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Old Ottawa South Community Association

DIY Grit Boxes: Spread It Around!

DIY Grit Boxes: Spread It Around!

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. 

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Canal Wall Work Brings Detour and Path Improvements

Canal Wall Work Brings Detour and Path Improvements

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.

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Colonel By Drive Crossing at Seneca Update

Colonel By Drive Crossing at Seneca Update

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.

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OPINION: A 'Great Place' that could be Lost

Traditional Main Street In Old Ottawa SouthWhy 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.

Note: The following article expresses the opinions of the author, which are not necessarily shared or endorsed by OSCA or the OSCA website. Do you have an opinion you'd like to share with the community? If so, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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