(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
(ABOVE: Photo by Michael, used under a Creative Commons license.)
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
via the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre (KCSSC)
We are pleased to inform you that the 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration Event will be held on February 14, 2016 (Sunday) from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm at the Richcraft Recreation Complex, 4101 Innovation Drive in Kanata. All communities are invited to join us for Chinese cultural displays, a lion dance performance, entertainment, family games, food fest and lucky draws.
The Chinese New Year Event in 2014 was very well-received and attracted thousands of people from the community to celebrate it with us. Riding on the success of the previous year, we are expecting an even larger attendance in 2016.
This annual celebration event is organized by the Kanata Chinese Seniors Support Centre (KCSSC), a non-profit organization, with the aim of bridging communities through community events like celebrating Chinese New Year and other festivals.
KCSSC is one of the most active seniors’ communities in Kanata. Since its inception in 2012, we have been rendering support to Chinese seniors and their families in Kanata and surrounding areas to adapt and integrate into the mainstream. KCSSC has also been actively promoting altruism among our seniors through community and volunteer work, like regular visits to seniors’ residences, the EPIC Walk for Cancer Care, Cleaning the Capital, and others, so that our seniors can experience the joy and satisfaction of being able to help others.
We are also recruiting youth volunteers for this event. Please contact Wen Jean Ho at 613-4403788 or email email@example.com.
Tickets are available at the door: $10/Adult $5/10-18 Free/9 and under
(via Councillor Marianne Wilkinson)
IMPORTANT NOTICE RE: NUISANCE MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAM And Change in Meeting Dates (For Residents of Kanata North Only)
NEXT WEEK A MAILING WILL BE PROVIDED TO CANADA POST FOR DELIVERY TO ALL HOMES IN KANATA NORTH (except for high rise buildings). This mailing should be received early in February. Several meetings will be held to discuss the contents of that mailing and to provide information on the voting procedure for this program. The meeting dates have been changed from earlier dates and additional meetings will be held if needed.
Note: If you do not receive the mailing in your mailbox by February 3rd (the envelope is marked “BALLOT ENCLOSED FOR MOSQUITO PROGRAM IN KANATA NORTH”), please contact my office. Completed ballots must be returned by February 16th at 4 pm, so if you are mailing, do so by February 9th.
While we don’t generally think about mosquitoes in winter, when spring comes, they will be back! The Carp River Restoration Project, now under construction, includes four new wetland areas, adding potential mosquito breeding grounds. Traps were used last summer to measure mosquito populations. Large numbers were found all across the Ward. Parks, including soccer field areas, had particularly large numbers. Hence, work is required throughout the Ward to reduce numbers of mosquitoes and to retain property values.
The program is explained in the mailing and you can link to it on my website (click here). Similar programs have been underway in other communities for over 30 years. I strongly recommend that you attend one of the meetings to find out more. GDG Environment – the company that won the procurement, subject to a community vote, presently does a similar program in our area specifically for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus (we have about 40 different types of mosquitoes in this area). At the meetings GDG will provide details on programs they have implemented in other cities, including Gatineau.
Volunteers stuffed over 440 stockings and gift bags for families in Kanata, Stittsville and Carp today, filling a 28-foot truck.
It was all part of the Kanata Stocking Project 2015, and the stuffing took place at the old Target space at the Hazeldean Mall. Thanks to Tanya Hein for sending along the photos. Continue reading