Laroche rink is open!

Get your skates on, the Laroche Rink is open! The "Learn to Skate" program starts soon and will bring duffle bags of skates to swap and accept donations. If you need to swap skates this weekend, go to the Plouffe Room behind Plant Pool as they have lots of skates to swap! Their ice rinks are open too!

Posted on January 4, 2019 .

ALERT: Agressive and intimidating panhandling

If you are approached by an aggressive person asking for money and feel intimidated:

CALL POLICE immediately @ 613-236-1222 and be sure to state that this person is “AGGRESSIVE” for immediate response.


You can also file a report online at:

Provide a description of this person and the location:

  • The address for the store on Lyndale Avenue is: 60 LYNDALE

  • The address for St. Vladimers Church is: 89 STONEHURST

Also email so we can track this activity.

Our community needs more police reports filed on this behaviour and we continue to work with City Police on this problem.

Posted on October 25, 2018 .

Comment for liquor license and outdoor patio dining at Hinchey and Lyndale

Comments are due October 22nd. The Grunt Hog Roastery cafe are proposing outdoor patio dining on both Hinchey and Lyndale. The Hinchey side will have a garage door opening similar to cafes on Wellington. No City approvals for those items yet. If you have concerns about hours, patios, noise or smell, you must go on the link below and you must provide your name and email in order to receive a formal reply. Anonymous comments will not have any impact.

A guide for residents objecting to a liquor sales licence application.

Search for Notice of Liquor Sales Licence application. Search for “Grunt Hog Roastery

Posted on October 14, 2018 .

Second Open House for Laroche Park renewal project

The second Open House is coming up on Thursday, October 25 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Innovation Centre, Bayview Yards (7 Bayview Road). The meeting will take place in meeting room L204 on the second floor.

Community members are invited to attend and review the final concept plan for the field house and overall park design for Laroche Park and provide their feedback. There will be a presentation and a Q + A. There is also a City of Ottawa website for this project.

Posted on October 14, 2018 .

Status update on the community garden at Innovation Centre

Despite some initial problems with a groundhog and other animal eating food in the community garden, a small group of volunteers harvested and cleaned the garden weekend of September 8-9th.

Two large baskets of vegetables (tomatoes, carrots, beets, green bell peppers, eggplants, yellow beans, onions, kale, chard and sage) were donated on sept 10 to Parkdale Food Centre. Below are some photos of what was harvested.

Tomatoes, chard, kale, greens, and cabbage remain  in the garden for a later fall harvest.

Special thanks to Brian Enright, Richard Q, ICBY and all the volunteers who have helped with the community garden.

Posted on September 12, 2018 .

Recap of Mechanicsville Winter Carnival

The Mechanicsville Winter Carnival in Laroche Park on Sunday saw over 100 people in attendance which was amazing for the first day of Winterlude on the Rideau Canal! People desended on Laroche Park from all directions with skates and toboggans. Pieces of cardboard also worked well on the toboggon hill, the skate rink had several games on the go and the skate puddle is just fun for those new to walking on ice.The fun-loving people with Somerset West Community Health Center led the kids activities such as snow tug-of-war and the snow jewel game. Snow pants were necessary as these activities involved lots of falling down and rolling around in the fresh snow. Inside the Laroche Community Center, every chair was full with residents warming up with hot chocolate and enjoying donuts donated by Suzi-Q and coffee donated from Bridgehead.

A huge thank you to these two businesses for their support of local homegrown events like this one. Lots of residents dropped in to bring cookies as well which was much appreciated. Any left over goodies are donated to the home work club and youth program operated by Somerset West Community Health Center at Laroche Community Center.

However, the star of this event is always the horse and sleigh ride. It always takes your breath away when you see those huge, handsome horses come across the fields of Laroche Park. Both kids and adults run from the toboggan hill and skating rinks to meet the horses. The annual Mechanicsville Winter Carnival has been held at Laroche Park for over 30 years and Gary Scharfe of Hollybrook Farms has provided the horse and sleigh ride every year! Its an important tradition in Mechanicsville and we are glad Gary returns every year. Huge thanks to Keith Brown with the Laroche Park Sports Association who maintain the rink and sponsor the horse and sleigh ride.The Mechanicsville Community Association is the community group who continue to work to improve our neighborhood and always seeking volunteers and board members. If you want to get involved, please send us an email at or on Facebook at Mechanicsville Community Association or see our website:

Posted on February 6, 2017 .

Kitchissippi Ward Forum

We’ve got a bit of a treat for our next ward forum! On January 11, we’re hosting it from 6-9 pm at the newly-opened Innovation Centre at 7 Bayview Road. I’ve had a chance to tour around, and it’s a gorgeous space. And, to top it off, as our guest we’ve got City Manager Steve Kanellakos to present and take some questions. Staff and I are really looking forward to this one. There’s a lot going on in Kitchissippi – be sure to attend this town hall format event to pose your questions, raise your concerns, and get up to speed on what’s happening in the ward.

Jeff Leiper

Posted on December 14, 2016 .