Express opinion on McKellar Park changing to Bay Ward

25 11 2020

Any resident having an opinion about the planned change of McKellar Park from Kitchissippi to Bay ward must express that opinion before November 30th by contacting Mayor Watson with copies to Councillor Leiper and this community association.

An effective objection to this change of ward boundary should include practical reasons why it is important for McKellar Park to remain in Kitchissippi ward.





Stage 2 LRT Preso from AGM

25 11 2020

At the MPCA AGM on November 3, Damon Berlin, Stakeholder Relations Stage2 LRT, City of Ottawa spoke about the LRT construction at and near our neighbourhood. His slides are available here and his animation of the “cut and cover” tunnel construction process is below.

“Cut and cover” tunnel construction





Reminder: Annual General Meeting

21 11 2020

McKellar Park Community Association is holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7:30 PM by Zoom. Find out the latest on LRT2 in our neighbourhood. Jeff Leiper will be there. For details and to register see https://mckellarparkcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/10/31/mckellar-park-annual-general-meeting/ or contact mpca.communication@gmail.com





Ottawa Ward Boundary Review, Final Report

21 11 2020

Note that the recommendation has McKellar Park shifted to Bay Ward.

The following is email received from the city:

City of Ottawa
 

Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 – Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report

Generic map with map pins Good afternoon,

As you may be aware, I am one of the consultants for the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020, which has been tasked with establishing new ward boundaries for the City of Ottawa to use in the next three or four municipal elections. You are receiving this email because you signed up for project updates or are identified as a key stakeholder.
This email includes updates and information regarding:The Round 2 public consultation results; andThe release of the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 – Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report, which recommends a realigned ward boundary system for the City of Ottawa  Round 2 Public Consultation Round 2 public consultation ran from August 19, 2020 to September 25, 2020. During this phase, we engaged with residents and stakeholders and collected feedback on the six options outlined in the Options Report and the Supplementary Report. All Members of Council, including the new Ward 19 – Cumberland Councillor, were consulted. We also held additional meetings with some Members, particularly those in more impacted wards.

As gathering restrictions continued due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public consultation meetings were conducted virtually through Zoom. Six public meetings and three stakeholder meetings were held, which included representatives from community associations, business improvement areas, school boards and advocacy groups.

Residents and stakeholders were also encouraged to complete a survey available through ottawa.ca or, for those with limited or no access to a computer, by requesting a paper copy.

In total, 2,150 surveys, 238 submissions and comments by email and telephone, and 16 Guest Book entries were submitted during Round 2, and 137 individuals and stakeholder groups participated in the public and stakeholder meetings. More details on the Round 2 public consultation process can be found in the Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report, which is described below in more detail.  Release of the Recommended Ward Boundaries – Final Report The Final Report was released today on the City’s website and its recommendations are based on the following:The feedback on the six options for realigning Ottawa’s wards;Identification of a ‘preferred option’;Balancing the various components of “effective representation”; andPrevious Court and Tribunal decisions The Final Report will be considered by the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDC) and City Council during their December 1, 2020 and December 9, 2020 meetings, respectively. The report recommends a new ward boundary structure of 24 wards, with 12 urban wards, nine suburban wards and three rural wards.
A new interactive geoOttawa mapping feature has been created so you can view how the recommended structure would affect you. PDF maps for each of the 24 wards are also available. If you would like to send a written submission to FEDC regarding the Final Report, or register to speak about the report at the meeting of December 1, 2020, please contact Carole Legault, Committee Coordinator, at CaroleA.Legault@Ottawa.ca or by calling 613-580-2424 ext. 28934. You must register to speak by no later than 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Presentations to the Committee are limited to five minutes and will be made through the virtual meeting platform, Zoom. To ensure timely receipt and distribution of written comments to Members of Council, communications regarding the report should be sent no later than 4:00 pm on Monday, November 30, 2020.
Thank you for your interest in this project.

Best regards,
Beate Bowron, Project Manager, Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020




Comments regarding partial redevelopment of Sherbourne/ Byron/ Redwood and Killeen

18 11 2020

Recently we posted information about the proposed redevelopment of part of Byron Estates, bounded by Redwood, Killeen, Sherbourne and Byron. We asked that if you had concerns or comments that you advise the City and Jeff Leiper and copy the MPCA. Two residents have sent the following:

Reference Application #D07-12-20-0124

Date, 2020-11-15

1 Introduction

  • Demovictions along Sherbourne Road between Byron and Keenan
  • Apartment blocks at 455 and 472 Sherbourne Road

Reference: Application #D07-12-20-0124
https://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__B0BM3A

1.1 Rental Situation

  • Rent increases of the existing units are currently capped
  • The developer’s intent to build fresh as a means to increase rent
  • Soaring rents resulting from a developer and community focus on building condos and luxury rentals that yield much higher profits alongside the negative effects of vacancy decontrol that allows landlords to increase rents at any amount for new tenants of the new units
  • Soaring rents resulting from a developer and community focus on building condos and luxury rentals that yield much higher profits alongside the negative effects of vacancy decontrol that allows landlords to increase rents at any amount for new tenants of the new units

