From Carling, to Bronson, to the Queensway to Lebreton South Tue, 26 Nov 2019 17:50:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 47095493 GACA Board Meeting – October 15, 2019 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 12:50:17 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, October 15th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, Meeting Room


  • Carrie Bolton
  • David Perkins
  • Gabrielle Dallaporta
  • Joanne Benoit
  • Maja Rakocevic
  • Sue Stefko
  • Jonathan McLeod (Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard, City Councillor, Capital Ward)

1. Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

  • A motion was made by Carrie to approve the agenda with an amendment to add the item of the Chamberlain Study, seconded by Maja and carried.

3. Councillor’s Office Update (Jon)


  • Regarding 289 Carling, the Councillor received GACA’s letter providing feedback on the John Howard Society’s site plan. The Councillor’s office agrees with all of GACA’s suggestions.


  • Next Tuesday, October 22nd, there will be a budget consultation for Ottawa South Wards. This includes Capital Ward (which actually extends to Walkley Road) as well as River, Alta Vista and Gloucester-South Nepean Wards. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Jim Durrell Centre. On Tuesday, November 5th the five urban wards will have a budget meeting at City Hall at 6 p.m.


  • There will be a public consultation on Lansdowne on October 28th at the Aberdeen Pavilion. This is to talk about the vision going forward, and the City and OSEG roles regarding programming.


  • On Thursday, October 17th there will be a public consultation on the renewal of Bank Street, south of Riverside Drive to Ledbury Avenue. The Meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.


  • Serene is leaving her assistant position in the Councillor’s office (she was the mat replacement for Lina) – there is now a job opening in our city councillor’s office. If anyone knows of someone who may be interested in this position, the job description has been posted on twitter.

4. Chamberlain Avenue, Catherine Street and Isabella Study (Carrie)

  • The working group will meet for the last time on October 28th. They plan to finalize the changes they would like to propose, particularly changes on Chamberlain to Raymond, Isabella Street, Catherine and Bank at Metcalfe and O’Connor.
  • Any construction would be required to wait until the Bronson off-ramp is completed.

5. Glebe Annex Traffic Issues (Gabrielle)

  • Some Clemow residents have made complaints about speeding and parking on their street. In addition, flex stakes were installed as a new traffic calming measure on both Powell and Cambridge, which are also of concern to some residents.
  • GACA is asking for Councillor Menard’s office support for additional traffic calming measures. There is an increase in both concern and traffic.
  • Jon mentioned there are two ways to request these, through the ward budget (which is more limited), or through the City’s program that deals with permanent traffic calming measures. The city program is for all wards of the City of Ottawa.
  • The question was raised as to how the city conducts traffic studies. It was commented that it appears that the City does not fully account for pedestrians. How and when does the city conduct these studies? Jon said studies are undertaken where there are good reasons presented to request one.
  • Questions were raised as to: what is the best way in determining where traffic trouble spots are, and are studies helpful? Sue mentioned that the last study for our area is from 2006. Should we push for a new study? What are the bests measures?
  • Jon will look into traffic studies. He noted that the most effective traffic calming measures are speed bumps and curb planters/bulb-outs.
  • There are speeding concerns in the Glebe Annex, as the area is often used for drivers to short cut through to Carling, Bronson and Booth.

6. Federal Candidates Debate (Gabrielle)

  • The Federal Candidates’ debate held on September 25th was a huge success, with 400 seated attendees, 150 standing, and 300 turned away. A thank you was made to Gabrielle who played a role in getting Rogers to live stream the event. They had a huge online audience, and some even had trouble getting access due to such high demand.
  • A bigger location venue will be required for the next debate.
  • It was generally felt that that Adrian Harewood of the CBC did a great job moderating. One issue raised was that Adrian did not take many questions provided by the Community Associations or the public. Most of the questions were his own. This may have misled the public, who thought that they could ask questions, and may have been unfair at times to the candidates, as the format of allowing each candidate to answer each question was not followed. However, it was an engaging debate, and the feedback was mostly very positive.
  • There will be a debate debrief on October 22nd to discuss what went well and what did not and what could be changed for next time.

7. GACA’s AGM (Sue)

  • We could use the preschool room for next year’s AGM at the Glebe Community Centre, it is a better size for the AGM than the large auditorium.
  • There have been some comments made that more people would go to the AGM if the location was closer to our neighbourhood. We have the option of having it at the Kings’ Daughters and Sons senior apartments, just south of Carling. The rental cost would be $50.00. It is a good size room and is the same one where the Lakelander meeting regarding the John Howard Society’s build at 289 Carling was held.
  • Sue made a motion to move the AGM to the Kings’ Daughters and Sons, seconded by Carrie, and carried.
  • Sue will check for the availability of Wednesday, May 13th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for the next GACA AGM.

