From Carling, to Bronson, to the Queensway to Lebreton South Sun, 17 Nov 2019 22:01:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 47095493 Welcoming Dalhousie South Park Back Sun, 17 Nov 2019 22:01:22 +0000 By Sue Stefko
(Appeared in the Glebe Report, December 2018)

It was a cold, rainy and windy November day – but that wasn’t enough to stop the intrepid residents of the Glebe Annex from coming out to celebrate the re-opening of the community’s only park, Dalhousie South Park.

Construction began at the beginning of August, and while the original plan was to complete construction within two weeks, delays occurred after it was realized that the planned placement of the park’s gazebo did not fit code. Plans had to be redrawn to move the gazebo back a metre, and a new building permit issued, delaying completion significantly. Finally, work was completed the last week of October, and the community association mobilized quickly to welcome the renewed park into the neighbourhood.

The November 3rd celebration was attended by Councillor David Chernushenko, whose support was instrumental to the project. While the park renewal was already scheduled, Councillor Chernushenko’s decision to use Capital Ward’s cash in lieu of parkland funds dramatically enhanced the planned renewal, increasing the number of play structures and the overall usability of the park.

The re-opening was also an opportunity to celebrate those who had been instrumental in the creation of the original park in 1995. Mr. Ray Lalonde, who has lived in the neighbourhood since 1952 (after he was expropriated from his previous house when the federal government was building the Natural Resource Canada buildings between Lebreton St South and Booth St.), helped cut the ribbon. Mr. Lalonde, known affectionately by his neighbours as the ‘Mayor of Plymouth St.’ has long been an active community member, and was involved in the efforts to create the park. As part of the Dalhousie South Residents Association, he fought alongside other neighbourhood residents for the city to build a park where three derelict houses stood, between 343 and 347 Bell St South. To our knowledge, he has lived in the Glebe Annex the longest of any of the current residents and is the only person to attend both the initial opening as well as the re-opening ceremonies.

While it was a fitting moment to honour the history of the park, the future of the park, and those for whom it is being renewed, were not forgotten. Two neighbourhood children, Claire and Owen, took their places alongside Mr. Lalonde to cut the ribbon to officially open the park.

Of course, no ceremony is complete without cake – and so to wrap up the event, and to help transition to the more social part of the occasion, the Carey family cut the cake to start the celebrations. The family, which has lived in the neighbourhood for nearly a decade, have long been supporters of the park, helping keep it looking its best by participating in the community’s spring and fall clean-ups. Their sons, James and Jack, tested out the equipment, both before and after the ceremony, giving it a “two thumbs up.” In fact, while most of the adults were shivering, the children continued to enjoy the new park with enthusiasm, seemingly impervious to the cold.

Although most did not linger long for the social part of the event due to the driving winds, the goal was accomplished – members of the community gathered to welcome an important part of the neighbourhood back into the fold, celebrating both its history and its future.

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GACA Board Meeting – June 18, 2019 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:53:38 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, Meeting Room


  • Carrie Bolton
  • Joanne Benoit
  • Gabrielle Dallaporta
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Corinne Meadows
  • Peggy Kampouris

1. Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
  • Sue thanked the new members, who each introduced themselves and said a few introductory words. Sue welcomed returning board members back.

2. Approval of Agenda

  • A motion was made to accept the agenda with an amendment to include the membership campaign, under business arising from the Minutes of April 16th. The motion was made by Sue and seconded by Carrie. A second motion was made by Joanne to provide an update on the Glebe Garage sale, also under business arising. This motion was seconded by David and carried.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the April 16, 2019 board meeting

  • A motion to accept the minutes of April 16th was made by David and seconded by Carrie, carried.

4. Business Arising from the Minutes of April 16, 2019

4.1 Glebe Garage Sale – Joanne

  • It was decided that due to everyone’s busy schedules, there was too much work required, and the minimum financial return would not make it worthwhile. Therefore, GACA did not have a table at this year’s Glebe sale. It was not a big money maker last year, about $100 was made selling plants and water. Last year the plants were donated, this year we would have had to purchase them. The investment would be buying a plant for $1 and then selling it for $2.

4.2 Membership Campaign – Sue

  • Our membership campaign is getting into full swing. Corporate members pay $50, we currently have two. Memberships can be purchased online. Two dollars of each $10 membership fee goes to the Glebe Community Association, as we are under the GCA umbrella – we get benefits for our fees, such as this meeting space.
  • Board members were requested that if they can’t reach current members when they canvass them, to let Sue know and she can reach out from the GACA email account to them.

