New “Welcome to Stittsville Sign” and Flag Raising Ceremony

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I am happy to share that my office has been in coordination with the owners of the Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence and the Kavanagh family (owners of the former landmark Stittsville Flea Market) in presenting an exciting new contribution to the community taking place June 24th from 12:30-2:00 PM.

 

A number of enhancements will be revealed in the unused green City space located at the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street– at no cost to taxpayers. These enhancements include the construction of a 40-foot flag pole to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, and the installation of a new, bilingual Welcome to Stittsville sign.

 

My office and the owners of the Hazeldean Gardens both felt that this was a great initiative to demonstrate Canadian pride particularly with this year’s sesquicentennial celebrations in full swing. I suggested that a Canadian flag integrated at the center of our community would be a welcome addition to Stitsville; this idea progressed when the developers offered to install the flag pole in the available green space.

 

An RCMP officer will be present and BeaverTails Ottawa is supporting the event by providing free BeaverTail pastries to those in attendance.

 

I would like to thank both the Hazeldean Gardens as well as the Kavanagh family for supporting these welcome contributions to our community. The Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence looks forward to their grand opening in 2018.

 

I hope that many residents are available to make it out as we #flyourflag just in time for Canada Day! Please join us for this special occasion.

Stittsville Community Garage Sales

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Garage Sale season in Stittsville is in full swing and here are just some of the multi-block sales organized by just some of our wonderful community volunteers and community associations!

 

More details are available on the event posters below. Some of the garage sales announced thus far for June include:

  • Jackson Trails (north of Hazeldean Rd at Stittsville Main St) – June 17th
  • Sable Run (south of Westridge) – June 24th and 25th

For an easy reference map of the communities in Stittsville, please click here.

 

If you are holding a community garage sale this summer, please do not hesitate to send me the details of your event at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and I would be happy to share the message in my newsletter.

Welcoming Week Breakfast

I would like to invite all residents to a breakfast reception taking place at Ottawa City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W) to launch “Welcoming Ottawa Week 2017”. The event takes place Tuesday, June 20th from 7:30-9:00 AM.

 

Welcoming Ottawa Week is organized by Mayor Jim Watson’s office in coordination with the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership (OLIP). It is an annual festival that celebrates the contributions of all residents (old and new) in making our city a diverse and welcoming community to those who are new to our city as well as the contributions of immigrants.

 

Stittsville-resident, Murilo Torres, will be acting as one of the week’s ambassadors as he represents Stittsville and Ottawa as a whole in welcoming others.
RSVPs can be made here and accommodation requests are encouraged to be advised in advance. I hope that many residents are able to join this event and celebrate what it is that makes us courteous and welcoming to strangers throughout this, and every week.

City Chat: Coyotes information Session with Dr. Nick Stow

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A coyote, Canis latrans, at Great Plains Zoo.

Over the last months, I have heard from several residents in different areas of the Stittsville community voicing concerns towards the presence of coyotes around their neighbourhoods. As a result, in March, my office, with the assistance of Dr. Nick Stow from the City’s Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development Department, hosted a meeting to address many of these concerns in the community of Wyldewood.

 

For any residents who may have missed this information session or may still have questions/concerns, I am happy to invite you all to join us for a City Chat at the Stittsville Public Library on June 12th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Dr. Stow will discuss; the character and importance of Coyotes in maintaining a healthy eco-system, what we can do to as residents to co-exist, along with a number of other important points to consider. After Dr. Stow’s presentation there will be an opportunity to voice any concerns or questions that you may have.

 

If you have questions regarding any other wildlife, I do encourage you to let my office know in advance so that Dr. Stow will be prepared to answer any additional wildlife concerns.

 

There is a limited capacity of 42 people in the Library’s Board room but there are still 30 spaces remaining for this event! I ask that you kindly RSVP in advance of the event should wish to attend the session. It will be on a first come first serve basis. Residents can RSVP by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or calling my office at 613-580-2476.

Kontinuum – An Ottawa2017 Underground Multimedia Experience Event in the LRT Tunnel

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Ottawa2017 is in full swing and the next signature event is slated to set up in the upcoming weeks providing a first-hand look at the brand new Light Rail Transit (LRT) Tunnel.

Kontinuum is an immersive multimedia production, created by Ottawa 2017 and Moment Factory, and it unfolds in the future Lyon Light Rail Transit (LRT) station. Visitors descend deep underground into an anomaly in the fabric of reality where invisible frequencies take on physical dimension. Elevate your senses and awaken your imagination in this journey where two realms collide.

This is a fantastic opportunity to get a first look at Ottawa’s new Confederation Line tunnel prior to its launch in 2018.

