January 6, 2020
- Brian Wade President
- Sue McCarthy Vice President
- Peter Foulger Treasurer
- Peter Brimacombe Secretary
- Christine Johnson
- Lynette Joseph-Sankey
- Marilyn Koch
- Abiodun Mosuro
- John Sankey
- Barb Shea
- Riley Brockington Councillor
- John Adeyemi
- Phil Belanger
- Lorraine Busby
- Al Gullon
- Tania Mushka
WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS
Brian Wade: Welcomed everybody and asked for approval of the agenda.
Motion: To accept the agenda.
Moved by John Sankey, seconded by Sue McCarthy, carried.
Motion: To accept the December 2019 minutes.
Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Lynette Joseph-Sankey, carried.
Peter Foulger presented the Treasurer’s Report. It is presented as an appendix.
Motion: To accept the Treasurer’s Report.
Moved by Sue McCarthy, seconded by Marilyn Koch, carried.
Riley Brockington presented the councillor’s report:
- Community Centre Renovations: Flooring in the front entrance was replaced.
- OC Transpo Winter Service: There were minor changes to routes 90, 92 and 290.
- Online Survey of the Hunt Club – Riverside Intersection: The idea was to identify ways to improve safety. The survey is now closed.
- Environment Committee Approves Climate Change Master Plan: The Committee recommended Council approve measures to reduce emissions.
- Tree Protection Bylaw: There would be new fees for cutting down trees (without permission) which would pay for new inspectors.
- Canoe Bay (3071 Riverside Drive): There will be an open house January 8 at the Riverside Churches.
- Outdoor Rinks: There are two City rinks in the Hunt Club Community – Owl Park and McCarthy Park.
- 2020 Summer Student Employment Program: The City is hiring students for the summer.
- Ottawa Public Library: will be hosting tutorials on the Library’s digital collection. There will be a clinic on Income Tax.
- Coyotes: Coyotes have been seen around River Ward. They’re normal.
- LRT Trillium Line will close for two years effective May 2020. This is the old O-Train.
- Coady Co-op: The City owns the land but leases it to the Coady Co-op. The City will sell the land to the Coady Co-op.
- Riverside Drive Paving Project: The City has signed off on this project. It will be done at night to avoid traffic congestion caused by the closing of the bridges on Hoggs Back.
River Ward Events:
- Saturday January 18, River Ward Movie night at the Alexander Community Centre
- February 12, Official Master Plan and Transportation Plan
- March 5, River Ward Women’s Day Speakers Series
- Saturday, April 18, River Ward Earth Day
- Friday, June 12, River Ward Annual Strawberry Social
Environment/ Climate Change/ Food Security
It was decided there should be two committees, one for environment/ climate change and one for food security.
The Food Security Committee has already been set up.
Motion: To recognize the Food Security Committee within the Hunt Club/Riverside Park Steering Committee.
Moved by John Sankey, seconded by Christine Johnson, carried.
Note: The Hunt Club/Riverside Park Steering Committee is a group of organizations whose goal is to build a more vibrant community in the areas served by the Hunt Club Community Association, the Riverside Park Recreation and Community Association and the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre.
The Steering Committee is hosting a Community Meal with Neighbours on Thursday, January 23 at 5:30 pm at the Riverside Churches. The intent of this free event is to bring residents together to discuss food security issues in our community. https://www.facebook.com/1073046452724080/photos/rpp.1073046452724080/3172259786136059/?type=3&theater
Motion: If the need arises, to give $50 to the Community Meal with Neighbours.
Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Sue McCarthy, carried.
Lynette Joseph-Sankey presented her research identifying a number of local agencies currently offering food to residents who need this support. She suggested that perhaps what is lacking is better communication at getting this information to the people who need it.
Currently, members present at the meetings, vote on motions. This practice was put in place by John Sankey when he was president and continued subsequently by Christine Johnson for her two years as president and then by our current president, Brian Wade. Director Barbara Shea, after her review of our constitution, brought to the attention of our board that this practice does not align with our constitution. This puts board directors in the position of being held legally liable for the members’ decisions. Barbara presented this with the intent that we, as a board, review our constitution and operational practices so that the two align. As our constitution currently states, this would mean that only directors vote at board meetings , since they are legally responsible and the members are not. Other association members would continue to have voting rights at the AGM, or at any other specially called ‘general’ meeting, as specified in our constitution.