Have a great summer!
Next meeting: Tuesday, September 13, 7:30pm, Fisher Park

Invitation to a Heritage Forum for Ottawa Communities

Posted: August 8th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

Are you worried about losing heritage buildings and resources in your community? Are you wondering how to identify and protect the heritage of your community? Do you know where to get advice on researching heritage buildings? what tools are available to protect heritage and how to get them in your community? how to find the expertise you need to convince others (including City Councillors and developers) that your heritage resources are worth protecting?

 then this forum is for you!

 Heritage Forum for Ottawa Communities

Sponsored by Heritage Ottawa and New Edinburgh Community Alliance

Objective: To help promote, protect, and preserve heritage inOttawa by strengthening ties between community groups working on local heritage issues (through collaborative action, better information-sharing, and more effective coordination)

When: Saturday, 15th October 2011, 1-5pm

(Optional short heritage walking tour of New Edinburgh at 12 noon)

What: A mix of short presentations, case studies, and open discussion

Where: Heritage-designated St. Bartholomew’s Church, 125 MacKay, New Edinburgh

Anticipated Topics:  Heritage awareness and publicity, opportunities for collaboration and networking, and sharing practical experiences (the good, the bad, and the ugly)

Anticipated Participants:  All are welcome, but the Forum is designed primarily for members of community heritage committees and other concerned members of community associations.

RSVP:  To email hidden; JavaScript is required .  Space is limited.  An RSVP will reserve your place, and facilitate contact in advance of the Forum.

Applications going to the Committee of Adjustment on August 17

Posted: August 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Minor Variance Applications near Wellington Village
Public Hearings being held at the August Committee of Adjustment meeting (August 17, starting at 1pm, Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive)
1) from 201 Parkdale Group Inc. for 201 Parkdale Avenue
Purpose of Application: A 15-storey apartment building is currently under construction, and the Owner is now applying to reduce the required number of onsite visitor parking spaces.
Relief Required: A reduced number of visitor parking spaces of 8, whereas the by-law requires a minium of 18 visitor parking spaces.
2) from Falsetto Homes Inc. for 222 and 226 Northwestern Avenue
Purpose of Application: “The Owner wants to demolish the existing detached dwelling on the property and subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land to create separate ownerships for a new 2-storey semi-detached dwelling, with roof top deck, with one unit on each of the new parcels.
Relief Required: for 222 Northwestern and 226 Northwestern, to permit a reduced lot width of 7.62 metres, whereas the by-law requires a minimum lot width of 9.0 metres
Contact the Committee of Adjustment (email hidden; JavaScript is required, 613-580-2436) or WVCA for additional information on any of these applications.

Communications from Katherine Hobbs: Inquiries at Council

Posted: July 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

The WVCA received this email from Councillor Katherine Hobbs:

Good Afternoon,

I wanted to bring to your attention three inquiries I submitted at the last City Council meeting. Inquiries are formal requests for information from staff that are entered into the official record of Council, on matters of importance in a Councillor’s ward. Those I submitted last week dealt with the Western LRT, and developer encroachment permits.

First, I took the liberty of submitting an idea brought to my attention by the Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association (CHNA):

“What is the current policy on the use of funds from encroachment permits for construction?

What would be required to allow Area Traffic Management Studies (ATMS) to receive additional funding through encroachment permit fees in areas identified for ATM Studies and affected by major new development?”

Currently, these funds go into general revenue, but as Peter has suggested, it would be useful if these funds could be directed toward Area Traffic Management Studies  in neighbourhoods undergoing significant redevelopment, such as the eastern section of the CHNA by the O-Train tracks. The answer to this inquiry will be reported back for the August 24th Council meeting.

Second, I submitted two questions regarding Western LRT. The first asks about what financial efficiencies could be realized if the western extension of the LRT from Tunney’s to Lincoln Fields were timed to be a continuation of the first phase of LRT approved by council last week:

“How much savings could be realized if the western extension to Lincoln Fields were to be built as part of, or immediately after, the completion of the initial 12.5km Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station segment of LRT?

In particular, savings from not having to build a temporary transfer terminus station at Tunney’s Pasture, inflation and construction costs, and continuity of construction crews and machinery?”

The second asked for an assessment of what the land above the Scott Street Transitway trench would be worth if the land could be covered after LRT conversion and sold for private development. The inquiry specifies that such funds would be used for the Western LRT extension, and notes they could be used to bury the LRT as it goes through Kitchissippi to maintain greenspace and promote transit accessibility:

“Given that cities such as Washington and New York City have had successful and profitable experiences developing Railway Rows and yards with development built over functional railways, and that the Scott Street Transitway trench is slated for conversion to LRT;

Could staff investigate the technical and economical feasibility of creating developable land over the Scott Street trench after its conversion to LRT, and calculate the value of this land, which could be directed toward ensuring that if the Western LRT extension were to go along the Byron/Richmond corridor, that it would be cut and cover, preserving green space along the Byron Linear Park.”

