April 2, 2009
Ray Kissel, Chair Paul Andre Larose Alexander Kemp
Barbara North Renee Cotton William Cooper
Ryan Wallis Erwin Waldinsperger Susan Bragg
Lindsay Code Julie Banks Joan Kerr
Suzanne Elston Jennifer Mutton
Environmental Co-ordinator Staff Support
Councillor Joe Kolodzie Councillor John Henry
John Presta Keith Jones
1. Call to Order
Meeting was called to Order at 7:00 p.m.
2. Approval of Agenda
Moved by: A. Kemp
“That the Agenda for the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee meeting, April 2, 2009, be
approved as amended.”
3. Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest
There were no conflicts of interest announced.
4. Review of Previous Minutes
P. A. Larose objected to the March 5, 2009 minutes. P.A. Larose indicated that there was no
mention of his motion status monitoring chart.
R. Kissel indicated that he would work with P.A. Larose to resolve the status chart issues.
R. Kissel requested that J. Mutton add the 2009 Motions to the summary attached to the
Moved by: S. Bragg
“That the minutes of the March 2, 2009 OEAC meeting be approved, as amended”.
5. Water Quality (Presentation by John Presta, Director of Environmental Services,
Region of Durham
John Presta overviewed the water supply plants throughout the Region of Durham, various
legislation surrounding safe water, regulated ISO standards and the stringent licensing system
under the Drinking Water Quality Management System.
Mr. Presta reported that financing for the supply and demand of water does not come from the
tax base, but from user rates and provincial and federal grants.
Debt requirements, rehabilitation of infrastructure and system expansions are only a few of the
pressures facing the Region of Durham, Mr. Presta reported.
Committee members had an opportunity to ask Mr. Presta questions.
6. Keith Jones - Durham Trails Coordinating Committee Presentation
Keith Jones overviewed the Durham Trails Coordinating Committee mandate; to coordinate and
facilitate a Region-wide trail system utilizing the Waterfront Trail, Oak Ridges Moraine,
TransCanada trail system and the Scugog Trails.
Mr. Jones indicated that the Region-wide trail system will form part of our transportation system
due to growth and Places to Grow legislation in making communities more compact and hopes
that with the new University and College it will change the City demographically with an influx of
youth, education levels and culture of inclusion (e.g. more than YOU on the road).
There needs to be a better public awareness and Mr. Jones proposes public meetings and or
workshops for the residents to gain further knowledge about the trail system via presentation.
7. Sub-Committee Reports
a) Special Events
o Earth Hour – March 28 @ 8:30 p.m.
Energy demand was reduced by 7.8%
Consumption reduced by 10 megawatts (equates to 2,500 homes)
o Earth Day – April 22 @ 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Legends Centre
OPG has agreed to fund
Posters are finalized
o Earth Week – April 22 – 28 – Oshawa Centre
Lindsay & Julie preparing a display for the OC (re-purposing)
Slides to be prepared for the Service Oshawa television
o Energy Conservation Week – May 17 – 23 @ Legends Centre 9 – 5 p.m.
Ride share program launch for the City
Challenging 8 other community centres
Displays concentrating on energy conservation
o Fall Film Festival
Brian Malcolm from Parkwood has agreed to reserve Parkwood for the event,
with logistics and fundraising details to be determined
Members to advise S. Elston or J. Kerr of any film suggestions
Partnering with K. Anyan to present a cooking show with the likes of Jaime
Kennedy and/or Wayne Roberts
o RFP was issued
o 3 proposals were received however none were acceptable based on their proposal
o RFP has been withdrawn and S. Elston will meet with two developers by invitation.
c) Environmental Policy
o S. Elston brought forward the Environmental Policy to the Environmental Cabinet
o The Environmental Cabinet had concerns with the wording and recommended that
the policy be a sustainability plan for a much larger document in future.
Correspondence items were received for information.
