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Old Posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:25 PM
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Great idea. We need more of this. Too bad it is a bit poorly located.
Well, short of moving Rideau Falls....

I'm looking forward to trying this place very soon.
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Old Posted Jun 22, 2018, 6:45 PM
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I'm really digging these 'Tavern/Terrace on the ____' places! I wonder what's next!
One place I'd love to see a tavern is at Chaudières Falls. Those old stone buildings perched at the edge — put glass roof on the currently topless one — would be an awesome place to have a drink. While I'm at it I'd add one of those cantilevered glass decks out onto the swirling water

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How about we finally get a Tavern on the Canal?
So, kind of like the tavern that's on the canal right now?

https://www.facebook.com/terraceottawa/

But just one that you know more about?

Sorry to single you out, but this is a classic Ottawa attitude. The perception that our City has nothing good, but only because we don't get out enough ourselves.
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Old Posted Jun 22, 2018, 7:29 PM
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Great idea. We need more of this. Too bad it is a bit poorly located.
lol OMG Sorry Kevin, my trolling began before I read YOWetal's comment. The rest of the following is heavy sarcasm:

Poorly located? FFS, it's too bad they didn't build a friggin terrace next to the giant waterfall in the central market area so we don't have to go far to access it! Move the waterfall already FFS!

Better yet, why don't we build the waterfall terrace bar over at the new Costco plaza near Strandherd and Fallowfield so we don't have to go too far! WAY better location to have the waterfall and waterfall-side terrace!

Yeah, we should have left the abandoned boondoggle building abandoned like it was destined to be and not animated that disgusting waterfall-side terrace. Terrible location.
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Old Posted Jun 22, 2018, 7:31 PM
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One place I'd love to see a tavern is at Chaudières Falls. Those old stone buildings perched at the edge — put glass roof on the currently topless one — would be an awesome place to have a drink. While I'm at it I'd add one of those cantilevered glass decks out onto the swirling water

Didn't we see a terrace like that in a design rendering earlier? I think its just a matter of time before a place like that arrives, as the development moves ahead on the island. Can't wait!

Also, in the top right of your photo you can see the 'cantilevering' lookout terrace already framed in and ready to go.
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This is another pretty exciting NCC initiative:

New Patio In Ottawa Has A Waterfall View And It Opens This Week

https://www.narcity.com/ca/on/ottawa...pens-this-week
I passed by today at around 1400hrs and there were a good number of people there. Can the "Tavern in the Garden (of the Provinces)" be far behind?
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Old Posted Jun 23, 2018, 3:58 AM
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At 7 PM there was a 20-people line waiting to be seated.
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Old Posted Jun 24, 2018, 2:45 PM
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Dr. Mark Kristmanson term as NCC CEO is over. I guess he would have to reapply for the job or move on? No contract extension?

That's too bad. The NCC has made huge strides since he came along.
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This is another pretty exciting NCC initiative:

New Patio In Ottawa Has A Waterfall View And It Opens This Week

https://www.narcity.com/ca/on/ottawa...pens-this-week
Looks pretty great!

I just wish these Tavern on the ___ places had more variety on the menu to give me a reason to visit(I'm not a hot dog person and I don't drink).
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I just wish these Tavern on the ___ places had more variety on the menu to give me a reason to visit(I'm not a hot dog person and I don't drink).
If you don't drink then I don't think a tavern is exactly the place for you.
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If you don't drink then I don't think a tavern is exactly the place for you.
True... But that view is irresistible

Just wish they had something like pizza and/or mocktails on their menu.
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Just wish they had something like pizza and/or mocktails on their menu.
Can't any cocktail be a mocktail if you ask for it without booze?

A pizza oven would probably require a more permanent setup. The NCC seems to want these food service places to be temporary.
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Can't any cocktail be a mocktail if you ask for it without booze?

A pizza oven would probably require a more permanent setup. The NCC seems to want these food service places to be temporary.
Gotta protect that sacred, nationally-important grass (or roughed-up pavement, in the case of Rideau Falls) for all Canadians. It's what Manitobans want.
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I've actually contacted the owners of the Tavern on the... about possibly mixing up the menu a bit, but they don't seem to want to budge from the hot dogs.
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Correct photo credit

Correct photo credit, that's my photo as posted here, http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...40#post8228040


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One place I'd love to see a tavern is at Chaudières Falls. Those old stone buildings perched at the edge — put glass roof on the currently topless one — would be an awesome place to have a drink. While I'm at it I'd add one of those cantilevered glass decks out onto the swirling water

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Old Posted Aug 15, 2018, 11:31 AM
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NCC reveals $55M repair list as new minister leaves decisions on 24 Sussex up to agency

Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: August 14, 2018


The National Capital Commission on Tuesday revealed its spending plan for the $55 million in repair funds earmarked in the last federal budget, but the agency could probably use a lot more to fix one of its most important assets at 24 Sussex Drive.

