Friday, July 3, 2015

DCA July Update: Priorities, Park Updates and More!

1) AGM Update
2) DCA Priorities Project Update
3) McNabb Park Re-Opening: July 5th 11-4
4) Get involved in a DCA committee!

1) AGM Update

On June 16th, the DCA held it's annual general meeting at the Dalhousie Community Centre. There, we heard from Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, who updated us on some of the matters affecting the neighbourhood at the federal level, including home delivery of mail and the NCC LeBreton Flats process, and Councillor Catherine McKenney, who provided an update on some of the matters affecting the ward and goals she has for improving how the community can interact with the city. The DCA also released the results of the Dalhousie Priorities Project, details of which are below.

The DCA board was also elected. Thanks to all those that have opted to join the board, as well as those who have served in the past year. 

2) DCA Priorities Project Update

At the Annual General Meeting, the DCA released the results of the Dalhousie Priorities Project, which had been running through the winter and spring.

The goal was to work towards achievable and tangible hyper-local projects. They needn't be large, complicated or expensive. They may require a small change or action by the city, but just as easily could be something that we as residents can take care of ourselves. The goal is to find ways to make our neighbourhood a little bit better.

This is a list pushing for community gardens, small ways to improve walking or biking facilities, and adding to our neighbourhood.

We'll be telling you more about how these roll out in the coming months. But ultimately, we will need your help to get them done. If you are interested in more information, email

In the meantime, you can see the full plan at the DCA website.

3) McNabb Park Official Re-Opening

The renovations to McNabb Park, including the construction of new playground equipment, a skateboard park, and a tremendous gate/public art project are now complete. To celebrate, an official opening will be taking place this weekend, with prizes, free bike tune-ups and food. Details are below from the councillor's office. 

McNabb Park Official Re-Opening

July 4 @ 11:00 am 4:00 pm

You’re Invited! 
Location: McNabb Park, 435 Bronson Ave., corner of Bronson and Gladstone
McNabb Park will officially re-open this Saturday at 11 a.m. and it promises to be a fun day with activities for families, sports enthusiasts and music lovers!
Speakers include Councillor McKenney, Mayor Jim Watson, artist Tim desClouds, who designed the beautiful entrance gate, and skateboard community representative, Aaron Cayer.
After the ribbon cutting, there will be the unveiling of the commemorative plaque in memory of Charlie Bowins in the skateboard park.

Refreshments will be served and there will be a BBQ provided by Union Local 613.

Afternoon skate park activities, organized by Antique Skate Shop, will include Charlie Bowins Best Trick, game of skate, and an open skate. Prizes will be rewarded to anyone smiling and skating.
There will also be live music around noon featuring the local Harea Band.

Plus lots more fun things to do, including:
    • Little kids area – hullahoops and bubbles
    • Kids soccer
    • Bike Rodeo: City of Ottawa information tables on bike safety etc., free bike bells and lights
    • Free bike tune-ups provided by Right Bike
    • Indoor skate park in McNabb arena 

4) Get involved in a DCA committee!

Care about transportation issues, local planning, greenspace, or want to help organize events in the neighbourhood? The DCA will be re-invigorating it's committees in the next few months. You need not be a member of the board to be a committee member, and the time commitment will be as little (or as much!) as you would like. Committees will meet locally at mutually convenient times.

Currently we are looking to have four committees:

1) Planning: Which focuses on development applications and other such issues in the neighbourhood.

2) Transportation: Looking at improving how we get around in the community, including pushing for better pedestrian and cycling facilities and keeping roads safe for residents.

3) Greenspace and Gardening: This will focus on improving the greenspace in our neighbourhood, including community and guerilla gardening.

4) Outreach: This will focus on the outward facing elements of the DCA, including organizing public events and communicating with members.

If you are interested in participating in these, please email with COMMITTEE in the subject line.

Friday, September 12, 2014

All Candidates Debate: September 23rd

Ottawa's municipal election is fast approaching, and residents of our ward will have an important choice to make on October 27th.

To help you in that process, the Dalhousie Community Association, in conjunction with the Preston BIA, Chinatown BIA and CKCU FM will be hosting an all candidates debate on September 23rd at St. Luke's Church. Doors open at 6:30 and the event begins at 7pm.

There are 10 people running to represent us at City Hall, and the person that's elected will play an important role in shaping our community for years to come. This is a great opportunity to see what the contenders have to say.

What do you want to hear them discuss? The DCA is finalizing the format of this debate, and welcomes input on themes you would like to see raised. Feel free to comment on this post or email

Monday, June 23, 2014

Planning Committee meets today to consider the Preston-Carling Community Design plan, which will shape our neighbourhood for decades to come. We've issued the press release below to highlight some of our concerns.

