Lions Public Speaking Contest

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It’s time again for the Stittsville Lions Club Annual Effective Speaking Contest.

 

This year’s event will take place on Feb 22, at 7:30 in the Stittsville Lions Hall.

 

There will be three categories for students from Grades 6 to 12 (Junior, Intermediate, and Senior).

 

Speeches should be a maximum of 5 minutes and a minimum of 3 minutes. Topics are chosen by each contestant in advance.

 

A $100.00 prize is offered to the winner of each division.

 

For more information email: gordon_macisaac@hotmail.com , call 613-836-5871 or visit their website at http://stittsvillelions.com.

Councillor’s View – John Brummell’s Retirement

Dear Residents,

 

This week, a valued member of our community and photographer for the Stittsville News, John Brummell, is retiring. I would like to take a moment to send out my best wishes to John as he takes this well deserved break from the tireless efforts he puts forward in our community, whether it be as a journalist, photographer, gardener, or any other of his variety of passions

 

Mr. Brummell has been an outstanding resident for many years and his journalistic integrity, unwavering initiative and joyful spirit have always helped to shed a meaningful light upon breaking news stories within the Stittsville community. Upon a moment’s notice, he has always been ready and willing to photograph our residents as they work to making Stittsville a better place to live and shares that information with others so that they may be inspired to do the same.

 

He has helped to raise awareness with many of the efforts pursued by the community whether it be the annual “Stittsville Appreciation Awards”, the 4H livestock shows at the Carp and Richmond Fairs, and even the more recent homecoming ceremony for Stittsville-born Olympic gold medalist, Erica Wiebe, where the intention to rename the location of the event the “Erica Wiebe Gymnasium” within the Goulbourn Recreation Complex was announced.

 

He has photographed quite a few local celebrities – past, present, and future – but some of the most meaningful photos are those that resonate on a more personal level. One quality I have always admired in John is the special care he takes, regardless of the circumstances, in adding this personal touch to his work, notating the names of all those he photographs to ensure that they are recognized.

 

I overheard a conversation recently between a father and his son at A Lorne Cassidy Elementary School as the father shared a photo of his younger self taken by Mr. Brummell. It is moments like these which demonstrate the authentic relationships John has built with our community.

 

On behalf of the community, I would like to thank John for his years of service with the Stittsville News and wish him the very best for a happy retirement (although, I am certain that his presence within the Stittsville community will continue to be seen for many more years to come despite that fact!).

 

Regardless of how you choose to spend your retirement, on behalf of my team, I am wishing you health and happiness for your future endeavours, John.
-Shad

 

Potter’s Key Construction Update

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Minto Homes held a Construction Information session on January 11 to continue communication with the adjacent neighbourhoods and offer an opportunity for residents to ask questions to Minto and their construction contractors regarding upcoming construction activities at Potter’s Key.   You can view the PowerPoint Presentation from the meeting here.

 

At the meeting the representatives emphasized that the property is now an active construction site and public access is prohibited to adhere to safety regulations.  Barriers have been installed at Echowoods Drive, Eagle Crest Heights, Kimpton Drive and Bandelier Way. Construction vehicles will access the site through the temporary construction access road off of Hazeldean Road.

 

Earthworks program has been initiated by Taggart Construction who is Minto’s contractor for earthworks and servicing for the site. There will be blasting taking place starting the week of January 16th.   I was advised today that the blasting will start on Tuesday January 17 around 9 am, weather permitting. The blasts next week will be interior to the site and more than 75 m from any sensitive structures.

 

Pre-blasting survey letters have been circulated to affected properties.  Minto has encourage homeowners to participate in the pre-blast survey.   Potter’s Key construction schedule is as follows:

 

  • Rock Removal – January 15th – March 30th, 2017
  • Rock Crushing – April – June 30th, 2017
  • Servicing (Sewers & Roads) – February – December 2017 (entire subdivision)
  • House Construction – August 2017 to December 2019
  • First Homeowner Moved-In – March 2018

 

For more information please feel free to contact my office and you may also contact Domenic Idone, Director of Land Development, Minto Communities at didone@minto.com or 613-786-7922.

