TIMELAPSE: See Stittsville grow from 1984 to 2016

Google recently released its Google Earth Timelapse, a fascinating compilation of satellite imagery across the world. It allows users to see a 32-year timelapse of any location on earth — including Stittsville.

Stittsville in 1984 was a much smaller community of just a few thousand people, with homes clustered primarily along Stittsville Main Street. Today it’s home to over 31,000 residents, and is expected to grow to 70,000 in the next couple of decades.

Watch as the community grows in every direction.

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Jaimie Klachan receives Celebration of People Award

EDITOR’S NOTE: Brown’s Independent wasn’t the only Stittsville recipient at the Celebration of People awards.  They’re joined by Jaimie Klachan among this year’s winners.

Jaimie Klachan
Jaimie Klachan

Jaimie Klachan moved to Ottawa in 2009 to attend university.  In 2013 she got involved in the Ottawa Power Wheelchair Hockey League (OPWHL) and is currently their Board Secretary and Fundraising Director. As Fundraising Director, Jaimie is not just securing funds she is also bringing the community closer together by advocating for inclusion and educating people about para-sports. At university she was an assistant for the only para swimmer on the Carleton University swim team, and implemented a specialized swimming sponsorship program. In addition, Jaimie was employed for six years as a personal attendant at Carleton University and has continued this work off-campus for the last three years. Continue reading



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Fill The Bus event collects nearly 10,000 items for Stittsville Food Bank

(via Stittsville Food Bank)

“Wow! What an amazing community we have! 9,987 pieces of food raised today alone! A big thank you to Carlos and Family and Harry from OC Transpo! Thank you to Brown’s Your Independent Grocers, the City of Ottawa, OC Transpo, Ottawa Food Bank! And what an wonderful group of volunteers!!! We couldn’t have done it without everyone coming together! Just look at the photos of the bus and mountain of food! Thank you all!” Continue reading



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Carleton hosts lecture on “Wetlands: The Kidneys of our Planet”

(PHOTO: Lookout over the marsh at the head of Poole Creek, along the Trans Canada Trail just west of Stittsville. Photo by Glen Gower.)

(Editor’s note: This isn’t specific to Stittsville, but the topic is certainly relevant to our area.  We’ve written a ton about wetlands over the last two years and this looks like a great lecture on this important subject.)

Carleton University will host Prof. William Mitsch and his presentation Wetlands: The Kidneys of our Planet as the keynote for the 2016 Herzberg Lecture. Continue reading



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New zoning proposal and plan of subdivision for 5618 Hazeldean

Proposed subdivision plan for 5618 Hazeldean Road. Click for larger size.
Proposed subdivision plan for 5618 Hazeldean Road. Click for larger size.

The City of Ottawa has received a proposal for a zoning change and plan of subdivision at 5618 Hazeldean Road, just east of Iber between Hazeldean Road and the Trans Canada Trail. Continue reading



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Oh Susanna plays at Quitters on December 4

Left to right: Oh Susanna,  Hannah Sanders, and Ben Savage. They'll perform at Quitters on Sunday, December 4.
Left to right: Oh Susanna, Hannah Sanders, and Ben Savage. They’ll perform at Quitters on Sunday, December 4.

Canadian singer-songwriter Oh Susanna (aka Suzie Ungerleider) will play an intimate show at Quitters this Sunday night: “Folk Crossing Borders: An amazing co-bill featuring renowned and featuring Oh Susanna performing with UK folk duo Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage. Incredible melodies. Beautiful harmonies. Top notch songwriting. $25 ticket Doors: 7:00PM Showtime: 7:30PM.” More information via Facebook… Continue reading



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Hydro Ottawa plans duct and manhole work in Amberwood/Wyldewood

(via Hydro Ottawa)

Starting in the summer of 2017, Hydro Ottawa will be conducting a duct structure and manhole project in the Stittsville area.

Structures built around or over manholes could impede access for replacement/repairs, and may be required to be removed. Vegetation may also have to be removed. Continue reading



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West Ottawa Ladies Chorus plans a colourful performance on December 3

(Photo: The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus at Bridlewood Trails retirement residence.)

