Thirty Years Ago in the Glebe Report

by Ian McKercher

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Capital Ward Councillor Jim Watson opened his column with: “Despite the tremendous efforts of our community, Market Value Assessment has become a sad reality. Region wide reassessment was approved at Regional Council on October 14 by a vote of 18-15.”

Watson stated that going into the meeting, there were 17 votes confirmed to defeat MVA. Part way through the meeting, a motion was brought forward to spend 4.6 million tax dollars to soften the blow to businesses and homeowners in Gloucester, Nepean, Cumberland and Kanata. This persuaded Gloucester representatives Claudette Cain and Richard Cantin to switch their votes.

Watson expressed “a real sense of betrayal and disappointment.” He encouraged people to appeal their assessment if they felt it was unfair. He was looking at legal options to overturn the decision and would push the City of Ottawa to phase in MVA over four years to help cushion the blow for those adversely affected.


A $1,000 prize was awarded to Corpus Christi School for its involvement in the Rough Rider/Laidlaw Environmental Challenge Paper Drive. Students at the school collected an average of 28.8 pounds of paper each over a three-week period in October. “The project was useful in terms of raising environmental awareness” said Principal John Shaughnessy, “but we did not expect to win. Rather we believed the project was worthwhile on its own, the prize was a real bonus.”


A Royal LePage real estate ad highlighted the following listings:

235 Powell Avenue for $297,000, 47 Patterson Avenue for $289,900, 143 Third Avenue for $213,900 and 14 Adelaide Street for $159,900. The ad went on to state that Glebe home sales increased 42 per cent over the previous year and Glebe home sales in excess of $250,000 were up by 43 per cent.


Volume 21, Number 10,

November 13, 1992 (40 pages)

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