DISCUSSED AT 8 SEP 97 MEETING
- Fred McLennan, President
- Alan Asselstine, Vice-President, Treasurer
- Peter Vasdi, Memberships
- Bill Royds, Director
- Art Miskew, Director
- Nancy Seaby, Director
- Gisèle Loiselle-Branch, Director
- Anne Brandel, Director
- Warren Munroe, Director
- Wendy Stewart, RMOC councillor
- Karin Howard, City Ward 0T8 councillor
- Rob Staples, representing new neighborhoods west of Riverside Dr.
- Peter Foulger, Hunt Club Corridor Protection Association
- Shelley Parlow, Hunt Club Corridor Protection Association
- Rob McCulloch, Ottawa Cycling Group
- Jan Duncan, The News
The following summarizes the issues discussed at the 8 Sep 97
meeting of the Hunt Club Community Organization (HCCO) at the
Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre (HCRCC).
- Regional Councillor, Wendy Stewart,
submitted a report on the following:
- Truck route on Walkley Road. Region is investigating
removing Walkley Rd. from the Regional truck network; however,
any decision will not take place before a thorough study has been
made of the entire regional trunk network. This study should begin
early in 1998. In early Sep, Council will vote whether to raise
fines for heavy truck use of non-truck roads from $80 to $150.
- Police Services Board agreed to review their false alarm
registration policy, after receiving public feedback during
a meeting in July. Police will continue to respond to all calls
regardless until an amended policy has been approved. The registration
fee could become a one-time, rather than a yearly, cost. Indicate
to Wendy's office if you wish to be notified when the amended
policy goes out for public consultation. Yearly cost of policing
false alarms is $2.3-2.5M.
- Data collected by the Region show that the new speed
limits along Hunt Club Road have not changed traffic speeds
significantly, but has increased the driver compliance rate, meaning
the drivers need to worry less about whether they exceed the speed
- On 31 Aug, fall service for OC Transpo goes
into effect on most bus routes. No changes are planned for Hunt
Club residents. Regional Transit Advisory Committee has appointed
2 reps from River Ward to advice the Region re public concerns.
Wendy plans to bring these reps to a future HCCO meeting.
- New reponsibilities at the Association of Municipalities
of Ontario (AMO). At the annual conference in Aug, Wendy
was elected as VP of AMO and to chair the Environmental Committee.
She also continues to participate in the Transition Team to advise
the Province on responsibilities the Province is downloading to
municipalities starting 1 Jan 98. One concern is funding for social
housing and Bill 136. Another concern highlights the differences
between how the Province and the municipalities track their dollars;
the different accounting practices result in confusion and apparent
contradictions in their financial reports to the public. Region
wants to ensure a seamless (without impact on public) transition
of services and a protection of property tax levels into the future.
- Speeding on Riverside Dr. (see below).
- Delay in the construction of the Airport Parkway ramps (see below).
- Call Wendy's office for more information.
- City Ward 0T8 Councillor, Karin Howard,
reported on the following:
- City held the decision on the construction of 2-storey
addition to an existing building at 280 Hunt Club Rd.
until 8 Sep in order to obtain community feedback. HCCO approved
the decision to allow construction.
- Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre (HCRCC) expansion.
City, in coordination with Hunt Club Neighborhood Plan effort,
has completed an existing conditions review of the HCRCC. Review
will be presented to the Plan Public Advisory Council (PAC) at
their next meeting on 24 Sep 97. Final recommendations scheduled
for Spring 98.
- Mooney's Bay Ward has a local 13-member council.
The successful implementation of this council depends on the principles
it adopts and the way in which it presents its role to the public,
the City, the Region, and the Province. The council requires public
support and majority approval from all 3 government levels before
it can be implemented. If it fails to be implemented, the Province
will step in.
- Hospital closures. Karin wants to maintain basic
services until future time when these hospitals will be needed
- Women firefighters. The process for hiring firefighters
seems to be flawed in favor of hiring men over women, and will
need to be looked at and changed.
- Impact on City finances due to Provincial government
cutbacks indicate a $250 shortfall per household per year for
- For city-related issues, call Karin's office.
- Fighting the effects of cars speeding on Riverside Dr.:
- Meeting was held in August with reps from community to review
ways of changing the speed zoning on Riverside Dr. just north
of Hunt Club Road to 70-80 kph to enable region to reduce the
speed limit around Mooney's Bay to 60 kph.
- The increase in speed will make the limit correspond to the
speed cars actually drive with along that stretch, and therefore
will not contribute to raising the noise level due to traffic.
- Region is continuing to investigate ways to minimize noise
in the vicinity of Hackett Pond.
- Region plans to implement the changed speed zoning once timing
and other details are confirmed.
- For more information, contact Wendy Stewart.
- Airport Parkway ramps:
- Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Environmental
Assessment Branch has directed the RMOC to complete the Schedule
B screening process by filing the project information for public
review for 30 days before beginning work on the project. This
delays the beginning of work by at least 30 days.
