Celebrate the summer at
Shad’s Park Party and BBQ on Saturday June 15th!
Please come out and join my team and I
tomorrow starting at 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the
Village Square Park, located on Abbot Street at the corner
of Stittsville Main Street for my annual Park Party! We have
lined up a full day of fun activities for everyone to enjoy.
Members from the local emergency and
health departments will be on hand offering services and
educational material for families as well the City of Ottawa
Roads department are bringing in some of their seasonal
operations equipment to show you how they keep our community
safe and moving all year long.
So come on out to my Park Party and BBQ
to help my team and I celebrate the start of summer. I look
forward to seeing you all! Don’t forget the hats and
Cool off with City of Ottawa
Outdoor Splash Pads
Splash Pads were made operational May 17th at a majority of
the City’s 100 sites and will operate until Wednesday,
September 18th (weather permitting). Please note that all
Splash Pad Sites are unsupervised. In Stittsville we are
pleased to have 2 splash pads in our area. They are located
at Upcountry Park, 310 Upcountry Drive in the south end of
Stittsville and Bandmaster Park, located at 230 Mistral Way
in the Fairwinds area of Stittsville.
Certainly splash pads are a welcome
addition to any area. I will continue to do what I can to
try to get more installed in future planned parks in our
area if they are available to be included.
For a list of locations, please visit:
War of 1812 in Stittsville!
back in time this Father’s day, June 16th and join in the
War of 1812 Tribute Event from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at
the Goulbourn Museum. Everyone is welcome! There are a
variety of activities to participate in; horse and buggy
rides between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., an old fashioned
photo booth, barbeque, silent auction, book fair and much
Please be advised that parking for this
event is primarily along Huntley Road as a result there may
possibly be some traffic delays in this area.
Stittsville Community Mental
June 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Johnny Leroux Stittsville
Community Center, my office along with Ottawa Public Health
(OPH), the Western Ottawa Community Resource Center (WOCRC)
and the Royal Ottawa Health Group (ROH) are holding a
Community Mental Health Forum. The purpose of this mental
health forum is to provide residents with the opportunity to
hear about Mental Health issues and how to find the
necessary tools and resources to deal with mental illness.
Steve Walsh is a lecturer from Algonquin
College, parent and registered nurse for over 12 years at
The Royal (Ottawa Hospital). He will be providing tips on
how adults and teens can deal with mental health and the
signs and symptoms of mental health issues.
Kathleen Gorman will be sharing her
personal experience with mental health and how she overcame
her depression. Kathleen is a spokesperson for the ROH and
teaches others how they too can deal with their mental
Resource material will be available and
representatives from both the OPH and WOCRC will be on hand
to answer any questions you may have.
The Community Mental Health Forum is
open to everyone. Please feel free to share this information
with anyone who you think might be interested in attending.
Your chair awaits you for our
Canada Day Senior’s Breakfast
is with great pleasure I invite the seniors of our community
to attend my annual Canada Day Breakfast on Monday July 1st
from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m.
The volunteer fire department has once
again generously opened their doors and invited us in to
hold the festivities at the Fire Hall on Stittsville Main
Street. Please call my office at 613-580-2476 to reserve
your spot for the breakfast as space is limited and filling
up quickly! My team and I look forward to seeing everyone on
Ottawa Public Health pilots new
healthy eating and physical activity guidelines
municipal child care centres
Public Health (OPH) and the City’s municipal child care
centres are working together to promote healthy eating and
physical activity for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. A
new pilot project provides child care centres with nutrition
and physical activity guidelines for healthy snacks and
meals and active living for children in their care.
The Healthy Eating and Physical
Activity Guidelines, which are now in place at five
pilot City of Ottawa child care centres, ensure that all
children have healthy meals and a wide range of physical
activities during their day. The guidelines encourage
adult-led activities, active free play indoors and out, and
child care staff acting as role models for healthy eating
and physical activity.
