NOTEBOOK: 9RunRun attendance boost, Jinkinson re-zoning, Kungfu lunches

The final fundraising tally for last week’s 9RunRun won’t be available until November but the attendance numbers are encouraging. Organizer Brenda Tirrell says that combined, the three races had about 1700 registrants, up by about 400 from last year’s race. Continue reading


Stittsville South construction resumes, and that means more blasting

After a few months of delay because of missing permits, construction is proceeding south of the Westwind community in what’s known as Stittsville South.

That construction involves a lot of loud, foundation-shaking blasting, and Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update – and admonishment – about the plans in his newsletter on Friday. Continue reading


PHOTOS: A collection of autumn colours

Thank you to our readers who keep sending in their great pics of fall foliage. The colours this year are incredible.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your best pics to us at

Janice Blain took this photo while out for a walk at the corner of Norway Spruce and Porter.
Janice Blain took this photo while out for a walk at the corner of Norway Spruce and Porter.
Corn left in the field. Photo by Barry Gray.
Corn left in the field. Photo by Barry Gray.

Rainy day bike ride #stittsville #mystittsville #transcanadatrail

A photo posted by Glen Gower (@glengower) on

Trans Canada Trail, #stittsville #mystittsville

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LETTER: Gazebo funding isn’t a conflict of interest

Re: How the City is paying for a gazebo at Village Square Park

Your recent article reports on a new $105,000 gazebo for Village Square Park. Part of the funding for the gazebo ($30,000) is coming from Waste Management through a Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). At the same time Waste Management is negotiations with the City to develop a new Host Municipality Agreement for the new landfill at their Carp Road facility. Continue reading


City seeks feedback on new commemorative park names

(PHOTO: The City is proposing changing the name of Bell Memorial Park on Stittsville Main Street “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park”. This photo is from the opening ceremonies for the park in October 2015.)

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting online public consultations on several naming proposals, including several parks in Stittsville and two nearby rinks in Kanata South,  The deadline for submitting comments online is December 18, 2016.

Joe Lewis Park – (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of his historical significance to the community of Stittsville, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a future park at Potter’s Key Subdivision, 6111 and 6141 Hazeldean Road, “Joe Lewis Park”.

Joe Lewis moved to Stittsville in 1906. He worked on various jobs in the area until the opportunity arose to rent a property and open his own grocery, flour and feed business on Main Street.

In 1911, Joe Lewis purchased another Main Street store where he sold a wide variety of goods from footwear and hats to shingles and coal. Joe’s customers came from all over Stittsville and Goulbourn Township. Joe’s other accomplishments in the community include installing the first hand-pumped gasoline service to Stittsville, and creating the first “taxi” service in the area by offering horse and buggy transportation for train passengers.


W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park – (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of the extensive community service of W.J. Bell, the City of Ottawa has been asked to re-name Bell Memorial Park at 1751 Stittsville Main Street “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park”.

W.J. Bell donated the park land with the aim that it be enjoyed for generations to come. While not a Rotarian himself, Bell’s next of kin, Grace Bell, is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville. Bell’s family and the Stittsville Rotary Club brought forward the name change in order to reflect the objectives of encouraging and fostering peace.

The proposed name “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park” reflects the aims of the Peace Park housed within the park, while continuing to commemorate W. J. Bell himself.


Albert Argue Black – (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of his historical significance to the community of Stittsville, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a future park at 735 Rosehill Avenue, “Albert Argue Black Park”.

Albert Argue Black’s family has long ties to the community. The original Black family home on Huntmar Drive was settled in the early 1800s.

The first meeting of the Village of Stittsville was held in January 1961. Albert became a Councillor for the new village and continued in the position for several years until Reeve Silas C. Bradley retired. Albert was elected Reeve and held the position until Stittsville was amalgamated into Goulbourn Township in 1974.

Albert also served his community by holding positions on the boards of Carleton Place Hospital and Carleton Cathcart Apartments. Albert coached baseball and hockey in the community and was on the committee to build the first community centre in the village.


Ray McCaffrey Park – (Ward 6 – Stittsville)

In recognition of Ray McCaffrey’s demonstrated excellence, courage and exceptional community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a future park at 170 Hickstead Way, within the new residential development at 1921 Stittsville Main Street, “Ray McCaffrey Park”.

