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NCC Rideau Canal Corridor Pedestrian Crossing Report Now Online

Colonel By Drive facing west at Leonard: No safe place to crossThe study by the National Capital Commission (NCC) of safe crossings across Colonel By Drive and the Queen Elizabeth Driveway to access the Rideau Canal has been completed and the report is now available here on the OSCA website.

The study's conclusions disappointed many of the community associations in the affected areas, including OSCA, because no new pedestrian crossings are being proposed in areas where it is especially dangerous to cross on foot or by bicycle, such as Colonel By between Bronson Avenue and Bank Street in Old Ottawa South, as shown here.

OSCA's comments, presented to the NCC by OSWatch co-chair Brendan McCoy, can be read here. Below is the NCC announcement of the final report.

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Successful Spring Sale at Firehall

Spring_Sale_285OSCA's first ever Spring Craft Sale of local crafts and art at the newly renovated Firehall on April 10, 2011 was well-attended, and plans are to hold one next year as well. Look out for the Shop Your Local Talent Sale at the Firehall in time for Xmas holiday shopping for special, one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists and Old Ottawa South residents.

Big Thank You to Caribbean Night Volunteers

Volunteer Lead Organizer Mary Martel-CantelonThe organizing group of Graham & Patty Deline, Gwen Gall & Greg Reilly, Winnie Pietrykowski, Kathy Krywicki , Peter Cantelon and Mary Martel-Cantelon appreciate the incredible amount of help given to the recent Caribbean Night event.

Thanks to:

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"For Everyone a Garden": This Week's Featured Submission

Bstgarden_sumie_285From mid-January until the end of February, 2011, citizens of Old Ottawa South were invited to make submissions for a community archive of photographs, stories, poems and artefacts about rejuvenation and growth that artist Deborah Margo is developing.

Now that all the materials have been collected for the community archive, Deborah Margo has started working on creating the imagery for the copper panels, destined for the Old Firehall. Over the coming weeks there will be updates on how the art work is progressing.

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More Caribbean Night Fun in Photo Gallery

Dancing at Caribbean Night in Old Ottawa SouthCaribbean Night in Old Ottawa South was great fun, and even though it started with a light rain, the skies cleared early and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food, the music, and the community ambience at the Windsor Park tennis courts on June 11, 2011.  Photos can be viewed here. For more of the story...

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The Next Lansdowne Fight: the OMB

Aberdeen_North_Side_285OMB Pre-Hearing

Friday, March 11th, 2011 marks the next step in the fight for a better development at Lansdowne Park. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) will hold a pre-hearing on the rezoning of the Park.

The OMB appeal is a completely separate initiative from the Lansdowne Legal Challenge by Friends of Lansdowne. It is another important battle to fight. If the zoning is overturned, then the retail and commercial aspects of the Lansdowne Partnership Plan cannot go ahead.

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OSCA AGM 2011: Modified By-Law Allows Fewer Directors

The 2011 OSCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held at the Old Firehall Tuesday, May 3, 2011 and commenced with a full report from President Michael Jenkin about the year's activities, details of which can be read here. Councillor David Chernushenko gave a report on his 5 months as new City of Ottawa councillor for our ward, followed by committee reports.

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Firehall Renovation Wins Award of Excellence

Old Ottawa South Community Centre Architectural DrawingThe Ottawa South Community Centre has won an Award of Excellence in the Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards!  "The addition was designed in a manner that complements the historic firehall," according to the City panel. "The new addition fits seamlessly into the existing neighbourhood and the interior space is simple but aesthetically appealing." The award was won in the Infill category, an addition to an historic building.

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