LETTER: Thanks to Brown’s and the community from Lifeskills

What a rewarding experience for Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills participants! A big thank you to Todd and Sandra Brown from Brown’s Your Independent Grocer for allowing Impact Cards to set up a table on Saturday, July 29  to sell custom button art greeting cards. Thank you to the Stittsville community for all your support and encouragement! We are truly grateful. Continue reading


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First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

(press release)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is reminding residents to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites when going outdoors. Mosquito trapping and testing—components of OPH’s West Nile virus (WNV) program—have confirmed the presence of WNV in Ottawa mosquitoes again this year. These first positive test results for WNV in mosquitoes in Ottawa for 2017 have come relatively early in the WNV season and indicate that 2017 may have higher than usual WNV activity. In addition to protecting themselves against mosquito bites, all Ottawa residents need to help reduce mosquito populations around their homes by getting rid of all outdoor objects that can hold water in which mosquitoes can lay their eggs. Continue reading


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Friday market at The Barn showcases local food vendors

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles from volunteer contributor Janice Blain.  Born and raised in England, Janice is a retired early childhood educator who now calls Stittsville home.  She’ll be sharing her photos of local people and places in our community.)

The Stittsville Market at The Barn in Village Square Park is a new addition to the Stittsville scene, and with the postponement of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, this is a timely and hopefully viable community project.

Last week I was so taken with the produce being offered that I didn’t even notice the barn itself.  I took the time to look around after speaking to Sue Bird, the owner and dynamo behind the market that is being held there each Friday from 4-7pm.

Sue’s plan is to continue the market throughout the summer and hopefully into the fall, adding vendors or rotating vendors as time passes. (The latest news is that Bower Farm (organic vegetables) will be there this Friday, and a local honey producer will be at The Barn on August 4.) Currently there are three regular vendors, Chris, Haico and Katie.

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Stittsville Minor Hockey looks for Atom convenor

Parents of Atom level players with the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association received a note this week from Robert Smith, Director of House:

We have recently sent out an email regarding our house program at the Atom level. Unfortunately, Atom still does not have a Convenor. It cannot be run without one in place as members of the management council cannot run this level as well as do their other roles.

Without a Convener in place the complete level is going to have to fold. Folding the Atom program is certainly not what SMHA wants to do but it will become a reality if volunteers are not in place soon. As Director of House I will be providing training and full support for the individual(s) that take on this critical role.

Interested volunteers can contact Smith via  directorhouse@stittsvilleminorhockey.com


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NOTEBOOK: City staff want your feedback on parking time limits

In some Stittsville neighbourhoods (especially the newer subdivisions), parking is a massive bone of contention.  There were 268 parking bylaw complaints in Stittsville during the first half of the year, the most of any bylaw category.

City of Ottawa traffic services staff are in the process of updating the parking bylaw, and are looking for feedback on a specific part of the rulebook on parking time limits. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Cinema under the stars

Saturday night’s Cinema Under the Stars event, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association, brought out over a hundred families to Village Square Park.  The event raised over $500 for the Stittsville Food Bank.  Photos by Barry Gray.

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

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LINKED: Cavanagh fined for discharging sediment into wetland

From CBC Ottawa:

An Ottawa construction company convicted of discharging construction sediment into a drain that flows into the Jock River in 2013 has been fined $275,000.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited was convicted in June of four charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act, according to Ontario’s environment ministry. Continue reading


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WINTER IS COMING: City consults on snowplow driveway markers

(Photo: Snowed in, February 2017. Photo by Barry Gray.)

It’s the middle of July, so of course the top thing on your mind right now must be snowplow driveway markers.

The City of Ottawa is running a consultation on “formalizing guidelines for snowplow driveway markers”.  Most people have probably never given much thought to this issue and it’s kind of amazing how specific the rules get.  Take a look at all the rules  being proposed:

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NOTEBOOK: Local businesses invited to BIA info meeting on Tuesday

UPDATE: About 50 people attended the meeting on Tuesday night to hear about the BIA proposal, ask questions and share concerns.  The steering committee plans to keep educating the local business community on what the proposal is all about, and there’s a survey on the City’s web site for local business owners to complete.

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Local businesses are being encouraged to attend an information meeting on Tuesday, July 18 to hear about plans to create a Business Improvement Area (BIA) for Stittsville. The meeting happens at 7pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, Hall A.

A group of around half a dozen local business owners have formed a steering committee to drum up interest and support in the plan.  (The group includes a variety of owners and management from Walkerworks Framing, Jo-Jo’s Pizza, Huntington Properties, Stittsville IDA, Covered Bridge Brewing, and Warmstone Dentistry.)

From the group’s Facebook page: “Stittsville is such a dynamic community with incredible opportunity. The growth we’ve experienced and will continue to experience at an increasingly rapid pace needs direction. The Stittsville BIA proposal is here to exhibit the power of BIAs and how we can help unlock untapped potential for all Stittsville business owners. We need to support each other and our businesses through an organized effort. Shop the Stittsville is movement. Come enjoy some pizza courtesy of Jo-Jo’s and voice your opinion – it matters!”

