Showing posts from November, 2011

letter, devonshire school daycare

21 Nov 2011 Dear Ms. McKenzie, The board of directors of the Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) has been following closely the discussions and consultations around the full day kindergarden program and extended days. We reviewed the report on the “Proposed Delivery of the Extended Day Program” and urge you to vote for the staff recommendations on November 22nd that will permit Third Party Providers to continue to offer care to our children. We commend the OCDSB for its commitment to expand childcare services in Ottawa. We strongly believe that Third Party Providers will continue to be valuable partners for the OCDSB in the new system, especially in neighbourhoods like ours where there are few licensed childcare spaces. We believe that right now, the most important thing for our community is to clarify once and for all that Third Party Providers are valued partners of the OCDSB as it will quickly start building up a reliable, high quality and affordable childcare system that w


DALHOUSIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6R1 Eric Darwin, President Mayor Jim Watson Diane Deans Chair of the Transit Commission RE: U-Pass Program Dear Mayor Watson and Chair Deans, On behalf of the Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) I am writing to express our support for the Universal Transit Pass (U-Pass) program for post-secondary students at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. As you are aware, this program is largely responsible for the significant transit ridership increase of the past year. By bringing more youth onto the transit system, the program is helping to build a generation of transit riders. The program has already taken thousands of cars off the road each and every day, resulting in less congestion and decreased demands for new roads and road maintenance. By supporting this program, the City of Ottawa joins the many cities across Canada that have ma

Traffic signal wanted at Arlington/Bronson

DALHOUSIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6R1 6 November, 2011 Councillor Diane Holmes City of Ottawa Re: Arlington & Bronson Traffic Control Signal Dear Councillor, In the process of reconstructing Bronson Avenue, a Traffic Control Signal should be incorporated into the design at Arlington Street. Our reasons are: • There is no place to cross Bronson between Gladstone and The Queensway. This is a very heavily and aggressively travelled part of Bronson. To cross at any place other than a crosswalk is to take your life in your hands. • There are some 15 wheelchair bound residents at 520 Bronson. Just to travel along the sidewalk on this major collector is dicey. • Students of Glashan School living west of Bronson are risking their lives crossing at Arlington. • While Flora Street, mid-way between Gladstone and The Queensway might seem more logical, Flora does not extend westward and therefore there is no connectivity for pede

Patio application on Booth Street

DALHOUSIE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION 755 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 6R1 6 November, 2011 Peter Gunstra Senior By-law Administrator, West ROW Development Review City of Ottawa Re: Outdoor Patio Application – 376 Booth Street Dear Sir, The Dalhousie Community Association is opposed to this patio extending along Willow St due to the exclusively residential nature of that street. Despite the presence of a few residential units on Booth St., the already high volume of traffic will mitigate the impact of a patio on those residents. So we are not opposed to a patio all along the Booth St. curb. This approval is contingent on the usual 11pm closing, the absence of live or recorded music, and the absence of bright lighting. Yours truly, Eric Darwin, President Dalhousie Community Association CC: Councillor Diane Holmes

DCA Minutes, 5 Oct 2011

 In Attendance: Eric Darwin, Michael Powell, Ida Henderson, Michael Hatfield, Archie Campbell, Stephanie Strudwick, David Seaborn, Charles Akben-Marchand, Lori Mellor, Lisa-Marie Inman, Pat Snair, Maija Kagis, Anil Naidoo, Sean Darcy, Pamela Connolly,Councillor Diane Holmes 1) Presentation from Jeff Polowin and Rod Lahey regarding SoHo Italia development by Mastercraft Starwood a. Polowin indicated that they had met with city staff, but no decisions had been made yet. Had also met with the Councillor. Are planning on bringing this to planning committee in December. b. They are doing the rounds with stakeholders because of changes from initial design. c. Lahey indicated emphasized that M-S is not just a “Toronto” firm, but has lots of roots in town. d. Lahey also indicated that: i. There were concerns about height and podium in original design. ii. Planning department indicated that it would be a good idea to increase the lot size. 1. Were concerened about the next prop