Stittsville fireworks cancelled

The Stittsville Village Association Canada Day fireworks have been cancelled due to the nasty weather:

“Thank you to everyone who came out to our Canada Day celebration in spite of the rain and wind. Extra kudos to our tireless (and soggy!) volunteers and to our sponsors. Our site was hit by a very strong storm cell with incredible lightening and wind that split and felled trees, toppled our portapotties, and destroyed tents. As a result, and with safety in mind, we made the decision to halt activities early, and later, to cancel the fireworks. We will reschedule the fireworks later this summer. Please watch for details and thanks for your understanding.”

 For more information about rescheduling visit the group’s Facebook page.

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Lightning strike suspected in Canada Day house fire on Warner-Colpitts Lane

Several readers sent in reports about a house fire at a house at 1418 Stittsville Main Street, next to Warner-Colpitts Lane across from the Johnny Leroux arena.

The Ottawa Fire dispatch radio reported fire was coming through the roof of the house when crews arrived.

A line of severe thunderstorms passed through the area just before neighbours heard sirens in the area.

The house had recently been for sale.

Here’s an official update from Ottawa Fire:

911 callers reporting flames visible from roof of the house. Working fire declared on arrival around 7.30pm. ;The building is a vacant house. No injuries reported, and suspected cause is a lightning strike. The fire was under control by about 8pm and damage is estimated at $15,000.

(Via Stittsville Neighbours / Facebook)

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Precautionary Boil Water Advisory in effect for Carp communal well water users

(via Ottawa Public Health)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for the users of the Carp communal well water system. The advisory is being issued due to a loss of pressurization within Carp communal well water system. Investigation into the cause is underway. This advisory affects approximately 715 households and is in effect until further notice.

The advisory is in effect for all residents of village of Carp.

City staff are on location in Carp village delivering notices to affected residents.

Water users in the affected area are asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for all consumption purposes, including drinking, making juice, ice and infant formula, as well as for use in food preparation.

After boiling, if water is not needed immediately, it should be placed in clean containers to cool in the refrigerator. Boiled water should be used when brushing teeth. Boiled water should also be used to rinse dishes after washing. Other non-consumption uses, such as showering, are safe.

If you are unable to boil water, you should consume only bottled water.  More info available here:What you should know during a boil water advisory.

This advisory will be rescinded once Ottawa Public Health is satisfied that water quality has been restored and tap water is safe to drink. 

Additional information is available at ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1, or Ottawa Public Health at613-580-6744.  You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Facebook and Twitter(@ottawahealth).

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LETTER: Community should have had more notice about construction

PHOTO: Construction begins at Porter Place, June 2016.

Re: Sign’s up at Porter Place

The community is not amused by the description of Patten Homes’ Porter Place “Closer to nature, closer to the right pace of life. Porter Place promises inspired family-friendly living in a new community knitted into an established neighbourhood you will be proud to call ‘home’.”

The residents adjacent to the newly named Porter Place were not impressed by lack of communication from the City or the Developer as heavy equipment rolled on site the past week.

Residents were not given any previous notice (as required by the City of Ottawa Plan of Subdivision Conditions) even though the developer claims to have sent it weeks ago. Notification came to the SouthWest Stittsville Community Association from the Developer late on the afternoon of June 21 to advise the community that heavy equipment would be onsite starting June 27. Environmental protection measures would be put in place which would include Silt and Snow fencing along the Urban Natural Feature (UNF) beginning as early as June 22.

Regretfully once again the City and Developer have not taken the existing residents into consideration or shown any neighbourly courtesy with proper notice, nor have they held the Wildlife Protocol (which City of Ottawa Planner Mike Schmidt calls best practises and therefore not enforceable) to any standard. The property and adjacent UNF are currently hosting nesting birds, ducks, geese as well as ponding frogs and turtles during their reproduction season.

We can only assume, as a timeline has not been communicated, that this is the beginning of the site preparation and we can expect nothing less than aggregate dumping for the next couple of months. Residents should plan accordingly (whatever that means) and report any upset or displeasure to Mike Schmidt, Planner, City of Ottawa Mike.schmidt@ottawa.ca

Jillian McKim
Stittsville

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UPDATE: City extends street name suggestion deadline to August 12

Several readers received emails today from Rebecca Anderson of the City’s Building Code Services department, alerting them to the fact that the City will be re-opening the consultation process for new Stittsville street names.

“Given the feedback we have received, I have agreed to reopen the discussion and allow another opportunity for residents to provide more suggestions for potential street names,” she wrote.

Residents will have until August 12 to submit name suggestions, but they’ll have to meet the City’s street naming criteria.

Councillor Shad Qadri sent this update via email to residents later this afternoon:

I want to thank all of you who have provided feedback on the street re-naming process being undertaken for Bell, Elm, Goulbourn, Meadowlands and Long Meadow Way.  I hope that you can appreciate this is a difficult process and that I too would prefer the names to remain the same as they have been long standing names in our community.

