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Swans A-Swimming Again

By John Dance

The swans are back and if Mayor Jim Watson has his way they’ll be with us forever.
On Saturday the mayor with other dignitaries released the Royal Swans at Old Ottawa East’s Brantwood Park. They casually swam off into the Rideau River, leaving their fans cheering from the shore.

The event marked two important milestones: Canada’s 150th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the original Royal Swans that were gifted to the City of Ottawa by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in celebration of Canada’s Centennial year in 1967.

The Missing Link gets Missing Funding

By John Dance

Thanks to last week’s commitment from Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi, the Fifth-Clegg footbridge will be fully funded by the provincial, federal and municipal governments and construction will begin this fall on this vital link in the city’s east-west walking and cycling network.

Pledging $5 million, Attorney General Naqvi followed through on his longstanding endorsement of the new link between the Glebe and Old Ottawa East.

Wanted: Snow Moles in Old Ottawa East

By Dianne Breton & Peggy Edwards, The Council on Aging of Ottawa

Snow Moles are volunteers who report on what it's like to walk outside on a winter day, by completing a one-page questionnaire and returning it to a community contact. The Snow Mole initiative is led by the Council on Aging of Ottawa's Age-Friendly program.

Our Almost Complete “Complete Street”

By John Dance

Last Wednesday, as scheduled, Main Street again became a two-way route after almost two years of reconstruction. But it sure looks different and works differently than when construction started back in 2015.

More work will be done over the next few weeks and almost all of the construction will be done until the spring.

Youth Opportunities at CAG

By Isobel Smith

Although CAG primarily offers programs to children and to adults, it is also provides opportunities for youth (and young adults!) in the forms of volunteer and employment opportunities. The after-school and camp programs hire many high school and university students.

I started working for CAG in June 2015 for summer camp, shortly after moving to OOE in May of that year. Working in that capacity helped me to notice many the wonderful things about the neighborhood, and to get to know families in the area.

Should Lady Evelyn Have A French Immersion Option?

By Shawn Menard

Over the course of my time as Trustee, I have heard from different voices in Old Ottawa East that they would like to see French Immersion at Lady Evelyn. As many will know, Lady Evelyn is an 'alternative school'. This means that the school is based on student-centered learning and provides students opportunities to meet Ministry expectations with flexibility to allow greater concentration in areas of their own interest and aptitudes.

Women’s Ultimate at Springhurst Park

By Susan Redding

Old Ottawa East welcomed a new sports league this summer. Organized through the Community Activities Group, Women’s Ultimate Frisbee enjoyed a successful first season. Approximately 50 players, organized into four teams, competed on Thursday evenings at Springhurst Park from early May to late August. The league welcomed everyone from beginners to former national-caliber players and featured a broad range of age groups.

“SLOE 3” - The Next Wave of Green Transformation

BY JOHN DANCE

So what’s next for SLOE - how can Sustainable Living Ottawa East launch a third wave of transformative “green” projects in Old Ottawa East and what are key possibilities?

Main-ly Safely Navigating

By John Dance

Main Street is all so new with zigzags, elephant feet, shark teeth, bike boxes and sharrows. The new street markings present an educational challenge for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians but improved safety and comfort for all users will make it all worth it.

With September’s opening of the rebuilt Main Street from the Queensway bridge to Clegg Street, the many changes seem at first a little daunting. Just what’s meant with all that green paint and weird symbols?

Mornings on the Dock

By Kaeli Van Regan

Sitting down on the dock at the end of Clegg Street at 7:00 am this summer was quite a peaceful place to be. Mostly the dock was empty so I rolled out my yoga mat. Some days it was already being used and this filled my heart even more. It was so delightful to see all those from around the neighbourhood enjoying this precious time of day.

There was always the dogs who would explore the edge of the river or even hop in for a morning dip and their kind owners who no doubt have their pets to thank for getting them up for this early morning experience.

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