Paving planned for Johnwoods on October 27

(via Shad Qadri)

Mattamy Homes has advised that they are planning to place the toplift of asphalt on Johnwoods next week.  Once they paved the road with base course asphalt they had to allow time to account for settlement.

They have scheduled a crew to place the toplift, weather permitting on Tuesday, October 27th, however it is possible it may occur another day during the week.  It is anticipated that the work will only take one day, and during that day there will be a lane closure with flag men to direct traffic.

The construction on the street was due to installation of watermain loops for the Fairwinds West community.


QADRI: Public meeting for new Minto’s Potter’s Key subdivision on November 4

(via Councillor Shad Qadri’s weekly newsletter)

Minto Homes has prepared a revised Plan of Subdivision for their proposed development known as Potter’s Key located at Stittsville.   This land is located to the west of Jackson Trails, north of Hazeldean Road and east of Echowoods.  The subdivision proposes single family homes and townhomes.  To review the revised plans and provide your input please attend the upcoming public meeting.

Potter’s Key Proposed Subdivision Public Meeting:
Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
6:30 p.m. Open house, 7:00 p.m. Presentation
Goulbourn Recreation Complex, Hall A, 1500 Shea Rd, Stittsville Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Dog park signage, voter turn-out, 6279 Fernbank

Earlier this year we published a map of off-leash dog parks in Stittsville, using data pulled from the City of Ottawa’s web site. Recently, a reader pointed out that signage in several of the parks did not match the information from the city’s web site.

Signage at Coyote Run park in West Ridge. The city's web site lists it as "off-leash", but signage indicates otherwise. Photo by Vicki Gibson.
Signage at Coyote Run park in West Ridge. The city’s web site lists it as “off-leash”, but signage indicates otherwise. Photo by Vicki Gibson.

We asked the city about it, and it turns out that some of the signage in parks may in fact be wrong.  Here’s a response from the City, attributed to Roger Chapman, Chief, By-law and Regulatory Services:

“By-law and Regulatory Services will review the web information and the history of the designation of Coyote Run, to confirm the approved designation, and make any necessary adjustments accordingly.”

The City says that the online information is correct, and takes precedence over the signage.


Over 80% of eligible voters in Carleton cast ballot in Monday’s election, the third-highest in Canada.

Voter turn-out was 80.55% in Carleton, where Conservative candidate Pierre Poilievre won the riding by just 1949 votes over Liberal Chris Rodgers. We were just behind Orleans (80.91%) and Ottawa Centre (82.22%).

Overall voter turn-out in Canada was 68.49%, the highest since 1993.


The City’s Planning Committee will get an update Tuesday on zoning & plan of subdivision for 6279 Fernbank. Usually reports are posted with the meeting agenda but not this time – the agenda notes that the “Report to be issued separately prior to the meeting.”

Jillian McKim, who represented the community that surrounds the development property, gave us an update last week and says that the developer and the City appear to have resolved the disagreements that led to an OMB hearing last spring.

UPDATE: The report has been posted on the City’s web site.


Shad Qadri reports that Mattamy’s proposed residential development at 570 Hazeldean Road, north of the Trans Canada Trail in the Fernbank area, has been approved. It will include 600 residential units including detached homes and townhomes.


Group moves forward with plans to sponsor Syrian refugees

(Press release via KSRSG. Photo: At a Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group meeting in September, Rev. Grant Dillenbeck answers questions on how to help Syrian refugees. Photo by Shannon Lough.)

At a meeting held on Wednesday October 21, the Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG) decided to proceed with two sponsorships of refugees from Syria.

One sponsorship will be requested through the Canadian government’s Blended Visa Office Referred program, which sponsors those pre-approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada Officials. Continue reading


HIGH & DRY: Stittsville’s prohibition-era Temperance Hotel

Next time you visit Quitters, have a close look at the brick building right next door on the corner of Orville Street. You can still see a faint line marking where a second-storey white balcony and veranda used to wrap around three sides of the house.

Today the house is rented out as apartments, but decades ago it was known as the Temperance Hotel and was a popular stop-over for travelers when they were passing through by horse or train.

The Temperence Hotel, with balconies intact.  Undated photo via the Stittsville Women's Institute / Tweedsmuir History Collection.
The Temperence Hotel, with balconies intact. Undated photo via the Stittsville Women’s Institute / Tweedsmuir History Collection.


The building dates back to around 1875. It was originally built as a hotel (pre-dating the temperance era) and legend has it that Sir John A. MacDonald once made a speech from the balcony, possibly in the 1880s.  It was later converted to a private home.

I’m not totally clear on when it was turned back into a hotel, but it appears to have coincided with when Stittsville went “dry”, banning the sale of alcohol. The Ontario Temperance Act was passed in 1916, prohibiting the sale of alcohol in the province, although some municipalities went dry well before that. It looks like Stittsville enacted a ban in 1907.  (The act was repealed in 1927.)

