Councillor’s View - Thank you for Keeping Stittsville Clean

September 30, 2016

Hello Residents,

 

As the summer months wind swiftly to a close, I would like to take a moment to recognize all of the unsung volunteers who contribute to keeping the village of Stittsville attractive-looking.

 

Property maintenance can be a stressful endeavour after a long week of work, play, and physical exertion but it is one that is very much appreciated not only by your neighbours, but all members of the community who pass through. Though it may not be voiced, your efforts are certainly noticed.

 

I would particularly like to thank those of you who extend their reach beyond their own property lines and into the community – The Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society who ensures our flower beds look great underneath the “Welcome to Stittsville” Signs as well as anyone who maintains the City portions of the property lines or goes that extra mile in ensuring litter is discarded appropriately.

 

With the Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital campaign well on its way this fall, these efforts are even more noticeable with community groups coming out in full swing. Over previous weeks, the Rotary Club of Stittsville and the Jackson Trails Community Association have cleaned up their areas, resident Tracey Haw organized a team clean-up at the entrance of Fringewood and just last week, A Lorne Cassidy students registered their team to clean up the school grounds! Heading out this weekend is a group of family and friends cleaning up West Ridge and Beverly.

 

My office will be taking part as well next week, Friday, October 7th at Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road from 12-3:30. I encourage any residents who are interested to join along with a group or even start campaigns of their own. You can do so here at Ottawa.ca.

 

As autumn encroaches and the leaves begin to fall once more, I would like to thank residents in advance for their dedication to raking their bags of colourful leaves. Remember that leaf and yard waste is not to be mixed with regular garbage but alongside green bin items. Only use compostable paper bags, a garbage can (clearly identify that it is yard waste), or cardboard boxes when setting leaves out for collection.

 

Thank you all for all you do to keep our community beautiful.

 

If you know of anyone in particular deserving of recognition for cleaning up Stittsville, please contact me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca as I would love to hear about it!

-Shad

 

Village Square Gazebo

September 30, 2016

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Hello residents. There is an exciting project coming to Village Square Park that I am pleased to share with everyone. A new gazebo will soon call the park its home.

 

Last fall, I asked residents for their ideas on strategic initiatives to be implemented in parks and this is just one of the many projects I have been looking into the possibility of implementing from those suggestions.

 

I pursued this idea as the community has been asking for a performance area in this park for some time, and this gazebo will provide another feature in the park for outdoor events. The gazebo, which is 16×16 square feet, will be raised to provide a stage and it will be accessible to all residents with electrical connections available for power.

 

The gazebo will be located in the eastern portion of the grass area of the Park as shown on below image.

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This week, contractors have been working on site laying out the area for the gazebo, excavating, and preparing the gravel base for the concrete pad.

 

As work progresses according to schedule, the concrete slab and electrical work should be completed by next week with the installation of the steps, site clean-up, and shrub/sod planting to be completed the week after (October 10-12)

 

The above work is scheduled to be completed by around Oct 12th, weather permitting with the official gazebo installation taking place the week of November 1st. Any planned events in the park in the meantime should not be affected as the ground work should be completed by that time.

 

I hope that this timeline helps residents know what to expect in the upcoming weeks and I hope that everyone will be looking forward to the finished product as I certainly am. As the weeks continue, I will be happy to update residents in my newsletter should any timeline changes occur.

Maple Grove Trunk Sewer Update

September 30, 2016

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Hello residents. In last week’s newsletter, I delivered an update regarding construction work for the Maple Grove Trunk Sewer. I am happy to announce that work has been completed for this year and Maple Grove should open up before end of day today, Friday, September 30th.

 

Please note that the remaining work on the Maple Grove Trunk Sewer will require that Maple Grove Road close in July/Aug 2017 from Silver Seven to Huntmar.

 

If you have any questions about the Kanata West Pump Station, please do not hesitate to contact my office at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Stittsville Public School Parent Council Awarded Environmental Grant

September 30, 2016

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Congratulations to Stittsvile Public School parent council who, earlier this month, was awarded $2,800 from the City of Ottawa’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP) for the Stittsville Public School Outdoor Classroom project.

