Deadline for the Carp Landfill Community Liaison Committee extended to January 5

The deadline to apply to become a member of the Carp Landfill Community Liaison Committee (CLCLC) has been extended to January 5, 2015.

The CLCLC provides members of the community the opportunity to question, comment and provide suggestions on Waste Management’s landfill facility and operations on Carp Road.

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“Overwhelming response” from Stittsville Public School and community

(Above: Stittsville Public School student Ella S. helps sort some of the many donations received.)

When my eight year old daughter suggested that we “adopt-a-family” from the Food Cupboard on behalf of her grade three class at Stittsville Public School, I thought to myself: “Sure! Why not! What a great little project to do with her classmates”.

Her teacher was immediately supportive, and the initiative grew to include over half the classes at SPS, with nine families being “adopted” by our school. The “little project” became a task of gargantuan proportions, but the payoff was priceless.

I strive to teach my children by example. I hope that they grow into giving, thoughtful and compassionate adults, with a strong sense of social responsibility, and an understanding of the important role of community in an individual’s life. The idea of “adopting” a family appealed to me as a way to include my children in giving to others, and in understanding how very lucky we are.

I started by sending a note home to the parents in each of the classes who had adopted a family. My email was quickly bombarded with offers, sentiments of support, and gratitude that the students were being exposed to something so important. Donations started to flood in faster than I could pick them up, and I was making stops at the school almost every day to pick up items from the classrooms. I had parents emailing and offering to shop for me; to come over and organize groceries in my basement; to have their children take notices door to door to the neighbours to get the community involved too.

Courtney B. and Cole B.
Courtney B. and Cole B.

I was touched to receive an email from a mom who told me that her grade 5 twins, Courtney B and Cole B, had enthusiastically gone out and purchased items for their families with their allowances.

When my neighbour found out what I was up to, he dropped four frozen turkeys off to be given to the families. I told my doctor what my daughter had started, and her office staff held a bake sale to contribute funds to the purchase of the Christmas dinners.

 

Grade 5 student Marie H. with a scarf that she knit.
Grade 5 student Maria H. with a scarf that she knit.

 

Another grade 5 student emailed me with a heartwarming question: would it be okay if she knit scarves to donate to the grandma and grandpa who had been adopted in her classroom? She worked very hard to complete gorgeous, handmade items to be included in her basket My fourth child’s preschool teacher volunteered herself and her two sons to do the grocery shopping for the baskets, as well as to help me pack the items and deliver them to the Food Cupboard.

A member of a church in our community showed up on my porch with a $400 donation. Another SPS student donated a $100 gift card for groceries from her church as well. I was contacted by two local banks who found out about what we were up to, and wanted to donate funds to our cause. A local baker brought me nine dozen cupcakes for the families’ desserts. A fellow Stittsville mom spent her Sunday baking meat pies.

A grade three student came to my house, held out her mittened hand and gave me a twoonie that she had just received from her Grandma. She wanted to know if she could help me sort food, instead of give money, as they did not have much to give. She, her Mom and her Grandma came back after school the next day, and saved me hours of work in sorting, had I had to do it on my own.

A mom and her grade three son came to help and I overheard her tearing up as she hugged her son and told him: “what we are looking at here is Christmas for nine families. Can you just imagine how wonderful this will be for them?” As they left, the mom thanked me for providing them with the opportunity to help.

Who could have imagined the response would be so great? I was nervous to send my letters home to the SPS families, hoping that no one would feel I was forcing them to donate to my cause. I would never have predicted that not only would I receive overwhelming response from the school, but that the community would reach out to me, unprompted, and provide more than I could have asked for.

As for my desire to lead by example and teach my children through my actions? My children have been witness to this outpouring of kindness. They helped me carry and sort the donations. They welcomed strangers into our home, and assisted with whatever tasks these people had come to do. They saw their peers and their community giving so much to those in need, and they have learned even more than I could have hoped.

In the words of some of our grade six students: “It is great to help families in need… it inspires everyone. It is not just for the families who need help, but also for us, because it inspires us to help others. It helps our community and school to understand the importance of giving to others. Stittsville Public School is PROUD to support adopt-a-family for the Food Cupboard!” –Sabrina L., Ally G., Grace M., Tanner G.

