17 February 2013 - A researcher with Carleton University's Department of Women and Gender Studies is seeking participants in a project about the re-development of Hintonburg. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and be a current or former resident of Hintonburg and be willing to participate in a one-on-one interview that will last approximately one-and-a-half hours. Interviews will take place at a local coffee shop or in the community centre. Refreshements will be provided. For more information on this project, please contact Jill Thayer, email@example.com, 613.710.2630.
Over thirty community groups propose measures to restore trust in the City’s planning and development approvals
Community groups across Ottawa today proposed four measures they consider critical to restoring trust in the City's planning and development approvals practices. The measures have been agreed to by more than 30 community groups from a dozen wards in the city, including urban, suburban and rural areas, in the wake of recent press reports that highlight serious flaws with the City's development approvals and planning process. We are calling for immediate action.
Specific issues include accounts of private consultants hired to process development approvals applications for the City at the same time they are working for applicants, and commitments made by planning staff to support specific re-zoning during confidential preconsultation.
More generally, the failure by the City of Ottawa to have adequately updated the comprehensive zoning by-law since amalgamation has led to ad hoc re-zoning for virtually every major development now proposed, so that the real decisions are being made behind closed doors. The level of campaign contributions to councillors and the mayor by the development industry furthermore calls into question the independence of Council from inappropriate influence by an industry whose activities they directly regulate.
To address these issues, these community groups have called for the following four measures to be undertaken to restore the public's trust in City Hall:
“The current planning process in Ottawa continues to be seriously flawed,” says Jay Baltz, co-chair of the Planning Committee of the Hintonburg Community Association. “We expect transparency, predictability, and high ethical standards, and are disappointed that the City is falling short in each of these areas. It’s time for the City to stop making excuses and to act in the interests of its citizens.”
Signatories to the planning actions are here, and a backgrounder here.
For further information about these measures, contact Jay Baltz, co-chair of planning committee, Hintonburg Community Association, 1.613.301.0639, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
ATTN': City editors – Press Conference December 17
Over 30 community groups from across city to propose measures to restore trust in city planning and development approvals
Community groups from across Ottawa are not confident that the City’s planning and development approvals are best serving the public interest. Several recent reports in the press have highlighted serious issues with these processes. Residents are increasingly frustrated at the city's case-by-case approach to approving zoning changes that result in a lack of predictability and transparency.
On December 17, at the Hintonburg Community Centre, over 30 community groups from 12 wards will propose actions that, if undertaken, will help restore public trust in City Hall’s handling of planning and development.
Media are invited to attend a press conference at which these actions will be proposed:
December 17, 9:30 AM Hintonburg Community Centre (Wellington Room)
1064 Wellington Street West (http://goo.gl/maps/voBmK)
For further information, contact Jay Baltz, co-chair of planning committee, Hintonburg Community Assocation, 613.301.0639; firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
We believe we had a very strong appeal on the principles of neighbourhood compatibility – a 23-storey tower at that location is inappropriate and should never have been approved by City Council. However, on October 15, the City brought into force the Wellington Street West Community Design Plan policy applicable to part of the 1050 Somerset property. This removed the basis for part of our legal argument on conformity to the Official Plan. Given the uncertainty this added to the OMB process, it was decided that negotiating a settlement which offers much needed community services, particularly space for a daycare, was a prudent decision which better served the interests of the community than taking our chances before the OMB.
In the coming days, we will have further details about the settlement. Although we could not get the height of the building decreased, we believe we have obtained important concessions from Claridge.
We have learned a great deal from this process and are well-positioned as a community to work together to ensure that future developments in Hintonburg are compatible with the neighbourhood.
We thank you for your support, and look forward to continuing to work with you on development issues in our community.
Hear Hintonburg Roar Fundraiser
Thursday, October 4 at the Elmdale Tavern, with musical hosts Sherwood Lumsden and Slo' Tom, from 7:30 to 10:00. Tickets are $25, or whatever you wish to contribute, at the door.
