Posted by: HamptonIona | May 1, 2022

Ottawa Centre All Candidates Debate – May 17th

https://mckellarpark.ca

Your local community associations will be hosting an All Candidates Debate on May 17th from 7 to 9 pm on Zoom Webinar. As well, we are posting it on YouTube afterwards.  All candidates running for MPP in Ottawa Centre are invited to participate in our debate. To date, candidates from the Conservative, Green, Liberal and NDP parties have confirmed their attendance. Amanda Pfeffer, of CBC radio and television, will be moderating this debate

How to Attend the Debate

We have taken out a special platform for this debate that can support up to 500 attendees. This platform will also allow us to provide closed captioning.

While the webinar will begin at 7:00 pm, you may sign in earlier. Attendees will not, however, be let into the debate until 7:00 pm.

Interested in attending? You’ll need to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

To register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__rBAzX_CSb-oYfZIsU4Bbw

You may wish to cut and paste this link and passcode into your online Calendar. 

How to submit a question to the Debate

Given the format of the debate, we are requesting that you submit your questions in advance.  Your questions will be provided to the moderator. For security reasons attendees will not be able to directly ask their questions live as would usually happen at an in-person debate.

Please submit your questions to OttCentreDebateQs@gmail.com

Given the number of candidates expected to participate and in order to maximize the number of questions that the public can ask, questions can only be directed to two candidates. Please specify to which candidate or candidates (choice of 2 candidates) your question is directed.

Please keep questions concise and focused on Provincial issues. Do not include a preamble.

Please submit your questions by Wednesday, May 11th. Judging from the number of questions submitted to the last virtual debate, only a portion of submitted questions will be able to be addressed due to time constraints.

Further Information

If you have general questions about the debate, please send them to OttCentreDebateInfo@gmail.com. We also recommend that you check the McKellar Park Community Association website https://mckellarpark.ca in case there are further updates.

If you are/were not able to attend the May 17th Provincial All Candidates Debate for Ottawa Centre candidates, you can find the debate posted to YouTube. Please check your local Kitchissippi Community Association’s website for links to the posted YouTube debate.

Date: Tuesday March 29, 2022

Time: 7:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

All those who live within HICG Boundaries are eligible to attend and vote on HICG matters.

Hampton Iona is located in the Westboro area of Ottawa. The boundaries are: the south side of Richmond Road to the north side of Carling, between the east side of Tweedsmuir (odd numbers only) on the west to Leighton Terrace/Brennan Avenue (both sides) on the east.

The meeting will be held via Zoom video and Zoom telephone. Those interested in attending must register for the AM via Eventbrite here:

Zoom meeting information will be sent to those who are registered, along with information on voting procedures and documents for the AM.

If you have questions, please send them to newsletter@hamptoniona.ca.

Agenda

  1. Motion for the AM to be conducted virtually.
  2. Approval of minutes from the 2020 AGM (will be posted prior to the AM).
  3. Guest speaker – Jeff Leiper, Councillor for Kitchissippi Ward
  4. HICG Board Business
  1. President’s Report (Lorne Cutler)
  2. Treasurer’s Report (Joey Drouin)
  3. Motion to Approve up to $3000 for a new snowblower for Iona Park Rink
  4. Election of Executive Officers (list of candidates to be posted 9 days prior to the AM)
  5. Election of new board directors
  6. Other business

                                    Volunteer Opportunities

Over the past few years, a number of our volunteers have retired from the board. From social events and gardening in our public parks to planning all-candidates debates or responding to development issues, we are looking for new volunteers.

While we are seeking new board members, we also welcome individuals who wish to help in specific areas of interest or time-limited projects without being a board director.

Whether you are new to the community or are a long-time resident, your passion, ideas, willingness to work and perspectives are welcome. If you are interested in volunteering with HICG, regardless of the capacity, please attend our AM, put your name forward or email us at this time with your questions on what is required.

