GACA Board Meeting – February 4, 2020

Minutes, Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA)
Executive Meeting – Tuesday, February 4, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Glebe Community Centre 175 Third Ave
  • Carrie Bolton
  • Gabrielle Dallaporta
  • David Perkins
  • Maja Rakocevic
  • Annalisa Salonius
  • 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

  • Motion to accept the amended agenda was made by Sue and seconded by Gabrielle.

3. Acceptance of minutes of January 7, 2019 board meeting

  • Motion to accept the meetings was made by Carrie and seconded by Maja.

4. Business Arising from minutes of January 7, 2019

4.1. Transit Commission resolution

  • Further discussion was held on the resolution to recommend changes to the selection process of the Transit Commission’s composition.
  • The board agreed to not move forward with the proposed resolution.
  • Alternative suggestions were put forward, such as GACA members individually connecting with the Ottawa Transit Riders group, Transit Commission or Councillor’s office as private citizens.

4.2. Letter to Rental Homeowners

  • No suggested changes in the letter to rental homeowners were brought forward by board members.
  • Sue to send a letter to approximately 30 rental homeowners.

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

5.1. Ottawa Transit Discussion

  • Discussion topics included:
    • Status of the Ottawa Confederation Line and neighbourhood bus service.
    • The next steps for the Stage 2 of the Light Rail Transit Project.
    • The Trillium Line will close May 2, 2020 for two years as part of the Line’s expansion. During the shutdown, buses will replace train service.

5.2. Urban boundary review

  • City Council will be developing a new Official Plan during this term of council. As part of this work, the Council will create a new urban boundary edge for development. Lands within the boundary are to receive sewer and water service, transit and major roads.
  • Further information will be provided in the Councillor’s upcoming newsletter.

5.3. Housing crisis motion passed

  • City council unanimously passed a motion to declare a housing and homeless emergency in Ottawa (vote 20-0).
  • This makes Ottawa the first Canadian city to declare an emergency on housing and homelessness.

6. Treasurer’s Report (Maja)

  • Maja provided a budget update and an overview of different bank account options, should the board decided to change services.
  • Considerations for changing account types include the reduction of service fees and increased flexibility for transactions.
  • Maja to share bank account options in advance of an upcoming board meeting.

7.  Annual General Meeting Planning (Sue)

  • The GACA annual general meeting for 2020 will be held on May 13, 2020.
  • Topics for the agenda were discussed, including possibly including the new development at 450 Rochester St.

8. Party in the Park 2020 (Gabrielle/Sue)

  • Planning on the upcoming Party in the Park is ongoing.
  • It will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020. The rain date will be the following day – Sunday, June 21, 2020. The event will begin at noon and end at 3 p.m.
  • Gabrielle provided an update on the grant from the City and proposed activities for this year’s event (e.g., games, magic show, music, food, etc.).
  • Volunteers will be needed for the GACA/prize table, food, refreshments and BBQ.

9. Pollinator Garden Project (Sue/Gabrielle)

  • The City of Ottawa has authorized the installation of a pollinator garden in Dalhousie South Park, 343 Bell St. South.
  • Gabrielle has a contact who has offered to volunteer to build the raised planter.
  • The Fletcher Wildlife Garden may be donating plant materials. GACA may do further fundraising, or put in for a grant, for the materials.
  • Sue to finalize the proposal for the garden and ongoing coordination.

10. Community News

10.1. “Just and Healthy Neighbourhoods”, Saturday, February 22, 2020

  • Organized by the City for All Women Initiative as well as other organizations, the event will focus on ways to influence the upcoming Council decision on the urban boundary and fight against urban sprawl.

10.2. “Meet the Chiefs”, February 25, 2020

  • Organized by the Centretown Citizens Community Association, the event will be an evening with Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Vera Etches, and moderator Adrian Harewood from CBC Ottawa.

10.3. “What should Ottawa do for better transit?”, February 13, 2020

  • Organized by Ecology Ottawa, panellists will discuss what we can do about transit in the City of Ottawa, and challenge Ottawa Councillors and the Mayor to only use the city transit for an entire week, from February 17 to 23.

10.4. “Violence link: Animal Abuse and Woman Abuse”, March 6, 2020

  • Organized by Crime Prevention Ottawa, learn about disturbing trends linking animal abuse and intimate partner violence.
  • Hear keynote speaker Sgt. Teena Stoddart, Ottawa Police Service and Humane Canada, give an overview of the research and what you can do if you are a victim of violence or assisting a victim of violence.

10. Adjournment

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m. was made by Sue and seconded by Carrie.