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Music for The Mission

Music for The Mission
at Mackay United Church, 255 MacKay St.
Sunday Dec. 16th. at 6:30 - 7:30pm
Community Service of Christmas Carols, seasonal readings and Special music.
All offerings will go to benefit The Mission.
Refreshments and hot chocolate in the Memorial Hall after. All welcome.

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NECA Minutes for 2006-09-18

Monday, September 18, 2006 at the Field House, 193 Stanley Avenue

Board members: Gemma Kerr (pres), John Jarecsni (treas), Barbara Benoit (sec), Cathy Mirsky, Carrolyn Johnston, Andrew Kerr (web),     David Sacks
Ex officio: Cindy Parkanyi (NEN), Brian Torrie (Three C’s)
Guests: Michel Giroux

The agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.

Adoption of the June minutes was deferred.

Treasurer’s report:
There was nothing of importance to report.

CCCC (Four C’s):
There was no report.

Crichton Community Council (Three C’s):
Brian reported that the Council is in the early stages of discussing playground improvements with the City. It is understood that both the Three C’s and NECA plan to contribute funds to this project.

It was too early for a final report on the Garage Sale but, as usual, there were reports of weak distribution of envelopes for vendors’ contributions.

Cathy Mirsky had nothing to report.

Carrolyn Johnston reported that she had begun working on a list, but that she would be unable to attend the remainder of the fall NECA meetings. John suggested that she use the blind copy function to protect the privacy of people on the list. Andrew agreed to create a membership sign-up area on the web site.

Cindy said the paper would run to 44 pages (the outer limit). She will no longer accept full-page ads. She has just begun archiving (with a scanner) and will talk to Archives Ottawa about creating a key-word search.

The Union/Crichton stop sign is up. The Committee will check with the NCC to find out when the Minto Bridge/Kind Edward intersection will be open again, and whether they are including adequate pedestrial/bicycle rights of way to navigate between New Edinburgh, Sussex and Bolton.

Andrew is setting up a discussion forum. He asked NECA to develop some guidelines for its use. He also asked for the 2005 NECA minutes to post.

Development on Ivy:
Brian and Michel brought up a concern about a proposed property development at 198 Ivy Crescent. Neighbours are appealing the proposal to the OMB. However, without responding to the neighbours’ request for a meeting, NECA has sent a letter to the Committee of Adjustment supporting the proposed development.

The NECA executive has not seen a copy of this letter.  John said that this was an issue of due process and transparency.

Gemma asked that this discussion be deferred a month until the Chair of the NECA Development Committee could be present.

Other business:
Gemma reported that David Horley and Jean Louis Wallace are concerned about possible development beside the river at St.Patrick Bridge. The zoning has not been changed, however present zoning would allow the erection of a small building controlled by the City. NECA members expressed strong reservations about the possibility of boat rentals. NECA will discuss the matter with Councillor Jacques Legendre.

Andrew reported that he had received approval for $5,000 from a City program for river cleanup. NECA must receive the money before December 31. NECA will then contract with Catherine Canning to lead a spring clean-up. NECA must first receive a curriculum vitae and a certification of her expertise.

Gemma agreed to look into activity on the Landry development. She also agreed to circulate an updated executive list.

The October meeting will be held on Monday, October 24th.


By common consent the meeting was adjourned.

Playground Improvements

The Crichton Community Council is looking into options to improve the equipment in the Stanley Park playground.
The park's equipment "life cycle" is scheduled to run out in 2012. This means that the city will only consider replacing or adding to the playground at that time. However, prior to 2012, the city will provide matching funding of up to $7,500 to the community to make improvements to the park.
With that in mind, the Council is looking into options for improving and/or adding to the playground. Two options have brought forward for comment and are described below. Based on community suggestions and comments, one of these options may be selected or a third option could be developed if neither option is viewed as acceptable. The three main criteria in selecting a preferred option are available space, funding, and user preference. In examining the current playground lay out, it was determined that there was only limited space to add to the playground without removing or replacing significant equipment. As a result, a space of about 8 by 12 metres was identified in the area currently occupied by the teeter-totter. The proposal would be to move the teeter-totter to another part of the playground and then install one of these options. Another criterion that will be used to select the preferred option is funding. The sources of funding are still to be confirmed – even the smallest equipment can get quite expensive. User preference will also be determined based on public comment and choosing the equipment that provides the best play value (e.g., what will get the most use).
Next Steps
Based on comments received from the community, one of these options will be selected or a decision will be made to look at more options. You are urged to submit your comments through this web site or you can attend the Council’s meeting (at the Field house) on April 9th where next steps will be determined. In order to get city funding, a proposal must be submitted by May 1, 2007. Installation is likely in August 2007.
Option1: Infinity Web
This structure consists of a winding set of plastic panels with a heavy duty rope web covering the middle of the structure. It’s designed for children ages 5-12. Although these pictures show rubber padding, our structure will be installed on sand. The total cost of installation is about $22,000.
Option 2: Crystal Climber
Crystal Climber is designed both for free-play practice and as a venue for teaching “bouldering”. Handholds are added in strategic locations so that beginners can negotiate the climb. It is also designed to limit the flat areas on top to minimize climbers roosting there. The urethane grips are nearly indestructible and are attached with stainless steel screws. The total cost of installation is about $31,000.
To see pictures of and comment on the options, please visit our discussion forums.
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New Edinburgh News Goes Electronic!

