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:
  • 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: 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:
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 and click on the “Development  Application Search” for more info on the status of this and other projects:

7. Question and Answer Session

(See notes below under each keynote speaker)

8. Keynote Speakers:

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

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.
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:
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.
  • 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.

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:

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:
      • 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)

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: 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.

Glebe Annex Community Association Board Meeting – September 21, 2016

Glebe Annex Community Association

Executive Meeting – Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Glebe Community Centre Meeting Room

1. Call to Order – 6:30 p.m.

Present: Scott Blurton, Darlene Charron, Chris McCann, Sylvia Milne, Brenda Quinlan, Sue Stefko.

2. Amendments/Approval of Agenda

  • Chris suggested correction of Item #7 under “Planning” from 590 Bank Street to 890/900 Bank Street
  • Brenda suggested an additional item for AGM planning.
  • Sylvia moved the agenda. Darlene seconded. Agenda adopted.

3. Amendments/Acceptance of minutes of Last Meeting (from June 15, 2016).

  • Correction to name of restaurant “La Strada” in the minutes.
  • Last paragraph under “Cycling”, change to “Brenda”, from “Grenda”
  • Moved by Brenda, seconded by Chris as amended. Adopted.

4. Business Arising from Minutes from June 15, 2016

  • Lighting on Henry Lane. Peggy sends her regrets that she wasn’t able to get the police statistics before this meeting as she hasn’t sent the request for F.O.I. (Freedom of Information) yet.
  • Sylvia noted that they had several bike thefts over the summer at “The Lakelander” condominium on Cambridge Street. The suspect has been caught.
  • Thank You Certificates for the spring “Cleaning the Capital” (for “Abbas” and “Tim Horton’s on Bronson Avenue):  Peggy sent the revised versions to Darlene. Darlene will print them off and have Scott sign them.

5. Parks – Sue Stefko

  • Transfer update of the Booth Street complex – Delayed until November. No reason given. Not due to contamination. Everyone has good intentions. May be due to negotiations with CLC. There is a possibility that this site may be debated as a location for the new Civic Hospital.
  • This may require sending a letter to the MP with the support of the G.A.C.A. and G.C.A. Sue will contact Christine McAllister, President of GCA, for a joint correspondence to Councillor Chernushenko’s office.
  • Sue will also contact Catherine McKenna’s office:
  • Design consultation with Chernushenko’s office with park designer for Dalhousie Park South. Having difficulty getting it together. The pre-consultation will be held on September 28th at Sue’s place. Still trying to get a price list for the equipment available.
  • Cleaning Up the Capital: Sue created some posters and will put them up. Sylvia and Scott will put up the posters in their buildings.

*Correction for the day of the Clean-up. It is being held on the Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Scott will resend the email as it contained the same error.

6. Treasurer’s Report – Chris McCann

  • Operating funds: $1,599
  • Reserve funds: $500
  • Future liabilities are: $536.

This consists of:

Payment to the GCA based on our membership: (98 X $2 = $196)

Bank fees: $4 per month

Reserve funds in November ($200),

Social activities ($100),

Donations: ?

7. Planning – Chris McCann

a) 265 Carling Avenue – Sylvia

  • Taggart has a new partner for retirement suites. They want to build but didn’t have too many answers to their questions. They will go back to the developer for more details.
  • 90 parking units are reserved to the tenants of the original building. The remainder of parking spots will go to the residents.
  • Entrance and exit are major concerns. Bronson is out as the main entrance, as is Carling Avenue. Cambridge Street South is now the current option (right across from “The Lakelander”).
  • There is a planning meeting with the developer on October 5th and October 12th. There is a need to send out an email to our members. Sylvia will draft email and Scott will send out email.
  • Motion from Sylvia to spend $50 to book the King’s Daughters Meeting Room for the meeting with Taggart on October 5th. Forwarded by Darlene, seconded by Scott. Approved.

b) 890/900 Bank Street – Chris McCann

  • GCA Planning Chair (Carolyn) had drafted a motion to submit to GCA as a result of several meetings. The motion  basically said that she was in favour of the location of the Beer Store with a development of 4 stories high. However, that the GCA would allow to go higher if they respected the 45 degree angle line of sight with portion of building that doesn’t abut Monk Street. Chris had suggested a friendly amendment that such a position would not be precedent-setting.
  • Development proposal for Bronson and Carling was original 15 stories down to 6 stories, below city limit parking.