8. Fundraising/Membership (Joanne)

  • The suggestion of running a lottery, e.g. a 50/50 was made.
  • Questions raised as to what would we spend the money on? More events? We do have money in budget, is this something we wish to do?
  • The idea of selling raffle tickets instead of free prizes at our events was raised, but was opposed by some board members. We have lower income people in our area, and some felt that it is nice to have a completely free event, including food and a chance to win a prize. We do have a lot of people who sign up for our newsletter who are not members, that is available to everyone.
  • If we had a larger reserve of money, could we do a ‘give what you can’ membership fee? Some would be generous, it is hoped.
  • Is it possible to get more corporate memberships?
  • Joanne will investigate the rules regarding a 50/50 or lottery with a prize; maybe this is something that could be combined with our membership drive and our event(s).

9. Commemorative Park Naming – Change name of Dalhousie Park to Abbas (Joanne)

  • The idea about whether or not to rename the park in honour of the Abbas family was discussed. Abbas has given so much to our neighbourhood – they played a role in establishing Dalhousie South Park, provide most of the food for our events, and give food to their customers at times. They have helped families in the community in need, and still allow their customers to run tabs. This store was opened by Roddy and Mike’s parents in the 1960s.
  • Everyone agreed that the Abbas family deserves recognition, and that the brothers contribute much to the community. Concern was raised about the Hogans’ store owner and clients feeling slighted if we went forward with the commemorative park naming of Abbas. Hogan’s is the oldest corner store in the area, and possibly in Ottawa, and they are also committed to the neighbourhood.
  • The name Abbas needs to be vetted by the City for duplication to ensure that it meets 911 requirements. It could not, for example, be a similar name to another city park as this could cause confusion if an emergency response is required. In fact, the current name, Dalhousie South Park could cause confusion, seeing that Dalhousie Street is in the Market. If the name is acceptable, then the application process can commence. The application would require the support of our city councillor.
  • Joanne will investigate the application process, and if Abbas does qualify for consideration, then it could be further discussed as to whether GACA or individuals (the general community) will make the application.

10. Adjournment

  • The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Carrie and second by Maja. The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
GACA Board Meeting – September 17, 2019 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 12:39:51 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, September 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, Meeting Room


  • Carrie Bolton
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Gabrielle Dallaporta
  • Peggy Kampouris
  • Jonathan McLeod (Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard, City Councillor, Capital Ward)

1. Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

  • A motion was made by Cathy to accept the agenda with an amendment to include an item to discuss the Official Plan, which was accepted.

3. Acceptance of minutes of draft AGM minutes

  • Jon was asked for clarification regarding some of the councillor’s remarks at the AGM. Jon will review the draft minutes to ensure the information was captured correctly. Jon noted that the work on Carling related to the introduction of Transit Priority Measures will be delayed until phase 2 of the O-train (Trillium Line) is complete. This is expected to take at least four years.
  • There was no vote to accept the draft AGM minutes, as this will be done at the next AGM.

4. Acceptance of minutes of last board meeting (June 18)

  • Accepted

5. Business arising from minutes of June 18

  • Nothing.

6. Update from City Councillor Shaw Menard’s Office (Jonathan)

6.1 Update on Bronson Avenue Construction

  • A lane has reopened to traffic, so drivers can now travel all the way down Bronson. There is more traffic within the community as a result of the Bronson restrictions, and monitoring is taking place. No measures have yet been put in place.

6.2 Traffic Calming Measures

  • In the last several months, traffic calming measures have been implemented on Bronson (close to Carleton). Speed limits have decreased. There are several ongoing projects related to Bronson, as well as a visioning exercise to redo Bronson as a whole. This will be undertaken to review the entire stretch of Bronson from the Queensway to the canal (Sunnyside), including the implementation of infrastructure for bikes.
  • While there are some pilot projects ongoing related to the Glebe and Ottawa South neighbourhoods, there are plans to eventually reduce speed limits to 30km/h for residential areas of the entire ward. While the season to implement traffic calming measures is now over, the planning phase for 2020 will begin and be implemented next spring/summer. Gabrielle will be working with Sue, Peggy and Jon on a plan for traffic calming in the Glebe Annex.

