A primer on Ottawa’s Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law

A primer on Ottawa’s Draft Comprehensive Zoning By-law

The City of Ottawa is developing a new comprehensive Zoning By-law for approval by Council in 2025. The Zoning By-law is a set of regulations that sets rules on what can be built as of right, without having to seek specific permission.  In this feature story you will find background on how we got here, a summary of next steps in the process, and a summary of issues addressed in the Zoning By-law. These…

Ottawa South Mosque – New Management Committee

The Muslim Council of Ontario held the elections for the management committee of Ottawa South Mosque also known as Jamia Masjid Al-Farooq Al-Azam and Community Centre, 240 Sunnyside Avenue, Ottawa South. The following executives were elected. As per the bylaws of the Muslim Council of Ontario, the term of the management committee is two years. May Allah help and guide the new team. Thanks, and JazakAllah for committing to serve the House of Allah…

Planning and Zoning Issues

Planning and Zoning Issues

Both the province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa are proposing changes that will critically impact residents of Old Ottawa South.  The Ontario government has introduced Bill 185. Among other things, the Bill proposes to eliminate most third party appeals to planning proposals, limiting that right to a few selected entities. Community associations, affected neighbours and environmental groups and individuals would be among those who would be denied the right to appeal official…

E-scooters are back!

E-scooters are back!

The 900 e-scooters in the City program can be used in only selected neighbourhoods, bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard in the east, Rideau River/Carling Avenue in the south, Churchill Avenue in the west and the Ottawa River in the north. These are the same areas they operated in 2023. The 2024 season will operate, weather permitting, until November 15. Riders can unlock an e-scooter through the providers’ apps between 5 am and 1 am…

Spring 2024 Lifelong Learning Program

Spring 2024 Lifelong Learning Program

Carleton University offers a series of non-credit courses, both in-person and online, this spring. Online Series:  Online series are recorded for participants to review at their leisure unless stated otherwise. For more info on lecture recordings, visit our policies. Another Literary Journey into the Muslim World with Dr. Monia Mazigh (Hybrid, choose to attend in person or online) Beyond the Scoreboard: Sports, Culture, and Politics with Rizwaan Zahid Introduction to Children’s Mental Health with Teddy Dancy…

Why I don’t like Garlic Mustard

Why I don’t like Garlic Mustard

It’s not very tall, it grows in the shade mostly, it has pretty white flowers and it smells like garlic. What’s not to like? Well, unfortunately, it doesn’t get along with others and it can’t behave itself. Garlic Mustard is native to Europe and parts of Asia. It’s not adapted to our local ecosystems. For example, its roots give off chemicals that kill mycorrhizae in the soil – the fungi that many trees depend…

Spring Collection of Recyclables

Spring Collection of Recyclables

I hope you’ve all been saving your empty milk bags, prescription pill containers, batteries, printer cartridges and the other recyclable or reusable items that the Enviro Crew collects. Our fall collection at Windsor Park was a big success, and you told us you wanted more. So get ready for the Earth Day collection on Sunday, April 21, 2024 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We’ll be set up with bins at the entrance to Brewer…

Green Dreamers Need Help

Green Dreamers Need Help

Aren’t we all dreaming of green – plants and trees, new spring growth? Green Dreamers, an OSCA-sponsored group of volunteers, have been taking care of the garden beds along our part of Bank Street and further afield (pun intended) around our community for more than 10 years. For the last few years, they have also been looking after the rain-gardens on Sunnyside between Bank and Bronson. COVID forced the gardeners to adopt a specific…

Ottawa’s Tree Planting Strategy – Feedback Requested

Ottawa’s Tree Planting Strategy – Feedback Requested

As part of the strategic Urban Forest Management Plan the City of Ottawa is looking for your feedback on thecreation of a Tree Planting Strategy for Ottawa. The Tree Planting Strategy will include: Let the City of Ottawa know what you think by completing the City’s survey by April 15, 2024. This survey gathers general feedback on the City’s tree planting programs and seek your ideas for future programming.The survey also includes more detailed…

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