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.

FCA-FAC General Meeting Wed. Sept. 20

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Sep 142017

A General Meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations  of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday September 20 from 7:15 pm at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street.

Each member association is invited to send two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.

A draft agenda for the Sept. 20 meeting is found at https://secureservercdn.net/  and draft minutes for the previous meeting are at   https://secureservercdn.net/

FCA-FAC General Meeting Wed. May 17

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May 142017

The next General Meeting of FCA [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday May 17 from 7:15 pm at Kanata Baptist Church, 465 Hazeldean Road. Each member association is invited to sent two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.

The featured guest speaker for the May 17 will be Stephen Willis, the new General Manager of the City’s Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department.

A draft agenda for the meeting is found at fca-fac.ca/170517da.pdf <click here> and draft minutes for the previous (April 19) meeting are at fca-fac.ca/170419dm-2.pdf <click here>.  Draft minutes for the Executive meeting of April 26 are at fca-fac.ca/170426EX.pdf <click here>.

FCA Awards: Call for nominations

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Apr 152017

The FCA Awards committee is seeking nominations for the FCA Awards presented annually at the June FCA AGM (June 15, 2017).

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 15th, 2017 and should be sent to our past president, Graeme Roderick at ppres@fca-fac.ca

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

FCA-FAC General Meeting Wed. April 19, 2017

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Apr 132017

The next General Meeting of the FCA [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday April 19 from 7:15pm at 8B Sweetnam Drive, Stittsville. Member organizations are invited to send two delegates to General Meetings. Observers are always welcome.
A draft agenda for the April 19 meeting is available at https://secureservercdn.net/

FCA Member Phil Sweetnam will be hosting a tour of the WM facility at 4pm. Please RSVP with Mr. Sweetnam who will be accepting the first 15 participants to view the plant. Details here: http://fca-fac.ca/wm-tour-details/

Directions to WM facility: http://fca-fac.ca/trans-canada-hwy-kanata-on-k2t-to-2301-carp-rd-carp-on-k0a-1l0-google-maps/

A light dinner will be served following the tour at 117 Covered Bridge.  Directions to dinner here: http://fca-fac.ca/2301-carp-road-carp-on-to-117-covered-bridge-way-carp-on/

Directions to FCA General Meeting can be found here: http://fca-fac.ca/trans-canada-hwy-kanata-on-k2l-to-8b-sweetnam-dr-stittsville-on-k2s-1g2-google-maps/

Pictures of the WM facility:

Gas Extraction Wells at the Landfill site: http://fca-fac.ca/wm-gas-extraction-wells-at-the-landfill-site-7803/

WM Gas extraction wells close up at the landfill site: http://fca-fac.ca/wm-gas-extraction-wells-close-up-at-the-landfill-site-7794/

WM Twenty cylinder Sparking DIESEL GENERATOR:http://fca-fac.ca/wm-twenty-cylinder-sparking-diesel-generator-2403/



Mar 202017

The City of Ottawa’s current Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was approved in 2013, based on 2006 census information, 2011 traffic data, background reports and public consultation. It contains targets and strategies regarding walking, cycling, transit and vehicles for 2031. The City originally intended to update the TMP for 2018, but now does not expect to begin the process to update the TMP until 2021.

On Saturday April 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview rd.) the FCA Transportation Committee will hold a half-day workshop on building a new Transportation Master Plan for our city. Please see the attached Agenda or click on it here:


What should be its goals and strategies?

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the following survey by April 5, 2017:


Survey results will be released during the workshop to help us in planning the discussion for the event. All answers are anonymous and may be published on the FCA website following the workshop. Please do not include any personal information in the survey answers.

Mar 192017

From March 10 to the 14th, the FCA in partnership with Greenspace Alliance released a greenspaces survey to its FCA network. 82 respondents from around the city chimed in. Have a look at the results here:


FCA-Urban Forest Management Plan – Feedback & Submission to the City of Ottawa

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Mar 102017

Below is the Federation of Citizens’ Associations’ Comments regarding the proposed Urban Forest Management Plan.


Ontario’s provincial policy statement of 2014 under the Planning Act can be found here:


Also a power point outlining some of the main points relating to Urban Forests and the health of cities from an FCA power point presentation can be found here:


Unpublished Ottawa published the FCA’s original submission to the City of Ottawa, made at the beginning of the consultation process on the Urban Forest Management Plan. Here it is below:


We will be pleased to work with the City to make preservation of existing trees and forests, and replanting a forest for the benefit of future generations, a reality.

Some key points are:

· Forestry’s operational plan needs to dovetail with the city’s climate change plan, given the well-known fact that trees are a major contributor to carbon sequestration.

· The Urban Forest Management Plan must dovetail with the City’s Official Plan and other Management Plans.

· The focus should be on caring for existing trees.  Healthy trees are safe trees. 

· Monitoring compliance with and enforcement of existing laws and By-laws is crucial to this effort.

· Individual forest systems within the urban forest should receive special treatment.

· Urban forest planting and replanting must be done according to a comprehensive long-term vision.  Many local tree species are slow-growing and are only middle aged at 150 years.

· The FCA asks the City to consult with representatives from its member communities, and/or local citizen scientists and/or residents, whenever possible, when determining appropriate action on tree-related issues on public property, and especially in parks.

FCA-FAC General Meeting – March 15, 2017

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Mar 102017

The next FCA-FAC meeting will be held March 15, 2017 in Hintonburg. The primary focus of the meeting will be a discussion on greenspaces in Ottawa. A presentation & discussion will be facilitated by the Greenspace Alliance.

The meeting will be held at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1604 Wellington Road West. The Agenda for the meeting can be found here: https://secureservercdn.net/

A short greenspace survey will also be presented and you can fill it out here:


A discussion on Sanctuary Cities will be had and you can find more background information on it here:





Sanctuary City Background Information & FCA Letter to Ottawa City Council

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Mar 102017

A proposal has been brought to Ottawa City Council to adopt the status of a “sanctuary city”, where immigrants and refugees are given the ability to access municipal services without fear of discrimination, detention, or deportation. Such policies have been adopted in other major Canadian cities.

On March 30th 2017, at the Community Protective Services Committee meeting, close to 30 different groups including the FCA we present in support the concept of Ottawa as a Sanctuary City. No motion was brought to the table and the item is still up for discussion.

The FCA passed the following motion at our March 15th general meeting:

“Be it resolved that the Federation of Citizens Associations of Ottawa (FCA) support declaring Ottawa a Sanctuary City i.e., a city where city-funded agencies, boards and services ensure that city services are available to anyone regardless of their immigration status, and that they may access these services without fear of discrimination, detention or deportation and that community associations in Ottawa be encouraged to adopt this resolution and inform their City Councillor.”

Here is the FCA letter sent to the City of Ottawa.


The FCA encourages all CAs to discuss the issue and if CAs wish to support it they can do the following:

1) Consider endorsing and adding your group’s signature to the sign-on letter (mail ottawasanctuarycitynetwork@gmail.com)
2) Consider sending your own letter of support the your ward’s Councillor (ex: Carlington Community Association)
3) Encourage people in your networks to sign the Sanctuary Ottawa Petition (printable version on the Sanctuary City Ottawa website) and send an email to the mayor and council.

Background information:




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