Cocaine and currency seized on David Manchester Road

(Press release from the Ottawa Police.)

On Friday November 27th, 2015, the Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit with the assistance of the Tactical Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act warrant in the 800 block of David Manchester Rd. west of Highway 7. The warrant execution was the culmination of an approximately three week-long investigation.

Included in the items seized were:

  • 57.2 grams of cocaine valued at $5,720.00.
  • 7 grams of Cannabis marihuana valued at $70.00
  • 5 capsules of Nabilone valued at $25.00
  • $11,015.00 in Canadian currency

As a result of the investigation 42 year-old Saade Ayoub, of Ottawa is charged with:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Schedule I Substance (cocaine) X 2 contrary to Sec 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Schedule II Substance X 2 (marihuana, Nabilone) contrary to Sec 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000.00 contrary to Sec 355 (a) of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime under $5000.00 contrary to Sec 355 (b) of the Criminal Code

Ayoub was released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of December 23, 2015.


COMMENT: Residents, not just police, have a role to play in community safety

One morning earlier this year, residents living near A. Lorne Cassidy school in Crossing Bridge woke up to find broken beer bottles and garbage all over the school’s playground.

The residents had a powerful response: they grabbed work gloves and garbage bags, and cleaned up the mess.

They didn’t wait for city staff to clean it up, they didn’t point fingers and complain about it on Facebook.  They cleaned it up themselves, and in doing so sent a message to whoever caused the damage in the first place: we care about our community.

I keep hearing that residents are concerned with safety in Stittsville. There have been a number of bad vandalism incidents in the past few months. Shad Qadri says it was one of the top issues he heard about when campaigning last fall.

So I was disappointed to see that only three residents (plus our reporter) attended a community safety meeting hosted by Councillor Qadri on Wednesday. He deserves applause for trying to start a dialogue on community safety concerns, but I wouldn’t fault him for getting frustrated at the lack of involvement from the community.

Victor McNabney, a volunteer from Neighbourhood Watch, told the small crowd that Stittsville has two neighbourhood watches, down from eight less than a decade ago.

That echoes my experience working with the Fairwinds Community Association to get a Neighbourhood Watch going in our neighbourhood.  An example: One of our neighbours went door-to-door on her street last winter to ask residents to help start a Watch program. Only one responded.

Folks are quick to point fingers and offer up all kinds of blame on Facebook, but when it comes down to working constructively on the issue, the participation evaporates.

The police don’t have the capacity to respond to every small crime in our community, nor is it the best use of their resources.

The only long-term solution is prevention, and a great way to start is to do just what those residents in Crossing Bridge did: Role up your sleeves and get involved.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?  Why are participation levels dropping of for Neighbourhood Watch programs?  Why was attendance so low at the community meeting?  What constructive ideas do you have for tackling community crime? Add a comment below or email


The Glen asks for help to locate scrooge who stole Santa

UPDATE (Nov 30): Santa has been returned home safely to The Glen. “Someone ran in, dropped him off, and ran back out.”

This Santa was stolen from The Glen. Photo via @goveevers
This Santa was stolen from The Glen. Photo via @goveevers

From the The Glen Scottish Pub & Restaurant:

SANTA – STOLEN. As you know, The Glen is a family owned and operated pub that has been open for 27 years. The last 20 years, we have had the same Santa Claus standing in our front entrance to celebrate the holidays – he’s checking his list as guests walk in! Last night (Saturday, November 28th), someone stole our Santa. We have this person on video, but cannot make out a face. PLEASE – if you took our Santa, just drop him off near the restaurant – Back door, staff parking, front door, anything. We just want our Santa back!!! He means a lot to us and the family, and we enjoy bringing him out every year – PLEASE bring him back!!!!!!!!!

If you have any leads, you can contact the restaurant at 613-836-5622.


PHOTOS: Stittsville aglow with community spirit

Tiny tots and big kids young and old had eyes all aglow as they watched dozens of brightly lit floats travel down Stittsville Main Street for last night’s Parade of Lights.

