City’s 18-month collection calendars are in the mail

Press release from the City of Ottawa.

The City of Ottawa has started delivery of its new 18-month waste collection calendar. Most residents should receive the new calendar in the mail by Tuesday, November 25. Residents are encouraged to watch for the calendar, which contains important information regarding waste collection. The new calendar runs until the end of June 2016.

For more information or to sign up for weekly collection reminders (email, phone or Twitter), please or call 3-1-1 (TTY 613-580-2401).


High winds knock down trees, signs in Stittsville and surrounding areas

Fallen fence along Forest Creek Drive.  Photo by Tim Sheehan.
Fallen fence along Forest Creek Drive. Photo by Tim Sheehan.


Strong winds, forecasted at 80-90km/h, knocked down trees, power lines and signage all over Ottawa tonight, knocking at power in some areas surrounding Stittsville.  If you have any photos or information about storm damage, please send us an email at Continue reading


Community should be compensated if pipeline goes through, says Qadri

(ABOVE: Energy East pipeline route, looking south from Jinkinson Road. Via Google Maps.)

City councillor Shad Qadri says that Stittsville should receive some form of compensation if TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project is approved.

“There should be some local benefits for the community, whether there’s an accident or whether something happens to the environment when they’re installing the pipeline itself,” says Qadri. Continue reading


Property values drained by wetland designation

(ABOVE: Michael Erland (left) and Mike Westley, neighbours on Flewellyn Road.)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Stittsville is in the midst of change. What was once a small town community that was a gathering place for area farmers is now developing at breakneck speed. As residents adjust to this growth, so too must the natural environment of the area.

One of the notable changes is to the region’s network of streams and wetlands. Landowners with property just west of town have seen a rise in the amount of water on their land during a period that has coincided with Stittsville’s expansion. Continue reading


Quitters a mix of star power and good coffee

Since opening on Thanksgiving weekend, Quitters has quickly become Stittsville’s biggest tourist attraction, thanks to a celebrity owner (Kathleen Edwards) combined with good coffee and a warm, inviting atmosphere. Here’s a guest post from Katie Shapiro from Kanata. It originally appeared on Apartment 613 and is republished here with her permission.

(By the way, Quitters will be closed from Monday to Wednesday this week due to renovations. They’re replacing those foggy windows at the front.) Continue reading


Low enrolment puts Munster Elementary School at risk of closure

EDITOR’S NOTE: Low enrolment at Munster Elementary  is putting the facility at risk of closure.  The school board is holding a public meeting in December to discuss options to keep the school open, including introducing a new french immersion program.

Any changes would trigger new school boundaries, which could affect students and schools in Stittsville. Options being considered by the school board including sending Munster students to A. Lorne Cassidy school as early as 2015-2016.  Another option to add a french immersion program could mean some students currently attending Westwind or A. Lorne Cassidy schools would be moved to Munster instead.

We want to hear from parents who may be affected by these changes. Send us a note a or leave a comment below.


(Press release from the Ottawa District School Board)

Parents and interested community members are invited to attend a public meeting. Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Munster Elementary School, Gymnasium
7816 Bleeks Road
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.

Munster Elementary School is located in the Hamlet of Munster (7816 Bleeks Road) and currently offers a Regular English program to students residing in the western portion of the former Township of Goulbourn. The school’s enrolment has decreased significantly for the 2014-2015 school year and currently stands at 58 students.

The Board is seeking community input regarding increasing the current low enrolment at Munster Elementary School with the introduction of a new Early French Immersion program and whether or not that option is viable. Some action is likely required at the school for the 2015-2016 school year.

Following the Public Consultation Meeting on December 3rd and a review of input received from the community, a recommendation by staff will be brought forward to the Board’s Committee of the Whole in early 2015.

The report will provide the Board of Trustees with information regarding the viability of introducing a new Early French Immersion Program, including community input, and a recommended course of action for the accommodation of Munster Elementary School students in September 2015. A final decision by the Board of Trustees is scheduled to take place in early 2015.

More information can be found at


Santa’s coming to Stittsville on November 29

All photos by Danielle Barabé-Bussières

Come join your neighbours for Stittsville’s Annual Parade of Lights.

The parade will start at 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 29th on Stittsville Main Street

As a result Main Street will be closed to traffic from approximately 5:30pm to sometime between8:00pm & 8:30pm.

This promises to be the biggest and best parade yet with many new entrants and the return of many favorite participants.

Please plan on joining everyone at Village Square Park after the parade for cookies, proved by Farm Boy and hot chocolate. As well there will be a Christmas carol sing-a-long lead by special guests the Canadian Military Wives Choir and  the Grace Baptist Church choir.

More info about the parade…

Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières

Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières

Photo courtesy of Danielle Barabé-Bussières


Fishing and hunting store Cabela’s coming to Kanata

(Press release from Cabela’s)

A 70,000-square-foot Cabela’s store will be located near the intersection of Palladium Drive and Highway 417. It will anchor the newly planned Kanata West Centre, which is being developed by Taggart Realty Management. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2015, and Cabela’s plans to open the store in the spring of 2016. Continue reading


West Ottawa Ladies Chorus bring Christmas carols to Gaia Java this Friday

Thanks to the tireless energy of their Leader Robert Dueck, the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus has acquired a great reputation since their relatively recent creation. They have a couple of great concerts coming up in December, and this Friday they are coming to Gaia Java to sing some preview pieces for you. Continue reading


Winter overnight parking restrictions in effect from November 15 until April 1

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The City of Ottawa is reminding residents that winter overnight parking restrictions are in effect beginning Saturday, November 15. These restrictions ensure that the City’s snow-clearing crews are able to keep Ottawa’s roads safe and clear for pedestrians, cyclists, public transit, and motorists. Continue reading


LETTER: Time for some research into the Bradley/Craig farmstead

Re: Boyd House: The old stone home at 173 Huntmar (Part 1)

Thank you for your artistic treatment (photography) of this wonderful old home and property.

I would love to see the same treatment, (before it’s too late!) for the property on Hazeldean Road, which I believe is called the Bradley/Craig farmstead. The barn behind the home is a classic!

It is across from Grant Crossing and now seeming to be so unappreciated… with bulldozers sifting soil beside it!

Thanks again,
Margaret Bryan


Editor’s note: Photos and history of the Bradley/Craig farmstead will be coming soon! In the meantime, readers may be interested to know that the house and farm do have heritage designation.  The house is in good shape but the barn is not.