Old Ottawa South Community Association

OSCA calls for sustainable, transparent development

OSCA's Planning and Zoning Committee has called on the City of Ottawa Agriculture and Rural Affairs and Planning Committees to be more cognizant of climate change and more clear about how its proposed policies would affect neighbourhoods in a submission to a joint meeting of the two bodies. There was little time given to review the new official plan and only five days allotted for public review and comment.


Ecology Ottawa Living City Workshops

Our Living City team has hit its stride this summer. With the help of dozens of amazing volunteers, we’ve distributed over 10,000 trees, knocked on thousands of doors, and given away loads of green infrastructure adaptations like splash guards and redirects. Now, we’re gearing up for an exciting September chalk full of events. Trust us, you won’t want to miss out!

Tree By-law Review

Tree By-law Review

The City of Ottawa is updating its by-laws to protect urban forests. And there's still time to share your ideas for a greener city. 

Spotting Pollinators in our Gardens!

Spotting Pollinators in our Gardens!

On Friday, July 26th two monarch butterflies were spotted on the SW corner of Sunnyside & Bank outside the Dollar Store. On Saturday, July 27th another monarch danced among the milkweed on the corner of Fairbairn near Bank on the east side of the Firehall.

Unusual, you might ask? No, monarchs love milkweed and for several years now Green Dreamers have been cultivating this wild perennial hoping that monarch butterflies would feed on their preferred plant food right here in our own “street yard”.


Bill 66: What It Is & Why It Matters

Bill 66 is a provincial bill that would allow municipalities to by-pass both land-use planning and environmental regulations in the name of being 'Open for Business'.  Under the envisioned scenario, a large business could be given a pass if it provided a certain level of local employment—100 people in Ottawa's case. 

A law by-passing other laws and protections, generations in the making, is deeply concerning, but the legislation goes further, foregoing any consultative process with the public and disallowing residents from appealing such 'Open for Business' decisions.

The actual environmental consequences of land development in sensitive areas should this this legislation be enacted, should also give cause for serious pause. 

Redwing Blackbird

Get up close to the world of birds: International Migratory Bird Day

Originally published in the May 2017 OSCAR.

Watch an owl fly silently to a perch, and learn the secret of how they manage to be so quiet. Discover special places along the Rideau River that shelter birds − and why they need our protection. Hear storytellers share the wonders of a bird’s migration journey and other fascinating tales of these small and delightful creatures.

All this, and more, will be part of a free celebration of International Bird Day, Saturday May 13, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm at Brewer Park on Bronson Avenue. The theme for this family-friendly and fun event is “Helping Birds along the Way”. 


Policy on Environmental Practices

The Ottawa South Community Association is dedicated to being the environmentally conscious and supporting green initiatives. To achieve this, we will:

  • Support wherever possible community initiatives that improve/advocate for proper care of our natural spaces and/or reduce our impact on the environment,
  • Provide environmental education and advocacy to the community, where required,
  • Promote more sustainable development and transportation,
  • Be a strong vocal supporter of environmentally sustainable practices in government, and
  • Strive continually to improve our association's environmental performance.
Approved: May 2008
Updated: January 2014
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