Next OECA board meeting - Tuesday, May 13

The next OECA board meeting is Tuesday, May 13, beginning at 7:15 p.m., at Old Town Hall (61 Main Street). Two salient items on the agenda are discussions of Rideau River flooding and of options/requirements for a new or expanded community centre/hub.

Main Street Renewal: A Draft Preliminary Design Drawing now available for review

Main Street Renewal: A Draft Preliminary Design Drawing (24 April 2014) for the Main Street Renewal project is now available for review. This design implements the recommended plan that was endorsed by Ottawa City Council on July 17, 2013, and approved by the environmental assessment process that was completed in September 2013. The design has benefited from input provided by the Main Street Renewal Working Group, which consists of members of the community as well as technical staff of the City of Ottawa and the consulting team lead by Delcan.

Detailed designs are being worked on during the spring and summer of 2014. A third public open house for the project will be held in early fall 2014, at which time a full streetscape plan and pavement marking plan will be available for review. The project is scheduled to go to construction in spring 2015. Some advanced utility reconstruction works are scheduled for summer 2014.

To review proposed details click here.

If you have questions and comments please contact project manager Josée Vallée at and please copy

Open House on May 6 for Safe Crossing of Queen Elizabeth Driveway at Fifth Avenue

The National Capital Commission is hosting an open house to present the draft design of the upcoming planned improvements to the crossing point at Queen Elizabeth Driveway and Fifth Avenue. The open house will take place on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 8 am to 9:30 am at the Canal Ritz, 375 Queen Elizabeth Driveway. If you are unable to attend, you may provide your comments until Friday, May 9, 2014. An overview of the comments received and design adjustments will then be shared prior to construction.

For more information about the project, please visit the NCC website. If you have any questions or if you would like to receive the concept renderings, please feel free to contact Émilie Girard-Ruel, Senior Officer, Public Consultations, at 613-239-5678 ext. 5777 or The NCC is also proposing a safe crossing for Colonel By Drive at Clegg but the construction timing of this depends on the availability of funding.

Pathway along Rideau River (under Transitway) now open

City of Ottawa staff have advised that both pathways along the Rideau River (under Highway 417) are now open. Intermittent closures of the pathways will occur throughout the spring and summer and advance notification will be provided by the city.

More spring clean up along the Rideau River - May 4, 10, 11, possibly May 17, 18

On Sunday May 4, Saturday May 10, Sunday May 11 and perhaps Saturday May 17 and Sunday May 18, new trees and shrubs will be planted along the Rideau River Nature Trail, as well as spreading soil and mulch. University of Ottawa students will be helping with this project but more community support is greatly apprecaited, especially if you can provide wheel barrows, shovels, etc. Ian McRae has been working with the students and has purchased the plant materials and ordered the soil and mulch with money from a TD environmental leadership grant. If you can help, please contact Ian at 613-235-0096 or e-mail

The 14th annual Rideau River canoe clean up will be held on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (water level and weather permitting). Once again we are calling on our neighbourhood canoeists and kayakers to help clean debris from both sides of the Rideau River between the Transitway Bridge and the Smyth Road Bridge. This year we will NOT be coordinating with the parks clean-up on May 3, since the river is still high.

Please bring your canoe if you have one, plus your life jacket, boots and work gloves to the Brantwood Park basketball court by 10:00 a.m. As usual, we will provide bags and "pickers." Please confirm by end of day on Friday, May 9, if you are attending to ensure we have the appropriate number of canoes and partners. Contact Carol & Jim at 613 565-1963 or

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