Category Archives: Uncategorized

Local nutritionist & mom shares ideas for healthier breakfasts

(Thanks to Stittsville-based holistic nutritionist Melanie Reid for contributing this guest post to

I’m a mom of four, wife and nutrition coach on a mission to improve the health of children and families through proper nutrition. I’m also a long time resident of Kanata and Stittsville and love meeting families who want to make health changes in their lives. Continue reading


Nominations open for Stittsville volunteer appreciation awards

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

I am pleased to announce that the nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards is now open!

You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member. This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward. Continue reading


Goulbourn Jubilee Singers celebrates 40th anniversary

(PHOTO: The Jubilee Juniors performing on stage at a December 2016 Christmas performance.)

The Goulbourn Jubilee Singers are celebrating  a big anniversary this year.  This community choir has been active in Stittsville for 40 years and is a true gem of a program offering non audition, low cost and inter-generational programs. Continue reading


Gerry Gray receives Snow Angel award

(via Shad Qadri)

Stittsville resident Gerry Gray surrounded by city councillors and staff. Photo via Shad Qadri's office.
Stittsville resident Gerry Gray surrounded by city councillors and staff. Photo via Shad Qadri’s office.


On Wednesday December 7th I had the pleasure of seeing one of our residents Gerry Gray and nine other individual residents of Ottawa receive certificates in recognition for their volunteer service as Snow Angels during the winter of 2015-16. Continue reading


Bryanston Gate Community Association meets on December 7

(via BGCA)

The next BGCA Executive Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 pm. Dave and Shelley Lynch at 6 Alon Street will be hosting the meeting. According to our Constitution, residents may attend if there is something specific that they would like to discuss; however, three days written notice is required in order to ensure adequate space is available for everyone. Please RSVP via Continue reading


City asks for feedback on Wyldewood Park playground options

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

UPDATE, JULY 25: Option B received 66% of the votes.  “I personally liked both concepts and find the nature theme does go well with the park name.  I support this option going forward and look forward to the next steps for this project. As updates such as final approval and construction timelines arise, I will be providing them to the community in my e-column. Please stay tuned and thank you for participating in this process,” wrote Qadri in an email to residents.

The following layout plans and concept images depict two options for play equipment replacements at Wyldewood Park. Both play equipment options offer opportunities for climbing, hanging, balancing, swinging, crawling, and sliding, as well as socializing and cognitive activities. Both options also include an accessible asphalt path, asphalt ramps into the play areas, engineered wood fiber safety surfacing in play areas, a new accessible park bench, and a new accessible sand box with a widened edge for seating. Continue reading


Here’s what you can do about squirrels or raccoons in your yard

Aggressive Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel / Photo by Jean Labelle via Flickr

What’s the best way to discourage squirrels, raccoons and other small critters from making their home under your deck or in your backyard?

Before you set a trap or call an exterminator, here are a few tips for ways that you can humanely encourage the animals to “move along” from your property. Continue reading


Call for Canada Day volunteers!

The Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is in urgent need of volunteers to assist with the running of this year’s Canada Day celebrations for the residents of Stittsville.

The day’s festivities will take place again this year on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School and assistance is needed for morning set-up, helping to run the afternoon programs, and take down in the evening and after the fireworks display. Hands are also required to help clean up the area on the following morning, Saturday July 2.

Anyone who feels they can spare a few hours to help make this happy annual event a success for our community should please contact Marilyn Jenkins, Volunteer co-ordinator,  or 613-836- 5075.

You can also signup for a volunteer shift using VolunteerSpot. There are more than a hundred volunteers slots available July 1st, and more on July 2nd — perfect for teens and adults! Visit to sign up with your email address; review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

Additionally, anyone who may wish to become a Canada Day sponsor should contact Tanya Hein at or 613-686-1842


LETTER: City’s vision for garbage stinks

“Look, we all know that garbage happens… The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.”

Carp Dump II has the passed the Environmental Compliance Application (ECA) and the so called “West Carleton Environmental Centre” is now all but certain.

Frankly, I am more than just a little surprised how little I’ve read about this inevitability.

When the first dump was opened in Carp the early 1970s, it was essentially for local use and it was in the middle of nowhere. Now, some forty years later, the new dump (which will be beside the old one) happens to be in the middle of growing suburbia, and for the use of all of Ontario.

We all know that garbage happens. What is necessary is a well laid plan that is environmentally sound and economically viable. The City of Ottawa’s performance in this area frankly stinks.

Plasco and Orgaworld were both whiffs of legendary proportion, and yet here we are continuing to move forward without a viable 30 year plan.

Operating without a plan continues to cost us money and will have a negative effect on some of our residents’ quality of life.  It could also harm our environment, and it will devalue property.

I think we all know that landfills are not the answer. It’s the way of a bygone era. No one wants them except the companies that make a fortune operating them.

Yet, despite lingering complaints about the first dump, the City of Ottawa is on the verge of adding two more landfill sites.   We already have four!

That’s not very green for a supposedly very green city.


Landfills are not the way of the future, but unfortunately, it seems to be the way of our city.