5. Election of New GACA Board Members and 2019/2020 Board Dates – Sue


  • GACA executive positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Areas needing GACA representatives include parks and green space, safety, planning/development, membership and outreach, and traffic and transportation. David takes care of the GACA website and social media. When it comes to development, individual developments include the Civic hospital (Sue is on the engagement committee), and the Taggart building (275 Carling), which Sylvia is taking care of. 289 Carling and 291 Carling are available if anyone wants to represent these. We are assured some green space at 291 Carling; this is part of the agreement between the Algonquins of Ontario and the Canada Lands Company.
  • President: Sue was re-elected as president. The Vice President’s role is to support the president and is responsible for running the board meetings if the President is not there. Gabrielle was elected as Vice President. Joanne will remain as secretary, Maja as Treasurer. In order to cut our monthly costs, Gabrielle offered to research other bank options.
  • If someone does not have a position, they are considered a board member at large. They may have a portfolio if they choose. Corrine accepted taking on parks and green space. Peggy will take on security and will provide her expertise on files such as traffic and transportation. Carrie will continue with the environmental and planning areas she has been working on.
  • It could be good to work with the work with the GCA on their traffic committee, particularly regarding reducing speed limits. As soon as the new buildings are completed, there will be more pedestrians. The 30-speed limit is currently a trial. The GCA has a Development & Planning committee, the meetings are very Glebe focused ,but we also have not been very present. FCA also has a planning group that is also helpful to attend.
  • Membership and community outreach: we still struggle to get and keep organized, and also need to reach out to apartments and condos. It was suggested that we have a strategy meeting separately, to look at how we can increase our membership. Investing more effort into our Facebook page could generate more community interest and engagement.


  • 2019/2020 Board Dates – available dates for the 2020 board dates include the first and third Tuesday of the month. Commencing in January 2020, it was agreed that we will move our meetings to the first Tuesday of the month. They will continue the third Tuesday of the month until the end of this year.

6. Park Party (Gabrielle)

  • The park party starts at 1 p.m. this Saturday
  • There will be BBQ hotdogs, veggie dogs, chips, soft drinks, and ice cream treats.
  • Our food has been sponsored from Abbas, and with gift cards donated from McKeen’s Metro and Massine’s Independent grocer.
  • CKCU, the Carleton University radio station, will be there.
  • The Ottawa Art Gallery will have their pop-up tent with art activities.
  • There will be face painting.
  • Sparky from the Ottawa Fury will be in attendance for an hour.
  • Gabrielle will host games – one will be a soccer game when Sparky is on site.
  • There are many prizes such as MacDonald’s coupons, lots of museum passes, gift cards for the NAC, Haunted Walk tickets, and more
  • Set up will take place around 12:00 p.m. – please come and help if you can.

7. Adopt a Park Renewal Term for Dalhousie South Park (Sue)

  • GACA adopted Dalhousie South Park, it has been five years and the adoption is up for renewal. The only requirement is that we commit to doing two clean-ups a year. The commitment is a 2-year minimum up to a 5-year maximum. Renewal for 5 years was supported unanimously. We would possibly like to propose the possibility of having a wildlife garden, which we will need to inform the city about. If so, Sue will put another grant application in for a planter.

8. General Information (Sue)


  • Ottawa Centre Candidate Debate for the federal election – GACA Volunteers are needed to attend the debate organization meetings and help at the event. The debate will be held on September 25th. Gabrielle and Corinne would both like to help with this.


  • The organization StopGap has made a request to GACA for finances and/or for volunteer help. The organization’s goal is to make communities more accessible, for example by building accessible ramps. It was felt that we are unable to provide support at this time.


  • If a GACA board member is interested in attending, there is a Ward Council Wednesday, June 26th, which will be focussed on cash in lieu of parkland. The meeting takes place at Heron Park at 6:30 p.m. Corinne agreed to attend, along with Sue.

9. Upcoming Community Consultations (Sue)

  • Lebreton Flats – there is an online survey available to provide feedback on this development.
  • 291 Carling – CLC will soon be announcing their next consultation meeting.
  • There will be another public consultation for the Bank Street height and character study on June 20th for those who would like to attend.
  • Urban councillors will be hosting a public consultation on the Official Plan at City Hall on Monday June 24th.

