OttawaCitizen.com: Councillor almost convinces council to block builder adding units to Westboro triplexes

10 05 2019

Councillor almost convinces council to block builder adding units to Westboro triplexes

A councillor on Wednesday came up just short of convincing council to send a message to builders about being upfront with neighbours.

Falsetto Homes, the owner of the triplexes at 348 and 350 Winona Ave. in Westboro, wants to add a fourth unit to each. The buildings are southwest of the Westboro transit station.

Kitchissippi Coun. Jeff Leiper told council that the city’s reputation on defending zoning rules was on the line and he wanted colleagues to reject the application for the fourth units.

According to Leiper, the developer built the triplexes with the community of adjustment’s approval. The fourth units were roughed-in, with the developer knowing it would eventually come back to the city for permission to add the fourth units, Leiper said. However, the community was told they would only be triplexes.

The planning committee last month heard from a consultant representing the property owner who said triplex developers are using a two-step process to quickly generate revenue before going through with a costly planning approval process to get the fourth units. They do this knowing full well they might not get the fourth-unit approval from council.

Leiper warned councillors that the developer strategy won’t be a problem only affecting his central-west community.

“This is an issue that’s coming to your ward soon,” he told them.

Council voted 13-10 to allow the fourth units.

Innes Coun. Laura Dudas, who was the acting mayor while Jim Watson recovered from an eye procedure, voted at council to approve the fourth units after voting in opposition with Leiper and Stittsville Coun. Glen Gower at planning committee.

“I want to send a clear message to developers that they have to be forthcoming to our community,” Dudas said after the council meeting.

“They have to respect our communities, but at the end of the day, is this something we have to stand up for? Yes, most certainly, but I know that we also need to have infill in our communities. We need to build up around our transportation systems. We need to make sure that we’re providing people places to live close to transit priority areas. At the end of the day, after speaking with staff and seeking that clarification, I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision. We still need to be firm with developers and make sure they understand that having that dialogue with our community is essential, but I wanted to make the best decision for our city and for that community.”

Councillor almost convinces council to block builder adding units to Westboro triplexes

 





Churchill Alternative School Council: Annual Plant and Book on May 17

6 05 2019

Churchill Alternative School Council’s annual Plant and Book sale is Friday May 17th.

345 Ravenhill Ave.
Plants and books will be available for purchase from 7:30-10:00am and 2:00-7:00pm in room 104
You will find a great assortment of Annual and Vegetable seedlings, as well as Perennials and Houseplants.New this year:
A Master Gardener will be onsite from 2:30-7:00 to answer your questions and offer advice.
Check out our “Started by Churchill Families” table.

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Clare Gardens Park Spring Clean-Up: Saturday, May 4th

1 05 2019

Clare Gardens Park: Spring Clean-Up

Saturday, May 4th, 2019 @ 10:00 am till 12:30 pm

(Rain date: May 5th – same times)

It’s that time of year. The WCA and the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park are hosting the park’s spring clean-up.

There’s more plastic garbage in the park so we’ll be picking it up. We’ll bring rubber gloves and large plastic garden bags. If possible we’d appreciate if you could bring a broom, a rake, and/ a shovel. We might also be moving mulch, so wheelbarrows would be welcome.

Bring your families and meet your neighbours! We’ll have refreshments and goodies.

See you in the park!

Organized by:

The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park

volunteergardenersofclarepark@gmail.com

and

The Westboro Community Association 

hellowestboro@yahoo.ca





Jane’s Walk: Follow the Raindrop on May 4

30 04 2019

Please see this message from Jane’s Walk:

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Follow the Raindrop!
Join Jennifer Stelzer from EnviroCentre as she guides you though the life of a raindrop! Using materials and information from the City of Ottawa’s RAIN program, we will learn the path that water takes from the time it lands on your property until it reaches the river! We will explore the wonderful world of downspouts, drains, ditches, and debris! Together we will see good examples of rain gardens, permeable driveways and other solutions to managing rainwater where it lands.

Come learn how you can make your home RAIN and river friendly. Slow it Down, Soak it Up, Keep it Clean!

Guides:

Julia Robinson and Jennifer Stelzer

When:
Date: Sat May 4, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour 30 min
Language: English
Where:
Start: Westboro Beach Underpass
End: Westboro Beach
Area: Westboro
Distance: 3.25 kms
Accessibility:

The walk will follow city sidewalks and paved pathways.  At the very end of the tour we may go right down on the riverbank to the water’s edge.

