DISCUSSED AT 9 JUN 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
- Karin Howard, City Ward 0T8 councillor
- Jan Duncan, The News
The following summarizes the issues discussed at the 9 Jun 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:
- Water quality in Mooney's Bay. Ministry of Health recommends
that Mooney's Bay be open for swimming in 1997 without restrictions. Water
quality is being monitored daily.
- Recycling results for blue box program. Recycled material
collected in Mar 97 has increased by 43% over what was collected a year
before in Mar 96. This increase both indicates that residents are reducing
the amount of regular garbage they put out, and also increases the revenues
generated from sale of products produced from the recycled materials.
- Open house at Central Experimental Farm to be held 10am-4pm
Sat 21 Jun in the K.W. Neatby Bldg. Hosted by Eastern Ontario Cereal and
Oilseed Research Centre. Feature presentations include gene technologies,
new wheat varieties, soils, insects. Admission is free.
- OC Transpo wins North American 1996 safety record competition
between some 100 companies with 600+ busses. Bus driver Barry Adair flew
to Miami to pick up the award on OC's behalf.
- RMOC recognized for excellence in financial reporting.
The Gov. Finance Officers Assoc. of the US and Canada has given its Canadian
award for financial reporting to the Region based on its annual report
for fiscal 1996.
- Draft Regional Official Plan and Water and Wastewater Master Plans
- Delay in the construction of the Airport Parkway ramps (see
- Speeding on Riverside Dr. (see below).
- New environmental awareness campaign (see
- Call Wendy's office for more information.
- City Ward 0T8 Councillor, Karin Howard, reported
on the following:
- 1997 property tax payment changes. May and June 1997
property tax payments to City are still to be combined into one payment
due 30 May 97. It would cost $350,000 to change these back into 2 payments
again. However, Karin has lobbied for and obtained a reduction in the interest
rate for late payments from 15% to 6% for those who submit this request
in writing to the City treasurer. Interest rate is normally 15%; however,
taxpayers can register themselves for the monthly payment plan at any time
to reduce the interest payable to 6% per year.
- Mayor's day celebration for senior citizens. Queen Elizabeth
and Prince Philip are to attend (from 4:30-5pm) a Canada Day senior citizen
birthday celebration held at 2:30-7pm 1 Jul at Lansdowne Park's Aberdeen
Pavilion. A limited number of tickets have been reserved for couples celebrating
their 50th anniversary. The royal couple, also celebrating their 50th,
intend to meet their Ottawa senior counterparts. For more information,
call Lite 101.1 CFMO weekdays from 9am-5pm.
- Bookmobile services to Hunt Club will continue.
- City hall has acquired a bilingual registration system
available from a newly installed workstation at the Client Service Centre.
General public can visit the centre and make use of this system to do business
name registration, obtain retail sales tax vendor permits, employer health
tax, health tax for the self-employed, and worker's compensation. Available
times are 8:30am-4:30pm.
- Warning that homeowners are being pressured by unscrupulous
tree "experts" into unnecessarily removing or extensively pruning
trees on their property. Senior citizens should be skeptical of anyone
approaching them in this regard. Free estimates and advice are available
from official arborist services (listed under TREE in the yellow pages).
- Vandalism statistics. Total cost of vandalism for Mooney's
Bay Ward for 1996 was $39,577.43, and targeted areas included: the fire
station on McCarthy Rd., Clifford Bowey Pool, Hunt Club Community Centre.
- Topless swimming. In spite of everything else going on,
this issue has resulted in the greatest community feedback to City Hall.
Of some 80 calls to Karin, only 2 supported toplessness.
The general concensus of the HCCO directors at the meeting was that public
excitement would shrink with time. One comment was that: "Some bodies
are temples, but others are parking lots". Criminal code specifies
that "nude" is anything that offends morality.
- Road repair backlog as of 12 May will result in 858 road
repair sites (usually involving road blockages) before mid-Aug 97.
