NOTEBOOK: Farmers’ Market update, more thefts at Carp Road Park & Ride

FARMERS’ MARKET UPDATE
There’s still no date set for the opening of the “official” Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Village Square Park, but Suzanne Bird is forging ahead anyways with a mini market next door at “The Barn”.  Bird owns the old log building on the east side of Village Square Park. The first event will be on Friday, June 30 from 4:00pm-7:00pm, and will feature two Ontario CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farmers. More info here…

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MORE THEFTS AT CARP ROAD PARK & RIDE
Last month Devyn Barrie reported on a man who had all four of the wheels stolen from his car during the day while it was parked at the Carp Road Park & Ride. This week, there were reports of two thefts of catalytic converters from cars. In one case, thieves sliced through the vehicle and took the catalytic converter, a section of the exhaust system and cables from a 2017 Nissan Titan.

Councillor Shad Qadri wrote in his newsletter this week that city officials are looking into the feasibility of adding security cameras to the lot. (The lot is technically in Rideau-Goulbourn, not Stittsville.)

Meanwhile, the City is planning to pave the lot, and increase the number of spaces from 115 to 150.

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UPDATED PLANS FOR 5505 FERNBANK
The City of Ottawa has posted applications for a Draft Plan of Subdivision and Zoning By-law Amendment for a new phase of the Blackstone subdivision. You can read about the plans here, and submit comments and questions to City of Ottawa staff.

The piece of land is at the southeast corner of the Fernbank area, adjacent to the Walmart. Cardel and Mattamy are the developers, and the plan is to develop 950 housing units, including detached homes and townhouses, and apartments. The proposed development includes two parks, a stormwater management block, a public elementary school site and a future Catholic high school site.

It’s probably worth pointing out that even though there’s land designated for future schools, there’s no guarantee they will ever be built, and there’s a window of at least seven years for the school boards to exercise their options on the land. The master plan for the entire Fernbank area includes land for 11 schools, including a public high school further west.

Plan of subdivision for 5505 Fernbank


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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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New bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign to be unveiled Saturday

(PHOTO: The “old” Welcome to Stittsville sign, including the former Goulbourn municipality “G” logo.)

On Saturday, a new bilingual “Welcome to Stittsville” sign and flagpole will be unveiled at the corner of Stittsville Main and Hazeldean Road.

The additions are part of a redevelopment of the park space around the sign, which will include an age-friendly park adjacent to the new Hazeldean Gardens retirement home that’s currently under construction. The park is being funded through the City of Ottawa’s cash in lieu of parkland (CIL) budget. 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.”

Read the full article…


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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.”

Read the full article…


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City asks for input on two commemorative names for future parks

(via City of Ottawa)

The City of Ottawa’s Commemorative Naming Committee is conducting public consultation on a two separate naming proposals in Stittsville:

  • A proposal to name a future park located within the Porter Place development the “William Bradley Park”
  • A proposal to name a future park located within the Potter’s Key Subdivision the “Allan Frederick Moore Park” 

Continue reading


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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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JUNE 27: Public consultation on Extendicare long-term care facility

(Notice of Public Consultation)

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is reviewing the issuance of a licence undertaking to Extendicare (Canada) Inc. (the “Licensee”) for the development of a replacement home for Extendicare West End Villa (the “Home”), currently a 240-bed long-term care (LTC) home located at 2179 Elmira Drive in Ottawa, Ontario. This transaction includes the: Continue reading


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OC Transpo summer service starts Sunday, June 25

(via OC Transpo)

Starting Sunday, June 25, OC Transpo will introduce new route numbers for many routes in the south and east areas of the city in preparation for the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. Other summer service changes include adjusted schedules and seasonal reductions to reflect the lower demand for service.

Customers should visit octranspo.com and use the travel planner to see if their regular trips are affected.

New route numbers, same route

Fifteen bus routes will be renumbered as part of the transition to the 2018 transit network. These routes will have new numbers, but the routes will remain the same.

Bus routes being renumbered this summer are in the south and east areas of the city:

  • Route 1 will be renumbered as Frequent Route 6
  • Route 41 will be renumbered as Connexion Route 291
  • Routes 121, 123, 124, 126, and 128 will be renumbered as Local Routes 42, 23, 24, 26, and 28 respectively
  • Routes 144, 146, 147, 148, and 149 will be renumbered as Local Routes 93, 92, 197, 48, and 49 respectively
  • Routes 192, 193, and 194 will be renumbered as Local Routes 47, 31, and 21 respectively

 

Hurdman Station bus platform opens
Bus service at Hurdman Station will move to the new bus platform, adjacent to the future O-Train Confederation Line platforms. Customers will continue to pay their fares onboard buses until the fare-paid zone at Hurdman is established in 2018.

 

New service in Barrhaven
New Route 179 will provide peak-period service for the new office and retail locations at CitiGate, west of Strandherd. Current Route 170 will be extended to serve the CitiGate development and to better serve residential areas along Maravista Drive and Kennevale Drive between Cedarview Road and Strandherd Drive. The rush hour trips to/from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency location on Fallowfield Road will be provided by new Route 179 instead of Route 170.

 

Special service to recreational destinations
Summer weekend service returns on Route 129 to the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, on Route 185 to the Experimental Farm and Canada Agricultural Museum, and on Route 198 to Petrie Island. Buses run every 30 minutes during the day on weekends, including on holidays.