The Hintonburg Community Association recently filed an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board against the City’s approval of a 23-storey development proposed by Claridge at 1050 Somerset Street West, next to Devonshire Public School. The hearing could cost the HCA as much as $20,000 to $30,000.
The HCA has worked with the City and developers on many great projects in the community. But in this case, we believe the City’s reasons for approving this development are completely off-base. Their reasoning was confused, applying different rationales to the front and rear of a single lot that had the same zoning throughout. If allowed to stand unchallenged, the same justifications may be used on much of the land next to Somerset and Wellington. This could permit similar towers to be built just behind the main street throughout our community. This sets a dangerous precedent for our community and for others across Ottawa.
We have all worked hard to make Hintonburg a wonderful place to live, and deserve a night out. Please show your support for the HCA’s work, including this appeal, by joining us at the Elmdale Tavern, and make your voice heard.
If you can’t make it to the fundraiser, donations in support of the appeal can also be made online at http://hintonburg.com/
Hintonburg Community Association Inc.
1064 Wellington Street
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July 18 - The HCA today provided its comments to the consultation process on potential changes to improve cycling through the Byron/Gladstone corridor. A description of the changes is here. Our comments were as follows:
Hello Wook and Robin, I am writing in regard to the Byron-Tyndall-Gladstone Corridor Cycling Improvement Plan on behalf of the Board of the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) and the HCA Hintonburg Cycling Champions.
First, I would like to thank you for organizing the recent public information session at the Hintonburg Community Centre. This was a welcome opportunity to hear more about the Plan and to raise some questions.
The HCA has received a significant amount of feedback about the Plan in recent weeks, and can say that there is very little support for the proposed traffic roundabouts on Tyndall. As these features do not really improve the corridor for cyclists and are opposed by many residents living nearby, we suggest that this aspect of the Plan be abandoned. The money earmarked for the roundabouts would be better spent on other initiatives.
On the other hand, we generally support the cycling features of the Plan. We think that the features included to assist cyclists in navigating Holland between Byron and Tyndall and along Tyndall will be helpful.
The link between Tyndall and Gladstone, particularly the left turn from Tyndall to Parkdale, is certainly a difficult part of the corridor to improve. We have heard a lot of support for prohibiting cars from turning left from Tyndall to Parkdale. While this support is not unanimous among residents, the more widely held view is that implementing this prohibition would help ease congestion along that part of Parkdale, and help make left turns safer for cyclists.
Otherwise, we encourage you to continue to look closely at the Tyndall-Parkdale intersection to see if more could be done to improve the cycling corridor in that area. We would be interested in seeing more details on Robin's proposal to add cycling lane markings on the left side of north-bound Parkdale as a measure to assist cyclists in navigating the left turn.
We would also encourage you to fully examine the following options:
Stefan Matiation, HCA Cycling Champions co-chair
The City is soliciting feedback on potential major new changes to Parkdale, Holland, Hamilton and Hinton at Byron and Tyndall, as well as Gladstone and Parkdale. View the proposed changes here.
The HCA wrote on April 10 to Community and Protective Services committee chair Mark Taylor to ask for City leadership in mitigating some of the effects on vulnerable communities of losing Community Access Program funding. Read the letter here.
municipal, architecture and arts editors
For Immediate Release
Study Recommends Adaptive Re-use of 7 Bayview Road (former City Works building)
Ottawa – March 13, 2012
Adapting and re-using a former industrial site and an important Ottawa heritage landmark could provide much-needed artist space and rejuvenate an important landmark, Strata Planning in partnership with a local business association and community groups has recommended to the City of Ottawa.
Strata Planning (McGill Graduate School of Urban Planning studio students) presented findings of its study of The Bayview Workshops, 7 Bayview Road, to Planning and Environment Committee this morning.
