Fat Tuesdays applies for liquor permit at Kanata Centrum location

UPDATE (March 28): The restaurant will open in Kanata in summer 2016.

Fat Tuesdays has applied for a liquor license at 625 Kanata Avenue, the former location of the late Skirt Stake restaurant at Kanata Centrum.

This will be the bar’s second location in Ottawa. The original location is on York Street in they Byward Market, and is famous for their duelling pianos show and New Orleans inspired menu.

We did reach out to Fat Tuesdays management but so far they’re keeping their cards pretty close to their chest about when the Kanata location will open.


Over 700 homes and apartment units proposed for new south Stittsville subdivision

Aerial map from the application documents showing the location of the development at the corner of Fernbank and Shea
Aerial map from the application documents showing the location of the development at the corner of Fernbank and Shea

There’s a zoning bylaw amendment and plan of subdivision posted to the City of Ottawa’s web site this week for a new housing development in on the south west corner of Fernbank and Shea Roads. Continue reading


Book release and signing on August 5

(press release)

Book junkies take notice. Long-time writer of short stories, a successful memoir and several children’s books, Molly O’Connor, will be featuring her new novel, When Secrets Become Lies, in Brown’s Independent Grocer’s Community Room, on Wednesday, August 5. She will be joined by Diane LaRocque, author of Daniel Martin and the Sea Devil’s Playground. Both authors will be speaking of their novels and avid readers can acquire signed copies. Continue reading


Permits are required for all open air fires

(via the City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa wants to remind residents that open air fires of any kind are prohibited without an Open Air Fire Permit.

An open air fire refers to the burning of untreated wood, tree limbs and branches where the flame is not wholly contained. The City’s Open Air Fire By-law prohibits the use of campfires, brush fires, burn drums, windrows and outdoor fireplaces within City limits. Barbecues are permitted.

Definitions for all these terms, and further details about Open Air Fire Permits, can be found on the City’s website, ottawa.ca.

While open air burning may seem to be harmless, it has the potential to cause visible haze, health problems, air pollution and nuisance concerns.

Even residents who possess a permit are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire permits are available at all Client Service Centres and Ottawa Fire Services’ Rural Administrative offices. A list of these sites, hours of operation and more information on fire permits can be found on ottawa.ca or by calling 3-1-1.


Planned power outage on Tuesday morning in Fringewood area

(via Hydro Ottawa)

On Tuesday, July 28, Hydro Ottawa will be in the Fringewood area neighbourhood to perform planned maintenance work. This work will maintain the reliability of the electrical distribution system.

In order to undertake this work safely, a planned power interruption will be required. The planned interruption will take place on Tuesday, July 28 from to 9am to 12pm.

Our qualified staff and contractors will conduct this work safely and efficiently, ensuring that any inconvenience is minimal.

In case of inclement weather, the tentative date to reschedule this work will be July 29, 2015 between the same hours.

Affected streets: Fringewood Drive, Cloverloft Court, Cripple Creek Crescent, Lazy Nol Court


Residents question health of Poole Creek wetland

(Above: Stittsville residents are concerned about the health of the Upper Poole Creek Wetland.  From left to right: Marcos Alvarez, Jonah Alvarez, Andrea Sedgwick, Ken McRae, Sylvie Sabourin, Mila (last name unknown). Photo via Ken McRae, October 2014.)

The Upper Poole Creek wetland is one of Stittsville’s greatest natural features. So many of us walk our dogs, jog, cycle or otherwise explore the Trans Canada Trail, and stop at the observation deck to look out over the marsh.

Sometimes you’ll see turtles, small fish, frogs, birds. It’s about a kilometre west of suburban boundary of Stittsville, and some of the best views are at sunrise and sunset. Continue reading


Tartan Kitchen is the latest victim to food truck break-ins

The Tartan Kitchen food truck. Photo by Jordan Mady.
The Tartan Kitchen food truck. Photo by Jordan Mady.

Someone broke into the Tartan Kitchen Food Truck on Hazeldean Road overnight on Saturday, but nothing was taken, and nothing was broken.

It’s at least the third food truck to be broken into over the past few weeks. ‘Wiches Cauldron and Pong’s Poutine were broken into earlier in July.


John Curry wins Goulbourn Museum’s Heritage Advocacy Award

(via the Goulbourn Museum)

The Goulbourn Museum’s Board of Directors had to work behind the scenes to surprise one of its own directors with this year’s Heritage Advocacy Award. John Curry has been instrumental in the Goulbourn Museum’s success and Kathryn Jamieson, Curator Manager, and the Museum’s Chairperson, Keith Hobbs, presented him with the award at last night’s Evening of Appreciation.

John became a founding member of the Museum when the Museum became an independent body in 2010. He began by serving as Treasurer with the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s Board of Directors in 1991. After nine years as Treasurer, he joined the Museum Committee for another nine years before becoming a Director with the Goulbourn Museum.


