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Top ten stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca, October 11-17

Top TenHere are the top ten most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca for the week of October 11-17, 2014.

 

  1. Car drives into Main Street Cafe (photos)
  2. Quitters Coffee now open on Stittsville Main Street
  3. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  4. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  5. For the record, Shad Qadri lives in Stittsville
  6. Second annual pumpkin parade planned for November 1
  7. SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap
  8. Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?
  9. Audience gets feisty at candidate debate
  10. Sacred Heart students to help care for 100-year-old forest

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SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap

(Photo: An unidentified woman changes a diaper while parked on the side of the Queensway, en route to Tanger Outlets on opening day. Photo via @PaulaMcCooey on Twitter.)

Traffic jams were the big story coming out of today’s grand opening of Kanata’s Tanger Outlets shopping complex.  Cars were backed up on the Queensway all the way to Bayshore at one point this morning. Continue reading


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Male exposing himself in daytime in Katimavik area

(Press release from the Ottawa police.)

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit is investigating several reports of suspicious activity in the Katimavik and Chimo Drive area of Kanata. The incidents occurred on September 4, October 3, October 9 and October 14, 2014, in the daytime hours.

In all four cases, it is believed the same male suspect exposed himself to young female victims.  The victims ran off and the incidents were later reported to police.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, in his 30s, 5’8” (173 cm) balding with dark hair and a beard.

Anyone with information can contact the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.


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Ottawa Sport Council announces charitable endowment fund

(Press release from the Ottawa Sport Council.)

The Ottawa Sport Council today announced their Charitable Endowment Fund – the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation – established in partnership with the Community Foundation of Ottawa and True Sport. The Ottawa Sport Council (OSC) is passionate about sport and its new endowment fund will enhance sport excellence in the City of Ottawa.

Sports organizations in communities like Stittsville will have a new source of grant funding available to them with the creation of the endowment fund, which will allow more Stittsville residents to get involved in sport. That’s important for families and athletes who face barriers to entry due to limited funding.

The Endowment Fund will support local community sporting organizations through grants.  Grants will be available on a yearly basis and will adopt key focus areas each year. In this first year, grants will work to empower organizations to establish new programs in underserviced neighbourhoods in Ottawa. All donations to the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation quality for a tax receipt.

Marcia Morris, Executive Director of the Ottawa Sport Council, said “Sport has the potential to enrich the lives of everyone. No one should be excluded. In all our work, we will promote inclusiveness and integration in the development and practice of sport.”

Granting opportunities for 2015 will be announced at the inaugural Ottawa Sport Summit on November 1, 2014 at Ben Franklin Place. Ian Mendes from TSN Radio Ottawa will kick off the event with a panel discussion of sport experts including Valerie Hughes, Ottawa General Manger, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and John Brooman, CEO/President, Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat.

 

Ottawa community sport organizations are invited to this signature event to learn, connect and engage in discussion. The Summit will touch on a mixture of management and athlete-oriented organizational and developmental topics. Engaging speakers will lead discussion, offering insight and best practices in sponsorship, fundraising, and social media.

 

The mandate of the Ottawa Sport Council is to provide support to the citizens of Ottawa and its sport sector through improved facilitation of knowledge, skill transfer, increased program and investment focus, organizational sustainability and integration of planning, funding and service delivery.

 

About Ottawa Sport Council Foundation

The Ottawa Sport Council acts as the united voice for sport for all.  Its mission is to increase access to active, healthy living and celebrate sports excellence in Ottawa in an environment that is rich in accessibility, excellence and sustainability.

 


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Stittsville Scouts, Cubs and Beavers donate over $2,000 to Stittsville Food Bank

From left to right: Jackson Lauzon, Theresa Qadri, Ryan Palardy, Robin Derrick, Zackery Ducas
From left to right: Jackson Lauzon, Theresa Qadri, Ryan Palardy, Robin Derrick, Zackery Ducas

 

The Stittsville Food Bank received a donation of over $2,000 from the First Stittsville Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.  The proceeds came from their annual apple day fundraiser.

