Councillor’s View - Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus

December 2, 2016

Dear Residents,

 

There has been some discussion in the air this week regarding the future location for the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. Last week, the National Capital Commission (NCC) approved the recommendation to relocate the campus to Tunney’s Pasture

 

The NCC decided upon this location based on a variety of factors including nearby Light Rail Transit (LRT) access, its close proximity to the region’s urban core, multiple access points, smallest impact to natural, public recreation with a large variety of surface parking areas, and more.

 

However, many Ottawa residents feel that this location is too far away from major highway routes such as the 417, the current campus on Carling Avenue and the ongoing-renovations of the Heart Institute adjacent to the current campus on Ruskin Street (which plans to remain where it is), thereby delaying services in times of emergency.

 

I agree with these concerns and as such, am not in approval of the proposed location.

 

The City’s Emergency and Protective Services staff reassures residents that all of the twelve prospective locations would be able to transport emergency patients to a Trauma Centre within the target time (30 minutes) as established by the Ministry of Health’s Field Trauma Triage Guide (FTTG) 90% of the time. And although Tunney’s Pasture is among those locations, I do believe that in an effort to ease concerns and ensure that access is as efficient as possible, that other locations be reconsidered in this decision.

 

As Councillor for the Stittsville area, I believe it is imperative that our residents have ease of access to any proposed medical facilities within the Ottawa area. It is also important that any proposal which directly affects the health and safety of all Ottawa residents be received with a broad consensus from the public. As of so far, I do not believe that the Tunney’s Pasture location has garnered that consensus.

 

That said, I am happy to inform residents that today, Mayor Watson along with the Federal National Capital Region Government Caucus and the Ottawa Provincial Government Caucus decided as a collective to ignore the NCC’s recommendation and instead recommend the former Sir John Carling Building site as the preferred location for the new Civic Campus.

 

This is great news not just for today but for the residents of Ottawa the next one hundred years who will benefit from a better Civic Campus built in the best location for an ever expanding City.

 

I hope that residents will be pleased with this news as I certainly am. With these steps in motion, I look forward to seeing the next phase of this process which will include presenting this decision to the Federal government for approval. Until then, please do not hesitate to share your thoughts with me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

-Shad

 

 

Councillor’s Annual Cookie Decorating and Visit with Santa!

December 2, 2016

I am happy to invite all residents to my office’s annual Cookie Decorating and Santa Visit at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (GRC) this upcoming Saturday, December 3rd between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. 

Word on the street is that Santa will be making a special appearance around 10:10 AM so make sure to arrive early.

As is customary each year, Gingerbread cookies will be decorated and photographs will be taken with Santa Claus. This is one of my favourite events of the year as it celebrates the family togetherness which the holiday season always tends to bring out.

The Gingerbread Cookie Decorating and Photo with Santa is an event my office and I host every year in December, giving residents and their families the opportunity to gather together and get into the Holiday spirit.

The GRC will have a booth set up to provide free face painting and crafts during this morning event. I will also be taking this opportunity to announce the winners of my annual Christmas Card Contest where the work of four young artists will be sent to my mailing list.

I hope many residents get a chance to visit with their children and enjoy this once a year event!

Kindness Cards

December 2, 2016

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At tomorrow’s event, “Cookies with Santa”, Santa will be handing out Kindness Card to members of the community (in limited quantity).

 

Kindness cards are an excellent way to acknowledge acts of kindness and encourage folks to pass kindness onto others. For example, you might decide to pick up the coffee tab for the car behind you in the drive through and leave the kindness card with the clerk to give to the person when they make their way to the window. The card acknowledges your act of kindness and asks the recipient to pay-it-forward.

 

The exciting nature of the card is that it allows recipients to track the card’s acts of kindness. Once an individual receives the card along with an act of kindness, they can visit the website on the back of the card and enter their card’s unique UPC code; this allows them to view the previous acts of kindness passed on using their card as well as gives them an opportunity to enter the act of kindness they just received.

 

The Christmas season is all about giving and receiving, and the kindness card is an excellent way to spread that notion throughout the Stittsville community.

 

For more information on the Kindness Card program, please visit http://www.kindcanada.org/kindness-cards

Redblacks Celebration!