The study was undertaken in response to a Request for Proposals from the Wellington West Business Improvement Area (WWBIA) and the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) and with the collaboration of Creative Neighbourhoods. The need for such a study was identified in the Hintonburg and Mechanicsville Neighbourhood Plan approved by Council in 2010.
The site is located near the future Bayview LRT station, and forms part of a Secondary Planning Study approved by Council in 2005. A mixed-use community at medium to high density is planned for these lands (formerly a snow dump).
“The adaptive re-use of this former industrial building, designed by J. H. Irwin, the City’s Design Engineer in 1944, could kick-start the redevelopment of this underutilized parcel of land within sight of the Parliament Buildings,” said Linda Hoad, Hintonburg Community Association Board member.
Annie Hillis, Executive Director of the WWBIA notes that “the City Works Building is a potential centre for cultural and artistic uses such as rehearsal and performance space, artists’ studios, and galleries.” There is a need for more such space for artists working in this area, the Quartier des artistes/Arts District.
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Linda Hoad, Hintonburg Community Association
Annie Hillis, Wellington West Business Improvement Area
View the final report: http://www.acaciaconsulting.ca/creativeneighbourhoods/projects.htm
View photos of the building: www.flickr.com/photos/wellingtonwestPublic Open Forum on development along the Light Rail Corridor
Tuesday, March 6, 7:00 pm at the Tom Brown Arena.
A public Open Forum will be held on March 6 at 7 pm at the Tom Brown Arena (141 Bayview Rd.) to discuss the City’s plans for development along the future Light Rail from Bayview to Carling.
The City is now developing its plan for what type of development will be permitted and encouraged along the current O Train tracks, in the ongoing “Bayview-Carling Light Rail Corridor Community Design Plan” (CDP). However, very few residents in the area know that this is happening. The Hintonburg and Dalhousie Community Associations have planned this Open Forum to help remedy that.
Much larger development will be coming to this area. Residents should be aware of this, and should have input into the rules that will govern it. Our community associations want to welcome new development into the existing vibrant community, and avoid the type of controversy that too often accompanies development proposals. We believe open discussion is vital for this.
In a break from its usual practice in the past, the City is not holding its own open houses during this CDP. Area community associations have therefore stepped into this void with this Open Forum, which is being widely publicized and should be a well-attended, constructive event.
Contact: Jay Baltz | Hintonburg Community Association | firstname.lastname@example.org
New signage has appeared on the slopes of Scott Street leading to the O-Train station at Tom Brown arena. The signs warn residents that the slope is not a public pathway, is private property, and notes that there is to be no trespassing. The signage has already been vandalized. The HCA has been asking for years for pedestrian access to the O-Train station from Tom Brown be normalized with stairs. Have a Tom Brown slope story to tell? Write to us at email@example.com.
City of Ottawa press release
Ottawa - The City of Ottawa was awarded a $50,000 grant Saturday from a program run by Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse in association with Hockey Canada. The money will be used for upgrades to the Tom Brown Arena.
“On behalf of our city, I would like to thank Lowe’s and Hockey Canada for including Ottawa in its grant program,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “This is great news for the many residents who make Tom Brown Arena one of the busiest facilities in the City.”
The Lowe’s and Hockey Canada Community Rink Renovation Program will see $500,000 invested into 10 arenas over five years. Saturday’s announcement, which also named Scarborough’s Centennial Arena as a grant recipient, was made from the Maple Lions Arena in Vaughan, which received its grant earlier this year.
“What a wonderful example of a corporate citizen stepping forward to partner with the City and invest in its community,” said Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of Community and Protective Services Committee. “I also want to thank our Parks and Recreation staff for its role in making this grant a reality and ultimately taking some pressure off of the taxpayer.”
Because there are two Lowe’s locations in Ottawa, program administrators decided to award a grant to an Ottawa arena where Lowe’s can leverage employees and vendors alike to significantly increase its initial financial investment. Parks and Recreation staff led Hockey Canada officials on a tour of several arenas to help program administrators make their decision.
