LETTER: Landfill compensation needs community consultation

Re: Stittsville misses out on bulk of landfill compensation

“…there is no obvious process in place to ensure the community has input into how the money is used…”

Community compensation is a thin silver lining to the cloud of having a large landfill in our collective back yard. Unfortunately, the existing compensation program has been largely shrouded in secrecy, with few residents realizing its existence, and even fewer having any information about how projects are considered or evaluated, or about how the funds are allocated between the westernmost wards. Continue reading


A collection of great photos and videos from 2015

Above: At the opening of the W. J. Bell Rotary Peace Park, with the labyrinth lit with candles. Photo by Barry Gray (more here)

We love getting photos from our readers and contributors.  Here are some of our faves from the past year. Special thanks to Barry Gray, our unofficial staff photographer, for all that he’s done to capture life in our community. (More “Best of 2015” stories here…) Continue reading


LEGION: New Year’s Eve, January 1 Levee and more

New Year’s Eve: Tickets are now on sale at the Legion Bar. Tickets are $35.00 per person with fun and great dance music  starting at 8 p.m. with “Gib Rozon” Band. A  buffet with bubbly toast at midnight with balloon drop and party favours will be held.
On January 1st the Stittsville Legion  will hold it’s annual LEVEE with  food and entertainment starting at 2 p.m. with “Sands of Time” entertaining. Please join our veterans for a relaxed afternoon of comradeship.
On January 6th the next bus trip to the Slots at the Rideau Carleton Raceway organized by the 55 Plus Club of the Legion. The bus will leave the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena at 11:30 a.m.  To reserve a seat or for more information call Marion Gullock at .


The next monthly family breakfast will be held on Sunday, January 10th for the low cost of $6.00 per person. These events are open to the entire community.
On January 16th there will be a CHILLI COOK OFF  with a Beer and Spirit tasting.  there will be a $5.00 cover charge to taste. This should be a fun fun evening.
“OPEN MIC and SING-A-LONG” with Bill Martin starts at 8 p.m. in the downstairs lounge every Friday. Come and join in the Country and Rock music, fun and comradeship. Open to everyone.
Euchre hosted by the Legion’s  55 Plus Club is played every Tuesday  at 1 p.m at the Legion Hall.
EUCHRE:  Phil Viau had the Men,s High Score with Leo Muldoon placing second. Chris Forbes had the Ladies High Score with Myrna Robertson placing second. Brenda Seguin had the Most Lone Hands with Dick Ross having the Hidden Score.  Marion Gullock had the Low Score.
Knitting and Crocheting Club starting at 6:30 p.m. every Monday except for holidays. Lessons are available “FREE” learn how to crochet and/or knit and read patterns. We still continue to support the hospitals by making baby bonnets and pic line covers. If you need more information contact  interested@stittsvillelegion.com

BOOK CLUB:  The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 26th at 7:00 p.m.  Book of the Month is “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood. This club is open to everyone who loves to read.
Winners of the Early Bird Draw for 3 Free Memberships were:  Robert Lyon, Cathy Cowan and Jordan McConnell.


Stittsville Royals plan special food drive this Sunday

(via the Stittsville Royals)

On Sunday, January 3 the Stittsville Royals Juniors Hockey Club is having a Food Drive to replenish the Stittsville Food Bank’s cupboard.

They’re offering $2 off tickets if you bring a non-perishable food item.  If you come empty handed, the hockey club will donate $2 from your ticket price to the Food Bank.

Adult tickets are $8 for the game.  Half of the 50/50 prize will be donated to the Food Bank as well.

The game is at the Goulbourn Recreation Centre at 2:30pm,  and they are hosting the Clarence Beavers.


Nine stories about nature and animals from 2015

(Above: Karla Torres’ family witnessed nature up close in June when they saw a snapping turtle laying her eggs in the sand at Stitt Street Park.)

One of the greatest things about living in Stittsville is how close we are to nature.  That leads to some unexpected encounters and sometimes even conflict. Here are nine of our favourite stories about nature from the past year. (More “Best of 2015” stories here…) Continue reading


Bee hives go missing from Arcadia neighbourhood

A pair of bee hives — each one containing up to 15,000 bees – were taken from a field near the Arcadia subdivision in Kanata before Christmas, and their owner is asking the public for help find them.