Charges laid following sexual assaults at Kanata wave pool

(Press release from Ottawa Police.)

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section (SACA) has charged an Ottawa man for sex assault offences in relation to incidents with two young girls at the Kanata Wave Pool on July 23, 2015.

A 30-year-old Ottawa man is facing two counts of Sexual Interference and two counts of Sexual Assault. He will appear in court this morning.

SACA investigators believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call Ottawa Police’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944.   Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app. 


Entrepreneurs open up about Parcelly, a new gift box company

Illena (left) and Dasha Shakov (right) pose with a Parcelly. (Photo by Jordan Mady)

Stittsville resident Dasha Shakov, the 20-year-old CEO of Parcelly, got the idea for her business when she missed a family birthday party overseas.

“A lot of our family is in Russia,” the third-year University of Ottawa business student said. “So we were making this care package to send over and we were thinking ‘why isn’t there an easier way to do this?'” Continue reading


Stittsville Axemen win Willie Putnam memorial tournament

On the weekend of July 1719 the U-12 Stittsville Axemen participated in the 33rd annual Willie Putnam memorial tournament in the towns of Three Mile Bay, Chaumont and Cape Vincent New York and came away victorious once again.

The Willie Putman tournament is in memorial of a 12-year-old who lost his life in a bike accident in 1983. Willie was an avid baseball and hockey player, something that definitely resonates with both the players and parents of the Axemen. This year’s version consisted of 28 teams in two age divisions spread over diamonds in three towns in the Watertown-Cape Vincent area of New York State.

The weekend got off to a positive start results wise in the first game against the South Ottawa Blues. This was a sluggish, sloppy game from the first pitch. If not for the stellar pitching of Ben “Philly” Phillips, striking out seven Blues in three innings pitched, the somewhat lethargic Axemen may have faced a far different result than the final of Stittsville 16, Blues 7. While most of the bats lay dormant, James “JJ” Jenkins ripped a bullet down the right field line for an inside the park homerun. Player of the game as selected by South Ottawa was a deserving Ben Phillips.

Game two saw the Axemen face a determined team from Philadelphia. The Axemen, realizing a more focused effort was needed came to the field with more determination and desperation. The game got off to a somewhat apprehensive start with neither team scoring in the first inning. Philadelphia’s pitching was a far higher calibre than the Axemen had faced in their first game and to their credit the Axemen adjusted and then feasted on their hurlers.

Every player reached base at some point during the six inning contest, highlighted by a bases clearing, three run triple by Matty “Baseball” Roy. Pitching was also effective and efficient. When the starter and long reliever ran out of gas it was time to turn to Owen “O-Dog” Riedel. With confidence and precision the Phillies were dispatched of in the last inning to preserve the win. Philadelphia selected a happy and worthy Matthew Roy as player of the game.

Sunday brought blue skies, high temperatures and a great diamond as the setting for the championship game. The opponent was APW, a team made up of Select players from 3 towns in the Syracuse area. From the first pitch it was apparent this was going to be a highly competitive game. Pitching on both sides was stellar. Ryan “Dex” Dexter fanned four batters through his 2, 1-3rd innings and left the game with zeros on the scoreboard for APW. After 2 innings the scoreless game needed a play and it got it off the bat of Peyton “Pedro” Hernandez. A hard hit triple over the centre fielder began the momentum of what would be a three run inning for the Axemen. Defence played a key role in this game for Stittsville. Two hard hit balls down the third base line, one in the 2nd, the other in the 5th, were professionally dealt with by Aiden “curly” Wilson. Both hits could have been game changers.

The fourth inning saw the Axemen jump out to a 7-2 lead. APW’s starting pitcher gave way to a rather large fireballer. This did not faze Ethan “Jellytime” Jelley who promptly led off with a solid hit (his second of the game). This was the catalyst to another rally, one in which the Axemen would score 4 to bring the total to 7.

Anton “mooshie” Moshchensky also collected his second solid hit of a well-pitched game and went on to score what would turn out to be the pivotal 7th run for Stittsville. APW were a determined bunch and chipped away at what was once a 7-2 lead. In the sixth and final inning with a one run lead it was time to run the ball over to Johnny “Bones” Bonnar. The first batter hit a bullet down the first bag line. Alex “Axe” Kelk heroically managed to get his glove on a piece of it and his body on the rest. A truly great baseball play in a clutch situation! With 2 out and a runner on first the game was over on a caught stealing play at 2nd until overturned by the home plate umpire.

The players, out on the field celebrating, had to re-group both mentally and physically to get the last out. Bones needed 3 pitches-all strikes-to get the job done. Strikeout, game over. Stittsville Axemen, 2015 Willie Putman Champions. A jubilant and sore Alex Kelk was named player of the game.