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.

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:

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 ( Feel free – but not obligated – to cc GACA ( 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

Glebe Annex Community Association Meeting of the Board of Directors – 18 June 2014

Present: Melanie Cave, Darlene Charron, Peggy Kampouris, Mary McIninch, Maeve McMahon, Chris McCann, Ron Poirier, Brenda Quinlan, Morris Rothman, Julie Stephens (newly elected board Member)


Peggy welcomed everyone to our last meeting prior to the summer break.

Approval of the Agenda

The following items were added to the agenda:

  • Zoning Review (Brenda) ** See Planning Item
  • Transportation in the GCA and Lansdowne Review (Chris)
  • G-Spot Cooperative Garden/Food Initiative (Maeve)
  • Vote for new Board Member (Darlene)
  • Fall Events (Darlene and Morris)

Brenda put forward a motion to accept the agenda; Mary seconded the motion.

Approval of the Previous Meeting’s Minutes (from May 21st)

Chris put forward a motion to accept the previous meeting’s minutes; Melanie seconded the motion.

Business Arising from Previous Minutes

Youth Representation on the GACA Board:

Ron Poirier reported that a new home owner and previous renter in our community is interested in getting involved with our board. His daughter, a Carleton University student, has expressed interest in joining as a Youth Representative.

Action: Ron to invite homeowner and his daughter to our September meeting.

Lighting issues and Tree Trimming on Maclean Street

Darlene reported that Natalie at David Chernushenko’s office had sent an email that they would be looking into the matter; however, the issue may only be addressed in the fall.

Action: Follow up to be scheduled at September board meeting.

Party in the Park: June 14th (Morris Rothman- Lead Organizer)

The board congratulated Morris for his fantastic efforts, hard work and organization of such a successful event.

Morris estimated 200 people participated throughout the 3 hour event (10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Highlights included:

  • Barbecue, various drinks and food
  • Rogers’ Community Cruiser (Tim Horton’s coffee and donut holes)
  • Colouring Contest
  • Counsellor Chernushenko judging the first “Colouring Contest”
  • Constable Matt Hunt chatting with various homeowners and renters and playing soccer with several children
  • Martial Arts group performing from Ottawa JKA and Shinseikan Dojo
  • The sidewalk “Artwork in Chalk” created by numerous children
  • Suggestion board for “Improvements to the Park”

Action: Local businesses will be given a “Special Certificate of Appreciation” from our Board in recognition of their assistance in sponsoring the event:

In addition, Morris mentioned the neighbour at 341 Bell Street South (beside Dalhousie South Park) who allowed us to run extension cords from his house.

  • Sponsorship After the Fact: Peggy has the name of the owner of two rental buildings who would also like to contribute to these types of events.

Suggestions for next year:

  • Have a First Aid kit on hand.
  • Have extra water on hand for emergency use.
  • Have handouts ready for those people who are unsure about buying memberships: explaining who we are, what we do.
  • Have a sign-up sheet: “Do you wish to stay in the loop?” in order to for people to add their email addresses. They would then be sent updates from our committee.
  • More recycling containers.
  • Rent tables from a company that can transport them and pick them up from the park.
  • Draw tickets to be printed off with space for person to write contact info on one side of the ticket and a tear off portion for the draw. Reason: There were many repeat winners at “Party in The Park” as we were using numbered tickets.

Action Item: Removal of posters on poles in neighbourhood due to City Bylaws. Please see items #12 and #13 in this link.

Treasurer’s Report (Chris McCann)

Signing authority on cheques: Chris has asked that this action item be carried over to the September meeting as Iain is currently away on business. It had been proposed that the Vice-President of GACA be granted signing authority.

“Party in the Park” Donation Jar: Chris reported that $191.15 was collected that day. The committee was very happy with that amount of support.

In addition, $90 in membership fees was collected.

Report from GCA AGM

Chris McCann attended the Glebe Community Association’s AGM and presented the GCA with the $144 owed to them as part of our agreement with the association ($2 per membership sold as of May 2014). Our agreement allows us the use of their meeting rooms, and for one to two members to attend their AGM, etc.

Some items of note for residents of the G.A.C.A.:

  • Paul Dewar is attempting to set up discussions with the chairperson of the NCC to pursue using parking lots in the government office complex (along Booth and Lebreton) and then using alternative routes to Lansdowne (rather than Lakeside) for the shuttle service on game and event days.
  • David Chernushenko talked about the near term possibility of the new Glebe bike route along O’Connor from Parliament Hill to Lansdowne and new bike lanes on the Bank Street Bridge. He also reported that the signalized crossing on the Queen Elizabeth Driveway at Fifth would, remarkably, be completed on time for the first football game (July 18th) at Lansdowne.
  • David Hole (, 613-816-0180) of the Ottawa Neighbourhood Study gave a presentation on “What Makes a Healthy Neighbourhood”. Relevant information/stats is contained in their website:

There are 108 neighbourhoods in Ottawa. We are not recognized yet as the Glebe Annex but, rather, as West Centretown. He would create a separate category for us if we request it. This would be a great resource for many relevant issues to us in terms of demographic profiles (population, income, education, health, linguistic and ethnic character, owners versus renters, shopping, bars, restaurants, etc.)

Membership (Brenda Quinlan)

Brenda reported that we are now up to 81 memberships. Nine memberships were sold at the “Party in The Park”.

Action: Brenda will do up a flyer to go with Membership Drive in the fall.
Safety/Traffic (Peggy Kampouris)

A few concerns were raised about parking on our streets when an event occurs at Lansdowne Park.

There was a reminder to all vehicle owners not to leave valuables in cars as there have been a few break-ins recently.

Ron mentioned that there had also been two house break-ins in the last month.

