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Round-Up: The Stittsville election on Twitter this week

What were Dave Lee and Shad Qadri tweeting about this week?  And what were Stittsville residents saying about the campaign? Here’s a sampling of tweets from the past week.  A few photos of lawn signs, and a little bit of discussion about election issues.


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Kanata artist and community activist John Mlacak passes away at age 78

John Mlacak, a long-time community activist and artist in the Kanata area, passed away on Friday at age 78.

He was a former reeve of March township, has a recreation centre named after him in Kanata and continued to be very active in the community as an artist, volunteer and activist.  The Ottawa Citizen printed an obituary on him today, and you can see some of his artwork on his web site at www.johnmlacak.com.

I had the pleasure to talk with Mlacak last December when I was doing some research into the old house and barn at 173 Huntmar Drive in Stittsville.  He was commissioned to do a series of paintings of the house in 2010 and 2011 for the previous owners. He had hoped at one point to turn the property into an artists’ retreat.

Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l'entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l’entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.

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Top 10 stories on Stittsville.ca this week

These were the most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca this week:

  1. EXPLAINER: When will Stittsville get a public high school?
  2. The race is on: New candidate in Stittsville Ward election
  3. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  4. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  5. Grand opening of Pho TJ on Stittsville Main Street
  6. New construction, fewer government moves, hurt Stittsville housing market
  7. Endangered snapping turtle back home after stint in Peterborough trauma hospital
  8. Reader mail: Your comments about the Stittsville public high school
  9. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  10. Stantec employees help with the harvest at Black Family Farm

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City’s fall clean-up campaign kicks off

Residents of Fairwinds take part in Cleaning the Capital last spring
Residents of Fairwinds take part in Cleaning the Capital last spring

(Press release from the City of Ottawa)

Tim Hortons Cleaning the Capital program was officially launched at City Hall this week by the Mayor, the Chair of Transportation Committee, and by Christopher McCluskey of Tim Hortons.

Tim Hortons 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, 80,000 volunteers collected almost 140,000 kilograms of litter from 1,400 locations. That’s enough to fill 150 garbage trucks.

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EXPLAINER: When will Stittsville get a public high school?

Jenny Guth’s son Levi is only in junior kindergarten this year, but she’s already thinking about where he’ll go to high school.

Guth (pictured above), along with several other parents in the area, are planning events and activities this fall to ramp up pressure on the Ontario Government to fund a new public high school for Stittsville. Continue reading


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Top ten stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca, September 6-12

These were the most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca this week:

  1. The race is on: New candidate in Stittsville Ward election
  2. Grand opening of Pho TJ on Stittsville Main Street
  3. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  4. When that blasted blasting near Johnwoods/Maple Grove will stop
  5. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  6. Queensway work expected to be completed this fall
  7. Here’s the new logo for Quitters Coffee
  8. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  9. T-shirt fundraising start-up vies for Canada Post award
  10. New construction, fewer government moves, hurt Stittsville housing market

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New construction, fewer government moves, hurt Stittsville housing market

The average resale price of residential homes and condos in Stittsville was down by about 3% overall in August on a year-over-year basis compared to 2013.

Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014
Source: Ottawa Real Estate Board (OREB) statistics for Stittsville for the month of August (year-to-date) 2014

 (Note: Stittsville North = north of Hazeldean, Central = between Hazeldean and Abbott, South = south of Abbott)

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Environmental compliance application filed for Carp Road landfill

Waste Management has submitted an Environmental Compliance Approval application to the Ministry of Environment for the Carp Road landfill. It’s the latest step in the process to get approval to expand the facility, located just north of Stittsville and the Queensway.

Officially known as the “West Carleton Environmental Centre”, the landfill expansion will cover an area of 38 hectares, will have a maximum volume of 6.5-million cubic meters and take up to 400,000 tonnes of garbage each year.

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Hydro outage planned for Wildpine Court on September 12-13

From Hydro Ottawa:

On September 12, 2014, Hydro Ottawa will be upgrading transformers in your neighbourhood to improve the reliability of the electrical system.

In order to undertake this work safely, a planned power interruption will be required. The planned interruption is scheduled to take place Friday, September 12, 2014 from 11:45pm to Saturday, September 13, 6:00 am.

Affected streets: Wildpine Court

Project start date: September 12, 11:45pm

Project completion date: September 13, 6am


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City accepting applications for 2015 civic events funding

The City of Ottawa is inviting local not-for-profit organizations such as volunteer-based community or recreation associations, to apply for funding to provide one to two-day civic events that include free admission, foster civic pride and bring a community together.

These events must be linked to, and celebrate a civic/statutory holiday in Ontario (i.e. New Year’s Day, Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Ontario Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day), be held in a specific geographic district in Ottawa, and encompass a broad range of activities and family entertainment.

Effective this year, the annual application deadline for funding will be the first Monday in November, which this year falls on November 3. The maximum allocation is $3,000 per applicant.

Application forms are available online at ottawa.ca or at a City of Ottawa Client Service Centre.


