Councillor’s View – Bike Repair in Village Square!

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Dear Residents,

 

Get your bicycles ready and start peddling your way to Village Square Park! I am thrilled to share an exciting addition just for you.

 

Through the Safer Roads Ottawa program and local partners such as Ottawa Public Health, bike repair stations are popping up at various locations across the City – most recently right here in Stittsville at the Village Square Park located at Abbott and Stittsville Main street.

 

The Station allows bikers to pump up their tires, or find tools to tighten a loose nut or carry out other basic maintenance. This is great news for cyclists within our communities and even those just passing through the Trans-Canada Trail.

 

Village Square Park is an excellent location, central to our neighbourhoods and this repair station is a great addition to encourage residents to consider a more healthy and environmentally-friendly alternative to driving.

 

Moreover, as infrastructure continues to be developed in Stittsville according to the Main St Community Design Plan, bike lanes will continue to be implemented more fully and a bike path will hopefully be implemented through the park as well. In addition to the water fountain planned to be put in the park and the gazebo installed last autumn, Village Square Park is certainly shaping up to be one of Stittsville’s most iconic multi-use parks.

 

On Monday August 21st at 6:30 p.m., I am hosting a launch of the repair station with Safer Roads Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health on hand to show you how to use the station as well as offer tips on bike safety for the whole family.

 

I highly encourage all residents to join me for this launch. Hope to see you there and don’t forget to wear your helmets!

-Shad

 

August 19th Pancake Breakfast in Blackstone Park

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I would like to invite all residents in the Blackstone community or otherwise to a delicious breakfast I am hosting in Blackstone Community Park. On August 19th from 8:00-10:00 AM, stop by to ask any City-related questions you may have and feel free to grab a bite to eat!

 

Enbridge will be on hand to prepare the pancakes and Safer Roads Ottawa will be in attendance once again to help provide some neat bicycle safety tips to take advantage of before the school year begins! Don’t forget to bring your bike and a helmet! Ottawa Public Health and Crime Prevention Ottawa will both be on hand as well to deliver information to inquisitive residents while donations to the Ottawa Food Bank will be graciously accepted to help feed other hungry residents in need.

 

I am thrilled to offer these community breakfasts as an opportunity to connect and relax with your neighbours, friends, family, and me –  your City Councillor about any topics of conversation you may have.

 

I hope that that many residents take the time to stop by as it is certain to be a great time and D-E-licious.

Speed Radar Gun

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Over the past few weeks, as a response to speeding concerns brought to my attention by residents, I was pleased to patrol the community of Stittsville and track speeding using my office’s radar gun.

 

Looking to improve traffic safety within our communities is a great priority of mine. As such, my office has been working hard to ensure that traffic calming measures are implemented wherever they are most feasible. Some of these measures include flex stakes, “Slow Down for Us” signs and speed radar boards.

 

This radar gun was purchased using my office’s 2017 Traffic budget, which is allocated to each City Councillor to enforce traffic-calming measures within the community and to provide the community with another tool to help keep our streets safer.

 

The purpose of the radar gun is to educate residents and keep Stittsville’s streets safe for everyone.  It provides my office with concrete numbers and statistics pertaining to speeding which I can then provide to Traffic Staff and Ottawa Police Services (OPS) to aide in discussions for possible measures.

 

This is another great tool to be added to our community toolbox to allow us to make drivers and residents in the area more aware of speeding concerns that may be present in their neighbourhoods.

 

I welcome residents who have a speeding concern on their street, or streets nearby, to please contact my office. My staff and I would be more than happy to set up a time when we can meet with you on-site to discuss your concerns and conduct an educational speed survey together.
Alternatively, I am also happy to lend the radar gun to any interested community associations to use for their benefit of monitoring speeding in their respective areas.

 

As always, the best means to report speeding is to report it directly to the police. OPS enforces speed monitoring in residential areas based on the reports they receive. If you are concerned about speeding on your street, please use the OPS online reporting system with the time of occurrence and details of vehicles you witness and encourage your neighbours to do the same.

 

Let’s continue to raise awareness on the effects of speeding and keep our community streets safe!

Goulbourn Recreation Complex Annual Maintenance

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Residents, please be advised that the Goulbourn Rec Complex (GRC)’s annual maintenance will take place later this month.

 

As such, the swimming pool will be closed from August 21-September 8. Additionally, the gymnasium / weight cardio room will be closed from August 28-September 4th.

 

This annual maintenance is important for ensuring the facility remains in good shape for all users throughout the year!

 

As a reminder, office hours at the GRC front desk remain Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The GRC will be closed Labour Day – Monday, September 4th; however, the rink will remain open during this time.

 

The GRC staff would like to thank residents for their patience at this time. For any questions, please call (613) 580-2532.

Fernbank Road Closure

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Please note that Fernbank Road is closed from Shea to Robert Grant between August 14th and August 28th.

 

The contractor, Taggart Construction, is installing a box culvert across the roadway for future storm water management.

 

Local and emergency vehicle access is maintained and a detour is signed from Shea>Abbott>Robert Grant.

 

I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Construction Activities in Ottawa

As part of the City of Ottawa’s annual infrastructure maintenance cycle, road resurfacing will occur to improve roadways and the citywide transportation network. The transitway and selective resurfacing program will begin in August and will continue until the late fall. At some time during the construction season, a roadway will be resurfaced in your neighbourhood.

 

Work will involve milling of the existing surface, adjustment of manhole and catch basin grates, concrete repairs, and roadway resurfacing, and the upgrade of the Carp Rd Park and Ride facility to a paved surface.