- Security check policy. Official City-approved organizations
are now required to develop a security check policy when recruiting staff
and volunteers. City has a resource booklet and 1-hour presentation with
useful information. Two information sessions will be held 6:30-8:30pm:
one on Tue 10 June at McNabb Community Centre, 180 Percy St.; and on Wed
18 Jun at Routhier Community Centre, 172 Guiges St. To register, contact
- Hunt Club Neighborhood Plan open house held 28 May (see
- Hunt Club Airport Parkway environmental assessment (see
- New zoning bylaw (see "Saving the green
- 1998 budget process has begun and could effect many City services (see
- For city-related issues, call Karin's office.
- Airport Parkway ramps:
- The debate and decision on whether to go ahead with constructing the
ramps (at least for this year (summary-fall 1997)) is going to Regional
Council on Wed 11 Jun.
- HCCO passed a motion and voted unanimously to draft a (second) correspondence
to encourage the construction of the ramps, without further delay. Assumptions
and reasons are:
- Existing traffic still ends up on Bronson Ave., between Carleton U
and Carling Ave during rush hours. Better access for the southern communities
simply means that traffic south of Careton U will no longer need to route
itself through residential communities.
- Existing Hunt Club Riverside traffic study recommended the ramps as
a solution to their traffic problems.
- If south urban areas expand or are built, they will have access to
the Parkway as currently configured, and traffic will increase regardless
of whether ramps are constructed or not. The current system penalizes residents
of Hunt Club who are already (and have been for the last 10 years) commuting
- Bill Royds recommended that the Region consider
reconstructing the accessways where the Parkway meets Riverside to improve
traffic flow between the two roads. This improved accessway might siphon
cars from Bronson Ave.
- City has returned its comments on the Regional environmental assessment
in a letter titled Hunt Club Road/Airport Parkway Environmental Assessment
Document, dated 22 Apr 97.
- Bob Ridley has presented a report (Max Group report available from
Wendy) to the Region that looks at downstream affect.
The report indicates that the day after the Parkway ramps are open, the
Parkway will be full; however, the 200 additional cars will be the same
as those now using other means to get downtown, and will not impact on
the traffic load on Bronson Ave. north of the bridge. Twinning the Parkway
later will create more traffic; however, the traffic increase will be from
cars getting on at Lester Road, accessing the Parkway from farther south
than Hunt Club (which they can do, and do, right now).
- HCCO also passed a motion, and voted to communicate with neighboring
communities to research ways of meeting both their and Hunt Club's traffic
- Region has approved an additional $50,000 to enhance the landscape
at Plante and Bankview in order to minimize noise levels caused by Parkway
- Councillor Stewart is investigating noise mitigation
in the area of Ramsgate Private, and Plante and Cromwell.
- Old Ottawa South Community Assoc (OSCA) agrees with a need to resolve
traffic issues, but objects to the haste with which this ramp construction
project (and other Parkway-related enhancements) is proceeding. OSCA recommends
- The Centretown Citizens Community Association recommends that the $3.5M
budget reserved for the ramps be rerouted to improving cycling pathways
and the N-S transit system, or at least that these alternatives be studied.
- Current status of voting at the Region:
- "Consider", rather than "approve" the recommended
- Include cycling route signs.
- Not defer decisions until further traffic implications on other neighborhoods
can be studied.
- Consult with residential communities backing onto the Parkway re enhanced
landscaping to decrease noise levels.
- For more information, call Wendy Stewart.
- Fighting the effects of cars speeding
on Riverside Dr.:
- Based on the Ontario Manual of Traffic Control Devices, which the Region
follows, in order to erect signs warning motorists they are entering a
residential area and must reduce speed, the reduction in speed must be
20 km or more; therefore, in order to reduce the speed limit to 50 km around
Mooney's Bay, the speed limit between the railway overpass (at Hunt Club)
and Hunt Club Rd. would need to be raised to 70 km.
- A report about these signs will be completed soon and then circulated
to those interested or who have attended public meetings.
- Region is investigating ways to minimize noise in the vicinity of Hackett
- Region is researching electronic radar systems that can detect and
display (to drivers) cars speeds they are going with along Riverside.
- For more information, contact Wendy Stewart.
- Regional Official Plan, and Water and Wastewater
- More than 350 groups, agencies, and individuals have submitted written
comment on the draft.
