Do-It-Yourself grit boxes, provided by the City of Ottawa, are installed at a few key spots around town. These yellow boxes are located close to steep hills and in areas where there are many pedestrians, seniors, and persons using mobility devices.
Another major infrastructure project has begun along the Rideau Canal: Parks Canada’s rehabilitation of the 262 metre section of the Canal wall running from the Concord Street North to Main Street in Old Ottawa East.
This project is part of the $15 million investment into Rideau Canal wall repairs, stemming from a $3.2 billion nation-wide program to maintain assets within national parks and historic sites, and is similar in nature to the wall rebuild done over the last few years on both sides of the Canal near Bank Street.
Plus an Invitation for Feedback
Over the last 2-3 years, the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee has been lobbying and in discussions with the City and the NCC with respect to the installation of a safe crossing (PXO) of Colonel By Drive in Old Ottawa South (as reported in the OSCAR and online on several occasions). This article is to provide an update on this project and to invite community feedback with respect to next steps.
Are you concerned about winter walking? Snow and ice can lead to difficulties getting where you want to go, especially for seniors, young school children, parents with strollers and toddlers, and people with mobility challenges. Falling and injuring yourself is a real concern. Some seniors become isolated when getting out is too difficult and miss opportunities to socialize with friends and family members.
Do you want to know how safe and accessible your neighbourhood is for winter walking?
On October 16, 2018, the OSCA Board voted unanimously to endorse Senior Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS) as an OSCA Committee. SWOOS has been an active community group since April 2018 focusing on senior concerns such as walkability, social connections, housing, and health.
“Life is like riding a bicycle: To keep your balance, you must keep moving” — Albert Einstein
This brilliant man’s observation speaks to my Dutch senior's heart. Indeed, hopefulness keeps us moving, but worrisome news should wake us up and take action!
Last winter, struggling on icy streets on my way to Carleton University, I suddenly felt fear: “Would I make it safely, would I slip or be hit by a car?” And so, petrified, tense and with pounding heart I did manage to reach Carleton’s campus and there, oh great relief, discovered that the sidewalks were fine!
Why did I nominate Old Ottawa South as a "Great Neighbourhood" in the Great Places in Canada contest for the Canadian Institute of Planners? (Vote here until Feb. 29, 2012.) You can vote every hour or so, so please do! Vote for Brewer Oval and March Highlands, too--they are not in competition with each other.
In addition to my personal conviction that Old Ottawa South (OOS) is indeed "a great Canadian neighbourhood" for many reasons, I wanted to draw attention to the issue of "appropriate infill housing" in established urban communities such as ours all across the country.