“The Tom Brown Arena has been well used by residents of Kitchissippi and from all across Ottawa for more than 30 years.,” said Councillor Katherine Hobbs, Kitchissippi Ward. “I’m thrilled the judges for this grant chose our local Hintonburg Arena and I look forward to the opportunities this will provide for the community.”
Decisions will be made in the coming weeks on exactly how the money will be spent at the Tom Brown Arena, with the work most likely being completed between February and April of 2012.
The eight-day period from Saturday May 28 to Saturday June 4 was one of the busiest the HCA has ever had in its 20-year history, and we wanted to mark the occasion:
- We began with ArtsPark on May 28, a highly popular regional festival organized by our Arts Committee that for the first time this year included a bike parade organized by our Cycling Champions committee;
- We held a pancake breakfast and Ottawa Samba cheering station for the Ottawa Race weekend in partnership with the West Wellington BIA and Elmdale Tavern on May 29. The Race Weekend organizers announced that we won second prize in the city for community spirit;
- We arranged and hosted a multi-stakeholder meeting attended by politicians, funders, residents and proponents of the Hintonburg HUB project on June 1;
- We held the Hintonburg Garage Sale on June 4;
- Also on June 4 we held a community "wake" to mark the changes in our community represented by the closing of the KFC that evening and raised several hundred dollars for the Parkdale United Church's charitable work;
- This was all in addition to the important work done by our members on May 31 at the Neighbourhood Planning Initiative meeting and by our Zoning Committee which heard at its June 2 meeting from the developers of the proposed Attika tower. Members of our zoning committee also participated in the June 1 Infill Design consultations hosted by the City.
In the middle of it all, on May 31, Kathleen Wilker, co-chair of our Cycling Champions, was deservedly recognized by the City with the Timmerman Award.
All of these events were possible only because of the engagement and commitment of the residents of Hintonburg who support our activities with their time. Volunteers are the lifeblood of Hintonburg. Without you, none of our efforts to organize events would ever come to fruition. Our committees include Zoning, Security, Communications, Environment, Arts, The Hintonburg Cycling Champions, Schools, Traffic and others that do the heavy lifting. Dozens of volunteers from these committees worked tirelessly to achieve the results we did during that week. More volunteers organize and run events like the Centennial 5k, Craft Fair, Movie Nights and the Kringle event during the rest of the year.
Every bit as important are the many members of the community who put in the many hours of work on city planning and development issues, as well as security issues. Those are at the core of our activies, and our volunteers' commitment ot putting in long hours of work have helped define a vision for Hintonburg that has been developed by the residents themselves, and recognized in planning documents by the City.
None of our activities would be possible without the financial support of the local business community which has responded enthusiastically year after year to our sponsorship program. Their names are at the bottom of this email. Multiple members of the community such as Nat Myles at the Elmdale Tavern, Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey of the Parkdale United Church, Annie Hillis of the West Wellington BIA, and the staff and owners of the Hintonburger and Cyclelogik all worked with us on several of the events from May 28 to June 4 to organize our events and get the community engaged. Throughout the year, many, many more individuals become deeply engaged in our work with their own resources, energy, and creativity.
Looking ahead this summer, we still need to run the Hintonburg 5k, our Movie Nights, continue our development and security work, our communications efforts and more. By now, you have all heard about the proposed Tega tower and we will, of course, be busy responding to that development.
We hope we can continue to meet the needs and wants ofour membership at the same level as we have. To do this, we need three things from residents:
- Your continued engagement is critical. It seems as though no fundraiser, event or email campaign goes unnoticed by Hintonburgers, and we can always count on your participation.
- Secondly, we need you to become members of the Association. Paid membership for $5 indicates to City Hall that you support our efforts, and that we speak with a community voice. It makes a difference.
- Finally, we need you to continue volunteering to help us hold our events.
