Proposed housing development for the homeless in the Glebe Annex

by Sue Stefko

As we embark upon a new year, the Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA) is closely following a proposed new housing development at its southern end. The City of Ottawa has applied to obtain 289 Carling Avenue, a small plot of land on the corner of Bell Street South and Carling Avenue, from the federal government as part of the Surplus Federal Real Property for Homelessness Initiative. This initiative makes surplus federal real properties available for projects to help prevent and reduce homelessness.

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Glebe Report: Open Call for Poetry, All Ages!

From the Glebe Report:

Open Call for Poetry, All Ages!
DEADLINE is Monday, April 11
The third edition of  “Poetry Quarter,” a curated compliation of poems published quarterly in the Glebe Report community newspaper, will appear in the May 2016 issue.
We are now seeking submissions of poems for possible selection for this issue. The poem or poet must have a connection to the Glebe or close neighbouring community (i.e. the poem must be about the Glebe or the poet must live, work, study or volunteer in the Glebe (or close neighbouring community)). Poets of all ages are welcome to submit (school-age poets, please indicate your grade in school).
Poems should be:
  • Original and unpublished in any medium;
  • On any subject within the bounds of public discourse;
  • No more than 30 lines each.
Please submit your entries (up to 7 poems) by April 11 to Please be sure to tell us your Glebe connection, your contact information, and your grade if you are in school.

Invitation to Ottawa Garden Days: June 17, 18 & 19, 2016

Your Invitation to Participate 

Ottawa Garden Days

June 17, 18 & 19, 2016

Join the Celebration!!!

Ottawa Garden Days is a three-day celebration that takes place over the Father’s Day weekend and aligned with Canada’s celebration of our National Garden Day.  The program’s objective is to draw attention to our garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore the importance of public and private gardens, the values of gardening and the promotion of environmental stewardship.


Ottawa Garden Days activities, events and promotions will be held across the city in celebration of Ottawa’s Official Garden Day and align with the national Garden Days program.

Ottawa Garden Days is an opportunity for Ottawa residents to go outside in their own garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience. The program of activities, events and promotions will be featured on /

Register your Ottawa Garden Days Activity or Promotion

To celebrate Ottawa Garden Days, we invite you to organize special activities and/or promotions, at your garden, garden centre or in your community.  It could be as simple as a special event/activity you already have planned to hold over the Father’s Day weekend or something new such as: free or reduced-price admission to your garden, a discount in your shop or garden centre – it’s entirely up to you.  The intent is to profile what you do best and your support for gardens and gardening.

Whatever you decide to do, we invite you to register your activity or promotion, at no cost, on .  It’s as simple as clicking on the ‘Register Your Activity’ button and inputting your Garden Days activity information.  Please do so ASAP as our Ottawa Garden Days to benefit from the promotional campaign.


As soon as you register your activity, we’ll send you the Garden Days Official Activity logo, which you can use in the promotion of your activity.


Our spokesperson for 2016 is Mark Burleton, Manager of Grounds & Greenhouses, Rideau Hall. Ottawa Garden Days will be supported by a public relations and social media campaign geared to promote activities.

We will also be in contact with Garden Days national and Ontario’s spokespeople to let him know all about Ottawa Garden Days activities.

Ottawa Garden Days is a joyful celebration of the vital role that gardens and gardening play in our communities and our lives.

We hope you’ll get involved!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Gerald Lajeunesse

Canadensis – The Garden of Canada

Chair, Ottawa Garden Days Committee

Ottawa Garden Days is organized by:

  • Ottawa Garden Council

Supported by:

Landscape Ontario – Ottawa Chapter; City of Ottawa; Ottawa Tourism; Community Gardening Network of Ottawa; National Capital Commission; Canadian Garden Council

2016 Sponsors:

VIA Rail Canada, Permacon; Hansen Lawn and Garden; Lafleur de la Capitale; Metroland Media

Knock on Wood; Louis Steak House

Glebe Annex Community Association tends to neighbourhood concerns

March 14,2014 – By Doug Milne – Glebe Report

Despite our bone chilling winter weather, the Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA) elected team is out in the evenings and weekends attending to our neighbourhood concerns.


The most eye-catching news recently has been the announcement from the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) suggesting that our city councillors and the planning committee may have overstepped their authority with regard to a major development in Westboro. For details, see a February 21 Ottawa Citizen article, “OMB kills Westboro highrises; blasts city for approving ‘f lawed’ plan.” It could come to pass that, by finally coming out on the side of the residents (with good reason), the OMB may have created a heavier workload for themselves – communities across the province that have thought themselves treated unfairly might be asking the OMB members to review decisions made on specific cases.

We residents of the Glebe Annex are watching these developments closely and still remember the unpopular Council decision on Taggart’s application for the development of 265 Carling Avenue. Perhaps we can take heart that other missteps by this Council could be corrected or reconsidered. The OMB is showing its willingness to take into consideration the opinions of concerned residents in the appeal process.

Rest assured GACA and neighbouring communities are watching, waiting and talking about this, especially as municipal elections approach. How can one think of spring without being reminded that the electioneering process is already beginning? Candidates for next year’s council will be going to the polls in the fall. In the meantime, they will be looking to gain your attention in any way possible. We encourage our residents to meet the candidates, review their positions, share your concerns and take the time to form a learned opinion on who should represent us at city hall in the next term. The GACA is not a political body but an association formed to mirror the needs, aspirations and opinions of our residents.


Our Parks Committee has had positive input as a result of January’s article in the Glebe Report on the state of our only park. Perhaps our children will not have to play on broken and outdated equipment after all. Appropriation of funds for parks is high on our agenda and we hope to have a positive report shortly. Another positive development is that GACA has been approved to “adopt” the Dalhousie South Park. Once this approval is formally signed by City officials, we will henceforth oversee the maintenance and care of our little bit of green. GACA is investigating the possibility of opening a skating rink in the park for 2015. As soon as the snow clears, plans are also in place to begin small improvements to the park. The committee is actively seeking residents to assist in making our community safe, beautiful and user-friendly.


Like many other communities, the Glebe Annex has a number of narrow streets. During winter months this creates some access and visibility issues for both drivers and pedestrians. The GACA is participating in the program operated by the City of Ottawa to identify these narrow streets.


Also of note, the City will begin its consultation on the Bronson Avenue redesign this spring. The Bronson Avenue redesign is a priority for the GACA and the board will be seeking significant community input. We strongly encourage community involvement in this process. We look forward to hearing from you with any ideas or feedback about issues facing the Glebe Annex community, which will be provided through our website at http://glebeannex. ca. Please take time to read our current postings on topics of interest to us all. To obtain more information or to express your concerns, contact GACA at

Doug Milne, a resident of the Glebe Annex, appreciates the assistance of Iain Wood, acting president of the Glebe Annex Community Association, in preparing this article.

Lessons from the OMB

February 26, 2014 – By Joanne Chianello – Ottawa Citizen
OTTAWA — It’s not very often that the Ontario Municipal Board sides with the community instead of city planners. So when the provincial body last week agreed with neighbours who argued that 14- and 16-storey towers were too tall for a residential street in northeastern Westboro, well, people were stunned.
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OMB kills Westboro highrises; blasts city for approving ‘flawed’ plan

Board rules planning department OK’d Roosevelt Avenue project for ‘non-existent’ reasons

February 24, 2014 – By David Reevely – Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — The city’s planners short-circuited public consultations and supported a developer’s plans to build two highrise towers in northwestern Westboro for no obvious reason, a devastating new Ontario Municipal Board ruling says.
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