Stittsville 56ers Novice Girls win provincial softball championship

(Bottom Row Left to right: Avery Smith, Violet MacEwen, Jayde Shouldice
Middle Row Left to right: Sarah Di Crese, Brianna Flowers, MacKenzie Bresee
Back Row Left to right: Matt Wheatley (coach), Jordyn LeBoutillier, Reagan Lonsbary, Dan Rollin (Head Coach) Jordyn Lindsay, Fiona Wheatley, Alyssa Rollin, Jon LeBoutillier (coach), Missing Danika Gareau.)

The Stittsville 56ers Girls (ages 13-14) won the 2016 Ontario Selects Novice Softball Championship in Unionville this past weekend, knocking off the team from Forest Glade 11-8 in the final. The girls went undefeated throughout the tournament led by solid pitching from Jordyn Leboutillier, Alyssa Rollin and Avery Smith. Continue reading


ALE restaurant evacuated after gas line hit

ALE Restaurant in Amberwood, along with the golf course and pool, were evacuated today after construction crews working nearby hit a gas line. The restaurant remains closed.

UPDATE: The restaurant will re-open Thursday at 11am.

“At approximately 1:30 PM, a gas line was damaged in our parking lot. All customers and staff have been evacuated safely and in a calm manner. We would like to thank Ottawa Emergency Services for their swift response. At this time, ALE is closed until further notice. We will keep you all updated as we learn more information,” they posted to their Facebook page. Continue reading


Man in critical condition after motorcycle crash on Jinkinson

(via Ottawa Paramedics)

UPDATE (Sept 1): The Ottawa Citizen reports that Aaron Orlik, the driver of the motorcycle, has died.

Paramedics responded to a call for single vehicle collision that occurred on Jinkinson Rd near Hazeldean. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 1:50pm on Wednesday.

Paramedics treated a male driver of the motorcycle, believed to be in his 40s for traumatic injuries after his motorcycle left the road, ending up in a field. The man was without vital signs at arrival of paramedics and is in critical condition in hospital.



Zida Academy embraces new teaching technology

(Photo: Former student Samantha Pierre at the opening of Zida Academy in Stittsville. Photo by Devyn Barrie)

The grounds of Zida Academy were really jumping over the weekend.

Probably because students were busy checking out a park of Bluetooth-enabled trampolines, just one of the many high-tech features available to students of the new private school this year.  Continue reading


GRC pool closed from August 29-September 19 for maintenance

(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)

The Goulbourn Recreation Complex and Richcraft Recreation Complex swimming pools will be closed from August 29th-September 19th/18th due to annual maintenance.

The complexes have requirements to remain open from mid September until the end of June due to demand and the City tries to avoid closures for aquatic operations during the summer period as much as possible. Facility closure decisions are not arbitrary, but a result of analysis of program registration statistics and other user requirements.

Residents are encouraged to review the city’s public swimming schedules web page which identifies the current pool closures and provides a search option for pool schedules here.

For an alternative option, the Kanata Leisure Centre had its annual maintenance closure for 2016 in March/April and is currently open for all programs and services. Please note that fall schedules will be changing in September; updated schedules will also be available at the link above.


Food, beer, and wine is on the menu at Taste of Stittsville, September 4

Taste of Stittsville September 4

Covered Bridge Brewing will host “A Taste of Stittsville” on September 4 in the parking lot at 119 Iber Road, 11am-4pm.

A selection of local food and drink vendors will be on hand with samples of their products for sale, along with live music and a chance to meet with friends and neighbours from the community. The plan is to start small with the first edition this year, and then expand the event in future years.

Businesses confirmed so far include:

  • Covered Bridge Brewing
  • Little Red Shack BBQ
  • The Grounds Cafe
  • Bonita’s Cantina
  • Jubilani Vineyard & Winery
  • Smokie Ridge Vineyard

Admission is free, with food and drinks on sale from the vendors. You can find more information about the event on Facebook…

Vendors interested in participating should contact Sean Bollard at 


Stittsville’s Grace Lachance releases first single, Anymore

A little more than a year since Grace Lachance won the Bluesfest She’s The One contest, the 15-year-old singer from Stittsville has released her first single through a record label.

“Anymore” hit iTunes yesterday.

Previously: Stittsville’s Grace Lachance wins Bluesfest contest.

Her big radio debut was naturally in Ottawa back in July, with JUMP 106.9. Since then, she’s made the rounds on other stations across the province.

She was even on TV!

(This post originally appeared on our sister site,


UPDATE: No commemorative street names in this round

(PHOTO: Warner-Colpitts Lane is named after Sterling Warner and Ian Colpitts, two Stittsville volunteers who were instrumental in building the Johnny Leroux Arena.)

