Kanata Muslim Association visits Stittsville United with message of thanks

On Sunday, June 25 Stittsville United Church received an unexpected visit from members of the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA).   They came to deliver a gift of sweets and a letter of appreciation to Stittsville United Church for their support following the tragic shooting at the Quebec City Mosque in January 2017. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Hail & rainbows from the early evening storm

Quite the storm earlier this evening… torrential rain, hail, winds… then a double rainbow followed by sunshine. Here are some photos captured in the Stittsville area.

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


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Stittsville’s Canada Day party is a family-friendly alternative to downtown

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

UPDATE: The event has been postponed until July 8 due to poor weather conditions. The grounds at Sacred Heart are extremely soggy and there is more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for July 1.

This year’s Canada Day event in Stittsville will be a family-friendly alternative to the crowds downtown, complete with fireworks, local music, and lots of activities for kids.

The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association, and runs from 1pm-10pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.)

Highlights of the free event include:

  • Free birthday cake and glow sticks
  • Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
  • HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
  • Food court featuring local food trucks
  • Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
  • Live local stage entertainment, including Vicki Brittle, David DaCosta, Jimmy Leroux, Dianne & Steve Lynch, Lisa Kopil, The L.A. Connection. Andrew Waines, Rob Sands & Hardcover
  • Sing along to O Canada with Lyndon Slewidge at 7:30pm
  • Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)

For more information about the event, visit: www.stittsvilleva.com


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Skip the trash and donate your used furniture to Matthew House

(PHOTO: Volunteers move and sort donated furniture in the Matthew House warehouse.)

KEY FACTS:

  • Matthew House collects usable furniture for re-distribution to the marginalized Ottawa community, helping over 600 local families each year.
  • Items currently in demand include tables, chairs, couches, pantries, bed frames, mattresses, bed linens, small kitchen appliances, kitchenware, and any other object that is considered a basic household necessity.

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As you drive along the beautiful roads of Stittsville each morning, one can’t help but notice how lucky we are. Homes with perfectly manicured lawns, neighbours waving to you as they complete a morning stroll, coffee shops welcoming you with delicious smells that pass by your nose at the perfect time, and (on the occasional day this year) a picture perfect sunrise that excites you for the following weekend. Continue reading


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Westwind raises almost $12,000 for charity at social justice fair

(press release)

Westwind Public School was filled with the sounds of excited grade six students and the smell of delicious baked goods on Thursday, June 22 as the school held its ‘Who is Nobody?’ social justice fair. The annual fair is designed to get grade six students to “be the change they wish to see in the world”, as Ghandi so aptly stated. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Farmers’ Market update, more thefts at Carp Road Park & Ride

FARMERS’ MARKET UPDATE
There’s still no date set for the opening of the “official” Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Village Square Park, but Suzanne Bird is forging ahead anyways with a mini market next door at “The Barn”.  Bird owns the old log building on the east side of Village Square Park. The first event will be on Friday, June 30 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, and will feature two Ontario CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers. More info here…

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MORE THEFTS AT CARP ROAD PARK & RIDE
Last month Devyn Barrie reported on a man who had all four of the wheels stolen from his car during the day while it was parked at the Carp Road Park & Ride. This week, there were reports of two thefts of catalytic converters from cars. In one case, thieves sliced through the vehicle and took the catalytic converter, a section of the exhaust system and cables from a 2017 Nissan Titan.

Councillor Shad Qadri wrote in his newsletter this week that city officials are looking into the feasibility of adding security cameras to the lot. (The lot is technically in Rideau-Goulbourn, not Stittsville.)

Meanwhile, the City is planning to pave the lot, and increase the number of spaces from 115 to 150.

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UPDATED PLANS FOR 5505 FERNBANK
The City of Ottawa has posted applications for a Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment for a new phase of the Blackstone subdivision. You can read about the plans here, and submit comments and questions to City of Ottawa staff.

The piece of land is at the southeast corner of the Fernbank area, adjacent to the Walmart. Cardel and Mattamy are the developers, and the plan is to develop 950 housing units, including detached homes and townhouses, and apartments. The proposed development includes two parks, a stormwater management block, a public elementary school site and a future Catholic high school site.

It’s probably worth pointing out that even though there’s land designated for future schools, there’s no guarantee they will ever be built, and there’s a window of at least seven years for the school boards to exercise their options on the land. The master plan for the entire Fernbank area includes land for 11 schools, including a public high school further west.

Plan of subdivision for 5505 Fernbank


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HAZMAT team responds to incident at Amberwood Golf Club pool

UPDATE: Statement from Amberwood Golf & Country Club:

This evening, June 23, there was a localized chemical reaction that caused toxic fumes at Amberwood, concerning management on site. The team evacuated the building as a precautionary measure and contacted the fire department. Five people were taken to hospital for further observations are are expecting to be just fine. There was no explosion or any other situation of note other than the fumes from the reaction.

