The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on September 20, 1949 · 12
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The Ottawa Citizen from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · 12

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Tuesday, September 20, 1949
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Page 12 THE EVENING CITIZEN, OTTAWA, CANADA Tuesday, September 20, 1949 Ottawa And APF Drove Of Some Farmers Protest Merger Gloucester Township Council last night approved unanimously an agreement with Ottawa for annexation to the city of 14,605 township acres. The resolution moved by Deputy Reeve Joseph Cyr and seconded by Councillor Fred Barrett, was passed at 12:37 ajn. following a stormy protest rally staged by 15 district men, chiefly farmers. Ottawa City Council at its meeting last night approved the Ottawa-Gloucester amalgamation by a vote of 20 to five. Grave concern regarding the future assessment and value of farm lands after the five-year fixed assessment period expires, was voiced by Scott Argue, T. W. Keenan, J. B. Potvin, George Lyon and William Christie. Reeve Alexander Roger and Deputy Reeve Cyr pointed out that Gloucester citizens would receive better treatment by friendly agreement on annexation than if the city chose to proceed by way of expropriation. Mr. Keenan said the township people had only recently become aware of the conditions of the annexation and he pleaded for time to study the subject. If the people wanted to fight it he thought they should be given the opportunity to do so. Sen As 'Top Doc' Mr. Argue said he did not think the agreement was fair to the township generally. Reeve Alexander pointed out that after annexation, the remaining Gloucester Township will be first in the assessment. "Gloucester will be top dog In population in the county fcfter annexation," he ald. Deputy Reeve Cyr drew aUen tion to the fact that section 42 of the Assessment Act protects farm lands within city limits. In reply to a question as to why so much farm land was taken in to the annexation. plan, the reeve said is was in order to include the land now under expropriation oy the Federal District Commission. Uplands and Rockcliffe Emergency Shelters were two big headaches to the township, he said, and the municipality should be glad to be free of them. Some argued that such tax-producing lands as the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club should be left in the township. Mr. Roger said there was no way of isolating such property. When it came to a showdown before council. Councillors Barrett and Armstrong said they felt that the farmers welfare should have been gone into a little more thoroughly. Their argument that farm land would be valueless if the tax rats were boosted after the five-year agreement ran out, should be considered. Reeve Roger and the deputy reeve pointed out that opposition at the recent protest meeting was. in the minority and only a handful had registered any complaint at last night's meeting. Mr. Cyr revealed that the town of East-view had been planning to annex a portion of the township. Councilor Arthur Parisien agreed that the city might raise the assessment on farm land after five years, but fet that Ottawa would treat its new 8,000 ratepayers fairly. Councillor Armstrong held out for a one-day adjournment to reconsider the subject. There was silence as the entire council sat deadlocked. Finally former "opposition leader" Fred Barrett smiled and seconded the motion, with obvious mental reservations. Honor Couple Prior To Their Leaving City Frank MacKinnon, former head cf the Political Science Department at Carleton College, and Mrs. MacKinnon were presented with a gift by members of the College Faculty Club at their annual meeting Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. MacKinnon are leaving this week for Charlotte-town, P.E.I., where Mr. MacKinnon will take up duties as principal of Prince of Wales College. Dr. James Gibson thanked Mr. and Mrs. MacKinnon for their assistance at the college, and David Farr presented the gift. Munro Beattie, retiring presi dent, presided at the meeting, and election of officers was held. Dr. John Morton was named president for the coming year Others on the executive are: vice-president. John W. Mayne; secre tary. Miss Agnes Fleming, and treasurer, William John McDou-gall. Members of the executive committee are Dr. M. S. Macphail, Dr Herbert Nesbitt, Miss Eva Maguire and Miss Dorothy Clark. Miss Hilda Gifford. retiring secretary, read minutes of the pre vious annual meeting, and Scott Gordon, retiring treasurer, gave the financial report. Mrs. E. W. Stedman, chairman of the ladies committee