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Volunteers needed for this year’s Stittsville Parade of Lights

(ABOVE: Faces all aglow at last year’s Parade of Lights. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Yes, Santa Claus is definitely coming to town and the Stittsville Village Association (SVA) is hoping to make his welcome the biggest and best ever. Stittsville’s Parade of Lights in the evening of Saturday, December 2 will start at 6:00 pm from the OCDSB property at Stittsville Main Street and Neil Avenue and will follow the traditional route down Stittsville Main Street to Carleton-Cathcart Street. Continue reading


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Nominations open for SVA volunteer of the year award

The SVA recognizes that our community wouldn’t be as amazing as it is without hundreds of volunteers lending their time and talent to a variety of programs each year. These unpaid heroes dedicate countless hours behind the scenes to create opportunities for fun, sport, culture, learning and more — and we all benefit from their generosity and giving spirit.

In appreciation for those who share themselves with the community, we are now accepting nominations for the second annual Stittsville Village Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award, which will recognize a local volunteer for his or her dedicated service to Stittsville. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Committee should have deferred Maple Grove decision

A shout out to CBC for continuing to focus on Stittsville development issues this week. Here’s an excerpt (in red) from an article by Laura Osman published today, along with my comments.  I’ve added some additional context based on my work with the Fairwinds Community Association.

Bottom line: If councillors and city staff really believe in the importance of public engagement, this case illustrates how far they still have to go to ensure transparency and trust in the development process.

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Residents not allowed to weigh in on big subdivision, councillor says
Councillors approve application to build 945 residential units on Maple Grove Road after decade of holdups
by Laura Osman, CBC Ottawa

A large new subdivision in Stittsville has been approved, despite the fact the last public consultation meeting happened more than a decade ago.

As far as I can tell, the last public consultation for this zoning bylaw amendment was in December 2004, when most of the area was still farmland.

The planning committee approved the rezoning for Richcraft to build 945 residential units on Maple Grove Road.

The last update we heard about the project was in December 2013, when a plan of subdivision was submitted for around 800 residential units.

The development has been in the works since early 2004 but was held up by an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board. Richcraft then filed an appeal against the city because it’s taken so long for the city to make a decision.

Coun. Shad Qadri asked the committee to hold off on the decision on behalf of the neighbouring Fairwinds community, which didn’t exist when the initial public consultations were done.

“The area now didn’t really have the opportunity to put their comments in,” Qadri said, adding that planning documents were also not posted online.

Qadri lost the vote seven to one.

Usually when there’s a zoning bylaw amendment in front of Planning Committee, it’s easy to search the city’s web site to find background documents like planning rationale, transportation plans, environmental studies, etc.  We couldn’t find anything on the city’s DevApp web site, or on the councillor’s web site, or even on alternate sources like ottwatch.ca.

The Fairwinds Community Association asked Councillor Qadri to put forward a motion to defer a decision on the file until next month’s planning committee, to at least give residents time to access and review the documents.

Planning committee chair Jan Harder said the public had the opportunity to be heard at Tuesday’s meeting.

The committee received two written statements responding to the report that was tabled last week.

They would have received more than two written statements if there was a more proactive effort to alert residents about it. I stumbled upon it last week when I was reading the agenda. I doubt that many of my neighbours make a routine of reading the weekly agenda updates!  Besides that, how can we provide proper comments without the full information to work from?

(I would have loved to attend today’s meeting, but work commitments kept me from taking the morning off work to trek downtown.)

If the committee held off on making a decision, the developer would simply withdraw the zoning application and go through the OMB instead, Harder said.

“And then we’ll have a made-in-Toronto decision that may not be that great,” said Coun. Rick Chiarreli.

Chiarelli didn’t want the decision to be made by the OMB because there’s no way to appeal it, he said.

The developer has been working toward this subdivision for 13 years, and the city should not be holding up the process any longer, he added, comparing the application to a criminal trial. Serious charges would be dismissed after such a long period without a decision, he said.

I don’t know how accurate this is.  If the threat of an OMB decision is so significant, why did the report from planning staff attached to the agenda not call this out as a potential legal risk?  The document refers to previous OMB hearings but it doesn’t explain the relevant background or approval timelines for this application.  After 13+ years, what’s the rush to get this zoning approval through?  Shovels can’t hit the ground until next year at the earliest.