The fire department called the Hazmat team, which has been checking the HVAC system and making sure that is operational.
We don’t yet know the status for the club for tomorrow (June 24) but will advise as soon as we do.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank the local Ottawa fire department for their assistance.

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(via Ottawa Fire Services)

54 Springbrook Dr / Amberwood Golf Club.

At 20:11 Ottawa Fire Dispatch received a 911 from the Amberwood Golf Club for a Hazmat where Acid (unknown) was Mixed with Chlorine. Continue reading


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New bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign to be unveiled Saturday

(PHOTO: The “old” Welcome to Stittsville sign, including the former Goulbourn municipality “G” logo.)

On Saturday, a new bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign and flagpole will be unveiled at the corner of Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road.

The additions are part of a redevelopment of the park space around the sign, which will include an age-friendly park adjacent to the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement home that’s currently under construction. The park is being funded through the City of Ottawa’s cash in lieu of parkland (CIL) budget. Continue reading


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Firefighters praise quick-thinking staff at retirement residence

(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call from staff at 6:21 a.m. indicating that there was heavy smoke in a unit of a Retirement Residence.  Crews made their way to the 1300 block of Stittsville Main Street.

Upon their arrival, firefighters confirmed that evacuation of residents was already underway by staff.  Some firefighters were tasked to assist with the evacuation while others made their way to the fire unit.  Crews confirmed items had ignited in a microwave in a resident’s room which caused fire and ample amounts of smoke. Continue reading


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PROJECT OF A LIFETIME: Interior designer revamps a Canadian icebreaker

(PHOTO: Tania Kratt boards the Canada C3 icebreaker.)

Tania Kratt has a long commute. Fortunately, her roughly 340 km travel between her home in Stittsville and office in Burlington, Vermont, only happens twice a month.

Kratt works as an interior designer and originally lived in Vermont until about five years ago, when her family moved to Stittsville for her husband’s work. It was supposed to be for a few years, but is stretching longer than intended.

She splits her time between projects in the Vermont and Ottawa areas but recently took on one of the most unique projects of her career – redesigning the interior of the Canada C3 icebreaker ship in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. Continue reading


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CBC: Teen survivor struggling with guilt after fatal crash

From CBC Ottawa:

Hours before a horrific car crash claimed the lives of her two best friends Sunday night, Sommer Foley’s parents told the 17-year-old to have fun swimming at a local quarry, but be home by 10 p.m.

Instead, the Stittsville teen was rushed to hospital, where she remains with serious injuries to her neck, arm and back, which was torn open in the crash. 

“She’s hanging in there, and every day she gets a little bit better,” said Cherie Dillon-Foley, who also said the grief of losing her friends has changed her daughter forever.

“She’s feeling guilty. She’s here and they’re not.” 

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Partying at the quarry owned by Thomas Cavanagh Construction on Jinkinson Road has been described as a popular pastime for Stittsville teens, and the Foley’s parents don’t blame that tradition.

Jeff Foley is more concerned about how the rampant speculation on social media might be affecting the families of the teens involved in the crash.. 

“That’s all got to stop,” he said. “Everybody gets twisted and confused … it’s garbage.”

Read the full article…


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CITIZEN: Family of Maddie Clement thanks community for support

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Maddie Clement loved children and animals and would do anything to help a friend, says her uncle.

The 17-year-old died Sunday night after a car carrying four teens swerved off the road into a wooded area near Stittsville.

Another young woman, Michaela Martel, 18, also died in the crash. Two other teens who were in the car remain in hospital. It’s unclear what caused the car to swerve, and investigators continue to interview witnesses.

In an interview Tuesday, Clement’s uncle, Ben Halsall, said his niece had a “heart of gold.”

“She could have done anything if she had set her mind to it,” Halsall said. “She was a very sharp, beautiful, funny girl.”

Read the full article…


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Murilo Torres receives Welcoming Ottawa Week Ambassador recognition

(PHOTO: Mayor Jim Watson with Murilo and Karla Torres and their family.)

(Editor’s note: Congratulations to Stittsville resident Murilo Torres, who this morning received a 2017 Welcoming Ottawa Week Ambassador Award.  I met him two years ago and was blown away by his energy, kindness, and drive to help his fellow citizens. You’ve probably read about Murilo and his wife Karla before on StittsvilleCentral.ca — most recently in stories about turtles and the blessing of a motorcycle. I’m honoured to count them as a friends and we are very lucky to have their family in Stittsville. -GG.)

