Public school board trustees will vote on November 25 on a motion to automatically include a Stittsville public high school on its list of this year’s capital funding priorities. Continue reading
Public school board trustees will vote on November 25 on a motion to automatically include a Stittsville public high school on its list of this year’s capital funding priorities. Continue reading
(Press release from the Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste coalition.)
In a letter sent this week to Eli El Chantiry – Councilor for Ward 5 West Carleton March, the Mayor of Ottawa and the City Solicitor, the Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) campaign is asking the City to use an agreement between the Township of Thorhild, Alberta, a community of about 3,500 people north of Edmonton and Waste Management of Canada (WM) as a template for negotiating property value protection (PVP) and a new Host Community Agreement (HCA) related to WM’s proposed new landfill on Carp Rd.
The group is also asking the City of Ottawa to adopt a more transparent process for the negotiations than was the case in 2001, when the Host Community Agreement for the old Carp landfill was negotiated behind the scenes and voted on by City Council in camera.
Property owners in Thorhild, Alberta who live near a very large and new WM landfill serving the Edmonton area are eligible for pre-defined PVP as well as annual financial compensation for living near the landfill. The details of the plan are included as part of the HCA between the Township of Thorhild, Alberta and WM. In Thorhild the Township and residents were able to negotiate a fixed annual impact benefit, a defined property value protection plan for properties within 1.5 miles (2.4 km.) of the landfill, as well as annual testing of water wells and financial compensation to the community.
Presently the City of Ottawa is or will be negotiating a HCA with WM for the new landfill on Carp Road. The HCA is supposed to include Property Value Protection, a condition imposed by the Minister of Environment when the Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved in August 2013. To date, there is no pre-determined plan for annual compensation or well testing in the PVP proposed by WM in the EA.
In addition, the PVP described in the EA only provides property value protection to homes defined by WM as eligible. However, what determines eligibility was not explained in the PVP and the EA does not identify any homes or properties as being eligible.
Distribution of homes in proximity to the new Carp Rd. landfill
|Distance from landfill||Approximate No. of Homes|
|500 m||7 (5 owned by WM)|
|2500m||500+ part of Timbermere|
|3000m||1000+ part of Timbermere and Jackson Trails|
“In our opinion, the City of Ottawa and the Ontario government should look at what was negotiated with the community in Thorhild. We’d rather not have a landfill at all, but if we have to live with another giant dump in our back yard it’s only right that property owners be fairly protected and compensated,” says DLOGTW volunteer, Harold Moore. “It’s well documented that the value of property near a landfill is impacted. The degree of impact will vary depending on the size of the landfill, how well it is operated and how close you are to it. There’s also a negative stigma associated with living near a landfill. These factors all affect property values.”
The group is also asking the City of Ottawa to negotiate a fairer host community fee, the fee per tonne of garbage dumped in the landfill that is paid by the landfill operator to the host City or Township as compensation for having the landfill. The 2001 agreement between the City of Ottawa and WM identifies a host community fee of $1 per tonne. Meanwhile, the Township of Warwick Ontario, home to WM’s Twin Creeks landfill, receives approximately $3.20 per tonne of garbage and Essex-Windsor Ontario receives $6.30 per tonne.
In August 2013, WM received approval for its EA to proceed with a new landfill on Carp Rd. In July 2014, the City of Ottawa conditionally approved WM’s request to rezone affected properties for the new landfill. In order to proceed further, WM must obtain a Site Plan approval from the City of Ottawa and Environmental Compliance Approvals from the MOE. These approvals are expected in the coming months. For more information on the DLOGTW, visit www.nodump.ca.
Back by popular demand, Gretchen Martin is playing at Gaia Java on Friday, November 7 at 7pm.
Gretchen has played in the shop several times and always elicits a warm and favourable response from whoever is able to be there on the night. I frequently hear the same question from regulars “When is Gretchen coming in to play again?” This is because she plays and sings a fine selection of many familiar songs, and in a very musical and professional way.
Her confident and competent piano style will remind you of Elton John, Billy Joel, and other well-known names. In addition she has a great singing voice and complements the instrumental part with a lyrical line. If you go to our website and visit the events page you can hear a sample of her singing and playing. She has a wide range of other influences (Eagles, Stan Rogers, Lionel Ritchie etc..)