Pablo Rodriguez became heritage minister in the July cabinet shuffle, succeeding Mélanie Joly. The job comes with the responsibility for the NCC. Rodriguez said he still has to discuss priorities with the agency, but he’s letting the NCC guide the future of the prime minister’s official residence.

“The NCC is independent but we do realize that 24 Sussex is an important heritage building. In terms of history, it means a lot to us,” Rodriguez said during an event outside the Museum of History in Gatineau. “We’re discussing with the NCC to see how they want to move forward, but they’re independent from the government.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family are living at Rideau Cottage on the grounds of Rideau Hall while the NCC figures out what to do with 24 Sussex, which is uninhabitable.

The NCC’s focus on Tuesday was the projects it can deliver with the $55 million. A special examination published by the auditor general in 2017 found the NCC had a “significant deficiency” in asset maintenance.

The agency said it will spend $13 million between 2018 and 2019 on planning and design and $42 million between 2018 and 2020 on construction.

Repairs to pathways and other assets damaged from the spring 2017 floods will eat up $6 million.

The NCC took reporters on a tour of the damaged Voyageurs Pathway along the Ottawa River in Gatineau between the Museum of History and the Portage Bridge. Flooding buckled concrete and washed away the ground, creating a lengthy shutdown of the scenic riverside route, which has spectacular vistas to Parliament Hill. The NCC is working on $612,000 in repairs and hopes to have the path open by the end of the fall.

One of the reasons it took so long to address the repairs is that the 700-metre section of path has different owners. The NCC, Province of Quebec and Domtar have land rights there.

Other fix-up jobs will happen on the Lac-des-Fées and De l’Île pathways in Gatineau, in the Champlain Bridge parking lot in Ottawa and along the shoreline on Victoria Island. The NCC is also repairing the electrical distribution system at Lac Leamy in Gatineau.

When it comes to crossings, the NCC is looking for a designer and technical consultant to draw up repairs to the Hog’s Back swing bridge. A bridge on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway near LeBreton Flats will be replaced and the Portage Bridge is getting upgrades.

There will also be $12.8 million in repairs to NCC buildings, including the Ottawa New Edinburgh Club, 25 George St. (Mamma Grazzi’s Kitchen), the former Geological Survey of Canada building at 541 Sussex Dr. and 537 Sussex Dr. (Social Restaurant).

Road projects will happen at the Blair Road boat launch and, in Gatineau Park, at the access road to O’Brien House and Wilson House, the access road to Kingswood Cottage and the Lac Philippe Parkway.

The NCC will pump another $4.5 million into managing tree damage caused by the emerald ash borer, and monuments and public art will get rehabilitated for $1.5 million.

Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the NCC, said the agency is still calculating its outstanding deferred maintenance tab.

“We would need continued investments over the next 10 years to bring all the assets up to good condition,” Kristmanson said. “This is $55 million for two years. We’ll assess what the next rounds need to be. This will be an ongoing process over a number of years.”

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Old Posted Aug 15, 2018, 4:10 PM
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The Falls is lovely.

Wish there was a food menu beyond overpriced dawgs, though.

And no pitchers? Da hell?
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10 months later, GG still not living at Rideau Hall

Kelly Egan, Ottawa Citizen
Updated: August 26, 2018


Does Canada even need official residences for its leading dignitaries?

We’re today cornered with the question. Since taking office in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family have not occupied 24 Sussex Drive, home to drafts and mice and cobwebbed plans, for a single day. With (low) renovation estimates in the $10-million range, it is unclear whether a prime minister will ever lay his head on a pillow there again.

As for Rideau Hall, the office of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette confirmed this week she still has not moved in to the massive heritage mansion, 320-some-odd days after her swearing-in last October. The reason? Damn renos again. And there is no scheduled move-in date for Payette.

An email from Marie-Ève Létourneau, a senior communications adviser in the GG’s office, put it this way:

“Renovations are common and work is still ongoing, in particular for the restoration of the Ballroom, the foundations and to remove asbestos.

“A strategy for Universal Accessibility for this historic residence is being prioritized by the NCC with the support of OSGG. Meanwhile, the Governor General is living at an alternative NCC residence. This arrangement is temporary and has no impact on the Governor General’s functions.”

