OOECA: The first community report of 2018


By Phyllis Odenbach Sutton

My last column was written shortly before our Annual General Meeting on November 14. What a great evening that was; it was wonderful to have such a large crowd at the Church of the Ascension that night. Thank you to everyone who attended.

I am pleased to report that we now have a new team in place. We have a number of returning Board members, some who have retained their previous positions (John Dance as Past President, Don Fugler as Treasurer, Suzanne Johnston heading our Membership drive, and Catherine Pacella on Communications), with others accepting new challenges (Mark Seebaran as Federation of Citizens’ Association representative and Jocelyn Kearney as Secretary). We are pleased to welcome some previous Board members back to our team (Ron Rose as Vice President and Chair of our Planning Committee, Heather Jarrett as our liaison with new residents at the Corners on Main and Greystone Village, and Jaime Girard as Health and Safety representative) as well as having a number of brand new volunteers (Tom Scott on Transportation, Anne-Raphael Audoin looking to engage Lees Avenue Apartment dwellers, and three new members-at-large: Bob Gordon, Richard Cundall and Cam Vidler).

Since my last column, the Springhurst portion of the Rideau River Western Pathway has been completed, although the sidewalks on the LRT bridge across the Rideau River remain closed. Considerable construction progress has been made on the footbridge at Clegg. Many residents of the community will I am sure be thankful when the pile driving on this project is complete!

More new neighbours have moved in to Greystone Village and residents are now moving into their condominium units in Phase 1 of The-Corners-on-Main. Construction is continuing at both of these developments; at Greystone Village, construction of the first condominium tower has started as have the pre-construction activities in the North Village development south of Springhurst, with work continuing on the single-family homes and townhouses north of Clegg. At Domicile, Phase 2 on Main Street is well underway.

While Canada’s sesquicentennial year may be officially over, we are very pleased to announce the continuation, for at least a few more months, of our Prime Ministers Speakers’ Series. To date we have celebrated the lives and times of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Robert Borden, Lester B. Pearson, Louis St. Laurent, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Pierre Trudeau, John Diefenbaker and Alexander Mackenzie.  Our February 26 session will be looking at the life and times of PM Jean Chrétien, a former resident of Old Ottawa East! I encourage you all to read a bit more about our series in the article included in this edition of the Mainstreeter. And please have some fun with our PM quiz (also in this edition of the Mainstreeter).

To continue in the Sesquicentennial spirit, I am also very pleased to mention that four members of our community received special Canada 150 awards from our MPP Yasir Naqvi: Heather Jarrett and John Dance (current members of our Board and long-time volunteers in our community), Don Smith (for his work with refugees), and in the youth category, Daxton Rhead (recognized in part for his support of indigenous rights at the First Nations Child and Family caring society of Ottawa).

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our MPP Yasir Naqvi for coming to our January 9 Board meeting to provide information on the proposed replacement to the Ontario Municipal Board and respond to the numerous questions from our audience that evening. For more information about this topic check out John Dance’s article in this edition of the Mainstreeter.

Finally, I would like to provide a brief overview of some of the active files in our neighbourhood.

On the transportation front, the first public information centre meeting was held on December 5 for the preliminary design and environmental assessment study for the Queensway downtown bridge rehabilitation / replacement from Metcalfe Street to Main Street. Upcoming consultations will be noted in this column and/or the Community Activities Group weekly e-update.


On planning, there have been a number of minor variance requests for Old Ottawa East at the Committee of Adjustment. Applications for increased height for a retirement residence at 225 Scholastic Drive and variances for the construction of a semi-detached dwelling and a single-family residence at 31 Simcoe Street were considered and approved on December 6. On January 17, minor variances for a semi-detached dwelling at 3 Chestnut Street were approved while the discussion of the application for variances for a triplex at 173 Glenora Avenue was deferred to February 7. The site plan approval process is ongoing for 113-115 Echo Drive (the site of the former Portuguese church).

Note that at our February 13 Board meeting we will be discussing our top three environmental concerns (at the request of Ecology Ottawa) while on March 13, we will be discussing dogs in parks; see our Councillor’s column for more information on this topic.


Have questions? Want to learn more or volunteer to make improvements in the community? Then please attend the monthly OOECA Board meetings (second Tuesday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Old Town Hall).  For more details check out the OOECA website at http://www.ottawaeast.ca/ or contact me at info@ottawaeast.ca.

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