Jonathan McLeod (Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard, City Councillor, Capital Ward)
- Annalisa Salonius
- Carrie Bolton
- David Perkins
- Gabrielle Dallaporta
- Joanne Benoit
- Maja Rakocevic
- Robert Logie
- Sue Stefko
- Jonathan McLeod (Assistant, Office of Shawn Menard, Councillor, Capital Ward)
1. Call to Order and Approval of the Agenda
2. Approval of November 3, 2020 Minutes
3. Business Arising from the Minutes November 3rd
4. General Update – Sue
4.1 – 289 Carling
4.2 – 7 Maclean
4.3 Clemow Ave. petitions
4.4 Pollinator garden
4.5 “I Contribute” Program
5. Discussion on Incorporating GACA – Joanne/Robert
- At our last meeting Robert suggested that we investigate incorporating GACA, after all board members were required to sign a contribution agreement with the city for the pollinator garden. This would give extra liability protection to board members.
- GACA qualifies to incorporate as a nonprofit organization, defined as an organization to support or improve the community. We could incorporate either provincially or federally – federally would allow us to conduct business across the country. Provincial incorporation likely meets our needs. The Glebe Community Association is provincially incorporated, as well as other associations across Ontario, but not many in Ottawa.
- Other positive aspects to incorporating are that it could increase our chances of getting government grants, and it makes us more established, with a stronger structure.
- The Ontario Government is going to introduce a new not-for-profit incorporation act. It is expected this year, although we don’t yet know the implications. If we apply now, we would go under the current Provincial Incorporation Act. The cost to apply is $155. The board must have a fixed number of directors. Is it not clear what is meant by this – currently there is no set number of GACA board members. We still need to investigate whether we would need to hire a lawyer, or if we could apply and do the required report ourselves annually. We would not require audits.
- We still also need to investigate whether or not we could be included in it the Glebe Community Association’s incorporation. As financial reports need to be filed annually and the two associations have separate board structures, it seems not likely.
- Robert will draft a document for our next meeting, and Joanne will help research.
6. Next GACA AGM – Sue
- Last year we did not hold an AGM, Sue suggested this year we should hold an AGM to meet our constitutional requirements. We have moved our AGM date to May to align with our membership campaign. The latter half of May would be best. It will need to be a virtual meeting – Gabrielle will investigate technology options. We can pick any date, given that we do not need to physically book a room. We need to ensure our councillor and guest speakers can be available on the date we choose, however. Sue would like to reach out to potential speakers soon; ideally we will confirm a date at our next meeting.
- The AGM gives us the opportunity to update our members on what GACA has been working on and includes our financial report.
- It was suggested that Ottawa traffic staff be one of the invited speakers, given traffic is a major line of effort for GACA.
- Katasa will have two major projects in our area, one right in the Glebe Annex, and the other south of Carling, but still affecting our community. We may also ask them.
- We could invite Constable Lemieux, although she has also been a speaker at our last couple of AGMs. It was suggested we invite her to update us at one of our regular board meetings to build on our relationship. Joanne will reach out to gauge her availability.
- We could ask the Canada Lands Corporation, but we have had them at the last AGM.
- If any other member has any other ideas for additional speakers, please reach out to Sue, or come prepared to discuss at the next board meeting.
7. Traffic Issues – Cathy
- Cathy noted three main pedestrian concerns at the Bronson and 417 intersection:
- a. Eastbound off ramp – the province should move the ‘watch for pedestrian’ sign to a more visible location.
- b. Traffic light – the city should install a ‘stop line’ sign for northbound traffic with an arrow showing where the stop line is, as cars don’t always stop where they should.
- c. Where the offramp intersects with Bronson, the province should reduce the turning radius to 5 meters to force cars to fully stop and more carefully navigate the turn.
- There was much support regarding the need to reduce danger for pedestrians at this intersection. Drivers see the off ramp as an extension of the highway, making it dangerous for pedestrians.
- However, the jurisdiction may complicate issues, as the off ramp belongs to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and not the City. Any structural work will likely have to wait until the intersection is redone as part of the Midtown Bridges project.
- Jon will ask traffic staff to investigate these concerns and determine where the city or MTO has jurisdiction over these areas. He mentioned that if not during the Midtown Bridges project, perhaps some of these changes can be made when Bronson is redesigned. Jon will have additional traffic updates at our next meeting.