10. Ottawa Official Plan and the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa (FCA) (Carrie)

  • There will be an Official Plan meeting on June 26th. The FCA are engaged in this process.
  • The FCA is looking for members to participate in their planning committee.

11. Adjournment:

  • The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
GACA Board Meeting – April 16, 2019 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:44:54 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, Meeting Room


  • Carrie Bolton
  • Cathy
  • Joanne Benoit
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Maja Rakocevic
  • Sylvia Milne
  • Jonathan McLeod (Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard, City Councillor, Capital Ward)

1. Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

  • The motion was made to accept the agenda with an amendment to include a summary from Carrie on the Chamberlain design study meeting held earlier today. The motion was made by Carrie and seconded by Maja.

3. Acceptance of minutes of March 19, 2019 board meeting

  • There was a proposed change to the March 19th minutes for the sake of clarification. It asks for the replacement of the first bullet under 5.4 OC Transpo Bus Service Bronson/Carling to now read:
    • Routes 101 and 103 will be combined into route 55. Route 55 will go between Bayshore (will no longer go to Moodie) and Elmvale, Monday – Saturday. From Bayshore, the 55 will take Carling to Booth and up to Chamberlain/Isabella to Lees Station and then south along Main. It will no longer travel to Hurdman or St-Laurent but will instead go to the hospital General Campus and then on to Elmvale. On Sunday, it will only go between the General Campus and Elmvale.
  • A motion to accept the minutes with this amendment was made by Joanne and seconded by Sue, carried.

4. Business Arising from the Minutes of March 19, 2019

  • The Mascot for GACA’s June 22nd Park Party – this item was moved to the park party discussion, item 6.2

5. Update from City Councillor Shaw Menard’s Office (Jonathan)


  • OC Transpo – Bus route number 10 will be reducing service when the LRT service begins. However, Jon could not find any information regarding this on the OC Transpo website. He is going to ask for clarification from OC Transpo.
  • At the last meeting it was asked why there are so many out of service OC Transpo buses, and whether or not buses at the end of their assigned route could be used move passengers to the start of the buses’ next route. Jon explained why it would be difficult – there are many factors involved, including buses frequently being re-routed, and thus the lack of a predictable schedule for transit riders. Jon said that they can relook at the possible use of out of service buses for express routes when the LRT is up and running. No new date for when the LRT will be in operation has been announced.


  • Traffic calming measure – our councillor’s office is looking at the possibility of getting planters installed on streets like Powell, and other Glebe Annex streets, similar to those throughout Centretown and in the Glebe, among other areas. Measures like planters give drivers more of a sense that they are in residential space, versus just a road. They also serve to slightly narrow the street.
  • Jonathan referred to a traffic study that Sue had sent him. He will investigate to see if other research exists that identifies problem areas in our neighbourhood.


  • There will be a second public consultation for the Bank Street Height and Character Study. It will take place on Thursday June 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Glebe Community Centre.


  • Environment Committee – the motion to delay the use of plastic bags in the green bin did not pass. The declaration of a climate emergency did pass, however. This includes a list of several steps the city is going to take to meet the mandate of fighting climate change. Ariela is the new environment contact for Shawn Menard’s office. Please continue to copy Jonathan on emails, however, to ensure broader awareness of issues we may raise.


  • Jon took questions/comments from the board. On another environment note, Cathy suggested reaching out to apartment buildings to turn off the heat in building vestibules in the winter. Many are extremely warm. However, it was noted that the reason the heat is kept so high is to prevent slush from turning to ice, so that entrances are not slippery. New buildings may have better systems in place; Jon will mention this issue to Ariela.
  • A point was raised regarding OC Transpo’s route number 10. If route 10 is going to be reduced in service, GACA would like to mount a campaign against this change. Given this route also serves Carleton University, we may get additional support in our efforts.

6. Events (Sue)


  • Capital Spikes Rodeo is taking place for the second time in Old Ottawa South, May 31- June 2. This event is designed to explore and promote safe bike routes, and they will hold a bike ride, free tune-up and rodeo on June 2nd. They are inviting all Capital Ward associations to take part. No GACA board members are available to help with the event, but we will promote it so that people in our community are aware of it.


