Students win $5,000 at first Innovation Jam

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Photo by Meagan Casalino

Manuela Barcenas, The Charlatan

A group of nine students won $5,000 after pitching their “Complete Compost” idea at Ottawa’s first sustainability challenge Innovation Jam, held at Carleton on Nov. 9.

The event was organized by Student Energy Carleton (SEC), the first Ontario chapter of an international organization that aims to develop sustainable energy alternatives to fossil fuels and foster innovation among university students.

According to Roberto Chavez, SEC president, the idea of an Innovation Jam originated from an executive trip to Mexico to attend the Student Energy Summit in June.

“We saw an Innovation Jam, and we thought ‘this is the coolest thing, this is what we are about.’ So we thought that the best way to start our year was to have one of these events where students can learn actively by taking action,” Chavez said.

Eleven groups pitched their ideas in front of a panel of five experts in the fields of sustainability and environmental protection. Cameron Wales, Carly Parks, Kokeb Solomon, Jackie Bastianon, Kaylin Paquette, Julia Sterling, Natalie York, Jeff Thorslund, and David Hodgson made up the winning “Complete Compost” team.

“The goal is a cheap, accessible, purpose built green bin that will contain smells and prevent pests. If a pilot project at Carleton is successful, we want to see this city-wide,” Wales, a fourth-year student in public administration and policy management, said.

Wales’ team got a $5,000 sponsorship from the Social Planning Council of Ottawa to develop their idea, as well as the opportunity to present their plan to the City of Ottawa Environment and Climate Protection Committee.

“A lot of game-changing, society-changing ideas started on campuses, and whether it’s something that we hear that will lead to a major change, or just getting people thinking this way that will lead to a career or research further down the road, getting people thinking is good,” said David Chernushenko, the Committee Chair and city councillor, who gave the opening remarks at the event.

Old Ottawa South residents fight church addition

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Residents in Old Ottawa South have concerns about the proposed development of the Southminster United Church at 15 Aylmer Ave. In an effort to keep the church operational, the congregation signed an agreement with Windmill Developments to sell a portion of the property for $1 million. The proposal calls for six-storey apartment building, some residents say, is too high, and residents add, the view of the Rideau Canal, and the church itself will be lost. - Michelle Nash Baker/Metroland

Development puts the view in jeopardy, they say

Michelle Nash Baker, Ottawa East News

What’s in a view?

In Old Ottawa South, some residents feel a view should be considered just as important as any heritage building – especially when that view is of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The issue is the proposed development of the Southminster United Church at 15 Aylmer Ave.

In an effort to keep the church operational, the congregation signed an agreement with Windmill Developments to sell a portion of the property for $1 million.

The proposal is to retain the existing church building and renovate the basement to accommodate community uses. The sale is subject to re-zoning of the property to permit residential condominiums. Memorial Hall would be demolished and replaced with four three-storey townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building.

The six-storey apartment building, some residents say, is too high and they add the view of the Rideau Canal, and the church itself will be lost.

Susan Brousseau points out the condominium will be higher than the church and higher than any building currently allowed in the neighbourhood. Brousseau is working with a group of residents aimed at reducing the height of the proposal.

“We all feel this is the gateway, the landmark in the community,” Brousseau said. “We just think this is wrong, we would ask for less, everyone would be cheering if it was less.”

Basically, Brousseau said, they are asking the developers to knock off the top of the building.

Brousseau said there is no doubt the view the future condo owners will have will be amazing – something she agrees with architect Barry Hobin about.

But Brousseau said the future condo owners aren't the only people who should matter.

“We are looking (at it from) the residents' point of view, the people skating on the canal – what will they see?” she said.

One of the biggest issues, Brousseau said, is that the developer’s proposal falsely shows what the view will be – the renderings portray the property in the height of summer, a time when the trees still have their leaves.

This will not be the case come skating season, Brousseau argued.

“It is unfortunate, as well, that the renderings do not include a winter scene, when, like most of the year, there will be no leaves. It is important that city council takes this into consideration,” Brousseau said.

Fellow resident Anna Cuylits said there is no doubt the new condo will dominate the view of the canal.

“It will take away, or replace the landmark view on the church,” Cuylits said. “It detracts from the image of the church and that concerns me. The viewscape just doesn’t fit in with the heritage character.”

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko doesn’t totally agree with the residents on the issue – he agrees the building will be too high and would like the proposal to be one-storey less -- but overall, the proposal is OK.

“It’s a challenge as a councillor when you are trying to parse out what are the real concerns and what aren’t,” he said. “This is one where as the councillor I have to say ‘Look I’m with you on a lot of things, but let's not go too far and let's just stick with what’s really substantial,’ and that is the height and the precedent setting.”

Portes ouvertes : Voies cyclables séparées dans le couloir du chemin Heron

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lundi 27 novembre de 18 h 30 à 20 h 30
Centre récréatif Jim-Durrell (salle Elwood), 1265 chemin Walkley

La Ville d’Ottawa a entrepris l’étude de la conception fonctionnelle de voies cyclables séparées dans le couloir du chemin Heron, entre le chemin Data Centre et la rue Bank. Les plans indiquent également les liaisons potentielles entre le chemin Heron et les sentiers et arrêts du transport en commun situés à proximité.

Vous êtes invités à examiner les plans, à présenter vos commentaires et questions au personnel de la Ville, et de remplir un questionnaire de rétroaction, soit à une réunion le 27 novembre, ou en ligne à ottawa.ca/VeloHeronOuest du 23 novembre au 4 décembre (veuillez noter que la page web du projet n'est pas encore disponsible).

Le plan de conception fonctionnelle sera peaufiné à la lumière des commentaires du public. La conception détaillée sera réalisée au début de 2018. Puisqu’aucun financement n’a encore été obtenu pour la réalisation des travaux, nous ne pouvons indiquer de date de mise en œuvre.

Remplissez le questionnaire de rétroaction ou transmettez vos questions et commentaires par courriel d’ici le lundi 4 décembre au gestionnaire de projet :

Paul Clarke, ing.
Gestionnaire de projet
Direction générale des transports
Ville d’Ottawa
110, avenue Laurier Ouest
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613-580-2424, poste 29882

Lack of federal funding means no community centre for Heron Park

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Heron Park won't be getting federal funding to build a new community centre because the project won't be able to meet the deadline.

Heron Park won't be getting federal funding to build a new community centre because the project won't be able to meet the deadline. (Aislinn May/ CBC News)

Heron Park won't be getting long awaited community centre after federal funding was revoked

CBC News

After years of pushing for a new community centre, people in Heron Park will have to keep waiting.

Plans to build a new community centre in the area have been cancelled after federal funding fell through because the project could not be completed by the deadline. 

In September, the Heron Park Community Association was notified by their city councilor David Chernushenko that they wouldn't be getting over $500,000 in federal funding because the project could not be completed by the March 31, 2018 deadline.

The city's request for an extension had been denied by the government. 

"Well we were shocked, absolutely shocked. The wind was knocked out of our sails," said Linda Gama-Pinto, the president of the Heron Park Community Association.

Pinto said that Heron Park has been pushing for a new community centre for years and the neighbourhood has already fundraised more than $5,500 to help pay for the centre. 

Back in 2015 the city applied for federal funding from the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The money was meant to support community facilities across Canada in celebration of Canada's 150 anniversary.

Last December David McGuinty, the Member of Parliament for the Ottawa South riding, was able to secure over half a million dollars to help build Heron Park's community centre.