Old Ottawa South Community Association

Bird Day Sat. May 14, 2016 at Brewer Park

bird day rwbNature Canada is putting on a free event in Brewer Park on Saturday, May 14th to celebrate the return of our  migratory birds. The event will include some opening remarks by Canada's first Ornithologist MP Dick Cannings and Councillor David Chernushenko, two jaw-dropping live demonstrations of birds of prey by Falcon Education, and guided bird walks around the park by local experts.

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MPRS: États d'âme by Justine Pelletier‏

mprs 1On Saturday May 14, 2016, for the sixth concert in the Master Piano Recitial Series 2016 regular line-up at Southminster Church, the talented Justine Pelletier from Montreal QC performs a program of works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Ravel and Schubert.

Ms. Pelletier has performed as a soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with world renowned artists including the Cecilia String Quartet, Antonio Lysy, Laurence Kayaleh and Paul Merkelo. She has been a first-prize winner in the Fondation Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, National Music Festival and Prix d'Europe piano competitions. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City, Justine is currently finishing her doctorate at the Université de Montréal.

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Jane's Walk: May 7 & 8, 2016

janes walk ottawaJane's Walk is a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours given in the spirit of Jane Jacobs that help put people in touch with their city, the things that happen around them, the built environment, the natural environment, and especially with each other. The walks are given by local people who care passionately about where they live, work, and play. This is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.

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Minimum Parking Review

The City of Ottawa has released a zoning proposal to revise minimum parking standards, that is, the number of automobile parking spaces that must be included with new developments.

Visit the study webpage to review discussion papers explaining the drawbacks of the existing standards, which limit the viability of small businesses, hinder urban redevelopment, increase costs, and cause traffic. View the video with background info here. The proposed changes for small-scale developments on main streets and in urban areas like Old Ottawa South offer a new approach to promoting compact development that aligns with the City’s growth objectives.

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Changes to Permanent Signs By-Law

City of Ottawa residents are invited to provide input on a discussion paper regarding changes to the by-law that regulates permanent signs on private property. These signs identify buildings or properties, provide information about what businesses or services are available at particular locations, advertise goods or services or provide directional information.

The review will ensure the by-law accounts for emerging technologies and trends, and that signs meet three key objectives:

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Carleton's Annual Butterfly Show

butterfly  The Ottawa Butterfly Show is an annual event that runs daily from Saturday,October 3, 2015, to Monday, October 12, 2015, in the greenhouses of Carleton University’s biology department. This 10-day show features 1,300 butterflies that arrive in five separate shipments and represent 41 different species worldwide. More than 1,000 area students and 10,000 visitors total entered the steamy greenhouse doors on Carleton’s campus during last year's Butterfly Show.

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Got Tools? Support Ottawa’s Newest Library At the Porch Sale

At this year’s annual Porch Sale, the Ottawa Tool Library will offer you the chance to de-clutter your garage, basement, workroom and shed. This local not-for-profit organization works in a similar way to a public library, but instead of lending books, it provides unlimited access to a growing collection of tools, for a $50 yearly membership. This allows the community to share resources sustainably from the library’s 300+ inventory. The tool library will also offer a variety of workshops for different skill levels and a makerspace to complete projects at its permanent location, Makerspace North, 250 City Centre. 

The Ottawa Tool Library is looking for all sorts of donations—hand tools, kitchen tools, power tools and garden tools, including:

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Delays on Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway and Colonel By Drive

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 09:00 am - Friday, August 21, 2015 - 03:00 pm.

Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway users and motorists on Colonel By Drive, between Rosedale and Leonard avenues, can expect delays from August 12 to August 21, 9 am to 3 pm, due to grading work taking place on adjacent land.

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