 

The Contractor, Cavanagh Construction anticipates the completion by the end of November.

 

Work will occur at various locations across the city. To mitigate construction impacts on major roadways, the following roads may be resurfaced during the weeknights between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m:

 

  • West Transitway from Fallowfield Station to Woodroffe Avenue
  • West Transitway from Woodroffe Avenue to 40m north of Navaho Drive
  • Transitway Access Road from west Transitway to Via Park Place
  • Woodroffe Avenue Northbound Bus Lane from 40m north of David Drive to 160m north of David Drive
  • Southwest Transitway from Baseline Road underpass to Iris Street

 

The following roadways will be resurfaced during the day and evening and will involve minor lane interruptions:

 

  • Terry Fox Station from 90m west of Lord Bing Way to Lord Bing Way
  • Eagleson east Park and Ride bus route from Eagleson Road to Highway 417 Eastbound on-ramp
  • Fernbank Road paved shoulders from Shea Road to 500m west of Terry Fox Drive
  • Dunrobin Road paved shoulders Kerwin Road to 800m south of Thomas A Dolan Parkway
  • Richardson Side Road paved shoulders from 200m east of Highway 417 to Terry Fox Drive
  • Tunis Avenue from Anna Avenue to Fisher Avenue
  • Fairlawn Avenue from Lenester Avenue to Carling Avenue
  • Greenbank Road from Half Moon Bay to Jock River Bridge
  • Burnbank Road from 120m west of Pratt Road to 50m west of Pratt Road
  • Carp Road Park and Ride opposite Westbrooke Road

 

Weekend work is also anticipated for all locations. Traffic interruptions may also be experienced due to flagging operations.

 

I would request and thank the residents for their patience during this construction period.

Fairwinds Movie Night

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I am happy to share that the Fairwinds Community Association is hosting an outdoor movie night at Rosehill Park!

 

On Friday, August 25th at 8:30 PM, stop by for a screening of “Smurfs: The Lost Village” for a night of fun for the whole family.

 

I was pleased to sponsor this great community event and I highly encourage all residents to come out because the movie will play rain or shine (rain location is at the Kanata Academy Gymnasium at 180 Huntmar Drive).

 

Popcorn and bottled water will be available by donation, with funds going to Lamitta’s Wish. Volunteers are requested for this event. If you would like to help out, please email info@fairwindscommunity.com

Bring your blankets or bring your chairs and enjoy this free event taking place in our own backyard.

St. Thomas Community Corn Supper

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St. Thomas Anglican Church is hosting a community corn supper and all residents are invited!

 

On August 26th from 5:00-7:00, indulge in ham, potato salad, coleslaw, bean salad, macaroni salad, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, pickles, and pickled beets, tossed salad, rolls, and of course – hot buttered corn. Tea, coffee, lemonade, and ice cream will be available to round out the meal so there is truly something delicious for everyone to enjoy.

 

The cost is $14 for those 12 and up, 6-11 is $6 and children under 6 eat for free. Tickets are available by calling 613-623-4501 or at the church office on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

You can also contact fellowshipstthomas1619@gmail.com.

 

I hope that all interested residents consider joining for this gathering of great food and great community.

Concert in the Park Series

Last night, I was thrilled to attend Eddy and the Stingrays at Village Square Park as the finale performance of this year’s Concerts in the Park Series.

 

This was a great concert series which really helped to bring together communities and celebrate our local artists.

 

I would like to thank all residents who were able to make it out to make these events such a great success. I would also like to thank Councillor Eli El-Chantiry and Waste Management for sponsoring this event series and promoting Village Square Park as a venue. I look forward to many more musical performances at this newly-installed gazebo in the years to come.

 

See you next year!

Capital Pride

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Next week is Ottawa’s 32nd annual Capital Pride Festival and I am thrilled to invite residents to partake in some of the inclusive LGBTQ+ events happening around the city!

 

Our LGBT members are an important part of our communities and Pride is the special time of year where they may celebrate their individuality, come together and have some fun in safe, inclusive spaces. From Bowling with the Bears to “Gaymer” Night to the Shine Your Light Youth Dance, A Family Picnic in the Park and a Human Rights Vigil, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

 

A flag-raising and proclamation ceremony will take place on August 21 at noon, at City Hall, Marion Dewar Plaza. Rainbow flags will also be raised at the City of Ottawa locations:

  • OC Transpo Headquarters at 1500 St. Laurent Boulevard, at 10 a.m.
  • By-law and Regulatory Services Headquarters at 735 Industrial Avenue, at 9 a.m.
  • Ottawa Fire Services Headquarters at 1445 Carling Avenue, at 9 a.m.
  • Ottawa Paramedic Service Headquarters at 2465 Don Reid Drive, at 9 a.m.
  • Ottawa Public Health and Community and Social Services Department at the Mary Pitt Centre on 100 Constellation Drive, at 10:45 a.m.

 

Then, of course, the annual Capital Pride parade will take place on Sunday, August 27, starting at 1:30 p.m. Following the parade, festival goers can enjoy the Capital Pride community fair on Bank Street, between Somerset Street West and Florence Street. Street closures in this area will be in effect between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m.

 

I highly encourage all residents to come out and celebrate the diversity of our communities. Our right to express ourselves in whatever ways we identify is part of what makes being Canadian such an incredible thing. Let us take this opportunity to let our LGBTQ+ friends, family members, and neighbours know that we love and respect them.