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November 27, 2021 | 0 Comments
Marjorie Shaver-Jones

Marjorie Shaver-Jones is president of the Copeland Park Community Alliance. PHOTO BY ERROL MCGIHON /Postmedia

Marjorie Shaver-Jones, president of the Copeland Park Community Alliance, said she was “incredibly disappointed” with the tribunal’s decision. She characterized the new development as a “sterile warehouse.”

“It’s not something we want,” she said Thursday. “We have a vision of what we want our community to be and this just doesn’t fit. We want wide sidewalks with lots of pedestrian activity and businesses that create that activity.”

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Dymon Storage Building Approved

Dymon Storage Building Approved

November 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dymon Storage Building at 1375 Clyde Avenue Approved

The dispute, regarding the construction of a “Dymon warehouse facility” south of the gas station at Clyde Avenue and Baseline Road, has gone on for several years.  The community felt dismay when the city’s planning department supported the request for a zoning amendment and recommended that the Planning Committee likewise support the project.  We were very pleased when the Planning Committee rejected this development plan.

Dymon made an appeal to OLT (the Ontario Lands Tribunal).  This Toronto-based organization has the authority to over-ride planning/development decisions taken at the municipal level.

A virtual hearing was held at the end of September/early October.  Your president, Marjorie Shaver-Jones, attended, having been granted “participant status”.  The city was represented by lawyer Tim Marc as well as planning consultant, Dennis Jacobs.  Strong arguments were made against the project.  But, in the end the Tribunal decided against us.

Mrs Shaver-Jones received official notification on Monday, November 8.  The Interim Order reads as follows:

THE TRIBUNAL ORDERS that the appeal is allowed. The amendment to City of Ottawa Zoning By-law No. 2008-250, as detailed in Exhibit 5, pp. 219-221, is approved 25 PL200187 in principle. The Tribunal will withhold its final Order for thirty (30) days from the date of issuance of this Decision, pending finalization of the form of the zoning by-law amendment that is satisfactory to the City of Ottawa’s Zoning and Interpretations Unit, Policy Planning Branch and permits the proposed development.

The entire 25 page report from LPAT is available to download.

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Council rejects ‘condo for clutter’ on Clyde Avenue

Zoning By-law Amendments

September 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

Please find attached the Notice of Passing for By-law 2021-281, which amends the Zoning By-law to change the zoning of the lands known municipally as 1356 Clyde Avenue. The Notice of Passing is a requirement of the Planning Act.

It includes important information with respect to your rights to appeal the by-law. It also includes the Explanatory Note which gives a more detailed description of the effect of the by-law.

Please review the attached documents and if you have any questions or concerns please contact Laurel McCreight at 613-580-2424 ext. 16587 or by email at

Planning Committee Meeting

August 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

The City of Ottawa wasted no time, late Thursday, August 26, in reporting the outcome of that day’s Planning Committee meeting.

“The Committee approved zoning changes that would permit a couple of two-tower residential developments. On Clyde Avenue north of Baseline Road, two mixed-use towers of 18 and 28 storeys would add 416 dwelling units near the future Baseline Bus Rapid Transit corridor.

It was a long and arduous meeting dealing with other subjects, and our agenda item was not dealt with until late afternoon, by which time everyone – councillors and residents alike – were wearing down.

A number of Copeland Park’s community members spoke, effectively and persuasively, against construction of the two-tower development.

Although not a voting member of the committee, our Councillor was in attendance.  Mr Chiarelli asked questions; but, disappointingly, gave no indication of his support for or against the tower development.

So, the battle is lost!  It remains only for City Council to approve the Planning Committee’s recommendation.  This is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8.

Thanks to all who worked tirelessly to defeat this initiative.

Last chance to provide input to the Golpro Development Plan for 1356 Clyde Avenue

August 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

While we have not been given any recent official information about the proposed towers, we understand that Golpro will be presenting their final plans to the City’s Planning Department on August 26, and then presenting them to City Council, for approval, on September 8. 

If you have not already expressed you feelings about this inappropriately tall pair of towers, please do so now.  The development is completely out of character with the rest of our community and threatens to overwhelm our roads with increased traffic. 

Every letter to the City ( ) will help to make our case that the requested re-zoning should be rejected.  Please help.