9. Other Business
o For discussion at next meeting: Forming a Trails Sub-committed
Food Policy Meeting
o J. Kerr and B. North attended. Dr. Wayne Roberts was the guest speaker and
participants shared lots of good ideas
Accessible Homes Launch
o Durham Homes has built the 1st Accessible Green House and hosted its launch
o A. Kemp reported that the grades 5/6 classes in his daughter’s school are
encouraging litterless lunches.
o S. Elston’s After Earth Hour article appeared in the Toronto Sun, Sunday, March
o Ethanol Facility: Tom Goodeve, Manager of Policy is preparing a report regarding
the Green Energy Act which will discuss the proposed Ethanol Facility
o P. Gostlin Memorial – J. Kerr provided an update
o Postcards to the Regional Chair regarding the proposed Incinerator in Clarington
are being redirected as there have been so many of them
Moved by: R. Wallis
That the meeting be adjourned.
Meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.
Date Motion Responsibility Comments Completed
“THAT the Oshawa Environmental Action Committee recommend to the
Development Services Committee that prior to the passing of a City of Oshawa
Pesticide By-law, a public process option be pursued together with Stakeholders,
Contractors, and the Regional Health Department;
AND THAT an educational component is made available to the public in relating
the reasons and strategies for the ban and/or reduction of the use of pesticides in
the City of Oshawa.
“THAT the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee requests that Oshawa City
Council and the Durham Region Members of Council defer any vote or decision on - Motion tabled by Mayor Gray, Nov 15,
the preferred site for the Incinerator (Osborne Road, Courtice) until the DRAFT 2007
Environmental Assessment under the Provincial Environmental Assessment Act
has been prepared and circulated for comment to all affected agencies.
AND FURTHER, that the EA should include all alternatives be reviewed with their
impact on the surrounding municipalities”.
“That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee receives the presentation by - Report went to DSC on February 9,
2007 Jeff Brooks regarding Smart Commute, from the Region of Durham; SE 2009; going to Council February 23,
2009 for endorsement.
AND THAT the OEAC endorse this motion and refer it to the Commissioner of - Council endorsed Program;
Development Services to consider the proposal of establishing a Smart Commute - Staff to move forward with next steps
program within the City of Oshawa; and monitor & report back to Council
AND THAT, CUPE Locals 250 and 251 are requested to comment as a courtesy to
“THAT the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee requests that through the - Will be dealt with as a correspondence
2007 Strategic Initiatives Committee all policies new and/or revised pertaining to the SE item and action to be taken at that
environment be received through the Committee for review and comment, in the point
same manner as the Oshawa Accessibility Coordinating Committee.”
“That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee requests through the - S. Elston providing Council/DSC verbal
Strategic Initiatives Committee that Council be requested to keep the OEAC reports at each meeting
informed with regard to the City Hall Master Plan”.
“That OEAC recommend to City Council that, Council pass a motion to the - Letter to DSC, May 22, 2008
Province of Ontario endorsing the Provincial initiative prohibiting the banning - DS-08-196
of clotheslines; - Letter forwarded to AMO
AND THAT, Council forward the motion to the Association of Municipalities
Date Motion Responsibility Comments Completed
Whereas the Sidewalks in Oshawa are often in an unsafe condition long after a - Letter to DSC, May 22, 2009
snow fall as a result of: - DS-08-195
Not being cleared by residents owning adjacent properties; - Also an Accessibility Issue;
Being obstructed by snow removed from driveways; - Report regarding Snow Clearing went
Having snow windrows at numerous street intersections that effectively block to Community Services on January 20,
their access; and 2009 re the City’s Winter Maintenance
Whereas we have significant concerns about the impact of City road clearing Program (CS-09-08)
policies; - To be implemented for the 2009/2010
winter maintenance program
The OEAC hereby requests the City Administration to promptly address the
situation by bringing to the attention of Community Services the following issues,
Sidewalk clearing be considered at least as essential as roadway clearing;
Enforcement of citizens snow clearing obligations be performed;
A procedure be developed to avoid obstructing sidewalks when clearing
OEAC be involved in the proposed policies for consultation purposes.
Whereas the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee is aware of the plastic
Apr 08 bottled water concerns; - Letter to DSC, May 22, 2008
Whereas the use provides a negative image with respect to the City’s municipal - SE met with Purchasing
water system; - Recreation & Culture meeting to be
Now therefore be it resolved that the City of Oshawa take all available arrange re Next Steps
opportunities to publicize the negative environmental and health consequences of - Report going forward in April
individual serving size containers of water and other beverages,
And, to promote economic and environmental savings at all meetings of Council,
Committees and Sub-Committees by removing individual servings of beverages
and replace with pitchers; carafes, and bulk containers of beverage and encourage
the use of reusable cups, mugs and other containers.
