New medical lab opens on Stittsville Main

Rapid population growth and a large senior population convinced Dynacare to open a new medical lab on Stittsville Main Street.

The new location at 1609 Stittsville Main Street (next to Greco)  opened Monday, with a staff of three.

Manager Linda Poulin tells the clinic hired local people to staff it and plans to expand the operation as it acquires more patients. She says it currently only offers bloodwork and sample testing. Continue reading


Proposed pipeline project would include 20 megawatt pumping station

Hydro One and Hydro Ottawa are planning extensive infrastructure upgrades to support the power requirements of the proposed Energy East pipeline, including 20 megawatts for a pumping station near Richmond.

“Initial plans to service this customer will require extensive infrastructure upgrades due to the proposed remote location of their station and the size of the load they require,” said Dan Seguin, a spokesperson with Hydro Ottawa.

He said it was too early to say how much those upgrades would cost, or who would pay for them. Continue reading


Fire department responds to gas leak at Canadian Tire Centre

A natural gas leak at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday morning delayed the start of a Disney On Ice show.

Ottawa Fire say they responded to a call at 8:17am about an odour at the arena, and treated it as a hazardous materials cal: “Upon arrival, fire fighters were unable to locate the source or determine the substance and called for a HazMat response. Crews remain on scene trying to determine the cause. No injuries have been reported.” Continue reading


BACKFLOW TO THE FUTURE: City proposes prevention program

(press release)

The City of Ottawa is holding public consultations about the proposed Backflow Prevention Program, which will require businesses, institutions and multi-residential buildings to install and maintain backflow prevention devices.

These devices will help prevent backflow incidents that can occur when low water pressure causes contaminants to flow from buildings into the drinking water system. Backflow is a potential source of drinking water contamination and poses a risk to public health.

Consultations will take place on:

  • Wednesday, March 2 from 8 to 10 a.m., Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Ellwood Hall, 1265 Walkley Road
  • Tuesday, March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m., Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre, Kiwanis Hall, 300 Pères-Blancs Avenue
  • Thursday, March 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., Ben Franklin Place, Chamber Hall, 101 Centrepointe Drive

Anyone interested in attending a consultation is asked to RSVP to

An online survey will be available on from March 2 to 31. Information gathered during the consultations and from the survey will assist City staff in developing a report to Council. Implementation of the program is planned for January 1, 2017.

Receive more information about Backflow Prevention Program at or by email


COLA: Put the “public” back in landfill Public Liaison Committee

As one of the conditions for operating the expanded Carp Road Landfill, Waste Management had to establish a Public Liaison Committee (PLC) to “provide a forum for public concerns to be raised and for mitigation measures to be discussed where appropriate”.

We’re beginning to find out how inadequately the PLC is meeting those goals.

The PLC was established in 2014 and had its first meeting in June that year. It has 12 voting members, including two members from Waste Management, five City of Ottawa councillors from neighbouring wards, three residents and two members of the local business community.

Here are some of our concerns about the committee:

  1. Public” Liaison Committee meetings are closed to the public!
    COLA asked if a representative could sit in on future PLC meetings as an observer. Councillor El-Chantiry, the PLC’s chair, responded that meetings are not open to the public. Under the terms of reference, PLC members who speak to the communitymust ensure their views reflect the consensus of the PLC. We were told that we can’t attend, because we might hear dissenting views around the table. Contrast that to Waste Management’s Twin Creeks landfill in Southwestern Ontario: PLC meetings there are completely open to the public. Anyone can request to make verbal presentations of up to 15 minutes. Only confidential matters are dealt with in-camera.
  2. The PLC’s terms of reference muzzle city councillors.
    The terms of reference state: “Members who speak to the community must ensure that the views and information shared are that which reflects the consensus view of the PLC.” Effectively, that means that councillors can’t freely express a point of view that contradicts the consensus of the PLC, whatever that may be. We think that councillors should be free to speak their mind on ALL matters relating to the landfill.
  3. The criteria for PLC public members is unclear
    The resident and business members of the PLC were selected in 2014 by local councillors after a rather poorly advertised application process. Details of the selection and biographies of the selected candidates have never been made available to the public they represent. The terms of reference don’t define criteria for selecting members, nor are there any guidelines for how long they can serve for.
  4. The PLC web site is inadequate.
    The PLC is required to have a website providing email contact information, functionality to receive and reply to comments from the public, and publish notices of meetings and minutes. What’s there now is a bare bones web page that fails to address most of these requirements. There is no email posted to contact the PLC, there are no bios of the members, no dates for upcoming meetings, and minutes are often not published until months after a meeting has occurred. (You can visit the web page here:

COLA (Coalition for Landfill Accountability) represents eleven local community associations, with a mandate to educate people on the landfill and encourage public engagement in the development process. As well, COLA wants to ensure that all commitments made during the approval process are carried out.

COLA believes that the PLC must:

  • open meetings to the public
  • ensure greater transparency and communications
  • clarify terms of reference around the selection of public members
  • update its terms of reference to allow all members – especially councillors – to speak freely on all issues relating to the Carp Road Landfill


Tanya Hein is president of the Stittsville Village Association, one of the members groups of COLA.)


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Stittsville’s Station 81 gets a new firetruck

You could say that the firefighters at Stittsville’s Station 81 are pumped after the delivery of an updated firetruck.

The 2013 KME Kovatch Rescue Pump (pictured above at the station) officially went into service on Friday, replacing a 2002 pumper currently in service.  It was previously in use at Station 46 on Iber Road.

“KME’s are state of the art and have the highest level of technology and safety features including airbags throughout the cab, disc brakes which increase stopping power and reduce brake fade, stability and low centre of gravity tilt tested, LED lighting, pro 2000 foam injection system and customized equipment mounting throughout just to name a few,” says Todd Horricks, Sector Chief with Ottawa Fire Services.

“This truck is designed and built with firefighter safety and increased efficiency in mind. Our 2013 KME is a welcome addition to our fleet here at station 81 and I have every confidence that it will serve the community in the highest of standards for many years to come,” he says.


  • 2013 KME Kovatch, Rescue Pump.
  • Cummins ISX 12, 400 hp Engine.
  • Hale Qmax 1500gpm Pump.
  • 600 Gallon Poly Tank/20 Gallon Foam Cell.




Update on ash tree removal in Timbermere and Amberwood

We’ve had a few questions from readers about tree removal in Stittsville over the past couple of weeks.  City forestry crews cut down ash trees in Lady Bird Park in Timbermere and Amberwood that were infested with the Emerald Ash Borer.

Susan Goslin took this photo of tree removal in progress in Timbermere earlier this week. "We were told that only the ash trees were being cut down, but this morning all of our grape vines and new growth trees were taken too... I hope that the city is planning on replanting in this area," she wrote.
Susan Goslin took this photo of tree removal in progress in Timbermere earlier this week. “We were told that only the ash trees were being cut down, but this morning all of our grape vines and new growth trees were taken too… I hope that the city is planning on replanting in this area,” she wrote.


What's left after ash tree removal in Amberwood, next to Springbrook.
What’s left after ash tree removal in Amberwood, next to Springbrook.

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Goulbourn Historical Society brings heritage alive this Saturday

(Photo: Part of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society’s “Pioneer Potraits” exhibit, from the GTHS archives.)

The Goulbourn Historical Society’s heritage celebration event is at the Stittsville Library this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s going to be multi-faceted this year. We’ll be having costumed local characters that the whole family can meet and talk with. There’ll be the famous Duke of Richmond of course, after whom the village of Richmond is named, there’ll be Jacqueline whose husband Jock drowned in the Jock River and who is bringing up five children on her own, there’ll be Samuel Mann who owned a wonderful two-story department store in Stittsville in the early 1900’s where the first telephone was installed in the village, a village lady who could tell you stories and Maria Hill, innkeeper in Richmond who looked after the Duke of Richmond when he died from a fox bite and who disguised herself as a man so she could follow her husband into the war of 1812.

