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SPECIAL REPORT: Neighbours express mixed views on Iber Road pot shop

(ABOVE: John O’Dacre lives in Granite Ridge, near the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary on Iber Road. He says he doesn’t oppose marijuana itself but wants a legal framework in place before dispensaries are allowed to open. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

When Vèronique Pourbaix-Kent, principal of Ecole Paul-Desmarais, learned a marijuana dispensary had opened down the road from her school, she fired off an email to Councillor Shad Qadri to voice her displeasure.

“A shop of this nature should obviously not be near a high school,” she wrote. “I am sure that when the dust settles, the laws and bylaws surrounding the sale of pot will make it illegal for a [dispensary] to open near a school and they will have to close.” Continue reading


PHOTOS: La Course des Patriotes at Ecole Paul-D

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais hosted the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on Saturday morning. Over 400 students and residents registered for the 2km, 5km, and 10km races.  It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive. Continue reading


First edition of “La course des Patriotes” takes place October 29

École secondaire catholique Paul-Desmarais, Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school, is planning the inaugural edition of La course des Patriotes on October 29.

It’s partly an effort to promote youth fitness and healthy lifestyles for their students, and partly give back to the community via a food donation drive.  The event will include 2km, 5km, and 10km races. It’s mandatory for students, but also open to the entire community. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Wild parsnip, Coyote near the Trans Canada Trail

The City’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) meets on Thursday morning and one of the items on the agenda is a look at the wild parsnip strategy.

The yellow plant was a common sight in Stittsville: along roadways, in ditches, along pathways, in fields. Its sap contains chemicals that can cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun.

The City launched a pilot project last year to combat the weed, applying herbicide to over 200km of roadways and parkland, and mowing some of the infested areas.  The city also mapped infestation areas, and launched an awareness and education campaign.

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COMMENT: French high school is a “bonne affaire” for Stittsville

ABOVE:The official ribbon cutting took place on Thursday and included students, staff and special guests. Photo via @EscPaulD

The opening of Ecole Paul-Desmarais is a really big deal (“une bonne affaire”) for Stittsville, even if you don’t have kids in the French Catholic school system.

Students in grades 7, 8 and 9 had their first day at the school on Monday after spending the first half of the school year at Pierre-Savarda Catholic school in Barrhaven. Over the next three years they’ll add a grade each year until they’ve done a full transition to a Grade 7-12 school. Continue reading


Portes-ouvertes à Paul Desmarais!

ABOVE: Students gather in front of Ecole Paul-D on a tour last week. Photo courtesy of the school.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Joelle Logue to write about her impressions of Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school. She attended an open house on Thursday night along with her 12-year-old son Liam, who’s one of the new students.


February 4 marked the official opening of the new École Secondaire Catholique Paul-Desmarais at 5315 Abbott Street. In a word, this school is: extraordinaire!!

An official opening ceremony with dignitaries took place earlier in the day. My son must have reminded me four times this week that he had to dress nicely on Thursday because VIPs were coming to visit. Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Ecole Paul-Desmarais opens next week, new Gaia Java owners, more

ECOLE PAUL-DESMARAIS OPENS MONDAY: It’s been a busy week of preparation at Stittsville’s new French Catholic high school. Students toured the school this week (photo above) to find their new lockers and get ready for the first full school day on Monday.  (The official opening will be on Thursday, February 4.) Continue reading


NOTEBOOK: Stories we’re watching in 2016

I often jokingly refer to Stittsville as “one of Ottawa’s most exciting suburbs”, but there’s actually a lot of truth to that. (Just look at what happened here in 2015 alone.)

We live in one of the fastest-growing wards in the City of Ottawa, and the constant development is a constant source of conflict as well as new people and businesses arriving in our community.

Here are a few stories we’re watching in 2016… Continue reading


Abbott Street expected to be connected to Robert Grant by year’s end

Councillor Shad Qadri provided this update about construction on Abbott Street in his weekly email newsletter:

Construction has been underway to extent Abbott Street East at Iber Road eastward to connect with Robert Grant Avenue. The contractor for the road works in this area has advised that assuming weather conditions continue with reasonable temperatures and no snow, they currently anticipate paving works for Abbott, Robert Grant, and Fernbank to be complete by November 20th, 2015 however the new signals on Fernbank will not be activated until December 7th, 2015. Once the paving and road painting is completed it is anticipate the intersection will be open shortly after that time.

This new road connection will provide access to the new French Catholic High School, École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais which is anticipated to be opened in February 2016. This school will provide instruction to a large catchment of students in the Stittsville and Kanata communities.


PHOTO: Bird’s eye view of the new French Catholic high school

The photo above was taken by Front Page Media Group and shows the progress so far on the new French Catholic high school under construction on Abbott Street.

The new school will be called École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais and is scheduled to open in February 2016.  Students will be temporarily housed at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard in Barrhaven at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.


New French Catholic high school will be named after Paul Desmarais

(Press release from the CECCCE.)

At its regular meeting on May 26, 2015, the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est (CECCE) adopted a name for the new Catholic secondary school being built in the Fernbank area of Stittsville (Ottawa). It will be called École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais. Continue reading