Parade marshals were all winners of this year’sStittsville Appreciation Awards: Namitha Abraham (youth), Robin Derrick (senior), Cathy Skinner (Citizen of the Year). The Business winner was Brown’s Independent, who had one of the largest floats in the parade. Continue reading


LIVE: Stittsville Parade of Lights in photos and tweets

(Also check out our official photo gallery from last night’s parade, featuring photos from Barry Gray: PHOTOS: Stittsville aglow with community spirit)

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SVA welcomes seven new board members

Seven new board members were elected at the Stittsville Village Association’s annual general meeting on Thursday night.

This year’s board will include:

  • Tanya Hein, President
  • Glen Gower, Vice President
  • Jennifer de Sa*, Treasurer
  • Phil Sweetnam, Past President
  • Erika Adams*
  • Trevor Eggleton*
  • David Fairbrother
  • Jeff Gallant
  • Barry Gray*
  • Marion Gullick
  • Jillian McKim*
  • Christopher Skinner*
  • Trudy Smith
  • Doug Sutherland
  • Kathy Tasse*
  • Luc Therrien
  • Nancy Therrien

(* = new members)

Hein thanked outgoing members including Roxanne Bronsard (secretary), Claude Keon (treasurer) for their volunteer work and contributions to the community.

The SVA was created just after Stittsville was amalgamated into the City of Ottawa, in an effort to maintain a community voice and identity within the larger city of Ottawa. They continue to organize major events in the community including the Parade of Lights, Canada Day, and Artists in the Park.  They also advocate for residents on a variety of issues.

(’s editor Glen Gower is a member of the SVA.)


NOTEBOOK: Refugees, Carp River, OC Transpo, Tow Trucks

The Kanata Stittsville Refugee Sponsorship Group (KSRSG) met again this week to work on plans for sponsoring Syrian refugees. Rev. Grant Dillenbeck from Stittsville United Church chairs the group, and says that immediate plans are to sponsor a single woman who already has family in Stittsville and Ottawa. Continue reading


Squeaky wheels get the grease when it comes to police response

The more that residents report safety concerns in Stittsville, the more resources police will allocate to the area.

That’s one of the messages from Wednesday night’s community crime and safety discussion hosted by Councillor Shad Qadri.

Only three Stittsville residents attended the discussion at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex that included the new community police officer, Constable Phong Le and Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Victor McNabney. Continue reading


Commercial development proposed for corner of Huntley and Fallowfield

The City has received a zoning bylaw amendment request that would allow a commercial building at 2403 Huntley Road at Fallowfield, across the street from Karters’ Korner.

The site is currently zoned as “RU” (Rural Countryside), and the applicant wants it change to “RC” (Rural Commercial, Sub- Zone RC11). Here’s some of the rationale offered by the applicant:

– There are very few purely rural (in the sense of “agricultural”) properties within the vicinity of this site, which is actually surrounded by residential, industrial and commercial uses.

- Growth and development in the Stittsville community is inexorably moving eastward toward this site, but there is currently very little general commercial in the immediate area. A number of small business owners, representing clean, non-industrial enterprises, have already expressed an interest in this proposed commercial venue, as discussed below.

- The site is located at an intersection which already sees significant Stittsville-related traffic. A new small-scale commercial development here would be consistent with the existing traffic load.

- The Owner’s proactive invitation for feedback from the surrounding community elicited some cautious support, strong advice to avoid certain incompatible occupancies (in particular, any “gas station”), and no strong opposition.

- The Owner’s intent is to develop an upscale, high-quality facility which will complement and enhance Stittsville’s traditional “village” character.

You can read all about it here. City staff are accepting comments on the proposal.

2403 Huntley map


PRESERVE, CONNECT, ENJOY: Meet the Friends of the Huntley Highlands

Preserve. Connect. Enjoy. These are the goals of the Friends of Huntley Highlands (FHH) for preserving the Carp Hills for the benefit of its natural history and those who love it.

