February 13, 2012
Join Together in First-Ever Ottawa Summit
On February 8th, more than 40 community organizations joined together to provide hope and help to youth at risk of suicide. After significant research and collaboration, the Community Suicide Prevention Network met to launch its “Suicide Safer Ottawa” initiative. I was pleased to participate in the First-Ever Summit on Building a Suicide Safer Community in Ottawa, which was initiated by MPP’s Lisa MacLeod and Yasir Naqvi along with Councillor Allan Hubley.
This event brought together all related professionals, such as Youth Services Bureau, Royal Ottawa, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, City of Ottawa Public Health and Grassroots Organizations to discuss how we can make Ottawa a Suicide Safer Community.
I would like to thank Councillor Hubley, Ms. Lisa MacLeod and Mr. Yasir Naqvi for their organization and involvement with this summit. I would also like to thank Steve Madely, CFRA and Bell Media for their tremendous support of the Summit. The work that was done and the announcements that were made will go a long way in helping to create a Suicide Safer Community.
The Suicide Safer Ottawa plan will enable all organizations to share proven efforts and improve strategies for suicide prevention. The plan will build on several initiatives that can be found in the “Know What to Do” guide along with valuable information from Ottawa Public Health.
The “Know What to Do” guide is available at http://www.facebook.com/preventingsuicide, and copies of the guide can be ordered from the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at:
For more information please contact:
Stittsville Rain Barrel Fundraiser
RainBarrel.ca is partnering with the Stittsville Village Association in support of community advocacy for a Rain Barrel Fundraiser this spring. Let’s work together as a community!
Orders are now being taken for a Saturday, April 28th, 2012 pickup date. Distribution will be from 10 AM to 2 PM in the parking lot of Sobeys (Stittsville), 6303 Hazeldean Road. No household limits and no residency requirements are imposed; however, only barrels ordered in advance are guaranteed to be available.
Each rain barrel comes fully equipped with a leaf and
mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor that permits multiple barrels to be
connected in series, 1.2m of overflow hose and a spigot that attaches directly
to a garden hose. The price is $55 per barrel. (Additional overflow hose can
also be purchased if required.) For further information on how to register and
how to order your barrel, please follow this link:
4th Annual Hockey Day in Stittsville
As part of the Hockey Day in Canada celebrations taking place nationwide on Saturday, February 11th, I would like to invite you to participate in the local festivities in Stittsville. This year will mark the 4th Annual Hockey day in Ottawa so lace up your skates and join the community for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Enjoy a game of pickup hockey, skating, and physical fitness while showing support for your community volunteers who work hard all winter to maintain your local rinks.
Date: Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Come on Ottawa, let’s show the rest of Canada what a city that embraces winter and lives and breathes hockey really looks like!
Skate with the Mayor on Family Day
(Source: CTV.ca- News Photos)
Mayor Jim Watson invites residents to join him for a Family Day skating party on Monday, February 20th, complete with winter fun and free hot chocolate.
The party will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the
recently opened Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City
Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West. Admission is free. For more information about the
Rink of Dreams, please visit
Ottawa Police Conducts 2012 Public Survey on Policing Services
The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is seeking public input through the 2012 Public Survey on Policing Services. The survey will solicit residents’ perceptions on safety, crime, community priorities, and police performance.
Throughout February, a random sampling of 8,000 Ottawa households will be invited by mail to complete the 2012 Public Survey through a secure online portal. Only those who were randomly selected to complete the survey will be able to participate. The Ottawa Police values the views of all Ottawa residents and welcomes additional input and feedback by mail, or via email@example.com.
The information collected from the Public Survey will also assist the OPS in identifying public concerns and priorities for the upcoming 2013-2015 Business Plan.
Results from the last public survey conducted in 2008 can be
found on the OPS
Results of the 2012 survey will be available in the spring.
Crime Prevention Ottawa is Recruiting for BOTH their
Board of Directors
Who is eligible?
How do I apply?
For further information please go to www.crimepreventionottawa.ca.
Winter Control Operations
I wanted to provide an update relating to the Winter Control Operations and the changing weather patterns we have been experiencing.
This winter we have been experiencing lower than average snow fall, milder temperatures, significant freezing rain and rain followed by severe temperature drops overnight. These weather conditions results in roadway rutting and build up of snow/ice packs particularly on residential streets and some sidewalks. In addition, the ice build-up in snowbanks has been affecting snow removal production rates. The rain and freeze thaw cycles has also resulted in potholes city wide.
When the forecast calls for mild and sunny temperatures, city
crews gain the opportunity to complete residential plowing (scraping, and
leveling), continue snow removal which helps improve sidewalk conditions and
roadway travel widths, continue pot-hole repair and the gritting of residential
streets and sidewalks. During weather events, their task becomes much more
difficult, but rest assured they will do their best to maintain city streets and
sidewalks. As mentioned in last week’s column, our crews work extremely hard
year round, so please be patient and understanding when they are performing
Car Shelters and the City
Recently, my office has received some emails inquiring about car shelters and the zoning requirements involved. According to the City of Ottawa’s Zoning By-law, temporary structures such as a car shelter, must meet setback requirements that, in most cases, would restrict a property owner from erecting such a shelter in their front or side yard.
There are other stipulations to consider as well so before
purchasing or building such a structure (above), please contact a Development
Information Officer (DIO) at the City of Ottawa for more detail on the specifics
including your address. You can contact a DIO by calling 3.1.1.
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 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 a Stittsville resident of Ward 6 and would like to be added to my electronic outreach list, 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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