Chief Pinesi Day Returns to New Edinburgh on July 1st

Kichi Sibi Trails, in concert with NECA and the Crichton Community Council, is once again coordinating the July 1st Chief Pinesi Day event in New Edinburgh Park (in and around the Fieldhouse) to honour Algonquin Anishinabe presence in the area.

Beginning at 9 am with the Sacred Fire, the day-long program – lead by the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation – will feature drumming, singing and dancing. Councillor Merv Sarazin will be present for welcoming remarks; Opening prayers will be offered by Kokom Jane Chartrand. With an indigenous veterans honour guard, former Chief Wendy Jocko will speak about Chief Pinesi and his importance to indigenous and Canadian military history.

During both the morning and afternoon, attendees can take a land tour along parts of the revitalized Chief Pinesi Portage Trail, which was an ancient (approximately 8,000 years old) indigenous portage trail between the Ottawa and Rideau rivers. The trail is now marked by signs created by Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg artist Simon Brascoupé.

Photo of canoes below Rideau Falls.  Courtesy of ONEC
Ottawa New Edinburgh Club (ONEC) is providing the canoes and guides for the Medicine Paddle activity that takes place in the afternoon. Photo courtesy of ONEC

After the ceremonies, there will be an educational walk along the Rideau and a Medicine Paddle from Governor Bay along the Ottawa River (for those who are willing to get their feet wet).

This Chief Pinesi Day, people can visit the Bloodline – Miskwi and Gathering Phases – Bakaan Asiginan murals located on the side of the New Edinburgh Fieldhouse, now with a three language panel description. These colourful ceramic and paint murals were created by the Algonquin mother and daughter team of Doreen and Charlotte Stevens. Miskwi means bloodline and the mural depicts several Algonquin lineages. Bakaan Asiginan signifies the gathering of indigenous people living in harmony with nature through all phases of their lives.

Photo of Miskwi mural and artist Doreen Stevens
Algonquin artist Doreen Stevens describes the concept of the mural Bloodline – Miskwi, which she and her daughter, Charlotte, created to celebrate and tell the story of this area’s indigenous history.

Who was Chief Pinesi?
Chief Constant Pinesi (1768 – 1834) was the last traditional Algonquin Chief to have hunting grounds in Ottawa – at Rideau and Chaudière Falls. He and his four sons fought in critical battles in the Niagara on the British side in the War of 1812. Pinesi was appointed Grand Chief by Governor-General Kempt in 1830.

For over a century, Algonquin Chief Pinesi and later his son, Kigonz and other leaders, often with the Nipissing, petitioned the Government of the day that a portion of their hunting and trapping grounds be untouched by settlement. They never did receive even a small piece of their traditional territory, extending across the Ottawa Valley, and in the end were even displaced for the creation of Algonquin Provincial Park. The many petitions exist today, held in archival files, revealing the truth of a stolen land, still without treaty.

Click here for the current full schedule of activities: Chief Pinesi Day – 1 July 2023 – Full Program. Registration is required for the Land Tours and Medicine Paddle: Chief_Pinesi_Day.eventbrite.com.

Ward Boundary Review Under Way

The next round of Public Consultations for the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review is underway. This round of consultation is focused on gathering resident feedback on six options. We encourage everyone to review the six options and let us know what you think.  We will be discussing these at the September 15 NECA meeting, in advance of a meeting of community association representatives with the City on Sept 21.

The city has also been hosting a series of public consultations. 

The final citywide consultation takes place Saturday, Sept 19 from 10 am to noon. There is also on urban-focussed session on Wednesday, September 23 from 7 to 9 pm.

Registration for the virtual public meetings listed above is required. Please complete and submit the registration as early as possible or at least one day prior to the start of the session you would like to attend. Following receipt of your registration, the consultant team will provide you with information and login details for the virtual meeting. You can also register over the phone, by calling 613-580-3620.

