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January 19, 2017: Neighbourhood Threat Closes Doors; Hintonburg Community Association at Work.

January 19, 2017: Neighbourhood Threat Closes Doors;
Hintonburg Community Association at Work.

By HCA Security Committee.

We car-pooled, we bused, we got there to support each other. Thanks to everyone involved for their work and determination to make our community a safer community for all.

On Dec. 13, 2016, pending a license hearing, Ottawa’s By-Law Services temporarily suspended the Food Premise License of the Vibe Café at 1066 Somerset St. W.

The hearing was to take place December 19, 2016 but was was re-scheduled for January 10, 2017 when the Vibe hired a lawyer to represent them. The section of the By-law addressed in the food license suspension/revocation was “anything which may be in any way adverse to the public interest”.

The usual process at the Hearing would be for the City to call witnesses to support the decision of By-Law Services to revoke the Food Premises License. Witness statements were prepared and submitted for disclosure to the Licensee’s lawyer between Christmas and New Year’s.

Cheryl Parrott, an area resident and co-chair of the HCA Security Committee, was slated to be the witness concerning community impact.

At the formal hearing January 10, 2017, the lawyer for the City presented an agreed to resolution signed by the lawyer for the City and the lawyer for the licensee, as a result of which neither witnesses nor evidence were called.

The Vibe has agreed to the continued suspension of the Food License – meaning no food can be prepared there. They can sell coffee, tea and bottled drinks, prepared foods, chips, chocolate bars. They cannot heat food or cook food.

The agreement also states that the Vibe will be closing as of March 31, 2017 and no one involved in the business will reapply for a Food Premises license.

The current tenant will leave by March 31 and the building owner is looking for a new tenant for this space.

At the hearing 31 community members attended in support of the Hintonburg Community Association and Councillor Leiper’s efforts. This was a real coming together and amazing in that a weekday morning hearing out at Centrepointe Drive. had this many people attend.

We car-pooled, we bused, we got there to support each other. Thanks to everyone involved for their work and determination to make our community a safer community for all.

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