Thursday, November 10, 2016

Roundabouts in 2017

In 2017, the two roundabouts at Ottawa/Alpine and Ottawa/Homer Watson will be built.  Construction is to start in April 2017 and end by October.  Some of the work involves replacement of large storm sewers.  Both roundabouts will be built at the same time.  Approval for this construction was given by the Region government a number of years ago.

The Region of Waterloo plans to hold a public information session in March 2017, and will make a presentation to ACNA a little earlier than that.  We will update people as to when these events will happen, when we get closer to that time.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Grand River Transit is Proposing Removing Buses From Kingswood Drive !!

Their 2017-2021 Business Plan would have the buses off Kingswood in 2018, when the ION LRT starts up. The nearest buses would run on Strasburg, Ottawa & Block Line, making the walk to the bus stop longer for many people. Other factors are the needs of seniors and disabled, walking a longer distance in the dark, and trying to cross the arterial streets, especially Strasburg.

Details on the business plan are at the link below. It includes further links to the full report, to maps for the proposed system in 2018 and 2021 and to the page where you can provide your feedback to GRT by October 21st.

Should the Alpine Community Neighbourhood Association get involved in a formal campaign of publicizing and perhaps protesting this idea?  Email us at either of the addresses down the right hand side of this page.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Will We Lose Buses From Kingswood Drive?

Grand River Transit (GRT) have released their proposals for bus route changes, which would adapt the transit system to the new ION LRT line.  Both their proposed 2018 and 2021 route maps take buses off Kingswood Drive and place them only on arterial roads nearby (Strasburg, Ottawa, Block Line, Homer Watson).

GRT held public consultation events, one of which I attended last night.  They say that most residents would live within the target 450 meter distance to a bus stop, even after the bus is removed from Kingswood.  You can see the maps at these two links:

Their consultation page is at  You can provide comments through a link on that page.

If there is opposition to a significant extent, we may decide to act as a group to contact the GRT and Regional Council, through the Alpine Community Neighbourhood Association.  Let us know if you are interested, through the email addresses on the right hand side of this page.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bylaw Permitting Backyard Chickens in Kitchener - More Likely Now

I went to a City of Kitchener proposed chicken bylaw meeting this evening.  The Bylaw Enforcement office has been collecting citizen feedback in a number of ways and doing research on the keeping of chickens.  They will be going to a City Council committee in November recommending that the bylaw be changed to permit backyard chickens, with a detailed set of regulations.  This is based on a strong pro-chicken response to the City's appeals for feedback over the past few months.

If you still want to oppose the keeping of chickens, please contact your City Councillor, as Council will be making the final decision, and they do not have to accept the Bylaw office recommendations.

The committee meeting is November 7th.  If the committee agrees with the recommendations, the full council will vote on the bylaw within a couple of weeks after that, and if passed, the law would be enacted likely in early 2017.

Here are some of the proposed rules and restrictions (subject to final development):
- Maximum of 4 chickens; no roosters
- No selling of eggs
- No slaughtering of chickens.
- A permit will have to be obtained to keep chickens.  A one-time fee would be charged.  Before the birds are acquired, a bylaw officer will inspect the coop and yard to ensure that regulations are adhered to.
- There would be no more inspections after this.  A bylaw officer would return only on the basis of a neighbor complaint.
- Birds have to be confined to the owner's yard and cannot run free.
- A renter can have birds only if the owner approves.
- Birds have to be kept in a private yard, so apartment dwellers cannot have chickens.
- Setbacks - 1.2 meters from rear and side lot line; 15 meters from a school; 3 meters from windows, doors and neighbour dwellings.
- All other bylaws apply - e.g. noise, animal regulations, lot maintenance, property standards, etc.
- A high standard of cleanliness must be maintained.  A number of detailed regulations on cleaning and disinfecting of the yard, the chicken coop, and the feeding/watering setup, will define this standard.
- Chicken feces are to be cleaned daily and stored in a secure container before disposal.
- Chicken food must stored in a secure container to prevent vermin access.  The birds' water supply must be kept away from vermin too.
- A chicken coop has to be built/acquired, and adhere to standards e.g. size, nest boxes for each bird, sufficient perching space, winter heating, and be designed to promote the health of the chickens, etc.

Graham Jeffery

Friday, September 23, 2016

Zoning Change Requested for Proposed New A&W In Our Area

There is a proposal to build an A&W restaurant in our area. The property is at the corner of Strasburg and Ottawa where the former Petro-Canada station was (partly demolished now). Residents within 120 meters of this property will be getting a notice letter of the proposal, which requires a zoning change from C-7 (service station) to C-8 (commercial). Any questions or objections to the zoning change have to be received by the City before October 21st.

I have the .pdf document describing the proposed project. If you want me to email it to you, email me at

Friday, August 12, 2016

A free showing of Kung Fu Panda 3 !!

A free showing of Kung Fu Panda 3 !!

"Cinema Under the Stars" is the Ward 6 movie night. The event starts 7:30 pm, Saturday August 27th, outside Country Hills Community Center.

