Spring is finally arriving and it's time to get together to help make our city green and clean again! Residents are invited to Jules Morin park Saturday April 30th at 10am to help with the cleanup. Free BBQ for all those participating! More info below:
We are proud to partner with 30 organizations across Ottawa to co-sponsor the visit of Janette Sadik-Khan, former Transportation Commissioner of New York City and co-author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. She will talk about how she re-imagined public spaces and helped transform the streets New York – one of the world's greatest, toughest cities – into dynamic spaces for pedestrians and cyclists. To help Ottawa accelerate the urban revolution for people-centred street design, Sadik-Khan will share tips on how to rethink, reinvigorate and redesign our city for safer, more livable streets. Her book Streetfight will be available for purchase and signing. Free, but RSVP required: ecoott.ca/urbanrevolution
Janette Sadik-Khan, co-auteure de Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution et ancienne Commissaire au Transport de la ville de New York sera à Ottawa le 27 avril pour parler de comment elle a réinventé les espaces publics et aidé à transformer les rues de New York (une des villes les plus grandes et compliquées du monde) en des espaces dynamiques pour les piétons et les cyclistes. RSVP: ecoott.ca/urbanrevolution
City officials presented 'A New direction for ByWard market' at the monthly LCA meeting April 11. For those of you who missed it here it is below in English and in French.
Every life holds many stories. Has your life been "normal" or wildly unconventional? No matter which, there's bound to be something fascinating about it. A memoir - whether it is one short piece about a family trip or a whole book about your childhood - offers your personal truth to others in a way that is deeply gratifying and transformational. This workshop will teach you some basics about memoir and the literary devices you can use to tell your story in a clear and compelling way.
Instructor: Suzanne Nussey holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. She works as a freelance editor, focusing on texts in biblical studies, spirituality and psychology, and coaches authors of memoir and biography. She has taught creative writing classes at the university level and has facilitated a writing workshop in a local women's shelter. Short-listed in several Canadian literary competitions, Suzanne won the Creative Non-Fiction contest for EVENT magazine and the Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest, and published "Telling the Truth: Some Thoughts on Memoir Writing" in the New Quarterly. She has lots of stories to tell about living in Old Ottawa East for over 20 years.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 19 - May 31 (6 weeks), no program May 10
Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Registration for Spring 2016 is now open. CLICK HERE to proceed to the secure online registration site.
In 1965, an obscure planning document called the U.S. Highway Capacity Manual introduced the concept of “level of service”. This simple idea fundamentally changed the way we design our streets and helped lock us into a car-centric approach that has undermined our communities.
Last month, Ottawa’s City Council took an important step to correct this mistake and put us on the road to safer and healthier neighbourhoods.
Lowertown extracts from Le calendrier annuel du Mois du patrimoine en Ontario français - une publication du Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien (RPFO).
Conférence de Michel Prévost, archiviste en chef de l’Université d’Ottawa, sur le 100e anniversaire de l’incendie du parlement canadien Retraite en action 3 février, 10 h Le Patro, 40, rue Cobourg, Ottawa Le 3 février 1916 le parlement canadien est incendié et plusieurs personnes y perdent la vie. Venez revivre ce tragique événement, les rumeurs et les conséquences du sinistre. Réservation obligatoire. Michel Prévost, 613.562.5825, email@example.com. ? Chantal Richer 613.860.1099, poste 2 firstname.lastname@example.org www.retraiteenaction.ca
Causerie menée par Yves Breton sur l’évolution phénoménale de notre francophonie depuis la 2e Guerre mondiale Institut canadien-francais d’Ottawa 14 février, 12 h à 16 h Institut canadien-francais d’Ottawa 316, rue Dalhousie, Ottawa L’auteur Yves Breton nous entraînera dans une série de faits et d’événements sociaux, culturels et économiques marquants, bien que parfois peu ou pas connus, de notre Histoire francophone depuis la 2e guerre mondiale. Yves Breton, 613.737.0352, email@example.com ? Robert Seguin 613.737.0352 firstname.lastname@example.org www.institutcfottawa.ca
Exposition de photos sur le Parc Major et diverses rues de la Basse-ville d’Ottawa Institut canadien-francais d’Ottawa 21 février, 13 h à 16 h Institut canadien-francais d’Ottawa 316, rue Dalhousie, Ottawa Une collection de photos qui permet de visiter ce coin historique de la Basse-ville d’Ottawa jusqu’au début des années 1900. ? Robert Seguin 613.737.0352 email@example.com www.institutcfottawa.ca
Visite guidée gratuite Site historique des Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa 1 au 29 février, 9 h à 15 h 30 27, rue Bruyère, Ottawa Visite guidée sur rendez-vous sur les trente premières années de la fondation des Sœurs de la Charité d’Ottawa. ? Sr Louise Séguin 613.241.2710, poste 182 www.soeursdelacharite.com
Registration is now open for the Sustainable Transportation Summit: Building Equity into Ottawa’s Transportation System taking place on February 23rd, 2016 at Ottawa City Hall. To register for the summit click here.