EDIT: Please make your primary point of contact Minto Communities Construction Manager, Jean-Michel Le Blanc at jleblanc@minto.com, 613-782-5717. Please reach out to Domenic Idone as a secondary contact at didone@minto.com or 613-786-7922.

Hoping to make a Splash at Deer Run Park

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While we are in the midst of dealing with winter weather, I hope this post can remind you of the warm summer days. I have been reviewing the opportunity to have a Splash Pad installed at Deer Run Park located at 272 West Ridge Drive. In the Fall of 2015, I asked residents for their ideas on strategic initiatives to be implemented in parks and a splash pad in this area of the community was one of the projects that was recommended by residents.

 

Earlier this week when I shared this information to some neighbours to discuss the required hydro work for the project, I did receive some concerns regarding the use of Deer Run Park given the size of the park and that there is no parking lot at the site.  I would like to discuss these concerns further with residents in the area and have arranged for a public meeting to be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 PM at the Pretty Street Community Centre located at 2 Pretty Street in Stittsville.

 

I will also be providing a hand delivered notice to residents in the immediate area of the park to invite them to the meeting. I see this as a positive improvement to the park; however, I want to ensure that residents who live around the park are also supportive of this plan before moving forward with the project.

 

The City is still in the planning stages of the project but I am able to share this draft image to provide an idea of the features that may be provided and the location in the area.  The splash pad has been designed to provide interest for a variety of age groups (not only young toddlers) with 3 activity zones: toddler play, family play and a more active zone for older children. The project would be funded through the Cash-in-lieu of Parkland budget allocated to Ward 6 and the project is anticipated to cost approximately $283,000.

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I did review a number of locations with the City and Deer Run Park was selected as a good location as it was the most feasible from a cost perspective as it has existing water service infrastructure and in addition, the active amenities that complement a splash pad location. The flat topography and open space allows for straight forward construction with little disturbance to existing park features and the size of the splash pad area is small enough that an open space free play zone will remain. There is also no requirement for any removal of trees to accommodate the new park feature. There are many other parks that I know residents would also like to see a splash pad installed but it is important to have the existing water service infrastructure to make such a project economically viable.

 

City staff have also noted that Deer Run Park was selected for its central location within the community to ensure all residents in the neighbourhood have easy walking distance to the splash pad. In the City’s experience, splash pads do not typically draw large crowds of people from outside the immediate area unless they are part of a destination attraction as they are with our district parks. The City does have numerous examples of splash pads that have been installed in neighbourhood parks across the City that do not have onsite parking and they have not received complaints about increased traffic or parking issues. A few examples of neighbourhood parks with splash pads and no on-site parking in Stittsville include Upcountry Park and Bandmaster Park. I am not aware of having concerns from either of these parks with respect to people parking on the streets to access the splash pad.

 

I will continue to keep the community updated on this project and please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions on this potential project at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Local Musician, Andrew Waines, Signed to Management Contract

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I would like to take a moment to share the wonderful success story of Stittsville resident and musician, Andrew Waines. Last week, Andrew was signed to Neville Paul Management (NPMG), a boutique Management Company that operates out of Ottawa and Nashville.

 

Early in 2016, Andrew sat down with Neville Paul to formulate a plan which would provide Andrew the opportunity to pursue his passion, a career in music, while at the same time finishing his degree in Finance from Carleton University.

 

A team was assembled and Andrew was recruited to play for a country band Neville put together while running IROC Records. The team will maintain creative control over what is created while ensuring a high quality of musical performance.
Andrew admits that “just like going to Carleton U, the path [he has] chosen is really no different.” With all of his hard work, practice and training, he feels the person he is today is more motivated than ever.

Andrew has some covers available on his social media and website which you can find at www.andrewwaines.com.

 

Congratulations on the signing, Andrew, and best of luck moving forward. Stittsville will be watching for you.

20th Anniversary Celebration U-Rock

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I would like to send my personal congratulations to U-Rock Music School for 20 years of service to the Stittsville community. The school offers unique programming catered to a youth and teen audience to learn how to play the music they love.