If residents help us with these three things - engagement, membership, and volunteering - we will continue to be among the best-organized, financed, and energetic community associations in the city, protecting Hintonburg's interests at City Hall. Your efforts on the community's behalf do not go unnoticed by our Councillor, the Mayor, our MPP or our MP. The Board of Directors wishes to take this opportunity to say thank you for everything you accomplished during this busy period, for all the hard work that went into preparations for these events and activities, and for participating and making them a success. We look forward to serving you in the months ahead.
Together, Hintonburg residents are a force to be reckoned with.
We were recently copied on a letter by a resident to the city and police about unsafe cycling practices in the 'hood. Our Cycling Champion committee co-chairs Kathleen Wilker and Stefan Matiation took the opportunity to talk about the activities they've undertaken to promote safe cycling:
To promote safe cycling in the neighbourhood, The Hintonburg Community Association has set up a cycling committee called the Hintonburg Cycling Champions. Since the group formed in November 2010, the Hintonburg Cycling Champions have undertaken a number of projects to promote cycling and to increase cycling safety.
We conducted an online survey to identify key issues for cyclists. 94% of the 141 people who responded to the survey said that partnering with the City to influence cycling policy and facility design would be an effective way to encourage cycling. So we joined cycling advocates from around the city in speaking up for the Laurier Segregated Bike Lane project. Work has begun on this Segregated Bike Lane and it is expected to open by mid summer. The Cycling Champions are now working with the Dalhousie Community Association to identify safe bike routes and bike lanes that would join our neighbourhoods to the Laurier Segregated Bike Lane as having safe routes to cycle around the neighbourhood and through the city was a top priority for survey respondents.
The Cycling Champions also arranged to have introductory CANBike Courses offered to students at local schools, and began an After School Bike Club at Devonshire Public School to teach safe cycling and basic bike maintenance to students in grades 1-3. A number of neighbourhood schools held successful spring bike rodeos to promote safe and active transportation to school. And a recent all ages bike parade from Hintonburg Park to Parkdale Park was well attended by residents, councillor Hobbs and MP Paul Dewar. The Wellington West BIA donated bike bells -- mandatory bike safety equipment -- to all parade participants.
The Cycling Champions promote safe cycling in the neighbourhood and around the city and advise cyclists to obey the rules of the road and drivers to be aware of cyclists and to share the road with cyclists. The need for consideration and safety of all road users is especially important in a construction zone. When construction on the Somerset bridge is complete, it will include bike lanes that will make the route safer for everyone using it.
With more and more Ottawa residents taking to the streets on bikes and more and more measures like bike lanes, signed bike routes, connections between recreational trails and city streets and cycling education, cycling is becoming a safer way for people to get around. The Cycling Champions hope that police will treat this upcoming blitz as an education campaign for all road users and be sure to promote safe sharing of the road between cyclists and motorists.
here. Ottawa's Planning Committee will be considering these documents and making a descision to accept or amend the recommendations on April 12 at 9:30 in the Champlain Room at 110 Laurier Avenue.
The HCA supports the development of mixed income housing on the site, and we look forward to working with CCOC and the Hub on the details of the massing and site layout.
The HCA is committed to the Safe Zones established for the needle exchange program in our community. This site, surrounded by a library, primary school and senior centre, is not appropriate for a needle exchange site.
March 1, 7-9 pm at the Hintonburg Community Centre, 1064 Wellington Street West
March 2, 7-9 pm at Hilson Avenue Public School, 407 Hilson Avenue
March 5, 3-5 PM at the Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Ricmond Road
March 6, 3-5 pm at the ottawa Civic Hospital Ampitheatre (main building across from Ruskin Street)
A meeting yet to be determined will be held at the Champlain Park field house.
