outside we will be following the guidelines of the red pumpkin project AND EXPECT PARENTS TO HELP WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING. We will have someone at each checkpoint to help ensure distancing is practiced. 

https://www.madewithnestle.ca/red-pumpkin-project

  • After all the clues are collected, you will end up back at 16 Withrow. Here, the kids will each get a bag of treats and can pick up their pumpkins. Any prizes from the draw will be handed out at this time. The draw will be done while the scavenger hunt is in progress. These prizes are courtesy of our Councillors office.

Please drop off donations for the treat bags to the decorated Halloween box on the porch at 16 Withrow, anytime before friday. That will give us time to make up bags. If anyone is interested in helping in any way, please let us know.  We are looking for three people to dress up and help at a checkpoint. THANKS ALL!! LET’S HAVE A GREAT TIME!!

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2020 City View Halloween Costume Party and Treasure Hunt.

Please send email with the subject “Halloween” to participate:

cityviewassociation@gmail.com

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COVID-19 – your community is ready to help

How can we help…

We know that these times can be tough for our City View residents. Please reach out to each other should you need assistance or can provide assistance over the coming weeks. Some residents do not have internet access, so please share this message.

The City View Community Association will help you to get assistance if you are in self isolation and need help getting groceries, walking your pets, or picking up medication. You can reach out directly by e-mail at cityviewassociation@gmail.com or call Joan Clark 613 228-1619, Nancy Wilson 613 314-6555 or Jill Prot 613 226-1559. 

Also, if you are available to help your neighbours please contact us.

These are difficult times, but we know our City View community is strong and we will get through this together. Please take care and know that our community is here to help those that need the help.

Our facebook page has some activities for small ones who are stuck at home, fun for the kids.

Stay Safe and take care!

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Kilmorie Levy vote results

The results are in for the Kilmorie/21 Withrow Levy vote:
YES      199
NO        1298
Blank         7
Spoiled   12

Many of us who have worked hard for this are of course disappointed to see this result.  However we would still like to hear constructive input from anyone, regardless of how you voted.   Do you still feel the need for wooded parkland within the community?  How should revenue collected from infill be used?  Would you still want a community centre, as many other communities have?  

Note that comments on this site are disabled due to spam, but comments are always welcome to our community association email: cityviewassociation@gmail.com


It seems we may have lost our final opportunity to save this pristine heritage property and urban forest. Wouldn’t it have been nice to have owned this 2.2 acres with its 175 yr old stone house and 100 plus mature trees?  


But let’s move forward as a community, and perhaps there will be a future opportunity to create a park and community centre.

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The Kilmorie Levy Vote — Frequently Asked Questions:

For several years The Kilmorie Heritage Society (KHS), has been looking for a way to protect this special property at 21 Withrow Avenue. We have also been lobbying the City of Ottawa (City) officials and Councillors for City funds towards this project, to no avail.  In late January, City officials met with KHS and advised that they would be prepared to hold a vote seeking approval for a special levy for the communities to purchase the property. The actual vote on the levy would be administered by the City between February 24 to March 13, 2020 and would be limited to one vote per household.

The City calculated what they considered the costs for purchase and maintenance of the property and determined what amount property owners would be required to pay, if they choose to purchase it.  City staff prepared a report for the the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) for approval and this report was then forwarded to Ottawa Council and approved at its February 12, 2012 meeting. 

A summary can be found on this link:

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/21-withrow-avenue-kilmorie-house-community-levy-vote

The Kilmorie Heritage Society arranged for a mail-out to all residences, with the help and support of our local MPP, Jeremy Roberts to publicize a public meeting to be held  February 6, 2020. 

Members of the KHS acquired additional publicity – including the Ottawa Citizen, CBC, CFRA and CTV.

Based on the community feedback that we are receiving we have compiled a list of FAQs regarding the proposed levy. 

Stay tuned for more answers to your questions as we continue to receive feedback.

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1) Why is the levy amount so high?

The City indicated that an average home in our area is valued at $400k, according to the MPAC. MPAC property assessments are used to calculate property taxes. To calculate the levy amount, the City of Ottawa uses the property evaluations for all houses, and also includes residential and commercial developments.  On average, the levy would increase property taxes by $13.32  a month. The KHS is asking the City to provide further information on the MPAC values for the commercial properties to ensure the initial calculations are accurate. MPAC assessments are public information. 

