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LETTER: The Carp Road landfill expansion will operate for a lot longer than 10 years

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

The article on the dump is well-written and provides important information to the readers. There is one point I think should be made clear.

For the question “When will the landfill start accepting the material, and how long will the landfill operate?” The last sentence states ….Life expectancy for this type of facility is about 10 years.

This is a bit of a red herring that Waste Management has used to make the community think the landfill will be operating for a relativity short time. In order to be filled up in 10 years it will have to receive the maximum 400,000 tonnes a year from day one. There would be no ramp-up period just like the Orgaworld contract.

Also it assumes that 4 million tonnes of garbage will fill the 6.5 million cubic meters approved by the Ministry of Environment. Data from the current landfill shows that nearly 6 million tonnes of garbage will fill 6.5 cubic meters.

So at 400,000 tonnes per year it will take 15 years to fill. In reality they will not receive 400,000 tonnes each and every year of operation so the new landfill will probably be operationally for 20 to 30 years.

As well, the company has not committed to the city and community that this will be the last expansion.

Harold Moore


Opening of new Catholic high school pushed back to February 2016

(Press release from the French Catholic high school.)

At the regular meeting of the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est on October 28, school board trustees made important decisions regarding the opening date and attendance boundary of the new Catholic secondary school in Fernbank, in the Kanata area of the City of Ottawa.

Opening of the new building pushed back

The building under construction at 5315 Abbott St. will open in February 2016 instead of August 2015, due to, among other factors, delays in purchasing the land (resulting from zoning and availability of city services) and approval of the building permit by the City of Ottawa. Construction work was unable to start until September 2014.

Temporary site

At the start of the 2015 school year, Fernbank secondary school students in Grades 7 to 9 will be housed, on a temporary basis, at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard, in the Barrhaven area of Ottawa. The first semester will therefore be held at Pierre-Savard (from September 2015 to January 2016). This contingency plan is necessary because Collège catholique Franco-Ouest (CCFO) has reached maximum capacity and cannot accept more students in September 2015.

A smooth transition

The CECCE will ensure students experience a smooth transition to the schedule and operation of their new school. For example, the classroom groups of the future secondary school will already be formed at the temporary site at Pierre-Savard, and will be transferred to the new building in February 2016. As well, even at the temporary site, the start time for classes for the Fernbank school students will be 9:15 a.m. (as for the new site), whereas classes for Pierre-Savard students will start at 8:10 a.m., as per their usual timetable.

In order to ensure students are divided properly based on the capacity of the three French Catholic secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end, students who will be in Grades 10, 11, and 12 in 2015-2016 will continue their studies in their original secondary school (Franco-Ouest or Pierre-Savard), until they obtain their diploma. The new secondary school in Fernbank will offer Grades 7, 8 and 9 in 2015-2016, and add Grade 10 in 2016-2017, Grade 11 in 2017-2018 and Grade 12 in 2018-2019.

New attendance boundaries

On May 20, the CECCE consulted the school communities of the French Catholic elementary schools in Ottawa’s west end, as well as the parents of the students at Pierre-Savard and Franco-Ouest Catholic secondary schools. In total, 90 people participated in the public consultation. The presentation was also posted on the CECCE’s website for feedback from parents.

Here is how the attendance boundaries and feeder elementary schools will break down by secondary school (changes in bold):

Secondary schools Feeder schools
Franco-Ouest Part of Édouard-Bond, the Bells Corners area of Élisabeth-Bruyère, Laurier-Carrière, the Crystal Beach area of Roger-Saint-Denis, Saint-François-d’Assise, Terre-des-Jeunes.
Pierre-Savard  Part of Bernard-Grandmaître and Sainte-Bernadette, Jean-Robert-Gauthier, Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, Sainte-Kateri and Sainte-Thérèse-d’Avila, Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (northern part).
Fernbank  Élisabeth-Bruyère (excluding Bells Corners), J.-L.-Couroux, Saint-Jean-Paul II, Roger-Saint-Denis (excluding Crystal Beach), Saint-Rémi.

At the request of parents, the area around Crystal Beach (Kanata) will be kept within the attendance boundary of Collège catholique Franco-Ouest. The northern part of Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Merrickville), which is currently within the attendance boundary of Collège catholique Franco-Ouest, will be integrated into the École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard area. Students in Grades 7 through 9 in the Laurier-Carrière area will be redirected to Collège Franco-Ouest starting in fall 2015. However, students in Grades 10 through 12 will be able to continue at Pierre-Savard with transportation.

