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Owner of Bradley-Craig barn wants to move it to Munster

(Photo: Bradley-Craig Barn, October 2015.  Photo by Barry Gray.)

On Monday, the City of Ottawa’s Built Heritage Sub-Committee will consider an application to dismantle the landmark Bradley-Craig barn on Hazeldean Road and move it 20 kilometres away to Saunders Farm in Munster.

City staff have recommended that the committee refuse the demolition application.  The barn and the land are owned by Richcraft. (The brick farmhouse would remain “as is” under the developer’s plan.) Continue reading


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Jackson Trails resident Omar Sultan receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

(Photo: Omar Sultan (middle) receives the Mayor’s City Builder Award from Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Shad Qadri. Photo and text via the City of Ottawa.)

Mayor Jim Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Omar Sultan at today’s City Council meeting, recognizing his continued leadership and dedication to his community. Continue reading


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Major fire at vehicle scrap yard on Flewellyn Road

(Photo via Ottawa Fire.)

Firefighters from several stations responded to a major fire at the Cash for Trash vehicle scrap yard on Flewellyn Road.

Several cars caught fire at the yard, located just east of Munster Road.  Flewellyn remained closed from Munster to Conley as of about 5:00pm. No injuries have been reported.

Ottawa fire received a call just before noon today and Station 81 from Stittsville was the first to respond.  A large plume of smoke could be seen from Stittsville and Kanata and there were still fire vehicles responding nearly an hour later.  Police and paramedics are also on the scene.

CBC Ottawa reported that workers were baling scrap metal when a spark started a very small fire that quickly grew out of control.

Ottawa Fire described the fire as a “large scrap vehicle fire”.  Cash for Trash buys and disposes of old and unwanted vehicles.

Ottawa Public Health is advising residents who are bothered by the smoke to stay indoors and close windows and doors.


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Trustees vote to send Munster elementary students to new schools this fall

(Summary provided by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.)

A Special Board Meeting was held to deal with the redirection of current Munster Elementary students to either  A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School or Richmond Public School for September 2015.

Trustees voted to approve the redirection of the students as the projected level of enrolment at Munster Elementary School for September 2015 was deemed not sufficient to provide students with an enriched educational experience.

The projected staffing structure for Munster Elementary School for September 2015 would have resulted in one junior kindergarten and senior kindergarten class, a grade 1 to grade 3 triple split, and a grade 3 to grade 5 triple split.

The complete approved motion is below:

  1. THAT all current Munster Elementary School students (attending the school in 2014-2015) be given a one-time option to attend either A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School or Richmond Public School for the regular English program in September 2015;
  2. THAT the younger siblings (born in 2014 or earlier) of all current Munster Elementary School students be given a one-time option to attend either A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School or Richmond Public School for the regular English program;
  3. THAT revised English and Middle French Immersion program attendance boundaries for A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, Richmond Public School, and Goulbourn Middle School as shown in Appendix A of Report 15-057, effective for September 2015, be approved;
  4. THAT current Munster Elementary School Grade 5 students (attending the school in 2014-2015) residing north of Fallowfield Road be given a one-time option to choose to attend Goulbourn Middle School in September 2015;
  5. THAT a transition planning team be created immediately should the above recommendations A through D be approved; and
  6. THAT the Munster Elementary School facility continue to be made available for Community Use of Schools activities until further notice.

The meeting followed the regular Committee of the Whole Meeting. Trustees voted ten in favour and two abstained.


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Weekend outage in Munster due to a ‘perfect storm’, says Hydro Ottawa

EDITOR’S NOTE: On Saturday, some residents in the Munster/Ashton area of Rideau Goulbourn were left without power for hours.  We asked Hydro Ottawa about why power went out and why here have been so many outages in the area.  Here’s the response from Morgan Barnes, a communications officer with Hydro Ottawa.

While our crews were prepping for a planned outage (scheduled for the evening of Saturday, March 21), our system was in an abnormal state, with customers transferred to a supply from Hydro One. That supply failed when Hydro One experienced a pole fire in nearby Carleton Place – resulting in a loss of supply (and our customers losing power). In an effort to restore our customers, we attempted to transfer customers back to our system, but that failed – causing one of our circuits to lose power. As a result, the planned work scheduled for March 21 could not go forward as we now had an unexpected outage to deal with.