8. Membership – Brenda Quinlan

  • 98 memberships sold as of July, 2016 (91 memberships sold in 2015).
  • 27 are new memberships.
  • 13 members (consisting of Board Members and Members at Large) assisted with sales.
  • A personal email was sent to 22 residents who did not renew in 2016. Negligible response.
  • Brenda gave a presentation to the Glasgow Condominium Board (corner of Powell and Bronson) on June 29th. The board stated that they would discuss a membership, but no response yet. Brenda attempted a few times to get an answer from them.
  • Brenda approached two Board members from the Powell Lofts to ask for an opportunity to meet with the Board. No response.

9. FCA Report – Scott

Not much to report at this time.

10. Glebe Report – Items to be submitted.

Sylvia reported that Doug will no longer be able to write the monthly report.

Scott will be responsible from here on in.

11. Other Business

  • AGM planning

First choice is to meet Thursday, November 3rd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Scott will book the room at the Glebe Community Centre.

Second Choice if November 3rd is not available: Wednesday, November 2nd.


  • Possibly the MP?
  • The Councillor?
  • The Community Police Officer?
  • The Board re-elected Sue Stefko as a Member of the Board

12. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

13. Adjournment

Motion put forward by Darlene. Seconded by Sue. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

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:
  3. Safety for Women workshops are available through the Ottawa Police.  Information  on these workshops can be found at:
  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:
  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:

Minutes – Glebe Annex Community Association – 2015 Annual General Meeting

Glebe Annex Community Association

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Call to order and welcome

Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA) president, Sylvia Milne, called the meeting to order at 6:35pm. She welcomed all in attendance and thanked them for coming to the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Sylvia introduced the GACA Directors in attendance.

Approval of the agenda

Scott Blurton moved to approve the meeting’s agenda; this was seconded by Chris McCann. All present were in favour.

Approval of the minutes of the 2014 AGM

Peggy Kampouris moved to approve the minutes from the 2014 AGM; this was seconded by Chris McCann. All present were in favour.

Business arising from the 2014 minutes

There was no business arising from the 2014 AGM minutes.

Councillor’s report

Councillor David Chernushenko said he was pleased to “join this small but merry group.”

The tapering off of the surge in condo development is leaving the status of many properties in the Glebe Annex area in question. Currently, Summerhill Development is planning a purpose-built apartment building for students near Bronson and Carling. For the most part, he said, he was impressed with what was presented. He added that the response from the Dow’s Lake Community Association to the presentation was quite positive.

Councillor Chernushenko said he is in favour of the construction of more rental units in all neighbourhoods. “A lack of rentals leads to a lack of diversity,” he said.

In terms of other big projects, the Councillor mentioned the Bronson Avenue renewal project and the Queensway ramps. He said consultation on the former will begin in earnest this winter. The main objective is to look at ways to calm the traffic and make the street more liveable even as it continues to carry a lot of volume.

Finally, he added that he is willing to work with GACA on the Dalhousie South Park and other green spaces in the area. Green, recreation space is in short supply in the Annex, he said.

Maeve McMahon asked the Councillor about the story of an elderly woman who was charged by the city for not mowing her lawn. She asked if there is a role that community associations can play to help seniors and other vulnerable populations in the community.

Councillor Chernushenko said there is a program called Snow Angels that helps seniors with snow shovelling. There is a similar service for lawn mowing. He said he would be better about publicizing these available services. He added that the city has a 211 service that connects people in need with available social services. Again, the existence of this 211 service could be better communicated to the general public.

