Get Involved with Shaping the Future of Ottawa!

22 02 2019

The City has just rolled out the process for developing a new Official Plan. Among other things, the Official Plan is what sets the zoning for our neighbourhoods, which in turn determines what can and cannot be built.  Given the issues around infill in our neighbourhood, it is really important that we all participate in this process.  We highly recommend you  subscribe to the City’s mailing list so you will be invited to consultations and have your say!  More details from City:

Ottawa has changed dramatically since it was incorporated in 1855, when it was a small lumber town of 16,000 people. This year, the City of Ottawa will reach one million people and the Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan region will reach 1.5 million people.

And the pace of change accelerating. What will Ottawa look like as it grows over the next century?  How do we make sure that we can keep pace and adapt to change in a way that makes Ottawa an inclusive, liveable and globally competitive city?

We have an opportunity to prepare for the future with a brand new Official Plan: the strategic document that guides our city’s growth and development. The plan impacts how and where the city will grow around us, now and for years to come. It establishes a policy framework that will inform the shape of the communities where you live, work and play. The scope of the plan may reach as far as the middle of this century and will affect generations to come.

We want Ottawa to grow to be the most liveable mid-sized city in North America. Our Official Plan can help us seize future opportunities and be resilient in the face of unexpected challenges.

For more information, please visit the project page, or subscribe to the mailing list.


Message from Ecology Ottawa: Are you #GenerationClimate?

19 02 2019

Please see this message from Ecology Ottawa


I’m writing to you today to let you know about a new program we’re launching at Ecology Ottawa that I’m incredibly excited about. Throughout the entirety of 2019, and into 2020 we’ll be training and mentoring 40 young people from all across the city of Ottawa to be Youth Climate Ambassadors.

The program is being executed with help from our amazing community partner organizations: Just Food, OREC, Healthy Transportation Coalition, The Ottawa Greenspace Alliance, Climate Action Network Canada, the Peace and Environment Resource Centre, and Sustainable Eastern Ontario. Throughout each Youth Ambassador’s time in the program, they’ll be exposed to teachings from each of these amazing organizations, with an additional in-depth mentorship lasting 20 hours to round out our ambassadors’ knowledge of local climate action.

To kick-off the Youth Climate Ambassadors program we’re hosting our launch event “Generation Climate” at the Shaw Centre on March 27th. The event, taking place from 7:00 to 9:30 is open to people of all ages, and exists to showcase how young people in Ottawa are already taking action on climate and making big changes in our city. With this event we’re hoping to excite and inspire young folks from our community to get involved, and mobilize to build a city we can be proud of.

Will you join us at our launch event “Generation Climate” on March 27th? Click here to RSVP!

Interested in becoming one of our Youth Climate Ambassadors?Learn more about the program and apply here. Our first cohort meets for training on March 30th and 31st!


Lauren, Robb, Vi, Catherine, Velta, and the whole Ecology Ottawa Team

P.S.Our friends at OREC are starting up a new member-driven co-operative based in Ottawa. For a limited time, interested individuals can invest in local energy efficiency projects through CoEnergy. Go to for more details.

Je vous écris aujourd’hui pour vous faire part d’un nouveau programme que nous introduisons à Écologie Ottawa qui m’excite beaucoup. À travers toute l’année 2019, et jusqu’en 2020, nous ferons la formation et le mentorat de 40 jeunes venant de partout à Ottawa (Jeunes Ambassadeurs pour le Climat).

Nous administrerons le programme avec l’aide de nos excellents organismes communautaires avec lesquels nous travaillons en partenariat : Just Food, le CÉRO, Healthy Transportation Coalition, Ottawa Greenpeace Alliance, CAN-Rac, le Centre de ressources pour la paix et l’environnement, et Sustainable Eastern Ontario.  Durant la période d’affectation de chaque Ambassadeur au programme, ils profiteront de l’enseignement de ces organismes fantastiques, et ils recevront 20 heures additionnelles de mentorat en profondeur pour augmenter leurs connaissances des enjeux climatiques locaux.

Pour introduire le programme de Jeunes ambassadeurs pour le climat, nous organisons notre évènement de lancement ‘Génération du climat’ au Centre Shaw, le 27 marsL’évènement, qui se tiendra entre 19h et 21h30 est ouvert aux gens de tout âge, et veut démontrer comment les jeunes de la ville d’Ottawa s’activent déjà en matière de climat et comment ils apportent des améliorations majeures à notre ville. Nous espérons, par cet évènement, exciter et inspirer les jeunes de notre communauté à s’impliquer et à se mobiliser pour construire une ville de laquelle nous serons fiers.

Nous vous invitons à vous joindre à nous pour notre évènement de lancement ‘Génération du climat’, le 27 mars. Cliquez ICI pour accepter notre invitation.

Êtes-vous intéressés à devenir un Jeune ambassadeur pour le climat? Apprenez à mieux connaitre le programme et faites une demande ici. Notre premier groupe de participants se rencontrera les 30 et 31 mars pour la formation.


Lauren, Robb, Vi, Catherine, Velta et toute l’équipe d’Écologie Ottawa

P.S. Nos amis à OREC lancent une nouvelle coopérative basée à Ottawa et dirigé par ses membres. CoÉnergie encourage les gens à diversifier leur portefeuille sans nuire à la planète, et à apporter un changement positif dans leur communauté. Visitez pour en apprendre plus.

Important Committee of Adjustment Meeting Wednesday!

