The Carlington Community Association (CCA) is seeking volunteers for a number of committees to help us build on our theme of “Community Connections”. We are looking for people with interest in a wide range of areas. Most committees will involve only a minimal time commitment. Input and interest are the most important criteria.
Please contact the CCA for more information on any of the following committees:
• Activities: Meet with fellow community members to brainstorm ideas for new activities that could draw together Carlington residents and help bring these activities to life! Some ideas include: a book club, a run club, and a craft circle. We would be open to all input!
• Greening: Participate in projects to help make Carlington greener and cleaner! Currently Committee members help to organize the annual CCA Yard and Plant Sale, maintain the green space at the triangle at Carling and Merrivale and co-ordinate our Adopt-a-Park commitment to cleaning up Alexander Park twice a year. The more members we have, the more we can do – new ideas always welcome!
• By-laws: Do you want to help the CCA become a stronger organization? It is time to review and revise the CCA’s bylaws! The by-law team will present their recommendations to the general membership for adoption at the May AGM.
• Connections: The CCA is looking to build our outreach and coordination efforts throughout Carlington. To do so, we would like to form small community groups in our different neighbourhoods. Do you have specific interests you want to bring forward from your neighbours? If so, this could be the committee for you!
• Development: Carlington is growing and there are many development projects ongoing and upcoming that affect our neighbourhood. Join this committee to help track, better understand, and advise on these developments.
Have a project or idea you'd like to see implemented? We want to support you! Share your proposal and the CCA will help promote and find volunteers who share an interest. If you are willing to take the lead, we will help get the word out!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Oct. 27, 2016
7 pm - 9 pm
Alexander Community Centre
960 Silver St.
Presentations by the Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Community Housing and the Carlington Community Health Centre about what is being done in our community to improve safety, and what residents can do to get more involved.
Hosted by Riley Brockington, City Councillor (River Ward)
Carlington Arts Initiative Fall Arts Showcase
Saturday November 8th, 2-4pm
Alexander Community Centre
Contact Linda to sign up to Volunteer!
Sadly, Carlington was the site of another violent incident on Thursday evening, when a man was attacked on Rosenthal Ave and was later pronounced dead in hospital. This comes on the heels of difficult week for our neighbourhood, with discussions around ongoing violence at the Suya Spot restaurant dominating the local news. We felt there was real progress made on that issue and to have another disturbing incident take place so soon is challenging for everyone.
CCA is in contact with key stakeholders involved in the response and we will share any information we can, when it is available. We have also discussed with Councillor Brockington the need to hold a public meeting - and possibly a series of meetings - to address community safety concerns, highlight the resources available to residents, and present a plan of action for our neighbourhood moving forward. We understand the frustration many residents are feeling at this time and intend to present options for the community to have a distinct voice in how public safety is managed in Carlington. We hope to see the first session organized within the next few weeks.
While the CCA is communicating with subject matter experts and key stakeholders during this time, we especially want to hear from you and your thoughts/ideas for responding to issues of community safety. Please offer your suggestions for channelling community input in the comments section below, on our Facebook/Twitter feeds, or directly at email@example.com. It is important that any plan for our community be informed and directed by residents, and we want to hear what you have to say.
Finally, the CCA wants to express thanks and appreciation to all those who responded to the victim of yesterday's attack, which included neighbours as well as paramedics and police. Thank you for being so brave and so caring.
Stay safe Carlington! We hope that through mutual efforts, we can won't have to use that sign off anymore...
CCA Board of Directors
This morning, Councillor Brockington informed the CCA that the Suya Spot Restaurant at 1023-1025 Merivale Road/1319 Shillington Avenue has been closed, effective immediately. This is the result of intensive work by the Landlord of the building and the Councillor, as well as strong pressure from the public, the community, and Ottawa Police services. Thanks must also go to residents who have been lobbying around this issue as far back as 2012, your efforts were and are appreciated.
The most immediate position of the CCA is that this is an important step towards strengthening public safety in our neighbourhood. However, it is important to emphasize that having a local business shut down is never the preferred result, and that in this case the long history of violent incidents connected to the Suya Spot made its closure a requirement in order to reduce the risk to residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity. We hope to be able to work with the Landlord - as well as other current and potential new businesses in Carlington - to encourage the availability of resources wanted and needed by the community.
It is also important to note that while this is a critical step forward, it is only a step. There are reports of a shooting on Lepage Avenue last night and Carlington has been subject to an ongoing series of break-ins, thefts, and suspicious behaviour over the past few months. Let's continue to share information, propose solutions, and work together as a community - positively and vigilantly - to make Carlington safer, stronger, and more connected.
CCA will post further details as they come, on this and other community safety issues. Please don't hesitate to contact us directly with questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also happy to organize a meeting or workshop around these issues and have been strategizing ideas already, so do share your thoughts as well!
Stay Safe Carlington!
Carlington Community Association (CCA)