Ghosting in the OEVCA

It’s October, and that means we’re kicking off OEVCA Ghosting! No, it’s not a time to leave text messages unread, instead it’s a time to have fun with your neighbours and spread some of the Halloween spirit.

To participate, print out at least 2 copies of the poem included in this post. Then put together two little bags of treats. When it gets dark, drop each bag of treats and each poem in your neighbour’s mailbox or leave them on their porch and ring the doorbell. It’s supposed to be an anonymous surprise though – so make sure to scamper if you see them coming!

If you’ve received a ghost, make sure to post the poem on your door or in your window so that everyone knows that the ghost has visited you!

Here is a pdf of the poem for printing:


Date: Sunday October 2, 2022

Author: jen

Adelaide Underpass Project Update

The city has provided us with the update below:

Project Update It’s been a busy two months since we first broke ground on the Adelaide Underpass project. To those of you who live or work near the area, we thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we complete this important work.  

So far, much of the construction activity has been focused on the blocks of Central Avenue between William Street and Elizabeth Street, where crews have been installing new underground infrastructure.

Construction site with two workers and heavy equipment
Above: Drilling work at the northeast corner of Central Avenue and Adelaide Street North to build a groundwater cut-off wall.

Crews have also been working in the west end of McMahen Park parallel to Adelaide Street to build a temporary road that will eventually be used to bypass northbound and southbound traffic around upcoming work planned for the roadway on Adelaide Street. The transition of traffic over to the temporary bypass road is tentatively scheduled for September.

Temporary closure of Adelaide Street
Now that the underground work on Central Avenue has sufficiently progressed, it’s time to install utilities across Adelaide Street through the intersection of Adelaide Street and Central Avenue.

This is a complex undertaking that requires coordination with multiple partners including CP Rail, who will also be using this opportunity to complete required work on their infrastructure crossing Adelaide Street.

To complete this work in the most efficient manner, Adelaide Street North is scheduled to be closed to all traffic between Central Avenue and just north of McMahen Street, beginning July 9, for approximately nine days. Work hours during this period will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day and will include weekends.

Map of adelaide and central area
Above: A map graphic illustrating the upcoming closure of Adelaide Street North, and the continued closure of Central Avenue between William Street and Elizabeth Street

With access to Adelaide Street restricted at McMahen Street during this closure, local residents will need to use Wolsley Avenue, Piccadilly Street or Elizabeth Street instead to enter or leave the neighbourhood.

Additional traffic calming measures were added to surrounding neighbourhoods at the beginning of this project to prepare for changes in traffic associated with construction impacts. The project team will continue to monitor conditions and make adjustments where possible.

Access to all businesses is being maintained, and navigational signage will be in place to assist visitors to the area.

A public service announcement with full details on the closure will be issued ahead of the closure to advise the public of traffic impacts and encourage commuters to avoid the area. 

What’s next
This week crews will be doing preparatory work on Adelaide Street that requires shifting lane restrictions, starting with work in the east half of the Adelaide Street this week, and moving to the west side of the road next week. One lane of northbound and southbound traffic will be maintained throughout this period. These restrictions came into effect today and will be in place until the full closure is expected to begin, on July 9.

Underpass in the center, park on the right hand side
Above: A rendering of the Adelaide Underpass from Central Avenue and Adelaide Street North, facing north.

Our team will be here for you every step of the way as this important work is underway. If you have any questions or concerns related to the construction work, please send them our way so we can work through a solution together.

Thank you,

Max Kireev
Construction Project Manager
City of London
Phone: 519.661.CITY x 5560

James Scott
Construction Business Relations Coordinator
City of London
Phone: 519-661-2489 ext. 7548 

Date: Wednesday June 29, 2022

Author: jen

Bring Live Music To Lorne Ave Park

Area residents and fab musicians Marty Kolls and Bailey Teeple have submitted a Neighbourhood Decision Making Grant for a concert in Lorne Ave Park.  Please share their proposal through your networks where you can.  Idea number 11783. Voting is on Saturday June 25th.