A long-time resident of Stittsville, Ray McCaffrey was heavily involved in the growth and development of the town. Ray served the community as the Fire Chief from 1959 to 1967.Ray also volunteered extensively in the community and helped build the Johnny Laroux Arena (formerly known as Stittsville Arena).


Chris Neil Rink – (Ward 23 – Kanata South)

In recognition of Chris Neil’s extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name a ice rink within Meadowbreeze Park located at 98 Meadowbreeze Drive “Chris Neil Rink”.

Chris Neil has been a strong community supporter since he joined the Ottawa Senators hockey team in 2001.

Chris and his wife Caitlin are co-chairs of Roger’s House, a hospice for pediatric palliative care. Through the Sens Foundation, Chris Neil also supports many other charities.


Chris Phillips Rink – (Ward 23 – Kanata South)

In recognition of Chris Phillips’ extensive community service, the City of Ottawa has been asked to name an ice rink within Kristina Kiss Park at 100 Akerson Road “Chris Phillips Rink”.

Chris Phillips has been a strong community supporter since he joined the Ottawa Senators hockey team in 1997.

Chris and his wife support more than 20 charities and not-for-profit organizations including the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Candlelighters childhood cancer support program and Hockey Fights Cancer.

To view these proposals online and to provide input, visit


4th annual Stittsville Pumpkin Parade returns on Nov 1

Bring your jack o’lanterns to the 4th Annual Stittsville Pumpkin Parade on November 1 at Village Square Park!

Drop off your pumpkin starting at 5pm. The most creative pumpkins could win prizes in one of three categories.  Pumpkins will be composted at the end of the night. Donations to the food bank accepted.

Everyone welcome.

More info via Facebook…

Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2016


Leo Maiorino performs at The Grounds on Nov 3

(via The Grounds Cafe)

Join us at The Grounds Cafe on November 3 for a full night of music and fun. Local musician & entertainer (and mortgage broker) Leo Maiorino will be our music guest.

Leo is well known in the Ottawa area and has been performing local area establishments for many years. He is a lot of fun and musically he has a great voice and style; you’ll be singing along with every song.

The Grounds is excited to have Leo play for our second music night!


Police seek suspect in residential theft on Smoketree Crescent

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service Break & Enter Unit is investigating a break & enter to a residential property and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in that investigation.

During the night of September 3-4, 2016, unknown suspect(s) forcibly entered a residence situated along the 0-100 block of Smoketree Crescent in Stittsville. Amongst items taken were credit cards that were used at various west end locations a short time later. Continue reading


Stittsville man charged with child porn offenses

(via Ottawa Police)

In late May of 2016 and early June of 2016, the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre (NCECC) forwarded the Ottawa Police Service Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE) two reports they had received from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTipLine.

These reports indicated that IP addresses in the Ottawa area were uploading images and video of child sexual abuse via the Internet using a private web based chat room known as “ChatStep”.  An additional report was received in early October 2016 from Interpol Manchester advising of another IP address based in the Ottawa area engaging in chats about abusing children using Skype.

Subsequent warrants were obtained by the ICE Unit and served on the Internet Service Provider, all revealing the same location.

A search warrant was executed today in the Stittsville area of the City of Ottawa. Computers, a cellular device and external digital media were seized and are being forensically analysed.

A 63-year-old man has been charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography, two counts of Distribution of Child Pornography, and two counts of Make Available Child Pornography.

He is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The Ottawa Police Service is a member of the Provincial Strategy to protect children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet.  This Project has been made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.


NOTEBOOK: How the City is paying for a gazebo at Village Square Park

“There is an exciting project coming to Village Square Park that I am pleased to share with everyone. A new gazebo will soon call the park its home.”
Councillor Shad Qadri’s newsletter, September 30

Map showing the location of the gazebo at the east end of Village Square Park.
Map showing the location of the gazebo at the east end of Village Square Park.

Councillor Shad Qadri recently revealed details about a gazebo being built at Village Square Park, at the corner of Stittsville Main and Abbott. The plan is to build a 16’x16′ raised stage at the east end of the park with electrical hook-ups, for use as a community performance space. The structure is already under construction and could be completed as early as November 1.

I didn’t remember seeing this as one of the projects included in this year’s city budget, so I asked him how much the gazebo would cost, and how it was being funded. Here’s a summary of what he shared. Continue reading


Sacred Heart students get set for SleepOUT For Youth 2016

There are over a thousand homeless youth in Canada’s capital every day of the year, even when our winter weather drops below 30 degrees celsius.

