WHAT IS THE KGPC’S MISSION?
To preserve and protect Kanata’s green spaces and promote the value of our natural environment.
The KGPC is focused on increasing public awareness about the importance of greenspace preservation. Urban greenspace has numerous mental and physical health benefits and is key to the liveability of our Kanata North neighbourhoods.
Our goal is to raise funds and public support for the City of Ottawa efforts to ensure that the 40% Agreement is enforced.
WHY ARE YOU RAISING MONEY?
To pay for legal counsel for the ongoing battle against ClubLink, Richcraft Homes and Minto Communities. We have retained two law firms, one in Ottawa that specializes in litigation and is defending the 40% Agreement. The second specializes in municipal law and is experienced in Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) cases.
We have also retained a consulting firm with expertise in municipal planning matters. They are monitoring the City of Ottawa planning and development approval process and the LPAT file. Our planning expert has provided papers and opinions to the City on the ClubLink planning application.
We continue to engage expertise as needed on issues pertaining to our greenspace.
Some of our minor expenses include: advertising, accounting and web services. Our financial reports are posted on the web site. If you have any questions about our financials, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT IS YOUR FUNDRAISING GOAL?
Our initial Greenspace Defence Fund target is $300,000; to hire legal and planning experts to help protect and preserve our greenspace.
Funds raised allowed the KGPC to seek leave to intervene in the 40% Agreement matter, where we gained status as a party. Next, our lawyers will represent us at the 40% Agreement hearing. Meantime, we’re also preparing for the LPAT case.
The outcome of the 40% Agreement hearing will result in the need for further funds because of appeals.
It’s important that our supporters understand that a win for ClubLink will dramatically impact the environment, health and safety of our community. As well, property values in Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook could drop by 5-15%, depending on location.
HOW CAN I MAKE A DONATION?
Donations can be made by cheque or credit card. Our mailing address and our Go Fund Me page are available here. Thank you for helping Save Our Kanata Greenspace!
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE 40% AGREEMENT HEARING?
The 40% Agreement states that the Kanata Golf Club could be sold provided the operation of the golf course was continued. If the golf course owner could find no one to acquire and operate the course, “it shall convey the golf course to Kanata at no cost and Kanata shall operate or cause the land to be operated as a golf course. If Kanata will not accept the conveyance of the golf course, then Campeau could apply to develop it in accordance with the Planning Act.”
It may take several months before a decision on the 40% Agreement is released. Once a decision is given, either party may choose to appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal.
The City of Ottawa is asking the court to order ClubLink to withdraw its applications under the Planning Act or offer to give the golf course lands to the City at no cost. This is a very complex issue both legally and politically. It’s difficult to speculate what might happen next. The KGPC’s legal experts will be closely monitoring all developments.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE FUNDS IF THEY’RE NO LONGER NEEDED TO FIGHT CLUBLINK?
The KGPC will distribute our assets to recipients that the corporation deems appropriate. We will consult broadly with our donors to ensure any funds stay in the community and are in line with our mission to preserve and protect Kanata’s green spaces.
HOW IS THE KGPC RUN?
We started out as the Kanata Greenspace Steering Committee. A group of concerned citizens who wanted to raise funds and awareness to support the City of Ottawa’s efforts to defend the 40% Agreement. Following the huge success of our lawn sign campaign, we initiated the process to become a not for profit corporation and changed our name to the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition. By becoming a corporation in July 2019, we were able to assure that the money raised is assigned and managed in accordance with the objectives of the corporation and the law. It also allowed us to engage in legal action to support the City of Ottawa in the 40% Agreement fight. In December 2019, we were successful in winning leave to intervene as a party in the matter of the 40% Agreement, allowing us to argue the rights and interests of our community.
There are no owners or shareholders. The corporation is governed by members, officers and directors. They are all concerned citizens who are providing their time and expertise on a voluntary basis.
CAN I GET A CHARITY RECEIPT?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide a charity receipt as our mandate does not meet the requirements to be eligible for charitable registration.
WHY DO YOU SELL MERCHANDISE?
All of our sales are fundraisers. We only sell items that will be profitable. We are required to charge and submit HST on any items we sell, in accordance with CRA requirements.