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LETTER: Stittsville needs some fenced-in dog parks

Re: NOTEBOOK: City moves a step closer to protecting part of Shea Woods

After moving to Stittsville from Nepean I was looking forward to the many trails and green space available for walking.  It was a surprise to learn that Stittsville has no “fenced-in” dog parks available.  Yes, there is an “unauthorized” off leash dog park according to Councillor Qadri’s office but being “unauthorized” means there are still folks that prefer having dogs on leashes and will state that fact if walking a dog in these unauthorized trails and they are right in stating this.

You can never be too careful when it comes to walking off leash.  I personally do not let my dog off leash unless he is in a safe area.  I now travel to Barrhaven or Carleton Place to visit fenced in parks.  Many people with dogs in Stittsville would love a fenced in park where they can socialize and let their pets run free.  Surely there must be an area such where this can become a reality with the help of the City and the Community, possibly off Westridge where there are a few possibilities.

Linda Baumgart
EDITOR’S NOTE: The unauthorized dog park that Councillor Qadri referred to is the Shea Woods, which is private property. Valecraft Homes is planning a fenced dog park as part of the Rathwell Landing neighbourhood in the south part of Stittsville. There are a few un-fenced off-leash dog parks in Stittsville (here’s a map).  See also our dog blog: “Time to include dog parks in community planning”.

(What do you think? We welcome letters to the editor on this or any local topic. Send your thoughts to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


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LETTER: Stittsville Lions launch this year’s fundraising campaign

At this time of year, the Stittsville District Lions Club conducts its Annual Fundraising Campaign, raising funds to help the less fortunate. The club supports various groups such as the Stittsville Food Bank, Salvation Army, Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice, local hospitals, children’s camps for blind, diabetic, cancer and patients on dialysis as well as local sports teams. We also support individuals such as post-secondary students with scholarships, people in need of basic utilities and those in need of glasses, special foot wear, expensive drugs and much more.

This year we are supporting a young Stittsville man that has been diagnosed with a rare, serious and painful eye disease. We need $25,000 to help him get the needed medical help in the United Kingdom. 100% of the funds raised go directly to the causes we support. The money we seek for this cause will go directly towards the treatment, travel and accommodations abroad. This is a considerable increase over previous year’s donations. Please help spread the word, we rely on the community to help us, help others.

For a minimum donation of $125, received before November 15, 2017, we will recognize your support with a personalized sign displayed at the Village Square Park at Abbott and Stittsville Main Street. The Lions Club also takes care of lighting this park over the Christmas season.

Any size donation is most appreciated.  An Income Tax Receipt will be provided upon request. For more information please contact me at darryl.metzger@edwardjones.com or 613-831-8028

Lion Darryl Metzger
Annual Fundraiser Committee Chair


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LETTER: “We thought it was an earthquake”

Re: NOTEBOOK: Mystery blasting could be from nearby quarry

I am a new resident with a house on Carp Road near Rothbourne. Two weeks ago, the house shook and we thought it was an earthquake. However it was too short and no after shocks.

Last Friday I noticed that the drains in the house were making strange noises. On the weekend, the kitchen sink would not empty so I went downstairs and it looked like the septic tank was backing up. Continue reading


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LETTER: Cyclists belong on the road, not sidewalks

Re: NOTEBOOK: New bike repair station at Village Square Park

Further to your article regarding bicycle infrastructure safety.  I was travelling south on Stittsville Main the other day and a teenager was riding his bike on the sidewalk going in the same direction facing the traffic on the opposite side of the road.

An SUV was exiting Bradley’s Insurance and I guess she wasn`t expecting a bike coming from her right while she was looking at traffic coming from her left. The bicyclist did a quick turn out onto the roadway to avoid being hit.

Every day you see people riding their bikes on the sidewalk which I believe is illegal. I can see young children riding on the sidewalk on Stittsville Main, but not adults.

Someone is going to get killed or very badly injured. Perhaps we can be pro-active in telling people to obey the rules rather than spending a lot to time following up on something that is preventable. As an elder bike rider, I’ll take my chances on the road. At least drivers know they can expect a cyclist on the road.

Bob Johnson, Stittsville


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LETTER: Why I moved from Stittsville to El Salvador

I’m 25 years old, and originally from Stittsville. Last year, I left my secure job as an officer in the Canadian Army to move to El Salvador as a missionary with Youth For Christ.

My entire family is military, and I joined part-time when I was only 16. I finished high school and transferred to full-time military, attending Royal Military College in Kingston. I thought that I would be in the military for my whole career, but in 2012 I had an opportunity to travel to El Salvador on a short-term missions trip with Youth For Christ Canada. Continue reading


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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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LETTER: Bless this bike!

