GACA Board Meeting – November 8, 2023

Glebe Annex Community Association (GACA)
Board Meeting – Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 7 p.m.
Present: Joanne Benoit, Laurent Carbonneau, Marni Crossley, Gabrielle Dallaporta, David Perkins, 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 7:03 p.m. The agenda for the meeting was approved without objection.
2. Approval of the Minutes from October 11th – Laurent
No amendments or corrections to the minutes were raised. The minutes were approved as presented.
3. Business Arising from the Meeting of October 11th – Laurent
Laurent opened the floor for any business arising from the minutes of the last meeting. No points were raised.
4. General discussion
  • The discussion opened with the recent announcement by the federal government concerning the Canada Lands Company (CLC) developments at Booth and Carling. There was uncertainty about the implications of this announcement and whether it indicated any real progress or change.
  • GACA is trying to gain more clarity on the situation. This includes reaching out to CLC and potentially contacting the Minister’s office for more information.
  • There was a degree of skepticism expressed about the actual progress of the project. The numbers mentioned in the announcement seemed questionable, and there was a consensus that it might just be a re-announcement of an existing project.
  • The discussion touched on the potential community impact of the developments, especially regarding affordable housing.
  • There was a brief discussion about the heritage status of buildings in the Booth Street area.
  • The group concluded that more information was needed to fully understand the implications of the federal government’s announcement and its impact on the community.
5. Bronson Group update – Sue
  • The Bronson Group includes members from DLRA (Dow’s Lake Residents Association) and GCA (Glebe Community Association), with Sue representing GACA (Glebe Annex Community Association). The group is working on safety improvements to Bronson Avenue. They are exploring short-term changes that can be implemented without major roadwork.
  • A survey consisting of about 15 questions is being developed. It focuses on what can be done in the near term to make Bronson Avenue safer without extensive road reconstruction.
  • The survey will be distributed via the community associations’ email newsletters.
  • Costs associated with the survey tool (Survey Planet) are being covered by the DLRA.
6. Councillor’s update – Jonathan
  • Lansdowne Development: Jonathan discussed the efforts to halt the Lansdowne development as well as future opportunities to re-engage and try to influence the project. There was a discussion about the City’s justification for the debt associated with Lansdowne.
  • Public transit changes: He provided updates on public transit, including ‘route optimizations’ and proposed changes – specifically, route 85, which will return to its old route, and route 10, which will be split and partly replaced by route 12.
  • Public consultation on transit: He noted that the City plans to hold consultations on the proposed transit changes. These consultations will allow for public input and are part of a broader review process.
  • City budget: He briefly touched on the City’s budget process, noting that the draft budget had been tabled and would be reviewed by various committees before final approval by Council.
7. Halloween Event – Post event discussion
  • The event attracted a significantly larger crowd than anticipated. Expectations were set for around 30 attendees, but nearly 80 people participated.
  • There was strong interest in the photo booth at the event. The backdrop appeared to be a major draw, possibly even more so than the candy.
  • It seemed to be a destination event – many attendees specifically came for the event and then left to go elsewhere.
  • The event was managed within its budget, with total costs around $208 out of an allocated $250. Many of the items used, such as decorations and the photo backdrop, are reusable, which will help in reducing future event costs.
  • Donations, particularly gift certificates from grocery stores, were used for purchasing food and pumpkins, which helped keep costs within the budget.
  • The event attracted not just children but also a significant number of adults and pets. This diverse turnout indicates the event’s broad appeal.
  • The unexpected crowd size and demographics will inform future planning. There’s a recognition of the need to plan for larger crowds and possibly adjust aspects of the event, like the size of the photo backdrop, to accommodate different age groups and family configurations.
8. Adjournment
The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

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