They say there are only two seasons in Ottawa: winter and construction. Well, it's not yet winter, so even if the weather has been underwhelming, we must still be in construction season. Accordingly, work will begin in September on the new footbridge over the Rideau Canal. This will necessitate a number of preparatory activities and detours. I will be providing more detail in future newsletters, but wanted to give a heads up to residents to expect activity in the coming weeks. The good news for all is that proper detours will be put in place where the multi-use pathways will be affected.
Rideau River Western Pathway update
Four new sections of what will soon be the Rideau River Western Pathway have been under construction this summer:
Regular users were no doubt already aware, and have found alternative routes for transportation and recreation. Less frequent users may have been taken by surprise. All, however, will be pleased to know that the entire route should be complete, including new lighting in a number of areas, by mid-October at the latest. Some sections should be complete earlier.
Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
The City of Ottawa is holding a community information and comment session about the proposal to develop 667 Bank St. into a five-storey, mixed-use building with retail on the ground floor and 12 apartment units above. The property, at the corner of Clemow Ave., is in a heritage conservation district.
City staff and the applicants for the development proposal will be in attendance to answer questions.
New plans for the Zoning By-law amendment have been posted on the City’s website. As a result, the commenting period has been extended to Friday, September 8.
Friday, September 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Councillor David Chernushenko for a free lunch and get tips from the Ottawa Police Service on how to avoid phone scams and other types of fraud.
This is a free event for seniors living in Capital Ward (Glebe, Glebe Annex, Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East, Dow’s Lake, Heron Park and Riverside).
Public meeting: Southminster United redevelopment
Monday, September 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Councillor Chernushenko will host an information session on the plan to redevelop the Southminster United Church property overlooking the Rideau Canal in Old Ottawa South.
The proposal is to retain the existing church building and renovate the basement to house community uses. Memorial Hall would be demolished and replaced with four three-storey townhouses and a 14-unit, six-storey apartment building.
At the information meeting, a Southminster Church congregation leader will introduce the the project, and the City's planning department will describe the approvals process for an application, followed by a Q&A session moderated by the councillor. City staff will also be available to discuss the results of the recent Heritage Inventory Project in Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South.
Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m.
Join artist Stuart Kinmond for a discussion of Main2, his public artwork commissioned as part of the Main St. renewal project.
Main2, pronounced "Main Square" is a small public square in front of St. Paul University, with benches and landscaping surrounding three towers of coloured glass "windows".
The windows, resembling stained glass to reflect the community's strong ecclesiastical heritage, each have three panels representing the Rideau Canal, the Rideau River and the land between.
Friday, September 22, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Healthy Transportation Coalition and EnviroCentre present the 2017 Transportation Equity Summit. This full-day event is an opportunity for professionals, decision makers and residents to learn about and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing equitable transportation in Ottawa, including infrastructure, universal design, policies and spending.
The keynote speakers are urban planner Ryan O’Connor of 8 80 Cities and Zan Gibbs of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
As part of the Ottawa 2017 celebrations, the City of Ottawa is assembling a time capsule to be opened in 50 years, when Canada celebrates its 200th anniversary. We're looking for suggestions for a meaningful and unique contribution to represent Capital Ward.
The capsule measures 24" wide x 36" high x 11" deep, so our contribution has to be relatively small. The City suggests medals and commemorative coins; documents and other publications on quality paper; black-and-white photographic prints; and cotton or polyester textiles.
Keep in mind that some items aren't suitable. For example, the equipment needed to access USB drives, CDs or DVDs may not be readily available in 50 years; photocopies and faxes are unstable; and objects containing rubber, which deteriorates over time. Other items that shouldn't be included are foods and liquids, matches and explosives, plastics with the recycling symbol 3 (including food wrap) or 7, and silk, wool or hair. Any batteries must be removed.
Sunday, September 17, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage. Instead, bring them to an upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Depot, which is for City of Ottawa residents only.
Products accepted (maximum 100 litres by volume):
Residential electronic waste is also accepted. Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted.
Click here for more information and for other depots scheduled for 2017.
In the middle of August, we're hardly thinking about cold days and nights that winter will bring, but it's a reality for Ottawa’s homeless. A remarkable initiative by a local man to share this reality through film came my way a few months ago.
Stephen Coleman’s Project Cold Days – Homeless not Helpless has ben entirely self funded to date. As a filmmaker myself, I know how hard that is. Which is why I am not only supporting this project, I am breaking with my policy of keeping fundraisers out of my newsletters (there are hundreds of worthy projects) to encourage readers to consider supporting the film through the Project Cold Days Kickstarter campaign.