Moving forward, transparency is a must, and clearly our neighbours should all be entitled to live in an environment that is clean, safe and healthy.

Jonathan Mark
Dunrobin, Ontario

(Jonathan Mark is a broadcaster, Chair for the Ward 5 Citizens’ Council (W5CC), and a candidate for West Carleton Ward in the last municipal election.)


Only a couple tables left for Rotary Club Trivia Challenge

(via the Rotary Club)

There are only a couple of tables left for the Rotary Club of Ottawa Stittsville Trivia Challenge Night.

When:  Friday February 19, 2016
Where: Lions Hall, 1339 Main Street, Stittsville
Time:    Doors open 6:30pm, Challenge starts 7:30pm Sharp
Cost:    $200 a team with a maximum of 8 persons per team ($25.00 per person)
 Prizes:   Cash: 1st prize $500, 2nd $350 and 3rd $100  & Additional prizes
Tickets : Cheque payable to Rotary Club of Ottawa Stittsville. Tickets includes pizza, coffee, tea and popcorn. Cash bar available for pop and liquor.

For more info contact

Money raised goes to the many community and international projects that the Rotary Club supports.  Local projects include the Dave Smith Youth Drug Treatment Centre, Youth Bursaries and Training Programs, and the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park in Stittsville.



QADRI: Potter’s Key tree cutting

From Councillor Shad Qadri:

“Earlier today I was advised by Minto Homes that they will be undertaking tree clearing today to remove the permitted trees on their commercial parcel of land fronting Hazeldean Road for the purposes of the Potter’s Key sales office. They do have a tree cutting permit (issued September 3, 2015) that allows Minto to remove a portion of the trees on the parcel. Minto Homes, their tree contractor and a City Forester met today to stack out the limit of the tree clearing as per the permit. Minto Homes advised they would be starting at noon today and should be completed by late Thursday or early Friday of this week.

Discussions are still ongoing with respect this proposed development and no final decisions have been made at this time. I will continue to update the community through my community e-column on this development and you may visit my website at the following link for more information.”


Brothers reunite after lifetime apart, thanks to social media

(Above: Long-lost brothers Ted Cornell (left) and Larry Batchelar met in Stittsville recently for the first time.)

It took over 65 years and some help from social media for Larry Batchelar to discover he had siblings.

He met one of them – his brother Ted Cornell – for the first time in Stittsville on November 27.

Four years ago Batchelar received a Facebook message that made him question his family history. A woman from Atlanta, Georgia named Mary Lee Smith was claiming to be his sister.  She also said he had two brothers. One named Keith died in 1969 in Toronto. But the other – Ted – was still alive and residing in Victoria, B.C.

“I didn’t believe her at first,” said Batchelar. “So I confronted my mother.”

He didn’t want to go into personal details, but said his mother told him it was true, and nothing more.

“All of my aunts and uncles on both sides of the family knew all about it,” he added.

When Batchelar’s father was called to fight in the Korean War in the 1950s, the family had to give up three of their four children.

“My mother just couldn’t look after four of us,” he said.

The family kept Batchelar (b. 1947), but gave up Cornell, (b. 1950) and the other two siblings.  Cornell said he has known about the situation for over 50 years.

“But I didn’t know where he was,” he said. “It was just one of those things the family didn’t discuss.”

Batchelar, on the other hand, spent his whole life under the false impression he was an only child. So when his long lost brother travelled to Stittsville to meet him last weekend, he was ecstatic.

“It was a little bit emotional when we first met,” Batchelor says. “It’s been a long time coming.”

Cornell credits social media for finally bringing them together.

“Now with media outlets like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, contact can be made so much easier,” he said. “Years ago this (reunion) could never have happened.”


QADRI: City plans update of flood plain mapping

(via Councillor Shad Qadri’s weekly newsletter)

The Province requires that the City have policies in the Official Plan (OP) and provisions in the Zoning By-law to prohibit development within the one in one hundred year flood plain. As such, a program of updates to improve the accuracy of the flood plain mapping and to add newly mapped flood plain areas were included in the department’s 2015-2018 Planning Committee-approved workplan.

Updates will be carried out through Official Plan and Zoning By-law amendments, which will occur over a number of years, as mapping becomes available from the conservation authorities. The first phase of these amendments is anticipated to be brought to the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and the Planning Committee in April 2016. Continue reading


LETTER: We Day highlights teen’s fight against the Carp Road landfill

Olivia Nixon and her daughter Maddy Moffatt at the Stittsville Village Fest in 2012.
Olivia Nixon and her daughter Maddy Moffatt at the Stittsville Villagefest in 2012.


At the recent “We Day” in Ottawa, where 16,000 young people gathered to celebrate how youth are making a difference in their local and global communities, my daughter Maddy Moffatt received a “shout out” at the event. Continue reading


Lawyer donates expertise to help Syrian refugees

Becoming a mother changed the way a Stittsville lawyer saw the world around her, and after witnessing the media coverage of a drowned Syrian boy she decided to do her part.

“That was really extremely upsetting to me,” said Jenny Guth (pictured above), who has a five-year-old son. “For me and for probably many other people, the little boy who was found on the beach was the game changer.” Continue reading