Meetings & Documents

September 12, 2016

Monthly Meeting
September 12, 2016


  • Christine Johnson, President
  • Sue McCarthy, Vice President
  • Peter Brimacombe, Secretary
  • John Sankey, Past President
  • Marilyn Koch, Director
  • Piero Narducci, Director
  • Ijeoma Udechukwu, Director
  • Brian Wade, Director
  • Riley Brockington, Councillor
  • Dave Armitage
  • Celsa Barnhardt
  • Laurel Fagervik
  • Al Gullon
  • Dan Kaplansky
  • Dianne Nahal
  • Marwan Nahal
  • Kristy Nystrom
  • Linda Pedley
  • David Pfeiffer

Christine Johnson: Presented the agenda and asked for approval.

Motion: To approve the May 30, 2016 minutes. Moved by Peter Brimacombe, seconded by John Sankey, carried.

Motion: For the purposes of privacy, comments can be recorded generally rather than attributed to a specific person. Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Kristy Nystrom, carried.

Councillor’s Report
Riley Brockington: Presented the Councillor’s Report. Main points in the Report:

  • Community Festival September 10
  • River Ward Budget Consultation Night
  • River Ward Community Safety Night
  • Owl Park Tennis Courts
  • Paul Landry Park
  • Uplands Drive Resurfacing
  • Otto’s BMW Expansion

Discussion on Paul Landry Park:
Riley Brockington: Someone is driving to Paul Landry Park and dumping garbage. Illegal dumping is also a problem behind the McCarthy Plaza. If you can without endangering yourself, get the license plate number and phone the police.
Christine Johnson: A sub-committee will be established to map out community preferences for Paul Landry Park. There will be a clean-up of Paul Landry Park, Saturday, October 1.

Sue McCarthy: The September issue is out. Wynnie Zhao wrote an article on the free library on Cahill Drive.
Christine Johnson: There are now 54 volunteers including three high school students to deliver the newsletter so we can deliver 3750! Sponsorships cover almost all the costs – more than 99%. She proposes the HCCO host a reception to thank all the people involved with the newsletter. The reception would be on Monday December 5 an hour before the HCCO meeting. This will also be the date of our AGM this year.

Motion: That HCCO spend up to $1000 to host a reception to thank the people who work on the newsletter. Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Sue McCarthy.
John Sankey: The HCCO has always been a volunteer-centered organization. We have spent the funds we have on our community, rather than on ourselves. I vote against the motion.
Motion: carried

Environmental Committee
Brian Wade: Effort to get funding for a community garden is ongoing. Two sites are proposed: Cahill Park and Owl Park. He did a walking tour of both sites with Jordan Bouchard, Co-ordinator for Just Food which is the funding agency. He said the application is very good and Cahill Park would be a better site. The biggest cost is a water supply. An independent water supply would cost $50,000 but there may be a cheaper alternative. Brian’s condo project borders on the Park. If the condo association approves then a separate meter and plumbing could be installed for $10,000.

Bike Lane along Hunt Club
Linda Pedley: Along Hunt Club Rd. between Riverside Drive & Bank St. there are sections of bike lanes which suddenly disappear, throwing cyclists into heavy traffic. This is extremely dangerous.
John Sankey: 20 years ago, serious cyclists made the point they didn’t want bike lanes because they felt they gave a false sense of security.
There was interest to extend the bike lane on Hunt Club where it doesn’t exist and to connect the bike pathways across to Mooney’s Bay.

South East Ottawa Community Health Centre
Ijeoma Udechukwu: The South East Ottawa Community Health Centre held its annual general meeting. The Board was impressed with the September 10 Fall Festival held at the Community Centre and expressed its gratitude to the HCCO for its co-operation.

Motion: To reimburse Sue McCarthy and Christine Johnson a total of $335.38 for the September 10 Fall Festival. The $335.38 is the HCCO’s share of the costs. The other contributors were the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre and the City. In addition Riley Brockington contributed $500. Moved by Sue McCarthy, seconded by Piero Narducci, carried.

Sue McCarthy: Proposes a festival to be held May 13, 2017 with the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre as partner. The festival will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada The idea is to have an inclusive event: a Franco/Ontarian choir, the Nepean Panharmonics Steel Band, a China town art display, stilt walkers, an event with the Somali language, an Arabic singer and dragon dancers. Big and bold!

Christine Johnson: She is now aiming for 150 members in the HCCO.

Creative Art Club
Dianne Nahal: Announces the Hunt Club/Riverside Community Creative Art Club. The Club provides a space where adults can create. Each adult is charged a $2 weekly drop in fee to offset the costs of the room. It starts on Tuesday September 27 and runs until Tuesday December 6. Sessions are from 9:30 to 12:00. Contact

Motion: That the HCCO provide up to $100.00 to offset the cost of the Creative Art Club. Moved by Christine Johnson, seconded by Al Gullon, carried.

Civics Primer
Christine Johnson: The Citizens Academy is hosting a Civics Primer Event at the Community Centre, September 25 from 14:00 to 16:00. The event is free but space is limited to 20. Register at
Riley Brockington: The City will be giving its own Planning 101 course.

Next meeting: Monday October 3 at 19:00