May 3, 2007
Your Safety…Shad’s Business
I invite all of you to join me for the official launch of my
anti-speeding program next weekend.
Your Safety…Shad’s Business will kick off on May 12 at 1 p.m.
on the corner of Main Street and Abbott Street in Stittsville. As stated in last
week’s column, I have purchased a speed gun and will be monitoring several areas
in our community during the summer months. Based on people’s concerns, I have
identified 30 areas in our community that I plan to monitor.
One of my main priorities is to ensure our community remains
safe and in order to do this, I must first examine where the problems lie.
Please be assured this program does not replace any police activity in our
community. My hope is that this program will help to raise awareness of the
issue and encourage people to practice safe driving.
Any community groups interested in participating in Your
Safety…Shad’s Business are encouraged contact my office at 613-580-2476 and we
will arrange a time and date for your organization to join us.
TREE Program Launches
The City of Ottawa TREE Program launched at City Hall this
week and we have set the goal of planting 100,000 trees in our urban and rural
forests over the next four years.
The objectives of this program are to encourage stewardship
through assistance with tree planting projects, provide forestry outreach
education, recognize excellence in arboriculture initiatives, create sponsorship
opportunities and to create partnerships with the community.
The City of Ottawa will be providing trees for residents to
plant on their own properties and also on City owned properties throughout the
community. There will be a wide variety of species but this is dependant upon
availability and will be given out on a first come, first serve basis. Each tree
comes with a suggested location to plant and specific instructions.
This is a great opportunity for local organizations to
actively recruit volunteers and work together to beautify our local parks and
other green spaces throughout our community. TREE Program Community Grants will
also be available for the greening of non-city owned property, rehabilitation
projects and schoolyard greening.
For information on how to apply for one of these grants please
call 613-580-2424 ext. 1TREE (18733), email
TREE@ottawa.ca or contact 3-1-1. Also please continue to watch my website (www.shadqadri.com)
for updates on this exciting new program.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to nominate the
wonderful volunteers in our community for the Annual City of Ottawa Civic
On May 7 Mayor Larry O’Brien and my Councillor colleagues took
part in a special ceremony at City Hall. Congratulations to Bernard Muzeen,
Carmel Scott, Robin Derrick and Katherine Geroux of Stittsville-Kanata West who
were each recognized as nominees for the Distinguished Civic Award that evening.
It was a true honour to be there and recognize the many achievements of our
dedicated community volunteers.
Comments Due on 240 West Ridge Drive May 30
The requested zoning by-law amendment proposes to change the
zoning from I (Institutional) to R4-x (Residential Type 4-Exception) zone. The
current zoning permits a range of institutional uses such as a school, place of
worship, and a nursing home. The site was originally reserved for the
Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board for a school, however, the school board
has since declined on their option for the site.
The proposed zoning will permit single-detached,
semi-detached, and street townhouse dwellings. The concept plan submitted with
this application shows 72 townhouse units on the site. A future Plan of
Subdivision and/or Site Plan Control application would be required pending the
outcome of the proposed Zoning By-law amendment. To provide comments for May 30
or for questions please contact Kalle Hakala, City Planner :
613-580-2424, ext. 16228.
Are You Ready
May 6-12 is Emergency Preparedness Week.
National Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that
sees several communities across the country participating in activities aimed at
increasing awareness of emergency management. This year’s theme is “72 hours-is
your family prepared.”
The City of Ottawa’s Are You Ready Program fits well with this
year’s theme and I encourage you to learn more about this program to keep you
and your family safe.
The three main objectives of Are You Ready are to increase
individual self-reliance in times of emergency, raise community awareness on how
to prepare for an emergency, and to educate the community and businesses on
For more information please visit
www.ottawa.ca, or contact
Community Emergency Management Co-ordinator, at 613-580-2424 ext. 28078.
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