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Information Briefings from Planning Committee on Official Plan, etc.

Information Briefings for New Councillors and others from Planning Committee

The following are links to the briefings presented to new councillors and Ottawa residents early in the 2011 year regarding planning and environment issues across the City. Residents and others may find this information helpful.


Firehall Renovation Nominated for Heritage Award

Old Ottawa South Community Centre Architectural DrawingThe renovation of the Ottawa South Community Centre, a.k.a the Old Firehall, has been nominated for an Award of Excellence in the Ottawa Architectural Conservation Awards! The architectural drawing shown here is an aerial view of the addition to the heritage building, which was built in 1921. The addition, which was finished in June, is shown below. To see views of the inside of the building, check out the pictures from the Grand Reopening and Welcome Back parties.


Family Fun at the Firehall

Kids_with_Balloons_300OSCA threw a party Sunday, Sept. 26th, 2010 to welcome everyone to the newly renovated Old Ottawa South Community Centre (a.k.a. "The Old Firehall").

Families came to enjoy a comedy show, a clown, live music, face painting, some free food provided by local merchants, and to mingle with neighbours. Everyone had a very good time.


"21 Club" a Roaring Success

21_club_285pxThere was a full house at the Firehall on the night of Saturday November 6 as close to 200 people enjoyed an evening of 1920's-style fun at "21 Club". There were lots of creative costumes, great food, dancing to the live sounds of the Capital Swing Band, and even back-room gambling. 

Pictures from the party can be seen in our photo gallery.

OSCA, GCA Win Concession on Lansdowne Zoning Report

Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park, OttawaAfter OSCA president Michael Jenkin, Glebe Community Association (CGA) president Caroline Vanneste and others persisted in maintaining that the City had not met statutory requirements for public notification and distribution of the Zoning Report, City staff have agreed to delay consideration of the report.


Firehall Welcome Back Party Pictures

Check out the pics from the Welcome Back open house at the Firehall by Cassandra Houde. Nice party!

OSCA President's Speech to City Council On Lansdowne, June 25, 2010

OSCA President Michael Jenkin's Speech to Council on Lansdowne Park Redevelopment, June 25, 2010

Good Evening Councillors.

As a community organization, the Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) has faced a difficult task assessing this proposal, given its complexity, its less than transparent character, and the frequent changes to it.

However, I think it is important to make it very clear from the outset that OSCA, like virtually every community group involved in these discussions, wants to see Lansdowne Park redeveloped.


Winner of Ottawa South Community Centre Public Art Competition Highlights Old Character with New Art

Deborah Margo's winning presentation: photo by Jean-Claude DubéWith the help of the community, the art selection process for the Ottawa South Community Centre has been completed and the production process will soon be underway. Local artist Deborah Margo (not shown here) emerged as the winner of the vibrant competition for an art installation commission in the renovated Firehall, funded by the City.


"Let's Get It Right" Meeting Draws Hundreds

The Friends of Lansdowne Park and several Ottawa community groups were strongly supported by the estimated 500-800 people who came out to the public meeting on the Future of Lansdowne Park Thursday, June 17.

Important to note was the wide range of groups from across the City who support putting the brakes on the current process and rethinking the redevelopment, including:

  • Rural Council of Ottawa-Carleton
  • Federations of Citizens Associations of Ottawa-Carleton
  • Glebe Community Association (CA)
  • Kanata-Beaverbrook  CA
  • Old Ottawa South CA
  • Old Ottawa East CA
  • Centretown CA
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