Posted by: HamptonIona | December 12, 2017

Iona Park rink building

It’s that time of year again.  WINTER!  And that means that the Iona Park Rink is starting up again.  As always, before we can start flooding, we must trample down the snow to build a base.  Over the years we have determined that tramping around the snow with snowshoes is the best way of building the rink.   Pulling a weighted toboggan also works well.   Dozens of people just running around would also work well.  The City has called for us to start building the rink by December 15 so we must start building the base within the next few days.

As such, we would like to meet one night this week to start building the base.   I would propose that as many of us meet this Wednesday to start building our base.  As always, a number of people bring their children and make a fun evening of it.  Hampton Iona will bring some hot chocolate and Timbits to celebrate winter the Canadian way.   Please let me know if you are available Wednesday evening around 7:00.  If not enough people are available, then we try for Thursday evening instead.

We are also looking for new volunteers to help with the flooding.  If you have never done it before, it is a great opportunity to meet your neighbours while learning a new skill.  And it is easy to do.   We would always pair a new person with someone experienced and in any case, we always recommend that people flood in pairs.  This year, Sjors Reijers, will be assisting in managing the rink.  He will be handling the schedule for flooding.   If you are interested in helping out, please forward your name to us.

Posted by: HamptonIona | December 5, 2017

Petition regarding community newspapers

Communities across Ottawa and Ontario took a big hit recently when Postmedia and Torstar announced they were swapping 32 community newspapers and then shutting them down.

Even as the Competition Bureau of Canada declared it would investigate the transaction, Postmedia and Torstar abruptly shut down some of their newly-acquired holdings, including the Orillia Packet & Times, the storied newspaper from Stephen Leacock’s Sunshine Sketches of Little Town, which had been in publication since 1870.

The remaining newspapers are slated for closure in early January 2018, including the Orleans News, the Ottawa East, South and West News, the Nepean/Barrhaven News and the Kanata Kourier-Standard.

Many residents are decrying the impending erasure of their community voice, and have expressed grave concerns for how community events, issues, development projects and the democratic process – will be shared with residents without their locally-dedicated news source.

In this vein, the Elmvale Acres Community Association (EACA) located in (Ward 18 – Alta Vista) has started a petition calling on the Competition Bureau to intervene in this transaction. Many residents in the ward of Alta Vista have already put their support behind this petition and we have the full support of other community associations in the ward including: Canterbury Community Association, Riverview Park and Alta Vista Community Association. Elmvale Acres is asking other associations to notify their members and to direct them to the petition.

We encourage you to consider signing this petition and share this petition link with your contacts. The petition can be found online at Petition to Stand up for Community Newspapers

Posted by: HamptonIona | October 12, 2017

Hampton Iona Looks 4ward to the Future

Think about the qualities that drew you to live in Hampton Iona. What made this part of Ottawa a place in which you wanted to live, raise a family and retire? How do you feel about the way your neighbourhood is developing now? What concerns you? What excites you? How do we retain the qualities that make this a special part of the city in which to live, while dealing with issues such as intensification and opportunities such as the LRT?

Come and join us on October 18th for a “big picture” conversation concerning the future of our corner of Kitchissippi Ward. With significant new development, infill and changing transportation systems, Hampton Iona and the rest of Kitchissippi Ward will look significantly different in 10 or 20 years. How can we have a voice in what our future will look like? What role can citizens play in designing our neighbourhoods and city; and coping with change? How can we make sure that our social and physical infrastructures keep pace with our population growth?

On October 18 from 7 pm to 9 pm, the Hampton Iona Community Group (HICG) will be holding a public conversation with Councillor Jeff Leiper: Ward 15: Looking 4ward. Facilitated by our own professional facilitator, Ken Hoffman of One World, Ward 15: Looking 4ward will be an opportunity to learn more about what is envisioned by the City of Ottawa for our area, and for us to work in small groups to discuss what is important to us. From population projections to the impact of the LRT on our neighbourhoods, this will be an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the future, the role we can play and that of our community association in helping to make decisions.

While we have all had concerns and complaints about both the impacts and implementation of intensification, we recognize that growth is going to happen. The purpose of this event is to spend a productive evening learning more about how Westboro and Kitchissippi are expected to grow, what are our key issues and how we can better control our future.

For a number of years we have had a Secondary Plan for Westboro and Richmond Road which has sadly not worked the way we intended. On October 18th, we will learn more about what we need to do to get the City to revise our Secondary Plan so that it has teeth and, what our role is in revising the Plan.

Ward15: Looking 4ward will be held in the second floor demonstration kitchen (handicap accessible) at the Loblaws Superstore (Richmond Road and Kirkwood). For details or questions, please contact HIGC at We look forward to seeing you on October 18th.

Posted by: HamptonIona | September 28, 2017

Iona Park Gardening Event

Come to Iona Park to help plant the Yellow World Peace tulip. There will be extra bulbs available for you to take home for your own garden!

Lets spread peace and friendship one tulip at a time!

This Saturday, Sept 30th from 10am till 11.30am.

