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

 

Councillor’s View – City of Ottawa Time Capsule!

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Dear Residents,

 

It is my pleasure to share with you an exciting initiative. As mentioned in Mayor Watson’s State of the City address in January of this year, the City of Ottawa will be organizing a time capsule in celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.

 

Each of Ottawa’s 23 wards will contribute a memento that is truly iconic of our communities to only be opened again in 2067 (Canada’s 200th anniversary).

 

This is an incredible opportunity to give our next generation a glimpse into Stittsville as it is today. What a thrill it will be for someone to open a time capsule 50 years from now and experience just what our daily lives look like. Better still, imagine the nostalgia on our children`s faces when they are reminded in 50 years of their youth!

 

I would like to take this moment to invite all residents to share with me their ideas for what they believe Stittsville’s contribution to the time capsule should be. The memento should be unique and memorable and reflective of Stittsville.

 

All items must be submitted to my office no later than September 22nd so that they may be presented to the City Archivist for the September 29th deadline. Items must also be able to fit in the capsule which is 24″ wide x 36″ high x 11″ deep.

 

Some ideas for items include:

  • medals and commemorative coins
  • documents and other publications on quality paper
  • black-and-white photographic prints
  • Cotton and polyester textiles

 

It is important to keep in mind a few details when choosing your item:

  • If you include Flash drives (USB), CDs or DVDs, the equipment to play them back may not be available when the time capsule is opened
  • If you include a Smartphone or other artifact DO NOT include the battery
  • All wood, especially pine and oak, gives off acid vapours and they will be sealed away from electronic equipment or metal articles in the time capsule
  • Newsprint is acidic and deteriorates easily. It will be isolated from the rest of the contents
  • Color prints and slides can fade even when kept in the dark
  • Textiles must be clean and insect free

 

Do not include:

  • batteries will leak corrosive chemicals & must be avoided
  • unstable documents such as photocopies and faxes
  • food & liquids
  • matches and explosives
  • rubber or objects with rubber parts (rubber deteriorates over time, releasing sulfur)
  • Any plastics with the recycling symbol ‘3’ (PVC), including plastic food wrap
  • Any plastics with the recycling symbol ‘7’ (these are very unstable)
  • Silk, because it may deteriorate
  • Wool and hair as they contain sulfur and therefore may corrode metal

 

I highly encourage everyone to share some of their ideas for what represents our community as it stands today. Although I will not be the final decision-maker for this venture, I am excited to hear just what our residents feels represents the incredible sense of community and family existent within Stittsville.

 

All submission ideas should be sent to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca. If possible, include an image of your recommended artifact. I look forward to all resident’s suggestions and cannot wait to share the selected item following the September 22nd deadline. Thank you.

-Shad

Councillor’s View – Stittsville BIA Meeting Recap

Dear Residents,

 

Last Tuesday night, I met with some Stittsville business owners for an excellent discussion at the information session regarding the potential Stittsville Business Improvement Area (BIA).

 

A BIA is important for the growing business community in Stittsville to have access to the resources which help them to thrive.

 

The session was well attended and some valuable points were brought up by some of the attendees.

 

I would like to thank the steering committee and all potential members who joined to share their insight, particularly Jim Walker for taking the lead as Chair person.

 

I have attached a copy of the presentation made at the meeting for your information available by clicking here.

 

A number of businesses have volunteered to be part of the Stittsville BIA Steering Committee to engage the discussion in the community and seek input. Now, it is very important that the Steering Committee hears from Stittsville’s business leaders to provide their input. All types of feedback are important and welcomed from every area of our diverse business community. Businesses and commercial property owners are requested to please complete an online survey available at the below links:

 

Please note that the survey will close on August 4

 

I strongly support the establishment of a BIA in Stittsville as I see there are many benefits that it would provide and it would be a valuable investment for businesses.  All decisions of the BIA would be made by the businesses and it is the businesses that would elect a Board made up of Stittsville businesses.

 

Another meeting is being planned and will hopefully take place later this autumn. More information on that will be shared in my newsletter as it is received.

 

For more information or to provide additional comments please contact myself and the Stittsville BIA Steering Committee at stittsvillebia@gmail.com. If you have specific questions regarding the assessment of your property and potential levy please feel free to contact the City’s Economic Development Officer Brian Simpson at Brian.Simpson@ottawa.ca.

