Tree cutting starts Monday for Minto’s Potter’s Key

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I would like to take a moment to provide a quick update on the tree cutting in Potter’s Key.

Today, the contractors have received their final required permits to undertake these works. As such, tree cutting will commence on Monday, November 21st and is expected to be completed before Christmas. Continue reading


Charges laid in Iber Road marijuana dispensary robbery

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating the robberies of several marijuana dispensaries and charges have been laid in connection to three incidents.

Year to date in 2016, the Robbery Unit has received seven reports related to the robbery of marijuana dispensaries.  Six of those incidents have been in October-November and investigations have been ongoing.  Continue reading


Hélène Rivest receives inaugural SVA Volunteer Award

(PHOTO: Hélène Rivest with the SVA award committee, Jennifer de Sa, Murilo Torres and Glen Gower. Photo courtesy of Councillor Shad Qadri’s office.)

(via Stittsville Village Association)

On Thursday night at the Stittsville Village Association’s AGM, the group said “thank you” to an incredibly deserving Stittsville volunteer, Hélène Rivest.

This year, the SVA launched a new volunteer award to recognize individuals who’ve made a positive impact in our community. Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community and they are often the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

Rivest is the inaugural recipient. Some of the organizations she has volunteered for include: The Goulbourn Museum, the Stittsville Food Bank, the Stittsville Village Association, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Rotary Club, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ottawa Race Weekend and Big Sisters, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

One cause that may be the closest to her heart is the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She was able to donate her kidney to a complete stranger two years ago, and has continued raising money for the cause through local fundraising activities like the annual Kidney Walk here in Stittsville.

As part of her award, the SVA will be making a donation in her name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Congratulations and thank you Hélène!


Elves from “The Stocking Project” seek community donations

The 3rd Annual Kanata/Stittsville/Carp Stocking Project has launched for 2016!

The premise behind The Stocking Project is simple: The target for this project are people who would normally not ask for help, those who would not attempt to solicit help from an agency of any kind, and those who likely tell very few people they need help.

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PHOTO: #Supermoon over the Bradley-Craig farm

Above: November 14, 2016. Supermoon over the Bradley-Craig farm on Hazeldean Road. Photo by Barry Gray.

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Supermoon. Photo by Barry Gray
Photo by Barry Gray



NOV 21: Re-Inventing Stittsville Main

“An event to bring together entrepreneurs, landowners, investors, and interested stakeholders from the community, to begin a conversation about the future of Stittsville Main.”
Presented by Stittsville Village Association (SVA), West Ottawa Board of Trade, Quitters Coffee,
Free admission, registration requiredClick here to register
PDATE: Pre-registration is full! We will be webcasting this event, watch for the link coming soon.
– Rick Tremblay (Quitters)
– Alan Whitten (Huntington Properties)
– Sherry Beadle (City of Ottawa economic development office)
– David Nash (Mayor of Merrickville/Wolford)
7pm – registration + meet & greet
7.30pm – panel discussion
9:00pm – wrap
For more information please email


CITY BUDGET: What’s in it for Stittsville

City Council tabled the draft operating and capital budgets for 2017 earlier this week at City Hall.   Councillor Shad Qadri’s office shared this list of infrastructure spending that will benefit Stittsville ward. Note that some of the items listed below cross over multiple wards in the city. The final budget goes to City Council for approval on December 14. Continue reading


Students hear a message of hope and social justice at WE Day

(Sophie Gower is a Grade 6 student at Stittsville Public School.)

On Wednesday, Stittsville Public School had an amazing opportunity to go to WE Day Ottawa, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville. WE Day is an event where inspirational people of all abilities talk about what path they took on life. Continue reading


WE REMEMBER: Here’s what’s planned for Stittsville’s Nov. 11 ceremony

(Above: Veteran Lonnie Burse at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Stittsville Cenotaph. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Here’s what’s planned for the Remembrance Day ceremony in Stittsville on Friday, November 11.

  • The parade from the Stittsville Legion (1481 Main St) starts at 1:45 pm and travels to the Cenotaph located at the Johnny Leroux Arena.
  • Remembrance Day Service will commence at 2:00pm. The Sergeant at Arms and Parade Commander roles will be done this year by Mike Fenton.
  • Silver Cross Parents are Richard and Claire Leger.  Their son Sergeant Marc Leger died in Afghanistan in 2002.
  • Following the service the parade will return to the Stittsville Legion via Main St where everyone is welcome for refreshments and entertainment.



UPDATE: Flewellyn-Jones house project seeks re-zoning

(ABOVE: Flewellyn-Jones House, November 2013.)

Last January, City Council approved heritage designation for the Flewellyn-Jones House on Fernbank Road, just east of the Shea Road roundabout. I noticed that a lot of the brush and overgrowth had been cleared away from the property recently and I was curious about the status of the redevelopment plans. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Thanks to firefighters, art at Gaia Java, wild turkeys, more

Stephanie Poff
sent us a letter thanking volunteer firefighters for their activities here in Stittsville on Halloween: “I just wanted to share my support for the volunteer station in Stittsville, they were out last night with music playing handing out candy.”

Firefighters from Station 81 cruised the streets blasting the Ghostbusters theme song on October 31. Photo by Erika Adams Mozota.
Firefighters from Station 81 cruised the streets blasting the Ghostbusters theme song on October 31. Photo by Erika Adams Mozota.


A couple of weekends ago I ran into Kanata artist Wendy Russell hanging some of her new paintings at Gaia Java. Her work will be on display until the end of this week and it’s definitely worth checking out. You can also see her work at The Gift of Art in the Mlacak Centre on November 19 & 20 in Kanata.
You can also see some of her work soon at Värdera Café.
(Photos via Wendy Russell)

Wendy Russell's art at Gaia Java Wendy Russell's art at Gaia Java Wendy Russell's art at Gaia Java


Stittsville Medical Imaging Centre, a new x-ray and radiology clinic, is open in the medical building at 1601 Stittsville Main. It’s a nice complement to the DynaCare laboratory in the same complex that opened earlier this year. Services include ultrasound, obstetric and vascular ultrasound and x-ray diagnostics, with walk-in appointments available. They’re online at