Tomorrow evening Ottawa’s top coffee-shop Planet Coffee hosts a “Pearls for Girls” evening from 6-8PM in the Byward Market. Planet Coffee teaming up with a charitable opportunity means your on to a buzzing time and the opportunity to pair holiday shopping with fundraising aimed specifically at building the confidence and leadership skills of young women in Lesotho. The Pearls 4 Girls program has both fundraising and education components. Funds are raised through the sale of beautiful pearl jewellery in support of transformative leadership programs for girls in Lesotho. Each purchase is an important contribution towards something bigger than a piece of jewellery – it is a commitment to gender equity and the belief that girls can make a difference. All proceeds raised through the sale of Pearls 4 Girls jewellery goes directly to Help Lesotho. Pearls for Girls Thursday Nov 20 6-8PM Planet Coffee – 24a York St in the Byward Market
Visionary thinking could uplift not only the Byward Market but all of Ward 12. I love libraries, including our 60’s- style current Central library at Laurier & Metcalfe. A library at the heart of the Market in sites that are only car parks and with underground parking could truly transform local perception of why we go to the market. This type of infrastructure would brand the market as a local as well as a tourist destination. Further, libraries world wide are of course visited by tourists so this idea doesn’t negate but only uplifts the current profile. Currently Bayview is under consideration for the location of the ‘Central’ library which may be handy for Hintonburg but what about those in Centretown, Lowertown, the Glebe etc who chose to live downtown so they can walk and bike to use service rather than drive. Ward 12 and the market needs an advocate that stands up for preserving not only the physical heritage but also the historical importance of the Byward market as a core part of our city and not simply a tourist destination. A candidate who proposes workable positive and truly transformative ideas is one definitely worth very serious consideration.
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Tagged Byward BIA, Byward Market, Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre, Central Library, Downtown Rideau, Marc Aubin, Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa, Rideau, Sandy Hill, SandyHillSeen, Vanier, Ward12
The race for the Ward 12 Rideau-Vanier is nothing if not exciting. With many issues from homelessness, the urgent need for revitalisation, committed representation, smart place-making and increasing modal-share just to name a very few.
Monday night will be the first All Candidates debate – strictly on transportation issues – in our ward and it is taking place 7PM at 159 Murray. Transportation touches on so much and is an integral part of making Ward12 a full success ensuring room for pedestrians, patios, and all modes of transit. Prep some tough questions and come here how your candidates respond.
Another week, another Campaign launch for the Rideau-Vanier Councillor seat in Ward12!
Tomorrow, Thursday July 3rd, Marc Aubin launches his campaign at local favourite Das Lokal at 190 Dalhousie St. 5-8PM
Wonderful to see so much advocacy and involvement in local politics – with the level of interest being shown there is no way but up for Ward12.
We’re mad for politics and have no doubts about the fantastic potential of Rideau-Vanier. This Ward should be a crown jewel amongst Ottawa neighbourhoods given it’s historic significance, it’s creative, diverse edge and it’s proximity to absolutely everything.
Council elections are this fall and we urge all Ward 12 residents and businesses to get out and meet the Candidates. An informed decision is the best decision. Let’s meet and greet the Challengers & Incumbent to find out who is going to activate & best champion the potential in our Ward. Let’s looks for committed vision and pragmatism to make improvements now.
Tonight, in the Byward Market, Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre is launching her campaign. Fortin-LeFaivre has worked extensively in the back rooms of Federal politics and tells us she is committed to taking her experience and acting locally in the community’s best interest.
Come out to meet Catherine and tell her what’s important to you.
Peter Devine’s 73 Clarence St in the Byward Market
As per our tweet yesterday afternoon:
It is with great excitement that we learned about the extension of the segregated Laurier Bike Lane in to Sandy Hill.
The extended lane will be segregated from Elgin St to the Queen Elizabeth Drive turn-off and from there it will be a painted lane across the bridge up to Cumberland St.
Mayor & us at Ride of Silence – advocating for safe cycling
As a strong advocate of safe infrastructure supporting the use of urban “destination” cycling for all from 8-80 years we applaud advancement. Thank you City & Mayor Jim Watson for making this extension happen.
We urge the Mayor to consider extending this work, at least with painted line, – though segregated would be much better esp for those unsure or with young children – across King-Edward to Chapel St. This further extension would lead nicely – via a right-hand turn – to the soon-to-be build Donald St -Strathcona Park bridge connecting us to Vanier & Overbrook. While a left hand turn off Laurier at Chapel would take cyclists smoothly through Lowertown to Beausoleil (Ottawa’s 1st Bike-only interesection) and up York across King Edward in to the Byward Market. This network would truly unite all of Rideau-Vanier Ward 12.
It would be Ottawa’s first fully connected, full Ward cycle network – Let’s do it!
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Tagged Bike Lane, Byward BIA, Byward Market, Laurier Avenue, Laurier Bike Lane, Mayor Jim Watson, Overbrook CA, Sandy Hill, Sandy Hill Seen, Segregated Bike Lane, Vanier, vanier cycles, Ward 12
The race is heating up in Ward 12 for the municipal elections this fall and some strong, visionary voices are speaking out for positive action in Rideau-Vanier.
This week Catherine Fortin-LeFaivre challenged incumbent Councillor Mathieu Fleury’s view that the market “is safe” and more tellingly spoke of measures to increase pedestrian & cycling safety to transform the area making it safe and welcoming to all comers.
