OPEN HOUSE: Upcoming flood prevention work in Stittsville South

(via City of Ottawa)

Following the July 2009 flooding event in Stittsville, flood control measures were evaluated and a mitigation plan was recommended. The current phase of the plan consists of undertaking flood control measures in the Westwood, Cypress Gardens, Basswood, West Wind, Woodside and Harris lands neighbourhoods,.  This area extends from Hartsmere Drive to the south, Abbott Street to the north and the development limits to the east and west. Continue reading


COMMENT: Sustainability, not revenue, should drive stormwater fees

Photo: Construction is underway for the Kanata West Pump Station on Maple Grove Road, part of a $60-million water infrastructure project in Kanata-Stittsville.

The City’s proposal to initiate a stormwater fee separate from water and waste water charges has stirred much passion. In the heat of the argument, the basic principle underlying a stormwater fee needs to be reasserted: You pave, you pay. Continue reading


Police tweet shows aftermath of red light runner on Hazeldean

Posted today on Twitter by @OPSWestTraffic aka Ottawa Police Constable Tony Hagan. This happened Monday on Hazeldean at Edgewater, just east of Terry Fox.


CITIZEN: Hubley wants LRT to Kanata before eastern expansion

From the Ottawa Citizen today:

The city should start laying LRT tracks towards Kanata before extending rail past Place d’Orléans, according to a councillor who represents part of the western suburb.

“I’m going to have a problem going to Trim Road before going to Kanata,” Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said in an interview.

Hubley dismissed the idea of extending the LRT to Trim Road as simply a plan to help residents in the neighbouring municipality get into the city.

“Why wouldn’t we want to serve the taxpayers of Ottawa rather than the taxpayers of Rockland?” he said.

You can read the full article here…


GAIA JAVA: Guitarist double bill on April 1

Andrew Waines has been active in the music industry since 2013. He played rhythm guitar with the Jordan McIntosh Band for two years, including performances at Ottawa Bluesfest, Boots & Hearts Country Music Festival and Cavendish PEI Beach Festival just to name a few of the big venues. Andrew has also played lead guitar for Mandia Nantsios at various events including Ottawa’s Greekfest. Continue reading


Kanata-Carleton MP set to survey residents on electoral reform

(This press release comes from Kanata-Carleton Citizens Advocacy.  The Kanata-Carleton riding is north of Stittsville.)

When the Conservatives won the election in 2011 with 39% of the popular vote, it was generally agreed that something was wrong with our electoral system.

When the Liberals won the election in 2015 with 39% of the popular vote, it was almost universally agreed that something had to be done. Continue reading


Here’s why the Hazeldean bridge sank in 2011

PHOTO: North side of the Hazeldean Bridge over the Carp River, March 2016.

OTTAWA SUN, JULY 30, 2011: “A $4-million bridge over the Carp River will take an extra month to complete after a structural problem caused it to sink this week. A Sun tipster said the project foreman ordered workers off the Hazeldean Rd. structure this week after it sank four inches when supports were taken away. Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri said city engineers confirmed to him Saturday something called a “deck deflection” took place. The deck of a bridge is the roadway portion, including the shoulders. A deflection is the displacement of a structural beam or system under load. Qadri said there was structural testing of the bridge this week, but said he heard the deflection was “a matter of centimetres, not inches.” (Link)

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NOTEBOOK: Potter’s Key zoning; Photo radar; Hartsmere blasting

Minto's Potter's Key
Sign at Minto’s Potter’s Key development on Hazeldean Road.

This week City Council approved a zoning change for 6111 and 6141 Hazeldean Road, site of Minto’s future Potter’s Key development. Attached to that zoning change was a condition that “only single detached units are to back onto existing single detached units in the Echowoods and Jackson Trails subdivisions”.  
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Stittsville photographer embraces traditional film techniques

Stittsville photograper Kristin Davis in her darkroom where she prints black and white photos. Photo by Barry Gray.

A Stittsville wedding and portrait photographer is taking a lesser-walked path for her photography.

For Kristin Davis it’s all down to the basics: black and white film and prints which she develops in her darkroom. She says the clients who like that black and white style really love the finished work. Continue reading


Hydro poles to be replaced on Goulbourn and Norway

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

Hydro Ottawa will be undertaking electrical service improvements in Stittsville starting next month. The project involves replacing aging hydro poles on Goulbourn Street (between Cypress Gardens and Elm Crescent) and Norway Spruce Street (between Elm Crescent and Bell Street). This project will improve the reliability of the electrical distribution system in the Stittsville area. Continue reading


Car accident at Richardson Side Road and Beavertail

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service is on scene in the 800 block of Beavertail Road at Richardson Side Road (west of Carp Road) investigating a single motor vehicle accident with injuries that occurred at 634pm today.

A male in his 40’s was transported to the Ottawa Hospital and is serious condition.

Please be advised that the Collision Section is at scene investigating and traffic is slow in the area.


Tysen Lefebvre receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

(via City of Ottawa)

Mayor Jim Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Tysen Lefebvre at today’s City Council meeting. The 15-year-old youth was recognized for his tireless and enthusiastic work to raise funds for Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario to make big wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. Continue reading


Qadri wants Canada Post to address ‘mass confusion’

(ABOVE: Photo by Michael, used under a Creative Commons license.)

Councillor Shad Qadri will ask his colleagues at City Council to support a motion calling for Canada Post to recognize addresses in his ward as being in Stittsville, instead of Kanata.

Currently, a large segment of homes and businesses that are technically part of the City of Ottawa’s Stittsville Ward are still considered to be Kanata addresses by Canada Post, leading to what Qadri calls “mass confusion” for residents. Continue reading


Student combines a passion for animals and art

“If I’m going to draw, it has to be something I’m passionate about.”

Lions and tigers and bears.  Stittsville artist Rebecca Woodrow loves them all. Drawing is her passion and, about a year ago, a friend suggested she try and sell her art.

Using the name “The Creative Tiger,” Woodward started her own Etsy shop.

Rebecca Woodrow with one of her drawings. Photo by Barry Gray.
Rebecca Woodrow with one of her drawings. Photo by Barry Gray.

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