55-year-old b-boy represents Stittsville at hip hop festival

He doesn’t fit the usual hip hop stereotypes. He’s 55 years old, has a head of thinning grey hair, and he lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in Stittsville.

Steve “Buddha” Leafloor is a Canadian hip hop pioneer and a social worker who’s  worked with troubled teens in the arctic and in maximum security prisons. This weekend he’s taking part in the House of PainT festival in Ottawa, a three-day event celebrating art, music, dance and fashion.

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Public Meeting re: 173 Huntmar on September 9

The City of Ottawa is holding a Public Meeting on September 9 to discuss a proposed plan of subdivision for 173 Huntmar Drive.  The property is just north of Fairwinds, on Huntmar Road between Maple Grove and Palladium.

The meeting is at 7:00pm at the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena (10 Warner-Colpitts Lane, off Stittsville Main).

The plan of subdivision includes a mixed-use development with 13 low rise apartment buildings, 12 townhouses blocks and two four storey commercial buildings with retail on the ground floor and office uses above.”  (More here…)

The property includes a 19th century stone farmhouse known as “Boyd House” that would be preserved as a commercial building, along with the land immediately surrounding it. One of the reports recommends saving the trees around the house, as well as the long line of trees along the north lane way.

Boyd House, Fall 2013
Boyd House, Fall 2013. Photo by Glen Gower

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Stittsville sisters’ swimming school celebrates success

Two Stittsville students are wrapping up a second succesful season for their swimming lesson business.

Caitlin (above left) and Kylie Negus taught about 150 students this summer at Stittsville Swim, a business they run in the backyard of their parents’ home in Granite Ridge.  Caitlin, 19 and Kylie, 17, started the business in 2013 after hearing about a similar program in Oshawa.

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Are you on the voters’ list? Here’s how to find out

The City of Ottawa is advising residents to check that their names are on the voters’ list in order to to avoid any delays at the voting place when you make your mark in this fall’s municipal election.

You can access the voters’ list online at ottawa.ca/vote, or by calling 3-1-1 or the Elections Office at 613-580-2660, or visiting any Client Service Centre. The list identifies people eligible to vote in the 2014 City of Ottawa municipal election by name, address, school support and residency status.

You can vote in the municipal elections if, on voting day, you are:

  • An Ottawa resident or an owner or tenant of land in the city boundaries
  • A spouse of such an owner or tenant
  • A Canadian citizen
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Not prohibited from voting by law.

If your name is not on the list or is incorrect, you can download and complete the form – entitled “Application to Add or Amend My Name to the Voters’ List” and mail it to the City of Ottawa’s Elections Office (1221 Cyrville Road, Unit B, Ottawa, K1J 7S8) or drop it off at any Client Service Centre by September 16.

After September 16, you can bring your completed form with you to your voting place on voting day. However, you are encouraged to submit changes by the deadline to avoid any delays when you vote.

Voter Notifications will be mailed to qualified voters on the Voters’ List, informing them of when and where to vote. You should bring the notification with you when you vote, along with ID that contains your name and Ottawa address. A complete list of acceptable ID can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

For more election information, visit ottawa.ca/vote, follow on Twitter (@ottawavote) or download the free mobile Ottawa Elections 2014 app in the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, and Google Play.

Voting day is Monday, October 27, 2014, with advance voting starting on October 1.


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Site Plan Control submitted for 109 Iber Road

A Site Plan Control has been submitted to the City of Ottawa for 109 Iber Road, just south of the building that’s home to Dragon’s Lair Beads:

“The building is proposed to be a one-storey structure 2,016 square metres in size. 53 at-grade parking spaces and 1 loading space are proposed. A fire access route will encircle the building. The stormwater management pond will be situated between the front of the building and Iber Road along which 6 deciduous trees will be planted.”

You can read more background and documentation here…

The City is accepting comments on the plan. You can contact Patricia   Macmillan at 613-580-2424 x13799.

109 Iber Road


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Six back-to-school traffic safety tips from the Ottawa police

Ottawa Police are reminding motorists and pedestrians to be aware of the extra children and youth on city streets over the next few days.

Kids will be returning to school and will be busing, walking and riding their bikes to their destinations.  Police offer these safety tips:

  1. Reduce speeds in school zones and be ready to stop at any time. Children do not always notice oncoming traffic.
  2. Obey school bus signals.
  3. Walk on available sidewalks.
  4. Always cross at intersections, looking and listening for traffic and walk across only when road is clear and safe to do so.
  5. Follow adult crossing guards, student crossing patrols and school bus operator’s signals.
  6. Always wear a helmet when riding a bike and walk your bike across a roadway.

For more safety tips, click here.


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