We're pleased to announce entire issues of the New Edinburgh News are now available on this site in electronic format.  Over the coming months and years, we will be working to put an archive of backissues online.

The current (October, 2007) issue of the newspaper is available here , and for the historians, the very first issue of the paper, from April, 1976, is available here .

Note that these files are over 10MB is size, and are only recommeded for those of you with a broadband internet connection. 

Special thanks to New Edinburgh News editor Cindy Parkyani for making this possible.


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Rally for King Edward Avenue

The Lowertown Community Association is holding a rally on Monday, April 16th to protest the city's decision to not add a new crosswalk to King Edward.  Details can be found here.

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NECA Minutes for 2007-03-19


Monday, March 19, 2007
Field House, 193 Stanley Avenue


Board members: Barbara Benoit (Secretary), John Jarecsni (Treasurer), Carrolyn Johnston, Gail McEachern, Catherine Mirsky, David Sacks;

Ex officio: Michel Giroux (CCC), Madelien Lang (Park), Cindy Parkanyi (NEN).

Guests: John Arnold, Ernie Smith.


Board members: Pauline Bogue, Andrew Kerr, Gemma Kerr, Dilshad Macklem.

Agenda and Minutes:
The Agenda was approved. The minutes of the February meeting were approved.

Financial Report
John presented a financial report showing actual figures for 2006 and projected figures for the year ending April 30, 2007.

NECA Subcommittee Reports

I. Membership: Carrolyn presented a draft membership form for review. It was approved with minor changes.

II. NEN: Cindy reported that the NEN deadline is tomorrow. John reported that he had done the receivables on line and that out of $7,000 in revenue in October only $80 was outstanding.

III. Park: Madelien and John reported that Ed had not submitted any Park files of interest.

IV. Development and Heritage: Gail reported that Michel Giroux has joined the committee. A meeting was to take place for a proposal for a duplex with garage at 9-11 Putman. She presented a new Fo-Tenn proposal for a three-phase, six-task study of the City’s new bylaw. A motion, proposed by Gail and seconded by Cathy Mirsky, to approve a payment of $2,000 for Phase One was withdrawn after discussion. Michel reported that the OMB met at the end of January to consider the Ivy Crescent proposal. Ivy Crescent residents, the City and the Committee of Adjustment all opposed the original proposal. The developer submitted new plans the night before, and the hearing was consequently adjourned until April 12.

Affiliate Reports:

I. CCC: Michel reported that voting for the new play structure is taking place on-line, and a proposal will be made to the City by the end of April. The Plant Sale will be held as usual in May.

II. CCCC: The court date is approaching.

Other Business

I. John promised to forward e-mails concerning the NCC’s decision on the use of the Canada and the World building.

II. The AGM was confirmed for Monday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Field House.

III. John reported that Gemma and Gail have submitted their resignations effective June 18th.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.

Annual Winter Carnival

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NECA Minutes for 2006-10-23

Monday, October 23, 2006 at the Field House, 193 Stanley Avenue

Present: John Jarecsni (treas and chair), Barbara Benoit (sec), Andrew Kerr (web), Cathy Mirsky, Gail McEachern (Development), Dilshad Macklem, David Sacks

Absent: Pauline Bogue, Carrolyn Johnson

Ex officio: Cindy Parkanyi (NEN), Penney Place (3 C’s), Johan Rudnick (4C’s), Colin Goodfellow (Sculpture Trail)

Ivy Crescent residents: Tanya Guay, Michel Groulx, Ingrid McCarthy, Ian MacKay, Marie Montpetit, Loretta Nazar

Development Committee members: Paul McConnell, Alexandra Reid

Guests: Jane Brammer (CARAD), Pamela Sweet (Fo-Tenn)


The agenda was adopted by unanimous consent.