The proposal includes townhomes, detached houses and low-rise apartment buildings. It also includes some commercial development along the south side of Maple Grove Road, which is currently entirely residential.

During the initial public meeting in 2004 the city received six responses, including concerns about the Carp River restoration project and the timing of the development.

Back in 2004, the Stittsville Village Association did submit comments about transportation impacts. Current president Tanya Hein says that they did receive advance notice of the meeting, but just barely: “By chance, I found out late yesterday that a paper notice dated October 13th was mailed to David Jenkins (a former SVA member). I think he was on record from the original application, before email was the standard means of circulation. That, in itself, might suggest a more modern public consultation is warranted.”

Part of the development is expected to be built on the former floodplain of the Carp River, which is currently under construction to alleviate flood concerns.

The development must still be approved by city council.

The Carp River restoration … commercial development on Hazeldean Road … residential development in Fairwinds and Fernbank … an evolving mass transit plan … pending departure of the Senators… These are just a few examples of major changes in our area since 2004, and reason enough in my view to treat this zoning application with more scrutiny.

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Another person who sent comments to councillors about the zoning bylaw amendment was Faith Blacquiere, a retired research librarian who reviews planning documents as a hobby.

She submitted nine pages of detailed technical notes to the committee, which are included below. She really gets down in the weeds of the planning process. I haven’t fact-checked the document, nor are all of her concerns necessarily within the scope of this zoning amendment. Still, I believe she’s identified enough inconsistencies and concerns with the published staff report to justify a deferral. Or at the very least, more scrutiny from on the Planning Committee today.


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COMMENT: Fix the Carp-Hazeldean intersection

(ABOVE: Photo via Wendy Wright / @wrightofwayCFRA)

Yet another collision at the intersection of Carp Road and Hazeldean Road, and residents are again calling for safety fixes at the intersection.

Is there any reason to believe the City will respond any differently this time?

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PHOTOS: Cinema under the stars

Saturday night’s Cinema Under the Stars event, hosted by the Stittsville Village Association, brought out over a hundred families to Village Square Park.  The event raised over $500 for the Stittsville Food Bank.  Photos by Barry Gray.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)

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NOTEBOOK: Jack Ketch update, Carp Rd landfill contaminated soil

THE JACK KETCH RESTAURANT PLANS AUGUST OPENING
John Curry
wrote a great overview of some of the historical buildings on Stittsville Main Street recently in the Stittsville News.  The piece starts with a brief history of the yellow house at 1536 Stittsville Main Street: “The two-storey building… was built in the 1890s as the home of Miss Rebecca Stitt, a dressmaker who worked at the Mann General Store in the village. It was passed on to her sister Elizabeth, who was a nurse. It was the home of Sterling and Grace Howie for 27 years until they sold it in 1992 for use as the hair salon for Precision Cut Hair Styling. It later served as a day care centre and is now being renovated to be a restaurant.”

The new restaurant will be known as The Jack Ketch, a 30-seat restaurant run by Kevin Conway and his partner Allison Pearce. Conway says they plan to open the restaurant sometime in August.  For some hints as to what’s in store, check out their a teaser web site, Facebook page and Instagram.

Trout with lentil ragout and mussels

A post shared by Jack (@jackketchfood) on

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WASTE MANGEMENT APPLIES TO PROCESS CONTAMINATED SOIL
Waste Management has filed paperwork with the Ontario Government to amend their Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA) so that they can process contaminated soil at their Carp Road landfill facility.

Here’s how minutes from a public liaison committee meeting describe the proposal: “application is to construct a soil treatment pad to treat hydro carbon impacted soils, these materials once they meet strict soil analysis would also be used on site for the same purposes as above and including cover material for the landfill/waste operation, none of this material would leave the site.”

Hydro carbon impacted soils include soil contaminated by petroleum products like oil and gas.  Waste Management’s application seeks permission to process and store up to 120,000 tonnes of contaminated soil per year, above and beyond any previously approved landfill capacity.

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RADAR GUN & DEER RUN
I jotted down a couple of quick notes at last night’s Stittsville Village Association meeting:  1) Councillor Shad Qadri says that part of this year’s $40,000 traffic calming budget for Stittsville Ward will go towards a radar gun. The gun will be available for community associations to borrow to measure traffic speed on neighbourhood streets.  (I wonder if baseball teams can borrow it to measure pitches too?)  2) Qadri also mentioned that construction of the new splash pad at Deer Run Park is progressing well and could be finished by mid-August.

