President's Corner - September 2017
Despite record rainfall, cooler temperatures, high winds and numerous construction disruptions, this year brought a number of ST. GEORGE GOOD NEWS STORIES. Three that stand out were not initiated by the St. George and occurred beyond our property but I think you’ll agree they made for an eventful year.
First was the announcement of the Salvation Army’s Plan For a New Multi-Program Facility and Community Hub in Vanier. The purpose-built complex is designed for clients and community to comfortably interact, with a working men life skills residence, a Stabilization & Anchorage special residence, a day program and emergency accommodations. Inviting and secure pedestrian friendly spaces plus bright, private and secure client-centered outdoor spaces and an internal courtyard, with a landscape buffer around the perimeter are the key features. Co-located with the Community & Family Services, Thrift Store and Coffee Shop, it will encourage community interaction and development of a traditional street scape. As Co-Chair of the ByWard Safety & Security Committee, I will be signing a letter of support for the Salvation Army to use when presenting to the City Planning Committee.
Second was the establishment by Shield Security Services of a Co-operative Community Security Patrol plus closing the Waller Mall. Stakeholder support for the patrol has already doubled to ten businesses and organizations, including the St. George. I’m sure you’ve noticed the significant impact the patrol has already had on street activity and safety.
The other Good News story was the unique opportunity to witness many Canada 150 and Ottawa 2017 Events and Celebrations; some virtually on our doorstep. St.George has always facilitated front row seats for Canada Day and alike but how exciting to wake up to find a Large Dragon sleeping in the Giant Tiger parking lot. Many of you followed Kumo and Long Ma, along with thousands of others throughout the market as they stalked each other. With the spectacular Mosaic Canada 150 Floral Display, Kontinuum, the RCAF fly past, the Snowbirds, the Northern Lights show, National Gallery and ByWard Market art displays, the festivals and more, it was certainly a memorable summer.