Old Ottawa South Community Association

  • The Fall 2020 Virtual Program Guide is OUT NOW & Registration is OPEN!

    The Fall 2020 Virtual Program Guide is OUT NOW & Registration is OPEN!

    We have another full lineup of programs and workshops for all ages! Check out the Fall 2020 Virtual Guide, or click "Register Now" to browse all programs and register in Amilia.


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  • Introducing OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership!

    Introducing OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership!

    We are excited to offer a brand new way to experience our fitness programs: OSCA's All-Access Fitness Membership! With 3 membership Tiers, our new memberships provide flexibility & convenience to join any of our (virtual) fitness offerings for one monthly fee. Click "Register Here" for full details.

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  • Registration for In-Person After 4 is Open

    Registration for In-Person After 4 is Open

    Registration for our in-person After 4 program is open for October and space is very limited. For details on some of the updated safety procedures and protocols, read the update on our website.

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COVID-19 Resources

News, Updates on What's Open, and Quarantine Stories in Old Ottawa South.

If you have an OOS Quarantine Story you want to share with us, please email it to oscaprograms@oldottawasouth.ca or fill out our submission form.

The Big Myth about OSCA's Funding - President's Report September 2020

So what do you think is the biggest myth about the Old Ottawa South Community Association?

Most of the people I talk to in the neighbourhood think that OSCA is funded by the City of Ottawa. Here is the reality.

The City owns the Firehall and is responsible for the maintenance of the building. The City, however, does not cover the operational costs. Operational costs include: staff wages; instructor fees; program supplies; the equipment in the Fitness Centre; the pottery wheel and kiln; Amilia (the new program registration system); the website; computers; communication services; furniture; replacing kitchen appliances; etc.


In-person Programming and Financial Update - A Message from OSCA’s President

As of July 30th we now know that schools will reopen September 8th. Students in kindergarten to grade 8 are scheduled to return to full-time learning, while secondary students are scheduled to return to a mix of in-class and remote learning. Masks are mandatory for Grades 4 and up only.

OSCA is very much aware that reopening schools is critical to the social and emotional development of students and key to supporting parents as they return to work. With this in mind, our immediate priority is determining the nature of in-person programming for children and our capacity for delivering safe, useful, and affordable support under Covid-19 protocols.


Working towards 2020 Fall Programming

Before March, before COVID-19, before the closure of City recreational facilities, and before the closure of The Firehall, OSCA’s Executive Committee met quarterly unless special circumstances demanded otherwise.

Once federal, provincial, and municipal governments (in collaboration with public health authorities) ordered an immediate lockdown, OSCA cancelled all programming, including the Firehall Fitness Centre, the Pottery Studio, as well as on-site Board and Committee meetings.

Thus began our virtual community lives by Zoom. The Executive now meets weekly - more often when required - and updates the Board of Directors on actions taken and makes recommendations/proposals to the Board.

A Message from OSCA’s President - Planning for Fall

A Message from OSCA’s President - Planning for Fall

On Tuesday, July 21st, the OSCA Board of Directors endorsed recommendations by the Operations Committee in anticipation of virtual and (possibly) in-person programming for September.

As I write this message to you, we are still in limbo with respect to the nature of in-person programs for children and adults. It is not clear how schools will open in September and whether children will be in school full-time or part-time. This decision will have a huge impact on the scope and extent of children’s programming and how this will affect other in-person opportunities at the Firehall.

OSCA 2020 AGM Postponed Until Further Notice

OSCA 2020 AGM Postponed Until Further Notice

Due to the impact of COVID-19 and the resulting Emergency Orders enacted by the City of Ottawa and Province of Ontario governments, OSCA has postponed until further notice the Annual General Meeting scheduled for May 5, 2020 (notice of which had been published in the April edition of OSCAR).

Reimagining the Fieldhouse at Windsor Park

Reimagining the Fieldhouse at Windsor Park

On November 26, 2019, OSCA hosted a public meeting at the Firehall seeking residents’ views on the future of the fieldhouse at Windsor Park. The meeting was attended by about 30 people including our Councillor, Shawn Menard.

OSCA Board members Michael Jenkin and Luc Pellerin launched a presentation that displayed vividly the fieldhouse’s current dilapidated state, and estimated the potential costs of a renovation and a rebuild. Two flipcharts invited participants’ suggestions for the structural changes, as well as new or enhanced programming in the Park. Each participant was handed six sticky ‘dots’ to then vote for their preferred options in each category, three for facilities (or structures), and three for programming.


Follow-up Regarding Issues at the Glebe Parent’s Daycare

In late October 2018, we wrote to the community in light of the public announcement of fraud and embezzlement at the Glebe Parent’s Daycare (GPD). We committed to reviewing OSCA financial procedures, in light of the Glebe situation, and reporting back to our community on our findings.

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