There are a number of elements that need to be amended to protect the things that matter most in our community. For more information, you can visit

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DCA AGM, with Guest Speaker Dr. Mark Kristmanson

The Dalhousie Community Association will be holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, April 29th at 7:00PM at the Dalhousie Community Centre.

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the National Capital Commission, as our keynote speaker. Our neighbourhood is bounded to the north and south by NCC land. The redevelopment of Lebreton Flats is gradually reshaping the northern portion of our neighbourhood, and the parklands along the Ottawa River and Dow’s Lake are important greenspaces to our community.

At the meeting, we’ll also provide an overview of the past year in our neighbourhood, what’s coming up in the year ahead, and elect new members of the board. This is your chance to get involved in helping make our neighbourhood a better place.

Residents Start Pedestrian Audits of the Transitway Diversion Route

More from the Albert/Scott bus diversion efforts: 

22 April 2014 | Frustrated by four months of waiting for a critical safety report on the proposed diversion of buses through their community during the Confederation Line construction,  community members will undertake their own audit Thursday night. 
Residents have been asking the City for copies of the Pedestrian and Cycling Safety Audits prepared by Rideau Transit Group in preparation for the diversion of 2500 buses a day onto Scott and Albert streets, but  City officials and RTG say the report is not ready.  
"We're frustrated because the report is supposed to be the basis of safety measures that were described in early December. If that's the case, how can it now not be ready? This is critical information for the community," says the Hintonburg Community Association's Cheryl Parrott, one of the safety audit organizers. 
The first audit will be with the Women's Initiatives for Safer Environments ( and will look at safety on the proposed new multi-use pathway that will be built on the north side of Bayview Transitway Station through the Bayview Yards.  Residents will also do an audit of the multi-use pathways on the north side of Scott and Albert streets from Holland to Empress. There will be four teams auditing different areas, looking for issues associated with lighting, hiding places, calling for emergency help and more. 
The organizers are also planning a walkability audit in May. 
Date:  Thur Apr 24 - rain or shine
Time:  7:15pm to get instructions and audit forms
Audit start:  about 8pm - when it is dark
7:15pm Meeting at 170 Booth ( at Albert) basement meeting room CCOC building - buzz to get in.
For further information, please contact Cheryl Parrott, 613.620.9453 (c).

Monday, April 7, 2014

Albert St. Reconstruction Open House: What you need to know

Albert St. will begin it's (long!) reconstruction process in early May. This will involve a total replacement of sewers and water mains, construction of a temporary transitway for during the LRT construction (though we are working to minimize this!), and ultimately a final reconstruction in after 2018 for a permanent design.

The city will be holding an open house on April 8th from 5-7 PM at the Dalhousie Community Centre to highlight what will be happening during the sewer reconstruction and the post-2018 design. 2018 may seem like a long ways away, but the decisions for what will be built then are being made today. It's important that you make your voice heard.

The DCA has been participating in the consultations on this project for sometime. We've put together a handy sheet of our key thoughts that will hopefully help frame yours.

Please let us know what you think!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Community Rallies to Stop the Buses on Albert/Scott Streets

Ottawa- (January 22nd, 2014) Today, residents who live near Albert and Scott streets rallied to demand that the city revisit a plan to divert as many as 2500 buses a day onto a widened roadway. They called on the city to find creative solutions that would divert fewer buses through their neighbourhood.

“Today’s rally, particularly on such a cold day, reinforces how the community has been frozen out of the decision making process for Confederation Line bus diversions,” said Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) president Michael Powell. “The current plans for diverting all Transitway bus traffic through our neighbourhood will cause a nightmare of safety, health and liveability issues. It is simply not acceptable.”

The construction of the Confederation Line will require that the Transitway between Lebreton Flats and Tunney’s Pasture be closed to bus traffic beginning in 2016. The current plan is for Albert and Scott Streets to absorb the entirety of Transitway traffic for the duration of LRT construction. The Dalhousie Community Association, along with other community groups, has pushed the city to consider diverting as many buses as possible along alternate routes, such as the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and the Queensway.

“Our community has been trying to work with the city to find a solution that allows for Transitway operations to function as normally as possible with as minimal a disruption to our community as possible,” continued Powell. “In fact, all indications that we had received were that no final decisions had been made. We were very upset to find out in December that the city, without consultation, had opted for a final plan that is the worst possible outcome for our neighbourhood.”

“The LRT is a major city building exercise and Ottawa will be better off when it is completed. We hope to work with the city and RTG to find a solution that meets all of our needs,” concluded Powell. “Nothing about the LRT means that the city can abrogate its responsibility to minimize harms during the process.”

