October 26, 2007
Helping Plan Ottawa’s Future
Do you want to have a say in our City’s future?
Last week the City of Ottawa launched Beyond Ottawa 20/20…Planning for the Future. This is a great opportunity for all residents to get involved and comment on the City’s Official Plan, which must be reviewed every five years under the Ontario Planning Act. This latest initiative stems from Council’s desire to hear feedback from residents on how the City should manage growth.
The City has made it very convenient for you to view documents and comment online during this important first step of the consultation process. City staff has prepared a variety of White Papers to provide background information and encourage discussion on a number of topics including transportation, intensification and the environment. In addition to this, the Infrastructure Master Plan and Transportation Master Plan are posted for review and comment.
Ottawa Talks, a live bulletin board and discussion forum, has also been created to provide residents with the opportunity to contribute and view feedback from people in communities across Ottawa.
This is just one of several possibilities to share your thoughts on Ottawa’s Official Plan. A number of public events are being held to engage residents in this exciting process. One that may be of particular interest is the City Café, which is taking place on Nov. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall at Landsdowne Park. This will be an informative day of conversation with Ottawa residents on several topics regarding Ottawa’s Official Plan.
The City’s Rethink Garbage campaign is making its’ debut in Ottawa schools this week.
Talkin’ Trash, a City produced video for students grades 4 to 8, has been delivered to all Ottawa elementary schools. This new video helps to demonstrate how certain types of waste should be diverted out of landfills and how each person is responsible for their own garbage.
The video features a visit to the Trail Road landfill and Ottawa's main recycling facility. Talkin' Trash combines fun and interesting facts to help encourage open discussion on garbage. In addition to the Talkin' Trash DVD, each school has received curriculum in both English and French, which was prepared by Ottawa Carleton District School Board teachers.
This is a wonderful initiative and I encourage parents to
discuss recycling and diversion with your children. It is great to see such an
innovative education tool being introduced in our schools to help us work
towards a better scenario for Ottawa residents.
Young Artists Wanted
I am calling on the children in our community to help make my Christmas cards festive and beautiful this year.
My Christmas card competition kicks off this week and this is a great chance to have your artwork, name and age displayed for hundreds of people to enjoy this season and there will also be excellent prizes for each of the winners.
A team of judges will be choosing a total of four designs from four different categories. Two designs will be chosen in the age group of up to 6 years old, one design from an artist age seven to 10 and one from age 10 to 13. When working on your art, please ensure you do not use glitter paints or stickers, as it must be suitable to copy onto the front of the Christmas cards.
Please send your artwork by no later than 4 p.m. on Nov.
19, 2007 to Councillor Shad Qadri, 110 Laurier Ave. W, Ottawa, Ont K1P 1J1 or
drop off your creation at my ward office any time during our hours which are
Mondays and Fridays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tim Horton’s Drive Thru
City Council has approved the sale of land at 53 Stowgrass Crescent to accommodate the reconfiguration of the Tim Horton's Drive thru in the Shops of Main.
I put a motion forward at Council and was able to ensure that the funds generated from the sale of this land will be dedicated towards the restoration work within the Poole Creek sub watershed.
Thank you to our former Councillor Janet Stavinga who
began this initiative in 2005 and worked towards ensuring this money would stay
in our community. I am very pleased to see these improvements moving forward as
many people have expressed concerns regarding safety in this area.
240 West Ridge
At City Council last week the zoning proposal for 240 West Ridge was passed along with a motion I put forward, seconded by my colleague Councillor Eli El-Chantiry.
Council approved the staff recommendation to allow the land at 240 West Ridge Drive to be rezoned from Institutional Zone (I) to Special Residential Type 4 (R4-X). This would permit town homes, semi-detached, single detached dwellings and there is also a restriction imposed that no town homes can front onto West Ridge Drive.
The motion I put forward made an alternation to the concept plan submitted by the proponent. There will be a further restriction on the concept plan that to provide consistency in the development that the centre block of townhouses facing West Ridge Drive be changed to single detached dwellings.
The next stage in the development review process is a site plan and/or plan of subdivision will be submitted for this development. For more information on these stages of the planning review process please contact my office. I will be in touch when we have more information on when the proponent will be moving forward with a site plan or plan of subdivision application.
Free Flu Shots
This week Ottawa Public Health will be hosting a free flu shot clinic in our community.
On Oct. 30 between 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. you are encouraged to go to Sacred Heart Catholic High School, located at 5870 Abbott St to receive your shot. Please note that children 13 years and older must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If you are unable to attend this week’s clinic another one is being held at Sacred Heart on Nov. 27 between 3:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Open House on Rules for Dogs in Parks
On Nov. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The City is hosting an open house for Rules for Dogs in Parks on the second floor of the Kanata Recreation Complex, located at 100 Walter Baker Place.
The designation system is based on input from residents,
current uses and size of each park. In some cases dogs are permitted to run free
while in others they are permitted only on pathways with a leash or completely
banned from certain parks.
Stittsville Artists Tour
On Nov. 3 and 4 our community has the opportunity to view some great local talent.
On both days between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. artists residing in Stittsville-Kanata West will be opening their homes to the public during the fourth Annual Stittsville Artists Studio Tour. This tour will feature 8 artists and is free for all to enjoy. Each participating artist will be displaying a red balloon outside of his or her home.
“Always Listening and Acting on Y our 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, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website at www.shadqadri.com. Please note that you can also contact my ward office every Monday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and every Wednesday and Friday from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. at 613-580-2424 ext. 33440 or 33442. Also, feel free to stop by anytime at 1532 Stittsville Main Street.