 

The deadline for 2017 applications is March 31, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

The Community Environmental Projects Grant Program (CEPGP) provides funding to non-profit organizations interested in undertaking small-scale, community-based initiatives that support the City of Ottawa’s environmental stewardship priorities. Projects should focus on Environmental Stewardship in the areas of:

  • Improving stormwater management
  • Enhancing and protecting natural systems
  • Reducing environmental impact

Project examples that reflect the City’s ‘environmental stewardship’ goals could include:

  • Stream protection and rehabilitation
  • Invasive species removal
  • Species-at-risk/ ecosystem monitoring or protection
  • Environmental awareness and education
  • Recycling or composting
  • Energy or water conservation
  • Renewable energy
  • Cycling, walking and sustainable transportation

The application form is available here. Should you wish to reproduce the questions onto a separate application, please be sure to answer all sections and questions in the order they appear on this form. Applications should be typewritten and be no more than five pages in length. You can also contact the CEPGP Co-ordinator for a word version of the application form.

Completed and signed applications should be sent by mail, fax, email or hand-delivered to:

City of Ottawa
Environmental Services
110 Laurier Avenue West, 3rd floor (01-12)
Ottawa ON K1P 1J1

ATTENTION: Jennifer Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator

CEPGP@ottawa.ca
FAX: 613-560-6028

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Brown, CEPGP Co-ordinator

Hazeldean Gardens Sod-turning

September 30, 2016

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The construction has commenced and the sod is officially turned for the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement residents. The site is on the lands of the former Stittsville Flea Market at 6130 in the heart of Stittsville.

 

Along with the community, I was pleased to join owners Murray Jackson, Allan Jackson, and Wit Lewandowski at the official ceremony Saturday, September 24th. Also in attendance was Sharron Kavanagh of the Stittsville Flea Market who presented a framed picture of the former Flea Market to the owners in celebration of the site’s heritage (a replica of which sits beautifully in my City Hall office).

 

At the sod turning, some of the features of the gardens were revealed including an indoor salt water pool, spa, greenhouse, a fully equipped fitness room with on-site physiotherapy clinic, an auditorium, and a protected front entrance with heated sidewalk to deter ice buildup just to name a few.

 

I look forward to updating residents as construction develops.

United Way 2016 Campaign Launch

September 30, 2016

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This week, the United way kicked off the official launch of their 2016 campaign. I was pleased to be in attendance at this event alongside Mayor Watson and Councillors Michael Qaqish, Bob Monette, Allan Hubley, and Mark Taylor as a celebrity server.

 

Together, we helped distribute delicious sandwiches and desserts and drinks as the United Way introduced their 2016 Campaign Co-Chairs in a unique, interactive fundraiser all while supporting 100% local services.

 

The United Way works with local agency partners, government, stakeholders and thousands of donors each to identify community needs to assist in their three major focus areas of helping kids be all they can be, assisting those in poverty, and building stronger communities. This year, with the help of residents, they hope to change the lives of 60,300 people in Ottawa.

 

I would like to thank all those volunteers who have contributed to the United Way’s success throughout the years and for all that they do to keep our communities growing in safety and health.

 

To learn more about the United Way Ottawa, please visit their website here.

One Young World Youth Summit

September 30, 2016

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As you may have heard, this week was the One Young World Summit. One Young World is a UK-based charity that gathers together the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change.

 

It is an opportunity for our young leaders of tomorrow to engage in thoughtful discussions and evaluate innovative solutions for the issues society will face in the generations to come.

 

I would like to take a moment to congratulate Stittsville resident, Eva Von Jagow as being chosen to be one of the youth delegates for Canada and all other delegates for taking part in the events which continue until Saturday evening.

 

Just some of those in attendance included our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau; Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nation, Kofi Annan; 78th President of Bolivia, Carlos Mesa; Former President of Guatemala, Vinicio Cerezo; Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; our MPP, Yasir Naqvi; Mayor Watson, Councillors Cloutier, Fleury, Deans and myself, and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador (and former Harry Potter star), Emma Watson. And many more!