The June minutes were adopted. Adoption of the September minutes was deferred.

Councillor’s report:
Jacques did not report.

CFB Rockcliffe:
Rick Hughes (Canada Lands) displayed a detailed plan for the site and explained each major item (green spaces, corridors, pockets of development, transportation and public transit. He said that the goal was 4,500 units housing 9,000 people, at a density of 25 units per acre. (For comparison, New Edinburgh and Lindenlea together have a population of 5,000.).

Jane Brammer (CARAD, the community umbrella group) said that the group has been recognized, has commented on the design plan, and will participate on the advisory committee. She asked NECA for input.

NECA members commented that the design is good. The weakness is in implementation, when the City will grant all sorts of variances.

Rick said the intention is to maintain control by selling off small blocks to individual designers. There is an interest in green housing.


Fo-Tenn Community Workshop
Gail tabled a report by Bev Jensen and Pam Sweet (Fo-Tenn) on the draft comprehensive zoning by-law. She presented the Development Committee’s proposal for Fo-Tenn to carry out a review of its implications for New Edinburgh with recommendations, the deadline being neighbourhood submissions by December 1 and public consultations in February. She asked for a fee of $5,500 plus GST and disbursements.

John Jarecsni moved to accept the proposal.
Gail McEachern seconded the motion.
The motion was unanimously carried.

Crichton Community Council (Three C’s):
Penney reported that the Three C’s would be reviving the Halloween Howl and holding a Christmas event. The playground consultations with the City are running into bumps. New Edinburgh has fallen down the priority list. She asked NECA to contribute $250 for the purchase of 20 chairs for the Field House.

John Jarecsni moved to act on her request.
Barbara Benoit seconded the motion
The motion was unanimously carried.


Sculpture Trail/ New Edinburgh Park Trust
Colin described the activities of the group, which is incorporated as the Ottawa Sculpture Trail Steering Committee, and reminded NECA that in September he had asked for three things: support for the concept, support for site selection and a contribution to the estimated $5,000 cost of a concrete pad on which the sculpture would be mounted. He now estimated the total cost as approximately $13,000 over three years ($7,200 for the pad and $1,800 rental per year to the Canada Council Art Bank for the work. He said that money currently held in the New Edinburgh Park Trust would be put toward the rental costs. Gail reminded NECA that it had lent the Park Trust $3,000 and that the money had subsequently been returned. It was agreed that NECA would write a letter to Ed Browell saying that NECA had no further claims on any funds held by the Park Trust.
John Jarecsni moved that NECA make a donation of $5,000 to the Sculpture Trail group for the installation of the pad.
Barbara Benoit seconded the motion.
The motion was carried, with Cathy Mirsky opposed.

Other Subcommittee Reports

I. Cindy Parkanyi reported that the New Edinburgh News distribution manager is stepping down and that she had someone willing to do the December distribution for $50. John Jarecsni approved this expenditure.
II. Andrew Kerr reported that discussion groups are now on-line and that he had identified a mechanism to store the membership list. It would cost $25 plus an extra $3 per month to maintain. John Jacecsni approved this expenditure.
III. John Jarecsni presented a financial projection for FY 2006-2007, compared with actual figures for FY 2005-2006.
IV. Membership and traffic reports were unavailable.


Development, Heritage and Intensification
Tanya Guay outlined the concerns of Ivy Crescent residents about a proposed development at 198 Ivy Crescent, about NECA’s support for the proposal, about issues of transparency and governance that had arisen with respect to the activities of the Development subcommittee; and about the prospect of an OMB hearing on the proposal. Gail McEachern presented an account of the issue from the sub-committee’s viewpoint. NECA regretted that it had not seen a copy of a letter to the Committee of Adjustment sent out on its behalf and agreed to attend a meeting at the Field House on November 6th with respect to the development project and to review its position before its next scheduled meeting on November 20th.

Other Business:
I. John reminded people about the all-candidates meeting. School board trustees have been invited.
II. NECA has received the $5000 from the City for the park clean-up and is holding it in trust.
III. A tree and plaque were installed in memory of K’Leigh Cundell. Her parents came to view the memorial privately and asked that their thanks should be put into the New Edinburgh News.
IV. The NECA Traffic Calming Report (1997) recommended that the City consider closing off Stanley Avenue from the Field House to River Lane. NECA has the option to request the City to start a review of the feasibility of the closure.
By common consent the meeting was adjourned.