From Carling, to Bronson, to the Queensway to Lebreton South Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:16:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 32 32 47095493 GACA Board Meeting – March 19, 2019 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:14:55 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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

  • Carrie Bolton
  • Cathy
  • Joanne Benoit
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Maja Rakocevic
  • 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

Amendment to the agenda was made to add the AGM as a topic following the Dalhousie Park re-opening, Take 2.
  • The motion to accept the amended agenda was made Joanne and seconded by Maja.

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

No changes were proposed to the minutes of February 19, 2019
  • Motion to accept the minutes was made by Carrie and seconded by Maja.

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

There were no matters arising from the previous minutes.

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

5.1   Capital Ward has a new member

Jonathan announced that Councillor Menard and his wife had a baby girl, Hazel, who was born on March 18th.

5.2 John Howard Society (JHS) Open House (Sue)

There was a big turn out at the JHS Open House
Attendees raised a variety of concerns including:
  • Uncertainty/concern regarding who the building residents would be
  • The possibility of 289 Carling residents affecting neighbourhood safety, particularly in nearby parks
  • The programs offered/number of people attending programs at this location for non-building residents
  • That people may loiter outside the building
One woman attending the meeting spoke of her personal experience.  She lived in Vanier when a similar housing complex had been built. She was very opposed to it initially. She said that it turned out to be a positive experience, and that the building’s residents are great neighbours. She was emotional in expressing her support for this project.
The JHS felt that the meeting was productive, and that it was helpful to better understand the community’s concerns.

5.3 Budget Vote and the LRT Stage II vote

At city council, Councillor Menard expressed concerns about both the budget and the LRT Stage II.
In the end, he did vote in support of the budget. He would like to have seen a transit fare freeze with the delays to the LRT and would have like to have seen more money allocated for affordable housing. It was not the budget the councillor would like to have seen, but there were some good things in it.
Councillor Menard voted against the LRT Stage II, as did Diane Deans and Rick Chiarelli.   He supports the LRT but there are too many unanswered questions and concerns with Stage 2 to approve it. He wants to ensure there is an open and not a closed-door approach to stage 2.

5.4 OC Transpo Bus Service Bronson/Carling

The 101 and 103 will become one route, the 55. Unlike the current 103, the 55 will go on Bronson instead of Booth. There will be a new connection between the Ottawa Hospital Civic and General Campuses (the route will go to Lees, but no longer to Hurdman Station). The 55 will not operate west of Main St. on Sundays, and as such, will not provide service to the General Campus that day.
Route 10 will stop at the LRT station at Lyon, and not continue past that. The new bus routes will take effect after the LRT service commences. They can be found on the OC Transpo Ready 4 Rail site (
Catherine asked why so many buses are on the road with “out of service” indicated on the front of the bus.  Jonathan explained that this is because many of them, once they finish their routes, travel to start another route. OC Transpo feels as if this is the most efficient use of drivers and buses. Jonathan recognized that it can be frustrating to see an empty bus bypass waiting transit users, particularly during rush hour. Cathy suggested that the buses who are enroute to another location bring riders to that location, indicating that it is an express route – e.g. ‘express route to Rideau Centre’. This could augment the service provided for some riders. Jonathan promised to pass that suggestion to OC Transpo.

6. GLAD Cleaning the Capital – Date Selection

GACA selected the date of May 4th, with a rain date of May 5th, from 10:30 until 12, either day.

7. JHS Society Build – 289 Carling – Design Review and Suggestions (Sue)

The board considered any questions the GACA board should ask of the JHS in the aftermath of the open house, particularly regarding the design of the new building. Questions to be asked include:
  • Where will the contractors be parking?
  • Will there be privacy screens on the rooftop balconies?
  • Will JHS provide custom blinds in the units (versus the tenants having a variety of curtains or makeshift curtains, e.g. sheets hanging in the window)?
  • Will there be individual AC units or a large unit on the roof?
  • Can any of the existing trees be protected and kept?
  • Is there a possibility of having a green roof on the third-floor rooftop balcony?
  • Will they use bird friendly glass?

8. Membership Drive 2019 (Sue)

There is a new info sheet for canvassers that the board was asked to review and provide feedback on.
Last year we dropped off GACA introductions and indicated that we would return for a follow-up canvassing visit. This seemed to work well. We will do that this year with a pamphlet – drop it off, and then return to canvass a few days to a week later.
The board reviewed and provided comments on the wording for the new GACA pamphlet. David will circulate the pamphlet design before the next meeting.
It was decided that we will not do a survey this year, but change the canvasser script to be more welcoming, including perhaps some ice-breaker type of questions to encourage dialogue and provide the board with some info about members.

