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Minutes - Sep 23, 2010

City Centre Coalition Meeting Minutes
7pm, Sep 23, 2010
Somerset Community Police Centre
393 Somerset Street West


Present:

John Verbaas, Action Sandy Hill, Chair
Cam Robertson, Dow's Lake Residents' Association, Vice-Chair, 
Leslie Kirk, Old Ottawa East Community Asscn; Meeting Secretary
Roland Dorsay, Island Park Community Association 
Clive Doucet, Councillor/Mayoral Candidate
John Courtneidge, federal NDP candidate, Ottawa-Orleans
David Jeanes, Transport Action Canada

Regrets:

George Wright, Glebe resident 
Charles Ackben-Marchand, Centretown Residents Association

1) Administrative
a. Meeting Secretary: Leslie volunteered to be secretary


2) Election of 2010-11 Chair and Vice Chair
  • Cam explained election procedure
  • nominations were closed
  • John approved as Chair
  • Leslie approved as Vice Chair
  • John discussed goals for the Committee, these being, getting a web presence and migration of the list-server to another provider


3) CCC Questionnaire to Mayoralty Candidates re: transportation issues

A. discussed whether this would be a worthwhile exercise
  • Cam noted his involvement with Clive's campaign and as such would not be
  • participating in any questionnaire
  • John asked Clive for his input on this issue; Clive said it would be a
  • waste of time as candidates receive many questionnaires and can only respond
  • to those from certain organizations


B. -discussed what CCC should do instead
  • decided that compiling information about the various candidates'
  • positions on major transit issues would be a good project
  • selected issues: 
    • views on current tunnel/lrt plan, 
    • east end bridge in relation to the importance of getting truck traffic out of downtown, 
    • views on important factors to consider when making decisions in relation to western LRT, 
    • attitudes with respect to building more roads

  • Cam will review Clive, John C. To look into Watson, Roland will research
  • Haydon and John V. O'Brien 
  • information to be forwarded to John V. By Monday, October 3, 2010
  • the results will be circulated to the candidates for comment for
  • verification and final results forward to the CCC list


4) West LRT extension route selection EA
  • discussed important issues for upcoming public consultations
  • important issues being: looking at ridership impacts within the greenbelt
  • as well as to suburbs, intensification/development potential on candidate
  • routes, impact on modal splits, increasing revenue and all day usage, long
  • term plan for rail on Carling in long term future, and environmental impact


5) Bus Transitway Planning recommendations to council
  • John informed us of recent recommendations to council
  • the recommendations being to begin the EA process for a number of new bus
  • transitway expansions that will total 700+ m$ over the next decade
    • Kanata south (Centrum to Scotiabank place & south)
    • Bayshore to Moodie Drive
    • Blair to Innes
    • Hurdman to Innes to Cumberland
  • the latter also includes the Alta Vista corridor 
  • "hospital link" and will be four lanes (2 bus/HOV and 2 general traffic
  • Leslie to pass the 'Hospital Link' info to OECA for comment


6) Other announcements or items from the floor

David: open house for pedestrian bridge over 417 at baseball stadium coming
up

Leslie: 

a. Clegg/Fifth Avenue footbridge 
- 2 firms (Delcan and McCormack Rankin) being allowed to bid on EA
- Public consultations to begin in the New Year
- 2 year timeline for this EA

b.Rideau River footbridge - process is moving quickly

c. Smyth/Main Street bridge rehabilitation: public consultation coming up;
OECA will be suggesting that bridge have better links with the NCC paths
along Rideau river

-Roland: Ashcroft Convent development - outlined the concerns of the various
stakeholders

-John C.: spoke about initiative to create "no fare" transit


Next Meeting: October 28, 2010 (location TBA)