Thank You Glebe Annex Residents for Helping to Clean Up the Capital!

Dear Glebe Annex residents,

I would like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday, April 29th to help clean up our neighbourhood and get it ready for an exciting summer. Working together, over a dozen residents cleaned up our neighbourhood’s streets and the Dalhousie South Park. Walking around the neighbourhood on Sunday, it was apparent how all of your hard work has made our community an even more beautiful place to live. Congratulations to everyone.

I hope that you all had a great time and you’ll join us again in the Fall. If you want to get more involved, please join us at one of our executive meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17th in the Meeting Room at the Glebe Community Centre from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you there.

Thanks again to our sponsor, the Buduchnist Credit Union for sponsoring our community clean up and providing everyone with much-need donuts and coffee. They’ve posted photos of the event on their website at http://www.buduchnist.com/news.php/news/377/group/13. Please find some more photos of our cleanup posted below:

Re: 289 Carling Update

Dear Glebe Annex Residents,

Many residents have expressed concerns about a planned development for a small piece of land at the corner of Booth and Carling, which the city is trying to acquire from the federal government to build supportive housing for the chronically homeless.

GACA spoke with city planners for more information on the plan, the process, and where we stand.  The following is a brief summary of that conversation:

The original plan was for the city to acquire the land from the federal government this fiscal year – it’s now looking more likely for next fiscal year.

The planning department is finalizing the application to the federal government, and is planning to submit it within the next few weeks. Therefore, at this point, the community’s ability to influence this application is limited.

On the positive side, the city describes this application as a ‘technical’ document. The application is meant to demonstrate the city’s viability – that it has the money to actually build a building, as well as the ability to carry out a Request for Proposal (RFP) process. In its application, the city will submit the minimum number of units they plan to build, but this will not include information on the intended clients, the size of the units, etc.

The RFP will probably occur in the fall of next year, or early in 2018. According to city planners, having input into the RFP is the best way for the community to influence the process, and the city plans to work with the residents in the RFP development.

In fact, our councillor has asked the planning department work closely with the community as this goes forward. For instance, on his request, the city is planning to provide tours of sites with a similar ‘clientele’ – this includes the Cornerstone women’s housing that was recently built on Booth St (http://www.ottawa.anglican.ca/cornerstone/index.html), as well as the Salus development on Clementine Blvd, which was just finished (http://www.csv.ca/salus-clementine/ay2glad3zgtbbthvw6wkh9yugika56).

We will likely be able to have 4-5 people on each tour – up to 9 or 10 at most – but they can run more than 1 tour if there’s enough interest. This is meant to show us how the facilities are run, the level of support that clients receive, the state of the building, etc. The city will reach out to the community when it’s ready to conduct these tours – presumably once/if the land transfer is approved.

So far the city doesn’t know who the target clientele will be for the building – it could be men, women, a mix of both genders, seniors, etc. However, the city feels that it has largely found homes for chronically homeless men – its earlier efforts were to house that particular demographic, and it has housed about 200 so far. Cornerstone is one organization that has indicated that they need more space, so this could be a place for them to expand. In the case of buildings such as Cornerstone, the planner said this doesn’t have a large impact on the community, as most of the clients stay within the building.

The planners wanted to emphasize that in some neighbourhoods, many were originally against such buildings, but became advocates once they saw the high level of support provided to the clients. For instance, on Gardner Street in Vanier, the City of Ottawa partnered with the John Howard Society to build permanent supportive housing for 34 people (http://johnhoward.on.ca/ottawa/services/residences/). While the majority of the community was initially against it, some people from the neighbourhood actually came out to support it during one phase of consultations.

The planners also mentioned that the police indicate that the type of housing with the proper amount of support and are not very problematic for the community in which they reside – although we intend to follow up with our own research on this.

Some non-profits have approached the city and requested mixed-use buildings – those which have a wider range of unit types. The fact that we were going to have 55 bachelor units was one of the problems that many community members indicated, as many of us wanted to welcome families and a more mixed clientele. However, according to the city, this would likely result in a larger building with more people overall, with more traffic and a larger impact on the community. At this point the city prefers a smaller footprint, with smaller units –  while 55 was the number initially put forward, it seems that the city is actually looking at numbers closer to 40 units.

GACA will remain engaged throughout this process, and will keep the community informed. If you have any questions, or would like to be more closely involved in the process, please email us at info@glebeannex.ca.

Regards,

Scott Blurton
President, Glebe Annex Community Association

2016 AGM: Treasurer’s Report

TREASURERS  REPORT – November 2016

As shown in the financial statement for GACA over the past year, there was $1110 in Revenue primarily from Memberships sold and $693 in Expenses leaving $417 in Net Operating Revenue.

