LEGION: Here’s what’s coming up at the Stittsville Legion

WEEKLY EVENTS
Euchre
hosted by the Legion’s 55 Plus Club is played every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Legion Hall on Stittsville Main Street. Everyone is welcome to participate.

 An “OPEN MIKE and SING A LONG” with Bill Martin is held every Friday starting at 8 p.m. in the downstairs lounge at the Legion Hall. Come and enjoy some Country and some Rock n Roll music. Everyone is welcome to attend, there is NO cover charge.
The knitting/crochet clubs meets at the Legion Hall every Monday at 6:30 p.m. except for holidays. Anyone interested is welcome to come join in, The group has added rescue dolls as well as the baby bonnets and pic line covers. All wool donations would be appreciated.
For more information , please e-mail interested@stittsvillelegion.com
On May 17th Euchre was played at the Legion with  Vanita Pilon having the most lone hands. Dene Lavergne had the Ladies High Score with Dorita Bush placing second. Don Melfe had the Men’s High Score with Bob Belanger placing second. Low Score was won by Marion Jones. Joe Borsa won the hidden score.
“SUMMER FUN DARTS” started on Thursday,  May 19th  at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come out and play every Thursday.
DARTS:  1st place winning team on Thursday Night Darts were Team “Last Call” Dave Duggan, Mike Leblanc and Doug McCrady. 1st place winning team on Friday Night Darts were Team “Hot Shots” Scott Pitkeathly, Huguette Patry and Aileen Appel.
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On Friday, May 13th the Dart Banquet took place with a delicious meal prepared and served by Chef Paul, Sean, Chris and Bill.  After dinner the group “Lil’ Al’s Combo“ played and had everyone dancing and having a great time.
On Saturday, May 14th “Karaoke” with Miceal Powell took place with a full house of great singers. Miceal would like to thank all the singers who made this evening such a huge success.
On Sunday, May 15th a Legion Clean Up took place with lots of hard workers which included some students. 1st Vice, Sue McCormick would like to thank everyone for all their hard work.
Upcoming events at the Legion are always posted on the billboard sign at the front of the Legion Hall, easily seen by those passing by on Stittsville Main Street.
The clothing collection bin is in place on the Stittsville Legion property on Stittsville Main Street. It is a partnership between the Stittsville Legion and the BIG BROTHERS and BIG SISTERS organization. Good used clothing donations will be more than welcome for this new collection bin.
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LINKED: Transgender Stittsville tween takes part in federal announcement

Ten-year-old Charlie Lowthian-Rickert from Stittsville stood alongside Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday when she introduced a bill to prevent discrimination and hate crimes based on gender identity and gender expression.

“Transphobic people don’t have enough information about who we really are. They don’t know that we’re the exact same as them,” she told CBC. “What I’m trying to do is raise awareness for transgender people.” Continue reading

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Two new buildings proposed for Shoppes at Fairwinds

5075 Hazeldean Road site plan with two proposed new buildings.
The revised site plan for 5075 Hazeldean includes two new buildings, shown on the map in yellow. One retail building along Huntmar north of the Shoppers Drug Mart, and a drive-thru restaurant on the east side along Hazeldean. Many of the pre-approved buildings shown on the map have yet to be constructed.

 

The City of Ottawa has received a site plan proposal for two new buildings in the Shoppes at Fairwinds shopping area, at 5705 Hazeldean in front of the Food Basics.

The proposal is to add a retail building just north of the existing Shoppers Drug Mart, and a restaurant / drive-thru on the east end of the site along Hazeldean Road. Continue reading

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City says fireworks by-law will be enforced Victoria Day weekend

(press release from City of Ottawa)

To ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday, the City reminds anyone planning to use fireworks over the Victoria Day weekend to do so in a safe and courteous manner and to comply with the City’s Fireworks By-law.

The Fireworks By-law outlines the rules around fireworks use.

The City recommends that you not attempt family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays, but rather plan to attend fireworks displays and operated by professionals who are trained to handle and discharge fireworks safely.

Consumer fireworks may be discharged on the day of, day before or the day after Victoria Day — Monday, May 23. They must be discharged by someone 18 or older, and on private property, with permission of the property owner. Minimum safety distances as indicated on the fireworks product must be maintained from spectators, buildings and vehicles. The fireworks display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.

The sale of consumer fireworks, except on Victoria Day and the seven business days immediately preceding Victoria Day, is prohibited in the City of Ottawa.