Unfortunately we must understand the reality that these changes must be done and that one of the main reasons for the change is due to safety concerns expressed by Emergency Services as similar names could result in staff being allocated to the wrong address.  There was consideration made as to which street in the City would be required to be changed and the City reviewed a number of factors when deciding which street to re-name, the comparison can be seen here.

Given the feedback we have received, Rebecca Anderson in Building Code Services and I have agreed to re-open the discussion and allow another opportunity for residents to provide more suggestions for potential street names.  I want to stress that this situation is not being taken lightly by the City and that I am very pleased that Rebecca Anderson is willing to re-open the item and allow for more suggestions to be considered.  I do request that residents please remember to be respectful of City staff and understand that they are here to work with us on this matter.

  • It’s important to note that names must be vetted through the City and that is why you may not have seen some of your previous suggestions provided as options.  You can view the names that have already been suggested and vetted here.   
  • In making your suggestions it is useful to review the City’s website regarding Street Name Changes which also includes the Criteria for Street Naming, please visitwww.ottawa.ca/streetnames .
  • I also encourage you to visit Geo Ottawa as you will be able to determine if a street name already exists http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoOttawa/ .
  • Residents do also have the opportunity to submit a commemorative names through the City’s Commemorative Naming process .

In the first round of street name suggestions the City did receive commemorative naming applications, some of which passed the City’s vetting process and could be suitable for use.  As two of the names were submitted for the same street I was concerned that this could create tension between the families if both names were provided as options and therefore did not provide any of the commemorative names as options.  That being said, I have been in contact with some of the families to further discuss their applications and at this time I do hope to provide them as options in the next round of request for feedback for names.

Next Steps

  • Please direct your suggested street names to Rebecca Anderson by August 12, 2016 via email to Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca and you may also send it to my email atShad.Qadri@ottawa.ca .  Alternatively you can also mail your recommendations to Rebecca Anderson, City of Ottawa, 3rd Floor, 101 Centrepointe Drive (04-11), Ottawa, ON  K2G 5K7.
  • Residents will received mailed letters in September seeking their feedback on another round of names.
  • Final decision to be made by the end of 2017.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact myself and Rebecca Anderson at Rebecca.Anderson@ottawa.ca .  Affected residents on these streets being re-named will also receive this information and a letter from the City in the mail.

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New hydro line on Abbott designed to improve reliability

(ABOVE: Map showing upcoming Hydro Ottawa projects in Stittsville.)

At a public meeting last Thursday, officials from Hydro Ottawa provided an overview of new infrastructure designed to improve reliability in Stittsville.

The main project for this year is along Abbott Street, where crews will add a new line from Stittsville Main Street to Granite Ridge Drive.  Most of the line will be on overhead poles except for an underground section adjacent to Village Square Park. Continue reading

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FIREWORKS & MORE! Here’s what’s in store for Canada Day in Stittsville

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

The Stittsville Village Association is proud to host Stittsville’s free, family-friendly Canada Day celebration July 1st on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School! It’s an amazing collaboration of volunteer effort, federal and municipal government grants, and local business support.

There will be lots of activities throughout the day, including:

– Live music (3:30 – 9:45)
– Inflatable rides & games (3:00 – 8:00)
– Face painting (3:00 – 6:30)
– Birthday ckae (3:25)
– Magic show (3:30)
– Photo booth (3:00 – 7:00)
– Mad science (4:00 – 6:00)
– Petting zoo (4:00 – 7:00)
– Horse-drawn wagon rides (4:00 – 7:00)
– Strolling magician (5:00 – 7:00)
– Glow sticks (9:30)

And of course, the FIREWORKS at 9:45 p.m.!

For more information on the event, and to find out how you can be a member of our great team of volunteers, visit: http://www.stittsvilleva.com/canadaday/

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Precautionary Boil Water Advisory in effect for Kings Park communal well water users in Richmond

UPDATE: The boil water advisory has been lifted as of Sunday evening.

(press release from Ottawa Public Health)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for users of the communal well water system in the Kings Park community in Richmond. The advisory is being issued due to a depressurization in the communal well system in the area. This advisory is in effect until further notice.

City staff will be on location in Richmond delivering notices to affected residents.

Water users in the affected area are asked to bring their water to a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for all consumption purposes, including drinking, making juice, ice and infant formula, as well as for use in food preparation.

After boiling, if water is not needed immediately, it should be placed in clean containers to cool in the refrigerator. Boiled water should be used when brushing teeth. Boiled water should also be used to rinse dishes after washing. Other non-consumption uses, such as showering, are safe.

If you are unable to boil water, you should consume only bottled water. More info available here:What you should know during a boil water advisory.

