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CITIZEN: Family of Maddie Clement thanks community for support

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Maddie Clement loved children and animals and would do anything to help a friend, says her uncle.

The 17-year-old died Sunday night after a car carrying four teens swerved off the road into a wooded area near Stittsville.

Another young woman, Michaela Martel, 18, also died in the crash. Two other teens who were in the car remain in hospital. It’s unclear what caused the car to swerve, and investigators continue to interview witnesses.

In an interview Tuesday, Clement’s uncle, Ben Halsall, said his niece had a “heart of gold.”

“She could have done anything if she had set her mind to it,” Halsall said. “She was a very sharp, beautiful, funny girl.”

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LINKED: MPP Jack MacLaren kicked out of PC caucus

UPDATE, May 29: MPP Jack MacLaren was quitting before PC Leader Patrick Brown fired him

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Several news outlets today reporting that Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren has been kicked out of the PC caucus for remarks made about Franco-Ontarians during the 2012 election campaign. MacLaren’s riding includes Stittsville.

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LINKED: How a would-be Ottawa pot ’empire’ failed to launch

The Ottawa Citizen has a report about Franco Vigile and his plans for a chain of Magna Terra marijuana dispensaries, including one on Iber Road in Stittsville.

Franco Vigile wanted the world and then some. But just as proposed legislation might open up the promised land of a recreational marijuana market, a legal spat, drug and gun charges against his family, and a connection to the Hells Angels all threaten to send Vigile’s dispensary dreams up in smoke.

Vigile, 29, once operated two pot dispensaries in the city, with a third location “coming soon.” But those two locations are now closed. A sign on the door Sunday at the Stittsville store reads: “To our valued customers. We are closed indefinitely. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

At the beginning of 2016, however, with one dispensary open, Vigile was looking to expand.

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LINKED: NeXT chef teams up with visiting colleagues for ‘performance’ dinners

(via Ottawa Citizen)

Ottawa chef Michael Blackie is again indulging his flair for showmanship and love of collaboration.

At his Stittsville restaurant, NeXT, he’ll stage eight events this year that will each feature two out-of-town chefs joining him in the kitchen to prepare elaborate dinners, and each dinner will be preceded by cooking demonstrations from each chef.

The first “three chefs/one dinner” event of this year is to be held Wednesday, April 12. Seven more dinners will be held in 2017, monthly on a Wednesday, except in December.

“We’ve got chefs of all different styles coming,” Blackie says. “The basic premise is get them together and expose Ottawa to chefs that most people might never get to meet or see or taste.”

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NOTEBOOK: New restaurant on Stittsville Main, OC Transpo suburb service, more

Stittsville Main Street is getting a new restaurant this spring. Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce plan to open a 30-seat restaurant called Jack Ketch at 1536 Stittsville Main Street. Most recently, the building was home to Brown Bear Daycare.

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LINKED: Stittsville girl’s parents hope to crowd-fund spinal-cord surgery

From the Ottawa Citizen:

Lamitta El-Roz loves sports, particularly basketball, but says there are two reasons she can’t play right now: First, there’s snow on the ground outside; and, second, she’s not allowed to play basketball indoors.

A six-year-old with a smile that could almost melt the snow around her Stittsville home, Lamitta neglects to mention that she was born with cerebral palsy after a pregnancy that lasted just 28 weeks. She weighed just over two pounds then, and spent the first 54 days of her life in an incubator. She can’t walk. In fact, she has almost no gross motor skills control, the thing that would let her crawl or throw a ball. Continue reading


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LINKED: Heartsick couple in their 90s separated by province’s rules

From Bruce Deachman in the Ottawa Citizen:

When Nancy Burgoin spoke to a nurse this week following her father’s first full day at Granite Ridge Care Community, a long-term healthcare facility in Stittsville, she was surprised to hear he’d spent much of his time in his walker, navigating the hallways.

After all, she says, at 94 and legally blind in one eye, Norman Davis typically leans to a more sedentary lifestyle.

But then she discovered exactly why her dad was out on the prowl: he was searching for his 91-year-old wife, Mae. “He couldn’t find her,” the nurse reported.

