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TRASH TALK: Everything you need to know about the Carp Road Landfill Expansion

When we posted an article last month about Waste Management filing a compliance application for expanding the Carp Road landfill, our readers had quite a few questions about the facility.

We did some research and sent questions to both Waste Management and The Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) coalition to come with answers to many of those questions. Continue reading


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Top ten stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca, October 11-17

Top TenHere are the top ten most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca for the week of October 11-17, 2014.

 

  1. Car drives into Main Street Cafe (photos)
  2. Quitters Coffee now open on Stittsville Main Street
  3. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  4. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  5. For the record, Shad Qadri lives in Stittsville
  6. Second annual pumpkin parade planned for November 1
  7. SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap
  8. Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?
  9. Audience gets feisty at candidate debate
  10. Sacred Heart students to help care for 100-year-old forest

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SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap

(Photo: An unidentified woman changes a diaper while parked on the side of the Queensway, en route to Tanger Outlets on opening day. Photo via @PaulaMcCooey on Twitter.)

Traffic jams were the big story coming out of today’s grand opening of Kanata’s Tanger Outlets shopping complex.  Cars were backed up on the Queensway all the way to Bayshore at one point this morning. Continue reading


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Male exposing himself in daytime in Katimavik area

(Press release from the Ottawa police.)

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit is investigating several reports of suspicious activity in the Katimavik and Chimo Drive area of Kanata. The incidents occurred on September 4, October 3, October 9 and October 14, 2014, in the daytime hours.

In all four cases, it is believed the same male suspect exposed himself to young female victims.  The victims ran off and the incidents were later reported to police.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, in his 30s, 5’8” (173 cm) balding with dark hair and a beard.

Anyone with information can contact the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.


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Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?

The Huntmar Bridge that crosses the Queensway doesn’t have sidewalks, and probably won’t for at least a decade.

The overpass connects Tanger Outlets, Minto’s new 1,500-home Arcadia development, and Canadian Tire Centre.  There are sidewalks south and north of the bridge, but the bridge itself only has a narrow curb on one side and a narrow paved shoulder on the other.

We asked the City of Ottawa why the bridge doesn’t have sidewalks, and they said to ask the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, who own and manage the bridge.

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Saturday is the final advance vote day for the 2014 municipal election

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The final advance vote day for the upcoming municipal election is Saturday, October 18, when the advance voting places in all 23 wards will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Electors can find their voting places for the final advance vote day, as well as for the October 27 Voting Day, on their voter notification letter, or by using the “Where Do I Vote?” search tool on ottawa.ca.

When going to the voting place, residents are reminded to bring one piece of original identification that shows proof of name and a qualifying Ottawa address. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

For more voting information, visit ottawa.ca/vote. Also, follow Ottawa Elections 2014 on Twitter at @ottawavote and download our free mobile app available in the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, and Google Play.

By the numbers: Quick facts about Final Advance Vote Day  

  • Polls open on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 114 voting locations
  • Six command centres

Numbers of Staff:

  • 435 staff at voting locations
  • 175 command centre staff, including returns staff and drivers
  • 32 staff at the Election Call Centre at City Hall (for the public)
  • 27 staff at the Elections Office Call Centre (for election workers)

A total of 20,855 electors made their mark on the first traditional advance vote day, which was held on Thursday, October 9.

To date, combining the special advance voting days on October 1 to 3 and the first traditional advance vote day on October 9, a total of 28,444 electors have voted.


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For the record, Shad Qadri lives in Stittsville

I’ve seen a few posts on social media asking whether or not Shad Qadri lives in Stittsville.  I sent him an email on Saturday and asked him to set the record straight.

Here’s his response:

Thank you for the opportunity to set the record straight.
My  family and I live in Stittsville.

Shad Qadri

From his election web site:

  • Shad Qadri and wife Theresa owned Showbiz Entertainment and Gifts on Stittsville Main Street for 14 years until 2007.
  • He was one of the founders of the Stittsville Village Association.
  • He helped establish the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Goulbourn in 2004.
Shad and Theresa Qadri
Shad and Theresa Qadri, from Qadri’s election web site.

