For as long as we have lived in Old Ottawa South, I have always been intrigued by 70A Leonard Avenue. We arrived too late to see the birth of Red Apron, who now run a highly successful ready-made food service out of a beautiful location at 564 Gladstone Ave. But we did get to see the start of Life of Pie in that same location. And as anyone in OOS will know, they too are a great success story, with two subsequent moves along Bank Street. And while I am not a vegan or a fan of raw food, it was still sad to see Herbivore at the Door close, not in the least because I loved their logo! According to HatD’s Facebook page, chef Candice Bernes has moved on to Simply Raw Express in Hintonburg.
At the May 2017 AGM, Brenda Lee received the Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award from OSCA for over 20 years of volunteering on the OSCA Board and on the Events Committee. Brenda has been a strong supporter for events that bring the community together and has given of her time and knowledge openly and selflessly. Her contribution to the community has been felt in many ways, and the community will continue to benefit for years to come because of her efforts, and establishment of key OSCA events.
This is a transcript of her acceptance speech originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.
How and why should Southminster Church, this important part of Old Ottawa South, continue to thrive in our community and why should Old Ottawa South fight to keep our R3—three storey residential zoning? At first blush, the current proposal to rezone the church property to allow a nominally 6 storey, but practically a 7 storey condominium, to be built behind the church seems like the perfect answer. But is it really so? Yes, the money the church will receive from the developer, Windmill Development, will pay for repairs that are urgently needed. But what will happen five years down the road when more repairs are required? And, has the church really gotten the best value for the property to be severed from the back? Is the only way to keep the church alive to encroach on the current residential zoning of the neighbourhood with a twenty-plus metre structure as opposed to the current R3 allowance of eleven metres? How can we save the church and the neighbourhood too and why should we care about preserving either?
Over the course of the winter and spring, the people of Ottawa and, in particular, the residents of Old Ottawa South, have benefitted from a temporary set of traffic lights on Colonel By Drive at the intersection of Echo Drive as it heads up to Bank Street. These lights, admittedly not pretty, meant no dodging of speeding cars to get across Colonel By, no long waits to cross while a seemingly endless stream of cars passes by, and no looking longingly at the canal wishing we had a safe access point.
Unfortunately, these temporary traffic lights were related to the rehabilitation of the eastern canal wall between Echo Drive and Pig Island. Now that the work has been completed, the lights have disappeared. However, our desire for a permanent safe crossing has not disappeared but rather has been strengthened.
It took quite a few players to make Sunday's Bike Rally/Rodeo a success. First and foremost, OSCA's Traffic & Safety Committee who made cycle training & safety part of their strategic plan, David Chernushenko's office (David & Ian Grabina) who supported us from the very beginning, our community partners in the Glebe, Old Ottawa East, Heron Park who welcomed our proposal in the blink of an eye, the City of Ottawa's Safer Roads Program and the staff at OSCA. There are many nameless volunteers who by their very spirit and encouragement made this event worth the effort: the Beaver Scouts, Hopewell parents & staff, our children, grandchildren, their friends & families, the paramedics, police, Can-Bike trainers, the folks from the Cycling Safety program who, with the Beaver Scouts, saved the day with obstacle courses, a jellied brain, helmet fittings, and a bike wash!
Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.
For the last concert of the 2016-2017 Music at Trinity concert series on Saturday, June 17, 2017, I have decided to feature Trinity’s Casavant organ, to mark the instrument’s anniversary of dedication. I will perform an organ recital with a carefully chosen programme that will explore the wonderful colors this lovely instrument has to offer.
Originally published in the June 2017 OSCAR.
History comes alive this June in a new play about one of Canada’s most intriguing figures. Unexpected encounters lead to surprising and often comic results when Thomas D’Arcy McGee moves into Mrs. Trotter’s boarding house on Sparks Street. There to help forge a vision of Confederation, McGee is horrified to learn that his new lodgings are home to a boisterous group of young fiddlers who meet for their weekly practices. As he learns to appreciate their music and energy, the children offer McGee an important lesson about the real meaning of community.
Left turns are not permitted at the top of the Echo Drive ramp coming up from Colonel By Drive to go north on Bank Street. However, we know that this illegal and dangerous practice happens all the time. Not only is this practice dangerous to cyclists moving in both directions on Bank Street but also to pedestrians walking south across the west side of the intersection. Traffic is also often disrupted as left-turning cars get stuck in the middle of the intersection.
Come rain or shine, on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, Old Ottawa South will host its first Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo.
The event itself has two parts: a rally and a rodeo. Come to both—the rally begins at 9:00 a.m. at Brewer Park—or come to Windsor Park at 10:00 a.m. where our young cyclists will have an opportunity to demonstrate some of their best riding skills in obstacle courses designed to teach them the safer handling of their untamed bike broncos. Under the guidance of Safer Roads Ottawa, the tennis courts will serve as fenced-in safety corrals to practice turns, bike balance, and hand signals.