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Jan Harder: “Suburban way of life is still the dream”

EDITOR’S NOTE: At today’s Planning Committee meeting, chair Jan Harder addressed the committee members and talked about her vision and goals for planning during this council term.  Stittsville is one of the fastest-growing wards in the city, so we thought it would be useful to share Harder’s comments here.

Some of remarks that will be of interest to Stittsville residents: 

  • “…city-building extends beyond the downtown core. It is also about recognizing that the suburban way of life is still the dream and lifestyle choice of many and to this end that suburban growth will continue, and should continue.”
  • “The development-review process needs to be timely; The City needs to be clear and consistent about its requirements; Developers need to respect City plans.”
  • “…planning is the single most contentious area of consultation and information-sharing. Planning can be change. Planning can mean disruption in our lives. But planning can also mean preservation, and planning can mean better neighbourhoods.” 
  • “For too long planning has been seen as a negative in this building and in our community. Partly due to uncertainty in the rules of the game, and partly due to poor communications. This began to change last term.”
  • “We’re moving ahead with the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs project to look at how we can improve suburban design involving all City departments, utilities and school boards.”

The full text is below.

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LETTER: School board has failed Munster community

After years of the Ottawa Carleton School board neglecting and muzzling on-going issues at Munster Public School, parents finally had enough of their concerns not being heard and issues not being resolved, that they pulled their children from the school.  Now after a drastic decline in school population, and a community that wants answers and a solution, the board wants to close the community school and bus the children 40+ minutes to neighbouring near capacity schools. Continue reading


LETTER: Clarification on Mini Muffins closure

Re:  Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure, October 20

I am writing to you with concern for the article you published with regards to the sudden closing of the Mini Muffins Pre-school.  I only became aware of the public notice on December 23, 2014.  It’s unfortunate that not all family members were made aware of  the closure and with the passing of both my father and mother, this is the first time I have been able to address this publication; specifically this particular quote published by my sister, Susan Martello. Continue reading


EDITORIAL: City and MTO need to get in the same lane

The sidewalk on the Eagleson Queensway overpass in Kanata is closed for the rest of winter because it’s too narrow for sidewalks to plow the snow.

That’s right, the same bridge that just re-opened after months of repairs, the same bridge that is right next to the Eagleson OC Transpo Transitway stop, is now closed to pedestrians until the snow melts. Continue reading


Public meeting about a public high school planned for February 19

Please join other concerned community members for a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, February 19th, 2015 to discuss steps our community can take to help influence the Ontario government to approval the building of a public high school in Stittsville through the next round of Provincial funding expected in the Spring of 2015.

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Update to the City’s Wildlife Construction Protocol now available for review

(From the City of Ottawa.)

The 2013 Wildlife Strategy identified the need to update and revise the City’s current wildlife construction protocol, previously approved by the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton, prior to amalgamation.

During summer, 2014, City staff consulted with key stakeholders to obtain their feedback on what changes are needed to the protocol. These stakeholders include:

  • Regulatory agencies
  • Wildlife experts
  • Representatives from the development industry, and
  • Environmental consultants

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A-MAZE-ING: Stittsville’s Rotary Club raises funds for a Peace Park… including a labyrinth

Rotary Peace Park map and plan
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(Press release from the Rotary Club.)

The Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville is seeking donations to help build Ottawa’s first Peace Park with a labyrinth. In recognition of your donation of $200, you will be recognized by an inscription on a brick which will be part of the pathway to the labyrinth. Leave a lasting mark for generations to come with an engraved brick in Stittsville’s beautiful Bell Memorial Park.

Each brick will have 2 lines with each line fitting 12 characters (including spaces). Inscription could be a thoughtful way to celebrate  a loved one, children/grandchildren, group/organization.

For donation info, contact:
Theresa Qadri 613-620-6245

Leo Maiorino 613-371-6975

Eligible for tax receipts.

