Category Archives: Meetings

CCW April 2015 Meeting: Elections & PIZZA!

Got a taste for blood (and pizza)? Feeling bloody-minded? Then why not join us!

Our next meeting is on Wednesday April 8, 2015 in the Honeywell Room at Ottawa City Hall.  It begins at 6:45.  Pizza will be served.  The 2015-2016 election for the CCW Executive will then take place.  PLEASE COME TO THIS MEETING IF YOU ARE FREE.  If you are interested in putting your name forward for any of the executive positions, please email Michael Murphy   The CCW executive needs new blood.  We welcome fresh blood to the executive.

Our yearly book exchange also takes place.  Bring a couple of mysteries you have read to the meeting, leave them on the table and go home with something new to read.

Time permitting, we will have a round the table discussion of what we are currently reading.  Go home with suggestions from CCW members of what to read next, from Ottawa’s most discerning mystery readers

IF YOU ARE COMING TO THIS MEETING, PLEASE REPLY TO Michael Murphy  so he knows how much pizza to bring.

FINAL REMINDER: Entries for the “Audrey” short story contest close on April 1st. No fooling.

Book swap and a peek at the Capital Mayhem lineup

Give some mystery; get some mystery, and learn about our Capital Mayhem conference!

Bring some books; get some books, and learn about our Capital Mayhem conference!

Does your mystery collection need a refresh? Are there old favourites lying around collecting dust and in need of a good home?

Head on over to this month’s Capital Crime Writers’ meeting where members can pass along books and get some new ones to hibernate with during this interminable winter.

Bring your appetite too because free pizza is on the roster.

The meeting is Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:45 p.m. in the Honeywell Room at Ottawa City Hall. Chat to fellow members about beloved authors, compelling characters, crime, new authors to watch, or even share information about mysteries you’re writing. Elections will also be held for the 2014-15 CCW executive. Non-members are welcome.

Our president Michael Murphy will also share information about Capital Mayhem, our upcoming mystery conference on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ottawa Public Library Main Branch.

This free event features Peter Robinson, author of the Inspector Banks mystery series. Attend panel discussions starring well-known Ottawa mystery authors, and chow down on a free lunch. Stay tuned.

Purloined intellectual property

Patent and intellectual property lawyer, Jaimie Bordman will present at the March 12, CCW meeting.

The next meeting takes place at 7:00 on Wednesday, March 12 in the Honeywell Room at City Hall. The speaker will be Jaimie Bordman.

Intellectual property (copyright, trade-marks, patents) is a subject authors must consider. As a writer, you may not unfairly use others’ work (be it a copyright or trade-mark issue) and you do not want others to unfairly use yours.

If infringements occur, legal ramifications could result. Protect your intellectual property and protect yourself. Jaimie Bordman will guide us through this legal world.

Jaimie Bordman is an associate of Ridout & Maybee LLP in the firm’s Ottawa office. His practice includes the preparation of patent applications primarily for electrical, mechanical and computer related technologies, as well as the prosecution of patent and trade-mark applications and intellectual property litigation.

He graduated in engineering physics at Carleton before studying law at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy. Jaimie is a member of the Canadian, Ontario, American and New York State bar associations plus the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He is also a registered trade-mark agent.

Learn about Canada’s border security

The February meeting wiil take place at 7:00 on Wednesday, February 12 in the Honeywell Room at City Hall. The speaker will be Peter Rickard of  the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Peter is currently the manager of Compliance for the Advance Passenger Information Program at CBSA. He is responsible for monitoring and analyzing passenger data to determine compliance with Canadian law for arriving international commercial aircraft. His current interests encompass aviation security, regulatory compliance, and fraud investigation.

The CBSA provides border services that support national security and public safety while enabling the free flow of legitimate persons and goods. Headquartered in Ottawa, CBSA monitors, investigates, detains and removes people or goods in violation of the laws. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, measures have become increasingly important to protect the safety of Canadians. Using advance information and international partnerships, CBSA identifies and intercepts threats before they arrive at Canada’s borders.

Peter’s talk will include the history and purpose of CBSA, aviation and trade security. he will discuss the challenges faced by the agency, including terrorism smuggling, human trafficking and money laundering.

Jan. 8 – Elizabeth Fry director to discuss women who commit crime

CCW January meeting topic: Women who commit crime.

CCW January meeting topic: Women who commit crime.