You may also provide your feedback through an online survey from Wednesday, August 19, 2020, to Friday, September 25, 2020, during Round 2 of the public consultation for the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020. A ranking tool opens in a new tab or window is also available to assist residents, stakeholders and Members of Council in ranking the six ward boundary Options.  If you don’t have access to a computer or require a hardcopy survey, please call 613-580-3620.

COVID-19 Town Hall – June 22

Town Hall

Join us this Monday, June 22nd at 7:30PM for a public assembly with all three levels of government in Ottawa-Vanier. The Honourable Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, Lucille Collard, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, and Rawlson King, municipal councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe, will provide an update on the situation within their respective governments and answer the community’s questions regarding COVID-19.

See event listing for registration details.

Local Businesses During COVID-19

The listings below are neither comprehensive, nor an endorsement, and are provided simply as a resource. If you have updates, please send them to neds@newedinburgh.ca.

Grocery and Food Services

Bibi’s Middle Eastern KitchenOPEN, reduced hours (noon-8 pm); Take Out or Delivery on Local Love Delivery (no in store seating); 613-421-0711 www.eatatbibis.com.
Bread and Roses BakeryOPEN, reduced store hours 8 am-6 pm, Monday-Saturday; 8 am – 5 pm. Sunday, visit https://www.facebook.com/breadandrosesottawa/ for updates.
Bridgehead Coffee HouseCLOSED, online coffee bag and coffee pod orders, with free delivery: https://www.bridgehead.ca/collections/coffee.
Clocktower Brew PubCLOSED
EpicuriaOPEN, reduced hours Tuesday-Friday 10 am-5:30 pm; Saturday 9:30 am-2:30 pm; Sunday Closed; Monday- Delivery and Curbside Pick-Up only; 613-745-7356.
Ferme Lève-Tôt CSA DeliveriesBeginning in June.
Fraser CaféCLOSED but offers pre-order, prepayment Take Away meals, through Love Local Delivery; Tuesday and Friday, 4:00-7:00 p.m., info@frasercafe.ca or 613-749-1444: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
GoodFoodToUONLINE ordering and HOME DELIVERY
Il VagabondoCLOSED
Jacobson’sOPEN, open for in-store, phone order and online purchases, plus local delivery when possible; 613-746-6002 or https://jacobsons.ca/collections/specialty-food.
Jasper RestaurantCLOSED
LoblawsOPEN, reduced regular store hours 8 am-8 pm, plus designated hour for seniors and those at high risk 7 am-8 am; online purchases for pick up at www.pcexpress.ca; quantity restrictions as needed.
MetroOPEN, reduced store hours 8 am-8 pm; Deliveries for in-store purchases Monday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; quantity restrictions as needed.
Ministry of CoffeeCLOSED
Muckleston & BrockwellOPEN – limited hours
Nature’s BuzzOPEN, reduced hours 9 am-6 pm Monday through Saturday; 11 am-5 pm Sunday.
Ola CocinaCLOSED System of Pre-Order Take Out/Delivery Service (through Love Local Delivery) coming soon 613-746-6222 www.olacocina.ca.
One Up BeechwoodCLOSED
Quickie Convenience StoreOPEN
Red Door ProvisionsCLOSED but online sale of coffee, preserves and Red Door products available: email lauren@reddoorprovisions.com
Royal Oak TavernCLOSED
Scone Witch  CLOSED – phone orders and home delivery from Cyrville location 613-744-2585; visit https://www.facebook.com/sconewitch/ for updates and Home Delivery Menu.
Second CupOPEN for TAKE-OUT and DELIVERY ONLY
So Good Asian FusionOPEN for take out service; reduced hours.
StarbucksOPEN, reduced hours 7 am- 7 pm, Take Out service (no in-store seating).
SubwayOPEN for TAKE OUT and DELIVERY
SushiMeOPEN FOR TAKE OUT ONLY
Tea TymeCLOSED
Union Street CaféCLOSED

There is also a Local Eats listing of restaurants across Ottawa offering food delivery and pick up options.

Online delivery resources:

InstacartDelivery from Staples, Superstore, Walmart, Loblaws, Shopper’s Drug Mart and others.
InabuggyDelivery from Metro, Costco, Petsmart, Loblaws, M&M, Canadian Tire and others. Has an app.

