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NOTEBOOK: Three reasons why OMB reforms are good for our community

Great to see that the Ontario Government is pushing ahead to reform the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), with a proposal to replace it with a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Three quick thoughts on why this will be good for our community – both Stittsville, and more broadly, all of Ottawa. Continue reading


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Barbara Bottriell recognized with Roger Griffiths Memorial award

Great to see Barbara Bottriell recognized as the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year last night at the annual Stittsville Volunteer Appreciation Awards.  Other recipients included the Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera for Business of the Year, Caitlin Bauer for Youth Citizen of the Year, and Patricia Warford for Senior Citizen of the Year. A full list of nominees is included below.  We’re lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who give back to their community in a big way. -GG. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Magical mystery walk through Bell Park

“I have been walking in Bell Park admiring the trilliums and ferns but this weekend I discovered an added attraction,” writes Janice Blain, who sent along the photos you see on this page.

“Someone has, or some people have, turned the woodland walk into a magical mystery tour with pretty painted stones placed along the paths.  I imagine they are the work of at least two children and would like to thank them for sharing their artwork and adding such a lovely surprise to my walks.” Continue reading


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LOCAL HEROES: Father and son honoured for lifesaving rescue

(PHOTO: Terrance Davidson, and his son Geoffrey received a Certificate of Valour for their actions to save a man’s life in January 2016. Photo via Ottawa Police Service – Imaging.)

(via Ottawa Police)

On Monday, Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau and Ottawa Police Services Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry hosted the 2017 Community Police Awards Ceremony at Ben Franklin Place.

Two Stittsville residents were among the recipients of a Certificate of Valour, awarded to people  who, in an act of personal bravery or highly-meritorious service, provided assistance to another individual. Continue reading


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HIGHWAY ROBBERY: Wheels stolen from car at Carp Road Park and Ride

(PHOTO: When Jeff Levere arrived back at his car after work, he discovered that all four wheels were stolen.)

Imagine getting dropped off at the Park and Ride following a long day of work, only to see you don’t have a set of wheels waiting for you.

No, your car is still there. But someone, it appears, has made off with all four of your wheels.

That was exactly the situation Jeff Levere found himself in on April 27. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Jane’s Walk on Stittsville Main Street

Thanks to everyone who joined us for a very rainy Jane’s Walk on Stittsville Main Street aka UmbrellaFest 2017.  Lots of optimism and potential about the future of the neighbourhood! Jane Jacobs wrote “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” over half a century ago, and it is incredible how relevant her ideas are today when we’re talking about how to create healthy, sustainable, people-centred neighbourhoods. -GG.

Photos by Sophie Gower

Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower Jane's Walk 2017 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Sophie Gower


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Tyrone Henry brings home the gold from World Para Hockey championship

(PHOTO: Tyrone Henry is a member of the Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team that won gold in South Korea. Photo by Barry Gray.)

In 2010, a 13-year-old Tyrone Henry watched the Vancouver Paralympics sledge hockey games, mesmerized.

“The first time I saw sledge hockey – and I was an able bodied kid – I thought that I would love to play that. I didn’t know you could play it if you were able bodied,” said Henry. Continue reading


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Gaia Java a welcoming venue for up-and-coming musicians

(PHOTO: Greg Lee played to a crowd of friends, family and fans at Gaia Java on April 21.)

MARIE TOOK A FIVE DOLLAR BILL OUT OF HER WALLET and with a wide smile dropped it in the large round mason jar with a black sign that says “support the artist.”

Of course, she wasn’t just supporting the artist who was playing at Gaia Java on a Friday night last month. She was supporting her son – Greg Lee, 17, who was playing to a house of friends, family and a few strangers who walked in to hear the sweet chords emanating from his acoustic guitar. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Owners want to axe Palladium Autopark capacity limit

Oh the irony.

A planning consultant says that a luxury auto dealership planned for Palladium Drive will be pedestrian friendly.

I’ll admit, a lot of the information contained in the Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendment Planning Rationale for 2499 Palladium Drive, 2500 Palladium Drive and 675 Autopark Private is over my head, but I know enough to read these documents with a certain degree of skepticism.

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Atkinson interviewed stars from Sinatra to Elvis

(PHOTO: Long-time broadcaster Gord Atkinson at his home in Stittsville. Photo by Zach Mulder.)

EACH STEP THAT GORD ATKINSON TAKES  is slowly and carefully placed on the carpeted stairs that lead to his basement. His left hand clutches his black cane as the right grasps the banister that guides him. The trip takes longer than it used to, but when he reaches the bottom, Atkinson’s eyes light up, taking in the wall of pictures and accolades from his time in radio. The sight fills him with memories of a time now past when he used to work among the stars of show business.

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Court upholds fine, orders rehabilitation of Rothbourne Road wetland

A provincial court has ordered a company and its director to rehabilitate a provincially significant wetland on Rothbourne Road that they damaged over five years ago.

On Thursday, Justice Diane M. Lahaie of the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa upheld an appeal initiated by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MCVA), and issued a court order to a numbered company, 1634088 Ontario Inc., and its director, Rodolfo Mion, to rehabilitate and restore the wetland on Rothbourne Road near Highway 7.

Essentially, the judge ruled that the original $7,500 fine imposed wasn’t much of a punishment (or a deterrent) for bulldozing a wetland to create developable land.

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A pair of Jane’s Walks planned for Stittsville on May 6

(PHOTO: Jane’s Walk 2016 on Stittsville Main Street. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Two Jane’s Walks are planned for Stittsville on Saturday, May 6. One is focused on the W.J. Bell Rotary Peace Park, and the other is a walk along the central part of Stittsville Main Street. Continue reading


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“MY CARP RUNNETH OVER”: Pathway flooding is perfectly normal, says City

Carp River, April 8, 2017. The Arcadia neighbourhood is in the background.

