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Oct 112017
 

The FCA welcomes is pleased to host its second fall meeting, this time to be hosted by the Lowertown Community Association from 7:15 to 9:15pm at the Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guigues Ave.. The meeting Agenda can be previewed here and the previous meeting minutes (September 20, 2017) are here. The meeting will focus on the outcomes of the transportation workshop hosted by the FCA last spring. The next meeting will be November 22 in Sandy Hill.

Oct 112017
 

Did you know the Greenspace Alliance was founded in October 1997? To celebrate twenty years of advocacy for the preservation and protection of greenspace in Ottawa-Gatineau, we are planning a little soirée on Thursday, October 26, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. It will be held at the Domaine de la Ferme Moore, one of the NCC’s 2017 Confederation Pavilions, located at 670 Blvd Alexandre-Taché in Gatineau, just across the Champlain Bridge.

 

In addition to refreshments and a birthday cake, entertainment will be provided in the form of a song circle, in which local musicians, playing acoustic instruments, will take turns singing songs, in many genres, that somehow touch on nature and the environment. Please RSVP to pjohanis@rogers.com if you think you can join us.

Sep 262017
 

2017 Community Safety Awards

REMINDER: Send us your nominations!

 

The Community Safety Awards are not far away. The ceremony will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall.  Save the date!

 

Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a deserving community safety leader. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2017. The awards honour individuals, groups and programs making Ottawa a safer city for everyone.

 

Nominees are being sought for the following award categories:

  • Leadership Award
  • Business Award
  • Youth Leadership Award
  • Enforcement Professional Award
  • City Employee Award
  • Volunteer Award
  • Volunteer Program Award
  • Community Program Award

The nomination form, criteria and frequently asked questions can be found at: www.crimepreventionottawa.ca.

Sep 132017
 

Heritage Ottawa is hosting its Heritage Forum September 30th in Kars.The forum is focused on rural/village heritage along with a presentation on the controversial Heritage Inventory/Register – a chance to learn more about it and ask questions of City staff. The event will feature walking tour of Kars, and a bus tour of Rideau Township.

Village of Kars | Saturday, September 30, 2017

Kars Recreation Centre 1604 Old Wellington Street

9:30 am to 4:00 pm | Doors open at 9:00 am

Event Details:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Celebrating-Village-Heritage-FCA-update-.pdf

Registration:

https://heritageottawa.org/annual-heritage-forum

Sep 132017
 

The FCA has submitted a letter to the Minister of Housing and Municipal Affairs of Ontario regarding Bill 139. The letter can be viewed here.

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Cover-letter-Bill-139-EBR0130590-FCA-comments-13Aug17.pdf

Backgrounder:

The Greenspace Alliance has put together a review of Bill 139, part of the proposed Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017: Amendments to the Planning Act. The Bill proposes among other things a very substantial reform of the current appeal process for official plans and offical plan and zoning amendments. 

In the case of Ottawa, the only basis of appeal would henceforth be whether Council’s decision is consistent with the Provincial Policy Statement (and/or the City’s Official Plan in the case of zoning amendments).

There would also be support for intervenors but we have to await the regulations to know who would be eligible to receive such support and what level of funding will be available.

While this Bill proposes much that communities (and municipalities) have demanded for years, two aspects are surprising and worrisome: An Official Plan or Comprehensive OP Amendment in a single-tier municipality, once approved by the Minister, would not be appealable.  And inconsistency with the Planning Act is not cited as a basis for appeal.

Comments on these parts of Bill 139 may be made via the EBR web site (#013-0590) until August 14, 2017. The Bill itself is here. For more background, please visit http://wp.me/P8kfbP-19V; you’ll also find there links to media coverage of this initiative which is updated regularly.

You can find the Greenspace review from July 15 2017 here: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Bill-139-note-Draft-2-15Jul2017.pdf

And an earlier discussion paper from late 2016 on the issue here: http://greenspace-alliance.ca/index.php/current-issues-province-of-ontario/first-round-june-2016/discussion-paper-october-2016/

A recent article on what the development community is doing on the issue can be found here.

