Old Ottawa South Community Association


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Do You Love Kids and Need Volunteer Hours?

Volunteer Information session Monday, January 16, 2012, 6:30 pm at the Ottawa South Community Centre. If you are a high school student, then consider volunteering with the Firehall After Four program! You'll supervise and interact with kids every day after school. First, you'll need to attend the information session.


Suggestions for Brighton Oak Memorialization: Ongoing

The following are the comments currently received about how to memorialize the Brighton Oak tree, which was removed Wednesday, August 17, 2011. Add your Comments for OSCA about the tree memorialization in the Comments section of this article below, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There are also some great suggestions on Comments sections of other media stories about the old oak, such as the Ottawa Citizen and the CBC, which can be found here.

Demise of the Brighton Oak

Old_Oak_Brighton_285[Editor's note: See the CBC video of the neighbours saying goodbye here. Thanks to OOS local Lori Pope for all her hard work alerting both the community association and the media.

The following was written Aug.11. for the News Between the Bridges Newsletter.]

As many residents of Old Ottawa South and beyond may know, there is a beloved old oak tree in Brighton Park (formerly Brighton Beach) that has been struggling to survive for some years now, and the last big storm on July 17th caused sufficient damage that the City of Ottawa is concerned about safety and will be removing the tree sometime in the very near future [removal commences Wed. Sept. 17, 2011]. The tree has figured prominently over decades in the history of Old Ottawa South, and the City has worked hard at maintaining it for some years now despite its poor condition.


The Firehall Now Open!

We would like to thank the City of Ottawa for all of their hard work last week. Our floors look fantastic! Thank you so much for installing a new floor in the Pottery Studio. Everything looks great!


OSCA's Canada 150 Photo Challenge

Photo150sTo celebrate Canada’s BIG BIRTHDAY this year we are having a social media photo challenge. As the big day approaches we are all thinking more about Canada and what it means to be Canadian. To commemorate the occasion we want to see what Canada means to you. How to participate:


A Dangerous Business

It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”     — Tolkien

This is a true story, (all the best ones are), of a young woman who joined a group and found more than she was looking for, changed, grew, and became an older woman with memories to last a lifetime.

Yes, that woman is me and 18 and half years ago I had what Dr. Phil describes as a Life Changing Moment. Many of you know this story, but for those who don’t……read on.


Firehall Re-Opens June 25, 2015

It can be easy to miss many of the invisible improvements that were made to the Old Firehall during maintenance, but a tireless effort has gone in to maintaining the balance between preserving a heritage building, and keeping our Firehall a safe and lively multipurpose space that is accessible to children, as well as to the wider community.


Egos & Icons Dance Party Cancelled

Put away your dancing shoes and save your costumes for another time, the Egos & Icons Dance Party has unfortunately been cancelled due to low ticket sales. It seems as though this long and frigid winter has left everyone in hibernation mode. The good news is there will be a next time. Stay tuned!

If you were an eager dancer and already purchased your tickets, the Firehall will reimburse you for the full amount.


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