December 2, 2016

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I would like to take a quick opportunity to congratulate our Ottawa Redblacks, the newly crowned CFL champions on their Grey Cup victory! The team successfully defeated the Calgary Stampeders this past Sunday after a nail-biting game ending with a score of 39-33.

 

I was fortunate enough to join Mayor Watson and my Councillor colleagues on a float at the Redblacks Celebratory Parade this past Tuesday. Over 40,000 people attended the celebration in high spirits.

 

Congratulations to the team, the management and owners at OSEG (Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group), and everyone who helped to support our team to take home the cup in their third active year. We are all proud of you!

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I would also like to thank the Ottawa Senators for recognizing the victory of the Redblacks in their pregame ceremony last evening at Canadian Tire Centre. The puck was dropped from the Grey Cup itself by Henry Burris and Brad Sinopoli for the opening faceoff. What a unique way to start a game!

Season Opening of Rink of Dreams

December 2, 2016

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This week, I had the great pleasure of joining Mayor Watson and my Councillor colleagues in attending the official season opening for the Ottawa Senators’ Rink of Dreams in front of Ottawa’s City Hall.

 

Since its first opening on January 25th, 2012, the Rink of Dreams has provided an excellent skating opportunity for residents of the City of Ottawa each winter. The ice, which is maintained through a state-of-the-art refrigeration system, is a 12,500 square foot oval surface that can be enjoyed even when the Rideau Canal may be closed.

 

Now is a great time to sharpen those skates and get some ice-time in before the Canal freezes over and opens up for the winter. It’s a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the beautiful lights that come alive at night.

 

The season opening featured Ottawa Senators, Cyril Leeder, as well as former defenceman, Chris Phillips, former forward, Laurie Bauchman and of course, Spartacat. There was also a special performance by National skater, Chloe Bondar.

 

I would like to congratulate the Senators on taking part in their 25th season here in Ottawa. Particularly following the Champion performance from our Ottawa Redblacks within the CFL football, it’s a great time to be a sports fan here in Ottawa and I look forward to cheering on more Ottawa teams as our players push themselves each and every game to be the best they can be and represent our community.

Mayor’s 16th Annual Christmas Celebration

December 2, 2016

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If you’re looking for a Christmas Celebration downtown on December 3rd, residents are invited to Mayor Jim Watson’s annual Christmas party.

From 2:00-6:00 PM, join Ottawa City Hall to celebrate the winter fun before the weather gets too cold. Take part in skating on the Sens Rink of Dreams, hot chocolate, Beavertails, roasting marshmallows, maple syrup on snow, and horse-drawn wagon rides. Inside City Hall, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joining as well. Make a craft in Santa’s Workshop, enjoy live performances and indulge in fresh fruit from Farm Boy and chocolate treats from Lindt.

 

Admission will be a non-perishable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank and OC Transpo will be offering free bus rides on all routes to and from City Hall from 1:30-6:30 PM to children 11 and under when accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

Annual OC Transpo/Loblaws Christmas Food Drive

December 2, 2016

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On Saturday, December 3rd, residents are invited to join participating Loblaws, Superstore, or Your Independent Grocer locations and donate to the year’s largest and longest-running food drive in support of the Ottawa Food Bank: The Annual OC Transpo/Loblaws Christmas Food Drive.

 

This year’s “Fill the Bus” event for Stittsville is happening at Brown’s Independent Grocer on Stittsville Main Street. An OC Transpo bus will be parked in front of the store between 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM December 3rd while volunteers are ready to accept your donations in an effort to acquire food items to fill their Christmas Hamper Program

 

Every year, the Christmas Hamper Program helps those in need celebrate the holidays. Volunteers receive donations, assemble the hampers and arrange for the distribution of festive food items, and something special for children 16 years and younger.

 

This yearly tradition helps to put food on the table for many of the City’s most vulnerable this Christmas season.

 

New this year is the OC Transpo Virtual Food Drive. Shop from a virtual grocery store and make your donations from the comfort of your home. For every $1 you give through this method, the Ottawa Food Bank is able to purchase about $5 worth of food!

 

You can visit the Virtual Drive by clicking here. The tool will be available from now until December 31st.

 

I encourage all residents to visit and share the tool with others on Facebook and Twitter. The more the message is shared, the more successful this year’s food drive will be! Thank you for helping to make a difference.

