OOE transformation presentation

John Dance from the OECA recently gave a presentation on Old Ottawa East Transformation to fourth year Carleton School of Architecture and Urbanism students who are conducting a three-month project designing buildings and site plans for the institutional lands. The work supports SLOE's "Deep Green" project focusing on research to support the sustainable development and integration of the institutional lands and the rest of OOE

Brantwood and Springhurst Park Clean-up: October 5 and 12

Everyone is encouraged to help out during the annual clean-up of our local parks. Details are below:

Brantwood Park clean up - October 5
10:00 a.m. - noon, meet at Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
Please bring gloves, bags will be provided

Springhurst Park clean up - October 12
10:00 a.m. - noon, meet at the basketball court
Please bring gloves, bags will be provided

Traffic Advisory for Colonel By Drive beginning September 23

Rehabilitation work to the retaining walls located along Colonel By Drive, between Echo Drive near Bank Street and Clegg Street, will begin Monday, September 23, 2013. This work will continue until the end of November 2013. During the work period, the lanes of Colonel By Drive, in both directions, will be narrowed at all times. Traffic cones and directional signage will be on site to direct traffic and to ensure worker safety. There may also be temporary closures of the northbound lane, outside peak hours and without advanced notice, to facilitate the movement of equipment for the work. When required, flag persons will be on-site to ensure the safety of motorists. The National Capital Commission (NCC) urges motorists to respect signage to ensure their safety. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to continue to use the Rideau Canal Recreational Pathway during the work.

More information is available by contacting the NCC at 613-239-5000, 1-800-465-1867, 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY) or visit the NCC’s website at www.canadascapital.gc.ca.

OOE Children's Garden part of Sustainability Tour of Ottawa - September 14

The Children's Garden has been selected as one of 10 sites across the city showcasing themes of sustainability in the Ottawa Sustainability Tour this Saturday (September 14). The garden will be illustrating the theme of food. Below are more details:

Date: Saturday September 14th
Time: 8:30am start
Location: Richelieu Park, Vanier

Each venue on the tour illustrates a different theme of sustainability. Participants are invited to travel by car, bicycle, or bus to visit the remarkable places highlighted as part of this self-guided tour. A tour book will guide visitors to the sites and explain the following themes of sustainability: transportation, energy, design, habitat, food, natural capital, waste, health, recreation, and a sense of place.

The opening launch begins at 8:30 a.m. with free pancakes at North America's only urban maple sugar shack in Richelieu Park, Vanier. After the 9:00 a.m. opening ceremony with Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Mathieu Fleury, groups of cyclists, cars and perhaps a bus will depart on their adventure. Five other sites along the route will also hold events that day:
- Corktown Footbridge: a choir and information on sustainable transportation (AM)
- University of Ottawa: Première Moisson coupons for early arrivals, site explanations (AM)
- Fletcher Wildlife Garden: Volunteer experts to answer your questions about habitats (PM)
- Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence: Interpretation of building features (PM)
- terra20 – meeting with product experts, short waste reduction talks, light refreshments (PM)

The tour launch will also be the launch of two other Ottawa initiatives:
- Gemagram: a cloud-based app that will carry the tour book (bring your smart phone)
- Ottawa Learnery: talks that are rich in ideas, delivered with passion

A booklet of the tour is available on Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City's website http://obec-evbo.ca/ which allows you to choose which sites you are interested in seeing at a time that is convenient for you! Booklet is available in French and English.

Update on University of Ottawa's football home opener on September 7

The OECA has received the following update from the University of Ottawa regarding their home opener football game on September 7 to be held at the new stadium on Lees Avenue:

“We have received permission from the Rideau Conservation Authority to put portapotties and handwashing stations behind the bleachers. We will have security personnel monitoring this area on game days to ensure no one is blocking the bike path. In addition, they will be emptied every Monday after a game and will be locked up to ensure there is no vandalism between games.

We will be operating a BBQ and beer garden on game days beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at the start of the fourth quarter. Again, we will have security onsite to ensure patrons are well-behaved and to ensure age of majority. The BBQ and beer garden will operate in the rear courtyard behind Lees Avenue. Alcohol will not be permitted anywhere else on the premises and we will be conducting bag checks to enforce this policy.

There will be no public parking at 200 Lees on game days. Parking is reserved for season ticket holders, media, officials, etc. The public is being encouraged to use sustainable transportation (e.g. bus, bike, walk). We will have three parking lots available on campus for fans to park at and we will be offering complimentary shuttle buses from the Minto Sports Complex to Lees for those who choose not to walk. In all communications, we are asking fans to respect the local communities by not parking on city streets in Old Ottawa South or in Sandy Hill. In addition, we are encouraging students to use their uPass and take OC Transpo.”

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