Theft in Old Ottawa East - how to reduce and report it

In recent weeks, some residents of Old Ottawa East have reported thefts of wallets, a backpack and other personal items from vehicles and front yards. Ottawa Police Sgt. Patricia Urquhart (613-236-1222, ext. 5680) is the community police officer who oversees central Ottawa and recommends these universal points to help reduce your risk of theft:
• Some theft and property crime reports can be filed online at:
• No incident is too small to report. The more information available to police, the more they can detect patterns of potentially criminal behaviour.
• Ottawa Police can inspect your home to suggest improvements in home safety.
• Ottawa Police can speak to youth on how to stay safe.
• Ottawa Police will deliver “All Valuables Removed” signs to insert in your vehicle window, which they say reduces the incidence of theft.
• Maintain an active presence on the street. For example, some parents of schoolchildren in other neighbourhoods participate in a “walking school bus” program, where children walk to school together with a trained leader and pick up their friends along the way (

Community Paddle Event - June 25

All residents are invited to a community paddle next Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 am (rain date is Sunday, June 26). We will be setting off from our new dock at Clegg Street, will meet our neighbours from the Glebe on the canal and will then head off at a leisurely pace towards Parliament Hill. After our paddle, we will have an opportunity to relax with our neighbours and our MP Catherine McKenna at Patterson Creek, with refreshments provided (but please bring your own picnic lunch). Those who do not paddle are welcome to join us for the picnic at 11:30.

For complete details and RSVP information, please see this flyer.

Rideau Canal Access Thank You Letter

Phyllis Odenbach Sutton and Christine McAllister, presidents of the Old Ottawa East and Glebe community associations respectively, sent this thank you letter to Minister McKenna and Minister Joly for their role in creating safe access points for canoes and kayaks on the Rideau Canal.

Rideau River Western Pathway Update: June 2016

The City of Ottawa has posted a notice to residents with an update on progress of the Rideau River Western Pathway. You can read the update in English / en

Clegg-Fifth Footbridge Update from Councillor Chernushenko’s Office

Ian Grabina of Councillor Chernushenko’s office has informed OOECA of recent progress on the canal footbridge, including the highlights that the construction could begin as early as Fall 2017 and some of the changes suggested by the association and others after the February information session either have or may be reflected in the revised design. Specifically:

  • The City has continued to work through the preliminary design for the new Rideau Canal Crossing.
  • Comments from the open house and federal partners are being considered and incorporated into the design wherever possible. This includes:
    • Smoothing the slopes on the west (Glebe) side
    • Additional measures to beautify and restore the Lilly Pond on the Glebe side
    • A larger rest and viewing area at the west side
    • Preserving the oak tree and enhancing the public space with a plaza at the east landing (OOE)
  • Work is continuing on options for shared space for pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge, including the potential to widen the bridge.
  • Through the preliminary design work, City staff have now determined that construction of the bridge could begin as early as late Fall 2017, after the Canal has been drained, should funding from other levels of government become available.
  • In addition, geo-technical field investigations and analysis for the foundations have been completed.

Upcoming activities:

  • Preliminary design is anticipated to be complete in mid-2016.
  • In June, some small pits will be dug on both the east and west side of the Rideau Canal (at Fifth and at Clegg) as part of the archaeological assessment of the area. This is being coordinated with the NCC.
  • The City continues to consult with the NCC and Parks Canada on the bridge design modifications, protection of the Canal during construction and the overall restoration of the area.
  • Once preliminary design is complete, further updates will be provided to the community.
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