Nov 23

OCISO: Refugee Friends of the Family (Pilot)

Recall that the WVCA tried to spearhead a project to help local Refugees.  We had found hundreds of people that “wanted to help” but did not wish to directly Privately Sponsor.  Please find a note from the OCISO about their upcoming Friends of the Family Pilot Project.  If you want more information, please feel free to reach out and we can help line you up.

Nov 19

November 2016 Meeting Minutes

Draft November 2016 minutes can be found here.

Nov 18

Walk for Community Solidarity

We in the WVCA are deeply offended by the recent spate of vandalism at our neighbourhood Mosques, Synagogues, and Churches.  This is not our Ottawa.

From the office of Councillor Leiper:

Councillors Catherine McKenney, Tobi Nussbaum, David Chernushenko, Jean Cloutier, and [Jeff Leiper] invite you to walk on Sunday to give expression to our desire that Ottawa residents work every day to fight hate. We need to address hate’s causes, and we need to call it out whenever we encounter it in our daily lives. We need to talk about it with our loved ones, friends and colleagues. It is all of our responsibility to build a city on a foundation of love so that the hate that is in the hearts of some is not allowed to fester.

Please join us at the corner of Island Park Drive and Scott Street on Sunday at noon, from where we’ll walk to Wellington and Somerset streets and finish at Plant Bath. It’s 3k in total, and shouldn’t take more than an hour and a half.

There is also an important opportunity to express solidarity this weekend as Congregation Machzikei Hadas invites the whole community to attend a special service on Saturday at 11 am that will be attended by Mayor Jim Watson, Imam Samy Metwally and Chief Charles Bordeleau. The congregation is at 2310 Virginia Dr. I hope many of you will be able to attend that. All are welcome.

Nov 17

Learning Forum for Refugee Sponsors

Our friends at Refugee613 are holding a learning session on Saturday, December 3rd, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm for those looking for tools and information to improve the sponsorship experience.

Do you wish you knew more about successful communication across cultures, or do you wish you could talk to other sponsors, sharing what you’ve experienced and learning from each other?

Refugee 613 presents a free, one-day forum designed to give Ottawa sponsors an intensive learning and sharing opportunity, featuring our partners from the Refugee Sponsorship Training Program (RSTP), the Coalition in Ottawa for Refugees (COR) and Local Agencies Serving Immigrants (LASI). This event is also open to volunteers working to provide government-assisted refugees with social and practical support.


Nov 04

WVCA Meeting – Agenda for November, 2016

WVCA Agenda: 2016-11. All are welcome at 7:30pm on Tuesday at Fisher Park School. We hope to see you there.

Nov 01

Consultations for Draft Urban Forest Management Plan

UPDATE: the online survey is available as well.

From the City of Ottawa:

The draft Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) for the City of Ottawa has been posted to the project website ( for review in advance of the upcoming Phase 2 public consultations.

The Phase 2 public consultations will be your opportunity to provide input to the draft UFMP and its associated recommendations.. Three public consultation sessions are planned (see dates below) as well as an online survey. Please take your time reading through the draft plan. We have been working hard with the consultants to get the draft out to you well in advance of the consultation dates so that there will be ample time for review and reflection.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Phase 2 public Consultations! There will be three public sessions to choose from:

  1. Monday, November 21, 2016, 1 – 4 p.m.
  2. Monday, November 21, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
  3. Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.

Please plan to attend only one of these sessions.  The same information will be presented at all three sessions.

Oct 29

“Slow Down For Us” Signs?

slowdownforusThe WVCA has received a quantity of “Slow Down for Us” Signs.  If anyone is interested in some for their property, please give us a shout at

Oct 29

139 and 141 Clarendon at Nov 2 Committee of Adjustment

The November 2 meeting of the Committee of Adjustment is now online. Owners of 139 and 141 Clarendon wish to construct a covered porch and a raised patio in front of their existing semi-detached dwellings and need variances associated with the projection into the front yard (porch landing projecting 3.97m into the front yard setback, and covered portion projecting 2.68m, whereas in the by-law permits a maximum of 2m, or 2.95m in the case of 139 Clarendon).

Oct 29

October 2016 Meeting Minutes

Draft October 2016 minutes can be found here.

Oct 13

Committee of Adjustment for 36 Edina Street (/Island Park)

WVCA has received the Notice of Public Hearing for the October 19 Committee of Adjustment meeting for 36 Edina/615 Island Park Crescent, for which a 2006 application has been revised and re-activated.  The proposal would see a subdivision of the parcel and application made for permission to build a one-and-a-half-storey detached house on the new parcel facing Island Park Crescent. To proceed, the owner, Barrett Weatherdon, requires variances for a reduced lot area, reduced rear yard setback and reduced side yard setback, as well as permission for a building height beyond what is permitted under the Infill Development Regulations.  The public is entitled to attend the Hearing on October 19. For further details, see, or contact the Committee at 613-580-2424, extension 20010 (Amanda Mesman), or 13459 (Paul Conner), or by email at

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