9.  Dalhousie Park reopening – Take 2

The Dalhousie Park reopening date chosen was June 22nd, 1 – 4 p.m., with a rain date of June 23rd (same time).
CKCU has agreed to partner with us, so the sound system and DJ is taken care of.
If we do spend any of our budget, it will be here – this party will be our marquis event for the year – although we hope we will get the TD park grant.
Activities suggested for the party included:
  • Ottawa Art Gallery, craft pop up.
  • Face Painting
  • Bike safety, although the board felt that this could be a separate event.
  • Jonathan will look at the possibility of having a mascot at the park event.  The Champions baseball teams has one, he will also enquire about the OC Transpo Owl.

10.  AGM – May 9th

The AGM will be held on May 9th 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Set up will need to take place at 6:00 p.m.
Sue will present, as will Maja with a Treasurer’s report. Joanne will decide if she will provide a safety report.
It was decided that we will invite Christine from the JHS to the AGM, not as a speaker but to be on hand if questions do arise regarding the JHS build.
Brenda will be at the AGM to sell GACA memberships.
The Canada Lands Corporation and our Community Police Officer(s) will be the guest speakers, in addition to our Councillor.

11.  Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Sue and seconded by Maja.
GACA Board Meeting – February 19, 2019 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:06:50 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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

  • Carrie Bolton
  • David Perkins
  • Sue Stefko
  • Maja Rakocevic
  • 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

Amendment to the agenda to include time for Carrie to speak on the Protector’s Circle.
  • Motion to accept the amended agenda was made by Maja and seconded by Sue.

3. Acceptance of minutes of November 20, 2018 and January 15th, 2019 board meetings

No changes requested to the minutes of November 20, 2018 or January 15, 2019.
  • Motion to accept the meetings was made by Sue and seconded by Carrie.

4. Business Arising from minutes of January 15, 2019 (Sue)

4.1. Planning for 2019 GACA Annual General Meeting (Sue)

Sue mentioned that Canada Lands Company (CLC), Ottawa Police Constable Lemieux and Councillor Menard have confirmed their attendance for the GACA 2019 AGM.
CLC will give a short presentation about CLC, and will announce the preferred design for the 291 Carling Ave development, which is located at the corner of Carling Ave and Lebreton St.
Sue suggested that early administrative business be kept to a minimum to allow more time for the speakers. CLC would be immediately followed by Constable Lemieux.

4.2. Letter to Mayor on the selection of City of Ottawa Committee members (Sue)

Mayor Watson has responded to the joint letter from the Dow’s Lake Residents’ Association (DLRA), Glebe Community Association (GCA), and GACA regarding membership selection of the City of Ottawa’s standing committees.
The Mayor confirmed that Council will revisit committee membership selection during the mid-term Governance Review in two years.
The GCA will consider responding to the mayor, stating that they hope that the forthcoming by-election in Rideau-Rockcliffe may provide an opportunity sooner than two years’ time to shift committee membership.

4.3. Protector’s Circle (Carrie)

Carrie raised Ecology Ottawa’s donor support initiative known as Protector’s Circle. Funds raised for the initiative include supporting objectives such as seeking climate change action from the City of Ottawa, lobbying for green infrastructure and restoring Ottawa’s tree canopy.
Carrie suggest that if GACA were to make a donation to the initiative that it should be a onetime amount.
Maja mentioned that the GACA account shows only one donation has ever been made, in 2014 for the amount of $100. The donation was given to the Dalhousie Community Association, another Ottawa community association.
  • ACTION: Carrie to provide background information on the Protector’s Circle to Sue for board circulation. The board will continue to discuss its position on making donations to this or other organizations, after further study, and when more board members are present.

5. Update from City Councillor’s office (Jonathan)

5.1. Bronson Ave Renewal Project

The Bronson Ave Renewal Project is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019, ending fall 2019. It will replace sewer and water mains from Arlington Ave to Argyle Ave.
It is anticipated that Bronson Ave will be reduced to one lane of traffic during this period, probably in the southbound direction.
It is work that has to be done before work begins on the Bronson Ave off-ramp. The dangers to pedestrians walking across the Bronson Ave off-ramp was raised by Sue.
The renewal project will be raised during the public information session about the project, scheduled for February 28, 2019, at the Glebe Community Centre.

