February 15th Open House for Booth St Preferred Concept

Canada Lands Company (CLC) will be hosting an open house meeting for “Rue Booth Street” – the redevelopment of the Booth St. Complex. This next meeting will feature the public presentation of the draft preferred concept plan for the site. The plan is the culmination of CLC’s consultation to this point, taking into account the feedback received from prior public meetings, its ongoing work with various community stakeholders, the Public Advisory Group, as well as local residents.

Meeting information

Where: St Anthony’s Soccer Club
When: February 15, 2018 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The CLC team will be present to guide attendees through the draft concept design for the site with formal presentation of the preferred concept at 6 pm and 7:15 pm. Please visit the link below where you will find a report outlining the feedback from the May 31, 2017 event.


Please RSVP if you intend to participate in this upcoming meeting.


Glebe Annex Community Association Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)
Glebe Community Centre (GC Café)
175 Third Avenue

1. Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:37 p.m.

2. Welcome and President’s Report

Scott Blurton introduced himself and welcomed all members, as well as our guest speakers, to our annual meeting. He mentioned that our agenda might need to be changed slightly due to the availability of Councillor David Chernushenko, who would arrive around 8:00 p.m.

3. Approval of the Agenda

The motion to approve the agenda was put forth by a member (name unknown) and seconded by Tom Giddings. Unanimous approval by all in attendance.

4. Approval of Minutes of Annual Meeting, November 3, 2016

The motion to approve the minutes from November 2016 was put forth by a member (name unknown) and seconded by Grigor H. Unanimous approval by all in attendance.

5. Business arising from the minutes

No business arising from minutes.

6. Committee Reports

a) Treasurer – Chris McCann

Chris presented copies of the G.A.C.A.’s Income Statement.
The main source of revenue is our Membership fees. Our membership is down from a high of 105 (one year ago) to 67 this year.
Needs: A Membership Chair needs to be recruited.
Dues: A portion of our fees ($2 per member) must be paid to the Glebe Community Association.

b) Membership Drive – Scott Blurton

Special thanks go out to Brenda Quinlan, who retired from the board, but still assists with keeping up our membership list. It is harder to get info out to the community when the membership list has dropped from 122 to 68 people.
We would like to get more homeowners/renters involved so that we can have a stronger voice as a community.
A membership drive was held in April with various board members and G.A.C.A. members knocking on doors and dropping off pamphlets.

c) Parks and Recreation – Sue Stefko

Sue spoke about the history of Dalhousie South Park (built 25 years ago).
As a member of the Ottawa City Parks Committee, she and other volunteers have tried to plant various plants in hopes that more greenery would enhance our park.
Our park was slated for renewal in 2017. Now, 25 years after the park was created, it looks like our park will be renewed in 2018. (Designs were displayed at the meeting).
Online consultation will be held via the membership list.
Things to note for the park renewal:
  • Soil remediation; amendment of soil. Better ground for sod is required.
  • One member suggested “Enviro Grass”. This grass is indigenous to Canada; it has a better root system. It is a hardier type of grass which grows slower and as a result, requires less mowing.
  • More info here: http://www.bluestem.ca/enviroturf-wholesale.htm
  • No additional trees are expected to be planted due to constraints with new play structure to be installed, and the desire for open space to play in.
  • One member had a question regarding the health of current trees. We may have to plant replacement trees in the future, but there is no money allocated for this right now.
  • Funds for the park renewal will be roughly 2/5 from city (Asset Management) and 3/5 (Cash in lieu of Parkland) from Councillor David Chernushenko.

d) Traffic/Safety/Security – Scott Blurton
(Peggy Kampouris unable to attend)

Info session regarding Safety and Security was held in the summer with Constable Stephanie Lemieux who discussed community concerns with residents. Scott reminded everyone to call 613-236-1222 (for non-emergency reports) to report thefts, break-ins, etc. or one can file a report online at: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Contact-Us.asp to report:
  • Theft (excluding theft of passports)
  • Lost Property (With a visible serial number or distinct marking such as a custom engraving)
  • Mischief/Damage to Property
  • Theft from Vehicle
  • Traffic Complaints
  • Drug Complaints
  • Fraud Complaints
  • Hate Crimes
  • Add information to an existing report
One member mentioned that there is a Facebook site too which gives updates on crimes (French and English).
Another member voiced her concern over drug busts and parties happening on her street.
Scott thanked Peggy who was instrumental in having a light put in on Henry Lane (just off of Henry Street).

