Parents lose cash and scramble for childcare after Mini Muffins closure

Dozens of parents were scrambling to find alternate daycare arrangements after the sudden closing of Mini Muffins Preschool (MMP) in Kanata over the weekend.

One parent who did not want to be identified told that she’s lost about $1,000 she had already paid for daycare services until the end of October.

As many as 100-120 children could be affected by the closure. Continue reading


LETTER: “Mini Muffins Preschool was a big part of the community”

Mini Muffins Precshool has closed its doors.  Located in Katimavik, the facility served many Stittsville families.  The closure was sudden. Staff only found out on Friday (some via email) and several parents told us that they found out on the weekend and will be searching for new daycare arrangements on Monday morning.  We received this letter from a former employee of Mini Muffins. Continue reading


90% of city council candidates would fight the proposed Energy East pipeline

Editor’s note:  The following is a press release from Ecology Ottawa. Dave Lee and Shad Qadri did not respond to the survey, although in a recent Q&A they did address the issue.  Lee said the City’s role is to be an advocate for citizens to ensure environmental concerns are addressed.  Qadri said the City should work with other levels of government to ensure local residents are not negatively affected.

It’s also unclear what, if any, legal role the City of Ottawa has in the process.  Rob Maclachlan with the city’s Growth Management Department told that Trans Canada has not filed an application yet with the National Energy Board, and the City does not yet know what municipal approvals may be required. Continue reading


TRASH TALK: Everything you need to know about the Carp Road Landfill Expansion

When we posted an article last month about Waste Management filing a compliance application for expanding the Carp Road landfill, our readers had quite a few questions about the facility.

We did some research and sent questions to both Waste Management and The Don’t Let Ottawa Go To Waste (DLOGTW) coalition to come with answers to many of those questions. Continue reading


Where to find a pumpkin near Stittsville

(Pumpkins off Upper Dyer Road. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Sure, you can pick up a Halloween pumpkin for a few dollars at your favourite grocery store — but it’s more fun to head out to a farm or one of the big roadside stands that sell pumpkins. Usually you get a better selection, and some of them have special activities for kids too like wagon rides, mazes and full-on haunted houses. Here’s a list of some of the pumpkin places near Stittsville.

  • Abby Hill Farms (Richmond)
    Headquartered in Richmond with smaller satellite locations around the region. We always go to the one at Bankfield and Prince of Whales, just east of the 416. Lots of pumpkins and some fun scarecrows too.
  • Creekside Gardens (Richmond)
    Creekside Gardens is a greenhouse, gift shop, and nursery centre located in Ottawa. With fifteen acres of land, they grow a lot of our own plants, including pumpkins.
  • Fallowfield Farm (just south of Stittsville)
    Lots of pumpkins, gourds, straw & hay bales, corn-stalks and more. You can also book a hay wagon ride for your family or group and head out into the fields to find a pumpkin.
  • Saunders Farm (Munster, south of Fallowfield Road)
    Saunders Farm is known for their annual Halloween attractions, but you can also find some good pumpkins — and there’s no admission to pay if you’re just browsing the pumpkin patch.

For more local pumpkin patches, check out OttawaStart’s Pumpkin Guide.

What are your favourite places to get a pumpkin?  Does your family have any notable Halloween traditions?  Tell us about it in the comments below or email


Pumpkins for sale at Abby Hill Farms, Bankfield at Prince of Wales. Photo by Glen Gower.
Pumpkins for sale at Abby Hill Farms, Bankfield at Prince of Wales. Photo by Glen Gower.

Good luck to 9 Run Run participants (and good luck to Stittsville drivers too!)

Around 1,750 people are participating in today’s 9 Run Run event. It’s a running event that doubles as a fundraiser for The Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and includes a half marathon, 10k, and 2k races.  (You can read more about the event here.)

A heads up to Stittsville drivers: there several road closures on Saturday around Abbott, Stittsville Main, West Ridge, Fernbank and more. A full list of closures is here… Continue reading


Top ten stories on, October 11-17

Top TenHere are the top ten most-read stories on for the week of October 11-17, 2014.


