COMMENT: Ottawa lags behind in heritage funding

(Above: Dr. Bruce Elliott gives a tour of the St. John’s cemetery on Sandhill Road in Kanata.)

The City of Ottawa needs to step up the resources it provides for preserving heritage buildings in our community. That was a recurring theme at Heritage Ottawa’s annual forum at St. John’s Anglican Church in Kanata on Saturday. Continue reading


Howie Hooper brings his guitar Gaia Java on Friday

Howie has walked his own path to being recognized as a crafter of song. Starting as a performing musician (bassist) in local bands in Ottawa at 13 years of age, he evolved into songwriting many years later. When asked why it took so long he will happily tell you that God gives everyone a gift, but leaves it up to them as when to open it. He gently blends the sounds and rhythms of new country with the traditional country he grew up playing. Blessed with a deep countrified voice, and unique outlook, he is able to cultivate and deliver strong touching stories and memorable hooks that hit you squarely in the chest. Continue reading


LINKED: New Kanata park-and-ride costs $47,000 per spot

Kelly Egan writes in the Ottawa Citizen about overcrowding at OC Transpo’s  Eagleson park-and-ride, the city’s plan for a new lot at the corner of Innovation Drive and Terry Fox Drive in Kanata North, near the Richcraft Recreation Complex:  Continue reading


Residents grill candidates on wide range of issues at debate

Close to 200 people packed a hot Stittsville United Church sanctuary on Monday night, and peppered Carleton candidates with a wide range of questions from terrorism to income splitting.

The debate was organized by the Stittsville Village Association and included Deborah Coyne (Green), Kc Larocque (NDP), Pierre Poilievre (Conservative) and Chris Rodgers (Liberal). Continue reading


Horticultural Society volunteers help clean up Stittsville sign

A group of volunteers took advantage of Saturday’s warm and sunny weather to clean up and landscape the area around the Stittsville sign the corner of Carp Road and Stittsville Main Street.

The activity was organized by the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society. The group also organized a team to do some landscaping around the Stittsville Post Office on Main Street last week. You can find more photos on their Facebook page.

The SGHS runs a number of programs in our community including speaking events, photography competitions, flower shows, garden tours and more.

(A separate group of volunteers was out doing the same at the Glen Cairn signs at the corner of Hazeldean and Castlefrank.)

Volunteers helped clean up the area around the Stittsville sign. Photo via the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society
Volunteers helped clean up the area around the Stittsville sign on Saturday. Photo via the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society


PHOTOS: The 152nd Annual Carp Fair

Thanks to Peter Tremblay from Ottawa Drone Services for sending along these shots of the 152nd annual Carp Fair.  It continues until Sunday.

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The 2015 Carp Fair. Photo by Peter Tremblay / Ottawa Drone Services
Photo by Peter Tremblay / Ottawa Drone Services
The 2015 Carp Fair. Photo by Peter Tremblay / Ottawa Drone Services
Photo by Peter Tremblay / Ottawa Drone Services


LINKED: Sens play road hockey on a Stittsville Street

The Ottawa Citizen had a story this week about Senators roommates Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar, and Chris Wideman.

The trio share a house in Stittsville, and last Sunday they were watching football on tv with teammate Alex Chiasson. A group of neighbourhood kids rang the doorbell, and asked them to join in a road hockey game.

Read more from the Citizen…




Minto opens four new special feature show homes in Arcadia

The Killarney is the first of five Net Zero energy ready homes coming to the Arcadia community.
The Killarney is the first of five Net Zero energy ready homes coming to the Arcadia community.

(Press release from Minto.)

Minto Communities Canada will unveil four new designer-decorated show homes in its Arcadia community, as part of Minto’s line-up of single family homes. The newly designed show homes, in keeping with Minto’s vision to build homes that suit the needs of families today, are available on 30, 36 and 43’ lots across Minto communities in Ottawa. Continue reading


LINKED: Old barn moved from Wakefield to Ashton

CBC has a story today the Ashton Brewing Company buying a barn in Wakefield, Quebec and moving it to Ashton, just west of Stittsville.

“The weathered beams will be re-assembled to make a 6,000-square-foot addition to the existing building. The barn wood is worth thousands of dollars, and rebuilding it in Ashton will cost thousands more — but brewery co-owner M. J. Hodgins is gambling that access to the LCBO, and, eventually, Ontario grocery store shelves will be worth the expense.”

You can read the full story here…

CBC screen shot: Ashton Brewing Company moves barn from Wakefield for expansion


Boil Water Advisory for King’s Park residents in Richmond

(via the City of Ottawa)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a precautionary Boil Water Advisory for users of the King’s Park communal well water system in the village of Richmond. The advisory is being issued due to an equipment malfunction which has resulted in a loss of water pressure in the area.  This advisory affects approximately 215 water users and is in effect until further notice.