Kitchissippi is the fastest growing central area in Ottawa. Intensification and its effects have been a top concern for residents in the ward.The City’s Planning and Growth Management Department will be holding meetings on small scale residential infill development with the public, including one in Kitchissippi on February 17th at 7-9 PM at Connaught Public School, 1149 Gladstone Avenue. City Staff will give a presentation and are asking residents to provide feedback on the survey of infill development the city has undertaken. Aesthetic, Social and Environmental concerns will be discussed and your solutions to the challenges of infill development will be recorded. The evening will be a great opportunity for all of us concerned with the direction and character of residential infill to voice our concerns and engage with staff to direct future infill towards a better result for our communities. This is especially important as we work towards a review of the Official Plan in 2012. Learn more about this unique opportunity at visit www.ottawa.ca/infill
ALERT3 Attacks on women in the late afternoon.There have been 3 reported attacks on women walking on sidewalks, between 4 & 6pm. Robbery is not the objective - one woman was hit on the head with a hammer and needed stitches. The second attack was on Dec. 11, 2010 at 5:20pm around Hamilton & Spencer just 35 minutes after the first at Albert & City Centre. The third attack was Jan. 4, 2011 at Bay & Gilmour.
White male, between 18 and 25 years of age, with a slim build, dark wavy hair, and possibly a mustache.
Be alert. Don’t wear earphones while walking so you are aware of your surroundings.. If you have any information on these attacks call: Sgt. Dave Veinotte 613-236-1222, ext. 5309 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477(TIPS)
Report any suspicious activity to:Hintonburg Community Police Officer: Cst. Andrew Milton at 613-236-1222 x 5871. Hintonburg Community Association Security Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
OC Transpo is advising that the westbound #2 on Somerset Street West, between Preston Street and Wellington Street, and on Somerset Street West, between Wellington Street West and Carruthers, is being temporarily disrupted due to the roadway construction. From October 25 to November 5, westbound buses will be re-routed from Somerset to travel via Preston, west on Albert and Scott, south on Bayview, west on Armstrong, and south on Carruthers to Wellington. The eastbound bus will remain on Wellington and will not be detoured.
For further info, visit octranspo.com.
Hintonburg Community Association seeks community protections in wake of prostitution ruling
October 5, 2010 - In reaction to Tuesday’s prostitution law ruling by Ontario Superior Court Judge Susan Himel, the Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) is calling on municipal, provincial and federal authorities to ensure steps are taken to protect communities in a legal vacuum.
“Communities acutely affected by drugs and street-level prostitution require strong protections against their detrimental and demoralizing effects in residential areas," said Pat O'Brien, president of the HCA. "We consider that sections of the Code prohibiting communication for the purpose of prostitution, living off the avails of prostitution, and keeping a common bawdy house, were important provisions to help mitigate their effects."
“For communities dealing with prostitution, drug dealing and problem properties, the solution is not to leave them with no laws and no other options,” said O’Brien. “These changes will have a harmful effect on our community’s ability to deal with these important issues.”
In the wake of the effective decriminalization of prostitution, police will lose some of their abilities to protect communities from an influx of johns who exploit both women and the communities in which those women are forced to work due to addiction. The HCA is calling in the immediate term for authorities to make a commitment to protection for vulnerable communities, and to meaningfully engage communities throughout the next steps.
For further information, please contact Pat O'Brien, 613.798.7987
All-candidates debate. Monday, Oct. 18 7-9 (doors open at 6:30). St. George's Parish Hall. 415 Piccadilly.
(Pursuant to section 13 of the Constitution)
The Board of Directors proposes that section 8.3 of the Constitution be amended to increase the maximum term that an individual may serve as Treasurer from two consecutive years to four.
Section 8.3 of the Constitution currently provides:
"8.3 Tenure limits and Service Requirement
a) The position of President and Treasurer
shall not be
held by the same individuals for more than two (2) consecutive terms.
The Board proposes that section 8.3 be amended to provide (changes shown in underline):
"8.3 Tenure limits and Service Requirement
a) The position of President (delete “and Treasurer”)
shall not be held by the same individual for more than two (2)
The proposed amendment will be considered and voted on at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). A two-thirds vote of Members in Good Standing present at the AGM is required to adopt the amendment.
