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at the Media Information released re- new Vision at LMC – as approved- turned out to be pre-mature; all negotiations were not completed as expected; negotiations are still in the sensitive stage; therefore things will be very low-key at tonight’s 7:30pm Walden-CAN mtg; We’ll be introducing the 2 Doctors- as guests only; They will not be able to discuss any plans –at this time.
c. Environmental Committee: Amanda is working hard re- Community Gardens at the Anderson Farm, Plots have been prepared & most already rented out @ $25. each; hoping to use the old well ; tractor is free; all germ free manure used; everything is moving smoothly; Amanda is working closely with Jim Fortin, Garth Wunch is helping too.
d. Youth Services: Glenn Miller gave us his suggestions; still a work in progress; Richard will have some terms of reference for June 13/06 Meeting
e. Newsletter: Deadline for Copy is Fri. May 19/06; have received nothing from Committees yet; 200 words per Committee; Will include Programs from City & Walden organizations as in 1st Issue; Gwen offered to help re- phoning of contacts from last Issue- Laurie to email list; Should be going out May 24/06 if getting Ad from Kinsmen @ $300; Ski Hill Committee & Community Gardens to send info to Laurie
f. Website: Under construction; Dale & Neeltje are filling in the information & being trained by Doug; Separate Blog for: Health Services, Heritage Committee, Environmental etc’ we can input Minutes/Reports/photos etc; we will each have our own Password so that we can input/update pages; Use of new LOGO & Loon on our Home Page looks great; Website is growing & will continue to change; Will be up & running in next few weeks; www.Walden-CAN.com ; Want to put a Questionaire on Website re- Heritage Committee- use video feature too
Question to W-CAN: We are exploring idea of having Ads from local Businesses; what should prices be? Discussion led to suggestion that Neeltje should prepare a Proposal for June 13/06 W-CAN Steering Committee Mtg.- suggesting Fee Structure- speak to Jody Cameron/Doug- someone with experience re- possible charges
g. Walden-CAN-Sudbury Star Column: Copy is due Fri.; Laurie is preparing the
Column this month; Articles re- Heritage Committee, Ski Hill Committee, Garden Plots * Note: Publication date was later changed to June 8/06
h. Funding Sources: Richard reported that the $5,000 left over from Walden
Business Association is now down to $1,800; Rene will speak again to Doug Hays re- closing the Account & signing over funds to W-CAN
i. Heritage Committee: Have held 2 meetings to date; 30 people present at both Meetings- each representing different stakeholders; Presentations being made by City Staff & Provincial Reps. to provide necessary information to participants; Binders of Info for each provided; 2nd meeting Official Plan section re- heritage was explained in detail; next Meeting at Naughton Community Centre; proceeding nicely towards Goal of making Recommendations to W-CAN as requested in this Process.
5. Correspondence: Marte presented Letter from Union…part of the community
6. Adjourned to Dining Room for ‘Special Walden-CAN Meeting’ at 7:70pm
Guests: Mayor Dave Courtemanche, Dr. Dave Morris (dentist) Dr. Andre Michon ( Family Physician) and Floyd Laughren- Solutions Team
6 Month Walden-CAN Report from Co-Chairs- June 13/06
In Nov/05, after a series of community Meetings –including a ‘Strategic Visioning Session- the Walden-CAN Steering Committee was formed. We have a broad-based group composed of: people living in Den-Lou, Beaver Lake, Penage Rd., Naughton, Lively-Mikela & South end; young & old/male & female volunteers- with a wide range of talents & skills, education & background, and volunteer & work experience – but all eager to work together to help make a difference in Walden!
After examining the suggestions for short-term/Year One Actions- included in the Strategic Visioning Session Report- the Steering Committee identified & prioritized achievable Goals/Objectives for the 1st 6 months:
1. Establish a Health Services Task Force to gather ‘first-hand’ information re- the status of primary health care services in Walden; Report back to Walden-CAN findings & share information with the public; to prepare Recommendations to Walden-CAN
2. Develop a Communication Strategy to improve communication- within Walden, within Sudbury & with City Staff & Politicians:
a. Brand the Walden-CAN- LOGO & Slogan Contest
b. Produce Walden-CAN Newsletter- quarterly to start – to share W-CAN Reports/Updates/News & Community Events etc; recruit sponsors
c. Design & set-up our own Walden-CAN Website- to communicate within Walden, within Sudbury & beyond
d. Develop & produce a Walden-CAN Community Directory- in print & on our Website
e. Improve communication within Walden: set up 7 Sites throughout Walden for Walden-CAN Binders; develop Walden-CAN Contact List of those wishing Walden-CAN flyers/agendas/minutes/reports etc emailed; use Flyers/Arena Sign to announce Monthly Meetings
3. Develop comprehensive Guidelines re- Task Force & Committees – Roles & Responsibilities; Reporting & Accountability
4.Establish Committees & Sub-Committees re- Heritage Resources, Youth Services, Environmental Issues, Newsletter, Website, Community Directory & Lively Ski Hill.
