Since I last posted an update on the development plans for the former Rockcliffe Airbase (17 May 2013 -- [GA List]
Rockcliffe Airbase Community Design Plan Alternatives), there has been a workshop at the Hampton Court Inn held
on May 25th and two further Public Advisory Group (PAG) meetings where I represent our Alliance.
At the Public Advisory Group (PAG) meeting of April 30th, 2013 I tabled a 3 minute video on the health effects of
greenspace on a community. The link to this video is here:
At the most recent PAG meeting on November 7th, I raised the issue of lasting preservation of significant trees,
post-construction. I illustrated the problem with a case study using a series of pictures which ended with the sad
demise of a large maple tree which was considered of high value and worthy of preservation in the middle of a
The case study provides some interesting feedback on Tree Protection.
Please read the Attachment entitled: 20131126 Case Study and Feedback on Tree Protection
On October 30, 2013, Paul Renaud wrote to Councillor Qadri (posted at Paul's request):
Suggest you read the 2 community meeting presentations Aug 15 and Oct 28. I know the person who prepared them very well, she was flooded in Glen Cairn in 2009 and has made it her mission to battle storm water stupidity in the City of Ottawa ever since. She is currently retired and was the former librarian at the National Library, so is basically an expert at researching info. You can count on her findings as being credible.
Continuing to develop in wetlands is just plain dumb – these natural features help manage water and don’t have to be maintained over time. Developing wetlands requires tricky engineering models that have to guess at peak storm water flows; a task that climate change pretty much makes impossible.
Then there is that pesky Provincial Policy Statement that also says that it is a bad idea. The fact that lawyers hired by developers will find enough holes in these policy guidelines to argue for developing wetlands doesn’t make it any better of an idea, or the basements any less wet.
I suggest you try walking across the Fernbank property where this development is proposed sometime before it freezes – you can’t - because it is 90% under water. Could that be because of the storm water already emptying into it?
What this City needs is new leadership in the Planning Department and a City Council with a better vision than just letting developers do whatever they want. I’ve always respected your common sense and I hope you will not be silent on this at Council.
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Dec. 8: Two more links added: City Repair Ottawa (=Imagine Ottawa) and Eastern Ontario Model Forest.
Dec. 19: Kanata Environmental Network added.
One more, Jan 2, 2007: Trees Canada Foundation.
One more, Jan 10: The Citizen Submissions page of NAFTA's Commission for Environmental Cooperation.
Jan. 16: The link to the consolidated version of the Ottawa Official Plan, Volume 1 has been added; the previous link now points to Volume 2.
Jan. 23: Two more local groups: Friends of the Jock and the Botanical Garden Society.
Feb 14: Today added the wildly successful non-profit organization, Project for Public Spaces (New York, US). It's a bit of a stretch to call this a "voluntary" organization but it seemed other categories are worse.
March 5: Three Québec organizations added: Aux Arbres Citoyens!, SNAP (Société pour la nature et les parcs du Canada - section Québec) and Réseau Québecois des Groupes Ecologistes (RQGE)
March 30: a direct link to SARA's Public Registry has been added.
April 20: "Green Ottawa" added -- thanks, Ron!
December 19: "Development Application Review Process" for Ottawa added -- thanks, Al, for bringing this to my attention. Also added the Friends of the Tay Watershed Association.
Januart 18, 2008: updated the link to Ontario's e-laws and added F.U.N. (Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario) to the list. The Alliance is a member of the FCA; FCA is a member of F.U.N.
January 20: added know-uranium, a web site serving three local groups, Ottawa Coalition Against Mining Uranium (OCAMU), the Community Coalition Against Mining Uranium (CCAMU) and the West Quebec Coalition Against Mining Uranium (WQ-CAMU). Update, 30 Nov 2010: Only two of these orgs appear to have survived. The links list has been updated.
January 25: added the Petitions process in the Office of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (Auditor General of Canada).
January 28: added Pesticide Free Ontario.
February 5: added Ottawa Community Garden Network.
March 4: added Wildlands League (a CPAWS chapter, hq'd in Toronto)
May 20: added the NCC's page on the Urban Lands Master Plan -- the 100th link!
June 9: recently discovered that Council meetings, going back to December 2003, can now be viewed on the City's web site! Rogers' hold on these tapes has been broken. A step forward in transparent government.
July 6: how could I have overlooked until now The Bishops Mills Natural History Centre, maintained by Frederick Schueler and Aleta Karstad!
September 21: Jane's Walk added -- for the first time, walks in Ottawa are organized in 2008.
October 10: The NCC's page on the Greenbelt added -- thanks, Sol!
