Tenth annual Kindness Week

On Friday February 17th I had the privilege of presenting a proclamation, on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson, to Rabbi Reuven Bulka in recognition of the 10th annual Kindness Week.

Kindness Week Ottawa is a city-wide initiative that encourages community members to choose to be kind and recognizes those who engage in everyday acts of kindness. Founded by Rabbi Reuven Bulka of Congregation Machzikei Hadas, Kindness Week was started to help make a difference in the community by spreading kindness.

Kindness Week is organized by a committee of volunteers from government, non-profit, corporate, education and the restaurant and hospitality sectors in the city, all facilitated by the Caring and Sharing Exchange.

Kindness Week runs February 17 to the 24 this year, but choosing to be kind to others is a life-long goal we should all strive to achieve.

I encourage all Ottawa residents to engage in acts of kindness this week, and to continue to practice compassion in their daily lives long after this week is over.

Councillor’s View – Opioid Use

Dear Residents,

 

As Chair of the Board of Health, I would like to take a moment to expand more on a topic which has been circulating for some time – the misuse of illicit opioids such as fentanyl.

 

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid 50 to 100 times more toxic than morphine. Doctors typically prescribe fentanyl in a patch form as a painkiller used to treat patients suffering from severe chronic pain. Fentanyl is not a drug to be taken without doctor supervision; however, there are many variations of fentanyl being made illegally and sold on the streets which is referred to as illicit fentanyl.

 

This week, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and the Ottawa Police Service issued an alert to warn residents about counterfeit prescription medications found in the city. In Ontario, and locally, illicit fentanyl has been detected in counterfeit pills manufactured to resemble prescription pills like Percocet.

Illicit Fentanyl is usually found in a powder form and mixed/laced with other drugs such as heroin, cocaine, or crack or pressed into pills and sold as things like oxycontin, Percocet, speed, or ecstasy/MDMA.  Using illicit fentanyl alone or when mixed with other opioids, alcohol, benzodiazepines, or stimulants like cocaine, it significantly increases the risk of accidental overdose.  Moreover, there is no easy way to tell if a drug has been laced with fentanyl as it is tasteless, odourless and impossible to distinguish to the untrained eye.

Some of the street names for fentanyl or for fentanyl-laced heroin as listed on the American National Institute on Drug Abuse include China Girl, China White, Apache, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, and Tango and Cash.

 

Naloxone is a medication that can temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose related to an opioid such as fentanyl, heroin and morphine. An overdose is a medical emergency. Anyone suspecting an opioid overdose should call 9-1-1 immediately and administer naloxone using a take-home kit.  Take-home naloxone kits and training are available free of charge from many local pharmacies. Learn to recognize the signs of an overdose and how to intervene with naloxone- this can save a life while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

 

 

I urge residents who may indulge in illegal or designer drugs to exercise extreme caution, particularly in this day and age. The drug has found its way to Ottawa streets and could potentially be found in any drug you may get from an unknown source. Just because someone trusts their dealer does not mean that they know where the drug they are selling may have come from.

 

Please, stay safe either by avoiding these drugs or if you do choose to use do not use alone and carry naloxone.

-Shad

March 4th into a Healthy 2017 at the GRC

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With 2017 now upon us we are leading into a year of celebration of not only 150 years of our history but the ever growing communities we live in.  More and more people are migrating to Ottawa to live, work and play.

 

In my capacity as Chair of the Board of Health I am working in conjunction with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) to hold an event that celebrates the many partners in our community who support a common mandate in the roles we hold working with our residents in the City of Ottawa – this is improving and supporting the lives of others.

 

On March 4th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, I invite you to join me along with Ottawa Public Health and our various partners at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Rd) – as we hold a health and well being fair entitled “March 4th into a Healthy 2017” – Here we will show case to the residents some of the many supports and health resources that are available for them.

 

OPH along with; the Goulbourn Recreation Complex program staff, Safer Roads Ottawa, Ottawa Fire Services, Western Ottawa Community Resource Center, the Distress Center of Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation and Heart and Stroke will be on hand to provide residents with information and guidance on the various resources and support they have to offer.

 

I hope to see you on March 4th!