It was an ambitious set of GOALS. Many told us that we should go slowly & only attempt projects-which we would be sure to accomplish successfully & easily. Our volunteers have spent hundreds of hours: attending monthly Walden-CAN Meetings, Committee/Task Force & Sub-Committee Meetings; telephoning to gather &/or share information; entering data & making lists; preparing Reports/Updates/Recommendations; writing articles & editing & proofing for Newsletters, Sudbury Star Columns & Media Information; sending & receiving & reading emails -with many attachments; meeting with Politicians, City Staff, Provincial Ministry representatives & Staff, Physicians, Museum Board,Walden community groups & stakeholders, Nickel District Conservation Authority, Lake Stewards, Chief of Police & Fire Department, Community Response
Unit and the many interested residents of Walden who have attended our very long monthly Meetings.
Some of our GOALS have been reached:
1. We’ve published 2 Walden-CAN Newsletters- thanks to the support of the City
2. Our Walden-CAN Website is under construction & will soon be ready to use
3. Our HSTF has gathered information, shared monthly reports with the public & made 5 Recommendations to Walden-CAN
4. Garden Plots have been re-established at the Anderson Farm- thanks to an effective Sub-Committee of our Environmental Committee
Some GOALS will take longer to achieve:
1. Our Heritage Committee – which started in April- is ¼ way through it’s Time-Line towards developing Recommendations re- the Anderson Farm
2. Our Ski Hill Committee –enthusiastically supported by the community- has set Dec.1/06 as their GOAL for Skiing at Lively Ski Hill! This is a TEAM effort: Walden-CAN + community volunteers+ City Staff + Politicians
Some GOALS are taking longer to get started:
1. Youth Services: recommendations have been submitted re- setting up a Task Force in Sept./06- a GAP analysis & Recommendations to W-CAN
2. Community Directory: Goals, Objectives, suggested Content & Layout have been prepared; printing quotes /costs are being collected; Contact Lists are being merged/updated; BUT our Proposal re- Partnership with Cambrian College Placement Students + Walden Day Care + Walden-CAN failed with Community College Strike- Project is still a work in progress
* Special thanks to Don MacDonald, City Editor of the Sudbury Star for offering us the opportunity to have a monthly Walden-CAN Column on the Walden Page & thanks to Channel 10 for attending our Walden-CAN Meetings. And thanks to Linda Salach & Meadowbrook Retirement Village for providing us with meeting space- we really appreciate your support.
We would like to congratulate everyone! Thanks to the creativity, energy, skills & sheer hard work of our community volunteers-much has been accomplished in 6 months! Much has been learned! And many new volunteers have been recruited to work with Walden-CAN.
Walden Community Garden Update
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As most of you know The Walden Community Garden is up and running. It is located on the south side of the farmhouse at the Anderson Farm Museum. It is open to all individuals and groups residing in the Walden community. The garden is made up of 12 plots; each plot is approximately 100 square feet. They are assigned to individuals or groups for a fee of $25 per year. This is an organic garden! No artificial fertilizer, pesticides, or herbicides are permitted for use to ensure a safe environment for garden members to grow their food.
I am happy to announce that all 12 plots are assigned! Our members represent the many different groups in the Walden community. We have seniors, young families, and even the Walden Day Care is participating.
This garden took a lot of work to become operational for this year and I would like to take a minute to thank some people;
First I would like to thank the Walden-CAN group, in particular the other members of the Environmental Committee for their continued support.
Thank-you to Jim at the AFM who has been a valuable resource to us.
I would also like to thank Marte personally. He has been a tremendous help in all aspects of getting the garden up and running
Also I would like to thank Ron Henderson, Claire Zuliani, and the other members of the Library and Museum board for allowing us the use of the land at the AFM, and the chance to have a community garden there.
Thank-you to Bill Gagnon and Doug Santalla for donating their time and equipment and coming out with their tractor and tiller and doing a wonderful job tilling the site.
Thank-you to Pinehill lumber who has donated the lumber needed to stake the plots at the garden.
Thank-you to INCO for donated two 500lbs bails of straw to our garden group.
Also thank you to Gardens By Collette and Santala's Black Loam for donating a load of topsoil.
The garden would not be running if it wasn’t for the community partnerships that we have already formed and will continue to form in the future.
The garden group is still in need of gently used garden tools such as, shovels, hoes, forks, and rakes. If you would like to donate to the group please contact me, Gwen has all my contact information. Also a waiting list is being started for garden space next season, anyone interested in joining the Walden Community Garden please let me know
Mid Year Walden CAN Newsletter –Report June 2006
Back to TopTo date two newsletters have been sent out. It’s early to judge the response from the June letter, but the reviews of the March newsletter were very positive.
