Minutes – October 21, 2015

The members of the association met at Maple View Terrace on October 21st, 2015. Cheri called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.

  • Kyle Gonyou, from the City of London was invited to present to us on heritage
    • Kyle is a heritage planner in the urban regeneration group
    • The department of history at Western is doing a project on heritage in our neighbourhood
    • Western was previously here in 2011
    • The RFP for the hospital lands will be going out in November
    • A stabilization report was received for the Colborne building, it is in good shape and efforts are being made to retain it, the war memorial children’s hospital and the health services building
    • We have over 1200 properties in SoHo
    • A large number of heritage properties (yellow dot) are listed in SoHo, but not many are designated (red dot) (NOTE JAMIE: provide instructions for locating the info in citymap)
    • Direction has been provided by Council to perform a heritage conservation district study for SoHo
    • Significant elements of heritage designated properties are identified, and those are the focus of any efforts to preserve the building
  • Michael Dove, from Western was also invited, with 9 of his students to present to us on heritage and the Public History program at Western
    • His program is the oldest public history program in the country
    • It’s about putting history to work in the community
    • Students spend a lot of time communicating stories to a broader audience than just academics
    • It’s a 12 month program with 8 months of coursework followed by a summer internship
    • They are busy putting together material for the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
    • Students are also working with ACO and LACH on heritage designation projects
    • The student’s reports on SoHo properties are due the second week of December, and the information should come back to us early next year.
  • Jamie made a motion (seconded by Maria) to approve the sending of a letter supporting the installation of needle bins in Richard B. Harrison and Meredith Park. The motion passed.
  • Nancy requested that Jamie forward a list of the volunteers from the last meeting
  • Jamie made a motion (seconded by Cheri) to approve the last meeting’s minutes. The motion passed.
  • Alex Meilutis and Vanessa Kinsley from environmental programs at the city¬†wanted to pick a date for the “Active and Green” community discussion.
    • A few dates were suggested
      • wed, nov 11
      • fri, nov 13
      • sat, nov 14
      • mon, nov 16
    • Saturday was chosen tentatively, with 2-2.5 hours needed. Can be done as a drop-in, with food provided.
  • Some students from Ivey business school are helping us with our food security initiative. They will present us with a full business plan for our social enterprise.
    • Cheri will be meeting with them this month
    • December 5th it will be presented.
  • The meeting adjourned at 8:20pm

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