July 25, 2011
Scotiabank Ramp and Park & Ride
On Thursday July 21st, Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli, Mayor Jim Watson, Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder and city staff announced plans for a new Park & Ride to be established at Scotiabank Place and a ramp to be attached to the northern side of the Scotiabank Place parking facilities. After a year and half working on this infrastructure, I’m thankful for this project to come to fruition. I started speaking with Alain Mercier and Pat Scrimgeour from OC Transpo at that time about operating a Park & Ride from Scotiabank Place. This was due to my concern about providing better service to the event fans and also to reduce pressure on the Eagleson Park & Ride. The other main reason was to reduce the cost of continuing to build new Park & Ride facilities. In this case, the parking lot already exists and will cut down costs exponentially. This Park & Ride lot will benefit Stittsville, Carp and other west end commuters and will initially be served by Express routes 261 and 263 with eight morning peak trips and eight afternoon peak trips.
I look forward to seeing this new project in operation by the fall of 2011. The ramp will also introduce direct access to Highway 417 from the Scotiabank Place bus terminus and allow for time savings for customers leaving the Scotiabank Place by bus after special events. The amount of time saved is approximately 16 minutes per trip, due to much more direct access to the 417 and the absence of delays caused by interaction with other traffic.
The benefits of using Scotiabank Place includes avoiding capital investment
and allowing for shared maintenance and operating costs, which saves taxpayers
money. This will provide additional capacity and ease pressure on the Eagleson
Park& Ride where demand currently exceeds capacity.
Waste Management (WM) is proposing to construct a leachate treatment facility for its existing waste disposal facility and waste processing operations at 2301 Carp Road. The proposed facility would be located south of the landfill footprint approximately 375 m from Carp Road. The facility would be accessed via the existing vehicular access from Carp Road. The leachate treatment facility will treat the leachate produced from the landfill prior to discharge into the City’s sanitary sewage system. The proposed facility uses a single train Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) treatment process. SBRs use a proven and reliable technology that is widely used for the treatment of wastewaters. Furthermore, SBR’s are used by WM as a leachate treatment standard and are in place and successful at many WM landfill sites. The implementation of this technology will allow WM to effectively manage the volume of leachate in storage at the site, while meeting requirements for discharge of treated leachate to the City’s sanitary sewer.
This facility is not an expansion of the current landfill; it is an
attachment building that will be used to treat the leachate emanating from the
landfill. For full information and the development plans please consult this
City of Ottawa link:
City Programs Going Green!
The City is going green with this year’s Fall and Winter Recreation Guides, saving an estimated 600 trees each year and eliminating printing and distribution costs. Both the Recreation Guide and the Mon guide francophone des loisirs will now be interactive online resources, available at ottawa.ca The online guides contain a wealth of sports, fitness, recreation and creative programming for all ages, and as of July 21, the new fall and winter programs can be found at ottawa.ca/recreationguide and ottawa.ca/monguide.
Programs are divided into separate PDF files that allow easy access to the specific areas of interest. Online users can find, view, share and e-mail any pages or sections. Public access computers, available at Ottawa Public Libraries and at some City recreation and other government facilities, are also an option for viewing the guide.
Simple Precautions to Prevent Drowning
Due to an incident in the Stittsville area last week, I thought it pertinent to provide some City information on drowning prevention. The City of Ottawa would like to encourage all residents, especially parents and caregivers, to take precautions to prevent drowning. Adult supervision is essential no matter how well your child swims. Among Ontario children age five years and under, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death. Two-thirds of these drownings happen to those who never intended to get wet in the first place. Unattended toddlers are especially at risk of drowning because they are mobile and very curious.
Plan to reduce the risks during the summer months ahead:
Stay within arm’s reach of your child at all times in and around the water.
For more information on drowning prevention, call 3-1-1 or visit
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 9-1pm, 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.
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.