 

I was fortunate enough to stop by for the opening celebrations on Wednesday and was blown away by the speakers. It is a wonderful event, one which we have been honoured to play host to this year and I hope that any residents who were able to listen in found the ideas thought-provoking, inspirational, and most of all, optimistic for own young future leaders.

 

To learn more about the summit and for a recap of events, you can always visit their website here.

New Permanent Signs on Private Property By-Law

September 30, 2016

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A new Permanent Signs on Private Property By-law was approved by Council this week. The By-law, which expands on the existing By-law 2005-439 available here, builds upon the one presented to Planning Committee on July 12th and Council on August 31st but will correct some obscurities as to what constitutes the definition of a “sign”. Additionally, measures have been put in place to gauge where signs can/should be placed on property lines.

 

I hope that these changes help to clarify some confusion in the existing by-law. A summary of key changes in the new By-law can be found here however for convenience, some of the major changes include:

 

  • A new provision has been added to clarify that a strobe or other flashing external light used to draw attention to a permanent sign is prohibited.
  • The definition of “sign” has been revised to clarify the intent of the By-law to regulate signs that provide identification of, or information on businesses, institutions and other organizations, and on goods, services or activities available to or of interest to the public.
  • Large shopping centres (as defined in the By-law) outside the greenbelt are permitted a message centre up to 7.5 m2 in area, if the sign is located 50 m from a signalized intersection, pedestrian crossing and railway crossing.
  • Digital and static billboards are subject to a 150 m separation distance from a static billboard regardless of which side of the street the billboards are on.

It is expected that the new By-law will be enacted by Council on October 12, 2016 and take effect on that date.

 

Should you have any questions about this new By-law, please do not hesitate to contact my office at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Access4All

September 30, 2016

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I would like to inform residents about an exciting new program launched by the Rick Hansen Foundation in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

 

Access4All is a Canada 150 Signature Initiative, in partnership with the Government of Canada, that aims to break down barriers in the built environment by offering grants of up to $30,000 to approximately 50 schools and community groups across Canada for accessibility infrastructure improvements.

 

As a member of the Accessibility Advisory Committee, I think this is a wonderful program to assist in the re-working of many of our pre-built institutions that may require improvements to infrastructure to accommodate those of us with mobility issues.

To be considered, successful groups must first identify a barrier to accessibility in their community, create an improvement project to remove that barrier and, once implemented, celebrate this achievement by hosting an awareness event in their community.

 

Barriers can exist in any public places such as schools, community centres, parks, libraries, or theatres which may require an addition or removal of physical barriers which impede accessibility.

 

Any school, municipality, or community group that is a registered Canadian charitable organization may participate and a toolkit is available full of helpful resources including sample Barrier Buster projects and an Educator Resource with free lesson plans and activities to help teach youth about access and inclusion and identify projects of their own.

 

To learn more about the Access4All program and the Rick Hansen Foundation, please visit their website here.

 

By breaking down barriers in communities, we can all help to create a real and lasting impact for Canadians with disabilities.

Rideau Street Closure

September 30, 2016

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As part of the remediation from the June 8th, 2016 infrastructure failure, Rideau Transit Group (RTG) is currently undertaking a “jet grouting” program under Rideau Street east of Sussex Drive. The purpose of this program is to stabilize the ground around and under the concrete plug in the sinkhole area to assist in the excavation of the tunnel.

 

Since late August 2016, this activity has required overnight work on Rideau Street between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. due to the need to maintain daytime roadway lanes for transit operations. In addition to transit services, taxis, delivery vehicles and pedestrians have had their access maintained throughout the overnight work.

 

RTG has requested to close Rideau Street to all traffic between Sussex Drive and Dalhousie Street overnight from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. for 9 weeks, beginning on Monday, October 3, 2016. Staff supports this request as it provides additional work time for critical tasks.

