NOTEBOOK: New restaurant on Stittsville Main, OC Transpo suburb service, more

Stittsville Main Street is getting a new restaurant this spring. Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce plan to open a 30-seat restaurant called Jack Ketch at 1536 Stittsville Main Street. Most recently, the building was home to Brown Bear Daycare.

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LINKED: Man paralyzed after slipping on ice, determined to walk again

From CTV Ottawa:

We all know life can change in the blink of an eye. Troy Kraus is living that reality. The 46-year-old Ottawa resident was the healthiest and strongest he had ever been until a simple fall on the ice. Troy Kraus made a huge change in his life a couple of years ago; he lost more than 200 pounds and got into better shape than he had been in his life. Then, sadly, life changed for him. That fall broke his neck, paralyzed him, but he’s determined to move forward. Continue reading


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New street names coming March 13

Five streets in Stittsville will have new names as of March 13, 2017.

“As you may know, last year, five Stittsville streets were required to undergo changes due to duplicate and similar sounding names since amalgamation with the City of Ottawa in 2001. Because of the public safety risk this poses with Ottawa’s Emergency Services, the Street Renaming Project was implemented to reconcile these challenges,” wrote Councillor Shad Qadri in his weekly newsletter. Continue reading


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UPDATE: Qadri responds to bus service complaints

Councillor Shad Qadri posted some comments about OC Transpo service in his weekly newsletter today. Highlights:

  • A double-decker bus will be added to the 4:00 p.m. trip on Route 261 starting in April.
  • Overall, most morning trips are taking three minutes longer to reach downtown than they did before Christmas.
  • Scheduled times for all routes are being adjusted based on up-to-date actual observations.
  • Qadri is encouraging residents to keep emailing and calling his office with concerns.

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Stittsville Peewee C1 Ice Hawks win Cougar Cup tourney

(Photo by:  Stephanie J Roberston)

 

Outstanding effort from all 16 boys who won the Cougar Cup this past weekend.

The Gloucester Cougar Cup tournament ran from January 27 to 29th and included hockey teams from all over Ontario and Quebec. The weekend hosted some very close and exciting games for the Stittsville Peewee team that led them into the semi-finals on Sunday. Continue reading


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Annual Ride for Disabled Vets set for May 13

(Above: Photo by Barry Gray.)

The 4th Annual Ride for Disabled Vets event is a go for May 13, 2017.

In 2016, 300 riders and $11,000 for Wounded Warrior Canada (PTSD Recovery Program).  The group has raised over $30,000 from the last 3 years.

In 2017, organizers hope to attract 400 riders and raise $12,000 for Canadian Veteran Service Dog Unit (PTSD Recovery).

For more information contact Adwin Gallant, Ride For Disabled Vets Cofounder/Coordinator, via  www.ridefordisabledvets.ca

STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral) STITTSVILLE, ON. May 7. 2016 Over 300 bikes participated in the 150km Charity Ride for Disabled Veterans in support of Wounded Warriors. They began the ride at Brown’s Independant. Barry Gray (StittsvilleCentral)


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Blood donation drive at NEXT on February 13

(via Canadian Blood Services)

Canadian Blood Services is encouraging residents of Stittsville to give life by donating blood in 2017. More than 72 blood donors are needed at the upcoming clinic at NEXT (6400 Hazeldean Rd) on February 13 from 5pm to 8pm.

Collecting blood during the colder winter months can be challenging because the weather can increasingly keep people indoors and many donors are away for the season.

Additionally, some donors won’t be able to donate as frequently because of new iron eligibility guidelines introduced recently to promote the health and wellness of blood donors.

In December 2016, the donation interval for women increased to twelve weeks, and beginning in March, men will need a higher hemoglobin level to be eligible to donate.

About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services manages the national supply of blood, blood products and stem cells, and related services for all the provinces and territories (excluding Quebec). We operate an integrated, pan-Canadian service delivery model that includes leading an interprovincial system for organ donation and transplantation. Our national scope, infrastructure and governance make us unique in the Canadian healthcare landscape. Canadian Blood Services is regulated as a biologics manufacturer by Health Canada and primarily funded by the provincial and territorial ministries of health. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit charitable organization.


