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.


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 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


Candle Lighting on Thursday at Westboro Bus Station

15 01 2019

Hello fellow community members:

The Westboro Community Association is going to light a candle and lay flowers to commemorate those who lost their lives in the horrific bus crash on Jan. 11.  We invite you to join us on the platform on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 p.m. and do the same.  There is no ceremony or event; just the community together lighting a candle, laying flowers… whatever you think would be appropriate.  See you then.

Westboro Community Association



12 12 2018


483 Edison and 514 Roosevelt triplexes. Read our concerns about this project:

Open House hosted by Novatech

When: Wednesday, 12 December, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Churchill Seniors Recreation Centre (345 Richmond Road)

See you all there.

Triplexes in Westboro, heading south on Roosevelt and Edison: Make your views known!

21 09 2018
Triplexes in Westboro heading south on Roosevelt and Edison: Make your views known!
This week you may have received a flyer prepared by concerned neighbours on Edison regarding applications for triplexes at 483 Edison and 514 Roosevelt.
The developers of these properties have applied to the city for a pair of triplexes at each of the sites. Many in our community have since contacted the Westboro Community Association asking where we stand on the issue and what residents can do to make themselves heard. We are very pleased that these applications have garnered this level of community interest. We too are concerned with the rapid rate of development in our community and the toll it has taken on our green space, our infrastructure, the safety of our streets, and the character of our neighborhoods.
The WCA has a small planning committee that meets every few weeks to review the many infill development applications for Westboro. The Committee has been in touch with the planners for both Edison and Roosevelt and we have expressed our concerns about the proliferation of triplexes throughout Westboro, especially as it moves south and north of Byron into the lower density residential fabric. These areas are mostly zoned R3R, meaning that triplexes are a permitted use. While welcome new neighbours, we object to the current model of side by side triplexes being proposed for sites where there used to be single family homes on lovely treed lots.
The city approved this model on Ravenhill, where we now have six adjacent triplexes, and we have since seen the same model approved on Winona and on Elmgrove. We are dismayed to see it now moving even further south. This is particularly alarming since the next move seems to be for the owners of the triplexes to then apply for rezoning to allow for a fourth unit. As such, we continue to lobby the city for a definition of a “transit oriented community”, clear transition areas between high and low density areas, and some neighbourhood boundary lines.
On October 3, the city will hear the Edison and Roosevelt applications at Nepean City Hall at 1 PM. We will be providing our formal comments at that time.
However, we need your help.
One way for concerned neighbours to do so is by submitting comments directly to the Committee of Adjustment here.
Another way is for you to show up and attend the hearing on October 3rd (1:00pm). These are open to the public and anyone can come.
We have received many letters on this issue directed to our website, and thank you for those.  We are sorry we cannot respond to all of you, given that we are volunteers-and a small group at that! For additional information, you can also visit our Facebook page here.
We are actively seeking members for our board to help us keep up with the volume of infill applications in Westboro. Please join us at our AGM on October 16 at the Churchill Seniors’ Centre to learn more about the WCA and to bring some of your great energy to helping us keep Westboro beautiful!

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