Old Ottawa South Community Association

Anna Belanger should Allow Men

I recently hurt my back and wanted to try a massage. I've tried them several times at various places before but have never found one that helped. I had heard about Anna Belanger & Associates and knew they had a very good reputation, so I went to their website and found they did just what I needed: a therapeutic massage to deal with pain. I realized I could walk there very easily, and I wanted to support a local business.

I clicked on the button to see if I could book an appointment but was disappointed when I saw what I had been warned about: their Old Ottawa South clinic is for women only.

An article in OldOttawaSouth.ca from last February describes their focus on women. They understand the various stages of women's lives and want to "create a warm and welcoming space and to help with the physical and emotional effects women’s bodies go through". The author concludes the article with: "Treat yourselves and book an appointment to visit one of the five amazing therapists in the clinic." When I read that I very much wanted to, but I felt bad because I wasn't allowed to go there. It says "Women's Only" next to the Old Ottawa South button. I didn't want to go to all the way to Barrhaven!

However in fact, that is what I did. Last Thursday I went to the Anna Belanger clinic in Barrhaven and got an excellent massage. I can say confidently it was the only massage I've ever had that did me any good at all, and it did me a lot of good. Seriously, my back was almost 100% after that.

I don't want in any way to take away from the support they provide to women, but I do feel it was unfair to exclude me just because I'm a man. I think if a man needs a massage why not take him in. Also, I wasted a lot of time and gas, and produced a considerable carbon footprint going from Old Ottawa South to Barrhaven in rush hour! (That was the only time I could get.)


Local Parking Lot Collects 1062 Citations

214 MainThe innocuous-looking parking lot at 214 Main Street, next to the Green Door restaurant, is very busy with parking infractions. In 2013, 1,062 tickets were issued to people who parked without buying a parking ticket from the automatic dispenser machine.


Learn About City of Ottawa Planning Processes

The City of Ottawa offers a series of free courses designed to help citizens become familiar with issues related to urban planning. The information from two courses—Planning Primer I & Planning Primer II—is available via the City of Ottawa website.

Also available online is material from the elective courses on Residential Infill and Intensification, Development Charges, Park Planning, Heritage Planning, and Secondary Planning Processes.


OSCA Fall Fest: Sun. Oct. 19, 2014

horses-by-tta-ffest-2012OSCA is excited to announce the annual Fall Fest will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at Windsor Park, from 11am -2pm. 

Featuring live music, hay rides (courtesy of Tracy Arnett), a bouncy slide, raffle prizes, pumpkins for sale, a BBQ and face painting and of course the ever popular and slightly odd, GOAT BINGO!


Start Write Workshop Returns to the Firehall

We had so much fun in Start Write last year that we’re bringing it back to Old Ottawa South this fall. Got a book you’re dying to write, but just can’t seem to get started? Why not join us.

Classes will run Sundays 10:00 am – 11:30 am on October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 2014.

Register at www.oldottawasouth.ca  before Friday, October 3, 2014.


OSCA at Lansdowne: Sat. Aug. 16, 2014

Come check out the new facilities at Lansdowne Park and then swing by our display table and see what OSCA is offering up!
Take a peek at our fall programs, grab some OSCA swag, and join in a game or two with some of the OSCA crew.

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