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Planning Primer II: Development Review and Implementation

The City of Ottawa offers free learning sessions on topics and issues related to city planning. A reminder: the next scheduled course is about Development Review and Implementation.

February 18 and 21, 2017 (Offered in English)

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Moose Relinquish Cup to Dominant Hosers

Climate change may ruin best laid plans with floods, fires, and hurricanes. But it couldn’t stop the 10th Annual Capital Ward Cup from going ahead January 28, 2017 at Windsor Park.

Despite above zero temperatures that had closed the canal and many outdoor rinks across Ottawa, the four teams that compete each year for the Cup were undeterred, scraping off the ice with shovels and intent to do battle.

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Sidewalk Patio Review

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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Celebrating Our Prime Ministers

As a sesquicentennial project, OSCA's sister organization - the Old Ottawa East Community Association - will be holding monthly informal gatherings to celebrate some of Canada's 23 prime ministers. Old Ottawa East can lay claim to being the home of at least one prime minister: Jean Chrétien resided on Bower Avenue in the years before he became PM.  Sandy Hill  has had lots of first ministers, but what about Old Ottawa South?

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Write for Rights: Sun. Dec. 11, 2016

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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Celebrating Trinity's Anniversary!

Trinity Anglican jcdOn Sunday, January 15, 2017, Trinity Anglican Church is celebrating an anniversary and you're invited!

From the church announcement: Be part of the celebration of the “birth” of Trinity on January 15, 1876 (yes, we are that old). Elements of the 10 o’clock service will recognize this significant anniversary, and at the social time afterwards, there will be cake, and a display of a few memorabilia. Please invite family, friends, neighbours, and especially former parishioners.

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Elementary School Program Framework Consultation

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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Ottawa Children's Garden Soil Contamination

The City’s Environmental Remediation Unit recently found shallow soil contamination at Robert F. Legget Park and the Ottawa Children’s Garden at 321 Main St. in Old Ottawa East. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds were detected at concentrations exceeding provincial standards.

Over the winter, the City will undertake a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) to determine the full extent of the contamination, then develop a plan to implement appropriate risk management measures and/or remediation of the site.

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Faith Communities Gather to Support Anna Maranta Following Hate Crime

The Ottawa Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has invited all faith communities represented in the Glebe and environs to come together and show support for Anna Maranta. Anna Maranta, who leads the Glebe Minyan faith community and lives in the Glebe, woke up on November 15, 2016, to find a swastika and a racial slur spray painted on the door of her house.

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