Responding to a question about the possible impact of the new federal government, the Councillor said that he is happy to see that the government has made a commitment to be more aggressive regarding combatting climate change. He said that MP McKenna has also made a commitment to work with the Councillor and the MPP to get the foot bridge built across the canal.

Responding to a question about the intersection at Carling and Bronson, the Councillor said that the last evaluation of that intersection was done in 2010. It is relatively simple to tweak the timing of the lights, he said, but any more significant change to the way the intersection is constructed requires a major infrastructure investment. As part of the Bronson Avenue renewal project, he said, it might be possible to look at an intersection redesign. One interesting option is called a pedestrian scramble. In terms of speeding on the street, the Councillor said he will look at what can be done; however, it ultimately comes down to the allocation of resources.

Speaking about bus routes west bound from Bronson to Preston, the Councillor said all bus routes are being reviewed as part of the LRT project. Many routes will change because the focus of transit in the city will change with the introduction of LRT.

Sylvia thanked Councillor Chernushenko for attending the meeting.

Scams against seniors – how to recognize them/protect yourself

Constable Matt Hunt introduced himself as the Community Police Officer for centretown and the Glebe. He explained that there are four Community Police Officers who work in the downtown area.

Constable Hunt said that many people do not understand when they should call 911. 911 is to be used in an emergency or when there is a crime in progress. He said he isn’t sure that he believes that crime is down in Ottawa; he thinks that reported crime is down. He said it is difficult to get the necessary resources into specific areas if crime isn’t accurately reported. He said his main message is to encourage people to call the police when they witness a crime or are the victim of a crime.

Constable Hunt turned the group’s attention to “The Little Black Book of Frauds”—a resource to help people protect themselves against scams, including those perpetrated on the phone, online and door-to-door. He urged people to contact the police if they have been the victim of fraud. That is the only way we can get an accurate picture of crime in Ottawa, he said.

Committee reports

President’s report

Sylvia Milne said that it was her pleasure to serve as GACA’s president and to work with the board to continue in carrying out the stated mission of the Association: to promote, foster and protect the interests of the community. The Association’s activities are aimed at building a more vibrant, liveable and safer community, to strengthen relationships within our neighbourhood, and to empower residents of our neighbourhood through community involvement.

The Association works in a variety of areas: parks and community beautification, planning and development, traffic, and safety.

Treasurer’s report

Chris McCann reported that Association revenue is generated through the sale of memberships and, occasionally, through neighbourhood activities that raise some funds; expenses are limited and include membership in FCA and payment to the Glebe Community Association. GACA closed the year with a balance of $336. The Association also started a contingency fund (currently at $500) to help lobby the city as required.

Membership Committee report

Brenda Quinlan told the group that membership is critical to the success of the Association. Buying a membership signals a person’s support of what the Association is trying to achieve. There are currently 91 memberships that are set to expire on December 31, 2015; an additional 9 new/renewed memberships will expire in April 2017. Brenda said that the annual membership drive will take place in the spring rather than the traditional fall season. Brenda urged everyone to contact her if they have suggestions to improve the membership process.

Parks/recreation/beautification Committee report

Sue Stefko said that this committee has worked to improve the safety in Dalhousie South Park by getting the city to lower the park sign so that children can no longer crawl under it. She added that the play equipment in this park is scheduled for renewal in 2017. She said the committee is lobbying the city to assign a designer to the park so that the renewal process can proceed with no delays.

Sue added that the committee is working with PWGSC to see if there is anything that can be done with the small slice of land that it owns on the west side of Bell St. South near Maclean Street. This currently vacant land could be used as a community garden or a dog run.

She urged people to call 311 or email the city to report garbage or graffiti in the neighbourhood.

Traffic/safety/security Committee report

Peggy Kampouris said that cut-through traffic remains an issue in our neighbourhood. Two traffic studies have been conducted (in 2005 and 2010); however, consensus could not be reached in the community on possible traffic calming measures. The Preston Street BIA has similar concerns about the need to cut through our neighbourhood, and it has proposed the construction of an additional Queensway on-ramp at Booth Street. Despite support from the surrounding community associations, the city did not agree to fund further development of this proposal. The Preston Street BIA has now decided to try to get this project included in the next Transportation Master Plan.

