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Eye Spy: Sweet Times at Vanier Sugarfest

imageDespite the weather being colder than we’d have liked today. The turnout was great and the fun times were plentiful on the penultimate day of the Vanier’s MuseoParc Sugarfest.

Ottawa Stilt Union

Ottawa Stilt Union

We strolled the maple path, cheered the arrival of the VeloVanier Family Bike Ride, delighted to Ottawa Stilt Union, viewed beautiful and ingenious aboriginal crafts, squealed at the animal pen, enjoyed “tire”, pancakes and much more.

Thanks for being so awesome Vanier!

Velo Vanier Spring Bikers dig in

Velo Vanier Spring Bikers dig in

Sunday is the concluding day of Canada’s only urban Sugar Shack Sugarfest. Enjoy!image

Weekend Round Up: Sweet Spring in the Air

Lots going on this weekend so buckle-up for fun.  Pick of the weekend has got to be Sugarfest at North America’s only urban sugar shack – that would be the one in fun-loving Ward 12 of course!

Thursday – all day – get 50% off at Menchies in the Byward Market to celebrate their first anniversary. Given the lovely weather a family walk rewarded by dessert likely won’t go amiss this evening.

Autism fundraiserLater tonight in honour of World Autism Day (yesterday) the Lunenburg Pub is holding a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. The organisation that promotes the safety and well-being of those with Autism is Pay-What-You-Can.  This promises to be a great event with loads of live music and the opportunity on a night out to contribute to a great cause. Interested in advances in autism? Check out our recent post by Professor and Autism Expert Laura Cavanagh.

Opening Thursday and running until April 7 it’s the Edible Arctic Festival at the Museum of Nature featuring the creative culture and vibrant lifestyle of the Arctic North.  Much of the Museum’s collection is from the North yet little focuses on the life and culture – this exhibit of art, music, food and activities explores that human side.  Thursday night is free from 5-8PM and the schedule includes a movie at 6:30, storytelling, crafts and the Northern Lights!

Friday afternoon Chef Christine Cushing will be doing a meet and greet with Olive Oil tasting at La Bottega Nicastro.

Friday is opening night for a intriguing new production by Vacant House Theatre. The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine is their inaugural production and the play set in a basement apartment is literally set in the cramped basement confines of the Backpacker’s Hostel on York St. We’re looking forward to reviewing this production shortly – let us know what you think!

Over at Ritual on Besserer St it’s Toronto indie 5-piece The Wooden Sky supported by Dusted and the Wilderness of Manitoba.

Saturday is the Family bike ride to Vanier’s MuseoParc for the annual Maple Sugar Festival. The bike ride is a joint initiative put on by the Vanier & Overbrook Community Associations spearheaded by Sarah Partridge of Vanier a Velo / Vanier Cycles. Of course all comers – cyclists, pedestrians, public transport and drivers – are very welcome to the MuseoParc’s Sugaring Festivities… and did we mention FREE PANCAKES!!

Saturday night have a top meal or a quiet drink at The Albion Rooms or mix it up with the Brooklyn DJ Duo The Underachievers at Ritual.

AmayaframetasticSunday why not register yourself or your kid at a Capoeira class at neighbourhood studio Dende Do Recife – offering a 20% discount to all Sandy Hill residents. No better time to get fit whilst being immersed in this ever-more popular Brazilian cultural experience.

Weekend Round Up: Jazz, Germans & Auntie Loo’s Love

Warm up this weekend to the soulful sounds of the Ottawa Winter Jazzfest! From Friday-Sunday Ottawa has the hottest sounds around including Matuto, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Grace Kelly Quintet and our favourite event the Late Night Jamming sessions – this year at the Arc Hotel’s Arc Lounge –  that promise impromptu flashes of genius in a congenial setting that will set your Friday and Saturday night on fire. 

Thursday night the AB Series continues at Arts Court with ever interesting and challenging participants. This month the series welcomes authors Oana Avasilichioaei & Christine McNair, features a multi-media presentation and, as always, is FREE!

Set yourself up for a healthy weekend and week ahead by visiting the University of Ottawa Farmer’s Market. The market is located in the University Centre and is open Friday from 9am-4pm. So get going & get healthy.

Auntie Loos cookiesFriday – it’s Valentines day!  We highly recommend the alternative baked goods from our favourite fresh and vegan local bakery Auntie Loos. Dazzle with originality or dump with panache!

Get your own Valentine’s day treat by biking by EnviroCentre at Bank & Laurier between 7:30-9:30am where they’ll be handing out delicious Camino bars. Go on, you deserve it!