Feedmill Creek Online Information Session

December 2, 2016

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I would like to take this opportunity to remind residents about the Online Information Session for the Feedmill Creek Stream Rehabilitation Measures Class Environmental Assessment.

 

This study was required to confirm quantity control criteria for the remaining future development in the Feedmill Creek subwatershed.

 

The proposed stream rehabilitation measures will mitigate the impact of future developments on the creek by providing erosion control, and improving the functionality of the creek from both a hydraulic and habitat standpoint.

The following link – Ottawa.ca/feedmillcreek is now live and residents have until December 9, 2016 to provide feedback. The study team will review all comments and respond to any concerns or questions before the Class Environmental Assessment report is completed.

Reminder of Stittsville OC Transpo Service Changes

December 2, 2016

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I would like to take a moment to remind residents of some of the changes upcoming to enhance Stittsville residents’ OC Transpo experience within the next month.

Beginning December 25:

  • Route 162 will experience evening trip timing changes to better align with shift end times of Tanger Outlet employees.

Beginning January 1:

  • Express route premiums will no longer be required. I encourage residents who rely on Express Routes 261, 262, and 263 to visit prestocard.ca to ensure that they do not overpay their monthly Presto card fees.
  • All morning trips of Routes 261, 262, and 263 now serve Bayshore for better connections to Carling Campus on Moodie.
  • To expedite service in the afternoon, Routes 261, 262, and 263 no longer stop at Westboro, Dominion, Lincoln Fields or Pinecrest stations (however, there will be a mandatory connection available at Bayshore Station)

 

I hope that these upcoming changes prove useful for Stittsville residents. Of course, should anyone have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Parade of Lights Recap

December 2, 2016

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I would like to send a sincere thank you to all residents who came together last Saturday for Stittsville’s Annual Parade of Lights.

 

Special thanks go to the Stittsville Village Association with president, Tanya Hein, for taking the lead on organizing it as always, the volunteers for helping to piece everything together, the firefighters who helped to organize the procession, as well as the businesses along Stittsville Main Street who joined in the fun by serving concessional goodies like hot chocolate and snacks.

 

This is always a fantastic local event which brings the community of Stittsville together for a showcase of what can be achieved when we work together. I hope everyone had a wonderful time and I look forward to next year’s showcase.

Craft fair in support of Cheersport Sharks

December 2, 2016

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A Christmas craft fair is being held on December 10th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Johnny Leroux Community Center and Arena. The event will feature over 40 unique vendors with one of kind handmade items. Many of the vendors are local entrepreneurs. There will be a bake sale, silent auction and a raffle with a chance to win 2 tickets to a February 14th Ottawa SENS game (including valet parking). People are invited to visit the Facebook event page to check out highlights of the vendors that will attend.

 

The fair is being hosted as a fundraiser for the Cheersport Sharks – Pacific Sharks team to help raise funds to compete at the World Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida. This team is a senior level 5 all girl team consisting of 18 athletes ages 12-16. Cheersport Sharks All Star Cheerleading Gym is on Iber Road in Stittsville.

Elves Ring and Run Stocking Project

December 2, 2016

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The 3rd annual Kanata, Stittsville and Carp Stocking Project launched on December 1st at the Hazeldean Mall. I along with my West-end councillor colleagues Marianne Wilkinson and Allan Hubley had the privilege of participating in the official ribbon cutting to kick off the campaign.

 

The Stocking Project was created to benefit those individuals and families in need.  To help those who would not normally ask for help. Items are donated that one would typically find/receive in a Christmas stocking ie chocolates, toiletries, gift cards etc. Recipients names are provided and remain anonymous.“Elves” deliver the stockings stiffed with the donated items to the individuals and families a few days before Christmas, leaving them on their front door step with an anonymous note. The project currently serves Kanata, Stittsville and Carp communities.

 

Last year 500 Christmas Stockings were delivered. It is anticipated that an additional 500 will be requested for this year.

 

To arrange a pick-up or to make a referral, you can email kanatastockings@outlook.com  or visit the Facebook page.

Stittsville Public School Postcard Initiative

December 2, 2016

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On Friday November 25th I had the privilege of speaking to students of Stittsville Public School at an assembly, informing them that their school has been chosen to participate in the 2017 Post Card Initiative.