The staff, students and parents at Stittsville Public have overwhelmed me with their support and generosity. This year we are supporting nine families: who knows how many we will be able to help in the future! I would like to extend a sincere “Thank You!” to all the SPS staff, students and families, as well as those in the Stittsville community as a whole, who have made this possible.


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Parking reduction at GRC on Tuesday due to pool renovations

Part of the parking lot at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex will be closed on Tuesday, December 16.

Ruiter Construction will be having steel delivered for the ongoing pool renovations.  There will be a crane and two 50-foot trailers. Signage will be posted to notify clients of reduced parking for that day, according to city councillor Shad Qadri.


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Minto asks residents to help name new Stittsville community (sponsored)

Minto is asking Stittsville residents to help name their new community just north of Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  They’re holding a naming contest with a $500 prize to Brown’s Independent up for grabs.

Minto’s community is just west of the existing Jackson Trails, and sales are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2015.  The community will include 450 homes, with about 60% single homes and 40% townhomes.   It’s Minto’s first development in Stittsville.

The naming contest is open now and runs until January 11, 2015.  You can enter the contest at www.mintostittsville.com.

Minto says this contest is a chance to be a part of Stittsville history. The company has been involved in residential development in Ottawa for almost 60 years and this is their first development in Stittsville.

Minto calls the new development a “master-planned communtiy”, which will include a large neighbourhood park.  It’s also close to shops and services, transit and nature.

Minto is also building the nearby Arcadia neighbourhood in Kanata, just north of the Queensway along Huntmar.

For updates on the new Stittsville community and special offers, you can sign up to Minto’s email newsletter at www.mintostittsville.com.

(Article sponsored by Minto.)


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Sens move to downtown would create opportunity for Kanata/Stittsville, says planner

(Above: Workers install the new Canadian Tire Centre sign in August 2013.)

The lead planner of the master plan for Kanata West says that if the Sens ever move to Lebreton Flats, it could present a big opportunity for the area.

Ted Fobert is a partner with Fotenn Consultants and was the lead planner and program manager for the Kanata West Concept Plan. That plan was created in the late 1990’s to guide the development of west end of Kanata, centred around the NHL arena (now Canadian Tire Centre). Continue reading


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LETTER: Fernbank and Flewellyn have always been wet

Re: Property values drained by wetland designation

I’m 60 years old. I grew up in Stittsville. When I was a young boy we didn’t have garbage pick-up in Stittsville. On weekends I would often go with my father in the family car on Fernbank Road west of Stittsville to a Goulbourn Township dump in the far west part of Lot 16, Concession 10, on the northerly side of Fernbank Road to get rid of our garbage. Continue reading


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PHOTO: Fire Station #46 makes a donation to the Stittsville Food Bank

The crew from Fire Station 46 on Iber Road visited the Stittsville Food Bank earlier this week to make a donation. The holiday season is one of the busiest times for the food bank, and any non-perishable items or cash donations are appreciated. For more info visit stittsvillefoodbank.ca


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Council adopts key dates for 2015 budget process

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The City of Ottawa has finalized key dates for the 2015 budget timetable and multi-ward public consultations.

2015 tax-supported budget timetable

The City’s 2015 draft operating and capital budgets will be tabled with City Council at a special meeting on Wednesday, February 4. Council will also receive draft budgets for each Standing Committee as well as Police, Transit, Public Health, Library, Crime Prevention and Committee of Adjustment.

City Council has directed that the 2015 draft budget for all City tax-supported programs be prepared on the basis of a maximum 2 per cent tax increase.

Before Council considers final budget recommendations on Wednesday, March 11, there will be several opportunities for public consultation.