This skillset derives from a family with a very musical background and consistent attention to practicing! Clearly this is a singer and pianist with a background immersed in music – she explained that she was born and raised in Winnipeg, where her parents started her on piano lessons at age 5. Her father was a church organist and former Music Professor at the University of Manitoba and her mother an accomplished church organist, and former piano/theory teacher.
She has recently joined the ‘Ottawa Idol band’ as their keyboardist. This is a wonderful local project founded and created by Eldon Fox, and it encourages the aspirations of young singers from the Ottawa area to reach for their dreams and perform their music with a live band.
So do come along and hear Gretchen – you won’t be disappointed but you may encounter some competition for the best seats!
No entry charge for purchasing customers, but remember the best seats go first, and we put out a ‘donations’ jar so that appreciative customers can contribute to the well-being of the marvellous musicians who come to entertain us.
November and December continue to feature a stellar line-up of Ottawa musicians – check out the gaiajava.ca website for advance notice, and mark up your agendas.
(Press release from the Ottawa Public Library)
The Hazeldean branch of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Sunday, November 16 due to electrical equipment maintenance.
The book drop will not be available during the closure. The nearest alternate service location is the Beaverbrook branch (2500 Campeau).
The Ottawa Business Journal has an article about Stittsville’s L-D Tool & Die on Iber Road. They’re planning to add 20 new jobs and will build a $1.2-million “clean room” facility. It’s also the first facility of its kind with ISO certification.
The company was founded by Dave Tait and Laurie Dickson, and employs 75 people in Stittsville.
Monday, Nov. 3 2014, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre want your help in creating raving fans for life! We are a welcoming workplace and look forward to strengthening our team with you for the up-coming season.
WHERE: Canadian Tire Centre, Dodge VIP Entrance (Gate 2), Emperor Rooms
Please bring several copies of your resume and 3 work-related references.
OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING PART-TIME POSITIONS:
THE SENS STORE
PROGRAMS & TOURNAMENTS, BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX
STANLEY’S RESTAURANT, BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX
Over the weekend I met up with Paul Meek (pictured above, photo by Barry Gray) the owner of Ottawa-based Harvey & Vern’s soda and Kichesippi Beer. Both companies are manufactured on Campbell Avenue (near Carling and 417), and Meek lives with his family in Granite Ridge. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Continue reading
The City of Ottawa has published an updated site plan control document for the development of a Jiffy Lube on Terry Fox behind the Walmart.
Documents describe it as a “Jiffy Lube service station of 223 sq m with 3 service bays, 19 parking spaces and a gateway feature.” The location will be on the north end of the site near Cope Drive.
Over 400 pumpkins were on display at the Stittsville Pumpkin Parade on Saturday night.
Organizer Trevor Eggleton said there were a lot more pumpkins — and people — at the event this year. If you have any photos from the event please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Stittsville is full of very creative and talented pumpkin carvers.
— Nesla (@the_nessmonster) November 2, 2014
— GG (@goshamhamer) November 1, 2014
City councillor Shad Qadri provided the following update on the Goulbourn Rec Centre pool repairs in his weekly newsletter this week.
The pool was shut down in October 2013 after workers found mould, leaks and rust in the structure. At the end of August, the completion date was targeted for late May 2015, but that date has now been pushed back another month.
Funding was approved and in an effort to ensure obtaining qualified and experienced contractors, a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFQ) for General Contractors was issued on the week on July 22nd. Evaluation of the proposals occurred in early August. Any proposal that achieved a minimum 70% score was invited to submit a bid. Four Firms were selected to be invited to submit tenders.
Tender Schedule: Contract documents were completed by mid August 2014. The Project was tendered to the four pre-qualified bidders on Thursday August 28th 2014 with the close of tender on September 24th. The lowest responsive bidder was Ruiter Construction. The construction costs, together with project soft costs, was over budget, leading to value engineering reductions with the low bidder during the 2 week period following tender close. The construction contract was awarded in early October on budget.
