TnR brings a mix from country to classic rock to Gaia Java this Friday

The amazing and quietly efficient Sjef Frenken has been bringing a number of excellent musicians out to Gaia Java over the past year – we owe him a huge vote of thanks for the talent and variety he has attracted to our venue. This week we have another of Sjef’s finds; a duo that has evolved into a trio!

“T n R” consists of Terry Restoule (vocals and harmonica) and Richard Beres (guitar).  They began playing together four years ago in a classic rock band where Richard played bass.  In the fall of 2013, Terry and Richard formed “T n R” as an opportunity to expand their musical repertoire and embrace other musical styles. Continue reading


The loud bang you heard on Monday morning was probably a frost quake

(Above: Winter along Poole Creek. Photo by Barry Gray)

There were lots of reports of a series loud bangs on Monday morning in Stittsville and surrounding areas.  It’s likely the noise was due to a frost quake, or cryoseism.

They’re usually caused when temperatures rapidly decrease, usually about three or four hours after a significant temperature change like the one Ottawa experienced on Sunday.

Most of the reports from residents mentioned booms anywhere from 3:30am to 8:00am on Monday morning.

From Wikipedia:

A cryoseism may be caused by a sudden cracking action in frozen soil or rock saturated with water or ice. As water drains into ground, it may eventually freeze and expand under colder temperatures, putting stress on its surroundings. This stress builds up until relieved explosively in the form of a cryoseism.

“Additionally, the ground must be saturated with water, which can be caused by snowmelt, rain, sleet or flooding. The site of a cryoseism generally has little or no snow cover to insulate the ground. Geologically, areas of permeable materials like sand or gravel, which are susceptible to frost action, are likelier candidates for cryoseisms. Following large cryoseisms, little to no seismic activity will be detected for several hours, indicating that accumulated stress has been relieved.

A post on the Stittsville Neighbours Facebook group had 100 comments as of about 11:00pm on Monday night. Here’s a sample:

Facebook reports of frost quake

Did you hear the frost quake?  Tell us about it in the comments below or email


Last chance to name Minto’s new Stittsville community (sponsored)

Minto is asking Stittsville residents to help name their new community just north of Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.  They’re holding a naming contest with a $500 prize to Brown’s Independent up for grabs.

The naming contest deadline of January 11 is approaching quickly.  You can enter the contest at

Minto’s community is just west of the existing Jackson Trails, and sales are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2015.  The community will include 450 homes, with about 60% single homes and 40% townhomes.   It’s Minto’s first development in Stittsville.

Minto says this contest is a chance to be a part of Stittsville history. The company has been involved in residential development in Ottawa for almost 60 years and this is their first development in Stittsville.

Minto calls the new development a “master-planned communtiy”, which will include a large neighbourhood park.  It’s also close to shops and services, transit and nature.

Minto is also building the nearby Arcadia neighbourhood in Kanata, just north of the Queensway along Huntmar.

For updates on the new Stittsville community and special offers, you can sign up to Minto’s email newsletter at

(Article sponsored by Minto.)


Two Stittsville teams among the champions at this year’s Bell Capital Cup


(Press release from the Bell Capital Cup.)

The 16th annual Bell Capital Cup, the world’s premier atom and peewee hockey tournament, came to a successful conclusion earlier today when the final three championship games were played at Canadian Tire Centre. Continue reading


Cheers! NeXT restaurant adds bring-your-own-wine service

Above: Chef Michael Blackie in action at NeXT. Photo courtesy of NeXT restaurant

Starting this month you can bring your own bottle of wine to NeXT restaurant from Mondays to Wednesdays.

“It’s an incentive to get people out to NeXT. Monday thrrough Wednesdays are softer than Thursday through Fridays. It‘s a marketing investment to get people who know my craft to come on a odd night,” says owner and chef Michael Blackie. Continue reading


Photos from the first winter storm of 2015

All that ice today made for some great photo opportunities. If you have a great photo of Stittsville, send it along to us at




Kanata Art Club welcomes Katherine Jeans to January meeting

The Kanata Art Club looks forward to an exciting New Year, providing special classes and workshops for its growing membership.

At the next monthly meeting on January 14 (7:00pm-9:00pm) at 1030 Riddell Dr our guest speaker will be Katherine Jeans.  Katherine is a local film director and oil painter, who will soon be exhibiting her work locally.

