Old Ottawa South Community Association

Rideau Canal Walls: Work Nearing Completion

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa between Bank Street and Pig Island along the Eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and is now nearing completion.

Repairs on the walls themselves are complete and new railings have been installed. Work is now underway to re-install light standards and to repair the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The project will conclude with site re-beautification including laying sod and removing temporary construction trailers as well as other features of the construction site.

Beginning at approximately 9pm on June 8, 2017 the contractor will be removing the safety measures along the southbound lane of Colonel By Drive.  A signed detour route will be in place as this work will require the overnight closure of Colonel By Drive in this area.  A further notice will be circulated closer to the closure to confirm the date and time.

Once the contractor has fully withdrawn from the site, the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway will be reopened.  This could occur as early as June 9, 2017.

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Main Street Renewal Project

Main Street, from Clegg Street to Riverdale Avenue, will be completely closed to traffic (northbound and southbound directions) on Saturday June 10, 2017 from 6am to 10pm for the placement of the top lift of asphalt. In case of rain, this closure will be postponed to Saturday June 24th. The closure is required for the safe paving of the top lift of asphalt in this narrow section of Main Street.

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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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Ottawa Indie Fest: Sat. June 3, 2017

A day-long celebration of Canadian Independent Film!

Ottawa Indie Fest is pleased to announce its inaugural screenings of Canadian independent films on Saturday June 3, 2017 at beautifully renovated La Nouvelle Scene Theatre in the heart of Ottawa's art district.

Founded by Old Ottawa South resident and filmmaker Ed Kucerak (Kublacom Pictures) and Ottawa filmmakers Jith Paul (Treepot Media) and Blair Campbell (4 Sight Media), the film festival program this year consists of four feature-length films and six shorts, all Ottawa premieres.

Highlights include:

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Overwhelming Turnout to Public Consultation on Brewer Park’s Future

Overwhelming Turnout to Public Consultation on Brewer Park’s Future

Originally published in the May 2017 OSCAR.

The first public consultation on Brewer Park’s renewal, which took place on March 23, 2017, demonstrated that the community truly cares about the park’s future. An overwhelming number of local residents turned out to the meeting, all eager to provide their feedback and input.

The meeting was an initial step that marked the start of a multi-year process of listening, planning, seeking funding and then implementing the re-development of the park.

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City Noise By-law Under Review

The City of Ottawa Community and Protective Services Committee will examine the Noise By-law at its meeting Thursday, May 18, 2017. There are no proposed changes to the existing process for special event exemptions. The aim is to reduce noise through: the enforcement of bass noise and vibration; a reduction in the construction noise exemption level; improved enforcement of commercial deliveries and waste collection; and a reduction in the permitted duration of car alarms from 20 minutes to 5.

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