6.3 Development

  • 289 Carling is proceeding. The John Howard Society is planning to break ground in the spring. There is an issue in that the parking lot is not being maintained at the moment (large amount of garbage and weeds). The city is monitoring and has promised to clean it up.
  • 291 Carling – There is agreement with Canada Lands to have another meeting with representatives from the community. Key issues with the development remain regarding height, number and size of buildings, access to green space, and diversification of unit types. There are currently some questions regarding zoning of the lot – the councillor remains engaged with Canada Lands Company.
  • Carrie asked Jon about inclusionary housing policy. Jon mentioned that for every development that comes to them for review, the councillor’s office applies this lens. He mentioned that with Ottawa Public Health getting involved, this issue now carries more weight.

7. Federal leadership candidate’s debate (Gabrielle)

  • The board agreed to bring forward two questions at the debate – a question on climate change and one on electoral reform. Gabrielle will formulate the precise wording and will share with the debate committee.
  • Gabrielle asked for volunteers to help with items before the debate (assist GNAG to set up risers, place tables and chairs on the stage, place tables and chairs along the side of the hall, set up 300 chairs, demarcate a corridor for wheelchairs, etc.), during the debate (serve as runners giving cards and pens to those wishing to ask questions), and after the debate (stack and put away tables, risers, 300 chairs, sweep floors) – Carrie, Sue, and David agreed to help. Gabrielle will send additional information.
  • We were asked by the NDP candidate if the Board was interested in meeting with her at some point before the election. The candidate was not available to come to our board meetings, however, and the board decided not to convene a special meeting to meet with her.

8. 291 Carling Update (Sue)

  • ” Canada Lands was scheduled to apply to change the site’s zoning in the summer. Their application has now been delayed to the Fall (approx. the end of October) due to the large amount of feedback that Canada Lands Received. This includes written comments and verbal feedback in meetings with various community members.

9. 289 Carling site plan proposal (Sue)

  • We have until Sep 27th to provide comments to the city on this development’s proposed site plan. The following issues were discussed as potentially being part of official Glebe Annex response: There were suggestions made by a member of the Urban Design Review Panel that the proposed parking configuration is too confusing and thus dangerous. We will look into this further to see we can suggest improvements. We may include comments regarding the privacy of Lakelander residents for the third-floor terraces (which was not included in the site plan), the desire for more native plants in the landscape plan, which parking level should include bike parking, and clarify plans for garbage pick-up. Cathy suggested emphasizing pedestrian safety at the exit and entry points for vehicles along Bell St South. For instance, if the entry is to be on an incline, we need to make sure that drivers will see pedestrians, and that vehicles pull out of the parking garage slowly. Measures such as a gate with a sensor or speed bump could help mitigate these concerns.
  • Bell Street may need a traffic light at Carling, given the increased foot traffic due to this development and 291 Carling. However, this issue is better suited for discussion as part of the work scheduled for Carling Ave.

10. Civic events funding program (Sue and Gabrielle)

  • The City of Ottawa offers yearly civic event program grants, where they give up to $3000 to groups to host community building events. We put in for grants before for other programs, but have not been successful. We are planning to do another party in park anyway, but would like to start planning now and put in for this grant. Sue proposed a motion to spend up to $300 for GACA to pay towards such an event. Carrie seconded, and everyone was in favour.

11. Membership stats update

  • We have 76 paying members this year. Two of those are corporate. More than $900 has been raised through the membership campaign. Membership is down from last year. Last year we had 96. We have over 220 people on mailing list, however, so our reach is better, but our total membership is down.

12. Official Plan

  • The city is encouraging people to run workshops. There is survey on each of the 5 moves that is open until the end of September. Sue will send out link to the surveys to the board. The Councillor’s office will share the work they have done on this with us.

13. Adjournment

” The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Welcoming Dalhousie South Park Back Sun, 17 Nov 2019 17:01:22 +0000 By Sue Stefko
(Appeared in the Glebe Report, December 2018)

It was a cold, rainy and windy November day – but that wasn’t enough to stop the intrepid residents of the Glebe Annex from coming out to celebrate the re-opening of the community’s only park, Dalhousie South Park.

Construction began at the beginning of August, and while the original plan was to complete construction within two weeks, delays occurred after it was realized that the planned placement of the park’s gazebo did not fit code. Plans had to be redrawn to move the gazebo back a metre, and a new building permit issued, delaying completion significantly. Finally, work was completed the last week of October, and the community association mobilized quickly to welcome the renewed park into the neighbourhood.

The November 3rd celebration was attended by Councillor David Chernushenko, whose support was instrumental to the project. While the park renewal was already scheduled, Councillor Chernushenko’s decision to use Capital Ward’s cash in lieu of parkland funds dramatically enhanced the planned renewal, increasing the number of play structures and the overall usability of the park.