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Another collision at Eagleson and Fallowfield

Emergency crews responded to another bad collision at Eagleson and Fallowfield, just two weeks after a fatal incident at the same intersection

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Your letters and feedback on OC Transpo’s service changes

At the start of this year, OC Transpo replaced express busses – and the premium express fare – with new “connexion” routes.  The connexion buses ferry passengers between suburbs like Stittsville and downtown bus stations, as part of a transition to light rail.  Here’s what we’re hearing from our readers about the changes.

Shirley Butler wrote to us about the pros and cons of the new system:

I have used the peak hour 261 route in both directions for the last ten years.  First, the positives:

1. Bus pass fares are uniform for all riders other than seniors.

2. Regular pass holders are now able to ride the more direct (old “express”) routes and are not forced to ride buses that take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes longer than the regular routes.

3. Stittsville old “express” routes no longer stop at any stops between Tunney’s Pasture and Bayshore making the trip a few minutes faster.

The negatives:

1. Express buses between the hour of 6:45 and 7:25 are very full.  Most days by the time the bus gets to Canadian Tire Centre there is barely standing room.

2. Express buses between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. are very full.  The bus starts at Rideau and by the time it arrives at Kent there is standing room only – that is three stops away.

In the ten years that I have lived in Stittsville (and while rush hour express riders were paying a premium for a bus pass) only one additional trip to routes 261 and 263 was added to the route (in the morning and in the afternoon) in spite of the exponential growth that Stittsville has experienced during the last ten years.   I know that a number of trips were added to the 262 route.  That said, if OC Transpo were to change the timing of the 263 so that it hits Fairwinds at around 7:20 a.m. that would alleviate some of the congestion.  Additionally if there was a 263 trip that started at Rideau at 3:55 p.m. that would spread the 4:00 p.m Fairwinds/Stittsville crowd between the 261 and 263.  As well sending a short 261 at 4:00 p.m is most ludicrous.

All to say OC Transpo charges some of the highest fares when compared to other cities and provides less than adequate services to its users.  I have changed my evening commute to catch the 4:40 261 as it is not as full.  However it is not as convenient.  If that bus does not show up I have to wait for a full 40 minutes before another 261 shows up. 

Although these are not unsurmountable problems I see that OC Transpo will lose ridership, causing fares to go up and service standards to go down. Is anyone looking into the problems and is anything going to be done?

Yes, OC Transpo and Councillor Shad Qadri say they are listening following up on feedback.  “I just wanted to let you all know that I am fully aware of your concerns. I am working with OC Transpo and will get back to you with a follow up within the next two weeks,” Qadri posted to Facebook on January 16.

Meanwhile in Kanata North, OC Transpo officials and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson will be attending a public meeting on Thursday, February 2 to discuss concerns about bus service to that community.  (The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, 4101 Innovation Dr., in the Minto Room.)


What do you think of the new OC Transpo services changes? How can service be improved for Stittsville? Add a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


Not everybody sees the changes as a negative. Here’s a note we received from resident Linda Norton:

I take the 263 bus and in the morning see no change in the bus schedule or number of people taking the bus ( there are always too many people that have to stand for the entire trip downtown). With the removal of 4 stops on the downtown to Stittsville afternoon route the 263 has become a bus for those heading to Bayshore and west, not a bus for people who can take any bus for a short trip. This means that more Stittsville residents get a seat for the trip home. In my observation the changes to the 263 route are not material.

Positive comments were few and far between. Greg Stapledon’s review of the service was one of many we received in the same vein:

261 is atrocious. It’s a milk run in the morning and a cattle car in the evening. The last 2 days, the 4 PM bus left people at the bus stop after Lebreton. Before Christmas, there was rarely anyone getting on the bus after it left Stittsville in the morning. Now there are people getting on and off all along the route before Tunney’s. It’s added about 10 minutes to my normal commute. Coming home I have to walk up to an earlier stop just in hopes of getting a seat. Lately there seems to be an issue having a long bus on the 4pm run.


What do you think of the new OC Transpo services changes? How can service be improved for Stittsville? Add a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


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