Ottawa Fire will be knocking on doors June 1-8 to check on smoke alarms

(Press release via the City of Ottawa.)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) firefighters will be out in the community during the first week of June to encourage residents to install, test and ensure that smoke alarms in their homes are operating.

June 1 to 8 is the first of two eight-day blitzes OFS plans for 2015 as part of its annual Wake Up campaign. The second blitz will take place in the fall.

During this period homes throughout the city will receive visits from firefighters. The Ontario Fire Code requires homes to have a working smoke alarm on each floor and a working carbon monoxide alarm in each home.

Homeowners who need new or additional alarms will be given information on how to acquire one. Homeowners who do not have any working alarms may have one immediately installed for them, or be provided with new batteries.

Visits will take place between 6 and 8 p.m. on weekdays and between 2 and 4 p.m. on weekends. Firefighters will be in uniform and residents are not obligated to provide them access to their home. This is a courtesy call only.

Subdivisions built in the last five years are less likely to receive visits. If no one is home when OFS comes calling, fire safety information will be left in the mailbox.

Firefighters visit Ottawa homes in this manner year round and have been doing so since the Wake Up program began in 2005. For more information visit


Garage fire on Upper Dwyer Hill Road

Via Ottawa Fire:

Ottawa Fire Dispatch received multiple 911 calls reporting a house on fire at 1195 Upper Dwyer Hill. The calls came in at approximately 19:59 this evening. Upon arrival, the crews reported that the garage was fully involved and was spreading to the trees. A working fire was put in immediately at 20:03. It was confirmed that the garage was a detached garage about 12ft x 20ft. It was about 200ft from the house. It was reported that there was a truck in the garage that was also fully involved. The fire had spread to a wood pile and some trees nearby. There was no damage to the house. Approximate damages to the garage and truck are $60,000. No one was home at the time of the fire. An under control time was put in at 20:18 and a loss stopped at 20:37. The cause is still undetermined at this time.

(All photos via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.)

Fire on Dwyer Hill Road, May 27. Photo via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.

Fire on Dwyer Hill Road, May 27. Photo via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.

Fire on Dwyer Hill Road, May 27. Photo via Todd Horricks / Ottawa Fire.


PHOTO: Iber Road from above at night

Here’s a different perspective on Iber Road. This photo from Front Page Media Group was taken at around 9:00pm on Tuesday night. It’s looking north towards Hazeldean Road. The auto park across from Scotiabank Place is all lit up in the upper-left corner, and the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills are in the distance in the upper right.

Leon Switzer from Front Page Media Group says that the photo was part of a test shot for their new DJI Inspire 1 drone. He wanted to test the camera quality in lower light in a safe environment.

Iber Road, 9pm on May 27. Photo by Front Page Media Group.
Iber Road, 9pm on May 27. Photo by Front Page Media Group.


Bus trip to Kingston to visit Sir John A’s house

(From the Goulbourn Historical Society.)

There are a few spaces still left on a bus trip to Kingston planned for  Saturday June 27 to celebrate the 200thanniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth year.  The highlight will be a visit to Sir John A’s home, Bellevue House,  a National Historic Site run by Parks Canada.  Costumed interpreters give the tour.

The trip is being organized by the Goulbourn Historical Society but is open to the general public.  Cost of the trip is $40 and the bus will leave Stittsville at 8:30 a.m. and return between 5:30 and 6 p.m.  Tour organizer is Marion Gullock and reservations and arrangements for payment can be made by emailing her at

The trip will also include a short walking tour of a few of Kingston’s historic buildings plus the beautiful City Hall, built in 1840.  Later there’ll be a visit to the Kingston Penitentiary museum.  Lunch will be at The Bistro near Lake Ontario and participants can choose and pay for their lunches individually.  Bellevue House also has lovely gardens and there will be time to visit those too.  This will be a great way to start the summer tourist season off!


Unsung Hero Apparel celebrates grand opening on May 30

Unsung Hero Apparel is holding a grand opening on Saturday, May 30 for their new bricks-and-mortar retail location at 67 Iber Road.  They’ll also be releasing their new line of summer clothing.

The clothing line was created in 2009 but up until now the brand has  sold mostly through their web site, and at Play It Again Sports locations in Ottawa.

The company describes their clothing as “nspired by the daily grind with the durability to sustain any vigorous activity”, and says their brand “celebrates the determination, drive, courage and perseverance of those who strive to be their best, day in and day out.”


Ed Taylor and Bill Hein play Gaia Java on May 29

Ed Taylor
Ed Taylor

It’s always fun to listen to a couple of good acoustic guitarists intertwining their styles and melodies together. This week you can hear Ed and Bill perform an assortment of original songs and favourite covers of classic rock, folk, blues, and country.

