From Carling, to Bronson, to the Queensway to Lebreton South Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:34:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 47095493 Public Consultations on the Gatineau Park Master Plan – Phase 3: Land use concept and designations Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:34:47 +0000 Public Consultations on the Gatineau Park Master Plan will occur throughout this week, although residents are also welcomed to fill out an online survey, which is available from Tuesday, February 19th to Sunday, March 3rd, 2019.

Dates and locations for the consultations, as well as a link to the survey, can be found here.

Bank St Secondary Plan Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:07:36 +0000 On Thursday, February 21st from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre, the city will be hosting an Open House to discuss both the Bank Street Secondary Plan and the Clemow Heritage Plan.

Opening remarks will begin at 7:30 p.m. Input from the public is welcome.

For more information, see the City of Ottawa website.

Ward Forum on Snow Removal Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:20:59 +0000 On Wednesday, February 27th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave West, in Andrew S. Haydon Hall (City Council Chambers), Councillor Menard will be holding a forum for Capital Ward residents on snow clearing.

The purpose of the forum is to help residents understand what the current city protocols are, but also to solicit feedback regarding snow removal.

RSVP here.

Bronson Avenue Road Closure and Consultation Tue, 19 Feb 2019 02:12:34 +0000 Starting this spring, watermains and sewers will be replaced on Bronson Ave, between Arlington and Chamberlain Avenues. The work is expected to last until the fall. A public information session will be held on Thursday, February 28th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Avenue).

This work is a precursor to two other projects. The Bronson overpass at the 417 is expected to be replaced after this work is completed – while there is no precise timeline set, this is expected to happen within the next five years. This will be followed by a reconstruction of Bronson from the 417 to the canal.

These projects will be touched on during the public information session, although the focus will be the upcoming watermain and sewer work.

289 Carling is awarded to the John Howard Society Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:41:34 +0000 The city has recently selected the John Howard Society (JHS) of Ottawa as the winning bid for 289 Carling Ave. The JHS is best known for helping individuals, and families, who are at risk of, or have come into, conflict with the law. Their work includes the provision of prevention and intervention services, as well as advocacy, public education, and community partnerships.

Their plan for 289 Carling is to build a six-storey mixed use building with 40 self-contained apartment units for long-term supportive housing with 24/7 on-site supports. Unlike what the JHS is best known for, residents will not necessarily be those who have come into conflict with the law. Instead, the first priority will be to house homeless individuals living in a shelter, who are on the City of Ottawa’s housing priority list. They may also be drawn from other areas, such as JHS housing sites or the hospital. Residents will include both men and women, aged 18 and older.

In addition, JHS’ main office, which is currently on St. Patrick St, will move to this building, which will increase the levels of staff presence on site, at least during the day. There will be 29 parking spaces included in the development, with both at grade and underground parking planned. Construction is expected to start this summer or fall.

An early concept rendering is shown below – although this is a preliminary drawing and may not be exactly what is developed. While the angle shown makes the building appear taller than the Lakelander behind it, this is not in fact the case. (It should be noted that the proposal falls within the permitted zoning for the site – no variances were sought.)


Another view, which shows the development in relation to the Lakelander, is below:

We understand the anxiety surrounding a development such as this – GACA is working with the JHS and the City of Ottawa so the Glebe Annex community has an awareness of the plan, risks, and mitigations. We have requested a public information session for the Glebe Annex and neighbouring communities, and will keep our membership as informed as we can on this development. More to follow.

GACA Board Meeting – September 18th Tue, 20 Nov 2018 00:46:50 +0000 Minutes, Executive Meeting – Tuesday, September 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Glebe Community Centre 175 Third Ave
  • Joanne Benoit
  • Carrie Bolton
  • Cathy
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Guest: Shawn Menard, Capital Ward, City Councilor candidate

1. Call to Order

7:03 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

The motion to accept the agenda made by Carrie, seconded by Joanne.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the last meeting MAY 15th, 2018

Motion to accept the minutes made by Sue, seconded by Carrie.

4. Business Arising from the Minutes of May 15th, 2018

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes

5. Shawn Menard – introductory remarks

Shawn spoke about his background. He lived in Old Ottawa East for a few years and now lives in Old Ottawa South.   He was Vice Chair of the City of Ottawa Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee and ran and won a pedestrian campaign against Mayor O’Brien.  He fought to get the U pass, bus pass for University students.   He is very concerned about development and the city continuing to break its own rules.  He would like to see mixed housing models.  Developers fund candidate campaigns through family members, and the only way to break this practice is to elect new city councilors.   Shawn used to work with the FCA and would like to bring back community council.  He wants to see more reliable service for transit downtown, and bus fares lowers, or eliminated.