5.2. Councillor’s office meeting with John Howard Society

The Councillor and his office met with two representatives from the John Howard Society (JHS). The JHS mentioned they are eager to engage with the surrounding communities.
The format of the March 7th JHS open house and information session was discussed. The Councillor, or members of his office, intend to be there, as well as Ottawa Affordable Housing unit.
The current plan is to have a more informal open-house style event at the beginning to allow community members to engage with staff, followed by a formal presentation, and then additional time for questions.

5.3. Bank St Character Study

Jonathan provided some background on the Bank St Character Study.
The first consultation took place on Thursday, February 21st. The scope is limited, mainly focusing on building height.

5.4. 291 Carling Ave

The Councillor has very little background on the 291 Carling Ave development, but there are plans to meet with Canada Lands Company (CLC) soon.
Sue confirmed that there is not much recent information that can be shared by CLC publicly.
To date, CLC has shown 3 proposed development plans during its most recent community consultation. The preferred option will be revealed by CLC at the 2019 GACA Annual General Meeting this coming May.
  • ACTION: Sue to send Jonathan background on community feedback regarding the development.

5.5. Booth St.

The Councillor has little background on the Booth St Complex redevelopment project, other than what is already publicly available.

5.6 Carling Ave Development

The Councillor’s office is aware of tentative plans to develop cycling infrastructure along a short portion of Carling Ave, near Sherwood Dr.
Sue mentioned that there have been a number of plans to introduce cycling lanes on portions of Carling Ave over the last number of years. The new Civic Hospital location will also impact traffic flow in the area, including cycling and pedestrian traffic.

6. Treasurer’s Report (Maja)

Current bank balance: $3,200
To date there have only been two expenditures during the 2018-2019 year:
  • Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa, for annual membership
  • Glebe Community Association, annual payment of $2 per GACA member
Maja will set aside $200 for the contingency fund. The contingency fund is already earmarked, so no board vote is required.
  • ACTION: Board to discuss at a future date the ongoing need to have a contingency fund set-aside.

7. TD Parks Grant application (Sue)

Sue provided a brief on the TD Parks Grant application. Grant applicants will be notified in April if they are a recipient.
The grant provides $2000 for three events in a park from April to December. Grant proposals are to encourage park and greenspace stewardship.
The three events being put forward in the GACA proposal include:
  • Free yoga in Dalhousie South Park
  • Community park party, in conjunction with Carleton University (TBC)
  • Movie night in the park

8. Development update: 289 Carling, Booth St Complex, Bronson Ave consultation (Sue)

The Booth St complex zoning proposal will be going to Planning Committee on February 28th, then it will be turned around quickly for Council approval. (There are two reports online – one is a report to the Built Heritage Subcommittee, and the other to the Planning Committee)

9. Ward Council – Report (Sue)

The first Ward Council was held on January 31st. For this first meeting, all community associations in the ward were given an opportunity to speak about their priorities. The frequency and format of future meetings has yet to be decided.

10. Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Sue and seconded by David.
GACA Board Meeting – January 15, 2019 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:58:44 +0000

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

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


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

1. Call to Order

7:03 p.m.

2. Approval of agenda

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

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

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

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

No old Business.

5. The GACA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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

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

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

7. Pumpkins

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

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

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

9. 289 Carling

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

10. Update on CAFES Items

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

11. Planning Primer – City of Ottawa

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

12. Updates from our councillor’s office

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

13. Adjournment

8:40 p.m.
GACA Board Meeting – November 20, 2018 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:50:30 +0000 Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association Executive Meeting – Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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


  • Joanne Benoit
  • Carrie Bolton
  • Cathy
  • David Perkins
  • Maja Rakocevic
  • Sue Stefko

1. Call to Order

7:03 p.m.

2. Approval of agenda

The motion to accept the agenda made by Maja, seconded by Carrie. 

3. Acceptance of minutes of last meeting, October 16th, 2018

The motion to accept the minutes of October 16, 2018 was made by David and seconded by Maja.

4. Business arising from minutes of October 16th 

Date of the next GACA AGM: Based on available dates for a large room to accommodate 50 or more, Thursday, May 9th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. has been requested by Sue.   

5. Publication of GACA meeting dates in Glebe Report

The Glebe Report reached out to Sue about publishing GACA meetings in the “Save the Date” section of their paper.  They asked if we would like to have our meetings included.  We have been open to having people joining us, we have just never made it publicly announced.  Maja made a motion to accept the Glebe Report offer to publish our meetings, Carrie seconded. 

