Present: Harjit Hothi, Kara Hoang, Tom Lowrey, Marc Labrèche, John Desrochers, Elizabeth McCarthy
Regrets: Councillor Hubley, Rod MacLean, Kul Kapoor, Nilay Ertemur, Maureen Taylor, Duane Avery
The meeting was chaired by Harjit Hothi
1. Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the November 3, 2014 KHCA meeting were approved as circulated
2. Chair’s Update:
a) Ottawa Police Service “Speed Recruiting” December 2nd -- Please see KHCA website for registration details.
b) Linking KHCA website with WOCRC, Chartwell’s Empress Kanata and Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice websites. The President had received a request from WOCRC (Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre) for mutually linking their website and KHCA website. After some brainstorming, it was concluded that KHCA and WOCRC should be mutually linked since they both are community based non-profit organizations. “The Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice is also a not for profit organization and will be considered in February.” The other website, mentioned above, is profit based. Therefore, it should not be linked as that would imply indirect endorsement by KHCA.
c) Pedalheads bicycle training for young people is beginning in Alta Vista on January 10th; register now by phone: 1-888-886-6464 or by mail: ON@pedalheads.com
d) Lighten the Night home decorating contest judging tour on Sunday Dec 21st and Lighten the Night Awards Party on January 5th. This has become an annual Christmas tradition. The top three best decorated homes are given an award provided by Home Depot. In addition, three special mention awards are provided by Hazeldean Mall.
e) BBQ for residents and scouts in Walter Baker Park BBQ in April/May because of weather issues in January/February.
f) Fourth Kanata Scouts is willing to organize Bilingual/French scouts. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
g) Wednesday, Dec 17 -- from 6 pm to 8 pm Councillor Hubley’s Christmas Wagon Rides leaving from Castlefrank Elementary School on McCurdy at Sewell Way
3. Treasurer’s Update
Operating funds $1544.19 (including membership renewals).
4. OMB appeal by Tega for 19-23 Bachman Terrace
No date has been yet set by OMB for the first hearing. City’s reasons for rejecting the proposal were (a) “Too Dense” & (b) ‘does not “Fit Well” in physical context’ and ‘nor “Works Well” with existing and planned function of surrounding community’ These are the concerns of Bachman Terrace residents said differently.
Based on the previous experience of participating in OMB’s hearings by at least one KHCA member, it was strongly suggested and unanimously agreed that KHCA (President) should immediately write to OMB and ask about its procedure and request that KHCA be granted a status as an “Interested Party” since the project is in the community represented by KHCA. KHCA would then be able to participate in the OMB proceedings on behalf of the community which will be negatively affected, should the project be approved by OMB.
5. The impressions from Nov. 24 Zone drop-in centre open house
The KHCA President was not able to attend this event organized by WOCRC. It was decided that the President should write to WOCRC asking the success of this drop-in centre and whether or not there is a need for an additional centre like this in our community.
6. Overtime parking on streets near Eagleson Park & Ride.
This has been an on-going issue. It was thought that unless the residents affected directly by parking on their streets speak out and request KHCA to assist them in addressing this issue, KHCA cannot be very effective. It was agreed that the residents should be solicited whether or not they would like KHCA to join in addressing this issue through a simple survey (a brief half page write up with contact information could be dropped in the mail boxes).