January 10, 2022
- Peter Brimacombe President
- Peter Foulger Vice President
- Lynette Joseph-Sankey Director
- Matt Page Director
- John Sankey
- Dora Joseph
- Dave Coyle
- France Picard
- Linda Sabine
- John Reid
- Dianne Nahal
- Piero Narducci
- Janet Mark Wallace, Better South Keys Centre
- Matt Pinder, Better South Keys Centre
- Guy Holmwood-Bramwell, Better South Keys Centre
- Laura Gauthier, Better South Keys Centre
- Cathy Bourguignon
- Andrew Sutton, Assistant to the City Councillor
- Riley Brockington, City Councillor
- Jason Dubue
- Tania Mushka
- Christine Johnson
- Marilyn Koch
- Barb Shea
- Louise Rousseau
1. Welcome and Introduction
Peter welcomed everyone to the monthly board meeting.
2. Approval of the Agenda
The agenda was approved.
3. Approval of Minutes
Motion to accept the minutes of the December 6, 2021 meeting
Moved by Lynette Joseph-Sankey, seconded by Peter Foulger, carried
4. South Keys presentation
Janet Mark Wallace is a member of the Better South Keys Centre. She introduced the Executive Director, Matt Pinder who made the presentation.
The Better South Keys Centre is a community group focused on the South Keys Shopping Centre.
- It would add tremendous value if South Keys Centre could have a mini library. One of the goals of the group is to protect Saw Mill Creek. Hunt Club Creek should also be protected.
- The connection between Hunt Club Community and the South Keys Centre is important.
- Accessibility for people in wheel chairs and for blind people is very important.
5. Christmas donations
Matt Page: One tradition of the HCCA has been to deliver gift baskets to families in need in the community. This year, the HCCA was able to partner with Desjardins and Metro to deliver gift baskets. South East Ottawa Health Community and Councillor Brockington identified the families. Five baskets were given out before Christmas. Thanks to Lynette Joseph-Sankey, Audrey Belanger-Baur and Matt Page’s wife. Also thanks to Desjardins who donated $1000. Metro who donated $25 gift cards. It was a lot of fun. The families really appreciated the gift baskets.
6. City Councillor presented his report.
Comments and questions
people around Mooney’s Bay love to go tobogganing, we have to make it as safe as we can.
are the owners going to sell Tudor Hall? It would be an ideal spot for a library
Riley: He met last summer with the Tudor Hall ownership group. They are looking at their options. No word since then.
Liability insurance is a big issue for community associations like ours
Workers doing a project for the Golf Course made their own road.
Workers installing telecom cable cleaned up a bit but left still left a mess.
As you get away from the city core, 15 minute neighbourhoods are not realistic
Riley: The City owns a plot of land right next to the Golf Course. The workers made a road across it, without permission. The same sort of thing happened at Cahill Park. Telecom workers have not completed the job. He got Bell Canada’s attention! It will do better. He is still looking into liability insurance.
is there a review of tobogganing issues in the City?
Riley: There are 55 sanctioned tobogganing hills in the City but Mooney’s Bay is not one of them. Sanctioned or unsanctioned doesn’t matter. The City has an obligation to make it as safe as possible. Mooney’s Bay is sheer ice. He has asked for a professional assessment.
Taggart has gone for a site plan. New zoning allows just about anything.
What’s our position?
Riley: Neighbours have a right to know what’s going on. Review of site plan would take a year. Developer wants residential including private houses. We need at least a convenience store.
7. Get Growing
Barb Shea She has asked for $300 but there is an issue with liability insurance. Councillor Brockington has also offered $300. With $300 from the Community Association and $300 from Councillor Brockington, she could buy plants and seeds to produce $16,000 worth of food. At this point there is no insurance so the scope of the program would be cut back. Her focus would be on people with limited income. Ottawa Community Housing and co-op housing.
Motion: To sponsor the Get Growing Program for $300.
Moved by Peter Brimacombe, seconded by Matt Page, carried.
Peter Foulger: What will happen if we don’t have insurance?
Barb Shea: The first two years we had insurance. There were 3 areas and 20 volunteers, Last year volunteer drivers (10) drove all over Hunt Club. Without insurance, she would drive around herself. Plants would be reduced from 250 to 80 and seed kits would be reduced from 250 to 80.
Tania Mushka: Insurance is an issue for the whole organization: Christmas baskets, Paul Landry cleanup, Butterfly Way, Arts in the Park, Fall Festival, Community Garden, All of these programs are at risk. Without these programs, we will not be visible in the community and we will lose members.
What’s the reserve fund. What’s it being used for?
Peter Brimacombe. Cost is a big issue. The previous board made the decision not to get the insurance. I will send you the documents from the previous board.
Christine Johnson: the HCCA and other community association should lobby the City to fund liability insurance. Like the City of Calgary. Let’s use the funds to get the insurance.
Matt Page: He is more interested in interacting with the community. Without the insurance we couldn’t do as much as we are doing. It really puts us in a box. We could go and find it if we need to.
Cathy Bourguignon: She agrees with Tania, Christine and Matt. She is shocked that City is not funding insurance.
John Sankey: He has done volunteer work all his life. He has never bothered with special insurance. $2500 is highway robbery.
8. Storytime for Toddlers
Christine Johnson and Linda Sabine: New families with very young children, would benefit from a literacy program. They would more likely go if they can get there on foot. The Ottawa Public Library has made books and material available for the program.
Motion: The HCCA sponsor the Story Time for Toddlers for $150. The program could use the HCCA logo. The $150 would be used for the room rental fee at the Community Centre.
Moved by Peter Brimacombe, seconded by Matt Page, carried.
9. Federation of Citizens’ Association
Motion: To pay the annual membership $35 to the Federation of Citizens’ Association.
Moved by Peter Brimacombe, seconded by Peter Foulger, carried.
10. Transition Plan
Peter Brimacombe: I’ve updated the Web site. I have updated Government of Ontario, Business Registry. There is a field Primary Activity. I want to put Community Association but I cannot. Brian Wade helped me send out the invitations to this meeting. I set up the zoom session.