To view the boundary map, for the new Fernbank French Catholic click here.

To view the new boundary map, for Collège catholique Franco-Ouest click here.

To view the new boundary map, for École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard click here.

The Chair of the CECCE, Denis Poirier, is confident that the community in the west end will be well served: “The new attendance boundaries meet the shared needs and concerns of the families in the school communities in question,” he said. “As defined, the new boundaries will ensure the viability of all three French-language Catholic secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end.”

Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE, identified the advantages: “In the short term, the new attendance boundaries will help ease the overpopulation at Collège catholique Franco-Ouest. In the long term, the student body will be divided up in a way that optimizes the occupation rate of the secondary schools and expands the offering of a quality French-language education in Ottawa’s west end.”

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.


EDITORIAL: Dave Lee is waking up the neighbours

(ABOVE: A cake at Dave Lee’s election night party. Photo by Glen Gower.)

I remember the first time I talked to Dave Lee.  It was September 12, the morning after he filed his nomination papers and entered the race to become Stittsville’s city councillor.  There are three things I remember about that conversation:

  1. He was surprised at how quickly word got around that he was running. “My phone’s going wild,” he said.  “That’s the fastest I’ve ever seen the city work.”
  2. He was focused on the Orgaworld / green bin topic. He must have talked for a good 10 or 15 minutes about it.
  3. He wasn’t focused on winning so much as he was focused on getting people engaged and aware about city issues (particularly Orgaworld).

Lee came a long way from that early morning conversation, winning an impressive 39% of the vote on Monday night against two-term, eight-year incumbent Shad Qadri.

He ran a very effective campaign. With the help of some experienced volunteers, he blanketed the ward with his distinctive black and red signs, attracted around 100 people to a meet-and-greet at the Main Street Pub, knocked on doors, debated, fielded phone calls and emails, and interacted with residents on Facebook and Twitter.

He took his original beef with Orgaworld and turned it into a broader complaint about process and financial oversight at City Hall.  I didn’t agree with where he stood on many of the issues but at least he gave us the opportunity, as a community, to discuss them.

The feisty public debate at Johnny Leroux Arena struck me as being out-of-character for the normally subdued Village of Stittsville.  One veteran politician told me it reminded her of some of the old meetings at Goulbourn Township council, where (in her words), there was a tradition of “loud and action-packed debates”.

We need more of that kind of discussion in Stittsville.  This community is growing fast and changing quickly and we need more leaders like Dave Lee to step up and get involved in shaping our future.

You don’t have to run for office to get involved. Read up on the issues, talk about them with your neighbours, volunteer for a community group, come out to public meetings, write an email to your councillor, comment on this blog. Dave woke Stittsville up, now it’s up to us to keep the momentum going.


Stittsville student hosts second annual jewelry fundraiser for Nunavut

Last year, as a grade 12 student, I organized a charity sale called ALL THAT GLAM, a sale of gently-used jewelry and handbags to raise money for school breakfast programs in Nunavut.

The event was a resounding success, raising nearly $10,000. That amount was matched by Canadian Pacific which meant that a much-needed school breakfast program in Coral Harbor, Nunavut could be established and funded for two years. But breakfast programs need continual funding, and so I decided the fundraiser had to be an annual event.

This year’s sale will take place at the Richcraft Recreation Complex in Kanata on Saturday, November 29th from 8:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. There will be thousands of pieces of gently-used jewelry and handbags. The sale is a great opportunity to purchase socially-responsible Christmas gifts as well as bling for the office Christmas party.

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Halloween displays: Cherry Drive

The Ghoulbourn Spook Show on Cherry Drive

This must be the most elaborate Halloween set-up in Stittsville.  From October 29-31, trick-or-treaters can check out the Ghoul-bourn Spook Show on Cherry Drive.

Owner Joseph Carbonetto says that last year 3,000 people came to the haunted house.  There’s scary stuff on the front lawn, in the garage and in the backyard. Some of the props are bought, some are homemade.

When I stopped by on Saturday, the garage door was open and among the severed heads and cobwebs was a real coffin.  (Carbonetto says he has a contact who works at a funeral home.)

