GACA Board Meeting – January 15, 2019

Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, Meeting Room

Present:

  • Joanne Benoit
  • Carrie Bolton
  • Cathy
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Jonathan McLeod, Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard, City Councillor, Capital Ward

1. Call to Order

7:03 p.m.

2. Approval of agenda

Cathy asked to add two items to the agenda, Free Market, and pumpkins. The motion to accept the agenda with the addition of these two items was made by Joanne, seconded by David, and carried.

3. Acceptance of minutes of last meeting, November 20th, 2018

Due to the short turnaround to review the November 20th minutes, the approval of these minutes was deferred until the February 19th board meeting.

4. Business arising from minutes of November 20th, 2018

No old Business.

5. The GACA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The GACA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  It was discussed whether or not we should include 289 Carling on the AGM agenda.  Ideally, we would hold a discussion on 289 Carling for the GACA community earlier – in February or March – with the John Howard Society and the City of Ottawa presenting information on this new housing project. A number of other potential options were discussed as possible keystone presentations during the AGM. These included the development of 291 Carling by the Canada Lands Company (CLC), the Civic Hospital, our local community police officer, Constable Lemieux, the NCC, or OC Transpo’s upcoming changes to local bus routes. (As a side note, it was discussed that our Councillor’s office is looking into transportation concerns for Capital Ward.) It was decided that Sue would reach out to CLC, and Joanne to Constable Lemieux, to check their availabilities for our AGM.

6. The Garden Spot offers free food market on Sunday.

They are located at 329 Bell Street South. They receive food from places like Urban Spice that is still good but not fresh enough to sell at the storefront. Their main mandate is to prepare meals for students at Carleton University. They have a clothes program and give away donated clothing. Cathy will check if they are currently accepting clothing donations.

7. Pumpkins

Cathy commented on the waste of carved Halloween pumpkins being thrown away after Halloween. If we could have them donated, we could get a group to collectively make food items from the pumpkins, perhaps at the Garden Spot, or independently as well.     It could become a community event.  It was decided that we will revisit this item on our return from the summer break in September.

8. City of Ottawa Board Council and GCA letter and ongoing efforts

There are continued concerns regarding the lack of urban city councillors on City of Ottawa committees, particularly planning committee. GACA signed a Glebe Community Association letter, along with the Dow’s Lake Residents’ Association, that was sent to Mayor Watson. Sue will be presenting our concern at our lack of representation at the next Federation of Citizens’ Associations (FCA) meeting, and will encourage other wards to get involved. The hope is that additional pressure from other underrepresented communities, and/or FCA leadership on the issue may bring it back on the table for discussion.  Ecology Ottawa has also been active in this regard.  Jonathan informed us that Councillor Menard will be attending the City’s planning committee meetings.  If he cannot make a meeting, someone from his office will attend.  Anyone can attend the meetings, and although people from the public can speak, they have little ability to influence the committee’s decisions. (This would include the councillor, as he is not a member of the committee.) Most concerning is that the City of Ottawa is often breaking its own guidelines in urban areas.  For instance, last year the City Planning committee voted to bypass the 30-story limit to approve a 65-storey apartment building near Bayview station.

9. 289 Carling

Although it has not been officially announced, we are aware that the 289 Carling housing for the homeless site will be a John Howard Society (JHS) building.  It will not be for the hardest to house, however. The JHS current offices located on St. Patrick street will be relocated to the new building – there will also be education facilities. It will be a six-storey building with 40 units. There will be 29 parking spots on site. The councillor’s office and the City of Ottawa have indicated that it will be co-ed. This needs to be verified, as well as how many staff will be working from that location. We would like to notify our community as soon as possible – before it is announced by the media.

10. Update on CAFES Items

The CAFES group met on November 17th, 2018. There were 40 people from 30 different community or citizen associations and 13 different wards.
  • City of Ottawa Tree-By-Laws – the City’s Tree By-Laws will be reviewed in May 2019.
  • Single use plastic reduction – efforts are being made to work towards reducing single use plastics, eliminating them where possible.
  • Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – on December 20, 2019, Ottawa joined this largest coalition of mayors. Their goal is to combat climate change and move to a low-carbon economy. Members are from 9000 cities from 120 countries and 6 continents.
  • The Urban Forest Management Plan was approved three years ago – there are two urban forest plans going on simultaneously – our Councillor’s office is trying to discover why this had not been moved along.  It probably won’t move forward until 2020.
  • CAFES New Year’s Resolution – There are 5 goals for 2019:
    • Pushing for climate change action from the city,
    • Ramping up green infrastructure and restoring Ottawa’s tree canopy,
    • Securing safe and easy access to light rail for pedestrians and cyclists,
    • Using the federal election to demand more climate change leadership from all parties, and,
    • Holding the newly-elected city council accountable.
CAFES is asking for donations to the Protector’s circle.  Carrie will provide information on this to our next meeting.

11. Planning Primer – City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is offering a planning primer that is free to the public.  It is offered on January 26 and 28th for anyone interested in learning more about the city planning process. You can register on-line, it is limited to 40 people per session.

12. Updates from our councillor’s office

Jonathan spoke of two new building projects in our ward, 289 Carling as previously discussed, is in the Glebe Annex.   Also in our neighbouring Dow’s Lake community, the Kings Daughters and Son Apartments will have a building extension, adding to their existing 70-unit apartment building for seniors.  This will include 30 affordable housing units. This building is currently under construction.
The City of Ottawa budget consultations will begin on February 6th. Between now and March there will be budget consultations held.  On Wednesday, January 30th from 6 to 9 p.m. there will be a budget session at the Jim Durrell Complex. Councillor Menard will be participating.
Ward council meetings are commencing, the first one will be Thursday, January 31st.   Representation will be limited to members from each association.
The annual Capital Ward Cup hockey tournament takes place on January 26 at Brantwood Park.
Sue asked about the possibility of our including contact information for the Councillor’s office in our next GACA community update.   Jonathan said we could include his contact information.

13. Adjournment

8:40 p.m.