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Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Join Us for Community and Recreation Programming this Fall! Programs for All Ages.

    Join Us for Community and Recreation Programming this Fall! Programs for All Ages.

    Registration for Fall programming now open! Join us this Fall and reconnect safetly with your friends & neighbours. Register Today!
  • Fitness Classes In-Person and Virtual. Memberships options available - Join Today!

    Fitness Classes In-Person and Virtual. Memberships options available - Join Today!

    Fitness classes at the Firehall, Windsor Park, and online begin on September 7th. Get back into fitness this Fall with the Firehall. Register Today!

 SAVE OUR FIREHALL

We, all of us at OSCA (staff and volunteers), want to thank Old Ottawa South once again for your generosity to the “Save Our Firehall” campaign. Your pledges and contributions have surpassed $110K. That’s a lot to be proud of! You have made it possible to keep our doors open.

To those of you who pledged your support on a monthly or recurring basis, thank you for your ongoing support. No amount is too small and every donation adds up. It’s a tremendous financial and moral "boost" as we strengthen our capacity to offer more programs and services.

Safety remains our top priority and we continue to meet and even exceed Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 recommendations. We look forward to seeing more of you.

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Photo by Brendan McCoy.

Tree-Urban Canopy Subgroup Takes Root

On November 25, 2020, a new subgroup of the Enviro Crew of OOS – the Tree/Urban Canopy Subgroup – was formed when 16 motivated and talented residents of Old Ottawa South and beyond met virtually for the first time. Discussion covered the subgroup’s concept and vision, functions and roles, terms of reference and next steps, but the most inspiring part of the meeting was hearing about everyone’s interests and experiences. The diversity of skills, knowledge, and interest represented was very impressive and included: founding and operating charities, journalism and writing, studying impacts of trees on human health, environmental policy and planning, biology, landscape architecture, advocacy, community reforestation, and conducting tree censuses. Our collective passion for trees and forests and the many benefits they provide to individuals and society was very motivating, and there are high hopes for what this group of dedicated tree huggers can achieve together!

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Photo by Sandra Garland.

Leave the Leaves

Some Alternatives

We love our trees. All summer they absorb sunlight, carbon dioxide, and nutrients from the soil and turn them into new green leaves that shade us on hot days, keep moisture in the air and soil, and harbour a huge number of living organisms.

As the days get shorter and cooler, all those leaves will soon become a liability. They can no longer photosynthesize as the temperature drops, but they still lose water, especially when it’s windy. No problem. Deciduous trees in our part of the world have adapted to winter by sending some of the nutrients from their leaves back down into the roots for storage. That’s why they turn colour, by the way – chlorophyll components break down, revealing the previously masked oranges, yellows, and reds of other chemicals.

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Have you seen turtles nesting in Brewer Park?

Have you seen turtles nesting in Brewer Park?

Greg Bulté, an instructor in the Department of Biology at Carleton University, is studying the behaviour and conservation of turtles. He is putting together a project blending citizen science, research, and education centred on urban turtles, and it includes a nest protection program. Our observations will provide valuable background information.

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Brewer Pond photo by Sandra Garland.

Enviro Crew of OOS

A name, a Facebook page, an Earth Day event – slowly, but with great enthusiasm, our neighbourhood environment group is taking shape.

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Green Dreamers

Old Ottawa South's Community Garden Brigade
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Senior Watch OOS

Creating an age-friendly community.
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613-247-4946