John Chenier

Jan 052019

Happy New Year Greetings to all!

Please see below our FCA (Federation of Citizens Association)  invitation to all residents, community associations, city staff, councillors and interested citizens.
Date:   Wednesday, January 9
Time:   6 to 8 p.m.
This is an opportunity to combine 2 information/discussion sessions on planning matters :1.  6 p.m. Site Plan Control Proposed Changes  and2.  7 p.m.  Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC)

Aug 292018

Its opponents say that spot zoning should not be permitted. that developers factor it in when negotiating land prices. Others say it allows the city an opportunity to negotiate community benefits — more height for more dollars.
How will the new rules and processes in planning and appeals affect the occurrence of Spot Zoning?
Can we carry on a discussion, point to some pertinent documents in an attempt to shed some light on this topic?

Feb 232018

The awards committee is seeking nominations for the awards presented annually at the June AGM.

Up to three awards may be presented: Lifetime Achievement, FCA Contributor, or Builders.

You can find a more detailed description of the awards on the awards page under “About Us” on this website or simply follow this link.
Nominations are due by May 1st and should be sent to our past president, Graeme Roderick at

Submissions should include all the necessary information in support of the nomination.

Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating A Safe City for All

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Nov 232016

Speaker Series Invitation

Please join us for our upcoming Speaker Series event, “Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating A Safe City for All.”

About the session
Incidents of hate crimes across the country and here in Ottawa demonstrate the need for a coordinated, collaborative approach to address this serious community safety issue. Hate crimes are not only physical. They also carry an element of psychological harm, which ultimately affects quality of life for victims and the targeted community. Join us as we learn from law enforcement officials, human rights experts and members of the LGBTQ community on integrated approaches to preventing, enforcing and responding to hate crimes in Ottawa.

Friday, November 25, 2016
8:00 am-10:30 am
Coffee at 8:00 am, program starts 8:30 am

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers)

Bernie M. Farber, Executive Director, Mosaic Institute
Dr. Rev. Anthony Bailey, Minister, Parkdale United Church
Joanne Law, representing the Ottawa Trans Community
Dave Zackrias, Staff Sergeant, Diversity and Race Relations, Ottawa Police Service
Amira Elghawaby, Communications Director, National Council of Canadian Muslims

To R.S.V.P.:
Contact Crime Prevention Ottawa at or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393. Space is limited.
Please help us spread the word by sharing this email with a friend or colleague. 

Lutter contre les crimes haineux : créer une ville sûre pour tous
À propos de la séance

Les incidents de crimes haineux ailleurs au pays et ici à Ottawa témoignent de la nécessité d’adopter une approche coordonnée et axée sur la collaboration pour s’attaquer à ce grave problème de sécurité communautaire. Les crimes haineux ne sont pas seulement physiques. Ils créent également des dommages psychologiques qui finissent par nuire à la qualité de vie des victimes et de la communauté ciblée. Joignez-vous à nous pour écouter des responsables de l’application de la loi, des spécialistes des droits de la personne et des membres de la communauté LGBTQ qui parleront d’approches intégrées à adopter pour prévenir les crimes haineux à Ottawa, lutter contre ces crimes et appliquer la loi.
Date :             Vendredi 25 novembre 2016
Heure :           De 8 h à 10 h 30 Café et muffins de 8 h à 8 h 30 et début du programme à 8 h 30
Lieu :               Hôtel de ville, 110, avenue Laurier Ouest, Ottawa  Salle Andrew S. Haydon

Présentations :
Bernie M. Farber, Directeur Exécutif, Institut mosaïque
Dr. Rev. Anthony Bailey, Pasteur, Église unie de Parkdale
Joanne Law, représantant la communauté trans à Ottawa
Sergent d’état-major Dave Zackrias,  La Section de la diversité, Service de police d’Ottawa
Amira Elghawaby, Directrice des communications, Conseil national des muslim canadiens 

RSVP à Prévention du crime Ottawa, à l’adresse ou en composant le 613-580-2424, poste 25393.


Links to various resources for CAs

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Oct 052016

Here are some resources for people wishing to establish community associations, improve governance or  obtain funding or work with voluntary groups


Government advice

Province of Ontario

Calgary, Province of Alberta
Edmonton, Province of Alberta, Volunteer Management Group

City of Ottawa
Community Funding Manual
Renewable Grants
Funding Framework Update

Private and Civil Society Advice

Minden Gross, Lawyers, Ontario on roles and responsibilities and by-laws pertaining to Directors—directors-and-corporate-governance

Charity Village

Volunteer Canada

Volunteer Ottawa

How would you define your FCA-FAC?

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Sep 152016

Over the summer the board of directors, ably assisted by facilitator Phil Nicholson, met to reflect on options for the FCA-FAC for the coming year and onward.

A document for discussion was circulated at the General Meeting of Sept. 15. The discussion paper, with minor amendments reflecting comments at the Sept. 15. meeting, is found at 

Readers of the paper are encouraged to respond to  a brief questionnaire intended to elicit your feedback and views. The feedback we receive through the survey and in person at our monthly meetings will shape the activities of your FCA over the coming year.

You will find this survey here

If you wish to refer others in your organisation to the survey, the link is


Aug 092016

Since the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement’s inception in 2011, University of Ottawa has been offering volunteer opportunities to students on and off-campus. Through its online Community Engagement Navigator, students can register for extracurricular volunteering (EV) placements, or volunteer as part of a course through the Community Service Learning (CSL) program. Please refer to the Community Partner Manual to obtain more information about these two options.

With that said, U of O is presently recruiting partner organizations for the upcoming semesters. If these programs interest you or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Marshall at to discuss specific placements or projects you would like to offer. For your information, volunteer opportunities/ projects may vary (ex. Research, front line work, health and safety policy and procedures, health workshops, communication projects, 1-day projects, etc.). There are many possibilities. It all depends on your organisation’s needs.

This being said, you are more than welcome to get started on the Community Engagement Navigator at This reference document provides a step-by-step overview of an online tool (ex. creating an account, posting placements, etc.). You may also find these tutorial videos helpful.

How to create an account:
How to post you volunteering opportunities/placements:

Stephanie Marshall

Jun 132016

Councillors to debate Coach Houses June 14 at Planning Committee, 9:30 a.m. City Hall. You should attend if you are from any of the following wards: BAY (7); COLLEGE (8); KNOXDALE-MERIVALE (9); GLOUCESTER-SOUTHGATE (10); BEACON HILL-CYRVILLE (11); RIDEAU-VANIER (12); RIDEAU-ROCKCLIFFE (13); SOMERSET (14); KITCHISSIPPI (15); RIVER (16); CAPITAL (17);ALTA VISTA (18) [[link:]]
Will ​old woodlots be protected or bulldozed for more sprawl? Riverside South community design plan goes forward. If you care, be there! Planning Committee, June 14 9:30 a.m. [[link:]]