Category Archives: Police, Fire & Paramedics

HAZMAT team responds to incident at Amberwood Golf Club pool

UPDATE: Statement from Amberwood Golf & Country Club:

This evening, June 23, there was a localized chemical reaction that caused toxic fumes at Amberwood, concerning management on site. The team evacuated the building as a precautionary measure and contacted the fire department. Five people were taken to hospital for further observations are are expecting to be just fine. There was no explosion or any other situation of note other than the fumes from the reaction.

The fire department called the Hazmat team, which has been checking the HVAC system and making sure that is operational.
We don’t yet know the status for the club for tomorrow (June 24) but will advise as soon as we do.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank the local Ottawa fire department for their assistance.

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(via Ottawa Fire Services)

54 Springbrook Dr / Amberwood Golf Club.

At 20:11 Ottawa Fire Dispatch received a 911 from the Amberwood Golf Club for a Hazmat where Acid (unknown) was Mixed with Chlorine. Continue reading


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Firefighters praise quick-thinking staff at retirement residence

(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call from staff at 6:21 a.m. indicating that there was heavy smoke in a unit of a Retirement Residence.  Crews made their way to the 1300 block of Stittsville Main Street.

Upon their arrival, firefighters confirmed that evacuation of residents was already underway by staff.  Some firefighters were tasked to assist with the evacuation while others made their way to the fire unit.  Crews confirmed items had ignited in a microwave in a resident’s room which caused fire and ample amounts of smoke. Continue reading


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CBC: Teen survivor struggling with guilt after fatal crash

From CBC Ottawa:

Hours before a horrific car crash claimed the lives of her two best friends Sunday night, Sommer Foley’s parents told the 17-year-old to have fun swimming at a local quarry, but be home by 10 p.m.

Instead, the Stittsville teen was rushed to hospital, where she remains with serious injuries to her neck, arm and back, which was torn open in the crash. 

“She’s hanging in there, and every day she gets a little bit better,” said Cherie Dillon-Foley, who also said the grief of losing her friends has changed her daughter forever.

“She’s feeling guilty. She’s here and they’re not.” 

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Partying at the quarry owned by Thomas Cavanagh Construction on Jinkinson Road has been described as a popular pastime for Stittsville teens, and the Foley’s parents don’t blame that tradition.

Jeff Foley is more concerned about how the rampant speculation on social media might be affecting the families of the teens involved in the crash.. 

“That’s all got to stop,” he said. “Everybody gets twisted and confused … it’s garbage.”

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CITIZEN: Family of Maddie Clement thanks community for support

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Maddie Clement loved children and animals and would do anything to help a friend, says her uncle.

The 17-year-old died Sunday night after a car carrying four teens swerved off the road into a wooded area near Stittsville.

Another young woman, Michaela Martel, 18, also died in the crash. Two other teens who were in the car remain in hospital. It’s unclear what caused the car to swerve, and investigators continue to interview witnesses.

In an interview Tuesday, Clement’s uncle, Ben Halsall, said his niece had a “heart of gold.”

“She could have done anything if she had set her mind to it,” Halsall said. “She was a very sharp, beautiful, funny girl.”

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Two teens killed in vehicle rollover on Fernbank

(Update, Monday afternoon)

The Ottawa Citizen and CBC are reporting the names of the two young women killed in the crash. Police believe the teens were heading to or from a bush party when the driver of the car tried to pass another motorist and swerved off of the road. Police are continuing to investigate and are asking any witnesses to the incident to come forward. Continue reading


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One person injured in BBQ fire on Talltree Crescent

(PHOTO: Emergency vehicles respond to a fire on Talltree Crescent on Sunday evening. Photo by Jeffrey Elliott.)

(Part of Abbott Street between Granite Ridge and Iber was closed earlier this evening, as emergency vehicles responded to a fire on Talltree Crescent. A press release from Ottawa Fire Services is included below. Based on the number of fire trucks on scene, it’s likely that the fire spread beyond the barbecue.)

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UPDATE, 10:51pm via Ottawa Paramedic Service: Paramedics responded to a working fire that occurred at 105 Talltree Cres. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 7:52 PM on June 11, 2017.

On arrival Paramedics found one ambulatory 32 year old male patient with burns to his arms and face. Paramedics treated the patient’s burns with irrigation, bandaging and pain relief medications. The patient was transported to hospital on a high priority and was stable on arrival at the hospital. The burns occurred as a result of a gas barbeque.

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(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Fire fighters received multiple calls reporting that a BBQ had caught on fire on the deck area of a home at 105 Talltree Crescent.

The time of the initial call was 19:41. On route, black smoke could be seen by responding crews and a working fire was assigned prior to arrival.  Continue reading


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Fernbank farm owner asks for public’s help to find possible arsonists

Joni Sabourin and her family own 200 acres farmland on Fernbank Road, immediately west of Deer Run and West Ridge.  On Sunday, firefighters responded to a brush fire on her property that she believes was deliberately set.

The fire on Sunday was quickly contained, damaging some hay and a large Manitoba maple tree.  Sabourin tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that trespassing and vandalism on the property is a frequent concern. 

She posted the following note to the Stittsville Neighbours Facebook group today:

Hi Neighbours, yesterday we had a large fire in our hay field/forest area directly behind Birchland Street (Westridge Area). When the firefighters arrived on site they came across a number of kids running away from the scene.

This is the third incident we have had on the property, which could have been extremely dangerous for the homeowners on Birchland, as well as our farm property. There is NO access to fire hydrants and water had to be trucked in using special equipment.

If you have any information or have seen any of these kids entering the private property yesterday, please contact the Ottawa Police referencing Case # 17-122879.

