GAIA JAVA: Country/folk/bluegrass performer Pat Moore performs Friday

Pat Moore
Pat Moore

Pat Moore’s voice has a warm and expressive quality, as perfectly suited to a rich ballad, as it is to an up-tempo power song.  She moves easily from the storytelling of the singer/songwriter genre, to the lonesome sound of traditional country and bluegrass. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she grew up in a house filled with music, from show tunes to Peter, Paul, & Mary, and Gordon Lightfoot; and later jazz masters like Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles to bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs. As a young girl she would sing harmonies with her sisters while doing the supper dishes – songs from the Mamas and The Papas, and Simon and Garfunkel. Continue reading


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PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Catching up on homework

(PHOTO: Jennifer Smith (left) and Jenny Guth stand on one of the possible sites for the new school, at the south west corner of Robert Grant and Cope. The two parents have been active organizers in the push for a public high school.)

I’ve been catching up on a few loose ends from last Tuesday’s meeting about building a public high school in Stittsville. Now I’m finally ready to turn in my homework.

Here are some updates on support from politicians, possible locations for the school, and how the Ministry of Education decides what to fund.

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Minor injuries after vehicle hits cyclist on Iber

A cyclist was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, including road rash, after a collision on Iber Road during rush hour on Monday morning.

The collision happened close to the Iber Road fire station. Ottawa Police say that witnesses reported that the cyclist turned in front of the vehicle.  The vehicle’s driver was not charged.

Today is Bike to Work Day.


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Hydro Ottawa hosts open house about Abbott power lines June 23

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

Over the next few months, Hydro Ottawa crews will be working in the Stittsville area making improvements and updating the area’s electrical distribution infrastructure. Plans include a new power line installed along the South side of Abbott Street, from Stittsville Main Street to Granite Ridge Drive. The goal is to increase the power supply capacity and improve reliability to Stittsville. Continue reading


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Arts in the Park returns on June 5

(via Stittsville Village Association)

(UPDATE: Arts in the Park has been cancelled due to rain, and will be rescheduled for August.)

The Stittsville Village Association (SVA) kicks off spring with the annual Arts in the Park exhibition. More than 60 professional and amateur artists, writers, culinary specialists, musicians, and other creators will bring their work to Village Square Park (Stittsville Main at Abbott Street) for an afternoon of cultural appreciation and enjoyment.

In addition to the showcase of art, high end crafts, and literary works, the SVA endeavours to provide a variety of other activities, including performances, special activities for children and youth, and fundraising snack sales.

Arts in the Park 2016 is set for Sunday, June 5th from noon until 5 pm. RAIN OR SHINE!

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Global Pet Foods donates over $1,700 to Lanark Animal Welfare Society

Cathy Taylor, Monique Graziano and Dave Lindstedt
Left to right: Cathy Taylor, store manager Monique Graziano and Dave Lindstedt

Global Pet Foods in Stittsville is supporting homeless pets in the community with a donation to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS).

Franchisee Richard Higgs and the staff at his store raised $1,770.29 for  LAWS through the national Show Us Your Heart fundraiser. Being a no-kill shelter LAWS will use the funds to provide shelter and care to each animal until their forever home is found.

Customers at Global Pet Foods stores across Canada donated a total of $1,250,000 in February as part of the national campaign.

(Photo & article via Global Pet Foods)


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Wiebe wrestles her way to the Rio Olympics

(PHOTO: Erica Wiebe celebrates after qualifying for the Olympics at the Pan Am Olympic Qualifier in Fresno, Texas in March. Photo via Erica Wiebe.)

Erica Wiebe’s journey to the Olympics in Rio started when she was in Grade 9 at Sacred Heart High School. That’s when she saw a poster for co-ed wrestling practice.

“I was playing competitive soccer from a pretty young age. I played every sport in high school and in grade 9 one of the sports offered was wrestling,” she says. “Right away I just loved it. It’s unlike anything else. You get to touch somebody, put your hands on them. But it’s tactical too, like a very sweaty chess game.”
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Teens, young adults and bush parties a bad mix, say police

(Photo: Maybe or maybe not the leftovers of a bush party, near Abbott Street.)

(Article via Crime Prevention Ottawa)

Every Friday afternoon when high schools let out in Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, some teens head straight for a “Tequila Sunrise.” It’s slang for the bush parties teens attend to kick off the weekend. Many young adults attend these parties too. With warmer weather upon us, we’re in prime season for these off-the-beaten-track get togethers.

They take place in parks, trails, forests, private lands and green spaces throughout the city and our rural areas. What may seem like harmless “teens being teens” to some parents comes with a range of risks. Here’s what you should know. Continue reading


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GAIA JAVA: Bruce Wozny with the Wellington Trio on May 27

Bruce Wozny
Bruce Wozny

A singer-songwriter with a fondness for great songs, Bruce’s musical heroes include Gillian Welch, Tom Waits, John Prine, Turlough O’Carolan, Dave Frishberg, Roger Miller and Duke Ellington.  That’s a pretty eclectic range of influences – from a blind Irish Harper to one of the World’s greatest big-band leaders! One of Bruce’s songs can be heard in the soundtrack of ‘A Windigo Tale’, a feature film by Canadian writer and director Armand Ruffo. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Public high school is about giving parents a real choice

A public high school for Stittsville has finally hit #1 on the public school board’s priority list.

At tonight’s Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) meeting, parents, trustees, the local councillor and even a representative from Jack Maclaren’s office were all singing from the same songbook. Now we’ll see if the Ministry of Education joins in. Continue reading


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LIVE: Tonight’s public school board meeting

UPDATE: Click here for a recap of the meeting…

If technology co-operates, we’ll be sharing updates here from tonight’s public school board meeting where trustees will discuss their capital priority list for this year. A large contingent of Stittsville parents is expected to be on hand to support prioritizing a $36-million public high school. Continue reading


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Cupcake Fairies deliver pick-me-ups to deserving families

(PHOTO: Jordan McNichols (left) and Jan Campbell, the Cupcake Fairies. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Jordan McNichols and her mother, Jan Campbell, the force behind the magical Cupcake Fairies, have delivered hundreds of cupcakes to scores of houses over the past few months.

The idea for the Cupcake Fairies started with a Secret Santa group that originated from the Buy Nothing Stittsville Facebook group. At a reveal party in January to find out who your Secret Santa was, Campbell brought some cupcakes. Campbell is a pastry chef who runs a home-based businesses called Sweet Amelia Bake Shop. McNichols said the cupcakes were a hit at the party, and when people began asking how to get some, she said: “you never know, they might just show up on your doorstep.” Continue reading


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