Summer just ended and Fall has just arrived. Nobody wants to think about winter just yet. However, before we know it the snow will be flying and with it, it will bring a whole slew of problems, including parking concerns in our neighbourhood. Last year the City piloted winter parking restrictions in our community. In order to provide meaningful and representative feedback to the City on the winter parking restrictions, the Fairwinds Poole Creek Community Association surveyed residents to determine if they felt the parking restrictions made our streets safer and easier to navigate in the winter months. In addition, the Association asked residents to identify streets that they felt should have winter restrictions added or removed.
Overwhelmingly, residents responded that they felt that the winter parking restrictions made our streets safer and easier to navigate. Residents identified a few streets where the restrictions were confusing and/or would be better placed on the other side of the road, and a few streets that should/shouldn’t have restrictions. The Community Association provided all feedback received to the City for their consideration. The City is still looking at all feedback received, however, our city councillor, Shad Qadri, has confirmed that the streets in our community that had restrictions last winter will continue to have restrictions this winter. In addition, restrictions will be added for Rosehill and Santolina. The Community Association will continue to follow up with the City on winter parking restrictions and will provide updates through social media and future newsletters.
The Hon. Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, announced that the Stittsville Public High School is expected to open in 2021.
Stittsville is projected to have over 50,000 residents by 2021 (steadily growing to over 70 thousand residents a decade later), and finally, we’ll be getting our first public high school! Though the school board has 2 sites set aside for a high school, one in by our community and one on Robert Grant Avenue between Abbott Street East and Fernbank Road based on city approvals, but it will likely be on Robert Grant. Construction is expected to start this in the Fall of 2019 and completed in 2021.
The high school is expected to accommodate about 1,353 students from Grades 7 to 12. Parents have been lobbying for this since the turn of the century; as their children have either been taking a long bus ride to the nearest public high school or over-crowding Sacred Heart Catholic High School.
Though the High School project hit the top of the Ottawa-Carleton Public School Board’s wish list in May 2016, funding for the project wasn’t announced until 2018, and finally confirmed yesterday. Goldie Ghamari posted this yesterday for immediate release:
For more information, contact MPP Goldie Ghamari at 613-416-9639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ottawa- Carleton District School Board would be in the best position to provide updates throughout the project’s development and construction at 613-721-1820 or email@example.com
Are you a local business interested in making our community better, and becoming more known in the area? We are calling all sponsors to help with our upcoming movie night. We are able to acknowledge your business and add you into our slideshow. Thanks for your support!
Thanks to all of our neighbours who joined us at our Annual General Meeting on Monday night. It was an opportunity to look back at all of our activities over the past year, we welcomed new board members into our group, and we had a Q&A session with Councillor Shad Qadri.
We also approved a motion to update our name! We are now the Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association! Although our boundaries were changed last year to include new homes on streets like Cento, Mazon, Vivera, Shackleford, and Warmstone, we heard from some residents that they were unsure if they could participate in our association’s events and projects. We thought it made sense to include Poole Creek as part of our association, not only because of the subdivision name, but also because the creek is the predominant natural feature in our neighbourhood that we all enjoy.
We’ll be updating our web site and social media feeds to reflect the change in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Here’s a map showing our current boundaries.
Thanks to everyone who came out to today’s grand opening of the “Rosehill Expressway”. With the closure of Johnwoods scheduled to happen on Wednesday, this was our tongue-in-cheek celebration to mark the opening of Rosehill to traffic – and with it, an influx of vehicles onto local streets like Rosehill, Santolina, Warmstone, Alon, Mika and others.
If you haven’t signed the traffic safety petition yet, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Our neighbour Mike is taking the signed petition to City Hall on Tuesday.)
Also, thank you to our neighbours in Bryanston Gate Community Neighbours and the many volunteers who helped with today’s event and the petition signing this week.
Here’s some media coverage of the event so far:
Join your neighbours from Fairwinds, Bryanston Gate and Poole Creek this Sunday (November 12) at noon for a “celebration” of sorts, to mark the upcoming opening of the Rosehill Expressway. Bring your kids and meet at the corner of Johnwoods and Rosehill. We’ll have free hot chocolate & more surprises. Also watch for volunteers in the community this week who will be knocking on doors with a petition to sign.
(This post is via Councillor Shad Qadri. Some homes on Helm Circle and the east side of Harmattan back onto the pond. Once filled in, the land will be developed for housing.)
I would like to advise residents that Mattamy will begin the process of filling the temporary pond on Maple Grove beginning next Tuesday, July 4th.
All environmental permits have been secured and Mattamy will be proceeding in conformance with those approvals. Maintenance on Tuesday includes removing small vegetation, cutting the grass and removing the water. After which, the work will include removing existing structures, earthmoving and stone installation.
Please note that the area is an active construction zone and for safety purposes it should not be accessed by the public.
The process is anticipated to proceed through September and I will be certain to keep residents updated through my weekly electronic newsletter.
We’re sharing this note from our friends at the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association.
Kanata, Stittsville and surrounding area Community Associations,
The KBCA has arranged for a course on Tree Inventory as core information for our community members to manage trees on their own property and to help manage the forest canopy for the neighborhood.
We are opening up the course to other communities. The course is $20 and runs on June 16/17/18, starting on Friday evening, plus the Saturday and Sunday.
For more details, visit:
Questions or to register: email@example.com
Here’s a note from the City of Ottawa about their annual Cleaning the Capital campaign. If any Fairwinds neighbours are planning to participate this year, send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help spread the word!
Confirmed clean-up days:
- April 15, 9am-11am: Bandmaster Park (or 4pm-6pm if it’s raining in the morning)
- April 22, 10:00am: Tempest Park Community Spring Clean-up (more info via Facebook)
- April 22, 10:00am: Campobello Park (aka spider park)
The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available.
Registration is quick and easy:
- Go to ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
- Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.
Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.
GLAD Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.