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Debrief continues post-Panda Game

The police debrief on the 2021 Panda Game incidents in the community was held on April 12.  Action Sandy Hill (ASH) will be working with uOttawa and City reps to prepare for the next big event on the university calendar to affect Sandy Hill — which occurs later in April when many students move out of their current accommodation.


Cleaning up the neighbourhood

The City recently installed temporary garbage and recycling bins at several locations in Strathcona Park. Action Sandy Hill has received many complaints about the amount of dog faeces and litter (especially discarded masks) around the neighbourhood.

Councillor Fleury will be hosting a Community Spring Clean event sometime in the weeks ahead, supplying equipment and possibly hosting a post-clean-up BBQ.


Pick up after your pups

As the snow melts, we’re discovering lots of nasty presents all over Sandy Hill.

No one likes stepping in poop or having to clean up after someone else’s dog, so please remember to stoop and scoop. Failure to pick up after your dog and dispose of it properly is an offence under Section 37 of Ottawa’s Animal Care and Control bylaw.


The One & Only Craft Show returns

Action Sandy Hill is planning to sponsor this community event again in November at the Sandy Hill Community Centre. The first online planning meeting has taken place and volunteers are welcome. If interested, contact Dave Elden at:


Summer infrastructure projects

  • Work will begin in April to complete the improved pedestrian and cycling access around Nicholas Street and Laurier Avenue East.
  • Mackenzie Bridge Redevelopment issues: plans are being reviewed with outstanding issues around pedestrian crossings, a safer cycling route, and lane width.
  • The bus stop at Cumberland Street and Laurier Avenue East will be permanently moved by a half block to improve safety and ease congestion at that corner.


Heritage & planning

A quick overview of the development applications currently underway in our neighbourhood:

  • 641 Rideau: The developer is working through the items required by the City before planning approval is “unblocked.” As such, the appeal period against the increased density allowance has begun. A 25-storey apartment building has been proposed for the site, which is located near the Cummings Bridge on Rideau.
  • 2 Robinson: Zoning has been approved but is on hold until the developer presents its plans regarding three outstanding issues: transportation linkages, affordable housing, community spaces.


Wanted: New crossing guards

Do you love being outside? Do you have spare time in the morning or afternoon? You may enjoy becoming a crossing guard. Shifts are during morning and afternoon school bell times. The average shift is 40-60 minutes and the pay is $17 per shift. For more details and to apply, please see