This advisory will be rescinded once Ottawa Public Health is satisfied that water quality has been restored and tap water is safe to drink.

Additional information is available at ottawa.ca, or by calling 3-1-1, or Ottawa Public Health at 613-580-6744.  You can also connect with Ottawa Public Health on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth).

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LETTER: Where are the historical street names?

Re:  Sugar Shack or Mitig? City offers new street name options

Not one of the names suggested by the City of Ottawa for the six streets in question has any historical significance for our community.  Were these names suggested by Stittsville residents?

Algonquins didn’t live in or around the Stittsville location so why introduce Aboriginal names?  Even Campground Way is a stretch because although it is adjacent to where the Holiness Methodist property was,  it sounds like an ordinary campground rather than  a camp that was part of a whole religious tradition.

Why are no historical names of early settlers or those who have contributed to the community among the names presented by the City? We’ve taken care to name a number of our streets after the farm families who owned the original property where the streets were located.

Names  such as “Mitig” are meaningless to most of us who live here.  I don’t think proper consultation was made with residents.  I also think the fact that a larger number of residents on the “Goulbourn Street” in the City of Ottawa should not have taken precedence over the fact that our township was called Goulbourn, and this is one of the important memories of who we were before amalgamation.  The street was not only named after Sir Henry Goulbourn but also represented the identity of the township that was created.  To simply do away with it because a street in the city has more people on it, is insulting to all the residents of the former Goulbourn Township.

Barbara Bottriell
Stittsville 
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Refugee sponsorship group reunites family from Afghanistan

It had taken almost four years, but the day finally arrived. A family was reunited and all were now safe in Canada.

Shakeba Hakam, her husband Mirwis and their four children, along with Shakeba’s sister, Maleha Nejrabi, her husband Ahmad and their four children, arrived in Ottawa on Friday June 17 after a long, and at times delayed, flight from Tajikistan, where they had spent years as refugees from Afghanistan.

They had to leave their homeland due to threats from the Taliban and other ongoing violence directed toward them in part because of their involvement in providing medical assistance during the time Canada and other western nations deployed forces in Afghanistan.

Their family members here in Ottawa had first approached the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG) in 2012 asking for assistance in sponsoring them as refugees to Canada. The KSRSG has been sponsoring refugees for two decades, and has eight member churches in Sittsville and Kanata. (Kanata, Glen Cairn and Stittsville United, St. John’s South March, St. Paul’s and St. Thomas Anglican and St. Andrew’s and Trinity Presbyterian Churches.)

After months of collecting information and documents, the decision was made to proceed with their sponsorship applications, which were submitted to Citizenship and Immigration Canada through the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa as the KSRSG Sponsorship Agreement Holder.

Though the families received notice almost a year ago that their sponsorship applications had been approved, it took several months to complete the required medical and security checks and have their visas processed by Canadian Immigration officials.

Word came on June 13 that the families would be arriving in Ottawa in just four days. On the evening of Friday June 17, eight members of the KSRSG along with ten family members living in Ottawa gathered at the bottom of the escalators of the arrivals area at the airport in Ottawa. There were cheers and tears when the 12 family members appeared at the top of the escalators and hugs all around once they reached the bottom.

Though they were exhausted from many hours of travel, not to mention years of waiting, there was a tremendous outpouring of gratitude offered to everyone involved. Finally they were safe, and reunited with other family members whom they had not seen for years.

The KSRSG has also been informed that a person they have sponsored as a refugee from Syria will be arriving in Ottawa before the end of June. They also await the arrival of others from Syria and Afghanistan whom they have sponsored.

For more information or to support the efforts of the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group, please contact Rev. Grant Dillenbeck at 613-836-4962 or at minister@primus.ca.

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Historic Green’s Hotel on Stittsville Main for sale at $1.4-million

(ABOVE: File photo by Barry Gray.)

The only heritage-designed building on Stittsville Main Street is up for sale.

The brick building that’s home to Hudson Insurance at 1510 Stittsville Main Street is listed for $1.4-million.  It’s also home to Robin’s Nail Salon and Studio Esthetics.

“Iconic Heritage mixed use Building in the heart of Stittsville. This all brick building with wrap around porch features a mix of office, retail, and residential units. The extra deep 464 foot lot allows for the possibility to expand the building in the future. Plenty of on site parking,” according to the real estate listing.
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GAIA JAVA: John Hanson and Sally Robinson on June 24

The duo of John Hanson and Sally Robinson have not graced our stage before, but they come very well-recommended by people who know!

Sally’s background is in Classical music. She has a Bachelor of Music degree and works as a freelance musician.  She is as an accompanist with the Ottawa Children’s Choir and has a teaching studio in her home, where she gives piano lessons. As well, she leads singalongs at Retirement Homes and plays weddings and background music with other musicians. Continue reading

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