LINKED: Special apparatus helps teen with rare genetic disorder realize hockey dream

Great story from the Ottawa Citizen about Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre:

Despite Tysen Lefebvre’s physical challenges, the 15-year-old has never backed down from achieving his goals. These days, he’s seeing an all-too familiar Canadian dream come true. Lefebvre has Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, a rare genetic disorder that affects his skull, facial features and limbs. Continue reading


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2016 REWIND: Looking back at the ups and downs in local heritage

(Above: Barn at the Bradley-Craig farm. Photo by Steve Garecke.)

There was bad news and there was good news for heritage buildings in Stittsville in 2016.

First, the bad. In January, I took part in a multi-hour marathon in front of Planning Committee at City Hall where residents and community groups tried to convince councillors to stop the demolition and relocation of the Bradley-Craig barn to Munster. The debate was so long that councillors ordered in pizza, and one fell asleep. In the end, the committee and City Council voted to allow the barn’s owner, Richcraft, to dismantle the building piece-by-piece and move it to Saunders Farm. A new development, probably big box stores or a strip mall, will be built in its place. Continue reading


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PHOTO: Turkey time on Greer Street

With Christmas dinner finished, it was safe to come out of hiding.

Thanks to Anna Lusk for sending over this pic of turkeys on Boxing Day on Greer Street. “When we first saw them they were strolling down the middle of the street, then they went up under the tree on the lawn across the street. Some were investigating right in front of the house and then all eight birds got back on the road and continued on their journey.”

She says they’ve lived on their street for nearly 14 years and this is the first time she’s seen turkeys in front of the house.

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


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2016 REWIND: It happened on Stittsville Main

(The Stittsville Jane’s Walk makes a stop in front of Hudson’s Insurance on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Barry Gray.)

At the start of January of this year I wrote: “Compared to this time last year, I’d say the prospects for Stittsville Main Street are definitely looking up.” The same thing could be said today as well.  It’s been an encouraging year. Continue reading


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2016 REWIND: The forests, creeks and animals that call Stittsville home

(Barred Owl (also known as a hoot owl, for its distinctive call) in Fairwinds North, photo by Desiree McCarthy.)

If you ask me, the best thing about living in Stittsville is the abundance of nature right at our doorstep — and sometimes, right at our bus stop.

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2016 REWIND: Welcoming new shops to our community

(PHOTO: Just Shawarma owner Nedal Atieh.)

With an exploding population, it’s no surprise that we’ve also had lots of interesting new businesses open up in Stittsville in 2016. Many of them were related in some way to food.

Robert Kinsman, Donna Kinsman and Patrick Caicco from The Grounds. Photo by Barry Gray.
Robert Kinsman, Donna Kinsman and Patrick Caicco from The Grounds. Photo by Barry Gray.
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Everything you need to know about OC Transpo changes in the new year

(PHOTO: “New Flyer”. Photo by Justin S. Campbell, via Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons License.)

OC Transpo fares will go up in 2017, along with some route changes and a major overhaul to the express bus system.

NEW FARE TABLE

  • The adult monthly pass will cost $113.75, from $105.75.
  • The per-semester U-pass will increase to $202.46 from $197.52
  • The base cash fare will decrease from $3.65 to $3.40.
  • Paper tickets will now be on par with the cash price, with two tickets equal to $3.40.
  • Presto e-purse increases from $3 to $3.35.
  • A full 2017 fare table is on OC Transpo’s website.

If you still use paper passes, those will be discontinued so you’ll have to get a Presto card for $6 soon. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Cardinal behind Riverbank Court

These photos come from Kim De Angelis, who spotted this cardinal out her back window on Riverbank Court.  She says the cardinals seem to be making a comeback this winter.  You can’t miss that striking red colour against the fresh snow.

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

Kim De Angelis spotted this cardinal out her back window on Riverbank Court.
Photo by Kim De Angelis
Kim De Angelis spotted this cardinal out her back window on Riverbank Court.
Photo by Kim De Angelis

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SPECIAL REPORT: Neighbours express mixed views on Iber Road pot shop

(ABOVE: John O’Dacre lives in Granite Ridge, near the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary on Iber Road. He says he doesn’t oppose marijuana itself but wants a legal framework in place before dispensaries are allowed to open. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

When Vèronique Pourbaix-Kent, principal of Ecole Paul-Desmarais, learned a marijuana dispensary had opened down the road from her school, she fired off an email to Councillor Shad Qadri to voice her displeasure.

“A shop of this nature should obviously not be near a high school,” she wrote. “I am sure that when the dust settles, the laws and bylaws surrounding the sale of pot will make it illegal for a [dispensary] to open near a school and they will have to close.” Continue reading


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PHOTO: Winter on the trail

Thanks to Christopher Skinner for sharing this photo. "I used to loathe winter. After taking up some outdoor winter hobbies 3-4 years ago, it's impossible to not enjoy days like this," he says.
Photo by Christopher Skinner.

Thanks to Christopher Skinner for sharing this photo, taken earlier in the week. “I used to loathe winter. After taking up some outdoor winter hobbies 3-4 years ago, it’s impossible to not enjoy days like this,” he says.

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


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NOTEBOOK: A small step to better protect our forests from development

One of my biggest complaints about suburban development is how builders often take a “bulldoze and build” approach, stripping away long-standing forests and natural areas. While there are some restrictions to prevent this, there aren’t always enough measures in the City’s policy toolkit to provide the necessary protection.

So I was really encouraged this week to see City Council unanimously approve a change to the Official Plan that should do more to proactively protect “significant woodlots” in the urban area.  Continue reading


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Where to see some great Christmas light displays in Stittsville

Grab some hot chocolate, pack the kids in the car, turn the Christmas tunes up loud and take a tour around Stittsville to check out the lights. Here are some suggestions for great displays in our area.

Do you have a neighbour with an epic Christmas light display?  Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca so that we can share it with our readers!


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Parking for snowmobilers proposed for West Ridge

City Councillor Shad Qadri is looking for feedback on a plan to add parking on West Ridge near the Trans Canada Trail to serve snowmobilers:

“This week, I have been speaking with traffic staff in an effort to resolve some of the parking conflicts that occur within this area for vehicles left behind for snowmobilers. This parking concept plan would implement available parking intended for the use of (but not limited to) snowmobilers between Abbott St West and Eliza Crescent (see image above). It is my hopes that this strategy will help to clear some of the parking congestion on Abbott during winter months while still allotting a place for recreational activists to make the most of the snowy weather.

At this point in time, it is important to state that this is a project which is still in the works and would only be implemented pending positive community reception and available funding. As such, I am looking for community feedback as to whether or not such a parking plan would be supported or discouraged by residents in and around the area. I am interested in hearing about your opinion and thoughts to the concept plan and cost, which is currently estimated to be around $80,000. Please email all correspondence to Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or post on my Facebook page.”

Snowmobiles are prohibited east of West Ridge, but are allowed heading west.


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