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OSWatch Letter to OBHAC about 9 Rosedale

Ottawa Built Heritage Advisory Committee (OBHAC)

Coordinator Melody Duffenais Ms. Duffenais,

Heritage protection is important in our community of Old Ottawa South: our Community Centre, the Old Firehall, and Hopewell Avenue Public School are both designated heritage buildings and have been carefully renovated for the needs of the 21st century.The OBHAC should know that OSWatch, the planning committee of OSCA, is exploring the possibility of a heritage conservation district in Old Ottawa South. We would urge this committee to give full and careful consideration to the details of the case for heritage protection of 9 Rosedale Avenue.

This charming cottage-style house on Colonel By Drive is much loved by local residents. The house has both intrinsic and contextual value with its landmark location on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its loss would be a significant alteration to the character of this historic neighbourhood and to the beauty of Ottawa as the national capital.

Yours truly,

Brendan McCoy, OSWatch Co-Chair

Old Ottawa South Community Association Inc. (OSCA)


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:


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