All posts by Glen Gower

TRASH TALK: Everything you need to know about the Carp Road Landfill Expansion

When we posted an article last month about Waste Management filing a compliance application for expanding the Carp Road landfill, our readers had quite a few questions about the facility.

We did some research and sent questions to both Waste Management and The Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) coalition to come with answers to many of those questions. Continue reading


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Where to find a pumpkin near Stittsville

(Pumpkins off Upper Dyer Road. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Sure, you can pick up a Halloween pumpkin for a few dollars at your favourite grocery store — but it’s more fun to head out to a farm or one of the big roadside stands that sell pumpkins. Usually you get a better selection, and some of them have special activities for kids too like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of some of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.

  • Abby Hill Farms (Richmond)
    Headquartered in Richmond with smaller satellite locations around the region. We always go to the one at Bankfield and Prince of Whales, just east of the 416. Lots of pumpkins and some fun scarecrows too.
  • Creekside Gardens (Richmond)
    Creekside Gardens is a greenhouse, gift shop, and nursery centre located in Ottawa. With fifteen acres of land, they grow a lot of our own plants, including pumpkins.
  • Fallowfield Farm (just south of Stittsville)
    Lots of pumpkins, gourds, straw & hay bales, corn-stalks and more. You can also book a hay wagon ride for your family or group and head out into the fields to find a pumpkin.
  • Saunders Farm (Munster, south of Fallowfield Road)
    Saunders Farm is known for their annual Halloween attractions, but you can also find some good pumpkins — and there’s no admission to pay if you’re just browsing the pumpkin patch.

For more local pumpkin patches, check out OttawaStart’s Pumpkin Guide.


What are your favourite places to get a pumpkin?  Does your family have any notable Halloween traditions?  Tell us about it in the comments below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

 

Pumpkins for sale at Abby Hill Farms, Bankfield at Prince of Wales. Photo by Glen Gower.
Pumpkins for sale at Abby Hill Farms, Bankfield at Prince of Wales. Photo by Glen Gower.

Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?

The Huntmar Bridge that crosses the Queensway doesn’t have sidewalks, and probably won’t for at least a decade.

The overpass connects Tanger Outlets, Minto’s new 1,500-home Arcadia development, and Canadian Tire Centre.  There are sidewalks south and north of the bridge, but the bridge itself only has a narrow curb on one side and a narrow paved shoulder on the other.

We asked the City of Ottawa why the bridge doesn’t have sidewalks, and they said to ask the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, who own and manage the bridge.

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Sacred Heart students to help care for 100-year-old forest

(All photos by Coreen Tyers.)

Students from Sacred Heart Catholic High School will play an active role in caring for the Kemp Woodland as part of a partnership with the Ottawa Stewardship Council and the City of Ottawa.

Kemp Woodland is a 8.9-hectare forest immediately west of the school along the Trans Canada Trail.

“The forest has cedar trees that are well over 100 years old, which is unusual in suburban setting,” says Janet Mason, chair of the Ottawa Stewardship Council (OSC). Continue reading


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Audience gets feisty at candidate debate

Thursday night’s Stittsville ward debate was full of interruptions, accusations and arguing. And that was just from the audience.

About 150 people filled the community hall at Johnny Leroux Arena to watch the first live public debate between Dave Lee and Shad Qadri, the two men running to represent Stittsville on city council. The debate was organized by the Stittsville Village Association (SVA). Continue reading


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Grade 10 student by day, rock/punk impresario by night

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a busy guy.  He’s 15 years old,  in Grade 10 at Sacred Heart High School, has a paper route, plays guitar and sings. And in his spare time, he also runs a music promotion company.

Fitzpatrick has been playing guitar for the past five years. He started The Indie Scene to promote local rock and punk bands in Ottawa. Continue reading


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Rogers customers frustrated by poor cell service

(Photo: Peter Hanschke in front of his home west of Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Glen Gower.)

Peter Hanschke has been a Stittsville resident for 31 years and a Rogers customer for over a decade.  He says he’s never been impressed with their cell phone service.