Hosted by EnviroCentre in partnership with the Healthy Transportation Coalition.
Join us as we bring together residents, community leaders and professionals to create a platform where different interests can work together in bringing equity to the forefront of transportation planning in Ottawa.
The half-day event will feature:
· Opening Panel: Understanding Equity and How This Relates to Sustainable Transportation
· Breakout Session One- Barriers to an Equitable Transportation System
o What are the barriers and how can we address them; Dr. Adonia Lugo, Urban Anthropologist and Professor at Antioch and California State Universities (via skype)
· Breakout Session Two - Building Equity into Sustainable Transportation Planning
o How to Apply the Equity Lens When Planning; Suzanne Doerge, Director, City for All Women Initiative
o Built Form and it’s Relation to Equity; Orly Linovski Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of City Planning, University of Manitoba
o What’s Next for Complete Streets; Nelson Edwards, Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning Branch, City of Ottawa
· Presentation- Living in the Built Environment; Inge Roosendaal, Program Development Officer, Ottawa Public Health
· Group Activity- Join a creative discussion to help identify and prioritize practical steps toward transportation equity solutions in Ottawa.
· Networking Lunch
Click to view Summit Draft Agenda
If you have any questions please contact EnviroCentre by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 613-656-0100 ext. 104
See you at the Summit!
Community Welcomes Development at Our Lady’s Site but Opposes Demolition of Historic Workers` Double
The Lowertown Community Association supports development on the site of the former Our Lady's School. A sensitive low-rise development will end the years of neighbourhood blight.
However, we oppose the demolition of the humble Workers' double at 281-283 Cumberland. This little building is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and has been part of this streetscape for more than 150 years.
In a single sentence, the City Staff report dismisses its demolition as collateral damage. We are asked to accept that the preservation of two walls of the Our Lady’s School “offsets this loss”. Its demolition is not inevitable and the interesting history of its inhabitants is just beginning to emerge.
The unusual asymmetrical form indicates a commercial and residential use. At 283 Cumberland we know that Adelaide Marenger, Marie Desilets, and Hermiline Brunette turned to self-employment to sustain their families. As widows, they engaged in enterprises that could be conducted from their homes with revenue generating businesses as landladies, storekeepers, and dressmakers.
Only if we retain and care for our built history, will we keep the stories that enrich our community alive.
Heritage guidelines and overlays are in place to encourage compatible infill development and discourage demolition. These should be applied to ensure the remnants of the two walls of the Our Lady’s School are showcased to the fullest.
We would like to see a project that integrates and protects 281-283 Cumberland. It should also pay homage in scale, massing and materials to the unique brick double at 207-209 Murray Street, demolished in 2013. We request a St. Patrick Street design that compliments the neighbouring low-rise residences. The community deserves an infill that respects our historic streetscapes.
The developer has presented an interesting concept, but this is not a development application. The final project and the implications of rezoning requirements cannot be properly understood without a detailed development application, which should go through all the normal and mandated public consultation processes.
Liz MacKenzie, Co-Chair Heritage Committee,
Lowertown Community Association
Nancy Miller Chenier, Co-Chair Heritage Committee,
Below is a news release from the LCA about how Lowertown residents are involved to help save the iconic Mellos restaurant in the ByWard market. Sign the online petition to help save Mellos here.
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