Category Archives: Community

“Two Maples” Tree Walk

  By Daxton Rheade The community came out on Sunday 5 August at 102 Springhurst Ave. for the “Two Maples of Old Ottawa East” tree walk. Over forty people showed up from Old Ottawa East as well as farther afield in Ottawa, to learn about these trees, their history and the current threat they are under. Those…
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Flora Footbridge

The canal footbridge currently being constructed over the Rideau Canal is to be named after Flora MacDonald, Canada's first female foreign minister. Considered a trailblazer for women in politics, MacDonald was a Progressive Conservative MP for 16 years, and held a number of cabinet positions. She followed her political career with years of humanitarian work. Council voted and approved…
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Swans A-Swimming Again

By John Dance June 27th, 2017 The swans are back and if Mayor Jim Watson has his way they’ll be with us forever. On Saturday the mayor with other dignitaries released the Royal Swans at Old Ottawa East’s Brantwood Park. They casually swam off into the Rideau River, leaving their fans cheering from the shore.…
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The Missing Link gets Missing Funding

By John Dance June 27th, 2017 Thanks to last week’s commitment from Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, the Fifth-Clegg footbridge will be fully funded by the provincial, federal and municipal governments and construction will begin this fall on this vital link in the city’s east-west walking and cycling network. Pledging $5 million, Attorney General Naqvi…
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Wanted: Snow Moles in Old Ottawa East

By Dianne Breton & Peggy Edwards, The Council on Aging of Ottawa January 30th, 2017 Snow Moles are volunteers who report on what it's like to walk outside on a winter day, by completing a one-page questionnaire and returning it to a community contact. The Snow Mole initiative is led by the Council on Aging of…
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Our Almost Complete “Complete Street”

By John Dance December 5th, 2016 Last Wednesday, as scheduled, Main Street again became a two-way route after almost two years of reconstruction. But it sure looks different and works differently than when construction started back in 2015. More work will be done over the next few weeks and almost all of the construction will…
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Youth Opportunities at CAG

By Isobel Smith November 22nd, 2016 Although CAG primarily offers programs to children and to adults, it is also provides opportunities for youth (and young adults!) in the forms of volunteer and employment opportunities. The after-school and camp programs hire many high school and university students. I started working for CAG in June 2015 for…
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Should Lady Evelyn Have A French Immersion Option?

By Shawn Menard November 11th, 2016 Over the course of my time as Trustee, I have heard from different voices in Old Ottawa East that they would like to see French Immersion at Lady Evelyn. As many will know, Lady Evelyn is an 'alternative school'. This means that the school is based on student-centered learning…
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Women’s Ultimate at Springhurst Park

By Susan Redding October 13th, 2016 Old Ottawa East welcomed a new sports league this summer. Organized through the Community Activities Group, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee enjoyed a successful first season. Approximately 50 players, organized into four teams, competed on Thursday evenings at Springhurst Park from early May to late August. The league welcomed everyone from…
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“SLOE 3” – The Next Wave of Green Transformation

By John Dance October 3rd, 2016 So what’s next for SLOE - how can Sustainable Living Ottawa East launch a third wave of transformative “green” projects in Old Ottawa East and what are key possibilities? These questions were bounced around at two focus groups attended by new and long-standing SLOE members and the proposed possibilities…
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