More information can be found by clicking here.





NCC Consultation (Westboro Beach) and Westboro-Dominion LRT Info Session (City of Ottawa)

24 04 2019

Please note the following:

  1. NCC Consultation (Westboro Beach) on Monday April 29, 6:30 to 8:30pm, Hintonburg Community Centre
  2. Westboro-Dominion LRT Info Session with the City of Ottawa, Monday May 14, 7:00 to 8:00pm, Fieldhouse at 29 Van Lang

See the attached for additional information.

 

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Proposed Development: 486 Cole Ave

23 04 2019

The following has been received by the WCA.

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Please find attached the package for 486 Cole, which will be submitted to the Committee of Adjustment, for your review before the upcoming hearing.

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From the NCC: Share your ideas for the improvements of Westboro Beach

15 04 2019

From the National Capital Commission:

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What are your ideas for the improvements of Westboro Beach?

This project is part of the Ottawa River South Shore Riverfront Park Plan, which aims to reconnect people and communities to the Ottawa River. The plan includes over 200 hectares of riverfront lands between LeBreton Flats, the mouth of the Pinecrest Creek corridor and the Mud Lake Conservation Area. The Westboro Beach area redevelopment project will be one of the first steps in making this plan a reality.

This workshop will focus on

  • The design of a new pavilion and landscaping
  • Enhanced, year-round experiences for beachgoers and site users
  • Opportunities to revitalize and celebrate the beach’s built heritage

When?

Monday, April 29, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Where?

Hintonburg Community Centre, Wellington Room
1064 Wellington Street West, Ottawa ON K1Y 2Y3

Join us for a workshop discussion by filling out the form by clicking here.

Book early. Space is limited.
Please RSVP by noon on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Unable to attend the event?

Please share your thoughts and preferences regarding the future design of Westboro Beach by responding to the online survey that will be available herefrom April 29, 2019 to May 13, 2019, at midnight.





Kitchissippi Ward Forum! Monday, April 15 at 6:00pm

8 04 2019

From the Office of Councillor Leiper:

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We are excited to announce our first Kitchissippi Ward Forum for Jeff’s second term of Council is coming up in a few weeks.

As always, this is an opportunity to the community to come together to discuss key issues within the Ward, collaborate, and get updates from our various community stakeholders, as well as from our office.

This time, we are focusing on temporary traffic calming. In Kitchissippi Ward, we hear often from our residents about traffic concerns. Temporary traffic calming is a tool we can use to mitigate those concerns. City staff will be making a special presentation on what temporary traffic calming is and how it works.

Monday, April 15

6:00-8:00pm

Van Lang Field House (29 Van Lang Pvt)

Feel free to join the Facebook event group! We looking forward to connecting and chatting with you further.





ARCHIVES AWARENESS WEEK

8 04 2019

From the Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives

http://www.fcoa-aavo.ca/node/388

ARCHIVES AWARENESS WEEK
“Preserving the Past to Enrich the Future”
CITY OF OTTAWA ARCHIVES
April 1 – 7, 2019

The Rideau Branch of the City of Ottawa Archives presents 2 FREE programs designed to provide practical information and ideas for researching, organizing and preserving cherished family history and memories.
No Pre-Registration Required. For more information contact: rideauarchives@ottawa.ca

Archives in Your Attic
Where: Harmony Hall, Manotick Legion, 5550 Ann St., Manotick
When: Saturday, April 6, 10-12 a.m.
Bring in your photos, letters, diaries, books, family or business papers, maps, etc. Archivists will be on hand
to answer your questions and offer practical information and advice on interpretation and preservation.

Home Storage of Digital Photos
Where: Harmony Hall, Manotick Legion, 5550 Ann St., Manotick
When: Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m.
The Digital Records Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives will present strategies for long-term home preservation of your valued digital images.

The volunteers and staff of the Rideau Archives gratefully acknowledge Friends of the City of Ottawa Archives/ Les Amis des Archives de la Ville d’Ottawa, and the City of Ottawa Archives for their program and financial support.

 





Message from Ecology Ottawa: Are you #GenerationClimate?

19 02 2019

Please see this message from Ecology Ottawa

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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!

Warmly,

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 coenergy.coop/invest 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.

Amicalement,

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 coenergy.coop/invest pour en apprendre plus.








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