- Enjoy the community center before the movie - Fire truck, sports courts, playground, prizes and free popcorn.

- Bring your blankets, chairs and your own beverages.

Donations will be accepted for FOOD BANK OF WATERLOO REGION.

Alpine Community Neighborhood Association is a co-producer of this event.

Monday, July 18, 2016

2016 Alpine Village Garden Contest

Drought conditions early this summer have made gardening a challenge.  There are still some lovely garden displays to be seen including hanging baskets, containers, annuals and perennials.  Some houses have also shown creativity by designing drought-resistant gardens.

Rather than focus on a few gardens, we would like to congratulate our whole village on a job well done.  We invite everyone as they walk, drive or bike around Alpine Village to notice the colours in all types of gardens.  It has taken our neighbours extra effort to keep things beautiful.  Hats off to everyone’s gardens, and it was also nice to see displays of Canadian pride for Canada Day!

Below are a few examples of drought resistant plants that we have seen grown around our village. 

Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion, but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower -- and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won't touch it. It comes in a number of varieties with blooms in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white.  Attracts butterflies.

Blanket Flower
A tough prairie plant, gaillardia blooms all summer and into fall. Its flamboyant flowers are usually marked with bright shades of red and yellow.

Russian Sage
We can't help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it.  It also does well in containers.

Cushion Spurge
Electric yellow bracts bloom on a low cushion in April and persist, but gently fade as the stems elongate to form a 16-inch mound by midsummer. The leaves produce shades of red, orange, and purple in autumn.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Have you shared why you #lovemyhood yet?

The Neighbourhood Strategy project team is having a jam-packed summer talking with people all across the city on how we can strengthen our neighbourhoods. So many people have contributed some seriously great ideas through street teams, focus groups and online. It’s been a blast hearing about the great things already happening in our ‘hoods and how to make them even better.

Haven’t had a chance to contribute your ideas yet? Don’t worry, there’s still time – but not much! Our interactive survey and ideas forum is open until August 19. Hop on over to to shape the future of your neighbourhood in just 5 minutes.

Once all your input has been gathered, the project team will be poring over your responses to come up with a bunch of recommendations on how the city can support your neighbourhood initiatives. Expect to see a draft of our strategy this fall.

Once it’s implemented, the Neighbourhood Strategy will help people connect and work together to do great things in their neighbourhood. We can’t wait to help you put your ideas in action!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June Issue of our ACNA Newsletter

Here's the latest issue of our newsletter.

Your printed copies of the newsletter will be delivered soon.  The online version is below.  To view it online full-sized, click on the "expand" symbol (four arrows) under the image of the newsletter below.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Community Garage Sale Date Changed to the 18th

We're moving the Country Hills and Alpine Garage Sales promotion by a week to Saturday the 18th.

The weather forecast for Saturday is looking rainy, especially in the morning, so we are going with the "Rain Date" option.  The promotion of our Community Garage sales will be for next weekend - Saturday June 18th.

We can't tell people when to have their sales.  Some my still try the 11th.  Contact me at if you plan to have your  sale on the 18th and I will add you to the online map.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

June 11th is Neighbours Day!

Neighbours Day at the Country Hills Community Center
Saturday, June 11th - 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Free BBQ and DJ, Salvation Army Mobile Unit, face painting, bouncy castle, pick up game of basketball and art project for the center.

Neighbours Day events are being held across the city. For more info see:

Friday, May 6, 2016

Garage Sale Map

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Annual General Meeting & the New Executive

ACNA had our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday and our new executive does NOT have a President, so the group will soon decide what we want to continue doing, and who does what.

Susan Bishop (Vice President)
Graham Jeffery (Secretary)
Jeff McKinnon (Member at Large)
Ann Whittle (Member at Large)
Karen Van Sickle (Member at Large)
Alexis Brenner (Member at Large)

We invite people to contact us and join our team of volunteers to help our community.

Monday, May 2, 2016

ACNA Meeting tomorrow - Still need a President.

Our next ACNA meeting will be tomorrow. We will have our Annual General Meeting as well, and we still need a new President to replace me! Without a President, our activities will likely falter over time and could stop.

However I'll not be twisting any arms to get the position filled, so feel free to attend, even if only to learn more about the organization. We meet at Alpine Public School at 7 pm, Tuesday May 3rd. I hope to see people there.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Engage Kitchener

The City of Kitchener is always interested  on getting resident feedback on issues.  So the City has set up a web site to make it easier for you to provide that feedback.  Click on the link below to go to Engage Kitchener.

Right now they are looking for your opinion on Neighbourhood Strategy, on the public spaces around City Hall, on the proposed backyard chickens bylaw and more.

Friday, April 22, 2016

ACNA Community Cleanup confirmed for tomorrow

The weather forecast looks good for the community cleanup tomorrow morning (Saturday).  It will be sunny but very cool, about 6 degrees C, so if you are coming out, please bundle up.  Meet at Alpine School, around the back of the school. Starting at 9 am, going to 11:30 am, so drop by between those hours.

Looking forward to seeing people there.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Family Fun Day Reminder - This Sunday !

