Get Involved - Join the Parent Action Committee
Attention All BHC Participants: 
Be Heard Through The 
Parent Action Committee

Do you have great ideas for our centre? Do you want to see your ideas to come 
to life?

If you like working with others to make things better for all, sign up at the podium in the Welco me Centre, or talk to Phil or Dennise about the Parent Action Committee
Know your rights as a tenant

The CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario) web site explains some important things about the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) and some ways it is different from the Tenant Protection Act, which it replaced.

Topics covered include:
  • rent increases,
  • repairs and maintenance,
  • moving out, 
  • eviction
Studious knows. Why not listen?

Studious is here once again with more help in avoiding common writing mistakes. (He's a very opinionated pig. Some might even call him bossy. Still, you must admit it is very unusual for a pig to be giving anyone advice on proper English grammar usage.) If you're interested in hearing what he has to say, just click here.

Helping hands for the holidays
Caring and Sharing (Christmas Hamper & Voucher Program). It is first come, first served and there are no guarantees that the individual will receive support. Please contact Jocelyn to book an appointment to register 613-725-1733 ext. 212 or

It's also a good time to start thinking about Toy Mountain. To register, call 211. If you need help getting registered, ask Jocelyn.
It's a good time to start planning ahead
For Do-it-Yourselfers
Located in Makerspace North (MSN)
250 City Centre, Bay #216
Ottawa, ON K1R 1C7

Simply put, a tool library is a place where you can borrow tools instead of books.

Tool libraries evolved because people wanted to pool resources in a way that would benefit the environment and save space and money - rather than every household owning its own dust-covered drill for that once-a-year job or keeping that pasta maker received as a wedding gift that may never be removed from the box.

The Ottawa Tool Library offers four categories of tools: Hand Tools / Power Tools / Garden Tools and Kitchen Tools. Wanting to tackle a practical or creative project is one thing, but if you don't even know where to begin it can seem daunting. Have no fear - the OTL offers workshops and classes for all skill levels. And to help accommodate those with limited space at home, OTL provides space where you can work alongside other makers, artists, builders or hobbyists and see your imagination come to life.   

Keeping up with Current Events
It's difficult to try to understand our world, but there are many advantages to making the effort. This month, we looked into North Korea. We decided to answer a few basic questions including: Why did it become an independent nation? Where do they stand on the political spectrum? and What are they doing?
Our Latest Classroom Project
Drop by before the end of the month to learn a little more about this mysterious country.

A very important topic

Ottawa Public Health has produced a series of videos on the important topic of mental illness. Click on the graphic below to take a look.
Do something for yourself
Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your life and health. Any attempt to quit smoking will make you stronger. It's never too late to reap the benefits, some of which happen within the first few days. With the right combination of practice, determination and support, you will be able to stop smoking for good!

Be careful when you shop

Keeping up with the latest product recalls is both difficult and time consuming.  These two web sites will help you cope with this ever changing information:

Consumers Union (CU) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. To maintain its independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy and test the products it evaluates.

The Canadian version of Consumer Reports contains information about products specifically available in this country.

Identity Theft can be a huge problem

Watch out for Identity Theft

If you are a victim of Identity Theft, call Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222, ext. 7300 or visit any of the Ottawa Police stations to file a report.

In addition to contacting police, it's recommended that you also contact Equifax (1-800-465-7166) as well as Trans Union Canada (1-800-663-9980) to advise them that you are a victim of Identity Theft. Request the following from these Credit Bureaus:

A credit history on yourself - you can obtain this online for a fee or you can have it mailed to you for free. Once you receive your credit history, check it out and make sure that everything belongs to you. Report any other problems to police.

Tell them that you would like your credit "flagged". This will alert them to exercise more caution if anyone makes an application for credit in your name. This step will prevent further damage to your credit.

We also recommend that you contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at or 1-888-495-8501 to report your circumstance. This agency tracks this form of fraud as well as many others. In Ontario, they are administered by the Ontario Provincial Police. Across Canada, they are administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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