How hot is your ‘hood? New map takes Ottawa’s temperature | CBC News

15 10 2021

The CBC on October 14th had the following story about the heat map we posted last week. This story goes into further detail about the possible use of the map and gives more information about Carlingwood specifically.

Ottawa Urban Heat Island Map

4 10 2021
Ottawa Urban Heat Island Map zoomed-in to McKellar Park area.

The City recently released this Heat Island Map inside the Greenbelt. If you look at the neighbourhoods of McKellar Park and Carlingwood you’ll see the greenest ie coolest area is McKellar Park and the hottest is Carlingwood which is actually the hottest spot for miles. Over the next few weeks and years there will be a lot of discussion in McKellar Park about intensification and the need to preserve trees and green space. We should keep this map in mind when the City and Developers put forward plans for new development.

Open House: Revised Draft of New Official Plan

16 09 2021

From the city’s website:

The New Official Plan team has continued to review all comments submitted on the draft New Official Plan and the revised version can be found here.

As part of the continued engagement process, the New Official Plan team invite residents to join City Staff at a Public Open House on September 29th at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about how the revised draft has changed.

Please register for this meeting here.

Please submit your questions here.

All Candidates Debate Wrap-Up

15 09 2021

Ten community associations in the west part of Ottawa Centre federal riding came together to organize the 2021 Federal Elections debate.   The debate is important for community members to make informed decisions when they vote in this election.  The debate was moderated by Amanda Pfeffer, a well-known CBC broadcaster.  Themes covered during the debate included community, economy, environment, health and other issues important to the community. 

The Ottawa Citizen had an article covering the Debate: Ottawa Centre debate tests eight candidates on hyper-local issues | Ottawa Citizen

At its maximum there were 471 connections to the web session of the debate.

All Candidates Debate: How to attend, how to submit questions

8 09 2021

All Candidates Debate – Ottawa Centre – September 13th, 2021

Your local community associations will be hosting an All Candidates Debate on September 13th from 7 to 9 pm on Zoom Webinar. As well, we are looking at recording the debate and posting it on YouTube afterwards. We are pleased to say that we are expecting all 8 candidates running for MP in Ottawa Centre to participate in our debate.

How to Attend the Debate

We are not taking registrations in advance as there will be no need to register to attend. We have taken out a special platform for this debate that can support up to 1000 attendees. This platform will also allow us to provide closed captioning.

While the webinar will begin at 7:00 pm, you may sign in earlier. Attendees will not, however, be let into the debate until just prior to 7:00 pm.

To attend the debate, please link to Zoom Webinar at:
Passcode: 958826

You may wish to cut and paste this link and passcode into your online Calendar.

How to submit a question to the Debate

Given the format of the debate, we are requesting that you submit your questions in advance. Your questions will be provided to the moderator. For security reasons attendees will not be able to directly ask their questions live as would usually happen at an in-person debate.

Please submit your questions to

Given the number of candidates expected to participate and in order to maximize the number of questions that the public can ask, questions can only be directed to two candidates. This is similar to our previous live debate formats. Please specify to which candidate or candidates (choice of 2 candidates) your question is directed.

Please keep questions concise and focused on Federal issues. Do not include a preamble.

Please submit your questions by Friday, September 10th. For technical reasons, questions submitted after that time are unlikely to be included.

Further Information

If you have questions about the debate, please send them to We also recommend that you check the Hampton Iona website periodically in case there are further updates.

Dovercourt News and Vaccination Policy

8 09 2021

Dovercourt Recreation Centre has posted its proof-of-vaccination policy (click here) effective September 22 affecting participants at McKellar Park Fieldhouse and other facilities managed by Dovercourt. For other current Dovercourt news press here, and to stay informed of upcoming Dovercourt news, subscribe here.

797 Richmond Rd — Zoning By-Law Amendment Application and Site Plan Control Open House

6 09 2021

From Councillor Jeff Leiper’s Kitchissippi Ward office:

The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment and Site Plan Control application to construct a 9-storey mixed use building with ground floor commercial spaces, residential dwellings in the upper storeys and two levels of underground parking.

The subject site is located at 797 Richmond Road and currently consists of asphalt surface parking and a single one-storey building which contains the owner’s existing medical facility office (dental clinic).

The proposed development is a mixed-use development consisting of a single mid-rise building. The proposed development includes 60 dwelling units and three non-residential units on the ground floor, one featuring a dental clinic.

The application seeks to increase building height from the current zoning (Traditional Mainstreet), which has a height limit of 6-storeys (20 metres), to the proposed height of 9-storeys (31.5 metres), as well as to permit 3 private approaches, which is limited in the zoning to 1 given the frontage.

You can review the Zoning By-Law Amendment and Site Plan Control applications further on devapps. These applications have not yet been approved.

Our office is holding a community open house to give residents the opportunity to review the details further, and ask questions from the developer and City staff. 

Wednesday, September 15th at 7:00pm

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 484523

During the open house webinar, the applicant and their team will run through the proposed development in more detail, and we will take questions from those watching. In order to join, you just need to download Zoom and click the link provided. You will then be prompted to use the password, and sign in with your name and e-mail address.

We will be recording the webinar and posted it online afterwards for anyone who is unable to attend on September 15th. 

Please consider sending us feedback on the proposed development via and / or Please consider sending feedback to the lead planner on the file as well. John can be reached at

Please don’t hesitate to e-mail our office via with any questions at this time. 

All Candidate Virtual Debate, 7pm Monday September 13th

27 08 2021

For more information please visit

Tree Give Away September 11th at McKellar Park

15 08 2021

The McKellar Park Community Association is excited to announce that we are hosting an Ecology Ottawa Free Tree Give Away on September 11th from 11 am to 2 pm at McKellar Park Field House located in the park at 539 Wavell Ave.

This is part of Ecology Ottawa’s goal of distributing up to 15,000 trees across Ottawa this year, to help protect Ottawa’s urban tree canopy.

We should have 200-300 trees to give away, on a first come first served basis. Come early to get the best selection.

For more information, and to see what tree species are available, please go to:

797 Richmond zoning by-law and site plan control

13 08 2021

from Councillor Jeff Leiper’s Kitchissippi Newsletter:

We’ve received a head’s-up that a zoning by-law amendment and site plan have been submitted for a nine-storey building just on the edge of our ward at 797 Richmond. While the re-zoning would allow an increase in the building height from 6 to nine storeys, I would note that this is within the limits contemplated by the new Cleary-New Orchard Secondary Plan and I will likely focus on the design elements on this one. The application is not yet on the City’s development applications site, but we have a bit more info here. Once it’s in circulation, we’ll organize an open house.

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