Do you know where this photo was taken? HINT: in your local neighbourhood, Kanata BeaverBrook Community

Over the weekend of April 26 and 27 the Kanata BeaverBrook Community Association is holding a “Get to Know Your Neighborhood Event” using a game known as geocaching. It's like a scavenger hunt but using science. Geocaching and Earth Caching are gaining popularity worldwide allowing citizens to explore the world around them and share their experiences with others.

“It’s our first attempt at running such an activity and we are looking for feedback and interest, says Val Collins, Executive Director of Smart City Science located in Kanata North.”

Geocaching users hide a "treasure", a container holding various items and a log book. Smart City Science is a local company delivering entertaining science education They have modified the activity to allow small children to participate.  “The Beaverbrook community has an amazing network of bicycle paths and we want our community to know them better so we decided to use the geocaching principles in a modified manner with photographs of the seven sites selected. Using observational skills children can identify the selected sites and work with their family as a team. “The main purpose is to get outside and enjoy our community, says Val Collins” and, begin to understand the basic principles of Citizen Science. We’ll be working with local Community Centers to bring more opportunities to explore science in our backyards in the future, promises Val Collins”

There are only two rules. First - if you take an item, you must leave something too. And second - write about your visit in the 'log book'. Everyone who visits this geocaching event will be recognized at the annual Beaverbrook Clean-up Day Picnic.

To participate go to the KBCA website and download the activity onto your smartphones/GPS or print out the activity and take it with you. 

The activity is also posted on www.SMARTCITYSCIENCE.com with links to more information on Geocaching and Earth Caching and how to run your own geocaching event. 

For everyone with a sense of adventure, join the fun!

Find out more about GeoCaching at: www.geocaching.com

Please come Thursday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. to Beaverbrook Community Centre, 2 Beaverbrook Road, for the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association annual meeting.

Free light refreshments.

A slate of both continuing and new leaders of KBCA will be proposed for election. Please welcome and join them in committees -- or  offer to stand for election.

KBCA will update you on a year of community successes and challenges. In the coming year KBCA will expand recreation and other Centre activities and work with our Councilor to shape Beaverbrook development with heritage designation

Business meetings are short, newsy and useful. 

Following annual elections you will receive a short presentation and discussion on siting the new Beaverbrook community mail boxes, and on status of the Centre renovations and marketing activity. Councilor Wilkinson will also update you on coming arrangements for the Beaverbrook heritage conservation district. 

Info? Gary Sealey 613 791 6729 or officers Neil Thomson, Beata Myhill, Hugh Nelson or Jim Shearon or any Board member of KBCA 

The proposed locations of the Canada Post Community Mailboxes (CMBs) have been made available to the KBCA through the City of Ottawa.  We have distilled this information into web-friendly downloadable PDF files for wider review by the community.  You will find maps of Beaverbrook with the proposed CMB locations annotated as well as photographs of each CMB location with annotations to  define the CMB location and posture.  The maps are quite detailed, therefore you may have to zoom in a great deal in order to read the annotations.

Mailbox locations are marked on the following two maps (North and South halves of Beaverbrook K2K region) with red dots and a corresponding 4-digit number reference starting with 4, e.g. 4002:

K2K Beaverbrook Map - North

K2K Beaverbrook Map - South

The proposed installation of each CMB is illustrated on a photograph in the following file.  To find your CMB, look on the map and find your CMB 4xxx number.  Then, look through this file to find the photograph of the proposed installation corresponding to your CMB.

K2K CMB Installation Details

News and welcome to  KBCA update on the Canada Post community mailbox installations at the KBCA AGM Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.

Councilor Marianne Wilkinson has used her offices to get a "power-point presentation" with pictures of the proposed locations of proposed community mail boxes. This unofficial material comes from the City of Ottawa planning section, as Canada Post declined to make it public or to give KBCA a copy.  All of these resources can be found on our website here: Canada Post Community Mailbox Installations.

Please review in advance of KBCA Meeting at 2 Beaverbrook Road Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m.    

We are also asking for more information on which mailboxes serve what list of houses, to answer our basic question, "where is my mail box?" 

Separately, Canada Post has published both a Survey and a Q&A Forum at http://feedback.canadapost.ca    We suggest you go through those online materials.

Please bring your remaining questions and comments to the KBCA  AGM Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. so as to help Councilor Wilkinson clarify further with City Planning.  You may wish to write separately to Hon Gordon Connor our Member of Parliament to get answers to questions you may have now or after the meeting.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (telephone: 613-592-3469)  For reinforcement, you are welcome to send us a copy of your letter as well as to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At the annual general meeting we will also vote on the Budget for KBCA, election and reports of officers and changes to the grouping of Clusters.

Gary Sealey, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.613 270 1119

Volunteer KBCA observer(s) and reporters are invited to the Ecology Ottawa Complete Streets Strategy Forum on March 29, 2014.

Organizers have received RSVPs from over 40 individuals who represent an amazing group of people that are actively working on pedestrian, cycling, transit, safety and health issues across the City of Ottawa. We will be capping participation at 50 people so if you would like to attend please RSVP via the link below as soon as possible.

http://www.ecologyottawa.org/complete_streets_strategy_forum

Additional details: The event will be held in the Indigo Room at Hotel Indigo Ottawa Downtown, located at 123 Metcalfe Street. Registration and coffee will commence at 9:30am and opening remarks will begin at 10:00am. At 10:30 we will begin a panel of 5 city councillors, followed by a question and answer period. We are happy to announce that we have 5 councillors confirmed for the event including David Chernushenko, Keith Egli, Mathieu Fleury, Diane Holmes, and Marianne Wilkinson. Lunch will be served at noon, and at 12:30 we will break into groups for a two hour strategy discussion. The meeting will finish at 2:30, and everyone is welcome to stay until 3:30 for coffee and mingling.

Please contact me if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great event,

Chelsea Bland, Council Watch Coordinator, Ecology Ottawa, Tel: (613) 860 5353

Taggart Group is proposing a companion retirement residence on the same land as the current 8 storey apartment building at 100 Varley Lane.  Below, you can download a document which provides an overview of two variations presented by Taggart; one at 4 storeys and a multi-tiered version with a maximum height of 7 storeys. The differences are largely in building height vs. building and parking footprint.

The intent of this document is to pull together material from the Taggart Group and their building and landscape Architects in one place so that the Community can get an understanding of what is being proposed.

Download the developer proposals here:  DeveloperProposals100VarleyLane-v1.4.pdf