We also currently have $500 in a Reserve Fund as a Contingency to ‘review and lobby on behalf of the community on City planning initiatives and development applications’. There is a provision to add $200 to this Reserve Fund per last fall’s Executive meeting.

Treasurer Chris McCann

Glebe Annex Community Association – 2016 Financial Statement

Minutes – Glebe Annex Community Association – 2016 Annual General Meeting

Glebe Annex Community Association

Annual General Meeting

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Glebe Community Centre

175 Third Avenue at Lyon

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:32.

2. Welcome and President’s Report

Scott Blurton introduced himself and spoke a bit about the history of our Association and some of the developments happening in our area.

3. Meet the Directors of GACA

Current directors are: Scott Blurton (President), Sylvia Milne (Past President), Chris    McCann (Treasurer), Darlene Charron and Peggy Kampouris (Secretaries), Maeve McMahon, Ron Poirier, Brenda Quinlan and Sue Stefko. Our webmaster is David Perkins.

4. Approval of agenda

The motion to approve the agenda was put forth by Lori Hill and seconded by Doug Milne. Unanimous approval by all in attendance.

5. Approval of minutes of Annual Meeting, October 28th, 2015.

The motion to approve the minutes from October 2015 was put forth by Peggy Kampouris and seconded by Ron Poirier. Unanimous approval by all in attendance.

6. Business arising from the minutes

No business arising from minutes.

*** A change to the original order of the agenda (Items #7 and #8) had to be done as our keynote speaker, Councillor David Chernushenko, had not arrived yet. Constable Dawn Neilly was unable to attend and sent her regrets.

8. Committee Reports – Part 1

a) Treasurer– Chris McCann

Scott presented G.A.C.A.’s Income Statement as Chris was unable to attend the  meeting.

Total Revenue: $1110

Total expenses: $693

Net Operating Revenue: $417

Reserve Funds (Contingency Fund): $500.

********Please see Attachment #1 (Chris’  Detailed Income Statement)

b) Membership (deferred to later in the agenda as people were still coming in.)

c) Parks and Recreation – Sue Stefko

Sue spoke about the history of Dalhousie South Park (built 25 years ago).

Slated for renewal in 2017.

Results of survey about the park from residents:

  • Leaving some green space for soccer and other sports’ activities
  • Multi-age play structure
  • Swing set  (Note: This is challenging due to lack of space.)
  • Keeping good seating in park.

Sue is hoping to have another large-scale event in the park this year.

Sue also spoke about the piece of land between Carling and Maclean (top of hill on Bell Street South, across from townhouses at 387, 389, 391 and 393 Bell Street South).

She encouraged residents to submit more ideas by emailing: info@glebeannex.ca.

d) Traffic/Safety/Security– Peggy Kampouris

  • Peggy spoke about the “Community Safety Audit” which was completed 2 years ago.
  • Safety and security are ongoing concerns on Henry Lane. This is the area between Bell and Lebreton. There have been garage break-ins, car break-ins and prowlers due to lack of good lighting.

The City Bylaw does not allow for lighting to be put on the Lane. However, a “Freedom of Information” request has been submitted to the City in hopes of finding more reports of crime in the Lane.

  • Another workshop on safety and crime is planned with Constable Dawn Neilly, our Ottawa Police Community Police Centre Officer. Constable Neilly can be reached at 613-236-1222 ext. 5871.
  • For Home Security Inspections, please call Constable Neilly.
  • STEP: Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program

Two traffic safety priorities are highlighted each month.

******Please see attachment #2 for Peggy’s full report.

b)  Membership and e) Planning     **To be done after Councillor David Chernushenko’s speech.

7. Keynote Speaker: David Chernushenko, Capital Ward Councillor

David spoke about the STEP program and was able to tell us that the two priorities for November would be:

1) Red Light Running

2) Coming to a complete stop at STOP signs.

