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Coach House Zoning Amendments

The City of Ottawa has been working on a zoning study to determine appropriate zones and standards to permit secondary dwelling units within accessory structures in residential neighbourhoods. These types of dwelling units, often referred to as coach houses, are essentially a small apartment or suite in the backyard of a home or along a laneway.

The City already permits a secondary dwelling in a detached, linked-detached, semi-detached or townhouse dwelling in any zone where that dwelling type is listed as a permitted use. The current definition of a secondary dwelling unit is:


Review of Ontario Municipal Board

The Ontario government is now accepting feedback on a number of topics related to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Comments and suggestions received during all stages of the review, as well as comments already received, will be used to help inform the government of what changes may be needed. A consultation paper will be released in fall 2016 for further comment.


MPRS: Goldberg Variations with Simone Dinnerstein

mprs 1In celebration of the successful conclusion of its first three seasons, the MPRS presents internationally-acclaimed American pianist Simone Dinnerstein, in an exclusive Ottawa offering of this extraordinary pianist performing J. S. Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations. Ms. Dinnerstein first made international headlines in 2007 following the release of a self-produced recording of the Goldberg Variations, which was subsequently picked up by the Telarc record label, and ranked for several weeks at the number one spot on the U.S. Classical Charts.


Lansdowne Summer 2016 Arts Series

Come and celebrate the long summer evenings at the 2016 Lansdowne Summer Arts series. Every Sunday evening between June 26 and August 21 there will be live, free, family-friendly entertainment at Lansdowne Park. All events are between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Check out Lansdowne’s website to find out who will be performing and when. Bring the family to Lansdowne for one of the fine concerts!

OPL's Central Library Questionnaire

Help shape the criteria that will be used to evaluate potential locations for the new flagship Ottawa Central Library. You have until midnight Thursday, June 9, 2016 to complete the online questionnaire about the new Ottawa Central Library location.


Shakespeare's Macbeth Outdoors

bear and co macbethMacbeth, Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy, roars into Windsor Park with swords, sorcery, song . . . and fire dancers!

Summer means Shakespeare in the park. In this 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death,  Bear & Co. brings you Macbeth as the Queen’s Men might have toured it. Within the circle of a rope thrown on the ground, three women invite you into Shakespeare’s warring Scotland. In a country torn by civil strife, who is to be trusted? Are they witches? Beggars? Loyal friends or assassins? Only one thing is sure: They play with fire.


Doors Open Ottawa June 4-5, 2016

doors open ottawaBuildings across Ottawa will open their doors on the first weekend in June and invite you to drop by and explore. Doors Open Ottawa is an annual city-wide free event that celebrates our community’s culture, history, and architecture.


Online Consultation: Crossing Enhancements Along The Queen Elizabeth Driveway

qed xing nccThe National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa invite you to fill out the online questionnaire on two additional crossing locations on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway:

  • A pedestrian crossover across the Queen Elizabeth Driveway on the east side of Queen Elizabeth Place. 
  • A pedestrian crossover mid-block in Commissioners Park. 


Food Fundraiser for Refugees: Sun. June 5, 2016 in Windsor Park

Come and experience the cuisines of Burundi and Syria at Windsor Park on Sunday, June 5th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and help raise funds for the Syrian and Burundi refugee sponsorship. The food kiosk will be part of the OSCA Art in the Park event.

The food kiosk is operated by the Ottawa South Committee for Refugee Sponsorship (OSCRS). Funds raised will help support a second Syrian refugee family sponsorship along with the sponsorship of Burundi parents and step-sister of OOS residents, sisters Anne Lyse Irakoze and Eliane Ayinkamiye, who came to Canada as refugees.