The re-opening was also an opportunity to celebrate those who had been instrumental in the creation of the original park in 1995. Mr. Ray Lalonde, who has lived in the neighbourhood since 1952 (after he was expropriated from his previous house when the federal government was building the Natural Resource Canada buildings between Lebreton St South and Booth St.), helped cut the ribbon. Mr. Lalonde, known affectionately by his neighbours as the ‘Mayor of Plymouth St.’ has long been an active community member, and was involved in the efforts to create the park. As part of the Dalhousie South Residents Association, he fought alongside other neighbourhood residents for the city to build a park where three derelict houses stood, between 343 and 347 Bell St South. To our knowledge, he has lived in the Glebe Annex the longest of any of the current residents and is the only person to attend both the initial opening as well as the re-opening ceremonies.

While it was a fitting moment to honour the history of the park, the future of the park, and those for whom it is being renewed, were not forgotten. Two neighbourhood children, Claire and Owen, took their places alongside Mr. Lalonde to cut the ribbon to officially open the park.

Of course, no ceremony is complete without cake – and so to wrap up the event, and to help transition to the more social part of the occasion, the Carey family cut the cake to start the celebrations. The family, which has lived in the neighbourhood for nearly a decade, have long been supporters of the park, helping keep it looking its best by participating in the community’s spring and fall clean-ups. Their sons, James and Jack, tested out the equipment, both before and after the ceremony, giving it a “two thumbs up.” In fact, while most of the adults were shivering, the children continued to enjoy the new park with enthusiasm, seemingly impervious to the cold.

Although most did not linger long for the social part of the event due to the driving winds, the goal was accomplished – members of the community gathered to welcome an important part of the neighbourhood back into the fold, celebrating both its history and its future.

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GACA Board Meeting – June 18, 2019 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:53:38 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, Meeting Room


  • Carrie Bolton
  • Joanne Benoit
  • Gabrielle Dallaporta
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Corinne Meadows
  • Peggy Kampouris

1. Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m.
  • Sue thanked the new members, who each introduced themselves and said a few introductory words. Sue welcomed returning board members back.

2. Approval of Agenda

  • A motion was made to accept the agenda with an amendment to include the membership campaign, under business arising from the Minutes of April 16th. The motion was made by Sue and seconded by Carrie. A second motion was made by Joanne to provide an update on the Glebe Garage sale, also under business arising. This motion was seconded by David and carried.

3. Acceptance of minutes of the April 16, 2019 board meeting

  • A motion to accept the minutes of April 16th was made by David and seconded by Carrie, carried.

4. Business Arising from the Minutes of April 16, 2019

4.1 Glebe Garage Sale – Joanne

  • It was decided that due to everyone’s busy schedules, there was too much work required, and the minimum financial return would not make it worthwhile. Therefore, GACA did not have a table at this year’s Glebe sale. It was not a big money maker last year, about $100 was made selling plants and water. Last year the plants were donated, this year we would have had to purchase them. The investment would be buying a plant for $1 and then selling it for $2.

4.2 Membership Campaign – Sue

  • Our membership campaign is getting into full swing. Corporate members pay $50, we currently have two. Memberships can be purchased online. Two dollars of each $10 membership fee goes to the Glebe Community Association, as we are under the GCA umbrella – we get benefits for our fees, such as this meeting space.
  • Board members were requested that if they can’t reach current members when they canvass them, to let Sue know and she can reach out from the GACA email account to them.

5. Election of New GACA Board Members and 2019/2020 Board Dates – Sue


  • GACA executive positions include: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Areas needing GACA representatives include parks and green space, safety, planning/development, membership and outreach, and traffic and transportation. David takes care of the GACA website and social media. When it comes to development, individual developments include the Civic hospital (Sue is on the engagement committee), and the Taggart building (275 Carling), which Sylvia is taking care of. 289 Carling and 291 Carling are available if anyone wants to represent these. We are assured some green space at 291 Carling; this is part of the agreement between the Algonquins of Ontario and the Canada Lands Company.
  • President: Sue was re-elected as president. The Vice President’s role is to support the president and is responsible for running the board meetings if the President is not there. Gabrielle was elected as Vice President. Joanne will remain as secretary, Maja as Treasurer. In order to cut our monthly costs, Gabrielle offered to research other bank options.
  • If someone does not have a position, they are considered a board member at large. They may have a portfolio if they choose. Corrine accepted taking on parks and green space. Peggy will take on security and will provide her expertise on files such as traffic and transportation. Carrie will continue with the environmental and planning areas she has been working on.
  • It could be good to work with the work with the GCA on their traffic committee, particularly regarding reducing speed limits. As soon as the new buildings are completed, there will be more pedestrians. The 30-speed limit is currently a trial. The GCA has a Development & Planning committee, the meetings are very Glebe focused ,but we also have not been very present. FCA also has a planning group that is also helpful to attend.
  • Membership and community outreach: we still struggle to get and keep organized, and also need to reach out to apartments and condos. It was suggested that we have a strategy meeting separately, to look at how we can increase our membership. Investing more effort into our Facebook page could generate more community interest and engagement.


