On October 12, 2007, Minister Cannon, the Minister responsible for the NCC, announced new appointments at the Commission. Ms. Marie Lemay was appointed Chief Executive Officer (replacing Micheline Dubé, who remains Executive Vice-President); and former Ottawa Mayor Jacquelin Holzman and financial advisor Kory Bobrow were appointed to a 2-year and 4-year term on the Commission respectively. Like Ms. Holzman, Mr. Bobrow hails from the National Capital Region.
Ms. Lemay has been CEO of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers since 2000 and has worked for the City of Gatineau and the Township of Chelsea. Her term is for five years, starting January 7, 2008.
Press releases from Transport Canada:
on the appointment of the new CEO:
on the appointment of the two new Directors:
Press coverage: Patrick Dare in The Citizen of October 13, 2007, page E3.
The Citizen reported on June 19, 2007 that the NCC has advertised for a consulting firm to study federal land holdings in the National Capital Region outside Gatineau Park and the Greenbelt. The study is expected to start in a month and be completed in a year. (Read the article here.)
NCC Director of Planning François Lapointe puts this study in the context of the Commission's Capital Urban Lands Master Plan. This Plan has seen two previous false starts over the last ten years.
This time, however, it may manage to proceed. It is yet another implementation of one of the recommendations of the NCC Mandate Review Panel, namely that the Commission's so-called "surplus lands" be thoroughly evaluated. This new $175,000 study has an even wider scope, however, as it will include all federal land holdings, not just those that are on the NCC's books. (On the other hand, it is not clear whether NCC or other federal land holdings in rural areas will be covered.)
An analysis of the NCC's so-called surplus land holdings is in Annex D of the submission by the Coalition for NCC Renewal (303 KB; Annex D is on pages 35-48. This piece was, in slightly modified form, published in the July-September 2007 issue of Trail & Landscape, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 160-172.)
Year-and-a-half old information about the Capital Urban Lands Master Plan can be found on this <page of the NCC's web site>. There is no press release nor any other information about the new study on the site.
Rejoice: There will be three public meetings, two in Ottawa and one in Gatineau.
23 June 2007 (updated 17 July 2007)
The Centretown News published an article by Garrett Barry dated 24 October about our fourth proposition, on the role of advisory committees:
It includes comments from Jim Watson and Martin Canning.
E.D. - 25 October 2014