- Debate on these plans will take place on 12, 13, and 16 Jun, with final
revisions going to Regional Council for approval on 9 July.
- Region still welcomes any further comment from the community.
- For more information, contact Wendy Stewart.
- New environmental awareness campaign:
- Wendy Stewart is now Chair of Conservation Ontario, a new partnership
between 38 Ontario conservation authorities.
- Dofasco has established a long-term partnership with Conservation Ontario.
- Dofasco is donating over $1M to pay for the cost of showing Ontarians
the work the Conservation Authorities have been performing in their watersheds
for the past 50 years.
- Authorities currently protect over 340,000 acres of provincial land,
including Baxter, Foley Mountain, Perth Wildlife Reserve.
- This funding will also support community-based efforts in flood plain
management, lake stewardship, water quality information.
- For more information, contact Wendy Stewart.
- Hunt Club Neighborhood Plan update:
- City hosted an open house 28 May at Holy Family School.
- Some 50 people from the community attended, including new residents
from west of Riverside Dr.
- Many interest groups were also represented: NCC, RMOC, HCCPA, HCCO,
community centre, the Plan's Public Advisory Committee (PAC), etc.
- All concerns voiced by those attending were documented (resulted in
some 70 points).
- Questionnaires were distributed to solicit public feedback and concerns
(blank forms available from the RCC).
- A report on this open house is forthcoming.
- Another public meeting is scheduled for the fall (97).
- Plan is scheduled for completion in summer 98.
- For more information, contact Christine Creighton.
- 1998 budget process has begun and could effect
many City services:
- On 18 June City council will receive a report on how to obtain and
address public input. A core services review will involve surveying 600
residents to find out their priorities re City services. This review will
also involve focus groups and key informant interviews.
- Because of provincial cutbacks, City will need to trim its services
- HCCO suggestions were:
- License bicycles, which would help trace bicycle theft, as well as
to identify bicycles that terrorize pedestrians and disabled people.
- Per family user fees for those using library services: basic service
could be free, but user fee would allow additional services such as reserving
books, borrowing CDs, etc.
- Licensing cats, which is being actively pursued by the City caused
mainly by the difficulty in tracing cat owners.
- Stewardships (such as the one currently for Mooney's Bay (Chez radio)).
- Saving the green corridor between McCarthy
Woods and the Rideau River:
- The land corridor between the Rideau River and the Airport Parkway,
which is now physically green and empty of development, is owned by NCC
in part, by Hydro, and by CN.
- It is the City (not the Region) that has zoned this land (under the
existing bylaw) partly light industrial and partly for public use - the
new Z2020 bylaw may change this zoning.
- Region has designated McCarthy Woods as an environmentally significant
area in its new Regional Official Plan, which will protect it from development.
- City is to debate new zoning designations for this area at 1:15pm Tue
24 Jun at City Hall.
- The more people who attend that meeting, the better the chance that
Hunt Club community interests will be listened to.
- Need to involve and lobby local councillors both from the City and
the Region (Diane Deans, for example).
- NOSS (Natural and Open Spaces Study (NOSS); Call Deborah Irwin
or Sue Costello for more information. Does not include the
open areas of the corridor.
- In order for a natural corridor to effectively allow wildlife movement,
it must be at least 300m wide (not 30m).
- Some compromise may be necessary in order to accommodate population
increase within city limits, rather than sacrificing the green belt areas
- HCCO motioned, and voted to send letter to City Planning Committee
asking for an interim control bylaw to prevent any zoning decisions (at
least any that would remove protection from the corridor) until the area
can be studied, and until such studies as the Hunt Club Neighborhood Plan
- Call Peter Foulger for more information.
- Other issues:
- City plans to have paid off its debt by year 2014.
- Question about who will be hosting regional and municipal election
all-candidates' meeting in the fall (elections due in Nov 97) - either
HCCO or The News can host this.
- Next HCCO meeting to be held Mon 8 Sep 97
at 7:30 p.m. at the Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre at the corner
of Paul Anka and McCarthy. Anyone is welcome.
Call Fred McLennan for more information.