We look forward to her talk, and welcome new members who would like to join the Club, participate in the events, and attend our monthly meetings. Application forms and detailed information is available on our website at


Trans Canada Trail to be closed near Abbott from January 5-7

Update from City Councillor Shad Qadri:

The Fernbank Land Owners Group is constructing the Abbott Street Extension (from Iber Road to Founder Avenue) as part of the Fernbank Community Development. The proposed roadway will connect to Founder Avenue and the existing Trans Canada Trail will be integrated with this facility. Construction of école secondaire catholique de Fernbank at 5315 Abbott Street, with a planned opening of February 2016, has begun at the north/west corner of where Founder Avenue and the Abbott Street Extension will meet.

A number of tree removals along the south side of the Abbott Street Extension Right-of-Way are required for road construction. In conjunction with tree removals required for road construction, various dead trees and infected ash trees along the Trans Canada Trail that pose safety concerns will be removed. The contractor, Cavanagh Construction, will be proceeding with the proposed tree removals in 2015 and the Trans Canada Trail in this area is proposed to be closed from January 5-7 inclusive. Signage will also be installed to advise residents of the trail closure.

A reforestation plan along this section of the Trans Canada Trail has been coordinated with the City of Ottawa Forestry Group and is planned for implementation the summer of 2015. Approximately 500 small diameter tree plantings (whips) are proposed and ten (10) large diameter deciduous trees will be dispersed along the Trans Canada Trail from Iber Road to the proposed Founder Avenue. Tree species include princeton elm, tamarack, white spruce, red maple, sugar maple, hackberry, black walnut, red oak, paper birch, and butternut.


Mixed results for Stittsville real estate in 2014

Gord McCormick is a Stittsville-based broker of record with Oasis Realty Brokerage and a senior member of the Ottawa Real Estate Board.

Stittsville’s population continued to grow this year with a great deal of new construction homes built and even more developments and projects on the horizon. New and updated amenities, infrastructure and services have also been added. (Although these never seem to come fast enough for many of us!) Continue reading


Tanger Outlet Mall shooting investigation results in arrest, multiple charges

A 26 year old man has been arrested and is facing numerous charges after a shooting incident at the Tanger Outlet Mall on December 26.  The Ottawa Police Guns & Gangs Unit arrested and charged Yaqoub ALI of Ottawa yesterday.

He faces the following charges:

·         CC 87 (1) POINT A FIREARM
A warrant was also executed at a home in the east end of the City.

“Gun violence and the gang activity associated with it is an enforcement priority for our Service and this arrest is the direct result of hard work by our officers,” said Ottawa Police Acting Chief Jill Skinner. “Investigations into other shootings in Ottawa remain underway and we are significantly increasing the number of Guns & Gangs investigators looking into those cases.”

In 2014, Ottawa Police made 83 arrests of gang members and associates and seized 53 crime guns – more than half of them were handguns. Direct Action Response Team (DART) officers continue to monitor offenders to ensure compliance with court conditions. A total of 26 gang associates have been found breaching their court conditions in 2014.

“Ottawa remains a safe city,” added Acting Chief Skinner. “We are committed to addressing these crimes.”

Anyone with information can contact the Ottawa Guns & Gangs Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS), toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or downloading the Ottawa Police iOS app.


The top topics on in 2014

Here are the top topics on in 2014 … at least since we launched on September 1!

1. Kathleen Edwards opens Quitters coffee. Kathleen’s coffee shop opened on Thanksgiving weekend and has since become a magnet for both local coffee lovers and her fans from across the region (and beyond).  It’s Stittsville’s biggest tourist attraction.

2. Tanger Outlets.  From the chaos of opening day at the end of October to the shooting on Boxing Day, the new shopping centre north of the Queensway has been a popular topic for our readers.

3. City council race.  Shad won a third term, but challenger Dave Lee picked up 40% of the vote.  Not bad for his first time running for office.

4. Car drives into Main Street Cafe.  The windows were smashed but nobody was hurt, thankfully. It was the second time a car drove into the plaza in 2014 — ironic since it’s also home to a driver’s license bureau.

6. Support Local Stittsville. We helped organize a day at the beginning of September to help bring attention to local businesses.