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$5,000 raised for Warriors football equipment at silent auction and banquet

ABOVE: Tyke award winners: Front Row (L to R):  Most Valuable Player – Avery Osborne (Stittsville); Coaches Choice – Kameron Klyn (Nepean) and Owen Lavigne (Nepean); Most Improved Player – Dylan Krout (Nepean).  Back Row (L to R):  Best D-Line – Hunter Watson (Stittsville), Most Versatile – Zachary Baylin (Nepean); Outstanding Defensive Player – Ryan Morissette (Richmond); Outstanding Offensive Player – Alex Miles (Stittsville).  Missing from Picture:   Rookie of the Year – Keyshawn Reid (Nepean); Best O-Line – Kaesar Dualeh (Nepean).


(Press release from the Bell Warriors.)

The Bell Warriors Football Club reached out to local companies and supporters and the response was fantastic.

Two Club banquets were held on Saturday, January 15. One for the two youngest teams (Tyke ages 8-10 and Mosquito ages 11-12) and one for the Warriors two oldest teams (Pee Wee ages 13-14 and Bantam ages 15-16). Continue reading


Statement from Mayor Jim Watson regarding guns and gangs

“I met with Police Chief Charles Bordeleau this afternoon to discuss the recent incidents involving guns and gangs in Ottawa. I am deeply concerned about the shootings that have taken place in recent weeks.


I have full confidence in Chief Bordeleau, and the men and women of the Ottawa Police Service, in the steps they are taking to make our city safer. I trust the judgement of Chief Bordeleau to allocate police resources to effectively address this issue.

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Youth Connexion connects youth and gives back to the community

EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Aleisha Kerr, the Youth Director and Mentor at Youth Connexion & R.E.A.C.H., to tell us more about the organization’s programs in Stittsville.  The group is currently working on a project to re-vamp their lounge.  Kerr says there’s still a lot of work to do, but thanks to motivated students and donations from the community, it’s coming along.

Youth Connexion is a youth initiative through the Goulbourn and West Carleton Recreation Staff with City of Ottawa. It’s a FOR Youth BY Youth Program in Stittsville with weekly drop-ins and monthly events for all youth in grades 5+. Continue reading


Stittsville Minor Hockey bottle drive raises over $2,000 for Kelly family

The Stittsville Minor Hockey Association’s  bottle drive raised over $2,000 on the weekend.  The money raised will go to the Kelly family, who have an atom-aged son who is battling cancer.

The Rams thank all levels and tiers of the SMHA RAMS Hockey Family, OVSS, Stittsville RAMS Junior Hockey, parents, families, volunteers and community for supporting “#9”.

They also thank poccopazzo restaurant for donating from both of their locations and the Beer Store for helping the event run smoothly.


Crossing Bridge Residents Association elects new executive committee

The Crossing Bridge Residents' Association (CBRA) has elected a new Executive Committee. From left to right are Emily Farr (Treasurer), Cheryl Noll (Vice-President), Elad Lahv (President), Melanie Bailey (co-Secretary) and Deb Grant (co-Secretary).
The Crossing Bridge Residents’ Association (CBRA) has elected a new Executive Committee. From left to right are Emily Farr, Cheryl Noll, Elad Lahv, Melanie Bailey and Deb Grant.

The Crossing Bridge Residents’ Association (CBRA) has elected a new Executive Committee. Members are Emily Farr (Treasurer), Cheryl Noll (Vice-President), Elad Lahv (President), Melanie Bailey (co-Secretary) and Deb Grant (co-Secretary).

The Association has been in existence for over 20 years and the new Executive Committee is excited to carry on the tradition of supporting this dynamic community. The Association will be recruiting new street representatives in the year ahead to help with various community initiatives – the first one being the CBRA Winter Carnival to be held at the Crossing Bridge rink on Saturday, February 14th (Hockey Day in Canada).

If you are interested in becoming a street representative, or volunteering in any other way, please contact the Association via Facebook or at


PHOTO: Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink

Chris Griffin took this photo of tonight’s sunset over the outdoor skating rink at Bandmaster Park in Fairwinds.  The rink officially opened for the season yesterday. People of all ages were outside skating on it today. Here’s a map of outdoor rinks in Stittsville.

Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Chris Griffin -
Sunset over Bandmaster Park skating rink. Photo by Chris Griffin –