e) Planning – Sylvia Milne

Scott expressed his thanks to Sylvia Milne, Sue Stefko and Chris McCann from the G.A.C.A. Board, and to Carolyn Mackenzie, from the Glebe Community Association Board.
i)  Parking Lot of 265 Carling:  https://goo.gl/maps/N2bAJmyQEXB2
Start date of construction of Taggart’s Seniors’ Residence (high end rental units) is expected to be Spring of 2018. Opening in 2020. OMB hearing in November. Site Planning Process will start in New Year.
Original plan was to dig four floors deep for parking. That has now been changed to 5 floors deep. More parking is required due to tenants currently using the PWL Building.
Design of Seniors’ Residence: 16 stories
Floors 1 and 2: Higher care, no parking allocated.
Floors 3 to 16: Each tenant to have a parking space.
ii)  Parking Lot of 289 Carling: Where Carling meets Bell Street South
This is the planned site for the city’s “Housing First” initiative.
Public consultations will begin at the earliest in January of 2018.
Sylvia encouraged members to check out Ottawa.ca and click on the “Development  Application Search” for more info on the status of this and other projects: https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/home.jsf?lang=en.

7. Question and Answer Session

(See notes below under each keynote speaker)

8. Keynote Speakers:

A. Keynote Speaker #1: David Chernushenko, Capital Ward    Councillor                  David.Chernushenko@Ottawa.ca.

Keynote Speaker #1
Councillor Chernushenko spoke about the following:

i) Bronson Reconstruction – Slated for 2020
From the Queensway (Highway 417) to the “Bronson Bridge” (which runs over the Rideau Canal before Carleton University).
No “specialized” or bike lanes planned like those on Main Street.
ii) Dalhousie South Park: Funding for renewal
“Cash In Lieu of Parkland”, approximately $180,000 from David
Life Cycle of Park: $105,000
“No Smoking” signs have still not been installed in Park. Michael Reid, David’s assistant is to follow up on this. Michael.Reid@Ottawa.ca
iii) Future of Carling Avenue
Buses to run in the centre of Carling Avenue but this will not happen for many years to come.
iv) O.C. Transpo routes in the G.A.C.A.
There seems to be some interest from O.S.E.G. (Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group) to improve the frequency of buses running across Bank Street rather than along Bank Street. This is due to the highly-congested Bank Street on a game day and other special event days at Lansdowne Park.
At the present time, Route #56, which runs along Glebe Avenue, only does so during high peak times during the week with no service on weekends.
Further note: Route #101, which runs along Chamberlain Avenue, has no Sunday service.
v) Road Safety in Neighbourhood
Crossing Lyon Street:  Either at Powell Street or Glebe Avenue. This street was mentioned as a concern re. cars not “stopping” but “rolling” through stop signs.
Condition of Bike Paths or Lanes a Concern? Call 311
vi) Other Projects/Events in his Ward (Capital Ward 17)
  • Canal Footbridge at Fifth Avenue (Linking Old Ottawa East to the Glebe)
  • Grey Cup Week (Tuesday, November 21st to Sunday, November 26th)
  • Renewed push for people to walk or take the bus that week.
vii) Future of Parking Lot at 289 Carling:  Housing for Homeless/”Housing First”
  • R.F.P. (Request for Proposals) will start in 2018
  • Not expected to be for “Hardest to House”.
viii) Concerns/questions from people in attendance:
  • Decrease in Property Values?
  • Safety walking in neighbourhood?
  • Safety of students at Glebe Collegiate?
  • Lack of services: Grocery stores, support services for homeless (none) municipal buses (lacking)
President Scott Blurton thanked Councillor Chernushenko for his time and effort in trying to answer all questions.

Keynote Speaker #2
Joseph Federico, Dow’s Lake Residents Association

Sylvia Milne introduced Joseph, who has been actively involved in attending meetings regarding various future developments in our area. He has lived in the Dow’s Lake Community for 10+ years.
Joseph spoke about the importance that we as stakeholders play. We can make a difference. He recommended that we check out: www.homelesshub.ca.
i) History of 289 Carling (Parking Lot):
  • First appeared in news on October 25, 2016.
  • Went to City Council for decision on November 9, 2016.
  • The Federal Government approved the project July 25, 2017.
ii) Dow’s Lake Community Position re. 289 Carling:
  • About 50 people signed the letter he drafted. He sent the letter to our Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, Catherine McKenna, on August 7, 2017. http://cmckenna.liberal.ca/
  • The community is not against development; the residents want to encourage dialogue.
  • Response from Minister McKenna’s office arrived on August 8, 2017.
  • Consultation process, generated by the city, is yet to start.
iii) Other Notable Upcoming Developments:
A) New Location for Ottawa Hospital (Civic Campus)
Joseph encouraged those in attendance to check out the site:
B) Booth Street Complex (6.5 Acres)
Joseph encouraged those in attendance to check out the site:

9. Nominations and Election of Directors for 2018

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: Chris McCann (Treasurer for 4+ years) and himself, Scott Blurton, (President for 2 years).
Nominations from the floor included:
● Heidi Thomson
● Joanne Benoit
● Sue Stefko

10. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Public Consultation: Dalhousie South Park Renewal

The renewal and improvement of our neighbourhood’s only park is one step closer to reality!