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update on the process to rename five Stittsville streets, and has confirmed that “street names acknowledging meritorious members of the community” won’t make the shortlist.  Instead, they’ll be reserved for use in future neighbourhoods. Continue reading


GRC gym to be named after Erica Wiebe

Just one week after she won Olympic gold in Rio, hundreds of residents – many of them kids – packed the gymnasium at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Thursday evening to welcome Erica Wiebe back home to Stittsville.

Wiebe led the crowd in O Canada, signed autographs, posed for pictures, and encouraged everyone – young and old – to follow their passions.

Councillor Shad Qadri also announced that the gym would be re-named in honour of the wrestler.

Here are some tweets and photos from tonight’s event. Continue reading


LEGION: Family breakfast, book club coming up at the Stittsville Legion

The next monthly family breakfast open to everyone in the community  will be held on Sunday September 11th from 9 a.m to 12 noon at the Legion Hall for only $8.00 per person. Children under 12 only $6.00.
The Stittsville Legion Book Club is starting back up after a lovely hot summer. The meetings will take place on the Third Monday of every month starting on September 19th at 7:30 p.m. The book for September is “The Little Paris Bookshop” available at Costco.

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Trampoline park will be part of Zida Academy grand opening on Sunday

(Photo: Zida’s Sheng Lan with his mother Hua (Jennifer) Lan and father Julian Ni. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Zida Academy, the private school at the old Ottawa Waldorf School location on Goulbourn Street, is hosting a grand opening celebration on Sunday, August 28. The event happens from 1pm to 4pm and it’s open to the public.

The owners have spent the past few months doing an overhaul of the facility, including new roofing, interiors, security fencing and internet wiring. Continue reading


Orangetheory Fitness hosts grand opening on Thursday

The staff at Orangetheory Fitness (Huntmar @ Hazeldean) get set for Thursday's opening.
The staff at Orangetheory Fitness (Huntmar @ Hazeldean) get set for Thursday’s opening.

(via Orangetheory Fitness)

After five long months of construction, reserving pre-opening memberships, participating in multiple events, setting up and training the team of staff in order to open our next studio… and what seems like forever, we are finally there!

Thursday, August 25th marks the date for our second Orangetheory Fitness studio here in Ottawa and we are excited to invite the public, friends, family and members out to our Grand Opening Event! Continue reading


Erica Wiebe returns to Ottawa on Tuesday morning


(press release via the Canadian Olympic Committee / Wrestling Canada)

With the 2016 Olympic Games ending today, Canadian wrestling 2016 Olympic Champion Erica Wiebe will be returning home to Ottawa.

What: Olympic Champion Erica Wiebe returns to her hometown after the Rio Olympics on Air Canada flight AC442
Who: 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Erica Wiebe
When: Tuesday, August 23, 20169:14 am
Where: Ottawa Airport domestic Arrivals Area
Why: Erica Wiebe is from Ottawa/Stittsville Ontario



LETTER: The Tragically Hip have a really special place in my heart

(Leslie McKay is a longtime Stittsville resident and shared this story about her family’s connection with The Tragically Hip.)

"A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn't think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs," writes Lesley McKay.
“A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn’t think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs,” writes Lesley McKay.


When my Dad was awaiting his double-lung transplant in Toronto (waited 18 months 1991-93) he lived with Gord Downie’s wife Laura’s parents Nancy and Barry Usher in Toronto. Nancy is a Bradley (daughter of Muriel & Grant Bradley) from here in Stittsville and was a nurse.

Just thought you might like to know that The Tragically Hip wrote two songs in 1993/94 on their Day for Night album for my father. They wrote Inevitability of Death and Greasy Jungle for him. IofD was written for when he received his lungs from Terry and when he passed away from his double-lung transplant, hence the ending of the song. GJ was written after they attended his wake and funeral in 1993 at Tubman’s Funeral Home (my cousins by the way) and coming to our house.

At the time, my sister was on the gymnastics team at Queen’s – lyrics “soulful gymnast above the snow” in our backyard. They also made a really special t-shirt for Dad which I have and the notes they wrote when he received his lungs.

While in hospital, the guys would come to visit Dad, and we could always tell when they were there. The nurses and doctors came from all over the hospital to see them to get pics and autographs. Dad loved these guys so much. He went to Gord and Laura’s wedding and they took him to concerts with them on the tour bus and everything. He had a great time with them all. But Gord was like the son he never had.

Doing this tour just shows the true ‘Courage’ he has and how much he loves Canada and the devoted fans who have followed them all in their adventures in life throughout the years.

We have lots of good memories of how well Dad was treated by all of the band members and it is so sad what is happening to Gord and I can only pray for a peaceful journey for him.

This is a bittersweet time for me, as my Mom passed away in 2009 from the same brain tumour that Gord has and she also had surgery.

Leslie McKay