  • GACA Park Party – will be held June 22. Carleton University’s CKCU radio station has confirmed they will participate.
  • GACA did not get the TD grant, so this will be our only event of the season. Sue is proposing we make it a little bigger event given that it’s our only one of the year.
  • It was suggested and supported that we hold the event 1 to 4 p.m. (post lunch)
  • The party will have food: hot dogs, freezies, snacky items, a sundae bar is a possibility, water/pop etc. Some activities include a freeze dance competition, a bubble making station, frisbees, popcorn, and a hula hoop competition. Sue will ask the Glebe Community Association (GCA) for insurance.
  • David, Maja, Joanne, Gabrielle and Sue will help at the event. Gabrielle is going to design the poster.
  • Sue made a motion to approve a $350.00 budget for the park party, seconded by Carrie, which was carried.
  • Jonathan did not hear back from The Ottawa Champions, but we may be getting one of Lansdowne Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group’s (OSEG) mascots.
  • The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has been asked to come and set up a craft station.
  • If we have competitions at the park party, we would like to give out prizes. Ideas include Haunted Walk and Mayfair movie tickets.
  • Everyone was supportive of the plans introduced for the party in the park.


  • Glebe Garage Sale – May 25 – the driveway that we used last year has been offered again, thanks to Lee’s connections. Lee will provide plants and can be there most of the day. There is value in that it is a community event. The location is on Powell, just past Percy. David, Sue, Carrie, and Alex, who volunteered last year, will help.


  • Spring Clean Reminder – It will take place on Saturday, May 4th with a rain date of Sunday, May 5th. 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Coffee and donuts will be provided again by the Buduchnist Credit Union.

7. Constitution Revision (Sue)

  • The GACA constitution has not be revised since GACA started in 2013. Changes to the GACA constitution need to take place at an AGM. Approval requires two thirds of the people present to vote. We will circulate any proposed changes prior to, and then again at the AGM. The main reason we started to look at the constitution was to accept Maja being on our board, as she lives outside the GACA community. Our current constitution requires that you live in the Glebe Annex.
  • Sue’s proposed changes include the “Maja clause”. Some other potential changes were discussed, such as the number of board meetings between annual general meetings. While it was suggested that we only hold ourselves to six, the board decided that keeping eight was more appropriate. Most of the other proposed changes are related to formatting.
  • Sue will circulate the changes discussed prior to the AGM, where they will be proposed for approval.
  • The proposed amended constitution is appendix A, to the April 16th minutes.

8. GACA May 9th AGM (Sue)

  • Sign in Sheet – David suggested we ask people to sign in as they enter, and to indicate whether or not they are a member, as only members can vote on changing the constitution.
  • Maja, Sylvia and Carrie will help with sign in and memberships.

9. GACA Membership

  • The membership drive will get underway at the AGM and we will start our campaign end of May/early June. Sue will circulate the final material.
  • David brought the new template for the membership pamphlet. Everyone really liked the new design and layout. The cost to print 500 pamphlets is $130.00, though we could also print less at a higher per unit cost. Maja made the motion that we approve the cost of $130 to print 500 pamphlets, seconded by Joanne, and carried.

10. Chamber Design Study (Carrie)

  • This Functional Design Study, which had started last year and then paused, has since been revived. It encompasses Chamberlain between Percy and Elgin as well as Catherine between Elgin and Bronson, Bank between Catherine and Isabella, and Metcalfe from Argyle to Catherine. The study is considering traffic impacts, and ways to improve walking, cycling, and traffic circulation. There will be another meeting in June.

11. 289 Carling Avenue – Other JHS Buildings and Neighbourhood Impact


  • The Lakelander will be holding an information session on 289 Carling. The John Howard Society will be presenting. It will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:30 p.m. We are welcome to attend. Sylvia will reach out to Krikor to verify we can send the notice to our community.


  • We will discuss the impact of other JHS buildings in other communities at our next meeting

12. May 21st GACA Board Meeting

  • The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Community Engagement for the Ottawa Hospital Campus Expansion Sun, 22 Sep 2019 17:28:38 +0000 By Bhagwant Sandhu and Sue Stefko, Campus Engagement Group members
(Appeared in the Glebe Report, September 2019)

After many years of back and forth decision-making, the three levels of government jointly announced in 2016 that The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus would be replaced by a new facility at the eastern side of the Central Experimental Farm, in the vicinity of Carling Avenue, Preston Street and Prince of Wales Drive. Once operational, the new hospital is expected to make a notable impact on nearby communities – built on 50 acres of land, it will have more space than the existing Civic Campus to enable it to accommodate the health-care needs of Ottawa and eastern Ontario’s growing and changing population.

