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Below: CAN meeting information and minutes up to and including Oct. 29th 2015.
CAN meeting - Oct. 29th 2015 - AGM
Ward 11 (includes Minnow Lake area) Councillor Lynne Reynolds spoke at annual meeting at which new executive was elected: Louise Marcotte and Mike Bleskie as co-chairs. Stephanie Harris as Secretary and Rosanna Kucula as Treasurer. Lousie can be reached at email@example.com and Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org
For CAN constitution and by-laws click here.
CAN meeting - April 30th 2015- Special Environmental Event:
For CAN meeting minutes click here
Environment revealed results of water sampling and offered plans for storm water management for Minnow Lake.
Lionel Rudd CET - Safety Consultant addresses CAN on benefits of traffic intersection roundabouts.
Power Point Presentation of other CAN activities here.
An All Candidates meeting for ward 11 (Minnow Lake and Adanac) was held on Monday Oct. 20th at the Canadian Legion (Branch 76) starting at 7:00 p.m. moderated by Peter Williams. Thanks to all who ran for election and especially those who voted. Congratulations to winner Lynne Reynolds.
Meetings were held during the summer of 2014 with respect to Second Avenue reconstruction. Minutes of these meeting plus other information related to this matter can be found here.
On May 15th 2014 at 7.00 p.m. special guest Gerald Courtin spoke on "Square Foot Gardening and effective composting". It was very well attended. Updates were provided on the special police presence at Minnow Lake Place as well as information on Community Gardens in the area and the Off-Leash Dog park. There was an update on road work planned for second avenue and more information is available here.
Despite the cold and very severe winter weather conditions there was good attendance at the Feb. 27th meeting of the Minnow Lake CAN held at the Canadian Legion. Below photo shows special guest Pete Fortin, a Municipal Relations Represenative for the MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Association) who described how Property is Assessed and the Reconsideration and Review Process. We also had updates from various subcommitties including community gardens, dog park, community relations and water quality. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on line shortly.
New: Link to Minnow Lake Community Gardens Page here
Minutes of 24th October CAN meeting:
REPORT AND MINUTES ON MINNOW LAKE CAN MEETING – OCT. 24TH 2013
A capacity crowd filled the lower public meeting room at Minnow Lake Place Thursday evening Oct. 24th for the Fall meeting of the Minnow Lake Community Action Network – approx. 60 in attendance.
Meeting called to order at 7.04 P.M. by Minnow Lake Chair - John Lindsay
Introduction of Vice-Chair Louise Marcotte and guest Dave Shelshed of the City (Traffic Dept.)
Presentation by Bill Merrick of Citizens on Patrol (COPS) explaining purpose of program and need for volunteers for Minnow Lake area. Volunteers need to donate minimum of 3 hours per week to the program. Material left for those interested and more info on website www.gsps.ca.
Report by Community Garden Subcommittee (Elise Real) on development of 16 planting beds at Minnow Lake Place and future plans for this site and also Dog Park Site on Second Avenue. Discussion followed including prospect of getting schools involved, besides Meals on Wheels, Our Children – Our Future and other groups and individuals. Concern about having more opaque fencing between Minnow Lake Place and adjoining property – this will be discussed with city officials and tenant group.