(press release)

They are not a gospel choir, but the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus does not shy away from singing with gusto ‘Jesus, What A Wonderful Child’. Toes will be tapping and bodies swaying.

A Christmas Kaleidoscope is a colourful concert delivering a virtual mosaic of music celebrating winter and the holiday season layered in four-part harmony. First and second sopranos lift notes gently to the rafters while first and second altos provide warm undertones.

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Bryanston Gate Community Association meets on December 7

(via BGCA)

The next BGCA Executive Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 pm. Dave and Shelley Lynch at 6 Alon Street will be hosting the meeting. According to our Constitution, residents may attend if there is something specific that they would like to discuss; however, three days written notice is required in order to ensure adequate space is available for everyone. Please RSVP via bryanstongatecommunity@gmail.com Continue reading



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Stocking Project launch event on December 1

(press release)

Many families in the Kanata, Carp and Stittsville area struggle financially to get through the holiday season – too proud to ask for help. They are our families, neighbours, friends, and colleagues.

Community members with a passion for giving have joined together to mount a volunteer campaign to collect enough stocking stuffers to surprise more than 1,000 people with gifts and a little helping hand this holiday season.

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Qadri encourages Business Improvement Area for Stittsville Main

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

On Monday, November 21st, I was pleased to attend the Stittsville Village Association event, “Reinventing Stittsville Main Street”. The discussion focused on potential business growth in the heart of our community and raised some insightful discussion amongst business owners, landowners and residents in the area. Continue reading



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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights electrifies Stittsville Main

Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries.  The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.

After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club.  The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!

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Hazeldean farmer Eldon Craig passes away at age 91

(PHOTO: Bradley-Craig barn, March 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Eldon Craig farmed at the Bradley-Craig farm on Hazeldean Road with his wife Norma for 58 years. He passed away at the Granite Ridge Care Community last week. Here’s an obituary that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen today.

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LINKED: Kathleen Edwards engaging, focused and funny in return to the spotlight at NAC

Lynn Saxberg writes the Ottawa Citizen:

Kathleen Edwards greeted the sold-out audience at the National Arts Centre’s Theatre with a twinkle in her eye and a big smile. “Let’s see if I remember how to do this,” she said.

In her first public appearance on a hometown stage in a couple of years, the Ottawa singer-songwriter took to the spotlight like her old self, doling out equal parts charm, profanity and self-deprecating humour, along with a stellar selection of tunes rendered with some of Ottawa’s cream-of-the-crop jazz musicians.

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QADRI: Time for Ontario Municipal Board to adapt

(via Councillor Shad Qadri’s weekly newsletter)

As you may know, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is currently under review for changes. This week, council reviewed the report and a motion passed (as presented by Councillor Harder) to amend Council’s position on the changes. Continue reading



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PC candidate hosts “Dinner in the Dark” fundraiser

Goldie Ghamari, the PC Candidate for Carleton, is hosting a “Dinner in the Dark” fundraiser on December 7:

“Tired of over-paying for hydro? Let’s work together to toss the Liberal Government out before they leave us all in the dark. Join us for a Candlelight Dinner with Bill Carroll in our first fundraiser for Goldie Ghamari and the Carleton PC Association. Minimal Hydro will be used. Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm – 2452 Yorks Corners Road, Edwards, Ontario. More info…



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COMMENT: Opportunity, momentum and passion for a revitalized Stittsville Main

About 45 people packed into Quitters on Monday night to take part in a panel discussion called Re-Inventing Stittsville Main.
I organized the event along with the Stittsville Village Association, the West Ottawa Board of Trade and Rick Tremblay from Quitters, with a goal of starting a conversation about the future of Stittsville Main. Continue reading



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City seeks input on “Silas Bradley Park” commemorative naming

The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting online public consultations on a naming proposal. Comments on these proposals must be received no later than December 22. Continue reading



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Everything you need to know about the 2016 Parade of Lights

(PHOTO: Cadets lead off last year’s Parade of Lights. Photo by Barry Gray)

Floats, bands, firefighters, costumed characters and yes, Santa Claus himself will be marching down Stittsville Main Street on the evening of  Saturday, November 26.

Here’s what you need to know:

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