In 2018, the Hospital assembled a 22-member Campus Engagement Group (CEG) to help plan for the new campus, and to ensure community perspectives would be considered. The two of us were selected to represent the Dow’s Lake Resident’s Association, the Glebe Community Association, and the Glebe Annex Community Association.

The CEG’s other members represent different neighbourhoods and interests, including representatives for patients and families, surrounding neighbourhoods, the Central Experimental Farm, the site’s heritage, the environment, accessibility, as well as several “institutional partners,” such as The Ottawa Hospital itself, the City of Ottawa, and the National Capital Commission. The CEG’s deliberations are one part of a multi-faceted community engagement process, which also includes activities such as community engagement events and online consultations.

Planning for the new campus is in its very early stages. The CEG is presently deliberating, for instance, ways to ensure the best trade-offs between green space and parking. The vision for the new campus is for it to be a state-of-the-art medical facility that includes research and education components, but more than that, to also be fully integrated with and respectful of the community it serves.

As the CEG’s discussions proceed, it has become clear that some of the most important decisions will lie with the City of Ottawa (e.g. final approval of the site’s zoning). The City is also developing a new Official Plan, which envisions making Ottawa the most livable mid-sized city in North America. The CEG is proposing to make the new campus project a flagship of the Official Plan by incorporating two principles: one, good urban design as a key contributor to a healthy community; and two, the right approach to community engagement as a key contributor to good design.

While it has been some time since the hospital has engaged the community at large, work continues behind the scenes. A pre-qualification process is underway to select companies who will be hired to complete studies in a number of areas. These include the heritage aspects of the site, the site plan, servicing, and transportation.

Work on these studies is expected to begin by November. This work will help further refine the architectural plans that were unveiled in the beginning of 2018. There is still a number of years before construction is expected to get underway, however – currently the hospital plans to open the new facility in 2026 or 2027. We plan to keep the community updated with regular progress reports as this process unfolds.


Photos: Courtesy of Ottawa Hospital (image of the current Civic Hospital campus, and the future hospital site)

289 Carling Site Plan Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:12:19 +0000 The John Howard Society (JHS) has released a site plan proposal for 289 Carling. There are no major surprises. As promised, the plan conforms to zoning, with no variances required. The development will still contain 40 units, space for education and training, JHS staff offices, and 29 parking spots.

Unfortunately, none of the trees will be saved – the only green space that is expected to survive is the hedge at the north end of the property. While replacement plantings, including some trees along Carling Ave, are proposed, we are encouraging the JHS to use native trees to help local wildlife instead of what is currently planned (namely, non-native Norway Maples).

As a result of these additional details becoming clear, the JHS has also updated its “Questions and Answers” document that’s on our website. The most significant updates are:

  • The inclusion of the site plan info;
  • Results of the environmental testing (the site was found to be higher than what are considered to be safe levels for a number of contaminants such as arsenic, lead, zinc, mercury, etc.);
  • The fate of the site’s trees; and,
  • Updated timelines. Of note, the remediation is now expected to occur in the spring or summer of 2020, followed by construction (not this fall as previously planned).

The city is taking comments on the plan until September 17th. Please take some time to review the plans, and if you have comments, concerns or questions, the city point of contact is: Jenny Kluke –, 613-580-2424 ext. 27184. Please also cc us ( on your comments so we are aware of the community’s concerns and can better advocate on its behalf.

Thank you for your input into the Canada Lands’ Proposal for 291 Carling Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:06:38 +0000 Here is proof that community engagement can make a difference!

Canada Lands Company had initially planned to submit a zoning change application to the city this summer based on the plan they unveiled in June. However, as a result of the significant feedback received, including from residents from the Glebe Annex and Dow’s Lake, as well as from Councillor Menard, they are now planning to go back to their consultant and architect to assess the proposed plan.

They expect to revise the plans and meet back with the community this fall on the changes. We’re not sure how significant the amendments will be – Canada Lands has cautioned us that the changes probably won’t be massive – but they have heard our concerns about height and light, and we remain hopeful to see some positive changes.

Thanks to those who provided input and feedback!

