March 2, 2020
- Brian Wade President
- Sue McCarthy Vice President
- Peter Foulger Treasurer
- Peter Brimacombe Secretary
- Christine Johnson
- Lynette Joseph-Sankey
- John Sankey
- Barb Shea
- Riley Brockington Councillor
- Bert Beechey
- Lorraine Busby
- Dan Kaplansky
- Tania Mushka
- Ijeoma Udechukwu
- Dan Clavel
- Dianne Nahal
Brian Wade: Welcomed everybody and invited everyone to say what they liked about the community.
Motion: To accept the agenda.
Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Sue McCarthy, carried.
Motion: To accept the January 2020 minutes.
Moved by John Sankey, seconded by Barb Shea, carried.
Peter Foulger presented the Treasurer’s Report. It is presented as an appendix.
Motion: To approve payment of four items:
- Room rental, Barb Shea – $11.33
- Room rental, Brian Wade – $29.55
- City of Ottawa, Art Club – $330.84
- Christine Johnson, Newsletter – $41.80
Moved by Peter Foulger, seconded by Christine Johnson, carried.
Motion: To accept the Treasurer’s Report.
Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Sue McCarthy, carried.
Christine Johnson: The Food Security Committee was set up within the Hunt Club/Riverside Park Steering Committee. Short term goals are: to establish a list of food agencies where Hunt Club-Riverside Park residents can get food (including location, operation hours and what the agency provides); to translate the heading into a few of our local languages aside from French and English, then post it in relevant buildings and on social media sites; to apply for a grant which would allow the Committee to offer monthly free community meals. Long term goals include getting a functional exhaust fan installed in the kitchen at the Community Centre; establishing a growing number of community gardens; establishing a Food Centre (similar to the Parkdale Food Centre -https://parkdalefoodcentre.ca/) at the Hunt Club Centre strip mall across the street from the Community Centre
Christine Johnson: All interested in helping with any of these or other initiatives please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, March 10, from 1 – 2 pm at the Anglican/United Churches on Riverside Drive, just south of Walkley Rd.
There is a stove in the kitchen at the Community Centre. There isn’t an industrial venting system which would cost $100,000 but as long as there isn’t a lot of grease and smoke, the stove can be used.
Riley Brockington presented the councillor’s report:
Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive – The intersection is being reviewed. A consultant will present the review at the meeting, Monday April 6.
Bridges on Hog’s Back Road – there are two bridges – the swing bridge over the Rideau Canal and the fixed bridge over the Rideau River. Both bridges will be closed this summer. Repair on the swing bridge will be pushed back until August 28, 2020. At the same time, the fixed bridge will be repaired.
Review of LRT Phase 2 – There will be a full review of the procurement process. It will be presented to Council by November 2020.
Ijeoma Udechukwu: She is dissatisfied with the implementation of LRT – there was a general feeling of dissatisfaction.
Community Environmental Projects – Grants are available to non-profit organizations, including community associations for projects that support environmental sustainability.
Ward Boundary Review – the City will review ward boundaries. The goal is to have wards whose populations align with the average.
Sue McCarthy: She attended a meeting of the Green Space Alliance. It wants to freeze the City boundaries to discourage development outside the City boundaries.
Riley Brockington: On the subject of City boundaries, on March 30, the Planning Committee will receive a draft of a policy to encourage infill. There are lots of neighbourhoods with single family houses – there is pressure on these neighbourhoods to increase density.
Women’s Day Speaker Series – the event will take place on Thursday March 5, at the Community Centre.
Environment Committee of the Hunt Club Community Association – the Committee is hosting a presentation from the City of Ottawa’s Climate Change Team and the Urban Forest Management Team on March 9 at 19:00 at the Community Centre.
Potholes – report potholes to 311
Upcoming events –
- free family breakfast at the Alexander Community Centre, April 11
- Earth Day Celebration at the Community Centre, April 18
- Strawberry Social at the Community Centre, June 12
Harmony in Cultures Mural – the artist Claudia Salguero is paying for the insurance on the mural which costs $4000 over 5 years. A community potluck and entertainment session was planned in 2019 but had to be cancelled. Would the Hunt Club Community Association and the Riverside Park Community Association consider making a one-time contribution for $500?
TD Parks People Grant
Christine Johnson: She has applied for funds to the TD Park People Grant Program for three events:
- Saturday, May 16, 2020 (May 30 is rain date): ARTS IN THE PARK at Paul Landry Park
- Saturday, June 20, 2020: Ottawa South Eco-Action Network (OSEAN) event located at Owl or Cahill Park Saturday,
- September 19, 2020: THEATER IN THE PARK and FLAVOURS FROM OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD (Owl or Cahill Park)
These events must have an environmental focus or commit to having environmental sustainability or protection built as an element of the event. As such, we are considering kiosks for local small businesses who sell their eco-friendly products, educational talks, nature walks with tree identification, tree planting, sale and demonstration of the Canadian invented ‘Kitchen Cone composter’, talk on planting native flowers in your home gardens, community garden talk, etc.
If you can commit to helping on any of these dates, please let Christine know.
Christine Johnson: She is working on establishing a community garden at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church – on McCarthy Rd, just across from the Fire Station. The garden will be on the east side of the church at the back. We’ve got our team of coordinators: Moto Carter (resident in behind the church), Paulette Williams (Bishop Williams’ wife), and me We met on February 23. We have applied to the Community Gardens Fund with ‘Just Food’ (Ottawa). Sun Shan is our contact from Just Food and we will be meeting with her on March 13. 16 nearby neighbours have expressed an interest. John Sankey has agreed to act as an advisor. We hope that once this garden gets in the ground, that many others will spring up throughout our community. We see this as a good strategy for strengthening food security in our community. We are counting on HCCA’s support and we will be requesting funds from its Community Garden Fund. This will be a great community building opportunity.
The present practice is that members present at the meetings, vote on motions. However, this practice could possibly make the directors legally liable for the members’ decisions. The practice and the bylaws should be reviewed so they align.
Motion: That the HCCA create a board governance committee to review, discuss and implement the 2020 Governance Action Plan.
Moved by Sue McCarthy, seconded by Christine Johnson, carried.
Next meeting: Monday April 6 at 19:00