Old Ottawa South Community Association

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    Winter 2018 Program Guide

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    OSCA's Annual Breakfast with Santa

    Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Breakfast with Santa at The Firehall! It was a huge success thanks to all of you we were able to raise $337.75 and 284 pounds of food for The Ottawa Food Bank!
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1040 Bank Street, Ottawa

Southminster Plans: Zoning Bylaw Amendment

The City wants to know what you think of the Windmill Development proposal to re-zone the church property to allow for a six-storey apartment building and four townhouses to replace the community hall. Due date for comments is July 11, 2017. Your feedback should be addressed to Allison Hamlin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 613-580-2424 x25477. 

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Southminster Development Plans

The City of Ottawa has posted the preliminary plans for 1040 Bank Street, that is, a proposal to retain the existing church and to replace the assembly hall at the rear with four townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building. To achieve the proposed redevelopment, an application for a Zoning By-law Amendment is required. You can read the planning rationale document here

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Rideau Chorale Presents an Evening of High Baroque Music

Rideau Chorale Presents an Evening of High Baroque Music

Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.

Rideau Chorale, a community-based choir located in Old Ottawa South, will conclude its 2016-17 season with a presentation of a perennial favourite, Vivaldi's Gloria in Excelsis for SATB choir, and a repeat “by popular demand” performance of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, which played to a full house in March as part of the Doors Open for Music noon-hour series at Southminster United Church. The concert, featuring soprano Susan Elizabeth and mezzo-soprano Lydia Piehl, two outstanding young area singers both active in the local opera and oratorio scene, and directed by Roland Graham from the harpsichord, will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm. This combination of masterworks of the Italian high baroque is a perfect way to enjoy a spring evening!

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Southminster Church Development: Unfinished Business

Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.

A couple of years ago, I wrote a number of OSCAR articles about the  effort to reduce height allowance and establish a heritage overlay along Colonel By Drive with intent to prevent the kind of overdevelopment  that is ruining so many streetscapes in communities such as Old Ottawa South. That effort proved successful. However, we did not include Southminster Church in the geographic reach of the rezoning, assuming that as a long time institutional resident in the community, the church would not undertake any development on that site. How wrong we were, and we now find ourselves facing the prospect of a six storey condo building facing onto Galt Street. 

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Development Watch Southminster

Would you like a six-storey condominium on your residential street? We don’t.

We are a group of concerned residents of Old Ottawa South who have recently formed Development Watch Southminster (DWS).

Enlist with our new community group and help us ensure the re-development project at Southminster United Church respects the current bylaws and zoning rules and their intent. We feel that if we sit back and do nothing Old Ottawa South residents may be seen by developers as ‘pushovers’. This is a big upscale project with big implications for our neighbourhood.

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Celebrating Scouting History in Old Ottawa South

Pack-Report-1962-08-17-parkingpatrol-watercolour-smallOriginal published in the April 2012 OSCAR.

The 17th Southminster Scout Troop will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. On January 10, 1932 Southminster United Church was dedicated and shortly thereafter, in the fall of that year, the scout group was established and has called the church at 15 Aylmer Avenue home ever since.

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Hopewell Band Showcase: Wed. Feb. 22, 2017

The talented students of Hopewell Elementary School share their music on February 22, 2017 at Southminster Church, featuring the Junior and Senior Concert Band & the Hopewell Jazz Band, with Marya Woyiwada, director. Freewill offerings for this noontime concert are accepted to help ensure the continuation of this great concert series.

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