  • Residents can request access to information for any statistics.
  • David mentioned that “No call is too little”. In the cases of “Smash and Grab”, if the police don’t know about it, then they can’t do anything about it.
  • Taggart Building (265 Carling): Rezoning was approved but “modifications remain to be seen.”
  • 289 Carling:
    • Federally owned. Declared surplus.
    • Currently, there are 11,000 people on waiting list for affordable housing.
    • “Housing for Homelessness”: Caretaker, agency would be required.
    • Project is only at the beginning stage. City must wait to see if they have the right to build a particular residence or agency.
    • Many examples of agencies running residences to meet the needs already exist in our city.
    • 55 Bachelor units. Single people need stable housing; need to be close to transportation.
    • Agency to be selected would be one that has the means to run a safe residence (reputable, maintenance, surveillance)
    • The City is not allowed to discriminate.
    • David reminded everyone that he ran on the platform of “Affordable Housing” when sought to be re-elected to our Ward.
    • Concerns/questions from people in attendance:
      • Decrease in Property Values?
        • According to David, loitering on sidewalks, graffiti, and litter on sidewalks bring down property values.
      • What level of service will be in the proposed building?
      • What about services and transit for the new residents? Better transit access
        • (Bronson and Carling are already dealing with traffic and bus issues.
        • Bronson Avenue is known as “an arterial main street”.)
      • Where are the resources for these people?
      • Where are the jobs?
      • Who is the service provider?
      • Who is the client?
    • Stages of the Proposal:
      • The city was granted “permission to acquire the land for a $1”.
      • David was informed in June. He was only given notice of the Planning Committee 6 days ahead.
      • In order for the city to get monies:
        • What is the concept?
        • Zoned for what height?
      • First Stage: When the City has applied and gotten the grant from the government.
      • Second Stage: Out for tender to an agency. Proposals are brought to the Planning   Committee.
      • Not faster than 3 years for it to be built.
    • More Questions from the Floor: 
      • Will the City go ahead if only one proposal is submitted?
      • We keep hearing that land in our area is so expensive, yet we have a lot of residents needing a grocery store. How come a Sobey’s was built downtown at 193 Metcalfe (between Nepean and Lisgar)?
      • What about “Inclusionary Zoning?”
        • Answer: This is not in Ontario yet.
        • No one wants “ghettoization”. The City is moving towards mixed-use residences.
        • Check with MP Catherine McKenna in terms of Federal Land Transfers.
        • Bill for Inclusionary Housing/Zoning?
        • Check provincial website: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page13790.aspx
      • What is the plan for our neighbourhood?

President Scott Blurton thanked Councillor Chernushenko for his time and effort in trying to answer all questions. David wanted to stay to listen to Sylvia Milne’s Committee Report on “Planning”.

7. Committee Reports (Part 2)

e) Planning – Sylvia Milne

Sylvia thanked members of G.A.C.A. and “Members at large” who have been involved with Planning and Consultation.

265 Carling

There are 4 continuing issues:

  • Height (18 stories) * Amendment to bylaw zoning.
  • Entrance and Egress -Changed a number of times
  • Transition – Current landscape
  • Density – Double the density is in play

We may have a better chance of winning an appeal than we did more than 3 years ago.

289 Carling  

We will just have to wait and see and watch for further developments.

Presentation by MPP Yasir Naqvi on Wednesday, November 9th.

Proposed changes to OMB.

At St. Anthony’s Soccer Hall (523 St. Anthony Street) http://www.stanthonysbanquethall.ca/Contact/Location/tabid/3072/Default.aspx

b) Membership – Brenda Quinlan

Brenda thanked her canvassers who covered various areas seeking to sign up members. We now have 98 members, with hopes of registering more. Memberships expire April 2017.

9. Nomination and Election of Directors for 2017

Scott thanked the Board members for all of their hard work this past year. In particular, he mentioned two who are not seeking re-election due to other volunteer commitments: Brenda Quinlan and Ron Poirier.

Nomination from the floor: Larissa Schieven (approved by all).

10. Q & A Session

A concern was raised how the Taggart presentation was handled.

No other questions from the floor. Members are encouraged to access our website at: www.glebeannex.ca or follow us on Twitter at: @glebeannex

11. Raffle – $500 Power Wash certificate

The certificate is expired and will be checked to see if one can still use it. If not, a gift certificate to a restaurant of the winner’s choice will be purchased.

The winner was Térèse Crandall who opted to give the funds back to the GACA.

12. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm

Motion put forward by Sylvia Milne. Seconded by Peggy Kampouris.

