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April newsletter

In recent years, Ottawa has experienced extensive flooding and destructive tornadoes. At the April DCA meeting it was agreed that the Dalhousie Community Association will support a motion to declare a climate emergency. The motion will be presented at the Environment Committee meeting on April 16th and calls on the City of Ottawa to make climate action an official Term of Council Priority. Members of CAFES (Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability) have led an initiative to support this motion. If the motion is supported, Ottawa would be joining over 400 cities and local governments worldwide, including Kingston, Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal, and over 300 municipalities in Quebec.

Also at the April meeting were the current owners of the decrepit lot at Balsam and Rochester Streets. Along with representatives of a local architecture firm, they presented their vision for a low-rise building for the site. While still at a preliminary design phase, the concept is for residen…

February newsletter

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The DCA have been busy since the start of the new year reviewing several small and mid-size development proposals throughout the neighbourhood. One of the more significant projects is the redevelopment of Rochester Heights (811 Gladstone), which is progressing with the submission of applications for Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control. This first phase proposes a six storey residential apartment building and two stacked townhouses. In total, 140 new residential units will be created. You can make comments on this project through the Development Application tool on the City of Ottawa website. Councillor Catherine McKenney is hosting a Public Open House to hear concerns from residents on Tuesday, March 5 from 6-8 pm in Room 203 at Rochester Towers, at 280 Rochester St.

A large scale and long term project on the horizon is the new central library, which has recently retained an architect. A workshop open to the public will collect feedback on preliminary design concepts and take…

Exhibition of contest photo finalists

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The exhibition for the 2018 DCA photo contest is opening soon. Finalist photos will be on display at cafe Pressed at 750 Gladstone from February 1 to 14. There will also be a reception on February 12 from 4 pm to 6 pm. Please join us to appreciate the wonderful photos that capture the distinctive character of the DCA neighbourhood! Click here for the Facebook event page.


December newsletter - the year in review

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The end of the year is a time for review and reflection. Here's a look back at a few of the top issues and highlights for the DCA in 2018.

Development
Work has begun on a section of Ottawa Community Housing’s Rochester Heights with the demolition of residences at 811 Gladstone Avenue. In February, representatives from Ottawa Community Housing spoke at the monthly board meeting where DCA members emphasized the importance of consultation.

The 900 Albert development raised the ire of local community groups when city council approved the development application in July, completely ignoring the secondary plan formulated by city staff, landowners, and the community. The plan stated a maximum height of 30 storeys, whereas the approved application includes a 65 storey building. DCA members have voted to appeal the decision to approve application.

In January of 2018, the NCC reached a preliminary agreement with RendezVous LeBreton Group for the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats. With recent news…

November newsletter

The Community Garden’s Market Day on Sunday, October 14 was a great success. Over 200 people dropped by the gardens on a sunny autumn day. Eight vendors were on hand selling preserves, fresh produce, and a variety of hand-made items. After a very hot growing season, the gardens came to an official close on November 4 with the Annual General Meeting. Budgeting information for the past year and next were shared, as well as what worked and what can be improved for next season. On the list is a new shed, since the last one finally perished in strong winds. After the meeting, members worked together to clean up the gardens.

The first ever DCA photo contest closed October 29. Congratulations to Jenna Davies, Fiona  Mak, Peter Politis, Katie Shapiro, Terry Steeves, Erica Stillo, and Emily Thorne. The DCA has selected their photos as finalist entries. In early 2019, the finalist photos will be printed, framed, and exhibited at cafe Pressed. Thanks to everyone who participated. The contest gene…

Venue for winning photos

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We are pleased to announce that local cafe Pressed will be the exhibition venue for the finalist photos! In addition to wonderful staff, fantastic food and coffee, they have a superb gallery wall. The contest is closing soon so don't delay - submit your photos here → https://goo.gl/forms/RxeG5MfAvvXXVNwH2

Read more about the contest on the photo contest page

October newletter

The tornadoes that struck Ottawa-Gatineau on September 21 knocked the power out in much of Dalhousie, but thankfully damage was limited. Despite the prolonged power outage, the Plant Pool Recreation Association (PPRA) with the wonderful cooperation of the Plant Recreation Centre, decided not to let good desserts go to waste and the annual dessert fundraiser raised over $2000. This money supports a free summer sports program for 10-15 year old youth in the community. The PPRA also held its annual general meeting on October 2, where Councillor Catherine McKenney presented her vision for green space.

The DCA photo contest is on! We want to see photos of the neighbourhood - the places, people, and events that make our neighbourhood stand out. All photographers, from pros to beginners, are invited to participate. Finalists will have their images printed and framed, and displayed at a local venue. The contest closes October 29 and finalists will be announced in November. Visit the contest pa…