UPDATE: Neighbours have set up a fundraising page to help the family displaced by the fire: “The Purdy family from Richmond ON suffered a devastating loss yesterday when a fire completely destroyed their home. My son attends school with one of their children and I have reached out to the family to see where assistance is most needed. They are extremely appreciative and a little overwhelmed at the outpouring of community spirit. They are currently figuring out the logistics of where they will live, etc so although donations of clothing and furniture are thoughtful, at this point in time the family has nowhere to store anything. This page has been set up so that those who wish to help can provide some financial relief to the family during a very difficult time. There may be other ways to donate/help in the future, this is just a starter so that they can purchase the basic necessities for their family for the time being.”
(via Ottawa Fire Services)
Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call from a resident at 3:02 p.m. indicating that there was thick black smoke coming from their home at 27 Fowler Street in Richmond. The caller confirmed that there were no persons inside the residence. Continue reading →
Winter parking continues to be an issue in Fairwinds, and Councillor Qadri and City staff are looking for feedback on a new plan to restrict parking to one side of the street on many roads in our community. Continue reading →
The City’s Community and Protective Services Committee approved today a proposal to rename the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn.” The new name is part of a sponsored naming rights agreement with Cardel Homes, a local home building company celebrating its 20th year in Ottawa. Continue reading →
Thanks to Kiera Delgaty-Pak for sending along this photo: “I was driving home from South Carleton H.S. at 7:30pm Tuesday evening and absolutely had to stop and take a picture of this beautiful sunset. Spring is finally here!”
CBC reports today that Waste Management is backing away from its plans to accept Quebec waste at the Carp Road landfill facility:
A proposal to allow construction waste from Quebec to be dumped at a processing facility in Carp has been trashed.
Waste Management Canada had sought and won approval from Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal on March 1 to transfer construction and demolition waste from western Quebec to the Ottawa processing and recycling facility at 2301 Carp Rd.
The city announced last week it planned to appeal the decision.
But on Monday Waste Management said after talking with city officials, the company is backing away from the plan.
“After discussing the matter with the city and the ministry, we have decided not to proceed with our proposal to include portions of Quebec within the service area for the West Carleton Environmental Centre and … we will as soon as practicable take such steps as are necessary to amend the [Environmental Compliance Approval] accordingly,” said spokesperson Wayne French in a letter to city councillors and community stakeholders.
During public consultations on the plan last year, members of the public raised concerns about increased truck traffic flowing over the bridge into Ottawa, and worried Ottawa could become a dumping ground for other regions.
If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a site plan and a zoning amendment, or tried to decipher acronyms like CDP, CoA and OMB, there’s an event in Stittsville on Thursday, April 6 that will be right up your alley.
Councillor Shad Qadri and City of Ottawa planning staff are hosting a Planning Primer at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (Hall A) from 6:30pm-9:30pm.
The three-hour session will be a condensed version of a two-day workshop that usually runs downtown at City Hall. (This may actually be the first time that they’ve brought such an event to the suburbs.)
Qadri says planning staff will be explaining a variety of common topics specific to Stittsville including the process behind tree removal, the implementation of the Fernbank Community Design Plan (CDP), and an overview of the Ontario Municipal Board’s appeal process, to name a few. (Here’s an agenda.)
Seating is limited and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your spot by emailing Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca before March 31, 2017.
Police vehicles including vans and a trailer, along with an ambulance, were on the scene at Sacred Heart High School from late Friday afternoon into the evening. The photo above was taken just before 7pm and shows the parking lot on the west side of the school. Continue reading →
(Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)
The GRC could soon be known as the CRG if city councillors approve a $600,000 naming rights deal with Cardel Homes.
Next week, the City of Ottawa’s Community and Protective Services Committee will consider a proposal to change the name of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn”. In return, Cardel would pay the City $40,000 for the next 15 years. Continue reading →
Ottawa police raided two more marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, this time targeting a locally owned chain that was the first to open shop in town.
Police executed search warrants at the Magna Terra Health Services shops on Carling Avenue and on Iber Road in Stittsville.
They carted away bags of dried weed, edible cannabis products and oils. No information had been released on arrests by late afternoon.
It was the 13th raid on a dispensary in Ottawa since last November.
Police have warned that the shops are operating illegally and drug laws against trafficking are still on the books. Dispensaries have been opening across the country in advance of the federal government’s promise to legalize recreational pot this spring.
The City of Ottawa’s communications department sent this memo from City solicitor Rick O’Connor to media outlets today.
Today was the deadline to request an appeal to the Ministry of Environment’s decision to allow Waste Management to accept Quebec garbage at the Carp Road landfill facility. The City of Ottawa, along with seven residents and community groups, each submitted a request for leave to appeal the decision. Now it’s in the hands of the Environmental Review Tribunal to decide if an appeal can go forward.