(ABOVE: Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish, rides Murilo Torres’ Fatboy Harley Davidson.)

Since I was a kid my dream was this exact bike, a black Fatboy Harley Davidson.  I’m still new here, just three years in Stittsville, and since we moved from Brazil we have attended the Holy Spirit Parish Sunday Mass.

We fell in love with Stittsville, and it all started because of Luke Therrien from Stittsville Glass and Signs. He was the first “Canadian” I spoke to after we landed here in Canada and unpacked our belongings. We brought an old window frame from Brazil, a souvenir to make me and my family feel we are at home, but during the trip one of the panes of glass broke.  Luke fixed it.

Was a sunny Saturday day and he actually didn’t say welcome to Canada but he said “Welcome to Stittsville”. Since then our lives changed and we decided to move to Stittsville and be part of this amazing community. He helped us find a good house, helped us with our renovations, and all the help we needed about being new home owners in Canada, much different than in Brazil.

The Harley picture happened after my visit to Stittsville Glass and Sings to show Luke my new achievement. He told me he is a big Harley fan and he had his Harley stolen many years ago, and that I should take care and babysit mine.

So my best bet was to ask Father Joe his blessing and for “extra help” to protect me and my dream. I was not sure how he would react, but his reaction was the best ever.  He gave me a BIG smile and asked me to go for a ride him.  He is also a big Harley fan, and asked me for a picture with the Harley and to share this great moment with our community.

More people in our community need to know how much fun Father Joe is. He is an important character in Stittsville. This is just one small example!

Murilo Torres
Stittsville 

Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, Pastor at Holy Spirit Parish, rides a Harley.
Monsignor Joseph Muldoon, aka Father Joe.

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LETTER: Support my video entry for Heart to Hands dental hygienist award

I live in Stittsville and am currently a dental hygiene student at Algonquin College, graduating in June. I recently helped organized a campaign called Heart of the Matter provided a day of free dental hygiene care for 23 members of the community that cannot afford preventative oral health care. This campaign was an amazing and rewarding experience that shaped the type of dental hygienist I want to be in the future.

I submitted a video describing this event in hope to win an award aimed at other dental hygienists in North America and need votes in order to win.  You can watch the video here… Continue reading


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LETTER: Time to fix Terry Fox-Cope intersection

(Peter Vukovic and his family were on their way to church on Sunday morning, when they were involved in a serious collision at the intersection of Terry Fox Drive and Cope Drive near the Walmart. He posted this photo and open letter to Stittsville councillor Shad Qadri on Facebook. We’re republishing it with his permission. He says his family is shaken, but were not seriously injured. “Thankfully, my daughter asked my wife to sit in the back seat with her for some reason. And everyone was belted. Guardian Angels at work.”)

Councillor Shad Qadri I am begging you to please petition the city to make the intersection of Terry Fox and Cope Drive a fully controlled intersection.

After seeing many near misses and having a few of my own at that intersection over the years, my luck ran out this morning on the way to church. My whole family was transported to hospital by ambulance and the driver of the other car was transported as well.

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Your letters and feedback on OC Transpo’s service changes

At the start of this year, OC Transpo replaced express busses – and the premium express fare – with new “connexion” routes.  The connexion buses ferry passengers between suburbs like Stittsville and downtown bus stations, as part of a transition to light rail.  Here’s what we’re hearing from our readers about the changes.

Shirley Butler wrote to us about the pros and cons of the new system:

I have used the peak hour 261 route in both directions for the last ten years.  First, the positives:

1. Bus pass fares are uniform for all riders other than seniors.

2. Regular pass holders are now able to ride the more direct (old “express”) routes and are not forced to ride buses that take anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes longer than the regular routes.

3. Stittsville old “express” routes no longer stop at any stops between Tunney’s Pasture and Bayshore making the trip a few minutes faster.

The negatives:

1. Express buses between the hour of 6:45 and 7:25 are very full.  Most days by the time the bus gets to Canadian Tire Centre there is barely standing room.

2. Express buses between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. are very full.  The bus starts at Rideau and by the time it arrives at Kent there is standing room only – that is three stops away.

In the ten years that I have lived in Stittsville (and while rush hour express riders were paying a premium for a bus pass) only one additional trip to routes 261 and 263 was added to the route (in the morning and in the afternoon) in spite of the exponential growth that Stittsville has experienced during the last ten years.   I know that a number of trips were added to the 262 route.  That said, if OC Transpo were to change the timing of the 263 so that it hits Fairwinds at around 7:20 a.m. that would alleviate some of the congestion.  Additionally if there was a 263 trip that started at Rideau at 3:55 p.m. that would spread the 4:00 p.m Fairwinds/Stittsville crowd between the 261 and 263.  As well sending a short 261 at 4:00 p.m is most ludicrous.

