One of our neighbours, Daniel Buckles, has had an op-ed article published in this Saturday’s Ottawa Citizen. It points to our Pontiac street depaving and suggests something similar for downtown. You can read it online at https://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/buckles-how-closing-ottawa-bus-lanes-can-open-a-green-corridor
Large community garden likely for Kitchissippi – now looking for volunteers!
Are you a fan of community gardens? Do you have some time to spare and are interested in helping to launch a large allotment garden in Kitchissippi?
The Goldenrod Community Garden is a group of volunteers working to establish a large 60 plot garden on NCC land just north of Tunney’s Pasture. While we don’t yet have approval, we are encouraged by recent events as the NCC invited us to apply and we are currently going through their formal process. Our hope is to launch the garden in Spring 2020.
Envirocentre (https://www.envirocentre.ca/) has put together this slide show video about the Pontiac Street depaving day, complementing our photos of the Pontiac Park Expansion.
A timeline of the park expansion is at https://champlainpark.org/park/pontiac-depaving-and-park-expansion/
Following up on a talk by Michael Sarich of the Ottawa River Regulation Secretariat at our AGM, here are his slides about why flooding happens, what can be done, and the history of flooding on the Ottawa river.
He’s also provided a frequently asked questions document from the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board (see https://ottawariver.ca/ for general information and bulletins).
The next talk in the City of Ottawa Wildlife Speaker Series is:
Fish Tales: An Exploration of Ottawa’s Underwater World
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive
Speaker: Dr. Steven Cooke, Carleton University
Times: 7 p.m. Aquatic Expo 8 p.m. Opening Remarks and Presentation
Admission: Donation of a non-perishable food item for the Ottawa Food Bank. As space is limited, admission is on a first come, first served basis.
The condominium at the corner of Island Park Drive and Wellington/Richmond Road will finally be starting construction, after many months of full page advertisements in the Ottawa Citizen. The developer’s web site has some information about their project: https://mizrahidevelopments.ca/featured-projects/1451-wellington/
Here is a letter from our city councillor’s assistant about the project, and the impact it will have on the neighbourhood.
From: Mitchell, Fiona <Fiona.Mitchell@ottawa.ca>
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2019, 04:46:04 p.m. GMT-4
Subject: Mizrahi Construction
I know it’s been a while since we lasted checked in with you about this, but Mizrahi is now in a position to move ahead with the construction of their approved project, and work will be beginning immediately.
We are still in the process of organizing a pre-construction meeting with the wider community, which will give residents a head’s up about the work and what to expect moving forward. I am waiting for Mizrahi to provide me with date options that work for them.
While the pre-construction meeting is still be organized, work will begin on the site (this is not my preferred option but unfortunately this is what has occurred due to scheduling issues). Please review below the first schedule:
Community Effort to Remove Pavement on Pontiac Street and Reclaim Paradise!!
Last Saturday, a family-friendly event was led by Councillor Jeff Leiper to de-pave one block of Pontiac Street and to re-connect the green space of Champlain Park directly to NCC lands accessing the Ottawa river.
The Councillor received sponsorship from the City with funds from cash-in-lieu of parkland money and a small grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Energetic community volunteers showed up to dig up sections of pavement and transfer them to City dumpsters. The volunteers were organized by Enviro Centre and Champlain Park Community Association, with coffee from Bridgehead and bagels from the Ottawa Bagel Shop.
In the near future, the City workers will finish digging the gravel base, adding soil, and seeding the area. The NCC will remove the fence and gravel on their side. Volunteers plan to landscape the NCC land with native species of ground cover, shrubs and trees. As Joni Mitchell sang in her song “Big Yellow Taxi”, “you don’t know what you’ve got, ’till it’s gone”. It’s not often a parking lot gets turned into parkland!
Enviro Centre team with Champlain Park Community Association volunteer, Debra Huron, set up coffee (Bridgehead) and bagels (Ottawa Bagel Shop) as well as supplying tools and safety gear for volunteers. Photo by John Arnason.