-Shad

 

 

Councillor’s View – Traffic Calming Measures in Stittsville

Dear Residents,

 

I wanted to take a moment to discuss some of the valuable traffic calming measures that the City of Ottawa has been implementing in our residential neighbourhoods in conjunction with my office.

 

As I have expressed in the past, speeding is a major concern for both Ottawa Police Services and myself as your City Councillor. It is something that endangers the lives and safety of all residents whether they be pedestrians, cyclists, or other drivers. Unfortunately, speeding is not a problem that can be solved overnight but with proper education and deterrents, we can begin to make the change.

 

The “Slow Down for Us” campaign initiated by Safer Roads Ottawa is just one of these educational proponents. It encourages and reminds drivers to be aware of the risks they take when they choose to speed, particularly on residential streets where many of our parks are located in which our children play. The initiative also provides the opportunity for neighbours to chat with each other about the issue, to promote their support by placing a sign on their property and encourages them to act as role models when it comes to speeding on their own streets.

 

Traffic calming flex stakes are another example of an educational resource meant to bring awareness to speeding on residential streets. Implemented as a means to narrow roads, measures such as these demonstrate to drivers how easily vehicular control is diminished at such high speeds and, as such, encourages drivers to slow down to ensure they are avoided.

 

Last evening, there was some discussion on Twitter from concerned residents who expressed dissatisfaction with these types of measures being implemented in areas such as Rosehill. I would like to spend a moment examining the measures implemented in this area as an example of traffic calming measures at work.

 

As with all transportation concerns brought to the attention of my office, I have been working closely with Transportation staff with the City to discuss the feasibility of traffic calming measures at this location. First, while flex stakes were initially considered as an option, due to the multiple property laneways close by, staff decided it best not to restrict the residents of the street by putting posts between them. We did paint a centre yellow line to try to keep traffic within their identified lanes. Furthermore, on the west side on Rosehill, parking is supported on both sides of the street to encourage a similar result of calming known as “side friction”.

 

Additionally, staff implemented speed monitoring signs at one end of Rosehill as requested by residents which will remain for the duration of this season. While it was considered to implement an additional sign in the opposite direction, due to a lack of steady infrastructure to attach the sign to, this was not possible.

 

Speedbumps and speed humps are other traffic calming measures which have mixed results in other areas of the City. Unfortunately, in smaller areas such as those in Fairwinds, these measures inhibit the accessibility of a street to Emergency Medical Vehicles. They also obstruct the way for snow plows, making it difficult to navigate roads and properly clear streets with parked vehicles. Alternatively, these measures are semi-permanent and very expensive to remove should the need arise. As such, in recent years, staff is very considerate before adding speedbumps and speed humps unless it is to be an absolute last-case scenario. Another new tool that the City is employing are speed cushions which can be used on wider streets for both large and small vehicles to navigate.

Working with City staff, I am continuing to work on traffic calming measures yet to come on Rosehill as Johnwoods begins transition to a linear park. The City’s new Building Better Smarter Suburbs project currently underway will also help to ensure that new roads are designed based on efficiency.

 

I would like to be very clear that I will always welcome any discussion or concerns in regards to speeding or other community issues you may observe. My door is always open and residents can phone my office at any time to set up an appointment and sit down with me. It is also important to note that Ottawa Police Service (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. OPS responds to traffic concerns according to the 4 E’s of Traffic safety: Education, Engineering, Enforcement, and Emergency Response.

 

Please remember that social media is a great tool for communication but the best means to ensure your thoughts  are heard is and always will be to email me directly at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or phone my office at 613-580-2476. Thank you.

-Shad

 

 

Councillor’s View – LRT Kanata Extension EA Meeting Recap – Feedback Requested

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Dear Residents,

 

On June 5th, I had the pleasure of attending the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Kanata Extension Environmental Assessment Open House.

 

The event was well attended with over 100 participants from within the west-end communities and it was great to see residents so engaged and asking questions for such an important topic to the future of Stittsville.

The meeting discussed potential options regarding the future of the LRT extension from Moodie to Palladium through Kanata and requested feedback from community members on their thoughts.

A total of 13 potential corridors were identified, including locations north, south and central to Highway 417. All options are compatible with proposed extension of LRT to Moodie (Stage 2) and each option presented Palladium as the ideal location for the western terminus. The high density development planned for this area makes Palladium an ideal location for the line to end despite the uncertainty of what will become of the Canadian Tire Centre.

