GACA Board Meeting – January 17, 2024

Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA)
Board Meeting – Wednesday, January 17, 2024, 7 p.m.
Present: Joanne Benoit, Laurent Carbonneau, Marni Crossley, David Perkins, Ryan Hampel,
Shelby Hildebrand, Sue Stefko, Scott Templeton, Jonathan McLeod (Office of Councillor, Capital Ward)

1. Call to Order and Approval of Agenda – Laurent

Laurent called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. The agenda for the meeting was approved without objection.

2. Approval of the Minutes from November 8th – Laurent

No amendments or corrections to the minutes were raised. The minutes were approved as presented.

3. Business Arising from the Meeting of November 8th – Laurent

Laurent opened the floor for any business arising from the minutes of the last meeting. No points were raised.

4. General Discussion

Laurent opened the discussion on event planning. He mentioned Gabrielle’s survey, which had shown considerable interest in a yard sale, and asked the group to weigh in on whether pursuing this idea was worthwhile.
  • Points were raised about the logistical challenges of coordinating such an event, including city rules and regulations regarding selling in parks and the potential confusion with the Great Glebe Garage Sale.
  • Concerns were voiced about the potential for low turnout and minimal financial benefit relative to the effort required to organize the event. The group decided to reconsider the yard sale idea.
  • Emphasis was placed on exploring other event ideas and programming that could foster community engagement and support membership drives.
Action: To further discuss event planning, for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

5. City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Policy Review – Joanne

Joanne raised the City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Policy, and the impact it has on planning related to renaming community parks.
  • Joanne raised that the commemorative naming program was closed last year for a comprehensive re-evaluation aimed at assessing and potentially revising the existing policy.
  • A public survey, available until February 23rd, is designed to collect community feedback on the policy’s future direction. Although brief, with only 15 questions, the survey seeks to capture public opinion on the scope of commemorative naming, asking whether such naming should be limited to individuals with local, national, or international recognition.
  • The survey asks who might be eligible to submit applications for commemorative naming, exploring whether this opportunity should be exclusively available to residents or extended to include city councillors and city workers.
  • Given the current circumstances, while involvement at the association level might not be possible, the public may share their views and participate in the survey.

6. Councillor’s Update – Jonathan

  • Transit: Jon mentioned OC Transpo’s Bus Route Review, noting that Route 10 is returning and will have a long route that includes downtown, the Rideau Centre, Lees station, and Old Ottawa East, improving connectivity and access for residents.
  • Bronson Avenue discussion: Jon noted that consultation regarding Bronson Avenue is ongoing, and that stage two of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) is coming this year; it will deal with many of the city’s major roadways.
  • Lighting issues: He discussed lighting, the Soho building’s illuminated sign, concerns about light pollution and public safety, residents’ quality of life, and environmental considerations.
  • Future planning and goals: Jon noted their office’s upcoming strategic planning meetings, where upcoming goals and priorities will be set.

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

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