6. Dalhousie Park Renewal and Park Opening

The park renewal completion was delayed due to the original placement of the gazebo not meeting code. Work stopped while the plan had to be re-adjusted to move the gazebo about 1 metre further back into the park. One of the new play structures was eliminated from the plans as there wasn’t enough room in the play equipment pit to insert it and still maintain the required safety zones.  Also, because of its height, it needed to be installed on footings, and the bedrock was too close to the surface to allow the proper depth. One issue some are disappointed in is the size of the picnic table, as there is little seating for people to really sit together to chat. This is compounded by the layout of the benches in the front of the park, which are around the tree and not facing each other.  Sue has asked if a picnic table could be added, given the fact that we lost a piece of play equipment.  The park is expected to be completed at the end of the month, we will look at having the park opening in October.   We will move discussion of the Dalhousie Park reopening at the end of the meeting.

7. Community Fall Clean-up

Having the fall cleanup the same day as the park opening was discussed. It was felt that having it the same day took away from the celebration.  It was decided to hold the spring clean-up on Saturday, September 29th with a rain date of September 30th.

8. 289 Carling

There have been people looking at and photographing the 289 Carling site.   If anyone bidding on the RFP reaches out to David Chernushenko’s office to get a community perspective, the office will suggest they reach out to us instead.   So far no one has.  Unless they do, we will be unaware of who applies.  GACA is receiving some complaints via email about the development. The closing date for submissions on the RFP is October 10th, construction is expected to commence in the spring.

9. 275 Carling update

A site plan proposal from Taggart has been put forward for what was formerly referred to as 265 Carling.  The reason for the change of address number is due to the fact that the property has been severed for development.  Comments on the proposed plans are also due by October 10th.

10. All Candidates Meeting

The all-candidates meeting for city councilor candidates for Capital ward is on Thursday, September 27th, 7 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre.  Each association can submit a question.   Sue will provide one regarding transportation in our area.  The moderator will choose from sponsoring community association questions and questions from the floor. Joanne and Sue will volunteer at the event.

11. Monthly Board Meeting Day and AGM

A short discussion was held as to whether the third Tuesday of each month still works for our board meetings.  It was agreed that it does.  Joanne will ask Remax, located at Bronson and Plymouth, if we could possibly hold our meetings there.  Next board meeting, we will discuss dates for the AGM.

12. Glebe Meetings

Sue asked if anyone was interested in attending the planning meeting of the Glebe Community Association, held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, or their park committee meeting held on the 4th Monday of the month.   Joanne offered to go to the park meetings.  Sue also asked if anyone was interested in attending the FCA  (Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa) meetings, they are held the third Wednesday of every month.

13. Park Opening

October 13th was chosen as the date, dependent on construction being finished by the end of September.   Ideas include Halloween décor, little pumpkin painting, coffee and hot chocolate and snacks, maybe a BBQ.   Sue will ask Morris about music, and if he would do the introductions.  Mike Abbas and Ray Lalonde’s participation in the opening was supported, due to their efforts in getting the park created more than 25 years ago.  David Chernushenko will be able to attend as councilor, not as candidate, as it is official city business. There will be a meeting on Sunday, September 23, 2 p.m. at Sue and David’s to plan the event.

14. Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.
Dalhousie South Park open for play! Sat, 03 Nov 2018 22:44:36 +0000 Thanks to all those who braved the wind and rain to come celebrate the park re-opening!

We particularly appreciate our special guests, Councillor Chernushenko and Mr. Ray Lalonde.

While the park renewal was already scheduled, Councillor Chernushenko’s decision to use Capital Ward’s cash in lieu of parkland funds for the project enhanced the planned renewal, increasing the number of play structures and the overall usability of the park.

Mr. Lalonde, known by many as the ‘Mayor of Plymouth St.’ has lived in the community for more than 60 years, and was one of the community members responsible for the park’s creation in the 1990’s.

Click to view slideshow.

Dalhousie South Park re-opening ceremony is still on Sat, 03 Nov 2018 15:44:43 +0000 We were hoping for better weather, but the park re-opening is still on for this afternoon, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at 343 Bell St South.

Bring your umbrellas just in case!

Dalhousie South Park Re-Opening Ceremony Sun, 28 Oct 2018 14:59:53 +0000 While this has come much later than any of us had hoped, work at Dalhousie South Park is set to be completed by the end of October.

We will be hosting a re-opening ceremony at the park on Saturday, November 3rd, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., with the rain date the next day (at the same time). We will have cake, some warm drinks, and a short ribbon cutting ceremony.

We hope to see you there!

If you have any photos of the park, please send them our way – we are compiling photos from the park in use over years to display during the event. Please send to by Thursday, Nov 1st. 

Municipal election day is almost here! Are you ready to vote? Sat, 20 Oct 2018 14:52:16 +0000 Our Ottawa municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. Information on where and how to vote can be found on the City of Ottawa website.

To help make voting a little easier, here is a list of the Capital Ward candidates for city councillor and school board trustee.

Where possible, links to candidates’ web and social media accounts have been provided.

City Councillor Candidates for Ward 17

School Board Trustee

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Ottawa Catholic School Board

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario

  • Marielle Godbout
  • Abdourahman Kahin

Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

  • Valérie Assoi


List of certified candidates for mayor, with links to their websites, can be found here.


Glebe Report profile on councillor and trustee candidates for Capital Ward, September 14, 2018

CBC profile on candidates for Capital Ward, September 4, 2018