January newsletter

In 2018, our Dalhousie neighbourhood will continue to grow and evolve. Development proposals are in the works for 770 Somerset St. W. and two parcels of land at 440 and 444 Bronson Ave. An eight-storey, 148-unit building is planned at 811 Gladstone Ave., between Booth and Rochester streets. This is a redevelopment of one section of Ottawa Community Housing’s Rochester Heights, and will be a mixed-income building to be completed by spring 2020.

Representatives from Ottawa Health and Bruy√®re Continuing Care delivered a presentation to the DCA Board on the new provincial smoke-free hospital regulations. As of January 1, 2018 there are no longer designated smoking areas on any hospital property. While the number of smokers at Saint-Vincent’s Hospital is low, concerns were raised about smokers moving to the sidewalk or adjacent residential properties. The hospital stated its commitment to work closely with neighbourhood groups should any problems arise because of the new legislation.

Winter is here and there is plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun. The Plouffe Park winter rink is open! Volunteers for general snow removal and rink supervision are always needed, and a free police record check is provided for rink supervisors. Contact kendra_mclellan04 *at* yahoo.com for more information.

Also at the Plouffe Park rink, the Preston Street BIA is hosting DiscoSkate DJ Skate Nights February 9th and 10th from 7pm to 11pm. Billed as a disco skating party for the whole family, the event hopes to attract both locals and tourists. Admission is free but donations of new, warm socks are appreciated to support the Socks for the Homeless project.

Snowshoers, walkers, fat bikers, and cross-country skiers are all delighted with the groomed SJAM Winter Trail between the War Museum and Westboro Beach. The trail runs along the Sir John A. Macdonald multi-use pathway (MUP) and is accessible by transit from Bayview and Lebreton Stations. A ski rack is conveniently placed at the rear entrance of the War Museum for those wanting to use the facilities or warm up with a hot chocolate from the cafeteria.

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