Spreading Roots in Westboro

23 06 2017

As part of the Neighbourhood Arts 150 Project and presented by AOE Arts Council, Odyssey Theatre and Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Park invite you to share and perform in Spreading Roots, a performance celebration of Westboro’s trees and green spaces.

Spreading Roots is a theatre-based community arts project drawing together elders, children, youth, and adults to create a celebration of their neighborhood trees through storytelling, dance and song that features the planting of a new tree.

The first step in our creative process is:

Storytelling/StorySharing Workshop with Writer/Storyteller Jacqui du Toit

Come share your stories of trees in your community, and your ideas for the future of your local green space.

June 24 – 2:00pm
Clare Gardens Park

Please see the attached poster for additional details.

Spreading Roots – WESTboro Flyer (1)





A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Westboro

22 06 2017

Company of Fools, a local Torchlight Shakespeare theatre company, are making their annual return to Westboro with this year’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

  1. Clare Gardens Park – July 25, 2017 at 7pm
  2. Lions Park – August 15, 2017 at 7pm

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Torchlight Shakespeare.

Please see the attached calendar for additional details. Note that tickets are not required, but Torchlight accepts donations and both credit and debit cards can be used on site. It is also suggested that you bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Enjoy the show!





Westboro Garage Sale – Saturday, June 10, 2017

23 05 2017

Our Wild Wild WESTboro Garage Sale is happening June 10th. Book your table now and help support your community association.

To reserve your table for a mere $10, please visit: www.dovercourt.org. Under “Find a Program” select “Community Events” and from there you and choose your table.

 

 

 

 

 





Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal

17 05 2017

Province to replace Ontario Municipal Board with less powerful tribunal
Officials say the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will replace the OMB
The Canadian Press Posted: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET Last Updated: May 16, 2017 10:02 AM ET

The province has announced major changes to how disputes between developers, residents and governments over planning and development issues are adjudicated in Ontario.

Government officials say the Ontario Municipal Board will be replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will have less power.

Under new reforms, the tribunal will only make decisions on whether or not a municipality has followed its planning process and land use plans. If it hasn’t, the issue will be sent back to the municipality for reconsideration.

That will mean fewer municipal decisions can be overturned than under the current process, in which each dispute is treated as if it were new, disregarding the decision the local government has made.

The reforms also include giving information and support to residents who want to appeal a municipal decision.

Other changes include prohibiting appeals of municipalities’ development plans around major transit hubs.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/omb-changes-1.4117063





Proposed Policy for Posting 30 km/hr speed: Letter From Friends of Broadview Ave Committee

26 04 2017

Below is a letter from the Friends of Broadview Ave Committee on the city’s proposed policy for posting 30 km/hr speed limits.

Our apologies for the delay in posting this.

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April 4, 2017

Dear Mayor Watson, Councillor Egli, and other members of the Transportation Committee,

It just came to our attention last night that the Transportation Committee will be discussing for approval the draft “Policy for Posting 30 km/hr speed limits” this Wednesday. As we will not be able to attend the meeting with such short notice, we are writing to share with you our concerns with the policy as drafted.

To be clear, we strongly support the introduction of a policy to allow for 30 km/hr speed zones in order to promote a safe and liveable city. We have been advocating for 30 km/hr speed limits in school zones and other areas where vulnerable populations are at risk for several years. This would be consistent with other cities, including across the river in Gatineau.

However, we cannot support this policy for two reasons: 1) the focus on existing road conditions may lead to the exclusion of streets where there are vulnerable populations and a real need for lower speed limits; and 2) the “petition” approach is ineffective since it leads to inconsistencies in application across the city and overall poor neighbourhood planning.

With regard to the first point, we would kindly request answers to the following questions and would suggest that the Committee reflect on these answers before making any decision on the Policy. Specifically:
– How many roads near schools (listed in Document 1 of the background material) will qualify under this proposed policy?
– How many roads with temporary traffic calming measures, identified as priority areas by their respective Councillors, will qualify? (i.e. the traffic calming flags, some of which even say 30 km/hr)

In our neighbourhood, due to the width requirements, it is unclear if Broadview Ave will be eligible even though there are three schools with a total of over 2,500 students on only three blocks. Further, Dovercourt Ave, where hundreds of students walk between the elementary school and Dovercourt Recreation Center, will not qualify since there is transit service (would it really hurt for the bus to slow down for a few blocks?). Both these streets are minor collectors and were not designed for massive through traffic, yet they are absorbing increased traffic, travelling at higher speeds, resulting from intensification in the area.