“Scouts, Cubs and Beavers do a tremendous job in volunteering their time in collecting and sorting food for the Stittsville Food Bank,” says Theresa Qadri, chair of the Stittsville Food Bank. “I am amazed at all their hard work and all of us at the food bank are very grateful.”

“They will be starting up their winter drive in November and the Girl Guides will be joining them again this year.  Stittsville is very fortunate to have these groups.”
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Saturday is the final advance vote day for the 2014 municipal election

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The final advance vote day for the upcoming municipal election is Saturday, October 18, when the advance voting places in all 23 wards will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Electors can find their voting places for the final advance vote day, as well as for the October 27 Voting Day, on their voter notification letter, or by using the “Where Do I Vote?” search tool on ottawa.ca.

When going to the voting place, residents are reminded to bring one piece of original identification that shows proof of name and a qualifying Ottawa address. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

For more voting information, visit ottawa.ca/vote. Also, follow Ottawa Elections 2014 on Twitter at @ottawavote and download our free mobile app available in the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, and Google Play.

By the numbers: Quick facts about Final Advance Vote Day  

  • Polls open on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 114 voting locations
  • Six command centres

Numbers of Staff:

  • 435 staff at voting locations
  • 175 command centre staff, including returns staff and drivers
  • 32 staff at the Election Call Centre at City Hall (for the public)
  • 27 staff at the Elections Office Call Centre (for election workers)

A total of 20,855 electors made their mark on the first traditional advance vote day, which was held on Thursday, October 9.

To date, combining the special advance voting days on October 1 to 3 and the first traditional advance vote day on October 9, a total of 28,444 electors have voted.


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Road closures for this weekend’s 9 Run Run event

(Information provided by 9 RUN RUN organizers.)

Here’s a list of road closures for the 9 RUN RUN on Saturday, October 18.   All times are approximate.

Since this is a timed event, roads will be closed while the participants are on course

Abbott Street West will close at 07:00 am to allow the race organizers time to set up the structure for the start/finish line

The remaining road closures will commence just prior to the start of the event at 08:45 and will re-open once the last runner has passed each location

07:00 to 13:00 Abbott Street West – both directions will be closed from Stittsville Main Street to Westridge Dr

08:45 to 09:30 Stittsville Main Street – both direction from Abbott St to Fernbank Rd will be closed for the start of the 10K and Half Marathon races.  The roadway will re-open once the last Half Marathon runner has passed by Fernbank Rd.

08:45 – 09:30 Closure of 10 K route (Stittsville Main, Elm, Cypress Gardens, Elm, Bell, Westridge from Bell to Abbott)

08:45 to 09:45 Stittsville Main to Flewellyn – southbound lane closed till last half marathoner passes Flewellyn

08:55 hrs to 09:30 Westridge Rd – northbound will be closed from Bell Stto Abbott St The road will reopen once the last 10k runner has passed and is on the trail

09:15 to 11:15 Flewellyn Rd – westbound only, will be closed from Main Street to Munster Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Munster Rd.

09:30 to 11:15 Munster Rd – northbound lane only, will be closed from Flewellyn Rd to Fernbank Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Fernbank Rd

09:30 to 11:30 Fernbank Rd -eastbound will be closed from Munster Rd to Jinkinson Rd. It will be re-opened once the last runner has turned onto Jinkinson Rd

09:30 to 12:00 Jinkinson Rd -both directions will be closed from Fernbank Rd to a location north of the Trans Canada Trail (passed the turn around point)  It will re-open once the last runner is on the Trans Canada Trail.

More info: www.9runrun.ca


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Second annual pumpkin parade planned for November 1

Stittsville second annual pumpkin parade is set for 6:00pm-7:30pm at Village Square Park (Abbott & Stittsville Main).

