November 5, 2009
Ray Kissel (Chair) Wil Thurber Bryan Swift
Erwin Waldinsperger Paul-André Larose Alexander Kemp
Barbara North Ida Kaufman Susan Bragg
Ryan Wallis Zacharias Pandelides Joan Kerr
Guests: Councillor Joe Kolodzie
Dr. Peter Berg, UOIT
Suzanne Elston Jennifer Ibbotson
Environmental Co-ordinator Staff Support
Helen Break, Director Tom Goodeve
Strategic Initiatives Manager, Planning Policy
1. Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 pm.
2. Advisory Committees to Council
Helen Break overviewed the proposed new policy and procedure for all
Committees of Council
3. Stretch and Food Break
4. Approval of Agenda
Moved by R, Wallis
“That the Agenda for the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee meeting,
November 5, be approved.” Carried.
5. Declarations of Pecuniary Interest
6. Review and Approval of Minutes
Moved by B. North
“That the Minutes of October 1, 2009 be approved”. Carried.
7. Presentation – Urban Transportation
Dr. Peter Berg, Associate Professor, Physics, Faculty of Science, UOIT made a
presentation on Urban Transportation.
In summary, Dr. Berg indicated that urban planning is the key to sustainable
transportation along with the importance of safe crossings, as cycling is the most
effective mode of transportation. Public transit; bus, rail, light rail, walking and biking
addresses at least 3 important issues:
- minimizes greenhouse gas emissions
- economic incentive
- increase resilience of a City towards a potential energy crisis in the transportation
Committee discussed Bikeways vs. Trails.
Trails are not open October to April or are unfit to ride
After 4:30 it is dark
Potential safety risks and issues
Z. Pandelides commented that from a UOIT student perspective, bikeways are a
good idea, especially with students having to commute downtown classes
P. Andre-Larose was absent during this portion of the meeting.
9. Sub-Committee Reports
Earth Hour – S. Elston indicated that the City may be able to utilize the Regent
Theatre for Earth Hour – March 27, 2010
Strategic Sustainability Plan (SSP)
S. Elston to distribute SSP to OEAC members. All members are to review the
SSP and provide comments to S. Elston by Monday, November 16. SSP Sub-
Committee to meet and finalize before next regular meeting. Members of the
sub-committee to include E. Waldinsperger, L. Code, R. Kissel and J. Kerr.
10. 2009 Annual Report
OEAC members reviewed the 2009 Work Plan. S. Elston to finalize.
11. 2010 Draft Work Plan
The Committee collectively made amendments to the 2010 Draft Work Plan. S.
Elston to finalize.
12. Tracking of Motions/Recommendations
13. Correspondence Items
a. Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s Annual Report (ECOAR)
The ECOAR was mailed under separate cover so members could review it prior to
S. Elston overviewed the staff report she has prepared to Council outlining the
recommendations contained in the ECOAR.
Moved by: B. Swift
“That the Oshawa Environmental Advisory Committee support the recommendations
contained in the draft staff report prepared by S. Elston in regard to the
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s Annual Report”.
b. CLOCA request to OEAC to participate in Watershed Awards and
Environmental Expo on Tuesday, December 1 at Camp Samac. R. Kissel and
W. Thurber will attend on behalf of the City and the OEAC.
c. S. Elston to investigate a presentation on the Golder Landfill report from
Engineering Services for next meeting
14. Other Business
a. Community Events Update
J. Kerr provided an update regarding the kind donation of ten acres of land by a
Developer for a Community Farm in the Harmony/Winchester area.
B. North reported that McAsphalt had been having fill dumped onto their site
creating an awful odour. B. North to contact MOE.
15. Next Meeting
Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:00 pm
i. Elections for Chair and Vice Chair for 2010
ii. Presentation by Lynda Lawson – Accessibility Training
iii. Northland Power Co-Generation presentation
iv. Finalization and approval of 2010 Workplan and 2009 Annual Report
v. Holiday Cheer after the meeting at a local downtown venue
Moved by: E. Waldinsperger
“That the meeting be adjourned.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.
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 - Public Information Session to be
situation by bringing to the attention of Community Services the following issues, held on May 13 at the Civic
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 SE - Invitation to the Chair of OPUC must
Dec 08 the Development Services Committee that the Chairperson of the Oshawa come from Senior Staff (City Manager)
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
website. - DiscoToast has been hired
That the OEAC request through the Development Services Committee a copy of SE - Bill Slute attending the June meeting to
the City’s tree planting plan for 2009 since the City will not be contributing to the discuss the Tree Planting Program
Earth Day event as in the past.
That the Oshawa Environment Advisory Committee endorses the Environmental SE - Environmental Cabinet has reviewed
Policy Statement and corresponding Environmental Policy for the City of Oshawa; the document
And that the Secretary forward the OEAC Environmental Statement and Policy to - Policy will now form part of a bigger
the Development Services Committee for the March 23 Agenda requesting their Sustainability Plan for the City.
That the OEAC fully endorses the work of the Website sub-committee and that the SE - DiscoToast has been hired
Committee also supports the moving forward with the RFP for the Web Designer. - OEAC would like to “test” the website
prior to its full launch
That the OEAC supports in principle, hosting a Symposium, “Awakening the ALL -
Dreamer”, and that staff shall be requested to explore the possibility”.
That an Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) Sub-Committee be formed to -
provide input, direction and review the ESP draft plan to be prepared by the Senior
Members of the sub-committee to include E. Waldinsperger, L. Code, R. Kissel and
That the members be provided an update of the City’s organization chart with SE -
Oct 09 regard to who has environmental responsibility within the City.