Family displaced after fire on Woodwind Crescent in Fringewood South

(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call reporting smoke showing at 27 Woodwind Crescent shortly after 2:30pm. Upon arrival firefighters confirmed flames showing on the exterior back side of the single family bungalow and declared a working fire at 2:40pm. The family had evacuated safely from the home. Continue reading


Goulbourn Township Historical Society hosts stories about Nicholas Sparks (Nov 18)

(via Goulbourn Township Historical Society)

Come and be entertained by Brian Hull our guest speaker as he regales us with stories about his great-great-great-grandfather Nicholas Sparks.

Sparks was born in 1794 and arrived in Wrightville (Hull-Gatineau) 201 years ago from Wexford, Ireland. He began working for Philemon Wright at £50 per year. He very quickly became a property owner and landlord in Bytown and owned most of the lands in the present day commercial core of Ottawa. He died here in 1862 and was buried in St. James Anglican Church Cemetery, Hull.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 1:30pm at the Ottawa Public Library – Stittsville Branch, 1637 Stittsville Main Street Ottawa, ON, K2S Canada (map)

The presentation, parking and refreshments are all free. Remember, “tell a neighbour, bring a friend”. See you there.


DIRT OFF YOUR SHOULDER: Carp Road shoulder paving starts Friday

(via Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri)

I am pleased to share that the City will be paving the shoulders on Carp Road from Kittiwake Drive to Westbrook as of tomorrow, November 17th. This is a project that has been greatly anticipated by residents for some time. Originally, the shoulder-paving project was only planned from Rothbourne to Westbrook but working with the City, I was able to extend the project to start at Kittiwake as the shoulder was needed to be done in this section as well.   Continue reading


LIBRARY: Programs on nutrition and art, and a Grinch puppet show

(via Stittsville Library)

Here’s what’s coming up at the Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1637 Stittsville Main Street.

Notes on Nutrition: Olivia Wolter, Registered Dietitian.
Monday, November 27, 2017. 2-3 p.m
We all understand the importance of nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. There are times in which changes in our lifestyle impact the choices we make about how and what we eat. Olivia can help you to identify some simple ways in which you can improve the nutrition in your diet. She can also provide tips on lessening the task of meal preparation and planning. A question and answer session is part of this important program.
Available spaces are limited. To register, please visit or stop in at the bench. Our staff are happy to help you to register.

Art In A Box: Winter Solstice sun catcher.
Take a break from your holiday planning to create a colourful sun catcher to hang in your favourite window. Everything you need comes in a box.
We offer three different workshop dates to accommodate your busy schedule. Monday, December 4, 2017. 4-5 p.m.; Monday, December 11, 2017. 2-3 p.m. and Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 2-3 p.m.
A limited number of spaces are available. To register, please visit or stop in at the branch. We are happy to help you to register.

Grinch Puppet Show.
On Saturday, December 2, 2017, that old Grinch is back at the Stittsville branch. The show beings at 10:30 a.m. for children, ages 3-7 years.
Online registration is required at



Stittsville Business Association launches survey to decide direction

Survey results gathered from nearly 70 Stittsville business owners who attended a breakfast meeting at ALE Tuesday morning are being compiled to determine the future direction of a voluntary business association in Stittsville.

Tentatively dubbed the Stittsville Business Association (SBA), the group aims to support local business interests as well as the community as a whole. How that takes shape, however, will be up to the association’s membership, said meeting organizer Allan Ryan in his comments Tuesday. Continue reading


Habitat for Humanity “ReStore” coming to Iber Road

Habitat for Humanity is opening a “ReStore” location on Iber Road in 2018, and they’re giving a sneak peek with a pop-up furniture sale this weekend.

The ReStore will be inside a warehouse at 3 Iber Road near Hazeldean. The store accepts donation of new and gently used items and salvageable building materials, then resells them to the public at a reduced cost.

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Local real estate web site wins marketing award

(press release)

Real estate professional Nancy Ceresia and Communicarium are pleased to announce the website has won a Gold MarCom Award, which honors excellence in marketing and branding while recognizing the creativity, hard work, and generosity of industry professionals.