Election Information

Elections will be run for the Executive Officer positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary. To run for an Executive Officer position, candidates must submit their names to the Elections Officer no later than March 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm ET.

Marg Hillier is the Elections Officer for the HICG 2022 election. Her email address is mhillier144@gmail.com . Please put HICG AM in the subject line of your email when contacting her.

Should two or more candidates run for a position, there will be an election for that position at the AM. Each candidate will give a 2-minute live speech at the AM.  Acclaimed candidates do not need to give speeches.

The Elections Officer will operate the election. Her decisions are final.

Persons who wish to run for Executive Officer positions should contact the HICG President at lacutler@magma.ca to learn more regarding what is involved in undertaking those roles.

Elections are not required for Board Director positions. Persons interested in becoming Directors should submit their names prior to or at the AM.  Those persons should also contact the HICG President at lacutler@magma.ca  to learn more regarding what is involved in undertaking those roles (time commitments, fiduciary duties, workloads, type of projects, etc.).

Role Descriptions:

President – The President leads the Board and is responsible for overseeing and handling many of its fiduciary and procedural duties, including chairing meetings. The President will officially speak for the HIGC board and the Community Group and will be the primary voice when dealing with the media. The President will represent or ensure that HICG is represented on external organizations, such as but not limited to the Federation of Citizens’ Associations of Ottawa and K-9, the Kitchissippi grouping of ward community associations. The President will represent the community association with the City of Ottawa and ensure that HICG is able to meet the requirements to provide a skating rink to the community in Iona Park, including being able to obtain a clean police check for working with vulnerable sectors and managing rink resources prudently. The President will ensure that the Board is able to respond to the community as issues or questions arise, including development issues. The President will be the principal signing authority for the HICG on contracts and bank documents.

Vice-President – The Vice-president will assist the president and support them on their official duties as required (see role of President). The Vice-president will assume the leadership role of the organization when the president is unable to do so. The Vice-president will carry on any additional duties allocated to it by the Board.

Treasurer: Responsible for the general financial oversight of the organization. These tasks include: reconciling monthly bank statements, preparing, and co-signing cheques, supervising cash-flow, and preparation of annual financial statements

Secretary: Attends Board meetings, prepares and distributes the agenda for meetings, take notes at meetings and prepare minutes, distribute minutes to Board directors within 10 days of meeting, and maintain minutes, the Corporate Minute Book and other Board documents. Collaborates with the President in arranging meetings and agendas.

Posted by: HamptonIona | February 13, 2022

Snow Angel Challenge

Friday, February 18th is Snow Angel Day in Ottawa. The Snow Angel Challenge is a great opportunity to experience socially distant winter fun and connect with friends, colleagues and loved ones online all while raising money for The Snowsuit Fund. The Snowsuit Fund receives no government funding, relying on our generosity to purchase 16,000 suits a year. During the month of February, head outside, make your snow angel, share your videos or images using the hashtag #SnowAngelOttawa. You can learn more about the initiative here: https://snowsuitfund.com/2022-snow-angel-challenge/.  If you are looking for a place to make snow angels, don’t forget Hampton and Iona Parks.

Posted by: HamptonIona | November 28, 2021

Iona Park Shade Shelter Replacement – Public Meeting

The City has proposed changes to their plans for Iona Park.  On December 2 at 7:00 pm there will be a public consultation by Zoom.  Anyone who is interested is invited to attend this meeting. There does not seem to be a requirement to register in advance.  Please find below the Zoom meeting details.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Dec 2, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Iona Park Shade Shelter Replacement – Public Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84997941453

Passcode: 038959

Or One tap mobile :

    US: +13462487799,,84997941453#,,,,*038959#  or +16465588656,,84997941453#,,,,*038959#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 346 248 7799  or +1 646 558 8656  or +1 669 900 9128  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 849 9794 1453