 

In May 2015, students from each of the four school boards from grades 3 to 6 were invited to participate in the creation of the “official” Ottawa 2017 postcard collection.  The winning post cards have been provided to various schools across Ottawa. Students from grades 3 to 6 are asked to write to friends and family and other students, outside of Ottawa, inviting them to come celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday in the Nation’s capital.

 

This initiative is focused on our stories, values and our culture – sparking the imagination of a generation with memories that will last a lifetime.

Concert Band of Kanata Winter Concert

December 2, 2016

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I would like to let residents know about the Concert Band of Kanata (CBoK)’s upcoming winter concert on Sunday, December 11th at 3:30 PM at Sacred Heart High School Auditorium (5870 Abbott). There will be a joint concert featuring Jazz Choir, Harmonic Generations.

 

The CBoK are also looking for sponsors and/or those interested in advertising space in the program. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact register@cbok.org as they would be glad to receive your support.

 

For more information, please visit http://www.cbok.org

 

Westbound Highway 417 closed at March Road (Almonte/Carp) this weekend

December 2, 2016

All westbound lanes of Highway 417 at March Road (Almonte/Carp) will be closed this weekend due to Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) construction work on the highway. This section of westbound lanes will close beginning Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m. and all westbound lanes will reopen on Monday, December 5 by noon. This work will not impact the section of Highway 417 at March/Eagleson.

 

During this time, all Highway 417 westbound traffic will be detoured to the March Road westbound off-ramp and back on the highway at the westbound March Road on-ramp.‎

 

Next weekend, all eastbound lanes of Highway 417 will be closed at March Road (Almonte/Carp), beginning at noon on Friday, December 9 and all eastbound lanes will reopen on Monday, December 12 at 5 a.m. During the closure, traffic will be detoured to the eastbound March Road off-ramp and back on the highway at eastbound March Road on-ramp.

S.T.E.P. to focus on impaired driving and unsafe lane changes

December 2, 2016

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The Gatineau Police Service and Ottawa Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on impaired driving and unsafe lane changes during the month of December.

 

Impaired Driving:

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 1680 reportable collisions involving impaired driving resulting in 17 fatalities and 717 injuries.

 

Unsafe Lane Changes:

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 5,643 collisions resulting in 598 injuries and one fatality.

 

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

 

With Christmas and New Years around the corner, this is an excellent theme for the month of December. Please remember this holiday season as always to never drink and drive.

Snow Mobiles and the Trans Canada Trail

December 2, 2016

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Residents have expressed concerns regarding the use of motorized vehicles on the Trans Canada Trail.  Please note that motorized vehicles including snow mobiles are not allowed on the Trail between Terry Fox Drive to West Ridge Drive. 

 

Please be aware that it is illegal to drive any motorized vehicle including snowmobiles, pocket motorcycles and ATV’s on the Trail. Many residents use this beautiful trail as a walking path so not only does using a motorized vehicle here pose an extreme safety issue with the vehicles themselves, it also poses danger to civilians and can cause damage to the walking path.

 

If you witness anyone driving a motorized vehicle on the Trans Canada Trail, please do not hesitate to contact Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300 immediately.  If you can note any details such as make/colour/license plate of the machine this will help Police. You can now also contact Ottawa Police through their online form available by clicking here. Also, please ensure you inform my office about any incident of concern.

GTHS Party

December 2, 2016

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I would like to invite all residents to the Annual Goulbourn Township Horticultural Society (GTHS) Christmas Party this Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Stittsville United Church (6255 Fernbank Road).

 

This year, the GTHS will be accepting donated socks (either gently used or new) on behalf of the Stittsville Legion to provide to the homeless. To participate, simply bring your donation to the party.

 

The GTHS would also appreciate any donations of finger foods for the event.

 

To RSVP or if you would like to request a ride to the party, please contact gths-editor@rogers.com.

 

I hope many residents can stop by to learn more about the GTHS while celebrating in the holiday spirit. Don’t forget your red and green tacky Christmas sweater!

Hydro Duct Structure and Manhole Update

December 2, 2016

This week, Hydro Ottawa supplied residents with informational sheets with more information on the upcoming Duct Structure and Manhole Project to take place in the upcoming year on Springbrook Drive and Granite Ridge Drive.