Bryonie Baxter, the executive director of Elizabeth Fry Ottawa, will speak to Capital Crime Writer members on the subject of women who commit crime.

A veteran educator with the Peel District School Board,  including positions as Vice-Principal, Secondary for two schools and I.B. Coordinator in one high school, Byronie co-authored The Future We Want: Building Inclusive Schools. Bryonie moved to Ottawa in March 2008 and began working for The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa in July of that year. As well as being Executive Director of the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa, she is also a Federal Advocate for the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and President of the Council of Elizabeth Fry Societies of Ontario.

In April 2010 Bryonie was the proud recipient of a Province of Ontario Leading Women, Building Communities Award recognizing her “exceptional community leadership to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario”. Bryonie also sits on the East Region Director’s Resource Committee of the Office of the Independent Police Review Directorate.

When and Where:
Jan. 8, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Ottawa City Hall – Honeywell Room 2nd floor.

Follow Byronie on Twitter: @ByronieBaxter

Annual Christmas dinner – Dec. 11

Toronto author Howard Shrier

Toronto author Howard Shrier

Put Dec. 11 on your calendar! The CCW annual Christmas Dinner features special guest Howard Shrier.

Where: Grillman Fresh Eatery, 111 Colonnade Rd.

When:  Wednesday, December 11, 2013th

Time:   Mingling begins at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s December guest speaker – Howard Shrier is a two-time Arthur Ellis Award winner. The first Ellis was for Best First Novel for Buffalo Jump, which introduced Toronto investigator Jonah Geller, and the second for his sequel High Chicago. Last May saw the release of his fourth novel in the Geller series, Miss Montreal. The Geller books have been optioned for television.

Books will be available for purchase.

Nov. 13 – Editors: Your gateway to publication

Editors are the unsung heroes of the publishing world, often making the difference between a manuscript that gets tossed or one that wins an award. Editors are also the gatekeepers of the publishing world, the first ones who read a manuscript and determine whether it deserves being passed up the chain.


Allister Thompson has more than 15 years of experience as an editor for publishing houses, having guided some of the country’s top award-winning crime writers. He is now a freelance editor and consultant. Allister knows what it takes to move your manuscript from the slush pile to the bookstore.

CB Forrest is the author of the critically-acclaimed Charlie McKelvey mystery series, a discovery of Allister’s back in 2008. Forrest will moderate an engaging session as Allister shares with the Capital Crime Writers his years of experience, tips to help make your manuscript stand out, mistakes to avoid, and his views on the future of publishing.

The moderated session will provide ample opportunity for questions and feedback, but individual appointments can be booked with Allister prior to the event. He can be contacted via his website at

Also, here’s an interesting Q & A with Allister from July: Five Questions and Answers with editor Allister Thompson

Next meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

Time and place: 7 p.m., Honeywell Room, City Hall

Oct. 9 meeting – The cyber arm of the law


Greg Bembridge will discuss basic techniques of computer forensics and the reasons for using them, and tell stories on how they have led to convictions. He is a certified computer examiner, a civilian member of the RCMP and a senior computer forensic instructor at the Canadian Police College.

Greg is a graduate of the Technical University of Nova Scotia and has been declared an expert witness in the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia court systems.

Currently, as a member of the Technological Crime Learning Institute team, he develops and teaches computer forensic examination techniques to Canadian and international law enforcement agencies. Prior to this, Greg was a forensic analyst with the RCMP’s Technological Crime Unit in Halifax where he was involved in the seizure and examination of electronic storage devices. He has conducted a number of lectures on computer forensic techniques.

Next meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013

Time and place: 7 p.m., Honeywell Room, City Hall

Sept. 17 – Senator Vern White explores past policing experiences

Vern_WhiteSenator Vern White will be our speaker Tuesday, September 17. Most of us are familiar with his role as Chief of the Ottawa Police Service from 2005 to 2012. He also worked with the RCMP as Assistant Commissioner, and served in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and three northern territories, as well as Ontario.

He will be speaking about his experience in those provinces and territories.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Honeywell Room, second floor, at Ottawa City Hall.

June 12th, year end meeting


The winners of the CCW short story contest will be announced on Wednesday June 12 at the Clock Tower brew pub, located at 418 Richmond road (in Westboro).    The event begins at 6:00 for people wishing to order dinner.  The contest winners will read their submissions.  Other members are invited to read from their work.

In keeping with past practice, book donations for the library at the Ottawa Boys and Girls  club will be accepted.  The library serves youth from