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Sidewalk Patio Review

Last modified on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 11:00

In 2016, the City of Ottawa is creating a new Right of Way (ROW) Patio By-law to improve service to the restaurant industry and the public by rethinking how we regulate use of this public domain.

What is a Right of Way (ROW) Patio?

A ROW patio operates on City streets and boulevards using pedestrian space (corridors, city sidewalks) to provide services such as a restaurant, tavern or coffee shop. ROW patios can extend from the building face across a sidewalk, or between a curb and the sidewalk, or in a single row along the building face.

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Write for Rights: Sun. Dec. 11, 2016

Last modified on Wednesday, 07 December 2016 13:56

write for rights - amnesty international

Sunday, December 11, 2016 2:00-5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall at Southminster Church

Come and write letters to human rights defenders under attack, prisoners of conscience, and the government authorities with the power to end these human rights abuses.

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Elementary School Program Framework Consultation

Last modified on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 18:52

Programs Could Be Removed at Hopewell!

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDB) is undergoing a proposed new framework for schools. In theory parents are currently being consulted and there is a survey on the OCDSB website (the deadline is December 13. 2016 to share your opinion).

However, many parents do not seem to be aware of this survey, its deadline, nor the implications. The OCDSB makes reference to single track versus dual track schools. For example, an all English or all Early French Immersion (EFI) is a single track school such as the changes to Elgin Street Public School that occurred this year. English students are now being sent to Centennial Public School. The key change that the OCDSB is proposing across the board is that there needs to be: “at least one-and-a-half classes per grade, per program. This provides flexibility for student placement and allows for teacher collaboration in support of student learning”. If there are insufficient students, those programs would likely be removed. Currently at Hopewell Avenue Public School, both the English program and the Middle French Immersion programs do not have enrollment numbers that would satisfy the criteria of 1.5 classes per grade and so Hopewell would become a “single track school”.

If Old Ottawa South residents are opposed to single track schools and are in favor of community schools (“dual-track”) that reflect the diversity of our community, then you are encouraged to share your opinion through the survey which can be found here:

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White Christmas - Movie at the Mayfair Theatre

Last modified on Monday, 19 December 2016 12:15

white christmas adCome take a break during this busy time of year and enjoy a Christmas classic! OSCA is putting on White Christmas at the Mayfair Theatre on Sunday, December 11th, 2016. It starts at 4pm, so be sure to come a little early to get your tickets and snacks. Adults are $10, children 12 and under are $5. There will be door prizes, and hopefully like previous years, singing! I always feel a little renewed after this movie hopefully you will too.

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Breakfast with Santa

Last modified on Sunday, 04 December 2016 20:58

Breakfast with Santa detail from movie poster

Do you and your little ones want a chance to get on Santa's nice list by helping the less fortunate? On Sunday, December 4, 2016, the Old Ottawa South Community Association will be hosting Breakfast With Santa at The Old Firehall (260 Sunnyside Avenue) between 10:30am to 12:30pm.

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Francojeunesse Families Protest School Rezoning

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 08:39

The Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) has recently proposed to alter several school catchment zones that would directly affect many residents of Old Ottawa South, in particular, residents whose children currently attend the CEPEO's Francojeunesse school in Sandy Hill.

Currently, the catchment zone for Francojeunesse includes all of Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East, among other neighbourhoods. Under the new rezoning proposal put forward by the CEPEO at the end of October 2016, a new school would be opened in 2017 at 175 Beech (near Preston Street in Little Italy) and the roughly 30 Francojeunesse students who live in Old Ottawa South and west of Bank Street would be asked —or possibly required— to transfer from Francojeunesse to the new school.

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OSCA Fall Fest 2016

Last modified on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 09:46

Mayor Jim Watson came by the OSCA Fall Fest 2016 on Oct. 2nd at Windsor Park, and as he stood there with a slight drizzle of rain falling around him, he looked at the crowds and said” I guess even the rain doesn’t stop people”. “ No,” someone replied, “ We are Canadians!” “ NO, the Mayor and I replied at the same time, “ We are Old Ottawa Southers!”

And hence it was true, with the rain falling intermittently, and a slight mist surrounding us, it was indeed a bit of a magical day. Approximately 250 people braved the rain and came out to celebrate fall and their community of Old Ottawa South.

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