PHOTOS: Stittsville Junior Rams fall to Arnprior Packers 3-1

(Above: Arnprior Packers defenseman #7 Corey Drisdelle and Stittsville Junior Rams  #19 Shane Hiley mix it up in the first period during Sunday afternoon Junior Hockey at Goublourn Recrecation Center.  Packers went on to win the game 3-1. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Thanks to Barry Gray for sending along these photos from Sunday’s Rams-Packers game.   We welcome photos and stories from the community. Please send them to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca. Continue reading PHOTOS: Stittsville Junior Rams fall to Arnprior Packers 3-1

‘Significant feedback’ delays Stittsville Main design plan to 2015

It’s back to the drawing board, but not quite to square one, for the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan (CDP).

In his weekly email newsletter to  residents on November 7, councillor Shad Qadri said that city staff will look at the policy proposal in the “early part of 2015”, instead of this month as originally planned. Continue reading


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Fernbank CDP includes 11 sites for schools

A question came up on Facebook today about land reserved for schools in the Fernbank area.  Here’s a quick summary.

  • The Fernbank Community Design Plan (CDP) includes 42 hectares for schools. That’s 6% of the total land available.
  • By my count, the map below shows three high schools (marked as “SS”) and eight elementary schools (“ES”).  Eight of those schools are on Cope Road alone.
  • Not all the land set aside for schools will end up having schools.  There’s a time limit for when the schools have to exercise their option to build. (“School sites shall be zoned for both institutional and residential use in order that, in the event that no School Board acquires a school site established in a Plan of Subdivision, the lands shall be developed for residential land uses.”)
  • You can read more about the CDP here…
Fernbank Community Design Plan Map
Fernbank Community Design Plan Map

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Construction begins on new French Catholic high school in Fernbank area

(Press release from the French Catholic high school.)

This morning, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) broke ground to begin the long-awaited construction of a new French-language Catholic school in the Fernbank area of Ottawa’s west end at 5315 Abbott Street.

This $27.1 million construction project is for a two-story school that can accommodate 759 students.

The new building will include the following:

  • 17 classrooms
  • 5 science laboratories
  • 5 computer and technical laboratories
  • 5 music and art rooms
  • 3 student support rooms
  • 1 stage, resource centre, cafeteria, chapel
  • 1 triple gymnasium, 1 exercise room and 4 change room

More about the project here…

During its first year of operation, the new secondary school will house students in grades 7 to 9. One grade will be added every year after that for a full complement of grades 7 to 12 in 2018-19.

Because construction will not be completed by the beginning of the 2015 school year, students will be temporarily housed at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard for the first semester until February 2016.

As of the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, the enriched program will be offered to grade 7 and 8 students seeking a greater academic challenge. In addition, in accordance with the wishes expressed during consultation with the school community, the new secondary school will be equipped to offer a concentration that will make a series of specialized courses in a specific field available to all Ottawa students.

“This new school will meet a real need expressed by families seeking French-language Catholic secondary education for their children,” explained Denis Poirier, Chair of the CECCE. “Rising enrolment at both of our secondary schools in Ottawa’s west end proves that the Francophone community in that part of the city is flourishing. This new school will help the Francophone community in Ottawa’s west end continue to thrive.”

According to Bernard Roy, Director of Education of the CECCE, “Breaking ground is so much more than just digging up some dirt with a shovel. We are symbolically preparing the ground for what is to be built here: a nurturing community in which every child can learn, pursue their dreams and build a better world.”

Approximately 300 students in grades 7 to 9 within the catchment areas for Élisabeth‑Bruyère (excluding Bells Corners), J.‑L.‑Couroux, Saint‑Jean‑Paul‑II, Roger‑Saint‑Denis (excluding Crystal Beach) and Saint‑Rémi Catholic elementary schools will attend the new school when it is scheduled to open in February 2016.

With more than 21,000 students in 41 elementary and 10 secondary schools, as well as its school for adults, the CECCE is the largest Canadian network of French-language schools outside Quebec.

Special guests and school officials take part in the official groundbreaking for the new french Catcholic high school in Fernbank. Photo supplied by the CECCE.
Special guests and school officials take part in the official groundbreaking for the new french Catcholic high school in Fernbank. Photo supplied by the CECCE.

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PHOTOS: Car accident on West Ridge near Abbott this morning

A young driver hit a parked car on West Ridge just after 6:00am Friday morning.  Here are some photos, shared anonymously by a nearby resident.

