Pinpoint311 App

For the past several months, City of Ottawa staff have been working hard on a new 3-1-1 app with a local developer. The app is a result of the Open311 Web Services Pilot Project and provides new ways to interact with City data, supports the strategic objective of digital service enhancement and is implemented under the mandate of the framework for the Digital Services Strategy (DSS).

 

Pinpoint311 is the first web and mobile application that is now available for Apple, Android and Blackberry devices through corresponding app stores. A web based application is also available.

 

Pinpoint311 allows residents to submit and track service requests. This free app allows users to attach photos and see other service requests and information in the City. The app is owned and produced by a third party and the City is not responsible for interface design or user experience for third party apps but is willing to work with developers to improve Open311. The City has facilitated this type of development through the release and acceptance of data through Open311.

 

Moving forward, the Open311 project team will continue to work with the developer community to refine the City’s Open311 offering. The City will seek to evaluate the overall success of the Open311 Pilot by the end of Q3 2017. Per the direction to staff received at the 27 April 2017 Innovation and Technology Services Committee meeting, staff will provide a formal report back to the Committee on the development of mobile applications for 3-1-1 requests.

 

This is an incredible step forward taken by the City of Ottawa as facilitating communication with all residents is the primary step toward improving our City.

 

I highly encourage all residents with smartphones to download the app and try submitting their next service request through their phone. You might be pleasantly surprised at its convenience! For a list of items that can be reported to 311 and Service Ottawa, please visit http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/your-city-government/contact-city-ottawa

Junior Achievement Company Awards 2017

This week, I had the sincere pleasure of attending the Junior Achievement (JA) Company Awards where local youth came together to showcase the projects they have been working hard on over the 2016-2017 school year.

 

JA Company is a 16-week program where high school students build a real business with the help of mentors. The students deliver skills in business, leadership, communication, teamwork and other important areas.

 

These companies brought innovative ideas forward and, working alongside their mentors and educators, demonstrated dedication and commitment to developing their entrepreneurial spirit.

 

I would like to send my congratulations to all of the youth groups involved for showcasing some incredible ideas and proving just what our future leaders have in store. I am especially thrilled to congratulate company, “String of Strength” from Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville who were the recipients of the “After-School” category competition. Last January, I had the pleasure of meeting with the students involved where they presented their achievements thus far and contributed $250 of their earnings to Tysen’s Mission to a Million.

 

I would like to thank all of the organizers of this program for making the event a success and providing youth the opportunity to test their talents. I would also like to thank Strings of Strength mentors Rob Campbell, Brian Marshall, and Murilo Torres and liaison educator, Shawnie Lane for all of their involvement in assisting the team to pursue their passion.

 

Congratulations to all!

Big Bike Ride

Have you ever seen a large bike with 30 people riding around town blowing their horns? Have you ever wanted to climb aboard one to raise awareness for a worthwhile cause? Well, this is your opportunity to do so!

I am happy to announce that once again on August 17th, I am participating in the 2017 Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride, presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada. I would like to extend an invite to any interested residents to join our team and help us fundraise to support the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Bring your noisemakers and bring your pedaling power but beyond all else, bring your presence! The Big Bike is an exciting and enjoyable fundraising event as individuals come together aboard a bicycle built for 30 to raise awareness for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. To join or sponsor the team, simply click on our team link here and then click “Join our Team” and complete the registration. There is no registration or minimum fundraising fee but I encourage everybody to raise as many dollars as possible to support the Heart & Stroke foundation. All the funds directly support the Heart and Stroke Foundation in its goal of reducing Canadians rate of death from heart disease and stroke by 25% by 2020.
With your cooperation, I am sure we can make the big bike ride a BIG success.

Thank you and I look forward to riding the Big Bike with you!

Dirt Bikes in Stittsville

With the summer officially upon us, I would like to take a moment to remind Stittsville residents about the proper protocol for dirt bikes around our community.

 

Please note that motorized vehicles including snow mobiles are not allowed on the Trail between Terry Fox Drive to West Ridge Drive. 

