All posts by Victoria Klassen

Cupcake Fairies deliver pick-me-ups to deserving families

(PHOTO: Jordan McNichols (left) and Jan Campbell, the Cupcake Fairies. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Jordan McNichols and her mother, Jan Campbell, the force behind the magical Cupcake Fairies, have delivered hundreds of cupcakes to scores of houses over the past few months.

The idea for the Cupcake Fairies started with a Secret Santa group that originated from the Buy Nothing Stittsville Facebook group. At a reveal party in January to find out who your Secret Santa was, Campbell brought some cupcakes. Campbell is a pastry chef who runs a home-based businesses called Sweet Amelia Bake Shop. McNichols said the cupcakes were a hit at the party, and when people began asking how to get some, she said: “you never know, they might just show up on your doorstep.” Continue reading


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UPDATE: No attempt to cover up Hazeldean bridge report, say councillors

When we published an engineering report last month on why the Hazeldean bridge failed, it was the first time Councillor Shad Qadri or Councillor Allan Hubley had ever seen the document.

Hubley, councillor for Kanata South, did not know the report on the Hazeldean bridge existed until it was made public last month on StittsvilleCentral.ca. Continue reading


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West Ottawa Soccer Club welcomes refugees

Eihab Altalli (left) and Obai Altalli (right), two refugees who recently arrived in Canada, along with Ahmed Aref from West Ottawa Soccer Club. Photo by Barry Gray.

“It helps them integrate here. I’m pretty sure this will have some sort of positive impact on their integration in the Canadian culture. So it’s a great initiative from the club.”

West Ottawa Soccer Club is welcoming newcomers to Canada by offering free soccer registration for refugee families.

The program is open to all ages, for refugees from anywhere in the world, during their first year in Ottawa. West Ottawa Soccer largely serves the Stittsville, Kanata and West Carleton areas.

Stephanie Potter has been organizing this program at West Ottawa Soccer. She said in the fall when the refugee situation was often in the news, the club came up with this idea to help. She says the initiative fits with their club’s True Sport principles, which involves including everyone and giving back.
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Carp residents still trying to “Buy the Village Green”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A few weeks back we published an article about projects funded through a “Community Initiative Fund” for the Carp Road Landfill.  As part of an agreement with the City of Ottawa, Waste Management has contributed over $600,000 to projects in West Carleton, Stittsville, and Kanata. In 2007, $60,000 of that amount went to a project called Buy the Village Green in Carp.  We were curious about what the funds were used for, and sent reporter Victoria Klassen to look into it. Here’s what she found.) Continue reading


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Squeaky wheels get the grease when it comes to police response

The more that residents report safety concerns in Stittsville, the more resources police will allocate to the area.

That’s one of the messages from Wednesday night’s community crime and safety discussion hosted by Councillor Shad Qadri.

Only three Stittsville residents attended the discussion at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex that included the new community police officer, Constable Phong Le and Neighbourhood Watch volunteer Victor McNabney. Continue reading


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Richmond Bakery sign to be auctioned off

(Richmond Bakery circa 2014. Photo via Google Streetview.)

UPDATE, OCTOBER 8: The Goulbourn Museum’s Curator Manager Kathryn Jamieson sent along this note:

“Goulbourn Museum wants to preserve the history of the Richmond Bakery. If community members have any small items such as old price lists, bread bags, or other memorabilia with the bakery name on them, they would love to hear from you. We would also like to collect anecdotes and photographs from the 75 years the Richmond Bakery was in business. Local residents can email me directly at: kathryn@goulbournmuseum.ca.”

As for the Richmond Bakery sign, Jamieson says it’s wonderful that it will be auctioned to raise money for the Richmond Food Bank: “We hope that whoever purchases the sign in the auction can give it a good home. Although we’d love to preserve it, Goulbourn Museum is simply too small and we wouldn’t have the storage space.”

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The familiar Richmond Bakery sign will be auctioned off later this year when the building reopens as Danby’s Road House.

When the Richmond Bakery shut its doors in August 2014, there was interest in the bakery sign from both the community and collectors, including the Goulbourn Museum. Continue reading


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Developer exasperated by vandalism to heritage home

The owner of a 19th century stone farmhouse on Huntmar Drive says he doesn’t know what else he can do to stop vandalism on his property.

Robert Karam has owned the property for nearly ten years.  The house, which dates back to 1887, has been listed on the City of Ottawa’s heritage register since the fall of 2013. (You read more about the history of the home here.)   Continue reading


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Carp Road businesses on edge about roundabouts

(Above: Peter Kondruss, owner of Kondruss Galleries on Carp Road. Photo by Barry Gray.)

A public meeting on Wednesday night will give residents and businesses a chance to weigh in on plans to widen Carp Road between Hazeldean and the Queensway, including whether traffic lights or traffic circles are a better choice.

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UPDATE: Tough to turn a profit on Speedway, says former operator

The person who ran the Capital City Speedway for the past four years says it’s tough to turn a profit on the operation.

Todd Gow operated the speedway for the past four years. He says he decided not to run the speedway this year because of the large amount of money, around $200,000, that he put into the Speedway, without a profitable return. Continue reading


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