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 page for full contest details and to submit your photos.

OC Transpo has changed bus routes in anticipation of the LRT, but the opening has been pushed back indefinitely. The #11 no longer stops on Rideau Street in front of the Rideau Centre, which cuts passengers off from the Rideau Centre and ByWard Market. If you feel negatively affected, contact OC Transpo and let them know.

Remember to visit the Community Garden’s Market Day on Sunday, October 14 between 10 am and 4 pm. Several local artisans and gardeners will be selling a variety of vegetables, preserves, and handmade items.

Residents of Cambridge Street met recently to discuss the large numbers of break-ins to cars. This is an issue that has plagued the entire neighbourhood and continues to do so. Community police officers want people to file a report for any theft or other incident. Reports can be filed by phone at 613-236-1222 extension 7300 or online.

Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC) on Eccles St. recently held a working group meeting to discuss the newly opened supervised consumption site. While nearby residents have concerns, SWCHC continues to improve delivery of their services.

Ottawa municipal elections are happening Monday, October 22. The DCA will continue to focus on the issues of development pressures and affordable housing. Get out and vote!

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