The Dalhousie Community Association is the volunteer organization that represents the interests of residents of Ottawa’s Chinatown, Little Italy and Lebreton Flats. For more information, visit

For more information:

Michael Powell, President

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

“2500 Buses a Day? NO WAY!”

It is not too late to change the City’s plan to widen Albert Street to 6 and 7 lanes and to run ALL of the Transitway buses down Albert during light rail construction.

Your voice is already making a difference - the City is now looking seriously at alternatives such as the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway for some of the buses.
However, concerns remain about air and noise pollution, cyclist and pedestrian safety, and traffic management. There are also fears that Albert will remain widened even after light rail opens in 2018.

We need to ensure that we get a liveable street, now and in 2018.

Here are 4 ways you can help:

1.   Attend the community rally on Wednesday, January 22, 7am to 8am

Let’s show first-hand just how unworkable the City’s plans are.

“Stop 2500 Buses” Community Rally
7am to 8 am, Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Albert @ Preston (east side)

“Stop 2500 buses” and “HELP US” signs will be available, or bring your own!

2.   Attend a community information session on January 18 or 19
View the current plans for Albert Street during and after the detour, sign a postcard to the Mayor, and chat with your neighbours about a liveable Albert Street. Light refreshments will be served.   

Saturday, January 18, 10am to 12 noon
Centretown Citizens’ Ottawa Corporation
170 Booth @ Albert (storefront on Booth)

Saturday, January 18, 2pm to 4pm
The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre 670 Albert @ Empress

Sunday, January 19, 2pm to 4pm
Plant Recreation Centre (lobby)
Preston @ Somerset

3.   Send a postcard to the Mayor today
Let’s make it clear to Mayor Watson that this issue is not going away. Send a “No to 2500 buses” postcard to the Mayor (below and hereand sign a printed postcard at the community event, the community drop-ins and local shops until January 31.

4.   Spread the word
Talk to your friends and neighbours, join our Facebook page, tweet, blog, comment online, write a letter to the editor.
Consider talking and writing about:
·      What the widening of Albert to 6 and 7 lanes and the introduction of 2500 buses a day will mean for you and your family
·      Your concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety, noise and air pollution, and traffic management
·      Your vision of a liveable Albert Street (both during the detour and after light rail is running in 2018)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Help keep the buses off Albert St.: ACTION NEEDED

As you may know, the city is planning on using Albert St. as a replacement for the Transitway for the duration of LRT construction. This plan will see Albert St. widened to have as many as 7 lanes to allow hundreds of buses an hour move through our neighbourhood. All this behind our homes, alongside narrow and decrepit sidewalks with no efforts to mitigate noise or emissions.
Our Hintonburg friends have a very good break down with the documents the city didn't want you to see. You can read them all here

I've posted a flyer below that outlines how you can take action to change this plan. This diversion will have devastating effects on the health, safety and liveability of our neighbourhood. There are obvious alternatives (the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, Carling, and the Queensway).

The plans for the Transitway diversion show what little regard the City bureaucracy has for our neighbourhood. They were developed in secret with no consultation with the community. Other alternative routes, even for just some of the buses, were rejected without real consideration.

Just take a look at this photo:

A Child's view of the future Albert Transitway

It's the view from a child's window onto Albert Street. As many as 300 buses per hour will be passing by this window for nearly 3 years. Was any attempt made to mitigate the effects of this, for example, by rebuilding the sidewalk and adding a green buffer between the sidewalk and the bus lane? No. They will simply add a bus lane directly beside a narrow, crumbling sidewalk.

This gives us a clear idea of the future of Albert Street.

We would like to see Albert transformed from a dangerous, high-speed corridor catering to rush-hour commuter traffic into a "complete street" that serves our neighbourhood. It makes no sense to have a highway running along the LRT.

The city's original plan was to rebuild Albert St. after the LRT is complete. However, the disingenuousness of the last few weeks brings this into serious doubt. I have real concern that once Albert is widened to 6 and 7 lanes, it will remain that way.
The City's Transit Commission will be meeting on Monday to consider this plan. 
Please email and tell them how this concerns you. If you are able, please attend the meeting. It takes place Monday at 1:30 at City Hall
Email addresses are as follows:
Mayor Jim Watson (
Marianne Wilkinson (
Public members
Katherine Hobbs (
Blair Crew (
Diane Holmes (
Justin Ferrabee (
Diane Deans (
Mark Johnson (
Shad Qadri (
Emily Rahn (
Stephen Blais (

Rainer Bloess (
Dalhousie Community Association
Keith Egli (
Tim Tierney (