Consultation Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Accommodation Consultations


Consultation Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Accommodation Consultations

 Monday March 27, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Ridgemont HS (2597 Alta Vista Dr ).

The evening will start off with a panel discussion about consultation. The panelists are;

  • Rob Campbell – Former Chair Ottawa Carelton Assembly of School Councils (OCASC) and former two term OCDSB Trustee.
  • Ellis Westwood – A community member who facilitates consultations  in his professional life
  • Peter Gareau – Parent member on the Eastern Accommodation Review Advisory Committee giving his perspective on that experience.
  • Sheila Perry – Community activist speaking about engaging the community to participate in the Accommodation Review consultation process.
  • A member of ACORN speaking about ways to engage low income communities in consultations.

Each panelist will speak for 5 to 7 minutes and then there will be a Q&A where participants can explore the panelists’ presentations in more detail.

The rest of the evening will be an informal networking opportunity.

Chris Ellis
Trustee Zone 6 Alta Vista & Rideau-Rockcliffe of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board


MAJOR SETBACK: Here is the situation:

Our application was received at the Winnipeg Processing Office on November 2, 2016. Applications are not accepted without proof of needed funding which took us until fall. The government’s initial push to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees was achieved by March 31, 2016. Applications from Groups of 5 and Community Sponsors continued throughout 2016 until the government announced a cap on January 1, 2017. We had every reason to believe that 2016 applications would continue to be screened. In February, we contacted David McGuinty’s office, M.P. for Ottawa South for information and advice; they were helpful but their news was not. The Winnipeg Office is processing only those applications received by March 31, 2016 by the end of December, 2017, and will not estimate when applications received between April 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 will be processed.

This has been devastating news for the family of 7 waiting in a one bedroom apartment in Beirut and very disheartening for the Core Committee and our supporters. We have advised the family that we will do all we can to correct this situation, and WE NEED YOUR HELP.

We have been advised that letters to one’s local M.P. and to the Minister may help. We are asking you to lend your name and support. You will find a template letter to The Honourable Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship and copied to David McGuinty, M.P., Ottawa South. We are asking you to download this letter and send by e-mail to the Minister and copy Mr. McGuinty using the e-mail addresses provided; just add your name and contact information at the bottom of the letter. We suggest that you send the letter both as an attachment and copied and pasted into the e-mail itself. The appearance of a formal letter is professional and persuasive and more likely to get attention. You are of course free to change the letter to better suit your own style but this is not necessary.

Please take a few minutes to add your voice asking that this be corrected not only for us but for other sponsoring groups across Canada. Please do this soon. We have all worked too hard to be roadblocked now and cause additional heartache for Syrian refugees. The ITC thanks you as does the family of 7 so eager to come to our community. .

Letter can be found below:


ITC Refugee Action Group Core Committee

Lynne Bezanson (; 613-733-2946), Karin Keyes-Endemann,

Alan Landsberg, Marilyn Minnes, Carole Moult, Paul Puritt

Road user fees: key to sustainable urban transportation

The Healthy Transportation Coalition and community partners are hosting an important event on March 28th on the topic of Road User Fees: Key to Sustainable Urban Transportation. Featuring guest speakers:
– Graham Haines, Research Manager, Ryerson University City Building Institute
– Dale Beugin, Research Director, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
– David Chernushenko, Chair, Environment and Climate Protection Committee, City of Ottawa
– Vijay Gill, Assistant Vice President (North America), CPCS Transcom Ltd.
– Valérie Assoi, Steering Committee member, City for All Women Initiative; and
– Kristie Daniel, Program Director, Livable Cities, HealthBridge
WHEN: March 28, 2017 at 6:30pm – 9pm
WHERE: Marion Hall – Auditorium, University of Ottawa, 140 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON  K1N 1A2

Old Ottawa East Presents

 Each month we are having a speaker talk about a particular prime minister.  The talks are free and we are really hoping members of your community will join us to learn about our exceptional leaders.
Sesquicentennial Celebration of Our Prime Ministers – Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Tuesday, 28 March – 7:00 p.m., Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street

Dr. Richard Clippingdale will be helping us to better understand the life and times of Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Richard is the former Director of Canadian Studies at Carleton University, where he remains as an adjunct professor. This is the first of a series of talks to celebrate Canada’s prime ministers.

Free but a pre-registration email would be appreciated:

Presented by the Old Ottawa East Community Association (OOECA).

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