Stittsville Appreciation Awards Nominations Now Open!

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I am pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards is now open!

 

You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member. This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward. 

 

Nominations must be received by Sunday April 16th!

The Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year is awarded to an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation. The Senior of the Year is awarded in recognition of a senior citizen who has made a significant and long-standing contribution to our community. The Youth of the Year is presented to an individual who contributes leadership, volunteer service, serves as a peer example, and has overcome personal challenges or responds in an emergency situation.   The Business of the Year is awarded to a Stittsville business that has contributed significantly to our quality of life. For further qualifications on these awards, I encourage you to visit my website.

Winners will be announced at the Appreciation Awards celebrations, which will be held on Tuesday May 16th commencing at 7:00pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

I encourage you to fill out the attached nomination form and email it to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or print the form for either drop off at my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex or mailed to 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1. Please include a detailed, written submission outlining why you are nominating a particular individual or business.

Street Renaming Checklists

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As mentioned in my newsletter dated February 3rd, residents of Goulbourn St, Elm St, Bell St, Meadowland Way, and Long Meadow Way should be receiving a letter in their mailbox soon with more information regarding the upcoming street name change (or civic number change in the case of Long Meadow Way) to take place on March 13th.

 

The checklist helps to organize and keep track of what items do/do not require changing following a civic address change. Residents can also review that document by clicking here.

 

I highly encourage residents who may not have received their letter by early next week or with any questions to contact Rebecca Anderson and myself at Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca and Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

 

For more information on the Stittsville Street Renaming Project, please click here.

Revised Plans for Automotive Dealership at 5835 Hazeldean Road

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The City of Ottawa has received a revised Site Plan submission for their proposal to construct a new one-storey building with mezzanine and inventory parking area for an automobile dealership.  The property is located on the north side of Hazeldean Road, at the intersection of Sweetnam Drive and Hazeldean Road.  The site is currently occupied by a temporary sales office and graveled automotive sales dealership for the Canadian Auto Mall.

The applicant has advised that the revised plans include the following changes:

  • Enhanced landscaping (including several new trees) in front of the building, along the eastern edge of the property and across the rear of the site
  • The entire parking/storage areas is now shown as asphalt (some areas were previously shown as gravel)
  • Changes to the front face of the building, including the addition of masonry, additional glazing (windows) and an entry door facing Hazeldean Road.
  • A longer throat length is now proposed, for safer vehicular access and egress.
  • They have confirmed that garbage will be stored inside the building and collected at regular intervals

 

Revised Plans have been provided below and for additional background information please visit my website here and the City’s Development Application Search website here.

 

Revised Site Plan

Revised Landscape Plan

Revised Elevations

For more information and to provide comments on the revised plans by March 3, 2017 please contact myself and the City Planner Kimberley Baldwin at Kimberley.Baldwin@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 x23032.

Committee of Adjustment Applications for Stittsville

The City’s Committee of Adjustment will be considering some planning applications in Stittsville.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 starting at 9:00 a.m. at Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

 

Below is a brief description of the applications in our community and for more information please visit here – http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/agendaminutes/index_en.aspx

 

1495 (1497) Stittsville Main Street
The Owner wants to subdivide her property into two separate parcels of land in order to create one new lot.   In order to do this, the Owner requires the Consent of the Committee for a Conveyance.

 

The land to be severed (Part 2 on a Draft 4R-Plan) will have frontage of 15.20 metres on Stittsville Main Street to a depth of 51.28 metres and will contain a lot area of 755.5 square metres. This parcel contained an recently demolished detached garage and will be known municipally as 1497 Stittsville Main Street.

 

The land to be retained (Part 1 on a Draft 4R-Plan) will have frontage of 15.16 metres on Stittsville Main Street to a depth of 51.34 metres and will contain a lot area of 757.9 square metres. This parcel contains the existing detached dwelling and will be known municipally as 1495 Stittsville Main Street.

 

2 Goulbourn Street (29 Cypress Gardens )

The Owners want to subdivide their property into two separate parcels of land in order to create one new residential lot for future development.   In order to do this, the Owners require the Consent of the Committee for a Conveyance.

