Shakespeare in the Park

14 07 2016

Summer in Ottawa means Shakespeare in the Park. In this 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, Bear & Co. brings you MACBETH as the Queen’s Men might have toured it. Within the circle of a rope thrown on the ground, three women invite you into Shakespeare’s warring Scotland. In a country torn by civil strife, who is to be trusted? Are they witches? Beggars? Loyal friends or assassins? Only one thing is sure: They play with fire.

Twelfth-Century Scotland is the world of Outlander, where decisions reek more of Game of Thrones than of the court of St James. Here, the politics of the knife-blade rule, and Bear & Co.’s production brings both the savagery and the surprising tenderness of the story to life. Pull up a blanket. Set out your picnic. The show is about to begin. . . .

The full touring schedule is below, and on our website at

All shows begin outdoors at 7. Bring the whole family, a picnic, and something to sit on. Suggested donation: $20 per person.


New processes to protect Ottawa’s trees

13 06 2016


Two new requirements aimed at protecting Ottawa’s urban trees took effect on Tuesday, May 24. The changes will affect those doing infill development or removing distinctive trees – any tree with a trunk that is 50 cm or greater in diameter at chest height. The first change is a new process that aims to protect trees on lots undergoing infill development by identifying potential impacts early in the process. When Building Permit applications for infill development within the greenbelt are submitted to the City, the developer must now include specific Tree Disclosure information and identify whether each tree is to be removed or retained. For trees protected under City by-laws, the applicant must follow the City’s tree protection guidelines and work with an arborist to determine mitigation strategies. For these infill developments, the applicant is required to pay a refundable deposit of $700 per lot – the average cost to plant and maintain one new tree for a two-year period – to help ensure trees are retained or replaced. The applicant can apply for a refund of the deposit upon the successful retention of the City tree(s) or, after planting a tree to City specifications. The second change relates to the application process for the Urban Tree Conservation By-law. This By-law, in place since 2009, requires any property owner planning to remove a distinctive tree from private property in the urban area to first apply for a Distinctive Tree Permit. Under the new requirements:

·        The Arborist Report must be submitted with the City’s online template in person at one of seven Client Service Centres.

·        A $100 administrative fee will be incurred for all Distinctive Tree Permit applications.

·        An Arborist Report is not required if a Building Permit application will also be made for a site within the greenbelt because it will be included as part of the Tree Disclosure information.

For detailed information on these changes, visit


Public Meeting – Byron Avenue Traffic Calming Design

4 06 2016

The City of Ottawa received nearly 750 completed online questionnaires.  Now they want to share with you what they heard and get your comments on the resulting draft design.  Please join us at the upcoming public meeting!


Public Meeting – Byron Avenue Traffic Calming Design

Thursday, June 16, 2016

6 to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)

Our Lady of Fatima Parish

153 Woodroffe Avenue


Can’t make it? 

The City will post all materials on the project website for review once ready.  Or Contact Justin Swan, P.Eng City of Ottawa Planning and Infrastructure Portfolio Phone: (613) 580.2424 Ext. 21636    Email:



The WCA has “Slow Down for Us” signs. If you would like one please send us an email with your contact info and we will drop one off.

23 05 2016


Wild Wild Westboro Garage Sale – May 28th

16 05 2016



5 05 2016


A brand new and free festival in  the most sought-after locations in Ottawa to live, eat, work, shop and play, will “ignite”  Richmond Road between Golden Avenue and Island Park Drive, June 10-12. Fire up with the MEC Westboro Mile; soar down a 400 foot zipline; take in the best of the PC SuperDogs; look for the Aeriosa dancers as they leap through Westboro’s skyline and move your feet to the funky beat of The Peptides and the HiFi Showband. A foodie’s heaven, Westboro FUSE has its own Craft Beer Garden, samplers, brew and culinary stations, as well as gourmet burgers, savory snacks, fine dining, rich coffees, clean eats and divine treats along its main street”.

All you need to do is Get Set n Go!


Clare Gardens Park Spring Clean-up

3 05 2016



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