Annual “Ride of Silence” Wednesday 20 May

The international ride of silence that sweeps the globe in May is back next Wednesday in Ottawa.  The “Ride of Silence” sees cyclists come together in cities and towns across the globe to silently pedal a brief distance in memory of fellow bikers that have been injured or killed on the roads.

ride of silenceThe event HONOURS those who have been injured or killed, RAISES AWARENESS that bikes are here and asks that we all SHARE THE ROAD.

The international ride saw 315 events take place worldwide in 2014. Lets hope there are even more in 2015

Francis Ouimet is the organizer of the Ottawa ride. He invites riders to gather on Laurier Ave in front of Ottawa City Hall at 6:30 pm and the ride begins at 7 pm, rain or shine. The route as per last year will be two loops of the Laurier St segregated bike path from City Hall to Bronson.

More info can be found at the Ride of Silence website or by contacting the Ottawa ride organizer Francis Ouimet

Ottawa Ride Of Silence
Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier St entrance at 6:30PM
Ride begins 7:00PM

Spring Clean Sandy Hill / Nettoyage du Printemps a Côte de Sable

Get your gardening gloves, grab a soccer ball and meet your neighbours at Strathcona Park this afternoon for the Sandy Hill park and streets spring clean. 1-3PM Meet at Strathcona Park (Osgoode st) Soccer kick about at 2:45 Backup of park clean up 2013 copy 2

Jane’s Walk this Weekend: Walking your neighbourhood story

Janes WalkFollow in Jane Jacob’s footsteps and get better acquainted with the city on your doorstep. This weekend marks the 2-day Jane’s Walk phenomenon that, based on Jane Jacob’s advocacy for walking as a way to connect, understand and build thriving communities.

As per the local chapter’s website:

“Jane’s Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play.  Jane’s Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.”

A growing number of volunteers organise informative FREE strolls around Ottawa neighbourhoods this Saturday and Sunday. The areas are so diverse the times so disparate you are sure to find many that slot easily into your weekend plans with even a choice of French & English tours. With over 50 walks organised this weekend – all clearly listed here – everyone can get walking and get connected with Jane’s Walk.


Talk the Walk on Urban Infill tonight 7PM

City of Ottawa Planner, Alain Miguelez presents Ottawa City’s new “Mature Neighbourhood By-Law” promising a new direction for urban infill.

IMG_5851Sandy Hill has been particularly afflicted with poor infill seeing historic homes transformed in to rooming houses with poorly designed add-ons that strip the buildings of character and once majestic lots of their landscape.

Miguelez will present the City’s new approach to zoning for urban infill, linking zoning requirements to the character of the local street-scape.

He will look at difficulties with urban infill in Ottawa over the last 15 years, the public engagement approach taken to identify solutions, and explain how Ottawa’s new by-law supports the pedestrian DNA of its old neighbourhoods.

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 pm
40 Elgin St. 5th floor NCC’s Capital Urbanism Lab

Chianello: A better budget, a better budget process


Seriously? “Consider that most councillors were stunned to discover at a recent transportation meeting that the cycling infrastructure was not included in that department’s budget, even though the cycling program was already approved as part of the transportation master plan. Instead, cycling is to be funded through a so-called “strategic initiative” pot of money that councillors will battle over later this year. “

Originally posted on Ottawa Citizen:

A survey.

That was the most contentious, most discussed issue at Wednesday’s special council meeting where our elected officials unanimously approved a $3-billion budget and two per cent tax hike for residents. Debate about the survey overshadowed all other issues: rising transit fares, the serious concerns over the lack of record-keeping on student immunization levels, the $400,000 going to Crime Prevention Ottawa for a gang “exit strategy.”

It’s hard to say exactly why first-time Coun. Riley Brockington’s motion ended up being so fractious. It called for staff to survey councillors about “all aspects of the 2015 budget process” and to bring back the answers as part of the 2016 budget directions. The motion didn’t specify the survey questions, but Brockington indicated that he’d like some basic feedback on whether councillors felt they had enough information on the budget, or whether the budget was displayed in a way that was understandable.

Pretty straightforward, right? Wrong.

The motion started…

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Eye Spy: Ecology Ottawa & Sandy Hill come together Tonight

ecologyEcology Ottawa would like to invite Sandy Hill residents to learn more about the Ecology Ottawa Community Network and our campaigns. If you’re interested in getting involved or just curious, please join us on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 pm.

March 03, 2015 at 7pm – 9pm
Sandy Hill Community Centre
250 Somerset East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6V6
Google map and directions
Diane Beckett · · 613-231-6274

Eye Spy: Countdown to #Nordstrom Grand Opening

NordstromThe countdown is on! This Friday, March 6, Nordstrom is throwing open the doors at their flagship Ottawa location in the Rideau Centre and we can’t wait. Having seen the care and detail they have put in to the fittings and fixtures at the media preview and the attention to detail in their outreach we expect great things from his retailer.

The invitations to preview and visit the site have been fast and furious – this is an organization that has demonstrated great interest in plugging in and engaging with out local community. Hosting events since last year and a flurry of happening this week.

Find below a couple of opening day promotions from the PR and service team!

More  than just fashion there are some wonderful site highlights: The in-house restaurant, the kid’s play area and the outstanding change rooms!

Opening Day Beauty Bash:  Friday, March 6, 7:30-9:30 a.m.
In addition to the excitement taking place inside the store (please see below), the outside of the store will also be a hot spot as Nordstrom hosts a cosmetics and fragrance “Beauty Bash” at its mall entrance.  Nordstrom beauty advisors will offer complimentary skincare consultations.  Nordstrom Beauty Director Loredana Grama will share the latest beauty tips and tricks. Loredana is also available for media interviews about seasonal beauty and fragrance trends.
Opening Day Store Countdown:  Friday, March 6, 9:30 a.m.
More than 600 employees have been working and waiting for this day!  Department teams will begin their own cheers, and then Store Manager John Banks will start rallying all the employees for what has become a Nordstrom opening tradition: a rowdy final store-wide opening countdown, during which employees will line the aisles near the store’s entrances to welcome and applaud the first customers through the doors when they open.  Members of the Nordstrom family will be available for brief interviews.  It’s a great opportunity to get customers’ first reactions to the new store.  Important note:  Media interested in capturing the countdown and opening from inside the store can arrange for early store entry at 9:15 a.m.

Tremendous that this location was chosen for this, Nordstrom’s second location in our great country! Merci et Bienvenue!