The pilot project plans to roll out the
guidelines to all 15 City child care centres which serve
more than 500 children.
This pilot project is one example of
OPH’s strong commitment to take concrete steps to work with
community partners to improve the health of children in the
City. OPH is focused on providing caregivers and parents
with the best supports to make healthier choices for
For more information on Healthy Living,
ottawa.ca/health or call
Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY
Ottawa Public Health and local
organizations join to help older adults
Public Health (OPH) launched the Community Connect training
program at Billings Bridge Shopping Centre. Mayor Jim
Watson, Board of Health members Councillor Chernushenko and
Gisèle Richer, and Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s Medical Officer
of Health announced the official start of a new program to
assist Ottawa’s older adult population stay connected to
essential support services.
There are currently over 10,000 older
adults in Ottawa who are isolated and have little support
from family or friends to act on their behalf. Older adults
often want to remain in their own homes for as long as they
In October 2011, Mayor Watson hosted the
Seniors Summit at City Hall to re-affirm the City’s
commitment to the well-being of the older adult population.
It was through participation and suggestions from residents
that the Ottawa Older Adult Plan was shaped, and programs
like Community Connect were created. This new program is
funded by a grant obtained through the City of Ottawa Older
Billings Bridge Shopping Centre is one
of the first Ottawa businesses to encourage tenants and
employees to take the training.
To request a Community Connect training
session or for more information, please visit
ottawa.ca or call the Ottawa Public Health Information
Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also
connect with OPH on
blog and now on
A matching gift opportunity that
will double your gift!
anonymous donor has stepped forward to match donations, up
to $50,000 when you donate to the Queensway Carlton Hospital
(QCH) by June 24th, 2013.
Each amount contributed to Queensway
Carleton Hospital Foundation will be doubled in value.
The recent expansion of the QCH means
that a hospital that once served 100,000 people is now a
regional centre of outstanding care serving the health care
needs of more than 400,000 people.
Your generous gift will go twice as far
towards improving health care in our community today and in
Donations are going towards the
completion of the hospital’s renovations, train staff and
purchase life-saving equipment.
Public Open House June 17th for
Western Light Rail Transit Corridor
Ottawa residents are invited to take
part in an open house and drop-in consultation session at
City Hall on June 17th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. regarding
the planning and environmental assessment study for the
proposed Western Light Rail Transit Corridor.
The City of Ottawa is continuing its
planning and environmental assessment study for the proposed
WLRTC. The goal of this study is to identify the most
effective way to build on the first phase of LRT currently
under construction (Confederation Line) to bring service to
Baseline Station, increase transit use and provide higher
quality transit service. This study is considering
alternative options and designs towards a final alignment
and it will inform the City’s Transportation Master Plan.
The study area stretches between Bayview
and Baseline Stations and includes the area from the Sir
John A. Macdonald Parkway south to Carling Avenue and from
the O-Train west to Lincoln Fields and Baseline Stations.
This open house and drop-in consultation
session will provide an overview of the study progress to
date and will address concerns raised by both the public and
the National Capital Commission following the April 2013
public release of the preliminary preferred WLRTC alignment
– Richmond Underground.
A revised design for a Western Light
Rail Transit service was released on June 13th. The changes
call for the 700-metre section near homes backing onto the
John A. Macdonald Parkway to be underground.
Last April, the City unveiled the
Richmond Underground as the preferred option for extending
Confederation Line. The Richmond Underground proposal was a
refinement of alternative routes that responded to public
feedback underscoring the importance of the Byron Linear
Members of the Western LRT project team,
supported by local Councillors, have made further changes to
respond to these key findings from discussions with
community groups and various consultation sessions.
By electing to bury the additional 700
metres near homes backing onto the parkway, the plan now
eliminates the noise and visual intrusion of the train while
improving the landscape and access to the adjacent Parkway
lands. Other refinements to the project include better
linkages to the pathway system, greenspace and waterfront,
improved safety, and two new open-air stations that will be
well integrated with the community and provide easy access
to LRT for local residents.