 

On Saturday, January 28th at 3:00 PM, U-Rock Music School will celebrate this achievement with their first concert of 2017. The winter concert will be held at the Brass Monkey (250 Greenbank Rd).

 

In honour of their 20th anniversary, the school will be hosting an array of special events, guest stars, and celebrations throughout all of 2017 so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

 

Congratulations on 20 years of rocking, U-Rock.

 

For more information about the music school and the celebrations they have planned, please visit their website here.

Kanata Academy now Open!

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I am happy to inform residents that as of this week the Kanata Academy’s new location on 180 Huntmar is now official open!

In the summer of last year, I was honoured to participate in the official sod/gravel turning for the new home. The private school had previously been situated in the Beaverbrook Mall located in Kanata-South.

Principal Shannon Rattray along with her husband and partner Dr. Kevin Rattray purchased the school in 2011. With their student demands and population increasing, the school was quickly outgrowing its location and needed to find a new home.

The Academy follows curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Education and the new facility includes the addition of high school grades to the originally existing pre-school to grade eight programs. They are currently accepting high school enrollment for February 2017.

Congratulations, on joining the Stittsville community, Kanata Academy.

For more information on programming, you can visit their website at http://kanataacademy.com.

Open House Meet and Greet at the GRC

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I, along with staff from the Goulbourn Recreational Complex, would like to invite all residents to an Open House and Meet and Greet this January 21st. The event will be held at the GRC (1500 Shea Road) from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

 

This is an excellent opportunity to introduce community members to the new Portfolio Manager of the complex, Kevin Shantz, and ask any questions they may have regarding upcoming programming for the 2017 season.

 

I would also like to invite residents to discuss with myself any issues and concerns they may have on ward-related items. I am looking forward to meeting any new residents I may not yet have had the pleasure of meeting and hope to see many familiar faces as well.

Help bring Canada’s Games to Canada’s capital

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Ottawa has made a bid to host the Canada Summer Games in 2021 and residents are invited to join in the fun by showing their support!

 

The City wants to showcase the strong community support and enthusiasm for hosting the event and you can do so by visiting Ottawa2021.ca.

 

The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for the next generation of national team athletes and represent the pinnacle of interprovincial/territorial sport competition. It would be the biggest sporting event ever hosted in Ottawa.

 

In addition to the 4,600 elite Canadian athletes who would compete at the Games, the event would bring an estimated 20,000 visitors to Ottawa, creating more than 1,000 jobs and generating more than $150 million in local economic activity.

 

A community celebration held at City Hall today heightened excitement for the City’s bid, with more than 250 residents attending the party hosted by Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Jody Mitic (City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner), and Ottawa 2021 Bid Committee Co-chairs, Cyril Leeder, President of the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, and four-time Olympian Sue Holloway.

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The support shown by the community both online and at community events strengthens the City’s bid, which will be evaluated by the Canada Games Council and scored against other bids from Greater Sudbury, Niagara Region, and a partnership between the cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge. An announcement of the successful bid is expected at the end of March 2017.

 

I encourage all residents to visit ottawa2021.ca to check in on the fun.

Student Job Applications with the City Open February 1st

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I am happy to let residents know that the City of Ottawa Summer Student Employment Program will be accepting applications between February 1-28.

 

Jobs are available in the following disciplines.

  • Administrative and Support Services
  • Building, Roads, Forestry and Parks Maintenance
  • By-Law Services
  • Community and Social Services
  • Engineering and Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Technology and Geomatics
  • Laboratory Technologist/Chemistry
  • Library Services
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services
  • Public Health Services
  • Technologists/Technicians
  • Traffic and Parking Operations

This is an excellent opportunity for youth to get involved in an interesting and challenging career environment in a variety of City facilities. I certainly encourage all students to send their application forward as you never know just what doors a career with the City of Ottawa may open.

The City would like to remind you that before you submit your application, to review the eligibility criteria and important facts and information. More information can be found on the City of Ottawa website here.