(PHOTO: Sean O’Leary with his son, Ronan, inside the family store MYHome Furniture in Kanata. O’Leary says he is trying to give his children as normal a life as possible as his daughter struggles with drug addiction. Photo by Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com.)
UPDATE: O’Leary has launched a web site to connect parents of teens with drug addictions: www.wetheparents.ca
From our sister site, OttawaStart.com:
“My first thought every morning is to check that Paige is alive,” writes Kanata dad Sean O’Leary in a letter that’s been circulating in recent days on Facebook and through e-mail.
“I want people to start talking,” he said. “We’re just the tip of the iceberg.”O’Leary, whose daughter Paige is addicted to drugs, told OttawaStart.com he sent the letter to a group of parents in similar situations after Kanata teen Chloe Kotval, 14, died of a drug overdose on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading
(via City of Ottawa)
The Ontario Ministry of Education is transforming the way services for children 0 to 6 years are delivered in the province. In 2018, all child and family programs funded by the Province will become part of one unified system of services and supports for children ages 0 to 6 and their families. These will be called Ontario Early Years Child and Family Centres (OEYCFCs). Continue reading
Stittsville Main Street is getting a new restaurant this spring. Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce plan to open a 30-seat restaurant called Jack Ketch at 1536 Stittsville Main Street. Most recently, the building was home to Brown Bear Daycare.
A four-year-old zoning scrap between the City of Ottawa and a Goulbourn scrapyard could wind up back in court, as the area’s city councillor criticizes what he says is “blatant” noncompliance by yard management. Continue reading
(via City of Ottawa)
The City of Ottawa Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultations on four separate naming proposals for Stittsville: Continue reading
Five streets in Stittsville will have new names as of March 13, 2017.
“As you may know, last year, five Stittsville streets were required to undergo changes due to duplicate and similar sounding names since amalgamation with the City of Ottawa in 2001. Because of the public safety risk this poses with Ottawa’s Emergency Services, the Street Renaming Project was implemented to reconcile these challenges,” wrote Councillor Shad Qadri in his weekly newsletter. Continue reading
— Ottawa Paramedic Svc (@OttawaParamedic) February 2, 2017
Bad accident eagleson and fallowfield road closed pic.twitter.com/mOR63Vvu6U
— Robert Parks (@Robertp96821588) February 2, 2017
Emergency crews responded to another bad collision at Eagleson and Fallowfield, just two weeks after a fatal incident at the same intersection.
John Brummell brings the community together through his involvement & photography. He gets his photo taken today as City Builder recipient! pic.twitter.com/K0xRy046PI
— City of Ottawa (@ottawacity) January 25, 2017
— Shad Qadri (@ShadQadri) January 25, 2017
John Brummell, long time photographer for the Stittsville News & a great friend receives Mayor's City Builder Award pic.twitter.com/zPoLikyswR
— Marianne Wilkinson (@marianne4kanata) January 25, 2017
— Jim Murphy (@newmaple1) January 25, 2017
(Updated from an earlier post / media advisory via the City of Ottawa.)
Mayor Jim Watson, Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri and Rideau-Goulbourn Ward Councillor Scott Moffatt presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to John Brummell at today’s City Council meeting. Continue reading
THE EVOLUTION OF WICHES CAULDRON
Posted today on the Wiches Cauldron Facebook page:
“We had no idea when we opened our service window November 11th 2016, that it would be our last service at 1195 Carp Road. We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all of the love and support we have received over the last 4 seasons. Opening the food truck was such a leap of faith, and we couldn’t have imagined it being as rewarding and successful as it has been. We lost our current spot, but thanks to you we are moving on from the food truck world and looking at locations for a year-round store front shoppe in Stittsville…. onward and up! SO, if we don’t see you in the spring, don’t fret….. there are exciting things coming up!
All our love,
YOUR local ‘Wiches”
(PHOTO: South March Highlights. Photo by Denise Deby.)
Trees are again being cut down in Ottawa’s South March Highlands. KNL is removing trees from 75-100 hectares of land in the Highlands, one of Ottawa’s most biodiverse areas, in preparation for construction. They’re required to take measures to mitigate against harming species at risk (including Blanding’s turtles, Least bitterns and butternut trees) and other wildlife. Continue reading
(I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve run into John Brummell at local events. The man is everywhere with his big camera. He is a real pro – just watch him in action at a recent photo shoot. I’ll miss his patience, good humour and meticulous attention to getting every last name correct. Congrats on your retirement John. Hope to keep seeing you around the neighbourhood John! -GG.)
— Ryland Coyne (@RylandMetroland) January 12, 2017
John Curry (who else!) wrote a fitting tribute to long-time Stittsville News photographer and reporter John Brummell, who retires on Friday. Here’s a great piece from this week’s paper:
Community journalism in Stittsville and Goulbourn is losing an avid proponent and advocate.
That’s because long time Stittsville News reporter and photographer John Brummell is retiring as of this Friday, Jan. 13.
And while Friday, the 13th is considered by some as an unlucky day, nothing could be farther from the truth for John Brummell who is looking forward to retirement years in which he will do some of the things which he has not been able to do in a working career going back over 50 years and particularly in the community journalism part of that career, a part featuring lots of weekend and evening work.
So this will mean more time for gardening, one of the great passions in his life, for doing things around the house that he has not had time to do over the years, perhaps for some travel driving in the United States, for walking the dog and for simply enjoying life.
(ABOVE: Screenshot from one of the worlds created during the pilot project.)
Ottawa Public Health is hoping that Minecraft will lay the building blocks to getting kids engaged in their community and its health.
