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Local nutritionist & mom shares ideas for healthier breakfasts

(Thanks to Stittsville-based holistic nutritionist Melanie Reid for contributing this guest post to StittsvilleCentral.ca.)

I’m a mom of four, wife and nutrition coach on a mission to improve the health of children and families through proper nutrition. I’m also a long time resident of Kanata and Stittsville and love meeting families who want to make health changes in their lives. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: A fenced dog run, more cash for road repairs, ice cream at Quitters

FENCED DOG RUNS PLANNED FOR STITTSVILLE SOUTH NEIGHBOURHOOD

Valecraft Homes recently tweeted out the design of a park and stormwater pond in their new Rathwell Landing neighbourhood, (located south of the existing Westwind neighbourhood). Continue reading


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COMMENT: Traffic calming needs a little creativity

(FILE PHOTO: Speed sign on Hobin Street, near A. Lorne Cassidy school. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Eric Darwin writes a must-read local blog called West Side Action.  It’s focused on urban issues near his home in central Ottawa, but a lot of what he writes about can be applied to neighbourhoods all over the city.

Case in point: A recent post about some creative ideas for traffic calming.  A lot of Stittsville streets  have a problem with vehicles drivers travelling too fast, especially West Ridge, Fringewood, Kittiwake, Alon, Maple Grove, Rosehill, Hobin, Liard, Stittsville Main, Iber, Amberwood… I could go on and on.

We’ve seen some limited attempts at traffic calming in Stittsville, mostly those flex posts in the centre of the street, or “SLOW DOWN” painted in white on the roadway.  There’s a $40,000 yearly budget in each ward for this kind of thing, but that doesn’t go very far at all.

Darwin says we need to get creative: “If our city traffic committee had any guts, instead of just ‘considering’ stuff that filters up from the bureaucrats, they’d pre-approve a menu of simple paint and portable measures to be supplied and  installed anywhere the community can convince the councillor to authorize them. If they don’t calm the traffic, nothing ventured nothing gained. Try something else.”

A few of his ideas:

  1. Paint the road narrower. City policy requires a 10-foot minimum lane width, but a lot of our neighbourhood roads are much wider than that. A simple line of paint creates the impression of a narrower road, and does slow traffic.
  2. Temporary “bulb-outs”. That’s where the road gets narrower at the intersection, giving pedestrians a shorter width to cross, and forcing cars to slow down. Permanent bulb-outs can be expensive, but Darwin suggests temporary cones or planters in the meantime.
  3. Add a median. Those ubiquitous flex posts are ok, but you could do even better with something less flexible!  Maybe a row of planters with trees down the middle, or again, just some simple paint.  “Nothing like the fear of denting some sheet metal to encourage compliance,” he writes.

For decades, cities and developers built neighbourhood roads with the goal of moving cars as fast as possible in and out of the subdivision. We need to shift the balance to focus on pedestrian safety first. Implementing a few simple ideas like these ones will start accellerate that shift.

You can read his full post here:

Non-stop traffic calming


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LETTER: Thanks to Brown’s and the community from Lifeskills

What a rewarding experience for Ottawa-Carleton Lifeskills participants! A big thank you to Todd and Sandra Brown from Brown’s Your Independent Grocer for allowing Impact Cards to set up a table on Saturday, July 29  to sell custom button art greeting cards. Thank you to the Stittsville community for all your support and encouragement! We are truly grateful. Continue reading


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Friday market at The Barn showcases local food vendors

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles from volunteer contributor Janice Blain.  Born and raised in England, Janice is a retired early childhood educator who now calls Stittsville home.  She’ll be sharing her photos of local people and places in our community.)

The Stittsville Market at The Barn in Village Square Park is a new addition to the Stittsville scene, and with the postponement of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market, this is a timely and hopefully viable community project.

Last week I was so taken with the produce being offered that I didn’t even notice the barn itself.  I took the time to look around after speaking to Sue Bird, the owner and dynamo behind the market that is being held there each Friday from 4-7pm.

Sue’s plan is to continue the market throughout the summer and hopefully into the fall, adding vendors or rotating vendors as time passes. (The latest news is that Bower Farm (organic vegetables) will be there this Friday, and a local honey producer will be at The Barn on August 4.) Currently there are three regular vendors, Chris, Haico and Katie.

