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.

Councillor’s View – Flooding Update

Dear Residents,

As most of you are aware, we have experienced significant rainfall in our region over the past couple of weeks. Many residents in Constance Bay, Fitzroy Harbour, Dunrobin, MacLarens Landing, Britannia, and Cumberland have had to either evacuate their homes and or received property damage due to the flooding that has occurred as a result of the rain. The City quickly implemented their emergency response. Now water levels are receding and the City has moved into recovery operations. Even though there is a relief felt across the city that the weather has improved and that the flood water levels are dropping, there is still a long road ahead for clean-up and recovery.

A Flood Recovery Task Force has been established and both short- and long-term plans are being finalized to meet the needs of residents. The majority of staff efforts is beginning to move from emergency response to safety, wellness, clean-up and restoration in the affected communities.

In Stittsville, we were spared massive flooding and loss of property but this doesn’t mean that we went unaffected.  Whether we know people, who are in the flooded areas or whether we heard about the flooding through the media, one can’t help but imagine the stress and sadness that comes from the potential loss that the flood victims have accrued.  At this time, I encourage you to reach out and assist where possible.

If you want to help those affected by the flooding, the Canadian Red Cross (1-800-418-1111) are accepting financial donations and the Salvation Army (1-800-725-2769) is also collecting clothing and household items for those who have been displaced.

For cash donations you can also connect with the Constance Bay Legion Branch 616 (613-832-2082)

It is in challenging times like this that we witness the difference a community can make. From our Emergency Services staff, our Public Health staff, our City Staff, and local residents coming together to place sandbags to hold back water to the businesses that provided free meals and hot drinks; the teamwork and collaboration that we have seen over the last week has been a true demonstration of kindness and support. Thank you to all residents and volunteers from across the City who came together to help during this challenging time.

As I have said many times, “a community is not built on bricks and mortar. It is built by the people”. Thank you.

-Shad
 

Councillor’s View – Canada 150 Maple Tree Grove Project

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Dear Residents,

 

I would like to take a moment to share an exciting project taking place this Spring/Fall in commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.

 

As announced in the City’s 2017 Council-approved budget, each of the 23 wards within the City of Ottawa will be planting a grove of 150 native Canadian Maple Trees to celebrate one of our Country’s most prominent natural symbols.

 

The maple leaf has is one of the few national flag emblems of a living entity, as such it has always meant a great deal to me personally as it embodies the living spirit and vitality that comprises our great country of Canada.

 

Stittsville’s selected location can be found on the pathway link at 46 Beverly Street.

 

The grove will consist of a combination of 50 Red Maple, 50 Silver Maple, and 50 Sugar Maples and trees will stand at about 5-7 feet tall. Planting should take place before the end of May.

 

Each grove will be adorned with a stone site marker, engraved to commemorate the 150th anniversary celebrations.

 

Residents are invited to read more about the project and for your benefit, I have attached a Frequently Asked Questions PDF available here.

 

 

For a full list of locations receiving the groves across the City, please visit http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/trees-and-community-forests/planting.

 

I, for one, am thoroughly excited for Stittsville to be a part of this outstanding project and am excited to see the final result of added greenery to our beautiful community once it is complete.

-Shad

 

 

Councillor’s View – Lebreton Flats and the Future of the Canadian Tire Centre

Hello Residents,

 

Prior to this week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Jim Watson formally announced that he will be seeking a mandate from Committee and Council to allow the City of Ottawa to enter into negotiations with RendezVous LeBreton Group (RLG), the National Capital Commission (NCC) and other government partners on the redevelopment of LeBreton Flats.

 

The decision was made to ensure that the best interests of the City and its taxpayers continue to be represented in the redevelopment of this significant land area, including a more viable transit system, an increase in environmental sustainability and a more prosperous and vibrant core.

 

In this memo, the Mayor also announced plans to work with the Ottawa Senators organization, businesses, residents, and the City’s West-End councilors including myself to ensure that appropriate options are being developed to help make up for the potential economic loss to Stittsville, Kanata and the West End of Ottawa, should the Canadian Tire Centre be relocated.

 

While the ongoing project of the Lebreton Flats redevelopment will no doubt become a large contributing milestone in the future of our City, I must confess that losing Stittsville’s own Canadian Tire Centre in its current location would certainly prove to be a disappointing moment for our West-end residents and myself, included.

 

The Ottawa Senators hockey team is a prominent attraction existing within the West-end area. For many of us, they have become a part of our everyday life and have mutually benefitted our economic foundation.

 

It is sad to consider losing one of Stittsville’s most beloved landmarks but I do remain optimistic that whatever may eventually occupy the space of the Canadian Tire Centre will be a positive boost to our west-end economy.

 

I look forward to working with the Mayor, my Councillor colleagues, and the Senators organization going forward and as always, I will happily share any updates with our community as they arise.

-Shad

 

 

Councillor’s View – Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary

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Dear Residents,

 

As this week is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, I thought that I would take this opportunity to share some of the battle’s historical background in defining its importance in Canadian history.

 

The battle of Vimy Ridge was an iconic military engagement which took place in the Pas-de-Calais region of France during the First World War.

 

Four divisions of Canadian combatants fought to take the area of Vimy against three divisions of the German Sixth Army. Canada won the assault but at a price; almost 3600 Canadian soldiers were killed in the battle.

 

Many historians mark Vimy not just as a significant battlefield victory but as a turning point in Canadian history. It was the first time that the four Canadian divisions, comprised of men from all regions of Canada, fought together united.

 

The soldiers’ taking of the heavily fortified German stronghold played a major role in the victory of the war and the Battle of Vimy Ridge was celebrated as one of Canada’s greatest military achievements. In 1922, the French Government built a memorial on the highest point of the Vimy Ridge and dedicated it to the memory of the Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the war.

 

The Vimy Pin was also created in more recent years as a way for Canadians to show their pride and honour the memory of our fallen World War 1 soldiers. With all proceeds going to the Vimy Foundation, the pin displays the two iconic columns of the Vimy Memorial with four vertical coloured bands, representing the four Canadian divisions involved in the battle.

 

I would like to take a moment to thank all of our Canadian men and women who proudly serve this country at risk to their own lives – the veterans and soldiers who have served in conflicts and wars around the globe. Thank you for your great service to this country and for all you do to keep us safe.

 

This April 9-12, I encourage all residents to take a moment of reflection to remember the sacrifices of our brave Canadian veterans. 100 years may have passed but our veterans will continue to live on in our hearts throughout history.

-Shad