Can a video game engage youth in community planning?

(ABOVE: Screenshot from one of the worlds created during the pilot project.)

Ottawa Public Health is hoping that Minecraft will lay the building blocks to getting kids engaged in their community and its health.

A pilot project recently wrapped up at the Stittsville and Centrepointe libraries, where youth aged nine to 17 attempted to re-imagine and build a part of their local community in the popular building game Minecraft. Continue reading


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Stittsville’s GoodLife Fitness opens on January 10

(press release)

GoodLife Fitness will open the doors to its new Stittsville 24/7 co-ed on Tuesday morning at 5am, just in time for local residents to get started on their fitness resolutions for 2017. GoodLife Fitness associates and personal trainers will welcome new and prospective members for fitness orientations and consultations throughout opening day.

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Ottawa Police to hold info sessions about new community policing strategy

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) is hosting a series of public information sessions for residents to learn more about changes to its service delivery model.

These changes are part of a strategy called the Service Initiative (SI) Program, which is designed to improve how the OPS serves the community.

At the information sessions, residents will learn about their Community Police Officers, how to access policing services, where to direct concerns about safety in their neighbourhood, and more.

Three sessions are being hosted across the city. Spaces are limited (100 spots per session) so residents are asked to register online, starting today.

Date

Time

Location

Monday, January 16, 2017

7-8:30 pm

Nepean Sportsplex, Hall C and D

1701 Woodroffe Ave, K2G 1W2

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

7-8:30 pm

Kanata Recreation Complex, Upper Hall A

100 Charlie Rogers Place, K2V 1A2

Thursday, January 19, 2017

7-8:30 pm

Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex, Hiawatha Park Room

1490 Youville Drive, K1C 2X8

 

A number of changes have already been made to the OPS service delivery model – such as a new organizational structure for investigative units and the Strategic Operations Centre, a hub for frontline, day-to-day operations and acts as a virtual back-up for officers on the road.

Effective January 23, 2017, the OPS will be launching the last of the major SI restructurings, the new Frontline Deployment Model, which is aimed at improving community safety by making it easier to move resources across the city to where they are needed. The new model will also have more streamlined processes for partners and the public to access services.

For more information about the SI, visit ottawapolice.ca/serviceinitiative or email serviceinitiative@ottawapolice.ca.


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LINKED: Heartsick couple in their 90s separated by province’s rules

From Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen:

When Nancy Burgoin spoke to a nurse this week following her father’s first full day at Granite Ridge Care Community, a long-term healthcare facility in Stittsville, she was surprised to hear he’d spent much of his time in his walker, navigating the hallways.

After all, she says, at 94 and legally blind in one eye, Norman Davis typically leans to a more sedentary lifestyle.

But then she discovered exactly why her dad was out on the prowl: he was searching for his 91-year-old wife, Mae. “He couldn’t find her,” the nurse reported.

Norman and Mae Davis married on June 9, 1945, just a month after VE-Day, vowing then that only unto death would they part. He was 22, she was 19, and that end part probably seemed a lifetime away. Yet now, more than 70 years later and for the first time in their married lives, they live apart.

Sadly, the situation will likely worsen before it improves: because of provincial regulations regarding long-term healthcare facilities, Norman and Mae will remain separated for at least three more months, an absence Burgoin fears her heartsick father may not survive.

The reality of the couple’s possible separation came a week before Christmas, when they were living at a seniors’ residence in Stittsville. A room had freed up at Granite Ridge at the same time Mae’s name — but not Norman’s — reached the top of the waiting list.

Upon hearing the news, Norman, sitting at the kitchen table, said only, “Huh. So this is what society has come to. They’re going to separate us.”

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NOTEBOOK: Business closures, Wiebe in India, Slide fee waived

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

END OF THE LINE FOR TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES
Blumenstudio, the florist/cafe that opened in August, has moved out of their space at the front of Capital Cabinetry on Stittsville Main. Owner Kat Kosk says it was a “business decision” to close. There weren’t enough customers at the store and she didn’t want to keep putting a strain on her existing Parkdale Avenue shop. Blumenstudio opened in August of 2016, and was supposed to share the space with a custom bike shop, but that never happened. Paul Idone, who owns Capital Cabinetry, says he plans to turn the space vacated by Blumenstudio into a showroom for his woodworking business, scheduled to open by the end of this month.

Cactus at blumenstudio
Cacti at blumenstudio

Fresco Bistro has shut down their Hazeldean Road restaurant. They first opened in Stittsville back in the fall of 2012. Their original Elgin Street location closes for good at 10pm tonight. “For us, [closing] was just about a stimulus for some change, and maybe get ourselves into a more profitable situation, in a different location, and under different circumstances,” owner Jim Bickford told CBC about their Elgin Street closure. “Rent’s gone up considerably, utilities are through the roof. I mean Hydro Ottawa is obscene at this time, I think, personally. But … those aren’t necessarily the determining factors in our decision, they’re just part of the decision.”

Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville
Fresco Bistro on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville

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OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
After a pre-Christmas tour that that took her to three Canadian Army bases in Greece, Kuwait, and Ukraine, Stittsville Olympian Erica Wiebe is spending the month in Mumbia, India wrestling in the Indian Professional Wrestling League. She’s been posting some great photos from her travels to Instagram and Twitter.