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We need your vote to bring live music to the tiny stage at Lorne Ave Park. Go to to vote today! Find our idea under Central London Ideas. Vote days are June 18-25


Date: Friday June 17, 2022

Author: jen

Headliners Carol Welsman and Julian Taylor. See more on Aeolian Website

Aeolian Jazz and Musical Arts Festival

When we think of jazz, we think of warm summer nights, a glass of champagne, and world-class music with friends and family. We hope that is the experience you will have at the Aeolian Jazz & Musical Arts Festival from June 15 to 19 2022.

Headlining performances by Amanda Tosoff with Emilie-Claire Barlow (Wednesday), Julian Taylor (Thursday), Payadora Tango Ensemble (Friday) & Carol Welsman (Saturday) will be supported by three weekend stages (the Southen Lounge Stage, the Russell Hendrix Royal Oak Homes Stage & the Dundas Garden Stage) on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 pm (depending on the stage) on Saturday and Sunday.        

Featuring some of London’s favourite jazz performers, we welcome Sonja Gustafson, Peter Karle, Denise Pelley, Dizzy & Fay, Laurraine Sigouin, Big Bandemic, Quintessential, Nicole Tan, Barclay Road Brassworks, Take Three and many, many more. The entire line-up can be seen on our website at  Food and local craft vendors will be participating on the north side of Dundas Street at the Russell Hendrix Royal Oak Homes Stage. The festival will wrap up with the Forest City London Music Awards gala for classical, jazz & world music on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

Interested in attending all of the ticketed headliner shows? Call (5196727950) or email ( our Box Office and ask for a Jazz Festival Subscriber Pass. This will give you tickets to all 4 shows with the option to attend the Awards Ceremony for $95 (a savings of $70 off the ticket price)!

To learn more about the festival, you can go to the main page or click through the various stages to find ticket links, full schedules and line-ups!

We hope to see you there!

Main Page –

Southen Lounge Stage –

Russell Hendrix Royal Oak Homes Stage –

Dundas Garden Stage =


Date: Monday June 6, 2022

Author: jen

Queen’s Ave Road and Cycling Improvements

Wondering what the Queen’s Ave Road and Cycling Improvements project will look like this year when construction begins?

The City of London will begin constructing the Queens Avenue Road Resurfacing & Cycling Improvements project this summer. The project will resurface Queens Ave between Quebec Street and Maitland Street and will better accommodate cycling by switching the location of the bike lane and the on-street parking area. This will provide a smooth road for all users and a more comfortable walking and cycling experience.

Read More on the City of London Website

Date: Monday April 4, 2022

Author: jen

Map of the affected areas

East London Link Construction

Here’s a head’s up about some construction going on in the OEV ! See this note from the City of London:

Construction begins!
Welcome to the inaugural construction update for Phase 1 of the East London Link and Municipal Infrastructure Improvements. These updates will be provided on a bi-weekly basis during construction to help keep you informed about what is going on with construction on the East London Link project. 

Work starts at King and Lyle Street intersection next week
Starting next week, you will see crews in the area of the King and Lyle Street intersection setting up traffic control, removing the asphalt road surface, and starting sewer work. 

The work in this stage of the project will also have impacts to traffic. Beginning on Monday, March 21, King Street between Adelaide Street North and Lyle Street will be closed to traffic. This closure is expected to be in place for approximately four months.

Map of the affected areas

Above: A map graphic showing the location of upcoming construction work for Phase 1 of the East London Link project, requiring a road closure on King St between Adelaide St N and Lyle St. A signed detour will help travellers navigate around the construction. Local traffic will be permitted through the closure.

Two-way traffic will be temporarily permitted on King Street between Adelaide Street North and Hewitt Street during this period to accommodate local traffic and visits to businesses in the area, which remain open. Pedestrian access will also be maintained through the area.

Motorists will be detoured to York Street while this closure is in place and are advised that Dundas Street in Old East Village also remains open to traffic.

Municipal Parking Lot #4 can be accessed from Marshall Street. Visitors driving to the area can take advantage of two hours of complimentary parking at municipal lots and on-street locations by using the Honk app and entering promo code ‘CORE’.