Please find a link to the city’s Parks and Recreation Public Consultations page. Dalhousie South Park is at the bottom of the list: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/parks-and-recreation-public-consultations

The following is a link to the rendering that was shown at our AGM – which shows the proposed equipment from more angles than the documents in the online consultation: Proposed equipment for Dalhousie South Park.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the proposal, please contact Jeannette Krabicka (Jeannette.krabicka@ottawa.ca). Feel free – but not obligated – to cc GACA (info@glebeannex.ca) on your responses, so we can better understand the concerns of the community.

Please send this to anyone who lives in our neighbourhood, particularly if you think they may not be a GACA member and may not have received this email. We’d like everyone to have the opportunity for comment. This is the first time in 25 years that the park has had any major updates – we have to make this one count, as we’ll likely be living with the result for another 25 years!

 Note that January 22nd is the last day for comments to be accepted.

One example image from the proposed consultation renderings

City of Ottawa’s Heritage Inventory Project is moving into our neighbourhood!

The below letter is sent on behalf of the City of Ottawa’s Heritage Inventory Project. The Heritage Inventory Project is a city-wide strategic initiative which is evaluating buildings built before 1980 for heritage significance.

Taking Stock of Our Built Heritage

By Avery Marshall, Adrian Phillips and Amber Polywkan, Built Heritage Researchers, City of Ottawa

The City of Ottawa is undertaking a major project identifying buildings, structures and other built resources of cultural heritage value. The ‘Heritage Inventory Project’ is a city-wide project involving the surveying and evaluation of a vast array of Ottawa’s built resources, from the modest worker’s houses of Lowertown, to the fine Arts and Crafts homes in Brantwood Place, to the century old barns of Kinburn, and even the numerous bridges that span our city’s many waterways.

The goal of the Heritage Inventory Project is to create certainty around Ottawa’s heritage resources with a complete, well-researched, up-to-date list of all heritage resources in the city that are not already protected by the Ontario Heritage Act.

Properties identified through the project will not be designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, rather they will be added to the City’s Heritage Register.  A rigorous update to the City’s Heritage Register will be beneficial for property owners, developers, heritage advocates, elected officials, planning staff, community groups and all concerned residents. Being listed on the Heritage Register will not affect the property owner’s ability to make changes to the exterior or interior of their building, and it does not require the property owner to restore the building. Property owners will need to provide the City of Ottawa with 60 days notice of intent to demolish.

The research method for the project includes photographing, describing architectural characteristics and evaluating thousands of built resources throughout the city. The results of the Heritage Inventory Project will be accessible on GeoOttawa and also the city’s website.

We’re asking community members to share information about their properties or other buildings or structures in their neighbourhood. We would love to know who designed your home or the original use of a particular building.

Please connect with the City of Ottawa’s built heritage researchers: Avery Marshall, Adrian Phillips and Amber Polywkan at heritageinventory@ottawa.ca or say hello if you see us in the neighbourhood.

More information about the Heritage Inventory Project is available at ottawa.ca/heritageinventory.

The City of Ottawa Heritage Inventory Project uses a GIS software tool to collect heritage data on neighbourhood buildings. Readers are invited to get in touch with the authors and share information about your house.

Photo: Courtesy of the City of Ottawa

Survey: What do you envision for 291 Carling Avenue?

On  November 28, Canada Lands Company (CLC), held a Public Information Meeting to discuss the future of 291 Carling Avenue. This is the large (3.3 acre, 300 parking space) parking lot between Bell St. South and Lebreton St. South at Carling Ave. which was acquired earlier from the federal government this year by CLC. It will be developed by CLC and the Algonquins of Ontario.The community has been requested to provide input as to what they would like to see in this space in the short term, but also in terms of legacy. This is a unique opportunity in that we are starting with a clean slate, as there are no buildings currently on the site, nor is the property slated for a specific type of project.

Please find a link to the slides presented at the meeting, as well as to a survey where you can provide suggestions as to how you feel the space should be used: http://en.clc.ca/property/532.

Some things to consider when answering the survey questions:

  • What would enhance the community?
  • What aspirations do you have for this site?
  • What interesting facts can you share about this site?

