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Family establishes memorial page for Samuel Evie Marincak

The family of Sacred Heart student Samuel Evie Marincak has set up a memorial Facebook page to pay tribute to the teen, who died last week.  The page can be found at facebook.com/SamEvieMarincak/

“In memory of Samuel Evie Dimitri Marincak who passed away. We welcome the community to post their stories and happy memories. Either name or pronoun is accepted here as they were a genderfluid individual who went by all,” wrote Marincak’s sister Paige on the site. Continue reading


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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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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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Teens, young adults and bush parties a bad mix, say police

(Photo: Maybe or maybe not the leftovers of a bush party, near Abbott Street.)

(Article via Crime Prevention Ottawa)

Every Friday afternoon when high schools let out in Ottawa’s neighbourhoods, some teens head straight for a “Tequila Sunrise.” It’s slang for the bush parties teens attend to kick off the weekend. Many young adults attend these parties too. With warmer weather upon us, we’re in prime season for these off-the-beaten-track get togethers.

They take place in parks, trails, forests, private lands and green spaces throughout the city and our rural areas. What may seem like harmless “teens being teens” to some parents comes with a range of risks. Here’s what you should know. Continue reading


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LETTER: How a “Huffing And Puffing” program will benefit seniors

ABOVE: Roger Morris wants to use a successful recreation program from London, Ontario as a model for a similar initiative in Ottawa.

Until moving to Stittsville, last summer, I was an active member of the Huff n’ Puff Seniors Fitness Association, of London, Ontario. This umbrella organisation provides both social and physical activities for seniors, while using the city’s facilities, during the low peak facility hours. Their programs run mainly Monday through Thursday and provide a vast array of activities for seniors.

My plan is to bring the London format of Huff’n’Puff to Ottawa in the name of Huffing And Puffing Ottawa (HAPO) Seniors Fitness Association. Continue reading


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Dedicated youth make a big difference at Stittsville Food Bank

(Photo: Stittsville Food Bank volunteers front row L-R: Kayla Robinson, Connor Meek, Caroline Frost, Shaheen Aziz, Gillian Smith, Back Row, L-R: Theresa Qadri (Chair), Adam McCaw, Quentin Pickett. Photo by Barry Gray.)

On a drizzly Sunday morning, when many teens are still asleep, there is a small group of volunteers already in full sort and organization mode at the Stittsville Food Bank. Every second weekend, a group of youth ranging from 13-20 years old come here to help—to make a difference in our community.

The Youth Volunteer Opportunity at the Stittsville Food Bank allows students to earn community hours through volunteering. The experience in the food bank provides hands-on education that can be put into action immediately. With various duties including sorting, organizing, planting vegetables and cleaning the youth can gain an invaluable, first-hand understanding of the realities of those in need and how they relate to our community.

Food Bank Sunday morning volunteers. Photo by Barry Gray.
Food Bank Sunday morning volunteers. Photo by Barry Gray.

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RESPONSE: Accusations of vandalism unfair to teens

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column comes from Connor Boudreau,  a Grade 12 student at Sacred Heart High School.  We invited him to submit it in  response to an article published last week, ‘Bored teenagers’ excuse is getting tired’

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One thing that I particularly like about Stittsville is the scenery. Whether it be the glorious water tower or the many serene parks, there is little doubt in my mind that Stittsville is one of the best places to live. I consider myself fortunate to live in Stittsville. The schools are first rate and my working relationship with my peers have often evolved into enduring friendships.

With that being said, I have noticed that teenagers have been blamed, sometimes rightly, for a recent increase in vandalism in the Stittsville area. Continue reading


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Ottawa Police are enforcing youth curfew

UPDATE (Sept 21): Thanks to several of our readers for the heads up about the applicable age. Sgt. Maria Keen of the Ottawa Police Youth Services Section clarifies: “The Child and family services act is under 16 years of age. Under this act, no parent of a child less than 16 years of age shall permit the child to loiter in a public place between midnight and 6 a.m. Therefore officers will use this as one of their enforcement tools in order to encourage more parental responsibility. Officers have been directed to issue warnings and charges to parents who breach this section of the act. It is punishable by up to a $1,000 fine.” Continue reading


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COMMENT: ‘Bored teenagers’ excuse is getting tired

EDITOR’S NOTE: Vulgar language spraypainted on a church, car break-ins, damage to a heritage home, overturned mailboxes, destruction of a trail cam, benches knocked over along Stittsville Main Street, stolen lawn ornaments… there’s a long list of recent acts of vandalism, minor thefts and property crimes in our community. Sometime overnight from Saturday to Sunday, someone smashed the window at Gaia Java (above). They didn’t break in or take anything, they just broke the window. Continue reading


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Splash pads, skateboards top resident suggestions for park upgrades

(PHOTO: John Hughes wants to see an upgrade or an entirely new skatepark in Stittsville. And sooner rather than later. Photo by Jordan Mady.)

Last month, councillor Shad Qadri asked residents to send in their suggestions for park improvements and amenities in Stittsville.  City council has earmarked $2-million per year across the city to upgrade parks and recreation facilities over the next four years. Continue reading


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Quarry parties a balancing act for owners and police

(Above: Photo by Jordan Mady.)

QUARRY PARTIES USUALLY START OFF WITH A TEXT.  “Let’s hit the quarry tonight”. Young people – usually students of high school or university age – then get together at one of the local quarries or sandpits, jump into the water basins and maybe even crack a cold one or two.

Sometimes under-age, they’re technically trespassing on industrial properties owned by Thomas Cavanagh Construction or R.W. Tomlinson.

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Stittsville skateboard park doesn’t do the trick, says local dad (with video)

(ABOVE: Stittsville dad John Hughes wants to see an upgrade or an entirely new skatepark in Stittsville. And sooner rather than later. Photo by Jordan Mady.)

John Hughes, 47, looked around at the skateboard park next to the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (GRC) as three young girls used one of its drop-in ramps as a slide.

There wasn’t a skateboarder in sight. Hughes said his kids, 13 and 10, don’t use the park, either. 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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