Here’s part of an email interview with Marianne Gee, one of the owners of Dunrobin-based Gees Bees Honey Company. Continue reading


Ottawa REDBLACKS’ Justin Phillips helps raise funds for the Warriors

(via the Bell Warriors)

Justin Phillips of the Ottawa REDBLACKS started his playing days years ago as a Bell Warrior and the local star football player has not forgotten his roots.  Recently, Paul Stewart (Bell Warriors President) approached Phillips with the opportunity to help raise money for the Warriors.  Continue reading


Tree cutting planned for Stittsville South beginning January 4

via Councillor Shad Qadri:

Please be advised that the General Manager of Planning and Growth Management has approved a Tree Permit to allow tree removal in the Stittsville South subdivision (File No. D07-16-13-0033), as of January 4, 2016.  There may be a bit of activity on site between now and the New Year, however this will be very minor in nature. The main brunt of the tree removal will be started on or after the week of January 4th. The site is the western portion of the lands within the Stittsville South Urban Expansion Area (Area 6). Surrounding the property, to the north is the Upcountry/West Wind Farms subdivision and to the west across Stittsville Main Street is the Traditions/Harris Lands subdivision.  To the south is the Woodside Acres country estate.

There are conditions associated with this permit which can be found on my website here.  For any questions regarding this permission, please contact Forester, Martha Copestake, at Martha.Copestake@ottawa.ca or 613 580 2424 x17922.


Dedicated left turn lane coming soon to Huntmar-Maple Grove

The verdict is in for the new lane configuration for the lights at Huntmar and Maple Grove.

Councillor Shad Qadri wrote in his weekly newsletter that he’s asking City staff reconfigure the northbound lane markings to allow for a dedicated left-turn lane plus a shared straight/right-turn.  The bike lane will be removed.  (Lanes in the other direction stay the same.) Continue reading


Strong Christmas Eve winds knock down trees, power lines

(Above: A tree fell near Elm and Goulbourn. Photo via Mitch Pommainville.)

Could it be Christmas Eve by candle light tonight?  Heavy winds are knocking down trees and power lines in Stittsville and surrounding areas.

The Ottawa Airport was reporting wind gusts of over 70km/h around noon. Multiple power outages cut power to homes and businesses in Kanata, Stittsville, Goulbourn, and Nepean this morning. Hydro Ottawa blamed loss of supply from the provincial grid. There was also a power line was down on Sweetnam Drive.

At its peak, there were over 10,000 customers without power in our area, including Bayshore Shopping Centre. As of 1:00pm Hydro Ottawa reports no outages on their web site.


New site plan control for auto body shop on Hazeldean

There’s a new site plan control application posted for an auto body shop at 6801 Hazeldean Road, west of Stittsville near Jinkinson.

There’s been a sign at that location for a while that proclaims it as the new location for Kanata Collision, currently located near Sweetnam.  (This property is just outside of Stittsville’s boundaries and is part of Rideau-Goulbourn ward.)

From the application summary:

The subject property is located at the northeast corner of the Jinkinson Road and Hazeldean Road Intersection… There is currently a single detached house on the subject property, which is proposed to be demolished. The site is bounded by vacant land to the north, the Permacon Inc. Concrete facility to the east, Hazeldean Road and vacant land to the south and vacant land to the east.

The proposal is to develop the site with an automobile body repair shop with associated office, parking, landscaping, private well and septic system. The site is proposed to be developed in two phases, with this application pertaining to the first phase of development. There will be a significant portion of land at the rear property that will remain undeveloped until Phase II, which will be for an expansion to the building and parking area.

The proposed development, for this application, is for a one storey building with a footprint of 598 square meters incorporating 519 square meters of automobile body shop and 79 square meters of office space and seating area. A 68 square meter open canopy is proposed along the eastern side of the building for client car drop off. The access is proposed to be from Hazeldean Road. A total of 34 parking spaces are proposed, including two barrier free parking spaces. Outdoor client vehicle storage and  a loading space are proposed to be located at the rear of the building. A six metre landscape buffer along the eastern property line is proposed to retain existing mature vegetation where possible.


You can read more about the application here…



HOLIDAY SPIRIT: That crazy house on Elm

Above: This house on Elm Crescent, south of Elm, is a flashing beacon that’s probably visible from outer space.  The snowman, who’s toppling over in the photo, is massive.   Photo by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


NOTEBOOK: 6279 Fernbank OMB decision + tow trucks + more


The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) has given the green light for development to proceed at 6279 Fernbank, west of Stittsville Main. That’s not exactly a surprise.

In late October, Planning Committee and City Council gave their blessing to a Plan of Subdivision and Zoning amendment, after a number of issues were ironed out between the developer and city staff, including stormwater management.  The only councillor to vote against the development was  Shad Qadri. Continue reading


HOLIDAY SPIRIT: All lit up on Bert G. Argue Drive

Above: A brightly decorated house on Bert G. Argue Drive, one of several on that street just off of West Ridge.   Photo by Barry Gray.

More Christmas lights:

Do you have an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!