The next General Meeting of the FCA-FAC [Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa] will be held Wednesday November 21 from 7:15 pm at the New Edinburgh Park Field House, 193 Stanley Ave. A draft agenda for the Nov. 21 meeting is found at https://secureservercdn.net/126.96.36.199/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/181121DA.pdf Draft minutes for the previous (October 17) meeting are found at https://secureservercdn.net/188.8.131.52/g4t.993.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/181017DM.pdf
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 email@example.com if you think you can join us.
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: http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=6737&doctype=AGENDA]]
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: http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=6737&doctype=AGENDA]]
http://www.milieu.io/ 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.
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
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 http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/cache/2/4ygjhawcglrzutcabiiwe5wb/656504292016115247616.pdf) from Transit Commissioners Malo and Crew will be discussed (background info on that available here: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/oc-transpo-to-explore-low-income-fares). 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: http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/agendaminutes/index_en.aspx
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: http://healthytransportationcoalition.nationbuilder.com/transit_pass_petition
(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: http://healthytransportationcoalition.nationbuilder.com/transit_pass_petition
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: http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2015/12/09/transit-fare-system-needs-major-tune-up-nussbaum-says.html).
Thanks for your consideration, and all the good work you do.
Trevor Haché | worker, Healthy Transportation Coalition | www.healthytransportation.ca
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.
Join the Citizens Academy and others in a workshop on Placemaking on May 15, 12:30 to 14:30.
This meeting was a test of a format designed to involve the attendees in a series of small-group sessions of their choosing with various subject-matter experts in a variety of fields. The objectives were to add to the knowledge base of attendees and to encourage the development of ongoing contacts with the experts and with the members of other community groups.
The survey was designed to solicit the views of the participants on the effectiveness of the format. The results are found here.
The awards committee is seeking nominations for the awards presented annually at the June AGM (mark it on your calendar, June 7th).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions should include all the necessary information in support of the nomination.