GRC pool closed from August 29-September 19 for maintenance

(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)

The Goulbourn Recreation Complex and Richcraft Recreation Complex swimming pools will be closed from August 29th-September 19th/18th due to annual maintenance.

The complexes have requirements to remain open from mid September until the end of June due to demand and the City tries to avoid closures for aquatic operations during the summer period as much as possible. Facility closure decisions are not arbitrary, but a result of analysis of program registration statistics and other user requirements.

Residents are encouraged to review the city’s public swimming schedules web page which identifies the current pool closures and provides a search option for pool schedules here.

For an alternative option, the Kanata Leisure Centre had its annual maintenance closure for 2016 in March/April and is currently open for all programs and services. Please note that fall schedules will be changing in September; updated schedules will also be available at the link above.


Food, beer, and wine is on the menu at Taste of Stittsville, September 4

Taste of Stittsville September 4

Covered Bridge Brewing will host “A Taste of Stittsville” on September 4 in the parking lot at 119 Iber Road, 11am-4pm.

A small selection of local food and drink vendors will be on hand with samples of their products for sale, along with live music and a chance to meet with friends and neighbours from the community. The plan is to start small with the first edition this year, and then expand the event in future years.

Businesses confirmed so far include:

  • Covered Bridge Brewing
  • Little Red Shack BBQ
  • The Grounds Cafe
  • Bonita’s Cantina
  • Jubilani Vineyard & Winery
  • Smokie Ridge Vineyard

Admission is free, with food and drinks on sale from the vendors. You can find more information about the event on Facebook…

Vendors interested in participating should contact Sean Bollard at 


GRC gym to be named after Erica Wiebe

Just one week after she won Olympic gold in Rio, hundreds of residents – many of them kids – packed the gymnasium at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Thursday evening to welcome Erica Wiebe back home to Stittsville.

Wiebe led the crowd in O Canada, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and encouraged everyone – young and old – to follow their passions.

Councillor Shad Qadri also announced that the gym would be re-named in honour of the wrestler.

Here are some tweets and photos from tonight’s event. Continue reading


LEGION: Family breakfast, book club coming up at the Stittsville Legion

The next monthly family breakfast open to everyone in the community  will be held on Sunday September 11th from 9 a.m to 12 noon at the Legion Hall for only $8.00 per person. Children under 12 only $6.00.
The Stittsville Legion Book Club is starting back up after a lovely hot summer. The meetings will take place on the Third Monday of every month starting on September 19th at 7:30 p.m. The book for September is “The Little Paris Bookshop” available at Costco.

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Trampoline park will be part of Zida Academy grand opening on Sunday

(Photo: Zida’s Sheng Lan with his mother Hua (Jennifer) Lan and father Julian Ni. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Zida Academy, the private school at the old Ottawa Waldorf School location on Goulbourn Street, is hosting a grand opening celebration on Sunday, August 28. The event happens from 1pm to 4pm and it’s open to the public.

The owners have spent the past few months doing an overhaul of the facility, including new roofing, interiors, security fencing and internet wiring. Continue reading


Orangetheory Fitness hosts grand opening on Thursday

The staff at Orangetheory Fitness (Huntmar @ Hazeldean) get set for Thursday's opening.
The staff at Orangetheory Fitness (Huntmar @ Hazeldean) get set for Thursday’s opening.

(via Orangetheory Fitness)

After five long months of construction, reserving pre-opening memberships, participating in multiple events, setting up and training the team of staff in order to open our next studio… and what seems like forever, we are finally there!

Thursday, August 25th marks the date for our second Orangetheory Fitness studio here in Ottawa and we are excited to invite the public, friends, family and members out to our Grand Opening Event! Continue reading


Erica Wiebe returns to Ottawa on Tuesday morning


(press release via the Canadian Olympic Committee / Wrestling Canada)

With the 2016 Olympic Games ending today, Canadian wrestling 2016 Olympic Champion Erica Wiebe will be returning home to Ottawa.

What: Olympic Champion Erica Wiebe returns to her hometown after the Rio Olympics on Air Canada flight AC442
Who: 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Erica Wiebe
When: Tuesday, August 23, 20169:14 am
Where: Ottawa Airport domestic Arrivals Area
Why: Erica Wiebe is from Ottawa/Stittsville Ontario



LETTER: The Tragically Hip have a really special place in my heart

(Leslie McKay is a longtime Stittsville resident and shared this story about her family’s connection with The Tragically Hip.)

"A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn't think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs," writes Lesley McKay.
“A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn’t think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs,” writes Lesley McKay.


When my Dad was awaiting his double-lung transplant in Toronto (waited 18 months 1991-93) he lived with Gord Downie’s wife Laura’s parents Nancy and Barry Usher in Toronto. Nancy is a Bradley (daughter of Muriel & Grant Bradley) from here in Stittsville and was a nurse.

Just thought you might like to know that The Tragically Hip wrote two songs in 1993/94 on their Day for Night album for my father. They wrote Inevitability of Death and Greasy Jungle for him. IofD was written for when he received his lungs from Terry and when he passed away from his double-lung transplant, hence the ending of the song. GJ was written after they attended his wake and funeral in 1993 at Tubman’s Funeral Home (my cousins by the way) and coming to our house.

At the time, my sister was on the gymnastics team at Queen’s – lyrics “soulful gymnast above the snow” in our backyard. They also made a really special t-shirt for Dad which I have and the notes they wrote when he received his lungs.

