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Heritage, Neighbourhood Watch, dangerous intersection discussed at Fairwinds meeting

The Fairwinds Community Association held its monthly meeting December 14. The main issues of discussion included the proposal to move the big red Bradley-Craig barn on Hazeldean Road despite its heritage designation and viability for adaptive use on site (the FCA opposes the move of the barn); an update on the efforts to start a Neighbourhood Watch program in Fairwinds; and an update on the city’s review of the intersection at Huntmar Drive and Maple Grove Road.
On the subject of the intersection, the FCA has conducted a survey of residents and drafted a letter to Councillor Shad Qadri outlining the community’s concerns. Qadri said he expects to be able to provide an update in January.
If you have questions about these or other issues the FCA is involved with, check out www.fairwindscommunity.com or email info@fairwindscommunity.com


COMMENTS OF THE WEEK: Getting involved in community safety

We received a lot of comments this week on our editorial Residents, not just police, have a role to play in community safety, written in response to a very low turn-out — just three people — at a meeting on community safety hosted by Councillor Qadri in November. Here are a couple letters with very interesting and thoughtful perspectives on the issue. Continue reading


COMMENT: Residents, not just police, have a role to play in community safety

One morning earlier this year, residents living near A. Lorne Cassidy school in Crossing Bridge woke up to find broken beer bottles and garbage all over the school’s playground.

The residents had a powerful response: they grabbed work gloves and garbage bags, and cleaned up the mess.

They didn’t wait for city staff to clean it up, they didn’t point fingers and complain about it on Facebook.  They cleaned it up themselves, and in doing so sent a message to whoever caused the damage in the first place: we care about our community.

I keep hearing that residents are concerned with safety in Stittsville. There have been a number of bad vandalism incidents in the past few months. Shad Qadri says it was one of the top issues he heard about when campaigning last fall.

So I was disappointed to see that only three residents (plus our StittsvilleCentral.ca reporter) attended a community safety meeting hosted by Councillor Qadri on Wednesday. He deserves applause for trying to start a dialogue on community safety concerns, but I wouldn’t fault him for getting frustrated at the lack of involvement from the community.

Victor McNabney, a volunteer from Neighbourhood Watch, told the small crowd that Stittsville has two neighbourhood watches, down from eight less than a decade ago.

That echoes my experience working with the Fairwinds Community Association to get a Neighbourhood Watch going in our neighbourhood.  An example: One of our neighbours went door-to-door on her street last winter to ask residents to help start a Watch program. Only one responded.

Folks are quick to point fingers and offer up all kinds of blame on Facebook, but when it comes down to working constructively on the issue, the participation evaporates.

The police don’t have the capacity to respond to every small crime in our community, nor is it the best use of their resources.

The only long-term solution is prevention, and a great way to start is to do just what those residents in Crossing Bridge did: Role up your sleeves and get involved.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?  Why are participation levels dropping of for Neighbourhood Watch programs?  Why was attendance so low at the community meeting?  What constructive ideas do you have for tackling community crime? Add a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


Squeaky wheels get the grease when it comes to police response

The more that residents report safety concerns in Stittsville, the more resources police will allocate to the area.

That’s one of the messages from Wednesday night’s community crime and safety discussion hosted by Councillor Shad Qadri.

Only three Stittsville residents attended the discussion at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex that included the new community police officer, Constable Phong Le and Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Victor McNabney. Continue reading


QADRI: “An Open Discussion on Crime” – November 25 at GRC

(via Councillor Shad Qadri’s weekly newsletter)

We are fortunate to live in the great community of Stittsville which provides residents with a safe community to live, work and play.  However, there do continue to be incidents of vandalism and petty crime which are very upsetting to residents and creates an negative environment in the place we call home. Continue reading