 


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Broken water main at Stittsville Main & Amberlakes

Update: The water main has been fixed and the street re-opened as of 8:30am Sunday.


 

There’s a broken water main  at the intersection of Stittsville Main and Amberlakes.  Residents should avoid the area.

Shad Qadri tells us that crews are on site and have to dig to fix the problem.  Work will continue overnight.

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Top ten stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca, October 4-10

Top TenHere are the top ten most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca for the week of October 4-10, 2014.

  1. Audience gets feisty at candidate debate
  2. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  3. Grade 10 student by day, rock/punk impresario by night
  4. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  5. Rogers customers frustrated by poor cell service
  6. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  7. Candidate Q&A: Dave Lee and Shad Qadri (Part 2)
  8. Candidate Q&A: Dave Lee and Sha d Qadri (Part 1)
  9. Work in progress: Photos of the Tanger Outlets dining hall
  10. Stittsville singer Abigal Moffitt wins top prize at Carleton Place competition

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Advance voting Day 1, by the numbers

Thursday was the first day of advance voting for the municipal election.

The second traditional advance vote is on Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Electors can find their voting place on their voter notification letter or by using the “Where Do I Vote?”search tool on ottawa.ca. The search tool will provide the voting places for both of the traditional advance vote days, as well as the actual Voting Day on Monday, October 27.

When going to the voting place, residents are reminded to bring one piece of original identification that shows proof of name and a qualifying Ottawa address. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

Electors were provided their first opportunity to cast a ballot during the Special Advance Vote, which was held earlier this month and featured three voting places that offered ballots for all 23 City wards.


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Audience gets feisty at candidate debate

Thursday night’s Stittsville ward debate was full of interruptions, accusations and arguing. And that was just from the audience.

About 150 people filled the community hall at Johnny Leroux Arena to watch the first live public debate between Dave Lee and Shad Qadri, the two men running to represent Stittsville on city council. The debate was organized by the Stittsville Village Association (SVA). Continue reading


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Candidate Q&A: French public board (CEPEO)

Here’s the next in our series of questionnaires from the candidates in the upcoming city council and school board elections.  (Click here for all of our election coverage.)

Stittsville is in Zone 12 of the French public school board (le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario).  Elementary students attend Maurice Lapointe in Bridlewood and high school students attend Omer-Deslauriers in Nepean near Merivale Road and Viewmount (the former J.S. Woodsworth high school).  A new french public high school is scheduled to open in Bridlewood next fall.

The candidates in this district are Patricia Chehadé and Linda Savard. We’ve included their answers in the languages that they provided below.

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Candidate Q&A: French Catholic board (CECCE)

Here’s the next in our series of questionnaires from the candidates in the upcoming city council and school board elections.  (Click here for all of our election coverage.)

Stittsville is in Zone 4 of the French Catholic school board (le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est).  The only school in the Stittsville area is Saint-Jean-Paul II (elementary school).  High school students go to Collège catholique Franco-Ouest in Bells Corners, although a new high school in the Fernbank area is scheduled to open in September 2015.

The candidates in this district are Jacques Boyer and André Thibodeau, but only Thibodeau replied to our questionnaire. Continue reading


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Residents encouraged to test smoke alarms monthly

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

Ottawa Fire Services wants to remind residents that it’s the law to have a working smoke alarm outside every sleeping area and on every storey of the home.

In one out of three fatal home fires, there is no working smoke alarm. That’s why, during Fire Prevention Week in Ottawa, which takes place October 5 to 11, Ottawa Fire Services encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms and to make plans to test them again every month. Continue reading


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Rogers customers frustrated by poor cell service

(Photo: Peter Hanschke in front of his home west of Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Glen Gower.)

Peter Hanschke has been a Stittsville resident for 31 years and a Rogers customer for over a decade.  He says he’s never been impressed with their cell phone service.

“To get reception, you have to be at the front of the house, near the bay window, angled just properly, so that people can hear you clearly. I started a consulting business out of my home here, and trying to do calls on my cell for business is embarrassing, it just doesn’t work,” he says.

“It’s always been poor quality, but back when it first came out you could understand it, Stittsville was a pretty small community,” he says.
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