Hopes Rising

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This week, I had the pleasure of joining 9 of my Councillor colleagues in support of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation’s Hopes Rising Campaign for mental health services for adults of all ages in west Ottawa.

 

The Hopes Rising campaign donations will support a new, therapeutic environment to deliver the best in holistic mental healthcare for patients and families at Queensway Carleton Hospital as well as enhance emergency programs and services for people in a mental health crisis and, help strengthen connections to community mental health support services.

 

Together with Councillors Harder, Wilkinson, El-Chantiry, Taylor, Chiarelli, Egli, Moffatt, Qaqish, and Hubley, we have set a goal to raise $500,000 toward mental health resources through various fundraisers in this year-long campaign.

 

Funds raised will go toward renovation of the mental health unit in the hospital which provides acute mental health services to over 400,000 in West Ottawa; the unit has not had any major enhancements since opening over 40 years ago.

 

I would like to thank all representatives of the Hopes Rising campaign, the campaign chairs: Erin and Chris Phillips, and all of my councillor colleagues for embarking on this great initiative.

 

To donate, please visit www.Ambassadors.qchfoundation.ca.

 

For more information on Hopes Rising, please visit: www.hopesrising.ca.

Stittsville Public School Outdoor Classroom Opening

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of joining Stittsville Public School as they launched their outdoor classroom!

 

Principal Catherine Donnelly highlighted the importance of this special new feature at the school.

 

She noted how an outdoor classroom provides students an opportunity for learning to apply education in a natural setting and indeed there are many benefits to explore. The space provides a science lesson about habitats you can see firsthand and inspiration can be found in writing when outside.

 

This classroom was possible due to support from the SPS council and fundraising efforts. This is a great initiative to see what can be done by the school community when we work together.

 

Funding was also provided by the OCDSB, TD Bank’s Friends of the environment foundation and City’s Community Environmental Projects Grant Program.

 

As I said at the event, this classroom is “an outdoor textbook” in which we can learn about the world around us. I hope these students and future generations to come continue to flourish in the pursuit of learning.

October 6th BBQ in the Park

ATTENTION ALL BARBEQUE LOVERS! Please join me in kicking off Thanksgiving Long Weekend on Friday, October 6th, 2017 with a community BBQ!

 

The event will take place at Village Square Park (at the corner of Stittsville Main Street and Abbott Street) from 11AM-4PM with food being served between 12PM-3PM.

 

Tim Horton’s will be on site with their mobile café, and there will be ample fun and games for children, teens, and families. This is a great opportunity for youth of all ages to spend some time outdoors connecting with their peers and having some fun! Seeing as October 6th is a P.D. day for both local school boards, my hope is to see as many youth attend the event as possible!

More details will be shared in my electronic newsletter in the weeks leading up to the event so stay tuned! Stittsville, I look forward to seeing you on October 6th and enjoying a hamburger and/or hotdog with you!

Stittsville Planning Tour with General Manager of Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development

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This week I had the opportunity to tour Stittsville with Stephen Willis who is the General Manager of Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development at the City of Ottawa.  Stephen Willis is one of the eight General Managers at the City of Ottawa who reports directly to the City Manager, Steve Kanellakos. Previously a consultant with the National Capital Commission (NCC), Stephen possesses a great deal of expertise and insight and I was honoured to familiarise him with our community firsthand.

 

As a resident in a suburban community, Mr. Willis is well of aware of the typical challenges a growing community faces. I invited Mr. Willis out to Stittsville so that I could show him first hand the growth of Stittsville and the challenges we face as a result of that growth. This was also a great opportunity to highlight the uniqueness of Stittsville and demonstrate how development has impacted our communities.

 

Our tour began on Stittsville Main Street with a discussion of sites currently under construction as well as potential future development sites.  We discussed how the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan provides an important plan for the future of the street.  From there, we visited a number of existing neighbourhoods as well as developments under construction.  We discussed some of the lessons learned through growth that the City is addressing with policy changes recommended by the City’s Building Better and Smarter Suburbs initiative. I also raised a number of concerns related to infrastructure items that are important to the community including those relating to planning such as parking, new parks, pedestrian and cycling pathways as well as the need for educational and health care services in Stittsville.

 

I would like to thank Mr. Willis for taking the time to join me on this tour of our community. While planning processes is one thing on paper, I am a firm believer that seeing and experiencing communities firsthand is the best way to understand their needs. I look forward to the opportunity to conduct similar community tours with other Department Managers moving forward into the future.

 

The growth in Stittsville has a significant impact on the residents in the community and I continue to work towards resolving existing issues and ensure that we plan development properly for the future.

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