January 9, 2012
Easy Access for Councillor's Column
Beginning this week and continuing throughout 2012, my weekly column will now be sent via email to those residents included in my ‘Outreach List.’ In the interests of saving money and being eco-friendly, I am pleased to offer this new addition. The column will still be available in the Stittsville News each week and offer the same content as the outreach. Based on a suggestion from a resident, we decided to move forward with this step. I would like to thank the resident for their suggestion. Please feel free to share this information with friends, neighbours, family or with any contact you wish. Should you know someone from the Stittsville community who would like to be a part of the ‘Outreach List’, have them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scotia Bank Park & Ride
I wanted to share some good news with the community after working on the Scotia Bank Place Park & Ride program for some time. I’m very pleased to see this come to fruition and can tell you that this Park & Ride became operational on January 9th, 2012. I encourage you to make use of this new Park & Ride as it will provide better transportation service for our community and alleviate traffic at the Eagleson Park & Ride. Located in the Scotia Bank Place north parking lot, 100 parking spaces will be available for transit commuters between approximately 5:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The lot will be served by ten trips on Express Routes 261 and 263, on request, with direct rush hour service to downtown.
The “on request” service operates via a signal. Customers press the call button on the request stop pole located on the Scotiabank Place transit terminal platform. This will send a signal to the next bus to serve the Park & Ride lot. The green light near the top of the pole will light up to let you know the signal is working. For the return trip home, simply ring the bell once the bus exits the 417.
I would like to thank Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli, Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder, OC Transpo and city staff for helping in the completion of this park & ride.
For further information please consult the OC Transpo website: http://www.octranspo1.com/routes/sbp_park_ride.
Ottawa Senators Voting Campaign a Success
The NHL All-Star game voting ended last week with very positive results for our Ottawa Senator hopefuls. Captain Daniel Alfredson, forwards Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek and defenseman Erik Karlsson were all voted into the starting line-up for the 2012 Eastern Conference All-Stars. The addition of Michalek speaks volumes about the passion and pride Ottawa has for their local team as Leafs winger Phil Kessel led all forwards for much of the voting period and appeared to be a lock to make the cut. Instead, a late push by Senators fans — urged on by multiple fan and media campaigns — took him out of the running at the last minute. He wound up missing out by more than 42,000 votes.
Alfredson, Spezza, Michalek and Karlsson will join Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf and Boston Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas as the starting six. Thanks to all the residents who participated in the campaign and thanks to Mayor Jim Watson’s office for organizing the January 3rd rally at City Hall. Thanks to everyone, it made a difference! The All-Star festivities are scheduled to kick-off on Thursday January 26th and continue through to Sunday the 29th.
More Hardware for the Major Atom Rams
2012 Bell Capital Cup Champions
New Year's Day, at Scotia Bank Place, the Major Atom Rams won the Bell Capital Cup with a decisive 4 - 2 victory over the Kitchener Jr. Rangers on goals by Ethan Vaslet, Chris Roy, Jack McEnery and Carver Ward.
The Rams went undefeated including no ties throughout the tournament, beating Kanata Blazers 3 - 0 to start things off before trouncing the Char Lan Rebels 5 - 2. The third game saw the RAMS face the number one seed for the tournament - Barrie Colts who they rolled over 4 -2.
Connor Brewster lead the team in scoring during the round-robin portion with 1 goal and 5 assists, tying the tournament scoring lead with 6 points. In the Quarter-Finals, the Rams ran into a feisty Perth team and after double overtime managed to sneak by them with a 3 -2 win. Carver Ward getting the OT marker, unassisted.
In the Semi-Finals the Rams met one of their league combatants, the Richmond West Carleton Crusaders. Again, this game went into overtime before Jackson McElheran of the Rams went coast to coast to put an end to
the game, sending the Rams to the finals. GO RAMS GO!
Take Caution when Walking in the Winter
Don’t forget to tread carefully while walking on sidewalks and roads in the winter. The City of Ottawa does its best to maintain roads and sidewalks in the winter; however, walking outdoors in Canada requires a certain amount of accountability and caution. Set aside extra travelling time and watch for ‘black ice,’ make sure you have proper footwear, and walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Please be aware and be careful.
Successful International Exhibition Game
On Thursday January 5th, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm the Kanata Blazers Minor Bantam AA hockey team hosted the Finnish hockey club S-Kiekko in an exhibition game. The exhibition game was organized by the Ottawa District Hockey Association and took place at the Bell Sensplex - Scotiabank rink, followed by a reception in Stanley's restaurant. It was a fun-filled international hockey experience for the 13 year-old competitive level athletes that brought international awareness to Stittsville.
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. Please contact our office anytime by phone at 613-580-2476 or by e-mail at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.
My ward office is situated in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, located at 1500 Shea Road. Please note the summer hours of operation are Mondays 9-2pm, Wednesdays 3-8pm, Fridays 9-5pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm. Please do not hesitate to pay us a visit. I welcome your call or email to arrange an appointment.
If you are not part of my electronic outreach list and would like to be added, please contact my office to ensure you receive pertinent information concerning our community. Further information about any of these articles can be found on my website or you can contact my office to obtain details.
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