6. Treasurer’s Report (Dec 1st 2017 – Nov. 1, 2018)

It has been almost a year since Maja took over from Chris. Maja deposited $200.00 today. We had $980.00 in revenue, mostly from memberships and about $100.00 from the Glebe Garage Sale.  Our balance is $2,901.99. By December’s statement, the balance will be $3,200.00   Our expenses include the bank monthly fees – they are $45.00 annually.   Maja would like to find a bank with lower or no fees, Buduchnist Credit Union is one possibility.  They have sponsored our spring and fall clean-ups, it would be nice to give them our business.  It was noted that the Dalhousie Park re-opening costs were absorbed by David and Sue.  It was mentioned that these costs should come from GACA to get a more complete picture of our expenses. 
FCA fees were paid in May 2018. They have not yet cashed their cheque.  We pay the Glebe Community Association $2.00 per GACA member, per year.  Sue will connect Maja to the treasurer of the Glebe Community Association for this year’s payment.  
The GACA contingency fund was created when the Ontario Municipal Board still existed. It is not yet clear how much any challenge might cost community associations under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.  There is currently $1039.00 earmarked in the contingency fund.  We will discuss the contingency fund at the next meeting.   

7. Membership Update

About 50 or 60 surveys were filled out. Most respondents had no children. 41 of the respondents were new members; some had been members in the past but not recently.  There were 36 individuals who were members last year but chose not to renew.   Most responded that they appreciate living in the Glebe Annex because of proximity to downtown.  Half indicated that they visit the GACA website and most want to be contacted by email.  A main concern was traffic. In response to concern about development projects in our area, half were very concerned, and half were somewhat concerned (only 3 were not concerned).  The respondents were most concerned with the 289 Carling development.  When asked where they would like to see GACA more involved in the future, it was split almost evenly between public transportation, safety, greenspace, and development. Social events were selected by only a few.  
In discussion that we will sell memberships at our May AGM, the question was asked if we are required by our constitution to hold an AGM each year (there was no AGM in 2018).  The answer was yes – our constitution says that we will hold an AGM each fall. At the spring AGM we will need to have a vote to change our constitution to reflect this.

8. Infill Zoning Review Update

Since 2016, the City of Ottawa has been in the process of amending legislation to create more compatible infill in Residential 4 (referred to as R4) zoned areas in the inner urban core. This zoning, as applied to inner-urban neighbourhoods, allows a mix of residential buildings which could include detached houses to low rise apartment dwellings. (Of note, the majority of the Glebe Annex has R4 zoning.) This legislation targets what is commonly referred to as ‘bunkhouses’ – oversized dwelling units with an unreasonable number of bedrooms. Bunkhouses contribute to higher occupancies in the area, and skew anticipated densities, according to city zoning laws. The project consists of two phases:
Phase 1 comprised of an effort to update various definitions, among which it was proposed that R4 dwellings be restricted to a maximum of four bedrooms. Phase 1 also successfully passed that any further bunkhouse development is illegal city-wide. Phase 1 concluded in June 2018. 
Phase 2 is currently underway, where broader housing issues will be addressed. The city will draft changes through spring and summer of this year, leading to the public consultation set for fall 2019.
Final zoning proposals will be produced and circulated in early 2019, and an amendment brought to Planning Committee is slated for spring 2020.

9. December GACA Social

Thursday, December 20th, 6:30 p.m. La Favorita,   

10. Transit – OC Transpo Route changes

A number of changes are planned for OC Transpo routes once the LRT is complete. Many of these will affect our neighbourhood. For instance, the number 10 route will terminate at the LRT stop at Lyon. Passengers will then need to take the LRT to continue east. The 85 would stop at Pimisi (Lebreton), although the 14 will still continue to go downtown. Sue would like to reach out to GACA members to see how much it matters to them. If there is great concern from the community, this is something we can try to address.  We could work through Abbas to get community opinions or to sign a possible petition, similar to how we advertised the park opening.

11. Adjournment

8:42 p.m.
289 Carling Info Session and Preliminary Plans Sat, 16 Mar 2019 20:04:40 +0000 Last week’s session was well-attended, with many taking advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of both the city and the John Howard Society (JHS), and to obtain further information about the building itself.