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PEAK PARSNIP
We appear to be in peak Wild Parsnip season. The yellow weed is growing along pathways, fields and ditches all over our community. This is the third year that the City of Ottawa has been spraying herbicide in public areas.  If you’re wondering about what to look for, or how to safely get rid of the plant on your property, check out this article from our archives in 2015…

Wild Parsnip. Photo via the City of Ottawa.
Wild Parsnip. File photo via the City of Ottawa.

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CELEBRITY NEWS
If you were at NeXT restaurant on June 27, you might have spotted Michael J. Fox having dinner there with his family. He was in Ottawa to receive a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award at Rideau Hall the next day.


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Cinema Under the Stars at Village Square Park (July 22)

Bring a blanket and join the Stittsville Village Association on Saturday July 22 for CINEMA UNDER THE STARS at Village Square Park featuring the movie SING.

All Stittsville residents welcome. Popcorn and drinks will be available by donation with all funds raised donated to the Stittsville Food Bank. Continue reading


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PHOTOS: Stittsville’s Canada Day fireworks

Thanks to Adam Frank for sending along these pics of the fireworks last night in Stittsville, part of the Stittsville Village Association’s Canada Day event.   (Click on any photo for full size.)

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)

Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank. Canada Day 2017 fireworks. Photo by Adam Frank.


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PHOTOS: A belated Canada Day celebration in Stittsville

Fireworks capped off a great day of family fun at the Stittsville Village Association’s annual Canada Day event yesterday.  Hundreds of families turned out for a full day of activities, local music and fun. Photos by Barry Gray.


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Canada 150 celebrations continue on July 8 in Stittsville

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

Stittsville’s annual Canada Day event, originally scheduled for July 1, has been moved to Saturday, July 8 due to soggy field conditions and wet weather.

The full event is all set to go from 1:00pm-10:00pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.) The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association.

Highlights of the free family-friendly event include:

  • Free birthday cake and glow sticks
  • Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
  • HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
  • Food court featuring local food trucks
  • Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
  • Live local stage entertainment
  • Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)

For more information about the event, visit: www.stittsvilleva.com


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Stittsville’s Canada Day party is a family-friendly alternative to downtown

(PHOTO: Canada Day fireworks in Stittsville. Photo by B.R. Ravishankar.)

UPDATE: The event has been postponed until July 8 due to poor weather conditions. The grounds at Sacred Heart are extremely soggy and there is more rain and thunderstorms in the forecast for July 1.

This year’s Canada Day event in Stittsville will be a family-friendly alternative to the crowds downtown, complete with fireworks, local music, and lots of activities for kids.

The event is presented by the Stittsville Village Association, and runs from 1pm-10pm on the grounds of Sacred Heart High School (Abbott Road @ Shea Road, next to the Goulbourn Recreation Centre.)

Highlights of the free event include:

  • Free birthday cake and glow sticks
  • Family fun zone with games, inflatables & more
  • Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary petting zoo (3pm-6pm)
  • Horse-drawn wagon rides (4pm-7pm)
  • Bricks 4 Kidz (LEGO) (3pm-6pm)
  • HoneyDrop Body Art Facepainting (3pm-7pm)
  • Food court featuring local food trucks
  • Confederation themed photo booth courtesy of the Goulbourn Museum
  • Live local stage entertainment, including Vicki Brittle, David DaCosta, Jimmy Leroux, Dianne & Steve Lynch, Lisa Kopil, The L.A. Connection. Andrew Waines, Rob Sands & Hardcover
  • Sing along to O Canada with Lyndon Slewidge at 7:30pm
  • Fireworks at 9:45 pm sharp (presented by Mattamy Homes)

For more information about the event, visit: www.stittsvilleva.com


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PHOTOS: Arts in the Park at Village Square

The sky was overcast but spirits were bright on Sunday for the annual Arts in the Park event, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. Over 90 vendors participated this year in a vibrant display of art, music, food, books, gardening, theatre, history and lots more!

All photos by Barry Gray.