While in hospital, the guys would come to visit Dad, and we could always tell when they were there. The nurses and doctors came from all over the hospital to see them to get pics and autographs. Dad loved these guys so much. He went to Gord and Laura’s wedding and they took him to concerts with them on the tour bus and everything. He had a great time with them all. But Gord was like the son he never had.

Doing this tour just shows the true ‘Courage’ he has and how much he loves Canada and the devoted fans who have followed them all in their adventures in life throughout the years.

We have lots of good memories of how well Dad was treated by all of the band members and it is so sad what is happening to Gord and I can only pray for a peaceful journey for him.

This is a bittersweet time for me, as my Mom passed away in 2009 from the same brain tumour that Gord has and she also had surgery.

Leslie McKay


Stittsville Village Association presents end-of-summer fireworks on August 27

The bad news: The Stittsville Village Association‘s fireworks on Canada Day this year were rained out.

The good news: they’re launching them on Saturday, August 27 instead. Head over to the Goulbourn Reacreation Complex (1500 Shea Road). Fireworks will be launched around 9:00pm.  Free admission. Sponsored by Mattamy Homes.



MEC Summer Century Ride includes a trip through Stittsville

(via MEC/Mountain Equipment Co-op)

This third annual ride returns on Sunday, August 28, 2016! For only $45 (CAD), you can choose between three different ride options, 50km, 100km or 160km AND have a feast afterwards presented by Alice’s Village Café and Covered Bridge Brewery. Starting and finishing in Carp (just west of Ottawa) enjoy these inexpensive, but fully featured rides through beautiful Ontario countryside in Lanark County. Event sign-up and details at Continue reading


Maple Grove closed from Huntmar to Terry Fox starting Sept 8

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa is in the process of constructing the new Kanata West Pump Station and Forcemains to provide servicing to new development in the region.  Work will involve the construction of a sanitary pump station at 1540 Maple Grove Road, a trunk sewer extension along Maple Grove Road, and twin forcemains along Maple Grove, Terry Fox and Katimavik. This notice serves as an update to the progress of work onsite in particular on Maple Grove Road.

Please be advised that Maple Grove Road will be closed from Huntmar Drive to Terry Fox Drive from September 8th until October 28th, 2016 to complete a sewer crossing and reinstate the road surface.  Access to all properties will be maintained throughout the work.


Quitters hosts Tragically Hip viewing party on Saturday

(via Quitters)

Hey Stittsville: Tragically Hip viewing party tomorrow here at the shop. Swing by and catch the historic event in our friendly environs. We’ll play some greatmusic prior and compare Hip tall tales from our collective halcyonic days. The Ceeb’s airing of the Concert proper begins at 8:30. We’ll start playing ‘In Sarnia’ on repeat at about 7. Cheaper than stub hub.


From zamboni drivers to beer sellers, Sens host job fair on August 24 & 25

(press release)

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre want your help in creating raving fans for life!  We are a welcoming workplace and look forward to strengthening our team with you for the up-coming season.

WHEN:             Wednesday, August 24, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
                        Thursday, August 25, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

WHERE:           BELL SENSPLEX (fieldhouse), 1565 Maple Grove Rd

Please bring several copies of your resume and 3 work-related references.



  • Ticket Sellers


  • Conversions (General Labour)


  • Concierge


  • Call Centre Operators


  • Assistant Suite Attendants
  • Club Seat Servers
  • Concession Cashiers
  • Concession Cooks
  • Concession Runners
  • Concession Stand Managers
  • Concession Vendors
  • Concessions Warehouse Crew
  • Dessert Cart Attendants
  • Premium Seating Catering Manager / Supervisor
  • Suite and Club Seat Runners


  • 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sellers
  • 50/50 Raffle Ticket Supervisors


  • Cashiers
  • Lot Attendants
  • Valet Drivers


  • Game Day and Event Retail Associates
  • Program Vendors
  • Silent Auctioneers


  • Ice Crew
  • Overnight Custodial (Bell & Richcraft)
  • Zamboni Drivers


  • Tournament Timekeepers
  • Tournament Services
  • Skating Instructors (Sparty Learn2Skate)
  • Hockey Instructors (Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs)


  • Concession Cashiers
  • Host / Hostesses
  • Kitchen Attendant / Dishwashers
  • Servers
  • Line / Prep Cooks

More info…


Richmond Bakery sign goes up for auction

(Richmond Bakery circa 2014. Photo via Google Streetview.)

The Richmond Bakery sign has been put up for auction. The owners of Danby’s Roadhouse, who took over the building earlier this year, posted this note to Facebook today:

We are auctioning off the Richmond Bakery sign online in conjunction with the reopening of the Richmond Bakery – Grand opening this Saturday and Sunday August 20 and 21st.  All bids in minimum $10 increments and bids must be on the picture attached to this post on Danbys Roadhouse FaceBook page. Bid starts at $100. All proceeds to the Richmond Food bank. Bidding starts effective August 16, 2016, closing August 21st at 4pm (last bid time stamped at 3:59pm wins). Good luck to all! Continue reading


PHOTOS: Arts in the Park 2016

It was worth the wait! This year’s Arts in the Park had to be rescheduled after being totally washed out in June.  Dozens of artists and vendors packed Village Square Park for the annual event on Sunday, presented by the Stittsville Village Association.  Barry Gray was there with his camera to capture some of the fun. Continue reading