For information only, the proposed amendment would read in French:
AVIS DE PROPOSITION D’AMENDEMENT AUX STATUTS DE L’ACH
(En vertu de la section 13 des statuts)
Le conseil d’administration propose de modifier la section 8.3 des statuts afin d’augmenter la durée maximale du mandat de trésorier de deux à quatre années consécutives.
Présentement, la section 8.3 des statuts prescrit ce qui suit:
«8.3 Durée maximale du mandat des membres et exigences relatives à la signification
a) Les postes de président et de trésorier
pas être occupés par les mêmes individus pour plus de deux (2) mandats
Le conseil d’administration propose que la section 8.3 soit modifiée afin de prescrire ce qui suit (les changements sont soulignés) :
«8.3 Durée maximale du mandat des membres et exigences relatives à la signification
a) Le poste de président (supprimer et « de
ne doit pas être occupé par le même individu pour plus de deux (2)
Les amendements proposés seront considérés et votés lors de l’Assemblée générale annuelle (AGA). Un vote des deux-tiers des membres en règle présents à l’AGA est requis afin que l’amendement soit adopté.
The councillor has asked me to pass along this update
the homes on Westmount being expropriated for the widening of the
Parkdale Ramp. We have had a few people contact the office worried
safety and property standards issues that might result when the homes
are vacated so Councillor Leadman wanted to make sure you had the
An organization called Canadian Council for Safety and Families is contacting residents offering CPR and First Aid courses in the community. This organization is not supported by nor is it affiliated with the Hintonburg Community Association or the City in any way. They have rented a room from the City at the Hintonburg Community Centre to deliver the CPR instruction.We understand that they do not always have literature on their courses to leave with people and they have not always provided their contact information. Their phone is 613-715-9700 (answered by volunteers) and the person in charge is Serge Leduc and he has provided his cell phone number 613-282-2902 and e-mail email@example.com You should only provide a cheque or cash to someone you feel comfortable doing business with. You should never give money if you feel pressured. CPR & First Aid courses are also offered through the City website at: ottawa.ca/recreation and some classes are free of charge. The Hintonburg Community Centre says that it can also arrange a CPR class through the City if 10 or more people request it as a group - the HCC number is 613-798-8874.
Hintonburg Park is now closed for the summer as the redevelopment project proceeds in earnest. D&G Landscaping, an Ottawa landscape construction company, has been contracted by the City to conduct the project. This will comprise moving the existing play structures to accommodate a new splash pad, together with landscaping, park lighting and other improvements. The City's optimistic schedule is for all work within the walls of the park to be completed by the end of August or first week of September. An additional three to four weeks will be needed to allow new sod to take root. Some final work on the Fairmont and Duhamel entranceways will be completed by the wall contractor once the work inside the park is finished. Questions about the project can be directed to the City planner, Kevin Wherry, who can be reached at Kevin.Wherry@ottawa.ca or (613) 580-2424 ext. 24350. If you wish to speak to someone at the HCA about the project, please contact us at .
The HCA has received the
following letter from
Kitchissippi Councillor Leadman:
Tennessy Willems patio
In late April, the Committee of Adjustment denied the
application for a patio behind the new Tennessy Willems restaurant. As
many in the community are aware, the HCA opposed the request for the
necessary variances that would have allowed the patio to operate. Since
that time, many in the community have asked why the Association was
opposed to the patio, and some have suggested that opposition to patios
is a matter of Association policy.
Click here to see information about the re-development of Parkdale Park.