GACA 2016 AGM – Security Committee Update

  1. Our Ottawa Police Community Police Centre Officer is Constable Dawn Neilly.  She can be reached at 613-236-1222 ext. 5871.
  2. Home Security Inspections are available free through the Community Police Centre.  Constable  Neilly will book an inspection – she can also be reached by email:  NeillyD@ottawapolice.ca
  3. Safety for Women workshops are available through the Ottawa Police.  Information  on these workshops can be found at: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/safety-and-crime-prevention/Safety-for-Women-Workshops.asp
  4. Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) is implemented under the banner of Safer Roads Ottawa.  Each month, two traffic safety priorities (themes) are highlighted for additional enforcement.   In terms of timing of specific themes, consideration is given to the following:
    • Annual national / provincial campaigns
    • Seasonal road safety topics  (e.g.. impaired driving in December and school bus / school zone traffic safety in September and March)
    • Dates of Safer Roads Ottawa campaigns and initiatives
    • For information on the priorities for each month, visit: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/safer-roads-ottawa.asp
  5. Speeding remains one of the top causes of injuries and fatalities on Ontario Roadways.  In 2015, the Ottawa Police issued 15,318 tickets for speeding.  This number was up 370 from 2014.
  6. Link to the Ottawa Police Service 2015 Annual Report: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/annual-report-2015/index.asp

Glebe Annex Community Association – Annual General Meeting

Your community association’s annual meeting will take place at 6.30 pm on Thursday November 3rd in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Glebe Community Center, 175 Third Ave, in the Glebe.

The meeting is open to all residents of the community and we encourage everyone to attend.

Agenda

Welcome and President’s report
Presentation from Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko
Presentation from Ottawa Community Police Officer, Constable Dawn Neilly
Committee reports:

  • Membership
  • Parks and Safety
  • Planning and Development (With special reports on changes to the proposed 18 story structure at 265 Carling (at Cambridge Street South) and the  planned city housing development at the corner of Bell St S. and Carling Ave)

Election of Officers

Questions and Answers

Adjournment

Glebe Community Centre
Glebe Community Centre

 

Glebe Annex Community Association Board Meeting – April 20, 2016

Glebe Annex Community Association

Meeting of the Board of Directors

 April 20, 2016

Present: Scott Blurton, Darlene Charron, Peggy Kampouris, Chris McCann, Maeve McMahon, Sylvia Milne, Ron Poirier, Brenda Quinlan

Guests: Carrie Bolton, Stephanie Jones

1. Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

2. Welcome to All.

3. Approval of the Agenda 

Amendment: “Cleaning the Capital on May 7th”. (Darlene Charron)

Approved by: Peggy Kampouris

4. Motion to approve minutes from February 17th, 2016

**No meeting was held in March due to inclement weather and illnesses.

Sylvia Milne put forward a motion to approve the minutes. This was seconded by Brenda Quinlan.

5. Business arising from the previous meeting

i) Henry Lane Lighting

Peggy sent the councillor the information regarding the ownership of Henry Lane for purposes of lighting. The “Right of Way Lighting Policy” is dated September 9, 2015. Peggy received a response from the city today. The city responded that “any new lane lighting is not to be installed due to already existing lights at both ends of the lane.” The City claims it is not responsible for lighting inside the laneway.

Carrie noted that the lights on Henry street itself sometimes do not work. The problem/malfunction usually occurs on Thursdays.

She wishes the light at the east end of Henry Street was lower.

Sylvia asked for the exact finding in the safety audit. Peggy proceeded to list the audit finding. The date of the audit was October 2014.

Recently, there was a police report regarding an individual lurking in this area.

Action:  Sylvia has suggested that we send a delegation to meet with David Chernushenko regarding this issue. A sub-committee should  prepare for the presentation to David Chernushenko. Sub-committee to include Peggy, Stephanie, Maeve, Scott and Darlene.

Peggy will take pictures of the Lane to show everyone what is actually there.

Update: The sub-committee met at The Lakelander on Tuesday, April 26th.

Peggy and Stephanie will also meet with residents in the area on Thursday, April 28th.

A meeting date was set for Monday, May 16th at Henry Lane with David Chernushenko..

ii) Parks and Recreation

The first meeting with the Glebe Parks’ Association (planning for parks) was cancelled due to inclement weather. Darlene was unable to attend the re-scheduled one. She suggested that Sue Stefko would probably receive any updates and pass the information on to her.

No word has been received yet either on the empty lot across from 393, 391, 389 and 387 Bell Street South. Sue had been in contact with the MP. The land, originally owned by SNC Lavallin, (PWGSC) is now operated by Brownfield on a contract.

Sylvia introduces motion to reimburse Sue Stefko for Henry Lane ownership audit in the amount of $30. Seconded by Darlene. Approved by all on board. Chris writes up the cheque.

Action: Darlene will drop off the cheque at Sue’s house.

Cleaning The Capital“: Our annual spring clean-up is registered and scheduled for Saturday, May 7th with a rain date of Saturday, May 14th. Start time is 10:00 a.m. at Dalhousie South Park (343 Bell Street South).

The kit (at City Hall) was picked up by a new member (Debbie Tracey).

No BBQ this year.