This is why Youth Services Bureau started “SleepOUT For Youth” every year, people gather outside City Hall, pitch tents and prepare for a long, cold night. After the opening ceremonies, the night takes off with a hot meal, music, activities and socializing. Continue reading


LEGION: Volunteers needed for Remembrance Day colour party

Sgt. at Arms Mike Fenton is looking for volunteers for the colour party for Remembrance Day Service on November 11th. The Parade leaves the Legion Hall at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. service. If interested contact Mike at or 613-406-8811
Membership’s for 2017 are due. There is a slight increase to the membership fee due to Dominion Command have increased their per capita.  A reminder to all members who have not yet renewed their membership for 2016. Early Bird is in effect till November 30th for $50.00 at the Legion Bar.
Barb Vant’Slot has the 2 hour schedule for the “Poppy Campaign” starting Friday, October 28th till Thursday, November 10th. Members and anyone who would like to do a 2 hour shift please contact Barb at . The Legion is looking for volunteers to help on Remembrance Day for Food Prep and Service. contact Sue McCormick at
On Thursday evening “Acoustic Jam Night” will be held  downstairs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is open to everyone, including students and instructors of guitars for vets. No stage, relaxed, fun and a friendly atmosphere, Please no percussion. For more information e-mail Brenda Hamilton at or call her at 613-286-9173.
Regular Darts season has started on both Thursdays and Fridays. There will be NO Darts on November 10th and 11th.
The next afternoon of FREE live music    will be held on Sunday, October 16th from 3 – 5p.m. Come out and listen to some Blue’s with John Belisle. Everyone welcome.
The Stittsville Legion Book Club will meet on Monday, October 24th at 7:30.  The book for October is “ The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman.
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.
On Thursday, October 27th at 11 a.m. a FREE seniors seminar on the topic from C.N.I.B. at the Legion Hall followed by a free lunch. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend. Please call Ron Currie at 613-836-7126 or via e-mail
The 2016 POPPY BLITZ will be held on Sunday, October 30th Please contact Monique Vail at or 613-836-2972 to sign up your team. Information will be on the Legion website .
The Tickets are now on sale for the Remembrance Day Banquet being held on Saturday, November 5th  for $20.00 per person at the Legion Bar.
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.
EUCHRE On October 4th  Shirley Pretty had the Most Lone Hands. Marion Argue had the Ladies High Score at euchre at the Stittsville Hall. Jean Howell placed second.  Bud Mannoly had the Men’s High Score with Dick Ross placing second. Peggy Manion had the Low Score while Pearl Brule had the Hidden Score.
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.  There are also FREE lessons available.
For more information, please contact  June Warner at 613-836-1167
The Stittsville Legion website can be found at    Upcoming events at the Stittsville Legion are always posted on the billboard sign at the front of the Legion Hall, easily seen by the passing by on Stittsville Main Street.

PHOTOS: Thanksgiving Monday on the Crazy Horse Trail

Harold Moore saw our post this morning with suggestions for nature trails near Stittsville. He went out and explored the Crazy Horse Trail north of Stittsville, and sent along these great photos. Check out Friends of the Carp Hills on Facebook for more info about the trail.  (Click on any photo for larger size.)

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your best pics to us at Continue reading


First edition of “La course des Patriotes” takes place October 29

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school, is planning the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on October 29.

It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive.  The event will include 2km, 5km, and 10km races. It’s mandatory for students, but also open to the entire community. Continue reading


Pipeline spill would impact Ottawa drinking water, says report

(Press release via Ecology Ottawa)

A spill from the proposed Energy East pipeline could have catastrophic impacts on the Rideau, Mississippi and Ottawa rivers, and put the region’s drinking water at risk. These are the findings of a new report by the independent Montreal-based technical firm Savaria Experts-Conseils Inc. Continue reading


List of road closures for 9RUNRUN on Saturday, October 15

(Photo: Runners at the 2013 9 Run Run event.)

With less than two weeks until race day, spots are nearly sold out for 9RUNRUN. Now entering its seventh year, 9RUNRUN has raised thousands of dollars for causes such as Do It For Daron and project S.T.E.P.

The event was started as a way to show support for the region’s Emergency Services’ personnel, while encouraging health and fitness in the community. It includes a half-marathon, 10K as well as a “2Kish” race loved by families and kids. Continue reading