They’ve declined to say where the “alternative NCC residence” could be but, with security concerns, the options are limited. The NCC’s other official residences in the area include 24 Sussex, Stornoway, where the leader of the Opposition lives, the PM’s summer place at Harrington Lake, and The Farm in Kingsmere (home to the Speaker of the House), leaving 7 Rideau Gate as the most likely alternative.

The building is the federal government’s guest house for visiting dignitaries. Built in the 1860s by an early industrialist, the stone structure, in excess of 8,000 square feet, is on an adjacent city street, not within Rideau Hall’s fenced 80 acres, where the 22-room Rideau Cottage is located, the temporary home for Trudeau and his family.

Does it even matter if the GG actually lives at Rideau Hall, where more than 100 employees work to support the vice-regal’s function?

Actually, yes.

Rideau Hall is not a dusty museum with some gardens attached and an invisible kitchen that serves up weenie things to the rich and pampered. It is an expression of everyone who has ever lived there, be they lords or astronauts.

I was reminded of this one evening in June 2014 after the annual Michener Awards for public service journalism. Only a few minutes after handing out the awards in black-tie, there was Gov. Gen. David Johnston in jeans and running shoes doing the most “home” kind of thing in the rear lawn.

He was walking the new dog, Rosie, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, like it was part of his house chores. (There is, incidentally, a dog graveyard on the grounds with at least eight occupants.)

Esteemed historian Margaret MacMillan co-authored a book about Rideau Hall in 2004. She details the various touches (or entire wings) GGs and their spouses have added since 1868.

“Rideau Hall is at once a lived-in house, a gallery of Canadian arts and crafts, and a museum of Canadian history, but it is also, as (GG Vincent) Massey put it, “an instrument for Canada.”

She concludes the chapter like this: “If Rideau Hall were pulled down tomorrow, Canada would not fail — but it would be diminished,” she writes.

“It would lose an institution that has never stood for a singe party, class, region, or interest group but solely for Canada.”

Maybe it’s just how these things evolve. In the early days, governors general were rich blue bloods who needed grand houses because that’s where Great White Men lived. And the house got bigger, more ceremonial and the actual living quarters became proportionally smaller and more hidden.

And, as Canada evolved and the GG didn’t particularly or generally “govern” anything important, it became more of a showcase of Canadiana, be it art, furniture, tapestry or gardens, while the GGs themselves were not blessed with peerage but accomplished in fields like academia, or journalism, or science. Thus upkeep, Lord how we know it, becomes endless and expensive.

“When you live at Rideau Hall, you walk every day through different periods of Canadian history, dating from before Confederation right up to the present,” writes Adrienne Clarkson (GG 1999-2005) in the same book.

“There were times when it was very stiff and formal, in the worse sense of those words. It was a long time before the house and the gardens were truly opened up to Canadian citizens. Now it feels like a very friendly house, a place that has been lived in and loved.”

Lived in? Essential, surely.

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The National Capital Commission has announced plans to gradually close Victoria Island by the end of the year.

The agency said in a release Tuesday that it plans to close the island in chunks beginning this month, with intentions to close it completely by Dec. 31.

Victoria Island is next to Chaudière Island, between Ontario and Quebec, and is described by the NCC as “a place of special significance to the Indigenous peoples in Canada’s Capital area.”

Soil samples taken on Victoria Island reveal an elevated level of contaminants, which requires immediate site remediation to ensure the long-term safety of both human health and the environment, according to the NCC.

“The site historically supported mixed industrial, commercial and residential land uses dating back to the late 1800s,” the NCC says in the release.

“Soil, groundwater, sediment and surface water at the site are contaminated from these former activities.”

The NCC said it hopes to have the island partially opened by 2020. The whole island should be reopened in 2025.

The entire project is expected to cost $13 million.


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2-weeks old news but I just learned that NCC is forcing Vertical Reality climbing gym on Victoria Island to close because of that and it kinda bugs me.

For a $13M remediation project you close off entire island for 7!!! years closing established businesses, including Aboriginal Experiences, and a nice public space in the middle of the city? I'm no expert but I think developers would normally do this kind of decontamination job in a matter of months.

I have a feeling they just haven't budgeted this project beforehand to do it quickly so they are stretching it over many years. This seems like ridiculously bad public land management to me.
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Old Posted Oct 16, 2018, 5:51 PM
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Just a guess, but the project probably involves significant archaeological digs. It's also more complicated do decontaminate a site with heritage buildings that can't/won't be moved.

Some might point to Zibi as an example where basically the same thing is being done (though not sure about archaeological digs), but it took them a few years to start the first two brand new buildings and only two heritage buildings on the Gatineau side will be ready for spring 2019.
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