One witness described the driver as “belligerant”, and resisted help that was offered by residents before police and paramedics arrived.

There was nobody in the parked car at the time.

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Car accident on West Ridge near Abbott

Car accident on West Ridge near Abbott
This was the parked car that was hit

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ROUND 2: Residents in Fairwinds get set for another round of blasting

UPDATE NOVEMBER 11: Melissa Côté from Tartan Homes tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that the blasting will begin sometime between December 2-8, and last approximately 50 working days, or two-and-a-half months.


Some residents living on the western side of Fairwinds have received letters about upcoming blasting in the Poole Creek Village area.

The blasting is part of housing construction by Tartan and Tamarack for the Poole Creek Village subdivision.  We’ve asked both companies for information about when (and how long) the blasting will occur and will update this post when we hear back.
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New work from Katherine Jeans on display at NeXT

Work from Ottawa painter Katherine Jeans is up on the walls at NeXT restaurant.

Jeans says: “I am pleased to present my new collection of art Road Trip – BIG SKIES as part of the new menu launch at NEXT. There are 5 pieces, each are 36″x36″ and are inspired by various road trips. Thank you Michael and Jillian Blackie for showing my work at your restaurant.”

Katherine Jeans art at NeXT


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West Ottawa Soccer Club bolsters its coaching ranks in light of continued Club growth

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (WOSC) announced today that it has added two top caliber coaches to its technical leadership team. Mr. Traian Mateas and Mr. Kwame Telemaque will strengthen the WOSC technical staff team starting this Winter season.

In light of continued Club growth from its grassroots and recreational programming all the way to its Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) stream, adding additional technical capacity had been an important priority to the organization.

With Traian Mateas, who will assume the role of Club Head Coach for the Mini age groups from U8-U12 and Kwame Telemaque, who will take on the role as Club Technical Coach including the head coaching role for both the WOSC U13 and U14 Girls’ OPDL teams in 2015, the Club has been able to add two highly acclaimed experts to its coaching ranks led by former Canadian International Kristina Kiss as Technical Director.

Traian Mateas, who for 15 years had been a driving force behind the ascent of Capital United as one of Ottawa’s most successful Clubs at the OYSL level, will apply his coaching excellence to reinforce the creation of a complete player development pathway covering the critical golden years of learning from U8-U12 before players transition into the U13+ OPDL age groups.

Mr. Mateas played at the professional club level in Timisoara in Romania in the 70s, before embarking on his Canadian football journey in 1982. During the last 30 years, he has been coaching successfully at the Club, District, Provincial, and collegiate level, as well as running the “Soccer by Mateas School of Excellence”, while also assisting the Ontario Soccer Association as an instructor.

“It is a joy to work with innovative football minds like Kristina Kiss and her team to give the talented players under our care vastly enhanced development opportunities,” stated Mateas. “The football landscape is changing rapidly and creating development platforms that are putting the player first, this will be the recipe for our sustainable long-term success,” he added.

Kwame Telemaque, who holds a National B License, as well as a Youth Development Coaching License from the Scottish FA, most recently coached the Ottawa Fury FC’s OPDL Girls’ U13 team and acted as Ottawa Fury FC Girls’ Prospects Academy Director. He also earned coaching accolades as both past OSU Club Head Technical Coach and as the St. Anthony’s Men’s Premier Head Coach, leading that team to Provincial and National Championships.

Mr. Telemaque played at the professional level in the Belgian, Portuguese, and Irish first divisions, as well as in Canada and was a NCAA All America whilst at Felician College in 2000. Like his new colleague Traian, he also continues to be active as an OSA learning facilitator educating Coaches across the Province on Long Term Player Development.

“I am elated to join the team at WOSC to assist in the development of our promising talents and am very much looking forward to help all our athletes to take their game to the next level,” stated Telemaque. “I have built my soccer brand around focus on excellence and innovative development practices and feel  that WOSC embraces the same values in the name of football development,” he added.

Just as importantly as their work with the vast player base at WOSC, Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque will also pass on their extensive football knowledge in a mentoring capacity to coaches. In that way, they will support WOSC Technical Director Kristina Kiss, herself an OSA Learning Facilitator, in pooling and passing on their expertise for the benefit of all involved.