  • Mayor Jim Watson will launch an online pre-budget public consultation starting in mid-December, asking residents to provide input via email at budget2015@ottawa.ca and through Twitter by using hash tag #ottbudget.
  • Residents will be invited to attend one of four regional public consultations hosted by the City, to learn more about and comment on the proposed budget, dates and locations to be announced.
  • All Standing Committees of Council, along with the Transit Commission, Police Services Board, Library Board and Board of Public Health, will hold meetings to consider the 2015 draft budget for their respective areas and listen to public delegations on the budget:
  • Environment Committee – Tax-supported – Tuesday, February 17
  • Transit Commission – Wednesday, February 18
  • Community and Protective Services Committee – Thursday, February 19
  • Police Services Board – Monday, February 23
  • Planning Committee – Tuesday, February 24
  • Finance and Economic Development Committee – Tuesday, March 3
  • Transportation Committee – Wednesday, March 4
  • Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee – Thursday, March 5
  • Audit Committee – Date to be announced
  • IT Sub-committee – Date to be announced
  • Public Health Board – Date to be announced
  • Ottawa Public Library – Date to be announced

2015 rate-supported (water and sewer) budget timetable

The Environment Committee will consider the draft budget for the services supported by water and sewer rates during the same time period as the tax-supported budget. The Committee will listen to public delegations and deliberate on both the tax- and rate-supported budgets on Tuesday, February 17. The Environment Committee recommendations on the draft 2015 rate-supported budget would then rise to Council for its consideration on Wednesday, March 11.


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Double-bill of Christmas music this Friday at Gaia Java

This week Gaia Java brings you two groups singing a cappella music for the holidays – both with strong local interest.

If you are there at 7pm you will hear the cheerful group of youngsters pictured above. They’ve been busy for the last several weeks learning a number of traditional Christmas songs (Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer etc.) under the direction of Katelyn Osmand-Deveraux at our local West End Music School here in Stittsville. So please come in and encourage them in their vocal aspirations and seasonal spirit.

Then around 7:30 you will have a chance to hear one of the Gaia Java owners singing! Paul Jay and his wife Susan, one of our regulars John, and one of our erstwhile baristas Derek, get together weekly and learn tunes with nine other friends in the cappella group HARMONIC GENERATION.

On Sunday 14th at 2:30pm we are giving a concert of our pop and Christmas repertoire, singing in the  generous acoustic of the chapel at St Paul’s University in Ottawa. Tickets are on sale at the shop, and we will be sharing the proceeds of the concert with Gaia Java’s favourite good cause: the AZBGC Community project in Kamengo, Uganda through CACHA.

So on Friday we will preview for you some of our pop/folk arrangements as well as some of the Christmas songs we are planning for Sunday. We plan to include a new song for which we just did a video with a local star who will be a guest at our Sunday concert! Check out the video:

Coming up on December 19: a return performance from Keli Jay and Mollie Roy (back from their vocal studies at Queens Univ) PLUS an info session and update of our ongoing support of the community project in Kamengo, Uganda through the gifts of your spare change and donations.


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New winter golf studio launched in Stittsville

(Above: Chris Bernard has more than 40 years of experience in the golf industry. Photo by Ron Patey

The new Chris Bernard Golf Academy Winter Studio is up and running in the heart of Stittsville.

“We’re open and welcoming golfers at 1498 Stittsville Main St. where players of all levels will be able to swing away in three hitting bays, use a state-of-the-art putting green and we will view and record swings on the latest FlightScope and V1 Swing technology,” said Bernard, who recently joined the staff at the Canadian Golf and Country Club. Continue reading


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Petition to rename Palladium Drive to Alfredsson Way closes in on 2,000 signatures

Alfie's back!
“Alfie’s Back” – photo by Derek Mellon, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group. (Click for full size.)

A fan petition to rename Palladium Drive that started only five days ago already has nearly 2,000 signatures.  Organizers want to name it in honour of former Sens player Daniel Alfredsson, who retired last week. Continue reading


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OPINION: Closing Munster school would be detrimental to community

Stittsville resident Omar Sultan attended Wednesday’s public meeting about the future of Munster Elementary School.  He is the president of Munster Cooperative Nursery School.


 

Approximately 180 people turned out December 3 to discuss the future of Munster Elementary School, located in the little Hamlet of Munster.

The school is currently experiencing all-time low enrollment numbers.  A study was commissioned to bring forth valid options to increase numbers. The most likely option was to make EFI programming available in this currently all-English school. Continue reading


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