Door-to-Door Marketing Scams

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I would like to remind all residents to be vigilant of door-to-door marketing scams in the area particularly by individuals claiming to be affiliated with City of Ottawa’s water filtration unit.

Remember:

  • City employees do not contact residents to sell products or services.
  • Except for emergency situations, any visits that may require access to homes or businesses by City staff are scheduled in advance.
  • Residents are provided with advance notice of projects that may impact them.
  • All employees requesting access to homes have City-issued photo identification cards.

The drinking water delivered to Ottawa residents exceeds all federal and provincial health-based water quality guidelines and standards. Ottawa’s drinking water has already been rated by the Ministry of the Environment as being among the safest in the world and it is continually tested to ensure those high standards are maintained.

Residents who are directly contacted by persons claiming to be City employees for City business are asked to check identification, and, if concerns remain, contact the City prior to allowing access. Please report any suspicious, unsolicited calls or visits to the Ottawa Police Services by visiting calling 613-236-1222 (ext 7300) or online at http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp.

To learn more avoid possible scams and how to avoid them, click here.

Meetings at Ottawa City Hall next week

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

 

Planning CommitteeTuesday, 23 January, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Official Plan and Zoning Amendments –Rochester Field (Ward 15 – Kitchissippi)
  • By-Law – 325, 327, and 333 Montreal Road, 334 Montfort Street and 273 Ste. Anne Avenue (Ward 12 – Rideau-Vanier)
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendment – 1026, 1038, 1040, 1050 and 1054 Hunt Club Road (Ward 10 and 16 – Gloucester-Southgate and River)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 737 Silver Seven Road and 15 Frank Nighbor Place (Ward 23 – Kanata South)
  • Front-Ending Report- Stormwater Management Ponds 1 and 2, Leitrim Road Storm Drainage System, North-South Swale and Oversized Trunk Storm Sewers in Leitrim Community (Ward 20 and 22 – Osgoode and Gloucester-South Nepean)
  • Agreement with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority for Works in The Upper Poole-Creek Subwatershed (Ward 6 – Stittsville)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 168 Daly Avenue (Ward 12 – Rideau-Vanier)
  • Official Plan Amendment – 4497 O’Keefe Court (Ward 3 – Barrhaven)
  • Part Lot Control and Road Opening Applications – Part of 300 Goulbourn Forced Road (Ward 4 – Kanata North)
  • Application to Demolish the Parking Garage, Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, a Property Designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (Ward 12 – Rideau-Vanier)
  • Application for Demolition and New Construction at 485 Maple Lane, a Property Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District (Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe)

195 Huntmar Development Meeting Summary

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On January 10, 2018, a public meeting was held to discuss the proposed development at 195 Huntmar, which is located west of Huntmar Drive and south of Highway 417. The site falls within land covered by the Kanata West Concept Plan. The subject property is currently a vacant parcel of land approximately 54 hectares in size with approximately 153 metres of frontage on Huntmar Drive.

 

At the public meeting, a summary of the proposed development was provided including changes that have been made from the original submission to the City. One of the changes to the plan is the inclusion of an Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) High School site. As I noted at the public meeting, while it is encouraging to see a high school site at this property, there is no guarantee that a school will indeed be built. I have been in contact with the school board regarding this site and they noted this site is in addition to the site in the Fernbank lands currently being held for a public high school.

 

In the long term, the OCDSB has determined there will be a need for both sites in the area as well as another high school site in Kanata North in the KNL lands. In Stittsville, we have needed a public high school for a very long time. I have been supporting the efforts for a new public high school, however the funding for a new school is provided by the Provincial government. A public high school in Stittsville has been a top priority of the Board as recently as last year; however, the OCDSB has not received the required funding from the province. Once the development is registered (after all approvals), then the school board has 7 years to purchase the site or it is then returned to the developer. This 7-year timeframe has not started for any of the above-mentioned sites.

 

With the inclusion of a high school in the plans, the district park has been moved to border the school site as this follows the City’s Building Better and Smarter Suburbs initiative to have shared spaces with the schools and parks as much of the peak use times for these facilities are at different times. If the school is not built, then there will be a requirement for more land to be provided for the district park.

 

It was noted at the meeting that the density of the development has been reduced from the original proposal and the low-rise apartment building was removed. Some residents expressed concern with the current parking situation in Fairwinds and it was noted that this development is proposing longer lot sizes, which will provide longer driveways that can accommodate more vehicles.  In addition, as noted in the City’s Building Better and Smarter Suburbs, there is also direction that townhouse rows be mixed with single homes which provides more opportunity for on-street parking spaces and less congestion on the streets.

 

For additional information, I encourage residents to review the following information:

 

195 Huntmar Public Meeting Power Point Presentation

195 Huntmar Revised Concept Plan

Past Councillor’s update with summary plan changes

Pathway and Park Area Connections Kanata West District Park & High School Concept PlanPlease note this is a high level conceptual plan of the shared District Park and School Site and is subject to change.