Norman and Mae Davis married on June 9, 1945, just a month after VE-Day, vowing then that only unto death would they part. He was 22, she was 19, and that end part probably seemed a lifetime away. Yet now, more than 70 years later and for the first time in their married lives, they live apart.

Sadly, the situation will likely worsen before it improves: because of provincial regulations regarding long-term healthcare facilities, Norman and Mae will remain separated for at least three more months, an absence Burgoin fears her heartsick father may not survive.

The reality of the couple’s possible separation came a week before Christmas, when they were living at a seniors’ residence in Stittsville. A room had freed up at Granite Ridge at the same time Mae’s name — but not Norman’s — reached the top of the waiting list.

Upon hearing the news, Norman, sitting at the kitchen table, said only, “Huh. So this is what society has come to. They’re going to separate us.”

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LINKED: Special apparatus helps teen with rare genetic disorder realize hockey dream

Great story from the Ottawa Citizen about Stittsville’s Tysen Lefebvre:

Despite Tysen Lefebvre’s physical challenges, the 15-year-old has never backed down from achieving his goals. These days, he’s seeing an all-too familiar Canadian dream come true. Lefebvre has Pfeiffer Syndrome Type 2, a rare genetic disorder that affects his skull, facial features and limbs. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Marijuana dispensary cited for zoning violation

(Photo: Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. Supplied photo.)

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary in Stittsville has received a notice of a zoning violation from the City of Ottawa.

“Two dispensaries have received notices of zoning violations for operating ‘retail stores’ in industrial zones. City inspectors are also investigating the take-out window in a boarded-up pot shop to see if the operation violates the building code, ” writes Jacquie Miller in Saturday’s Citizen. Continue reading


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LINKED: New DND move to west end impacts “CFB Fairwinds”

Over the next few years, thousands of employees at the Department of National Defence will move into the old Nortel buildings on Moodie Drive. The Ottawa Citizen ran a feature this weekend called “The rise of Pentagon North: How Ottawa’s new DND headquarters will change this city”.

It looks at the impact of the move on things like real estate and transportation.  Here’s an excerpt:

For many in DND, especially those with younger children, this translates into a fondness for newer developments such as those sprouting up around the Canadian Tire Centre hockey stadium. Four of Scott’s clients have recently bought homes in the Stittsville area. He said one subdivision, Fairwinds, has become so popular with DND employees, some are calling it “CFB Fairwinds.” (Short for Canadian Forces Base).

Scott’s experience suggests the shift to the west in real estate is already underway. If Ottawa’s new light rail project eventually extends past the Bayshore Shopping Centre into Kanata, the trend could well accelerate.


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Marijuana dispensary opening soon on Iber Road

(Photo via Facebook.)

From beads to buds… Magna Terra, a medical marijuana dispensary, will be opening soon at 83 Iber Road, in the space formerly occupied by Dragon’s Lair Beads. Here’s their Facebook page.   Technically it’s still illegal to open a storefront marijuana store in Canada.

(Thanks Brad S. for the beads to buds line!)

Here’s an article from the Ottawa Citizen:

Stittsville is also about to get a marijuana dispensary, which will bring to six the number of store-front businesses illegally selling marijuana in Ottawa. The Ottawa stores all cater to medical marijuana patients. Medical marijuana is legal in Canada, but only for patients with a doctor’s prescription who purchase it from growers licensed by Health Canada, who send the medicine by registered mail.

Coming soon is a sixth Ottawa dispensary, on Iber Road in Stittsville. There will be an open house to launch Magna Terra Health Services, probably later this month, said majority owner Franco Vigile. Vigile said he talked to Coun. Shad Qadri and the community policing officer for the area to assure them the business will operate safely and responsibly.

Qadri, in a telephone interview, said he advised Vigile to check with city bylaw officials. “At this point in time, the drug is illegal,” he said. “Based on that, I am not in favour of the (dispensary).”

Vigile is also part owner of Ottawa Medical Dispensary on Carling Avenue, which was the first marijuana dispensary in town when it opened in November 2015. OMD has 1,000 patients, and many travel from the west end, so Vigile said he thought a Stittsville location was needed. Read the full story…

UPDATE: Councillor Shad Qadri shared these additional comments in his weekly newsletter to residents.