O’Connor also shared a letter the City received from Waste Management, who runs the landfill facility, where they state that they are “taking steps to review its position”. A copy of the letter is included below.Continue reading →
You’re in for a treat as the Goulbourn Township Historical Society digitally reprises the Millennium Pageant “Caretaker of Dreams” on Saturday March 25, 2017 at the Richmond Legion. The play was written by Barbara Bottriell, directed by Shelagh Mills and produced by the Goulbourn Millennium Project Committee.
The pageant was held November 22-25, 2000 in the then-new Theatre of the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart Catholic High School. This was a great community event including over 100 Township actors, musicians and dancers supported by dance director Christine Delorme-Lamarche, sets by Ron Martin, lighting by Paul Gardner, musical director Barbara Bottriell, costumes by Lynn Griffiths and production co-ordination by Hilary Dick.
Videographer Sandy Durocher recorded this spectacular event., and it is this recording transformed into a digital format by Russell Mason, that we will be showing at the Richmond Legion as our March community event. Show time is 1:30pm. The Legion is located at 6430 Ottawa Street, Richmond. As always, admission, parking and refreshments are free. And remember, tell a neighbour, bring a friend!
The pageant tells the story of Goulbourn Township from the early Richmond settlement in 1818 to the youths’ vision of the future beyond 2000. It was conceived not as a history lesson, but as recognition of the achievements of the township pioneers. The play was initially planned as a millennial project, but also became a record of our history as the Province on Ontario decreed that Goulbourn Township would disappear with the expanded border of the City of Ottawa in 2000.
The Goulbourn Historical Society was sponsor of the project and the play was produced by the Goulbourn Millennium Project Committee chaired by Jean Shaw.
(ABOVE: Coyote spotted in the Fairwinds neighbourhood, near Khamsim Street, mid-February.)
A City of Ottawa biologist says that coyotes in Stittsville pose a low safety risk to residents.
Dr. Nick Stow met with residents on Hesse Crescent in Wyldewood and councillor Shad Qadri on Friday morning to address concerns from residents about frequent coyote sightings in their neighbourhood and around Stittsville. Continue reading →
The memo was circulated to media outlets yesterday, and Councillor Shad Qadri confirmed on Facebook that the city would be moving forward with an appeal.
“…for leave to be obtained, it is only necessary that a preliminary review of the evidence shows that the decision is unreasonable and that significant harm to the environment could result. Therefore, in light of the City’s longstanding position on limiting the geographic area from which waste is brought to Ottawa landfills, it is my view that it would be appropriate to seek leave to appeal the MOECC’s decision in this instance,” he wrote.
The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the annual GLADCleaning the Capital campaign will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available.
Registrationis quick and easy:
Go to ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.
Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.
GLAD Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.
Specific initiatives the municipality hopes to support by participating in the IPT include:
Service delivery – understanding the Internet landscape in Ottawa to better tailor digital services across the city. Test findings could help the city understand what forms of online interaction are possible (or preferable) in different areas of the city. For example, participating high-bandwidth activities such as in videoconferencing, streaming video, or virtual reality environments may not be possible in areas where Internet connectivity is insufficient.
Smart City – understanding the digital capacity of the city to pursue these types of digital initiatives. Ottawa already has several components of Smart City technology initiatives throughout the city, from smart traffic management tools, asset tracking, LED lighting and smart buildings, to the high-tech sector building Smart City applications and leading-edge technology products, which are dependent on a robust Internet infrastructure.
Rural connectivity – Given Ottawa’s unique geography as both an urban and rural city, there is a perception that Ottawa’s rural communities are not as well connected as other parts of the city, which can present challenges in terms of providing city services. The IPT should provide insight as to whether such a digital divide exists within Ottawa.
Business attraction/retention – The quality of Internet service is considered a key element to help encourage businesses to open and remain in the city. Information gleaned from the test will help with economic development activities by understanding if access to high-speed broadband is sufficient to attract business, or if more planning and investment is required.
For more information on CIRA’s work to help Canadian municipalities address their needs to Internet measurement, visit http://performance.cira.ca.
(PHOTO: Actress Blake Lively poses with National Honouree Eva von Jagow of DUENorth prior to the Women of Worth Awards Gala in Toronto.)
Congrats to Stittsvile’s Eva von Jagow, who was named the national honouree at last night’s L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth gala in Toronto. As national honouree, Eva receives an additional $10,000 for DueNORTH, an organization that she founded to provide healthy meals and nutrition to kids in Canada’s north. Here’s a press release about the awards from L’Oreal.Continue reading →
The Stittsville Minor Softball Association (SMSA) is pleased to announce there are a lot of exciting changes to the softball programs in 2017. Come out and join us on the diamond, it’s going to be a great season!
New this year:
Register & Pay online
Bring a friend campaign – register a friend who has never played with SMSA and play together
New coaching kits that include Softball Ontario practice templates
Fun League: Boys/Girls born 2009 through 2013 – $110
House League: Boys/Girls born 1997 through 2008 – $140 – $155 Players outside of Stittsville are Welcome.
NEW – Jr Selects Competitive program: For kids born 2009/2010 (U8) – See website for details.