Operating Hours run from end of June to early September (exact dates to be confirmed) from 10 am to 10 pm daily. The circuit should take between 35 minutes and 45 minutes to complete with groups of approximately 70 people entering at a time Over 4000 people will be able to experience this FREE event each day

A soft launch will take place during the first two weeks of July – a reduced number of tickets will be available on site only during this period. The official opening will be in mid-July. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster shortly (for select dates and times)

Mark your calendars! More information will be provided in my column as it comes. You can also visit http://www.ottawa2017.ca/events/signature-events/kontinuum/

Soirée Fou rire, LOL!

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I am pleased to let residents know about an upcoming comedy program – in French – organized by the Ottawa Public Library (OPL): Soirée Fou rire, LOL!  OPL is partnering with ACFO (Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario) to present an evening of stand-up comedy by several recently-trained adult and adolescent Franco-Ontarian comics from our region. The performers are all finalists of professional training programs led by the comedy groups, Troupe LOL or Fou rire collectif.

 

The June 13 program is part of the OPL’s special programming that celebrates storytelling in all its forms during Canada’s 150th anniversary year. Comedy is a fun and creative form of storytelling, as well as means of cultural expression, that can bring people out of their shells and pull communities together.

 

The event will take place on Tuesday, June 13th at 7 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre – Richcraft Theatre. Admission is free but tickets should be reserved online. Participants should be 12 years of age or older.

 

I highly encourage all residents to take this opportunity to get out and enjoy some out-loud laughs! L.O.L.!

City Chat: Coyotes information Session with Dr. Nick Stow

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A coyote, Canis latrans, at Great Plains Zoo.

Over the last month, I have heard from several residents in different areas of the Stittsville community voicing concerns towards the presence of coyotes around their neighbourhoods.

 

On June 12th, I invite you to join me along with Dr. Nick Stow from the City’s Planning, Infrastructure & Economic Development Department, at the Stittsville Public Library from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a public information session. Dr. Stow will discuss; the character and importance of Coyotes in maintaining a healthy eco-system, what we can do to as residents to co-exist, along with a number of other important points to consider. After Dr. Stow’s presentation there will be an opportunity to voice any concerns or questions that you may have.

 

As there is a limited capacity of 42 people in the Library’s Board room I ask that you kindly RSVP by 8th June should wish to attend the session. It will be on a first come first serve basis.

Kanata LRT Extension EA Study Open House

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I would like to advise residents that an Open House regarding the Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA) Study will be held on Monday June 5th. The Open House will take place from 5:30-8:30 PM, with a presentation at 6:30PM at the Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A (100 Charlie Rogers Way).

An EA is conducted prior to all large projects within the City of Ottawa to ensure that the area being built or developed on will not be negatively impacted by the construction.  This future extension of the LRT will connect from the Western Moodie Extension and will travel north of Highway 417 in Kanata and then will end at the Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville.   While the majority of this route will be located in Kanata it is important to note it will bring benefits to Stittsville and also the surrounding communities of West Carlton and Rideau-Goulbourn.   The west end Councillors have been working together on ensuring that the project timelines can be pushed forward to provide an increased level of transit service that is desperately needed to service Stittsville and our neighboring communities.
I would like to invite all residents to join the discussion regarding this phase of the LRT extension further into the west end including Stittsville.  For more information on this EA please visit here.

Senior’s Canada Day Breakfast

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Canada Day is once again upon the horizon and with it comes my annual Canada Day Seniors’ Breakfast!

 

If you are a senior citizen living in Stittsville, stop by the Sterling Howie Fire Hall on Stittsville Main Street to be served a delicious breakfast by the men and women of the Ottawa Fire Service. Food will be catered by Scrumptious Creative Catering.

 

As always, seating will be decided on a first come-first served basis. The reservation period is now OPEN. Please RSVP in advance as space will be limited. Doors will open at 8:00 AM.

 

My office will be helping out the Stittsville Food Bank by accepting monetary donations or canned/boxed goods. Please always remember that before you donate to check the expiry date.

 

This is a great way for residents to meet together in their community and show off their national pride. To RSVP, simply email my office at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or call at 613-580-2476. Please let us know in advance if you require any special accommodations and who will be joining you. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Stittsville Community Garage Sales

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Garage Sale season in Stittsville has begun and here are just some of the multi-block sales organized by just some of our wonderful community volunteers and community associations!

More details are available on the event posters below. Some of the garage sales announced thus far for May include:

  • Fairwinds – June 3rd from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Timbermere – June 3rd (various times)
  • Deer Run – June 3rd from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Granite Ridge – June 3rd from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Sable Run – June 24th and 25th

For an easy reference map of the communities in Stittsville, please click here.

 

If you are holding a community garage sale this summer, please do not hesitate to send me the details of your event at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca and I would be happy to share the message in my newsletter.