REEVELY: Theresa Qadri hopes to win new Carleton riding for Ontario Liberals

As we tweeted earlier today, Theresa Qadri is seeking the Liberal nomination in Carleton riding for next year’s provincial election.

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Registration now open for 2018 9RunRun

Registration is officially open for next year’s edition of 9RunRun on October 13, 2018. Anyone who registers before December 30 will be entered to win 1 of 2 Garmin Forerunners or 1 of 3 pairs of tickets to a Sens home game.

You can register here…

9RunRun provides runners with a second-to-none fall running experience combined with an amazing opportunity to support Ottawa’s fire, police and paramedics services.

  • Run with Ottawa’s Firefighters, Police and Paramedics
  • Beautiful fall running on courses including parts of the Trans Canada Trail.
  • High-quality race organization with timing from Sportstats
  • Fun, event features like the annual Chief’s Chili Cookoff
  • Awesome t-shirts and medals you won’t find anywhere else!


NOTEBOOK: Buyer for Butler House; council approves Kavanagh Green

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After nearly 18 months on the market, the historic Butler House / Green’s Hotel on Stittsville Main Street has been sold. The new owners are from the Kanata area and they plan to keep the building as an office for at least the next couple of years. Built in 1894, the three-story brick building is the only officially designated heritage building on Stittsville Main Street.  The real estate agent tells me the building is in excellent condition — he said the foundation looks like it was poured yesterday. Read more about the history of the building here…



City Council approved commemorative naming proposals for a future park at the corner of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street, to be known as Kavanagh Green. From the official report on the proposal:

“In recognition of the Kavanagh family’s historical significance to the community of Stittsville, a proposal to name a future park at the southwest corner intersection of Hazeldean road and Stittsville Main Street has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. For nearly a century, Kavanagh family members have made important contributions to the community of Stittsville and surrounding areas which include owning and operating the popular Stittsville Flea Market for 25 years and volunteering with the Food Bank, Holy Spirit Church and the Ruddy Shenkman Hospice.”



Kitchissippi Ward councillor Jeff Leiper shared this nugget of information in his weekly newsletter: “At Council, we’ll also consider a new Planning Advisory Committee that will consist of Council, resident, Federation of Citizen Association, builder, building owner, planning, architect and landscape architect communities. That committee is proposed to meet twice a year to comment on and then review the planning department’s workplan. It would work like other advisory committees at the City, with public notice of its meetings, agendas, and following the advisory committees’ rules of procedure.”


BOUGHNER: Today is the most important shovelling day of the year

Fun piece in the Citizen today from our Stittsville neighbour Joe Boughner.

It’s your old pal Joe the Suburban Dad here with the first “Driveway Shovelling Tips from a Suburban Dad” offering of the season.

So tie on your scarves, lace up your boots and dig out your YakTrax. We’ve got work to do.

Now sure, friends, we’ve had a few false alarms already. The more keen of us have even been out for a few practice runs with our trusty shovels.

But aside from the few, the proud and the obsessive, nature’s thrown nothing at us that a bit of patience and an unseasonably high temperature upswing couldn’t handle.

But this? This one’s different. This is the official start of driveway shovelling season.

Read the full story here…


HIGH FIVE: The Keg raises more than $9,000 for Sens Foundation

(Press release & photo via Sens Foundation / The Keg)

The Keg’s new location at the corner of Huntmar Dr. and Hazeldean Rd. opened late last month, and they’re already having an impact in our community.

Supporting local charities has always been an important characteristic of Keg culture. Thus, following a longstanding Keg tradition, new staff prepared for opening day by fundraising for a local charity through The Keg Spirit Foundation. Guests were invited to enjoy a special menu the weekend prior to the official opening in exchange for a $10 donation to benefit the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The event raised a total of $9,242.

