Posted by: HamptonIona | February 23, 2023

Elmdale Bookfest- Happening Friday & Saturday

Elmdale Public School is having their annual Bookfest tomorrow and Saturday. This is one of, if not the largest, used book sales in the ward. Please see details on the poster below.

Posted by: HamptonIona | January 9, 2023

Iona Park Rink

  1. While we have a group of dedicated volunteers, unfortunately the weather has not co-operated with us this year in getting our rink built.  While we were off to a good start after Christmas, the warm weather until this past weekend set us back.  We have started to flood again, but unfortunately, the City of Ottawa has restarted work on the new umbrella tables which will delay our flooding again by a few days.  While the work crew is in the park with their trucks we are not able to flood.   It takes about 15-18 floods to get a smooth ice surface.  While we like to get several floods done in a day, this is dependent on weather, volunteers and other’s using the park.   If you wish to help out, please forward your name to Hampton Iona Community Group and we will add your name to our list of volunteers.
  1. Like to skate or play hockey?  Looking to make a bit of money on evenings and weekends?  The Hampton Iona Community Group is looking to hire a couple of rink attendants for this winter’s rink season for our rink at Iona Park.  These positions are ideally suited for local high school or university students. This job involves supervising and helping to maintain the rink during the rink season.  Maintenance includes keeping the ice surface clear of snow and flooding the rink as required.  You have to be comfortable working on your own, typically for 5-10 hours per week depending on the number of attendants we have.  Pay will be minimum wage.  Any applicant over 18 will have to get a police check.  Please contact us immediately if you are interested or know someone who might be.
Posted by: HamptonIona | November 24, 2022

Hampton Iona Community Updates

The following are a few updates for our community:

  1. Bill 23 – Councillor Leiper will be having a Zoom question and answer session on November 23 at 7:00 pm to discuss the province’s proposed Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster.  This bill, if passed, will have significant impacts, including on what can be built where, the amount of money that can be raised through development charges on new construction (both infill and greenfield) and the ability to preserve wetlands.   More information on the session and the Zoom link can be found at Q&A Webinar: Bill 23 and changes to Ottawa city planning | Kitchissippi Ward.
  2. 114 Richmond Road – Ashcroft has resubmitted a Site Plan control application for 114 Richmond Road.  The city has indicated that the resubmission is very similar to the original application but has not pointed out the differences.  We have approached Councillor Leiper’s office for a better understanding of what has changed and for an update on construction of the proposed tower behind the convent and the rehabilitation of the convent.  A link to the site plan control application can be found at and by searching the address (114 Richmond Road) or the file number (D07-12-18-0080).
  3. New Parkette – 375 Byron Avenue – As part of the final development of the Loblaws site, a new parkette will be built to the west of the apartment block currently under construction.  The City is seeking input on the design of the parkette until November 30.  More information can be found at 375 Byron Avenue New Parkette | Engage Ottawa
  4. 2022/2023 Rink Season – We are currently in discussion with the City of Ottawa with respect to the signing of the rink contract for Iona Park.  We have traditionally operated our rink with a mix of volunteers and paid supervision staff.  During the past two years we did not open the trailer due to COVID, but currently the City is looking for the rinks to be operated as normal (i.e.: prior to the 2020/21 skating season).  At this time, we are looking for 1) new volunteers to help build and maintain the rink; and 2) paid attendants to supervise the rink.  We are required to provide 20 hours/week of supervision and we have traditionally hired local students for this role.  If you are interested in either volunteering for the rink or are interested in a part time job as a rink attendant please contact Lorne Cutler at   We are also in the process of purchasing a new snow blower and expect to do so once the contract is signed.   Unfortunately, we have lost our beloved gazebo and the City has not yet installed the new umbrella tables.
Posted by: HamptonIona | October 16, 2022

Ottawa Mayoral Debate Reminder

REMINDER: A Mayoral Debate, for the 2022 Ottawa Municipal Election, takes place on Monday evening, October 17th starting at 7:00 pm at the Horticulture building.  The debate is co-sponsored by a number of local community associations.

