Annual General Meeting – November 5, 2013. Meeting Minutes.
Heron Park Community Association
Annual General Meeting
November 5, 2013
- Presentation from Const. Mahamud Elmi, Sgt. Vanessa McNeil
- Presentation from David McGuinty, M.P. for Ottawa South
- Presentation from David Chernushenko, Councillor for Capital ward
- Report on Activities by HPCA (James McLaren)
- Financial Report (Colin MacLean)
- Report on our new registered charity, Heron Park Community Building Fund (James McLaren)
- Vote to change constitution to expand our boundaries (James McLaren)
- Election of Executive members: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
- Discussion of Priorities to focus on for the next year
Attendees 33 members plus 5 guests
Greg Gregory, Roselyn Mesher, Kelly Fourney, Kelly Thomas, Willem Van Westerop, Adam Dodd, Gary or Greg (from south side), Harry Pokrywa, Dominique Marshall, Helen Burns, Johanne Bérubé, Peter & Mrs. Fourney, Biruk Medhin, Bing Dang, Clėment Berthiaume, Al Ghossein, Wendy from Secord, Jason Garlough, James McLaren, Colin MacLean, Rosella Mac Neil, and more
Councillor David Chernushenko, Sarah Loomis, Const. Mo Elmi, Sgt. Vanessa McNeil, David McGuinty M.P.
Colin introduced community police officers Constable Mo Elmi and Sergeant Vanessa McNeil.
Mo Elmi told us he has always lived in this neighbourhood, did his police training here and wants to live here when he retires.
Vanessa talked about the need for us to call if there is speeding, noisy residents or other complaints.
Question asked: What is procedure for a complaint re a threat from a neighbour?
Car break-ins are ongoing: we must always lock our cars; same thing for our houses.
James introduced the representative from MPP John Fraser, who did not speak.
Then he introduced our MP David McGuinty, who addressed the group.
He thanked us for attending. Canada has a good record of citizen participation.
The most common complaint is a lack of credibility.
He has asked the CBC for a fact based web site. No spin, no editing.
He has less $ in his budget than a city councillor does, with 4 times the # people represented. He has 3 people in his office, one on the Hill.
He has 12,900 current files, the majority are immigration files. Also Public Service grievances, procurement problems.
The federal government is much, much larger than any private corporation. The effect of reducing the # of firms doing business with the GoC meant the smaller companies were forced to bill at 40% less.
He asked years ago for action on waterways: the Ottawa River. No action yet. He now has roads, highways, rivers, etc.: transport. He expects and hopes there will be a rail transport study. More fuel is shipped by rail now in one day than there was in a year, four years ago.
Get Connected Fairly act is his private member’s bill, begun after his daughter got her first cell phone bill. We can’t compare bills today. Example from NZ, where CEO came close to being charged.
His newest bill is a partisan advertising bill. Dalton passed a bill in Ontario, so there are no provincial ads paid by the govt. $115M has been spent since 2009 [by federal government] on its economic action plan. The exception will be for public health ads.
- Why the rush to drain the oil sands? A: money. He agrees with Peter Lougheed re the need to slow development.
Line 9 Pipeline Proposal is to reverse the existing pipeline, through Toronto and Ottawa. It carries light crude now, is 37 years old. We don’t know if it can carry the dil-bit (diluted bitumen) safely. The NEB [National Energy Board] does not need to, and will not, consider the results of studies of past spills. Swedish energy use and standards should be our model.
Canada sold AECL to SNC Lavelin so we are not in the nuclear energy generation business any longer.
James introduced the Community Appreciation annual award, the first year it will be awarded. It is named after Peter Fourney and is called the Peter Fourney Community Builder Award. Peter is the first recipient of this award.
Break for food & coffee
David Chernushenko introduced Sarah Loomis. He attends most monthly meetings; Sarah attends when he can’t.
A new initiative is the addition of the south link to the airport, the added stops at Gladstone, etc. He will let us know whenever it happens.
With the limit on the budget, the only way he can add anything to the budget is to remove something else of equal value from the same category.
Q & A with attendees
- 1-2 km Alta Vista corridor link? It is to be funded by development charges, not taxes. The good news is it is no longer in the Transportation Master Plan, due to its cost ($55 M/km).
- What’s happening with the Bank St. Community Design Plan (CDP)? We used it to say No to Midway’s plan for an outdoor go cart track. It’s in abeyance for now, other than projects like that; they have to conform to the CDP.
- She [audience member] is in favour of the Alta Vista corridor, as Bank Street is too crowded. David C said new roads don’t reduce traffic: e.g., Findlay Creek. We have to wait for the LRT.
- Permits are required for above ground pools, but not for the infill next door on Secord Ave. Not fair! She left a copy of the plans with David.
- The sound barrier [along the OTrain route near Sawmill Private] will not be done by year end. Why? David only heard this today, will find out why. He repeated pledge that train schedule won’t be increased until the barrier is in place.
- Poor state of roads, often due to damage.
- Limit on our tax increase does not cover the rises in city costs – water, etc.
James reviewed the Community Association work over the past year, e.g., Secord Ave. development was appealed.
We now have a registered charity to build a new community centre. January 26 will be the 2nd quiz night fundraiser at O’Brien’s. We will raise some of the $1.5-2M needed, not all of it.
Al Ghossein said he will host a fundraiser at his place. The owner of our new Second Cup in Al’s mall [West on Bank] is eager to be involved in the community. It will be called the Heron Park Second Cup.
Colin reviewed the HPCA budget. One big plus this past year has been taking on a second rink, Kaladar. The rinks bring in the greatest revenue to the CS, paid by the city.
The Herald revenue has gone up & down. Costs are the same but ad revenue changes.
See info provided.
James proposed that we expand the HP boundaries. The main reason is the benefit of being informed of any proposed development in the area. No association represents it now. It aligns with Capital ward.
Agreed, unanimously. Carried.
HPCA Nominations & Elections
2013 HPCA executive has been James Pres, Maritala VP, Colin Treas, Rosella Sec’y. Maritala cannot continue in 2014.Secretary: Rosella Moved by Colin, Adam seconded. Acclaimed
Treasurer: Colin Moved by James, Peter seconded. Acclaimed.
VP: Jason Moved by James, Greg seconded. Acclaimed.
President: James Moved by Colin, Rosella seconded. Acclaimed.
The meeting ended at 9:15.