I feel it is important to state that while it is known to be our current Federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana sale in the near future, the drug – as well as its dispensaries – at the present time still remains illegal. To that end, I am not comfortable with an unlicensed business of this nature operating within our community at the present time.

Although I can appreciate the medicinal qualities and pain relief these products may offer, there are sufficient distribution channels and networks already available to receive those medications such as Tweed, a licensed mail-order dispensary based in Smiths Falls.

If/when these establishments obtain licenses, the federal government will put markers in terms of distribution that will facilitate operations. However, until that time, I will be working very closely with Ottawa Police Service and City of Ottawa By-Law departments to ensure that proper enforcement is in play.

I have been in contact with the owners and have been assured that this particular facility will include a doctor on site and should only be servicing people with pre-existing prescriptions for purchase. In my initial conversations with owner, Franco Vigile, I had mentioned to him to go and consult with our planning department and to hold a public consultation session before moving forward.

I have now been advised that once opened, the owners will be inviting the public in to see their operations as an open house setting with no displays of product.

Until that time, I will remain in communications with Mr. Vigile and will be providing community updates as those conversations progress.


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LINKED: Transgender Stittsville tween takes part in federal announcement

Ten-year-old Charlie Lowthian-Rickert from Stittsville stood alongside Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday when she introduced a bill to prevent discrimination and hate crimes based on gender identity and gender expression.

“Transphobic people don’t have enough information about who we really are. They don’t know that we’re the exact same as them,” she told CBC. “What I’m trying to do is raise awareness for transgender people.” Continue reading


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DENLEY: Jack Maclaren should quit as MPP

MPP Jack MacLaren
MPP Jack MacLaren

Randall Denley writes in the Ottawa Citizen:

“Stittsville and Kanata are the two main centres in MacLaren’s riding, and he has let them both down. One of the biggest issues in Stittsville is the lack of a public high school. Although the western suburb is now the size of a small city, its students are bused to the village of Richmond. MacLaren did present a parents’ petition to the legislature, but then undercut it by saying he wasn’t enthused about the issue.

The expansion of Waste Management’s landfill on Carp Road is an issue for people in Stittsville, but MacLaren backed the bigger landfill. It’s a point of view that can be supported, but probably not if you are the representative of the people affected.”

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CITIZEN: MPP Maclaren sent for sensitivity training

MPP Jack MacLaren
MPP Jack MacLaren

The Citizen’s David Reevely reports:

“[Ontario PC leader Patrick] Brown first condemned MacLaren’s treatment of McCrimmon. Then he stripped MacLaren of his ceremonial position as chair of the Progressive Conservative party’s Eastern Ontario caucus. Then on Monday morning, he announced he’ll “reassign” MacLaren’s jobs as natural-resources critic and vice-chair of a legislature committee, and send him for “sensitivity training.” He’ll remain an MPP and a member of the party, but he’ll stay away from the legislature to focus on his constituency.”

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Reevely: PC leader disciplines Jack MacLaren — late, but better than never


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LINKED: Ashton General Store to close

The Ottawa Citizen reports on the closure of The Ashton General Store:

After a century-and-a-half as the place to pick up groceries, mail and any news neighbours are willing to part with, The Ashton General Store is closing its doors.

The lease is up and won’t be renewed, says Sylvie Pignal, who owns the business, but not the building.

“I was supposed to be in the black this year,” she says. “I have to get another job in May.”

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CITIZEN: Hubley wants LRT to Kanata before eastern expansion

From the Ottawa Citizen today:

The city should start laying LRT tracks towards Kanata before extending rail past Place d’Orléans, according to a councillor who represents part of the western suburb.

“I’m going to have a problem going to Trim Road before going to Kanata,” Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said in an interview.

Hubley dismissed the idea of extending the LRT to Trim Road as simply a plan to help residents in the neighbouring municipality get into the city.

“Why wouldn’t we want to serve the taxpayers of Ottawa rather than the taxpayers of Rockland?” he said.

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