An Ottawa construction company convicted of discharging construction sediment into a drain that flows into the Jock River in 2013 has been fined $275,000.
Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited was convicted in June of four charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act, according to Ontario’s environment ministry.
The construction company was installing stormwater infrastructure at the Blackstone community in South Kanata in 2013 when ministry inspectors noted excessive sediment getting into the man-made Monahan Drain wetland, which drains into the Jock River.
Inspectors also noted sediment and erosion control measures were ineffective, the province said, and that the measures weren’t being properly maintained and were inconsistent with the plan the province had approved.
A second inspection noted some improvements but said problems persisted.
An investigation was later launched and the company was charged.
On June 9, the company was convicted four offences, and on Friday it was fined $220,000 plus a victim fine surcharge of $55,000. The company has three months to pay the fine, according to the province.
(Photo: Snowed in, February 2017. Photo by Barry Gray.)
It’s the middle of July, so of course the top thing on your mind right now must be snowplow driveway markers.
The City of Ottawa is running a consultation on “formalizing guidelines for snowplow driveway markers”. Most people have probably never given much thought to this issue and it’s kind of amazing how specific the rules get. Take a look at all the rules being proposed:
UPDATE: About 50 people attended the meeting on Tuesday night to hear about the BIA proposal, ask questions and share concerns. The steering committee plans to keep educating the local business community on what the proposal is all about, and there’s a survey on the City’s web site for local business owners to complete.
Local businesses are being encouraged to attend an information meeting on Tuesday, July 18 to hear about plans to create a Business Improvement Area (BIA) for Stittsville. The meeting happens at 7pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, Hall A.
A group of around half a dozen local business owners have formed a steering committee to drum up interest and support in the plan. (The group includes a variety of owners and management from Walkerworks Framing, Jo-Jo’s Pizza, Huntington Properties, Stittsville IDA, Covered Bridge Brewing, and Warmstone Dentistry.)
From the group’s Facebook page: “Stittsville is such a dynamic community with incredible opportunity. The growth we’ve experienced and will continue to experience at an increasingly rapid pace needs direction. The Stittsville BIA proposal is here to exhibit the power of BIAs and how we can help unlock untapped potential for all Stittsville business owners. We need to support each other and our businesses through an organized effort. Shop the Stittsville is movement. Come enjoy some pizza courtesy of Jo-Jo’s and voice your opinion – it matters!”
Bear & Co. performed Romeo and Juliet at Par La Ville Park in Fairwinds on Monday night. It rained for the first couple of acts but then the skies cleared and it ended up being a charming evening in the neighbourhood. The production tours Ottawa parks from July 5-30. More info…
The 2017 Bytown Storm Stittsville Kids of Steel Race takes place on Sunday July 16th 2017 at 7:30am at the Goulbourn Recreation Centre on Shea Road. There will be some road closures in the area on Sunday morning. Continue reading →
StoryArt Creative Centre & Boutique is pleased to announce a new seminar series for creative professionals. Ottawa-based entertainment lawyer and Stittsville resident Byron Pascoe from Edwards PC, Creative Law, will lead the series of creative law sessions.
Music Law Session: Thursday, July 20th from 11am-12:30pm
Film Law Session: Thursday, Sept 28th from 11am-1230pm
Ottawa’s annual Motorcycle Ride for Autism kicks off on July 8 at 9:00am at Brown’s Independent. Mayor Jim Watson will be on hand to see the riders off on a route that will take them through Merrickville, Smith Falls, Perth, Westport Carleton Place, and back to Stittsville.
The event has raised over $60,000 in the last four years to help kids with autism through Quickstart, charitable organization whose mission is to assist children with autism in reaching their full potential by helping the children obtain early intervention, at the first signs of autism. QuickStart raises awareness and initiates programs to cut wait-times, build capacity, and promote improvements in early identification and intervention.
A section of Maple Grove, between Huntmar Drive and Terry Fox Drive, will be closed for construction work from Monday, July 10 at 9 a.m. until Friday, July 14. After that, Maple Grove Road will reopen between Terry Fox Drive and Silver Seven Road, but will remain closed between Silver Seven Road and Huntmar Drive until Friday, July 21. Access to businesses in this stretch of road will be maintained and detours will be in place.
(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)
Stittsville’s annual Canada Day event, originally scheduled for July 1, has been moved to Saturday, July 8 due to soggy field conditions and wet weather.
The full event is all set to go from 1:00pm-10:00pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.) The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association.
Highlights of the free family-friendly event include:
Free birthday cake and glow sticks
Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
Food court featuring local food trucks
Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
Live local stage entertainment
Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)
Please join us for Shakespeare in the Park! Passions soar and hearts break in this production of Romeo & Juliet,brought to you by Bear & Co. Join us outdoors to celebrate the long evenings and warm weather, and theatre that stands the test of time. Bring a picnic, a blanket or lawn chairs, raingear in case it mizzles, and bug spray, and watch six actors conjure the warring families of Verona in front of your eyes. Continue reading →
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While Canada celebrates its 150th birthday the Goulbourn Museum building is quietly turning 145 this year. If its walls could talk they would tell tales of boisterous town hall meetings, lively dances, community parties and, for the last 27 years, Museum exhibitions and events. And although its walls are still standing tall, the Museum’s floors are telling a story of their own. They have started to sag and show their age. Continue reading →
Mattamy will start filling in the temporary stormwater pond along Maple Grove Road this week. The pond is located just east of the Fairwinds subdivision, adjacent to Harmattan Avenue and Helm Circle. The work is expected to continue until September. Continue reading →
(PHOTO: Volunteers move and sort donated furniture in the Matthew House warehouse.)
Matthew House collects usable furniture for re-distribution to the marginalized Ottawa community, helping over 600 local families each year.
Items currently in demand include tables, chairs, couches, pantries, bed frames, mattresses, bed linens, small kitchen appliances, kitchenware, and any other object that is considered a basic household necessity.
As you drive along the beautiful roads of Stittsville each morning, one can’t help but notice how lucky we are. Homes with perfectly manicured lawns, neighbours waving to you as they complete a morning stroll, coffee shops welcoming you with delicious smells that pass by your nose at the perfect time, and (on the occasional day this year) a picture perfect sunrise that excites you for the following weekend. Continue reading →