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 →
A significant new development proposal has been submitted to the City for a parcel of land on the north part of Huntmar Drive near Palladium. The proposal includes detached homes, townhouses, a low-rise apartment building, commercial automotive dealerships and a large district park. Continue reading →
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.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Poole Creek may be Stittsville’s most important natural feature. It meanders from west to north east, crossing through neighbourhoods old and new, playing a crucial role in our community’s ecology. In the final part of this series, ecologist Nick Stow follows the creek as it crosses Hazeldean Road. There, it passes through one of Stittsville’s newest neighbourhoods, where it’s in the midst of a transformation from farmland to forest. All photos by Nick Stow.)
PAST SWEETNAM DRIVE, POOLE CREEK CHANGES CHARACTER AGAIN. After a short run out of sight, it crosses under busy Hazeldean Road and enters one of the City’s newest neighbourhoods. Where it once meandered through farmland, the creek nows winds between recent or still-developing subdivisions. Deeper, clay soils have allowed the creek to carve a valley dense in places with Manitoba maple, crack willow and thorny thickets. Following the creek becomes more difficult. With construction still underway, the trail remains incomplete. Good vantage points exist up and downstream of Huntmar Drive, beside one of the established subdivisions. Continue reading →
Councillor Shad Qadri says City staff provided him with “misleading information” about the plan to convert Johnwoods Street into a park, and that he won’t be asking the Planning Committee to stop it. Continue reading →
Today, the west end of Maple Grove Road is just a dead-end dumping ground for construction waste and dog poop bags. Someday, it could be a road connection to Stittsville Main Street.
It’s an idea that’s been talked about for several years, and it shows up from time to time on planning maps, but there’s no specific timeline.
It came up recently during the discussions about Minto’s Potter’s Key subdivision. Some homeowners in Jackson Trails have suggested that Maple Grove could provide a second exit from their community, although many residents don’t want it opened up just yet. Continue reading →
The 10th Stittsville Brownies were painting yellow fish in Fairwinds on Thursday night. They’re as a reminderthat what you put down the drain eventually makes its way into rivers, lakes and streams, impacting the health of animals and people.
They painted yellow fish stencils next to storm drains on Riverfront, Tempest and Showandasee. The words “RAINWATER ONLY” are meant to remind people of the impact we have on nature and the environment.
The program is sponsored by the Ottawa Riverkeeper and Trout Unlimited Canada. Photos via Kerry Reimer.Continue reading →
Councillor Shad Qadri says the northbound lane markings for the Huntmar-Maple Grove intersection will be painted in early May. City crews can’t paint them until temperatures are warm enough and the road has been swept. Continue reading →
Thanks to Desiree McCarthy for sending along this photo of an owl in the north part of Fairwinds, taken at the end of November. Pretty sure this is a barred owl, also known as a hoot owl for its distinctive call.
Councillor Shad Qadri will ask his colleagues at City Council to support a motion calling for Canada Post to recognize addresses in his ward as being in Stittsville, instead of Kanata.
Currently, a large segment of homes and businesses that are technically part of the City of Ottawa’s Stittsville Ward are still considered to be Kanata addresses by Canada Post, leading to what Qadri calls “mass confusion” for residents. Continue reading →