Pharmacies

Beechwood Whole Health PharmacyOPEN – 222 Beechwood 613-842-7455.
New Edinburgh Pharmacy – GuardianOPEN – Monday-Friday 8:30 am-8:30 pm, Saturday 9 am-5 pm, Sunday 10 am-2 pm; Contact 613-749-4444 for updates on store hours.

Other

Activa PhysiotherapyCLOSED but available for phone consultation.
Anytime FitnessCLOSED
Bank of MontrealOPEN
Beechwood Animal HospitalOPEN but with special protocols in place.
Beechwood Auto ServiceOPEN for appointments only.
Beechwood CemeteryOPEN but with reduced hours and special protocols
Bellefleur PhysiotherapyCLOSED
Books on BeechwoodCLOSED but phone, email or online orders still accepted: 613-742-5030; staff@booksonbeechwood.ca; deliveries via Purolator or Canada Post, or Store Pick by pre-arrangement.
Brown’s CleanersOPEN but call to confirm hours – also have free pickup and delivery
Clothes Encounters of a Second TimeCLOSED
Dr. John Martins (Dentistry)CLOSED
Dr. Luc Ducharme (Dentistry)CLOSED
Edward Jones InvestmentsCLOSED – Virtual meetings only
Epic FitnessCLOSED – online personal training and group classes via https://www.facebook.com/epicfitnessottawa/; online Personal Training, Lifestyle Coaching, Nutritional Counseling: email kathleen@epicfitnessottawa.com; EPIC Street Service – free delivery of naturopathic supplements, fitness equipment, Monday-Friday: email orders frontdesk@epicfitnessottawa.com.
Fresh Hair SalonCLOSED
Imperial Barber ShopCLOSED
Joe’s Shoe RepairCLOSED
Kelly’s Barber and BeautyCLOSED (GIFT CARDS available online)
Kimberley Wilson Bridal & FashionCLOSED
Marilyn Wilson Dream PropertiesCLOSED – Agents are available by phone.
Matnik Spa TherapyCLOSED
Medjo-Da Hair CuttingCLOSED
Mille Fiore FlowersCLOSED
Monson’s Deluxe CleanersOPEN – limited hours 8 am-3 pm Monday-Friday; 9 am-2 pm Saturday (status to be reassessed in first week of April).
Mood Moss FlowersOPEN – 11 am-4 pm daily; visit https://www.facebook.com/MoodMossFlowers/ for updates on store hours and operations.
Nature’s Care Health ProductsOPEN – Monday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm.
Nuvo OptometryCLOSED
Oresta Organic Skin CareCLOSED  – Online purchases only
Physical Therapy InstituteCOVID-19 protocols in operation; 613-740-0380.
Pet ValuOPEN
Rassi CoiffureCLOSED
Rowat InsuranceCLOSED – Virtual meetings only
Studio One PhysiotherapyCLOSED – Check for updates.
The Movement UnionCLOSED but online exercise classes via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/themovementunion/.
Victoria Island RealtyTBD
Your Pet PalaceCLOSED

Ontario Government List of Essential Businesses

How to support local business through COVID-19 (Quartier Vanier BIA).

New Edinburgh Disaster Support – COVID-19

A New Edinburgh Disaster Support (NEDS) team focused on developing localized response mechanisms and to facilitate access to information and resources in the event of a crisis has been formed.  For the current crisis, the NEDS team has compiled COVID-19 information resources and is looking for volunteers willing to provide assistance to those who cannot leave their homes (e.g. picking up groceries or medications).

Community Consultation: CSST Reinstatement Plan

Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 2 p.m.
New Edinburgh Fieldhouse, 203 Stanley Ave

Come and have your say! We are looking for input on:

  • Adjustments we would like to propose to the CSST reinstatement plan – pathways, plantings, etc.
  • Sustainability of nature restoration given that the City will require regular access to the park for its operations
  • How to ensure that whatever is done now fits in to the longer-term vision for the park

See Park Vision for more information.