OC Transpo launches One Number for all Services

July 26, 2021 | 0 Comments


OC Transpo has simplified its customer service phone system by launching a new convenient phone number to direct you to the information you need. You can now call 613-560-5000 for all OC Transpo inquiries, including Para Transpo booking and cancellation services, schedule information, trip planning, fares, discounts, Park & Ride, Bikesecure permits, and more.

With one easy-to-remember phone number, you can access OC Transpo services through six self-serve options or be connected directly to a customer service representative.

All existing numbers will remain active during the transition to the new number, to allow existing customers time to adapt to the new change. Important phone numbers such as Special Constable Unit, Lost & Found and the Ottawa Distress Centre will not be affected and will continue to be available.

The phone number complements OC Transpo’s other 560 travel tools. When you need real-time information you can continue to text 560560 or call 613-560-1000 and use the four-digit bus stop number, or first three letters of the station name to get information about departure times for buses, the latest schedule updates, cancellations, or detours.

For more information, visit or give us a call today at 613-560-5000

This is Us!

July 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

The City of Ottawa reviewed its ward boundaries in 2020, to balance population numbers and achieve other components of “ effective representation,” as established by the Supreme Court of Canada and Ontario’s Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT), which was formerly the Ontario Municipal Board. The last major review in 2005 established the City’s current 23 wards. 

Since the last review, Ottawa has seen considerable population growth, especially in suburban wards outside the Greenbelt. Some wards are growing twice as fast as others, creating population imbalances. 

The Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 was meant to establish boundaries that can be used in at least three municipal elections (2022, 2026 and 2030).

Based on direction from City Council, an independent, third-party consultant team conducted the Review to ensure it was objective and impartial. The team consulted extensively with the public, Members of Council and stakeholder groups, including school boards.  The final recommendations were considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee and Council during their meetings of December 1, 2020 and December 9, 2020. 

Council approved a new ward boundary structure for the City.  Pending appeals and hearings by LPAT, the City’s by-law to establish the new boundaries will come into force for the 2022 Municipal Elections, before which the Council will need to approve the numbering of the new wards.

Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session

July 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

We would like to invite you and your fellow neighbors to a Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session in cooperation with the Ottawa Police Service. We would appreciate if you can help us get the word out by sharing this invitation with your members.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Thursday July 15, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: College Ward Crime Prevention Strategy Information Session with OPS

Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

​Kind Regards ,

Chantal Lebel

Director of Strategic Affairs & Communications

Office of Councillor Rick Chiarelli

City of Ottawa | 110 Laurier Ave. W.

Ottawa. Ontario K1P 1J1

613-580-2400 ex 12599

Ottawa’s New Official Plan

June 27, 2021 | 0 Comments

In September, City Council will be making final decisions regarding the new Official Plan

We have until then to give the Planning Department our feedback. If you have not done so, please have a look at what is proposed for the region and for College Ward 8 by visiting the The New Official Plan | Engage Ottawa information page.

If you have any thoughts about what the City is proposing, please forward them directly to the Planning Department. You will find the contact information you need on the website. And, thank you for participating.

Greener Homes Grant – Are You Eligible?

June 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

Last week, the Canadian government launched the Canada Greener Homes Grant program, which offers up to $5,000 of reimbursement for energy-saving home upgrades. 

Homeowners can claim up to $5,000 to implement eligible retrofits done after December 1, 2020, and up to $600 for the cost of the pre- and post-retrofit EnerGuide evaluations, which usually range between $300-750. The reimbursement can be applied for and received once the post-retrofit evaluation has taken place.

list of eligible retrofits and the amount available for compensation includes:

  • Home insulation, up to $5,000;
  • Air-sealing, up to $1,000;
  • Windows and doors with ENERGY STAR certification, up to $5,000( Patio doors and windows between $125-250 depending on the ENERGY STAR certification level, hinged doors up to $125);
  • (Smart) Thermostat, up to $50;
  • Heating, up to $5,000;
  • Renewable energy in the form of photovoltaic solar panels, up to $5,000; and
  • Resiliency measures, including roofing membrane and foundation water-proofing (must be combined with another retrofit), up to $2,625.

Check the web-site Canada Greener Homes Grant program for all details and requirements regarding these grants.

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