Ed is a musical raconteur at heart. His songs are stories that reflect the human condition: our triumphs and failures, our joys and sorrows, what we gain and what we lose, our sufferings and our blessings, the evil that can entrap us, and the good that can save us, and of course, the affairs of love. For over ten years Ed played in the MidLife Crisis Rock ‘n Roll Band, a local band that performed at corporate functions and special events throughout the Ottawa area.

“MidLife was fun. We were middle aged guys reliving dreams and having a blast. We had such great vocal harmonies. In ‘94 we travelled to Liverpool, England, and played the Cavern Club during Beatlesfest. It was exceptional. Imagine … playing the Cavern … Liverpool … the city where the Beatles played! Wow!”

As a member of MidLife Crisis, he also performed ‘Canada Day’ in Kanata when the band opened for Canadian recording artist, ‘Valdy’, and again for ‘The Pete Best Band’ from Liverpool (Pete Best was the Beatles’ drummer before Ringo). Ed is a member of the Songwriters Association of Canada.

Bill is an amazing guitarist, songwriter, and artist. Years ago, he was the guitar player for the Riffs, a local Ottawa band especially popular over at the Carleton University Commons, not to mention street parties in the Glebe. Bill was also a lead guitarist for MidLife Crisis and added much to the vocal and musical depth of the band. Although his style is deeply rooted in the Blues and classic rock, Bill is currently into Bluegrass and Country Pickin’. An adventurous guitarist, he is eager to explore new and various approaches and forms.

Ed warned me that there is a possibility that some of their musical friends may show up to support and possibly even join in, so come for what promises to be a great even of guitar music!

Ed Taylor with Bill Hein, May 29, 2015 at 7:00pm at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street.


Condo development proposed for Livery Street

The City of Ottawa has received a Site Plan and Plan of Condominium application to develop residential condominiums on Livery Street in the Blackstone area.

The plan calls for eight stacked townhouse blocks and three 3-storey low-rise apartment buildings.

So far that’s the only information posted to the City’s development application web site. We’ll post more info when it’s available.


PHOTOS: Sacred Heart relay raises nearly $17k

Sacred Heart High School students hosted their first-ever Relay for Life fundraising event on Friday and it was a big success, raising at least $16,800 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Despite cold and windy weather, participants walked laps draped in blankets and huddled together to stay warm.

The day started off with an opening ceremony where a few survivors from the community shared their cancer stories and led the first lap around the track.

A luminary ceremony started once it got dark that had almost everyone in tears. Students shared what it was like to watch their loved ones battle cancer and in some cases die from the disease.

“It was very emotional and touching to see how many students are affected by cancer and it just goes to show how all the participants were there for the right reason: they were there to fight back, to honour the survivors and remember those who lost their battle,” wrote Grade 12 student Anna Ploeg in an email to

“By the end of the evening all participants felt close as if we were all a little family. Students approached me and thanked me for the amazing day and told me that they were for sure going to participate again next year and recruit more of their friends to join too,” wrote Ploeg.

“The relay committee and myself owe a big thank you to our corporate sponsors. To OzDome for their fantastic facility and being so incredibly accommodating, they have already promised to host Sacred’s Relay event next year! To Giant Tiger who were so willing and excited to help the cause, Giant Tiger donated a generous amount and Friendly the tiger stopped by to say hello to all the students. And finally Combat Networks who also gave a generous donation and helped sort the cans for the food banks that students brought with to the sign in tent, staff from the company stopped by several times throughout the evening and offered to help with anything that needed to get done,” wrote Ploeg.

Although the event is over, students are still collecting donations. people can still donate online.

Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life.
Anna Ploeg speaks to Relay for Life participants.

Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life. Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life.

Sacred Heart students raised nearly $17,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society at this year's Relay for Life.



Local choir to participate in international military tattoo

(Press release from the Canadian Military Wives Choir)

The Canadian Military Wives Choir (CMWC) are Hamilton bound! The choir is honored to have been invited to participate in the Canadian International Military Tattoo. The Tattoo highlights performances from military musical groups from around the world, and this year is taking place on May 30-31 at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ont.

The Choir, which practices regularly in Stittsville, began less than two years ago based on the tremendous success of the Military Wives Choir movement in the United Kingdom. In this short amount of time the group has grown from 14 to 54 military spouses and have participated in numerous events including a touching performance in the Senate during the National Day of Honor to mark the end of Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

The Tattoo will give the choir their largest live performance to date. They will be performing a carefully selected set of four songs, three of which were written specifically for the Military Wives Choir movement. “These songs are a wonderful interpretation of life as a military spouse and what it means to be part of a Military Wives Choir”, says Sue Palmer, Choir President.

The CMWC are also very excited to confirm that the Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir from the United Kingdom and WO1 Gary Chilton of The Band of the Army Air Corps and a former member of the group The Soldiers, will also be joining them for the Tattoo. This collaboration between countries vividly demonstrates what the International Military Tattoo is all about.