Family Fun Day

Date: SUNDAY APRIL 24, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM TO 4:00 PM

The Country Hills Recreation Association holds its 19th annual Family Fun Day, featuring many activities for children, like face painting, KPL Kids, bouncy castle, midway games, and more.

ACNA is part of the planning & volunteer team too, so we’re all invited to come on out to experience the fun.

ADMISSION: $1 per child over the age of 1 year

If you can, please bring non-perishable food items to support the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Earth Day Cleanup This Saturday

Date: SATURDAY APRIL 23, 2016
Time: 9:00AM TO 11:30AM
Where: ALPINE PUBLIC SCHOOL - at the back of the school (no access to school facilities)

We clean up the publicly-owned areas, like in the woods of Alpine Park and
along the power line corridor. Please come out this year and join us!

• If the weather is wet on Saturday, we will clean up on Sunday morning, same time. Watch our blog and Facebook page for updates.
• We will supply garbage bags and gloves. If you like, bring your own to help us manage resources.
• Bring your collected garbage back to the meeting point and we will take it away for disposal.
• We provide water and Timbits.  Thank you gift items too.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 18, 2016

ACNA June Newsletter coming soon...

The June newsletter deadline for submissions is Thursday April 28th. Please provide your articles by that date. If you have a story idea but cannot write it, send it to me as soon as you can and we might get someone to write it. Thanks. You can find my email to the left of this panel on this page.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April Issue of our ACNA Newsletter

Here's the latest issue of our newsletter, which includes gardening tips, our Earth Day cleanup, Family Fun Day and the Garage Sale.

Your printed copies of the newsletter will be delivered soon.  Here is the online version below.  To view it online full-sized, click on the "expand" symbol under the image of the newsletter below.  The expand symbol looks like....

ACNA meeting this Tuesday at Alpine Public School

7:00 PM in the Library. I'll be there early to let people in before the meeting starts. School door is locked otherwise. We will discuss events we are involved in planning, and possibly local issues, including what you wish to bring to the table.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CANCELLED - Tonight's ACNA meeting

The School Board has cancelled our Alpine P.S. booking for tonight's meeting, and the snow will be at its most intense around the time of our meeting, so instead of moving the meeting to the Community Center, we will cancel until April.

Monday, February 29, 2016

ACNA Meeting tomorrow

Tomorrow Tuesday March 1st - 7:00 pm - is our next ACNA meeting.  If you wish to attend, please come to the main door of Alpine Public School (around the back, off the parking lot) by 7:00 pm to be let in.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Last Week's Family Day Event

Last weekend we had our ACNA/CHRA Family Day event, even though there was no skating outside at the Community Center. Even so we had over 100 people attend to enjoy the events and refreshments, and for the Food Bank, 69 pounds of food and $20 was donated. Thanks goes to those who donated and to the event volunteers. Lots of fun was had.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our Family Day Event: Free Skating Next Door and Just Before

As Ken Waite notes in a comment on today's Facebook post: "There is free skating at Lions Arena, next door from 1-3pm, then over to Community Center for free refreshments and activities from 3-5pm." The free skating at Lion's is sponsored by RBC.

Sunday Update on the FamilyDay Event

Sorry, no skating at the Family Day event due to technical problems with the watering system.  (Too cold?).

Join us tomorrow from 3 to 5 pm at Country Hills Community Center for free refreshments and activities. We look forward to seeing you there.

Final reminder that food bank donations will be accepted.

Friday, February 12, 2016

There might be skating at the Family Day event.

News Flash! We might have skating for the Family Day event. A final determination will be made on Sunday. Keep checking this blog for more updates.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Update on our Family Day Event

Our Family Day event will most likely NOT feature any skating, but you can still join us from 3-5 pm for free refreshments and activities. Country Hills Community Center - 100 Rittenhouse Road.
Food Bank donations will be collected.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Skating or no Skating - There Will Be a Family Day Event

Family Day Skate Party - whatever the weather, we WILL have an event. Skating may not happen, but even if there isn't, we will have free refreshments and things for the kids to do. Food bank donations welcome. Monday February 15th. 3-7 pm if there's skating. 3-5 pm if no skating.  Click on the image below to enlarge it.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Please Volunteer for our Family Day Event

We are looking for people to volunteer for the CHRA & ACNA Family Day Skating Party.  This event goes on Monday February 15th, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the outdoor rink at the Country Hills Community Center - 100 Rittenhouse Road.  There will be free coffee, hot chocolate and popcorn, a DJ, and Princess/Superhero characters for the kids to meet.

The volunteers will do things like meet/greet the participants, supervise activity on the rink, help gather the Food Drive contributions and serve refreshments.

If you are willing to help out, please contact Graham Jeffery at or 519-503-4795 and he will provide your name and contact information to the volunteer coordinator.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 2016 ACNA Newsletter

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

January ACNA Meeting Cancelled

Cancelled - Our January ACNA meeting which would have been this coming Tuesday. We did not have enough in the way of agenda items that would justify having a regular meeting. If there are issues or initiatives that need to be dealt with, contact me and we can start dealing with them before our next meeting date.