(Thanks Karen for the headline pun.)

The mighty Carp River overflowed its banks during the first week of April, covering the adjacent floodplain and recreation paths with water.  Officials say that’s completely normal.

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Here’s how much the Sens pay in property taxes each year

(Canadian Tire Centre. Photo by Aaron Toth, via Flickr)

And you thought your property tax bill was high…

Somebody was asking the other day in a local Facebook group how much the Senators pay in property tax is each year, and how much of that goes to Stittsville.  So we asked the City of Ottawa, and they came back with these numbers, right down to the penny. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Congestion pricing, cell phone tower, patio season

CONGESTION PRICING BACK ON THE RADAR
Looks like the debate over “congestion pricing” might be coming to City Hall in the near future. That’s the idea of using financial incentives (or disincentives) to decrease car use and increase transit ridership, particularly from the suburbs of Ottawa into the downtown core.

The four downtown councillors – Chernushenko, Leiper, McKenney and Nussbaum – commissioned a study that was presented at a symposium last week.

The study looks at the potential effects of four pricing models: highway tolls, “cordon” charges (a toll to enter downtown), parking rate changes and a gas tax increase. The authors conclude that raising the cost of parking downtown would be the most cost-effective tool: “The report concludes that while a cordon charge to enter the Ottawa central area could be more effective at accomplishing the stated objectives, the implementation costs given today’s technology would make it impractical. Tolling the highways was evaluated to be less effective given the possibility of leakage onto parallel arterial roads and the inability to address north-south traffic. The study notes important jurisdictional and other challenges regarding the feasibility of raising the gas tax and concludes that focussing on parking charges would be more useful in addressing congestion and increasing transit ridership. Although high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes were not examined in detail, the report suggests their feasibility could increase in light of provincial highway expansion plans.

“Managing congestion using pricing tools is increasingly recognized by cities worldwide as a way to increase transit ridership, lower greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and address commuting frustration” says Chernushenko. “Our goal in commissioning this research and analysis from CPCS is to contribute to an ongoing conversation about how to best to encourage sustainable transportation and support our significant investment in LRT. This is a very important discussion for Ottawa to have.”

There are no immediate plans to move forward on any recommendations in the study, but it’s a debate that Stittsville commuters will want to keep an eye on in the months to come.

You can read the report here…

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CELL TOWER PROPOSED FOR IBER
Via Councillor Qadri: “Shared Network Canada (SNC) is proposing a 50m tri-pole communication tower to be constructed at 145 Iber Rd. The tower will be used to offer space to multiple cellular carriers to enhance and support their networks. A small fenced area with a walk-in cabinet will be constructed at the base of the installation. A public meeting will be held at the Main Hall of the Goulbourn Recreational Complex (1500 Shea Rd) on Wednesday, April 12th to help answer resident questions and concerns regarding the project.” There’s more info about the meeting here…

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590 HAZELDEAN ROAD ZONING
On April 11, the City’s planning committee will be considering a zoning bylaw amendment for 590 Hazeldean Road.  Currently zoned as agricultural land, the proposed change would allow for a residential development with parks, a school and commercial areas.  The initial consultation for the zoning change happened way back in late 2013 / early 2014, but the item is only now coming in front of councillors.

The staff report prepared for the meeting describes the land as “vacant”, but that’s not really accurate. The word suggests empty, worthless land.  In this case it’s quite the opposite. Until a few years ago it was home to an active farm, and the Bradley-Craig heritage house and barn are still standing along Hazeldean Road.  (The barn is supposed to be relocated soon to Saunders Farm.)

You can read the background documents here…

SIGNS OF SPRING


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Family establishes memorial page for Samuel Evie Marincak

The family of Sacred Heart student Samuel Evie Marincak has set up a memorial Facebook page to pay tribute to the teen, who died last week.  The page can be found at facebook.com/SamEvieMarincak/

“In memory of Samuel Evie Dimitri Marincak who passed away. We welcome the community to post their stories and happy memories. Either name or pronoun is accepted here as they were a genderfluid individual who went by all,” wrote Marincak’s sister Paige on the site. Continue reading


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Sacred Heart adds a new life to Night of the Living Dead

(Photo: From left, lead actor Daniella Atkinson, drama teacher Matt Muirhead and student director Nicholas Rocque.)

If you wanted a story about a zombie apocalypse, you could just watch the Walking Dead. But Sacred Heart’s upcoming school play adds something new to the formula.

Night of the Living Dead, the original ‘60s George Romero classic, is coming to the centre stage of Sacred Heart high school from March 29-31 April 19-21 in a specially adapted version.  Continue reading


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Cardel Homes seeks naming rights for Goulbourn Rec Complex

(Goulbourn Rec Centre, May 2015. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The GRC could soon be known as the CRG if city councillors approve a $600,000 naming rights deal with Cardel Homes.

Next week, the City of Ottawa’s Community and Protective Services Committee will consider a proposal to change the name of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to “Cardel Rec – Goulbourn”.  In return, Cardel would pay the City $40,000 for the next 15 years. Continue reading


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Multiple charges and arrests after raids at Magna Terra marijuana shops

(Inside Magna Terra on Iber Road. File photo.)

The owner of the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary chain is among seven arrested and charged after police raids on his two Ottawa dispensaries and a private home on Tuesday.

The raids resulted in the seizure of a loaded .44 calibre Desert Eagle handgun, marijuana and other drugs, cash, documents and computers and cell phones, according to Ottawa Police.   Continue reading


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