  • 2019/2020 Board Dates – available dates for the 2020 board dates include the first and third Tuesday of the month. Commencing in January 2020, it was agreed that we will move our meetings to the first Tuesday of the month. They will continue the third Tuesday of the month until the end of this year.

6. Park Party (Gabrielle)

  • The park party starts at 1 p.m. this Saturday
  • There will be BBQ hotdogs, veggie dogs, chips, soft drinks, and ice cream treats.
  • Our food has been sponsored from Abbas, and with gift cards donated from McKeen’s Metro and Massine’s Independent grocer.
  • CKCU, the Carleton University radio station, will be there.
  • The Ottawa Art Gallery will have their pop-up tent with art activities.
  • There will be face painting.
  • Sparky from the Ottawa Fury will be in attendance for an hour.
  • Gabrielle will host games – one will be a soccer game when Sparky is on site.
  • There are many prizes such as MacDonald’s coupons, lots of museum passes, gift cards for the NAC, Haunted Walk tickets, and more
  • Set up will take place around 12:00 p.m. – please come and help if you can.

7. Adopt a Park Renewal Term for Dalhousie South Park (Sue)

  • GACA adopted Dalhousie South Park, it has been five years and the adoption is up for renewal. The only requirement is that we commit to doing two clean-ups a year. The commitment is a 2-year minimum up to a 5-year maximum. Renewal for 5 years was supported unanimously. We would possibly like to propose the possibility of having a wildlife garden, which we will need to inform the city about. If so, Sue will put another grant application in for a planter.

8. General Information (Sue)


  • Ottawa Centre Candidate Debate for the federal election – GACA Volunteers are needed to attend the debate organization meetings and help at the event. The debate will be held on September 25th. Gabrielle and Corinne would both like to help with this.


  • The organization StopGap has made a request to GACA for finances and/or for volunteer help. The organization’s goal is to make communities more accessible, for example by building accessible ramps. It was felt that we are unable to provide support at this time.


  • If a GACA board member is interested in attending, there is a Ward Council Wednesday, June 26th, which will be focussed on cash in lieu of parkland. The meeting takes place at Heron Park at 6:30 p.m. Corinne agreed to attend, along with Sue.

9. Upcoming Community Consultations (Sue)

  • Lebreton Flats – there is an online survey available to provide feedback on this development.
  • 291 Carling – CLC will soon be announcing their next consultation meeting.
  • There will be another public consultation for the Bank Street height and character study on June 20th for those who would like to attend.
  • Urban councillors will be hosting a public consultation on the Official Plan at City Hall on Monday June 24th.

10. Ottawa Official Plan and the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa (FCA) (Carrie)

  • There will be an Official Plan meeting on June 26th. The FCA are engaged in this process.
  • The FCA is looking for members to participate in their planning committee.

11. Adjournment:

  • The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
GACA Board Meeting – April 16, 2019 Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:44:54 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Location: Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Ave, Meeting Room


  • Carrie Bolton
  • Cathy
  • Joanne Benoit
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Maja Rakocevic
  • Sylvia Milne
  • Jonathan McLeod (Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard, City Councillor, Capital Ward)

1. Call to Order

  • The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m.

2. Approval of Agenda

  • The motion was made to accept the agenda with an amendment to include a summary from Carrie on the Chamberlain design study meeting held earlier today. The motion was made by Carrie and seconded by Maja.

3. Acceptance of minutes of March 19, 2019 board meeting

  • There was a proposed change to the March 19th minutes for the sake of clarification. It asks for the replacement of the first bullet under 5.4 OC Transpo Bus Service Bronson/Carling to now read:
    • Routes 101 and 103 will be combined into route 55. Route 55 will go between Bayshore (will no longer go to Moodie) and Elmvale, Monday – Saturday. From Bayshore, the 55 will take Carling to Booth and up to Chamberlain/Isabella to Lees Station and then south along Main. It will no longer travel to Hurdman or St-Laurent but will instead go to the hospital General Campus and then on to Elmvale. On Sunday, it will only go between the General Campus and Elmvale.
  • A motion to accept the minutes with this amendment was made by Joanne and seconded by Sue, carried.