Report by Dogs Off Leash (Dog Park) Subcommittee (Dean Eyre and Rachelle Niemela) on significant progress being made on park improvement with contributions from Vale, Home Depot, Ontario Hydro and others plus considerable volunteer involvement. Soil and crusher dust has been applied to both small and large dog areas, tree plantings have taken place, picnic tables on site, shelters planned, signage improved with more to come. Next year water to come on site as part of road improvements which will see new entrance with signaled intersection at Scarlet Street. Ideas for fundraising welcome. New website has been established at www.dogsoffleash.ca
Report on Minnow Lake Restoration Group by John Lindsay who briefly reviewed activities including involvement in development and promotion of rain gardens in conjunction with Liveable Sudbury, and maintenance of park areas. Tabled recommendations CAN submitted to the Official Plan review and e-mail from planning department with respect to subject properties in the area under site plan review. Two sponsored walks on Blueberry Hill and Oak Forest were conducted by group volunteers plus trail and waterfront continuing litter removal. Worked with city and developer to restore Bellevue Parkette area following water main and road construction to new development up Glenn Street to Grand View condo development. Worked with Greater Water Shed Alliance and Ramsey Lake Stewardship Group with respect to storm water control on this site. Involved with area residents as party to OMB case with respect to proposed Dalron Housing Development on Howey Drive in support of city concerns with regarding traffic loading which resulted in city denying approval leading to developer’s appeal which is still before the OMB. Committee member Brad Bowman (environmental scientist) took new sediment samples from various storm outlets around the lake and measurements of the sediment areas. Vote taken to determine support to go forward to take action to address the sediment deposits in the lake to endorse previous motion of last year in this regard. All in agreement. Note: Dave Shelsted of the City indicated that city had plans in place for future storm water control measures into Minnow Lake. No mention of sediment removal as took place in Lake Nephawin some years ago – chair acknowledged that group had met previously with Ron Norton of the city with regards to this matter, and has had discussions with the city with respect to storm water from new Grand View development directly into Minnow Lake at Bellevue – at present it appears there will be not measures to treat this storm water in this direction from the development.
The matter of proposed road work on Second Avenue and the intersection of Bellevue and Bancroft Drive took up the remainder of the meeting. Dave Shelsted explained that improvements to Second Avenue would include widening of the roadway to 5 lanes from Donna Drive to Scarlett Drive and 3 lanes to about Kenwood with sidewalks on both sides. Some felt (including councillor Kett) that the widened section should go all the way to Kenwood. There was also discussion about drainage problems in the area which hopefully would be addressed as well on Bancroft Drive across from the Waterview apartments and on Howey Drive off the rock face across from Ramsey Lake. On the newly reconstructed Second Avenue roadway there would be slightly wider curb lanes to accommodate bike markings (sharrows). Making the curb lane wider to accommodate bike lanes would cost a few hundred thousand dollars more according to Dave Shelsted, but, which some felt should be a consideration. There will be an alignment of the intersection at Scarlet Drive to the Cemetery and Dog Park entrance and traffic lights installed.
There was some discussion about the value of traffic calming measures that had been recently implemented on Attlee Street (and others) and previously on Southview Drive. Dave Shelsted said his dept. is pleased with these measures and said he has received few complaints. A show of hands from those in attendance however revealed that most were not enthused and thought they were “useless and a waste of money”. Dave Shelsted indicated the traffic calming measures had cost in excess of $300,000. According to the Bicycle Advisory Committee recommendation bike lanes would have cost approximately $10,000, a significant saving and should have been considered as an alternative traffic calming measure, such as on the Howey, Bellevue, Bancroft corridor, which has also encouraged more bicycle use.
There were pictures and videos shown of a typical roundabout in BC (Duncan) and of the present intersection of Bellevue and Bancroft.
Most at the meeting had concerns about a roundabout at the proposed location. The main concern was the space likely to be required, the "grades" going into and coming out of the roundabout, the proximity to nearby residents and businesses. Heavy constant traffic flow effecting safe pedestrian crossing was of particular concern, and also the perceived difficulty to access the Howey, Bellevue, Bancroft corridor from side streets and residents, businesses etc. along this route. Dave Shelsted acknowledged the concerns and agreed that there were challenges to the location, and that pedestrian crossing was indeed a concern in that in Ontario the pedestrian has less “consideration” as in other jurisdictions. Apparently there have been, in certain instances, traffic signals in roundabouts. If a roundabout was not possible a more traditional intersection would be constructed. The plan for this roadway goes back many years when it was originally intended to connect directly through to Barrydowne Road. Now it would go through the new Silver Hills residential development to the Kingsway next to Chapters.
David Shelsted acknowledged that traffic study reports indicated that the new Silver Hills road to the Bellevue/Bancroft intersection, while possibly diverting some traffic from Bellevue to the Kingsway and from Bellevue through to Second Avenue it would actually increase traffic on the Bellevue, Howey corridor, to and from downtown and the southern part of the city, which according to the city this corridor is already at capacity, and the reason the city has not approved the Dalron housing development on Howey drive, a decision currently before the OMB as outlined previously in these minutes.
