OC Transpo summer service adjustments take effect Sunday, June 19

(press release via OC Transpo)

On Sunday, June 19, new summer schedules begin along with several routing changes for improved service in the community of Greenboro East. 

Summer service improvements

  • In Greenboro East, Route 143 will be cancelled and replaced by a modified Route 114, which will serve Johnston Road and provide hourly service on Tapiola. Route 43 will be modified to travel from Cahill, south on Bank Street to Hunt Club, then north along the Transitway to Hurdman Station.
  • Route 72 will be extended along Cobble Hill to start and end at Hélène Campbell.
  • On Sundays, several southbound trips on Route 98 in the morning and evening will be extended to start at Mackenzie King Station for improved service along King Edward and at Lees Station.

Special summer weekend service

Service to local museums and beaches will operate on weekends and holidays throughout the summer until September 5. Route 129 will serve the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Route 185 will operate to the Agriculture Museum and Experimental Farm. Route 198, which starts June 18, will serve Petrie Island.

Summer schedules

New schedules will reflect the lower demand for service during the summer vacation period. School routes will be suspended until the fall, and there will be minor schedule reductions on mainline and peak period routes. New schedules are available at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres, by calling 613-741-4390, and at octranspo.com.

Starting June 24, adjustments will be made at Tunney’s Pasture Station for Confederation Line O-Train construction. Further details are available online at ontrack2018.ca and will be posted at the station.

The next service change will occur on Sunday, September 4.

For automated real-time bus arrival information, customers can call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus their four-digit bus stop number. For more information and travel planning, visit octranspo.comor call 613-741-4390.



Stittsville library to close from June 17 to July 14

(via City of Ottawa)

The Ottawa Public Library’s Stittsville branch will be closed from June 17 through July 14 to receive improvements. The improvements include full conversion to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, the installation of new carpeting throughout the branch, and the creation of a single service point.

During the improvement period:

  • Library services will be available throughout the closure via a Library Depot at the rear of the Stittsville branch.  The Depot will open on June 18. Signage will direct customers to the rear door.
  • The Depot will operate during regular branch hours. Customers will be able to drop off materials, pick up holds, and select some materials from small browsing collections.
  • Wheelchair accessibility to the Depot entrance is limited by narrow sidewalks.  The nearest wheelchair accessible branches are Hazeldean (50 Castlefrank) and Beaverbrook (2500 Campeau).
  • FOPLA will not be able to accept donations of books from June 12 through July 16.  The nearest FOPLA drop-off locations are Hazeldean (50 Castlefrank) and Beaverbrook (2500 Campeau).


METRO: Stittsville musician gains Vine fame with six-second videos

Metro Ottawa reports on Mark Flesch, who has attracted 1.3 million Vine followers and earned an award nomination at the iHeart Radio Much Music Video Awards on Sunday:

His loops include music samples and what Flesch calls “in-the-box electronic instruments.” They are synced with little intriguing videos – of Flesch playing an instrument, or looping an animation – that are so seamless you can watch one multiple times without realizing it’s a loop.

“It’s almost like you’re hypnotizing people with a little video clip,” he said.

One video, called “Encore,” shows Flesch strumming a sweet guitar melody before throwing the instrument in a firepit and smashing it with an axe.

Although he has been playing guitar, piano and drums for years, he never signed up for Vine to promote his music, but to get better at producing. He would play around with samples from other artists and show them the end product.

Eventually, he started attracting followers and then scored a couple of advertising gigs with Gatorade and HTC.

Read the full article here…

You can also read the MMVA profile of Flesch here…

Here are couple more of his Vines:


CBC: Stittsville farmers lose crops, cry foul over wild parsnip purge

(FILE PHOTO: Wild parsnip growing along the ditch on Huntley Road south of Stittsville. Photo by Barry Gray.)

From CBC Ottawa:

Organic farmers near the Ottawa community of Stittsville say they’ve had to destroy portions of their crops because the city botched its notification process for spraying herbicides to kill wild parsnip.

Wild parsnip — officially labelled a noxious weed in Ontario last year — has become a concern because the plant’s toxic sap can cause skin rashes. The weed also wipes out other species, including flowering plant species that attract bees.

The city sent certified organic farmer Dick Coote of Littledown Farms a notice in the mail saying he could opt out of herbicide spraying along his fields on Mansfield Road. The notice said the city would put up signs in advance in areas it planned to spray to give Coote time to opt out.

But the signs never appeared, he said.