4. Business Arising from the Minutes of March 19, 2019

  • The Mascot for GACA’s June 22nd Park Party – this item was moved to the park party discussion, item 6.2

5. Update from City Councillor Shaw Menard’s Office (Jonathan)


  • OC Transpo – Bus route number 10 will be reducing service when the LRT service begins. However, Jon could not find any information regarding this on the OC Transpo website. He is going to ask for clarification from OC Transpo.
  • At the last meeting it was asked why there are so many out of service OC Transpo buses, and whether or not buses at the end of their assigned route could be used move passengers to the start of the buses’ next route. Jon explained why it would be difficult – there are many factors involved, including buses frequently being re-routed, and thus the lack of a predictable schedule for transit riders. Jon said that they can relook at the possible use of out of service buses for express routes when the LRT is up and running. No new date for when the LRT will be in operation has been announced.


  • Traffic calming measure – our councillor’s office is looking at the possibility of getting planters installed on streets like Powell, and other Glebe Annex streets, similar to those throughout Centretown and in the Glebe, among other areas. Measures like planters give drivers more of a sense that they are in residential space, versus just a road. They also serve to slightly narrow the street.
  • Jonathan referred to a traffic study that Sue had sent him. He will investigate to see if other research exists that identifies problem areas in our neighbourhood.


  • There will be a second public consultation for the Bank Street Height and Character Study. It will take place on Thursday June 20th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Glebe Community Centre.


  • Environment Committee – the motion to delay the use of plastic bags in the green bin did not pass. The declaration of a climate emergency did pass, however. This includes a list of several steps the city is going to take to meet the mandate of fighting climate change. Ariela is the new environment contact for Shawn Menard’s office. Please continue to copy Jonathan on emails, however, to ensure broader awareness of issues we may raise.


  • Jon took questions/comments from the board. On another environment note, Cathy suggested reaching out to apartment buildings to turn off the heat in building vestibules in the winter. Many are extremely warm. However, it was noted that the reason the heat is kept so high is to prevent slush from turning to ice, so that entrances are not slippery. New buildings may have better systems in place; Jon will mention this issue to Ariela.
  • A point was raised regarding OC Transpo’s route number 10. If route 10 is going to be reduced in service, GACA would like to mount a campaign against this change. Given this route also serves Carleton University, we may get additional support in our efforts.

6. Events (Sue)


  • Capital Spikes Rodeo is taking place for the second time in Old Ottawa South, May 31- June 2. This event is designed to explore and promote safe bike routes, and they will hold a bike ride, free tune-up and rodeo on June 2nd. They are inviting all Capital Ward associations to take part. No GACA board members are available to help with the event, but we will promote it so that people in our community are aware of it.


  • GACA Park Party – will be held June 22. Carleton University’s CKCU radio station has confirmed they will participate.
  • GACA did not get the TD grant, so this will be our only event of the season. Sue is proposing we make it a little bigger event given that it’s our only one of the year.
  • It was suggested and supported that we hold the event 1 to 4 p.m. (post lunch)
  • The party will have food: hot dogs, freezies, snacky items, a sundae bar is a possibility, water/pop etc. Some activities include a freeze dance competition, a bubble making station, frisbees, popcorn, and a hula hoop competition. Sue will ask the Glebe Community Association (GCA) for insurance.
  • David, Maja, Joanne, Gabrielle and Sue will help at the event. Gabrielle is going to design the poster.
  • Sue made a motion to approve a $350.00 budget for the park party, seconded by Carrie, which was carried.
  • Jonathan did not hear back from The Ottawa Champions, but we may be getting one of Lansdowne Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group’s (OSEG) mascots.
  • The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) has been asked to come and set up a craft station.
  • If we have competitions at the park party, we would like to give out prizes. Ideas include Haunted Walk and Mayfair movie tickets.
  • Everyone was supportive of the plans introduced for the party in the park.


  • Glebe Garage Sale – May 25 – the driveway that we used last year has been offered again, thanks to Lee’s connections. Lee will provide plants and can be there most of the day. There is value in that it is a community event. The location is on Powell, just past Percy. David, Sue, Carrie, and Alex, who volunteered last year, will help.


  • Spring Clean Reminder – It will take place on Saturday, May 4th with a rain date of Sunday, May 5th. 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Coffee and donuts will be provided again by the Buduchnist Credit Union.