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PHOTOS: Cinema under the stars

Saturday night’s Cinema Under the Stars event, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association, brought out over a hundred families to Village Square Park.  The event raised over $500 for the Stittsville Food Bank.  Photos by Barry Gray.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


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NOTEBOOK: Jack Ketch update, Carp Rd landfill contaminated soil

THE JACK KETCH RESTAURANT PLANS AUGUST OPENING
John Curry
wrote a great overview of some of the historical buildings on Stittsville Main Street recently in the Stittsville News.  The piece starts with a brief history of the yellow house at 1536 Stittsville Main Street: “The two-storey building… was built in the 1890s as the home of Miss Rebecca Stitt, a dressmaker who worked at the Mann General Store in the village. It was passed on to her sister Elizabeth, who was a nurse. It was the home of Sterling and Grace Howie for 27 years until they sold it in 1992 for use as the hair salon for Precision Cut Hair Styling. It later served as a day care centre and is now being renovated to be a restaurant.”

The new restaurant will be known as The Jack Ketch, a 30-seat restaurant run by Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce. Conway says they plan to open the restaurant sometime in August.  For some hints as to what’s in store, check out their a teaser web site, Facebook page and Instagram.

Trout with lentil ragout and mussels

A post shared by Jack (@jackketchfood) on

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WASTE MANGEMENT APPLIES TO PROCESS CONTAMINATED SOIL
Waste Management has filed paperwork with the Ontario Government to amend their Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) so that they can process contaminated soil at their Carp Road landfill facility.

Here’s how minutes from a public liaison committee meeting describe the proposal: “application is to construct a soil treatment pad to treat hydro carbon impacted soils, these materials once they meet strict soil analysis would also be used on site for the same purposes as above and including cover material for the landfill/waste operation, none of this material would leave the site.”

Hydro carbon impacted soils include soil contaminated by petroleum products like oil and gas.  Waste Management’s application seeks permission to process and store up to 120,000 tonnes of contaminated soil per year, above and beyond any previously approved landfill capacity.

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RADAR GUN & DEER RUN
I jotted down a couple of quick notes at last night’s Stittsville Village Association meeting:  1) Councillor Shad Qadri says that part of this year’s $40,000 traffic calming budget for Stittsville Ward will go towards a radar gun. The gun will be available for community associations to borrow to measure traffic speed on neighbourhood streets.  (I wonder if baseball teams can borrow it to measure pitches too?)  2) Qadri also mentioned that construction of the new splash pad at Deer Run Park is progressing well and could be finished by mid-August.

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PEAK PARSNIP
We appear to be in peak Wild Parsnip season. The yellow weed is growing along pathways, fields and ditches all over our community. This is the third year that the City of Ottawa has been spraying herbicide in public areas.  If you’re wondering about what to look for, or how to safely get rid of the plant on your property, check out this article from our archives in 2015…

Wild Parsnip. Photo via the City of Ottawa.
Wild Parsnip. File photo via the City of Ottawa.

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CELEBRITY NEWS
If you were at NeXT restaurant on June 27, you might have spotted Michael J. Fox having dinner there with his family. He was in Ottawa to receive a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award at Rideau Hall the next day.


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Rainy weather and park fees spoil plans for Stittsville farmers’ market

(file photo)

Despite having strong community support, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market (OFM) couldn’t muster enough vendor support for a market in Stittsville this year to make economic sense.

But the president of the OFM said that they will try again next year.

“We are still open to looking at this as a future possibility,” Greer Knox told StittsvilleCentral.ca on Wednesday. “We’re all disappointed.” Continue reading


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“WHERE WORLDS COLLIDE”: How police are adapting to Stittsville’s growth

(PHOTO: Cst. Mike Dosdall of the Ottawa Police. He’s one of several officers who regularly patrol the Stittsville area. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

Cst. Mike Dosdall pulled into Brown’s parking lot on a Sunday morning in early May. As he drove in, there was a cash register drawer sitting next to a Tim Horton’s coffee cup near the garden centre.

“Just leave the cash drawer in the middle of the parking lot,” he said, as he parked in an empty section.

