Category: Community

Impact Hours: connecting seniors’ experience and the community’s needs

by Christine Franklin Do you know individuals, retired or later in their careers, who would like to apply their skills and experience to a good cause, and are looking for short-term volunteer opportunities? ImpactHours.org is a new website that connects…

Tenants say Centretown rooming houses have their issues

Your Community Health Centres by Ash Abraham As the City of Ottawa deliberates on how to best improve rooming houses, tenants say life inside the buildings remains grim. “I can’t sleep, because roaches run over my face at night,” commented…

Bahá’ís celebrate 200th anniversary

by Stephen Thirlwall The year 2017 is an important one for all Canadians, being the year of Canada’s 150th anniversary. For the Bahá’ís of Ottawa and the worldwide Bahá’í community, it is also a special bicentennial celebration of the birth…

Participate in Welcoming Week, June 20 to 30

by Suzanne Charest Ottawa has a great reputation as a city that is hospitable to newcomers. It is one of six cities in the country receiving top marks for attracting newcomers, according to the Conference Board of Canada in a…

Our environment and our health: what does one have to do with the other?

by Stephen Thirlwall An environmental health workshop was held on February 25 at Centretown’s Beaver Barracks residence, organized by Ottawa Biosphere Eco-City (OBEC). This neighbourhood-level workshop explored different aspects of our environment, both outdoors and indoors, and how conditions of…

Plouffe Park: Will the tradition continue?

by Carol Sissons If you lace up your skates and head down to the Plouffe Park outdoor rink at Preston and Somerset this winter, and if your family has lived in the neighbourhood a long time, you could be repeating…

Operation Big Turkey returns Christmas Eve

All are welcome to join Operation Big Turkey, a free Christmas Eve meal. No reservations needed! Take a seat and celebrate the holidays with your community as volunteers serve a delicious turkey dinner. Dinner includes roast turkey, stuffing, gravy, veggies,…

A plan to manage the forest inside the city

by Stephen Thirlwall On November 21-22, public meetings were held to present the City’s draft Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) and hold group discussions toward a final report due in late 2017. The scope of the plan is huge. Planning…

Take the walk: picturing a new location for the library

by Stephen Thirlwall On December 15, the OPL Board publicly released their decision for the New Central Library location, one day before the release of this issue of The Centretown BUZZ. The location was revealed to be just west of…

Yet Keen Seniors’ Centre celebrates 30 years – and looks for support

by Joe Liu Located in Ottawa’s bustling and iconic Chinatown, Somerset West Community Health Centre’s Yet Keen Seniors’ Day Centre provides an opportunity for Chinese-speaking seniors to socialize and engage. The programs run four days a week and cater to…