Professional firework displays, such as those on Parliament Hill, and smaller-scale versions at public parks on holiday weekends, may only be discharged by someone over 18 who holds a permit issued by the Ottawa Fire Chief. Applications for these permits must be submitted 30 days before the intended display.

Firecrackers are prohibited from being used or sold in the City of Ottawa or Province of Ontario. Anyone selling, purchasing or using firecrackers within the City of Ottawa is in violation of the Fireworks By-law as well as provincial law.

Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-law on ottawa.ca for further details. Violations of the Fireworks By-law may be reported to 3-1-1.

For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656).  You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Police seek witnesses to bike collision on Knudson Drive in Kanata

(press release via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service Collisions Investigation Unit is investigating a serious collision involving an elderly male cyclist and a large commercial vehicle.

On Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at approximately 7:20am, a 79 year old male cyclist traveling northbound on Knudson Drive and a large garbage truck also driving northbound collided near the intersection of Shrek Crescent.

The cyclist was transported to hospital with life threatening injuries, later upgraded to serious but stable condition.

The Collision Investigators are looking for any witnesses including witnesses who may have already spoken to first responders at the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police’s Collision Investigation Unit Detective Alain Boucher at 613-236-1222, ext.2481. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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What’s happening with the Maple Grove link to Jackson Trails?

Today, the west end of Maple Grove Road is just a dead-end dumping ground for construction waste and dog poop bags. Someday, it could be a road connection to Stittsville Main Street.

It’s an idea that’s been talked about for several years, and it shows up from time to time on planning maps, but there’s no specific timeline.

It came up recently during the discussions about Minto’s Potter’s Key subdivision. Some homeowners in Jackson Trails have suggested that Maple Grove could provide a second exit from their community, although many residents don’t want it opened up just yet. Continue reading

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VIDEO: How Hydro Ottawa moved 20 poles in a day along Maple Grove

(Editor’s note: Here are some photos, text and a video shared by Hydro Ottawa, with background on Saturday’s pole-moving project on Maple Grove. Hydro Ottawa is proactively moving the poles to accomodate future road widening, currently slated for after 2013 in the City’s transportation master plan.)

Twenty-five employees, six contracting staff, 20 poles, 12 hours, one Pole Claw, one day. These are the numbers required to successfully complete hydro pole relocation on Maple Grove Road on Saturday, May 14, due to a road widening project. Continue reading

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ALC honours former student with new Buddy Bench

(Photo: The Jude family, left to right: Steve, Mason (8), Colby (6) and Dev. They’re sitting on a Buddy Bench at A. Lorne Cassidy elementary school named in memory of Bryce Jude, who passed away in 2012 after a battle with leukemia. Photo via A. Lorne Cassidy School.)

The family of Bryce Jude helped students at A. Lorne Cassidy school unveil a new “Buddy Bench” named in his honour. Jude passed away in 2012 at the age of 7 after a battle with leukemia.

“It’s nice to know his memory will hopefully live on,” says his mother Dev Jude. The Jude family, including Dev’s husband Steve and Bryce’s brothers Mason and Colby, were on hand for the unveiling on Thursday.

“It has been happy. For anyone who loses a child, it’s always nice when you can remember them. Your biggest fear is that they may be forgotten,” says Jude.

She says that the school originally planned to plant a tree in memory of Bryce until she heard about Buddy Benches being installed at other schools. She credits ALC principal Andrew Canham for his support and leadership to make it happen.

“A tree would have been lovely. I asked the principal: ‘What do you think of this idea instead of a tree?’ And that’s what we did. They painted it red because it was Bryce’s favourite colour – the Sens were his favourite team and they came to CHEO to see him,” she says.

“The rules surrounding this bench, called a ‘Buddy Bench’, are pretty simple. Within a few minutes, any student sitting on the bench will to approached by a fellow student and asked to play. In simpler terms, when you don’t have anyone to play with, you go to the Buddy Bench and a friend will come along to play,” explained Canham at the unveiling ceremony for the bench.

Bryce Jude
Bryce Jude

Bryce was diagnosed with leukemia a month into Junior Kindergarten, and ended up missing most of the year while he was getting treatment. He attended school for a few months in Senior Kindergarten, and then started his Grade 1 year when he had a relapse. Although he would never return to school, he continued to do schoolwork from home with the support of his teachers.

Meanwhile, the school community organized fundraising events to help the family. Neither Jude nor her husband Steve were able to work because of the time and travel spent helping Bryce in the hospital. Dev Jude says that they were incredibly grateful for the support from friends and family, and their efforts have inspired her family to continue to give back.