The project kick off meeting was held October 8th, 2014. Ruiter Construction has mobilized on site and are currently preparing shop drawings, schedule, ordering materials, issuing sub-contractor purchase orders, etc. Construction work on site started Monday October 20th, 2014.
After the kick off meeting, the pool basin was filled and pool systems were started up to confirm that all systems were operating properly. The onus is now on the contractor to return these systems in good working order at the completion of the project.
The revised contractual Substantial Completion date is June 26th, 2015. The critical path of the work is the new exterior curtain wall system – shop drawings, ordering, demolition (of old), installation (of new). The City is working with the contractor to advance that completion date without compromising quality or cost of the project.
(An earlier version of this article stated that the pool originally closed in December 2013 for repairs. It in fact closed in October 2013.)
Here are the top ten most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca for the week of October 25-31, 2014.
(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)
Residents of Ottawa who are 18 years and over are invited to put their expertise and knowledge to work by becoming a volunteer member on one of the City’s committees or boards.
Interested residents are required to fill out an application form or submit a résumé and cover letter indicating the committee or board on which they would like to serve. Your application needs to include an outline of qualifications, specific skills, interests and background, and how they are relevant to the committee/board.
Please note that City of Ottawa employees are not eligible to apply.
You can learn more about becoming a committee/board member at our public information session on:
Date: Thursday, November 13
Time: 6 to 8 p.m.
Location: Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Crescent (Lobby area)
All applications must be submitted by Thursday, November 27 at 4:30 p.m.
Positions are available on the following committees and boards:
* Subject to the Term of Council Governance review and/or Nominating Committee process.
For more information, visit ottawa.ca.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation says that the new High 417 (Queensway) westbound lanes, including the high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes between Moodie Drive and Highway 7 opened to the public this morning.
The eastbound lanes are expected to be fully re-opened “in the next couple of weeks”, likely before mid-November.
(This post originally appeared on OttawaStart.com in July 2014. Along with fellow explorers Andrew King and Alison Fowler, and some rudientary directions, we set out to locate the cemetary. It’s supposedly haunted: “Locals tell tales of hikers meeting strangers in period clothing only to disappear before them… hearing the sound of horses passing but they are never seen, glowing lanterns are seen floating through the trees on their own…” Happy Halloween.)
A 1975 description of the site brought us to O’Neil Road, just off of Dwyer Hill Road where the railroad tracks cross. The author of the description noted: “Some difficulty was encountered in locating the area due to reforestation and abundant overgrowth.” Forty years later, that was an understatement.
We followed the directions and crossed under the power lines across a field. An old farm road was barely visible, hidden under decades of overgrowth.
“You will see a sign with a cross, nailed to a tree indicating the beginning of a trail that goes to the Pioneer Cemetery,” the instructions said. We didn’t find the cross, so we took our chances on what looked like a path down this old trail.
And just as we were about to turn back, we spotted this in a clearing up ahead…
A historic plaque, in the middle of nowhere.
Among crooked cedars and white birch trees, there were several piles of rocks marking the graves. The remnants of shallow graves were covered by large stones, once marked by wooden planks that have since decayed and disappeared. Here is one of the better-preserved cairns. Moss-covered, with trees sprouting all around.
None of the original wooden markers remained past 1940, and apparently no records exist for who was actually buried there. The last remaining marker was for a Mrs. Gorman who died in childbirth at age 41, according to one reference I found.At least one of the graves looked like it had been opened at one point. Some spots on the site were marked with orange or yellow flags like this one. Perhaps marking less-distinct graves?
“In the fall of 1995, a four-member survey crew working for the then-regional government located the pioneer cemetery, hidden in a thick maple and hardwood bush. The cemetery site, as they found it, consisted of the partial remains of a rock wall and 20 grave sites inside the wall… The survey crew discovered about 16 graves beyond the rock wall boundaries of the cemetery.” (via Stittsville News)
The plaque on the site was installed in 1998 by the former Township of Rideau.
TransCanada filed a proposal with the National Energy Board today for approval on the controversial Energy East pipeline project.
Part of the 4,600km pipeline would pass just west of Stittsville, stretching from Alberta to the East Coast of Canada. Continue reading
The article on the dump is well-written and provides important information to the readers. There is one point I think should be made clear.