Other features:

  • A custom-installed underground fog machine
  • An animated zombie crawler and skeleton
  • A 16-channel lighting controller
  • Live undead actors

(There are some photos on his Facebook page.)

Admission is by donation, with money collected going to charity.  This year the money will go to support Canadian Forces families.

Here’s a video of the same house from 2010.

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Lee says he’s disappointed with voter turn-out

In a Facebook message to supporters today, Stittsville candidate Dave Lee said he is disappointed with low voter turnout on municipal election day.

“The city voter turnout was at 30%. Despite what happened last week on Parliament Hill and with Remembrance Day just around the corner, 7 out of 10 people decided to NOT exercise their privilege to vote. This is a sad sign of the times. There are a lot of young men and women laying in cemeteries around the world who gave up everything so that we may have this simple right. There is simply NO good excuse for not voting,” he wrote.

Here’s his full message…


Halloween displays: Goulbourn Street

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These photos were taken in Joe Chennette’s backyard on Goulbourn Street. He opens this creepy haunted yard on October 29 and 30 from 7:00pm-9:00pm, and from 6:00pm-8:30pm on October 31. More info here…

“I have been doing this for about 10 years, getting a little bigger each year. Not sure how much I have spent on it but I do try and be frugal about it. Most of my shopping is done on Nov 1st and I make the ghouls myself. I started doing it for my kids when they were small and now it’s a hobby for me, just fun I guess,” he says.

We want to see your photos! If you have a great Halloween display, or if you see one in your neighbourhood, send us a photo and tell us where it is.    You can send your photos to


Stittsville school board trustee results

Here are the unofficial results as of Monday night.

Public School Board (english)

Lynn Scott
Lynn Scott
Candidate Votes %
Sue Grant 5423 32.95
Andrea Ingham 828 5.03
Todd Johnson 1982 12.04
Lynn Scott 8225 49.98
Eligible voters: 57230
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 25315
Turnout %: 44.23

Catholic School Board (english)
John Curry
John Curry
Candidate Votes %
John Curry 4034 54.92
Ken Gordon 1398 19.03
Christine Pastien 1339 18.23
Martin Tate 574 7.81
Eligible voters: 75886
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 33829
Turnout %: 44.58
Public School Board (french)
Linda Savard
Linda Savard
Candidate Votes %
Patricia Chehadé 208 17.13
Linda Savard 1006 82.87
Eligible voters: 172391
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 69795
Turnout %: 40.49
Catholic School Board (french)
André Thibodeau
André Thibodeau
Candidate Votes %
Jacques Boyer 603 33.78
André Thibodeau 1182 66.22
Eligible voters: 128419
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 52947
Turnout %: 41.23


LETTER: Proposed development on Fernbank raises concerns about flooding

(ABOVE: Stittsville residents Ian McKim, Jillian McKim, Gerry Kroll and Keldine FitzGerald are concerned about a proposed 140-unit housing development on marshlands off Fernbank Road.  Photo by Barry Gray.)

Approximate location of the proposed development at 6279 Fernbank Road
Approximate location of the proposed development at 6279 Fernbank Road.


Editor’s note: Residents near a proposed development at 6279 Fernbank Road are hoping to engage with the community to keep people updated on an upcoming Ontario Municipal Board hearing expected in April.

As resident Jillian McKim  explains in her letter below, residents and the City of Ottawa are concerned about several aspects of the proposed development, including the effect it could have on stormwater drainage. Continue reading


Halloween displays: Vendevale Avenue

Great Halloween decor doesn’t have to cover the entire lawn or cost a couple of mortgage payments.  Here’s a perfect example of a more restrained display on Vendevale Avenue at the home of Jacques and Martha Dallaire.

Every year at Halloween and Christmas, the retired couple puts out some of the nicest decor in the neighbourhood.  Word on the street is that they give out some good treats too.

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That’s a latte dogs: Dog Dayz at Quitters

Dog Dayz held a “Pack Walk” around Stittsville today, starting at Quitters Coffee on Stittsville Main Street.

Dog Dayz is a dog training and care company based in Kanata. Owner Janet Burns says that group walks like this one are a great chance for both owners and canines to socialize and exercise.

Burns hosts a group walk every other Sunday. For more info check out their Facebook page.


Poll reveals municipal candidates’ views on architecture and urban design

(Press release from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).)

