(ABOVE: “Through The Garden Gate” by Brian Carson, Best in Show winner for 2017.)
The Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society is accepting entries in their annual photo competition.
Class 1: We See Thee Rise – a spring garden Class 2: Glorious and Free – a summer garden at sunrise Class 3: With Glowing Hearts – autumn’s full colour Class 4: The True North – a winter scene – your interpretation Class 5: Stand on Guard – the Maple – showing a tree, a branch or a leaf Class 6: Garden Pollinators– close-up of a pollinator(s) on a bloom Class 7: Fun with Foliage – capture texture on garden foliage Class 8: Rushing Water – stream, water fall or fountain; must include vegetation Class 9: Rocks and Roots – a rock garden Class 10: Trans Canada Trail – Leaves, trees, wildflowers and bushes Class 11: Richmond Fair – Outstanding fall arrangements, vegetables, flowers and houseplants Class 12: Local Beauty – barns, silos, buildings in Richmond, Stittsville, Munster landscape.
You must be a member to enter. Memberships cost $15.00 for individuals and $25.00 per family. Five dollar 1st prize for each class. Stittsville Goulbourn Members can also enter the District 2 2018 Competition in March.
Entries and membership information must be submitted by Sunday February 4/2018.
Interesting article from CBC about job growth in the Ottawa area. Invest Ottawa says 10,000 positions will be filled by 2019, with around 3,000 in the Kanata North area. That will impact the Stittsville area, where many of those Kanata North employees may end up calling home:
The Kanata North BIA said the tech sector in the region has to fill 3,000 positions in the coming months as BlackBerry QNX and Ford hire for the autonomous vehicle hub and existing companies expand.
Invest Ottawa predicts nearly 10,000 new jobs in the city by 2019 and said those jobs will come in a range of technology fields.
James Baker, CEO of recruiting company the Keynote Group, said he’s receiving calls from four to five new clients a week who are looking to hire new talent.
One challenge has been finding people with certain skill sets outside Ottawa’s traditional strengths from a decade ago.
“We’ve moved to development. We were a hardware city, we’re moving into a software city,” he said. “Now the self-driving car is coming as well, which is a whole other spin on what we can do in Ottawa.”
Larger companies like Shopify, Amazon and BlackBerry QNX are forcing companies to compete for people with specializations in software as a service, automatic vehicles and artificial intelligence.
(PHOTO: Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)
(via Councillor Shad Qadri / City of Ottawa)
The Goulbourn Rec Complex (GRC)’s annual maintenance will take place later this month.
As such, the swimming pool will be closed from August 21-September 8. Additionally, the gymnasium / weight cardio room will be closed from August 28-September 4th.
This annual maintenance is important for ensuring the facility remains in good shape for all users throughout the year.
As a reminder, office hours at the GRC front desk remain Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Saturday/Sunday from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM. The GRC will be closed Labour Day – Monday, September 4th. The rink will remain open during this time.
The GRC staff would like to thank residents for their patience at this time. For any questions, please call (613) 580-2532.
The Fairwinds Community Association presents our annual outdoor movie night on Friday, August 25. This free family event takes place at Rosehill Park (Rosehill Ave @ Helm Circle) starting at approx. 8:30pm. Popcorn and bottled water will be available by donation, with funds going to Lamitta’s Wish.
(If the weather isn’t co-operating, we’ll move the event indoors to the gymnasium at Kanata Academy at 180 Huntmar.)
Special thanks to our event sponsors Geoff & Bobbie McGowan. And thanks to Councillor Shad Qadri and the Kanata Academy for their support.
Lamitta El-Roz’s parents went to sleep last Friday night with a huge worry — how to pay for the $140,000 surgery that could help their six-year-old daughter take her first steps.
When Canadian doctors didn’t consider Lamitta a good candidate for surgery, the family turned to the United States.
The Stittsville girl was born with spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that prevents her from walking, crawling or rolling over on her own due to damaged nerves in her lower spine. She is travelling to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri at the end of this month for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery.
