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

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 →

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…

Photo contest

The DCA photo contest is underway. The theme is the people, places, and events of our neighbourhood. The contest isn't just for pros, anyone who can snap shots with a digital camera can enter. Read more about the contest here. If you've got your photos ready submit them here.

Not sure what to photograph? Why not come out for Market Day at the community garden on October 14. Find information on the event's Facebook page.

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September newsletter

After a hot summer, the DCA is back to regular meetings. In development news, DCA members have voted to appeal the decision to approve the developer’s application for 900 Albert. City council approved the 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.

In preparation for the LRT, OC Transpo is changing bus routes, with several changes directly affecting Dalhousie. As of September 2, the #11 no longer stops on Rideau Street in front of the Rideau Centre, cutting passengers off from the shopping mall and ByWard Market. Route #4 remains the same but the number changes to #10.  When the LRT eventually opens, the #85 will proceed north on Booth to Gatineau and Route #16 will be modified to connect with the new Parliament station. Route #14 remains the same.

There are several events coming up. The Plant Pool Recrea…

Heritage properties

Our Dalhousie neighbourhood features many examples of historical architecture. A gallery of over 200 photos showcasing properties of heritage value in the Dalhousie neighbourhood is now up for viewing. Many of these properties have been added to the Heritage Reference List thanks to the recommendations of the DCA. Read more and see the full gallery here.

June-July newsletter

The DCA remains active in a variety of areas. At the June meeting, a representative from Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) presented on a new project - Building Community... Together. The project aims to bring together Centretown residents of different backgrounds to help respond to rapid changes in the area. The project will be fully underway by August and is seeking people interested in becoming Community Champions.

The DCA remains opposed to key items in the development applications for 900 Albert and the East Flats. Formal letters have been sent to the city with concerns about pedestrian connectivity, green and public space, and affordable housing. Also under discussion is the usage of Section 37 funds. Ideas range from a pedestrian bridge across the O-Train tracks, to more green space, to upgrading the stairs connecting lower and upper Empress. 

Green space and parks are always in demand in Dalhousie. Councillor McKenney is looking for input on community wants and need…