The Hintonburg Community Association, Councillor Christine Leadman and Bell Canada have collaborated, to offer a unique opportunity to artists to enhance their neighbourhood this Spring. In an attempt to discourage the repeated graffiti tagging of the Bell Canada Utility boxes, a pilot public art project has been launched seeking artists to paint murals on a select number of boxes. Full information and more details can be found here.James Valcke. The Hintonburg Community Association would like to welcome Mahreen Nabi. Through Canada Summer Jobs, Mahreen will be working for 6 weeks with the HCA’s board on membership, outreach and other projects. Mahreen is a MA Anthropology candidate studying Socio-Cultural Anthropology of the Diaspora at Carleton University. Her past work experience within the non-profit community reflects her commitment to local priorities. We wish her the best of luck this summer!
(May 2009) Public meeting held on May 13 at the Hintonburg Community Centre
The Hintonburg Community Association considered recently the list of potential infrastructure projects proposed for our ward, and thank you for soliciting our feedback with respect to prioritizing those. While all of the projects are worthy, we consider that revitalizing the Hintonburg Community Centre (HCC) should be both our and your top priority among the many spending choices the City will face.While we are pleased to see both revitalization of Parkdale Park and the wall surrounding Hintonburg Park on the list of potential projects - both items that we consider important - we believe that none of the projects on the list can have the same impact to the quality of life in our community. We believe that funding will eventually be found for both of the latter, but that the Hintonburg Community Centre will not be used to its full potential without the kind of extraordinary funding that the City is now seeing.
We have noted for many years, both to yourself and your predecessors, that recreational programming for youth is sorely lacking in our community, due in large part to a lack of available facilities. Without significant capital expenditure to use the unused space at the HCC, we believe that this situation will be perpetuated well into the future. Given that youth programming has the potential to have a long-term effect in reducing costly social problems in our neighbourhood, we consider that any new infrastructure money would be well-spent on this project. It is also worth noting that this building is fully accessible, and well-used by both those with physical challenges and by senior citizens.
The HCA would be very pleased to expand on this at your convenience.
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March 31 Update. Correctional Service of Canada has withdrawn its proposal to locate a parole office at 1010 Somerset. Thank you to all who took the time to give us their feedback. We have removed the feedback form, but are always pleased to hear your thoughts about neighbourhood development by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[March 20 update] The HCA is in touch with the Plant Pool Recreation Association, which has been in contact with Correctional Service of Canada. PPRA were provided by CSC with the information that follows, as well as a copy of the CSC's 2006 guidelines on locating parole offices, which can be found here (PDF format).
(March 2009) The HCA has been made aware that office space at 1010 Somerset Street West has been proposed as a potential re-location site for the Ottawa parole office. The site is the Public Works property just to the east of the O-Train tracks. Correctional Services is holding consultations with the community on both this site and a potential site at 831 Industrial Avenue. The Somerset location will be considered at a Town Hall on March 30 at 7 pm at the Bronson Centre. The Industrial location will be considered at a Town Hall at the Chimo Inn on March 31 at 7 pm.
The invitation to attend the Town Hall for the Somerset location is available here. A fact sheet about the potential relocation is available here (both documents in Word format).
Correctional Service of Canada has also indicated that it will be holding an online consultation to provide an opportunity for feedback at http://www.csc-scc.gc.ca/consultation/. This site also contains further information about the background to this proposal. CSC's online consultation is open until April 1.
The HCA has not yet adopted a position either in opposition or not to the proposed site. We know the site is in relatively close proximity to Devonshire School (as well as the Plant Recreation Centre), and that proximity to a school is likely a key reason why CSC wishes to move the office from its current Elgin street location. We will be in close touch with our school trustee Jennifer McKenzie, MP Paul Dewar, MPP Yasir Naqvi, with councillor Christine Leadman, and others throughout this process.
We are very interested in hearing your feedback on the proposal. By using the form below, you can send your comments to us, and to the officials listed above, as well as to Correctional Services. Thank your for your time in making your thoughts known. You can also write directly to the HCA at email@example.com. The site is not located within Hintonburg proper, so the HCA will also be in touch with the Dalhousie Community Association as well as Councillor Diane Holmes.
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