The Carp Hills comprise nearly 4,000 hectares of environmentally significant forests, wetlands, and rock barren uplands in the rural northwest of the City of Ottawa. This largely undeveloped area supports a similar Canadian Shield ecosystem as those of Algonquin Park and Gatineau Park. Continue reading


MID-CENTURY MODERNIST: A look at the architecture of Amberwood Village

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This article comes from Saul Svirplys, a PhD candidate in Geography University of Ottawa.  Svirplys blogs at Mid-Century Modern and 1970s-Era Ottawa, where this piece originally appeared. You can click on any image to enlarge.)

Located south of Hazeldean Road east of Stittsville Main Street is a very special “adult-lifestyle” neighbourhood begun in the late 1970s. The original phases of Amberwood Village consist of a series of houses built in clusters along the edges of the Amberwood Golf Course.

The development was originally built by a company called Jaric Developments Ltd. The architect of this original portion of the area was W.G. Mohaupt – who also designed the “courtyard singles” in Hunt Club (see my old post Favourite Plans South and scroll down to see these designs) – and also used to design houses for Minto.
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Christmas tree lighting in Glen Cairn on Thursday, November 26

From our neighbours over in Glen Cairn, on the other side of Terry Fox Drive:

Bring the entire family on Thursday, November 26 at 6pm and help us light up the sky. Enjoy some snacks and hot chocolate. Courtesy of our good friends at Christmas Décor. The Glen Cairn Community Association are fortunate to have community minded business people like Thom Bourn who is once again  generously donating thousands of Christmas lights and manpower at the Glen Cairn Tennis Courts on Castlefrank Road. We are encouraging all visitors to visit the Caring is Sharing website.


Ed Taylor at Gaia Java this Friday, proceeds to Stittsville Food Bank

This Friday we have a treat for you! Three talented musicians who have been in the shop many times before, sometimes as audience, other times as performers.

Ed Taylor is a guitarist and singer/songwriter whose friends include Howie Hooper and Alan Sandeman – also gifted entertainers in their own right! They get together on a regular basis for the fun of ensemble playing and seeing where the creativity takes them. This Friday you can be party to one of their joint sessions as they share their substantial guitar skills and explore concepts of new songs as well as some covers of familiar hits.

They describe their repertoire as ‘Ballads, folk, a bit of country and more. Ditties to enjoy.’ Ed tells me he has also written a Christmas song, and with the snowfall today we are legitimately in the mood!

As those of you who are regulars at the Gaia Java Music nights will know, we typically put out a jug for any donations towards the musicians’ well-being and self-respect. Well these amiable fellows have decided that if they succeed in attracting any proceeds, they will pass them on to the Stittsville Food Bank (which is an organisation that often meets in the shop to discuss the wonderful work they are doing!). So that gives you yet another good reason to venture away from the mundanity of watching your TV or  your cat, and step into Stittsville’s wonderland of live music. We look forward to seeing you there.

Roland Doucet is at Gaia Java on Stittsville Main Street on Friday, November 27 at 7:00pm.  No charge, but donations for the musicians are appreciated!


New Decorating Den showroom opens on Iber

Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor and Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri helped open the new Decorating Den showroom at Iber Road this evening.

Decorating Den Interiors-The CPI Team is a full service Interior design and decorating company.  They have been in business for 18 years, the last 12 in Stittsville. They are lead by Catherine Pulcine, (picture attached) Senior Design/Owner who has been in the business for over 25 years.

Ribbon cutting at Decorating Den


Decorating Den Iber



FUTURE STITTSVILLE: Lots of new roads planned for our area


Remember that scene in Back to the Future, when Doc says to Marty: “Roads?  Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”  

The opposite is true for Future Stittsville. Our village is expanding from about 30,000 today to over 70,000 in 2031, and the rapid growth here and in areas south like Richmond is already putting a strain on road infrastructure.  Continue reading