PHOTOS: Bradley-Craig Farm photo walk

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to everyone who joined us today to take photos of the Bradley-Craig farm!  It was fun to swap stories, meet neighbours and have a look at all of your photos. -GG.

Door over Windows #bradleycraig #Nikon #D7200

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Homestead #bradleycraig #Nikon #D7200

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Dead Growth #Nikon #D7200

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Out with the old… #bradleycraig #Nikon #D7200

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Thanks to @glengower for leading a photo walk to #bradleycraig farm. #stittsville #heritageottawa #Nikon #D7200

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QADRI: Here’s why bright lights are alright

From Councillor Shad Qadri’s email newsletter:

Recently my office received an inquiry regarding the brightness of the street lights along the new Robert Grant Avenue. The street is designated as an Arterial Main Street. This is one of the highest roadway designations within the city. In accordance with the city Right of Way Policy, it was designed to an average of 17 lux.

As the adjacent lands are undeveloped and the whiteness of Winter enhances the appearance of the roadway lighting. LED’s used in this design are more efficient, direct more light on the roadway with greater uniformity, with less spill light, and consume less energy than if a conventional source lamp. If used, the conventional lamp source, would also been a “white light” source.

Due to the lighting criteria for this roadway the source of light cannot be diminished. To do so would place the city in position of liability.


QADRI: Don’t skate on storm management ponds

From councillor Shad Qadri’s email newsletter:

A stormwater management pond is an artificial pond that is designed to collect and hold stormwater. The stormwater management pond’s primary function is stormwater management, not recreation. Recreational activities are prohibited on or in these ponds to ensure the safety of residents as well as to deter problems from the sole function of the pond.


NOTEBOOK: Ecole Paul-Desmarais opens next week, new Gaia Java owners, more

ECOLE PAUL-DESMARAIS OPENS MONDAY: It’s been a busy week of preparation at Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school. Students toured the school this week (photo above) to find their new lockers and get ready for the first full school day on Monday.  (The official opening will be on Thursday, February 4.) Continue reading


LETTER: Agricultural roots have a place in urban design

I think the fight to retain the barn in place was worth the effort and forced serious consideration of agricultural heritage.  To me one of the most important lessons learned was that we must work to persuade councillors and the general public that agricultural landscapes are worthy recipients of heritage designations – not just an individual building but a landscape that expresses the history of our rural roots.

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Minto proposes gravel road access from Potter’s Key to Hazeldean

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update today about the ongoing negotiations between Minto and city staff over the proposed Potter’s Key development.

The development would be located between Echowoods and Jackson Trails, and residents in those existing communities have voiced a number of concerns about the proposal.  One of the big beefs is about a lack of road access from Hazeldean Road.

Minto’s original plans for the subdivision included road access to Hazeldean, but that’s been dropped. Minto doesn’t own the land the road would go through, and hasn’t been able to negotiate a sale with the landowner. Continue reading


Celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Monkey in Kanata

via the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre (KCSSC)

We are pleased to inform you that the 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration Event will be held on February 14, 2016 (Sunday) from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Drive in Kanata. All communities are invited to join us for Chinese cultural displays, a lion dance performance, entertainment, family games, food fest and lucky draws.

The Chinese New Year Event in 2014 was very well-received and attracted thousands of people from the community to celebrate it with us. Riding on the success of the previous year, we are expecting an even larger attendance in 2016.

This annual celebration event is organized by the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre (KCSSC), a non-profit organization, with the aim of bridging communities through community events like celebrating Chinese New Year and other festivals.

KCSSC is one of the most active seniors’ communities in Kanata. Since its inception in 2012, we have been rendering support to Chinese seniors and their families in Kanata and surrounding areas to adapt and integrate into the mainstream.   KCSSC has also been actively promoting altruism among our seniors through community and volunteer work, like regular visits to seniors’ residences, the EPIC Walk for Cancer Care, Cleaning the Capital, and others, so that our seniors can experience the joy and satisfaction of being able to help others.

We are also recruiting youth volunteers for this event. Please contact Wen Jean Ho at 613-4403788 or email

Tickets are available at the door: $10/Adult     $5/10-18    Free/9 and under


LEGION: Family breakfast on Feb 7 and more upcoming events

The next monthly family breakfast will be held on Sunday, February 7th from 9 a.m to 12 noon. The cost is $6.00 per person. everyone in the community is ‘WELCOME’.
On February 13th starting at 6 p.m. A Valentine’s Day Cabaret with the Stittsville Male Chorus, they will sing three times throughout the 3 course dinner with a silent auction going on and then at 9 p.m. we will start music and dance with “Four Way Split” all this at the Stittsville Legion Hall, Main Street Stittsville. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Bring your special person to this wonderful evening.
DARTS: Mixed Trips Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 27th with 3 players per team. The cost will be $30.00 per team and you must pre register for this event being held at the Stittsville Legion. For more information contact Bill Vail at or Tracey Boss at .


