UPDATE, September 15: CBC reports that more than a dozen rounds were fired out of a white Jeep Cherokee in a drive-by shooting early Thursday morning, and Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help to find the vehicle. Read more…
From CBC Ottawa:
A British military officer visiting Ottawa to participate in a military shooting competition was injured in a drive-by shooting at the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre early Thursday morning, Military Police say.
Ottawa police were called to a parking lot off Roland Michener Drive, near the Crazy Horse bar, just after 2 a.m. Thursday.
A 28-year-old man suffered a serious gunshot wound in the leg, Ottawa police said. Paramedics took him to hospital, where he was listed in stable condition later Thursday morning.
A 22-year-old man also suffered a minor gunshot injury, Ottawa police said.
Both shooting victims were not the intended targets, Ottawa police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon.
Read the full story…
Princess Auto will open its 45th Canadian location in Kanata North on September 19.
“It’s a no-brainer to open a store in Kanata, really” comments Ken Larson, Princess Auto’s Senior Vice President of Customer Experiences. “Our Ottawa location is already super busy serving the area, which includes our Quebec customers across the river. But people living further southwest of Ottawa had to make one heck of a road trip to access our products – the next closest store is in Kingston – so it made sense to set up a Kanata location.” Continue reading
(PHOTO: Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle include three “biospheres” filled with plants and endangered species. Photo by brewbooks, used under a Creative Commons license.)
You may have heard this week: Amazon is looking for a major North American city where they can establish a second world headquarters.
Their original campus is in Seattle, where 40,000 people walk to work every day. They’ve launched an RFP process, inviting cities across North America to make a pitch to become a new home for Amazon. Continue reading
UPDATE (Sept 1): Hydro One commits to trimming trees in Beaverbrook
Jessica Cunha reports in the Kanata Kourier-Standard:
Many Beaverbrook residents are concerned after discovering Hydro One has marked trees on their properties. A number of homeowners discovered orange spraypaint on their trees last month. Neighbours, concerned about what the markings could mean, sent a flurry of emails back and forth. Continue reading
(PHOTO: Artist’s rendering of the Rideau LRT station downtown. Via City of Ottawa.)
It occurred to me on the drive home from Monday night’s LRT open house that we just spent a lot of time and money on consultants to tell us that the best route for LRT is along the Queensway, like we’ve been planning all along.
Still, consultants and planners will spend the next few months evaluating three options (down from 13 shortlisted routes) for the potential future Kanata-Stittsville LRT extension, from Moodie Drive to Palladium. Continue reading
La Cucina restaurant is moving from Kanata to Stittsville in June. They’re currently located at Castlefrank and Hazeldean, and they’ll be moving to the former Fresco Bistro location in front of the Lowe’s.
The restaurant was established in 2008 and serves a mix of modern and traditional Italian dishes. Did you know: “la Cucina” is Italian for “the Kitchen”.
A fire last week in a portable at the Kanata Montessori School destroyed many of the school’s musical instruments.
David and Marie Haynes, who have kids who attend the school, are organizing a donation drive to collect instruments to replace what was lost. The instruments that are needed the most are smaller instruments that are used for the younger grades.
Instruments they are hoping to collect include:
- Electric or Acoustic guitars – preferably child sized, but either is good.
- any other wind instruments
- hand drums
The school does not need violins or recorders!
Click here for more info on how to make a donation…
(PHOTO: Sean O’Leary with his son, Ronan, inside the family store MYHome Furniture in Kanata. O’Leary says he is trying to give his children as normal a life as possible as his daughter struggles with drug addiction. Photo by Devyn Barrie/OttawaStart.com.)
UPDATE: O’Leary has launched a web site to connect parents of teens with drug addictions: www.wetheparents.ca
From our sister site, OttawaStart.com:
“My first thought every morning is to check that Paige is alive,” writes Kanata dad Sean O’Leary in a letter that’s been circulating in recent days on Facebook and through e-mail.
