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 residential rentals aimed at senior citizens. When a development application has been submitted, the DCA will evaluate the proposal for its fit with the neighbourhood.

Spring is finally almost here, and the Dalhousie Community Association Community Garden (at the corner of Somerset and Preston) is back for another season. The DCA Community Garden is a volunteer organization, offering the opportunity for members of the ward to try their hand at gardening. If you are interested in learning more, or would like to be on a wait-list for a plot, please sign up for the garden newsletter by writing to dcacommunitygarden*at*gmail.com, or calling 613-791-8753. All are welcome at the AGM at Plant Bath Recreation Centre on Sunday, April 28th at 3:00pm. This season the garden will also be a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) pickup point for Ferme Agricola, a new organic vegetable and flower farm. Check out fermeagricola.com/csa for more details.

The DCA is gearing up for gardening as well. Visit 236 Booth Street for a sale of perennial plants between 9:00 and 11:00 am, Saturday May 25th. Proceeds will support community gardens and planters along Booth Street and Somerset.

A public information session to discuss a combined sewer replacement project planned for Cambridge Ave. North will be held Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Cambridge Street Community Public School (250 Cambridge Street North) in the library. The project involves the upsizing of the combined sewers and installing inlet control devices in catch basins to reduce the risk of basement flooding during large storm events.

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