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December 2015

Canada Welcomes Syrian Refugees

The conflict in Syria has forced many ordinary Syrians to have to leave their country. Due to the violence and insecurity in the region, they have been compelled to flee their country and are looking for a new place to call home. Recently, the Government of Canada announced it would resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees. The Governor General has called this initiative a “defining moment” for Canada. In order to make this a success, governments (federal, provincial, municipal), non-governmental organizations and communities need to come together to welcome these refugees. If you are interested in getting involved in welcoming refugees to Canada, there are many ways to help (please note the below is provided for information and does not constitute an endorsement):
#WelcomeRefugees – The Government of Canada’s portal for assisting Syrian refugees coming to Canada.
Syrian Emergency Relief Fund: For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between September 12 and December 31 in response to the conflict in Syria, the government will set aside one dollar in the Syria Emergency Relief Fund.  
Syrian Refugees: How to help - The Government of Ontario’s website for how you can help.
A Helping Hand - City of Ottawa website with links on where you can go to help.
Refugee613613-725-5671 ext. 640 – Ways people in Ottawa can help sponsor, donate, and volunteer.
Helping with Furniture613-612-6228 - A Beacon Hill-based charity delivering furniture and household items to those in need. (also see "Helping With Bikes" below).
Salvation Army Thrift Store, – 2339 Ogilvie Road (Beacon Hill Shopping Centre)

Are you involved in supporting refugees in our community? If so, we’d like to hear from you. Send your information or stories to (


The BHCA Executive would like to thank a departing member for his years of dedication to making Beacon Hill a better place to live, to have fun, and to thrive. Roland has spent over 5 years on the board in various roles, excelling at each, and helping to define them for the future.  He has volunteered hundreds upon hundreds of hours of his time to the community and this association.

He is moving to a new city. 

If you'd like to thank him, please reply to this newsletter and we will forward it to him.

Dear Roland,

Your new community is acquiring a phenomenal resource in you. They are very lucky, as we have been.

We can't thank you enough, Roland.

The BHCA Executive

Rink Supervisors Needed

We are always in need of people to supervise the outdoor rinks. These special individuals are tasked with unlocking the ice shacks, counting skaters once an hour, and calling 911 in an emergency. For these tasks, we give them a $10/hour stipend. We can also sign off on volunteer hours for schooling. If you, or someone you know is interested, please let us know by replying to this email, or going to

  • Minimum 15 years old (no maximum!)
  • Must have a cell phone during their shifts
  • Must have an email address
  • Must be reliable.

The OCDSB Leading By Example

Four high ranking officials of the Ottawa Carleton District School Board have sent a note to Elementary and Secondary Principals and Vice-Principals, and All Managers asking them to support their Single Use Water Bottles and Lug-a-mug Initiative. It reads as follows.

"As we continue to promote the reduction of single use water bottles within our schools, it is imperative that the District leads by example.  In fact several of your schools and divisions have already shown us the way.
"We would like to ask that you show support by eliminating the use of “single use water bottles” wherever possible from meetings, network sessions and events sponsored by the District.  We also suggest that all departments and schools promote a “lug-a-mug” initiative where people supply their own reusable mug or water bottle for these events.  
"When inviting people to District sponsored meetings, network sessions and events, departments and schools could use the following insert as part of the memorandum and/or invitation: 'Morning coffee, tea and water will be provided. Please bring a reusable cup or water bottle.  Note that water bottle filling stations are also available on site.’”


Our AGM will take place January 13th, 2016, at 7PM. Location TBD (announced on our website as soon as one is secured). If you have any issues or positions you'd like to discuss, please contact us immediately.

Light Rail

Some info about closings:

Scam Alert

Scammers pretending to collect donations for Ottawa Police
[From: Fraud in Ottawa]

Ottawa Police are warning the public about a scammer, who is pretending to collect donations on behalf of the Ottawa Police Service.
The fraud unit says the scammer is attempting to get victims' credit card numbers.
Police say they do not solicit donations from the public and are asking victims of the scam to come forward and file a report.
If you would like to make a charitable donation, police suggest going directly to the organization.

11 winter driving tips to keep you safe on Ontario roads


Whether we like it or not, winter is on its way. Some parts of Ontario are already seeing some snowfall. 

On Monday morning, Steven Del Duca, minister of transportation, joined MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris in Halton to ask Ontarians to do everything they can to keep roads safe this winter.

"We are asking all drivers to be our safety partners this winter," Del Duca said. "Help us keep our roads collision-free by preparing your vehicle, by planning your trip ahead and by slowing down in winter conditions."

Del Duca also said MTO has taken steps to improve its communication with motorists this winter with a more informative website and twitter feed.

Here are 11 tips on safe winter driving.

1. Create a 'survival kit'

Your survival kit should include items such as: gloves, booster cables, small shovel, windshield wiper fluid, first aid kit, torch, snow brush, candles, safety vest, water bottles and non-perishable energy foods. 

Put the kit in the trunk of your car 

2. Check weather and road conditions often

Choose the route you'll take ahead of time and check the weather forecast to make sure you know what to expect before you hit the road. 

3. Keep a safe distance behind snow plows

If you find yourself behind a snow plow, maintain a safe distance. Snow plow drivers do not always have the best visibility and can create clouds of snow that can reduce your visibility, as well.

4. If you don't already have them, get winter tires

They provide better traction...



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Recycle Opportunities

We are now all aware of the three R’s to eliminate waste, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, but we might not all be aware of opportunities in our own community that help us to live by them. Helping With Bikes offers us a way to reuse and Bloom MicroTech helps us to recycle.

Helping With Bikes operates out of a shop set up in a storage garage located in Canotek Park. Chris Taylor, a local resident, is the driving force behind a team of bike mechanics who restore donated bicycles to perfect running order for families who cannot afford to buy them. Their work goes on throughout the winter, so if you have a bike or two to donate, please contact Chris at or 613-799-5140.  Helping with Bikes is a project of Helping With Furniture and donations can also be made through it by contacting Spencer Sloan at To learn more about Helping With Bikes and possibly volunteering as a bike mechanic, visit its website at:

Bloom MicroTech on Shefford Road will recycle anything electronic including computers, TVs, radios, laptops, screens, mice, keyboards, printers and clocks. It will even take those questionable computer boards from kitchen appliances. If you have batteries to recycle, Bloom MicroTech will also take them. For store hours visit:

Eco Corner

Plastic bottles constitute close to 50% of recyclable waste in the dumps. The average time taken for plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years and plastic dumped into the sea kills and destroys sea life at an estimated 1,000,000 sea creatures per year!

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