May newsletter

The DCA and its members have deep ties to the community and are active in a variety of areas. At the provincial level, the DCA will be involved in the All Candidates Debate taking place at the Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Ave.) on May 17. With all four major parties confirmed, it will be an excellent forum for community associations to press the candidates on important civic themes.
At the last meeting, our DCA representative on the Community Association Forum on Environmental Sustainability (CAFES) reported with disappointment that a by-law protecting city trees would not be passed. This has a negative impact on both the environment and public health, since trees mitigate pollution and provide many other benefits.
Other members reported that the public meeting on April 26th about developments on Albert Street was well attended. Concerns are ongoing since development plans keep changing. A case in point is the three towers planned at 900 Albert, where the proposed heights have changed again to one 65 storey tower and two at around 30 storeys.
Another DCA member has been working diligently on the Heritage Inventory Project. In addition to proposing additional buildings to add to the Heritage Reference list, he has photographed over 200 buildings under consideration in Dalhousie. While being on the Heritage Reference list is not the same as a heritage designation, the list does create a profile of a neighbourhood’s heritage and characteristic architectural styles.
With spring finally here, outdoor activities are picking up. For the fifth year in a row, LeBreton Flats residents participated in the annual spring Cleaning the Capital. Interesting finds included metal pipes, hair accessories, empty cans, a car spoiler, tons of blue rubber bands, and plenty of cigarette butts.

Group of neighbours with several full garbage bags
Cleaning up the Capital on Lebreton Flats

The community garden at Preston and Somerset is gearing up for its second year, with prep day on May 6. A few gardening boxes were moved, the composting system improved, and the area tidied up. If you are interested in being added to the waitlist for a garden plot, please contact
The garden was the happy recipient of a TD Park People Grant this year. The grant will support the garden in hosting a number of public events such as an Ice Cream Social in June, a Picnic and a Movie event in late July, and a Market Day in September. We hope to see lots of community members out for these events.
Throughout the summer, the Garden will also be hosting Master Gardener sessions. The Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton, experts in gardening, have kindly agreed to share their expertise and answer gardening questions. The sessions will typically run for two hours, with the first planned on May 27 and one to follow on June 3. On June 13 we are hosting a Natural Pest Control workshop at the Plant Bath and this event is open to all community members. Tickets are limited so register soon - tickets can be found here. More details on the garden and on upcoming events can be found at our website: 
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