Additional details for Sunday’s Sens Fan Fest released

(via Ottawa Senators)

More than 50 players, prospects and alumni to participate in fan press conferences, autograph sessions, intra-squad game and more.

The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today additional details for the team’s annual Fan Fest, which will take place this Sunday, Sept. 25, at Canadian Tire Centre (@CdnTireCtr). The event will feature four unique fan press conferences, two team practices, a Senators’ intra-squad game, autograph sessions, interactive games and entertainment throughout the arena.

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Etsy Made in Canada comes to Bell Sensplex Sept 24-25

(via the Emily / Cheerfully Made blog)

This will be my third year organizing Etsy Made in Canada here in Ottawa. I don’t know where the past 3 years have gone, but here we are less than a week out of the biggest show of my year. Again.

Etsy: Made in Canada is “a national grassroots initiative celebrating the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across Canada.” Unlike other shows I organize, every maker who participates in Etsy:MIC is an Etsy seller. This year we’re celebrating in 38 cities from coast to coast (Find the market closest to you at and I can’t even begin to express to you how proud I am to be organizing this show for the third year in a row.


With 150 sellers participating (we had 316 applications for this show!) it’s a huge undertaking, but the experience of watching so many hardworking hand makers in my community be successful doing what they love to do is something that I can hardly put into words.

It’s awesome.

Here in Ottawa, our show will run for TWO DAYS instead of just one. It’s the only way we could see managing the hordes of Ottawa (and area) Etsy enthusiasts, and it gives us even more opportunity to raise funds for our 2016 charity of choice: 13 Muesli. More about them HERE.


Etsy Made in Canada Ottawa takes place September 24th + 25th from 10am to 4pm at the Bell Sensplex (1565 Maplegrove Road, Kanata MAP IT).

Cost of admission is $5, kids and parking are free and 50% of our door goes to our charity.

(Last year we raised more than $25K for the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre!)

You can read more about the show on the Cheerfully Made blog…



UPDATE: Here’s the final list of new Stittsville street names

If you live on Bell Street, Goulbourn Street, Elm Crescent, Long Meadow Way, or Meadowland Drive, watch your mailbox this week for your opportunity to vote on a new name for your street.

The shortlist of names is actually quite a long list. The choices for each street include 105 names that were submitted by residents and passed the city’s street naming criteria.

The eclectic list includes Beluga, Bonfire, Boxty, Canada Goose, Foamberry, Fun, Knowledge, Little Village, Muskie, Puddle, Seagull, Shiraz, Star Cloud, Whiskey, Velociraptor and Yokoso. Continue reading


Sunday morning outage cuts power to 5,000 customers

UPDATE: Back on as of 11.07am. Outage lasted about 40 minutes.

Power is out for homes and businesses in and around Stittsville including Fairwinds, Jackson Trails, Granite Ridge, Amberwood, Wyldewood, Forest Creek. Also parts of Arcadia and Glen Cairn in Kanata.

One resident on Amberway (near the Hazeldean and Johnwoods intersection) told us she heard a loud bang just before the power went out.

Here’s an update from Hydro Ottawa around 10.45am:

Hydro Ottawa is experiencing a power outage in the Maple Grove, Hazeldean, Iber, Abbott area.
The cause of the outage is: Equipment related.
Hydro Ottawa crews are: Determining options available to restore service to affected customers.
The estimated time of restoration is: Undetermined at this time.
5000 customers are affected.


Nominations open for Stittsville Village Association’s new volunteer award

(Photo: Stittsville’s volunteer firefighters in front of Station 81. Photo by Barry Gray. )

Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community. They are the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

We are now accepting nominations for the inaugural Stittsville Village Association Volunteer of the Year Award, which will recognize a local volunteer for their dedicated service to Stittsville.

Nominees must be residents living in Stittsville Ward, and can be of any age. We are looking for individuals who, through volunteering, have had a positive impact in our community in 2016.

Nominations can be sent to Please include the name of the individual, and a short description of why they would be deserving of this award. If possible, please include contact info for the nominee such as email address and phone number. Deadline is September 30, 2016.

The award will be presented at the SVA’s annual general meeting in November.

(via Stittsville Village Association)


Just Shawarma adds another flavour to the Stittsville food scene

(PHOTO: Just Shawarma owner Nedal Atieh (right) says that Bahaa Shakir (left) is the greatest shawarma chef in the city.)

Nedal Atieh says Stittsville residents have been incredibly welcoming since he opened the doors to Just Shawarma on Carp Road a couple of weeks ago.

“The community is very supportive, very friendly.  Especially social media, on Stittsville Neighbours and Stittsville Moms,” he says. Continue reading


Cheer Sport Sharks host two free cheer clinics

(PHOTO: Photo taken at the Kicks Competition in Montreal on March 20th after the Finback and Pacific Sharks won their bids to represent Canada at the 2016 Worlds. Photo by Claire McCaughan.

The Cheer Sport Sharks have two free cheer clinics coming up! Come on out, take part and see what All Star Cheerleading is all about. The clinics will take place on Sunday, September 18 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm and on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. We have teams at all levels as well as recreational teams.