Passcode: 038959

    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kbABlihrc1

Posted by: HamptonIona | November 18, 2021

Iona Park Public Consultation – Updated Concepts

The revised concepts for Iona Park Shade Shelter Replacement are now posted to engage Ottawa. The public consultation will remain open for comment from November 15th – November 29th. Links for both English  and French are included below:

English: https://engage.ottawa.ca/iona-park

French: https://participons.ottawa.ca/parc-iona

Please feel free to copy the Community Group on any comments that you send to the City. While the City’s position is that the gazebo should be replaced, the new tables will be situated such that the basketball court and skating surfaces will not be affected. As well, there will be a public virtual meeting in early December to provide feedback to the City and get a more detailed understanding of their position. Details will be provided once the date is finalized.

Posted by: HamptonIona | November 4, 2021

Updated Iona Park Shade Shelter Designs

Further to our previous notification regarding the proposed changes at Iona Park, representatives of the Community Association met with City officials and a member of Councillor Leiper’s office in late-October to discuss the proposed plans and to better understand why the City is proposing their recommended changes to Iona Park, particularly the replacement of the Gazebo by two umbrella tables. The meeting took place in Iona Park.   The City had received 36 responses either through their survey or by direct email.  The overwhelming majority of responses were strongly against the replacement of the Gazebo and the potential impact on our skating rink and basketball court.

City staff advised us of their concerns with respect to the structural integrity of the support columns of the gazebo and the quality of the cement base.  As well, the City had concerns with respect to the accessibility of the gazebo. Without engaging an independent engineering assessment of the gazebo it is unfortunately difficult for us to argue against the City’s experts.   The City, however, realized that the proposed placement of the replacement umbrella tables would interfere with the functioning of the park and has revised their plans as attached.  As well, the City planner expressed interest in meeting with the community (virtually) to discuss what other changes they would like to see occur in the park as well as answers questions with respect to the gazebo replacement.  Unfortunately, they want to issue their new design through Engage Ottawa before having the consultation.  It is our belief that it would be more productive to meet first with the community before posting the design on Engage Ottawa.  We have advised our Councillor’s office of our preference to have the public meeting first.  Other potential changes to the park could include: replacement of the some of the benches, removal of the chess/checkers table, improved bike racks, replacement of the “play house” in front of the trailer (but not until 2025). 

If you have comments that you would like us to relay to the City Planner or any questions, please send them in to newsletter@hamptoniona.ca.

Revised plans:

Posted by: HamptonIona | October 3, 2021

Proposed Changes to Iona Park

In Councillor Leiper’s September 26th newsletter there was a small item regarding some park modifications to Iona Park.  It appears that the City is proposing to remove the long standing and recently repaired Gazebo with two small metal tables with metal umbrellas.  The project information and survey can be found at Iona Park | Engage Ottawa

With no prior consultation with the community, the City is only asking people’s opinions as to whether they want both new tables to be located where the basketball net is currently located (Option A) or one table by the basketball net and one table where the Gazebo is located (Option B).  The survey does have a second question asking if you have additional comments but you cannot submit the survey unless you have indicated either option A or B even if you have problems with both options and want neither.  If you wish to submit comments directly, you can send a direct email to the planner working on the proposal (Coran Graham – coran.graham@ottawa.ca).  If you wish to fill out the survey, it appears that you may have to have a City of Ottawa account in order to respond.

Both options would impact on the functionality of the basketball court.  As well, the community association has been building a small skating pad on the basketball court for over 10 years.  If any tables are located here, we would not be able to build that portion of the skating rink.  This small rink is designed for small children who are both learning to skate and to play hockey.  Due to the topography of the park and the need to be contiguous with the rest of the rink, this small pad could not likely be maintained or moved if this proposal goes ahead.  Not only has this been a welcome addition to the rink, but it is part of the Community Association’s contract with the City to provide two skating surfaces in Iona Park.

