Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Fall 2018 at OSCA

    Fall 2018 at OSCA

    We are weeks away from our Fall session! Find out more about the fall fun we have planned!
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  • Summer 2018 Program Guide

    Summer 2018 Program Guide

    Summer is in full swing! Check out what's happening at OSCA.
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  • Old Ottawa South Resident? Join OSCA - it's free!

    Old Ottawa South Resident? Join OSCA - it's free!

    If you wish to vote for the OSCA Board, you must be an OSCA member. If you wish to stand for election to become a Board member, you must also have signed up as a member at least three months before the AGM. To become a member click below and register today - it’s free! Want to join the OSCA Board? Contact the Nomination Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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  • 2018 Summer Camps

    2018 Summer Camps

    Registration opens February 1st 2018
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  • Register for OSCA Programs

    Register for OSCA Programs

  • OSCA Celebrates 40 years!

    OSCA Celebrates 40 years!

    2018 marks the 40th anniversary of The Old Ottawa South Community Association! Stay tuned for a wonderful year filled with celebration. Throughout 2018 we'll be looking back on the wonderful years we've had, and planning for the even more amazing years ahead! Stay connected with us through Facebook, Twitter, and Instragram as we celebrate our anniversary! @OldOttSouth
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Bank Street Roundup

There is a lot happening on Bank Street, and rather than focusing on one or two specific businesses in Old Ottawa South, this month’s Business Beat will highlight some of the changes that have occurred this summer.

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Brian's car, a Green Dreamer's treasure chest.

Seasonal Round-up for Green Dreamers

By the time October arrives Green Dreamers will be winding down their fourth gardening season in Old Ottawa South. When you see them on the sidewalks and in the public garden beds between the bridges, they will be (most likely) pulling up the dried remnants of milkweed and sunflowers, cutting back some rather thick and reedy perennial growth, raking dried leaves, filling brown bags, ruminating over what went well and what didn’t, and sharing with each other and passers-by bits of information and suggestions for the next growing season in 2018.

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Southminster Redevelopment: Community Meeting and Comment Session

Councillor Chernushenko will host an information session on the plan to redevelop the Southminster United Church property. The proposal is to retain the existing church building and renovate the basement to house community uses. Memorial Hall would be demolished and replaced with four three-storey townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building. 

Date & Time: Monday, 11 September 2017, 7:00 -  8:30 p.m.

Location: Southminster United Church (Lower Hall), 15 Aylmer Avenue

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Bank Street at Belmont Avenue.

New on the Street: Sri Chinmoy Statue

The corner of Bank & Belmont looks a little different now with the addition of a statue of Sri Chinmoy surrounded by some flowers and benches. CBC News recently brought attention to the statue and the Bank Street site where a local group operated a natural food store and restaurant in the 1970's.

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Winnie & Ailsa in the garden.

Green Dreamers: July 2017 Update

We will meet at Sunnyside & Bank on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Depending on weather and numbers of Green Dreamers, we will branch out to do some transplanting and some light gardening at the Firehall and at the Hopewell School bed nearest the younger kids' playground.

On Thursday July 7th, Brian Ure and I moved some perennials from the former Hortus Urbanus garden on Glen to the bed nearest the TD building. Ailsa Francis began her work on the new Oat Couture Garden Wednesday, July 6th, and asked us to move what she is excavating. So we did! The public bed nearest the new Oat Couture garden will likely be affected by the patio design and renovations taking place. We will maintain this public bed but not plant anything new in the near future. We agree with Ailsa that the weed trees on this bed should be removed and a new tree planted. When this happens we will have to be prepared to save perennials already planted. Stay tuned. It all looks good!! 

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Goodbye Georgetown, Hello Senate - Plus a Few Tidbits

Being a born-and-raised Dutchman, I thoroughly enjoyed the last two FIFA World Cups, where we finished as runners-up and in third place, respectively (I’ll conveniently ignore the last few Euro Cups though). A huge part of that enjoyment came from watching the majority of the games at the Georgetown (1159 Bank Street). Especially as the Georgetown was the unofficial-official hangout for Dutch soccer fans and was nicknamed “the Dutch Lair” on game day (the Dutch soccer emblem is a lion). 

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Loving Our Local: June 9-11, 2017

Loving Our Local: June 9-11, 2017

Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.

One of the defining characteristics on Old Ottawa South’s business community is that it is almost exclusively comprised of independent, locally owned businesses. “Loving our Local” is a campaign aimed at promoting and celebrating these unique, independent local businesses that make our National Capital Region and OOS so special. Each neighbourhood in our city has a distinct culture and identity, and the businesses and organizations that reside in these neighbourhoods heavily influence the cultural fabric that defines where we live. 

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Bank Street Bridge

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

South part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

North part (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

1912;* restored in 1993
Infrastructure

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The Bank Street Canal Bridge carries Bank Street along a roughly north – south direction over the Rideau Canal, linking The Glebe to Old Ottawa South. It also passes over Queen Elizabeth and Colonel By drives, each of which extends along one side of the canal.

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Mayfair Theatre

Front (east) facade (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)
Front (east) facade (Mohammad al-Asad, 2008)

1074 Bank Street
1932
Commercial

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Statement of Cultural Heritage Significance.

The exterior of the Mayfair Theatre faces Bank Street with a three-story brick façade topped by a centrally-located, free-standing curvilinear Spanish Colonial Revival gable. The upper two thirds of the façade constitute a primarily blank, windowless surface with very limited decorative features. These include patterned brickwork and small square artificial cut-stone inlays defining the corners of rectangular brick frames articulating the facade. The building’s lower third opens up along the street level through the theatre’s entry doors as well as the storefront window of a barber shop located to their right. Another store originally flanked the entry doors from the left, but was later incorporated into the theatre.

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OSCA builds a strong sense of community and engages the residents of OOS through its various programs, services and activities.

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