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Op-Ed: Residents must ‘create’ not ‘look’ at Heron Gate of the future

February 16th, 2019 Comments off
Read this week’s Op-Ed in the Community Voice (Ottawa South) by #RPCRA Director George Brown on #HeronGate:—web.pdf

Residents must ‘create’ not ‘look’ at Heron Gate of the future

by George Brown
First of all, I want to thank Your Community Voice – Ottawa South for your ex-cellent ongoing coverage of all things Heron Gate. Although the news to date has not been good, it has been accurate. However, I do see a faint light at the end of the tunnel. From reading your front page Jan. 31 ar-ticle “Residents soon to get first look at Heron Gate of the future” it appears that Coun. Cloutier has been listening.
In the article he talks about “rejuvenating that commu-nity” and states that “so-cial infrastructure must also be considered in the (Secondary) Plan.” Anyone who has lived or lives in Heron Gate would be for-given for taking exception to this comment. I have spo-ken with many tenants who love this community and find it to be supportive and nurturing … and already rejuvenating.
However, I digress.
The article raises several key questions. The council-lor says we must develop a “mechanism to ensure that evicted tenants are given a chance to stay within their neighbourhood” and he goes on to say that the city is exploring legal avenues to ensure that tenants have a right to return to the com-munity. I would add to “affordable family sized housing units.”
I have good news. There are several major initia-tives in the works that can deal with many of the con-cerns raised by the people of Heron Gate, as well as by the councillor.
First of all, I suggest ev-eryone look at and that the councillor support Ottawa ACORN’s “Healthy Homes Platform.” To sum-marize, ACORN members want: 1. Landlord licensing 2. Rental replacement by-laws and no winter evictions in the case of redevelopment 3. Inclusionary zoning.
Space does not allow me to discuss at length these three important asks. One only needs to look to the City of Toronto, which has imple-mented all three strategies to protect tenants and pre-serve affordability. It’s time for the City of Ottawa to get caught up.
I would suggest that while the issue of a landlord li-censing policy works its way through the city bureaucra-cy, that Coun. Cloutier ask city council to implement a Proactive-Bylaw (property standards to be specific) Enforcement program for Heron Gate. This has been implemented in the past to deal with chronic problem properties and landlords. Does anyone doubt that Heron Gate would qualify?
Secondly, I am very ex-cited about a recent ini-tiative of Ottawa ACORN and the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre to facilitate the residents of Heron Gate in develop-ing the first “Community Benefits Agreement” in Ottawa.
Community benefits le-verage public and private investments in communi-ties to create decent work, affordable housing, and so-cial infrastructure that im-prove the quality of life for all community members.
Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) are legally binding contractu-al agreements negotiated between a community co-alition and developers to en-sure that impacted residents can share the benefits of a development without hav-ing to fear displacement. CBAs are a much broader approach to community planning than your typical bricks and mortar focus.
The Parkdale community in Toronto just completed the “Parkdale Community Benefits Framework– Guide for Development without Displacement” to help frame CBAs in their community.
Their vision contains five collective principles: eq-uitable process, affordable housing, affordable com-mercial, decent work, com-munity assets.
What will Heron Gate’s vi-sion and principles be?
I can’t wait to find out.
Riverside Park resident George Brown is a lawyer and former Ottawa city councillor.
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Riverside Park is getting a new early learning centre!

February 12th, 2019 Comments off

We are pleased to share news that the Riverside Park Nursery School has received government funding to build a new centre with 88 spaces for children from 3-months to 5-years old!

Slated for 2826 Springland Dr, it is expected to open in Dec. 2020!

Check out the details in their community update flyer.

For more information, contact: or visit:


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RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting – February 6, 2019

February 3rd, 2019 Comments off

The first RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting of 2019 will be held on February 6. All are welcome. At this meeting, all of the Committee Chairs will present a draft RPCRA Action Plans for approval. Come out to hear what we have in store for the neighbourhood.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Councillor Riley Brockington presented a report on important issues for our community.

The Riverside Park Nursery School presented an important update.

Meeting Documents

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Download the Minutes from the Nov. 7 Board of Directors Meeting

December 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Download the minutes, officer reports and the councillor’s report from the December 5, 2018 Board of Directors meeting.

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Holiday Wishes from the RPCRA!