The final Greenspace Alliance, FonTRA and CELA submissions can be found on the Greenspace Alliance page here.

Sep 092017
 

The Healthy Transportation Coalition and EnviroCentre are pleased to invite you to the:

2017 Transportation Equity Summit

September 22, 2017

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Ottawa City Hall

This year’s summit provides a platform for the ongoing dialogue needed to achieve equitable transportation in Ottawa. The summit will provide an opportunity for professionals, decision makers and residents to come together to learn about and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing equitable transportation in Ottawa.

Whether you are an affected resident, a decision-maker, student, or you work in a field where you see the impact on marginalized populations, you will contribute to and benefit from participating in the Summit.

Go to the Eventbrite page to register today!

Subsidies are available for registration, transit costs, and childcare. Contact transport@envirocentre.ca or 613-656-0100 ext. 129 for details.

Lunch and snacks will be provided (gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options available).

Jul 272017
 

Crime Prevention Ottawa and the FCA recently put together some articles on dealing with crime and safety in your neighbourhoods from a CA perspective.

Here are the articles in English:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CPO1704E.pdf

et en français:

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/CPO1704F.pdf

For more information on assessing crime data check out the Ottawa neighbourhood study here.

 

Jul 212017
 

A selection committee composed of Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mathieu Fleury and Councillor Jeff Leiper reviewed the applications of approximately 75 candidates who responded to the public call-out for Board members in May 2017. Candidates were assessed on the basis of their leadership skills, business experience and community awareness.

The Board, which has been tasked with developing a renewed vision and mandate for the markets, will be led by the three-member Executive Committee, appointed for a three-year term:

  •          Peter Hume, Chair
  •          Dennis Jackson, Vice-Chair
  •          Chantal Gingras, Treasurer

Six additional board members were appointed after consideration and approval by City Council. The following three members were selected for a two-year term:

  •          Ian Fraser
  •          Suneeta Millington
  •          Lauren Kennedy

A further three members were chosen to serve for a period of one year:

  •          Catherine Frechette
  •          Greg Skotnicki
  •          Kathleen Macmillan

The terms of all members of the Board will begin on the date of incorporation of the Municipal Services Corporation, which is expected to take place later this month. Once incorporated, the Board will administer its own processes, including recruitment and nomination of future members. Nominations will be subject to approval by City Council.

The next steps in the process of establishing the new management of the ByWard and Parkdale Markets will take place over the coming months, including the incorporation of the Municipal Services Corporation, a formal orientation for Board members by City staff, and the hiring of the Executive Director. The transition process will be reviewed by Council in the fall, in advance of the transfer of management on January 1, 2018.

Quotes

“I’m pleased that the recruitment of this Board inspired such widespread interest among residents, who showed an inspiring level of support for the markets revitalization project. The inaugural members of the Board have impressive credentials and show exemplary levels of community involvement. Together, they embody the collective qualities needed to develop a clear, innovative vision and launch a successful new management model for the ByWard and Parkdale Markets.”

Mayor Jim Watson

“The establishment of the Municipal Services Corporation is a tremendous opportunity for renewal and innovation. The experience, diversity and skills reflected in this inaugural Board will be an asset in transitioning from City operations to an entrepreneurial approach that will help build vibrant, unique and successful markets.”

Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier Ward

“My thanks go to the dozens of residents who applied to be responsible for launching the Municipal Services Corporation: the level of interest in the long-term sustainability of our markets was gratifying to see. I’m confident that the members selected represent a balance of skills and perspectives that will serve the markets well.”

Councillor Jeff Leiper, Kitchissippi Ward

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

A bio of the new board members can be found here.

Jul 202017
 

Please find the PDF of a presentation from the City of Ottawa updating the status of Infill I-II, shared by Elizabeth Desmarais, City Planner, here.

At our meeting held on  July 7 with FCA president Sheila Perry, a discussion was had on the format and some key issues of the review that relate to the Mature Neighbourhoods Overlay and Infill 2 Zoning By-law Amendments.   Please note that this is a beginning and that more information and discussion will take place in the Fall of 2017.