The clinics will take place at the new Cheer Sport Sharks gym at 109 Iber Road in Stittsville. More information can be found at or call 1-888-25-CHEER (2-4337)

(via Cheer Sport Sharks)


LINKED: Family of double murder-suicide continues to seek answers

Judy Trinh writes in Ottawa Magazine:

In our initial conversations in 2016, Jon Corchis was unable, emotionally, to go into depth about the events of January 13, 2013. Instead, he directed me to his lawyer’s office, which helped fill in the blanks. The paper trail of his decimated life is stuffed into a 25-centimetre-thick brown legal file. It contains transcripts of interviews, copies of Alison’s diary, medical notes, and the coroner’s report detailing the deaths of three people…

Jon Corchis contacted me, three years after I initially reached out to him through family members. I had covered the murder-suicide for CBC News when the story first broke. As a mother of a boy and girl close to the ages of the Corchis children, I was haunted by the story. I couldn’t understand the crime and wondered about the welfare of the man whose life and loves were destroyed. Meanwhile Corchis had hired a lawyer to seek advice on how to push for an inquest but was discouraged from doing so as it would prove too difficult and too expensive. But Corchis wanted the loss of his wife and children to result in some good. He wanted to tell his story. Perhaps it would be therapeutic. Perhaps it would help someone else.

You can read the full story here…


NOTEBOOK: Landfill proposal could mean even more downtown trucks

A number of people have asked me this summer about the status of the Carp Road landfill expansion, or as Waste Management (WM) would prefer us to call it, the West Carleton Environmental Centre (WCEC).  

The only development is that last month, Waste Management asked the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for permission to import construction and demolition waste (known as “C&D”) from Gatineau to the current Carp Road facility.  You can read the application here…

The idea is to take the waste material and recover any recyclable materials before shipping the rest to a landfill.  Ross Wallace, a spokesperson for Waste Management, tells me that they want to be on a level playing field with other waste and recycling businesses that are allowed to take C&D waste from Western Quebec.

This brings to mind two concerns:

1) Truck traffic.  Every load of garbage coming from Gatineau to Carp Road will be crossing bridges over the Ottawa River and using downtown streets. The timing of this proposal is ironic given that City Councillors are currently reviewing a $2-billion tunnel plan to reduce the number of trucks that cut through the core and choke up King Edward Avenue.

2) Waste transfer and jurisdictions. When WM first applied to expand the current landfill, it committed to serve Ottawa and close western neighbours like Lanark County.  Opening the door – even slightly – to garbage from Quebec is worrisome.  It contradicts the business model proposed by WM in the approved Environmental Assessment and Environmental Compliance Approval, where only Ontario waste was considered.

Environmentalists and waste industry watchers have been saying for a while now that increasing capacity at Ontario landfills (like the one on Carp Road) would lead to importing waste from farther and farther away. Do we really want our City to be the destination for garbage from other provinces or even the United States?

As Lando said in the Empire Strikes Back, “This deal is getting worse all the time!” The expanded landfill is going to look way different from what WM first described when they started the approval process: we’re hearing there’s no recreational land until the landfill is closed, recycling capability will be drastically reduced, and now they’re asking to expand the collection boundaries.

Residents can comment on WM’s application until October 3, either online or by mail.  Here’s how to get in touch.


The next update to watch for is what’s happening with the Host Municipal Responsibility Agreement (HMRA). That’s the legal agreement between WM and the City that sets terms and conditions for the landfill’s operation. The company has been negotiating with the City’s lawyers, and at some point the agreement will need council approval. It’s not clear how (or even if) the public will be able to give any input.


Councillors host budget info session on September 15

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

On Thursday September 15th my office in conjunction with Councillor Marianne Wilkinson and Councillor Allan Hubley are holding a Budget 2017 public information session. The session will begin at 7:00 p.m. upstairs in the Kanata Recreation Complex 100 Charlie Rogers Place (formerly Walter Baker Place). The purpose of the public session is a part of our ongoing efforts to increase public understanding and engagement around the municipal budget.

The budget is the blueprint that defines how the City resources are collected and allocated. The overall budget comprises two main components – the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget. During development of the operating and capital budgets, Council has some flexibility for reallocating or reprioritizing funds between programs and services to address emerging issues. Given these limits on discretion and the financial realities of limiting tax increases to residents, it is difficult to address all these issues or to implement significant changes from year to year. Therefore  it is important that we hear from you so that we may engage as your city representatives in the 2017 budget process going forward.

I do hope that you can make the time to participate and provide your input. Should you be unable to attend the September 15th session and would like to learn more about the budget process you can visit the City website here .

This year there is new tax tool that has been developed for residents to use to figure how a dollar of taxes shifted will and does have implications on the budget. You can visit here for details.

I also welcome you to share your comments and suggestion by sending me an email (


Police seek “persons of interest” in robbery of Uber driver

(via Ottawa Police)

Update, Sept 9: Persons of interest and suspect identified

Following the media release yesterday, two of the three persons depicted in the attached image, as well as the suspect described in the initial release, attended the Elgin St. station. The third person in the image has also been identified. The three persons were interviewed by investigators. At this time no charges have been laid and the matter remains under investigation.

The Robbery Unit appreciates the assistance of everyone that assisted in the dissemination of the image.

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating the robbery of a ride sharing driver and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying several persons of interest that were present at the time of the robbery.

On August 11, 2016, at approximately 2:20am, a group of people contracted a ride sharing driver to pick them up at a bar situated at Kanata Centrum on Roland Michener Drive.

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Ottawa Fire responds to possible bus fire on West Ridge

Ottawa Fire responded this afternoon to a report of a possible bus fire at Westridge Drive and Barracks Way, south of Fernbank. Traffic is being affected.

More to come…