City staff are on location 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, the water should be left to cool before being used, or 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.  Bringing the water to a rolling boil for at least one minute will kill the microorganisms.

Additional information is available at, 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).


CANDIDATE Q&A: Deborah Coyne (Green Party)

EDITOR’S NOTE: This week we’ve been publishing short Q&A’s with each candidate. We want to give our readers some background about each person and what motivates them to run for office.  Today we meet Green Party candidate, Deborah Coyne.

A reminder that the Stittsville Village Association is hosting an all-candidates debate on Monday, September 28 at Stittsville United Church. More info…


Do you live in the riding? What neighbourhood? 

I grew up in Ottawa and have lived here on and off over the years. I currently rent an apartment in west Ottawa. Should I have the privilege to be elected the Member of Parliament for Carleton, I will be happy to move into the riding immediately.


Why are you running in this election?

I am committed to providing the thoughtful, principled representation that Carleton needs to serve the next generation – not just the next election.

I am running to get Parliament working again to serve the people of Canada.

For over nine years, Stephen Harper has governed out of the Prime Minister’s office, bypassing Parliament, and worked to shrink the capacity of the federal government to act in the national interest. Under the Harper Conservatives, we are losing our sense of what holds us together as Canadians.


You’ve been out knocking on doors and meeting people in the community – what would you say are the top three issues with Stittsville voters? 

At the doorstep, the overarching issue that really overtakes everything else is how best to replace the Harper Conservative government and get Parliament to work again for the people, not the short-term aims of the politicians.

There are then three specific areas of concern related to this: how to strengthen our economic fundamentals to really improve productivity and innovation and vibrant businesses, while growing more and better jobs for all Canadians; how to reset the social safety net to serve the growing numbers of Canadians of all ages caught in the new world of part-time and episodic work; and how to make our democratic structures stronger to make our voices heard and never again allow Parliament to be bypassed by the Prime Minister’s Office.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish during your term as MP for Carleton?

On October 19th, it will not be enough merely to defeat the Conservative incumbent. Canada needs a new kind of politics, and it starts here in Carleton.

Regardless of which party, or combination of parties, forms the next government, the best choice for Carleton is a representative who will exert a strong, positive influence to bring about greater accountability and reasonable compromise in Parliament. Carleton needs a representative who will ensure that we get things done for the benefit of our country and the generations to come, not the reelection of a political party. Together, we can begin the job of restoring to Parliament its main and fundamental task – that of holding government truly accountable to the people of Canada.

A vote for me and the Green Party will be a vote for this principled, constructive and forward-thinking representation. A vote for me and the Green Party is a vote for someone who will have your back and be responsive to your needs and concerns.


Who is your political hero or role model? Why?

Among the many persons who have inspired me with their leadership is Robert F. Kennedy. The reason is perhaps best expressed in this memorable quotation: “There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why… I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”


What’s the biggest challenge about campaigning in Carleton?

 The biggest challenge about campaigning in Carleton is the enormous geographic size of the riding. From Stittsville in the west to Metcalfe in the east, from north to south, Carleton is one of the largest ridings in the southern part of our country: urban, suburban and rural.

You’re one of the Green Party’s highest-profile candidates with a wealth of political experience.  Why did you decide to run in this riding?

I decided to run for the Green Party because the Harper Conservative government represents a dangerously diminished Canada economically, socially and internationally. The Harper Conservative government’s singular focus on strengthening their narrow partisan base and using manipulation and spin to dumb down important public debates to support only their own re-election, not the national interest, is disrespectful of both Canadians and Canada.

We must change the culture in Parliament and elect representatives that truly believe in Canada and our enormous potential, and can inspire us to support a constructive, collaborative role for the national government. So, where better than Carleton to reject the mediocrity and manipulation of present-day machine politics – the very style of governance that my Conservative opponent represents.

Carleton needs fresh representation if we are to succeed in restoring power to Parliament and raising confidence in the federal government’s ability to act honestly and efficiently on behalf of all Canadians and the national interest. This is why I joined the Green Party. This is why I am proud to be the Green candidate for Carleton.

The constituents of Carleton, and all Canadians, deserve a clear choice and fresh vision to get us working together again for One Canada.


What else would you like to tell Stittsville voters?

There are some who will urge you to use strategic voting to bring about change in Parliament. This is wrong. In the vast majority of ridings, including our riding of Carleton, this is a tactical distraction from the democratic process. There are no quick fixes.

We have to take a stand for a better Canada and a healthier democracy. We have to take a stand to ensure that money and fear, manipulation and spin, do not continue to dominate our politics.

