A Neighbourhood Gathering Place

A Neighbourhood Gathering Place

The Quickie convenience store, where so many of us head to buy milk or a coffee or a lottery ticket or post a letter, will continue to be our “go to” place after several months of uncertainty. This neighbourhood store has become one of my drop-in centers since I first came to Ottawa. It has been a place where we share stories about our countries of origin, our concerns for our community, our hopes…

How Your Roll: Transportation Survey on Bank Street in the Glebe and Old Ottawa South

We are conducting a survey of constituents and patrons of Bank Street in Old Ottawa South and the Glebe. The survey can be filled out by anyone who frequents or lives near the Bank Street in Old Ottawa South or the Glebe. Your input will allow any future conversations surrounding Bank Street to be community-informed, right from the start. Please take two minutes to complete the survey and feel free to share it with…

Vacant Building Strategy Review

Vacant Building Strategy Review

Have Your Say Emergency and Protective Services is conducting a review of the City of Ottawa’s 2013 Vacant Building Strategy. This strategy introduced a proactive inspection and enforcement regime for vacant buildings and lots, with the aim of reducing community nuisance and public health and safety issues for these properties.

Community Update on the old West Coast Video Building

Community Update on the old West Coast Video Building

The two-storey building at 1123-1125 Bank Street has now sat vacant and boarded up for 12 years. It was gutted by fire in 2009 and has been a challenge ever since, a significant concern for us in Old Ottawa South and for small businesses on Bank Street. There has been regular graffiti on the building, bylaw complaints about garbage left out, leaks, animals, and other issues.  

Ottawa South Groceteria

Ottawa South Groceteria

We are very excited to see the transformation of a venerable business in the Sunnyside/Seneca area, from what seems to have been a “corner store” forever…or at least since we arrived in the neighbourhood in 1995! The transformation began, when the new owners started clearing out junk in the back of the store. This is where the brothers Fares and Tamer discovered an old butchers block. They realized they were continuing an Old Ottawa…

Supporting Local

As we sit at home in this second lockdown, many of us have been enjoying the chance to watch movies together more than ever. For a lot of us, that means renting DVDs from a local small business, Glebe Video International. Film lovers in Ottawa know that Glebe Video International is an irreplaceable gem, the place where one can find thousands of films from around the world and through the decades—films no streaming service…

Phase 2 – Additional Businesses Reopening

Phase 2 – Additional Businesses Reopening

Earlier this week, the Government of Ontario announced that some regions can now transition into Phase 2 of “Reopening Ontario“. Eastern Ontario is one of the regions that will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday June 12th. This means that in addition to the non-essential stores that were already allowed to open in Phase 1, businesses like personal care services and restaurant patios are now also allowed to open.

From the Archives: Bank Between the Bridges – Only the Name’s Been Changed

From the Archives: Bank Between the Bridges – Only the Name’s Been Changed

In this announcement from the October 1978 OSCAR, Larry McDonald reports on a new name in the neighbourhood. What’s in a name? In this case $150.00. At least that’s what it means to Mr. Stuart Heibein of Scotia Place whose slogan, “Bank Between the Bridges” is the new name for the Ottawa South stretch of Bank Street.

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