Old Ottawa South Community Association

Colonel By Drive at Bank Street Exit (Echo Drive).

Safe Crossing of Colonel By Drive

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.

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Can-Bike Training Session for Volunteers

Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo: A Grand Success!

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! 

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A Recital to Mark the Anniversary of Trinity Anglican Church’s Organ

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. 

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Sparks Street Ballad: A Canadian Tale of Thomas D’Arcy McGee

Sparks Street Ballad: A Canadian Tale of Thomas D’Arcy McGee

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.

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Ramp from Colonel By Drive onto Bank Street.

No Left Turns!

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.

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Bike Rodeo & Rally Just Around the Corner!

Bike Rodeo & Rally Just Around the Corner!

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.

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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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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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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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