The Community Group approached the Park Planning Department to seek further clarification before posting any notification.  We were advised that these changes were being made to improve accessibility and because the Gazebo is in “poor shape”.  Although the roof structure was completely replaced only a few years ago we were not told by the City as to why they consider the Gazebo to be in poor shape.  As well, we were not told what the accessibility problems were.  If there are members of the community with experience in wood structures, it would be interesting to know their views on the matter.   The plans do not include a path from the Iona side of the park, which is an accessibility issue that is not being addressed in this proposal.

The City is aware of our concerns with this proposal and are aware that comments are likely to come in after the October 4 deadline.  We will be asking for an extension and a public meeting.  Even if the survey is not available after October 4, you can send your comments to Coran Graham at the City.  Please feel free to copy the community association on your comments at newsletter@hamptoniona.ca.

Posted by: HamptonIona | August 26, 2021

Ottawa Centre – All Candidates Debate

All Candidates Debate – Ottawa Centre – September 13th, 2021

Your local community associations will be hosting an All Candidates Debate on September 13th from 7 to 9 pm on Zoom Webinar.  As well, we are looking at recording the debate and posting it on YouTube afterwards.  We are pleased to say that we are expecting all 8 candidates running for MP in Ottawa Centre to participate in our debate. 

How to Attend the Debate

We are not taking registrations in advance as there will be no need to register to attend.   We have taken out a special platform for this debate that can support up to 1000 attendees.  This platform will also allow us to provide closed captioning.

While the webinar will begin at 7:00 pm, you may sign in earlier.  Attendees will not, however, be let into the debate until just prior to 7:00 pm.

To attend the debate, please link to Zoom Webinar at:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84305249267?pwd=a3BrWFVrWldCdXRZQVpja2g5Ry8xQT09

Passcode: 958826

You may wish to cut and paste this link and passcode into your online Calendar. 

How to submit a question to the Debate

Given the format of the debate, we are requesting that you submit your questions in advance.   Your questions will be provided to the moderator.  For security reasons attendees will not be able to directly ask their questions live as would usually happen at an in-person debate.

Please submit your questions to ottawacentreelectiondebate@hamptoniona.ca

Given the number of candidates expected to participate and in order to maximize the number of questions that the public can ask, questions can only be directed to two candidates.   This is similar to our previous live debate formats.  Please specify to which candidate or candidates (choice of 2 candidates) your question is directed.

Please keep questions concise and focused on Federal issues. Do not include a preamble.

Please submit your questions by Friday, September 10th. For technical reasons, questions submitted after that time are unlikely to be included.

Further Information

If you have questions about the debate, please send them to ottawacentreelectiondebate@hamptoniona.ca.   We also recommend that you check the Hampton Iona website http://hamptoniona.ca  periodically in case there are further updates.

If you were not able to attend the September 13th Federal All Candidates Debate for Ottawa Centre candidates, you can find the debate posted to Youtube at:

All Candidates Virtual Debate
Posted by: HamptonIona | June 16, 2021

Clean Up the Park Campaign has been extended

Rather than specify a time for park clean up, please e-mail Eileen at ebbevin@bell.net for gloves and a garbage bag and she will arrange to meet you at Iona or Hampton Park.

The campaign runs until June 30th and is a good opportunity for high school students to earn community hours and a member of the Hampton Iona Community Group can sign your sheet.

Looking forward to your participation. All are welcome to help out! The bonus is a pair of blue plastic gloves and a nice warm feeling!!!

Posted by: HamptonIona | June 12, 2021

OTTAWA GARDEN DAYS

June 12th -20th are OTTAWA GARDEN DAYS, let’s do something special.

Packets of Wildflower Seeds are available for the first twelve people that contact Eileen, ebbevin@bell.net

June is a beautiful month for gardens, so do ‘stop and smell the roses‘ as you walk around the neighborhood, visit City parks or give someone a small bouquet of flowers. Communities in Bloom continue to ask us to Plant Yellow, the colour of Hope. Enjoy the day.

Lot’s of volunteer help needed in Hampton Park and Iona Park.

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