In terms of security, Peggy said the city has installed LED lights in various locations around the neighbourhood.

She echoed Constable Hunt, urging residents to report any incidents to the police.

Federation of Citizens’ Assemblies report

Scott Blurton told the group that the FCA is active in many areas of interest to GACA, including access to public spaces in winter, the city’s upcoming strategic plan, community mailboxes and the ambassador program (which provides a link for developers at City Hall).

Nomination and election of Directors for 2016

Sylvia thanked the current slate of Directors and acknowledged the Directors who are not running again in 2016.

The following is the current slate of nominations for the 2016 Directors:

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

There were no additional nominations from the floor.

Marnie put forward a motion to accept the slate of candidates; it was seconded by Sue. All present were in favour.


Scott put forward a motion to adjourn the AGM; it was seconded by Peggy. All present were in favour.

Glebe Annex Community Association Board Meeting – May 18, 2016

Glebe Annex Community Association

Meeting of the Board of Directors

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Present: Scott Blurton, Darlene Charron, Maeve McMahon, Sylvia Milne

1. Call to Order:  The meeting was called to order at 6:34 p.m.

2. Approval of the Agenda 


  • Add the draws for the gift certificates (which were in the “Cleaning the Capital” kit) to “Parks” section (Item #10)  (Darlene Charron)
  • Add “Henry Lane” issue to “Community Report” (Item # 5) (Maeve McMahon)

Motion to approve amended minutes: Sylvia

Seconded by: Darlene

3. Motion to approve minutes from April 20th, 2016

Sylvia Milne put forward a motion to approve the previous minutes.

This was seconded by. Maeve McMahon.

4. Business arising from the previous meeting

i) Henry Lane Lighting

Carrie mentioned at the last meeting that the lights would turn off on Thursday evenings. Maeve called City Hall and talked to Jill about the issue. Jill was very responsive and took all of the information. Two work crews showed up the next day. Unfortunately, the light is still not working at dusk but it does turn on at 11 p.m.

George St-Michael works with Jill at the Lighting Department. He was told that the light is still not working. Neither of the lights on Henry Lane is working.

Suggestion: Getting the Lane into a police report may help.

New community police officer is Dawn____________.

ii) Parks and Recreation

Still no word has been received 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.

Results from Membership Survey regarding the lot (from Membership Drive Blitz) will be shared at the next meeting (June 15th).

iii) Traffic/Safety – 

To be discussed at June meeting when Peggy Kampouris will be there.

5. Community Report: Henry Lane Meeting

A meeting regarding Henry Lane concerns was held with a member of David Chernushenko’s office on Monday, May 16th.

Attendees: Peggy, Sylvia, Maeve, Carrie, and Justin Stratton, Assistant to Councillor David Chernushenko..

Justin mentioned that due to budget limitations, the city may not have funds for this project this year. No commitment by City Hall but it is under consideration.

However, every Lane should have a light standard.

Sylvia offered that one light may be appropriate for the time being and a marker at the other end.

It was noted when the group did their walk-about:

  • That on the Lane, there was a property owner who had extended his property into the Lane (between Bell and Lebreton) and as a result, there was no access from Henry Lane for cars.
  • The asphalt is in very rough shape (noted by city official).
  • Liability/Safety issue.
  • City should be plowing the Lane.
  • City official took down the address of the house owned by the late Mrs. Schnob.

Action: To be brought forward at next meeting.

6. Treasurer’s Report – 

Reported by Scott Blurton as Chris McCann is away

Motion: Emailed by Chris McCann to have a cheque written up to reimburse Brenda Quinlan for $42.45 for expenses incurred for supplies for the Membership Drive.

Seconded by: Darlene

Motion approved unanimously.

Action: Chris to write cheque when he returns.

FCA Cheque has not been sent.

Action: Scott will follow up with Lorne Cutler arrange drop-off.

