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Dec 122017
 

In February 2017, an ad-Hoc FCA group submitted comments on a future Planning Advisory Committee which was to be created following the adoption of Bill 37. View our original submission here.

Following up on this file in the fall of 2017, we were advised that the city had without consultation or a response to our original submission prepared it’s own version of what the Planning Advisory Committee was to look like. You can view the proposal which will be voted on at the city council meeting on December 13th here.

FCA and Greenspace Alliance member Erwin Dreesen submitted an op-Ed which was published in the Ottawa Citizen here.

 

Nov 282017
 

Some FCA members presented to the Police Services Board November 28th, 2017. Here is a link to the document which summarizes their presentation.

http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/FCA-budget-brief-OPS-27Nov17.pdf

 

Oct 162017
 

Below you will find the FCA’s transportation committee report which was discussed at the FCA’s October 2017 meeting in Lowertown.

Link to FCA Transportation report: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/TMP-brief-FCA-16Oct17-1.pdf

Link to FCA October 2017 meeting details: http://fca-fac.ca/2017/10/fca-october-18-general-meeting-notice/

Link to FCA press release dated October 26, 2017: http://fca-fac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/20172610FCATransportationrelease.pdf

 

 

 

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).