 

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet, which can be read in full by clicking here, covers additional details for the project including what comprises an underground duct structure or manhole as well as the effects the project will have on the neighbourhood and much more.

 

The project for Granite Ridge is scheduled to begin July/August 2017.

 

For more information, please visit www.hydroottawa.com

Ottawa’s water pipe (hookah) regulations are now in effect

December 2, 2016

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The City of Ottawa’s Water pipes in Public Places and Work Places By-law, which prohibits the use of water pipes in enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, and outdoor restaurant and bar patios, is now in effect. The use of water pipes is also prohibited in the Parkdale Market and Byward Market stands.

 

The new regulations build on existing City of Ottawa by-laws, which came into effect in 2012, including regulations that prohibited the use of water pipes on outdoor municipal property including parks, beaches and recreational playing fields. The new regulations will protect customers and workers from second-hand smoke exposure, prevent youth initiation of water pipe smoking and de-normalize smoking behaviours among youth and young adults.

 

Throughout the fall, City staff have reached out to restaurants and bar owners, business groups, event organizers and other affected groups to ensure that they are aware of the new water pipe regulations. Starting today, by-law enforcement officers will issue warnings for non-compliance with the new by-laws. A public awareness campaign will continue throughout the winter to help ensure a smooth transition to these new regulations. Beginning April 3, 2017 enforcement of the by-law may include the issuance of Provincial Offences Notice tickets with accompanying fines.

 

As Chair of the Board of Health, I am excited to see the effect that this new City By-law will help in preventing symptoms due to second-hand and first-hand smoking. It is my hopes that this helps to complete the City of Ottawa’s trajectory into a significantly healthier tomorrow.

 

For more information about the expanded smoke-free regulations, visit ottawa.ca/smokefree. For help to quit smoking, please visit myquit.ca.

Persona Law

December 2, 2016

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Yesterday, December 1st, it was my pleasure to attend the opening for the newly rebranded Persona Law Group Professional Corporation formerly operated as Neff Law Office at 1869 Maple Grove Road for over 15 years. The new location, operated at 120 Iber Rd Suite 107 is owned by Chantal Lafrenière and looks forward to assisting local residents focused on the “people” as their name suggests.

 

While there, I also had the opportunity to visit the psychological and counseling services upstairs, Saterra. These mental health oriented services handle a wide range of areas of concern including depression, anxiety, trauma, stress (including work-related), sleep disorders, grief, and much more.

 

I hope residents have an opportunity to visit both of these fine facilities the next time they find themselves in need.

 

Welcome (back) to the neighbourhood, Persona.

Meetings at Ottawa City Hall next week

December 2, 2016

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

 

Transit Commission – Budget – Monday, December 5, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2017 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Transit Commission
  • Presto Smartcard Operating Agreement

 

Ottawa Board of Health – Budget – Monday, December 5, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

  • 2017 Draft Operating Budget for the Ottawa Board of Health

 

Finance and Economic Development Committee – Budget – Tuesday, December 6, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2017 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Finance and Economic Development Committee
  • 2017 Interim Property Taxes and Due Dates
  • Property Acquisition – Permanent and Temporary Easements – Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel – National Capital Commission
  • Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016 – Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996
  • City of Ottawa Accessibility Policy – Update
  • Appointments to the Shaw Centre – Board of Directors
  • Intent to Designate Kanata Central Business Improvement Area
  • 2021 Canada Summer Games Bid: Commitments of Host Community
  • Joseph Boulevard Community Improvement Plan Grant Application – 2399153 Ontario Ltd. – 2628 St. Joseph Boulevard

 

Ottawa Public Library Board Meeting – Budget Tuesday, December 6, 5 p.m., Champlain Room

 

Transportation Committee – Budget – Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • 2017 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Transportation Committee
  • Removing the Southbound Right Turn Restriction From Cumberland Street to St. Patrick Street

 

Community and Protective Services Committee – Budget – Thursday, December 8, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Status Update – Community and Protective Services Committee Inquiries and Motions – for the Period Ending December 1, 2016
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Patrick Dugas Park
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Joe Lewis Park
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Proposal Pond
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Albert Argue Black Park
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Chris Phillips Rink
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Chris Neil Rink
  • Commemorative Naming Proposal – Ray McCaffrey Park
  • 2017 Draft Operating and Capital Budget – Community and Protective Services Committee

 

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