 

The closure of Rideau Street will result in the detour of all OC Transpo services to the Mackenzie King Bridge during the hours of the closure. The Rideau Centre has agreed to accommodate the City’s request to maintain pedestrian movement overnight through their building so that customers who would normally use the bus stops on Rideau Street can readily walk to the bus stops on the Mackenzie King Bridge. In addition, to reduce the inconvenience for transit customers leaving the ByWard Market late at night, OC Transpo will operate a special shuttle service between the Market area and Mackenzie King Bridge late at night and into the early morning on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. All stakeholders, including BIAs, STO, etc., have been consulted and are supportive.

 

Pedestrian access along Rideau Street will be maintained throughout the closure.

 

Details of the transit service changes will be provided to transit customers on octranspo.com and sto.ca and will be posted at the bus stops on the section of Rideau Street that will be closed.

Speeding

September 30, 2016

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Speeding is an issue that the Ottawa Police Service and I as your councillor take very seriously.  The Ottawa Police rely on different sources of information, including assistance such as yours, to highlight problem areas and direct their resources appropriately.

 

Please contact the Ottawa Police Call Centre at 613-236-1222  Ext 7300.  Call Centre agents are available 7 days a week from 6 am until 2am.

 

Once your report is taken, you will be provided with a case number and the report will be assigned to the area traffic enforcement section for follow-up.  A police officer will then contact you in relation to their action.

 

You can also make a report online at http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp

Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

September 30, 2016

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I would like to take a moment to invite residents to join in the partnership between the City of Ottawa with the Office of the Governor General of Canada to honour 150 outstanding volunteers from our city. These outstanding volunteers will be recognized in 2017 with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

 

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.

 

I, along with my Councillor colleagues, have been given the privilege of selecting six outstanding patrons within our community to be nominated for this special awarding. I am sure you will agree that there is no better way to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary than by recognizing the outstanding volunteers who are the backbone of our great city.

 

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, October 14, 2016. If you, or someone you know, would like to see a deserving individual nominated, please ensure to contact me with their story at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

An awards ceremony is currently being planned for National Volunteer Week which will take place from April 23 to 29, 2017, at which time the successful recipients will be honoured. To learn more about the Governor General Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, you can click here.

Things to do in Ottawa this week...

September 30, 2016

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October is here and there’s a lot to do in the City of Ottawa.

 

Ottawa City Hall is playing host to the Mac my Cheese Festival from today until October 2nd. Stop by for a cheesy good time. Also at City Hall this week is the Revolution RIDE on October 6 which is a high energy stationary cycling event to raise money for Diabetes Research.

 

At Lansdowne, there will be a TreeFest Photo Exhibition entitled Photosynthesis 2 happening at the  Civic Gardens until October 4. A Mental Health Awareness Fundraiser will also be happening at the Horticulture Building on October 2.

 

And if you’re feeling particularly spooky, be sure to enjoy the Ottawa Zombie Walk this Sunday, October 2nd. Don’t be startled if the undead start to rise as they make their way from City Hall to Parliament. Perfect for getting into the Halloween spirit!

Meetings at Ottawa City Hall next week

September 30, 2016

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

 

Crime Prevention Ottawa Board Meeting – Budget discussion – Monday, 3 October, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Colonel By Room

 

Finance and Economic Development Committee Tuesday, 4 October, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Special Area Levy and Local Improvement Charge
  • Revised 2017-2018 Budget Directions and Strategy
  • Status Update – Ottawa 2017
  • Westboro Village Business Improvement Area Boundary Adjustment
  • Ottawa 2017 – 2017 Constituency Services Budgets

 

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, 5 October, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2017 Municipal Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Plan
  • 2015 Safer Roads Ottawa Program Update

 

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Thursday, 6 October, 10 a.m., The Chamber, Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive

  • 911 Address Blades – Response to Inquiry ARA 01 – 16
  • KNL Lands – Proposed Drainage Diversion to the Kizell Municipal Drain – Report Findings and Recommendations and Appointment of Engineer for Supplemental Study and Report
  • Flowing Creek Municipal Drain, Phase #1 – Appointment of Engineer
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 2548 8th Line Road
  • Official Plan, Zoning and Related By-Law Amendments: Second Dwelling Units in Accessory Buildings (Coach Houses)
  • Permitted Building Heights for Accessory Buildings

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