UPDATE (October 14): We asked the City of Ottawa about the details behind the new bus route that’s being at least partially funded by Tanger Oulets.
Here’s what Mikael Leroux, Acting Assistant General Manager, Customer Systems & Planning for the City of Ottawa, told us:
Tanger Outlets is the first example of a major retailer in Ottawa who is funding transit service to their location.
How much will Tanger be paying? It’s complicated. Tanger and RioCan will share the costs to pay Ottawa for the new Route 196 service. They’re responsible for all costs associated with the service, but their bill will be off-set in part by fare revenue received.
“This service is an early servicing agreement which is scheduled to run, at this time, until December 21, 2015, at which point the demand is expected to meet the City of Ottawa’s service standards,” says Leroux. In other words, once ridership reaches a high enough threshold, Tanger/Riocan would stop contributing to the cost for the service.
(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)
New OC Transpo service to Tanger Outlets mall in Kanata will be available seven days a week.
Currently, Route 96A is providing weekday service to Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes. Connections to Route 96A can be made downtown, along the Transitway and in Stittsville.
For weekday late evening and weekend service, new Route 196 will be available starting Friday, October 17. Funded by Tanger Outlets, Route 196 will provide a connection between Terry Fox Station and Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes during weekday late evenings and weekends. Continue reading →
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 →
The City has received a plan of subdivision for the land at 5431 Fernbank Road, near the Blackstone community:
“The subject lands are currently vacant agricultural land. Two hydro corridors and the TransCanada Trail lie north of the site. There is a draft approved subdivision to the west, a site plan approved for commercial retail development to the south and vacant urban lands to the east of the property. The subdivision proposal is identified as Phases 2 through 4 of Blackstone Development. The draft plan shows 315 single family lots, 11 blocks for multiple dwellings one park block, one stormwater management block, 10 streets, 3 walkways blocks and the block for the hydro corridor. At total of 565 dwelling units are anticipated, with 97 street townhomes, 61 townhomes on private roads and 92 as stacked townhomes or low rise apartments units. The access will be from Terry Fox Drive and through the previously draft approved subdivision immediately to the west of this site.”
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.
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 →
Here’s another look behind-the-scenes at the new Tanger Outlets, dining hall courtesy of Grace Odumo from local fashion blog 613 Style.
A dining hall is what we used to call a food court, and they’re becoming an important tool that mall owners use to entice customers to visit, eat, and shop for longer. Rideau Centre and Bayshore Shopping Centre both recently completed major renovations of their eating areas. Continue reading →
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 →
Ottawa electors have another opportunity to make their mark in the upcoming municipal election with the two traditional advance voting days. The first traditional advance vote day is Thursday, October 9, when voting places in each ward are open between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Continue reading →
Abigail Moffitt, an 11-year-old Stittsville singer, won $500 at a singing contest in Carleton Place on Saturday morning.
“Well, she was pretty thrilled,” said her mom Barb. “$500 cash is the most money she has ever had personally. She really really wanted to win, but we prepared her for the fact that singing competitions are not based on fact. They can be subjective, and sometimes biased.” Continue reading →
(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. Continue reading →
Here’s Part 2 of our Q&A with Dave Lee and Shad Qadri, the two candidates running in Ward 6 for Ottawa City Council. StittsvilleCentral.ca sent out a questionnaire to both of the candidates, and their answers are included below. (Read Part 1 here.)
The City of Ottawa has received a plan of subdivision for 3119 Carp Road, just north of Stittsville.
“The plan of subdivision features the creation of 12 lots for commercial/industrial uses. This subdivision will be accessed by two private common element roads. The lots will be serviced by individual well and septic systems, as well as individual stormwater management plans.”
There’s a new collection of Site Plan Control documents posted for a development at the corner of Frank Nighbor Place and Silver Seven Road, across from the Costco in Kanata. It’s currently undeveloped.
We sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates for city council and school board in Stittsville. We’ve already published answers from the English Public Board and Catholic Board candidates, and today we have Part 1 of the answers from Dave Lee and Shad Qadri, the two candidates running in Ward 6 for Ottawa City Council. (Read Part 2 here.) Continue reading →
A representative from the Florida-based Levenger Foundation Inc. visited multiple Ottawa Public Library (OPL) branches recently to give them each a donation of $1,000. These gifts are a wonderful way to kick-off Canadian Library Month. Continue reading →