“The excellence and leadership quality of our coaches are an absolutely critical success factor for challenging our players to be the best that they can be,” added WOSC President Brian Mason. “In Traian and Kwame, WOSC has found two top caliber experts that will help us to once again raise the bar for the benefit of all our WOSC Warriors,” he added.

Both Mr. Mateas and Mr. Telemaque have begun their work within the WOSC Winter Training Program.


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West Ottawa Soccer Club announces exciting new changes to its technical leadership team

(Press release from West Ottawa Soccer Club.)

The West Ottawa Soccer Club (“WOSC) announced today that Mr. Chris Roth will join the Club as of December 1st, 2014 as its new Club Head Coach. Mr. Roth takes over for former Club Head Coach David Hannah, who has recently decided to leave the Club at the end of November to return home to Scotland.


 

Mr. Roth, who holds an UEFA A Coaching license from the Irish Football Association, has previously worked as Club Head Coach of the Gatineau Soccer Club, where he was responsible for the implementation of all player and coaching development programs. In that capacity he among other things developed a winter development program for the Club’s academy teams, conducted coaching clinics, and assisted in the evaluation and selection of competitive teams.

Before his time at the helm of the Gatineau Soccer Club, Mr. Roth worked as the General Manager of the Ottawa Fury FC, where he oversaw the Club’s growth to a full Youth Academy set-up. While with the Fury, Mr. Roth also acted as Head Coach for the U14, U15, and U16 Boys’ teams, coaching them successfully in the Super Y-League, as well as for the Men’s PDL, and the W1 League teams over a number of seasons. As a course instructor for the Ontario and Quebec Soccer Associations over the last decade or so, Mr. Roth has also honed and proven his extensive skill in coaching coaches.

One of his key responsibilities with WOSC will be the head coaching role of both the Club’s U13 and U14 Ontario Player Development League Boys’ teams for the 2015 season and beyond. Based on his rich coaching experience in the community club, regional, and provincial environments and his track record of nurturing talents to the next level, Mr. Roth is excellently suited for the task at hand.

“WOSC is pleased to have been able to recruit a soccer expert like Chris, who brings a breadth and depth of soccer development experience to the Club,” stated TD Kristina Kiss. “Based on his global soccer knowledge and thorough local appreciation of the opportunities and challenges within our Ontario soccer community, he will be able to help us continue to move the Club forward.”

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build something special at WOSC and help the Club attain its vision of becoming the foremost development Club in Ontario and across Canada in the coming years,” stated Chris Roth. “The Club has a tremendous team in place including TD Kristina Kiss and Traian Mateas. I am looking forward to working with them very closely and taking the Club to the next level,” he added.

Notwithstanding the excitement about being able to add another high quality coach to the WOSC technical leadership team, WOSC is also very grateful for what outgoing Club Head Coach David Hannah has brought to the organization.

“We very much appreciate David’s efforts during his tenure with the Club, especially his leadership of our U13 Boys’ OPDL program and the initiative he brought to our coach mentorship programs,” stated WOSC CEO Bjorn Osieck. “It is unfortunate to see him go and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours in soccer.”

“I would like to thank all members of the WOSC family for their support over the last year and wish the Club all the best going forward,” added David Hannah.


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417 eastbound lanes to open Friday morning

UPDATE: Sent at 5:11am on Friday morning from Andrew MacHardy with McIntosh Perry, the contractor responsible for the 417 construction: “The newly constructed Highway 417 Eastbound lanes including HOV lanes and Hwy 7 S/E ramp widening between Highway 7 and Eagleson Road has been opened to the public this morning.  There remains minor items of work to complete within both the East and Westbound lanes that may require isolated single lane closures during off peak periods.”


 

UPDATE: Now it’s official. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation just confirmed via Twitter that the lanes will open at 6:00am.


 

A tweet from Kanata North councillor Marianne Wilkinson on Thursday suggests that the eastbound 417 lanes through Stittsville and Kanata could open as early as Friday morning. Late this afternoon the lanes were free of any construction vehicles, but still closed to traffic.

The westbound lanes re-opened last week after several months of construction.


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CLOSE KNIT COMMUNITY: Yarn Bombing Project at Goulbourn Museum

(Press release from the Goulbourn Museum.)

If you’re nutty for knitting or crazy about crocheting, your skills are being sought for a yarn bombing project at Goulbourn Museum on November 16.