I would ideally like to see the rail continue one step further and see the line extended closer to Maple Grove to better serve the residents of Stittsville.

 

The presentation outline and boards listing provide a complete overview of the considerations for all 13 options.

 

I am pleased to report that Corridor 8 is the recommended option going forward as there are a number of benefits to this option:

  • It is centrally located along Highway 417 and provides a strong spine for bus transportation to compliment the system
  • Serves residents north and south of the highway and therefore provides good ridership potential
  • Minimal impact on residents leaving near the line
  • Utilizes existing park and rides (Eagleson, Terry Fox, and Palladium)
  • Has limited affect on the natural environment
  • Please see the Corridor 8 Board for more information on this plan.

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In addition to selecting Corridor 8 as the preferred choice, the City will still further review Corridors 5 and 13.

Corridor 5 provides service to Kanata North which does assist by providing access to the employment area in Kanata North but I feel this corridor provides little benefit to Stittsville residents. Additionally, I feel this creates a missed opportunity as the Terry Fox Park and Ride would not be utilized and the corridor has greater negative impacts as well including natural environment impact, complexity, and capital & operational costs.

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Corridor 13 provides greater service to Kanata South as well as Stittsville, however, this option runs along the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). I feel this will be create problems down the line and as such, the majority of residents would not support LRT near the TCT.

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City staff and the consultants provided an excellent overview of all the corridors considered.  The next step in the process is for a further analysis of corridors 5, 8 and 13. A second open house will be held in the Fall with more information.

Right now it is important that residents provide their comments by June 23, 2017. It is important that Stittsville residents are heard. If you support Corridor 8 and think the terminus should be south of Pallidum to provide a greater connection to Stittsville or have other ideas, please send them to the City.

Residents can provide comments by June 23, 2017 to:

 

Angela Taylor

Senior Project Engineer, Transportation Planning

angela.taylor@ottawa.ca

613-580-2424 Ext. 15210

www.Ottawa.ca/KanataLRT

 

I would like to thank all residents who took the time to come out to the event and I encourage all residents to provide their thoughts on what is certain to be a developmental decision which affects Stittsville for many generations to come. Thank you for your engagement.

-Shad

Councillor’s View – Kanata Extension LRT EA Open House Recap

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Dear Residents,

 

Last night, June 5th, I had the pleasure of attending the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Kanata Extension Environmental Assessment Open House.

 

The event was well attended with over 100 participants from within the west-end communities and it was great to see residents so engaged and asking questions for such an important topic to the future of Stittsville.

The meeting discussed potential options regarding the future of the LRT extension from Moodie to Palladium through Kanata and requested feedback from community members on their thoughts.

A total of 13 potential corridors were identified, including locations north, south and central to Highway 417. All options are compatible with proposed extension of LRT to Moodie (Stage 2) and each option presented Palladium as the location for the western terminus (as per the City’s Transportation Master Plan). The high density development potential for this area makes Palladium an ideal location for the line to end despite the uncertainty of what will become of the Canadian Tire Centre.

Ideally, I would like to see the rail continue one step further and see the line extended closer to Maple Grove to better serve the residents of Stittsville – even though this is not part of the LRT network as currently depicted in the Transportation Master Plan.

The presentation outline and boards listing provide a complete overview of the considerations for all 13 options.

 

I am pleased to report that Corridor 8 is the recommended option going forward as there are a number of benefits to this option:

  • It is centrally located for Kanata and runs along the northern edge of Highway 417 and provides a strong spine for bus transportation to complement the system
  • Serves residents north and south of the highway and therefore provides good ridership potential
  • Minimal impact on residents living near the line
  • Utilizes existing park and rides (Eagleson, Terry Fox, and Palladium)
  • Has limited affect on the natural environment
  • Please see the Corridor 8 Board for more information on this plan.

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In addition to selecting Corridor 8 as the preliminary preferred choice, the City will still further review Corridors 5 and 13 based on initial feedback.

Corridor 5 provides service to Kanata North which does assist by providing access to the employment area in Kanata North but I feel this corridor provides little benefit to Stittsville residents. Additionally, I feel this creates a missed opportunity as the Terry Fox Park and Ride would not be utilized and the corridor has greater negative impacts as well including natural environment impact, complexity, and capital & operational costs.