For more info, please go to:

Liaison with the City

Peggy volunteered to join the Working Group presently consisting of Darlene and Ron. This group will be working with Councillor Chernushenko’s office about our Safety Audit and LED project.

Action: Discussion to be continued at September meeting.

Parks (Mary McIninch)

Mary mentioned that she was unsure if the “Walk Through” of the park had been done yet.

The Parks Chair of the Glebe Community Association had been in touch with her a few times.

Some feedback included:

  • Keep green space intact for the soccer field.
  • Move benches by soccer area.
  • Check age of equipment.
  • Slide not to code but it would pass safety inspection.
  • Replace springs on teeter-totters (Contact 311)

Mary also announced that she would be stepping down as “Acting Chair” of this committee since Sue Stefko will be back for our September meeting.

Peggy thanked Mary for all of her work on the G.A.C.A.’s behalf.

Peggy will also be compiling the results of the suggestions written down and collected at our “Party In The Park”.

Some recurring suggestions: Water source, swings, better play structure, new benches

Web Update (David Perkins)

This report is to be given at the September meeting as David was unable to attend this meeting.

Planning/Rezoning of Ottawa (Brenda for Sylvia Milne)

Brenda attended the June 17th Rezoning Meeting on Sylvia’s behalf. This meeting was dedicated to the central area of Ottawa. The following are Brenda’s notes from the session:

2014 Zoning Review – Public Information Session – June 17, 2014

  • Bronson is Traditional Mainstreet under the Official Plan but most of the sites on the street are still zoned residential. In general, all properties on Bronson (Gloucester to Carling) will have Traditional Mainstreet designation to permit mix of residential and commercial uses.
  • Maximum height of 20m or 6 storeys.
  • Service stations and auto-dealerships only where they are already permitted – no new ones.
  • Recognize existing low-density residential uses (detached dwellings and duplexes) through an exception to the TM zone. Shallow lots (how shallow?) will require stepback after 4th floor on front and after 4th and 5th floors on back (not clear when this will happen – related to already existing low density housing, sunlight etc.)
  • Buildings can go right to sidewalk.
  • No mention of parking for commercial businesses.
  • Info provided about infill projects and specific requirements.

Residents are encouraged to check out the website for further information and take the opportunity to send comments to the city.

Tentative Scheduling:

  • August – comments submitted
  • September – draft report
  • October – final report
  • November – Planning Committee
  • December – presentation to Council

New Business

Transportation in the GCA and Lansdowne Review (Chris McCann)

Chris attended this meeting on GACA’s behalf. Here is his report:

This meeting was scheduled on June 17th by the GCA to deal with traffic related issues at the opening football game at Lansdowne and for other upcoming large events

  • Opening game is July 18th.
  • 25,000 additional people are expected to come to the Glebe as a result of this event.
  • The City and OSEG )Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group) are partners in launching this opening.
  • The City will be collecting data on traffic and transit usage, evaluating it and modifying the measures taken.
  • More Bylaw/Parking control officers (9) will be assigned to the Glebe, Old Ottawa South, Old Ottawa East. Currently, 3 are assigned at peak times and 1 in the evening.
  • The QED (Queen Elizabeth Driveway) will be the major route to get to and leave Lansdowne. People will arrive at/depart from Lansdowne via OC Transpo buses (about 90 bus trips), via OSEG shuttle buses along Lakeside Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Bank Street (about 80-90 bus trips), private vehicles for reserved on-site parking (1400), cycling and walking (3700 people), and via private vehicles parked on residential streets (6200).
  • Brian Mitchell, chair of G.C. A. Traffic, made a presentation in which he asked that the City/OSEG make more efforts to consult the community in advance and asked why major arterial roads (eg. Carling, Preston, Bronson) are not being used rather than residential streets (e.g. Lakeside Avenue and Fifth Avenue).

There is an Open House of Lansdowne for Glebe Residents (with guided tours) on Sunday, July 6th from 2 to 4 p.m.

G-Spot Cooperative Garden/Food Initiative (Maeve McMahon)

Maeve talked a bit more about this initiative, which has been operating for four years. Its goal is to try grow and cook food at low cost for students at Carleton University. The group had been invited to the “Party in the Park” but it is not clear if anyone attended.

Concerns by the Board were raised about the property standards of the building they use. Garbage accumulation has been a problem and the curbside appeal is dismal.

Action: Discussion to be revisited at the September meeting. It would be a good idea to make sure that the student group is aware of our AGM in October and that the group is invited.

Vote for New Board Member (Darlene for Sylvia Milne)

Darlene, acting on Sylvia’s behalf, proposed that Julie Stephens be elected to the board. Julie had been an observer at the May meeting. Julie has been an outstanding volunteer with our spring and fall clean-ups and was instrumental in dealing with recycling at our “Party in The Park”.

Julie introduced herself to the group, telling everyone a little about how long she has lived in the area, where she works, her hobbies, etc. The rest of the board did likewise.

Darlene put forward the motion that Julie be elected to the board. Brenda seconded the motion.

Fall Events (Darlene Charron and Morris Rothman)

Fall Clean-up: To be registered for Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Action: Darlene to register our group and to contact Tim Horton’s on Bronson Avenue (at Chamberlain) for coffee and donut holes as Tim Horton’s is one of the sponsors of this event.

Movie Night in the Park: To be rescheduled for Saturday, September 27th
Time: TBA

Action: Morris to contact previous sponsors for “Party In The Park”.

The board also voted that $150 (maximum) be put towards this event (using most of the donation money collected on June 14th). Darlene put forward the motion; Ron seconded the motion.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th at the Glebe Community Centre (175 Third Avenue) at 7 p.m.