GACA Board Meeting – February 14, 2024

Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA)
Board Meeting – Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 7 p.m.
Present: Joanne Benoit, Laurent Carbonneau, Marni Crossley, David Perkins, Ryan Hampel, Sue Stefko, Mareike Adams, Jonathan McLeod (Office of Councillor, Capital Ward)

1. Call to Order and Approval of Agenda – Laurent

Laurent called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. The agenda for the meeting was approved without objection.

2. Approval of the Minutes from January 17th – Laurent

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

3. Business Arising from the Meeting of January 17th – Laurent

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

4. General discussion

Katasa Group developments
  • Laurent opened the discussion by sharing his conversation with Miles from the Councillor’s office concerning the recent developments regarding Katasa and their projects in the neighbourhood. Miles had agreed to provide written follow-up notes for clarity and record-keeping purposes.
  • The group discussed topics that were raised from pre-meeting emails, as well as past provincial regulations designed to compensate communities for development impacts.
  • Consensus was reached on pursuing grants as the favoured method for seeking additional financing for community projects and events.
Discussion on event scheduling
  • An event planning discussion took place, and the consensus was to not proceed with a spring event. Instead, the focus will shift towards planning events for later in the summer and fall. Considerations regarding costs were highlighted.
Annual General Meeting (AGM) Planning
  • Preliminary discussions on the upcoming AGM covered potential guest speakers and topics. A safety update by the community police officer was proposed, alongside other ideas.

5. Councillor’s update – Jonathan

Community Partners Insurance Program:
  • Jon mentioned that the Finance and Corporate Services Committee approved recommendations regarding the future iteration of the Community Partner Insurance Program, which provides funds from the city for community groups.
  • A motion by Councillor Kitts was put forward regarding eligibility criteria, set to take effect in January 2025.
  • The importance of being well-represented by the FCA (Federation of Citizens’ Associations) was noted, acknowledging that community interests are effectively communicated and defended.
  • There was a mention of possibly reaching out for more information, suggesting contact with Ariella from the Councillor’s office for specific questions regarding the program and its implications for community groups.
Solid Waste Master Plan
  • Jon mentioned the city is currently in the final engagement stage. This plan will guide waste management for the next 30 years, including in parks and other areas.
  • An Engage Ottawa survey is available for public input.
  • Virtual and in-person open houses are scheduled to gather feedback.
Idling Bylaw
  • Jon highlighted a survey on Engage Ottawa, which is open for public feedback until March. Vehicle idling has been identified as a significant source of pollution in the city.
  • The current ticketing process requires bylaw officers to observe idling for 3 consecutive minutes, making enforcement challenging. The group expressed interest in more effective enforcement and enhanced public education.
  • New York City’s program, allowing residents to report idling, was mentioned as an innovative approach.

6. Bronson Group Update

Sue provided an update on the Bronson Group, a pan-community association working group focused on improving safety on Bronson Avenue. She shared insights from a recent survey conducted by the group on potential changes that the city could do immediately.
Survey results
  • The survey revealed that measures to reduce speed limits along Bronson Avenue were among the least supported by the community, indicating a general reluctance towards lowering speed limits.
  • In contrast, initiatives to improve pedestrian safety garnered significant support, highlighting the community’s preference for enhancing pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and safety measures.
Future surveys and engagement
  • The working group has plans to conduct another survey later in the year to collect additional community feedback on potential longer-terms solutions that could be implemented as part of the Bronson redevelopment work.
  • Efforts are underway to engage with the Councillor’s office to secure support and collaboration on recommended changes and improvements along Bronson Avenue.
  • Further public consultations are expected to deepen community involvement in the redevelopment process and ensure that proposed measures align with residents’ preferences and safety concerns.

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 7:58.