“To get reception, you have to be at the front of the house, near the bay window, angled just properly, so that people can hear you clearly. I started a consulting business out of my home here, and trying to do calls on my cell for business is embarrassing, it just doesn’t work,” he says.

“It’s always been poor quality, but back when it first came out you could understand it, Stittsville was a pretty small community,” he says.
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Lee, Qadri square off over Orgaworld in Rogers 22 tv debate

In a televised debate on Rogers 22, Shad Qadri said he followed the advice of professional engineers and legal experts before he voted in favour of the Orgaworld green bin contract.

The contract is a 20-year, $160-million agreement between the City of Ottawa and Orgaworld for green bin collection service. An auditor’s report released earlier this year said that city staff mis-led councillors during the contract review process.

The contract and the auditor’s report have been a central theme in Dave Lee’s campaign.  Lee, who’s challenging Qadri in this election, said that the contract and lack of due diligence by city staff is “a microcosm of how they’re doing business at City Hall.” Continue reading


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Covered Bridge Brewing plans collaboration with ‘Wiches Cauldron food truck

(Above: Kathy and John vanDyk, owners of Covered Bridge Brewing)

Covered Bridge Brewing is planning a Halloween-themed beer as part of a collaboration with ‘Wiches Cauldron. It’s the latest in a series of partnerships with other Stittsville businesses. Continue reading


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Kanata artist and community activist John Mlacak passes away at age 78

John Mlacak, a long-time community activist and artist in the Kanata area, passed away on Friday at age 78.

He was a former reeve of March township, has a recreation centre named after him in Kanata and continued to be very active in the community as an artist, volunteer and activist.  The Ottawa Citizen printed an obituary on him today, and you can see some of his artwork on his web site at www.johnmlacak.com.

I had the pleasure to talk with Mlacak last December when I was doing some research into the old house and barn at 173 Huntmar Drive in Stittsville.  He was commissioned to do a series of paintings of the house in 2010 and 2011 for the previous owners. He had hoped at one point to turn the property into an artists’ retreat.

Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l'entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l’entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.

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Cycling from Stittsville to the Ashton Brew Pub

My neighbour Bill and I recently cycled to the Ashton Brew Pub.  Ashton is just west of Stittsville and the pub is located inside the town’s old mill.

It’s easy to get to from Stittsville, just head west down the Trans Canada Trail.  Before the trail passes under Highway 7, you turn off onto West End Way, then left on Ashton Station Road.  The mill is on the corner roughly where Flewellyn Road intersects. Continue reading


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Endangered snapping turtle back home after stint in Peterborough trauma hospital

Laula the turtle recently returned home to Poole Creek, the final chapter of a two-month rehabilitation for the endangered snapping turtle.

“It is extremely satisfying to see an animal return to the wild,” said Kerry Reimer, a Stittsville resident and volunteer with the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Continue reading


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EXPLAINER: When will Stittsville get a public high school?

Jenny Guth’s son Levi is only in junior kindergarten this year, but she’s already thinking about where he’ll go to high school.

Guth (pictured above), along with several other parents in the area, are planning events and activities this fall to ramp up pressure on the Ontario Government to fund a new public high school for Stittsville. Continue reading


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55-year-old b-boy represents Stittsville at hip hop festival

He doesn’t fit the usual hip hop stereotypes. He’s 55 years old, has a head of thinning grey hair, and he lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in Stittsville.

Steve “Buddha” Leafloor is a Canadian hip hop pioneer and a social worker who’s  worked with troubled teens in the arctic and in maximum security prisons. This weekend he’s taking part in the House of PainT festival in Ottawa, a three-day event celebrating art, music, dance and fashion.

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Stittsville sisters’ swimming school celebrates success

Two Stittsville students are wrapping up a second succesful season for their swimming lesson business.

Caitlin (above left) and Kylie Negus taught about 150 students this summer at Stittsville Swim, a business they run in the backyard of their parents’ home in Granite Ridge.  Caitlin, 19 and Kylie, 17, started the business in 2013 after hearing about a similar program in Oshawa.

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