There are a lot of important developments for our community, and our community association, that I would like to bring your attention, so I’ll try to be brief.
To begin, I had a conversation Friday October 27th with our Bay Ward councillor Theresa Kavanagh about the new development at 1 Corkstown Rd. just prior to the release of her newsletter. While I was caught off-guard by the timing of the announcement, I would like to say the conversation was constructive.
We both acknowledged the need for more affordable housing broadly speaking while acknowledging that the response to the development may be mixed within the community. I also raised a concern with regard to access to services/amenities for those who may not otherwise have access to independent transportation given our community is not part of a 15 minute community. I specifically raised the point that it would be helpful to ensure residents have access to reliable public transit to grocery shopping and other commercial centers (Bells Corners/Bayshore).
Thankfully, our community boasts numerous amenities such as Dick Bell and Andrew Haydon parks, with a network of bike paths at our doorsteps. All that to say, I believe we have the facilities and space to welcome more families in need into our community.
Regardless of your position, if you’d like to raise concerns independently there will be a public consultation on November 1st. More details can be found in our TTIC article on the issue.
Second, I would like to raise a need on behalf of the community association for your consideration. Our parks and recreation committee is in need of your support. A lot of work has fallen on our chair Amanda Firby over the last 3 years maintaining over 90+ contracts annually for group access to Maki house, submitting for permits from the city for our Winter Carnival and Wheel Day, ensuring groups have a backup pass in the event they get locked out of Maki, and coordinating volunteers for our main events.
Long story short, I’m asking for people within the community who find value in these community activities to step forward to help share the burden. Additionally, I’m also providing notice to all of the groups who currently book their access to Maki house through the CBLCA that regardless, going forward, we’re going to have to implement changes to how the paperwork is processed for those bookings to reduce the workload on our volunteers. I hope you all can appreciate this and are willing to work with us as we transition to this new model going forward.
OK, that’s all folks. One final reminder that we have our in person AGM coming up November 23rd at the Nepean Sailing Club. Please mark the day off in your calendar and I look forward to seeing you all there!