“We’ve formed Refuse2lose, initially formed when my husband and I both could not work. [Friends] did some fundraising when Bryce was sick and my only requirement for accepting it was that we would pay it back in time. We try to raise $50,000 each year,” she says.

The entire family gets involved. Bryce’s brothers Mason and Colby took part this week in the Inside Ride, an indoor stationary cycling fundraiser that raised $120,000 towards Candlelighters, in support kids and teens treated at CHEO who are living with cancer.

Dev Jude’s remarks at the opening ceremony on Thursday:
I’m so excited to be here today. Originally, we were going to plant a tree in memory of Bryce and while this was a lovely idea I was reading in the newspaper about a 2nd grader called Christian who had heard about the Buddy Bench all the way from Germany. He presented the idea to his principal who loved the idea – now these Buddy Benches are being installed all across North America. I believe A Lorne Cassidy is the first school in Stittsville to have a Buddy Bench installed and it’s so very special to our family that this bench is in memory of Bryce. He loved school and even though he wasn’t always at school he had a teacher from ALC come to teach him at home and he loved receiving all the cards and support many of you and your families sent him while he was at CHEO.

Making friends or asking a friend to play can be hard sometimes, especially if you are new to the school or your usual friends are not around. If ever you don’t have a friend to play with during recess or feel a bit lonely, all you now have to do is go sit on the bench.

And then this is where ALL of you get to help – each and every person – if you happen to see someone at the bench – ask them if they want to join in your game or come play. Or maybe just check in with them to see if they are OK.

There was a saying on one of the benches that I loved and said “The only way to have a friend is to be one”. Put your hands up if you think you can be a friend? Great! Each and every one of you will help to make this Buddy Bench work – it’s up to all of you and I am confident you will all do a great job as I see how caring and what great friends you all are.

I know Bryce would be happy to see this bench and I love the fact that his brothers Mason and Colby can have it here during their time at ALC. Thank you all so much for honouring Bryce in this way and enjoy the bench!

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LETTER: Hold planning staff accountable for “epic fail”

Re: Qadri and planners get rough ride over Johnwoods “proposal”

As a former political staffer to Bob Chiarelli from 1987 – 1990 and again in 1999, I have seen some great work down by bureaucrats at the provincial level and at the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton (ROC). I went out of my way to thank staff when they were of assistance to the MPP and then Regional Chair as well as helping me in my role. Continue reading

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PIECE OF CAKE: Best-of photos from school cakewalk fundraisers

It’s cake walk season! Several schools in our area have been holding their annual cakewalk fundraisers, where parents and students exercise their artistic cake-making skills.

And the icing on the cake? The creations get auctioned or raffled off to raise money for the schools.  Continue reading

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Little Free Library opens on Friendly Crescent

Amanda Faulkner and her daughter Maëlle. Photo by Christine Vezarov.

Make a left turn from Hartsmere Dr. onto Friendly Crescent and you’ll see the bright yellow picnic table and turquoise mailbox with painted butterflies that are visited by members of the community every day.

A few weeks ago, Amanda Faulkner and her family filled their take-a-book-leave-a-book exchange with over a dozen books in front of their home on 9 Friendly Crescent. Continue reading

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Explosion and fire destroy four street sweepers on Faulkner Trail

(via Ottawa Fire)

At around 4:00am on Friday, Ottawa Fire received multiple 911 calls of an explosion in a parking lot and flames visible at the intersection of Faulkner Trail and Eagleson Rd.

On arrival there were multiple vehicles fully involved with exposure buildings close by. A working fire was declare immediately in order to have extra apparatus to protect the exposures. The fire was under control as of 4:30am.

At this time the vehicles fully involved are four street sweepers.

Ottawa Police Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Enbridge and Hydro are responding. No firefighter injuries or civilian injuries at this time.

The cause at this time is unknown and estimated damages are not known.

 

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Meet the nominees and winners of this year’s Stittsville appreciation awards

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

The eight annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards were announced on Tuesday evening.  The awards highlight remarkable community builders and the spirit of volunteerism. Councillor Qadri’s office received 35 nominations among the four categories.

“It is a privilege to have so many dedicated members of our community serve as examples for us all, along with residents who have taken the time to express their appreciation by nominating a deserving individual,” he said.


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Planning department apologizes over Johnwoods consultation

The City of Ottawa’s Planning Department has issued a 6-page document on the Johnwoods road closure, including an apology for poor communication with residents on the issue.

Councillor Shad Qadri shared the document as part of his weekly newsletter, two days after a raucous and well-attended public meeting where residents took Qadri and planners to task for not being adequately consulted on the plan. Continue reading

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