 

Please be aware that it is illegal to drive any motorized vehicle including pocket motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATV’s on the Trail. Many residents use this beautiful trail as a walking path so not only does using a motorized vehicle here pose an extreme safety issue with the vehicles themselves, it also poses danger to civilians and can cause damage to the walking path.

 

Please also remember that anyone using a dirt bike on streets, roadways, shoulders need to have a valid driver’s license, insurance, license plate and ownership. It’s not uncommon to see dirt bikes in urban settings along the shoulder and sometimes on the roadway driven by youths. Unless they have the noted documentation above, they are breaking the law and could be subjected to the associated fines for each violation.  A dirt bike cannot be used on trails unless it is designated to be used for off road vehicles. Remember that if you are in violation of the law, you could be fined. For more details pertaining to Off-Road-Vehicle (ORV) Fines, please visit:

I want to stress the importance to please ensure that safety concerns such as these be reported to the police every time they are witnessed and with as much detail as possible (time of day, description of vehicle and driver description). The more reports that are received the more resources the Police will allocate to the issue.

 

If you are witnessing this activity taking place, please report it with the Ottawa Police online at https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp, or if you feel there is an immediate concern for the safety of residents please call 9-1-1. You can place a report after the fact by calling 613-236-1222 x 7300 or online here.

Mayor’s Breakfast in Stittsville

From left to right: (back) Claire Checkland, John Monk (owner, Main St Cafe), myself (Shad Qadri), Mayor Jim Watson, Jim Walker, (front) Adrienne Charlton, Caitlin Bauer, Susan Fullerton, Sarah MacEachern, Jenny Guth, and Eva Von Jagow

This week, I had the pleasure of joining Mayor Jim Watson and eight of Stittsvillle’s involved community leaders for breakfast.

 

This was an incredible opportunity for residents to make their voices heard on major items affecting the City of Ottawa and share their ideas on ways the City can work toward improvement in the upcoming years. This was also a great opportunity for Mayor Watson and I to hear from residents directly on items which matter most to them on a variety of topics.

 

Mayor Watson provided a summary of some of the City’s current projects including Light Rail Transit (LRT) and temporary traffic calming pilots.

 

Beyond that, some of the concerns addressed by our community leaders included challenges being faced in the pursuit of a Stittsville public high school, the creation of the Stittsville Business Improvement Area (BIA), steps to reduce illicit opioid-related overdoses in the city, and opportunities for youth to become engaged within our ward.

 

I would like to sincerely thank all of the community members that took the time to join Mayor Watson and myself to share their impressive insight into the diverse subjects that affect us, as Stittsville residents. The feedback provided to us will be used to help us plan for the needs of our communities both now, and farther into the future.

 

I would also like to thank Mayor Watson and his team for organizing the breakfast and providing this opportunity to hear from our residents in person on issues that matter to them.

 

As always, my door is open always to any concerns and inquiries residents may have. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office should you ever need. You can email me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or phone my office at 613-580-2476. Thank you for keeping Stittsville engaged.

-Shad

Upcoming highlights at Inspiration Village

Inspiration Village is Ottawa 2017’s latest signature event currently taking place in the ByWard Market featuring a succession of FREE special exhibits, demonstrations, inspirational guest speakers and performances showcasing Canadian culture and Canada’s provinces and territories. Now, I am pleased to share some of the upcoming programming announced that you can witness firsthand.

 

THIS SUMMER AT INSPIRATION VILLAGE

Surprising challenges, friendly competitions and fun workshops will animate the entire Village while inspirational guest speakers and an eclectic line-up of talented performers will take the stage.

 

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING

 

  • St-Jean-Baptiste

June 24 from noon to 8 p.m.

Come celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day at Inspiration Village! Enjoy musical and theatrical performances that include French artists that will allow you to discover the origins of the Quebec’s culture through music and storytelling.

 

  • Canada Day

July 1, from noon to 11 p.m.

Stop by on Canada Day where Inspiration Village will be celebrating Canada’s 150th with special activities and performances for the whole family. Don’t miss a red and white inspired musical rendition by Groovy Little Orchestra who will perform some of the top Canadian songs. Christopher, Josée and Lexie from Mini TFO will also be on-site to entertain little ones with songs, stories and games.