Participants will have an opportunity to
meet with City staff to discuss the proposed corridor
design, mitigation measures and other issues arising from
consultation, including effects on property values and
greenspace, operation of the trains, cost and affordability,
development implications and the work completed to date.
For those residents who cannot attend
the session, the information presented at the open house
will be available on
ottawa.ca/westernLRT. The City will be accepting
comments by email
(westernLRT@ottawa.ca) and fax (613-580-2578) until June
21st , 2013.
Go! To the Ottawa Public Library
Ottawa Public Library (OPL) invites kids to participate in
the TD Summer Reading Club (TDSRC) this summer. This year’s
theme is Go!
Kids can set their imaginations free
this summer with books and programs about travel adventures
near or far.
Children participating in TDSRC will
receive a passport and a pre-reading activity book or
school-age magazine, and stickers with secret codes that
unlock rewards online. The illustrator of this year’s TD SRC
is Matt James award-winning illustrator, painter and
Registration for TDSRC and all other
children’s summer programs starts Wednesday, June
During the summer, branches across the
City will offer programming featuring trains, voyageurs,
travel journals, Mount Everest, movie-making, global
instruments, Victorian times, puppets, Bollywood dancing,
For more info, visit
http://kids.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact
InfoService at 613-580-2940 or
Public Meeting for proposed
Fernbank Community Subdivision 570 Hazeldean Road
Please see image below
There will be a public information
meeting at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Arena on June 18th
at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to discuss the proposed plan of
subdivision by Mattamy Homes at 570 Hazeldean Road, within
the Fernbank community.
The applicant is requesting to permit
600 dwelling units: 393 detached dwellings, 117 townhouse
dwellings and 91 back-to-back units. The plan for this
subdivision also includes a 0.8 meter hectare park, a small
portion of a school site and a storm water management pond.
Should you have any questions or
concerns regarding you may contact, Kathy Rygus, lead
planner on this file at 613-580-2424 x28318 or via email
For further information pertaining to
this proposed plan of subdivision please visit
Correction to last week’s Column
“Natural Poison Ivy Killer”
my last week’s column there was a misprint regarding the
ingredients needed to make the natural poison ivy solution.
The recipe calls for 16 cups of vinegar not
16 cups of water.
1 cup of salt, 8 drops of liquid
detergent, 16 cups of vinegar: Combine the salt and vinegar
in a pan and heat to dissolve the salt. Cool mixture then
add the detergent and pour some of the liquid into a large
spray bottle. Spray the vegetation. (You can also just pour
the mixture onto the weeds). It’s important to note that
this formula will kill all the vegetation, so make sure that
you are only spraying the plants you want to kill.
2013 Graduation Wishes
we head into the third week of June, many of the young
adults in our community are preparing themselves, for the
celebrations that come with their educational Commencement.
At this time I it gives me great pleasure to wish each and
every one of our Stittsville students’ congratulations. I
wish for each of you that your dreams take you to the
corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the
windows of your opportunities, and to the most extraordinary
places your heart has ever known.
Please have a safe and happy graduation!
Did You Know?
During the War of 1812, Canadians,
Natives and the British fought alongside one another against
the Americans. The British were the main driving force;
however without the assistance of the Canadians and Natives,
they would most likely not have defeated the Americans.
The final American advancement occurred
up the St Lawrence River where the British had followed to
inevitably meet and defeat them at Crysler Farm. This would
be the British’s second victory over the Americans within
Many of us have visited the War of 1812
Crysler battle site as it is located right next to Upper
My Team and I would like to wish
all Dads a very Happy Father’s Day!
Always listening and acting on your concerns
As your Councillor, I always welcome your
keen input and ideas on
how we can sustain and improve Stittsville. You can always reach my office by
Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or by dialling 613-580-2476.