7. Constitution Revision (Sue)

  • The GACA constitution has not be revised since GACA started in 2013. Changes to the GACA constitution need to take place at an AGM. Approval requires two thirds of the people present to vote. We will circulate any proposed changes prior to, and then again at the AGM. The main reason we started to look at the constitution was to accept Maja being on our board, as she lives outside the GACA community. Our current constitution requires that you live in the Glebe Annex.
  • Sue’s proposed changes include the “Maja clause”. Some other potential changes were discussed, such as the number of board meetings between annual general meetings. While it was suggested that we only hold ourselves to six, the board decided that keeping eight was more appropriate. Most of the other proposed changes are related to formatting.
  • Sue will circulate the changes discussed prior to the AGM, where they will be proposed for approval.
  • The proposed amended constitution is appendix A, to the April 16th minutes.

8. GACA May 9th AGM (Sue)

  • Sign in Sheet – David suggested we ask people to sign in as they enter, and to indicate whether or not they are a member, as only members can vote on changing the constitution.
  • Maja, Sylvia and Carrie will help with sign in and memberships.

9. GACA Membership

  • The membership drive will get underway at the AGM and we will start our campaign end of May/early June. Sue will circulate the final material.
  • David brought the new template for the membership pamphlet. Everyone really liked the new design and layout. The cost to print 500 pamphlets is $130.00, though we could also print less at a higher per unit cost. Maja made the motion that we approve the cost of $130 to print 500 pamphlets, seconded by Joanne, and carried.

10. Chamber Design Study (Carrie)

  • This Functional Design Study, which had started last year and then paused, has since been revived. It encompasses Chamberlain between Percy and Elgin as well as Catherine between Elgin and Bronson, Bank between Catherine and Isabella, and Metcalfe from Argyle to Catherine. The study is considering traffic impacts, and ways to improve walking, cycling, and traffic circulation. There will be another meeting in June.

11. 289 Carling Avenue – Other JHS Buildings and Neighbourhood Impact


  • The Lakelander will be holding an information session on 289 Carling. The John Howard Society will be presenting. It will be held on Tuesday, April 30th, at 6:30 p.m. We are welcome to attend. Sylvia will reach out to Krikor to verify we can send the notice to our community.


  • We will discuss the impact of other JHS buildings in other communities at our next meeting

12. May 21st GACA Board Meeting

  • The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Community Engagement for the Ottawa Hospital Campus Expansion Sun, 22 Sep 2019 12:28:38 +0000 By Bhagwant Sandhu and Sue Stefko, Campus Engagement Group members
(Appeared in the Glebe Report, September 2019)

After many years of back and forth decision-making, the three levels of government jointly announced in 2016 that The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus would be replaced by a new facility at the eastern side of the Central Experimental Farm, in the vicinity of Carling Avenue, Preston Street and Prince of Wales Drive. Once operational, the new hospital is expected to make a notable impact on nearby communities – built on 50 acres of land, it will have more space than the existing Civic Campus to enable it to accommodate the health-care needs of Ottawa and eastern Ontario’s growing and changing population.

In 2018, the Hospital assembled a 22-member Campus Engagement Group (CEG) to help plan for the new campus, and to ensure community perspectives would be considered. The two of us were selected to represent the Dow’s Lake Resident’s Association, the Glebe Community Association, and the Glebe Annex Community Association.

The CEG’s other members represent different neighbourhoods and interests, including representatives for patients and families, surrounding neighbourhoods, the Central Experimental Farm, the site’s heritage, the environment, accessibility, as well as several “institutional partners,” such as The Ottawa Hospital itself, the City of Ottawa, and the National Capital Commission. The CEG’s deliberations are one part of a multi-faceted community engagement process, which also includes activities such as community engagement events and online consultations.

Planning for the new campus is in its very early stages. The CEG is presently deliberating, for instance, ways to ensure the best trade-offs between green space and parking. The vision for the new campus is for it to be a state-of-the-art medical facility that includes research and education components, but more than that, to also be fully integrated with and respectful of the community it serves.

As the CEG’s discussions proceed, it has become clear that some of the most important decisions will lie with the City of Ottawa (e.g. final approval of the site’s zoning). The City is also developing a new Official Plan, which envisions making Ottawa the most livable mid-sized city in North America. The CEG is proposing to make the new campus project a flagship of the Official Plan by incorporating two principles: one, good urban design as a key contributor to a healthy community; and two, the right approach to community engagement as a key contributor to good design.