All to say OC Transpo charges some of the highest fares when compared to other cities and provides less than adequate services to its users.  I have changed my evening commute to catch the 4:40 261 as it is not as full.  However it is not as convenient.  If that bus does not show up I have to wait for a full 40 minutes before another 261 shows up. 

Although these are not unsurmountable problems I see that OC Transpo will lose ridership, causing fares to go up and service standards to go down. Is anyone looking into the problems and is anything going to be done?

Yes, OC Transpo and Councillor Shad Qadri say they are listening following up on feedback.  “I just wanted to let you all know that I am fully aware of your concerns. I am working with OC Transpo and will get back to you with a follow up within the next two weeks,” Qadri posted to Facebook on January 16.

Meanwhile in Kanata North, OC Transpo officials and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson will be attending a public meeting on Thursday, February 2 to discuss concerns about bus service to that community.  (The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, 4101 Innovation Dr., in the Minto Room.)


What do you think of the new OC Transpo services changes? How can service be improved for Stittsville? Add a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


Not everybody sees the changes as a negative. Here’s a note we received from resident Linda Norton:

I take the 263 bus and in the morning see no change in the bus schedule or number of people taking the bus ( there are always too many people that have to stand for the entire trip downtown). With the removal of 4 stops on the downtown to Stittsville afternoon route the 263 has become a bus for those heading to Bayshore and west, not a bus for people who can take any bus for a short trip. This means that more Stittsville residents get a seat for the trip home. In my observation the changes to the 263 route are not material.

Positive comments were few and far between. Greg Stapledon’s review of the service was one of many we received in the same vein:

261 is atrocious. It’s a milk run in the morning and a cattle car in the evening. The last 2 days, the 4 PM bus left people at the bus stop after Lebreton. Before Christmas, there was rarely anyone getting on the bus after it left Stittsville in the morning. Now there are people getting on and off all along the route before Tunney’s. It’s added about 10 minutes to my normal commute. Coming home I have to walk up to an earlier stop just in hopes of getting a seat. Lately there seems to be an issue having a long bus on the 4pm run.


What do you think of the new OC Transpo services changes? How can service be improved for Stittsville? Add a comment below or email feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca


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LETTER: A little house on Hazeldean

(EDITOR’S NOTE: It was a year ago this week that I joined several community members at a Planning Committee meeting at Ottawa City Hall to oppose Richcraft’s proposal to move the Bradley-Craig barn to Munster. Unfortunately we were not successful, and now Richcraft has until January 2018 to complete the move.  Since last January, I’ve heard from a lot of people with stories, memories and questions about the farm. Here’s an interesting story about the tiny house that’s on the west side of the barn.  I’m sharing this letter anonymously at the request of the writer, out of respect for her family’s privacy. -GG.)

I love that you invited photographers to the BradleyCraig property to take pictures of the barn and farmhouse. The pictures are beautiful. I hate the idea of the barn moving away, and of the little house likely being torn down (I can’t see them moving it). It is outrageous that developers get way with so much. Just so that they can build other bunch of cookie-cutter houses, no doubt.

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LETTER: Snowmobilers need to stay off my lawn

Earlier this winter I was sitting in my home office which looks North onto West Ridge Drive. I heard a snowmobile so glanced out the window to see the snowmobile (heading south) go through West Ridge Park and then cut across my lawn (as I live on the corner).

As I looked out the window to try to identify the snowmobile (plates) I saw a police car driving North on West Ridge.  So the police passed the snowmobile as the snowmobile was driving on my lawn.

The incidents of snowmobiles driving on our lawn was much greater when we moved in in 2014 but has seemed to drop.  This was the first incident this year.  Hopefully there isn’t another as I have a young son who often plays in the front yard.

Brad Waterman
West Ridge


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LETTERS: Todd and Sandra Brown make Stittsville a caring community

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, Todd and Sandra Brown (pictured above) from Brown’s Independent won a Celebration of People award, recognizing their work to promote accessibility, inclusion and full community participation by citizens with disabilities. They’ve hired individuals with disabilities to work at the grocery store and provided co-op placements to high school students with physical and development disabilities. We’ve received several congratulatory letters from the community. Here’s a sample.

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LETTER: Gazebo funding isn’t a conflict of interest

Re: How the City is paying for a gazebo at Village Square Park

Your recent article reports on a new $105,000 gazebo for Village Square Park. Part of the funding for the gazebo ($30,000) is coming from Waste Management through a Community Initiatives Fund (CIF). At the same time Waste Management is negotiations with the City to develop a new Host Municipality Agreement for the new landfill at their Carp Road facility. Continue reading


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LETTER: The Tragically Hip have a really special place in my heart

(Leslie McKay is a longtime Stittsville resident and shared this story about her family’s connection with The Tragically Hip.)