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HELPING KIDS STRETCH THEIR ALLOWANCE DOLLARS
I don’t remember this as part of the city budget deliberations, but earlier this week Councillor Shad Qadri announced that the Goulbourn Rec Centre would be waiving (ha ha) the extra $1.25 fee to use the water slide.

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TWEET TWEET TWEET

…plus one pic from Instagram…

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Minor Atom Stittsville Rams take gold at Bell Capital Cup

(ABOVE: The Rams players celebrate their 1-0 win as the final horn sounds.)

(Photos & text via Stittsville Rams)

​The Minor Atom Stittsville Rams competitive hockey team competed in the Bell Capital Cup hockey tournament over the Christmas holidays between 29 and 31 December and found success.

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Potter’s Key construction info session on January 11

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

In efforts to continue communication with the neighbouring communities, Minto will be hosting a Potter’s Key Construction Information Session on Wednesday, January 11th.  The session will be at the Johnny Leroux Community Arena, Upper Hall (2nd floor), from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A presentation regarding the blasting program will be initiated by the contractors, providing attendees the opportunity to ask questions to Minto and their experts at the meeting. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Stories we’re watching in 2017

Let’s take out the crystal ball and look ahead at what 2017 may have in store for Stittsville…

CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE
Earlier this year we should hear from the Ottawa Senators about what they have in mind for Canadian Tire Centre once the Sens leave for Lebreton Flats. Last year, team owner Eugene Melnyk teased that the development would be an “entertainment-driven” transformation.  Whatever it is, any change will have a major impact on Stittsville and Kanata for jobs, transportation and economic development. Continue reading


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AROUND THE RINKS: Jackson Trails & Bryanston Gate skating updates

JACKSON TRAILS
The Jackson Trails Community Association is looking for volunteers to help set up and run a community skating rink.  The City of Ottawa has given the go-ahead for an ice puddle rink in Pioneer Plains Park.  The City provides a hose and the water, but maintenance is up to residents. If you’d like to help out, you can contact the group via Facebook or at jtcastittsville@gmail.com.

BRYANSTON GATE
Meanwhile next door in Bryanston Gate, the community association has launched a petition asking the City to re-open their their community warming hut. According to the petition: “The City of Ottawa has decided that the Bryanston Gate community warming hut needs to be locked unless supervised. Every other ODR in Kanata/ Stittsville is unsupervised. Our ODR used to be open from 9am-10pm unsupervised and we would like that back.” Bryanston Gate residents and rink users can sign the petition here…

(UPDATE JAN 5: Councillor Shad Qadri says that a supervisor has been found for the outdoor changeroom, and it will be open from Monday-Friday 3-8pm and weekends from 2-7pm starting Saturday, January 6.)


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Heritage house on Stittsville Main gets new life as interior design studio

(Photo:Jennifer McGahan in front of the building on Main Street that she has purchased and will renovate for her business. Photo by Barry Gray.)

After over a century as a private home, the old brick house at 1495 Stittsville Main will soon become the home of Jennifer McGahan Interiors.

McGahan made the announcement last week on Facebook: “I am thrilled to announce the next big step for Jennifer McGahan Interiors Inc. We are relocating the office to our new Stittsville Main Street location. We plan to restore this important heritage building to its original, and rightful beauty in the heart of the village. We plan to be respectful and true to the bones of the building, while improving the streetscape by adding our modern design touch. Opening April 2017!”

McGahan says she loves the history of the building and the family story connected to it.  She says that structurally the building is in good shape, and many original features remain. “We’re going to try keep as much as possible while we renovate. We want to keep it intact.”

The house belonged to the Lytle family for over 60 years.  Cathy Lytle told reporter Devyn Barrie about the history of the house in an interview last summer:  “It was built in 1900 from a bachelor and it was sold four years later to a young couple… he was a tinkerer and they raised their daughter, Evelyn. She took cancer and died and then the father died of old age and the mother died after she sold the house to my parents… she lived with my parents for five years, she had herself written into the deed, for one bedroom and three meals a day and they got along fine, until she passed away.”

The house doesn’t have official heritage designation, but it is on the City’s heritage registry, which lists buildings of historical importance.

McGahan takes possession in January, and hopes to have the renovations finished by April.  I’m thrilled to hear that this charming piece of our village history will get the attention and care it deserves. Congrats Jennifer!

1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 30, 2016. Photo by Barry Gray
1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.
1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 30, 2016. Photo by Barry Gray
1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.
1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 30, 2016. Photo by Barry Gray
1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.
1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 30, 2016. Photo by Barry Gray
1425 Stittsville Main Street, December 2016. Photo by Barry Gray.
Lytle House, June 2016. Photo by Glen Gower.
Lytle House, June 2016. Photo by Glen Gower.
Ab & Gwen Lytle's house, 1976. Photo from the Goulbourn Township Historical Society archives via Lesley McKay.
Ab & Gwen Lytle’s house, 1976. Photo from the Goulbourn Township Historical Society archives via Lesley McKay.

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