The day after Halloween, residents are invited to bring their jack-o-lanterns to the park and put them on display.  Last year there were 200 pumpkins — not bad for the first year.

I came up with the idea last year as a way to keep the community spirit alive in Stittsville,” says Trevor Eggleton. “I moved here four years ago with my young family and really love its small town feel, but as the big city starts to creep in, I wanted to create something that the people of Stittsville could see themselves in, and this seemed like a perfect way.”

Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.
Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.

Check out more photos from last year…


We want your photos!  Send us photos of your pumpkins and Halloween decor.  Email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca

 


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Garbage pick-up delayed all week due to Thanksgiving holiday

From the City of Ottawa:

There will be no curbside green binrecyclinggarbage or leaf and yard waste collection on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day’s pickup will take place on Tuesday, October 14. In addition, the collection of garbage, green bin, leaf and yard waste and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week of October 13. For curbside collection inquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.

There will be no multi-residential, bulky items, green bin, recycling and leaf and yard waste collection on Thanksgiving Day. Thanksgiving Day’s pickup will take place on Tuesday, October 14. Multi-residential, bulky items, green bin, recycling and leaf and yard waste recycling collection will also be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of October 13.


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For the record, Shad Qadri lives in Stittsville

I’ve seen a few posts on social media asking whether or not Shad Qadri lives in Stittsville.  I sent him an email on Saturday and asked him to set the record straight.

Here’s his response:

Thank you for the opportunity to set the record straight.
My  family and I live in Stittsville.

Shad Qadri

From his election web site:

  • Shad Qadri and wife Theresa owned Showbiz Entertainment and Gifts on Stittsville Main Street for 14 years until 2007.
  • He was one of the founders of the Stittsville Village Association.
  • He helped establish the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Goulbourn in 2004.
Shad and Theresa Qadri
Shad and Theresa Qadri, from Qadri’s election web site.

 


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Broken water main at Stittsville Main & Amberlakes

Update: The water main has been fixed and the street re-opened as of 8:30am Sunday.


 

There’s a broken water main  at the intersection of Stittsville Main and Amberlakes.  Residents should avoid the area.

Shad Qadri tells us that crews are on site and have to dig to fix the problem.  Work will continue overnight.

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Quitters Coffee is now open on Stittsville Main Street

Quitters Coffee, the new cafe owned by Kathleen Edwards, opened on Saturday. It’s just on Stittsville Main Street, just south of Abbott. Thanks to Rochelle James for the heads up!

James says: “Excellent excuse to leave the cars at home and walk in the Village.  So the plan now is they have coffee – good coffee – and tea and a few others beverages. Eventually artisanal snacks and then salads lunches etc. It’s on its feet now and will progressively get moving! Good music too – and for me, that’s key to wanting to visit . They’re using Pilot Coffee from Toronto – said they’ve known the roastery for years, loved the coffee and Pilot has helped guide them with Quitters equipment.  ”

Rochelle James‎
Photo by Rochelle James‎
Photo by Rochelle James‎
Photo by Rochelle James‎

 

 


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Top ten stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca, October 4-10

Top TenHere are the top ten most-read stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca for the week of October 4-10, 2014.

  1. Audience gets feisty at candidate debate
  2. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  3. Grade 10 student by day, rock/punk impresario by night
  4. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  5. Rogers customers frustrated by poor cell service
  6. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  7. Candidate Q&A: Dave Lee and Shad Qadri (Part 2)
  8. Candidate Q&A: Dave Lee and Sha d Qadri (Part 1)
  9. Work in progress: Photos of the Tanger Outlets dining hall
  10. Stittsville singer Abigal Moffitt wins top prize at Carleton Place competition

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Advance voting Day 1, by the numbers

Thursday was the first day of advance voting for the municipal election.

The second traditional advance vote is on Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Electors can find their voting place on their voter notification letter or by using the “Where Do I Vote?”search tool on ottawa.ca. The search tool will provide the voting places for both of the traditional advance vote days, as well as the actual Voting Day on Monday, October 27.