The alcohol ban closed down most of the traditional hotels in the area (including Green’s hotel across the street, now home to Hudson Insurance).  But it created an opportunity for Joe and Agnes (Brown) Lewis, who owned the brick house just south of the train tracks (now the Trans Canada Trail):

“The house had nine bedrooms, some with two beds, and Mrs. Lewis served and prepared all of the meals, making 25 pies some evenings and moving her children out of their beds to sleep on the living room floor to accommodate more guests,” writes Bonny Riedel in “The Heritage of Goulbourn: A Driving Tour”.

They called it the Temperence Hotel to leave no doubt that they were in compliance with the law.

Kids on Main Street, 1915. The balcony of the Temperence Hotel can be seen in the background on the right side of the photo.   Photo from the Goubourn Historical Society Collection.
Kids on Main Street, 1915. From left to right, Maime Switzer, Gerald Alexander, Orma Lewis. The distinctive white balcony of the Temperance Hotel can be seen in the background on the right side of the photo. Photo from the Goubourn Historical Society Collection.


Besides the hotel, Joe Lewis was also well known as a horse breeder. He built stables in behind the building, and later on ran a horse farm in an area that’s now part of Amberwood. He collected urine from pregnant mares for use in cosmetics.  No kidding.

Joe Lewis and his horse Milton, 1927. Photo via the Stittsville Women's Institute / Tweedsmuir History Collection.
Joe Lewis and his horse Milton, 1927. Photo via the Stittsville Women’s Institute / Tweedsmuir History Collection.


Agnes Lewis lived from 1864-1943 and is buried at St. Paul’s United Cemetery on Carp Road. Joe Lewis was born in Munster in 1871 and passed away in Stittsville in 1949.


The old Temperance Hotel on Stittsville Main Street, at the corner of Orville. Photo by Glen Gower / September 2015
September 2015


Back in September, Quitters owner Kathleen Edwards mused about opening a music venue next to her coffee shop.  Could she be reviving the Temperance Hotel after all these years? It would be nice to see the building turned back into a place of hospitality… although maybe without the temperance part this time.

If you’re interested in learning more about the temperance movement in Ottawa, the Ottawa Archives has an exhibition called Taverns and Troublemakers running until March 16, 2016.  It’s at the James K. Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Dr. (corner of Woodroffe)
in Centrepointe.

This article was based on research from “The Heritage of Goulbourn: A Driving Tour” by Bonny Riedel, available at the library on Stittsville Main Street.

Photo by Joe Newton
Winter 2015. Photo by Joe Newton


Councillor El-Chantiry provides update on Hydro One customer transfer

From West Carleton Councillor Eli El-Chantiry’s email newsletter:

This past June I updated residents with some favourable news regarding having 45,000 Hydro One customers transferred to Hydro Ottawa.

At that time, Jim Durrell (Hydro Ottawa Board Chair) addressed Ottawa City Council and noted he was hopeful to have a resolution of some kind by September 2015 to this longstanding issue.

As it’s now October and we haven’t received further updates, I connected with Hydro Ottawa to find out the latest on negotiations. Bryce Conrad, President and CEO of Hydro Ottawa, noted to me last week that both parties have had a number of positive meetings since June and both sides are engaged in good faith. At this point both parties have exchanged and are reviewing detailed financials underpinning any potential transaction.

This is a very complicated exercise – further complicated by changes to Hydro One’s governance model (the provincial government has made clear it plans to privatize a portion of Hydro One through an IPO process) as well as the regulatory model within which the industry operates. Discussions are expected to continue, and both parties will keep their respective shareholders fully briefed and informed as to the process and deliberations.

Mr. Conrad acknowledges that that process may seem like its taking longer than it should, but he reiterates that for a deal to happen, all parties need to be satisfied that it’s in the best interest of their shareholders and customers. I will continue to stay on top of this issue and will update residents as I know more.


Lawyer donates expertise to help Syrian refugees

Becoming a mother changed the way a Stittsville lawyer saw the world around her, and after witnessing the media coverage of a drowned Syrian boy she decided to do her part.

“That was really extremely upsetting to me,” said Jenny Guth (pictured above), who has a five-year-old son. “For me and for probably many other people, the little boy who was found on the beach was the game changer.” Continue reading


Gracenote sings sing jazz and pop standards at Gaia Java this Friday

The talented ladies of Gracenote have graced us with their voices on several occasions and it is noteworthy to be having them back, with as always the steady and sympathetic accompaniment of Andy Duffy on keyboards.