The Canadian Military Wives Choir would like to thank their supporters and donors whose generous donations have made it possible for the choir t take part in the Tattoo, these include VIA Rail, Porter Airlines BMO Stittsville and Defence Construction Canada.

For more information and details about the Canadian International Military Tattoo please visit,

For more information and details about the Canadian Military Wives Choir please visit, or find us on Facebook at Canadian Military Wives’ Choir and follow us on twitter @CanadianMWC.


West Ottawa Soccer launches video about parents on the sidelines

The West Ottawa Soccer Club has released a new video featuring young soccer players telling what they love – and don’t love – about parents at soccer games.

“This candid and insightful window into what children and youth have experienced during soccer games illustrates the importance for parents to stay positive, not yell or provide instruction, and let the coaches do the coaching,” wrote programs co-ordinator Sue Holland in an email to parents.

“Being a parent of 3 boys who have played at various levels with WOSC I know your child’s coach appreciates the support that you provide on and off the pitch. After viewing this video, I am reminded how important it is for all adults in these athletes lives to be aligned around what matters most … for athletes to have the best possible experience while playing the beautiful game of soccer. Thank you for your ongoing support as we look to proactively support athletes in a positive way,” wrote Holland.


Latest plan for Stittsville Main Street ‘a vast improvement’

(Above: City of Ottawa planner Mark Young presented highlights from the new draft plan for Stittsville Main Street at a public meeting on May 20.)

The latest draft of the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan (CDP) is getting a very warm reception from residents.

About 100 people attended a standing room only open house at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Wednesday night to hear about the latest version of the plan.  Once approved, the CDP will provide a framework for development along the Stittsville Main Street corridor (roughly from the library to Hazeldean Road) over the next 20 or more years. Continue reading


Big summer craft show planned for old Hazeldean Target location


Two local show organizers,  Creative Creations Events (Carleton Place) and the OVCC (Ottawa) have joined forces to create one of the largest summer craft shows the city has ever seen.

Scheduled for July 25 and 26, the event – entitled “HOMEmade Sizzle” – will be held at a location where one would normally not expect to find local artisans and crafters: the former “Target” store at the Hazeldean Mall in Kanata.

Last Friday, Creative Creations approached the OVCC with a proposal to team up for this event that will showcase the work of well over 100 artists, artisans and crafters – all local! Both organizing parties felt that rather than competing, they could organize a much stronger event to showcase the creativity of the city by working together.

More info…


Ribfest planned for Walter Baker Park in Kanata this September

Walter Baker Park in Kanata will host Ribfest from September 10-13, 2015.  (Note the change of dates – originally it was scheduled for September 17-20.)

The event is being organized by Les Gagne, a former executive director of the Sparks Street Business Improvement Association.  Sparks Street has hosted their own popular Ribfest event for years.

This event will be the second of two Ribfest events Gagne is putting together. Another one will run at City Hall from July 3-August 3. Gagne also organized an independent poutine festival at Ottawa City Hall earlier this month.

More info about the event can be found here…


Summer swim registration begins for Goulbourn Recreation Complex pool

UPDATE (June 11): In an updated provided to the Stittsville Vallage AssociationShad Qadri said the swimming pool at Goulbourn Rec Centre will open for public swimming June 29, and for swimming lessons on July 4. They’ll be an official re-opening event on July 4 as well.


The City of Ottawa is advertising summer swimming classes on their web site at the Goulbourn Recreation Pool, starting July 4.  That puts the pool roughly on track for the late June completion of construction that was promised last fall.

Continue reading


NEW: Young Artist of the Month Contest

CALLING ALL STITTSVILLE ARTISTS!  If you’re 14 years of age or younger, we want to invite you to enter our Young Artist of the Month contest.  This month’s theme is “SUMMER”, and the winner will get their creation professionally framed by Walkerworks Picture Framing at the corner of Stittsville Main & Beverly.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Have your parents scan or take a photo of a piece of art that you’ve recently created.  It should be a drawing or a painting.  (Minimum size 1200 pixels wide, and maximum file size 5MB please!)
  2. Email it to us at before June 22, 2015.  Be sure to include the name of the artist (first and last name), the medium (drawing, painting, pastel, etc.), what school you go to and what grade you’re in.
  3. The art will be judged by staff based on creativity, use of colour, technique and a link to the theme.
  4. One entry per artist please!
  5. We’ll showcase some of the artwork leading up to the deadline, and then announce the winner by June 29.  The winner will have their artwork professionally framed. Frame selection and design will be at the discretion of Walkerworks Picture Framing.

GOOD LUCK! If you have any questions please email

Summer, by Maddie & Brie. Pencil crayons on paper.   Grade 2, Stittsville Public School.
Summer, by Maddie & Brie. Pencil crayon on paper. Grade 2, Stittsville Public School.