NOTEBOOK: Marijuana dispensary cited for zoning violation

(Photo: Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. Supplied photo.)

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary in Stittsville has received a notice of a zoning violation from the City of Ottawa.

“Two dispensaries have received notices of zoning violations for operating ‘retail stores’ in industrial zones. City inspectors are also investigating the take-out window in a boarded-up pot shop to see if the operation violates the building code, ” writes Jacquie Miller in Saturday’s Citizen. Continue reading


Police seek witnesses to fatal crash at Fernbank-Eagleson Sunday

UPDATE, Oct 31: 

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Collision Investigation Unit is investigating a fatal collision which occurred at 5:35 pm on October 30, at the intersection of Eagleson and Fernbank Road. The collision involved a red Hyundai Accent driven by a 47 year old male and a Honda motorcycle driven by a 59 year old male. Continue reading


PHOTOS: La Course des Patriotes at Ecole Paul-D

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais hosted the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on Saturday morning. Over 400 students and residents registered for the 2km, 5km, and 10km races.  It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive. Continue reading


It’s flu (clinic) season!

It’s flu season – everybody’s favourite time of year (after Festivus.)

If you’d rather avoid the fever, cough, aches, sores, congestion, occasional vomiting and other… symptoms, you’ll probably want to get the flu shot ASAP if you haven’t already.

Here’s a quick overview of where you can get the shot in Ottawa:

  • Pretty much every pharmacy, including the ones inside grocery stores. All you need is your health card. The Ontario government has a tool mapping all the participating pharmacists…
  • Your doctor’s office.
  • Clinics will be held across the city at schools, hospitals and community buildings.
  • For children under five, Ottawa Public Health provides free clinics by appointment. To register, call OPH at 613-580-6744.

Here is a list of community clinics from the city’s website:

Saturday, October 29 All Saints Catholic High School 5115 Kanata Avenue, Kanata 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, November 1 Mother Teresa Catholic High School 440 Longfields Drive, Nepean 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 2 Fred Barrett Arena 3280 Leitrim Road, Ottawa 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 St. Pius X High School 1481 Fisher Avenue, Ottawa 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 École secondaire catholique Béatrice Desloges 1999 Provence Ave., Orleans 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, November 7 West Carleton Community Complex 5670 Carp Road, Kinburn 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 8 Osgoode Township High School 2800 Eight Line Road, Metcalfe 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9 Sacred Heart Catholic High School 5870 Abbott Street E, Stittsville 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10 Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre 2300 Community Way, North Gower 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 14 Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15 South Carleton High School 3673 McBean Street, Richmond 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 Greely Community Centre 1448 Meadow Drive, Greely 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Hospital clinics:

Tuesday, November 1 Montfort Hospital 713 Montreal Road 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p. m.
Wednesday, November 2 Queensway Carleton Hospital 3045 Baseline Road 4 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 Royal Ottawa Hospital 1145 Carling Avenue 1:30 – 6:30 p.m
Monday, November 7 Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) 401 Smyth Road 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 The Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre 1750 Russell Road 2:30-7:30 p.m

Don’t worry. This won’t hurt a bit.

(This post originally appeared on our sister site,


“Ghoul”bourn Street haunted backyard opens Oct 29-31

Joe Chenette of “Ghoul”bourn Street sent along a note to let us know that his haunted backyard will be open again this year leading up to Halloween. Continue reading


Jim Bryson to play Crossroads jazz series at the NAC

Jim Bryson will be one of the featured artists this spring as part of the National Arts Centre’s CROSSROADS Jazz Series.

The series is directed by Ottawa Jazz Festival programming manager Petr Cancura, who creates new arrangements that showcase the singer-songwriters’ songs with a jazz twist added by a special live house band. The series is presented in collaboration with the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Stittsville’s Kathleen Edwards, a frequent collaborator with Bryson, is kicking off the series on November 24.

The show is on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8:00 pm in the NAC Studio. Click here for tickets and more info.

From the National Arts Centre website:

“Jim Bryson is one of the finest songwriters working anywhere today. A true master of his craft, he has patiently built a generous and wonderful body of work over the last 20 years, all leading to his brilliant new record,Somewhere We Will Find Our Place. Jim’s lyrics and melodies are profound and perfectly wrought little avant-garde fictions that expand and deepen with repeated listens. They will put down a foundation in your brain, build a house for them to live in. They will make you notice, make you sing, provide good company, challenge, comfort and inspire. The songs onSomewhere We Will Find Our Place are especially superb, each a gem, a world, and with the wondrous and deft production of Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Happiness Project) and the exceptional mixing of Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes), Jim Bryson has made a beautiful, career – defining, masterpiece of a record.”  – John K Samson



Job fairs at Community Employment Resource Centre this week

(via CERC)

The Community Employment Resource Centre (CERC) in Kanata (415 Hazeldean Road near Eagleson) is hosting a series of local job fairs this week with businesses including Food Basics, Tim Hortons and Farm Boy from the Stittsville area. See calendar below for dates and times. Continue reading


COMMENT: The good and the bad of Ottawa’s proposed new water rates

(Construction is underway for the Kanata West Pump Station on Maple Grove Road, part of a $60-million sewer infrastructure project in Kanata-Stittsville. This photo is from last April.)

Four things stand out after Ottawa’s Environment Committee recently unanimously approved a new water, wastewater and stormwater fee structure. (Council will consider this issue on October 26.) Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: 9RunRun attendance boost, Jinkinson re-zoning, Kungfu lunches

The final fundraising tally for last week’s 9RunRun won’t be available until November but the attendance numbers are encouraging. Organizer Brenda Tirrell says that combined, the three races had about 1700 registrants, up by about 400 from last year’s race. Continue reading


Stittsville South construction resumes, and that means more blasting

After a few months of delay because of missing permits, construction is proceeding south of the Westwind community in what’s known as Stittsville South.

That construction involves a lot of loud, foundation-shaking blasting, and Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update – and admonishment – about the plans in his newsletter on Friday. Continue reading


LETTER: Gazebo funding isn’t a conflict of interest

Re: How the City is paying for a gazebo at Village Square Park

Your recent article reports on a new $105,000 gazebo for Village Square Park. Part of the funding for the gazebo ($30,000) is coming from Waste Management through a Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). At the same time Waste Management is negotiations with the City to develop a new Host Municipality Agreement for the new landfill at their Carp Road facility. Continue reading


City seeks feedback on new commemorative park names

(PHOTO: The City is proposing changing the name of Bell Memorial Park on Stittsville Main Street “W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park”. This photo is from the opening ceremonies for the park in October 2015.)

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting online public consultations on several naming proposals, including several parks in Stittsville and two nearby rinks in Kanata South,  The deadline for submitting comments online is December 18, 2016. Continue reading