A profile of Community Associations in Ottawa

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Mar 192016

In 2015 FCA-FAC conducted a survey to take a snapshot of the structure, activities and the nature of community organizations in Ottawa.

The following survey offers a glimpse of the cadre of hard-working volunteers striving to make a difference in our communities.

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Mar 072016

To all FCA Planning and Zoning Committee Representatives:

Here are updates and notes for you to circulate to your Community Association Representatives, following our General Meeting held on March 3, 2016.
These updates are intended to keep everyone informed of Planning and Zoning issues and our work with City of Ottawa consultation.

Best regards,
Sheila Perry,
VP and Liaison,
Planning and Zoning,

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Feb 162016

Here is the P&Z update that was provided at the general meeting of February 4th

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In addition, the P&Z committee has posted three documents relevant to planning initiatives. The strategic plan (City of Ottawa 2015-2018 Strategic Plan-July 2015_EN) and two documents on coach houses: a discussion paper (secdwell_discpaper_s_en) and Principles  (Jan 26-16 – Coach Houses – Summary Info.) to keep community groups informed on recent developments.

Adaptive uses to make up Ottawa’s community centre shortfall?

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Dec 152015

Compared to Edmonton, for instance, one of several smaller sized Canadian cities, Ottawa suffers a huge shortfall in community centres for building communities instead of sprawl, reducing loneliness, resulting in a city of strangers.  By taking over official buildings and running them with professional staff directly, Ottawa’s expensive practice cannot afford more. Current policy as was raised at the Manotick/Osgoode meeting, the City is pricing scarce space out of reach of volunteers giving their time to community service and development.

Can school downsizing help inside the Greenbelt, as Alex reminded the Overbrook General Meeting, City policy used to encourage repurposing of schools and other buildings declared surplus.  Can adapting Ottawa’s historic farm legacies outside the Greenbelt help villages and former towns — and new populations?  Could adapted community centres link occasionally through Webinar, Skype, for efficient issue-meetings?  Let’s help Ottawa revisit and rebuild its adaptive use policy — get on with facilitating effective centres of consultation across vastly separated communities. A coffee clatch? President@fca-fac.ca  Curious? see Edmonton Strategy: (look for sidebar at  http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/projects_redevelopment/approved-plans-strategies.aspx )



Nov 032015

November 2 I attended several of 3-dozen events at the Jewish Community learning festival.  Thankfully I arrived in time for FCA’s Lorne Cutler‘s clear and useful presentation on Social Finance replete with his up-to-the-minute examples.  It’s a new field.  Get new resources for your community good work.  Contact Lorne for more info, or network with him at an FCA meeting.  We’re hearing sponsorships funds may be coming for year 2017; opportunities for leveraging.

At adjoining Jewish Community learning sessions I met two scholars with insights into revision history and theology of faith-based stories; a gay hi-tech early retiree releasing his new political expose-book, “Conservative Confidential”;  a prominent media CBC personality offering himself to the conference’s Human Library; a medically-trained Sex Clinician/psychologist; a military chaplain/Rabbi, and a community-collections archivist.  Oh, and I had a bag lunch while listening to a chorus — all for $20!  Energetic festivals are in place and growing their cultural, sport, family themes including the derby race at Manotick Mayfair at Kanata, the major days at Glebe, Hintonburg/Mechanicsville Westfest, and many others in Ottawa’s East, South and thriving in many outer suburbs.  Most days-long events started small, built on success, grew volunteers, brought out the general public, families, and fun show-offs and heritage buffs.

Sharing the theme:  — is your community planning or growing its own public fun learning festival — promoting community character and engagement? — check out or add to this how-to link: http://limmud.org/conference/conference_makers/Limmud sml educational ca

Grants for Your Community

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Oct 302015

Here is a handy directory for FCA Members and other groups looking for money for  community projects saving or repairing the environment.  Sums offered range from $500 to $100,000.  Deadlines for application vary throughout the year.  Please share your experience and successes in applying for these funds!  http://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/documents/grants_directory_en.pdf