City Approves Pedestrian Bridge over Rideau

Transportation committee approves bridge over Rideau

Money not yet budgeted for pedestrian crossing
By David Reevely, Ottawa CitizenDecember 8, 2011
Plans for a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Rideau River received easy approval from city council’s transportation committee Wednesday, indicating a big change in councillors’ attitude toward such projects over the past few years.

There’s no money budgeted for the $7-million bridge yet, but councillors signed off the conclusions of a study that recommended putting the new span between Somerset Street East and Donald Street.

The idea is to better link Overbrook and Vanier with Sandy Hill and the University of Ottawa and to provide an easier route, particularly for westbound…..  SEE FULL STORY:

Overbrook 2011 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Because Overbrook matters…

For over 30 years, the Community Council of Overbrook has met regularly to consider matters of concern to residents … matters such as safety, development planning, reopening of back lanes, replacement of trees, etc. Every resident of Overbrook is considered a member, so come to the AGM, register, and help envision the future of our community.

Every voice counts …

 Community Council of Overbrook


7 pm
, Thursday, 17 November 2011 
 at the Overbrook Community Centre

33 Quill @ Queen Mary Street

AGM Minutes November 2010

Annual Report 2011 – Communications & Membership

Annual Report 2011 – Planning & Development

Annual Report 2011 – Traffic & Safety



Constitution Amendments 2011

Overbrook Community Association

Background on Constitutional Amendments to be Presented at the November 2011 AGM

Over the last few years, the Community Council of Overbrook has evolved and grown, necessitating a review of our Constitution to bring it into line with our goals as a community organization.

A small committee was formed, including the President, Sheila Perry, to put together a proposal of amendments to the Constitution to better prepare the group to move forward in the coming year. The aim was to amend the Constitution in a way that would allow for a future-conscious document which is as unrestrictive as possible while keeping the goals and objectives of the organization in place. The result is a proposal that addresses at least three significant issues.

  1. The name of the organization: The recommended name change from the Community Council of Overbrook to the Overbrook Community Association is two-fold.
  1. There has been confusion as to the name’s meaning and the mandate of the group as a
    result. The term “Council” can easily be construed in a closed manner, suggesting an elected body rather than an association of community-conscious neighbours. The term Association better reflects the aims and aspirations of the group.
  2. Moving toward the goal of incorporation, the term “Association” better reflects the purpose and objects of the group. Furthermore, it helps separate the group from the Overbrook Community Centre, which can easily be confused by acronym (CCO vs. OCC).
  1. Moving towards Incorporation: The amendments to the purpose and objectives, membership requisites and duties and obligation of the Board of Directors are meant to make the transition smoother from unincorporated community group to a Not-For-Profit Corporation.
  2. Accountability and Clarity: The amendments give accountability to the directors and officers in a way that is closer to that of an incorporated body so that we might ease into the new status. It also liberates the organization from some of the more restrictive terms of the previous constitution – for example, age of majority requirements for members, quorum and election issues for meetings, committee structure and the rights and duties of the board of directors, to address a few.
    The end result, we hope, is a clearer and more concise document that is easily accessible, free from major restrictions and may act as a useful tool moving forward.
    3 November 2011