Cyclists are encouraged to use Dundas Street, where connections to the Dundas Cycle Track, Dundas Place, and Dundas-TVP Connection are available for east-west cycling connections through the core area.

If you were unable to make it to the pre-construction meeting hosted by the City of London on March 9, you can check out the recording of the meeting by clicking on the link below.

The East London Link is a multi-year project that will revitalize more than 6 km of road from Downtown to Fanshawe College. Remaining phases of the East London Link will be built between 2023 and 2025. The project will add transportation and transit improvements above ground, while repairing and replacing aging sewers, watermains and other underground infrastructure

Important Contact Information
Report parking/loading zone issues: To report misuse of loading zones or vehicles parked in non-designated areas, please call Parking Enforcement at 519-661-4537

Report non-emergencies: Contact the London Police Services Foot Patrol at 519-670-4023.

Report an urgent construction matter after-hours: Our team aims to respond to all matters related to construction within 24 hours. If you require immediate assistance, please contact our dispatch team at 519-661-4965 or

Report Community Health and Safety Issues: Our Coordinated Informed Response team aims to provide a caring and compassionate response that supports individuals who are street-involved and living unsheltered find safe alternative solutions focused on housing. If you encounter someone living unsheltered on London’s streets or in need of outreach support: call London Cares at 519-667-2273 Encampments or needles: Call 519-661-4570 or email at In the event of an emergency, always call 911 This information is also available as a printable contact card, by clicking here.

Our team will be here for you every step of the way as this important work is underway. If you have any questions or concerns related to the construction work, please send them our way so we can work through a solution together

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Jaden and James

More information about this project


Date: Tuesday March 29, 2022

Author: jen

Seed Cleaning and Sowing Workshop

Want to learn about how to create a pollinator garden?

Interested in skills that can help you start your own garden for dirt cheap?

When: March 14th; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

What to bring:

  • Gardening gloves
  • Comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Clothing you don’t mind getting dirty


  • You may be recorded and photographed for pollinator pathways website and media
  • Masks are required at all times

Register on Eventbrite:

If you have any questions, please reach out to

Date: Saturday March 12, 2022

Author: jen

Come Work With Us!

In the spring we will be having an AGM and looking to elect new board members! Here are some useful skills and experience for candidates to have, especially for the director-at-large positions. If you have one or more of these skills or are looking to develop them, please contact for more information about getting involved and making a difference in your community.

  • Experience working with city hall, developers, public organizations and/or the not-for-profit sector
  • Experience planning social events
  • Experience handling social media for an organization
  • Leadership skills
  • Photography skills
  • Writing and editing skills
  • Experience with bookkeeping


Date: Tuesday February 1, 2022

Author: jen

Current Initiatives

What Have We Been Up To?

Hello Members and Friends of the OEVCA,

While the pandemic has limited the opportunities for us to get together personally from time to time to conduct our business, your Association has not been idle since our last AGM.

Representatives of the OEVCA have been busy in the redevelopment of Lorne Ave Park as we try to make this park an integral and useful public space for the enjoyment of our fellow residents. We will remain involved as we move forward to the next phase(s) of this long-term plan.

The Association also supported residents along English Street as they successfully worked with the city to balance the need for on-street parking with the creation of a bike lane during the recent reconstruction of the street.

We’re also collaborating with the City and representatives of our sister neighbourhoods – Woodfield and Picadilly – as well as with the Clay Arts Centre, on the public art component of the pending Adelaide Street Underpass, scheduled to begin this year.

Our indefatigable Secretary has also undertaken a full rewrite of the Association website at

Speaking of the Adelaide Street Underpass, the Association will be in consultation with the City in order to get a fuller understanding of potential traffic impacts to the neighbourhood, and ways in which these impacts might be mitigated during the two-and-a-half year construction period.

Queen’s Ave is scheduled for a “shave and pave” in 2022. The City will be taking this opportunity to reconfigure the westbound Cycle Link route running along Queen’s Ave. Once we see the design proposal, we will keep you informed and provide opportunities for your input.

Should you have any questions, we would be glad to answer them at


Date: Friday January 21, 2022

Author: jen