1.2 Rental Issue

  • A loss of affordable housing
  • Replacing ‘affordable housing’ rentals with significantly more expensive rentals
  • Need a variety of housing near public transit, not only those who can afford the “market value” {of a property}

1.3 Consequence

  • A sharp increase in the cost of living to tenants, for example, $900 per month for a one bedroom apartment for an current long-term resident to $1,350 presents a %50 increase
  • Introduces the threat of demovictions to tenants in neighbouring apartments
  • Displacing residents from their neighbourhood whom cannot afford the increased cost of living due to inflated ‘market value’ rents or ‘luxury rents’ resulting from vacancy decontrol

1.4 Tenant Rights

  • Do tenants have these rights as mentioned in this article

Ref: Demoviction, Renoviction And Eviction: What Should You Do?
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/tenant-rights-demoviction-renoviction_ca_5e33589bc5b69a19a4ac723b

“If they intend to demolish the unit or convert it for non-residential use – a.k.a. a demoviction – you are entitled to at least three months’ rent or a similar rental unit that is acceptable to you. If the landlord just plans to renovate – a.k.a. renoviction – and you plan on moving back in when they’re done, you’re still entitled to that three months’ rent or the equivalent rent for the period the repairs are being done, whichever is smaller. If you don’t plan to move back in, you’re still entitled to that three months’ rent.”


1.5 Social Issue

  • The principle (morality) of displacing tenants for profit
  • The principle (morality) of leveraging housing as a commodity to be traded and sold for profit versus providing affordable homes for people in the community
  • Community bonds are affected/dismantled due to disruption of home
  • Community stability is more important than economic gains
  • What is being done to help with relocation for residents displaced by this change
  • What legal recourse is available to residents to support or compensation in the event of forced displacement

1.6 Timing of the change

  • Pandemic/Covid 19, job losses, increased stress and mental health issues
  • Basic human right to have affordable, safe housing

1.7 Summary

  • This is no fault of residents who chose to live in the area, City of Ottawa has chosen to develop light rail through this area and the desire for intensification, at what cost: human, community

Appendix

References

About Affordable Housing in Canada
https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/developing-and-renovating/develop-new-affordable-housing/programs-and-information/about-affordable-housing-in-canada

Demoviction, Renoviction And Eviction: What Should You Do?
https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/tenant-rights-demoviction-renoviction_ca_5e33589bc5b69a19a4ac723b

Ontario Landlord’s Association
https://ontariolandlords.org/blog/rent-increase-2020/

Rent Control and Vacancy Decontrol
https://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/rent-control-and-vacancy-decontrol.html

Vacancy Decontrol
http://www.tenant.net/Tengroup/Metcounc/May97/vacancy.html

What is Affordable Housing
https://affordablehousingonline.com/what-is-affordable-housing





Sherbourne / Redwood Apartment Development in Bryon Estates

6 11 2020

The owner is proposing to build three low-rise apartment buildings within the existing residential complex known as Bryon Estates. To accommodate these buildings, two of the nine existing apartment buildings, along with all garages will be removed to accommodate the new development. The proposed buildings will be three storeys in height.

It appears that one of the buildings to be torn down is on Sherbourne behind the apartment building on Byron. The other building to be torn down is at Keenan and Sherbourne.

The complex will have a total of 100 dwelling units, including the proposed units and existing units that remain. Two of the new buildings will each have 24 units and the third will have 10 units. The new buildings appear to be on Sherbourne. A total of 68 parking spaces will be provide for residents and visitors with access from Redwood Ave. via the existing internal lane.

The proposed application meets the current zoning for this property, so no zoning changes are requested.

The complete proposal including a detailed drawing of the site can be found at https://devapps.ottawa.ca/en/applications/__B0BM3A/details

It also advises how to make comments or concerns known to the city. We ask that if you are providing comments that you copy Jeff Leiper at Jeff.Leiper@Ottawa.ca and the McKellar Park Community Association at MPCA.blog@gmail.com





McKellar Park Annual General Meeting

31 10 2020

The MPCA is running its Annual General Meeting virtually on Zoom this year. Please register to attend the meeting, find out what is happening, and be part of the McKellar Park Community!

When: Nov 23, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time
Note: Zoom opens at 7:00 PM. Meeting starts officially at 7:30 PM

Register in advance for this meeting

Although the meeting is open to anyone, the MPCA is asking that you provide your name and address when you register to ensure that voting is limited to McKellar Park residents.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Note there is a phone option in addition to the computer video option. But be aware that the Zoom phone-in numbers are long distance Canadian.

Questions? Please contact mpca.communication@gmail.com

For those who want more info about Zoom, here are two Zoom Tutorials
Joining a Zoom Meeting
Using Zoom Controls





Tillbury Park’s new Play Structure is Open!

19 10 2020

After many months the new play structure is open and from all accounts the kids are loving it.

 
MPCA’s thanks to Renee Proteau, planner, City of Ottawa Parks, Jeff Leiper for contributing some funds when the structure was in danger of having to be revised as it was over budget and Amy Richardson who liaised with everyone to get a structure the community would be happy with.