 

The land to be severed, shown as Part 1 on a Draft 4R-Plan, will have frontage of 18.78 metres to an irregular depth of 39.10 metres and will contain a lot area of 869 square metres. This parcel is vacant and will be known municipally as 29 Cypress Gardens.

 

The land to be retained, shown as Part 2 on a Draft 4R-Plan, will have frontage of 38.10 metres on Goulbourn Street to a depth of 38.38 metres and will contain a lot area of 820 square metres. This parcel contains the existing detached dwelling and shed and is known municipally as 2 Goulbourn Street. The existing shed will be demolished.  It is noted that 2 Goulbourn St is to be changed to 2 Henry Goulburn Way.

 

Approval of this application will have the effect of creating a parcel of land with an existing building which will not be in conformity with the requirements of the Zoning By- law and therefore a Minor Variances Application has been filed and will be heard concurrently with this application.

City Invites Feedback on Château Laurier redevelopment

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This week at the City’s Planning Committee, a request for public feedback was launched on the proposed redevelopment of the Château Laurier.

 

A Site Plan Control application for the development was received and that information is now publicly available at ottawa.ca/chateaulaurier for members of the public to review. Feedback forms are available on the website and are requested no later than March 14th, 2017. You can also send feedback via email to chateaulaurier@ottawa.ca.

 

The application recommends the removal of the existing parking garage to construct an addition containing 218 long-stay hotel units, an interior courtyard, and five levels of underground parking with 385 spaces.

 

The proposal will be refined by City staff following their review and public feedback. Owing to the local and national importance of the Château Laurier, a special heritage working group, comprised of nationally respected heritage professionals and a representative from Heritage Ottawa, has been established to provide advice to the applicant, the City, and the National Capital Commission.

 

There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback before the project comes before Council, including when it is considered by the Committee of Adjustment, Built Heritage Sub-Committee and Planning Committee later this year. The City will also organize a community session for information and comments before these committees review the proposal.

 

I highly recommend all residents share their thoughts on the redevelopment as the Chateau Laurier is a prominent building in our nation’s capital located directly beside Parliament Hill and thus a reflection of our City to many visitors.

LRT Stage 2 Technical Briefing

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Today at City Hall, a short technical briefing was held regarding the implementation of Stage 2 of Ottawa’s upcoming Light Rail Transit (LRT).

 

Mayor Watson took the time to outline some of the key figures that will be taking place once LRT is opened for residents to enjoy as well as thank some of our community partners in their assistance with the project, including Transportation and Transit staff as well as residents who took the time to share their insight into the needs of our communities.

 

I as well would like to thank our residents for communicating with City staff and for their patience with this incredible project. As Mayor Watson mentioned, this is the largest procurement process in the history of Ottawa and an excellent example for future Canadian LRT projects. With all of the changes happening in our great City, it is important to remember the finish line that is in sight for how a project like LRT will benefit our community members.

 

Once fully operational, LRT will utilize its 59km of rail to take 14,000 cars off the road during rush hour and assist approximately 24,000 residents an hour in getting where they need to go, more than double our current transit system. It will also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 110,000 tons.

 

The Stage 2 implementation report, which is available here, will also recommend an extension of the previous west ending point from Bayshore to Moodie, east from Place D’Orleans to Trim, and southwest to Algonquin College and will go to City Council and Committee for final approval in the near future. I am thrilled as this is great news for those residents who require transit for work at Moodie’s business district or the Department of National Defence HQ. I would be interested in looking into the implementation of a Park and Ride at this location as well in the future.

 

While some residents may be disappointed that Stage 2 will not reach as far west as the Canadian Tire Centre as I would have looked forward to, this is still a significant step forward and I would like to thank community members for their input during the consulting process as well as my West-end councillor colleagues Marianne Wilkinson, Allan Hubley, and Eli El-Chantiry for their assistance in supporting West-end LRT with me. Hopefully with the proposed extension of Phase 2 to Moodie and Trim, it will mean that Ottawa’s west end will see LRT sooner than the presently proposed Stage 3 2031 date as well.

 

I am excited to hear of the progress being made on this project and look forward to what Ottawa’s LRT system has in store for us all.