for the past year, re ported on activities of associate members. Members of the ladies committee for the coming year are Mrs James Gibson, chairman, Mrs Munro Beattie and Mrs. Douglas Leechman. Edible nests, made by species of swifts in Malaya and Australia are composed in part or whole of the birds' saliva. Gloucester Annexation Ottawa Agrees To Proposals City Council last night gave overwhelming approval to the Ottawa-Gloucester annexation agree ment, sanctioning by a 20-5 vote the plan whereby the city will take over the 14,600 township acres on Jan. 1, 1950. Meeting in a committee-of-the- whole session, the aldermen de bated the proposed city-township merger for a trifle short of two hours before recording their verdict. Lining up on the pro-annexa tion side were: Cons. Coulter, Mc- Cann, Tardif, Pickering, Aid. Al-lard, Aubin, Band. Bradley, Ellis, Hamilton, Irish, Journeaux, Mc- Auley, McMillan, Newton, Ogilvie, Parker, Shaw, Wall and Walsh. Voting "nay" were Aid. Avery, Belanger Morin, Query and St. 3ermain. Mayor Bourque, as chair man, abstained from voting, while Aid. John Powers was absent. Other Annexations? During the discussion, council learned that annexation by the city of Rockcliffe, Eastview, Cyr- ville and other sections near the city "will come in due course.' It also heard that work on re moving the cross-town tracks will be started early in 1951. Yet another pertinent piece of information, was the intimation that city water" rates will be boost ed in the face of a big expansion program for the waterworks department. But for the demand of Aid. Be langer, the annexation motion would have passed without the necessity of a formal vote. That the merger-proposal, would pass council was obvious from the outset of the meeting, opposition was sporadic and lacking "fire." Mayor Bourque and his Board of Control reiterated their strong re commendations in favor of city expansion. They called upon Works Commissioner Cecil Wight, who declared that it would be a "disaster" if annexation did not go through. - Mr. Wight sounded the key-note of argument in favor of Glouces ter-Ottawa union, saying that the whole National Capital Plan de pended upon this extension of city boundaries. In comment on the approaching annexation of Nepean and Glou cester areas. Mayor Bourque' appealed to the Federal Govern ment to "do Its part" toward furthering the beautification of the Capital. "We've done our share," His Worship stated. "Now it's up to the federal authorities." Starts Discussion Aid. Wilbert Hamilton started discussion by questioning the wis dom of including Rockcliffe and Uplands airports in the Glouces ter section to be taken over by the city. The city, he noted was worried over present tax-exempt gov ernment properties in the city. Yet, no taxes would be paid on the federal-operated airports. Aid. Charles Parker thought the Federal Government should out line its program for Ottawa before the city committed itself to an-nexatfon expense. "We don't want to be left holding the bag," he commented. Mayor Bourque replied that he had received no recent statements from the government on the fed eral grant for Ottawa. He pre sumed one would be forthcoming shortly. Regarding annexation "expenses," the mayor asserted that there would be only a "gradual" development of services in the annexed area. We are not going to harm Ottawa taxpayers," the mayor stated. Con. Daniel McCann suggested service extension in Gloucester would be on a local-improvement basis. Board of Control would "go along slowly," and annexation would not cost the city taxpayers 'much." New housing and indus try in Gloucester would send taxes flowing into the city treasury. Aid. M. M. Walsh wanted to know what revenue the city would get from Nepean and Gloucester. Mayor Bourque said Nepean had been getting a revenue of $500,-000, and Gloucester, some $300.-000. The city, however, with its higher tax rate, would get more revenue from these sources, the mayor indicated. Aid. David McMillan had con gratulations for the mayor and Board of Control. Reaching an agreement with Gloucester had been a "wonderful achievement." At the same time he wished to warn against the dangers oi speculative" real estate develop ments in the new city area. A rash or ill-planned sub-division could prove "very costly," he stated. Further. Aid. McMillan inquired as to wny tne city was iaKing 14.600 acres when earlier plans called for 22,000 acres. "We felt we were taking enough," said the mayor. Con. C. E. Pickering observed that in taking in Uplands and Rockcliffe Emergency Shelters the city would be- returning residents therein, their franchise. He also noted that it had been decided to take over