Let the NCC know what you think of their draft plan by completing the questionnaire that can be accessed here.
We are doing well in building on Cindy's foundational work to establish the Green Gateway. Thanks Cindy! It is taking shape as the bushes and perennials get established highlighted by the red geraniums. There are now a few volunteers weeding, planting and watering the tiny oasis. Feel free to join in the water or weeding brigade. Many hands make light work!
From the Kitchissippi Ward Newsletter #57:
So long as the City, with its sophisticated planning capacity and holistic view of how the city should develop according to our well-considered Official Plan, isn't the final word on development, residents and I will continue to be frustrated at how ad hoc rezoning is proceeding (such as the McRae/Scott developments).
Recently, the Province announced (with many thanks to our MPP Yasir Naqvi) a consultation on Ontario Municipal Board reform. I'll be spending some considerable time in the next weeks preparing a response to that, consulting with colleagues. This is a critical juncture for us, and I encourage everyone to participate. I would be, of course, very happy to chat with anyone who wants to discuss their potential input before submitting it. http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page14965.aspx
Dip your toes into activism with guerrilla gardening. This is the ideal job because you can work when you want, for as many hours or minutes as you want, doing what you love, gardening! Make a positive impact on our community by allowing the native species to dominate and reducing the presence of invasive European Buckthorn.
If you need help identifying buckthorn, or send Susan an email.
Pick one bush or more to tackle in the wild areas of our community. Every bit helps! Cut branches off, then simply pile the branches neatly on the side of the road and the City will pick them up during their normal rounds.
This plant is taking over in parts of our beloved Westboro Beach Community, particularly along Workman Ave. From there it can easily spread to all of our gardens.
For more information, please contact Susan at email@example.com
A special thank you to the West Village Church who hosted a free barbeque with carnival games and a bouncy castle at the Roy Duncan Park on June 4. Everything was free of charge as part of the “Big Give” where local churches hosted a day of generosity and giving to their neighbours. Many people in the neighbourhood including many children enjoyed the food and games. Again a big thanks from the Westboro Beach Community Association for choosing to host the event at the Roy Duncan Park.
Several Westboro Beach gardeners received a lovely gifts on the weekend of gift cards to buy more plants for their gardens from a happy couple celebrating their 25th anniversary.
“It’s our 25th anniversary and you’re one of the people who we’d like to honour for trying to improve your little corner of the world. We could go to Paris or we could go to Rome but we decided to plant seeds at home. Keep digging in the dirt (or planting something) at least for another 25 years."
|Two new requirements aimed at protecting Ottawa's urban trees took effect on Tuesday, May 24. The changes will affect those doing infill development or removing distinctive trees – any tree with a trunk that is 50 cm or greater in diameter at chest height.|
The first change is a new process that aims to protect trees on lots undergoing infill development by identifying potential impacts early in the process. When Building Permit applications for infill development within the greenbelt are submitted to the City, the developer must now include specific Tree Disclosure information and identify whether each tree is to be removed or retained.