“We’re in the underbelly of Stittsville,” he joked. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: A belated Canada Day celebration in Stittsville

Fireworks capped off a great day of family fun at the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day event yesterday.  Hundreds of families turned out for a full day of activities, local music and fun. Photos by Barry Gray.


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PHOTOS: Opening day for Market at the Barn

Friday evening was opening day for Market at the Barn, a mini farmers’ market at the old barn next to Village Square Park.  Barn owner Suzanne Bird plans to hold the event every Friday this summer from 4pm to 7pm.  All photos by Barry Gray.

(We may get an update this week on the Ottawa Farmers’ Market plans for a weekly market at Village Square Park. Stay tuned.)

Market at the Barn, Friday June 30. Photo by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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Kanata Muslim Association visits Stittsville United with message of thanks

On Sunday, June 25 Stittsville United Church received an unexpected visit from members of the Kanata Muslim Association (KMA).   They came to deliver a gift of sweets and a letter of appreciation to Stittsville United Church for their support following the tragic shooting at the Quebec City Mosque in January 2017. Continue reading


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Westwind raises almost $12,000 for charity at social justice fair

(press release)

Westwind Public School was filled with the sounds of excited grade six students and the smell of delicious baked goods on Thursday, June 22 as the school held its ‘Who is Nobody?’ social justice fair. The annual fair is designed to get grade six students to “be the change they wish to see in the world”, as Ghandi so aptly stated. Continue reading


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PROJECT OF A LIFETIME: Interior designer revamps a Canadian icebreaker

(PHOTO: Tania Kratt boards the Canada C3 icebreaker.)

Tania Kratt has a long commute. Fortunately, her roughly 340 km travel between her home in Stittsville and office in Burlington, Vermont, only happens twice a month.

Kratt works as an interior designer and originally lived in Vermont until about five years ago, when her family moved to Stittsville for her husband’s work. It was supposed to be for a few years, but is stretching longer than intended.

She splits her time between projects in the Vermont and Ottawa areas but recently took on one of the most unique projects of her career – redesigning the interior of the Canada C3 icebreaker ship in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. Continue reading


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Murilo Torres receives Welcoming Ottawa Week Ambassador recognition

(PHOTO: Mayor Jim Watson with Murilo and Karla Torres and their family.)

(Editor’s note: Congratulations to Stittsville resident Murilo Torres, who this morning received a 2017 Welcoming Ottawa Week Ambassador Award.  I met him two years ago and was blown away by his energy, kindness, and drive to help his fellow citizens. You’ve probably read about Murilo and his wife Karla before on StittsvilleCentral.ca — most recently in stories about turtles and the blessing of a motorcycle. I’m honoured to count them as a friends and we are very lucky to have their family in Stittsville. -GG.)

LISTEN: CBC Ottawa interview with Murilo Torres and Sam Safari

Welcoming Ottawa Week is an annual festival that celebrates the contributions of all residents (old and new) in making our city a diverse and welcoming community. The WOW Ambassador award, now in its fourth year, recognizes Ottawa residents who go the extra mile to help newcomers feel at home in our city. Each Ambassador is nominated by an immigrant for his or her ability to exemplify important welcoming qualities, including respect, intercultural bridging and generosity of spirit. Continue reading


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JUNE 24: Plant a sunflower and build an insect hotel at JoJo’s Garden

(via Jo-Jo’s Community Garden)

All Stittsville kids are invited to come out to the Jo-Jo’s Community Garden on Stittsville Main Street this Saturday from 10am-12pm to plant a sunflower of their own at the garden and also participate in building our new Insect Hotel. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Redcoats and muskets mark Father’s Day at Goulbourn Museum

The Goulbourn Museum welcomed dads and families for a special “Father’s Day Flashback” event on Sunday, June 18. The 100th Regiment of Foot reenactment group was on hand teaching participants how to load and fire a musket, along with historical re-enactors from a number of different eras. (All photos by Barry Gray)


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Familiar face, unique experience at Red Gables on Carp Road

Margarita Chen (pictured above) still doesn’t know exactly what made her buy a 60-year-old house on Carp Road and open a café, but one day she knew she had to do it.

“It was an uncontrollable urge to buy it,” she told StittsvilleCentral.ca on the rear deck of the fixed-up house, just a few days before opening on Fathers’ Day Sunday. “It was meant to be.” Continue reading


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