2) Will the levy amounts change?

The City has noted  – “Should the levy values prove to be insufficient or too high, staff will report back to City Council and request that the special area levy be adjusted accordingly.”

In fact, the KHS anticipates that the levy amount or duration will decrease. There are many grants available through all levels of government and we will actively pursue them.  Although we did apply for some, we were rejected because we did not yet own the facility. We have received positive support from our provincial and federal representatives. 

We have also received some donations from interested Ottawa citizens and organizations and will continue to pursue additional funding, throughout the levy period.

The City is still collecting ‘Cash-in-lieu of Parkland’ fees when development occurs and allocates 40% of these funds to the Ward and 60% to city-wide projects.  Our Councillor Rick Chiarelli has agreed to allocate some Ward cash-in-lieu to this project. He will also help us lobby for allocation of some of the City wide funds towards this project. This cash- in-lieu program is scheduled to end January 1, 2021, and collected funds may have to be dispersed. Perhaps we could be benefactor in this dispersal.

KHS has also received a number of ‘in kind’ donations. These include personal commitments from citizens to donate time and/or expertise to maintain the property. These donations will help to offset the City’s expenses at a much lower rate.

3) Why were Crestview/Meadowlands and Ryan Farm included in the catchment area?

To minimize the effects of the levy for all residents it was decided to create a catchment area that would include the extensive local commercial properties on Merivale Road and Woodroffe Avenue. Since commercial property taxes are much higher and tax rates are nearly double the residential rate, it was hoped that the burden on all residents would be reduced. The KHS was unaware of what the individual levy amounts would be until just prior to the City staff report to the FEDCO, in February.

There is a close association between the Ryan Farm, City View and Crestview/Meadowlands communities. Since both City View elementary schools were closed, our children attend schools across Meadowlands Drive, and we are all friends. We lobbied to support the reconstruction of Crestview outdoor pool, and to preserve the NCC lands to the south – as we consider these communities as part of our neighbourhood.

City View, Crestview/Meadowlands and Ryan Farm share many of the same issues – Merivale Road,  boarding houses, student parking on our streets, traffic and speeding, extensive infills and intensification, cut-thru traffic and lack of a community building.

Unlike other communities in Ottawa, there is no community centre anywhere in the catchment area for meetings or programs for our children, adults and seniors – no place for residents to come together. We also lack a community paper and communication.  

4) Why is it important to vote YES?  

All residents should take the time to visit 21 Withrow Avenue to experience the special feeling that this property exudes. The grounds and historic stone house are very unique. With this property, residents will acquire BOTH a beautiful passive 2-acre park and also a valuable historic building for their community centre.  

By acquiring ownership or control, our Communities will be able to ensure that this pristine property will remain as green space. If the City of Ottawa does not have assurance that the Communities are prepared to provide the necessary funding for the acquisition of this property, the developer will remove over 100 mature trees and replace these trees and the beautiful gardens with an 13-house private subdivision development.  These grounds are one of the few green spaces left in our area that can be preserved. Once it is gone, it can never be replaced!

This is an important issue for the entire area (not just residents in the immediate proximity to this property.) Our communities have been encroached and eroded by expanding commercial and high-rise development along the Merivale Strip. Algonquin College has rapidly expanded to encompass its entire property with buildings and parking lots. New developments are planned at Merivale Mall and St. Julian of Norwich (old St. Richard’s) church. We cannot afford to lose any more green space in the heart of our community. As the density and traffic in our communities increases due to intensification and infill development, permanent protection of this property will guarantee much needed green space. It will protect some quality of life for current resident families and for generations to come.  

The benefits of green space are well documented and far-reaching. Proximity to green space benefits our mental and physical well-being. Green spaces help reduce pollution and provide habitat for wildlife.  Yet, our Merivale sector has been identified in City reports as deficient in green space, and well below the provincial standards of 2 ha. per 1,000 residents and City of Ottawa targets of 4 ha. per 1,000 residents.  

This catchment area is locked between major roads and vehicular routes, pavement and parking lots and extensive commercial development.  The trees on this property help to mitigate the effects of the extensive traffic in our area by reducing the overall concentration of greenhouse gases.  A tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, and can sequester one ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old. If these 100+ mature trees are removed over 4,800 pounds of carbon dioxide per year will not be absorbed. 

Trees also clean the air by removing particulates.  They contribute to our environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. 