Now working as a trio of singers, Allison, Diane and Lynn are having fun expanding their repertoire to include more pop and jazz tunes as they reach towards an ever wider audience. So come along expecting some familiar songs in a new guise, with the associated relaxed atmosphere and cheeky comments that usually accompany their intros.

This performance will offer a preview for their fund raising concert coming up Sat Nov 14 in aid of The Waupoos Foundation with Gracenote and The Andy Duffy Trio.  Continue reading


Kanata Theatre gets six Capital Critics Circle nominations

(Press release from Kanata Theatre.)

Shows from last year’s Kanata Theatre season have received important recognition by the Capital Critics Circle, a panel of Ottawa’s leading theatre reviewers.

Productions by Kanata’s community theatre company, now in its 47th Season, received six nominations for the prestigious CCC Awards. Continue reading


COYNE: Statement on election results

Deborah Coyne released the following statement on the results of the election in Carleton:

“I want to sincerely congratulate Pierre Poilievre and his team on his election as the Member of Parliament for Carleton. I would also like to thank the voters who put their faith in me and the Green Party of Canada.

“In addition, I would like to acknowledge and thank Kc Laroque, Chris Rodgers, and their respective teams for a constructive and hard-fought campaign.

“Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank my team of volunteers. Without them, my campaign would not have been possible, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together.”


LIVE: Election news and results for Carleton

We’ll be updating this page throughout the night with Stittsville and Carleton riding election news.

As of 1:14am
Party Candidate Votes Percentof Votes
Green Party Deborah Coyne 1,932 3.3 %
NDP-New Democratic Party Kc Larocque 3,632 6.1 %
Conservative Pierre Poilievre 27,762 46.9 %
Liberal Chris Rodgers 25,813 43.6 %
Total number of valid votes:   59,139  

Polls Reporting: 195 of 195 (100.00 %)

Voter Turnout: 59,139 of 73,418 registered electors (80.55 %) — does not include electors who registered on election day.

Continue reading


Where you can celebrate (or commiserate) with the candidates on election night

For all you political party crashers out there, here’s where the candidates and their supporters are planning to spend election night:

Deborah Coyne is attending a private function with volunteers and supporters at the home of a supporter.

Kc Larocque will be at her campaign office at 1250 Stittsville Main Street, next to the Farmboy.

Pierre Poilievre will be at the Creekside Bar and Grill at 5511 Manotick Main Street.

Chris Rodgers is also in Manotick, at the Mill Tavern (5544 Manotick Main Street), second level.

Here at Headquarters we’ll be switching channels between the Jays game and election coverage.  Watch our Twitter feed for updates about Carleton riding.


Advance vote in Carleton was second highest in Canada, says Global analysis

Nearly a quarter of Carleton residents, or 24.19% voted in advance polls, according to an analysis by Global News. That’s the second-highest in the country.

To come up with the number, Global News took advance voting estimates from Elections Canada, along with the number of Canadian citizens over 18 in each riding, according to the 2011 National Household Survey from Statistics Canada.

Global says it isn’t a perfect estimate, since the population has increased since 2011.

A total of 15,420 Carleton voters cast a ballot at advance polls.  Elections Canada says 3.6 million electors voted at advance polls across the country, marking a 71% increase since the 2011 election.

Elections Canada notes that these numbers are estimates, and that not all polls may have yet been reported.




War of 1812 veteran Captain Bradley remembered at Beechwood Cemetery

(Above: The Bradley family headstone is at the left, the footstone of Captain William Brown Bradley and his son Sands Bradley and the plaque are located next to it. Photo by Karen Prytula.)

The descendants of Captain William Brown Bradley, friends of the family and the Beechwood Cemetery Foundation assembled at Beechwood Cemetery on October 4 for an unveiling ceremony of a plaque recognizing Captain Bradley as a veteran of the War of 1812, and commemorating his lifetime achievements.

Re-enactors from the 100th Regiment Historical Society were present, and the 104th Regimental flag was on display courtesy of the New Brunswick Museum, in the reception centre, where the ceremony began.

Photo by Karen Prytula
Photo by Karen Prytula
Footstone of Captain William Brown Bradley and his son Sands Bradley, and the new plaque. Photo by Laura Young
Footstone of Captain William Brown Bradley and his son Sands Bradley, and the new plaque. Photo by Laura Young
A colour party leads the procession towards the grave market. Photo by Laura Young.
A colour party leads the procession towards the grave market. Photo by Laura Young.
A colour party leads the procession towards the grave market. Photo by Karen Prytula.
A colour party leads the procession towards the grave market. Photo by Karen Prytula.


Once the procession arrived at the gravesite, Dr. Bruce Elliott, professor of history at Carleton University,  spoke to the audience about Captain William Brown Bradley being among the first retired officers to settle in March Township, and was immediately appointed a magistrate. Dr. Elliott further explained that it was because of the Captain’s military experience that he was named Lieut. Colonel in the First Carleton Militia.

