Old Ottawa South Community Association

Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo

Capital Spokes Bike Rally & Rodeo

On Sunday June 11, 2017 residents from Old Ottawa South, the Glebe, Old Ottawa East, and Heron Park will cycle along familiar neighbourhood streets and pathways heading for Windsor Park and our very first Capital Spokes Bike Rodeo.  

Depending on where cyclists live, your routes will take you along streets like Percy, Glebe Avenue, O’Connor, Bank, Echo Drive, Avenue Road, Main Street, Brookfield, Clementine, Aylmer Avenue & Colonel By Drive.  Click here for route maps.

Maps are identified by neighbourhood, select the one outlining your community route, take note of the starting point.  Rallies begin at 9:00 a.m. and run from 2.48 – 5.12 km in length, arriving at Windsor Park around 10:00 a.m. Come join the fun: celebrate the end of the school year, the beginning of summer, the seasons of cycling! Everyone is welcome.  


Development Watch Southminster

Would you like a six-storey condominium on your residential street? We don’t.

We are a group of concerned residents of Old Ottawa South who have recently formed Development Watch Southminster (DWS).

Enlist with our new community group and help us ensure the re-development project at Southminster United Church respects the current bylaws and zoning rules and their intent. We feel that if we sit back and do nothing Old Ottawa South residents may be seen by developers as ‘pushovers’. This is a big upscale project with big implications for our neighbourhood.


Spring Cleaning

The Great Glebe Garage Sale takes place on Saturday, May 27, 2017 and the Glebe Community Association has published a list of organizations that are collecting items for this fundraising event in support of the Ottawa Food Bank. If you're doing some spring cleaning, consider donating your unwanted items to one of the following groups.

Sound poet Paul Dutton, April 2017.

Climb a Tree with a Black Squirrel

Originally published in the May 2017 OSCAR.

And see what nuts you can crack! At Black Squirrel Books and Café, on the second and fourth Tuesday each month, the Tree Reading Series presents outstanding poets from Old Ottawa South and beyond, such as Ottawa’s own Sandra Ridley, whose book Silvija is one of three nominated for the prestigious Griffin Prize. On April 11, 2017, she gave listeners a privileged sample of her new, very moving, manuscript. Says past director Colin Morton, “We try to have a mix of local and national poets, and often put an up-and-comer with a veteran, to cover poetry in all its contemporary forms.” Notably, the other 2017 Canadian nominees are also Tree readers: Jordan Abel in 2014, and Hoa Nguyen coming up June 27, 2017.


Life Cycle Bike Fundraiser

The May Court Club of Ottawa is pleased to announce we are receiving registrations for our first fund-raising bike ride – Life Cycle on June 3, 2017.   Join other cyclists for a 50 km ride to raise money for the May Court’s many programs serving the community which includes housing and supporting the Hospice at May Court, scholarships masters students as nurse practitioners and in information technology, nutrition programs at Community Houses, the library at the Civic Hospital to name a few.

Some of the Spring 2017 Clean Up Crew

Windsor Park Cleanup Spring 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.

Redwing Blackbird

Get up close to the world of birds: International Migratory Bird Day

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”. 


Commemorative Naming Proposal for Deirdre McQuillan

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.”


Temporary Closure of Sunnyside Library Branch

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.


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