The city is currently awaiting engineers’ report on feasibility of a roundabout for this location (firm from southern Ontario doing the work) which would involve the new Silver Hills road accessing the intersection (down a steep grade). There was some question as to the need for another access to this new development when at least two significant developments, existing or planned in the area, the Waterview apartments (Bancroft Drive) and Grand View condominiums (off Bellevue at Glenn) only have one entrance. The new Silver Hill development will have two access points north to the Kingsway and west to Second Avenue. Therefore, some questioned the actual need and expense, including expropriation of properties required for the road and the intersection reconstruction. There is apparently no timetable for creation of the new road which might well depend on progress of development of the residential property which could be several years before it reaches that stage as initial development will occur through Barry Street – a temporary measure).
It was decided that taking all factors into consideration (including the city’s current 40 million dollar annual shortfall in road construction and maintenance needs and an overall 700 million dollar deficit in this area) that this (intersection and new road project), which upon examination appears to be of questionable value, be reconsidered and that city council be made aware for possible action at the political level to postpone, delay or cancel the project.
Meeting adjourned at 8.48 with conversation continuing with those remaining to further discuss and raise issues with David Shelsted and Councillor Kett.
Minutes reviewed and approved by CAN executive.
The following youtube address were made available to view roundabout in Duncan BC and the present Bellevue, Bancroft Intersection.
Note: Members of the CAN attended panel discussion on traffic issues presented by Rainbow Routes and prepared a report below which has been made public .. only one councillor attended this meeting (Joe Cimino) but was supportive of incentives to increase cycling opportunities in the city. Also see letter to Councillor Cimino by Rachel Niemela of the Sudbury Bicycle Union of which we are also a member.
Getting Serious About Cycling in Sudbury:
Gathering suggests money saving traffic calming measures and cycling
Besides need for improved public transit in Greater Sudbury, there was
general concern from those in attendance at a recent Rainbow Routes meeting
and Panel Discussion on Transportation issues, of the inherent danger for
bicycle riders in the city due to a number of factors, not the least of
which was an apparent negative attitude of motorists with respect to
cyclists s attempting to share the road. It was felt that this could be
overcome with public education and more cycling infrastructure both on and
Those new to the community at the meeting expressed surprise that the city
is so far behind other municipalities in establishing bike lanes on streets
and roadways to encourage more awareness and cycling activity. It was
thought that the hundreds of thousands of dollars being devoted to expensive
physically intrusive and potentially dangerous traffic calming measures
might be much better spent in creating bikes lanes at a fraction of the
price, possibly together with lower speed limits. The city has indicated
they want Sudbury to be bicycle friendly but continues to plan for new roads
with little regard for bike accommodation. The planned widening of Second
Ave with no provision for proper bike lanes is a recent example.
It was mentioned that our traffic department seems to
have ignored many studies that show that a simple white line is quite
effective in channelizing both motorists and bicyclists and that both feel
more comfortable with the line in place. A case in point is the Howey,
Bellevue, Bancroft corridor in the Minnow Lake area which has accommodated
motorists and cyclists with bike lanes in place for almost 10 years with
traffic calming effects. Unfortunately, since being implemented, no others
have been created on our city streets, although comprehensive plans over the
years by various groups including several bicycle advisory committees have
been submitted to the city but never acted upon.
With major concerns with respect to the serious shortfall in road development and maintenance costs it was recommend that all new road construction be put on hold, except for those involving safety issues , and that the expensive physical traffic calming initiatives planned for our streets be also curtailed in favour of painting bike lanes and lowering speed limits on selected city corridors to facilitate traffic calming and create a more bicycle friendly community a long stated but never realized goal.
John Lindsay, Founding and past member, Sudbury Bicycle Advisory Committee
Sustainable Mobility Advisory Panel (SMAP) has asked to be consulted on
roads projects prior to projects going to tender so they can have an
opportunity to dialogue with the City prior to plans being finalized. There
has been no effort to date to do this.