Our second concern relates to the fact that many of the downtown wards have streets designed in a grid pattern. Given the current default speed limit of 50 km/hr, this policy would now enable two parallel streets with similar characteristics to have a 20 km/hr difference in their speed limits strictly because residents on one street are more vocal and have the time/inclination to collect the necessary signatures. It took the Hintonburg Community Association approximately 1700 hours to get the petitions necessary to ensure a community wide reduction in the speed limit. It is not realistic to expect all neighbourhoods to do this. In fact, by focusing on petitions, this policy provides less protection to communities composed of lower income or new immigrant families as they are less likely to have the means or understand the processes to mobilize and request the change. That is unacceptable.

Further, the “petition approach” can lead to poor neighbour planning and unintentional negative outcomes. As an example, based on the petition approach for 40 km/hr streets, Dovercourt Ave. was converted to 40 km/hr from Sherbourne Ave to Denbury Ave but remained 50 km/hr from Denbury Ave to Churchill Ave since Denbury Ave is the dividing line of the two community associations. Not only was this nonsensical, it was also dangerous since the speed limit increased right in front of an elementary school! Our committee lobbied our previous Councillor for over a year and worked with our current Councillor for 6 months to get this fixed. Can you imagine the number of cases that may arise with potential 20 km/hr difference in speed limits? As individual streets are converted to 30 km/hr, traffic patterns will change and is very likely there will be undesirable consequences. Further, budgets for temporary traffic calming measures, which are already insufficient, will be stretched even further – and possibly directed away from more pressing community needs – to meet the policy’s requirement of reducing the entrance throat of roadways to 7meters. Why have Area Traffic Management Plans if this new policy is going to further encourage a one-off approach?

On a final note, while we understand that the city is waiting for provincial decisions that would allow lower speed limits by default since the costs of putting up signage on every street is prohibitive, our overall question is: does it make sense for the city to prioritize streets to appease “squeaky wheels” or should the city prioritize lower speed limits based on overall community need? We strongly believe it should be the latter. As such, we are writing to ask the Committee not to approve this policy, but instead to develop a new draft based on sound public policy objectives – specifically, the purpose should be to make Ottawa a livable and safe city by ensuring our streets are safe for all users and vulnerable populations in particular. 30 km/hr speed zones should be implemented first and foremost in school zones and other community areas with vulnerable populations and should be introduced in a consistent manner across the city.

Sincerely,

Andy Czajkowski, Gary Larkin and Laura Griggs (co-chairs of the Friends of Broadview Ave Committee)





Spring Cleanup Clare Gardens Park

25 04 2017

Saturday, April 29th, 2017
10 am till 12:30
(Rain date: Sun, April 30th)

The Westboro Community Association and the Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park are inviting you to help clean-up the park.

We’ll bring rubber gloves and large garden bags. If possible we’d appreciate if you could bring a broom, a rake, and/ a shovel, if possible. Bring your families and meet your neighbours! Refreshments and goodies will be provided. See you in the park!

Sincerely,

The WCA and The Volunteer Gardeners of Clare Gardens Park





A message from our community police officer

17 01 2017

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that with the new Service Initiative my zone has changed.  This will not necessarily effect us working together as I am still your CPCO for Hintonburg and Mechanicsville area, but I have expanded into the Carlington area.  Some of you also cover these areas so I wanted to let you know.  You can also pass this information on to your colleges who may be looking to know who their new contact officer is.

 I have attached a map (area 21) is my coverage area.  To break it down by zones it is:

 Carlington

Central Park

Debra Dynes

Westboro

Hintonburg

Mechanicsville

Hampton Park

Fisher park

Wellington west

Civic Hospital

 Feel free to pass this on to any community members looking to make contact.

 Thanks a lot

Dawn

 Cst. Dawn Neilly-Sylvestre| Badge #1520

Community Police Centre – 1064 Wellington St

Ottawa Police Service | P.O. Box 9634, Station T, Ottawa, Ontario K1G 6H5

613.236.1222, Ext: 5871 | 613-295-2790| neillyd@ottawapolice.ca

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