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Corridor 13 provides greater service to Kanata South as well as Stittsville, however, this option runs along the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). I feel this will be create problems and change the nature of the corridor, and as such, the majority of residents would not support LRT in the TCT.

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City staff and the consultants provided an excellent overview of all the corridors considered.  The next step in the process is for a further analysis of corridors 5, 8 and 13. A second open house will be held in the Fall with more information.

Right now it is important that residents provide their comments by June 23, 2017. It is important that Stittsville residents are heard. If you support Corridor 8 and think the terminus should be south of Pallidum to provide a greater connection to Stittsville or have other ideas, please send them to the City.

Residents can provide comments by June 23, 2017 to:

 

Angela Taylor

Senior Project Engineer, Transportation Planning

angela.taylor@ottawa.ca

613-580-2424 Ext. 15210

www.Ottawa.ca/KanataLRT

 

I would like to thank all residents who took the time to come out to the event and I encourage all residents to provide their thoughts on what is certain to be a developmental decision which affects Stittsville for many generations to come. Thank you for your engagement.

-Shad

 

Councillor’s View – Volunteer Initiatives

Dear Residents,

 

Today, I had the pleasure of stopping by Sacred Heart High School for their participation in the Relay For Life.

 

For those of you who do not know, Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event organized by the Canadian Cancer Society. Thanks in part to enthusiastic community volunteers, Relay for Life has been the biggest fundraising event in Canada for over 15 years and has raised over $28 million toward cancer research. Each year, more than 5,000 Relay For Life events take place in over twenty countries.

 

I am always thrilled to see activism in the community, particularly when large groups of youth volunteers come together in an initiative to promote change, raise funds, and support research for issues such as these.

 

Cancer is a disease that affects us all and it is through great initiatives such as these that we may continue to study it and learn to treat victims across Canada.

 

Whether it be through the Relay for Life, the Walk for Alzheimers, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or any of the several other worthwhile charitable fundraisers of your choice, I would like to thank all residents who will be taking the time this summer to participate in an event, have sponsored someone who is, or show their support on behalf of someone you know and love. Regardless of the cause, I appreciate all you do.

 

I would also like to take this moment to encourage all residents to get involved in one of these great initiatives. It only takes a moment to take the first step.

 

The first step you take toward improving the lives of others is the most important. It is the first step toward creating a world free from horrible diseases such as cancer. On behalf the community, I would like to thank you for your efforts.

 

Thank you.

-Shad

Councillor’s View – Fly Our Flag

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Picture courtesy of Tim Sheehan

Dear Residents,

 

We are just over a month away from Canada Day and with this year’s sesquicentennial anniversary, it is certain to be more exciting than ever!

 

As part of our ward’s celebrations, I would like to invite all residents to stop by my ward office at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to pick up additional paper Canadian flags to celebrate. In addition, my office has also been supplied with commemorative Ottawa 2017 flags which are available while quantities last!

 

Once you have your flag, there is no better thing to do than to fly it with pride! This year, I am inviting all of Stittsville to send me their Canadian themed photos including photos of your Canadian Tulips. As I receive them, I will be showcasing them in my online album available at https://shadqadri.com/fly-our-flag/

 

Photos can be of anything, anyone, or anywhere – just remember to integrate Canada’s colours and symbols into the mix. This past winter, I have already received some wonderful images of snow-shovelled maple leaves, Canadian flag-themed Christmas trees, Canada 150 snow forts and snowmen, and more!

This is your chance to showcase your beautiful commemorative red and white Canada 150 tulips or Canadian-themed firework displays (when bylaws permit). You can place flags in your windows, onto your pets, around the community or whatever else your heart imagines.

 

The Canadian flag is one of few that optimally features a living entity such as the Maple Leaf. To me, that is the country of Canada and the community of Stittsville – a living and growing community that takes pride in its spirit.

 

So Stittsville, take this opportunity to be a part of something great. Fly our flag with pride and let’s be a part of something great.

-Shad

Councillor’s View – Stittsville Appreciation Awards Recap

Dear Residents,

 

This week, the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards were held at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

 

Each year, I am thrilled to recognize our outstanding community volunteers for all that they do to make Stittsville what we are.

 

For those of you who do not know, the Stittsville Appreciation Awards are an opportunity to shine some light on an individual or group within Stittsville that has helped to make a difference in our lives.

