Newsletter, January 6th, 2021

Hello Hintonburg residents,

2021 has arrived with snow annnnnnnd…. more neighbourhood news. Enjoy!

1.  Update on discarded needles being found in the neighbourhood

The HCA continues to work with the city on discarded needles relating to an increase in needles being found back in the summer of 2020.  The number of needles found in Kitchissippi for October was 19. (For perspective, the total number found in Centretown during October was 775.)

It’s important to report all needles found to the city. Information on how to do so can be found here.

2. Share Your Thoughts on the Proposed 23 Storey Development Beside Somerset Square

Many residents have heard about the proposed 23 storey tower planned beside Somerset Square. (The development includes the whole block involving 979 Wellington). The proposal is significantly taller than the six storeys outlined in the community design plan and the rezoning two years ago to nine storeys at 979 Wellington.

The HCA zoning committee is currently preparing its comments. We encourage any residents who are interested to add their comments to the planner within the next few weeks as the planner is currently preparing their report for Planning Committee.  All information is here:

3. Reporting in on the Annual Carleton Christmas Day Meal

The 20th annual Christmas Day meal took on a different format this year but was still very successful!

The Carleton Tavern & HEDC thank Parkdale United Church for partnering this year to allow the meal to go ahead in a different format while maintaining safety for all. 331 meals were served on Christmas Day (132 meals were delivered by volunteers; 199 meals were picked-up).

This year, the extra food usually offered to people leaving the Carleton was given to Tom Brown Respite Centre to provide to people there on Christmas Day and that weekend.

Thanks to all who helped make this happen!

4. Hintonburg History featured in the latest Kitchissippi Times!
Longtime Kitchissippi historian Dave Allston has done it again with another fantastic historical look on life in Hintonburg. Check out his article in the latest issue of the Kitchissippi Times to hear what the holidays were like in 1880s Hintonburg.

You may also want to check out his blog, or even sign up for his newsletter (on the main page of the blog) as Dave has shared fantastic stories about Hintonburg in the past!

5. HCA Virtual Community Night – delayed for a few weeks
In our last newsletter, we announced that we would be holding an online community night in early January.   We’ve had to postpone this event for a few weeks but we’ll give you plenty of notice ahead of the final date.

Thanks to those who showed interest!

REMINDER: Do you care about clear sidewalks?

Your few hours of help this winter can make a huge difference!

The HCA is supporting the Council on Aging in their Snow Mole Program (Jan 4 – Mar 30, 2021).  Snow Moles are volunteers who report on what it’s like to walk outside on a winter day in Ottawa. The information they gather will be used by the Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) to inform the City and others of ways that winter walkability can and should be improved.

Anyone can be a snow mole. If you are interested, contact us at and put “Snow Mole” in the subject heading.

REMINDER: Zoning and Development News
Our volunteer-run zoning and development committee is always busy with a number of proposals for the neighbourhood.

If you want to stay up on development news in Hintonburg, we recommend that you sign up for Councillor Leiper’s e-newsletters as he provides a thorough summary of development and zoning information each week.

If you wish to join the HCA zoning committee to hear about their upcoming meetings and topics being discussed, email and put ‘Please add to zoning committee’ in the subject heading.

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