There will be a display of all the entries in the 2015 Historical Society Photo Contest, including the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as the exhibit called “Pioneer Portraits” on the Artspace wall at the library.

People are also invited to bring any pre-1920 family photos they might have of relatives who lived in Goulbourn (Stittsville, Munster, Richmond, Ashton and surrounding farmlands). There will be scanning equipment available so these photos can be added in digital format and with permission, to the Goulbourn Historical Society Photo Archives.

There will also be treats and coffee, tea and small drinks for kids available. This is a community event and the Goulbourn Historical Society would like to invite every one to come and sample a little local history.


Planning Committee gives ok to Potter’s Key, with conditions

“What we have ultimately ended up with was two victories out of many requests… Councillor Qadri worked really hard, along with some of the other councillors, to negotiate the motion. It’s been a long battle. It was by far the best we were able to get Minto to agree to.” –Omar Sultan, Jackson Trails

The city’s Planning Committee gave their blessing Minto’s Potter’s Key development today, along with several conditions to address some of the concerns from neighbouring residents.

Those conditions include maintaining a gravel road for construction vehicles until at least 2019, and requiring that any homes backing onto existing residential areas must be single family homes. Continue reading


New Orangetheory gym opening next to Food Basics on Hazeldean

Orangetheory Fitness, a new gym on Hazeldean Road next to the Food Basics, is expected to open later this spring.

“We are under construction now and our sign should ideally be the first thing that goes up as we wait for the city to approve our drawings,” owner Karin Kincaid tells Continue reading


Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman at Gaia Java on Friday

Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman
Gretchen Martin with Alan Sandeman


Of all the artists who play at Gaia Java, I think I have had the most requests about ‘when are they playing again?’ for Gretchen Martin. When she arrives she sets up her multiple keyboard rack and other equipment, and when she starts singing it is as if there is a whole band there! Now this time she is bringing in another collaborator who is also familiar to Gaia Java audiences – Alan Sandeman, whose smooth guitar technique, steady voice and droll introductions have amused us on several previous occasions. Alan and Gretchen had connected musically for a number of years, in fact the first time I ever heard Gretchen singing was on a recording made by Alan, where she nailed an Elton John Classic. Continue reading


Fairwinds Annual General Meeting on Wednesday

The Fairwinds Community Association invites all neighbours to our Annual General Meeting onWednesday February 24, 7:30pm at the Stittsville Sobeys (Carp @ Hazeldean Road) upstairs in the community kitchen.
Meet your neighbours, learn about what we’ve been up to in the comunity this year, share your ideas and concerns.  Includes a presentation from City Councillor Shad Qadri.

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West Ottawa Soccer Club welcomes refugees

Eihab Altalli (left) and Obai Altalli (right), two refugees who recently arrived in Canada, along with Ahmed Aref from West Ottawa Soccer Club. Photo by Barry Gray.

“It helps them integrate here. I’m pretty sure this will have some sort of positive impact on their integration in the Canadian culture. So it’s a great initiative from the club.”

West Ottawa Soccer Club is welcoming newcomers to Canada by offering free soccer registration for refugee families.

The program is open to all ages, for refugees from anywhere in the world, during their first year in Ottawa. West Ottawa Soccer largely serves the Stittsville, Kanata and West Carleton areas.

Stephanie Potter has been organizing this program at West Ottawa Soccer. She said in the fall when the refugee situation was often in the news, the club came up with this idea to help. She says the initiative fits with their club’s True Sport principles, which involves including everyone and giving back.
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COMMENT: Seven reasons why a proposed drive-thru doesn’t fit on Stittsville Main

Is a drive-thru appropriate on a traditional main street? In some places yes, but the drive-thru proposed for Stittsville Main Street falls far short of what city planners say should be allowed.

A fast food drive-thru is proposed for Stittsville Main in front of Brown’s Independent. It will be the first real test of the new Stittsville Main Community Design Plan (CDP). Approved in 2015, the CDP (and its cousin, the Stittsville Main Street Secondary Plan) is supposed to provide a framework for development over the next few decades on our traditional main street. Continue reading


BUZZ KILL: Kanata North votes for mosquito control

UPDATE (FEB 24): Councillors approved the “mosquito levy” today at City Council.