As with previous sessions, the issue of safety was the top issue on the minds of residents. There was one question, however, which the JHS was unable to answer at the time. GACA promised it would follow up with an email to its membership to provide the response.

Question: In addition to the residents, how many outside clients would be coming in to access services at the new centre?

Response: On average, 30-40 people are expected to attend the site for educational programs daily, with an additional 30-50 attending the site over the course of a typical day for individual appointments (to access services such as employment support and crisis support). These services typically run from 9-5, although the centre plans to stay open some evenings for those who can’t make it during the day.

If nearby residents have any additional comments, concerns, or input, please feel free to reach out to the JHS’ Associate Executive Director, Christine MacIntosh: or to the City of Ottawa’s Affordable Housing Unit Director, Saide Sayah:

Preliminary plans

For those who were unable to attend, please see the JHS’ more detailed building plans, the following are preliminary plans and may change as the building goes through the site approval process.

Snow Clearance Forum: Changes Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:26:04 +0000 For those of you not on Councillor Menard’s email distribution list, please see the notice below, sent out this morning announcing a change in the date and format of the Snow Clearance Forum originally planned for this Wednesday, February 27th.

Capital Ward Forum on Snow Clearance Replaced by Info Session on Snow Clearance for Urban Wards

Due to the Special Meeting of City Council on Wednesday February 27, 2019, the Capital Ward Forum on Snow Clearance will need to be postponed until the evening of March 20th. It will be held in City Council Chambers from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience and for the short notice, but it won’t be feasible to hold the Forum on the same day of the Special Meeting.

However, this delay allows us to expand the Forum. We have spoken with other urban councillors who have expressed interest in participating, and we will have greater access to city staff to provide information about current snow clearing protocols.

We appreciate that this is a significant issue with which all residents have been struggling for the past two months. We appreciate your understanding about this scheduling change, and we look forward to the expanded format of this forum.

In the meantime, we’d love to start collecting some of your experiences with snow clearing and suggestions for improvement. You can send them to us at with the subject line “Snow Forum”.

289 Carling Ave – Public Information Session Mon, 25 Feb 2019 20:02:44 +0000 There will be a Public Information Session on the John Howard Society’s supportive housing development at 289 Carling. The session will be held on Thursday, March 7th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre.

It will feature an “Open House” opportunity with the John Howard Society, allowing residents to speak with the society’s representatives on a one-on-one basis. Following the open house, there will be an information session and a question and answer period with:

  • The City of Ottawa Affordable Housing Branch
  • John Howard Society
  • Councillor Menard
Glebe Annex development update Thu, 21 Feb 2019 02:13:27 +0000 Much development continues in and around the Glebe Annex:

  1. 275 Carling Ave – Taggart’s proposed retirement home at 275 Carling Ave is still in the site plan approval process. Taggart hopes to start construction this summer.
  2. Booth St. Complex – Canada Land Company’s (CLC’s) proposed zoning changes for the Booth St. Complex were recently reviewed by the built-heritage sub-committee and will be considered by planning committee on February 28th before going to full council for final approval. The report to the planning committee can be found here. A recent article explaining the status of the proposed development can be found here. Following city council approval, next steps include remediation and marketing the site to developers.
  3. 291 Carling Ave – CLC is expected to share the preferred concept for the 291 Carling Ave site this spring. (This is the 3.4-acre parking lot bounded by Carling Ave, Bell St. South and Lebreton St. South). Information about the project will be shared by CLC at the Glebe Annex Community Association Annual General Meeting, which will be held on May 9th, 2019. More details will follow in the coming months.
  4. 289 Carling – As referenced in our last newsletter, the planned information session for the supported housing/housing for the homeless project at 289 Carling is still being finalized by the city and the John Howard Society. We hope to be able to share details soon.

Public Consultations on the Gatineau Park Master Plan – Phase 3: Land use concept and designations Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:34:47 +0000 Public Consultations on the Gatineau Park Master Plan will occur throughout this week, although residents are also welcomed to fill out an online survey, which is available from Tuesday, February 19th to Sunday, March 3rd, 2019.

Dates and locations for the consultations, as well as a link to the survey, can be found here.

Bank St Secondary Plan Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:07:36 +0000 On Thursday, February 21st from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Glebe Community Centre, the city will be hosting an Open House to discuss both the Bank Street Secondary Plan and the Clemow Heritage Plan.

Opening remarks will begin at 7:30 p.m. Input from the public is welcome.

For more information, see the City of Ottawa website.