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Petition Delivered As Another House Comes Down

Demolition of 104 Hopewell Avenue, Ottawa: photo by Bob SimpsonWhile Hopewell Avenue resident Janet Jull was delivering the "Petition About Infills" inspired by the 71 Hopewell redevelopment, yet another old house was coming down just metres away on the very same street.

Over 400 residents had signed the petition that Jull, with a handful of neighbours, had walked around the neighbourhood on the weekend of April 24-25. She delivered the signatures to Clive Doucet's office Tuesday morning, April 27, and Doucet's office was to pass the petition on to City Planners later that day.


Meeting with 71 Hopewell Developers Results in Petition

71 Hopewell Infill Mock Up: photos by G. Gall30-40 neighbours met with City staff, Councillor Doucet, and the developers of 71 Hopewell Ave on April 19, 2010 to discuss whether there should be three garages at street level or a central carriageway with outdoor parking behind, but it was soon clear that residents had more on their minds: namely, that the design plan was incompatible with City infill guidelines and neighbouring homes. Afterward, several neighbours worked quickly to develop a petition (which can be signed online here) requesting that the City ensure that developers adhere to those guidelines.


Intersection Garden: A Photo Essay

Old Ottawa South Intersection Garden: photo by Tom AlfoldiIntersection Gardens In Old Ottawa South, an article by local residents Brian Tansey (text) and Tom Alfoldi (photos) was published in the April OSCAR, the community newspaper. They had several extra photos they wanted to share; you can see them in the Photo Gallery.

It's Genuine: John Taylor's Food & Wine Bar

John and Sylvia Taylor

Spring has finally arrived, and for many residents of Old Ottawa South, the excitement of seeing the neighbourhood’s prized front gardens begin to bloom is surpassed by only one thing – the long-awaited opening of chef John Taylor’s new wine bar on the corner of Bank and Sunnyside.


Neighbourhood Study: Old Ottawa South

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study was released last month, with information on Ottawa's neighbourhoods, including Old Ottawa South.

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study is based at the Institute of Population Health at the University of Ottawa. This multi-disciplinary study is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Young Fisher Catches 8 lb Pike

Photo by: John M. Calvert

Local lad Liam was fishing at Brighton Beach in Old Ottawa South on the Rideau River in mid-March. He surprised himself and several of his friends by landing an 8 pound pike.


Night of the Living Dead LIVE!

Photo by: Petr Maur

The Mayfair Theatre, Old Ottawa South

The lights went down and the only vintage repertory theatre left in Ottawa screened a 35 mm print of George A. Romero’s 1968 classic, "Night of the Living Dead" with the sound off. Why?

Because the actors, musicians and sound effects specialists who were gathered below the silver screen were voicing the film instead, with dialogue, scary sounds, and an original adaptation of the film's existing soundtrack. The result was two nights of scary fun at the Mayfair Theatre on March 26 and 27, 2010.


A Neighbour's Response to an Infill Development

The following is a letter that was sent to the City of Ottawa by an adjoining neighbour of an infill development in Old Ottawa South. It is posted on this website as a sample letter.


Rideau River Cleanup May 8th, Rain or Shine

Rideau River in MayUrban Rideau Conservationists River Cleanup: Saturday, May 8, 2010, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm.

Gathering point for Ottawa South: Corner of Cameron and Seneca (Ottawa Tennis and Lawn-bowling Club) to tackle the riverbank in Brewer Park.