 

IGNITE YOUR FUTURE

Every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Take part in an array of activities that will challenge your mind and body, and harness your creativity.

 

  • Head in the Clouds: Recycled Paper Airplane Workshops

 

June 17 and 18

Engineers will be on hand to help young and old alike build fantastic flying racers and get them excited about aeronautics. With the help of a launch pad, a friendly competition will be hosted to see whose aircraft is most accurate, can travel the farthest and can go the highest. Great prizes to be won!

 

  • Ready for Takeoff: Drone Flying Competitions and Workshops

 

July and August

Get ready to soar above Inspiration Village as you learn to manipulate a drone during agility and precision flying courses for all ages. Already an expert? Then show what you’ve got during a friendly competition. Who knows, you might just take on the next Chris Hadfield or Robert Piché.

 

  • Beat the Pros

 

July and August

Take part in a series of activities and friendly competitions where you can meet inspiring individuals, including top Canadian athletes and test your skills against amateur competitors and pros in a fun environment.

 

FAMILY FUN DAYS

Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

Awaken your family’s love of science, music and more during fun filled activities for all ages.

 

  • The Great ByWard Market Mystery

 

June 25 and July 2

Go back to your Canadian roots and join in an interactive scavenger hunt across Inspiration Village and the ByWard Market. Participants will need to use creativity, knowledge and teamwork to decipher clues that will help them to solve the final mystery.

 

  • Architect for the Day

 

July and August

Don’t miss this monumental building block competition! Participants of all ages will need to use their ingenuity and creativity as they take on astounding challenges on the spot. Plenty of fun for the whole family and amazing prizes to be won!

 

  • Feel the Rhythm of the Drums

July and August

Feel the rhythm of drums and percussions and move to their captivating beat during high energy performances under the summer sun. Plus, build your very own instrument during a drum-making workshop and release your inner musician.

 

GET MOVING 

Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Get active and learn about healthy lifestyles at Inspiration Village.

 

  • Piyo Live and Insanity Live

 

June 22 and 29

Grab your sneakers and a towel and get moving at Inspiration Village with this mix class of Piyo Live, a low impact, high intensity results workout and the infamous Insanity Live.

 

  • Spinning Experience

 

July and August

Start pedaling as the Village will be transformed into a giant outdoor spinning class. They supply the bikes, you supply the get-up-and-go!

 

MADE IN CANADA

Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join as Inspiration Village celebrates and pays tribute to everything Canadian and broaden your horizons.

 

  • CANADA 3, 2, 1 FLY AWAY, presented by Porter

 

June 16, 23 and 30

July 7, 14, 21 and 30

August 4, 11, 18, 25

Pack a bag and join for an exciting evening where you could be whisked away to a surprise Canadian Porter destination. Enjoy mocktails, a live DJ and games as you wait to find out if you’re the lucky winner. Just bring your suitcase and your smile and the rest will be taken care of.

 

  • Circus Under the Sails 

 

July and August

Come applaud talented acrobats and street performers under a sky full of multicoloured bubbles. Put your juggling skills to the test during special workshops on circus arts.

 

FESTIVE SATURDAY EVENINGS

Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

2017 is all about celebrating Canada’s 150th and what’s a party without music?

 

  • Budding DJs

 

July and August

Take part in an introductory music production workshop for aspiring DJs and those who want to hone their skills. Topics will include creating remixes and sound mash-ups, as well as different sound mixing techniques.

 

Inspiration Village is open daily from noon to 8 p.m. The public spaces of Inspiration Village are open and accessible 24-hours. Activities and performances are updated regularly online.

 

I highly encourage all residents to take an opportunity to stop by one of Ottawa’s most unique attractions taking place this year. Since there’s something for the whole family, Inspiration Village is a great chance to get out, enjoy the sun, and have some fun. Just remember to enjoy it before the village closes September 4th!

Household Hazardous Waste Depots

 

To help you dispose of household hazardous waste safely, the City of Ottawa is running several one-day Household Hazardous Waste depots over the summer.

 

Household Hazardous Waste is any corrosive, flammable or poisonous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage.