“The website is fulfilling my goal of creating a first step in my introduction to potential clients. They receive a clear message about what they can expect and what sets me apart: professional, personal service for the transaction and throughout home ownership,” states client Nancy Ceresia. “I am finding new clients are coming to me for advice and guidance and I am building a reputation as a reliable and insightful resource to homebuyers. Communicarium created a perfect platform that really allows me to grow my business and brand.” Continue reading


Firefighters quickly extinguish fire originating in kitchen of Arcadia home

(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a 911 call at 2:18 p.m. reporting a fire in a kitchen at 200 Clonrush Way in the Huntmar Drive and Campeau Drive area of Kanata.

The caller indicated that everyone had safely evacuated the home. The first OFS crew on scene did confirm heavy black smoke coming from the side of the building. A working fire was declared at that time. Firefighters engaged in a rapid fire attack while other crews began a search of the residence. The fire was confirmed under control at 2:35 p.m. A loss stopped was confirmed at 2:51 p.m. Continue reading


Main & Abbott Dance Band fundraser at the Legion (Dec 2)

The Stittsville Legion is in the process of raising funds for a new building.  The Main & Abbott Dance Band is having a fundraiser on Saturday, December 2 at the Legion in Stittsville.  Admission is $10.00 which includes a light snack.   This is the same evening as the Parade of Lights – so start with the parade and finish with an exciting swing dance.  The music starts at 8:00 – don’t be late! Tickets are available at The Legion.

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Celebrating Goulbourn’s Canada 150 farms and families

(ABOVE: The Hobbs family farm at Lot 12, Concession 6, Goulbourn Township, Carleton County — now known as Mansfield Road just outside of Stittsville. This aerial photo was taken in the 1960s.  The Hobbs have been farming there since 1860.)


(via Goulbourn Township Historical Society)

In appreciation of our local farm families – Anderson, Dawson, Hobbs and Kenny – who have toiled their land for 150 years or more, we ask you to join us in celebrating this monumental event. GTHS, in collaboration with Junior Farmers of Ontario, will make a presentation of Canada 150 farm signs to each family followed by a reception.

Date: November 25, 2017
Location: Grace Thompson Meeting Room – Stittsville Library
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Refreshments to follow the presentation

Come out and help GTHS recognize these farm families who have worked tirelessly in our community for so many years. We hope to see you there to celebrate with them!


CBC: Residents throw ‘Rosehill Expressway’ party to protest spike in traffic

From CBC Ottawa:

Some Stittsville residents are protesting the impending closure of what’s become a main thoroughfare in the west Ottawa community — by throwing a party.

The “Rosehill Expressway” party is set for Sunday afternoon, a tongue-in-cheek attempt to draw attention to what residents say will be a surge in traffic on Rosehill Avenue, when the city closes a portion of nearby Johnwoods Street later this week.

“We’re worried that we’re going to have cars speeding down a long, wide street with no stop signs,” said Carol Lenz, the president of the Bryanston Gate Community Association.

“We want people to know the ‘Rosehill Expressway’ is coming, and we want to make sure that doesn’t happen. We want to have safety measures in place first.”

Read the full story…



NOTEBOOK: Breaking down the City budget from a Stittsville perspective

Continued protection of our critical infrastructure and assets! Keeping our communities safe and vibrant! Making the environment a top priority! A progressive future for our city and its residents!

That’s how the City of Ottawa’s PR department touts the 2018 draft budget.  News outlets like CBC have done a good job at outlining the city-wide, big picture spending items.  (You should definitely read Joanne Chianello’s analysis.)  But what are the specifics for Stittsville? Continue reading


PHOTO: Autumn on the Old Quarry Trail

Hiking the Old Quarry Trail near Eagleson/Hazeldean. Photo by Emma Moore.
Hiking the Old Quarry Trail near Eagleson/Hazeldean. Photo by Emma Moore.

