All posts by Devyn Barrie

Devyn Barrie is a journalism student at Algonquin College and lives in Stittsville.

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

(file photo)

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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“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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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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Familiar face, unique experience at Red Gables on Carp Road

Margarita Chen (pictured above) still doesn’t know exactly what made her buy a 60-year-old house on Carp Road and open a café, but one day she knew she had to do it.

“It was an uncontrollable urge to buy it,” she told StittsvilleCentral.ca on the rear deck of the fixed-up house, just a few days before opening on Fathers’ Day Sunday. “It was meant to be.” Continue reading


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ALC scraps plan for triple-split class

Plans for a triple-grade class at A. Lorne Cassidy elementary school were scrapped after English enrolment turned out to be higher than initially projected, the school’s principal says.

Board officials had originally proposed that an English class be split three ways between grades 1, 2 and 3, but in a recent update to parents said there was no longer a need to do so. Continue reading


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HIGHWAY ROBBERY: Wheels stolen from car at Carp Road Park and Ride

(PHOTO: When Jeff Levere arrived back at his car after work, he discovered that all four wheels were stolen.)

Imagine getting dropped off at the Park and Ride following a long day of work, only to see you don’t have a set of wheels waiting for you.

No, your car is still there. But someone, it appears, has made off with all four of your wheels.

That was exactly the situation Jeff Levere found himself in on April 27. Continue reading


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Gaia Java a welcoming venue for up-and-coming musicians

(PHOTO: Greg Lee played to a crowd of friends, family and fans at Gaia Java on April 21.)

MARIE TOOK A FIVE DOLLAR BILL OUT OF HER WALLET and with a wide smile dropped it in the large round mason jar with a black sign that says “support the artist.”

Of course, she wasn’t just supporting the artist who was playing at Gaia Java on a Friday night last month. She was supporting her son – Greg Lee, 17, who was playing to a house of friends, family and a few strangers who walked in to hear the sweet chords emanating from his acoustic guitar. Continue reading


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Sacred Heart adds a new life to Night of the Living Dead

(Photo: From left, lead actor Daniella Atkinson, drama teacher Matt Muirhead and student director Nicholas Rocque.)

If you wanted a story about a zombie apocalypse, you could just watch the Walking Dead. But Sacred Heart’s upcoming school play adds something new to the formula.

Night of the Living Dead, the original ‘60s George Romero classic, is coming to the centre stage of Sacred Heart high school from March 29-31 April 19-21 in a specially adapted version.  Continue reading


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Multiple charges and arrests after raids at Magna Terra marijuana shops

(Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. File photo.)

The owner of the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary chain is among seven arrested and charged after police raids on his two Ottawa dispensaries and a private home on Tuesday.

The raids resulted in the seizure of a loaded .44 calibre Desert Eagle handgun, marijuana and other drugs, cash, documents and computers and cell phones, according to Ottawa Police.   Continue reading


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SWAT team responds to “public safety concern”; one man arrested

UPDATE, FEB 1: The Ottawa Citizen reports: “…a barricaded man was arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot his roommates. Police believe the man was intoxicated and had access.”

UPDATE, 10:00pm: Police released the following statement to the media: “The Ottawa Police Service responded the area of Elm St and Cypress regarding a public safety concern, the situation was successfully concluded and one male was taken into custody and no further information is being provided at this time. The matter is being investigated and charges pending.”

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Ottawa Police tactical squads descended in the area of Elm Crescent Tuesday night and arrested one man, which police said was because of public safety concerns.

The incident started around the supper hour and wrapped up before 9 p.m.

Police said there was no immediate threat to the public, although their reaction was warranted. The police response included a SWAT team, armoured vehicles and police dogs. Paramedics were also on the scene.

“The response was appropriate,” said police inspector Sandra Mclaren, who added there was no immediate threat to the public. She said the suspect was arrested without incident.

More to come…

A CTV cameraman on scene with a member of the police tactical squad. Photo by Devyn Barrie.
A CTV cameraman on scene with a member of the police tactical squad. Photo by Devyn Barrie.

 


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Sacred Heart student hits the road for Montreal Rubik’s cube competition

Matthew McMahon, 17, is a student at Sacred Heart High School with an interesting hobby – Rubik’s cubes. He is a certifiable cubing fanatic and it is rare to not see him fiddling with one of his cubes, wherever he may be.

He’s entered to compete in an official World Cube Association event, the Montreal Open Winter 2017, on Feb. 4. We caught up with him recently to chat about the hobby. Continue reading


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SPECIAL REPORT: Neighbours express mixed views on Iber Road pot shop

(ABOVE: John O’Dacre lives in Granite Ridge, near the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary on Iber Road. He says he doesn’t oppose marijuana itself but wants a legal framework in place before dispensaries are allowed to open. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

When Vèronique Pourbaix-Kent, principal of Ecole Paul-Desmarais, learned a marijuana dispensary had opened down the road from her school, she fired off an email to Councillor Shad Qadri to voice her displeasure.

“A shop of this nature should obviously not be near a high school,” she wrote. “I am sure that when the dust settles, the laws and bylaws surrounding the sale of pot will make it illegal for a [dispensary] to open near a school and they will have to close.” Continue reading


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PHOTOS: GRC gym renamed after Erica Wiebe

Erica Wiebe dropped into town Tuesday for the christening of the “Erica Wiebe Gym” in the Goulbourne Recreation Complex.

The renaming was proposed in August by Councillor Shad Qadri after Wiebe took gold in wrestling during the 2016 Rio Olympics. It received unanimous approval from council.

“It’s incredible, it’s so surreal,” said Wiebe. “It just seems like yesterday I was in Rio, on the mats, having the best day of my life and then today to have a gymnasium named after me in my community, it’s an honour.” Continue reading


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“A GREAT PLACE TO BE”: ALC anniversary a trip down memory lane

Mike Mackay opened the door and turned on the lights. As his eyes scanned the room, his only thought was to say “interesting.”

It was the first time Mackay, the original principal of A. Lorne Cassidy Elementary School, had seen his office since his retirement 21 years ago. A lot has changed in both his office and the school over the years. The changes, and similarities, were front and centre Friday at the school’s 25th anniversary celebration.

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BATTLE BUDDIES: How Stittsville fundraising is helping veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: Shawna Church Roy with her second service dog, Loki.)

SHAWNA CHURCH ROY WAS WALKING BACK FROM SOME ERRANDS WHEN SHE SAW IT: flames shooting out the roof of her family’s house.

She dropped her bags and ran up to the driveway. That’s when her biggest fear was confirmed – her kids were still inside, screaming for help. The doors were locked and the windows too hot to touch. As the tower of smoke rose into the air and the screams became louder, Roy realized she was completely powerless to save them. Continue reading


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Stittsville’s Grace Lachance releases first single, Anymore

A little more than a year since Grace Lachance won the Bluesfest She’s The One contest, the 15-year-old singer from Stittsville has released her first single through a record label.

“Anymore” hit iTunes yesterday.

Previously: Stittsville’s Grace Lachance wins Bluesfest contest.

Her big radio debut was naturally in Ottawa back in July, with JUMP 106.9. Since then, she’s made the rounds on other stations across the province.

She was even on TV!

(This post originally appeared on our sister site, OttawaStart.com)


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