Read the full story…


Fire hydrant testing in Stittsville June 14-17

Minion fire hydrant, as seen on Stonepath Crescent in Crossing Bridge

(via City of Ottawa)

Did you know that the City has over 22,000 fire hydrants? To ensure they are in working order, all City hydrants are tested annually. The following streets will be tested between June 14 and June 17.  Most are in the Fairwinds, Johnwoods, Arcadia and Richardson Ridge communities. Continue reading


GAIA JAVA: Double bill with Linda Barnes, & Northern Stars Chorus on June 17

This Friday will be the first time we have Linda Barnes playing in the shop. She has already done a great job at some of the open mic nights around town. She learned to play the harmonica at eleven years old, then learned guitar at age twelve, and now plays a range of instruments as well as singing and writing her own songs. She played for several years in a group called “The Good News Singers”, and she also plays at fund raisers, and weddings. As well as her original material she performs covers from musicians such as Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and The Judds. Continue reading


Goulbourn Museum hosts Father’s Day Flashback on Sunday

(PHOTO: This Sunday, members of the WWI Canadian Army Medical Corps (recreated) from St. Thomas, Ontario will be transforming the Goulbourn Museum grounds into a Forward Aid Post and Casualty Clearing Centre or field hospital. The museum will also launch their new exhibit “Healing Hands – Medicine During the World Wars.”)

Step back in time this Father’s Day and enjoy old-fashioned fun at Goulbourn Museum.

A new exhibit will explore medicine during the world wars while reenactors from the WWI Canadian Army Medical Corps (recreated) will transform the grounds into a Forward Aid Post and Casualty Clearing Station. Continue reading


Section of Maple Grove closed on Saturday for more hydro pole relocation work

(via Hydro Ottawa)

In May, Hydro Ottawa began conducting a pole relocation project to improve the reliability of the electrical service in the Stittsville and Kanata West area. Pole relocation involves excavating and moving existing poles located on your street and/or in your backyard. Continue reading


Olympic wrestler Erica Wiebe tours Stittsville

Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe was touring around Stittsville today with a crew from CBC Ottawa tagging along.  The former Sacred Heart student will be competing at the Rio Olympics in August.

You can listen to a replay of a CBC Ottawa Morning interview with Wiebe and her mom Paula, online at cbc.ca/ottawa. Wiebe visited three local schools Monday and spoke to almost 1,000 students.  Continue reading


Maybe it was a cougar after all?

(ABOVE: Photo illustration.)

Last week we published a story called “It’s probably not a cougar that you saw in Stittsville” after neighbours on Savage Drive thought they saw a cougar, and snapped some photos of the tracks the animal left behind.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) say they haven’t had a confirmed cougar sighting in Ontario since 1884, but many of our readers are convinced that there are cougars living in the province.

What about the cougar in the Kanata hay loft last year?  Or the one that the MNR caught in Grafton, Ontario a couple years ago?
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Dryer fire on Flewellyn Road

(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call around 11:00pm Saturday night reporting smoke visible in a home at 5891 Flewellyn Road near Shea. Residents reported it could be due to a dryer fire.

Upon arrival, crews reported a fire in behind the dryer and in the walls and declared a working fire. No injuries were reported. Crews were still on scene at midnight, working to bring the fire under control.


Public meeting on June 20 about Goulbourn / Flewellyn wetland study

(Above: Former farmland, now wetland along Flewellyn Road. Photo from November 2014.)

The City of Ottawa is holding a long-awaited information meeting later this month to share the results of a study on the Goulbourn Wetland Complex. The complex is a series of wetlands in a large area south and west of Stittsville that’s been identified as “Provincially Significant Wetland” (PSW).

Around 2004, a development proposal on Flewellyn Road triggered a review of all land in the area by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. That review resulted in the identification of “new” PSW on about 60 properties. (We reported on this back in 2014 in an article titled “Property values drained by wetland designation”.) Continue reading


PHOTOS: Grade 6 students from Westwind donate to Big Sky Ranch

Norah Kinny and Jack William present their donation to Andy Parent from Big Sky Ranch. Photos via Marriam Kinny

Grade 6 students at Westwind Public School are doing some great things in their final year at the school.

Students were asked to pick a charity as part of “The Nobody Project” and help raise awareness for the charity in the form of donations, volunteer time or whatever the charity needed. Continue reading


Eva von Jagow wins Youth Spirit of the Capital award

Former Sacred Heart student Eva von Jagow won this year’s Youth Spirit of the Capital award in the “Caring and Sharing” category.

Each year The Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards celebrates nominees from seven different categories with the presentation of a $1,000 award for winners and $250 going to the runners up, to be used for the advancement of academics or social enterprise in line with the values of Youth Ottawa.   Continue reading