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NOTEBOOK: Food truck news; Dogs of Quitters; Snowmobile parking

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”

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PHOTOS: Parade of Lights electrifies Stittsville Main

Thousands flocked to Stittsville Main Street on Saturday night for the annual Parade of Lights, presented by the Stittsville Village Association. This year’s parade featured over 60 entries.  The weather was perfect, with snow on the ground but not too cold.

After the parade, Santa stuck around to help with the official tree lighting ceremony at Village Square Park, organized by the Stittsville Lions Club.  The Lions also walked the parade route collecting donations for the Stittsville Food Bank. There was even a marriage proposal by a firefighter during the parade!

All photos by Barry Gray. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Opportunity, momentum and passion for a revitalized Stittsville Main

About 45 people packed into Quitters on Monday night to take part in a panel discussion called Re-Inventing Stittsville Main.
I organized the event along with the Stittsville Village Association, the West Ottawa Board of Trade and Rick Tremblay from Quitters, with a goal of starting a conversation about the future of Stittsville Main. Continue reading


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PARADE OF LIGHTS: Cut-off for entries, call for volunteers

The countdown is on for Santa’s arrival in Stittsville!  This year’s Stittsville Village Association Parade of Lights takes place on November 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm on Stittsville Main Street.

  • FLOATS & PARTICIPANTS: Cut-off for entries is at noon this Wednesday, November 23. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
  • VOLUNTEERS: Organizers are still are looking for volunteers to stand at barricades along the route.This is a great volunteer opportunity for students, and it’s perfect for families too.  Volunteers stand at barricades along the parade route at each roadway, ready to move them in the unlikely event that emergency vehicles need to pass through. Contact Marilyn Jenkins at 613-836-5075 or email the Stittsville Village Association at stittsvillevillage@gmail.com if you can help out!

The SVA’s annual Parade of Lights is a community favourite, drawing thousands of spectators along the parade route. Each year, dozens of beautifully decorated community floats set the tone for Santa’s much anticipated arrival at the end of the parade. Merry makers are also encouraged to stay for the lighting of Village Square Park, and to share in some hot chocolate and cookies.

The parade will proceed south on Stittsville Main Street, from just south of Hazeldean Road to Carleton Cathcart Street.


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Hélène Rivest receives inaugural SVA Volunteer Award

(PHOTO: Hélène Rivest with the SVA award committee, Jennifer de Sa, Murilo Torres and Glen Gower. Photo courtesy of Councillor Shad Qadri’s office.)

(via Stittsville Village Association)

On Thursday night at the Stittsville Village Association’s AGM, the group said “thank you” to an incredibly deserving Stittsville volunteer, Hélène Rivest.

This year, the SVA launched a new volunteer award to recognize individuals who’ve made a positive impact in our community. Volunteers are a vital component to life in our community and they are often the unsung heroes who put in countless hours behind the scenes to make things happen.

Rivest is the inaugural recipient. Some of the organizations she has volunteered for include: The Goulbourn Museum, the Stittsville Food Bank, the Stittsville Village Association, the Goulbourn Township Historical Society, the Richmond Agricultural Society, the Rotary Club, the Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society, the Royal Canadian Legion, Ottawa Race Weekend and Big Sisters, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

One cause that may be the closest to her heart is the Kidney Foundation of Canada. She was able to donate her kidney to a complete stranger two years ago, and has continued raising money for the cause through local fundraising activities like the annual Kidney Walk here in Stittsville.

As part of her award, the SVA will be making a donation in her name to the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Congratulations and thank you Hélène!


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NOV 21: Re-Inventing Stittsville Main

“An event to bring together entrepreneurs, landowners, investors, and interested stakeholders from the community, to begin a conversation about the future of Stittsville Main.”
 
Presented by Stittsville Village Association (SVA), West Ottawa Board of Trade, Quitters Coffee, StittsvilleCentral.ca
Free admission, registration requiredClick here to register
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PDATE: Pre-registration is full! We will be webcasting this event, watch for the link coming soon.
 
Panelists:
– Rick Tremblay (Quitters)
– Alan Whitten (Huntington Properties)
– Sherry Beadle (City of Ottawa economic development office)
– David Nash (Mayor of Merrickville/Wolford)
 
 
Agenda:
7pm – registration + meet & greet
7.30pm – panel discussion
9:00pm – wrap
 
For more information please email stittsvillevillage@gmail.com
 

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