Councillor Shad Qadri will ask his colleagues at City Council to support a motion calling for Canada Post to recognize addresses in his ward as being in Stittsville, instead of Kanata.
Currently, a large segment of homes and businesses that are technically part of the City of Ottawa’s Stittsville Ward are still considered to be Kanata addresses by Canada Post, leading to what Qadri calls “mass confusion” for residents.
The area includes the Fernbank lands, Blackstone, the commercial strip on Hazeldean Road east of Iber, and the eastern and northern parts of Fairwinds.
In his weekly newsletter to residents, he outlined the reasons for the motion: “As you can imagine, this results in mass confusion among both residents and facilitators of Canada Post… This is an important motion for me to bring to Council as it establishes Stittsville’s rich, cultural presence within the city of Ottawa. There is a sense of communal belonging within the residents of our Ward and when boundary lines are confused, this community pride takes a hit.”
Qadri has had discussions in the past with Canada Post about changing the boundaries. Canada Post won’t make the change without a full council resolution, even though Ottawa ward boundaries were changed nearly a decade ago in December 2006.
The motion could come as early as this Wednesday’s council meeting. Qadri tells us he’s waiting to hear from the city clerk’s office to find out if it will be included as a walk-on motion this week, or if it will be discussed at a future meeting.
Qadri says that Canada Post officials have assured him that there will be no cost to the City of Ottawa if a change is made.
“It is my wish that moving forward, we can welcome the new residents of the Fernbank community with open arms – creating an awareness that this is not a community made up of houses and streets but of people helping people,” wrote Qadri.
“BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Ottawa request Canada Post Corporation recognize the properties located within the area identified on the attached map as being part of Stittsville, and revise the mailing addresses for these properties to reflect the same, in addition to being located in Ottawa.”
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The issue of Stittsville/Kanata address confusion has been bugging Qadri for a while. It came up last June when two large developers were marketing their Stittsville developments as being “in the heart of Kanata”.
“The community is proud of the name of Stittsville and that pride should be conveyed to residents moving into the area in new developments as well,” Qadri told StittsvilleCentral.ca at the time. “The sense of community is established when residents and businesses can identify with their community name.”
(In a bit of ironic timing, Cardel Homes is marketing a new release of homes in Blackstone as being located “Kanata South”. Blackstone is included in the boundary that Qadri wants to see changed to Stittsville.)
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