A pilot project recently wrapped up at the Stittsville and Centrepointe libraries, where youth aged nine to 17 attempted to re-imagine and build a part of their local community in the popular building game Minecraft. Continue reading
When Nancy Burgoin spoke to a nurse this week following her father’s first full day at Granite Ridge Care Community, a long-term healthcare facility in Stittsville, she was surprised to hear he’d spent much of his time in his walker, navigating the hallways.
After all, she says, at 94 and legally blind in one eye, Norman Davis typically leans to a more sedentary lifestyle.
But then she discovered exactly why her dad was out on the prowl: he was searching for his 91-year-old wife, Mae. “He couldn’t find her,” the nurse reported.
Norman and Mae Davis married on June 9, 1945, just a month after VE-Day, vowing then that only unto death would they part. He was 22, she was 19, and that end part probably seemed a lifetime away. Yet now, more than 70 years later and for the first time in their married lives, they live apart.
Sadly, the situation will likely worsen before it improves: because of provincial regulations regarding long-term healthcare facilities, Norman and Mae will remain separated for at least three more months, an absence Burgoin fears her heartsick father may not survive.
The reality of the couple’s possible separation came a week before Christmas, when they were living at a seniors’ residence in Stittsville. A room had freed up at Granite Ridge at the same time Mae’s name — but not Norman’s — reached the top of the waiting list.
Upon hearing the news, Norman, sitting at the kitchen table, said only, “Huh. So this is what society has come to. They’re going to separate us.”
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.
END OF THE LINE FOR TWO LOCAL BUSINESSES
Blumenstudio, the florist/cafe that opened in August, has moved out of their space at the front of Capital Cabinetry on Stittsville Main. Owner Kat Kosk says it was a “business decision” to close. There weren’t enough customers at the store and she didn’t want to keep putting a strain on her existing Parkdale Avenue shop. Blumenstudio opened in August of 2016, and was supposed to share the space with a custom bike shop, but that never happened. Paul Idone, who owns Capital Cabinetry, says he plans to turn the space vacated by Blumenstudio into a showroom for his woodworking business, scheduled to open by the end of this month.
Fresco Bistro has shut down their Hazeldean Road restaurant. They first opened in Stittsville back in the fall of 2012. Their original Elgin Street location closes for good at 10pm tonight. “For us, [closing] was just about a stimulus for some change, and maybe get ourselves into a more profitable situation, in a different location, and under different circumstances,” owner Jim Bickford told CBC about their Elgin Street closure. “Rent’s gone up considerably, utilities are through the roof. I mean Hydro Ottawa is obscene at this time, I think, personally. But … those aren’t necessarily the determining factors in our decision, they’re just part of the decision.”
OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO
After a pre-Christmas tour that that took her to three Canadian Army bases in Greece, Kuwait, and Ukraine, Stittsville Olympian Erica Wiebe is spending the month in Mumbia, India wrestling in the Indian Professional Wrestling League. She’s been posting some great photos from her travels to Instagram and Twitter.
A new year means a new adventure. I'm starting off 2017 wrestling for the Mumbai Maharathi as part of the Indian Professional Wrestling League. Our first match is tonight against the Haryana Hammers 😜 (they have some okay players on their team.. like Sophia Mattson & Abdulsalem Gadisov) . I'm equal parts nervous and excited for this crazy opportunity. . Let's do this. 👊🏻 . #wrestling #india #2017 #worlddomination
— Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) January 2, 2017
Tough day at the office. 😳😜 pic.twitter.com/vcbGRlpmsZ
— Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) January 5, 2017
Andddd we're off! Team Canada visits the troops in Greece, Kuwait, & Ukraine! 4 days, 3 countries ✈️ let's go. 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/RKCxAmQBzG
— Erica Wiebe (@ericawiebe) December 18, 2016
HELPING KIDS STRETCH THEIR ALLOWANCE DOLLARS
I don’t remember this as part of the city budget deliberations, but earlier this week Councillor Shad Qadri announced that the Goulbourn Rec Centre would be waiving (ha ha) the extra $1.25 fee to use the water slide.
As of Jan 1st slide fee @ the GRC pool has been eliminated. The slide will now be open free of charge during regularly scheduled public swim
— Shad Qadri (@ShadQadri) January 3, 2017
TWEET TWEET TWEET
— Josh Fudge (@rogerfudgerer) January 5, 2017
— Jåßòn Rötgër (@teacherace) January 4, 2017
— Ottawa Fire Services (@OttFire) January 5, 2017
The people at @StittsCentral put together everything I'd want in a (truly) local news service. they're doing a good thing.
— kev (@deadsquid) December 27, 2016
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Let’s take out the crystal ball and look ahead at what 2017 may have in store for Stittsville…
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE
Earlier this year we should hear from the Ottawa Senators about what they have in mind for Canadian Tire Centre once the Sens leave for Lebreton Flats. Last year, team owner Eugene Melnyk teased that the development would be an “entertainment-driven” transformation. Whatever it is, any change will have a major impact on Stittsville and Kanata for jobs, transportation and economic development. Continue reading
We love hearing from the community about issues and stories that are important to them. Here are five “Letters to the Editor” that stood out in 2016. You can click on any of the links to read the full letter. (This post is part of our end-of-year 2016 Rewind series. Read more here…) Continue reading
(Above: Barn at the Bradley-Craig farm. Photo by Steve Garecke.)
There was bad news and there was good news for heritage buildings in Stittsville in 2016.
First, the bad. In January, I took part in a multi-hour marathon in front of Planning Committee at City Hall where residents and community groups tried to convince councillors to stop the demolition and relocation of the Bradley-Craig barn to Munster. The debate was so long that councillors ordered in pizza, and one fell asleep. In the end, the committee and City Council voted to allow the barn’s owner, Richcraft, to dismantle the building piece-by-piece and move it to Saunders Farm. A new development, probably big box stores or a strip mall, will be built in its place. Continue reading