For the question “When will the landfill start accepting the material, and how long will the landfill operate?” The last sentence states ….Life expectancy for this type of facility is about 10 years.
This is a bit of a red herring that Waste Management has used to make the community think the landfill will be operating for a relativity short time. In order to be filled up in 10 years it will have to receive the maximum 400,000 tonnes a year from day one. There would be no ramp-up period just like the Orgaworld contract.
Also it assumes that 4 million tonnes of garbage will fill the 6.5 million cubic meters approved by the Ministry of Environment. Data from the current landfill shows that nearly 6 million tonnes of garbage will fill 6.5 cubic meters.
So at 400,000 tonnes per year it will take 15 years to fill. In reality they will not receive 400,000 tonnes each and every year of operation so the new landfill will probably be operationally for 20 to 30 years.
As well, the company has not committed to the city and community that this will be the last expansion.
(Press release from the French Catholic high school.)
At the regular meeting of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est on October 28, school board trustees made important decisions regarding the opening date and attendance boundary of the new Catholic secondary school in Fernbank, in the Kanata area of the City of Ottawa.
Opening of the new building pushed back
The building under construction at 5315 Abbott St. will open in February 2016 instead of August 2015, due to, among other factors, delays in purchasing the land (resulting from zoning and availability of city services) and approval of the building permit by the City of Ottawa. Construction work was unable to start until September 2014.
At the start of the 2015 school year, Fernbank secondary school students in Grades 7 to 9 will be housed, on a temporary basis, at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard, in the Barrhaven area of Ottawa. The first semester will therefore be held at Pierre-Savard (from September 2015 to January 2016). This contingency plan is necessary because Collège catholique Franco-Ouest (CCFO) has reached maximum capacity and cannot accept more students in September 2015.
A smooth transition
The CECCE will ensure students experience a smooth transition to the schedule and operation of their new school. For example, the classroom groups of the future secondary school will already be formed at the temporary site at Pierre-Savard, and will be transferred to the new building in February 2016. As well, even at the temporary site, the start time for classes for the Fernbank school students will be 9:15 a.m. (as for the new site), whereas classes for Pierre-Savard students will start at 8:10 a.m., as per their usual timetable.
In order to ensure students are divided properly based on the capacity of the three French Catholic secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end, students who will be in Grades 10, 11, and 12 in 2015-2016 will continue their studies in their original secondary school (Franco-Ouest or Pierre-Savard), until they obtain their diploma. The new secondary school in Fernbank will offer Grades 7, 8 and 9 in 2015-2016, and add Grade 10 in 2016-2017, Grade 11 in 2017-2018 and Grade 12 in 2018-2019.
New attendance boundaries
On May 20, the CECCE consulted the school communities of the French Catholic elementary schools in Ottawa’s west end, as well as the parents of the students at Pierre-Savard and Franco-Ouest Catholic secondary schools. In total, 90 people participated in the public consultation. The presentation was also posted on the CECCE’s website for feedback from parents.
Here is how the attendance boundaries and feeder elementary schools will break down by secondary school (changes in bold):
|Secondary schools||Feeder schools|
|Franco-Ouest||Part of Édouard-Bond, the Bells Corners area of Élisabeth-Bruyère, Laurier-Carrière, the Crystal Beach area of Roger-Saint-Denis, Saint-François-d’Assise, Terre-des-Jeunes.|
|Pierre-Savard||Part of Bernard-Grandmaître and Sainte-Bernadette, Jean-Robert-Gauthier, Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, Sainte-Kateri and Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila, Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (northern part).|
|Fernbank||Élisabeth-Bruyère (excluding Bells Corners), J.-L.-Couroux, Saint-Jean-Paul II, Roger-Saint-Denis (excluding Crystal Beach), Saint-Rémi.|
At the request of parents, the area around Crystal Beach (Kanata) will be kept within the attendance boundary of Collège catholique Franco-Ouest. The northern part of Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Merrickville), which is currently within the attendance boundary of Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, will be integrated into the École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard area. Students in Grades 7 through 9 in the Laurier-Carrière area will be redirected to Collège Franco-Ouest starting in fall 2015. However, students in Grades 10 through 12 will be able to continue at Pierre-Savard with transportation.