We are currently evaluating if we will be rescheduling to the already communicated rain date of March 27. We understand that residents have had to deal with reliability issues of late and we want to be sensitive to their frustration and the need to do the work in order to prevent happenings such as this from occurring in the future. This past weekend was the perfect storm of a system made vulnerable due to an already planned outage and an unexpected loss of supply from Hydro One as a result of a pole fire. Restoration efforts were diminished, in part, due to the extreme high and low temperatures on Saturday that turned rain to ice.

We are actively working to bring the reliability in the area to the high standards other customers enjoy. Our crews are continuing their work in the region, including scanning for equipment that needs to be changed.


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LETTER: Residents need better communication from Hydro Ottawa

Crews repair a hydro pole in Carleton Place on Saturday, March 21.  Hydro Ottawa says a supply outage at the Beckwith Station caused a widespread outage in Rideau-Goulbourn. Photo by Pam Wilcox.
Crews repair a hydro pole in Carleton Place on Saturday, March 21. Hydro Ottawa says a supply outage at the Beckwith Station caused a widespread outage in Rideau-Goulbourn. Photo by Pam Wilcox.

Re: Power outage in Munster/Ashton area due to supply issues from Hydro One

I understand estimated repair times but the lack of communication about what is happening and what’s being done to improve things from Hydro is sorely lacking. We hear from each other on Facebook more than we get from any direct Hydro source. Part of customer service is providing service number one, the second part is communicating when you fail in number one.

Looking at posts from yesterday and today there was a woman who had to cancel scheduled appointments with clients because she couldn’t meet them at her home. Homes and the children in them are cold. I can’t imagine what older folks in town are going through and just hope they got out of town or had people looking in on them.

I have a son with special needs who has been a nervous wreck since last weekend’s outage,  watching the trees constantly to see if it’s windy and then worrying about the power going out. After yesterday he’s a mess. He spent the day pacing the house and couldn’t sleep. It will take him weeks to feel safe in his own home again, and that’s only if nothing happens during those weeks.

As someone who does laundry weekends to take advantage of lower rate times on power, now I’ll be working at that into Monday, paying more because of the weekend’s outages. Who pays for that? Me. I also work from home so Friday had to make plans around the scheduled power outage and now tomorrow will have to do the same. Who loses work time?  Me.

What I’ll also be doing Monday is investigating generators, which I can’t afford but that I can’t afford not to look at if only to give my son peace of mind and to provide him the security and safety Hydro can’t.

Heather Seftel-Kirk, Munster


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Power outage in Munster/Ashton area due to supply issues from Hydro One

Update 9:20pm:

Hydro Ottawa is experiencing a power outage in the Munster Village, Aston Village and surrounding s. area.
The cause of the outage is: Currently under investigation.
Hydro Ottawa crews are: Performing emergency switching to restore service to all possible affected customers.
The estimated time of restoration is: 2015-03-21 10:00 pm.
441 customers are affected.

Hydro Ottawa's outage map as of 7:55pm
Hydro Ottawa’s outage map as of 7:55pm

Power is out on a frigid Saturday night for over 1,200 customers southwest of Stittsville including Munster, Ashton and surrounding areas. Hydro Ottawa tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that the outage is due to Hydro One’s supply outage at the Beckwith Station. A pole fire in that area has left nearly 6,000 people in Carleton Place without power as well.

Some residents in Rideau-Goulbourn have been without power since around 10:00am this morning. Continue reading


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A message from the principal of Munster Elementary

(The following letter was sent out by the principal of Munster Elementary School today.)

Good afternoon,

Now that our accommodation review for Munster Elementary School is completed, we are pleased to tell you that Munster Elementary school will continue to operate as a Junior Kindergarten through Grade 5 Regular English Program school for the 2015-2016 school year. We continue to welcome new registrations at the school, and we encourage you to register your children as early as possible. Continue reading


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Munster Elementary to remain open, for now

Public school board trustee Lynn Scott says she’s concerned about the viability of delivering an effective program at Munster Elementary School next year.

“Given the small numbers of students, especially in some grades, it will be difficult to organize the classes to optimize instruction for the students,” she wrote in an email to StittsvilleCentral.ca.

