Some possible avenues for expression
NCC up to something in your area? Someone has probably already organized a campaign:
Fighting the NCC's plan to build a new access road in Gatineau Park.
Monitoring the NCC's management of Gatineau Park.
See also Gatineau Park News.
Rock Climbers should head to Ottawa-Gatineau Climbers' Access Coalition.
Cross Country Skiers may want to check out XCskiing.ca.
Monitoring parks and wilderness in the region, including Gatineau Park.
Keeping an eye on everything the NCC does with Greenbelt lands.
Tracking the NCC's plans for land around Westboro Beach.
Opposing the NCC's plans for an interprovincial bridge at Kettle Island.
Lobbying the NCC for public consultation on the fate of the Canada and the World Pavilion.
See also the Ottawa Art Gallery petition
The mountain bikers keep an eye on what the NCC is doing with its trails, particularly in Gatineau Park. Includes a discussion forum.
Preserving built heritage.
Formerly National Capital Coalition of People and Dogs, who tracked the NCC's endless revisions to their rules for walking dogs on their land.
Advocating open and transparent government.
Groups of the past
Coalition for the Preservation of Leamy Lake Park
Fought the NCC's plan to turn Lake Leamy Park into a golf course for gamblers. The NCC ended up dropping the plan.
Communities Before Cars Coalition
This group took the NCC to court over its plans for the Champlain Bridge.
Moffatt Farm Citizen's Coalition
Worked against the NCC's plan to swap Moffatt Farm for Montfort Woods so the land could be developed. (The development went ahead.)
Committee for the Environmental Assessment of the McConnell-Laramee Highway
Took the Quebec Government to court to secure an environmental assessment of the McConnell-Laramee highway.
Info-Laramee also provided info on the new highway.
Challenged the NCC's regulations in court.
Research and resources
Ever wonder what happened to that house down the street that was expropriated, or what happened to that bit of land backing onto the greenbelt where you walk your dog? A little research can go a long way in exposing past blunders.
NCC Library (open to the public)
City of Ottawa Archives
Ken Rubin - Access to Information and research
Trace the history of your house at the archives workshop
Talking to the NCC
There is now an NCC Ombudsman, with the role of serving "as an independent and confidential resource for the public to resolve complaints involving the NCC, when all other redress avenues within the NCC have been exhausted."
Finally, you can tell the NCC what you think directly here. Let us know if you actually get some sort of meaningful response.
Other sites of note
Federal minister responsible for the NCC
Minister of Canadian Heritage