Carleton U. engineering back from building schools in Nicaragua

While many students were busy with Frosh Week festivities, Parker Armstrong was working to empower children to go to school in Nicaragua, where only 56% of children graduate from primary school. Armstrong, an engineering student at Carleton University, traded classes for concrete this summer as he travelled to Nicaragua to complete an internship with the non-governmental … Continue reading Carleton U. engineering back from building schools in Nicaragua

Marijuana dispensary too close to schools, says Qadri

(Shad Qadri shared these comments in his weekly newsletter to residents today.) As many of you may be aware, a new medicinal marijuana dispensary, Magna Terra, is slated to open soon at 83 Iber Road. This will be the City of Ottawa’s sixth unlicensed marijuana dispensary of a potential nine in the coming months. Licensed … Continue reading Marijuana dispensary too close to schools, says Qadri

Schools issue warning after suspicious incident on Forest Creek Drive

UPDATE MAY 6: We asked Constable Phong Le (Ottawa Police) if police had any update. Here’s what he said: Police don’t believe there was an attempted abduction. It was a vehicle with a younger driver, asking a child if they wanted a ride, and there was no attempt to physically pull anyone into a car. It … Continue reading Schools issue warning after suspicious incident on Forest Creek Drive

Trustees vote to send Munster elementary students to new schools this fall

(Summary provided by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.) A Special Board Meeting was held to deal with the redirection of current Munster Elementary students to either  A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School or Richmond Public School for September 2015. Trustees voted to approve the redirection of the students as the projected level of enrolment at Munster Elementary … Continue reading Trustees vote to send Munster elementary students to new schools this fall

Public elementary schools will be open on Monday, says school board

Press release from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Today, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) received confirmation of the details of planned strike action by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO).  ETFO has confirmed that there will be a partial withdrawal of service beginning Monday, May 11th. All OCDSB elementary schools will be open and … Continue reading Public elementary schools will be open on Monday, says school board

New school start times in 2015 for some Stittsville-area schools

The hours for several Stittsville schools will change in the fall of 2015. The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA), the agency that manages school bus service for the english public and catholic boards released the new times earlier this week. The time changes are due to the amalgamation of Public and Catholic school buses to … Continue reading New school start times in 2015 for some Stittsville-area schools

Fernbank CDP includes 11 sites for schools

A question came up on Facebook today about land reserved for schools in the Fernbank area.  Here’s a quick summary. The Fernbank Community Design Plan (CDP) includes 42 hectares for schools. That’s 6% of the total land available. By my count, the map below shows three high schools (marked as “SS”) and eight elementary schools … Continue reading Fernbank CDP includes 11 sites for schools

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 … Continue reading VIDEO: Aerial footage of the Carp River

Tartan Homes launches community lifestyle project in support of We the Parents

(via Tartan Homes) Four model homes at Tartan Homes’ Poole Creek development in Stittsville will be transformed into art galleries, bakeries, interior décor studios and chefs’ kitchens in a series of free events in support of families battling the opioid crisis. Called Welcome to Our Home, the project kicks off with a vernissage on October … Continue reading Tartan Homes launches community lifestyle project in support of We the Parents

OCT 25: Information session about Huffing And Puffing Ottawa Seniors Fitness

Huffing And Puffing Ottawa Seniors Fitness Association (HAPO SFA), in conjunction with Ale Amberwood Lounge & Eatery, are Hosting a Coffee & Tea Information Session, to be held @ the Ale Lounge on the 25th of October 2017 @ 2:00pm. HAPO SFA is affiliated with Huff N’ Puff SFA which is a Non Profit Association … Continue reading OCT 25: Information session about Huffing And Puffing Ottawa Seniors Fitness

Stittsville Childcare Centre transitions to not-for-profit model

(PHOTO: From June 2017, following the Stittsville Childcare Centre’s 10th Annual BBQ and Raffle Fundraiser for Cancer Research held at our centre. Each year, for the past 10 years, our staff volunteer their time and offer a family oriented, fun event to raise funds for cancer research through donating all money raised to the Ottawa … Continue reading Stittsville Childcare Centre transitions to not-for-profit model

OC Transpo fall service starts September 3, including Tanger Outlet changes

(via City of Ottawa) Starting Sunday, September 3, OC Transpo will introduce new route numbers for several routes as part of getting Ready for Rail and the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. Other fall service changes include adjusted schedules to reflect the higher demand for service as customers return to work and school. Customers … Continue reading OC Transpo fall service starts September 3, including Tanger Outlet changes

COMMENT: Safety before shortsighted politics

I just read “Sidewalk scuttled in south Kanata“, an article by Jessica Cunha in the Kanata Kourier-Standard and I am incredulous. The article is about how a sidewalk project for Chimo Drive in Kanata South has been cancelled because some homeowners complained to their councillor Allan Hubley about it. I am absolutely appalled that politics is … Continue reading COMMENT: Safety before shortsighted politics

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

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

Book chronicles dreams and fears of original settlers

The life of 19th century Canadian immigrants was rough, and quite often deadly.  Their eventual triumph over natural and human-made adversity, and the foundation they laid for our community, is downright incredible.  That’s my takeaway from Olive Caldwell Lee’s 2015 book, “Living Out The Dream” . The book is historical fiction, but has a solid footing in fact. … Continue reading Book chronicles dreams and fears of original settlers

Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for a new community garden

Here’s another interesting project in the works for Stittsville Main Street: The Kassis family, owners of Jo-Jo’s Pizza, are partnering with a group of local volunteers to help establish a community garden on Stittsville Main Street. The family will maintain ownership of the property but allow volunteers to build and maintain the the large plot of land … Continue reading Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for a new community garden