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September 2014

Back to SchoolBy now everyone is back into the swing of things and schedules are being molded. We at the BHCA would like to wish every student a great year, and to every parent: sanity.

All Candidates MeetingAs we do every election, we are holding an all candidates meeting and debate.
When: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Time: Doors open 6:30pm, Meeting start 7pm (arrive early to sign up for BHCA membership)
Where: Colonel By Secondary School 2381 Ogilvie rd.
Please submit all questions to
The format is as follows:

  1. Welcome message and rules
  2. Trustees - 90 seconds introductory speech each
  3. Trustees - 2 pre-selected questions with 60 seconds per candidate each to respond.
  4. Trustees - 30 second follow-up after each candidate has answered
  5. Councillor - 90 seconds introductory speech each
  6. Councillor - 5 pre-selected questions with 60 seconds per candidate each to respond.
  7. Councillor - 30 second follow-up after each candidate has answered
If there is remaining time between the end of these questions and 9:30pm, we will add in more pre-selected questions.

The order will be determined at random by drawing numbers from a hat at the event immediately prior to the meeting.

Pre-selected questions will be chosen from among the submitted questions from the form at the link below, as well as others that the BHCA executive choose.

Submit a Question

Fresh, Healthy, Affordable Food for AllAs one of over 100 Good Food Box initiatives across Canada, Ottawa’s program was established in 1996 to help enable fresh produce to reach more people at affordable prices. The program’s principal sponsor is the Centretown Community Health Centre and is funded by the City of Ottawa.

Working like a no membership, wholesale buying club, customers can place an order and pay for five types of boxes either online or through a site volunteer. 

With prices ranging from $5 for a fruit bag to $25 for an organic box, customers can enjoy wholesale savings of 30-40%. Staples are included such as carrots, onions, and apples, as well as seasonal produce, such as green beans or strawberries. A helpful newsletter is also provided with recipes, cooking tips, and nutritional information. As a Savour Ottawa member, the Good Food Box sources produce from local farmers whenever possible, along with healthy fruits and vegetables not available nearby. Customers can enjoy a selection which changes each month to reflect the season and at times have the opportunity try new foods.

The Good Food Box is a community-based initiative, supported by over 100 volunteers, which helps to keep the boxes affordable, and fulfills another important Good Food Box goal of bringing people together to help one and other.

The Beacon Hill community can currently access this program through the Eastern Ottawa Community Centre, by calling (613) 741-6025 ext 109. The Good Food Box will establish a new site anywhere with at least ten interested customers, and one person willing to act as a site coordinator.

For more information about the Good Food Box please visit our website at  or call 613-860-6767.

Le Phare Elementary School Needs Your HelpLe Phare Elementary School is presently undergoing a major renovation project for their Senior Kindergarten Play Yard.  Over the summer they lost their Play Structure because it was deemed unsafe for children to play on.  The currently fenced in Senior Kindergarten yard has no structure, or any play ground equipment at all.  The School Council has been fundraising for this, however there is still a current need of $5000 to complete the project.  The Children, Council and Community who use the structure will all be very grateful for any donation, of any size.  Tax receipts will be issued, and donations of $250 or more are being recognized on the yard plaque. Thank you for your continued support of our schools, and community!  Any questions or donations can be made through Julie Morris, Le Phare Elementary School Principal, 1965 Naskapi Drive, 613-744-2597.  PayPal can also be used for convenience through the BHCA. [CLICK HERE FOR PAYPAL DONATION]

The Hidden Benefits of Talking to StrangersHere is a very interesting article that can make our lives fuller and richer:

"Did you sleep well?" "No, I made a couple of mistakes." -- Steven Wright


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