Now, that worry that kept them up at night is gone. A donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, gave the family $60,000 to help pay the bills.
Lamitta’s mother, Maya Taleb, won’t reveal any details about the donor but said she’s overwhelmed.
“We went crazy and we said there are angels on earth and we are so grateful to them forever. It’s amazing news,” she said.
“The good news is now her surgery is covered and the five or six months of physiotherapy after the surgery.”
(This information is via Ottawa Paramedics Service. Cardevco Road is near the intersection of Carp Road and Richardson Side Road, and most of the businesses are industrial.)
At 16:42, Ottawa Fire Services received a call from the alarm company reporting alarms at 132 Cardevco Road. Upon arrival, crews reported a haze of smoke in the building and declared a working fire. The fire was brought under control by 17:14.
No injuries have been reported at this time. An Ottawa Fire Investigator has been dispatched to the scene. No dollar loss has been reported at this time.
CBC Ottawa did a story about a Stittsville family raising money to pay for surgery in the United States. Lamitta El-Roz is six years old and has been denied funding for dorsal rhizotomy surgery that’s only available in the United States.
The family has launched a fundraising campaign called Lamitta’s Wish to Walk to cover the surgery and follow-up treatment.
Lamitta El-Roz loves comic book super heroes — especially Spiderman.
When asked what super powers she’d like to possess, she doesn’t hesitate. Continue reading →
Please note that Fernbank Road will be closed from Shea to Robert Grant between August 14th and August 28th.
The contractor, Taggart Construction, will be installing a box culvert across the roadway for future storm water management.
Notification signs will be posted in advance of the closure with additional signs posted during the affected period. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. A detour will be signed from Shea>Abbott>Robert Grant.
The Richmond 2018 Organizing Committee thanks Jabulani Winery for their generous support.
Tom and Janet Moul, proprietors of Jabulani Winery presented a cheque to the Richmond Village Association for $717.00 at their recent South African dinner event. They were thrilled to have sold all 717 bottles of the 1818 wine they produced in such a short time. In Janet’s words “they flew off the shelf” A generous donation was made to the 200th Anniversary of $1.00 from each bottle. Now that is community spirit! Continue reading →
I’m 25 years old, and originally from Stittsville. Last year, I left my secure job as an officer in the Canadian Army to move to El Salvador as a missionary with Youth For Christ.
My entire family is military, and I joined part-time when I was only 16. I finished high school and transferred to full-time military, attending Royal Military College in Kingston. I thought that I would be in the military for my whole career, but in 2012 I had an opportunity to travel to El Salvador on a short-term missions trip with Youth For Christ Canada. Continue reading →
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has received lab confirmation of the first human case of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa for the 2017 WNV season. OPH reminds all Ottawa residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to remove standing water where WNV-carrying mosquitoes can breed. Continue reading →
On October 14, 2017, 9 run run will be hosting our 8th annual run and we would like your help! We are looking for local volunteers to support traffic barricades along the race route, perhaps directly on your street. Continue reading →
Many Beaverbrook residents are concerned after discovering Hydro One has marked trees on their properties. A number of homeowners discovered orange spraypaint on their trees last month. Neighbours, concerned about what the markings could mean, sent a flurry of emails back and forth. Continue reading →
(press release from the City of Ottawa, photo via Google Maps)
Sections of Carp Road Park and Ride will be will be closed intermittently from August 2 to early September 2017, due to upgrade work being done at the facility. The work will take place in stages during the daytime, and the facility will remain operational at reduced capacity throughout. The upgrades include surface paving, additional lighting, concrete repairs, a new bus pad and bike racks. Directional signage will guide pedestrians during sidewalk repairs. Continue reading →
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 →
Paramedics responded to a call for a motorcycle collision involving 2 motorcycles that occurred on Eagleson road near Brophy road. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 03:10 hrs today (Saturday July 29th2017). Continue reading →
Thanks to Doug Lyon (aka Doug The Cabinet Guy) for sending along this pic of some imaginative garbage can stacking at the end of his laneway near Karters’ Korner. “Who knew we had such a creative garbage guy!”