Overnight closure of Colonel By Drive June 8

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Parks Canada

The repair work on the walls of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site between Bank Street and Pig Island is wrapping up. As part of the final steps, the contractor will remove the barriers along the southbound lane starting at about 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. This work requires the overnight closure of Colonel By Drive from Clegg St. to Leonard Ave. A signed detour will be in place.

For additional information on Parks Canada infrastructure work in the Ottawa area, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/rcOttawa, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Old Ottawa South church plans condos by Rideau Canal

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A rendering by Hobin Architecture shows Southminster United Church in Old Ottawa South after its rear annex is replaced with a condo building and townhouses.

David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen

A zoning quirk could let an Old Ottawa South church shore up its finances by building a six-storey condominium overlooking the Rideau Canal.

Southminster United overlooks the canal just west of the Bank Street Bridge. If you’re skating toward Dow’s Lake on a winter afternoon, you can see its stained glass glowing in the sun.

The church and the stained glass are staying. But what’s going, conditional on city council’s approval, are a two-storey addition at the back and a side yard. They’ll be replaced with a small set of townhouses and a six-storey condo building wrapping around the northwest corner of the church, with million-dollar views of the canal. The developer is Windmill, the same company that has worked with the Anglican Church on building condos around Christ Church Cathedral at the west end of Sparks Street and is redeveloping the industrial islands in the Ottawa River north of LeBreton Flats.

To let this happen, though, city council will have to rezone the parcel from “institutional” use for the church to “traditional mainstreet” like most of Bank Street, which allows four-to-six-storey residential and commercial buildings. What’s tricky about this is that the main church is what actually faces Bank; the land to be redeveloped is at the far end of the property, well away from the main street.

Furthermore, just a few years ago the city approved a heritage-protection bylaw covering the houses that face the canal there — every single one of them between Bank Street and Bronson Avenue, except for the church, whose institutional zoning made it different, less susceptible to redevelopment. Till now.

Work on Rideau Canal walls nearing completion

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Parks Canada

Work to repair the Rideau Canal walls in downtown Ottawa between Bank Street and Pig Island along the Eastern shoreline began in December 2016 and is now nearing completion.Mail Attachment

Repairs on the walls themselves are complete and new railings have been installed. Work is now underway to re-install light standards and to repair the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway. The project will conclude with site rebeautification, including laying sod and removing temporary construction trailers as well as other features of the construction site.

Beginning at around 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, the contractor will remove the safety measures along the southbound lane of Colonel By Drive. A signed detour route will be in place as this work will require the overnight closure of Colonel By Drive in this area. A further notice will be circulated closer to the closure to confirm the date and time.

Once the contractor has fully withdrawn from the site, the Rideau Canal Eastern Pathway will be reopened. This could occur as early as June 9.

The rehabilitation of the Rideau Canal walls between Bank Street and Pig Island was the second phase of a multiyear project to rehabilitate the Canal walls in downtown Ottawa. Last year, the first phase of this project rehabilitated a 500 meter length of the canal wall on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway side near the Bronson Bridge. While a third phase is anticipated during the winter of 2017-18, a specific location has not yet been selected.

For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Rideau Canal, please visit pc.gc.ca/rcInfrastructure. If you would like receive updates on this project, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include "Rideau Canal Walls" in the subject heading.

Orpheus Musical Theatre: Ragtime

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June 2 – June 11
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr

Community organizations often ask for their councillor's help to draw attention to worthy causes. In this case, it's the Orpheus Musical Theatre, a longtime Ottawa cultural institution — founded in 1906 — that puts on top-quality musical theatre performances using mostly amateurs and volunteers, and also supports other charities around town.

Their latest production, Ragtime, set in New York City in the early 1900s, combines great music, acting and dance with a contemporary social justice message concerning racism, immigration and discrimination — issues that unfortunately still touch us today in Canada, in Ottawa, and even in Capital Ward.

Until May 24, you can take advantage of their special two-for-one ticket sale. Go to  www.centrepointetheatre.com/promo and enter the code RAGBOGO.