There will be another public meeting in February 2018 in which a draft plan will be presented to the community. The plan is expected to be approved by the city in late fall 2018, after which CLC will prepare the property before marketing and selling it to builders.

If interested, please fill out the survey by early January in order to provide enough time for CLC to consider your input for the February meeting.

Sue Stefko
President, Glebe Annex Community Association

Civic Hospital Public Engagement

Please find below information on public engagement efforts regarding the Civic Hospital. This marks the beginning of the engagement and consultation process with the Ottawa Hospital, and your participation could help inform planning in later stages.


In-person Information Sessions & Q&A
Upcoming Information Sessions in Ottawa:
  • Thursday, Dec 7: 7-8:45 p.m. Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Road, Hintonburg)
  • Monday, Dec 11: 7-8:45 p.m. Old Town Hall Upstairs room (61 Main St – Old Ottawa East)
The information sessions will cover health care needs and planning, the design of modern health centres and how to engage in the planning process, and will include a Q&A session with experts and hospital representatives.
Online Engagement
The hospital is looking for input as to what should be considered in the planning process. You can submit your ideas here:  https://www.engageottawahospital.ca/. These considerations will help inform the work of a Community and Patient Working Group that will be established in 2018.  (Note that you can also subscribe to their newsletter through this page.)

Let your voice be heard

These engagements may provide an opportunity to raise some of the key issues raised by GACA, such as:
  • Can an increased height be considered, like many modern inner city hospitals have done, in order to save precious greenspace?
  • Is there any chance to save Queen Juliana Park or any of the public greenspace located beyond the Sir John Carling Building?
  • Will the DARA Tennis courts be preserved?
  • Will there be any public pathways to connect our communities to the Arboretum via the hospital grounds?

Flora and Fauna/Landscape Architecture:

  • Will there be any priority to not harm the abundance of animals living on these lands, including possible relocation?
  • Will there be a consideration to create underpasses for animals linking the Arboretum to hospital greenspace and the remaining Agricultural lands?
  • Will there be an effort to preserve the hundreds of trees? Perhaps a buffer perimeter and new plantings?
  • Once greenspace is lost, it is lost forever. What measures will the hospital take to ensure that as much as possible of the greenspace remain greenspace?
  • Is the hospital considering multi-storey parking in order to reduce its footprint?
  • How does the hospital plan to mitigate the impact on local businesses by removing parking spaces, particularly during festivals and eventssuch as the Tulip Festival, Winterlude, and various other festivals in Little Italy?

Traffic Volume, Management & Safety/Access:

  • How will traffic be managed so the flow of traffic in and out of the hospital will not impact regular traffic?
  • How will the hospital encourage staff and patient visitors to use public transportation to the new campus?
Air Pollution & Quality, Noise Pollution, Wind, Light Reflection and Safety/Design:
  • Will the hospital’s design include considerations for issues such as avoiding a wind tunnel effect or creating excessive noise for the surrounding community?
Integration & Encroachment:
  • How will the hospital integrate into our community?

Please also consider

Please also consider writing to the City of Ottawa’s planning department, our City Councillor David Chernushenko, MPP Yasir Naqvi, and MP Catherine McKenna if you have concerns about this project:
Address to:
Mr. Sean Moore
Senior Planner III
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
City of Ottawa
Phone: 613-580-2424 x16481
Fax: 613-580-2576
Councillor David Chernushenko
110 Laurier Avenue West,
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1J1
Phone: 613-580-2487
The Honourable Yasir Naqvi
109 Catherine Street
Ottawa, ON
K2P 0P4
Phone: 613-722-6414
Fax: 613-722-6703
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Centre Block, Suite 433C
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Phone: 613.996.5322

Agenda: 2017 GACA AGM

Glebe Annex Community Association

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 pm at the

Glebe Community Centre

175 Third Avenue at Lyon

in the Multi-Purpose Room

  1. Call to Order
  2. Welcome and President’s Report
  3. Approval of agenda
  4. Approval of minutes of Annual Meeting, November 3, 2016
  5. Business arising from the minutes
  6. Committee Reports:
    1. Treasurer- Chris McCann;
    2. Membership – Scott Blurton;
    3. Parks and Recreation – Sue Stefko;
    4. Traffic/Safety/Security – Scott Blurton;
    5. Planning – Sylvia Milne.
  7. Q&A Session
  8. Keynote Speakers
    1. Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko
    2. Joseph Federico, Dow’s Lake Residents Association
  9. Nomination and Election of Directors for 2017
  10. Adjournment at 8:30 pm

Please try to join us! This is your voice in our community.