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Public meeting on noise by-law review on May 2

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa’s By-law and Regulatory Services Branch is conducting a Noise By-law review, and residents are invited to provide their feedback through an online public consultation survey or by attending one of the three public workshops. The online survey runs until Monday, May 1.

The online survey provides residents with brief facts on the by-law and an opportunity to give their opinions on the possible changes and additions.

A public consultation is planned for Kanata on Tuesday, May 2 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Mlacak Centre, Halls C&D, 2500 Campeau Drive.


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LINKED: How a would-be Ottawa pot ’empire’ failed to launch

The Ottawa Citizen has a report about Franco Vigile and his plans for a chain of Magna Terra marijuana dispensaries, including one on Iber Road in Stittsville.

Franco Vigile wanted the world and then some. But just as proposed legislation might open up the promised land of a recreational marijuana market, a legal spat, drug and gun charges against his family, and a connection to the Hells Angels all threaten to send Vigile’s dispensary dreams up in smoke.

Vigile, 29, once operated two pot dispensaries in the city, with a third location “coming soon.” But those two locations are now closed. A sign on the door Sunday at the Stittsville store reads: “To our valued customers. We are closed indefinitely. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

At the beginning of 2016, however, with one dispensary open, Vigile was looking to expand.

Read the full article…


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Court upholds fine, orders rehabilitation of Rothbourne Road wetland

A provincial court has ordered a company and its director to rehabilitate a provincially significant wetland on Rothbourne Road that they damaged over five years ago.

On Thursday, Justice Diane M. Lahaie of the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa upheld an appeal initiated by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MCVA), and issued a court order to a numbered company, 1634088 Ontario Inc., and its director, Rodolfo Mion, to rehabilitate and restore the wetland on Rothbourne Road near Highway 7.

Essentially, the judge ruled that the original $7,500 fine imposed wasn’t much of a punishment (or a deterrent) for bulldozing a wetland to create developable land.

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MOFFATT: Update on wastewater from the Richmond Pumping Station

(via Scott Moffatt,Councillor for Rideau-Goulbourn)

When we get these extreme weather events, there can tend to be adverse effects on certain operations. Last week’s rain was no exception as the Richmond Pumping Station was impacted.

This past Friday afternoon (April 7), the Pumping Station was nearing capacity and a by-pass was put in place to prevent a potential failure of the system. The by-pass diverted overflows directly into the Jock River. By-pass pumping from the Royal York Street Pumping Station ceased at 9:00pm that same evening. Continue reading


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“MY CARP RUNNETH OVER”: Pathway flooding is perfectly normal, says City

Carp River, April 8, 2017. The Arcadia neighbourhood is in the background.

(Thanks Karen for the headline pun.)

The mighty Carp River overflowed its banks during the first week of April, covering the adjacent floodplain and recreation paths with water.  Officials say that’s completely normal.

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Here’s how much the Sens pay in property taxes each year

(Canadian Tire Centre. Photo by Aaron Toth, via Flickr)

And you thought your property tax bill was high…

Somebody was asking the other day in a local Facebook group how much the Senators pay in property tax is each year, and how much of that goes to Stittsville.  So we asked the City of Ottawa, and they came back with these numbers, right down to the penny. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Congestion pricing, cell phone tower, patio season

CONGESTION PRICING BACK ON THE RADAR
Looks like the debate over “congestion pricing” might be coming to City Hall in the near future. That’s the idea of using financial incentives (or disincentives) to decrease car use and increase transit ridership, particularly from the suburbs of Ottawa into the downtown core.

The four downtown councillors – Chernushenko, Leiper, McKenney and Nussbaum – commissioned a study that was presented at a symposium last week.

The study looks at the potential effects of four pricing models: highway tolls, “cordon” charges (a toll to enter downtown), parking rate changes and a gas tax increase. The authors conclude that raising the cost of parking downtown would be the most cost-effective tool: “The report concludes that while a cordon charge to enter the Ottawa central area could be more effective at accomplishing the stated objectives, the implementation costs given today’s technology would make it impractical. Tolling the highways was evaluated to be less effective given the possibility of leakage onto parallel arterial roads and the inability to address north-south traffic. The study notes important jurisdictional and other challenges regarding the feasibility of raising the gas tax and concludes that focussing on parking charges would be more useful in addressing congestion and increasing transit ridership. Although high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes were not examined in detail, the report suggests their feasibility could increase in light of provincial highway expansion plans.

“Managing congestion using pricing tools is increasingly recognized by cities worldwide as a way to increase transit ridership, lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and address commuting frustration” says Chernushenko. “Our goal in commissioning this research and analysis from CPCS is to contribute to an ongoing conversation about how to best to encourage sustainable transportation and support our significant investment in LRT. This is a very important discussion for Ottawa to have.”

