December 19, 2011
Happy Holidays and Seasons Greetings!
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday Season. In this busy time of year, I hope that each of you have the opportunity to spend time with your family and loved ones.
My sincerest and best wishes for a happy and healthy 2012.
I leave you with a quote from an Author Unknown: “This,
the spirit of Christmas, that forever and ever endures. May
it leave its richest blessing in the heart of you and
Holiday season schedule changes
The City of Ottawa reminds residents of the following schedule changes for Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day), Monday, December 26 (Boxing Day), Tuesday, December 27, Wednesday, December 28, Sunday, January 1 (New Year’s Day), and Monday, January 2.
information on Recreational, Cultural, Library and
Municipal Child Care Services, please consult the City
Plasco Agreement Approved
On December 14th, City Council approved
a framework for a long-term waste handling agreement
with Plasco and delegated authority to the City Manager
and the City Solicitor to execute the arrangement.
Council’s approval of the framework also marks the next logical step in an innovative economic development initiative that has seen the City help to incubate, test, and gain regulatory approval for a Clean-Tech system that has the potential to revolutionize waste management.
Under the agreement,
all financial and business risk associated with the
launch of a new technology is Plasco’s and the City
stands to gain substantially if Plasco proves to be
successful in the North American market. I am thrilled
to see this agreement move forward as the
Stittsville/Carp area can move away from a ‘garbage
There is still time to share
your opinion about updating
Ottawa Public Health’s (OPH) public consultation phase on the expansion of the City of Ottawa’s smoke-free by-laws continues until January 20, 2012. The objective of the consultations is to ensure residents, businesses and other community representatives have an opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed expansion of the City’s smoke-free by-laws to include all public beaches and parks, all municipal properties and all outdoor patios and terraces. These groups will also provide their feedback on other options that would protect the public from the harms of second-hand smoke, including new regulations relating to the use of water-pipes in public establishments.
Residents are encouraged to share their opinions:
OC Transpo begins addition of 66,000 more hours to improve service
OC Transpo is making service improvements by adding 66,000 service hours to address growing demands and ridership. In the 2012 Budget, an additional $5.5 million in funding was allocated to boost the frequency and reliability of public transit while enhancing overall customer service in the system.
Based on fall ridership data, additional funding will be allocated to improve capacity on the busiest routes, including: 2, 4, 5, 16, 30, 87, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 106, 111, 118, 120, 143, 148, 169, 261, 263, and 691. Increases will begin Monday, January 9, which is the first day of full service in the New Year.
Transpo encourages customers to use the Travel Planner
tool at octranspo.com to see how they can benefit from
these changes. For more information, schedules and
travel planning assistance is available by visiting
octranspo.com or calling 613-741-4390. Customers may
also get automated bus arrival times by calling
613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus their four-digit bus
stop number up to six days in advance.
Feed your green bin over Christmas and the Holiday Season
It’s the season to spend time with family and friends and the City of Ottawa is encouraging residents to think green this winter by filling up green bins so that organic waste is used to feed the land rather than the landfill.
Residents can toss holiday leftovers into the green bin including turkey, popcorn, paper plates and napkins. Organic wreaths and tree boughs may also be placed in the green bin.
Over the winter months from December to March, green bin collection takes place every two weeks. Weekly green bin collection will begin again in April 2012.
Please note, no plastic bags – even biodegradable bags – are permitted in the green bin.
Holiday recycling tips
tips, please visit
Holiday season Office Hours
Please be advised my City Hall and Ward
Office will be closed from December 24th -January 2nd,
inclusive. However, my office will be checking voice
messages on a daily basis throughout the holiday season.
Please do not hesitate to contact my office at
613-580-2476, though I encourage you to call the City’s
Call Centre at 3-1-1 for municipal issues, including
snow removal complaints, to ensure a faster response
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.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays from myself and my office staff!