November 1: The Ontario government issued revised Statements of Environmental Values for many of its Ministries. A link to it has been added. Thanks, Ken!
January 16, 2009: Added Prof. David Gordon's web site on Planning the Capital (Queen's University; includes access to documents). Thanks, Sol!
February 28: Added the Greenbelt Coalition of Canada's Capital Region.
March 28: Met Howard Clifford at the Wildlife Festival today. Lanark is a bit out of our area but, hey, if the Alba Wilderness School bothered to come to Billings Bridge, we may as well reciprocate and welcome it to the family of Links here! Their web site is delightful and the School surely meets the criterion of "helpful in the preservation of greenspace."
May 9: Added "Choosing Our Future" -- a joint project of the NCC and the Cities of Ottawa and Gatineau.
May 21: Added "Save Our Boreal Birds", locally sponsored by the Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club. (Listed under National voluntary organizations.)
August 25: Added a link to the City of Ottawa's "OPA#76" - from there you can access the OPA itself as well as an annotated Official Plan text. This is "OP 2009" as passed by City Council on June 24, 2009.
August 29: Added the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal.
November 22: Added Gravel Watch Ontario.
December 11: Added the new City of Ottawa web site with a long reference list for studies and plans to support development applications.
January 16, 2010: Added the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre and the Ontario chapter of the Sierra Club.
April 21: Added the Ottawa Pilot project for a Biosphere Eco-City (part of UNESCO's MAB program).
October 5: Added the NCC's page to access the archive of the public meetings of its Board of Directors.
November 11: Added "Ottawa's Great Forest," the web site created to promote the Stewardship Plan for the Beaver Pond Forest in Kanata.
March 5, 2011: Added GuideGatineau, a volunteer group enthused about Gatineau Park, including its history.
March 13: Added PERC - how could I have forgotten it for so long! PERC recently spiffed up its web site.
March 25: Added Champlain Oaks, the web site of the Champlain Park community celebrating its ancient burr oaks.
March 27: The Wildlife Festival is always such a good place to meet or get re-acquainted with other activists! As a result of this year's Festival at Billings Bridge, I've added Friends of Gatineau Park / Les Amis du parc de la Gatineau, the Rideau Trail Association, and the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, even though the first two are more recreation-oriented and so perhaps somewhat at the margin of the mandate of this list (and the Greenspace Alliance), being a list that aims to assist in the preservation of greenspace. We have so much in common!
March 27: Also added today, TEEB4me's effort to convey its message about valuing nature to citizens. TEEB stands for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity.
September 10: Added the NCC's "Horizon 2067" page.
October 20: Added the City of Ottawa's Trees in Trust program -- free to homeowners!
December 16: Added the Can/US (Washington State/B.C.) ForestEthics organization.
17 February 2012: Added the web site of the Wakefield group trying to stop the current plans for an extension of Highway 5 at Gatineau Park. And added "Green Communities Canada" - thanks, Bryan!
10 April: Added the Ontario Rivers Alliance, "a Not-for-Profit grassroots movement of individuals, groups and organizations who have come together to protect, conserve and restore healthy river ecosystems."
10 April: Immediately after the Choosing Our Future reports were tabled, the Ottawa staff group was disbanded and the web site was deleted. The link is now to the staff report (City Council meeting of 22 February 2012), from where the project's reports can be accessed.
22 April: The Alliance has been working with the South March Highlands group for some time but their web site hadn't made it on the Links section! We never claimed to be perfect...
23 May: Added ParkScore, a new initiative from the US Trust for Public Land. Using a straightforward methodology (not much to do with biodiversity), 40 US cities are compared.
2 June: Added Globaïa, a wonderful source of educational material on the environment in a global perspective.
8 August: Added "The Caen" - a new news aggregator and blog tracker about the Canadian Environment.
2 September: Added NatureServe Canada, the network of government-sponsored natural heritage information centres.
10 December: deleted the Ottawa group of the Sierra Club.
12 January 2013: Added 3 in 1: The "Sustainable Eastern Ontario" website includes the "National Capital Environmental Nonprofit Network (NCENN)" and the Green Pages Directory. (It also houses the Community Energy Network and the Green Map.) The Alliance is registered with NCENN and in the Green Pages Directory.
6 March: Added Hidden Harvest, Ottawa Chapter.
19 September: added "geoOttawa" -- about time! -- and also redirected the NCC's Urban Lands reference to its new page.
22 October: added Boisés Est, a voluntary organization of woodlot owners, centered around Plantagenet. I met Jean-Claude Havard, the secretary, at the November meeting of NCENN.