Thanks to Emma Moore for sharing this photo. The Old Quarry Trail is located across from the Hazeldean Mall, east of Eagleson.

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



NOTEBOOK: Shea Woods, Fairwinds parking, and a few odds and ends

City Council gave full approval today for the acquisition of 5 hectares of Shea Woods. The City will pay CRT (Claridge-Richcraft-Tamarack) Developments just over $1.5-million for about one-third of the land … Council also approved a zoning bylaw amendment for 1620 And 1636 Maple Grove Road, paving the way for a 945-unit residential development. Continue reading


A preview of Stittsville’s Remembrance Day parade and ceremony

(PHOTO: Remembrance Day parade in 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The Stittsville Legion’s annual Remembrance Day parade and ceremony happens on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Everyone is welcome to join the parade.  Participants can line up at the Stittsville Legion Branch 618 (1481 Stittsville Main Street) starting at 1:30pm. It will leave the Legion at 1:45pm and head to the Stittsville Cenotaph in front of Johnny Leroux Arena on Warner Colpitts Lane.

The ceremony begins at 2:00pm at the cenotaph.

After the ceremony, everyone is welcome back at the Legion for live music, food and drinks.

Stittsville Main Street will be closed between the Legion and Warner-Colpitts Lane from approximately 1:45pm-2:45pm on Saturday.

For a listing of more local Remembrance Day events around Ottawa, visit


LINKED: Plan now for vacant Canadian Tire Centre, city urges Sens

From Laura Osman / CBC News:

Mayor Jim Watson says he doesn’t want to repeat the mistake other cities have made by leaving Ottawa’s NHL arena vacant when the team moves into a new downtown rink.

Watson, who’s preparing to take a seat at the negotiating table to hash out details of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment, said Tuesday the future of the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) in Kanata must be considered before the Senators move to a new arena.

The worst case scenario, according to Watson?

“That it remains vacant and empty and no activity happens there for years and years.”

In September Senators president Tom Anselmi said the organization hadn’t settled on a plan for the CTC after the team moves out. Watson said Tuesday as far as he knows, there still isn’t one.

“My concern is that [the Senators] would move ahead with LeBreton and tie up that land, that very important piece of property for the west end, tie it up for years by doing nothing with it.” – Kanata North Councillor Allan Hubley

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Tickets on sale Tuesday for Secret Eats Tour

(Press release via City of Ottawa)

Ottawa 2017, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, is pleased to announce a new Agri 150 experience. Tickets for the Secret Eats Stittsville Tour will go on sale at noon on Tuesday, November 7.

Secret Eats Tour – Stittsville
Sunday, November 26
12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Plenty of time to get back home to watch the Grey Cup!)

Bilingual – French whisperer

Tour shuttle will depart from Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Rd.

Guests are invited to snack their way through the Stittsville Ward!

This Secret Eats tour will take participants to four stops where they will eat, visit, and learn about the people and places that contributed to the history and character of Stittsville. Shad Qadri, the Councillor for the area, will welcome the group at the last stop.

Visitors will tour each destination on this Secret Eats adventure and sample some of the delectable local treats that await in Stittsville.

As a special component to this final Agri 150 event, beer pairings will be provided by Beau’s Brewing Company as part of the experience.

Tickets for the Secret Eats Stittsville Tour are $40 (plus tax and service charges). A tour ticket enables free use of any OC Transpo bus route, to and from Goulbourn Recreation Complex. Tickets are to be shown to the bus operator when boarding. Free service is available from three hours before the tour until three hours after the tour.

Presented in collaboration with Just Food, Savour Ottawa and Beau’s Brewing Company, the Official Beer Partner of Ottawa 2017.

 To purchase tickets, visit

Agri 150 is an Ottawa 2017 program stewarded by Just Food to boost rural tourism during the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday in the nation’s capital and for years to come. Unique events take place over the course of the year to allow people to discover Ottawa’s rural communities in all four seasons, and enhance their knowledge and appreciation of rural resources, while enjoying rejuvenating adventures.