July 11, 2011
Fire Station No.46 Now Open
On July 7th, the City officially opened Station 46, Ottawa’s first LEED (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-certified fire station at 34 Iber Road in Stittsville. LEED certification is accredited to buildings that have interior and exterior designs that promote green building practices. The new facility, Station 46, was built with renewable, recycled and natural materials, and has a water-efficient landscape design that controls rain water run-off.
Serving approximately 40,000 residents, Station 46 is equipped with two emergency vehicles including a pumper and a pumper/tanker, and houses career and volunteer firefighters. The 1138-sq. m (12,250-sq. ft.) green facility also features radiant in-floor heating, attention to internal air quality and a steel roof that attracts heat in the winter and reflects heat in the summer.
Station 46 was designed by the team of CSV Architects (structural), McKee Engineering (mechanical and electrical), Lashley and Associates (landscape), McIntosh and Perry Consulting Engineers (civil engineering), Turnbull Design Consultants (interior), and Cathcart Mechanical Performance.
This station is a cornerstone addition to our growing community so I wish to welcome the dedicated men and women of Ottawa Fire Services to the district. We are proud to call you our neighbours.
The ribbon cutting saw Mayor Watson,
Councillor Mark Taylor, Chair of the Community and
Protective Services Committee, Fire Chief John deHooge, Rudy
Lindia from Ottawa Fire Services, councillors Eli El-Chantiry,
Allan Hubley and Scott Moffatt, Susan Jones, General Manager
of Emergency and Protective Services, Steve Kanellakos,
Deputy City Manager, City Operations and myself open this
Silver-certified Leader in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) station. I would like to thank everyone for
participating in this special event and thank the residents
for coming out to support the opening of this new station.
Smoke-Free Signs for Parks and Playing Fields
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) wants to help our community clear the air and make healthier outdoor spaces where children play. On May 31st, the day designated by the World Health Organization as World No Tobacco Day, Brewer Park became the latest Ottawa park designated a voluntary smoke-free outdoor space. Thanks to the efforts of community associations and groups, close to 90 neighbourhood parks are now voluntarily smoke-free.
The smoke-free signs are part of an Ottawa Public Health collaboration to encourage community groups to clear the air of second-hand smoke in outdoor spaces in their neighbourhood. The signs are part of the Play, Live, Be, Tobacco Free campaign which asks the public to not use tobacco products in parks and on playing fields.
Recognized community associations, sports organizations and Neighbourhood Watch groups can request voluntary smoke-free signs for their local City park by calling the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 or e-mailing email@example.com. In your request, please include the name of your organization and the name of the park in your community.
Thank you for helping clear the air in
our neighbourhood parks and recreational areas so children
and youth can Play, Live, Be, Tobacco Free.
Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit Update
On July 7th, Mayor Jim Watson announced an improved tunnel alignment for Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit project. This new alignment, one block North to Queen Street, allows the tunnel to be constructed at a significantly reduced depth and remain under the street. Instead of twelve stories underground, the new alignment will only be four stories underground—making the tunnel less expensive, reducing risk, and resulting in an overall better system. The new alignment will be more accessible, offers better connectivity into existing buildings and will be more pleasant for riders.
These improvements came as a result of the new Council direction to re-evaluate the previous project assumptions. With the benefit of extensive engineering done over the last 8 months, a superior and less costly option was found. This means that the Ottawa Light Rail Transit project can be delivered for $1.74 billion in 2009 dollars or $2.1 billion in inflation adjusted dollars.
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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 located in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, located at 1500 Shea Road. Please note the summer hours of operation are Mondays 9-1pm, Wednesdays 3-7pm, Fridays 9-4pm, and Saturday 9am-12pm. Please do not hesitate to pay us a visit. I welcome your call or email to arrange an appointment.
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