“Our impact in the community is a result of our strong partnerships with local business. We’re proud and fortunate to be selected as the charity of choice for the opening of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar in Stittsville,” said Danielle Robinson, President and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “Thanks to The Keg, their staff and customers, thousands of deserving children and youth in our community will have an opportunity to play and get involved in social activity, education, teamwork and leadership. The impact of The Keg’s contribution will allow the next generation of children in our community to become leaders and to reach their full potential.”

Kyle Braden, General Manager of The Kanata/Stittsville Keg echoed this sentiment stating, “We are a restaurant team that prides ourselves on mentoring youth, both personally and professionally. As a company, through The Keg Spirit Foundation, we recognize charities that do great work in our communities. We are particularly excited that the funds raised at our opening will support the Sens Sports & Leadership League; Ottawa’s only no-fee, year-round competitive athletic league. With the program’s focus on the mentoring of youth, it fits perfectly with our mandate”.

The Keg Spirit Foundation was established in 2001 to commemorate The Keg’s 30th anniversary and the charitable giving led by David Aisenstat, President and CEO of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar. To date, it has raised and donated over $9 million to over 300 charities across North America. The recipients of these funds range from large, national charities such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and WE, to neighborhood organizations, which mentor young people in equally important ways.

Visit to learn more about The Keg Spirit Foundation or visit to learn more about the Ottawa
Senators Foundation.

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CBC: Cost of Kanata road widening grows secretly, councillor says

From Laura Osman at CBC Ottawa:

City councillors are being asked to increase the budget for a controversial road-widening project in Kanata South by $4 million, according to one city councillor for the area — but they don’t know it.

The $38.7-million Kanata South Link project involves widening Old Richmond Road and West Hunt Club Road to Highway 416 in order to alleviate major traffic congestion caused by new housing developments.

The roads are currently two lanes wide, and they act as a major commuter route through the greenbelt in a quickly developing part of the suburbs.

They also run into Coun. Rick Chiarelli’s ward. He told CBC News it took him nearly a week of digging to discover the cost of the project had ballooned by $4 million because it’s not apparent in the budget documents.

Chiarelli said he was never alerted to the increase, which is set to be approved in the 2018 budget on Wednesday.

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Where the wild things are…

(Photo via of Kathleen Edwards.) reader Kathleen Edwards Tweeted us this photo from a recent walk along the Trans Canada Trail, west of West Ridge Drive:

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VIDEO: Aerial footage of the Carp River

(PHOTO: Dr. Steven Cooke and students beside the habitat pond at the Carp River Restoration area. Photo by Janet Mason.)

Here’s an interesting perspective of the Carp River, south north of the Queensway:

Here’s some background about the video, via the Ottawa Stewardship Council: 

In fall 2017 a student team from the Group Research in Environmental Science Project at Carleton University are undertaking a study that will form the basis for monitoring programs and future research projects.

The Carp River Restoration Project commenced in 2016 and  incorporates approximately 6000 metres of stream restoration, habitat improvements (ponds and wet meadows), and recreational pathways in a large, rapidly urbanizing area running parallel to Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.

The student’s project will assemble available information about the Carp River before and after the restoration to establish a baseline description of the restored section. The baseline information and the restoration’s objectives will serve as the foundation on which to base an educational and interpretive program, begin monitoring programs, and conduct research projects related to the efficacy of the restoration.

We are partnered with the Friends of the Carp River for this project.  Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is providing subject matter expertise.


And more background from Friends of the Carp River:

…The third year Carleton University Environmental Science students completed their project about the Carp River Restoration area along Terry Fox Drive in Kanata.  The students outlined four recommendations related to the restoration:

  1. adding interpretive signs to educate and engage the community;
  2. monitoring water quality, particularly conductivity, which is a result of metal ions and toxins from road salting that can adversely affect some species causing infertility or death;
  3. monitoring by “citizen scientists” of the changing ecosystem of plants, animals, invasive species, and water quality as the site matures; and
  4. engaging schools in nature education programs on the site including building bird and bat boxes, and recording species.