Both of these LRT inquiries will be included in the information presented at the September open house, where the results of the Environmental Assessment including the possible routes study will be revealed.

These inquiries are part of the conversation regarding LRT in Kitchissippi Ward, and will help us understand the benefits to be realized from LRT, and push forward the agenda for a more rapid extension, and a full realization of the benefits for our community. Extending LRT to Lincoln Fields at the same time as the initial project could potentially save millions for the project through efficiencies. The sale of new development lands in areas on the margins of, rather than in mature neighbourhoods could be financially beneficial to the project and taxpayers as well as keep densification and redevelopment near transit stations where the Official Plan calls for the most density.

I look forward to the responses from City staff on these inquiries and I will share their answers with you so that we may continue the conversation about our city’s light rail future.



Halloween at Parkdale July 22

Posted: July 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »


Halloween at Parkdale July 22



This event was rained out Monday and will take place Friday, July 22.






HICG account of the convent settlement

Posted: July 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Hampton Iona has posted a detailed account of the convent settlement…



Ottawa Citizen: Ashcroft makes deal on Westboro convent project

Posted: June 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: News | 1 Comment »


Guided Tree Walk, Sunday, June 26th, Champlain Park

Posted: June 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

You’re invited to a Walk in the Park!  The Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee (OFGAC) has asked Champlain Park to host OFGAC’s first guided walk this year.

Our big trees are pretty special. During the walk we’ll be discussing their history, their social value, and their contribution to the environment.  We’ll highlight examples of how residents have “designed with nature” to preserve the urban forest.

Champlain Park has a diversity of native trees in our neighbourhood.  The bur oaks are the biggest and oldest.  You’ll get a chance to admire the two largest bur oaks up close during the walking tour.

Date: Sunday, June 26

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Gather at the north end of Champlain Park at Pontiac Street to begin the tour.

Local politicians and others from outside Champlain Park are invited to the event. Feel free to invite your friends, too!



OFGAC Walk in the Park Heritage Trees of Champlain Park June 2011Brochure-red

Catching up on Minutes

Posted: June 25th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Minutes | No Comments »


WVCA minutes AGM May 2011





WVCA Minutes, June 20 2011

WVCA letter to Mayor Jim Watson

Posted: June 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Communications | 3 Comments »


WVCA Official Plan letter June 2011

Ottawa Eco-Fair

Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

Ottawa Eco-Fair

Saturday, September 17, 2011 10 am – 5 pm

Carleton University Fieldhouse, Bronson Avenue, Ottawa

Free Admission and Parking

Join us for this one day environmental exhibition featuring displays from small and large businesses, government and non-profit organizations in the Ottawa community. Find out how you can help the planet, save money and improve your health by learning more about local food, nature, transportation, energy, lifestyle, home and garden, mom’s and babies, health and wellness and more!

Featuring over 125 Exhibits; Cooking demonstrations; Local wine and beer tastings and Children’s Eco-Carnival;

In addition to the cooking demonstrations, the Ottawa Eco-Fair will again offer a 100-mile Lunch featuring food from local producers and suppliers that had visitors raving at last year’s Eco-Fair!

An informative and fun-filled day for the whole family to enjoy!

For more information about the Ottawa Eco-Fair go to www.ottawaecofair.ca

Contact: Jill Sturdy
Coordinator, Ottawa Eco-Fair
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Foire écologique d’Ottawa

Le samedi 17 septembre 2011, de 10 h à 17 h

Université d’ Carleton Fieldhouse, avenue Bronson, Ottawa

Entrée et stationnement gratuits

Joignez-vous à nous pour cette foire d’une journée qui réunit des exposants provenant des petites et moyennes entreprises et des organisations gouvernementales et à but non lucratif de la région d’Ottawa. Découvrez comment vous pouvez contribuer au bien-être de la planète, économiser de l’argent et améliorer votre santé en vous renseignant sur les produits alimentaires locaux, la nature, le transport, l’énergie, le mode de vie, la maison, le jardinage, la santé et plus encore!

Avec plus de 125 expositions, démonstrations de cuisine, dégustations de vins et locale de la bière; et un Carnaval écologique pour les enfants!

Il y aura des démonstrations culinaires, et la Foire écologique d’Ottawa offrira une fois de plus un dîner à base d’aliments provenant de producteurs et de fournisseurs établis dans un rayon de 100 milles, qui a fait le bonheur des visiteurs dans le passé.

Ce sera une journée amusante et instructive pour toute la famille!

Pour vous renseigner sur la 8e Foire écologique d’Ottawa, rendez-vous sur le site suivant : www.ottawaecofair.ca/index-f.htm

Personne-ressource : Jill Sturdy

Coordonnatrice, Foire écologique d’Ottawa

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