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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Wednesday May 24, 7-9pm

May 22nd, 2017 No comments

All Carlington residents and CCA members are welcome to join us at the Carlington Community Association AGM this Wednesday evening (May 24) at the Alexander Community Centre (960 Silver St).

The AGM will feature remarks from local representatives Anita Vendenbeld (MP, Ottawa West-Nepean) and Riley Brockington (City Councillor, River Ward). A new CCA Board of Directors will be elected (any interested resident is welcome to join) and a review of key Carlington issues and activities over the past year will be presented.

AGENDA:

6:45pm: Registration

7pm:

Welcome & Quorum/Approval of Agenda

Address by Anita Vandenbeld, MP Ottawa West-Nepean 

CCA President's Annual Report 

Motion - Proposal to stagger CCA Board of Directors elections

CCA Board of Directors Elections (Procedures, brief addresses by candidates, & voting)

Address by Riley Brockington, Councillor River Ward

Treasurers Annual Report & Presentation of Draft 2017 CCA Budget

Election Results & Welcome to 2017 CCA Board of Directors!

9pm: Close

 

Minutes from the 2016 AGM are available here. Please contact president@carlingtoncommunity.org with any questions!

Want to be the change in our Community? Join the CCA Board of Directors!

May 11th, 2017 No comments

Each year the Carlington Community Association elects new members to its 9-person Board of Directors. These positions are voluntary, but are an amazing opportunity to influence the evolution and direction of our neighbourhood, as well as to take a leadership role in the many critical issues that our community is presented with on an annual basis.

While the Board positions come with flexibility, they also present a remarkable opportunity. The CCA works closely with the City of Ottawa, local stakeholders, residents, and local businesses to address community safety concerns; influence the design and development of new buildings, roadways, and resources; and encourage the promotion of Carlington as a vibrant community deserving of support.

The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the CCA budget, promoting community activities and opportunities, responding to issues of concern as they emerge, and negotiating closely with City of Ottawa staff on a variety of topics. Members of the Board are expected to attend monthly meetings and participate in decision making, but are also afforded tremendous flexibility in pursuing specific projects that benefit the community in some way (including greening, community safety, arts, development, and partnership building).

The goal of the CCA is to strengthen CONNECTIONS within our great community, amongst neighbours, across boundaries, and in support of safe and progressive Carlington.

This is a great opportunity to be active and engaged in your community, to bolster your CV and work experience, and to network closely with a variety of key stakeholders throughout the city.

You can be part of making Carlington great by standing for election to an open position on our Board at the CCA Annual General Meeting on May 24 (7-9pm, Alexander Community Centre). Feel free to contact president@carlingtoncommunity.org to put your name forward or with any questions!

Thank you!

CCA Board of Directors

 

General Members Meeting – Wednesday January 18

January 16th, 2017 Comments off

Please join us this Wednesday Jan 18 from 7-9pm for the next CCA General Members meeting! All members and residents are invited to come and get updates on CCA activities, community events, and a report from Councillor Riley Brockington.

Issues on the agenda for this meeting include:

1. Chair's Update 

  • Sens Rink contract & maintenance arrangements
  • OMBA Bike Park Survey, Reminder of Resident Committee
  • Ottawa Civic Events 2017 funding - $3000 for Family Fun Day - Call for Ideas & Volunteers
  • Website Update nearing launch
  • Carlington Cup
  • Final term for sitting President - Call for interest in Board members at AGM

2. Financial Update

3. Development Update

4. By-Law Review

5. Councillors Update - Riley Brockington

Full agenda can be found here.

See you there!

CCA Board of Directors

Carlington Community Safety – Info & Opportunities

November 5th, 2016 Comments off

CCA was encouraged by the large turnout at the Carlington Community Safety Night on Oct 27. Thanks to all the stakeholders and organizers for attending and presenting such vital information. Thanks also to residents for the important questions and discussion. A summary and the slides presented are available here: http://rileybrockington.ca/carlington-safety-night-brings-full-house/

The main concerns expressed at the meeting were focused on repeated thefts and trespassingpublic drug dealing/prostitution/etc (with lack of attention/investment in safer spaces a significant component)and frustration with reporting (particularly the apparent disconnect between recommendations by community police reps and dispatchers).

Councillor Brockington has committed to addressing the reporting issue with Ottawa Police Services and will communicate progress on that front. The other two issues were acknowledged by OPS and Ottawa Community Housing and all stakeholders will continue to work towards more effective responses and solutions.

One of the key takeaways however, was the clear impact residents can have by communicating with each other, sharing information, and organizing neighbourhood/street level channels for monitoring and outreach. This is a critical component in creating a safer, more unified neighbourhood and the CCA encourages all areas of the community to create an environment of ownership and proactivity around safety. There are many resources available to support this:

  1. Community Safety Audits
  2. Neighbourhood Watch Groups
    • Connect with the Carlington NW group and consider employing these resources in your neighbourhood.
  3. Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) resources, including:
  4. Ottawa Police Services "Make the Right Call" Info

CCA will continue to share as much information as possible and encourages residents/neighbourhoods to share their experiences so we can promote successes, challenges, and best practices. Thanks for all your input Carlington and stay safe!

 

Incident on Rosenthal Ave

October 7th, 2016 Comments off

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 president@carlingtoncommunity.org. 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

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Closure of Suya Spot Restaurant

October 5th, 2016 Comments off

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 president@carlingtoncommunity.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!

Sincerely,

Carlington Community Association (CCA)

Violence on Shillington Ave.

September 25th, 2016 3 comments

Like all residents, the CCA was extremely troubled by the news of another shooting outside the Suya Spot restaurant this morning - this time resulting in a homicide. There is a long and frustrating history of violence at this establishment and the community has been active before in trying to minimize risk to neighbours in the area. At this point, it is clear that the owners and landlord don't have either the capacity or willingness to make critical changes - and it is important for the community to speak out again.

Councillor Riley Brockington has invited residents to share their concerns with his office, and the CCA will follow up with more detailed information and options once we have conferred with key stakeholders.

In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact us directly and/or share your thoughts below.

Stay safe Carlington...

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