The students prepared a short video about the site… The view shown in the link is from a point halfway along the restored river, looking north from over the Queensway.  Terry Fox Drive is to the right.


RICHMOND: Kid-designed winter banners proudly fly

A damp and rainy December day could not deter the GT Signs crew, (Andrew and Blair) from their annual assignment of hanging the Kids Winter Banners.

As 2018 marks Richmond’s bicentennial this edition of banners feature the 200th logo with the sponsor name on one side and the young artists creation and name on the opposite side.

A total of 27 banners were installed along McBean and Perth Streets. When added to the existing 17 anniversary banners the Village is now graced with a total of 44 bicentennial themed banners, the most ever displayed for any event. These banners represent just one of the many 200th Anniversary activities held to date with more events scheduled as we count down to the big 2018 weekend party on June 15-17.

The Richmond Village Association and the 200th Organizing Committee wish to thank all the participating children and families for their great artistic creations. We also thank all of the local businesses who make this event possible with their generous sponsorship.

For more information on Richmond’s 200th Anniversary please visit

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NOTEBOOK: A SkyTrain to Stittsville

About 100 residents were at last night’s LRT open house to hear about the latest plans for the light rail extension from Moodie Drive to Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.

Paul Croft, a project planner from the engineering firm Parsons walked us through various options that they’ve considered for the light rail route, station locations, and storage and maintenance facilities.  Here’s a map of the new preferred route. Continue reading


Knights of Columbus Christmas tree sales support local charities

(PHOTO: Knights of Columbus volunteer David Hatch, with one of the 8-foot balsam firs for sale.)

The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas trees in the parish parking lot of Holy Spirit Parish at 1489 Shea Road (across from the Goulbourn Rec Centre) this weekend through to December 23.

The trees are freshly cut Balsam Firs and they range in height from 6 feet to 8 feet. The cost of the trees is $45 each, and all proceeds go to support local charities in the Stittsville community, such as the Stittsville Food Bank and burseries for Sacred Heart High School students.

Everyone who purchases a tree will also receive an entry for a pizza dinner night compliments of JoJos Pizza. The draw for the pizza night will be done after the trees have been sold.

Please come out and support your community by purchasing a fresh tree for Christmas! Hours are weekdays 5pm-9pm and weekends noon-9pm.


GLOBE & MAIL: Kanata newspaper founded by 14-year-old is casualty of Postmedia-Torstar deal

Susan Krashinsky Robertson reports in the Globe and Mail:

It felt like a death in the family, of an elderly relative he’d spent time with in childhood.

That’s how Alex Munter describes hearing that the newspaper he founded in his parents’ basement 35 years ago will print its final pages next month.

Last week’s deal between Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. to swap 41 papers, and their decision to close most of them, means that many communities are saying goodbye to their own publications – some more than a century old. The Kanata Kourier-Standard is one of them, and while not as aged, the paper serving the Ottawa suburb has a unique history.

Far from the whisky-soaked stereotype of the newspaperman, Mr. Munter started the Kanata Kourier before he could legally drink.

In 1982, 14-year-old Alex Munter secured startup money from his parents and printed his first, eight-page issue of the Kanata Kourier.

It was 1982, he was 14 years old and he commandeered the family Ping-Pong table to lay out the pages.

Marianne Wilkinson, now an Ottawa city councillor representing Kanata North – and the first mayor of the former City of Kanata – says she has fielded calls from citizens in tears over the paper’s closure. Ms. Wilkinson wrote for the Standard, the paper that later merged with the Kourier, beginning in 1969, just before her political career started.

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CFRA: Clothing donation bin stolen from Legion on Wednesday night

As reported by CFRA:

Half a dozen very heavy clothing donation bins were stolen from spots around town overnight on Wednesday. All six, belonged to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ottawa.