“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: Dave Faubert had the Men,s High Score with Johnnie Leroux placing second. Shirley Pretty had the Ladies High Score with Shirley Belanger placing second. Ken Campbell had the Most Lone Hands with Lorraine Gillies having the Hidden Score. Dene Lavergne 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 . Anyone who has extra wool that would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please drop off at the Legion.
Monique Vail came first with Sherry Lalonde placing second. Bev Morley came in third with Cathy Nealson placing fourth.  Most spiciest went to Barb Carr, Meatiest went to Barb Forbes. Congratulation to you all.   Ellen Johnston  who organized this great event would like to thank Shad Qadri, Randall Moore from CHEZ 106 Radio Station and Justin Phillips from the Redblacks Football Team, for judging all the Chili’s.
Any veteran or spouse who would like to speak to the Provincial Service Officer should sign the form at the Legion or phone the Branch Service Officer (Ron Currie) at before February 3rd.  The Provincial Service Officer will be making a visit to the Branch during the week of February 13th. All those who sign up will be notified of the exact date and time by February 8th.


Forms are now available at the Stittsville Legion for 2016 Student Bursaries. Please note that family military background is compulsory. The deadline to have forms into the Legion is April 30th, 2016.
We welcome Bruce Baker to our Legion Family as a new member.


Notice to Kanata North residents re: mosquito control program

(via Councillor Marianne Wilkinson)

IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: NUISANCE MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM And Change in Meeting Dates (For Residents of Kanata North Only)

NEXT WEEK A MAILING WILL BE PROVIDED TO CANADA POST FOR DELIVERY TO ALL HOMES IN KANATA NORTH (except for high rise buildings).  This mailing should be received early in February.  Several meetings will be held to discuss the contents of that mailing and to provide information on the voting procedure for this program.  The meeting dates have been changed from earlier dates and additional meetings will be held if needed.

Note: If you do not receive the mailing in your mailbox by February 3rd (the envelope is marked “BALLOT ENCLOSED FOR MOSQUITO PROGRAM IN KANATA NORTH”), please contact my office.  Completed ballots must be returned by February 16th at 4 pm, so if you are mailing, do so by February 9th.

While we don’t generally think about mosquitoes in winter, when spring comes, they will be back!  The Carp River Restoration Project, now under construction, includes four new wetland areas, adding potential mosquito breeding grounds. Traps were used last summer to measure mosquito populations. Large numbers were found all across the Ward.  Parks, including soccer field areas, had particularly large numbers.  Hence, work is required throughout the Ward to reduce numbers of mosquitoes and to retain property values.

The program is explained in the mailing and you can link to it on my website (click here).  Similar programs have been underway in other communities for over 30 years.  I strongly recommend that you attend one of the meetings to find out more.  GDG Environment – the company that won the procurement, subject to a community vote, presently does a similar program in our area specifically for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus (we have about 40 different types of mosquitoes in this area). At the meetings GDG will provide details on programs they have implemented in other cities, including Gatineau.

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City staff won’t pursue legal action for GRC repairs

(ABOVE: The GRC pool under renovation in May 2015.)

City legal staff won’t be pursuing legal action to recoup the $4-million spent to fix structural deficiencies at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

The pool facility was closed from October 2013 to June 2015 for major renovations after workers found mould, leaks and rust in the structure. Councillor Shad Qadri had asked the city’s legal staff to look into the possibility of legal action to recoup some of the funds.  Continue reading


Fast food restaurant proposed on Stittsville Main near Brown’s

There’s a new site site plan control posted to the City’s web site with a proposal to “construct a one storey fast food restaurant with associated drive through”.

“The requested application would allow for the development of a one (1) storey fast food restaurant with approximately 2,950 ft² (274 m²) of gross floor area and a drive-through,” according to the documents. Continue reading


COMMENT: Bradley-Craig demolition debate was constructive (somewhat)

ABOVE: Bradley-Craig Barn, October 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.

UPDATE: City council approved the demolition/relocation on Wednesday. The vote was 20-3, with councillors Leiper, Nussbaum and McKenney opposing demolition.


Today’s marathon debate at Planning Committee on the fate of the Bradley-Craig barn was so long that councillors ordered in pizza, and one even fell asleep (I won’t name names). Continue reading


Where the streets have new names

As many as six Stittsville street names could be soon be switched. That’s because they’re too similar to other street names in Ottawa.

The six being considered for change:

  • Bell Street
  • Goulbourn Street
  • Elm Crescent
  • Long Meadow Way
  • Meadowland Drive
  • Walker Road

But just because they’re on the list doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be changed. There are a number of factors that the City weighs in their decision, from historical significance to the number of affected addresses on the street. The city is currently asking residents for feedback and ideas for new names. Continue reading


SPECIAL: A vision for the future of Bradley-Craig Farmstead

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’m part of a group called Friends of the Bradley-Craig Farm. We’ve been meeting since November to try to save the landmark red barn on Hazeldean Road from demolition. 

The group includes people from all over Ottawa, including a descendant of the Bradley family. We have sought advice from architects, planning professionals and heritage experts. We have support from a number of local organizations including the Stittsville Village Association, Heritage Ottawa and the Ottawa Farmers’ Market.
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COMMENT: Local shops are part of our small-town charm

(ABOVE: Renee Saunders, owner of the recently-opened Sweet Room Bakery Boutique on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Barry Gray.)

If Stittsville’s small-town feel is something that’s important to you, take some time this week to support the local merchants who help give our community its personality.

A lot of my conversations lately have been turning towards the role that locally-owned businesses play in shaping the character of Stittsville. Continue reading