Manor Park. This had been done because it was an urban development that would not fit into the continuing, rural Gloucester. Pessimistic Note Sounding a pessimistic note, Aid. Eric Query said he could make more "out of a jig-saw puzzle" than the proposed Gloucester annexation. "Why are Eastview and yrville being left out?" he queried. "Their citizens are as good as the people of Ottawa." But he could understand why Rockcliffe was not being annexed. "Rideau Hall and those other places are in Rockcliffe, that's why." Con. McCann rejoined that Gloucester did not want to give up Cyrville because it was largely a farming community. It would probably come into the city "in due course." As to Rockcliffe and Eastview, Con McCann related, "we've already taken a mighty big bite." Works Commissioner Wight pointed out that Gloucester had no control over Eastview, so far as annexation was concerned. Regarding Cyrville, he felt it would come into the city "in time." Rockcliffe and Eastview would also be dealt with in due course. Mr. Wight recalled that the National Capital Plan calls for relocation of railways and industry in Gloucester township. Assessment on railway property and abutting industry in the city was $15,000,000. Accordingly, unless the city wished to lose this tax revenue, it must secure the new sites for the railways and industry. He warned: "Unless the railway removal plan is implemented, the whole National Capital Plan will fall apart." It was hoped, he added, to start removal of railway tracks in the city in 1951. First section to go would be that extending from Bayswater Avenue, West, to Britannia. Mr. Wight recalled that the Hope report, calling for beautification of the Capital, had been killed by two wars and a depression. The Greber report too, could "fall by the wayside," perhaps just by opposition to Gloucester annexation. Water Services Waterworks Engineer W. E. MacDonald was next called upon by the aldermen to explain how So' con a c chop cop die t top e PW Work your salad magic around Canned Salmon and be food value. Every pound of Canned Salmon you buy yields a full pound of nutritious food, rich in essential food no waste in Canned Salmon it's all edible and that makes Canned a real boon to your budget. For appetite glamour at low cost and assured nutritional value, use Canned Salmon in your salads. AV Vf ji Gen. McCreery city expansion would affect his department. Referring to the Gore and Storrie report on development of Ottawa water and sewer services, Mr. MacDonald recalled that in ensuing years, Ottawa would be called to spend $10,000,000 on waterworks expansion. He said that these expenditures, when made, would be for the benefit of all city taxpayers, not just new residents coming into the city under annexation. Mr. MacDonald noted that water rates in Ottawa had been the same for the past 17 years. The c4ty had now reached the point, he stated, where, "there must be an increase in rates to meet these expenditures." The "annexation vote" was then held and council in speedy order gave its approval to the motion that will increase the city area by 14.600 acres. ip- so ov P oVe otd co fVo . 00P ,Wttes - -v ov ,tVv tain ' sure of wonderful eating ASSOCIATED Many Otta wans At Armored Corps Reunion One of the United Kingdom's most colorful and distinguished soldiers of both World Wars will unveil a monument to the memory of Canadian armored corps men who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War at a ceremony at this year's annual meeting of the Royal Canadian Armored Corps Association at Camp Borden from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. He is Gen. Sir Richard L. McCreery, GCB, KBE, DSO, MC, recognized throughout the world as an outstanding authority on the use of armored weapons in war, now chief of the United Kingdom representatives to the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations, with headquarters in New York. The monument Gen. McCreery is to unveil is to take the form of an impressive cairn carved from granite which will stand upon a prominent contour of the site whereat is located the Armored Training School at Camp Borden. This year's annual meeting of the Armored Corps Association will be presided over by Brig. Ian H. Cumberland, DSO OBE, ED, and will be addressed by Defence Minister Brooke Claxton and Lt.-Gen. Charles Foulkes, CB, CBE. DSO, chief of the general staff, and others. The unveiling cere-money will take place at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Several Ottawa and district men will be in attendance. Read The Citizen Classified Ads. Regularly Vas ft S5 PI mi -."T"-"S.'