Urban trees: lost and found

8 07 2018

From Big Trees of Kitchissippi


Urban trees: lost and found

July 1, 2018

by Debra Huron

Too many of us know about lost trees in the city of Ottawa. As many as 80,000 ash trees have died due to a tiny green insect. In the urban core, infill development begins by clear cutting almost every tree on a property before putting lots of green into the pockets of developers. Climate change hands out high winds and heavy rains that destroy beloved trees in parks and on residential streets.

Lost Trees of Ottawa is an online map where you can personalize this reality. It only takes a few minutes to visit the website and plot the place, size and species of trees that are no longer standing within the city’s urban canopy. Let’s map how both natural events and human activity are having an impact.

Meanwhile, in the Glebe Report’s June editiion, Jennifer Humphries writes about Big trees, little trees: what of the in-betweens?

And a discussion that CBC radio captured just a few days ago in Toronto is worth a listen. You’ll hear a panel of 3 experts who were part of a recent conference called The Urban Forest of Tomorrow. Here’s how CBC’s website describes the conversation that you can hear online:

Urban forests clean our air, lower our stress levels, reduce our energy costs and mitigate the risk of floods. Little wonder that urban foresters are ​now ​promoting trees as​ a critical part of a city’s infrastructure, as essential as roads and sewers.




Mapping Ottawa’s Lost Trees: Interactive Map

18 06 2018
Mapping Ottawa’s Lost Trees
Intensification in Westboro and throughout the urban core is destroying our front and back yard trees and dramatically reducing space for new trees. Wind and ice storms have also taken their toll. 

Concerned residents can now record lost trees on a new interactive map, an initiative of BigTrees of Kitchissippi, Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability (CAFES), The Greenspace Alliance and Ecology Ottawa.

The map allows you to:

  • plot trees lost due to human or natural causes

  • record details such as tree type (species), approximate date of loss and size

  • add a photograph and comments

  • view the cumulative count of loss, by cause and by City ward

The data will be integrated with other mapping initiatives down the road.

For more information, visit

Champlain Oaks project
Big Trees of Kitchissippi
Environment Committee
Champlain Park Community Association

Westboro Village Mini-Street Party, Saturday, June 23

18 06 2018
Westboro Village Mini-Street Party, Saturday, June 23
Westboro Business Improvement Area (BIA) is holding an outdoor party along Richmond Rd (Golden to Athlone) Saturday, June 23, 11 AM to 4 PM.
Head out for a preview of this year’s Fuse Festival, which will be held on August 18-19. Balloons, buskers, crafts, and more (Note there will be no road closures.) For more information, visit westborovillage.com.

Lions Park Resurfacing

14 06 2018

See the attached notice from the city.

Construction Notice – CR012503 Lions Park Parking Lot Resurfacing

Planning Circulation – 689 Churchill Avenue North – Site Plan Control Proposal – D07-12-18-0081

13 06 2018

From the City:


Dear Sir/Madame,
This is the formal circulation of the planning application noted above.   Below is a link to the application on the City’s Development Application Search Tool where you will find information about the application and all of the submitted plans, reports, surveys and accompanying documents you will need to review the application.  Also attached is the application summary.
Link to Application on DevApps / Lien vers la demande sur ottawa.ca/demdam 
Copy of Summary
Deadline date for comment: July 6/ 6 juillet 2018.
Please comment directly to the File Lead through the “Send comments to the file lead” link of DevApps .  However, for questions, concerns and all other information please contact the File Lead at:
Name/ Nom :  Jean-Charles Renaud
phone/ Tél.: 613-580-2424, ext. 27629
Please only respond directly to this e-mail address if in this instance you require a paper copy of one of the plans.
Thank you,
Circulation Team/ Équipe de diffusion
Planning Services/ Services de planification
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department/ Direction générale de la planification, de l’infrastructure et du développement économique
City of Ottawa/ Ville d’Ottawa

Tribunal’s Notice of Hearing for 320-334 Kenwood Avenue

8 06 2018

LPAT Case No. PL180451 – Notice of Hearing July 18, 2018

Please find attached a copy of the Tribunal’s Notice of Hearing for the above noted matter.

The Local Planning Appeal Tribunal hereby appoints for the commencement of the hearing of this appeal:
at: 10:00 AM, on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

City Hall, Keefer Room
110 Laurier Ave. W., Cartier Square
Ottawa, ON K2P 2L7

PL180451.Notice.July.18.18 (1)

1705 Carling Ave – Webb’s Motel – Site Plan Control open house

8 06 2018

From Councillor Leiper:

1705 Carling Ave – Webb’s Motel – Site Plan Control open house

Please join us on Tuesday, June 19 from 7:00 to 8:30pm in the main lobby of Dovercourt Recreation Centre (411 Dovercourt Ave) for an open house pertaining to the Site Plan Control application for a development at 1705 Carling Avenue (Webb’s Motel).

The application is seeking to develop a nine-storey mixed-use building, containing a residential care facility on the first six storeys with the upper three storeys containing 68 residential dwelling units.

 For additional information on the proposed development, please take a look at the planning documents:
Site Plan Control

 The agenda for the open house is as follows:

7:00-7:30pm:  Attendees arrive, have a chance to take a look at the presentation boards

7:30-7:45pm: High-level presentation by the development team on the project
7:45-8:15pm: Q + A

8:15-8:30pm: Wrap-up and opportunity for further one-on-one discussions

The development team and the City of Ottawa lead planner will be on hand to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you there and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.

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