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PROJECT OF A LIFETIME: Interior designer revamps a Canadian icebreaker

(PHOTO: Tania Kratt boards the Canada C3 icebreaker.)

Tania Kratt has a long commute. Fortunately, her roughly 340 km travel between her home in Stittsville and office in Burlington, Vermont, only happens twice a month.

Kratt works as an interior designer and originally lived in Vermont until about five years ago, when her family moved to Stittsville for her husband’s work. It was supposed to be for a few years, but is stretching longer than intended.

She splits her time between projects in the Vermont and Ottawa areas but recently took on one of the most unique projects of her career – redesigning the interior of the Canada C3 icebreaker ship in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. Continue reading


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Atkinson interviewed stars from Sinatra to Elvis

(PHOTO: Long-time broadcaster Gord Atkinson at his home in Stittsville. Photo by Zach Mulder.)

EACH STEP THAT GORD ATKINSON TAKES  is slowly and carefully placed on the carpeted stairs that lead to his basement. His left hand clutches his black cane as the right grasps the banister that guides him. The trip takes longer than it used to, but when he reaches the bottom, Atkinson’s eyes light up, taking in the wall of pictures and accolades from his time in radio. The sight fills him with memories of a time now past when he used to work among the stars of show business.

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Hip hop pioneer to receive Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General

UPDATE: Here’s a photo of Leafloor receiving the award on Friday.

Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor receives the Meritorious Service Cross at Rideau Hall in Ottawa from Governor General David Johnston.
Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor receives the Meritorious Service Cross at Rideau Hall in Ottawa from Governor General David Johnston.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Stittsville’s Steve “Buddha” Leafloor was one of the first people we profiled on StittsvilleCentral.ca when we launched the site in 2014.  This week, he’ll receive a Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General David Johnson at a ceremony at Rideau Hall. Here’s more about his achievements from a press release from his organization, BlueprintForLife.ca: Continue reading


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55-year-old b-boy represents Stittsville at hip hop festival

He doesn’t fit the usual hip hop stereotypes. He’s 55 years old, has a head of thinning grey hair, and he lives on a quiet cul-de-sac in Stittsville.

Steve “Buddha” Leafloor is a Canadian hip hop pioneer and a social worker who’s  worked with troubled teens in the arctic and in maximum security prisons. This weekend he’s taking part in the House of PainT festival in Ottawa, a three-day event celebrating art, music, dance and fashion.

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