5) What will the house be used for?

This home has so much cultural heritage and history that it should be preserved for our enjoyment and for future generations. It was built in 1842 for William Scott, and is one of Ottawa’s oldest surviving stone houses. 

Also, a renowned Confederation poet, William Wilfred Campbell, lived there in the early 1900’s and he named it “Kilmorie”. The Poets Pathway has put a plaque on Colonnade Road near Campbell’s beloved Kilmorie, that details one of his poems, ‘Down the Merivale Road’. 

The farm was eventually divided into roads and garden lots in 1913 and today, the house sits on only 2.1 acres of land. It was bought in1951 by Dr. J David Roger, a well known cardiologist/internist and radiologist. Dr. Roger and his family lived there for over 60 years.

The house, with all its grandeur, will be used as a Community Centre for residents of City View, Crestview/Meadowlands and Ryan Farm.  Every resident will become a member. Members will have special privileges and discounted prices for events held on Kilmorie Estates.

6) What are the benefits of Kilmorie?

  • Save a piece of Ottawa’s heritage, Canada’s heritage
  • Gain a park and gardens, access to nature and peace
  • Gain a Community Centre with welcome, room, and events
  • Gain a meeting place
  • Gain meeting rooms for our communities
  • Gain a library
  • Enjoy and/or work in heritage gardens
  • Contribute to Community Centre planning
  • Add to the monetary value of your home
  • Add lustre and dignity to Ottawa’s arts
  • Involve Algonquin students
  • Involve new Indigenous programmes

7) What is the Kilmorie Heritage Society (KHS)?

KHS is a not-for-profit organization.  It was incorporated in March 2019. It has an Executive Board of eight members. Its Executive Members include citizens from around Ottawa and representatives from the Poet’s Pathway, Heritage Ottawa and the City View Community Association.

KHS was formed when it was realized that interest and importance in the preservation of Kilmorie went well beyond the immediate area and saving it would benefit the entire City, and, because of its historical importance, the entire Country.

The purpose of the organization is the acquisition and preservation of Kilmorie Heritage Estate, located at 21 Withrow Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Kilmorie Heritage Society will manage and operate Kilmorie Estate in agreement with the City of Ottawa.  Community members’ input and suggestions will be welcomed.

8) Important Facts

  • When a Special Levy is used, the City of Ottawa must buy the land and thus own it
  • The Kilmorie Heritage Society will manage it.  They will seek input from the residents, if the levy is successful and approved
  • All residents will naturally become members and the heritage house will be OUR community centre.
  • The rental of facilities to outside people/agencies would produce some revenue.  
  • Any additional building in this area, (such as infill and new businesses on the west side of Merivale etc.) will decrease the debt of the levy.
  • If the debt is decreased through grants, revenue donations, or the addition of more taxable properties, the levy amount per household will be adjusted.
  • Commercial properties in this catchment are contributing to the cost.  They pay a higher rate than the residential properties
  • The Operating Levy is the projected cost of running the house as a community centre.  However, there have been no actual contracts or arrangements worked out with the City.  We need to own this property before we can present a Business Plan. This levy should be decreased through revenue opportunities.
  • The Provincial and Federal Governments have many different grants to bring a dwelling up to City standards for public use and for the Arts.  There are also heritage grants. And the City of Ottawa has Arts grants and community grants. Again, these cannot be accessed until the property is purchased.
  • Jeremy Roberts, our MPP, has shared his support.  Our MP, Anita Vandenbeld, has been very enthusiastic with her support and has also looked into grants for us.  Again, the City must own it.
  • The vision and ideas for programs and events that all may enjoy are numerous.
  • We have been working with the Nepean, Rideau & Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) situated in Emerald Plaza.  They have many grants, especially focused on seniors. To access this partnership, we need a place to run these government sponsored programs.  We understand that this levy will be a financial burden for many, but we hope that the benefits of a community centre and access to resources will alleviate some of the burden. We will work tirelessly to bring down your costs. 

Please send any more questions to: cityviewassociation@gmail.com

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21 Withrow Avenue, Kilmorie House – Community levy vote

Residents of City View and surrounding neighborhoods will soon receive ballots in their mail. Please follow this link to the Ottawa City website that provides detailed information on the levy and the vote:

21 Withrow Avenue, Kilmorie House – Community levy vote (Links to City site)

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