“I want people to start talking,” he said. “We’re just the tip of the iceberg.”O’Leary, whose daughter Paige is addicted to drugs, told OttawaStart.com he sent the letter to a group of parents in similar situations after Kanata teen Chloe Kotval, 14, died of a drug overdose on Valentine’s Day. Continue reading
THE EVOLUTION OF WICHES CAULDRON
Posted today on the Wiches Cauldron Facebook page:
“We had no idea when we opened our service window November 11th 2016, that it would be our last service at 1195 Carp Road. We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all of the love and support we have received over the last 4 seasons. Opening the food truck was such a leap of faith, and we couldn’t have imagined it being as rewarding and successful as it has been. We lost our current spot, but thanks to you we are moving on from the food truck world and looking at locations for a year-round store front shoppe in Stittsville…. onward and up! SO, if we don’t see you in the spring, don’t fret….. there are exciting things coming up!
All our love,
YOUR local ‘Wiches”
(Editor’s note: We sent Stittsville neighbour Coreen Tyers to a media preview on Tuesday of the new Cabela’s store, across the street from Tanger Outlets in Kanata. The store opens to the public on September 22. All photos by Coreen Tyers.)
The store is gorgeous, well lit, and carries a varied selection without being overwhelming. With 70,000 square feet of floor space, the store is very well laid out and signed and each interest has a section, whether it be camping, fishing (fly fishing has its own corner), hunting with bows or guns, technical clothing, preparing ands preserving what you’ve caught, to home decor and camo lingerie too. Continue reading
(via Ottawa Police)
Update, Sept 9: Persons of interest and suspect identified
Following the media release yesterday, two of the three persons depicted in the attached image, as well as the suspect described in the initial release, attended the Elgin St. station. The third person in the image has also been identified. The three persons were interviewed by investigators. At this time no charges have been laid and the matter remains under investigation.
The Robbery Unit appreciates the assistance of everyone that assisted in the dissemination of the image.
The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating the robbery of a ride sharing driver and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying several persons of interest that were present at the time of the robbery.
On August 11, 2016, at approximately 2:20am, a group of people contracted a ride sharing driver to pick them up at a bar situated at Kanata Centrum on Roland Michener Drive.
Thursday-Sunday, 11am-9pm daily.
At Walter Baker Park (next to the Kanata Rec Centre) on Terry Fox Drive in Kanata, south of the Queensway.
It’s back, and even more sticky than before! Continue reading
“IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS IT WAS GONE,” wrote reporter Debbie Lawes in the Kanata Standard on Wednesday, June 8, 1988, a week after a wrecking crew tore down Hodgins House at the corner of Hazeldean Road and Terry Fox, to make way for a shopping plaza.
It was an unexpected and bitter end to a two-year effort by local residents to save the historic building, a stone mansion built in 1881 by William T. Hodgins, a Member of Parliament from 1891-1900 and one of the most influential landowners in the area in his day.
Here’s the story of the house, and how the community tried – and failed – to save it.
(press release from the City of Ottawa)
Starting Monday July 4, Katimavik Road will be closed from Terry Fox Drive to Davis Avenue until July 17 to accommodate installation of sanitary sewer forcemains.
To keep the duration of the road closure as short as possible, work will proceed during peak and off-peak hours, and if necessary hours of work will be extended to ensure the work is completed within the allotted two weeks. Continue reading
(press release via Ottawa Police)
The Ottawa Police Service Collisions Investigation Unit is investigating a serious collision involving an elderly male cyclist and a large commercial vehicle. Continue reading
(Via Ottawa Police)
The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit has laid charges in connection to an overnight robbery.
On April 13, 2016, at approximately 11:15pm, a female in her 70’s was walking to her car in a parking lot situated at the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre. She was approached by a lone male suspect armed with a knife. The suspect made a demand for the woman’s car keys. The woman refused to comply and walked away. 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
(press release from the Ottawa Police)
The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating a swarming that occurred overnight and has charged two young persons.
On April 3, 2016, at approximately 2140 hrs, police responded to a reported swarming in the area of Eagleson/Hazeldean Rds. The victim attended a pre-arranged meeting with an individual but at the agreed upon location, encountered two suspects. The victim was thrown to the ground and assaulted. Continue reading
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.
You can read the full article here…
(This press release comes from Kanata-Carleton Citizens Advocacy. The Kanata-Carleton riding is north of Stittsville.)
When the Conservatives won the election in 2011 with 39% of the popular vote, it was generally agreed that something was wrong with our electoral system.
When the Liberals won the election in 2015 with 39% of the popular vote, it was almost universally agreed that something had to be done. Continue reading