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Old Ottawa South Community Association

2020 Ottawa Ward Boundary Review

Ottawa’s population has risen significantly since the last major ward boundary review of 2005. Some wards now have significantly more residents than other wards.

For this reason, at City Council’s request, an independent consultant was hired to study viable alternatives that would lead to more equal representation. After public and stakeholder consultations, research and study, the consulting team presented 5 options for Council’s consideration. Council then passed a motion asking the consultants to present a sixth option based on different criteria.

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The Bank Street Canal Bridge – Feedback from the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee

The Bank Street Canal Bridge – Feedback from the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee

The Bank Street Canal Bridge has been a source of concern for neighbouring residents for years. At street level, it is unsafe and unpleasant for pedestrians and cyclists. From a distance, the bridge is beautiful with its rounded arches crossing the canal and has a historic designation – it should be a joy to cross, but it is not.

Since he has been in office, Councillor Shawn Menard and his staff have been working with City staff to try and find a solution to the woes of the bridge. Over the summer, he has asked for input to several proposals.

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Engage Ottawa: The 15-minute Neighbourhood Survey

Engage Ottawa: The 15-minute Neighbourhood Survey

A new survey on the City’s Engage Ottawa website needs our input as City planning staff moves forward with its vision for our future. The City survey questions deal with the 15-minute neighbourhood, one of the core concepts for the new Official Plan.

The survey asks residents to prioritize the importance of things like schools, clinics, parks and transit. It takes more than access to services to make a neighbourhood a viable, livable 15-minute community though.

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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.

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Windsor Park Fieldhouse.

A New Fieldhouse for Windsor Park

The quest to design a brand new fieldhouse in Windsor Park continues despite the citywide COVID lockdown. The working group struck by the OSCA Board to engage all stakeholders and find a solution carries on with its mission. Our earlier consultations with the community revealed some of your most pressing needs, while our outreach to specific groups—including a targeted survey of residents bordering the park—gave a clearer picture of what is wanted. Now we have created a portal on the OSCA website that allows Old Ottawa South residents a continued opportunity to give us your feedback.

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Bank at Glen garden photo by Kathy Krywicki.

Green Dreamers Spring Update

Our local gardening group has had an unusually easy beginning this spring season with the Covid outbreak. My spouse Mike and I took over the job of coordinating this group which was so ably done by Winnie Pietrykowski and Brian Ure for the last four years.

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Aylmer Ave Bike Lane

Traffic & Safety Committee Objectives for 2020-2021

At the time of writing this article (April 23, 2020), traffic is calm in Old Ottawa South. There are fewer cars on the road and the Bank Street Canal Bridge has been re-configured to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists. Isn’t it wonderful! But we are all looking forward to some degree of normalcy returning to our lives and our streets. Unfortunately some of the traffic and safety issues will return as well. In anticipation, the OSCA Traffic and Safety Committee has developed objectives for 2020/21 and on April 21, 2020, these were endorsed by the OSCA Board of Directors, so work will begin.

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Urban Boundary Expansion

An unprecedented video-linked joint session of Planning and Agricultural and Rural Affairs committees on the proposed expansion of the urban boundary took place this week. Public delegations were included on zoom, a first for City of Ottawa meetings. Many other residents followed via live-stream.

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Amilia Update

Amilia Update

In the first week of March - which feels like a LOT longer than two months ago - we announced that OSCA will be changing its registration system for Fall registrations to Amilia:

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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).

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