Planning department apologizes over Johnwoods consultation

The City of Ottawa’s Planning Department has issued a 6-page document on the Johnwoods road closure, including an apology for poor communication with residents on the issue.

Councillor Shad Qadri shared the document as part of his weekly newsletter, two days after a raucous and well-attended public meeting where residents took Qadri and planners to task for not being adequately consulted on the plan. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Road rage on West Ridge; townhomes proposed for Wildpine

ABOVE: Traffic calming pilot on West Ridge Drive. Photo by Barry Gray.

If you ever want to inspire road rage, try driving the posted speed limit down West Ridge Drive. It’s signed at 40km/h, and if you stick to that speed chances are you’ll be tailgated, honked at, and maybe even passed. The “flex signs” help, but they don’t solve everything. Just days after a new traffic calming project was launched earlier this month, police clocked a car travelling at 21km/hr over the speed limit. Continue reading


PHOTOS: Ride for Vets roars through Stittsville

All those motorcycles on Stittsville Main Street today were part of the Ride for Disabled Vets, annual event to raise community awareness of suffering and ill soldiers and veterans. Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km charity ride, starting and finishing at Brown’s Independent. Their goal was to raise $10,000 for the PTSD program run by Wounded Warriors Canada. Photos by Barry Gray.

STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016  Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant.   Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)

STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016  Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant.   Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)


PHOTOS: Brownies paint yellow fish to raise awareness about stormwater

The 10th Stittsville Brownies were painting yellow fish in Fairwinds on Thursday night. They’re as a reminderthat what you put down the drain eventually makes its way into rivers, lakes and streams, impacting the health of animals and people.

They painted yellow fish stencils next to storm drains on Riverfront, Tempest and Showandasee. The words “RAINWATER ONLY” are meant to remind people of the impact we have on nature and the environment.

The program is sponsored by the Ottawa Riverkeeper and Trout Unlimited Canada. Photos via Kerry Reimer. Continue reading


Police look for owner of wrecked motorcycle at Abbott and Stittsville Main

UPDATE: An individual has been charged in relation to this incident.

Emergency crews responded to collision between a motorcycle and a Toyota Camry at the intersection of Abbott Street and Stittsville Main Street on Friday evening. Police say the incident is under investigation.

Penny Horeczy was driving her Toyota Camry west down Abbott Street around 9:00pm, on her way home from a swim class at the GRC.  She said she was driving through on a green light switching to yellow and felt a thump. Continue reading


Long-term care facility and apartments proposed for Hazeldean near Huntmar

There’s a new site plan proposal for 5731 Hazeldean Road, on the north side of the street just west of Huntmar.

According to the proposal submitted by Stantec, on behalf of Wellings and Extendicare: “The purpose of this application is to permit a mixed-use development comprised of a long term care facility, an apartment building and retail and offices uses to be built on this site. Although the site could be developed in as many as three phases, this application seeks approval for the entire project at this time. ”

Here’s what’s planned:
  • a 5-storey, 185-unit independent living apartment complex
  • a 4-storey, 256-unit long-term care facility
  • a mixed-use retail/office building along Hazeldean road
  • a large park on the north end of the site
  • most of the parking would be underground

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Qadri and planners get rough ride over Johnwoods “proposal”

UPDATE: Planning staff apologizes over Johnwoods consultation

What we had here was a failure to communicate.

I was one of about 100 people who showed up at a public meeting tonight at Johnny Leroux Arena to hear about the city’s plans to convert the north end of Johnwoods into a linear park and bike path. Continue reading


LEGION: Mother’s Day brunch, Spring Clean-Up Day & more…

On Sunday, May 8th a “Mother’s Day Brunch” will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $12.00 per person. Children are half price. Treat your Mum for this special family time brunch.
“Volunteers” and  “Legion Members” wanted to help on Spring Clean-Up Day at the Stittsville Legion on Sunday, May 15th  starting at noon till 3 p.m. bring your brooms, rakes and gloves to help clean up the area. Many hands make light work.
Euchre hosted by the Legion’s 55 Plus Club is played every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Legion Hall on Stittsville Main Street. Everyone is welcome to participate.
An “OPEN MIKE and SING A LONG” with Bill Martin is held every Friday starting at 8 p.m. in the downstairs lounge at the Legion Hall. Come and enjoy some Country and some Rock n Roll music. Everyone is welcome to attend, there is NO cover charge.
The knitting/crochet clubs meets at the Legion Hall every Monday at 6:30 p.m. except for holidays. Anyone interested is welcome to come join in, The group has added rescue dolls as well as the baby bonnets and pic line covers. All wool donations would be appreciated. For more information , please e-mail
Hosted by the Legion’s 55 Plus Club is played every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Legion Hall. Euchre is open to everyone in the community. On April 26th
Bobby McGilvray had the most lone hands. Doris O’Conner had the ladies high score with Shirley Pretty placing second. Dwaine McGilvray had the men’s high score with Garnet Vaughn coming in second. low score was won by Phil Viau with the hidden score won by Myrna Robertson.
Upcoming events at the Legion are always posted on the billboard sign at the front of the Legion Hall, easily seen by those passing by on Stittsville Main Street.
The clothing collection bin is in place on the Stittsville Legion property on Stittsville Main Street. It is a partnership between the Stittsville Legion and the BIG BROTHERS and BIG SISTERS organization. Good used clothing donations will be more than welcome for this new collection bin.


Schools issue warning after suspicious incident on Forest Creek Drive

UPDATE MAY 6: We asked Constable Phong Le (Ottawa Police) if police had any update. Here’s what he said:

  • Police don’t believe there was an attempted abduction. It was a vehicle with a younger driver, asking a child if they wanted a ride, and there was no attempt to physically pull anyone into a car. It may have been a teenager playing a prank that got out of hand. The school’s resource officer spoke to the boy originally reported the incident, and as of now the file is closed.
  • “I don’t want to minimize what happened but I don’t want to make it something it’s not,” he said.
  • Constable Le also was concerned about the photos of vehicles that were posted to social media. “If it was something we wanted people to pass on there would be an official media release, and at that point people can send that out.”  


Several local schools sent a note to parents after a suspicious incident on Forest Creek Drive on Tuesday morning.  Here’s a letter sent to parents from the principal at Stittsville Public School. Continue reading


GAIA JAVA: Greg Kelly (guitar) with Shaun Brown (pedal steel) on May 6

Greg Kelly has been in the shop many times in the last several months; not only for his own performance back in February, but also on many occasions when he drops in to hear and support other artists playing for our Friday night audiences. And he always sets a great example by throwing something into the ‘donations for the musicians’ jar! Small wonder he is very well-respected by the many performers who come through – friendly, talented, encouraging and sharing – great qualities to have in a songwriter. Continue reading


Business leaders ask mayor to accelerate light rail to west end

(PHOTO: “Take the O” by Payton Chung. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

West end business leaders say that Kanata’s poor transit service is hindering their ability to attract talented employees, and they’re asking the mayor to extend light rail to Kanata before 2031.

Earlier this month the Kanata North BIA sent a letter to Mayor Jim Watson, co-signed by other business associations, west end politicians, and a bevy of business executives including Sir Terence Matthews.   (There are nearly four pages of signatures attached to the end of the letter, which you can read below.) Continue reading