We look forward to hearing more pragmatic solutions from each of the Candidates to create and build the most vibrant Rideau-Vanier possible.
Read the metro’s interview with Catherine here: Rideau-Vanier Candidate Fortin LeFaivre Speaks out on Ward Safety.
Although further afield Chinatown Remix has got to be our pick of the weekend. On Saturday afternoon this neighbourhood based art/street party is free, adult and family oriented and is simply a great free local-scale event whereby artists’ works are displayed on the street and in the many participating restaurants for meanderers to cruise by and enjoy. Activities for kid’s dot the street and there is a beer garden all day in the parking lot of the Shanghai with an after-party too! It is all happening on Somerset West in Chinatown. Fun starts Saturday at 1PM and party goes til 11 – Go, meet, enjoy.
Thursday night marks the launch of the weekly night market in the Byward Market! Throughout the summer months every Thursday the Byward Market produce and stall vendors will be open and bustling til 8PM. See you on the market neighbour!
Friday night Cafe Nostalgica is the place to be with the ever groovy and ever popular return of TimeKode. Love these sessions.
Saturday afternoon when the puck drops at 1PM the seats are comfortable and the beer is cold at The Lunenburg. Go Habs Go.
Also on Saturday it’s Tac-o-the -Town Ottawa’s first ever TacoFest at the Ottawa Convention Centre. 15$ entry +2-4$ per taco
Like retro-vintage furniture? I do so I’ll see you at St Bridgid’s where they are hosting a 2-day Retro Vintage and Antiques Market on Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday is the first Alcatel-Lucent Sunday Bike Day with over 50km of parkway closed to cars from 9am-1PM. I’d like to see it be an all-day event but still glad to see it back. On yer bikes mateys!
Sunday go super local to Fleur Tea House on Somerset East where they host a weekly dance classes. Sunday is Bachata Dance Class from 6:30-8:30
Today from 3-8PM at the Rideau St Library (377 Rideau) is the Open House for the Rideau St re-design. Cllr Fleury’s office explains this is a pop-in Open House to inform the public of aspects of the 2005 Community Design Plan (CDP) that are to be reviewed and revised in the next edition “to provide clear direction for future development.” Read more on the reasons for reopening the CDP and the items affected (e.g., Building height, traffic management, etc) here.
Today is the first opportunity for the community to get their vision across for this stretch of Rideau St that runs from King Edward to the Cummings Bridge. The whole Ward is affected by this section of Rideau. A “destination” visionary design rather than one that simply supports short-term developer gains could bolster the desirability of the whole area from Montreal Road by creating a shopping corridor to the Market generating a diversity of clients allowing businesses to flourish.
The 2005 CDP limited height to 6 stories so an important aspect to review will be if this height limitation is preserved as sunlight is an important aspect to any shopping district- witness the demise of Spark Street’s dark corridor or the lack of patios and foot fall on Queen & Slater at the weekend.
Equally it would be nice to see if there is any room for mini-parks to encourage residents to gather or street furniture to take a break.
Rideau st affects the entire Ward – if it becomes a dark speedy wind tunnel of high-rises it will forever cut off Vanier from Lowertown/SandyHill and the Byward Market bringing down the tone of each and every neighbourhood in Ward 12. If however Rideau is designed with a strong vision in mind- and I for one see it as a strolling, shopping, low-rise patio-friendly destination that draws visitors and residents alike – it has the location and bordering neighbourhoods to become a true destination with shopping, a cinema, great history and restaurants all a joined up in a walkable distance. Upper Rideau is without a doubt the vital link between Ward 12 neighbours from Vanier through the shops on Cumberland, Dalhousie and the Market.
Hopefully today’s open house is a step in ensuring a traditional low-rise strolling- and-shopping,district that reinforces our Ward as a desirable, liveable destination that all of Ottawa deserves.
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Tagged Auntie Loo, Bytowne Cinema, Byward Market, Byward Market BIA, CDP, Lowertown, OPL, Sandy Hill, Sandy Hill Seen, Uptown Rideau, Vanier, Vanier Now
Last night Cllr Mathieu Fleury invited residents from Lowertown & Sandy Hill to come together and discuss outstanding concerns surrounding the opening of Chapel St and Beausoleil to cars. Please see past articles for details.
The evening was animated, at times challenging and very vocal. Almost every attendee contributed forceful yet positive ideas on how to bring proactive changes that benefit the whole community rather than a segment.
The take-away from this meeting is that the communities have asked for the City & Councillor to make the intersection bike-only on to Chapel within the next two weeks to discourage drivers from becoming familiar with a new route that would be closed off (City’s timeline) in the spring. With the advent of RightBike kiosks coming to Sandy Hill what better time than now to take action to promote and provide cycling infrastructure.
Alongside this action many additional ideas were put forth including:
- the beautification of the bike intersection with planters
- using the intersection to create an urban cycle track – for all level of cyclists old & v young – for safe bike passage to Market
- the installation of further traffic calming measure to increase school crossing safety – signs, speed bumps, reduced speed limits
Improvements don’t happen in a vacuum and local residents showcased powerful voices, visionary ideas with a readiness to listen and collaborate to make the adjoining areas the most brilliant urban Ottawa neighbourhoods!