Jul 052017


Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Presentation and Updates

City of Ottawa

Date:   Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Presented by: Stephen Willis,

General Manager,

Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development

Please find the following 3 attachments for FCA members and Community Associations. These presentations were made at our meeting in Kanata and hosted by the Katimavik/Hazeldean Community Association.  It is important to note that there are many changes following City of Ottawa reorganization.

  1. Powerpoint Presentation – May 17th  – “Who We Are”: http://fca-fac.ca/fca-pied-may-17-final/
  2. Copy of PIED Contact List – May 17th-  City of Ottawa Staff in Planning: http://fca-fac.ca/copy-of-pied-contact-list-edlt-may-2017/
  3. FCA Questions – Responses from PIED: http://fca-fac.ca/fca-meeting-may-17-responses-to-questions/
Jun 022017

On May 31, FCA-FAC submitted comments on the City’s second discussion paper on review of R4 Zoning. The review has been going on for the past eight months and it has become evident that addressing issues in R4 zones will have implications for all residential zones in the City.

No official announcement has yet been made, but it is clear that the R4 review will be absorbed into a broader examination of residential zoning.

Background material and the FCA-FAC submissions to the review are found at https://secureservercdn.net/

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.

Community safety – preliminary survey results

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Dec 072016

The December 8 FCA-FAC General Meeting will feature discussion about community safety and security (see the meeting agenda at https://secureservercdn.net/  ).

In preparation for that discussion community members are invited to respond to a survey (go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSJ8R76 ).

Although the survey is still open and is collecting responses, preliminary results of the survey were captured on Dec. 7 and an overview can be found at https://secureservercdn.net/

Nov 302016

The next General Meeting will be held Thursday Dec. 8 at the Overbrook Community Centre 33 Quill St. A discussion on community safety, featuring senior officers of Ottawa Police Services will be the prime feature of the meeting. A proposal for a submission for the OMB Review will also be discussed.

To prepare for the safety discussion, participants are invited to complete a short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSJ8R76

The draft agenda for the meeting is found at https://secureservercdn.net/

Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating A Safe City for All

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Nov 232016

Speaker Series Invitation

Please join us for our upcoming Speaker Series event, “Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating A Safe City for All.”

About the session
Incidents of hate crimes across the country and here in Ottawa demonstrate the need for a coordinated, collaborative approach to address this serious community safety issue. Hate crimes are not only physical. They also carry an element of psychological harm, which ultimately affects quality of life for victims and the targeted community. Join us as we learn from law enforcement officials, human rights experts and members of the LGBTQ community on integrated approaches to preventing, enforcing and responding to hate crimes in Ottawa.

Friday, November 25, 2016
8:00 am-10:30 am
Coffee at 8:00 am, program starts 8:30 am

Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers)

Bernie M. Farber, Executive Director, Mosaic Institute
Dr. Rev. Anthony Bailey, Minister, Parkdale United Church
Joanne Law, representing the Ottawa Trans Community
Dave Zackrias, Staff Sergeant, Diversity and Race Relations, Ottawa Police Service
Amira Elghawaby, Communications Director, National Council of Canadian Muslims

To R.S.V.P.:
Contact Crime Prevention Ottawa at cpo@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393. Space is limited.
Please help us spread the word by sharing this email with a friend or colleague. 

Lutter contre les crimes haineux : créer une ville sûre pour tous
À propos de la séance

Les incidents de crimes haineux ailleurs au pays et ici à Ottawa témoignent de la nécessité d’adopter une approche coordonnée et axée sur la collaboration pour s’attaquer à ce grave problème de sécurité communautaire. Les crimes haineux ne sont pas seulement physiques. Ils créent également des dommages psychologiques qui finissent par nuire à la qualité de vie des victimes et de la communauté ciblée. Joignez-vous à nous pour écouter des responsables de l’application de la loi, des spécialistes des droits de la personne et des membres de la communauté LGBTQ qui parleront d’approches intégrées à adopter pour prévenir les crimes haineux à Ottawa, lutter contre ces crimes et appliquer la loi.
Date :             Vendredi 25 novembre 2016
Heure :           De 8 h à 10 h 30 Café et muffins de 8 h à 8 h 30 et début du programme à 8 h 30
Lieu :               Hôtel de ville, 110, avenue Laurier Ouest, Ottawa  Salle Andrew S. Haydon

Présentations :
Bernie M. Farber, Directeur Exécutif, Institut mosaïque
Dr. Rev. Anthony Bailey, Pasteur, Église unie de Parkdale
Joanne Law, représantant la communauté trans à Ottawa
Sergent d’état-major Dave Zackrias,  La Section de la diversité, Service de police d’Ottawa
Amira Elghawaby, Directrice des communications, Conseil national des muslim canadiens 

RSVP à Prévention du crime Ottawa, à l’adresse pco@ottawa.ca ou en composant le 613-580-2424, poste 25393.


What to tell your Councillor about City Budgeting for Community Centres, Parks and Recreation – and when

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May 312016

At the FCA-FAC monthly meeting on May 18, community association leaders, councillors and city officials discussed the state of the parks, recreation facilities and community-building structures such as community centres.
The following is the plan for action/guidance that came from that meeting.

Call for Support for low-income Transit Pass

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May 052016

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
Cell: 613-789-0604

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.