New Moon Yoga will hold a yoga session so bring your mat.

Coffee, juice and goodies will be available.

Posted by: HamptonIona | September 22, 2017

Time Capsule

The City of Ottawa will be burying a Canada150 time capsule.  You have until Tuesday September 26th to vote on what should be put in the time capsule to represent Kitchissippi Ward.

Go to to make your choice.

Posted by: HamptonIona | August 23, 2017

Westboro FUSE volunteers

On August 26 and 27, the Westboro BIA will be holding its annual street festival FUSE.  They are looking for volunteers to help out.  To register, please go to   This will take you to the BIA’s logistics company’s website, Kamp Operations, and you can sign up there.  Kamp Operations assists with a number of events and festivals throughout the City, so make sure that you select Westboro FUSE.

Posted by: HamptonIona | July 20, 2017

Street reconstructions

The City of Ottawa is planning to do major reconstruction work this summer and next year on Iona, Broadhead and Helena Streets.  This work will also include the closing of the Kirkwood/Iona intersection for two weekends in the summer.  Further information, including the story boards presented at the July public meeting, can be found at

Posted by: HamptonIona | June 13, 2017

Spring Gardening Party

The Hampton Iona Community Group is pleased to invite the community to our first Gardening Party.  Come to Iona Park on Saturday, June 17 (from 10 to 12 am) and help beautify our park as we extend our new flower beds, swap plants with your neighbours and participate in Yoga in the Park.  Free refreshments will be served.

See our flyer for more details.

Posted by: HamptonIona | May 16, 2017

Superstore Development at Planning Committee

The City of Ottawa’s planning committee will be considering the application being made to build a 6 story apartment building at the rear of 190 Richmond Road (the Real Canadian Superstore). The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23. Any residents who want to make their opinion on this development known should either travel to City Hall on that morning or contact members of the planning committee prior to the meeting.

A summary of what is being requested can be found here and a more detailed description of the requested changes along with details about the meeting itself can be found here.

Posted by: HamptonIona | April 5, 2017

Hampton Iona AGM – May 4th

Hampton Iona Community Group Invites the Community to our AGM on May 4th 

On Thursday May 4th at 7:00 pm the Hampton Iona Community Group will be holding our Annual General Meeting in the Community Kitchen (2nd floor) at the Loblaws Superstore on Richmond Road.

Since our last AGM,  Hampton Iona Community Group (HICG) has been active in running our skating rink, hosting our annual winter carnival, spearheading and planning an all-candidates debate for the past Federal election, addressing a number of in-fill projects throughout the neighbourhood and working with the Federation of Citizens’ Associations (FCA) to address common community issues.

As always, we are pleased to be able to operate our community rink in Iona Park and hold our annual winter carnival.  Thanks to our rink volunteers and attendants we have been able to maintain excellent quality ice. This year also saw our park getting a new (used) trailer.   While not apparent in the winter, a group of neighbours also started to plant flowers around the new trailer and we hope to enhance this new garden in 2017.

In Fall 2015, we held one of our best attended all-candidates debate for the federal election.  The debate was organized by a team led by Judith Shane and moderated by Amanda Pfeffer of CBC.

I would like to thank our dedicated board members who have served our community well over the past 18 months:  Marg Hillier, Jen Stelzer, Dan Pascoli, Ken Hoffman, Grant McSheffrey, Judith Shane, Mira Svoboda, Joey Drouin and Ian Thomson. We wish to especially acknowledge Jen, Dan and Marg who are stepping down after several years of service to our community.

Unfortunately, there are many more things that we wished that we could have addressed since our last AGM, but with our volunteer base stretched thin, we have not be able to respond to many of the challenges facing our community.  With several of our members stepping down, we need more people to step forward to take their place. While we have not been able to address some of the larger policy and development issues facing the City and our community, we have been able to make our voice heard through the FCA on these issues.  If we don’t have new volunteers, our ability to address issues will be limited.

From helping to organize our rink and winter carnival and all-candidate debates, to assisting in enhancing our parks to development issues, there is a wide range of issues with which you can get involved.   We are always looking for new ways to engage with the community from developing community gardens, improvements to Iona Park to outreach with our new neighbours in the condos along Richmond Road.  We can only do these things if we have a strong core of engaged volunteers.  Many of you have benefited from the work we have done over the past years, and we hope that some of you will consider joining our board or committees.

Our keynote speaker will be our very own Grant McSheffrey, who recently appeared on the game show Jeopardy! over four nights.  Grant will share his experiences in getting on the show and what it was like to be a winning game show participant.

As per our rules regarding elections, if you are interested in running for an executive position (President, Vice-President, Treasurer or Secretary) we ask that you submit your name to Marg Hillier ( by April 23rd,  5 pm.  Non-executive board members can sign up right until the night of the AGM.  If more than one candidate is nominated we will have an election for that position.  If no one has put their name forward for an executive position in advance, the new board will select from within.  The candidates will be advised after April 23rd if there will be an election for their position.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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