Candidates in Ottawa’s urban wards are far more likely to indicate support for policies aimed at improving the city’s architecture and urban design than candidates in suburban and rural wards, a poll suggests.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), the national professional association which advocates for excellence in the built environment, asked mayoral and council candidates for their position on five questions related to design quality, the environment and heritage.

Of the eight mayoral candidates, only two responded – Bernard Couchman and Anwar Syed. Of the 124 candidates for City Council, just 39 expressed their opinion.

“It’s regrettable that there’s so little apparent interest in architecture and urban design from the mayoral candidates, given this the capital of a G8 country,” said Allan Teramura, FRAIC, RAIC regional director for Ontario North, East and Nunavut.

The vast majority of respondents – 31 – were in urban wards.  Suburban and rural wards yielded just four responses each.  A second mailing, directed to them, pointed out that good design can enrich suburban life as well and that the protection of agricultural landscapes is a heritage issue.

“There’s a very high level of interest in these issues in urban wards, with most candidates providing strong statements of support,” says Teramura. “It’s possible there could be a half-dozen or so councillors with an interest in design. It’s still a minority, but it’s a start.

“I understand that many people get involved in municipal politics because of issues in their immediate community, but in an amalgamated city, councillors have to be prepared to understand and deal with issues far from where they live,” says Teramura. “This is a challenge for both urban and rural councillors.”

Dave Lee did respond to the survey; Shad Qadri did not. (For the complete responses from all respondents, please see the PDF document.)

Teramura notes that Ottawa is undergoing many changes today. Important issues affecting Ottawa’s urban landscape are being debated, including the possibility of building a new main library, increasing pressure to intensify mature neighbourhoods and the continuing development of LeBreton Flats. With the events of Canada’s sesquicentennial coming soon, the spotlight will be on Ottawa, nation-wide.

“While I would not expect new candidates from rural or suburban wards to have many strongly held opinions on issues that primarily affect the downtown, I would have thought that incumbents would, having had a few years of grappling with them,” said Teramura. “And yet there was relatively little response from these candidates.”

“As a rapidly growing community, it is essential that much of the development focus in this ward be on issues of design and build in order to ensure compatibility with existing neighbourhoods and the preservation of the character of the community,” said Stittsville candidate Dave Lee in his response to RAIC’s questions.


SUNDAY DRIVE: The Pakenham Five-Span Bridge

Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.
Pakenham Five Span Bridge. Photo by Barry Gray.

Do you have a favourite “Sunday Drive” near Stittsville? Let us know about it on the comments below or send an email to

The Pakenham Five Span bridge was built in 1903 by Scottish Stone Masons over the Mississippi river and rapids at Pakenham in Lanark County, northwest of Stittsville.

The five-arch stone bridge is the only one in North America. It was original built to carry horses and carriages accross the Mississippi River to the mills in Pakenham.

It’s 268 feet long, 22 feet high and 25 feet wide. The largest stone
used in the construction weighs five tonnes.

Public pressure to preserve the bridge, rather than replacing it with a modern bridge, lead to the restoration of it in 1984 to make it suitable for truck and car traffic.  During the resoration, each stone was removed and labelled, and then placed back in its original location over reinforced concrete.

If you’re driving out to Pakenham and it’s a warm day, check out Scoop’s Ice Cream on Waba Road, right in the middle of town.

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Writers and photographers wanted!

We’d like to hear from Stittsville residents who want to contribute to this site.  If you have a passion for a local topic or just love to write or take photos, please get in touch with us at

Big thanks to all of our contributors so far, including:

  • Bob Denney
  • Barry Gray
  • Amy Haggerty
  • Rochelle James
  • Paul Jay
  • Amy Lee Leindecker
  • Gord McCormick
  • B.R. Ravishankar
  • Dan Tarof
  • Coreen Tyers

We love to get comments, story ideas and other feedback. Here’s how you can reach us…



Ottawa Municipal Election voting places open for 10 hours on Monday

(Press release from the City of Ottawa. You can find information about Stittsville’s candidates here.)

All eligible electors are reminded that all 334 voting places for the 2014 Ottawa Municipal Election, excluding certain polls located in long-term care and seniors’ residences will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters can avoid longer wait times by taking advantage of the off-peak hours, between 1 to 4 p.m., which are typically quieter.