Member of the Sudbury Cyclists Union
Complete report by Bicycle Advisory Committee on Cycling in Sudbury .. cllck here.
Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18.
Note: COPS on Patrol will be in attendance to explain the program and how you might likke to be involved.
The traffic (roads) dept of the city has also been invited to this meeting to discuss the proposed new traffic roundabout at the present corner of Bellevue and Bancroft Drive. The community is concerned about a number of issues related to the proposed design and location. These include; size of the roundabout, the topography (slopes entering and exiting the roundabout, proximity of buildings to the roundabout, property acquisition required, cost of the project and not the least the volume of traffic that would be using the roundabout which would be considerable at times, the safety of pedestrians and also possible alternatives. The video below shows a roundabout similar to that proposed in Duncan BC. Note that the traffic is moderate and the roundabout is not near any buildings, and is on flat land. What is the situation when the traffic is very heavy - non stop - in one or possibly other directions and in this example the traffic stops for pedestrians (something not usual in Sudbury). It appears the area required is larger than that available at the proposed location. This roundabout has three entry/exit points where that proposed for our location has four.
Minnow Lake Community Action Network (CAN) Activities and Links:
Info on Rain Garden and Rain Barrel (May 11th) Sale click here
Letter by Watershed Alliance to city re development click here
Liveable Sudbury submission to Official Plan click here
Report on Feb. 28th 2013 Meeting at Canadian Legion - Minnow Lake. - His Honour Justice Guay presented information on Youth Criminal Justice System.
Despite the cold and snowy weather on February 28th, approximately 70 - 75 people attended The Minnow Lake CAN meeting that held the audience spell bound for 2.5 hours !!! Breaks were repeated offered but unanimously declined by the audience. The Honourable Justice Andre Guay wearing his formal court room robes put a "face" on the Youth Criminal Justice System for the people who live and/or work in Minnow Lake. The meeting was open to all residents of Sudbury and area. Justice Guay lead the spell bound audience from an explanation of his "wardrobe" onward through the evolution of the Youth Criminal Justice Act in Canada to the present day concept of Restorative Justice and community involvement. Justice Guay realistically acknowledged the challenges for the community as well as for social agencies to assist youths with very complex economic, social and emotional needs. Many have health problems caused by exposure to toxic substances or traumatic situations before birth or in early life. Learning problems are often inadequately unaddressed. He acknowledged the overwhelming challenges for these youths to "turn their lives around" and to take advantage of the opportunities neighbourhoods such as that offered in Minnow Lake. They do not know how to become involved. Many have never been involved in community and did not have role models. Lack of jobs and poverty leads to drugs, alcohol, violence, crime and all the array of social evils
Chief Elsner spoke about the plans for the New Police Model. He is finalizing these plans for Minnow Lake and will introduce this model within 2 months. This new model involves community, social agencies and police working together in partnership. Chief Elsner said that his officers will be encouraged to get out of their cars and meet residents, business owners, community groups and organizations. The officers will be assigned on a consistent basis and will know the neighbourhood and the people who live, work and frequent the area. This partnership will be friendly and will improve the sense of security and safety of the neighbourhood. Situations that arise will be addressed in a cordial fashion before emotions escalate and antisocial behavior erupts. Whichever person/group most appropriate will facilitate the resolution agreement will take the lead. In most situations, agreements will be negotiated and reached without going to legalities and possibly criminal charges and incardination. Neighbourhood harmony will be restored quicker and with more ease. Community resources will be used more efficiently and in a cost effective way. Everyone will learn from on another and will feel the gratification of creating a health environment in which to live and work
The Minnow Lake residents liked what they heard. There was no doubt in anyone's mind that Minnow Lake supports this partnership, supports this efficient use of resources in a cost effective manner, and supports participation in creating a healthy environment in which to live and to work. Minnow Lake residents know they live in a choice residential area that welcomes all people who want to live and contribute to a friendly, healthy, safe and secure neighbourhood. They are committed to maintaining this neighbourhood atmosphere. They are interested in their neighbour and in their neighbourhood. Many are 3 and 4 generation "Minnow Lakers". Many others have moved to Minnow Lake because they have cousins, aunts, uncles, grandchildren etc living in Minnow Lake.