 

Free service on Canada Day
Transit is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city with free service all day on OC Transpo and Para Transpo. A special schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks.

Paper passes are being discontinued
June is the last month for Adult paper passes. Starting in July, adult passes must be purchased on Presto. July will be the last month for senior and community paper passes. Customers can visit an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre or City of Ottawa Client Service Centre to purchase their Presto card. Customers can also go online at prestocard.ca or call 1-877-378-6123 to order their Presto card. Visit octranspo.com for more information.

Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four-digit bus stop number. Register for alerts at octranspo.com to receive news or route specific changes or detours by e-mail or text. Standard rates apply to SMS messages. New printed timetables are now available. For more details and travel planning assistance, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.


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Heritage walking tour of Stittsville Main Street on June 25

(PHOTO: Kids on Main Street, 1915. The balcony of the Temperance Hotel can be seen in the background on the right side of the photo. Photo from the Goulbourn Historical Society Collection.)

(via Heritage Ottawa)

Walking Tour of the Stittsville Historic District
Sunday, June 25, 2017 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Stittsville, settled in the early 1820’s and rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1870 razed the village, has a designated historic section on its main street.  The tour will look at some of the late 19th and early 20th century houses and businesses within this area, and tell the stories of some of its inhabitants. The history of Stittsville also includes a significant railway story.  Part of the Heritage Ottawa summer walking tour series. Continue reading


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Stairwell Carollers perform in Stittsville on June 17

(press release)

The Stairwell Carollers are proud to present an afternoon freewill offering concert at Stittsville United Church, Saturday June 17th, at 2:30pm.   The concert is a “sparking initiative” hosted by the Stittsville United Church and will feature a variety of madrigals, masses, motets and modern pieces ranging from the Renaissance to Contemporary.

With sacred and secular repertoire from all eras, this concert has something for all choral music fans and aficionados.  Highlights will be the Missa brevis by Lotti, their most viewed sacred work on YouTube, as well as Fauré’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Lauridsen’s Contre qui Rose, Whittacre’s Sleep and many more. The repertoire also includes an original work by their own director Pierre Massie, Qui creavit celum.

Pierre founded the group in 1977, singing Christmas carols in the stairwells of residences at the University of Ottawa during exam time.  The choir would start at the top of the residence stairwell and work their way to the bottom, attracting the attention of students who would emerge from studying in their rooms to listen to the carols.  The group also performed everywhere in Ottawa, in malls, on buses, carolling along the market and sparks street.

It was during one of their impromptu performances at Bayshore shopping center that Stittsviller Gord Atkinson, then the voice of CFMO radio, heard the choir and invited them to sing live on CFMO for their Christmas Exchange Telethon.  It was during this first appearance on radio with Gord Atkinson that the group got its name.  There was a little air space at the beginning of the broadcast and the group was asked its name at the last minute. Up until that point, the choir, then only ten singers, did not have a name.  The Stairwell Carollers was quickly suggested, based on its beginnings singing in stairwells, and that has been the choir’s name ever since.  Mr. Atkinson also had a lot of involvement in the choir’s production of a fundraising album for Ronald McDonald House in 1986, an initiative which raised over $53,000.

Beginning in September 2017, The Stairwell Carollers will celebrate their 40th year of song in the National Capital Region. To commemorate this milestone, they have many ideas for events, workshops and activities. Any offering you may decide to give at this concert goes toward helping make these initiatives a reality.

There are several levels of donations available and some come with perks.  More information is included on our website at HELP US REACH OUR GOAL


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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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NOTEBOOK: More honours for Tysen, Poole Creek blasting, coyote meeting, more

CONGRATS TYSEN!
This week at the Spirit of the Capital Youth Awards, Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre received the Max Keeping Award for Personal Strength and Courage. It’s awarded annually to an individual who has demonstrated a tremendous passion for life by overcoming personal obstacles. Tysen’s goal is to raise one million dollars for Make-A-Wish. He’s over $600,000 so far. Continue reading


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SKM Software Stingers win their division at PlayOn ball hockey tourney

(PHOTO: 2017 SKM Software Stingers (left to right): Chris Colon, Brady Seguin, Ramsey Stretch, Drew Morris. Andrew Zapp, Jamie Charlebois, Matthew Mines)

The SKM Software Stingers of Stittsville participated in the PlayOn tournament on June 3 and 4. This year’s tournament was held out at the Rockcliffe Flying Club out on the runway. The team was coming off a second place finish in 2016 and wanted to see if they could better it this year. Continue reading


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Radio-controlled jet airshow at Carp Airport on Saturday, June 17

The Ottawa Valley Jets are a local radio control club will be at the Carp Airport on Saturday June 17th from 9am-5pm.  The pilots will be flying miniature versions of jet planes using real jet turbines using real jet fuel amazing and fun to watch for the entire family.

The Carp Airport Authority is charging 5$ for adults and Children are free.  The airport will donate the money too its local Charities.  On site you can also see our local Carp Business who have sponsored wonderful prizes.

We will be holding a Silent Auction and a 50/50 draw at 2pm. Food trucks and washrooms will also be on site.  Bring your deck chairs and sit back and enjoy!  Ear protection recommended for small people when up close to the models.

Contact Info: Event Director Ken Park
email: ken857@hotmail.com PH 613 823-1933


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