LISTEN: CBC Ottawa interview with Murilo Torres and Sam Safari

Welcoming Ottawa Week is an annual festival that celebrates the contributions of all residents (old and new) in making our city a diverse and welcoming community. The WOW Ambassador award, now in its fourth year, recognizes Ottawa residents who go the extra mile to help newcomers feel at home in our city. Each Ambassador is nominated by an immigrant for his or her ability to exemplify important welcoming qualities, including respect, intercultural bridging and generosity of spirit. Continue reading


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JUNE 24: Plant a sunflower and build an insect hotel at JoJo’s Garden

(via Jo-Jo’s Community Garden)

All Stittsville kids are invited to come out to the Jo-Jo’s Community Garden on Stittsville Main Street this Saturday from 10am-12pm to plant a sunflower of their own at the garden and also participate in building our new Insect Hotel. Continue reading


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City asks for input on two commemorative names for future parks

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultation on a two separate naming proposals in Stittsville:

  • A proposal to name a future park located within the Porter Place development the “William Bradley Park”
  • A proposal to name a future park located within the Potter’s Key Subdivision the “Allan Frederick Moore Park” 

Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Redcoats and muskets mark Father’s Day at Goulbourn Museum

The Goulbourn Museum welcomed dads and families for a special “Father’s Day Flashback” event on Sunday, June 18. The 100th Regiment of Foot reenactment group was on hand teaching participants how to load and fire a musket, along with historical re-enactors from a number of different eras. (All photos by Barry Gray)


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Two teens killed in vehicle rollover on Fernbank

(Update, Monday afternoon)

The Ottawa Citizen and CBC are reporting the names of the two young women killed in the crash. Police believe the teens were heading to or from a bush party when the driver of the car tried to pass another motorist and swerved off of the road. Police are continuing to investigate and are asking any witnesses to the incident to come forward. Continue reading


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JUNE 27: Public consultation on Extendicare long-term care facility

(Notice of Public Consultation)

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is reviewing the issuance of a licence undertaking to Extendicare (Canada) Inc. (the “Licensee”) for the development of a replacement home for Extendicare West End Villa (the “Home”), currently a 240-bed long-term care (LTC) home located at 2179 Elmira Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. This transaction includes the: Continue reading


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OC Transpo summer service starts Sunday, June 25

(via OC Transpo)

Starting Sunday, June 25, OC Transpo will introduce new route numbers for many routes in the south and east areas of the city in preparation for the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. Other summer service changes include adjusted schedules and seasonal reductions to reflect the lower demand for service.

Customers should visit octranspo.com and use the travel planner to see if their regular trips are affected.

New route numbers, same route

Fifteen bus routes will be renumbered as part of the transition to the 2018 transit network. These routes will have new numbers, but the routes will remain the same.

Bus routes being renumbered this summer are in the south and east areas of the city:

  • Route 1 will be renumbered as Frequent Route 6
  • Route 41 will be renumbered as Connexion Route 291
  • Routes 121, 123, 124, 126, and 128 will be renumbered as Local Routes 42, 23, 24, 26, and 28 respectively
  • Routes 144, 146, 147, 148, and 149 will be renumbered as Local Routes 93, 92, 197, 48, and 49 respectively
  • Routes 192, 193, and 194 will be renumbered as Local Routes 47, 31, and 21 respectively

 

Hurdman Station bus platform opens
Bus service at Hurdman Station will move to the new bus platform, adjacent to the future O-Train Confederation Line platforms. Customers will continue to pay their fares onboard buses until the fare-paid zone at Hurdman is established in 2018.

 

New service in Barrhaven
New Route 179 will provide peak-period service for the new office and retail locations at CitiGate, west of Strandherd. Current Route 170 will be extended to serve the CitiGate development and to better serve residential areas along Maravista Drive and Kennevale Drive between Cedarview Road and Strandherd Drive. The rush hour trips to/from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency location on Fallowfield Road will be provided by new Route 179 instead of Route 170.

 

Special service to recreational destinations
Summer weekend service returns on Route 129 to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, on Route 185 to the Experimental Farm and Canada Agricultural Museum, and on Route 198 to Petrie Island. Buses run every 30 minutes during the day on weekends, including on holidays.

 

Free service on Canada Day
Transit is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city with free service all day on OC Transpo and Para Transpo. A special schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks.

Paper passes are being discontinued
June is the last month for Adult paper passes. Starting in July, adult passes must be purchased on Presto. July will be the last month for senior and community paper passes. Customers can visit an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre or City of Ottawa Client Service Centre to purchase their Presto card. Customers can also go online at prestocard.ca or call 1-877-378-6123 to order their Presto card. Visit octranspo.com for more information.

Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four-digit bus stop number. Register for alerts at octranspo.com to receive news or route specific changes or detours by e-mail or text. Standard rates apply to SMS messages. New printed timetables are now available. For more details and travel planning assistance, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.


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