As promised at our first Open House, we are organizing a second Open House / Town Hall as part of our on-going pre-consultation with the Old Ottawa South Community for Monday, May 8, 2017.
Holy Cow! Can you believe it? This was the 20th time we met over a coffee and compost bags to give our parks (Windsor Park plus Linda Thom Park) a "Spring Spruce Up." Along with the usual mayhem from the dog salad, Pete, Brian, Gary, Linda, and Mike lead the interested to rake up, pick up, clean up, and chop down as appropriate. We lucked out with a warm sunny day after a rather soggy previous week.
Originally published in the May 2017 OSCAR.
Watch an owl fly silently to a perch, and learn the secret of how they manage to be so quiet. Discover special places along the Rideau River that shelter birds − and why they need our protection. Hear storytellers share the wonders of a bird’s migration journey and other fascinating tales of these small and delightful creatures.
All this, and more, will be part of a free celebration of International Bird Day, Saturday May 13, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm at Brewer Park on Bronson Avenue. The theme for this family-friendly and fun event is “Helping Birds along the Way”.
City seeking public input on a commemorative naming proposal
The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on a proposal to name a room in the Ottawa South Community Centre, located at 260 Sunnyside Avenue, “Deirdre McQuillan Lounge.”
The Sunnyside branch will be closed from Monday, May 8 to Thursday, May 18, 2017 for improvements. It will reopen Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1 p.m.
During the closure:
- The branch will be fully converted to Radio-Frequency Identification technology or RFID.
- Temporary book drops will be available during this time.
The branch will be closed again in late June to complete the conversion to RFID technology. Dates to be confirmed.
Please join us for the launch of Doors Open Ottawa 2017 where you will get a sneak peek at 40 new sites joining the region’s largest heritage event. Then, join us for a panel discussion about architecture in Canada, featuring:·
Moderator: Alan Neal, CBC Radio, All in a Day
- Barry Hobin, Hobin Architecture
- Elsa Lam, Editor of Canadian Architect magazine
- Donald Schmitt, Principal Architect for the National Arts Centre Rejuvenation Project,
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
On Sunday June 11, 2017 the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) is partnering with the City’s Safer Roads Program to host a Bike Rodeo in Windsor Park.
OSCA’s Traffic & Safety Committee has invited our neighboring communities to help make this cycling event as useful, practical, and as much fun as possible. On June 11th residents from Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East and Heron Park will mount their broncos (bicycles) to ride several of Capital Ward’s bicycle pathways/routes to Windsor Park where some of the City’s finest traffic & safety experts will share “tips” on bicycle safety and know-how.
Volunteering as a youth has many practical benefits. During volunteer opportunities, people are afforded the chance to network, gain vital experience, and learn new things while also helping the community. Volunteers have also been shown to have increased motivation and a sense of achievement.
OSCA’s Summer Camps are a great opportunity for youth to contribute to the community while learning skills they can apply in a variety of environments. OSCA’s volunteers receive experience in children’s programming, group dynamics and group control, safety, team building, leadership, ages and stages, and much more. Our experienced staff also provide them with feedback and learning opportunities throughout their time in camps. High school students can use volunteer hours toward the Ontario High School Community Service Program.
When learning is practical and fun, it’s often more effective. And what better way to introduce safe cycling habits into everyday activities than to make it fun! There is so much to learn about cycling: choosing the right bike, the right helmet, understanding the basic mechanics of a bike, its essential safety features, learning legal hand signals, moving around traffic and large obstacles like garbage trucks and road construction, and so much more. Although instilling best cycling practices begins at home, there are a variety of ways to reinforce and refresh the safety and road features of riding a bicycle for young and old alike.