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LINKED: Plan now for vacant Canadian Tire Centre, city urges Sens

From Laura Osman / CBC News:

Mayor Jim Watson says he doesn’t want to repeat the mistake other cities have made by leaving Ottawa’s NHL arena vacant when the team moves into a new downtown rink.

Watson, who’s preparing to take a seat at the negotiating table to hash out details of the LeBreton Flats redevelopment, said Tuesday the future of the Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) in Kanata must be considered before the Senators move to a new arena.

The worst case scenario, according to Watson?

“That it remains vacant and empty and no activity happens there for years and years.”

In September Senators president Tom Anselmi said the organization hadn’t settled on a plan for the CTC after the team moves out. Watson said Tuesday as far as he knows, there still isn’t one.

“My concern is that [the Senators] would move ahead with LeBreton and tie up that land, that very important piece of property for the west end, tie it up for years by doing nothing with it.” – Kanata North Councillor Allan Hubley

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PHOTOS & UPDATE: The Bradley-Craig Farm, October 2017

Thank you to Mandy Hambly for sharing these beautiful photos of the Bradley-Craig Farm on Hazeldean Road. The sunset photos were taken on October 26, and the photo of the barn reflected in water is from earlier in the month.

Sunset over the Bradley Craig Farm, October 26. Photo by Mandy Hambly.
Sunset over the Bradley Craig Farm, October 26. Photo by Mandy Hambly.

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UPDATE: Mayor wants a say on future of Canadian Tire Centre

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says he wants to work with the Ottawa Senators to ensure that Stittsville and Kanata aren’t forgotten if the hockey team ends up moving to Lebreton Flats.

“I am also very mindful of the potential economic loss to Stittsville, Kanata and the West End of our City should the Canadian Tire Centre be relocated. I will work with the Ottawa Senators organization, West end councillors, businesses and residents to ensure that appropriate options are being developed to help make up for the loss of the arena,” he wrote in a letter last week to city council. Continue reading


Tysen Lefebvre receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

(via City of Ottawa)

Mayor Jim Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Tysen Lefebvre at today’s City Council meeting. The 15-year-old youth was recognized for his tireless and enthusiastic work to raise funds for Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario to make big wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses. Continue reading


Stittsville community members share breakfast with the mayor

Community members who met with the mayor and councillor included Rosemary Brummell, Kyle Vezzaro, Tim Sheehan, Cathy Bureau, Kathleen Edwards, Tanya Hein, Cathy Skinner, Kevin Chappell, and Sabrina Kemp.
Community members who met with the mayor and councillor included (left to right) Rosemary Brummell, Kyle Vezzaro, Tim Sheehan, Cathy Bureau, Kathleen Edwards, Tanya Hein, Cathy Skinner, Kevin Chappell, and Sabrina Kemp.


On Thursday, December 3, community leaders from Stittsville were invited to have breakfast meeting with Councillor Shad Qadri and Mayor Jim Watson. The meeting, which was held in the Mayor’s Boardroom in the Heritage Building at City Hall, was part of an effort to encourage open communication between the community, the Mayor’s office and the Councillor’s office.

Mayor Watson, Councillor Qadri, and nine Stittsville community leaders were there, representing a variety of community groups including the Stittsville Minor Hockey Association, the Stittsville Scouts, the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville, the Goulburn Skating Club and the Stittville Village Association. Mayor Watson provided updates on a number of city-wide initiatives such as the LRT, the proposed budget for 2016 and Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday. Continue reading


Rideau-Goulbourn community leaders prep for breakfast meeting with the mayor

From the Richmond Village Association web site:

Mayor Jim Watson has invited our RVA President, Tino Bevacqua, as well as other community leaders in the Rideau-Goulbourn Ward to join him and Councillor Scott Moffatt for breakfast on Nov. 30th.  The purpose of the meeting is to open communication between the Mayor and community leaders.  Our President plans to raise two broad topics with the Mayor, the coming 2018 celebrations and Richmond’s need for Community space.  Are there other topics that should be considered in the context of this breakfast meeting?”

You can share your topic ideas here.


Stittsville’s Paul Meek inducted into Order of Ottawa

(Photo: Paul Meek holds up a bottle of Harvey & Vern’s root beer at Quitters Coffee, November 2014. Photo by Barry Gray.)

The first thing to go through Paul Meek’s head when he got a call telling him he was receiving the Order of Ottawa: “There’s no way, I’m not worthy.”

Meekis the president and co-owner of Kichesippi Beer Co., and Harvey & Vern’s, and lives in Granite Ridge.  He’s one of 14 people to be inducted into the Order of Ottawa by Mayor Jim Watson, at a ceremony this evening at City Hall.