Our neighbours in Kanata North have voted in favour of a mosquito control program that will add about $20 to their yearly tax bills.

Here’s a note from Councillor Marianne Wilkinson:

On January 25, 2016 Canada Post was provided envelopes containing information, a ballot and return envelope to deliver to homeowners in Kanata North.  Each Envelope had BALLOT ENCLOSED FOR MOSQUITO PROGRAM IN KANATA NORTH printed diagonally across the envelope in heavy type.  Residents were to return their ballot, one per household, by February 16, 2016.  Continue reading


LEGION: Darts, trip to the slots, more

On Friday, February 26th, Barb Forbes will be serving cabbage rolls from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. come and enjoy.

DARTS: Mixed Trips Tournament will be held on Saturday, February 27th with 3 players per team. The cost will be $30.00 per team and you must pre register for this event being held at the Stittsville Legion. For more information contact Bill Vail at or Tracey Boss at .
613-355-2972 or 613-858-3300

The next trip to the Slots at the Rideau Carleton Raceway organized by the 55 Plus Club of the Legion will take place on Wednesday, March 2nd. The bus will leave the Johnny Leroux Stittsville Community Arena at 11:30 a.m. To reserve a seat call Marion Gullock at 613-836-5254

The next monthly family breakfast will be held on Sunday, March 6th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The cost is $6.00 per person. everyone in the community is “WELCOME”.

On Thursday, March 17th the Legion will be serving Irish Stew from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.


“OPEN MIC and SING-A-LONG” with Bill Martin starts at 8 p.m. in the downstairs lounge every Friday. Come and join in the Country and Rock music, fun and comradeship. Open to everyone.

Euchre hosted by the Legion’s 55 Plus Club is played every Tuesday at 1 p.m at the Legion Hall.

EUCHRE: Due to the snow storm last week Euchre was cancelled.

Knitting and Crocheting Club starting at 6:30 p.m. every Monday except for holidays. Lessons are available “FREE” learn how to crochet and/or knit and read patterns. We still continue to support the hospitals by making baby bonnets and pic line covers. If you need more information contact . Anyone who has extra wool that would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please drop off at the Legion.

BOOK CLUB: The next meeting of the book club will be on Tuesday, March 22nd, starting at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall. The book of the month is “Primates of Park Avenue” by Wednesday Martin. Open to everyone in the community who loves to read.

PRESIDENT MESSAGE: The Stittsville Legion is partnering with BIG BROTHERS and BIG SISTERS Organization by putting a collection clothing bin on our property. This will take place in the next few weeks. This fund raising initative will help support the youth in our community. Please support and bring your good used clothing to the Collection Bin on the Legion Property.

INFORMATION: Forms are now available at the Stittsville Legion for 2016 Student Bursaries. Please note that family military background is compulsory. The deadline to have forms into the Legion is April 30th, 2016.


Carp residents still trying to “Buy the Village Green”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A few weeks back we published an article about projects funded through a “Community Initiative Fund” for the Carp Road Landfill.  As part of an agreement with the City of Ottawa, Waste Management has contributed over $600,000 to projects in West Carleton, Stittsville, and Kanata. In 2007, $60,000 of that amount went to a project called Buy the Village Green in Carp.  We were curious about what the funds were used for, and sent reporter Victoria Klassen to look into it. Here’s what she found.) Continue reading


VIDEO: Jim Bryson’s The Depression Dance

Jim Bryson released a new video today for his song The Depression Dance.

“A video project in which we had people send us “dancing” videos. They arrived from all over the globe and what joy it was to watch them all. Ottawa Singer/Videographer Jeremy Fisher put them all together and added some other footage I had from various trips I have recently been on.”

Bryson’s latest album Somewhere We Will Find Our Place will be released on Friday, and he’s playing three sold out shows at Quitters on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Here’s our interview with the musician…