Looking for something low-key to avoid the V-day madness? Head to Cafe Alt on the UofO campus for their concert series which this week features the mesmerising Amanita Bloom. Located 60 University Private the soiree starts 9PM and it’s a snip at 5$

On Saturday there is a German-Canadian Graffiti Jam at, of all places, the German Embassy just off the Canal – should you be skating by – in the Golden Triangle. The event commemorates the 25th Anniv of the fall of the Berlin wall. Two German graffiti artists who painted on the Wall join Canadian artists to paint a commemorative mural.  The German embassy teamed up with House of Paint and Canada’s top graffiti artists to collaborate on this event and hip-hop music, wine, cider, sausage and pizza will all add to the festive atmosphere.

Saturday head off to our neighbours in Vanier for their funtastic Vanier Winter Carnival. Sleigh rides, hockey, indoor crafts, movies, aboriginal activities, eats and more! 10-5PM Free.

Saturday night warm up and recoup from your winter fun with Vanier’s 2nd annual Apres-Snow party. If last year’s success is anything to go by a great time is in store. “Meet, Mingle, Eat and Drink” while videos and Darcey Whyte’s interactive light installation that responds to movement entrances. DJ Hobo & SweetCheeks are on hand to spin the tunes and keep the funtimes flowing. 84-86 Beechwood Ave, FREE

Eye Spy: Inclusive Solution for Chapel/Beausoleil Intersection

bicycles_and_pedestrians_only-svgDavid Reevely has since covered this story in the Ottawa Citizen 

After a difficult and at times emotional debate surrounding the opening of the intersection at Beausoleil Dr & Chapel St an inclusive solution reflecting local community concerns about increased car traffic will be implemented.

“staff will convert the opening of Chapel Street at Beausoleil Drive into a “cyclist access only” intersection, as proposed by community members” Letter from Cllr Fleury’s office

This rewarding outcome heralds the importance of speaking-up, the importance of City reps that listen and the power of social-media (two blog-posts & much discussion/support from online communities outside Ward borders).  The positive result highlights that  through discussion and lively debate Councillor and Resident together shape the best possible outcome for a local community.

Special thanks to the Lowertown Community Association & Vanier (AC Vanier, VanierCycles and Vanier Now), local residents and to the very vocal Twitterati for adding their voices to the discussion.

The following is the full email received today from the Councillor’s office:

Dear Resident,

Thank you for your involvement in the discussions on the installation of stop signs on Beausoleil Drive at Chapel Street. As a point of departure, it is important to clarify three prevailing pieces of information currently circulating in the community:

1. Opening of Chapel Street: Our office did not ask for Chapel Street to be opened. Chapel Street has been open at Beausoleil Drive since summer 2013 to ease the construction work for Rideau Street Renewal. This was likely unnoticeable to the community, because Chapel Street at Rideau Street was closed for the majority of last year. Our office asked staff to delay  the closure of Chapel Street at Beausoleil Drive to allow staff to analyze if we could use this opportunity to create a safe intersection for pedestrians crossing Beausoleil Drive.

2. Permanence of this opening: The reopening of Chapel Street is a temporary measure until there are changes to the Highway Traffic Act, that will give priority to pedestrians by allowing mid-block crossings to be installed. As you are already probably aware, we are currently not able to install mid-block stop signs at non-intersections because of the Highway Traffic Act legislationThe opened Chapel Street and Beausoleil Drive is now a legal intersection, allowing the City to install stop signs.

3. Involvement and Feedback: Our office was approached by the school board and parent associations of York Street, St. Anne, and De La Salle schools, Lowertown Our Home, WalkOttawa and most importantly numerous parents of children that have been involved in near and actual accidents at this intersection, asking for a safe and controlled crossing across Beausoleil Drive at Chapel Street. Throughout our correspondences with the community we always stated that we intended to install stop signs. Our priority has always been to provide a safe and controlled crossing for pedestrians across Beausoleil Drive at Chapel Street.  We recognize the importance of finding a solution to cut through traffic impacts and we asked staff to return with a mitigation plan and resolution to these concerns. 

As committed at the meeting on December 20th, 2013, we asked staff to propose a solution to solve the issue of cut through traffic.As a result of their analysis, staff will convert the opening of Chapel Street at Beausoleil Drive into a “cyclist access only” intersection, as proposed by community members.  The intersection will be physically narrowed to make sure that cars cannot enter, while still ensuring that the intersection is legal by current HTA requirements. This will provide a solution to the concern of cut through traffic raised by residents, while allow us to keep the stop signs and crossing on Beausoleil Drive. Traffic and legal staff are favourable to this solution and we are now working through the implementation process with operations staff. We will follow up with the timeline for implementation.

We believe that this temporary solution, a controlled crossing at this intersection and a narrowed cyclist only opening, will have a positive impact on the community. The stop signs will reduce traffic speed on Beausoleil Drive and will provide a protected crossing for pedestrians. The intersection narrowing and cyclist only access will resolve the issue of cut through traffic.  

We are happy to facilitate a meeting at the request of the community.


Alanna Dale Hill

Councillor’s Assistant | Adjointe au conseiller

Office of Councillor| Bureau du conseiller Mathieu Fleury