We have a huge amount of clean-up to do along with approximately 1 km of ruts to fix, due to all the fire trucks accessing from Fernbank. I would like the kids responsible to help with the clean up. Maybe a bit of hard work will ensure they learn their lesson. Please talk to your kids. This could have been extremely serious if the fields had been dry. Thank you.

Brush fire behind Birchland Drive on Sunday, May 28 Brush fire behind Birchland Drive on Sunday, May 28 Brush fire behind Birchland Drive on Sunday, May 28


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Grass fire behind Birchland Crescent

(via Ottawa Fire Service)

Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call from a resident reporting smoke showing in a farm field behind his home on Birchland Crescent on May 28 2017 at 13:18 hours. Upon arrival fire fighters confirmed smoke showing in the field and declared a working grass fire.

The grass fire involved approximately 2 acres of grass and some piles of heavy timber but no structures were threatened.  Fire fighters were still on location early this afternoon putting out hot spots.  There are no civilian or fire fighter injuries.


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Sad ending to search for missing Jackson Trails senior

(PHOTO: Police search for missing person Nelliya Karbisheva in the Jackson Trails area on Tuesday. Photo by Connor Boudreau.)

UPDATE, May 27: Karbisheva’s family have thanked the community for their help in this week’s search. They’ve asked that rather then flowers or meals, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society, be made instead, in Nelliya’s memory.

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UPDATE, May 25: Sad news to share today. Nelliya Karbisheva’s body was found in a wooded area near Stittsville Main Street and Maple Grove Road. Our condolences to her family and friends. Ms. Karbisheva’s dog was found safe by her side.

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LOCAL HEROES: Father and son honoured for lifesaving rescue

(PHOTO: Terrance Davidson, and his son Geoffrey received a Certificate of Valour for their actions to save a man’s life in January 2016. Photo via Ottawa Police Service – Imaging.)

(via Ottawa Police)

On Monday, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Ottawa Police Services Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry hosted the 2017 Community Police Awards Ceremony at Ben Franklin Place.

Two Stittsville residents were among the recipients of a Certificate of Valour, awarded to people  who, in an act of personal bravery or highly-meritorious service, provided assistance to another individual. Continue reading


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HIGHWAY ROBBERY: Wheels stolen from car at Carp Road Park and Ride

(PHOTO: When Jeff Levere arrived back at his car after work, he discovered that all four wheels were stolen.)

Imagine getting dropped off at the Park and Ride following a long day of work, only to see you don’t have a set of wheels waiting for you.

No, your car is still there. But someone, it appears, has made off with all four of your wheels.

That was exactly the situation Jeff Levere found himself in on April 27. Continue reading


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LINKED: How a would-be Ottawa pot ’empire’ failed to launch

The Ottawa Citizen has a report about Franco Vigile and his plans for a chain of Magna Terra marijuana dispensaries, including one on Iber Road in Stittsville.

Franco Vigile wanted the world and then some. But just as proposed legislation might open up the promised land of a recreational marijuana market, a legal spat, drug and gun charges against his family, and a connection to the Hells Angels all threaten to send Vigile’s dispensary dreams up in smoke.

Vigile, 29, once operated two pot dispensaries in the city, with a third location “coming soon.” But those two locations are now closed. A sign on the door Sunday at the Stittsville store reads: “To our valued customers. We are closed indefinitely. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

At the beginning of 2016, however, with one dispensary open, Vigile was looking to expand.

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Police issue warning about break-ins into sheds and garages

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Break & Enter Unit has started to see an increase in reports of break & enters into insecure sheds & garages.

With the arrival of warmer weather, the Ottawa Police Service Break & Enter Unit has started to see an increase in the number of break & enters to insecure sheds and garages across the City. It takes moments to enter a garage or shed and make off with commonly stored items within, such as powered yard equipment and bikes.  Continue reading


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Portable fire at Montessori School in Kanata

(Ottawa Fire Services reported a fire early Monday morning at the Kanata Montessori School in Kanata South. It’s on Michael Cowpland Drive near the Trans Canada Trail, just east of Terry Fox.)


UPDATE: Police have opened an arson investigation. 

Ottawa Fire Services received a 911 call reporting trees on fire near Terrence Matthews Drive on April 24, 2017 at 00:17 hours.Upon arrival fire fighters confirmed fire in a  portable building with exposures at 355 Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata Montessori School. A working fire was declared at 00:23 hours and fire fighters immediately began suppression operations.

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Fire on Fowler Street in Richmond displaces family of five

UPDATE: Neighbours have set up a fundraising page to help the family displaced by the fire: “The Purdy family from Richmond ON suffered a devastating loss yesterday when a fire completely destroyed their home. My son attends school with one of their children and I have reached out to the family to see where assistance is most needed. They are extremely appreciative and a little overwhelmed at the outpouring of community spirit. They are currently figuring out the logistics of where they will live, etc so although donations of clothing and furniture are thoughtful, at this point in time the family has nowhere to store anything. This page has been set up so that those who wish to help can provide some financial relief to the family during a very difficult time. There may be other ways to donate/help in the future, this is just a starter so that they can purchase the basic necessities for their family for the time being.”

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(via Ottawa Fire Services)

Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) received a call from a resident at 3:02 p.m. indicating that there was thick black smoke coming from their home at 27 Fowler Street in Richmond.  The caller confirmed that there were no persons inside the residence.  Continue reading


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Multiple charges and arrests after raids at Magna Terra marijuana shops

(Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. File photo.)

The owner of the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary chain is among seven arrested and charged after police raids on his two Ottawa dispensaries and a private home on Tuesday.

The raids resulted in the seizure of a loaded .44 calibre Desert Eagle handgun, marijuana and other drugs, cash, documents and computers and cell phones, according to Ottawa Police.   Continue reading


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