Police share tips to deter vehicle thefts

1 10 2020

Public Advisory release from Ottawa Police Services:

Reminder: Important tips to protect your vehicle from car thieves

(Ottawa) –The Ottawa Police reminds the community that the risk of thefts, and repeat thefts, of high-end Lexus and Toyota vehicles in Ottawa is still very present, particularly with larger SUVs, RX350, 4 Runner and Highlander. There have been 11 luxury vehicle thefts in the past week.

We remind car owners of the following tips to protect their vehicle:

  • Make your vehicle less vulnerable to theft by parking it in a locked garage and or by blocking it in tightly with a second vehicle. Exterior lighting and video surveillance around the driveway can also serve as a deterrent.
  • Consider installing an after marker electronic immobilizer devices which can interfere with the starting of the vehicle.
  • Be vigilant that there is no damage to the door locks mechanisms as this could be an indicator that your car has been targeted.
  • Consider protecting your vehicle with devices such as car alarms or steering wheel locking devices such as “The Club”.
  • GPS tracking devices have become increasingly popular. Some even allow the vehicle owner to electronically “fence-in” their vehicle whereby an alarm cue would occur if the vehicle were to leave the fenced-in area without authorization.
  • Locks to restrict access to the on-board diagnostic plug exist and when applied can impede a thief from re-programming a key.
  • If you are selling your vehicle, be wary not to let anyone have access to your car keys and do not let your vehicle out of your sight. This prevents a thief from copying your key during a “test drive” so they can return to steal it.
  • Finally, good old fashioned neighbourhood watch is a great deterrent. Be vigilant and call 911 to report any suspicious vehicles in your neighbourhood.  Most thefts occur between midnight and 5am in the morning.

Investigators have not yet seen the use of signal amplifiers in Ottawa. In the event that this technology makes its way to Ottawa, a simple line of defense is to consider keeping any vehicle with a proximity key fob inside a radio frequency shield device (RFS device).  This will prevent the key fob’s signal from being amplified to the vehicle from inside the house protecting it from being driven away.

More safety tips are available online.





Important: McKellar Park Needs to Let our Councillor and Others Know What They Think About Ward Boundary Changes.

21 09 2020

The City of Ottawa is currently in the middle of a consultation exercise that may change the size and shape of City Wards, including Kitchissippi.

First, Some Background

Ottawa City Council is made up of a Mayor (currently Jim Watson) and 23 Councillors, each elected in a particular Ward.

Our current Councillor is Jeff Leiper, and the McKellar Park community is part of Kitchissippi Ward.

Every few years the boundaries of our City wards are examined to see if they are still right, in terms of population, economic development, and so on.

The last Ward Boundary changes were in 2005, and lots of things have changed since then.

A few months ago, the City hired a group of consultants to review Ward boundaries and recommend changes. The changes would go into effect for the 2022 municipal election, and for the 2026 and 2030 elections, and maybe for the 2034 election.

The consultants reported back with 6 options. The sixth option is the most likely to be adopted by Council later this year, but it is not yet set in stone.

It adds one Ward (so there will be 24) and changes the boundaries for many of the current Wards.

In particular, McKellar Park Community would be split off from Kitchissippi and attached to the Ward to our West.

What’s At Stake

We provided a bit of background on the Ward Boundary changes a few days ago, on our website.

Some may think these changes are a good idea, some may not, but the final report from the consultants to Council will be heavily influenced by what people in the community think, so if you have a preference please let them know.

Your Community Association, after some thought, is of the opinion that we should stay in Kitchissippi Ward. All of the other Community Associations in Kitchissippi think so too and have already let Councillor Leiper know.

Most people in our community think of themselves as living in a community on the edge of, but not quite, downtown. Most of us have strong ties to Westboro Village and we shop along Wellington and in Hintonburg. We use Dovercourt Community Centre.

All of these would be in a different Ward.

The Ward to the west of us is a suburban Ward. Our community would be on the eastern edge of it and represented by a Councillor who is focussed on suburban issues.

We have not heard from anyone who thinks that is a good idea, or that it will make our lives any better.

Let Them Know What You Think – It’s Important

If you think McKellar Park would be better off in Kitchissippi, you will need to let the consultants know, so they can make changes to their recommendations before they are sent back to Council for a decision later this year. And time is short.

There are two ways to make your views known to the consultants. You can do both.

One is by filling out a brief survey to be found at the following link:  Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020

This online survey will be available until next Friday, September 25. Please go to it and make your views know.

The other is to participate in any of the remaining virtual online public consultation sessions, the last of which is Wednesday, September 23, at the above link.

Please consider going online and taking part. Remember this will only be available for a few days.

Don’t be afraid to let them know what you think. The options are complex, with lots of population projections, but what they will be looking for from you is something much simpler – what Ward do you thing you should be in as we go through one of the most important decades in our history, with change and population growth everywhere.

You should also let your Councillor, Jeff Leiper know. He will be sending a report to the consultants on what his constituents think and will be reporting to Council as well.

He can be reached at Jeff.Leiper@ottawa.ca

Send a copy to the Mayor at Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca