Nominations open for Stittsville volunteer appreciation awards

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I am pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards is now open!

You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member. This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Olympia Gymnastics hosts provincial acro competition

Dozens of athletes competed at the first-ever Winterlude Acro Cup gymnastics competition at Olympia Gymnastics on the weekend.

The provincial qualifier event featured young men and women from Olympia Gymnastics, as well as Performance Quebec, East York Gymnastics, Georgian Bay Phoenix Gymnastics Academy, Gymnastics Mississauga, and Oakville Gymnastics.

This was the first-ever major competition hosted by the club.  They’re hoping to host even more provincial competitions in their newly-expanded gym.

All photos are by volunteer Dan Pak, who’s a parent at the gym.

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LINKED: A Kanata dad’s brutally honest letter about his daughter and drug abuse

(PHOTO: Sean O’Leary with his son, Ronan, inside the family store MYHome Furniture in Kanata. O’Leary says he is trying to give his children as normal a life as possible as his daughter struggles with drug addiction. Photo by Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com.)

UPDATE: O’Leary has launched a web site to connect parents of teens with drug addictions: www.wetheparents.ca

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From our sister site, OttawaStart.com:

“My first thought every morning is to check that Paige is alive,” writes Kanata dad Sean O’Leary in a letter that’s been circulating in recent days on Facebook and through e-mail.

“I want people to start talking,” he said. “We’re just the tip of the iceberg.”O’Leary, whose daughter Paige is addicted to drugs, told OttawaStart.com he sent the letter to a group of parents in similar situations after Kanata teen Chloe Kotval, 14, died of a drug overdose on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading


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Ottawa Sharks compete at Big East Blast 2017

Photo: Small Level 6 Co-ed Finback Sharks team with their first place banner and Level 6 Grand Champs banner. Front left to right: Amanda Mullen, Victoria Klassen, Emma Caldwell, Nicola Christie, Lauryn Postma, Rebecca Richardson, Holly Walpole 2nd left to right: Rebecca Snider, Rachel Schneider, Kaitlyn (Pinky)
McCaughan, Kaitlyn Morgan, Jordyn Postma. Back left to right: Brooke Mclennan, Taylor Sinclair, Paul Smith, Angelo Chen, Dianna Mcallister, Maurice Semaan, Kaylea Donovan, Kevin Feng, Kelly McCarney, Trevor Schlarb. Photo by Claire McCaughan.

All 12 of the Ottawa Cheer Sport Sharks hit the mat on Saturday,
February 4th at the Big East Blast 2017 cheerleading competition that was held at the EY Centre.

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Goulbourn Jubilee Singers celebrates 40th anniversary

(PHOTO: The Jubilee Juniors performing on stage at a December 2016 Christmas performance.)

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating  a big anniversary this year.  This community choir has been active in Stittsville for 40 years and is a true gem of a program offering non audition, low cost and inter-generational programs. Continue reading


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Dandelion Consignment announces closure

(Dandelions owner Sandra Edwards, December 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

(Sorry to hear about the closure of Dandelion Consignment on Stittsville Main Street.  Owner Sandra Edwards posted a note on the store’s Facebook page today – see below. We wrote about her back in December 2015, and her efforts to have a positive impact on people in need locally and around the world.  Good luck Sandy with whatever comes next. -GG.)

We regret to inform you of our closure

Over the past 6 years I have done everything to try to keep this business running for all of us. Unfortunately with all the increases in expenses and rent I am not able to continue Dandelions Consignment. Over past 6 years, I have not taken a salary for myself in order to continue to give you the best service possible. My family and I are deeply grieved at this closure.

First Priority to you our Consignor

It is in my best effort to be the fairest to you my faithful clients. I am unable to do any payouts due to lack of revenue. However we do not want you our consignors to be at a total loss, so we are offering you store credit in lue of money. Consignors will have the opportunity to use store credit on items in the store. I will be opening the store on Tuesday and Wednesday to consignors only. We hope to see you on these days so we can convey our deepest apology to you in person.
We will be closed on Monday

We are closed this Monday in order to put aside all of the consignment that is belonging to you the consignor. This will be placed in bins and labeled for you to pick up. The only items that will be sold are the items that are the property of Dandelions.

If you have further concerns please contact me via email ms.sandy.edwards@gmail.com

Inside Dandelion Kids store on Stittsville Main Street Photo by Barry Gray.
Inside Dandelion Kids. December 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.

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Consultation on “Early Years & Family Centres” on Saturday

(via City of Ottawa)

The Ontario Ministry of Education is transforming the way services for children 0 to 6 years are delivered in the province. In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the Province will become part of one unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These will be called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs). Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: New restaurant on Stittsville Main, OC Transpo suburb service, more

Stittsville Main Street is getting a new restaurant this spring. Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce plan to open a 30-seat restaurant called Jack Ketch at 1536 Stittsville Main Street. Most recently, the building was home to Brown Bear Daycare.