 

The City will be reviewing and considering all comments from the meeting and those that have been submitted.

 

Residents are requested to provide their comments by January 31, 2018 to Louise Sweet at Louise.Sweet@ottawa.ca. You may also copy me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

 

Future updates will continue to be provided through my eNewsletter.  If you wish to be included on the notification list for this development please contact Louise Sweet at Louise.Sweet@ottawa.ca.

195 Huntmar Lands Tree Clearing

I have been advised by City staff that the applicant has adequately rationalized the need for tree removal at 195 Huntmar and a tree permit is expected to be approved within the next two business days for the area highlighted in blue on the Property Location Map (see below).  A partial tree buffer along the eastern boundary will be retained. The permit will allow for the removal of all the trees within the block. An Environmental Impact Statement and Tree Conservation Report was supplied along with supporting geotechnical reports.

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Tree removal is necessary to accommodate the substantial earthworks (filling/grading/soil loading) required within the on-property portion of the Feedmill Creek flood plain. Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority has approved the earthworks which are expected to start as soon as tree clearing is finished. Access to the site will be off Palladium Drive. Approvals from the Province (species at risk) have been granted. Future permits requests are expected for this development.

 

I would like to remind residents to please exercise caution and avoid this area.  I know some residents enjoy walking in these areas but please remember all the lands in this area are private property and there is now some pre-development activities being done on this land.

Committee of Adjustment Applications for Stittsville

The City’s Committee of Adjustment will be considering some planning applications in Stittsville. A meeting open to the public will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Ben Franklin Place, The Chamber, Main Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive.

 

Below is a brief description of the applications in our community and for more information please visit here and scroll down to the meeting.

 

240 (196) Livery

To consider an Application for Consent to subdivide the property into two separate parcels of land. One parcel will contain a three building condominium development and the other will contain the adjacent stacked townhouse condominium, all of which is currently under construction. This block will continue to be considered one lot for zoning purposes.

5731 and 5745 Holdings Inc. Hazeldean

Further to the Committee’s previous 2017 approval to consider an Application to provide a joint stormwater drainage easement, an access easement and a servicing easement over a portion of their property in favour of the owners of the proposed property to be severed to be known municipally as 5731 Hazeldean Road.

 

20 Cedarow

To consider an Application to establish an easement over a portion of the property in favour of the owners of the abutting properties known municipally as 5731 and 5745 Hazeldean Road to provide a stormwater drainage easement.

Q4 By-law Regulatory Services Statistics

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I would like to take a moment to supply residents with a breakdown of the quarterly by-law regulatory service request report.

Every three months, by-law services releases a ward-by-ward summary of general request types. These requests range from a multitude of services offered by calling or emailing 3-1-1 (311@ottawa.ca).

 

By-law & Regulatory Services experienced an overall increase of 11% in total call volume compared to Q4 of 2016.

The full report for the year can be found by clicking here and Stittsville’s individual report can be found here. You can also review Q4’s individual ward-by-ward report here.

 

As you can observe, parking was the most-requested by-law item within our ward this year (637 requests from 489 last year) however it only comprised 1.7% of the total city’s parking requests. Alternatively, Stittsville’s greatest reflection against the city as a whole were requests regarding parks (73 requests down from 81 requests in 2016). It is also interesting to note the sharp increase in noise complaints up 0.6% in Stittsville from last year and the sharp decrease in sign requests down 0.9% from last year.

Overall, By-law & Regulatory Services experienced an overall increase of +8% in total call volume in 2017 compared to 2016.

 

Learning from these trends means that as a City, we will be better equipped for knowing where to invest resources in the future.

I encourage residents to take a moment and see what trends they can spot. Of course, as your City Councillor, I am always keen to hear your well thought-out ideas regarding how to improve our community. You can do so by emailing me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Update on the Snow Clearing Vehicle Back-up Alarms Pilot

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On October 11, 2017, City Council approved the Broadband Back-up Alarms pilot for a sampling of winter snow clearing vehicles during the 2017 – 2018 snow-clearing season. Broadband alarms use multi- frequency sound, which is different from the tonal beeping back-up alarms.

 

Now, I am happy to share that 62 vehicles have been updated on the fleet with the new back-up sound, including sidewalk machines and large commercial snow trucks and will working primarily in the downtown core as of mid-January. Of the 62 vehicles equipped with the new broadband back-up alarms, 35 are City-owned vehicles from the Catherine and Hurdman yards and 27 are leased units.

 

The new sound is a concentrated noise behind the vehicle whose volume increases or decreases, depending on other nearby environmental sounds. The goal of this test is to demonstrate that the City can continue to safely clear streets and sidewalks of snow and ice, all the while providing a more pleasant experience for our residents by doing so in a quieter manner (in particular in the middle of the night).

 

In order to ensure this transition is completed safely, a multi-layered communications strategy has been implemented to advise residents and staff of the change, including an informative video which can be watched/listened to below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR7m6MyA8G4

I highly encourage all residents to take 30 seconds to listen to the new sound and familiarize yourself with it. One of these trucks may be coming to your street soon!