7. Bike Rodeos – Reminder of details

Brenda has drafted a poster and David has printed and distributed the posters (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 put together an ad for posting on the G.A.C.A. website.

Darlene forwarded 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 drafted an email for Scott to forward to our database.

8. Planning and Development – 

Sylvia Milne reporting for Chris McCann

As of the last GCA Planning Committee meeting of May 10th, all of these proposals were on hold either with the developer, or the City:

  • 880-900 Bank Street (Beer Store/Mr. Muffler)

Sylvia and Scott attended the meeting. A lot of concern has been raised by residents. The GCA PC is waiting for revised documents from the City/developer prior to a formal 28 day public comment period. This proposal is reviewed in more detail on page 20 of the May 13, 2016 Glebe Report. No proposal submitted yet to city. Height of 8 stories, above zoning. See website by developer:

  • 852 Bank Street (Beside “Booster Juice”, McHale’s Automotive). The GCA P.C. is waiting to hear from the City after having made several suggestions for revisions to the developer’s initial proposal to the City.
  • 667 Bank Street (at corner of Clemow, La Strada parking lot) This property is subject to Heritage Impact considerations and hence, the developer will submit a revised Heritage Impact statement and revised plans.
  • 774 Bronson – (“Textbook Suites”) The G.C.A. PC submitted comments to the City on this proposal and is now waiting for the developer to revise its proposal to the City
  • 770 Bronson – (Emilio Linda Automotive) The developer submitted their proposal to the City but has now put their application on hold.

9. Membership – Sylvia Milne reporting for Brenda Quinlan


Helpers for Membership Drive: Darlene, Sylvia, Scott, Carrie, Peggy, Doug Milne

During the blitz on Sunday, May 15th, Brenda sold four memberships, along with 3 renewals. Seven to eight surveys were filled out. Of all who answered the survey, not many cared about planning if they lived further away from Carling Avenue.

Darlene sold 4 renewals. Scott sold 2 new memberships.

Action: Continue to follow up on Memberships.

Sylvia raised the concern that we should stay involved in planning matters but she wonders how many resources we should still put into these matters when it does not seem that many people are reading The Glebe Report. This could be due to the fact that many do not receive it if they live west of Abbas’ Convenience store.

10. Parks – Darlene Charron

Cleaning The Capital“: Our annual spring cleanup on Saturday, May 7th was another success with 19 hardworking participants spending 1 to 2 hours picking up:

  • 20 Glad garbage bags of litter
  • 10 bags of leaves
  • 4 larger items

Darlene completed the Cleanup Report Form and called 311 to have everything picked up that Monday.

Thank You’s to: 

  • Doug Milne (Photographer)
  • Tim Horton’s on Bronson (Mitzi, the manager) for donating a box of Timbits and coffee)
  • Abbas’ Grocery Store for bottles of water
  • Our volunteers!

Draw Winners:

Amy Kagerer (Peloso’s Dry-cleaning gift certificate for $25)

Mike Murphy (“Cleaning the Capital” t-shirt)

Suggestion raised to perhaps rename the park so that the name is more recognizable in our community. Apparently, a lot of work is involved to do so.

11. FCA Update – Scott Blurton

Scott has not been able to attend the April and may FCA meetings. Scott will attend the next meeting (AGM) in June. Scott will contact Lorne Cutler to organize a drop-off of our $30 cheque to pay the G.A.C.A. annual membership fees.

12. Glebe Report – Doug Milne (our “Reporter’)

Doug again took care of our May submission for the June issue.  Doug will be including  photos at our “Cleaning the Capital” event from May 7th and the winners of our draws.

Action #1: Scott will update the G.A.C.A. website with a link to the Glebe Report.

Action #2:  Sylvia will look into the “Mature Neighbourhoods” designation raised by the “Dow’s Lake Community Association” in the last issue. This would change the way in which certain planning rules are applied to the neighbourhood.

13. Other Business – 


14. Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, June 15th

15. Adjournment: 

Motion by Scott. Seconded by Sylvia. Approved by all.

The meeting ended at 8:10 p.m.