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BATTLE BUDDIES: How Stittsville fundraising is helping veterans with PTSD

(PHOTO: Shawna Church Roy with her second service dog, Loki.)

SHAWNA CHURCH ROY WAS WALKING BACK FROM SOME ERRANDS WHEN SHE SAW IT: flames shooting out the roof of her family’s house.

She dropped her bags and ran up to the driveway. That’s when her biggest fear was confirmed – her kids were still inside, screaming for help. The doors were locked and the windows too hot to touch. As the tower of smoke rose into the air and the screams became louder, Roy realized she was completely powerless to save them. Continue reading


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UPDATE: No commemorative street names in this round

(PHOTO: Warner-Colpitts Lane is named after Sterling Warner and Ian Colpitts, two Stittsville volunteers who were instrumental in building the Johnny Leroux Arena.)

Councillor Shad Qadri provided an update on the process to rename five Stittsville streets, and has confirmed that “street names acknowledging meritorious members of the community” won’t make the shortlist.  Instead, they’ll be reserved for use in future neighbourhoods. Continue reading


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COMMENT: New street names should honour community leaders

(PHOTO: Warner-Colpitts Lane is named after Sterling Warner and Ian Colpitts, two Stittsville volunteers who were instrumental in building the Johnny Leroux Arena. We should recognize more of our community leaders – past and present – with commemorative street names.)

You have just under two weeks to submit your street name ideas to the City of Ottawa. Back in June, city staff gave residents an extended deadline of August 12 to send in their suggestions for five local streets. That was after staff received a lot of negative input about the original suggestions.

The city was right to re-open the suggestion process. Stittsville ended up with un-inspiring names like “Foilage”, “Plaintain” and “Boxty” (the Irish Pancake) in the first round. Continue reading


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Here’s what’s planned for Stittsville’s Remembrance Day ceremony

(Above: The Colour Party leads veterans and other participants down Stittsville Main Street on November 11, 2014. Photo by Barry Gray.)

This year’s Remembrance Day activities in Stittsville will begin at 1:30pm on November 11, when the Arnprior Pipe Band will lead a parade from the parking lot of the Legion building, marching to the Cenotaph in front of Johnny Leroux Community Arena.

The official ceremony begins at 2:00pm at the Cenotaph. This year’s ceremony will include a choir of 125 children, the largest ever for a Stittsville Remembrance Day. This year’s Silver Cross Parents are Claire & Richard Leger. Their son Marc was one of the first Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

It’s a long-standing tradition that participants head back to the Legion on Stittsville Mainstreet afterwards for fellowship and rereshments.

You can see photos from last year’s ceremony here…


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