When going to the voting place, residents are reminded to bring one piece of original identification that shows proof of name and a qualifying Ottawa address. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at ottawa.ca/voterID.

Electors were provided their first opportunity to cast a ballot during the Special Advance Vote, which was held earlier this month and featured three voting places that offered ballots for all 23 City wards.


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New OC Transpo route 196 will serve Tanger Outlets on evenings and weekends

UPDATE (October 14): We asked the City of Ottawa about the details behind the new bus route that’s being at least partially funded by Tanger Oulets.

Here’s what Mikael Leroux, Acting Assistant General Manager, Customer Systems & Planning for the City of Ottawa, told us:

  • Tanger Outlets is the first example of a major retailer in Ottawa who is funding transit service to their location.
  • How much will Tanger be paying?  It’s complicated.  Tanger and RioCan will share the costs to pay Ottawa for the new Route 196 service.  They’re responsible for all costs associated with the service, but their bill will be off-set in part by fare revenue received.
  • “This service is an early servicing agreement which is scheduled to run, at this time, until December 21, 2015, at which point the demand is expected to meet the City of Ottawa’s service standards,” says Leroux.  In other words, once ridership reaches a high enough threshold, Tanger/Riocan would stop contributing to the cost for the service.

 

 

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

New OC Transpo service to Tanger Outlets mall in Kanata will be available seven days a week.

Currently, Route 96A is providing weekday service to Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes. Connections to Route 96A can be made downtown, along the Transitway and in Stittsville.

For weekday late evening and weekend service, new Route 196 will be available starting Friday, October 17. Funded by Tanger Outlets, Route 196 will provide a connection between Terry Fox Station and Tanger Outlets every 30 minutes during weekday late evenings and weekends. Continue reading


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Plan of subdivision submitted for 5431 Fernbank

The City has received a plan of subdivision for the land at 5431 Fernbank Road, near the Blackstone community:

“The subject lands are currently vacant agricultural land. Two hydro corridors and the TransCanada Trail lie north of the site. There is a draft approved subdivision to the west, a site plan approved for commercial retail development to the south and vacant urban lands to the east of the property. The subdivision proposal is identified as Phases 2 through 4 of Blackstone Development. The draft plan shows 315 single family lots, 11 blocks for multiple dwellings one park block, one stormwater management block, 10 streets, 3 walkways blocks and the block for the hydro corridor. At total of 565 dwelling units are anticipated, with 97 street townhomes, 61 townhomes on private roads and 92 as stacked townhomes or low rise apartments units. The access will be from Terry Fox Drive and through the previously draft approved subdivision immediately to the west of this site.”

You can find more info here…

5431 Fernbank Road
5431 Fernbank Road

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Candidate Q&A: French public board (CEPEO)

Here’s the next in our series of questionnaires from the candidates in the upcoming city council and school board elections.  (Click here for all of our election coverage.)

Stittsville is in Zone 12 of the French public school board (le Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario).  Elementary students attend Maurice Lapointe in Bridlewood and high school students attend Omer-Deslauriers in Nepean near Merivale Road and Viewmount (the former J.S. Woodsworth high school).  A new french public high school is scheduled to open in Bridlewood next fall.

The candidates in this district are Patricia Chehadé and Linda Savard. We’ve included their answers in the languages that they provided below.

Continue reading


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Candidate Q&A: French Catholic board (CECCE)

Here’s the next in our series of questionnaires from the candidates in the upcoming city council and school board elections.  (Click here for all of our election coverage.)

Stittsville is in Zone 4 of the French Catholic school board (le Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est).  The only school in the Stittsville area is Saint-Jean-Paul II (elementary school).  High school students go to Collège catholique Franco-Ouest in Bells Corners, although a new high school in the Fernbank area is scheduled to open in September 2015.

The candidates in this district are Jacques Boyer and André Thibodeau, but only Thibodeau replied to our questionnaire. Continue reading


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