." plus exceptional SA'MON CANNERS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA Tuxis And Trail Rangers Encouraging reports of groups planning autumn programs and keen interest featured the September meeting of the Ottawa and District Boys, Work Board in the Library of ! the High School of Commerce. Rev. J. Arnold Foster, Toronto, Ontario Boys Work Secretary, would spend a week-end during October in Ottawa, President Blake Campbell reported, and the possibility of holding the Thirtieth Ontario Older Boys' Parliament in Ottawa in 1950 is being considered. The Trans-Canada conferences proposed for 1950 have been deferred until 1951 because of the World Sunday School Conference in Toronto next year. In the absence of Bob Murray, R. Monroe Schooley reporting for the Athletic Committee advised that plans are underway for the starting of a church boys' basketball league, swimming meets, and ping pong. Groups were reminded to register with the Ontario Boys' Work Board as early as possible. Carl Steele and Herbert Groh were appointed to represent the Board on the Ottawa Religious Education Council. W. Irwin Haskett reported that Dr. Leland Foster Wood, of the Federal Council of Churches, New York, would give leadership at a training school in Ottawa in October. The leadership of R. W. McCauley and his committee representing the Ottawa Council of the Commercial Travellers of America in completing the Haskett Lodge at Woodland Camp is deeply appreciated by the Board. Recommendations Arising but of reports presented to the Ottawa and District Boys' the Labor Day week-end confer-Work Board from Blake Campbell, ence. Set up a Tuxis Council w n elements. There is Salmon Donald Hill and Bill Campbell, certain recommendations of the National Assembly of Boys' Workers and Parliamentarians held at Lake Couchiching are being given consideration by members of the Board, with decisions to be made at the October meeting. These are. Leadership: Consideration be .given to asking the Men's Associations in the local churches to appoint a convener or boys' work who would be a member of Boys' Work Board. Teen-ager in the Church School: Consideration be given to the formation of, a committee of the Boys' Work Board to meet with a committee of the Girls' Work Board to work out as wide a coverage as possible for the boys and girls to take charge of church services on Boy and Girl Sunday, and promote a father and son banquet. Parliament: Consider appointing a Parliamentary committee, with returning officer as chairman, to publicize parliament, arrange for candidates to visit registered groups, conduct elections, and arrange for returning parliamentarians to visit and report to all groups. Intra-program activities: Consider inviting leaders of all church boys groups to the Board meetings and all its activities as they are not restricted to one boys program. Conferences : Consideration be given to holding a co-ed conference In Ottawa in conjunction with Girls' Work Board in 1950. Setting up a permanent committee to make arrangements for if. 7. "".'-Jr'T mm "4" PrtiN on. OUs "".,.. Oflrf . r In,. of J obs which would include teen-ags representatives of each registered group. ( Ramsayville For 27 years an active leader in the CSET movement, working with Trail Rangers and Tuxis boys in Nova Scotja and in recent years at Morewood and Ramsayville. Rev. John Macaskill advised the Ottawa and District Boys Worfc Board at its September meeting that he was turning over the men-torship of the Ramsayville Trail Rangers to Robert Buchan. "During the eight years I hava been associated with your Board." Mr. Macaskill said. "I have admired the time and thought that members have given to church boys' work." Commended for his long and faithful service by ths Chairman of the Board, Blake Campbell, spoke of the contribution Mr. Macaskill has made to boys' life. Leadership Conference Of the seven courses offered at the Leadership conference cf church boys' leaders, the one cf recreation directed by Miss Nellie Lewis of Toronto was regarded as the most beneficial. Donald Hill declared reporting at the September meeting of the Boys' Work Board. A survey of the campers gave the course on the art of worship placed second on the list, and the third, story telling, wita music fourth, handicraft fifth, programs sixth and dramatics seventh. There was generous praise for the quality of leadership. "It was a successful experiment and one that should be carried on in the future." added Don HUL President Blake Campbell praised thm committee for their planning, advising that Miss Nellie Lewis writing from Toronto remarked that it was "the most enjoyable weekend she had ever spent. O Co, rNS . 4-PJ

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