Coffee and Timbits are being donated by Tim Horton’s on Bronson Avenue (thanks to manager Mitzi).

Sylvia will pick these up at 9:45 that Saturday.

Water is being donated by Abbas’ Grocery.

Action: Scott will send an email reminder to the membership list.

Sylvia has already dropped off a letter in person to the Glebe Collegiate principal asking for student volunteers.

Darlene suggested sending a Twitter message from the G.A.C.A. account to the high schools that students living in our area attend: Glebe, Immaculata, Notre Dame. She drafted messages with each school’s Twitter address and sent the email to David Perkins.

iii) Traffic/Safety – Peggy Kampouris

Action:  See update from May 18th meeting.

6. Treasurer’s Report – Chris McCann

We have a reserve fund of $500.

Operating Balance is $1070.

Membership Drive has not been done yet. See agenda item #7.

Chris put forward a motion to pay for the membership fees to the Federation of Citizen’s Associations of Ottawa- Fédération des associations civiques d’Ottawa (FCA-FAC)

Motion approved by board. Cheque for FCA in the amount of $30 was drawn up.

7. Membership – Brenda Quinlan

The board had agreed at the previous meeting to a membership blitz.

Brenda has already started the membership drive for The Lakelander. We have had enormous support from this building. We have never had a membership drive where each street was covered so Brenda suggested a two-hour membership blitz on Sunday, May 15th.

Helpers: Darlene, Sylvia, Scott, Carrie, Peggy

As part of this blitz, we might do a survey to find out how well we are serving residents.

Brenda had already forwarded an email to Scott for him to ask residents for assistance, but there has been no response.

Action: Brenda will look into contacting the condo board presidents for The Glasgow and Powell Lofts.

8. Bike Rodeos – Brenda Quinlan

Brenda has drafted a poster and David will print and distribute (including tacking the posters to telephone poles).

Saturday, June 4th: Bike rodeo for children ages 6 to 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.. Government of Canada parking lot on Lebreton Street (at Carling). Rain date: Sunday, June 5th from 10 to 12.

Free registration. Pre-registration required.

Action: Brenda to put together an ad for posting on the G.A.C.A. website.

Darlene to forward the ad to principal of St. Anthony School to advertise/promote the event.

Update: Principal advertised the event on the school’s Facebook page.

Thursday, June 9th: Bike rodeo for adults / Tran-Bike Commuters from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Maximum of 6 participants.

Includes theory, cycling skills and on-road comments. Free of charge but need to register. Registration on a first-come, first- served basis.

Registration can either be done by email or by phone to Brenda.

Rain date: Friday, June 10th

Action: Brenda to draft an email for Scott to forward to our database.

9. Planning and Development – Chris McCann

The city came up with a new parking policy. Closed now for comments. The new policy reduces demands for residents to provide parking (0.5 per unit per 0.3 per unit)

  • 774 Bronson Ave. – Numerous issues with the proposed development. Sylvia notes that it was developed for students, but not restricted to students. It was mainly marketed to students. Disclosure has changed. Twelve stories. Parking will be an issue.
  • 770 Bronson – Equivalent of 17 story building. Developer is proposing a 67% increase in height. Reduction of parking by 44%. Entrance on Carling, exit on Bronson. Retail operation on second floor of building. Has not gone to planning committee but closed for comment on Tuesday of this week.
  • Other developments are planned for Bank Street. A meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night, April 21st, in regards to 880-900 Bank Street. Sylvia and Scott will attend.

10. FCA Update – Scott Blurton

Motion to pay our $30 Annual Membership Fee. Forwarded by Scott. Seconded by Sylvia. Approved.

11. Glebe Report – Doug Milne (our “reporter’)

Deadline is this Friday (April 22nd). Doug will take care of our submission.  Maeve   suggested mentioning Henry Lane. Doug will also take photos at our “Cleaning the Capital” event on May 7th.

Action: Scott will update the G.A.C.A. website with a link to the Glebe Report.

12. New Business – 

i) Jane’s Walk: Proposal for May 7th and May 8th.

See website: http://janeswalk.org/

Maeve suggested Brian Smith as a possibility as our neghbourhood’s tour guide or “Carl”.

Action: The executive recommended that we look into this event next year and develop a theme and a story.

ii) Drug Trafficking: There is suspicious activity happening behind building on Plymouth Street involving a black SUV. There is also suspicious activity happening in parking lot at corner of Bell Street South and Carling Avenue.

Action: The executive recommends that residents call police when illegal activity appears to be happening.

13. Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, May 18th

Adjournment: Motion by Scott. Seconded by Peggy.