The approach of the newsletter has been to convey the work the Walden CAN and its sub-committees are doing, to the citizens of Walden. It was also decided to make the newsletter a source for activities happening in Walden. In our June issue we also included news bulletins from the City of Greater Sudbury.
The cost of running the newsletter have been minimized to date due to the fact the city, thanks to Karen Makela, have printed our first two issues for free. Postage for the June issue was provided by Councilor Gainer.
We continue to look for long term sponsors of the newsletter.
Our first year goal is to issue a newsletter every three months, with a long term goal of a monthly newsletter. We will re-evaluate this after the launch of the web site.
Another long term goal is to make the newsletter available primarily by e-mail and on the website with limited numbers of it available in hard copy at the seven sites throughout Walden. This messaging should start in the Fall (September) newsletter and the Winter (December) newsletter with implementation starting in March 2007.
The newsletter is mailed to all Walden residents and businesses. A total of 4400 are issued each time.
Laurie and Stephen
Walden – CAN
Ski Hill Sub-committee
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The Walden Ski Hill Sub-committee was underway following an information meeting in March 2006 for any interested community members.
Councilor Kett, Chris Gore and Karen Makela of the City informed the attendants of that meeting that funds had been set aside to assist with the opening of the ski hill. It was obvious at the meeting that many individuals were interested and hopeful that the ski hill would be open and they agreed to sit on the Sub-committee.
The Sub-committee has since had three meetings. The goals identified by the Sub-Committee were:
1. Open the ski hill December 1, 2006.
2. Identify any necessary modifications, upgrades, and repairs.
3. Establish a fundraising plan if required.
4. Establish a combined city/community-run model for operation of the ski hill.To date:
An inspection of the ski lift has been completed and we are awaiting the results of the report.
A plan is in place to approach City staff to discuss the results of the inspection report, determine the costs involved, and define the roles of the City and the Sub-committee/community. We hope to be able to present a resolution to City council before the summer break.
The Ski Hill Sub-committee was highlighted in the Sudbury Star in the Walden-Can column as well as a separate article.
Community members continue to support the efforts of the Sub-committee.
The Sub-committee, through on-going communication and assistance from, notably, Chris Gore, City of Greater Sudbury and Richard Bois, Walden-CAN, maintains that the operation of the Walden Ski Hill for the 2006-2007 season is a very real possibility.
Respectfully submitted, Barb Maki and Ron Carscadden
June 13/06 Walden-CAN Heritage Committee Report: Chair- Marte Holouka
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The Walden-CAN Heritage Committee started meeting bi-weekly, in late April/06- at various locations throughout the former Town of Walden.
At our Inaugural Meeting, Ron Henderson, Director of Leisure Services- accompanied by Claire Zuliani- gave us the broad outline of where our Heritage Review fit into the sequence of events, that would assist in planning the future of the Anderson Farm.
At the second Meeting, Mark Simeoni, Senior Planner for the City of Greater Sudbury, narrowed our focus to the components of the Official Plan- dealing with how our work will fit into the scope of the new VISION and Direction outlined in the document.
Anita Brunet-Lamarche, Consultant from the Ministry of Culture, spoke at our 3rd meeting- discussing the merits of existing governing structures, that might be adopted: Historical Societies, Friends of the Museum and Advisory Boards- to aid in creating a bridge between the Community Stakeholders and the Staff & Council of the City.
To better appreciate the nature and complexity of the work required at the Anderson Farm, the committee completed an extensive tour of the site, with the aid of the Curator for the Heritage Museums of Sudbury. These observations will be used at our next meeting- to establish: Short, Medium & Long-Term Recommendations for the Site.
The Heritage Committee is approximately one quarter of the way through its work and will complete the Review- with accompanying Recommendations for presentation & consideration by the public- in late August, at a Public Meeting. At this Meeting, individuals, Groups & Heritage Stakeholders from Walden, will be asked for their reaction to and suggestions for Heritage Activities and the Use of the Anderson Farm.
From the input at this Meeting and coupled with revisions to our recommendations, the Final Report will be drafted for submission to the Walden-Community Action Network.
Suggestions from Residents @ June 13/06, Walden-CAN 7:30pm Meeting
- Submitted in writing @ the Meeting & brought up during New Business
- Issues that Require Immediate Attention:
1. Improve the Entrance/corridor to Lively: Maintenance flower beds/grass cutting/care of trees/removal trash re- Main St & Business Section of Lively: Who is responsible? Hwy Dept? City? Sorry looking- used to be maintained.
