OSCA’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will take place virtually (via ZOOM) on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, commencing at 7:30pm.
So what do you think is the biggest myth about the Old Ottawa South Community Association?
Most of the people I talk to in the neighbourhood think that OSCA is funded by the City of Ottawa. Here is the reality.
The City owns the Firehall and is responsible for the maintenance of the building. The City, however, does not cover the operational costs. Operational costs include: staff wages; instructor fees; program supplies; the equipment in the Fitness Centre; the pottery wheel and kiln; Amilia (the new program registration system); the website; computers; communication services; furniture; replacing kitchen appliances; etc.
The deadline for participating in the City's 15-minute neighbourhood survey has been extended to September 15, 2020. If you haven’t yet had a chance to take the survey, please take a few minutes and do so.
The City survey questions deal with the 15-minute neighbourhood, one of the core concepts for the new Official Plan and 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.
OSCA Traffic & Safety Remarks Regarding the Bank Street Bridge at the September 2, 2020 Transportation Committee Meeting
You may have seen or heard that Ottawa's Transportation Committee voted unanimously in favour of a Bank Street Bridge redesign plan. The plan will now go to Council for a final vote. At the Transportation Committee meeting, chair Sue Neill made a submission on behalf of OSCA's Traffic and Safety Committee. Below is the full text.
Ottawa’s Planning Committee recommended approval of the Zoning Bylaw Amendment Application for 1050-1060 Bank Street at its August 27th session.
Our Councilor, Shawn Menard, addressed the hearing and thanked the development team for having consulted with the broader community early in the process and for their willingness to work with his office, with the community, and with City staff and to modify the design considerably in order to address concerns.
We’ve been busier than ever at OSCA over the past few months. Even though the Firehall is not full to the brim with summer camps, we’ve been working behind the scenes with our virtual summer camps, yoga and fitness classes.
We’ve also been hard at work planning next steps for reopening the Firehall. After much consideration and discussion, the Executive Committee, Staff and Board of Directors have decided to launch programs in four phases:
OSCA is launching its Fall Programs in four phases this autumn. We just launched our virtual online programming, and our next priority is After 4 programming. Once we launch After 4 we'll introduce onsite adult and preschool programming, and after that, we’ll be opening the Firehall Fitness Centre and the Pottery Studio.
We will have more details in the next few weeks. However, because we're excited and proud of what we will be offering, we did want to give you a brief heads up of what to expect. Our tentative start date for After 4 programming is September 14th. We still need to meet with the City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health and get their approvals of our proposal which is the reason for the tentative date.
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.