Lamplighter January 2022

The winter edition of our community newsletter is now available in English and in French.

Issue highlights:

Lamplighter September 2021

We’re so pleased to share our first digital edition of our beloved community newsletter. You can choose to read your community news in English or in French.

Issue highlights:

  • Message from the Co-Chairs
  • Tales from the Trails
  • Message from the Cumberland Lions
  • Senior Moments
  • Remembrance Day Crosses
  • Scarecrow Festival
  • Events Calendar

Thanks to all who contributed articles, photos, translation, and graphic design. Happy reading!

Beckett's Creek Subwatershed Study Public Input

The City of Ottawa's Natural Systems and Rural Affairs branch is currently hosting an online public consultation for the Beckett's Creek Subwatershed Study and they are inviting residents to provide feedback on the draft recommendations for this study. Please have a look.

Transportation Department Presentations to CCA January Board Meeting

The attached documents are the presentations made at the January CCA Board meeting by Riley Carter and Cathy Kourouma, two staff at the City of Ottawa's Transportation Department. They address several issues of traffic concerns in the village. The January Board Minutes refer to these presentations.

Obituary of Ross Shortill

Ross Shortill, a handy-man in many ways, community minded individual, and fiddle player, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, January 6th, surrounded by his better-half Patricia Hill, daughter Tonya and son Rob. A long time member of St. Andrew's United Church in Cumberland, volunteer Fire Department, Conservative Party and Navan Fair Association, passed away after 10 months battling pancreatic cancer.


It is difficult to express our disappointment and outrage at the senseless disregard for the huge efforts of the volunteers to get the rink ready for the community. As you know Marc Blais and his team have been working tirelessly to get our Outdoor Rink ready. Yesterday the rink was closed for maintenance. Marc sent us this message this morning. "Last night, between 4-7pm, I had kids on our closed ice, and also kids driving their cars on our freshly flooded ice."

2021 Cumberkand Outdoor Rink is OPEN

We are very happy to announce that the Cumberland Outdoor Rink is officially open tomorrow thanks to the tireless work of Marc Blais. He has put in a huge number of hours including a couple of 'all nighters', watering every few hours to build the base. We express appreciation for his hard work on behalf of all the users. There have been lots of kids out already. We hope a few more people will step up as we have 23 out if 64 - 2 hour shifts - left to fill for supervising. If you offered to help earlier, please respond to our follow-up emails.

NOW AVAILABLE: The Early History of Cumberland Township 1798-1840

Just in time for Christmas the Cumberland Township Historical Society has published its latest book on the early history of the township including meticulously detailed family trees of 72 founding families of Cumberland Village, Bearbrook, Navan, Leonard, Sarsfield, Vars, and St.-Joseph d'Orléans. Congratulations to CTHS for this comprehensive work.

See below for where it can be purchased.

Outdoor Rink - WE NEED YOUR HELP

WE NEED YOUR HELP! With a challenging winter of continued social distancing coming up, the outdoor rink will be welcome entertainment and pleasure for everyone in the community.

Ward Boundary Review Final Report & Map

Thanks to the significant input provided by residents, the newly proposed Ward Boundary proposal keeps Cumberland attached to the Eastern, older part of Orleans, south to Innes Rd.

City proposal to change ward boundaries:

Former Cumberland Township Councillor Linda Dunn’s submission to the City of Ottawa reflects significant reasons why the process (which significantly affects Cumberland Ward) should be delayed until after the crisis of the pandemic.


Who:   The City of Ottawa has retained D-Squared Construction to complete the work.

Why:   The City of Ottawa will be proceeding with construction due to age and condition of the existing culvert.

What:  Work will involve the replacement of a culvert in your community.

When: The work is tentatively planned to be completed between April and May 2020.

Message to the Community

Please read the attached message from Ottawa Public Health regarding steps tou can take on how you and your family can stay safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please stay home.

174 Detour for LRT Work

As part of the Stage 2 East Extension Project, Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci must remove overhead signage on Highway 174 between Champlain Boulevard and Tenth Line. For safety of the public and their crews, a brief, staggered full closure of Highway 174 in both directions is required.

Stop the Spread of Germs - COVID-19

Healthy habits are important to protect yourself and others from potentially harmful germs. Germs are types of microbes, such as bacteria or viruses, which can cause diseases. They are spread directly from person to person, or indirectly by touching a surface that has been contaminated with them.  Harmful germs can sometimes lead to serious illness, particularly in vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, or people with underlying medical conditions.

Ottawa Ward Boundary Review

Dear representatives of Ottawa’s Community Associations, In June 2019, City Council directed City staff to retain an independent consultant to conduct a comprehensive review of the City of Ottawa’s ward boundaries. The review is meant to establish boundaries that could be used in at least three municipal elections (2022, 2026 and 2030) and, perhaps, a fourth municipal election in 2034. The last major review of Ottawa’s ward boundaries occurred in 2004-2005.

FREE...Cumberland Outdoor Rink

FREE... volunteer supervisors needed to make the FREE Cumberland Outdoor Rink skating happen! Donate two hours of your time (or more) to make it a success!! Supervised hours are Monday to Sunday, 7-9pm and Saturday &Sunday Family skate (no hockey), 1-3pm. Please contact to advise of your willingness to volunteer and you will be contacted about times needing a supervisor. Check RINK CONDITIONS at

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY - Dec 31, 2019

What a wonderful party! Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the New Years Eve Party jointly hosted by the Cumberland Community Association and the Cumberland Lions. The Maple Hall was transformed and everyone loved the party ambience. Here is a link to photos taken that evening including "portraits in the frame". Wishing everyone a wonderful, healthy and happy new year filled with joy.

A 'WINTER PICNIC' Christmas Draw

The CCA is excited that our 'WINTER PICNIC' draw prize is set up in the window at Da Artisiti. Included is what is pictured in the poster plus 2 bottles of wine donated by Clive Horne and a spectactular Christmas tree donated by Wendy at Da Artisiti, beautifully decorated with many hand made glass ornaments. Check it out a value of over $450! Tickets are available at Da Artisiti. Draw December 7, 4pm at the Christmas Market. (All proceeds for the 2020 village flowers.)