For those wanting to watch the debate virtually tomorrow evening, there are two options:

  1. The Rogers live-streaming link:  
  1. There is also a youtube link:
Posted by: HamptonIona | October 8, 2022

Ottawa Mayoral Debate

Please see poster below for Mayoral debate hosted by the Glebe Community Association with a link to register for the event.

Posted by: HamptonIona | September 11, 2022

Iona Park Construction

The City has notified us that construction for Iona Park, relating to replacing the gazebo with umbrella tables and adding new site furniture, is commencing this week. Safety fencing has been installed, demolition to commence next week. Work is expected to continue until the end of October, 2022.

Posted by: HamptonIona | August 15, 2022

Mayoral Debate and Crossing Guards

  1. Municipal Election Debates
  1. Cross Walk Guards

Be part of the community – Become a Crossing Guard!

Join the Ottawa Safety Council’s (OSC) dedicated, community-minded team of Adult Crossing Guards!

Great reasons to join the OSC’s crossing guard team:

  • Make a real difference in your own community!
  • Get to know your neighbours
  • Help local families
  • Become a trusted face in your neck of the woods
  • Enjoy supplementary income and perks

Being a Crossing Guard provides a meaningful employment opportunity that puts a smile on everyone’s face.

Interested in learning more? Get all the details on becoming a crossing guard from our website at or contact Stephanie at

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Seven candidates debate issues relevant to the upcoming June 2nd Provincial Election. Organized by ten Community Associations in the west end of the Ottawa Centre riding. Moderated by Amanda Pfeffer. Participating Candidates: Shelby Bertrand – Green, Katie Gibbs – Liberal, Joel Harden – New Democratic Party, Scott Healey – Progressive Conservative, Glen Armstrong – New Blue, Josh Rachlis – Independent, Raymond Samuels – Ontario People’s Front

Find the video here: Ottawa Centre Provincial Election Debate May 17 2022 – YouTube

Posted by: HamptonIona | May 1, 2022

Ottawa Centre All Candidates Debate – May 17th

Your local community associations will be hosting an All Candidates Debate on May 17th from 7 to 9 pm on Zoom Webinar. As well, we are posting it on YouTube afterwards.  All candidates running for MPP in Ottawa Centre are invited to participate in our debate. To date, candidates from the Conservative, Green, Liberal and NDP parties have confirmed their attendance. Amanda Pfeffer, of CBC radio and television, will be moderating this debate

How to Attend the Debate

We have taken out a special platform for this debate that can support up to 500 attendees. This platform will also allow us to provide closed captioning.

While the webinar will begin at 7:00 pm, you may sign in earlier. Attendees will not, however, be let into the debate until 7:00 pm.

Interested in attending? You’ll need to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To register in advance for this webinar:

You may wish to cut and paste this link and passcode into your online Calendar. 

How to submit a question to the Debate

Given the format of the debate, we are requesting that you submit your questions in advance.  Your questions will be provided to the moderator. For security reasons attendees will not be able to directly ask their questions live as would usually happen at an in-person debate.

Please submit your questions to

Given the number of candidates expected to participate and in order to maximize the number of questions that the public can ask, questions can only be directed to two candidates. Please specify to which candidate or candidates (choice of 2 candidates) your question is directed.

Please keep questions concise and focused on Provincial issues. Do not include a preamble.

Please submit your questions by Wednesday, May 11th. Judging from the number of questions submitted to the last virtual debate, only a portion of submitted questions will be able to be addressed due to time constraints.

Further Information

If you have general questions about the debate, please send them to We also recommend that you check the McKellar Park Community Association website in case there are further updates.

If you are/were not able to attend the May 17th Provincial All Candidates Debate for Ottawa Centre candidates, you can find the debate posted to YouTube. Please check your local Kitchissippi Community Association’s website for links to the posted YouTube debate.

