The Heritage professionals and City councillors that make up the Built Heritage Subcommittee of the City of Ottawa voted six to one yesterday to reject a staff report recommending that the 111 year-old home at 860 Colonel By Drive not be designated. The home is already on the Heritage Inventory List and part of the Heritage Overlay that covers the houses between the Bank and Bronson bridges along Colonel By Drive and front the NCC path there.
Trinity Anglican's "Reaching Seniors In Old Ottawa South (RSOOS)" initiative will be hosting their first "Seniors in Conversation" Zoom meeting on Tuesday, June 16th. The first meeting is a Meet & Greet and an opportunity to discuss topics for future meetings. Topics for the first couple weeks include:
- Tuesday June 23rd: The Link Between Anxiety and Uncertainty
- Tuesday June 30th: Intentional Self-Care
Ottawa Public Library (OPL) is inviting the community to celebrate Seniors' Month in Ontario. This year’s theme is Aging Strong: Respect and Protect Seniors, and throughout June, OPL will offer events and activities for older adults. Lifelong learning is key to successful aging and living; and it is at the heart of the Library’s purpose.
Happy Intergenerational Day from all of us at OSCA!
June 1st has once again been proclaimed "Intergenerational Day" in Ottawa by Mayor Jim Watson. Not only is this a day to recognize and celebrate the value of connections between generations, it is also a call to action for each of us to seek out new ways to connect with someone of another generation, particularly with those we think may be vulnerable and isolated at this challenging time.
Old Ottawa South's Trinity Anglican Church recently received a federal "New Horizons for Seniors" grant. With this grant - and in response to the restrictions experienced by seniors during the COVID pandemic - Trinity Anglican Church has created a new program called "Reaching Seniors in Old Ottawa South" (RSOOS). RSOOS is a partnership of professionals, local organizations, and volunteers, that is part of the Trinity Anglican Church neighbourhood hub. One of the first initiatives to come out of this RSOOS is a meal delivery program.
As you know, the City of Ottawa directed all community/recreation centres to close as of March 16th to June 30th at the earliest. You can read more about the City of Ottawa Recreational facility closures here. Following this directive, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our first week of Summer Camps in 2020 scheduled to run June 29-July 3. Furthermore, the Ontario Government stated on Tuesday, May 19th that overnight camps are prohibited this summer. As a result, we are cancelling our sleep-away camps scheduled for July 27-31 and August 17-21.
Great news! We have a new system for those of you who wish to contribute to the “Pay What You Can” option and you don't need to be registered for a program to contribute, all help is welcome and appreciated! Now you can contribute to "Pay What You Can" by accessing our new, registration system Amilia.
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.