THAT the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee request through the - Issue on-going
Development Services committee that staff provide the proper due approval - June 16, 2008 DS-08-242 referred to
process for the citing of the proposed Ethanol Plant that the Federal, Provincial staff for report
and Municipal Governments must undertake.
Further, staff investigates the location of other Ethanol plants that are operating,
the process for which these plants undertook and where within the municipality
they are situated.
Whereas there is a need for functional and utilitarian cycling in the City of - City Cycling Network
Oshawa, particularly during the mild-weather months; - May, 2006 referred to staff for update
- Regional Cycling Plan received
Date Motion Responsibility Comments Completed
October 31, 2008
Whereas such cycling facilities must provide for personal safety by physically - Presented in DS-08-494 on November
segregating the pathways between motorized vehicles and cyclists; 13, 2008
Whereas such facilities must also ensure the personal security of cyclists by - Response estimated by 1 Qtr 2009
running through built-up and well light areas;
Whereas the availability of such facilities would lead to tangible environmental,
quality of life and public health benefits, thus making Oshawa a progressive
contributor in this area;
The OEAC hereby recommends that the City Administration instruct Community
Services to address the issue of making cycling a means of SAFE AND
FUNCTIONAL TRANSPORTATION by:
Implementing the Core Link on Athol Street from the Knights of Columbus Park (at
Farewell St.) in the East, to City Hall (at Centre St.) in the West, with a completion
date before August 2008.
That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee requests through the
Sep 08 Development Services Committee that Oshawa Harbour Commission provide - Letter to DSC September 23, 2008
copies of their original mandate since being established in the early 1960’s and the
more recent mandates for the Port Operations, Property Management and
Industrial/Commercial development and other related compliance to the OEAC for
review and input.
That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee recommends to the - Letter to DSC September 23, 2008
Development Services Committee that the City of Oshawa undertake a complete - Postponed until construction is
waste audit of all satellite City-Wide facilities pursuant to the Audit completed complete
internally at City Hall in the Spring of 2007.
That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee recommend to the - Letter to DSC September 23, 2008
Development Services Committee that the Community Services Committee be - Met with Director, Community Services
requested to insert a clause in the rental agreements for all Facility Bookings that waste staff, new parks contracts have
Users must source separate their waste during the course of their rental been written to encourage/include
agreement with the City options, specifically green bin
“That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee recommend to the Finance - Letter to DSC September 23, 2008
and Administration Committee that staff investigate the feasibility of utilizing - Corporate Services is working on this
electronic tax bills for the City of Oshawa residents in an effort to reduce paper (IT issue)
That the members of OEAC have identified that all walkways adjacent to the
Nov 08 arterial roads are considered as high a priority as are the roads in regard to snow - To be implemented for the 2009/2010
clearing. Winter maintenance program
That OEAC be provided with a planning process conveying OPA, site plan -
approval, etc. for expanding Municipal Development into Greenfield lands,
including both Regional and Municipal roads and related cumulative impact on the
Date Motion Responsibility Comments Completed
That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee respectfully request through -
Dec 08 the Development Services Committee that the Chairperson of the Oshawa
Public Utilities Commission (OPUC), or his or her representative, be invited to
address the OEAC on the OPUC’s Conservation plans.
That the OEAC form a Sub-committee to assist with the design of the PEAC ALL - RFP coordinated through Purchasing
That the OEAC request through the Development Services Committee a copy of SE -
the City’s tree planting plan for 2009 since the City will not be contributing to the
Earth Day event as in the past.
That the Oshawa Environment Advisory Committee endorses the Environmental - Environmental Cabinet has
Mar 09 reviewed the document
Policy Statement and corresponding Environmental Policy for the City of Oshawa;
And that the Secretary forward the OEAC Environmental Statement and Policy to -
the Development Services Committee for the March 23 Agenda requesting their
That the OEAC fully endorses the work of the Website sub-committee and that the - Proposals came in higher than
Committee also supports the moving forward with the RFP for the Web Designer. expected
- RFP withdrawn