Captain Bradley was born near Savannah, Georgia, USA c1771. After the American Revolution the Captain, his twin brother, mother and step-father left the USA for New Brunswick, in 1783. It was in New Brunswick that the Captain married, and where all his children were born.

The Captain joined the New Brunswick militia at the age of 22, and served in the 104th Regiment of Foot during the War of 1812. Dr. Elliott informed us that the Captain led his company on the gruelling 52-day overland march from Federicton, N.B., to Kingston, Ontario in the dead of winter in 1813 to reinforce the British army in Upper Canada against the advancing Americans. The Captain participated in the raid on Sackett’s Harbour, in the Battle of the Beaver Dams, and in the assault on Fort Erie.

When the 104th Regiment disbanded in 1818, Captain William Brown Bradley received 800 acres of land for his military service in Montreal, Gloucester Township, March Township, and Huntley Township. He shared the land generously among his sons Sands, Clements, and William; his daughters having already married.
Captain Bradley died while at Clement’s Gloucester property (where Eastview/Vanier in Ottawa is now) in 1850 and was buried in the old Sandy Hill Cemetery, in Ottawa. In 1876 his body was moved to Beechwood Cemetery.

The Reverend Canon Roger Young, a Bradley descendent, gave a sermon at the event. Photo by Karen Prytula
The Reverend Canon Roger Young, a Bradley descendent, gave a sermon at the event. Young also read from from a Church of England service book from the 1800s that Bradley would have used. Photo by Karen Prytula.


Two of Captain Bradley’s sons raised large families, which in turn produced a large number of descendants for the Captain; many still live in the area today and were in attendance. These distant cousins made their way back up to the reception centre where a light lunch was served. While mingling as if at a family reunion, people pulled out their scrapbooks and photo albums. Dave Aldus, descendant of Captain Bradley and organizer of the event, had many historical items on display; some that had once belonged to Captain William Brown Bradley.

The War of 1812 Graveside Project made this program and this plaque available. For more information, visit


Author Karen Prytula wears a number of hats with various heritage groups in the Ottawa area. She’s the  Director of Rural Built Heritage for Heritage Ottawa, she’s the Director of Communications for the 
Lanark County Genealogy Society, and Editor of the Old Walls Society Newsletter.

Many of the photos for this article were contributed by Laura Young. Bradley is her Great Great Great Great Grandfather.

Kurt Johnson, a local military historian, was the master of ceremonies at the event. Photo by Laura Young.
Kurt Johnson, a local military historian, was the master of ceremonies at the event. Photo by Laura Young.
Photo by Laura Young
Photo by Laura Young
Historical items and memorabilia were on display at the event. Photo by Laura Young
Historical items and memorabilia were on display at the event. Photo by Laura Young
Historical items and memorabilia were on display at the event. Photo by Laura Young
Historical items and memorabilia were on display at the event. Photo by Laura Young
Photo by Laura Young
Photo by Laura Young


Qadri hosts “Keep Stittsville Healthy” event on October 24

(via Shad Qadri)

On October 24th please join me and various public health experts starting at 10:00 a.m. upstairs in the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena for the Keep Stittsville Health event.

As the Chair of the Ottawa Board of Health, I along with Ottawa Public Health have been putting together this event that focuses on health information pertaining to issues residents have brought forward to my attention. Such topics as Parenting in Ottawa, mental health, healthy eating and vaccination are included.

Some fun activities on hand:

  • Try SMOOCH the bicycle powered smoothie machine! Pedal up a delicious non-dairy concoction of fresh fruit, juice and frozen field berries using renewable human power!
  • Taste delicious samples from Ottawa Public Health Community Food Advisor who will be on site providing healthy snack food demonstrations and education on Canada’s Food Guide.
  • healthy3Phiz, Ottawa Public Health’s physical activity mascot will be on hand. Parents bring out your wee ones and join a Salsa Tots or Salsa Kids Latin Dance Fiesta!
  • Young students can grade 1 to 12 can participate in an artwork challenge to be featured in Ottawa Public Health’s 2015 Annual Report.
  • Ottawa Public Library will be on hand with reading corner for interactive story time sessions including story reading, rhymes and songs around healthy living.
  • There will be light refreshments available. I hope you will join me in keeping Stittsville healthy!

I hope you will join me in keeping Stittsville healthy!


PHOTOS: Saturday’s 9 Run Run Emergency Services run

Thousands of Emergency Service personnel – police, paramedic and fire – and friends, family and supporters have assembled in Stittsville this morning for 9 Run Run, Ottawa’s Emergency Services’ Run.  Over 1,500 runners and over 150 volunteers participated. Here are some photos and updates.