Date: Tuesday March 29, 2022

Time: 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

All those who live within HICG Boundaries are eligible to attend and vote on HICG matters.

Hampton Iona is located in the Westboro area of Ottawa. The boundaries are: the south side of Richmond Road to the north side of Carling, between the east side of Tweedsmuir (odd numbers only) on the west to Leighton Terrace/Brennan Avenue (both sides) on the east.

The meeting will be held via Zoom video and Zoom telephone. Those interested in attending must register for the AM via Eventbrite here:

Zoom meeting information will be sent to those who are registered, along with information on voting procedures and documents for the AM.

If you have questions, please send them to


  1. Motion for the AM to be conducted virtually.
  2. Approval of minutes from the 2020 AGM (will be posted prior to the AM).
  3. Guest speaker – Jeff Leiper, Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward
  4. HICG Board Business
  1. President’s Report (Lorne Cutler)
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Joey Drouin)
  3. Motion to Approve up to $3000 for a new snowblower for Iona Park Rink
  4. Election of Executive Officers (list of candidates to be posted 9 days prior to the AM)
  5. Election of new board directors
  6. Other business

                                    Volunteer Opportunities

Over the past few years, a number of our volunteers have retired from the board. From social events and gardening in our public parks to planning all-candidates debates or responding to development issues, we are looking for new volunteers.

While we are seeking new board members, we also welcome individuals who wish to help in specific areas of interest or time-limited projects without being a board director.

Whether you are new to the community or are a long-time resident, your passion, ideas, willingness to work and perspectives are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering with HICG, regardless of the capacity, please attend our AM, put your name forward or email us at this time with your questions on what is required.

Election Information

Elections will be run for the Executive Officer positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. To run for an Executive Officer position, candidates must submit their names to the Elections Officer no later than March 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm ET.

Marg Hillier is the Elections Officer for the HICG 2022 election. Her email address is . Please put HICG AM in the subject line of your email when contacting her.

Should two or more candidates run for a position, there will be an election for that position at the AM. Each candidate will give a 2-minute live speech at the AM.  Acclaimed candidates do not need to give speeches.

The Elections Officer will operate the election. Her decisions are final.

Persons who wish to run for Executive Officer positions should contact the HICG President at to learn more regarding what is involved in undertaking those roles.

Elections are not required for Board Director positions. Persons interested in becoming Directors should submit their names prior to or at the AM.  Those persons should also contact the HICG President at  to learn more regarding what is involved in undertaking those roles (time commitments, fiduciary duties, workloads, type of projects, etc.).

Role Descriptions:

President – The President leads the Board and is responsible for overseeing and handling many of its fiduciary and procedural duties, including chairing meetings. The President will officially speak for the HIGC board and the Community Group and will be the primary voice when dealing with the media. The President will represent or ensure that HICG is represented on external organizations, such as but not limited to the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa and K-9, the Kitchissippi grouping of ward community associations. The President will represent the community association with the City of Ottawa and ensure that HICG is able to meet the requirements to provide a skating rink to the community in Iona Park, including being able to obtain a clean police check for working with vulnerable sectors and managing rink resources prudently. The President will ensure that the Board is able to respond to the community as issues or questions arise, including development issues. The President will be the principal signing authority for the HICG on contracts and bank documents.

Vice-President – The Vice-president will assist the president and support them on their official duties as required (see role of President). The Vice-president will assume the leadership role of the organization when the president is unable to do so. The Vice-president will carry on any additional duties allocated to it by the Board.

Treasurer: Responsible for the general financial oversight of the organization. These tasks include: reconciling monthly bank statements, preparing, and co-signing cheques, supervising cash-flow, and preparation of annual financial statements

Secretary: Attends Board meetings, prepares and distributes the agenda for meetings, take notes at meetings and prepare minutes, distribute minutes to Board directors within 10 days of meeting, and maintain minutes, the Corporate Minute Book and other Board documents. Collaborates with the President in arranging meetings and agendas.

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