Yarn bombing is the art of adding a knit cover to everything from park benches to entire buses. Known as fibre graffiti, it’s easy to remove yet makes a statement by transforming cold urban landscapes into warm, colourful spaces.

“We would like to add that fibre finesse to the railing in front of the Museum” says Kathryn Jamieson, Curator-Manager of Goulbourn Museum.

The idea to yarn bomb the railing was first raised at Yap & Yarn – the Museum’s informal knitting circle that meets monthly. The finished project will help draw attention to the group as well as add festive flair to the site for the Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas & Outdoor Artisan Market being held on November 30th.

“We’re looking for volunteer knitters and crocheters to make swatches in advance and volunteers to help us install them on the 16th. All materials, colours, and patterns are welcome,” says Jamieson. “We will provide coffee, tea and treats, as well as yarn and zip-ties for the outdoor installation.”
If you would like to lend a hand but aren’t available to help with the install, the Museum will happily accept your knitted or crocheted swatches of roughly 8” X 24”.

Jamieson hopes to leave the installation up for several months, but admits weather could play a factor in how long it stays in place. “Once it is taken down, we will wash all the swatches and discuss ways to reuse them at a later Yap & Yarn.”

The yarn bombing will take place from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday November 16. If you would like to get involved, you can email kathryn@goulbournmuseum.ca or simply drop by on the day of the event. Tables and chairs will also be set up inside the Museum for those who wish to bring their knitting projects and participate in Yap & Yarn. Everyone is welcome!


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Carp landfill critics recommend Alberta property value protection plan

(Press release from the Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste coalition.)

In a letter sent this week to Eli El Chantiry – Councilor for Ward 5 West Carleton March, the Mayor of Ottawa and the City Solicitor, the Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) campaign is asking the City to use an agreement between the Township of Thorhild, Alberta, a community of about 3,500 people north of Edmonton and Waste Management of Canada (WM) as a template for negotiating property value protection (PVP) and a new Host Community Agreement (HCA) related to WM’s proposed new landfill on Carp Rd.

The group is also asking the City of Ottawa to adopt a more transparent process for the negotiations than was the case in 2001, when the Host Community Agreement for the old Carp landfill was negotiated behind the scenes and voted on by City Council in camera.

Property owners in Thorhild, Alberta who live near a very large and new WM landfill serving the Edmonton area are eligible for pre-defined PVP as well as annual financial compensation for living near the landfill.  The details of the plan are included as part of the HCA between the Township of Thorhild, Alberta and WM. In Thorhild the Township and residents were able to negotiate a fixed annual impact benefit, a defined property value protection plan for properties within 1.5 miles (2.4 km.) of the landfill, as well as annual testing of water wells and financial compensation to the community.

Presently the City of Ottawa is or will be negotiating a HCA with WM for the new landfill on Carp Road. The HCA is supposed to include Property Value Protection, a condition imposed by the Minister of Environment when the Environmental Assessment (EA) was approved in August 2013. To date, there is no pre-determined plan for annual compensation or well testing in the PVP proposed by WM in the EA.

In addition, the PVP described in the EA only provides property value protection to homes defined by WM as eligible. However, what determines eligibility was not explained in the PVP and the EA does not identify any homes or properties as being eligible.

Distribution of homes in proximity to the new Carp Rd. landfill

Distance from landfill Approximate No. of Homes
500 m 7   (5 owned by WM)
1000m 34
1500m 120
2000m 200
2500m 500+ part of Timbermere
3000m 1000+ part of Timbermere and Jackson Trails

 

“In our opinion, the City of Ottawa and the Ontario government should look at what was negotiated with the community in Thorhild. We’d rather not have a landfill at all, but if we have to live with another giant dump in our back yard it’s only right that property owners be fairly protected and compensated,” says DLOGTW volunteer, Harold Moore. “It’s well documented that the value of property near a landfill is impacted. The degree of impact will vary depending on the size of the landfill, how well it is operated and how close you are to it.  There’s also a negative stigma associated with living near a landfill. These factors all affect property values.”

The group is also asking the City of Ottawa to negotiate a fairer host community fee, the fee per tonne of garbage dumped in the landfill that is paid by the landfill operator to the host City or Township as compensation for having the landfill. The 2001 agreement between the City of Ottawa and WM identifies a host community fee of $1 per tonne. Meanwhile, the Township of Warwick Ontario, home to WM’s Twin Creeks landfill, receives approximately $3.20 per tonne of garbage and Essex-Windsor Ontario receives $6.30 per tonne.