 

Last year, 17,962 participants dropped off 646 tonnes of material at the City’s household hazardous waste depots. This represents an 8% increase in participation and a 16% increase in material collected over 2015 rates.

 

Products to be dropped off include: (maximum 100 litres by volume)

  • Aerosol containers
  • Propane cylinders
  • Disinfectants
  • Fluorescent bulbs/tubes
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Mercury switches/thermometers
  • Needles and syringes
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Paints and coatings
  • Oven and window cleaners
  • Pool chemicals

 

Liquid or hazardous waste from industrial, commercial and institutional sources will not be accepted. The one-day Household Hazardous Waste Depots are for residential household waste only and is exclusive for City of Ottawa residents. You can also return certain paint products and batteries to Ottawa hardware retailers. For more information on this, please click here.

 

2017 Dates and Locations

Depot hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

Date Location Address
June 25th 2017 OC Transpo Park and Ride 3355 Fallowfield
August 20th 2017 Kanata Research Park 411 Leggett Dr.
September 17th 2017 Tunney’s Pasture Sir Frederick Banting Dr.
October 1st 2017 OC Transpo Park and Ride Trim Road
October 28th 2017 Barrhaven Snow Disposal Facility Strandherd at McKenna Casey

 

I encourage all residents to continue supporting sustainable and safe waste management practices and bring any household hazardous waste lying around their homes to one of the depots.

City seeking public input on four commemorative naming proposals

The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultation on four separate naming proposals including two proposals in Stittsville. The proposals are:

  • A proposal to name a future park located within the Porter Place development the “William Bradley Park”
  • A proposal to name a future park located within the Potter’s Key Subdivision the “Allan Frederick Moore Park”
  • A proposal to name a portion of the Richardson Ridge Recreational Trail system in the “Lyndall Winters Trail”
  • A proposal to name a room within the John G. Mlacak Centre the “Susan Ruth Finch Meeting Room”

 

William Bradley Park (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of the historical significance and extensive community service record of Mr. William Bradley to the Community of Stittsville, a proposal to name a future park in Ward 6 in his honour has been submitted to the City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee.

 

William Bradley left the Canadian Air Force in 1943 to run his late father’s business, a local Stittsville general store which led him to a career in the Stittsville retail food industry for 46 years. Mr. Bradley was actively involved in his community by way of various volunteer initiatives including the community’s volunteer fire department.

 

Allan Frederick Moore Park (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of Allan Frederick Moore’s historical significance to the community, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a future park, located at 611 Hazeldean Road within the Potter’s Key Subdivision, “Allan Frederick Moore Park”.

 

Allan Frederick Moore was born and raised in Ottawa, served in the Navy in World War 1 and worked as a lawyer in Ottawa from the 1930’s until his passing in 1969. As a member of the Queen’s Council, Mr. Moore was involved in many major real estate transactions in Ottawa throughout his career.

 

Lyndall Winters Trail (Ward 4 – Kanata North)

In recognition of Lyndall Winter’s excellence, courage and exceptional service to the citizens of Ottawa as well as his extensive community service record, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a portion of the Richardson Ridge Recreational Trail system in Kanata North the “Lyndall Winters Trail”.

 

Lyndall Winters made significant contributions to the City of Ottawa and his country by way of his illustrious and lengthy career with the RCMP. Throughout his retirement, Mr. Winters redirected his focus to the advocacy of the preservation of the environment through various volunteer initiatives within his community.

 

Susan Ruth Finch Meeting Room (Ward 4 – Kanata North)

In recognition of Susan Ruth Finch’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a room within the John G. Mlacak Centre, located at 2500 Campeau Drive, the “Susan Ruth Finch Meeting Room”.

 

As long time resident of Kanata North, Ms. Finch developed strong ties to her community while teaching ceramics classes at the John G. Mlacak Centre, helping residents explore their creativity.

 

Each application will be undergoing a 30 day consultation period and pending committee approval, will then be presented to the CPSC and City Council for final approval.

I am always pleased to see more commemorative naming proposals submitted for Stittsville residents and I highly encourage all residents to take a moment to their their comments and thoughts before the deadline of July 18th, 2017.