There are no immediate plans to move forward on any recommendations in the study, but it’s a debate that Stittsville commuters will want to keep an eye on in the months to come.

You can read the report here…

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CELL TOWER PROPOSED FOR IBER
Via Councillor Qadri: “Shared Network Canada (SNC) is proposing a 50m tri-pole communication tower to be constructed at 145 Iber Rd. The tower will be used to offer space to multiple cellular carriers to enhance and support their networks. A small fenced area with a walk-in cabinet will be constructed at the base of the installation. A public meeting will be held at the Main Hall of the Goulbourn Recreational Complex (1500 Shea Rd) on Wednesday, April 12th to help answer resident questions and concerns regarding the project.” There’s more info about the meeting here…

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590 HAZELDEAN ROAD ZONING
On April 11, the City’s planning committee will be considering a zoning bylaw amendment for 590 Hazeldean Road.  Currently zoned as agricultural land, the proposed change would allow for a residential development with parks, a school and commercial areas.  The initial consultation for the zoning change happened way back in late 2013 / early 2014, but the item is only now coming in front of councillors.

The staff report prepared for the meeting describes the land as “vacant”, but that’s not really accurate. The word suggests empty, worthless land.  In this case it’s quite the opposite. Until a few years ago it was home to an active farm, and the Bradley-Craig heritage house and barn are still standing along Hazeldean Road.  (The barn is supposed to be relocated soon to Saunders Farm.)

You can read the background documents here…

SIGNS OF SPRING


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Family establishes memorial page for Samuel Evie Marincak

The family of Sacred Heart student Samuel Evie Marincak has set up a memorial Facebook page to pay tribute to the teen, who died last week.  The page can be found at facebook.com/SamEvieMarincak/

“In memory of Samuel Evie Dimitri Marincak who passed away. We welcome the community to post their stories and happy memories. Either name or pronoun is accepted here as they were a genderfluid individual who went by all,” wrote Marincak’s sister Paige on the site. Continue reading


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Names for recreation building and parks approved by committee

(press release via City of Ottawa)

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


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LINKED: Waste Management scraps plan to accept Quebec garbage

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.

Read the full story…


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Cardel Homes seeks naming rights for Goulbourn Rec Complex

(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


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Multiple charges and arrests after raids at Magna Terra marijuana shops

(Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. File photo.)

The owner of the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary chain is among seven arrested and charged after police raids on his two Ottawa dispensaries and a private home on Tuesday.

The raids resulted in the seizure of a loaded .44 calibre Desert Eagle handgun, marijuana and other drugs, cash, documents and computers and cell phones, according to Ottawa Police.   Continue reading


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LINKED: Iber Road marijuana dispensary raided by police

Jacquie Miller reports in the Ottawa Citizen:

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.

Read the full story…

Magna Terra opened on Iber Road last summer.


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UPDATE: Waste Management “taking steps to review” Quebec garbage application

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


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NOTEBOOK: LRT open houses, pedestrian safety upgrades, more

LRT OPEN HOUSES
Watch for a open house events in June and November for updates on plans to extend light rail transit west past Moodie Drive towards Kanata and Stittsville.  Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson shared the news in a newsletter update: “An evaluation of alternative corridors and selection of a preferred corridor and station locations will be discussed… on the technically preferred plan, which will go to Transportation Committee and Council for approval in March 2018.  Construction of this section cannot occur until after the LRT reaches Moodie in 2023 and a funding source is obtained.” Continue reading


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UPDATE: City will appeal MOE decision on Carp landfill service area

City of Ottawa solicitor Rick O’Connor recommended that city staff appeal a Ministry of Environment decision to allow the Carp landfill to accept waste from Western Quebec.

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.


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City needs your help to test citywide Internet speed

(Press release via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa has launched an Internet Performance Test (IPT) in partnership with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).

The test allows users to learn about qualitative aspects of their Internet connections, including speed, performance, and compliance with standards.

That same information will be aggregated and used by the City of Ottawa to better understand the state of Internet service across the municipality.

Obtaining good data requires broad community involvement, so the city is encouraging all businesses and residents to participate.

Users can test their Internet connections now, at https://performance.cira.ca/Ottawa

Key Facts

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.


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Carp landfill facility gets ok for Quebec garbage, despite City’s objections

As Lando said in the Empire Strikes Back…

You might remember hearing back in September that Waste Management applied to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for permission to bring construction and demolition waste from Quebec to the landfill facility on Carp Road. Continue reading


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Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for a new community garden

Here’s another interesting project in the works for Stittsville Main Street: The Kassis family, owners of Jo-Jo’s Pizza, are partnering with a group of local volunteers to help establish a community garden on Stittsville Main Street.

The family will maintain ownership of the property but allow volunteers to build and maintain the the large plot of land behind Jo-Jo’s as a “potager” or “kitchen” garden with clean, geometric lines, and will be known as “Jo-Jo’s Community Garden”.

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