2. Bus Service scheduling changes needed to provide DIRECT SERVICE to South End & Hospitals: expand routes
3. Lobby for improved/expanded Handi-Transit Bus Services: re- acute/immediate needs VS 2 Week Booking; Evening Services
4. Whitefish Cemetery ‘Clean-up Area’ needs immediate attention; roadway/path to water is blocked by pile of earth; water is filthy & filled with mosquitoes; have to clean your hands after using the water; not looked after like other Cemeteries- Bob Couley (866-2653)
5. Find out what happened to 5% designation for Playgrounds in our Subdivisions: Why not done as promised? Why replaced by road in expansion of subdivision in Neimi area?
6. Bike Paths/Routes: It would save on gas; be healthier for public; need safe Bike Paths /designated Bike Routes Paul Laplante (692-9322)
7. Need better access to City Information: Getting to information
8. Improve Communication in the Community: Target specific Groups/ ages
9. Request Annual Budget for CAN:@ Solutions Team presentations & by other means
B. Issues for Walden-CAN to Address in September:
1. Start early re- advocating for better snow removal policy along roads in
Lively: Wider clearance of snow- not just center with snow banks on sides of pavement; sides remain frozen/covered-centre thaws & heaves & cracks & breaks along side * 4th Ave.; Which costs less? Wider plowing? Road repairs? Paul Laplante (692-9322)
2. Safety Issues in Walden: a. Entrance to Meatbird Lake- very poorly planned
b. Entrance from HWY 144 to Lively- poor entrance/no lighting
3. Raise concerns re- noise from By-Pass across from Neimi Rd:Supposed to have planted trees as a Noise Barrier; What happened to the File with all details/correspondence? Ed Riddoch(692-5033)
4. Improve the locations /set-up re- Skateboard Area for youth: Poor location; Poorly constructed; Not much there for a Community of our size;$5 –10,000 could build a much better one * Ed Riddoch- has details re- one he saw recently in Madoc, Population 1,300 ,now listed in Canadian Skatepark List ( 1-705-632-1168) see in The Canadian Skatepark Guide,2006, on page 46,47
5. Be sure to have Input into Proposed 4 Lane HWY Construction-Long Lake to HWY 55 By-Pass: Only to have 2 Interchanges- at Long lake rd. & HWY 55 Interchange; What is impact re- Fielding Park? Access to other subdivisions along corridor? Where do the people fit into the impact study? Safety issues re- Fire, Ambulance, Police Services access across 4 Lane By-Pass? Etc * Ed Riddoch
6. Bike Paths/Routes in Walden/Sudbury: Paul Laplante (692-9322)
7. Re-name Streets in Lively- Main St.
C. Suggestions for Walden-CAN Committees to tackle in the Fall? Next year?
1. Environmental Issues: a. Earth Day Activities- education in the schools
b. Improve aesthetics of Town c. Ensure 5% Playground designation is implemented c. Bike Paths/Routes healthier for the environment
2. Address concerns re- Noise pollution from By-Pass & new Proposed 4 Lane Construction: Tree planting? Other Noise barriers?
3. Address the right of People to property/life-style in Impact Study/acquisition of lands: Marte
4. Youth Services Topics to Investigate: Skateboard Park, Playgrounds in Subdivisions, Location/improvements for Youth For Youth
5. Improved Handi-Transit Services: What can we do re- ‘Immediate/acute needs VS 2 Week Bookings’ and Evening services?
D. Suggestions submitted at Sept.12 /06 7:30pm Walden-CAN Meeting:
1. The Railway Crossing at Santala Road and Old Soo Road:
Problems re- Sight Lines for vehicles traveling south hindered by years of neglect.
2. 12th Ave. Water Tower is a disgrace! RUST! Needs painting
3. Who is responsible for weeds between Esso Station and Royal Bank Mall?
4. Letter to Sudbury Star, Sept.4/06 -regarding the under use of Nurse Practitioners: 40 ‘Vacant’ Nurse Practitioner positions allocated to remote under serviced areas in 2003 remain vacant.
1.. The Walden- CAN HSTF has already investigated the Role & use of Nurse
Practitioners and reallocation of ‘Vacant’ NP position
–with City & MOHLTC & reported to Walden-CAN :
a. Check out Health Services BLOG www.walden-can.com & see Reports in
Binders @ 6 Sites in Walden
b. There is a MOH Shared Care Pilot Site Initiative re- 6 Sites-awaiting Applications
from Fee For Service Family Physician Centres now. The Deadline for Applications
is September 30/06.
2. The List of Issues from June 13 Walden-CAN Meeting:
a. Were submitted at the June Solutions Team Meeting at Tom Davies Arena – by Co-Chairs
b. They can be seen included in the Report from Lively Meeting available at Citizen Centre
3. There is a Public Meeting re- SW By-Pass Four-Laning Project:
The Issues raised will be examined by Walden-CAN Steering Committee asap
Together WE CAN make a difference in Walden!
Richard Bois, Co-Chair, Walden-CAN
Gwen Doyle, Co-Chair, Walden-CAN