The steel bins weigh in at about one thousand pounds apiece and would require more than one person and a truck to move them…

Reports have been filed and anyone who may have spotted something suspicious on Wednesday night or Thursday morning should contact police.

The bins were taken from:

  • Stittsville Legion
  • All Saints Catholic High School x2
  • George Vanier Catholic School
  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. Jerome School



LETTERS: Lamenting the loss of the Stittsville News

We’ve been deluged with comments and letters from our readers about the demise of the Stittsville News.  Here is a sample of what you’ve been saying.  The last edition will be published January 12, 2018.

I have fond memories of the paper as a young resident and personally. My first memories of the paper was having my picture taken by John Curry performing in baton, figure skating and tap dance, starting in pre-K era. Also, I can remember being in Kindergarten and Grade 1, seeing John C. come onto Stittsville Public grounds, wearing his typical, dress pants, dress shirt, tie and Mr. Dressup cardigan. I’d run up … “Hello Mr. Curry!” Continue reading


New signs celebrate Goulbourn’s sesquicentennial family farms

(PHOTO: “We keep things going one way or another,” said Lillian Hobbs, 91, the owner of the Hobbs farm. When she was called up to receive her sign, she cracked: “I’m the oldest!”. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Keith Hobbs still has the commemorative sign his farm received in 1967 to mark it as a century farm after 107 years of operation.

It’s faded and rusty, but now he has a new sign to take its place – this time to mark his as one of Stittsville’s sesquicentennial family farms. Continue reading


Kanata councillor wants to set up alternative to soon-to-be closed paper

Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson is looking to set up a community news site to replace the Kanata Kourier-Standard, which is to be closed in January, writes Paul Adams, an iPolitics columnist.

The Kourier-Standard is closing along with Metro Ottawa and seven other Ottawa community newspapers previously owned by Torstar Corp., but swapped with Postmedia Network Canada Corp. in a deal that will see dozens of papers shuttered across Ontario. Continue reading


HIGH FIVE: Over 14,000 items collected for the food bank

A big community high five goes out to everyone who was involved in this year’s Fill the Bus event for the food bank

Here’s a note from Stittsville Food Bank chair Theresa Qadri:

“What an amazing team we have! Caring, charitable and always looking after one another. You all came together to get one of our largest food drives, OC Transpo Fill the Bus, to the food bank. Well over 14,000 items of food collected and over $2400.00 collected. You make me so proud and honoured to know you all. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart to donors, volunteers, Brown’s Your Independent Grocers, OC Transpo (Carlos & Family and Harry), and our Board.”

Organizers also send out a thank you to all the volunteers, including the Pathfinders and their organizer Leila, for help at the event.

City-wide, the 33rd Annual OC Transpo/Loblaw Christmas Food Drive was a success. A record-breaking total of 139,322 food and non-perishable items and $38,176 in cash and food vouchers were delivered to local food banks. These donations will be used to restock the shelves for the upcoming holiday season.

The Fill the Bus event at Brown's, in support of the Stittsville Food Bank

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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

A donkey, a water tank, a hot air balloon, marching bands, back flips, firefighters, disco balls, dogs, angels, snowmen, a beaver, politicians, bicyclists, candy canes, toothbrushes, and of course, Santa Claus himself.  Nearly sixty local businesses and community groups had entries in this year’s parade, organized by the Stittsville Village Association. All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading PHOTOS: Parade of Lights sets Stittsville aglow

HIGH FIVE: Neighbourhood kids raise over $900 for Peever family

Congrats to Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah who spent the day outside today in Fringewood. They were selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Hagget

Five kids in Fringewood - Priscilla, Ellie, Ashlynn, Rosalyn, and Leah - spent the day outside today selling hot chocolate and cookies to raise money for their neighbours, the Peever family, who lost their house to a fire in November. The group raised $900.50 thanks to the generous support of the community. Photo by Lee-Anne Haggett.

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