18 02 2019

Three critical applications will be presented tomorrow for long semi-detached properties at 514 Roosevelt Avenue, 508 Roosevelt Avenue and 580 Churchill Avenue. This kind of over intensification is unacceptable and is threatening to become rampant in our neighbourhood.  Jeff hopes that if turnout is very high at this week’s meeting, these may be rejected, so we are trying to encourage as many as possible to attend.

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1:00 p.m.

Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor

101 Centrepointe Drive

Note that this particular item may not be heard until later in the afternoon, so be prepared to stay for a while!  Here is a link to the agenda.


Send Councillor Leiper your best wishes!

18 02 2019

As you may have heard, Jeff had a heart attack while shoveling snow during last week’s snow storm.  He is doing well and is recovering at home, but will be off work for the next few weeks.  Jeff’s staff are handling the day-to-day work.  The Westboro Community Association sent a card to his office wishing him a speedy recovery.  Should you wish to do the same, please send your greetings here:

Kitchissippi Ward Councillor Jeff Leiper
Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario,  K1P 1J1

Elmdale Public School BookFest 2019: February 22 and 23

25 01 2019

BookFest, Elmdale Public School’s iconic annual second-hand book sale, is an opportunity to find a great read while supporting a good cause. With more than 25,000 titles there’s something for everyone, all at very low prices (cash only).

Complete with raffles and a bake sale. BookFest 2019 will take place in Elmdale Public School’s gymnasium (49 Iona St. – enter from Java St.) on Fri., Feb. 22, 9:00am to 9:00pm, and on Sat., Feb. 23, 9:00am to 4:00pm. For more information email: Thai embassy office project rejected by planning committee

25 01 2019

Thai embassy office project rejected by planning committee

One concept for a new Royal Thai Embassy at 180 Island Park Drive.

Local residents opposing a Thai embassy zoning application scored a victory Thursday after the planning committee voted to reject the proposal over concerns the development would “stick out like a sore thumb.”

The project would see the embassy tear down its current building at 180 Island Park Dr., just off the Sir John  A. Macdonald Parkway, and build a two-storey office building in its place. 

“This is an office building between single-detached homes and parkland. This is going to stick out like a sore thumb,” warned Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper at committee.

The area councillor has backed residents who oppose the embassy’s rezoning application, several of whom made presentations to the planning committee to protest the precedent they argued would be set by permitting an office building in a residential area.

“Why on earth would the planners allow this? It’s a 100-year-old planned residential street on an NCC parkways system,” said Heather Mitchell, who spoke on behalf of the Westboro Community Association.

“We in the community won’t be appeased if the office building ‘kinda looks like a house.’ It is the use of the property and its intended zoning change that is the biggest issue.

“If you approve this, you are opening the door to the same type of zoning change all across the city.”

The Royal Thai Embassy has occupied the current building since 1987, and has been grandfathered in under the current zoning rules.

The embassy’s plans to demolish and rebuild would see it relinquish its permission to use the property as it has for decades ­— as an embassy office, in what is now a residential zone. To construct a new office building, the embassy would require a zoning bylaw amendment.

Staff pointed out in their report to committee that the current embassy building’s longstanding use as an office “has not caused any adverse undo impact on the surrounding community.”

Development review manager Douglas James also argued to committee that a rezoning approval would not automatically set a precedent for future planning decisions.

“Although everyone has a right to come here and ask for permission to rezone a property, because we allowed it here, there is no such thing as precedent, there is no guarantee that would be allowed in any other place. We looked at this application on its own merit, for this location.”

Leiper said he’s offered his help to the embassy to find a more appropriate location for a new office.

“It’s not up to us to rezone this property in a way that is incompatible with the stated intent of our R1 zone when there are alternatives available. Expediency is not a good basis on which to do land-use planning.”

Committee members voted 2-7 against recommending the rezoning, contrary to a staff recommendation. Councillors Scott Moffatt and Allan Hubley voted in favour.

Mayor Jim Watson told this newspaper he’s “glad” the planning committee rejected the embassy’s application. Island Park Drive isn’t suitable for office buildings, he said.

Link to article here. Where donations can be made in honour of bus crash victims

17 01 2019

Where donations can be made in honour of bus crash victims

Hundreds of friends, neighbours work colleagues and others touched by the deaths following last Friday’s bus crash at the Westboro Transitway station have stepped forward to help.

The death notice for Bruce Thomlinson urges friends and supporters to donate to a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the 56-year-old’s wife, Elaine, and two sons, Braydon and Ryan. Two such fundraising pages exist, one titled “Support the family of Bruce Thomlinson” and the other “Bruce Thomlinson Memorial.” Combined, more than 300 people had contributed almost $19,000 by midday Wednesday, just over 40 per cent of the total goal of $45,000. Condolences, memories or donations, the notice advises, can be made at GoFundMe donations can be made at or

The notice of Judy Booth’s death invites those wishing to make a memorial donation to consider giving to the North Lanark Highland Games, of which the 57-year-old Booth was past president. A former Almonte resident, mother of Karen and Holly Benvie and wife to Chesley Booth, she was also a member of the Ottawa Highlanders, and former member of the Sons of Scotland, Ottawa Police Services and RCMP pipe bands. Tributes to her can be left at The North Lanark Highland Games can be contacted at

There has yet been no published death notice for the third victim of the crash, 65-year-old Anja Van Beek.

Where donations can be made in honour of bus crash victims


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