Thanks to mayor Matichuk, elected councillors, city staff and community agencies who demonstrated their support and/or attended this meeting. Justice Guay has also offered copies of his power point presentation upon request through the Ontario Court of Justice at 159 Cedar Street Sudbury. These resources might assist other CAN's or groups as they establish Safe Neighbourhood Partnerships within their wards.
The Minnow Lake CAN is in the process of organizing another Neighbourhood Education Session focused on Restorative Justice, how it works and how it impacts safety concerns that citizens may have with respect to their community. Restorative Justice has been working with the Sudbury Regional Police Services for several years with very positive results. The Minnow Lake CAN is hoping to host this presentation directed by Chief Elsner Sudbury Regional Police Service and Restorative Justice before mid May.
Volunteer Community Education Coordinator
Minnow Lake Community Action Network
1714 Bancroft Drive Sudbury Ontario
Note: A DVD video is available of this presentation which can be viewed on a computer. It is approx. 90 minutes in length. To borrow a copy please contact John Lindsay, Chair of Minnow Lake CAN at 705-525-7526.
Concerns re New Developments Roads parks etc. click here.
Adamsdale Public School is part of the Priority Schools Initiative of the Rainbow School Board providing space for community groups to use school facilities throughout the year at no cost. An exciting program that you can learn more about by viewing the PowerPoint Presentation - just click here
Minnow Lake Restoration Group President and CAN Chair, John Lindsay accepts cheque from Minnow Lake Lion Shirley Oglivie for Restoration Work in Minnow Lake.
One of our latest CAN Newsletters click here
New flowerbed at Minnow Lake Place contributed by Minnow Lake Lions and Community Action Network - also see below new sign recognizing Minnow Lake Lions contribution to park area.
A typical dog off-leash area is shown in the video below (London Ontario). You will note how the dogs enter the facility and comments from dog owners who use the area. This park is approximately the same area as the planned site in Sudbury on Second Avenue.
For more information go to the Minnow Lake CAN dog off-leash sub-committee web-site www.dogsoffleash.ca.
For Meeting Reports of CAN and MLRG - You Tube Videos - History click here
Safer Roads: According to city reports the Howey, Bellevue, Bancroft Corridor has reached "capacity" and further traffic on these roads could be a safety concern.
We have been advised that the traffic section of the city is considering the following at the request of the CAN and our ward councillor Terry Kett. While is unlikey that all recommenations would be implemented as least some would help the present situation.
In order to make the Howey, Bellevue and Bancroft corridor less attractive to through traffic and to provide safer and more convenient access to this corridor from cross and connecting streets to vehicles and pedestrians create “all way stops” at Harry Crescent (with access to Lakeshore Drive and Northshore Drive) also at Picard Street and at Shappart Avenue (with access to Weller, Lenox, Sable and Neelon.
That a three “all way stop” be instituted at the corner of Bancroft Drive and the entrance to the Waterview Apartment Complex and a four “all way stop” at Parkdale Avenue (access to Ferndale, Hillsboro, Lonsdale, and Hargraves)
Tthat the 40 km per hour limit from the Kingway on Bancroft Avenue be extended from the Skateboard Park to the intersection of Bancroft and Bellevue.
That a 40 km per hour limit be instituted on the hilly and winding sections of the Howey, Bellevue and Bancroft corridor from Hillsdale Avenue on Howey Drive through the intersection of Bellevue and Bancroft (at the traffic lights) continuing on Bancroft to Manor Road (before Second Avenue).
Special: Non Commercial Pest Control Measures
For information on Graffiti Project click here.
Special: Pictures of Kingdom Hall on Longsdale Avenue which was offered for sale but has since been purchased by private company. The CAN had felt it would have been good for public or not for profit use with 23,000 square feet - meeting room and resource rooms - new air and heating - for fraction of replacement cost. Perhaps a good location for the Art Gallery, being located on over 7 acres of forestered property. Not being downtown was a negative factor for many unfortunately, and the building is now a commercial site.