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New Stittsville Business Association meets for breakfast on November 14

Out of the ashes of the Stittsville Business Improvement Area comes a new Stittsville Business Association.

You may recall earlier this year when a group of local businesses proposed establishing a Business Improvement Area (BIA). That would have been a local management board made up of local business members, and funded via a property tax levy. Continue reading


New hydro line on Abbott designed to improve reliability

(ABOVE: Map showing upcoming Hydro Ottawa projects in Stittsville.)

At a public meeting last Thursday, officials from Hydro Ottawa provided an overview of new infrastructure designed to improve reliability in Stittsville.

The main project for this year is along Abbott Street, where crews will add a new line from Stittsville Main Street to Granite Ridge Drive.  Most of the line will be on overhead poles except for an underground section adjacent to Village Square Park. Continue reading


Two-storey automotive shop proposed for Hazeldean and Sweetnam

A new site plan control proposal has been posted to the City’s web site for a two-storey automotive shop at 5830 Hazeldean just east of Sweetnam.

“The proposed building will be to accommodate an automotive service facility known as Kanata Rims and Tires. The proposed building is two storeys in height (9.5 metres) with a gross floor area of 1,375 square metres. The building includes nine service bays with a mezzanine and storage area above the ground floor. The development includes two accesses; an all directional access off of Sweetnam Drive and an access limited to right-in right-out off Hazeldean Road. 20 surface parking spaces are proposed surrounding the building.=

Two bioretention and infiltration areas are proposed adjacent Poole Creek to manage stormwater. Some of the existing trees on the site will need to be removed to accommodate the development; however the majority of the trees on site will be retained. Additional plantings are proposed to compensate for tree removal.”

The land was once home to Alfonsetti’s restaurant, and the building on the site was demolished earlier this year.  Kanata Rim and Tires is currently located on Edgewater, behind Terry Fox. If they move to Stittsville, we recommend a name change to either “Stittsville Rim & Tires” or even “Hazeldean Rim & Tires”!

The City is accepting public comments until December 15. You can send your comments to Mike Schmidt, Planner, Development Review, Suburban Services 110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1. 613-580-2424, ext. 13431. Mike.Schmidt@ottawa.ca

More info about the plan is here.


City staff rejects roundabouts for Carp Road

(Photo: Phil Sweetnam and the Stittsville Village Association supported roundabouts for at least some of the intersections on Carp Road. He told StittsvilleCentral.ca earlier this summer that roundabouts work well in other communities, and would work well along Carp Road as well.)

At next Wednesday’s Transportation Committee meeting at City Hall, staff will recommend traffic lights instead of roundabouts along Carp Road. Continue reading


Carp Road businesses on edge about roundabouts

(Above: Peter Kondruss, owner of Kondruss Galleries on Carp Road. Photo by Barry Gray.)

A public meeting on Wednesday night will give residents and businesses a chance to weigh in on plans to widen Carp Road between Hazeldean and the Queensway, including whether traffic lights or traffic circles are a better choice.

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COMMENT: Higher election contribution rebates would reduce the need for corporate donors

EDITOR’S NOTE: One of the issues in the 2014 municipal election last fall was whether or not candidates should be allowed to accept corporate or union donations.  In April, city council is expected to debate a motion from Rideau-Rockliffe councillor Tobi Nussbaum to ask the province for permission to prohibit those types of contributions. 

Here’s an interesting perspective from Phil Sweetnam on the individual donor rebate program.  It was introduced over ten years ago to encourage more donations from individuals, as opposed to corporations.  The rebates are funded from the city’s reserve funds as well as surpluses from candidate campaigns.


A ban on corporate and union contributions would be made more effective by increasing rebates to encourage individual contributions.  Increased contributions from individuals would mean that candidates would not have to accept money from corporations in order to run their campaigns.

Companies can circumvent disallowing corporate donations by having corporate executives, their spouses, and even children contribute their own money. These contributors can be rewarded by generous company benefits such as tickets to sports and theatre events or travel rewards. This practice would not be as prevalent if candidates were able to fund their campaigns from a wide spectrum of citizens.

Individual contributions would increase if rebates were augmented to the level provided by Toronto. Toronto raised their limits when they banned donations from corporations. In Toronto, a 75% rebate applies up to $300 beyond which it drops to 50% rebate.

In Ottawa, for the 2014 election donors received a rebate of 50% on sums from $25 to $100, and 25% on sums from $100 to $200. The maximum rebate available was $75.

The presumption for banning corporate contributions is that large contributors gain extra influence. I have not personally experienced that. Nevertheless, one way to have electors believe that individuals have an equal voice with their municipal politicians is to have equal contributions coming from private individuals.

I predict that many electors would be prepared to make a $300 contribution, which really only costs them $75 after the rebate, to assist an associate trying for municipal office who they have seen perform well in other volunteer roles.

This change would encourage individual voters to contribute to election campaigns, thereby permitting these voters to finance a larger portion of municipal campaigns.

Phil Sweetnam is the past president (and current vice president) of the Stittsville Village Association, a long-time Ottawa developer, and has contributed to a variety of campaigns.