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LINKED: Man paralyzed after slipping on ice, determined to walk again

From CTV Ottawa:

We all know life can change in the blink of an eye. Troy Kraus is living that reality. The 46-year-old Ottawa resident was the healthiest and strongest he had ever been until a simple fall on the ice. Troy Kraus made a huge change in his life a couple of years ago; he lost more than 200 pounds and got into better shape than he had been in his life. Then, sadly, life changed for him. That fall broke his neck, paralyzed him, but he’s determined to move forward. Continue reading


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New street names coming March 13

Five streets in Stittsville will have new names as of March 13, 2017.

“As you may know, last year, five Stittsville streets were required to undergo changes due to duplicate and similar sounding names since amalgamation with the City of Ottawa in 2001. Because of the public safety risk this poses with Ottawa’s Emergency Services, the Street Renaming Project was implemented to reconcile these challenges,” wrote Councillor Shad Qadri in his weekly newsletter. Continue reading


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UPDATE: Qadri responds to bus service complaints

Councillor Shad Qadri posted some comments about OC Transpo service in his weekly newsletter today. Highlights:

  • A double-decker bus will be added to the 4:00 p.m. trip on Route 261 starting in April.
  • Overall, most morning trips are taking three minutes longer to reach downtown than they did before Christmas.
  • Scheduled times for all routes are being adjusted based on up-to-date actual observations.
  • Qadri is encouraging residents to keep emailing and calling his office with concerns.

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Stittsville Peewee C1 Ice Hawks win Cougar Cup tourney

(Photo by:  Stephanie J Roberston)

 

Outstanding effort from all 16 boys who won the Cougar Cup this past weekend.

The Gloucester Cougar Cup tournament ran from January 27 to 29th and included hockey teams from all over Ontario and Quebec. The weekend hosted some very close and exciting games for the Stittsville Peewee team that led them into the semi-finals on Sunday. Continue reading


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Annual Ride for Disabled Vets set for May 13

(Above: Photo by Barry Gray.)

The 4th Annual Ride for Disabled Vets event is a go for May 13, 2017.

In 2016, 300 riders and $11,000 for Wounded Warrior Canada (PTSD Recovery Program).  The group has raised over $30,000 from the last 3 years.

In 2017, organizers hope to attract 400 riders and raise $12,000 for Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit (PTSD Recovery).

For more information contact Adwin Gallant, Ride For Disabled Vets Cofounder/Coordinator, via  www.ridefordisabledvets.ca

STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral) STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)


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Blood donation drive at NEXT on February 13

(via Canadian Blood Services)

Canadian Blood Services is encouraging residents of Stittsville to give life by donating blood in 2017. More than 72 blood donors are needed at the upcoming clinic at NEXT (6400 Hazeldean Rd) on February 13 from 5pm to 8pm.

Collecting blood during the colder winter months can be challenging because the weather can increasingly keep people indoors and many donors are away for the season.

Additionally, some donors won’t be able to donate as frequently because of new iron eligibility guidelines introduced recently to promote the health and wellness of blood donors.

In December 2016, the donation interval for women increased to twelve weeks, and beginning in March, men will need a higher hemoglobin level to be eligible to donate.

About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.


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Another collision at Eagleson and Fallowfield

Emergency crews responded to another bad collision at Eagleson and Fallowfield, just two weeks after a fatal incident at the same intersection

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SWAT team responds to “public safety concern”; one man arrested

UPDATE, FEB 1: The Ottawa Citizen reports: “…a barricaded man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his roommates. Police believe the man was intoxicated and had access.”

UPDATE, 10:00pm: Police released the following statement to the media: “The Ottawa Police Service responded the area of Elm St and Cypress regarding a public safety concern, the situation was successfully concluded and one male was taken into custody and no further information is being provided at this time. The matter is being investigated and charges pending.”

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Ottawa Police tactical squads descended in the area of Elm Crescent Tuesday night and arrested one man, which police said was because of public safety concerns.

The incident started around the supper hour and wrapped up before 9 p.m.

Police said there was no immediate threat to the public, although their reaction was warranted. The police response included a SWAT team, armoured vehicles and police dogs. Paramedics were also on the scene.

“The response was appropriate,” said police inspector Sandra Mclaren, who added there was no immediate threat to the public. She said the suspect was arrested without incident.

More to come…

A CTV cameraman on scene with a member of the police tactical squad. Photo by Devyn Barrie.
A CTV cameraman on scene with a member of the police tactical squad. Photo by Devyn Barrie.

 


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