"A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn't think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs," writes Lesley McKay.
“A photo of my Dad (Bill McKay) from June 1992 while he was at the Toronto General Hospital awaiting his transplant. He looks so healthy, you wouldn’t think of what was ahead of him on February 16, 1993 when he finally received his lungs,” writes Lesley McKay.

 

When my Dad was awaiting his double-lung transplant in Toronto (waited 18 months 1991-93) he lived with Gord Downie’s wife Laura’s parents Nancy and Barry Usher in Toronto. Nancy is a Bradley (daughter of Muriel & Grant Bradley) from here in Stittsville and was a nurse.

Just thought you might like to know that The Tragically Hip wrote two songs in 1993/94 on their Day for Night album for my father. They wrote Inevitability of Death and Greasy Jungle for him. IofD was written for when he received his lungs from Terry and when he passed away from his double-lung transplant, hence the ending of the song. GJ was written after they attended his wake and funeral in 1993 at Tubman’s Funeral Home (my cousins by the way) and coming to our house.

At the time, my sister was on the gymnastics team at Queen’s – lyrics “soulful gymnast above the snow” in our backyard. They also made a really special t-shirt for Dad which I have and the notes they wrote when he received his lungs.

While in hospital, the guys would come to visit Dad, and we could always tell when they were there. The nurses and doctors came from all over the hospital to see them to get pics and autographs. Dad loved these guys so much. He went to Gord and Laura’s wedding and they took him to concerts with them on the tour bus and everything. He had a great time with them all. But Gord was like the son he never had.

Doing this tour just shows the true ‘Courage’ he has and how much he loves Canada and the devoted fans who have followed them all in their adventures in life throughout the years.

We have lots of good memories of how well Dad was treated by all of the band members and it is so sad what is happening to Gord and I can only pray for a peaceful journey for him.

This is a bittersweet time for me, as my Mom passed away in 2009 from the same brain tumour that Gord has and she also had surgery.

Leslie McKay
Stittsville


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LETTER: Our trip to Poland for World Youth Day

(PHOTO: A massive crowd of people attend World Youth Day in Karkow, Poland.)

The end of July this year saw with it the ending of what is called “World Youth Day”, a chance for Catholic youth from across the world to make a pilgrimage with Pope Francis. This year, millions of young people came from over 185 different countries and from six continents to meet in Krakow, Poland. I had the opportunity to attend with my sister Maire. We both live here in Stittsville. Continue reading


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LETTER: Marijuana dispensary owner responds to councillor’s comments

(ABOVE: Franco Vigile, owner of the Magna Terra marijuana dispensary on Iber Road, is holding an open house on August 2 and 3.)

Re: Marijuana dispensary too close to schools, says Qadri

It’s really unfortunate to see certain attempts made to install fear into the community after all of the efforts I have made to ensure this facility will be ran safely and responsibly with full regard for the surrounding communities. I would like to make a couple clarifications to Councillor Qadri’s comments. Continue reading


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LETTER: Community should have had more notice about construction

PHOTO: Construction begins at Porter Place, June 2016.

Re: Sign’s up at Porter Place

The community is not amused by the description of Patten Homes’ Porter Place “Closer to nature, closer to the right pace of life. Porter Place promises inspired family-friendly living in a new community knitted into an established neighbourhood you will be proud to call ‘home’.”

The residents adjacent to the newly named Porter Place were not impressed by lack of communication from the City or the Developer as heavy equipment rolled on site the past week.

Residents were not given any previous notice (as required by the City of Ottawa Plan of Subdivision Conditions) even though the developer claims to have sent it weeks ago. Notification came to the SouthWest Stittsville Community Association from the Developer late on the afternoon of June 21 to advise the community that heavy equipment would be onsite starting June 27. Environmental protection measures would be put in place which would include Silt and Snow fencing along the Urban Natural Feature (UNF) beginning as early as June 22.

Regretfully once again the City and Developer have not taken the existing residents into consideration or shown any neighbourly courtesy with proper notice, nor have they held the Wildlife Protocol (which City of Ottawa Planner Mike Schmidt calls best practises and therefore not enforceable) to any standard. The property and adjacent UNF are currently hosting nesting birds, ducks, geese as well as ponding frogs and turtles during their reproduction season.

We can only assume, as a timeline has not been communicated, that this is the beginning of the site preparation and we can expect nothing less than aggregate dumping for the next couple of months. Residents should plan accordingly (whatever that means) and report any upset or displeasure to Mike Schmidt, Planner, City of Ottawa Mike.schmidt@ottawa.ca

Jillian McKim
Stittsville


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