Electors can find their voting place on their voter notification letter or by using the “Where Do I Vote?”search tool on Also, people are reminded to bring one piece of original identification that shows proof of name and their qualifying Ottawa address. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at


For more voting information, visit, or call the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 or the City at 3-1-1 (TTY 613-580-2401).


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.

Cell phone use, tablets and cameras (photography and video) banned in Voting Places 

On another important note, the Elections Office advises both the public and media that the use of cell phones and tablets is strictly prohibited in the voting place. This ban includes sending electronic messages by text, email or social media. All types of photography, including filming, are also prohibited.

By the numbers: Quick facts about Voting Day  

Polls open on Monday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • 334 voting locations
  • Six command centres

Number of Election Workers: 2,815

  • 2,606 staff at voting locations
  • 109 command centre staff, including returns staff and drivers
  • 36 staff at the Election Call Centre at City Hall (for the public)
  • 64 staff at the Elections Office Call Centre (for election workers)

To date, combining the special advance voting days on October 1 to 3 and both traditional advance vote days on October 9 and 18, a total of 46,971 electors have voted.


Top ten stories on, October 18-24

Top TenHere are the top ten most-read stories on for the week of October 18-24, 2014.


  1. Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure
  2. SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap
  3. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  4. Hazeldean Mall locked down briefly this afternoon
  5. “Stittsville is not in Costa Rica”
  6. We want your Halloween photos!
  7. Car drives into Main Street Cafe (photos)
    TRASH TALK: Everything you need to know about the Carp Road landfill expansion
  8. Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?
  9. Election Round-Up: Candidate Q&A’s, debate recaps and more
  10. LETTER: Looking for ideas to support small business in Stittsville



Halloween displays: Hobin Street

This house on Hobin Street, just west of Carp Road, belongs to the Atkinson Family. For 15 years they’ve been decorating their front lawn for Halloween.  (The photo above is from last year.)

“I try to change it up a little bit every year,” says Rob Atkinson.

“I love entertaining the kids  and have always enjoyed decorating.  Much of the decorations are home made either by myself or inherited from friends who no longer decorate.   I still have a couple other “surprises” that I don’t do until Halloween night though. A little animation, some rear projection, and of course lots of fog and scary sound effects,” he says.

The entire family gets involved.  “My wife takes care of the inside and my son helps me with the setup outside.  It also helps to slow down cars on that turn in front of my house.”

“I am a little embarrased to say that I’ve brought a couple younger kids to tears with the display. They didn’t want to come too close.”

“Now if I could only get my son and his friends to dress up and become part of the ‘living display’, I’d be all set,” he says.

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Sign vandalism “a poor reflection on this community’s values”

Kelly Morrison posted this photo and note on the Stittsville Neighbours Facebook Group:

“Passed this stash of downed signs on West Ridge near Sable Run this morning. Innocent vandalism? Maybe. But it is beyond mischievous. It is a poor reflection on this community’s values. Sad and concerning

Sign vandalism is common during election campaigns, and we’ve seen several reports of damaged or stolen signs over the past few weeks in Stittsville.  Both candidates have had signs damaged.  One resident reported that someone stole a sign from her lawn and replaced it with a sign for the opposing candidate.

Damaging or removing election signs is not only mischievous, it’s also against the law.


LETTER: Looking for ideas to support small business in Stittsville

Here’s a letter that received from Stittsville real estate rep Tim Larocque:

With the Christmas season upon us and the opening of the Tanger Outlets, it is very easy to spend all of your time shopping at the national chains and franchises.

Being in real estate,  I have the pleasure to meet so many interesting and amazing people including small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Because there is no formal BIA (business improvement area) or chamber for Stittsville, I feel there is  more that needs to be done to highlight and promote some of the great businesses that exist in our village.

Several studies show that for every 100 dollars spent at local, independent stores, there is a much higher amount returned to the community vs national chains.

There is a great event coming up that will highlight many of these businesses and I also would like to start a “Small Business Saturday” that encourages everyone to spend locally for at least one day during the holiday season.

I would love to explore how we could do something together if you are interested.

–Tim Larocque

Editor’s note: I think this is a great idea.  I would like to hear from readers and small business owners about any ideas you have on how we can support a Stittsville-based “small business day” in late November or early December.  You can leave a comment below or email me at -GG.