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Mental Health Services Available to You

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Have you found yourself falling victim to the Winter Blues? Are you feeling less energetic than usual? Are you depressed, anxious, or agitated and don’t know why?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a very real depression that affects many every year. It is closely linked to the change of seasons as an example of the impact of our environment on our day-to-day situations.

  • Weather conditions may prompt us to stay indoors,
  • The early fall of nighttime might be making us tired and less energetic,
  • The excitement and joy around Christmas time has worn off with financial repercussions becoming a sometimes bitter reality, and
  • We may already be disappointing ourselves with failed new years’ resolutions.

Effects of seasonal depression may include:

  • Oversleeping
  • Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates
  • Weight gain
  • Tiredness or low energy

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January 15th is known to many as Blue Monday and is considered by some as the most depressing day of the year where these stresses can add up.

Remember that it’s normal to feel sad sometimes but if you have begun to notice an ongoing change in your demeanour and lack of motivation to do activities you usually enjoy, consider turning to a doctor or someone you trust to reach out for help.

There are a variety of resources readily available to help you understand and even cope with mental health problems:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBtNVw7sQuo

  • Ottawa Public Health has a series of videos to assist you or a loved one to #haveTHATtalk about serious mental health challenges. There are a collection of videos grouped into categories for parents, for the workplace, and for everyone.
  • #BellLetsTalk Day takes place on January 31st and is a great opportunity for people to share stories regarding their own mental health challenges and to reach out to let others know that they are there to listen should someone they know be in need. Additionally, for every applicable text, call, tweet, and social media video view sent on January 31st, Bell will donate 5 cents toward mental health initiatives in Canada.
  • If you are in crisis, you can also always reach out to 613-238-3311 for the Ottawa Distress Centre or 1-833-456-4566 for Crisis Services Canada where someone will be happy to speak with you.

Mental health is important. Remember to care for your mental health regularly. While it is sometimes hard to remember, you’re never alone; the world is a better place with you in it; and there are always people around you who are happy to listen and help you through challenging times. Consider reaching out to those you love to let them know you are there for them should they ever need even if they may not be showing signs of struggle. Thank you for all you do to keep our community strong, Stittsville.

Wanted: Outdoor Rink Supervisor for Bryanston Gate Skating Rink

15-469-PAR-Neighbourhood-Rinks_Slide_1198x428The outdoor skating rink at Bryanston Gate is in need a new rink supervisor this winter season and residents are invited to apply! This is a great opportunity for an individual 14 years of age or older to take initiative and tend to a service that benefits the whole community.

The requirements are as follows:

  • The person(s) would have to be 14 years of age or older, but would require someone 18+ to sign the contract on their behalf
  • A valid Police Records Check for the Vulnerable Sector (can be done online for free with a letter I can provide (18+))
  • Supervise the site/change hut for a minimum of 20 hours/maximum of 30 hours per week.
  • Record attendance and statistics during the scheduled hours

 

There is a Grant for this supervision contract so residents are encouraged to email Shawna at Shawna.Gryszkiewicz@ottawa.ca with CC to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

 

Thank you for looking out for your community!

Stittsville Girl Guide Events

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Want to learn some real-life survival skills? The 4th Stittsville Guides and the 1st Stittsville Pathfinders are hosting the following Red Cross courses for girls in our community. All girls are welcome so you do not need to be a Girl Guide member to sign up.

 

Red Cross Home Alone Course

The Red Cross Home Alone Program is designed to provide girls 10 to 14 years with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone for short periods of time. This course will help girls learn how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations, and keep them safe and constructively occupied.

 

Topics include:

Establishing a routine, making important telephone calls, handling emergency situations, internet safety, and basic first aid skills

Things to bring:
NUT FREE lunch/snacks and a water bottle

When:  February 3rd, 2018
Where:  Stittsville United Church, 6255 Fernbank Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1X5
Time:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost:  Girl Guide Members – $45.00 plus HST, Non Members – $55.00 plus HST
 

Red Cross Babysitting Course

This Babysitter training course is designed for youth aged 11 – 14. Participants will learn how to create and manage a babysitting business including how to supervise younger siblings in a safe and responsible manner. Aspiring babysitters will also gain basic first aid skills.
Topics include:

How to find clients and make money babysitting, caring for children of all ages, creating a safe environment and preventing accidents, fire safety and prevention, what to do in an emergency, good decision-making, leadership skills, and basic First Aid skills
Things to bring:
NUT FREE lunch and snacks, Water bottle, Doll

When:  January 27th, 2018
Where:  Stittsville United Church, 6255 Fernbank Road, Stittsville, ON, K2S 1X5
Time:  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost:  Girl Guide Members – $45.00 plus HST, Non Members – $55.00 plus HST

 

For more information on either of these great courses, please contact Guider Patty at guiderpatty@gmail.com