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Did anyone find a wedding ring in the Westwind area?

UPDATE: The ring has been found.  Karina Ragalie wrote earlier today on Facebook: “Ladies, thank you very much for your help and support. The wedding ring was found and returned.  I love this community. A lady on my street found it and returned it last night.”


 

A Stittsville resident lost his wedding band on the weekend in the Westwind/Hartsmere Drive area.  As you’ll read in the screen cap below, it has significant sentimental value for the man and his family. If you have any information about the ring, please email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca and we’ll pass it on to the family.

Lost ring

(Thanks Amy Lee for the heads up)


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When that blasted blasting near Johnwoods/Maple Grove will stop

Residents near Johnwoods/Maple Grove will be happy to hear that the blasting work is scheduled to end within a couple of weeks.

The latest estimate from Mattamy Homes is that the majority of the work will be completed by September 17, according to Daniel Potechin, a construction manager with the developer.

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Top 10 stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca this week

Quitters on Stittsville Main. Photo by Glen Gower.
Quitters, August 2014. Photo by Glen Gower.

These were the most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca this week:

  1. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  2. Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  3. A list of Tanger Outlet stores opening this fall (so far)
  4. Grand opening of Pho TJ on Stittsville Main
  5. 55-year-old b-boy represents Stittsville at hip hop festival
  6. Changes coming to 96A and other Stittsville bus routes
  7. Future Stittsville includes 70,499 friendly neighbours
  8. Attention job hunters: Tanger Outlets is hosting a job fair
  9. Stittsville sisters’ swiming school celebrates success
  10. Mould, leaks, rust and more: GRC won’t open until May 2015

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Qadri still uncontested with one week until nominations close

With one week left until the closing of nominations for the municipal elections, incumbent councillor Shad Qadri is still the only candidate nominated for Stittsville Ward.

Qadri has been the ward’s councillor since 2006, and earned over 91% of the vote in the last election in 2010.

The deadline to file a nomination for candidacy is 2 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Voting day is October 27, 2014.

As of Thursday night, Stittsville was one of three Ottawa wards with only a single candidate registered so far.

Individuals wishing to run for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor, and school board Trustee can obtain nomination papers online at ottawa.ca/vote, at the City’s elections office at 1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B, the Ottawa City Hall government service centre, or any City of Ottawa client service centre. A nomination paper must be filed in person, or by an agent acting on the individual’s behalf at any of these locations.

The filing fee is $200 for the office of Mayor and $100 for the offices of Councillor and school board Trustee. The fee is payable by cash, certified cheque, money order, and debit or credit card.

To see information on the eligibility requirements to run for office and which candidates have filed their nominations, visit ottawa.ca/vote, contact the elections office at 613-580-2660, or call 3-1-1.


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Planned power outage on September 4 and 5 in Fringewood area

From Hydro Ottawa:

On Thursday, September 4th, and Friday, September 5th, Hydro Ottawa will be installing new conductors on existing overhead lines in your neighbourhood to improve the reliability of the electrical system.

In order to undertake this work safely, two planned power interruptions will be required. The first interruption will take place on September 4th, between 8:30am and 3:30 pm. The second interruption will take place September 5th, between the same hours.

In case of inclement weather, the tentative date to reschedule this work will be September 5 and September 8, between the same hours.

Affected streets: Fringewood Drive, Cloverloft Circle, Cripple Creek, Lazy Nol Crescent and Orchard Drive

Project start date: September 4, 8:30am

Project completion date: September 5, 3:30pm

 


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Are you on the voters’ list? Here’s how to find out

The City of Ottawa is advising residents to check that their names are on the voters’ list in order to to avoid any delays at the voting place when you make your mark in this fall’s municipal election.

You can access the voters’ list online at ottawa.ca/vote, or by calling 3-1-1 or the Elections Office at 613-580-2660, or visiting any Client Service Centre. The list identifies people eligible to vote in the 2014 City of Ottawa municipal election by name, address, school support and residency status.

You can vote in the municipal elections if, on voting day, you are:

  • An Ottawa resident or an owner or tenant of land in the city boundaries
  • A spouse of such an owner or tenant
  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Not prohibited from voting by law.

If your name is not on the list or is incorrect, you can download and complete the form – entitled “Application to Add or Amend My Name to the Voters’ List” and mail it to the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office (1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B, Ottawa, K1J 7S8) or drop it off at any Client Service Centre by September 16.

After September 16, you can bring your completed form with you to your voting place on voting day. However, you are encouraged to submit changes by the deadline to avoid any delays when you vote.

Voter Notifications will be mailed to qualified voters on the Voters’ List, informing them of when and where to vote. You should bring the notification with you when you vote, along with ID that contains your name and Ottawa address. A complete list of acceptable ID can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

For more election information, visit ottawa.ca/vote, follow on Twitter (@ottawavote) or download the free mobile Ottawa Elections 2014 app in the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, and Google Play.

Voting day is Monday, October 27, 2014, with advance voting starting on October 1.


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