7. Stittsville priest charged with sex assult.  A well-known priest with ties to Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Sacred Heart High School was charged in connection with a 2008 sexual assault.

8. Closure of Mini Muffins Daycare.  Parents lost cash and were left scrambling to find alternate child care after the sudden closure of the Kanata facility.  (We’re working on a series about upcoming changes to daycare in our region for 2015.)

9. Rogers Wireless Coverage.  Dozens of residents rated their coverage on our interactive map, revealing a pattern of poor service in Stittsville.

10. Schools.  Several stories contributed to this topic, including the push for a public high school in Stittsville, the trustee elections, the groundbreaking for a french high school, and proposed boundary changes for Munster Elementary School.

Other popular stories over the past few months:

Thanks to everyone for visiting during our first four months … we have big plans for 2015, stay tuned!


Guitar and sax duo at Gaia Java this Friday

Gaia Java welcomes Justin Orok (Guitar) and Zakari Frantz (Saxophone) for a music night on January 2.

Regulars of Gaia Java will know both of these excellent musicians, each of whom has appeared in other ensemble configurations over the recent months.

In fact Justin was one of our inaugural artists, helping to kickoff the very idea of having a music night several years ago. I recall that back then his duo would play a few songs, have a break, and then play the same songs again (they were in the process of building up their repertoire!)

Things have evolved substantially since those days, and as well as jazz standards we hear lesser-known pieces and originals when Justin is playing. He has now migrated south to the sunny climes of Humber College in Toronto, which is a mecca for talented jazz youngsters from the Ottawa area – many of our ‘Gaia Java alumni’ are now gathered there, learning from some amazing mentors. I am delighted to have an opportunity to hear Justin’s well-constructed guitar style again, and particularly look forward to hearing how he connects with a gifted sax player.

Zakari Frantz has also graced us previously with his very interesting and enjoyable sax style. Although originally from Idaho, Zak is based around the Ottawa region where he hosts a Monday night jazz evening at Le Petit Chicago in Gatineau. He teaches at the Bells Corners Academy of Music as well as Shine Academy, and performs locally in a variety of ensemble configurations.

Zak has been very involved with the Souljazz Orchestra, and in 2013 they earned a second JUNO nomination for ‘World Music Album of the Year’. The band has just completed its 6th full-length album. Zak’s styles range from Jazz/Afro/Soul to Funk and Latin, and we can expect some very informed improvisation when his brain connects with Justin’s this coming Friday. Make time to come and hear the blending of these two talents as they help us kickoff the New Year in style.

We are closed New Year’s Day, but look forward to greeting you with optimistic wishes for another twelve months, so please drop by on Friday and come and hear this great music!


OC Transpo adds extra service to Stittsville for New Year’s Eve

OC Transpo will add extra buses from downtown to Stittsville on New Year’s Eve.

Five 96 buses will leave Hurdman Station after midnight, taking the regular route via Stittsville Main Street, ending at the GRC.  Buses depart Hurdman at:

  • Departs 12:03 a.m. – Arrives 01:14 a.m.
  • Departs 12:53 a.m. – Arrives 02:04 a.m.
  • Departs 01:19 a.m. – Arrives 02:30 a.m.
  • Departs 02:15 a.m. – Arrives 03:26 a.m.
  • Departs 02:44 a.m. – Arrives 03:52 a.m.

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce that free transit service will again be available to residents on New Year’s Eve after 8 p.m. This city-wide service is provided through a partnership between MADD Ottawa, the City’s Safer Roads Ottawa program and OC Transpo.

“New Year’s Eve is one of the busiest social nights of the year and, thanks to OC Transpo and its generous partners, residents once again have a safe and worry-free option for travelling,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “If you plan on drinking, plan not to drive. Have a safe and happy holiday.”

Free service will be available on OC Transpo and Para Transpo after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. OC Transpo routes will operate a reduced weekday service on December 31. Customers should check the holiday schedules before heading out.

The Safer Roads Ottawa program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department that is committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the city of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

In addition to the free bus service, the City encourages Ottawa drivers to also consider the use of designated drivers, taxi services or Operation Red Nose to ensure a safe return home throughout the holidays.

For more information and travel planning assistance, contact OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or