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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.

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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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Residents encouraged to test smoke alarms monthly

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

Ottawa Fire Services wants to remind residents that it’s the law to have a working smoke alarm outside every sleeping area and on every storey of the home.

In one out of three fatal home fires, there is no working smoke alarm. That’s why, during Fire Prevention Week in Ottawa, which takes place October 5 to 11, Ottawa Fire Services encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms and to make plans to test them again every month. Continue reading


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Rogers customers frustrated by poor cell service

(Photo: Peter Hanschke in front of his home west of Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Glen Gower.)

Peter Hanschke has been a Stittsville resident for 31 years and a Rogers customer for over a decade.  He says he’s never been impressed with their cell phone service.

“To get reception, you have to be at the front of the house, near the bay window, angled just properly, so that people can hear you clearly. I started a consulting business out of my home here, and trying to do calls on my cell for business is embarrassing, it just doesn’t work,” he says.

“It’s always been poor quality, but back when it first came out you could understand it, Stittsville was a pretty small community,” he says.
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Top ten stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca Sept 27 – Oct 3

Top Ten

Here are the top ten most-visited stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca for the week of September 27 to October 3.

  1. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  2. Lee, Qadri square off over Orgaworld in Rogers 22 tv debate
  3. How is Rogers cell phone coverage in your neighbourhood?
  4. Covered Bridge Brewing plans collaboration with ‘Wiches Cauldron food truck
  5. Beautiful aerial video shows a Stittsville neighbourhood like you’ve never seen it before
  6. One-day Etsy marketplace at Sensplex
  7. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  8. The race is on: New candidate in Stittsville Ward election
  9. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  10. Candidate Q&A: Zone 1 English Catholic Board

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Candidate Q&A: Dave Lee and Shad Qadri (Part 1)

We sent a questionnaire to all of the candidates for city council and school board in Stittsville.  We’ve already published answers from the English Public Board and Catholic Board candidates, and today we have Part 1 of the answers from Dave Lee and Shad Qadri, the two candidates running in Ward 6 for Ottawa City Council. (Read Part 2 here.) Continue reading


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Lee, Qadri square off over Orgaworld in Rogers 22 tv debate

In a televised debate on Rogers 22, Shad Qadri said he followed the advice of professional engineers and legal experts before he voted in favour of the Orgaworld green bin contract.

The contract is a 20-year, $160-million agreement between the City of Ottawa and Orgaworld for green bin collection service. An auditor’s report released earlier this year said that city staff mis-led councillors during the contract review process.

The contract and the auditor’s report have been a central theme in Dave Lee’s campaign.  Lee, who’s challenging Qadri in this election, said that the contract and lack of due diligence by city staff is “a microcosm of how they’re doing business at City Hall.” Continue reading


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Top ten stories on StittsvilleCentral.ca this week

Our list of Tanger Outlet stores, originally published a few weeks back, all of a sudden went viral on Facebook this week and generated about 31,000 pageviews. It was far and way the most popular article on our site. That helped move a few other Tanger-related articles up the list as well.

So instead of presenting a Tanger-heavy top ten list, this week we offer a top 20 list of this week’s most popular articles on StittsvilleCentral.ca for the week of September 21-27.

  1. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  2. One-day Etsy marketplace at Sensplex this Saturday
  3. Behind-the-scenes tour of Tanger Outlets
  4. Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main
  5. Stittsville sisters’ swiming school celebrates success
  6. Can anybody identify these planes?
  7. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  8. Kanata artist and community activitist John Mlacak passes away at age 78
  9. Covered Bridge Brewing plans collaboration with ‘Wiches Cauldron food truck
  10. Attention job hunters: Tanger Outlets is hosting a job fair
  11. The race is on: New candidate in Stittsville Ward election
  12. Cycling from Stittsville to the Ashton Brew Pub
  13. Grand opening of Pho TJ on Stittsville Main Street
  14. Changes coming to 96A and other Stittsville bus routes
  15. City of Ottawa facilities offer free “Try It!” passes until September 28
  16. Round-Up: The Stittsville election on Twitter this week
  17. Fancy yourself an artist? Subway is hiring for new Tanger Outlet location
  18. Here’s the new logo for Quitters Coffee
  19. EXPLAINER: When will Stittsville get a public high school
  20. Stantec employees help with the harvest at Black Family Farm

 

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Voter notification letters mailed out to Ottawa electors currently on the Voters’ List

(Press release from the City of Ottawa)

The City’s Elections Office sent out approximately 630,000 voter notification letters today to all Ottawa electors currently on the Voters’ List.
The notification contains details on where and when electors can make their mark in the upcoming municipal election. It is also accompanied by a brochure that provides general voting information.
Eligible electors who have not received a notification are still entitled to vote and can find their voting location by using the online voting place search tool on ottawa.ca, or by calling the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 or 3-1-1. The online voting search tool will provide locations of the voting place for the traditional advance dates of October 9 and 18, as well as Voting Day on Monday, October 27.
Electors are also reminded that this year’s municipal election features a three-day Special Advance Voting period, taking place at the three following voting locations from October 1 to 3, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.:
  • Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place, 110 Laurier Avenue West
  • Ben Franklin Place, Room 1A, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • Ottawa Public Library, Cumberland Branch, Lori Nash Room, 1599 Tenth Line Road.
Ballots for all wards will be available at these three locations.
When going to the voting place, electors are reminded to bring their notification and an acceptable form of 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.

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Stittsville Ward candidates debate on Rogers 22 on Sept 28

SET YOUR PVRs! David Lee and Shad Qadri, the two candidates in Stittsville Ward, will be debating on Rogers 22 on Sunday, September 28 at 7:00pm.  The one-hour debate will be moderated by Mark Sutcliffe.

The debate will be replayed again on:

  • Monday, Sept. 29 @ 9AM
  • Wednesday, Oct. 1 @ 10:30PM
  • Monday, Oct. 20 @ 9:30PM

As part of their extensive local election coverage, The Local Campaign, Rogers TV gives you clear-cut and comprehensive information on candidates for Mayor, Councillor and School Board Trustee. Plus, when the candidates meet to debate the issues, Rogers TV will have it covered. Watch candidate debates to see where each one stands on the issues that matter most to you and your community.

On election night, Monday, October 27, Rogers TV covers the vote with the most comprehensive coverage of the vote and final numbers on The Local Results.

More info: RogersTV.com


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Round-Up: The Stittsville election on Twitter this week

What were Dave Lee and Shad Qadri tweeting about this week?  And what were Stittsville residents saying about the campaign? Here’s a sampling of tweets from the past week.  A few photos of lawn signs, and a little bit of discussion about election issues.


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Kanata artist and community activist John Mlacak passes away at age 78

John Mlacak, a long-time community activist and artist in the Kanata area, passed away on Friday at age 78.

He was a former reeve of March township, has a recreation centre named after him in Kanata and continued to be very active in the community as an artist, volunteer and activist.  The Ottawa Citizen printed an obituary on him today, and you can see some of his artwork on his web site at www.johnmlacak.com.

I had the pleasure to talk with Mlacak last December when I was doing some research into the old house and barn at 173 Huntmar Drive in Stittsville.  He was commissioned to do a series of paintings of the house in 2010 and 2011 for the previous owners. He had hoped at one point to turn the property into an artists’ retreat.

Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, le jardin arrière. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la cour de ferme. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l'entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, l’entrée de la cuisine. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la maison de bûches. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
Maple Plain, la terrasse du salon. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.
La cour de ferme Doutriaux. By John Mlacak. Published with permission.

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