How far have we fallen? The Conservative record in that respect speaks for itself. As for the Liberals, their vote for Bill C-51 was politics at its worst, a stand without principle by a party still controlled by elites. The constant Liberal-NDP one-upmanship diverts valuable energy away from the critical goals – holding the Harper government accountable for diminishing Canada socially, economically and internationally, and providing a coherent alternative to progressive voters.

 I know we can do better. We must do better. A vote for me and the Green Party is most certainly not a wasted vote. A vote for me and the Green Party is the only vote for bold national leadership. The only vote for building a Canada that earns the admiration of the world: for our innovation and competitive spirit, for the respect we show to the environment and Indigenous peoples, and for our commitment to social justice and support for those who need it.


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Jackson Trails resident Omar Sultan receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

(Photo: Omar Sultan (middle) receives the Mayor’s City Builder Award from Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Shad Qadri. Photo and text via the City of Ottawa.)

Mayor Jim Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Omar Sultan at today’s City Council meeting, recognizing his continued leadership and dedication to his community. Continue reading


The Backsliders Bluegrass Band is at Gaia Java this Friday

Backsliders Bluegrass Band
Backsliders Bluegrass Band

I was claiming last Friday that we are having a Stittsville Bluegrass Festival – and here is proof! For the second week in a row, we are delighted to bring you Bluegrass: the highly competent, very musical, and totally entertaining 5-piece bluegrass band “The Backsliders” Some of you were maybe  in last year when they gave us a fabulous evening. Continue reading


CANDIDATE Q&A: Kc Larocque (NDP)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Over the next few days we’ll be publishing Q&A’s with each candidate in Carleton. We wanted to give our readers a bit of background about each person and what motivates them to run for office.  Today we feature the NDP candidate, Kc Larocque.

A reminder that the Stittsville Village Association is hosting an all-candidates debate on Monday, September 28 at Stittsville United Church. More info…

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RUNNING ON EMPTY: Owner silent on plans for old gas station

The future remains uncertain for the defunct gas station located at 5938 Hazeldean Road in Stittsville. It’s been a decade since anyone’s pumped gas there, and the derelict building has residents wondering about the owners’ plans for the property.

This week a crew was seen removing a gas tank from the ground.

The site dates back to the 1960s and was one of Stittsville’s first gas stations. Several companies operated out of the location in its early years, notably Fina and British Petroleum (BP). In the 2000s Joe Saab, namesake of the Saab gas station on Ogilvie Road, leased the property for his business. Several online records list it as a Esso station.  As late as 2008, National Petroleum operated out of this location, and this is still the company name displayed on the street sign today.

Various sources have told that the Sharpley family is the historic owner of the property. Allan Sharpley was in possession of the gas station until his death several decades ago, whereupon his sons reportedly inherited it.

Service Ontario’s Land Registry Office lists David Sharpley as the current owner of the property. He has confirmed via LinkedIn that he is in fact the owner, however he did not respond to several requests for an interview.

Other members of the community have had difficulty contacting the owners of the site as well. Ralph Shaw, a real estate agent for Century 21 in Carleton Place, inquired about the property a year ago. “Good luck,” he joked when asked about the gas station, “but we could never find the owners.”

Aside from a used clothing donations bin, and some garbage dumped behind the building, little activity has been observed around the property before today. Ironically, a sign on the front door still displays the company’s business hours. A City of Ottawa business license granted to National Petroleum in 2008 is still visible on the wall inside the abandoned building.

Neighbouring residents and businesses, including rival gas company Mr. Gas across the street, say they’re concerned about potential pollution from underground gasoline tanks that are still buried at the site.

“The City […] is not aware of any contamination issues at this property at this time,” said the City of Ottawa in an email attributed to Don Herweyer, Manager of Development Review.

The City of Ottawa does not keep a list of contaminated properties, although it does maintain a Historical Land Use Inventory (HLUI), which can include gas stations.

Given the age of the structure, contamination is a legitimate concern. Michael S. Hebert, a lawyer with Beament Green Barristers and Solicitors in Ottawa, notes that gas stations built over a half-century ago did not face the strict environmental regulations that are in place today. As a result, it is not uncommon for these old sites to be contaminated today.

Unfortunately, the remedy comes with a high price tag. “Clean up costs can be as little as $50,000, but do go to millions,” he said. Since this can be higher than the land value itself, landowners are often willing to keep the property and pay the tax rather than clean up the polluted areas. While the Ontario Ministry of the Environment has the authority to issue clean up orders, it typically only does so in high-risk situations.

Joe Saab says he had no knowledge of any contamination issues when he leased the property in the mid-2000s.

Even if there’s no contamination, the gas station’s neighbours wonder how long they’ll have to live next to the eyesore.  The neglected Hazeldean Road gas station, a relic of Stittsville’s past, has ostensibly been abandoned.