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

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.

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.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Garage Sale Map