Work in progress: Photos of the Tanger Outlets dining hall

Here’s another look behind-the-scenes at the new Tanger Outlets, dining hall courtesy of Grace Odumo from local fashion blog 613 Style.

A dining hall is what we used to call a food court, and they’re becoming an important tool that mall owners use to entice customers to visit, eat, and shop for longer.  Rideau Centre and Bayshore Shopping Centre both recently completed major renovations of their eating areas. Continue reading


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


Grade 10 student by day, rock/punk impresario by night

Ryan Fitzpatrick is a busy guy.  He’s 15 years old,  in Grade 10 at Sacred Heart High School, has a paper route, plays guitar and sings. And in his spare time, he also runs a music promotion company.

Fitzpatrick has been playing guitar for the past five years. He started The Indie Scene to promote local rock and punk bands in Ottawa. Continue reading


Stittsville singer Abigail Moffitt wins top prize at Carleton Place competition

Abigail Moffitt
Abigail Moffitt

Abigail Moffitt, an 11-year-old Stittsville singer, won $500 at a singing contest in Carleton Place on Saturday morning.

“Well, she was pretty thrilled,” said her mom Barb. “$500 cash is the most money she has ever had personally.  She really really wanted to win, but we prepared her for the fact that singing competitions are not based on fact. They can be subjective, and sometimes biased.” Continue reading


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 Sept 27 – Oct 3

Top Ten

Here are the top ten most-visited stories on 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


Plan of subdivision submitted for commercial/industrial development on Carp Road

The City of Ottawa has received a plan of subdivision for 3119 Carp Road, just north of Stittsville.

“The plan of subdivision features the creation of 12 lots for commercial/industrial uses. This subdivision will be accessed by two private common element roads. The lots will be serviced by individual well and septic systems, as well as individual stormwater management plans.”

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Site Plan Control submitted for Frank Nighbor Place / Silver Seven Road

Site plan map for the south west corner of Frank Nighbor and Silver Seven
Site plan map for the south west corner of Frank Nighbor and Silver Seven. Click for full size.

There’s a new collection of Site Plan Control documents posted for a development at the corner of Frank Nighbor Place and Silver Seven Road, across from the Costco in Kanata.    It’s currently undeveloped.

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UPDATE: Tees For The People wins Canada Post start-up award

(Photo: Derek Donaldson (left). Pat Sullivan (right) and host Michael Landsberg at the awards show in Toronto.)

Tees For The People won the title of “Most Innovative E-Commerce Platform” at Canada Post’s e-commerce innovation awards last week in Toronto.

We featured Tees For The People last month on  It’s a start-up company run by Stittsville’s Pat Sullivan and Derek Donaldson. Continue reading


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


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