Councillor’s Corner: Bringing back our favourite summer events

Submitted by Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward Councillor

May is here and with it, all the promise of a beautiful summer ahead! Lots of our favourite summer events and festivals are back this year, so we have a lot to look forward to. Read on for more news from around the ward!

As always, you can find the latest information about Ottawa’s COVID-19 case numbers, vaccination rates and treatment information on the Ottawa Public Health (OPH) website. One important update I will mention is that people over 60 are now eligible for their fourth dose of the vaccine, which can be booked through the province or at many local pharmacies. I’ll also note that while the mask mandate has been lifted for most indoor public settings, OPH continues to recommend people wear masks in crowded indoor spaces. 

I mentioned this in last month’s column, but now that the weather is warming up in earnest, I wanted to remind folks that Westboro Beach will be closed this season so the NCC can complete their upgrades to the facility. The improvements will include a zero-carbon pavilion, accessible washrooms and pathways, lookouts, outdoor showers and more. While it is a shame that this neighbourhood hub will be closed for the summer, I’m very excited to see the finished renovation. You can find more information about the project on the NCC website. 

K9 is bringing the Kitchissippi Community Garage Sale back this summer! On June 4 (rain date June 5), all residents of Westboro, Mechanicsville, Champlain Park, Civic Hospital, McKellar Heights, Hampton Iona, Hintonburg, Island Park, McKellar Park and Wellington Village are encouraged to participate in this ward-wide event. The suggested start time is 8 a.m. and it is recommended that you advertise your own sale however you see fit. 

Many participants are planning to donate the proceeds from their sales to charities supporting relief efforts in the Ukraine. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and newsletter for more details as they come available. The Westboro Community Association will also hold their annual multi-family garage sale at Dovercourt on the same day, so contact them at if you’re a Westboro resident and want to get involved in that. 
As always, if you want to keep in touch with my office and keep track of our weekly pop-ups, the best way to do so is by signing up for my weekly email newsletter. Contact us at and we’ll get you signed up.

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