December 21st, 2018 Comments off

Hey Riversiders, we hope your holidays are safe, warm and full of joy. Stay golden in 2019.

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RPCRA Board of Directors Meeting – Dec. 5, 2018

December 2nd, 2018 Comments off

Members of the RPCRA are invited to attend the December Board of Directors Meeting!

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Riverside Churches, 3191 Riverside Drive, Room 6.

Click on the highlighted links to download the draft agenda, minutes from the previous meeting and this month’s reports that were submitted in advance. We will be changing the way our meetings will be conducted so there will be less of an emphasis on administrative issues, and more of a focus on important community updates and discussion.

The Board of Directors will be reporting back on their recent Planning Retreat, announcing new Standing Committees, meeting dates for 2019 and exciting ideas for a 2019 action plan. There will be lots of ways for residents to get involved!

Councillor Riley Brockington has been invited to present an update on important issues for our community. Hope to see you there!


  1. Call to Order
  2. Presentation of the Consent Agenda
    1. Agenda
    2. Minutes of November 7, 2018 Board Meeting
    3. Reports Package
  3. President’s Report
    1. Membership Communications
    2. Ottawa’s Response to Tornado
    3. Meeting with Councillor Brockington
    4. Meeting with Hunt Club Community Association
    5. December 1 Board Retreat
  4. Order of the Day (7:30 p.m.): River Ward Councillor’s Report
    Guest: Riley Brockington, Ottawa City Councillor (River Ward)
  5. Vice-President’s Report
    1. Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Leaders Breakfast
    2. Hunt Club Riverside Park Steering Table
    3. Federation of Citizens’ Associations
    4. Coyote Information Session
    5. Mentoring for Change
  6. Secretary’s Report
    1. Board Space
    2. Document Storage
  7. Treasurer’s Report
  8. Proposal: Boys and Girls Club Project
  9. Committee Reports
  10. Other Business
  11. Next Meetings: Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  12. Adjournment

Your RPCRA officers are:

Your directors are:

  • George Brown (Riverside Park West)
  • Nicole Christy (Riverside Park West)
  • Mark Staz (Revelstoke)
  • Paul Willetts (Riverside Park East)
  • Andrew Wintonic (Riverside Park East)
  • Terry Wood (Riverside Park Southeast)

A reminder about your RPCRA membership: Members of the RPCRA are welcome to ask questions at our Board of Directors meetings but only have voting rights at our annual general meetings. Memberships are good for one year and can be renewed online in the right-hand column of this page.

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Download the Minutes from the Nov. 7 Board of Directors Meeting

November 26th, 2018 Comments off

Download the Minutes & Reports of the November 7, 2018 Board of Directors meeting.

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Rate the City’s Response to the Tornado

November 25th, 2018 Comments off

Rate the city’s response to the Tornado

Are you a Riverside Park resident who was affected by a Tornado in September? The Ottawa City Manager is asking Community Associations for feedback the City’s response. Share your opinion! Send us an email at, along with your name, street (address not required). We will keep your email address confidential, but we may reach out to you directly if more information is required.

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RPCRA Welcomes New Director: Paul Willetts

November 25th, 2018 Comments off

Welcome Paul Willetts

The RPCRA is proud to welcome Paul Willetts to the Board of Directors. This marks the first time in over five years that the Board has filled every one of the 10 director positions.
And Paul is an excellent addition to the team.
Paul is an employment and labour lawyer who has lived in Riverside East with his wife and young daughter since 2016. He also sits on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa.
“I am interested in joining the RPCRA board in order to take a more active role in our community and to help safeguard its development. In particular, I am interested in encouraging increased RPCRA membership and contributing to the ongoing dialogue around positive and sustainable commercial and residential development in our neighbourhood.”

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Rink Volunteers Needed!

November 22nd, 2018 Comments off

The Rinks Committee of the Riverside Park Community and Recreation Association is looking for a volunteer to manage the Arnott Park rink. If you are comfortable managing volunteers and traveling to the rink on a regular basis, please consider this opportunity to contribute to your community!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with ice cleaning and flooding for both the Arnott Park and Pauline Vanier rinks.  If you are interested in volunteering for either position, or would like more information, please contact Andrew Wintonic, RPCRA Rinks Director at

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