 

Nominations are opened to the public in mid-late February and on the night of the Awards presentation, four recipients are recognized as: Business of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, and the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year in honour of an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation.

 

I would like to thank all of this year’s nominees and recipients for taking the time to participate in this annual tradition and for sharing their stories of community building to inspire others.

 

I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for taking the time to join us at the Awards, the nominators for taking the time to recognize these achievements, those in attendance, John Brummell for being our official photographer, Mia Hamer – our National Anthem singer, and my office team for their hard work in ensuring that the event was successful and enjoyable for all.

 

This year’s nominees and recipients were:

  • Youth Citizen of the Year – Caitlin Bauer (winner), Shayna Douglas, Matt Smart, Sam Spriggs, Katie Xu, and Jack Fan
  • Senior Citizen of the Year – Patricia Warford (winner), and the Knotty Knitters
  • Business of the Year – The Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera (winner), Quitters Coffee, Rona, and U-Rock Music School
  • Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year – Barbara Bottriel (winner), Janice Leblanc, and Heather Strachan

 

I am incredibly proud to bear witness to and honour our incredible community volunteers each year.

 

Having events such as these is important to recognizing the small acts of kindness that truly make Stittsville a community. Although there are only four award recipients, we are all winners for benefitting from such loving and caring neighbours.

 

Stittsville truly is the home of Champions. Thank you.

 

-Shad

 

Stittsville Appreciation Award Nominees

Congratulations again to all those who helped to make this year’s Stittsville Appreciation Awards a success! All nominees and recipients were very well deserving. This year’s recipients included:

 

Youth Citizen of the Year: Caitlin Bauer

  • This nominee emulates the perseverance, courage and compassion that not only make her a great leader but an extraordinary citizen of Stittsville.
  • Chosen by her school’s Guidance counselors as an ideal Peer Mentor and Sources of Strength student leader, she actively models to both staff and fellow students the value of giving back to improve the lives of others through her participation and leadership in local and global initiatives such as “SleepOUT for Youth” and “Relay for Life” and even travelling as far as Nicaragua to lend her hand in building a school.
  • She is a role model for youth and adults alike and her efforts and positive impact are felt throughout Stittsville, Ottawa and beyond.

 

Senior Citizen of the Year: Patricia Warford

  • Every Tuesday for the past 15 years, this nominee has volunteered at the Stittsville Legion, setting up and cleaning tables and chairs in preparation for those who play cards
  • President of the Stittsville Legion Board of Directors for the past 15 years, an active volunteer with the Food Bank for 6 years, volunteer tenant representative with the Goulbourn Non Profit Housing Corp for 18 years, and zone commander for the Stittsville Legion Ladies auxiliary for 12 years, this nominee makes volunteering a part of her life, constantly giving back to the Stittsville community.
  • She leads by example and makes the greatest effort in ensuring that things are done right and kept in order. She is honest and ethical and inspires her fellow residents to create a better sense of well-being and health within our communities.

Business of the Year: The Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera

  • This nominated business is comprised of an excellent staff of caring, thoughtful and respectful persons who are dedicated to helping their senior residents to enjoy healthy senior years while still contributing to the community.
  • Raffles and activities held throughout the year help to raise funds for local charities while giving the senior residents an interesting activity to participate in, truly making residents feel at home
  • From supporting local sports teams, catering free lunches in the Community and continuing to hire local students’ year after year, they are a responsible business that helps to give Stittsville a total, balanced society by caring for and keeping senior residents in the community. Staff foster a positive environment to give Stittsville the full spectrum of a community.

Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year: Barbara Bottriel

  • This nominee is long time contributor to the Stittsville community, serving on the Parent Council at A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School in its early years and writing two books focused on Stittsville: including one about Mowoo, the deer that became a village pet and the other telling the history of Stittsville.
  • In her role as president of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, she was involved in the Main Street Community Design Plan and she also was a leader in the battle to try to preserve the Bradley’s General Store building after its disastrous fire.
  • She is an active member of the St. Thomas Anglican Church and her love of singing has also led her to become a promising member of the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus.
  • Known as the heart and soul of the Historical Society for years, she is an acknowledged leader and inspires those around her to do more.

 

These biographies were presented to my office by the nominators. For the list of all nominees and their biographies, please click here.

 

Thank you to all nominees and nominators for participating in this community recognition event.