Category: Community News

Community Rink

Our Bandmaster Rink is up and running, thanks to the volunteers who keep it going. Today one of them had the task of clearing over a foot of accumulated snow.

We are looking for more volunteers, if you are able to help out with the community rink, please let us know.

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Fairwinds-Poole Creek Shovel Squad

The Shovel Squad
Has been a success. Some fabulous community members have volunteered to join the squad.

❄️ Snow has been tough this year but we know for some neighbours, it’s been extra tough. With more snow to come, we’re assembling a neighbourhood SHOVEL SQUAD. 
If you need help or unable to clear snow off an obstructing area that’s NOT dealt with by the City, please message us. Also message us if you want to join the Shovel Squad! (great cardio) 👊

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NOTE: Our small Shovel Squad is here to help for Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community only. We encourage your CA and streets to come together and create a Shovel Squad of your own! Together, this Snowmageddon has nothing on us 💪

Parking Restrictions

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.

Snowed In - Barry Gray

PHOTO: Snowed in!

Stittsville Public High School

Stittsville Public High School Expected to Open in 2021

Where current students are bussed

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:

PRESS RELEASE: Status of Stittsville’s Public High School

For more information, contact MPP Goldie Ghamari at 613-416-9639 or goldie.ghamari@pc.ola.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 communications@ocdsb.ca

https://www.ocdsb.ca/contact_us

 

Calling all local Sponsors for Movie Night

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!

Calling local sponsors

 

We have a new name: Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association

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.

Fairwinds boundaries updated 2017

 

RECAP: Grand opening of the Rosehill Expressway!

Autoroute Rosehill Expressway sign

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 info@fairwindscommunity.com. (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:

 

Rosehill Expressway

SUNDAY, NOV 12: Grand opening of the Rosehill Expressway

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.

Rosehill Expressway

Mattamy begins filling Maple Grove stormwater pond this week

(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.