The Chair of the CECCE, Denis Poirier, is confident that the community in the west end will be well served: “The new attendance boundaries meet the shared needs and concerns of the families in the school communities in question,” he said. “As defined, the new boundaries will ensure the viability of all three French-language Catholic secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end.”
Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE, identified the advantages: “In the short term, the new attendance boundaries will help ease the overpopulation at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest. In the long term, the student body will be divided up in a way that optimizes the occupation rate of the secondary schools and expands the offering of a quality French-language education in Ottawa’s west end.”
With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.
VISIT A HAUNTED HOUSE
There’s a massive display on Cherry Drive called the Ghoul-Bourn Spook Show. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend from October 29-31. (That’s not the only scary house in the area: check out some more.)
TAKE PART IN THE PUMPKIN PARADE
The second annual Stittsville Pumpkin Parade is set for 6:00pm-7:30pm at Village Square Park on Saturday, November 1. The day after Halloween, residents are invited to bring their jack-o-lanterns to the park and put them on display. Last year there were 200 pumpkins. More info here…
GET SOME FREE ICE CREAM
Lois & Frima’s on Stittsville Main are closing out the season with a free ice cream day, from 3:00pm-8:00pm. More info…
VISIT THE HAUNTED HOUSE AT THE GOULBOURN REC CENTRE
The extended pool repair project isn’t the only nightmare at the GRC this week. A free event organized by Stittsville’s youth featuring face painting, pumpkin painting & cotton candy. More info…
EAT AND DRINK AT A BEER AND FOOD PAIRING (SOLD OUT!)
Stittsville brewery Covered Bridge teams up with Stittsville food truck ‘Wiches Cauldron for a one-night, five-course beer and food pairing. Includes their new collaboration beer The ‘Wiches Brew, a black IPA with local hops brewed especially for this event. More info…
(ABOVE: A cake at Dave Lee’s election night party. Photo by Glen Gower.)
I remember the first time I talked to Dave Lee. It was September 12, the morning after he filed his nomination papers and entered the race to become Stittsville’s city councillor. There are three things I remember about that conversation:
Lee came a long way from that early morning conversation, winning an impressive 39% of the vote on Monday night against two-term, eight-year incumbent Shad Qadri.
He ran a very effective campaign. With the help of some experienced volunteers, he blanketed the ward with his distinctive black and red signs, attracted around 100 people to a meet-and-greet at the Main Street Pub, knocked on doors, debated, fielded phone calls and emails, and interacted with residents on Facebook and Twitter.
He took his original beef with Orgaworld and turned it into a broader complaint about process and financial oversight at City Hall. I didn’t agree with where he stood on many of the issues but at least he gave us the opportunity, as a community, to discuss them.
The feisty public debate at Johnny Leroux Arena struck me as being out-of-character for the normally subdued Village of Stittsville. One veteran politician told me it reminded her of some of the old meetings at Goulbourn Township council, where (in her words), there was a tradition of “loud and action-packed debates”.
We need more of that kind of discussion in Stittsville. This community is growing fast and changing quickly and we need more leaders like Dave Lee to step up and get involved in shaping our future.
You don’t have to run for office to get involved. Read up on the issues, talk about them with your neighbours, volunteer for a community group, come out to public meetings, write an email to your councillor, comment on this blog. Dave woke Stittsville up, now it’s up to us to keep the momentum going.
Last year, as a grade 12 student, I organized a charity sale called ALL THAT GLAM, a sale of gently-used jewelry and handbags to raise money for school breakfast programs in Nunavut.
The event was a resounding success, raising nearly $10,000. That amount was matched by Canadian Pacific which meant that a much-needed school breakfast program in Coral Harbor, Nunavut could be established and funded for two years. But breakfast programs need continual funding, and so I decided the fundraiser had to be an annual event.
This year’s sale will take place at the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata on Saturday, November 29th from 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. There will be thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and handbags. The sale is a great opportunity to purchase socially-responsible Christmas gifts as well as bling for the office Christmas party.