Goulbourn Museum’s Kathryn Jamieson receives leadership award

(via Goulbourn Museum)

Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager has won an Ontario Museum Association (OMA) award of excellence.

Kathryn Jamieson, Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager
Kathryn Jamieson

Kathryn Jamieson received the 2016 Promising Leadership Award of Excellence at the OMA Annual Conference in Mississauga on Thursday night. The OMA Award of Excellence in Community Engagement is presented to emerging professionals, of any position or institution, who have shown promising leadership within the museum community. An emerging professional is an individual within the first ten years of their professional career. Continue reading


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New street names revealed: Bobcat, Snowberry, Brae, Henry Goulburn, Turtleback

Councillor Shad Qadri shared the information below in an email to residents today. We like to hear from our readers, particularly people who live on the effective streets: What do you think of the new names chosen? Add a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


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Car dealership proposed for Hazeldean Road at Sweetnam

The City of Ottawa has received a site plan control application to build an automotive dealership at 5835 Hazeldean Road.

The property is located on the north side of Hazeldean, across from Sweetnam Drive. It’s sandwiched between Poole Creek to the east, and Fringewood North to the west. The land is currently being used as a large parking/storage area for the Canadian Auto Mall dealership. Continue reading


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Province proposes regulations for door-to-door sales, home inspections

(press release via the Government of Ontario)

Ontario is strengthening consumer protections by introducing new rules for home inspections, door-to-door sales and payday loans.

Minister of Government and Consumer Services Marie-France Lalonde made the announcement today in Toronto. The proposed new rules are part of the government’s Putting Consumers First Act, and are aimed at protecting consumers in transactions with common household and financial services.

If passed, the proposed changes would:

  • Make it possible to ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances, including water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners and water filters
  • Regulate the home inspection industry through required licensing and proper qualifications for home inspectors, as well as minimum standards for contracts, home inspection reports, disclosures and the performance of home inspections
  • Strengthen consumer financial protections with new rules for alternative financial services such as payday loans, including extended repayment periods and more time between loans, as well expanded rules against unfair debt collection practices.

Protecting Ontario’s consumers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Home inspectors are one of the only professionals involved in a real estate transaction that are not currently provincially regulated.
  • Ontario has over 800 payday lenders and loan brokers.
  • Starting January 1, 2017, Ontario’s maximum total cost of borrowing a payday loan will drop to $18 per $100 borrowed.
  • Door-to-door sales have been among the top complaints received by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services for some time. Recently, the number of complaints about furnaces and air conditioners has surpassed those received for water heater rentals since the new rules for water heater door-to-door sales came into effect April 1, 2015.
  • The government will seek public input to determine the types of household products that would be restricted from door-to-door sales.
  • The proposed legislation to regulate home inspectors was based on 35 recommendations made by a 16-member expert panel, which were supported by both industry and consumers.

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PHOTO: With thanks to the bird feeder

Thanks to Janice Blain for sending along this photo. She says:
“Stopped to watch the chickadees and nuthatches today on the Trans Canada Trail west of Westridge. I am sure many people are familiar with these feeders which are constantly filled by a devoted bird lover, who is unknown to me. Would like to take this opportunity to thank them.”

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your best pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)

Stopped to watch the Chickadees and Nuthatches today on the TCT west of Westridge. Photo by Janice Blain
Photo by Janice Blain

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PHOTOS: GRC gym renamed after Erica Wiebe

Erica Wiebe dropped into town Tuesday for the christening of the “Erica Wiebe Gym” in the Goulbourne Recreation Complex.

The renaming was proposed in August by Councillor Shad Qadri after Wiebe took gold in wrestling during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It received unanimous approval from council.

“It’s incredible, it’s so surreal,” said Wiebe. “It just seems like yesterday I was in Rio, on the mats, having the best day of my life and then today to have a gymnasium named after me in my community, it’s an honour.” Continue reading


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