Bus schedules after the Phase 1 LRT Launch Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:02:41 +0000 As we prepare for the LRT’s launch on the afternoon of September 14th, OC Transpo has updated its website to help Ottawa residents prepare for the change, including providing information on hours of operation, how to pay, etc:

All bus routes will remain as is until October 6th, at which point a number of routes will be amended:

For our neighbourhood, some of the changes include:

Route 10: Going towards downtown, it will stop at Lyon Station instead of continuing to the Rideau Centre. Going away from downtown, the route will be extended. Instead of stopping at Carleton University, it will be combined with Route 104 and extended to Hurdman Station.

Route 14: Going east, there will be no change – it will still go through downtown to St. Laurent Station. Going west, it will end at Tunney’s Pasture Station (no longer going through Carlington – which will become Route 53).

Route 85: Going towards downtown, it will stop at Pimisi Station and then go to Gatineau (no longer going downtown). Going west, it will still go to Bayshore Station.

Route 101: Will be renumbered as Route 55. Going east, it will no longer go to Hurdman or St-Laurent Stations, but will go to Lees, and continue to the Ottawa Hospital General Campus and Elmvale. Going west, it will no longer go to Moodie, but will stop at Bayshore Station.

Route 103: Will no longer exist. Will be replaced by route 55.

Fall Community Clean-Up Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:00:27 +0000 Please join us for our fall community clean-up as part of the city’s Cleaning the Capital Campaign.

Date: Saturday, September 21st, 10:30-noon
Location: Dalhousie South Park, 343 Bell St South

Rain date: Saturday, September 28th, 10:30-noon

As per longstanding tradition, the Buduchnist Credit Union will be supplying us with coffee and doughnuts to get us through the morning. We hope to see you there!

291 Carling Avenue – The site for our grocery store? Next Community Park? Fri, 28 Jun 2019 01:41:33 +0000 Our Last Chance to Influence the Site’s Zoning!

On Tuesday evening, Canada Lands Company held an information session on the 291 Carling site, unveiling its preferred concept. Being an empty parking lot, the 3.4-acre site provides a clean slate and many opportunities – including the chance for another community park, and hopefully, a grocery store. How this area is developed will undoubtedly impact the fabric of our neighbourhood, and we want the community to help shape this important space. Canada Lands has agreed to receive the community’s input until the end of July, after which it will apply for zoning approval.

Canada Lands expects a mix of uses on the site, including ground level commercial, and residential towers. The 3 towers/land use areas (with proposed maximums of 13, 20 and 25 stories) are expected to contain approximately 530 residential units, with parking mostly underground. Exactly what will be built will be decided later – once Canada Lands obtains zoning approval (spring 2020), remediates the site, and starts to market to developers (2021). The site also maintains a fair amount of green space, including a potential new community park.

What do residents want to actually see on the site? Comments we’ve received to date include calls for:

  • A larger podium in the 25-storey building, so we can have space for a full-size grocery store on the site. The proposed podium is about the size of the downtown Sobey’s at Metcalfe, or the Glebe Metro (less than 30,000 square feet). Many are calling for a building that can house a full-service urban grocery store like the Independent on Bank St, or the Whole Foods at Lansdowne (about 40-45,000 square feet).
  • Affordable, family homes – We hear people want more than just more condo/apartment style dwellings. Many would like to see something like stacked townhouses to bring more families into the neighbourhood.
  • Less height – Many are looking for a building that will cast less of a shadow on our neighbourhood than the current 25-storey building proposed at Carling.
  • Park space! Over the years, people have asked for things such as a community food garden, adolescent play areas (like multi-purpose courts), children’s play equipment, a native plant pollinator garden, a splash pad, an amphitheatre, a gathering space with benches, etc.

What do you think our neighbourhood needs at 291 Carling? We hope you will make use of this opportunity to shape our neighbourhood, and tell Canada Lands what’s important to you for this site.

Please send any comments via Canada Lands’ web form by the end of July or via email to Katherine Constantine: Feel free to copy us ( so we also know what is of importance to you.

For more images from the Canada Land June 25th session
please see our previous web post.

Thank-you for Making the Party in the Park a Success! Thu, 27 Jun 2019 23:15:49 +0000 Thanks to all who helped with the event – whether as volunteers, sponsors, partners or attendees! There were many smiling faces, and lots of participation in the games and activities.

We estimate about 60-80 people attended throughout the day, which represents amazing community participation.

We hope to see the community out at a similar event next year!


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