Please visit email your comments to namingottawa@ottawa.ca. For more information on these and other commemorative naming processes, please visit ottawa.ca.

BOH Meeting Highlights

In my capacity as Chair of the Board of Health, I am happy to share that on Monday June 19th the Ottawa Board of Health held its third general meeting of 2017.

 

This BOH meeting along with others are recorded and available on YouTube should you be interested in watching a meeting in its entirety.  This medium includes staff presentations and public delegations.

 

Reports were provided on the following items and are linked within the Meeting agenda here:

 

  • Public Health Support for Actions that Promote Reconciliation and Advance Indigenous Health Equity: Update
  • Update on Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) Immunization Strategy
  • Update on Ottawa Public Health’s Plan to Foster Mental Health in Our Community
  • Legalization of Cannabis – A Public Health Approach to Minimize Harms of Use
  • Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention – Overview and Update
  • 2017 Operating Budget Q1 – Board of Health for the City of Ottawa Health Unit Status ReportAlso at the meeting was a presentation on the Cannabis Act which outlines OPH’s approach to minimize the risk to public safety when the drug is legalized and regulated in 2018. This report provided an overview of Bills C-45 and C-46 as well as recommendations regulating edible cannabis products and strengthening restrictions on packaging and labelling. The report also outlined areas of provincial jurisdiction that are currently being monitored for future consideration by the Board of Health.
  • In considering this report, the Board directed staff to include in the communication to the Federal Government, a public health perspective on:
  • Issues within provincial jurisdiction such as minimum age and alignment with the Smoke Free Ontario Act; and
  • Measures that should be in place prior to legalization, such as public education, health promotion and marketing.

Moreover, OPH’s presentation on Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention provided a detailed update and overview of OPH work with respect to harm reduction and overdose prevention over the past year.

 

An effective response requires strong partnerships across many sectors. This report demonstrated OPH’s commitment to working in partnership with other levels of government and, at the local level, working closely with our school boards, community health centers, parent groups, first responders, hospitals, the regional coroner’s office, mental health professionals, neighbouring health units, the Champlain LHIN, as well as housing and homelessness groups.

In recent months, OPH has invested significant time and resources on overdose prevention and response, including leading and coordinating the Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force (ODPRTF). As such, OPH employees have worked with ODPRTF partners to enhance: public awareness and education; support for parents; naloxone distribution and training; surveillance and data reporting; early notification among partners, communications, as well as coordination and partnership.

I would like to thank all OPH Board members for their hard work thusfar in 2017 which continues to strive toward the safety and health of all residents. For all you do, thank you.

City receives four Auditor General reports

At this week’s Audit Committee, Auditor General Ken Hughes tabled the annual Report on the Fraud and Waste Hotline and three other reports. The City’s management team agreed with all 10 recommendations made in the reports and is taking action to implement them.

 

Cases that were reported to the City’s Fraud and Waste Hotline in 2016 resulted in a range of management actions, from verbal warnings and suspensions to termination.

 

The results of the All-Staff Survey conducted in 2015 suggested that the ethical climate at the City is quite strong. In addition to the Fraud and Waste Hotline and related policies and procedures, the City has a number of components that support its Ethics Management Framework, including the addition of a dedicated ethics resource in the City Clerk and Solicitor’s Office.

 

An investigation into the Giver 150 project at Mooney’s Bay Park found the City did not breach any relevant by-laws, policies or procedures. The report also identified ways the City could strengthen transparency and accountability for future partnerships.

 

An investigation into cash handling at Client Service Centres concluded with a number of recommendations for improving deposit-handling procedures and security arrangements at the Client Service Centres. In the end, there was no loss of public funds as the bank credited the City.

 

In addition to the investigations, an audit of planning and change management, in preparation for the operation of the Confederation Line light rail system, found strong performance by the City. The Auditor General did not identify any high-risk areas or gaps in planning and change management, as OC Transpo moves toward a multi-modal transit system.

 

The City’s Audit Committee, chaired by Councillor Allan Hubley, received all four reports. The reports will now be considered by City Council at its meeting on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.