  1. Car drives into Main Street Cafe (photos)
  2. Quitters Coffee now open on Stittsville Main Street
  3. Shop til you drop: A full list of Tanger Outlet stores (so far)
  4. Kathleen Edwards’ Quitters coffee shop is hiring
  5. For the record, Shad Qadri lives in Stittsville
  6. Second annual pumpkin parade planned for November 1
  7. SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap
  8. Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?
  9. Audience gets feisty at candidate debate
  10. Sacred Heart students to help care for 100-year-old forest


Tanger review: “Is there anything we Canadians won’t do for some good shopping?”

Photo by Amy Haggerty
Photo by Amy Haggerty


I am a self-proclaimed expert outlet shopper.  I venture across the border a couple times a year and snag as many off season deals as I can, to stock up for the next season.  My children wear lots of brand name clothing but I can guarantee that I rarely pay more than clearance prices.  So when I heard that Kanata was getting an outlet mall I got a bit excited.

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Tanger review: “Much fanfare and ensuing chaos”

Photo by Amy Haggerty
Photo by Amy Haggerty

Yesterday was the day many Ottawa-area retail enthusiasts were waiting for. The Tanger Outlet Mall in Kanata opened its doors amid much fanfare and ensuing chaos.

If you made it to the Palladium Drive location before 9:00am, you likely missed the traffic and parking mayhem. Many excited shoppers arriving later experienced backlogged traffic on the 417, backed up off-ramps and overflowing parking lots. Continue reading


SHOPOCALYPSE NOW: Tanger Outlets opening day recap

(Photo: An unidentified woman changes a diaper while parked on the side of the Queensway, en route to Tanger Outlets on opening day. Photo via @PaulaMcCooey on Twitter.)

Traffic jams were the big story coming out of today’s grand opening of Kanata’s Tanger Outlets shopping complex.  Cars were backed up on the Queensway all the way to Bayshore at one point this morning. Continue reading


Three great food-related activities in the next few weeks

Here are some upcoming interesting food events in our area:

Last two weekends for the Kanata Farmers Market at the  Van Leuwen Mall (Hazeldean Road).  October 18 and 25 are last chance to take advantage of the this small but popular local outdoor market.

Cook for the Cure (breast cancer fundraiser). 7:00-9:00pm Tuesday, October 21.  Sample plates, music, entertainment, 50/50 draw at the Royale Kanata Retirement Home RSVP to Jennifer 613-592-6426 or email by Friday, October 17.  Cost only $25.

13th Annual West Ottawa Food and Wine Show. November 13 5:30-9:00pm at the Brookstreet Hotel.  Sample plates from over a dozen local chefs and local and international breweries and wineries  tickets $60-$75 613-592-8343.

For more events check out our Events Calendar.

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


Male exposing himself in daytime in Katimavik area

(Press release from the Ottawa police.)

The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit is investigating several reports of suspicious activity in the Katimavik and Chimo Drive area of Kanata. The incidents occurred on September 4, October 3, October 9 and October 14, 2014, in the daytime hours.

In all four cases, it is believed the same male suspect exposed himself to young female victims.  The victims ran off and the incidents were later reported to police.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, in his 30s, 5’8” (173 cm) balding with dark hair and a beard.

Anyone with information can contact the Ottawa Police Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944. 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.


Why are there no sidewalks on the Huntmar overpass?

The Huntmar Bridge that crosses the Queensway doesn’t have sidewalks, and probably won’t for at least a decade.

The overpass connects Tanger Outlets, Minto’s new 1,500-home Arcadia development, and Canadian Tire Centre.  There are sidewalks south and north of the bridge, but the bridge itself only has a narrow curb on one side and a narrow paved shoulder on the other.

We asked the City of Ottawa why the bridge doesn’t have sidewalks, and they said to ask the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, who own and manage the bridge.

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Ottawa Sport Council announces charitable endowment fund

(Press release from the Ottawa Sport Council.)

The Ottawa Sport Council today announced their Charitable Endowment Fund – the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation – established in partnership with the Community Foundation of Ottawa and True Sport. The Ottawa Sport Council (OSC) is passionate about sport and its new endowment fund will enhance sport excellence in the City of Ottawa.

