John Chenier

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:]]

What to tell your Councillor about City Budgeting for Community Centres, Parks and Recreation – and when

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May 312016

At the FCA-FAC monthly meeting on May 18, community association leaders, councillors and city officials discussed the state of the parks, recreation facilities and community-building structures such as community centres.
The following is the plan for action/guidance that came from that meeting.

May 102016 has details of all applications for development in the city and indication of where they are at in the development stage. It describes itself as a platform for people to stay informed, discuss and submit ideas about urban planning and development projects in the city. So have a look at it. It is not yet complete and they are looking for comments from the public. You can search by ward but it could be helpful of they could break it down by community association as well.

The developers can be contacted by following links on their site.

May 062016

FCA President Gary Sealey and I along with other members of the executive have been looking at other large urban centres to see what the counterparts to the FCA-FAC do and how they do it. I tended to look at the Calgary example, Federation of Calgary Communities, while President Sealey is drawn to the Edmonton example, the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.
It is difficult to compare either of these organizations to ours. They both have staff and budgets that seem light-years away from our situation. More important than the support they receive is the support their community association members receive, both moral and financial, in the two cities.
I encourage our members and other who might be interested to go and check out the websites and facebook pages of these organizations.
Nonetheless, while the circumstances may be different, many of the problems that these communities face are very similar to ours.
I commend to you this posting on the EFCL blog on the trials and tribulations of community associations, Edmonton style. EFCL blog
John Chenier

Call for Support for low-income Transit Pass

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May 052016

I wanted to thank you for your organization’s support of efforts to have the City of Ottawa enact a Low-Income Transit Pass. With a report from city staff due at City Hall in the next 10 days, we now need your help to push this important initiative over the finish line.

I’m hoping your organization can please do four things:

1) mobilize people to attend the May 9th Transit Commission meeting. That is where the staff report related to the October 2015 Inquiry (to read the inquiry see pages 4, 5 of the pdf here from Transit Commissioners Malo and Crew will be discussed (background info on that available here: That staff report responding to the Inquiry should be on the City’s website by May 2nd, hopefully, as part of the Agenda for the Transit Commission’s May 9th meeting. You can look for that Agenda and the report here on May 2nd:
People attending the May 9th meeting with have the opportunity to respond to the staff report, to speak in favour of Ottawa enacting a Low-Income Transit Pass.

2) Between now and May 9th, contact your City Councillor and the Mayor and let them know you want Ottawa to enact a Low-Income Transit Pass. Let them know that you have signed this related petition, along with 1,800 individuals, and 41 organizations:
(the petition has 795 electronic signatures, and 1,006 people have signed the paper version of the petition, for a total of 1,800 signatures)

3) Help us collect more signatures from individuals on the petition for a Low-Income Transit Pass. Please e-mail all your friends, family, co-workers, members, and supporters the link to the petition and encourage them to sign it:
Post the link to the petition on your Social Media accounts, please do whatever you can to help us get to 2,000 signatures fast. It is crunch time, so please act fast. Thank you!

4) mobilize people to attend the June 15th Transit Commission meeting. This is likely when the decision will be made about whether or not Ottawa will enact a Low-Income Transit Pass. At this meeting, city staff will likely report back on their overall fare structure review (background info on that available here:

Thanks for your consideration, and all the good work you do.


Trevor Haché | worker, Healthy Transportation Coalition |
Cell: 613-789-0604

PLEASE NOTE: I work 3 days a week (though spread out over 4 days) for the Coalition; full days on Wednesdays, Fridays, and half days in the afternoon on Mondays, Thursdays.