Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • Spring & Summer Guide NOW AVAILABLE!

    Spring & Summer Guide NOW AVAILABLE!

    Check out what we have planned for Spring & Summer 2019! We've combined our guides this this year and there is SO much to look forward to! Registration opens March 6th and 7th, 2019.
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    Summer 2019 Camp Guide

    Check out the line-up for Summer 2019!
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New Pedestrian Crossing in Old Ottawa South

New Pedestrian Crossing in Old Ottawa South

In another step towards making Capital Ward the safest place for active transportation in Ottawa, the National Capital Commission (NCC) and the City of Ottawa have come to an Approval in Principle for a new intersection pedestrian signal (IPS) to facilitate crossings of Colonel By Drive at Seneca Street. The crossing point will include a traffic signal to control vehicles on Colonel By Drive, and a pedestrian crosswalk and cycling crossride to access cycling and pedestrian facilities along Seneca Street.

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Saint Margaret Mary Church Closing

Saint Margaret Mary Church Closing

St. Margaret Mary, the modest red-brick church opposite the Firehall, is closing.

Father Pierre Champoux, the part-time pastor at St. Margaret Mary, told the OSCAR in an email that: “The parish is no longer financially or pastorally viable, due to the lack of parishioners and regular revenue.”

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From the Skies: Old Ottawa South

Photos by Tom AlfoldiA photo archive of Old Ottawa South from the not too distant past.

Old Ottawa South photographer Tom Alföldi likes to take to the skies for aerial photography. In 2011, he captured pictures of the bridges of Old Ottawa South, which can be seen in the December 2011 OSCAR. Here, have a look at his aerial shots of a few of our neighbourhood buildings.

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City of Ottawa graphic.

The Flora Footbridge

Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko tabled a motion a council on June 27, 2018 to propose a name for the pedestrian-cycling footbridge linking Fifth Avenue in the Glebe and Clegg Street in Old Ottawa East. The recommended name is Passerelle Flora Footbridge in honour of Canadian politician and humanitarian Flora MacDonald.

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Old Ottawa’s Disputed Territory

Old Ottawa’s Disputed Territory

So if you live south of Riverdale and east of Avenue Road do you live in Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East or Rideau Garden(s)? While it’s a question that has no importance in terms of passport requirements, taxes, or services, it is a question that gets raised periodically.

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Construction progress 7 December 2017.

Canal Foot & Bike Bridge Update

Construction progress is on schedule although there was a minor delay in creating the Herridge pedestrian crossing of Colonel By Drive. Traffic on Colonel By Drive has largely returned to normal after the slight shifting of the parkway just north of Clegg (this was required to widen the Echo-CBD “island” to accommodate the switchback). 

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Concept view looking northwest.

Name the new Rideau Canal crossing

The Canal Footbridge, the Fifth Avenue Bridge, Clegg Footbridge, Rideau Crossing — whatever you’ve been calling it, it’s time to agree on a permanent name for new bridge connecting the Glebe and Old Ottawa East/Old Ottawa South. What name do you suggest?

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Creating an age-friendly community
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OSCA builds a strong sense of community and engages the residents of OOS through its various programs, services and activities.

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613-247-4946