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PHOTOS: Shakespeare in the Rain

Bear & Co. performed Romeo and Juliet at Par La Ville Park in Fairwinds on Monday night.  It rained for the first couple of acts but then the skies cleared and it ended up being a charming evening in the neighbourhood.  The production tours Ottawa parks from July 5-30. More info…

Photos by Glen Gower.

Bear & Co. perform Romeo & Juliet in Par La Ville Park. Tybalt (Chris McLeod) duels with Benvolio (J. Taylor Morris). Photo by Glen Gower.
Tybalt (Chris McLeod) duels with Benvolio (J. Taylor Morris).

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NOTEBOOK: Jack Ketch update, Carp Rd landfill contaminated soil

THE JACK KETCH RESTAURANT PLANS AUGUST OPENING
John Curry
wrote a great overview of some of the historical buildings on Stittsville Main Street recently in the Stittsville News.  The piece starts with a brief history of the yellow house at 1536 Stittsville Main Street: “The two-storey building… was built in the 1890s as the home of Miss Rebecca Stitt, a dressmaker who worked at the Mann General Store in the village. It was passed on to her sister Elizabeth, who was a nurse. It was the home of Sterling and Grace Howie for 27 years until they sold it in 1992 for use as the hair salon for Precision Cut Hair Styling. It later served as a day care centre and is now being renovated to be a restaurant.”

The new restaurant will be known as The Jack Ketch, a 30-seat restaurant run by Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce. Conway says they plan to open the restaurant sometime in August.  For some hints as to what’s in store, check out their a teaser web site, Facebook page and Instagram.

Trout with lentil ragout and mussels

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WASTE MANGEMENT APPLIES TO PROCESS CONTAMINATED SOIL
Waste Management has filed paperwork with the Ontario Government to amend their Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) so that they can process contaminated soil at their Carp Road landfill facility.

Here’s how minutes from a public liaison committee meeting describe the proposal: “application is to construct a soil treatment pad to treat hydro carbon impacted soils, these materials once they meet strict soil analysis would also be used on site for the same purposes as above and including cover material for the landfill/waste operation, none of this material would leave the site.”

Hydro carbon impacted soils include soil contaminated by petroleum products like oil and gas.  Waste Management’s application seeks permission to process and store up to 120,000 tonnes of contaminated soil per year, above and beyond any previously approved landfill capacity.

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RADAR GUN & DEER RUN
I jotted down a couple of quick notes at last night’s Stittsville Village Association meeting:  1) Councillor Shad Qadri says that part of this year’s $40,000 traffic calming budget for Stittsville Ward will go towards a radar gun. The gun will be available for community associations to borrow to measure traffic speed on neighbourhood streets.  (I wonder if baseball teams can borrow it to measure pitches too?)  2) Qadri also mentioned that construction of the new splash pad at Deer Run Park is progressing well and could be finished by mid-August.

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PEAK PARSNIP
We appear to be in peak Wild Parsnip season. The yellow weed is growing along pathways, fields and ditches all over our community. This is the third year that the City of Ottawa has been spraying herbicide in public areas.  If you’re wondering about what to look for, or how to safely get rid of the plant on your property, check out this article from our archives in 2015…

Wild Parsnip. Photo via the City of Ottawa.
Wild Parsnip. File photo via the City of Ottawa.

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CELEBRITY NEWS
If you were at NeXT restaurant on June 27, you might have spotted Michael J. Fox having dinner there with his family. He was in Ottawa to receive a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award at Rideau Hall the next day.


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Rainy weather and park fees spoil plans for Stittsville farmers’ market

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Despite having strong community support, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market (OFM) couldn’t muster enough vendor support for a market in Stittsville this year to make economic sense.

But the president of the OFM said that they will try again next year.

“We are still open to looking at this as a future possibility,” Greer Knox told StittsvilleCentral.ca on Wednesday. “We’re all disappointed.” Continue reading


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Legal seminar for creative professionals on July 20, Sept 28

(Press release)

StoryArt Creative Centre & Boutique is pleased to announce a new seminar series for creative professionals. Ottawa-based entertainment lawyer and Stittsville resident Byron Pascoe from Edwards PC, Creative Law, will lead the series of creative law sessions.

  • Music Law Session: Thursday, July 20th from 11am-12:30pm
  • Film Law  Session: Thursday, Sept 28th from 11am-1230pm

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Cinema Under the Stars at Village Square Park (July 22)

Bring a blanket and join the Stittsville Village Association on Saturday July 22 for CINEMA UNDER THE STARS at Village Square Park featuring the movie SING.

All Stittsville residents welcome. Popcorn and drinks will be available by donation with all funds raised donated to the Stittsville Food Bank. Continue reading


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“WHERE WORLDS COLLIDE”: How police are adapting to Stittsville’s growth

(PHOTO: Cst. Mike Dosdall of the Ottawa Police. He’s one of several officers who regularly patrol the Stittsville area. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Cst. Mike Dosdall pulled into Brown’s parking lot on a Sunday morning in early May. As he drove in, there was a cash register drawer sitting next to a Tim Horton’s coffee cup near the garden centre.

“Just leave the cash drawer in the middle of the parking lot,” he said, as he parked in an empty section.

“We’re in the underbelly of Stittsville,” he joked. Continue reading


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