In August 2013, WM received approval for its EA to proceed with a new landfill on Carp Rd. In July 2014, the City of Ottawa conditionally approved WM’s request to rezone affected properties for the new landfill. In order to proceed further, WM must obtain a Site Plan approval from the City of Ottawa and Environmental Compliance Approvals from the MOE. These approvals are expected in the coming months. For more information on the DLOGTW, visit www.nodump.ca.


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Gretchen Martin returns to Gaia Java this Friday

Gretchen Martin with Gaia Java owner Paul Jay
Gretchen Martin with Gaia Java owner Paul Jay

Back by popular demand, Gretchen Martin is playing at Gaia Java on Friday, November 7 at 7pm.

Gretchen has played in the shop several times and always elicits a warm and favourable response from whoever is able to be there on the night. I frequently hear the same question from regulars “When is Gretchen coming in to play again?” This is because she plays and sings a fine selection of many familiar songs, and in a very musical and professional way.

Her confident and competent piano style will remind you of Elton John, Billy Joel, and other well-known names. In addition she has a great singing voice and complements the instrumental part with a lyrical line. If you go to our website and visit the events page you can hear a sample of her singing and playing. She has a wide range of other influences (Eagles, Stan Rogers, Lionel Ritchie etc..)

This skillset derives from a family with a very musical background and consistent attention to practicing! Clearly this is a singer and pianist with a background immersed in music – she explained that she was born and raised in Winnipeg, where her parents started her on piano lessons at age 5.  Her father was a church organist and former Music Professor at the University of Manitoba and her mother an accomplished church organist, and former piano/theory teacher.

She has recently joined the ‘Ottawa Idol band’ as their keyboardist.  This is a wonderful local project founded and created by Eldon Fox, and it encourages the aspirations of young singers from the Ottawa area to reach for their dreams and perform their music with a live band.

So do come along and hear Gretchen – you won’t be disappointed but you may encounter some competition for the best seats!

No entry charge for purchasing customers, but remember the best seats go first, and we put out a ‘donations’ jar so that appreciative customers can contribute to the well-being of the marvellous musicians who come to entertain us.

November and December continue to feature a stellar line-up of Ottawa musicians – check out the gaiajava.ca website for advance notice, and mark up your agendas.


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L-D Tool & Die plans to add 20 new jobs

The Ottawa Business Journal has an article about Stittsville’s L-D Tool & Die on Iber Road. They’re planning to add 20 new jobs and will build a $1.2-million “clean room” facility.  It’s also the first facility of its kind with ISO certification.

The company was founded by Dave Tait and Laurie Dickson, and employs 75 people in Stittsville.

You can read the article here…

 


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Ottawa Senators and Canadian Tire Centre host recruitment fair

Monday, Nov. 3 2014, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and Canadian Tire Centre want your help in creating raving fans for life! We are a welcoming workplace and look forward to strengthening our team with you for the up-coming season.

WHERE: Canadian Tire Centre, Dodge VIP Entrance (Gate 2), Emperor Rooms

Please bring several copies of your resume and 3 work-related references.

OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING PART-TIME POSITIONS:

BUILDING OPERATIONS

  • Custodial

GUEST SERVICES

  • Security
  • Ushers/ Ticket Takers

PARKING

  • Cashiers
  • Lot Attendants
  • Valet Drivers

THE SENS STORE

  • Game Day and Event Retail Associates
  • Program Vendors
  • Silent Auctioneers

PROGRAMS & TOURNAMENTS, BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

  • Tournament Timekeepers
  • Tournament Services
  • Skating Instructors (Sparty Learn2Skate)
  • Hockey Instructors (Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs)

STANLEY’S RESTAURANT, BELL & RICHCRAFT SENSPLEX

  • Concession Cashiers
  • Host/ Hostesses
  • Kitchen Attendant/ Dishwashers
  • Servers
  • Line/ Prep Cooks

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Harvey & Vern’s brings a local flavour to soda

Over the weekend I met up with Paul Meek (pictured above, photo by Barry Gray) the owner of Ottawa-based Harvey & Vern’s soda and Kichesippi Beer.  Both companies are manufactured on Campbell Avenue (near Carling and 417), and Meek lives with his family in Granite Ridge. Here are some highlights from our conversation. Continue reading


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