Old Ottawa South church plans condos by Rideau Canal

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A rendering by Hobin Architecture shows Southminster United Church in Old Ottawa South after its rear annex is replaced with a condo building and townhouses.

David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen

A zoning quirk could let an Old Ottawa South church shore up its finances by building a six-storey condominium overlooking the Rideau Canal.

Southminster United overlooks the canal just west of the Bank Street Bridge. If you’re skating toward Dow’s Lake on a winter afternoon, you can see its stained glass glowing in the sun.

The church and the stained glass are staying. But what’s going, conditional on city council’s approval, are a two-storey addition at the back and a side yard. They’ll be replaced with a small set of townhouses and a six-storey condo building wrapping around the northwest corner of the church, with million-dollar views of the canal. The developer is Windmill, the same company that has worked with the Anglican Church on building condos around Christ Church Cathedral at the west end of Sparks Street and is redeveloping the industrial islands in the Ottawa River north of LeBreton Flats.

To let this happen, though, city council will have to rezone the parcel from “institutional” use for the church to “traditional mainstreet” like most of Bank Street, which allows four-to-six-storey residential and commercial buildings. What’s tricky about this is that the main church is what actually faces Bank; the land to be redeveloped is at the far end of the property, well away from the main street.

Furthermore, just a few years ago the city approved a heritage-protection bylaw covering the houses that face the canal there — every single one of them between Bank Street and Bronson Avenue, except for the church, whose institutional zoning made it different, less susceptible to redevelopment. Till now.

Fin imminente des travaux sur les murs du canal Rideau

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Parcs Canada

Les travaux de réparation des murs du canal Rideau, entre la rue Bank et l’île Pig, au centre-ville d’Ottawa, ont débuté sur la berge en décembre 2016, et ils sont maintenant presque achevés.

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Le travail de réparation des murs est terminé, et de nouvelles mains courantes ont été installées. L’entrepreneur s’affaire maintenant à réinstaller les lampadaires et à réparer le sentier Est du canal Rideau. Le projet se terminera par des travaux d’embellissement des lieux, notamment la pose de gazon en plaques ainsi que l’enlèvement des roulottes de construction et d’autres éléments du chantier de construction.

Le 8 juin 2017 vers 21 h, l’entrepreneur commencera à enlever les dispositifs de sécurité le long de la voie sud de la promenade du Colonel-By. Une déviation signalisée sera mise en place, car ces travaux nécessiteront la fermeture de ce tronçon de la promenade pendant la nuit. Un autre avis sera diffusé ultérieurement, à l’approche la fermeture, pour en confirmer la date et l’heure.

Lorsque l’entrepreneur aura quitté le chantier, le sentier Est du canal Rideau sera rouvert à la circulation. Cela pourrait se faire dès le 9 juin 2017.
Les travaux réalisés entre la rue Bank et l’île Pig représentaient la deuxième phase d’un projet pluriannuel de remise en état des murs du canal Rideau au centre-ville d’Ottawa. L’an dernier, dans le cadre de la première phase du projet, Parcs Canada avait procédé à la remise en état d’une portion de 500 m du mur du canal du côté de la promenade Reine-Élizabeth, près du pont Bronson. La troisième phase du projet est prévue pour l’hiver 2017-2018, mais l’emplacement précis du chantier n’a pas encore été choisi

Pour obtenir des renseignements à jour sur les travaux d’infrastructure le long du canal Rideau, consultez le site Web pc.gc.ca/crInfrastructure. Si vous souhaitez faire ajouter votre nom à notre liste de mobilisation de la communauté et recevoir des nouvelles du projet, envoyez-nous un courriel à l’adresse Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser., avec en objet la mention « canal Rideau ».

Orpheus Musical Theatre: Ragtime

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June 2 – June 11
Centrepointe Theatre, 101 Centrepointe Dr

Community organizations often ask for their councillor's help to draw attention to worthy causes. In this case, it's the Orpheus Musical Theatre, a longtime Ottawa cultural institution — founded in 1906 — that puts on top-quality musical theatre performances using mostly amateurs and volunteers, and also supports other charities around town.

Their latest production, Ragtime, set in New York City in the early 1900s, combines great music, acting and dance with a contemporary social justice message concerning racism, immigration and discrimination — issues that unfortunately still touch us today in Canada, in Ottawa, and even in Capital Ward.

Until May 24, you can take advantage of their special two-for-one ticket sale. Go to  www.centrepointetheatre.com/promo and enter the code RAGBOGO.

Greening the Great Glebe Garage Sale

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The Great Glebe Garage sale on Saturday, May 27 is a fabulous annual event organized by the Glebe Community Association.

As always, sellers are encouraged to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the Ottawa Food Bank. In addition, various organizations use the GGGS to raise funds and/or awareness while encouraging environmental stewardship and the responsible and pro-active disposal of leftover items. Instead of sending unsold, unwanted items to the landfill, donate them!

Donating leftover items for re-use or recycling

This is an environmental partnership initiative between the Environment Committee of the Glebe Community Association, the TWIGS Club at Glebe Collegiate Institute, and Glebe St. James United Church.

Donating items to be sold at the Great Glebe Garage Sale

If you will be out of town for the weekend or just don't have time to participate, a number of local organizations are accepting donations of items:

  • The Glebe Collegiate Prom Committee will have a booth on the school’s property on sale day. They are accept donations until May 26 of items toe sell, with proceeds going to lowering the cost of prom tickets. Contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..
  • Ottawa Centre Refugee Action is holding a fundraiser for refugee sponsorship. Drop off on Friday, May 26, from 4  to 8 p.m., or Saturday, May 27, from 7 to 11 a.m. at 164 and 166 Glebe Ave (corner Lyon). For more information, contact Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..

Free trees!

Ecology Ottawa volunteers will distribute thousands of free saplings to residents and shoppers throughout the neighbourhood during the GGGS — the single largest one-day distribution of trees Ottawa has ever seen!

Ecology Ottawa’s “Great Glebe GREEN Garage Sale” will once again be located at the corner of Bank and Glebe in the Kunstadt and former Rogers Plus parking lots. This year, instead of collecting donations to re-sell, they will host a fun community zone and give away thousands of free trees in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday! There will be a veggie BBQ, public washrooms, a water bottle filling station, music, kids' activities and more! Come get your free sapling(s)!