While it has been some time since the hospital has engaged the community at large, work continues behind the scenes. A pre-qualification process is underway to select companies who will be hired to complete studies in a number of areas. These include the heritage aspects of the site, the site plan, servicing, and transportation.

Work on these studies is expected to begin by November. This work will help further refine the architectural plans that were unveiled in the beginning of 2018. There is still a number of years before construction is expected to get underway, however – currently the hospital plans to open the new facility in 2026 or 2027. We plan to keep the community updated with regular progress reports as this process unfolds.


Photos: Courtesy of Ottawa Hospital (image of the current Civic Hospital campus, and the future hospital site)

289 Carling Site Plan Sun, 15 Sep 2019 10:12:19 +0000 The John Howard Society (JHS) has released a site plan proposal for 289 Carling. There are no major surprises. As promised, the plan conforms to zoning, with no variances required. The development will still contain 40 units, space for education and training, JHS staff offices, and 29 parking spots.

Unfortunately, none of the trees will be saved – the only green space that is expected to survive is the hedge at the north end of the property. While replacement plantings, including some trees along Carling Ave, are proposed, we are encouraging the JHS to use native trees to help local wildlife instead of what is currently planned (namely, non-native Norway Maples).

As a result of these additional details becoming clear, the JHS has also updated its “Questions and Answers” document that’s on our website. The most significant updates are:

  • The inclusion of the site plan info;
  • Results of the environmental testing (the site was found to be higher than what are considered to be safe levels for a number of contaminants such as arsenic, lead, zinc, mercury, etc.);
  • The fate of the site’s trees; and,
  • Updated timelines. Of note, the remediation is now expected to occur in the spring or summer of 2020, followed by construction (not this fall as previously planned).

The city is taking comments on the plan until September 17th. Please take some time to review the plans, and if you have comments, concerns or questions, the city point of contact is: Jenny Kluke –, 613-580-2424 ext. 27184. Please also cc us ( on your comments so we are aware of the community’s concerns and can better advocate on its behalf.

Thank you for your input into the Canada Lands’ Proposal for 291 Carling Sun, 15 Sep 2019 10:06:38 +0000 Here is proof that community engagement can make a difference!

Canada Lands Company had initially planned to submit a zoning change application to the city this summer based on the plan they unveiled in June. However, as a result of the significant feedback received, including from residents from the Glebe Annex and Dow’s Lake, as well as from Councillor Menard, they are now planning to go back to their consultant and architect to assess the proposed plan.

They expect to revise the plans and meet back with the community this fall on the changes. We’re not sure how significant the amendments will be – Canada Lands has cautioned us that the changes probably won’t be massive – but they have heard our concerns about height and light, and we remain hopeful to see some positive changes.

Thanks to those who provided input and feedback!

Bus schedules after the Phase 1 LRT Launch Sun, 15 Sep 2019 10:02:41 +0000 As we prepare for the LRT’s launch on the afternoon of September 14th, OC Transpo has updated its website to help Ottawa residents prepare for the change, including providing information on hours of operation, how to pay, etc:

All bus routes will remain as is until October 6th, at which point a number of routes will be amended:

For our neighbourhood, some of the changes include:

Route 10: Going towards downtown, it will stop at Lyon Station instead of continuing to the Rideau Centre. Going away from downtown, the route will be extended. Instead of stopping at Carleton University, it will be combined with Route 104 and extended to Hurdman Station.

Route 14: Going east, there will be no change – it will still go through downtown to St. Laurent Station. Going west, it will end at Tunney’s Pasture Station (no longer going through Carlington – which will become Route 53).

Route 85: Going towards downtown, it will stop at Pimisi Station and then go to Gatineau (no longer going downtown). Going west, it will still go to Bayshore Station.

Route 101: Will be renumbered as Route 55. Going east, it will no longer go to Hurdman or St-Laurent Stations, but will go to Lees, and continue to the Ottawa Hospital General Campus and Elmvale. Going west, it will no longer go to Moodie, but will stop at Bayshore Station.

Route 103: Will no longer exist. Will be replaced by route 55.

Fall Community Clean-Up Sun, 15 Sep 2019 10:00:27 +0000 Please join us for our fall community clean-up as part of the city’s Cleaning the Capital Campaign.

Date: Saturday, September 21st, 10:30-noon
Location: Dalhousie South Park, 343 Bell St South

Rain date: Saturday, September 28th, 10:30-noon

As per longstanding tradition, the Buduchnist Credit Union will be supplying us with coffee and doughnuts to get us through the morning. We hope to see you there!