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West Ridge mailbox location is dangerous for pedestrians, says resident

City of Ottawa staff acknowledge that a section of West Ridge Drive isn’t up to current pedestrian safety standards, but there are no plans to fix it.

Most of West Ridge has sidewalks on both sides of the road, but one section that doesn’t is a stretch of about 160 metres on the west side between Sable Run Drive and Steggall Crescent. That sidewalk-free stretch is also home neighbourhood’s community mailbox. Continue reading


New community association formed for southwest Stittsville

About 30 people attended a meeting at Stittsville United Church on Monday night to establish a community association for the southwest area Stittsville.

Jillian McKim, one of the organizers, said a formal community association will give more weight to community concerns at an upcoming Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing in April about a disputed development property at 6279 Fernbank Road.

McKim said she also hoped the association would contribute to the community in other ways, for example holding community events or starting a Neighbourhood Watch, and addressing resident concerns such as parking and traffic.

The association’s boundaries are roughly from Fernbank in the South to the Trans Canada Trail in the north, between West Ridge and Stittsville Main.  The residents say that’s roughly the water catchment area affected by development at 6279 Fernbank, along what used to be known as the old Fernbank Creek.

City councillor Shad Qadri said that he opposes the development at 6279 Fernbank as it stands.  He says the City’s planning department has not approved the development because they are not satisfied with the environmental studies and technical information provided by the developer, J.P. Chenier, as part of the plan.

He says it’s now up to the OMB to decide at the hearing whether or not the information they’ve provided is adequate to proceed with the development.

Several volunteers agreed to take on roles in the new association, including Catherine Fafrowicz as secretary, Jennifer De Sa as treasurer. and Sheri Vermette and Jillian McKim who will serve as co-chairs. The group will meet again in the next couple of weeks.

The community association will be a party along with the City of Ottawa in the OMB hearing about 6279 Fernbank that begins on April 20.   The association is hoping to find volunteers with knowledge in engineering, water management, and planning/design who can assist with preparing for the OMB hearing and presenting their case in front of the board.  Keldine FitzGerald is the contact for interested individuals, and can be reached at keldine@keldine.ca.

McKim advised residents to start taking time-stamped photographs of conditions inside and outside their homes, especially water levels.  She says photographic evidence can be presented to the OMB that shows adverse impact of the neighbouring development.

“If your basement backs up when it rains or spring thaw, you need to take a picture,” she says. The group is also looking for any historical photos that residents have on file.



More public pressure is needed to get a high school, says Scott

(Above: Public board trustee Lynn Scott.)

Over 50 people were at Johnny Leroux Arena Thursday night to hear the latest about the push for a public high school in Stittsville.

A dozen buses a day transport Stittsville teenagers to South Carleton High School in Richmond.  For nearly 10 years, the public school board has identified a Stittsville high school as a priority, but so far they have not received funding from the province.  The project currently #2 on the board’s priority list. Continue reading


City’s draft budget includes 2% tax increase and infrastructure upgrades for Stittsville

The City of Ottawa tabled a 2015 draft budget on Wednesday that includes a 2% property tax increase and several improvements to traffic infrastructure in the west end, including Stittsville.

Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri says he’s happy with what he’s seen in the budget so far. Continue reading


Bradley-Craig farm sits on land that’s worth $1-million per acre

(ABOVE: “Bradley-Craig Barn (detail)” – Photo by Joe Newton.)

Anyone who wants to redevelop the Bradley-Craig barn on Hazeldean Road is going to have some deep pockets.  The serviced land it’s sitting on is worth about $1-million per acre, according to city councillor Shad Qadri.

Qadri gave an update on the status of the Bradley-Craig farmstead to members of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society (GTHS) at their annual general meeting today at Stittsville United Church in Munster. Continue reading


Councillor says public info session with OC Transpo to be held in New Year

OC Transpo has announced several service changes that take effect January 4. New timetables go into effect the same day. But other than different routing for some 96A trips, there is no change to the frequency of routes for Stittsville residents.

In October, Shad Qadri said that he was working with OC Transpo staff to increase service as of January.  But it now looks like the earliest residents will see additional bus service will be in April. Continue reading


Sens move to downtown would create opportunity for Kanata/Stittsville, says planner

(Above: Workers install the new Canadian Tire Centre sign in August 2013.)

The lead planner of the master plan for Kanata West says that if the Sens ever move to Lebreton Flats, it could present a big opportunity for the area.

Ted Fobert is a partner with Fotenn Consultants and was the lead planner and program manager for the Kanata West Concept Plan. That plan was created in the late 1990’s to guide the development of west end of Kanata, centred around the NHL arena (now Canadian Tire Centre). Continue reading


Community should be compensated if pipeline goes through, says Qadri

(ABOVE: Energy East pipeline route, looking south from Jinkinson Road. Via Google Maps.)

City councillor Shad Qadri says that Stittsville should receive some form of compensation if TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project is approved.

“There should be some local benefits for the community, whether there’s an accident or whether something happens to the environment when they’re installing the pipeline itself,” says Qadri. Continue reading


‘Significant feedback’ delays Stittsville Main design plan to 2015

It’s back to the drawing board, but not quite to square one, for the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan (CDP).

In his weekly email newsletter to  residents on November 7, councillor Shad Qadri said that city staff will look at the policy proposal in the “early part of 2015”, instead of this month as originally planned. Continue reading


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.



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


Candidate Q&A: Dave Lee and Shad Qadri (Part 1)

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


Lee, Qadri square off over Orgaworld in Rogers 22 tv debate

In a televised debate on Rogers 22, Shad Qadri said he followed the advice of professional engineers and legal experts before he voted in favour of the Orgaworld green bin contract.

The contract is a 20-year, $160-million agreement between the City of Ottawa and Orgaworld for green bin collection service. An auditor’s report released earlier this year said that city staff mis-led councillors during the contract review process.

The contract and the auditor’s report have been a central theme in Dave Lee’s campaign.  Lee, who’s challenging Qadri in this election, said that the contract and lack of due diligence by city staff is “a microcosm of how they’re doing business at City Hall.” Continue reading


Qadri still uncontested with one week until nominations close

With one week left until the closing of nominations for the municipal elections, incumbent councillor Shad Qadri is still the only candidate nominated for Stittsville Ward.

Qadri has been the ward’s councillor since 2006, and earned over 91% of the vote in the last election in 2010.

The deadline to file a nomination for candidacy is 2 p.m. on Friday, September 12. Voting day is October 27, 2014.

As of Thursday night, Stittsville was one of three Ottawa wards with only a single candidate registered so far.

Individuals wishing to run for the offices of Mayor, City Councillor, and school board Trustee can obtain nomination papers online at ottawa.ca/vote, at the City’s elections office at 1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B, the Ottawa City Hall government service centre, or any City of Ottawa client service centre. A nomination paper must be filed in person, or by an agent acting on the individual’s behalf at any of these locations.

The filing fee is $200 for the office of Mayor and $100 for the offices of Councillor and school board Trustee. The fee is payable by cash, certified cheque, money order, and debit or credit card.

To see information on the eligibility requirements to run for office and which candidates have filed their nominations, visit ottawa.ca/vote, contact the elections office at 613-580-2660, or call 3-1-1.