At last night’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Scott put forward a motion to close the school and redirect students to either A. Lorne Cassidy or Richmond Public School starting in 2015-2016.  The committee voted against the motion, meaning that Munster Elementary will continue to operate as an English-only school next year.

“The vote last night means that the Committee of the Whole is sending no recommendation regarding Munster to the Board for ratification,” says Scott. “Unless someone gives notice of raising the motion again at Board, or offering a different motion, no action will be taken, and we will be left with status quo for Munster.”

“At this point, given the vote last night, I’m not inclined to try to move the motion again, but I haven’t yet completely decided yet.  If Munster stays status quo, I’m very concerned for next year.”The school currently has the lowest enrolment of any public school in Ottawa: only 54 students in a school that has capacity for 219.

More reviews of school boundaries and population projections are expected to be conducted in the upcoming months.


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LETTER: Latest solution for Munster school is only a band-aid, not a fix

Re: New solution emerges to keep Munster Elementary open

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Letter writer Eryn Konkle says she’s part of a group of nearly 20 families including about 40 kids within Munster Elementary School’s boundaries. Based on current and projected enrolment numbers, they don’t support keeping the school open.  Konkle was also part of the school board working group that gave feedback to school board staff last year.)

Last month, after extensive consultation with all potentially affected communities and with the goal of ensuring that the educational experience of students is its first priority, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board staff made the difficult recommendation to close Munster Elementary School (MES) starting in the 2015-2016 school year.

Or so we thought.

In a surprise move, Trustee Lynn Scott asked the Planning Department to look at yet another scenario despite the Planning Department’s recommendation. This new scenario was never brought forward to the working group that spent months going through scenarios and running numbers for the initial four scenarios.

Essentially, Ms. Scott has sent the Planning Department back to square one. The question is why? And why weren’t all members of the working group consulted about the new scenario? Simply put, the facts speak for themselves. Although new information has been presented regarding a development by Talos homes, this is falsely represented information used as a defense tactic to keep the school open. The City of Ottawa will not consider discussions with Munster regarding development before 2018.

Many EFI families are extremely disappointed with recent activities, from Ms. Scott’s new, out-of-the-blue scenario to disparaging comments and actions towards them from the Munster community. Those living within the four quadrants of Munster who do not agree with this “save MES at any cost” campaign have been ostracized in their community. They feel that the new scenario is short-term and a temporary band-aid solution.

The only way the EFI program at MES has a chance at being viable is to have every child in the “gray zone”, including Richmond students, choose MES every year.

Our EFI families are fighting for the quality of their children’s education first and foremost – not for keeping a building open – and feel that the board has failed them. Fighting this hard for quality programming for our children is appalling. In fact, if Ms. Scott’s new scenario is voted in, many families will leave this board and go to the Catholic board.

Eryn Konkle, Ashton

 


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New solution emerges to keep Munster Elementary open

(Guest post from Jessica Breckenridge, the Munster Community Association School Liaison.)

The public school board has posted a memo with another option to keep Munster Elementary School (MES) open in 2015.

The option would bring early french immersion (EFI) to the school with the addition of two optional enrollment areas: between the Trans Canada Trail and Fallowfield; and Richmond. Continue reading


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LETTER: School board has failed Munster community

After years of the Ottawa Carleton School board neglecting and muzzling on-going issues at Munster Public School, parents finally had enough of their concerns not being heard and issues not being resolved, that they pulled their children from the school.  Now after a drastic decline in school population, and a community that wants answers and a solution, the board wants to close the community school and bus the children 40+ minutes to neighbouring near capacity schools. Continue reading


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OPINION: Closing Munster school would be detrimental to community

Stittsville resident Omar Sultan attended Wednesday’s public meeting about the future of Munster Elementary School.  He is the president of Munster Cooperative Nursery School.


 

Approximately 180 people turned out December 3 to discuss the future of Munster Elementary School, located in the little Hamlet of Munster.

The school is currently experiencing all-time low enrollment numbers.  A study was commissioned to bring forth valid options to increase numbers. The most likely option was to make EFI programming available in this currently all-English school. Continue reading


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Parents speak out on Munster Elementary options

Low enrolment at Munster Elementary  is putting the facility at risk of closure.  The school board is holding a public meeting on December 3 to discuss options to keep the school open, including introducing a new french immersion program.

We asked parents about their thoughts and concerns regarding some of the proposed changes.

Continue reading


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