Sports organizations in communities like Stittsville will have a new source of grant funding available to them with the creation of the endowment fund, which will allow more Stittsville residents to get involved in sport. That’s important for families and athletes who face barriers to entry due to limited funding.

The Endowment Fund will support local community sporting organizations through grants.  Grants will be available on a yearly basis and will adopt key focus areas each year. In this first year, grants will work to empower organizations to establish new programs in underserviced neighbourhoods in Ottawa. All donations to the Ottawa Sport Council Foundation quality for a tax receipt.

Marcia Morris, Executive Director of the Ottawa Sport Council, said “Sport has the potential to enrich the lives of everyone. No one should be excluded. In all our work, we will promote inclusiveness and integration in the development and practice of sport.”

Granting opportunities for 2015 will be announced at the inaugural Ottawa Sport Summit on November 1, 2014 at Ben Franklin Place. Ian Mendes from TSN Radio Ottawa will kick off the event with a panel discussion of sport experts including Valerie Hughes, Ottawa General Manger, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and John Brooman, CEO/President, Tim Horton’s Ottawa Dragon Boat.


Ottawa community sport organizations are invited to this signature event to learn, connect and engage in discussion. The Summit will touch on a mixture of management and athlete-oriented organizational and developmental topics. Engaging speakers will lead discussion, offering insight and best practices in sponsorship, fundraising, and social media.


The mandate of the Ottawa Sport Council is to provide support to the citizens of Ottawa and its sport sector through improved facilitation of knowledge, skill transfer, increased program and investment focus, organizational sustainability and integration of planning, funding and service delivery.


About Ottawa Sport Council Foundation

The Ottawa Sport Council acts as the united voice for sport for all.  Its mission is to increase access to active, healthy living and celebrate sports excellence in Ottawa in an environment that is rich in accessibility, excellence and sustainability.



Stittsville Scouts, Cubs and Beavers donate over $2,000 to Stittsville Food Bank

From left to right: Jackson Lauzon, Theresa Qadri, Ryan Palardy, Robin Derrick, Zackery Ducas
From left to right: Jackson Lauzon, Theresa Qadri, Ryan Palardy, Robin Derrick, Zackery Ducas


The Stittsville Food Bank received a donation of over $2,000 from the First Stittsville Scouts, Cubs and Beavers.  The proceeds came from their annual apple day fundraiser.

“Scouts, Cubs and Beavers do a tremendous job in volunteering their time in collecting and sorting food for the Stittsville Food Bank,” says Theresa Qadri, chair of the Stittsville Food Bank. “I am amazed at all their hard work and all of us at the food bank are very grateful.”

“They will be starting up their winter drive in November and the Girl Guides will be joining them again this year.  Stittsville is very fortunate to have these groups.”
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Saturday is the final advance vote day for the 2014 municipal election

(Press release from the City of Ottawa.)

The final advance vote day for the upcoming municipal election is Saturday, October 18, when the advance voting places in all 23 wards will be open between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Electors can find their voting places for the final advance vote day, as well as for the October 27 Voting Day, on their voter notification letter, or by using the “Where Do I Vote?” search tool on

When going to the voting place, residents are reminded to bring one piece of original identification that shows proof of name and a qualifying Ottawa address. A list of acceptable forms of identification can be found at

For more voting information, visit Also, follow Ottawa Elections 2014 on Twitter at @ottawavote and download our free mobile app available in the Apple App Store, Blackberry App World, and Google Play.

By the numbers: Quick facts about Final Advance Vote Day  

  • Polls open on Saturday, October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • 114 voting locations
  • Six command centres

Numbers of Staff:

  • 435 staff at voting locations
  • 175 command centre staff, including returns staff and drivers
  • 32 staff at the Election Call Centre at City Hall (for the public)
  • 27 staff at the Elections Office Call Centre (for election workers)

A total of 20,855 electors made their mark on the first traditional advance vote day, which was held on Thursday, October 9.

To date, combining the special advance voting days on October 1 to 3 and the first traditional advance vote day on October 9, a total of 28,444 electors have voted.