- The Glebe Report local newspaper, 12 Sep issue, printed articles
commenting on this process. The articles, supplemented by letters
from residents, indicate an increasing awareness that the ramps
are but one component of a two-component concern: the twinning
of the Airport parkway being the other component.
- The City Centre Coalition is holding a public meeting on the
ramp component 8pm Thu 25 Sep at the Glebe Community Centre.
- For more information, call Wendy Stewart.
- Hunt Club Neighborhood Plan update:
- Bob Spicer, Senior Planner for City Planning Branch, has become
the new City representative and chair of the PAC.
- Next PAC meeting scheduled for 7:30pm Wed 24 Sep at the HCRCC.
- Existing Conditions Report, summarizing the public input resulting
from the open house on 28 May at the Holy Family Public School,
is now available for review and will be discussed that the next
PAC meeting on 24 Sep.
- For more information, contact Bob Spicer.
- Hunt Club Corridor Protection Association (HCCPA):
- Peter Foulger and Shelley Parlow introduced the organization,
which has appr. 72 members, with 263 names signed in support,
and its objectives.
- The HCCPA is to meet at 7:30pm on Tue 9 Sep at the HCRCC.
- The best time to lobby for the protection of the southern
corridor is prior to elections, which are to be held in Nov 97.
The City will be voting on their Z2020 zoning bylaw after the
elections. Z2020 as it is proposed will continue to maintain the
current zoning (only the code representations will change) for
the southern corridor. Current zoning divides the corridor horizontally
into a light industrial zone in the north and a public use zone
in the south.
- The difference from previous zoning, however, is that all
parties have agreed to protect McCarthy Woods.
- Value of southern corridor from McCarthy Woods to Riverside
Dr. is estimated at about $7.5M. This is the amount of money the
federal Treasury Board might get if the NCC sold the land to developers.
- Question was raised that, should the NCC decide to sell, would
it not be required by law to offer the land to the original owners
first, because this land was originally expropriated by the NCC.
- Local residents in the area west of McCarthy Rd. find the
HCRCC and associated open areas too far to access conveniently
and require a park/open space closer to home.
- Some question about boundaries of the corridor lands: when
will the City survey the area; does the NCC have surveys and,
if so, why does the City need to wait for a survey to take place?
City said it was waiting for the Natural and Open Spaces Study
(NOSS) to complete its task before purchasing ESAs; however the
southern corridor is not identified as an ESA.
- If McCarthy Woods is isolated from flow of animals and vegetation,
it will die and we could lose it as a viable environmental area.
- Can't freeze development without freezing population; therefore,
some compromise will have to be made: better planning to preserve
existing natural assets and redevelop "brown" spaces
in the already urbanized lands.
- NCC wants to preserve natural strip along northern boundary
of corridor (under hydro wires and by CNN railway tracks), rather
than southern boundary beside Hunt Club residents.
- Call Peter Foulger for more information.
- Hunt Club Community web site:
- Members were shown a new community-oriented website, on a
- HCCO moved and voted to support the establishment of a community
website by donating $100 to Carleton Freenet.
- Call Peter Vasdi for more information.
- Regional police propose to support a community justice system
to enable members of the community deal with offenders:
- Would allow offenders who live in the area and commit crimes
in the area to serve minor sentences in the area doing community-related
work. This could help reintegrate such offenders into the society
they know. Offenders must agree to serve in this manner and would
be judged by an inner circle of trained community members.
- Some 4 members of our community have volunteers; the program
needs about 2 more.
- Orientation meeting will be held for people interested in
establishing this service, at 7pm Wed 17 Sep at South-East Ottawa
Centre, 1743 St. Laurent Blvd, Suite 225.
- Call Anne Brandel for more information.
- Building more bicycle pathways in area
- Current cycling plan is 3 years old and due for an update.
- Ottawa Cycling Group needs community feedback on where such
paths should go and in what form.
- West side of McCarthy Rd. by HCRCC was pointed out as a potential
cycle route; however, cars park there now. HCCO moved and voted
to support a bicycle pathway there, separated from regular traffic
by lines painted on the road. City could put up signs first, then
paint the road.
- One member recommended that 12% of the City transportation
budget go to supporting bicycles because 12% of residents use
- The City received 200 signatures through the Girl Guides supporting
the construction of a sidewalk along the west side of McCarthy
- Call Rob McCulloch or Alan Asselstine for more information.
- Other issues:
- Moved and voted to organize an all-candidates meeting, together
with Riverside Park. Alan Asselstine volunteered to coordinate
- Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the HCCO to be scheduled.
- Next HCCO meeting to be held Mon 6 Oct
97 at 7:30 p.m. at the HCRCC at
the corner of Paul Anka and McCarthy. Anyone is welcome.
- Call Fred McLennan for more information.