“It’s incredibly humbling. I don’t mind telling you there’s time I think”, ‘how did i make that list’,” he told StittsvilleCentral.ca

“We’re very passionate with our business in helping out our city however we can.  It is easly the most humlbling thing I’ve ever gotten a call on… The biggest compliment-  is that people have said it’s well deserved. I’m apprecaitive for that,” he said.

“Stittville’s been a very good community for us and Ottawa’s has been a great city since we moved here 13 years ago.”


Kichesippi is one of Ottawa’s fastest growing craft breweries, established in 2009. He focused the company on a commitment to Ottawa’s history and heritage,  using locally sourced ingredients, brewing completely in Ottawa, and sponsoring many local recreational sports teams, tournaments, festivals and community events. The company donates 50 cents for every growler of beer sold to Juvenile Diabetes research, in support of Mr. Meek’s son Alex.

He has partnered with the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce to promote business education for new start-up companies and entrepreneurs. As a member of the Beer Canada Lobby group, he endeavours to ensure a strong voice for small-scale brewmasters. He continues to demonstrate extraordinary community commitment in every aspect of his professional and personal life.


This year’s recipients  include an eclectic list of residents including Ben Babelowsky, Ron Burke, Guy Cousineau, Bill Malhotra, Vera Mitchell, Wendy Muckle, Bryan Murray, Alicia S. Natividad, Marion Rattray, The Honourable Allan Rock, Ernest G. Tannis, Simone Thibault, Ewart Walters and Gary Zed.

“I am honoured to award the 2015 Order of Ottawa to these remarkable individuals in recognition of their outstanding contributions to our city,” said Mayor Watson. “They have not only made Ottawa a better place to live, work and raise a family, they have shown us how one person’s actions can make a difference in the lives of others within our community.”

The civic award recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life, including arts and culture, business, community service, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, medicine, sports and entertainment, or other fields of endeavour that benefit the residents of Ottawa.

Recipients of the Order of Ottawa were chosen by a Selection Committee comprised of the Mayor, City Clerk and Solicitor, Chief of Police, Chief of Protocol, City Archivist and the Chief Executive Officer, Library Services.

For more information regarding the Order of Ottawa and the full biographies of the recipients, visit ottawa.ca.


Jackson Trails resident Omar Sultan receives Mayor’s City Builder Award

(Photo: Omar Sultan (middle) receives the Mayor’s City Builder Award from Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Shad Qadri. Photo and text via the City of Ottawa.)

Mayor Jim Watson and Stittsville Ward Councillor Shad Qadri presented a Mayor’s City Builder Award to Omar Sultan at today’s City Council meeting, recognizing his continued leadership and dedication to his community. Continue reading


Mayor Jim Watson and retired major general Lew MacKenzie help launch go kart event

(Press release from the Capital Karting Grand Prix.)

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and City of Ottawa Sports Commissioner & Innis Ward Councillor Jody Mitic joined Mr. Enrico Valente and Mr. Lew MacKenzie, (Major General Retired) Member of the event’s Advisory Board, in announcing the official launch of the Capital Karting Grand Prix (CKGP) to be held on July 25 & 26, 2015, at KARTERS KORNER in Ottawa.

“I want to congratulate the competitors and organizers, in addition to the sponsors and volunteers for dedicating efforts, expertise and resources to the successful staging of this premier motorsports gathering,” said Mayor Watson. “I’m very much looking forward to seeing some of the Karting community’s best racers come to Ottawa.”

Organized by PODIUM Special Events Management Inc. the CKGP has very enthusiastic strategic partners including the National Capital Kart Club, the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Tourism and KARTERS KORNER, as well as a number of generous sponsors such as Scotiabank, Krown, Decisive and Access Rigging.

“Organizing this motorsports festival weekend has been an amazing thrill and a privilege” stated Mr. Valente. “The National Capital Region has a very dynamic motorsports community. This race weekend will become a major annual event and, more importantly, it is free to the public and a great time for the entire family!”

Aside from some exciting Kart Racing involving competitive racers from Ontario, Quebec and the USA, this event also has a large charitable component – The MAYOR’s CUP of WISHES – that engages and involves the corporate community to have some fun with Karting and raise significant dollars for select charities that include: Children’s Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the HERA Mission, Ottawa Senators Foundation, Roger’s House and SOLDIER ON.

“The MAYOR’s CUP of WISHES will support outstanding charities in our community” said Mr. Mitic. “I encourage local corporate, companies and clubs to enter a challenge team to help raise vital funds for these exceptional charity partners”.

For more information and to register, visit www.CapitalKarting.com. Make sure July 25 & 26, 2015 are on your calendar; plan to be at the CAPITAL KARTING GRAND PRIX & MAYOR’s CUP of WISHES in Ottawa!