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Elliott and Qadri in the running for Carleton Liberal nomination

(PHOTO: Kim Elliott (left) and Theresa Qadri are contestants for the Liberal nomination in the provincial riding of Carleton.)

This week we learned that there are at least two contestants seeking the Liberal party nomination in Carleton, ahead of the provincial election in June: Kim Elliott and Theresa Qadri.

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REEVELY: Theresa Qadri hopes to win new Carleton riding for Ontario Liberals

As we tweeted earlier today, Theresa Qadri is seeking the Liberal nomination in Carleton riding for next year’s provincial election.

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NOTEBOOK: Buyer for Butler House; council approves Kavanagh Green

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After nearly 18 months on the market, the historic Butler House / Green’s Hotel on Stittsville Main Street has been sold. The new owners are from the Kanata area and they plan to keep the building as an office for at least the next couple of years. Built in 1894, the three-story brick building is the only officially designated heritage building on Stittsville Main Street.  The real estate agent tells me the building is in excellent condition — he said the foundation looks like it was poured yesterday. Read more about the history of the building here…

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KAVANAGH GREEN

City Council approved commemorative naming proposals for a future park at the corner of Hazeldean Road and Stittsville Main Street, to be known as Kavanagh Green. From the official report on the proposal:

“In recognition of the Kavanagh family’s historical significance to the community of Stittsville, a proposal to name a future park at the southwest corner intersection of Hazeldean road and Stittsville Main Street has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. For nearly a century, Kavanagh family members have made important contributions to the community of Stittsville and surrounding areas which include owning and operating the popular Stittsville Flea Market for 25 years and volunteering with the Food Bank, Holy Spirit Church and the Ruddy Shenkman Hospice.”

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NEW PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT CITY HALL

Kitchissippi Ward councillor Jeff Leiper shared this nugget of information in his weekly newsletter: “At Council, we’ll also consider a new Planning Advisory Committee that will consist of Council, resident, Federation of Citizen Association, builder, building owner, planning, architect and landscape architect communities. That committee is proposed to meet twice a year to comment on and then review the planning department’s workplan. It would work like other advisory committees at the City, with public notice of its meetings, agendas, and following the advisory committees’ rules of procedure.”


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NOTEBOOK: A SkyTrain to Stittsville

About 100 residents were at last night’s LRT open house to hear about the latest plans for the light rail extension from Moodie Drive to Hazeldean Road in Stittsville.

Paul Croft, a project planner from the engineering firm Parsons walked us through various options that they’ve considered for the light rail route, station locations, and storage and maintenance facilities.  Here’s a map of the new preferred route. Continue reading


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GLOBE & MAIL: Kanata newspaper founded by 14-year-old is casualty of Postmedia-Torstar deal

Susan Krashinsky Robertson reports in the Globe and Mail:

It felt like a death in the family, of an elderly relative he’d spent time with in childhood.

That’s how Alex Munter describes hearing that the newspaper he founded in his parents’ basement 35 years ago will print its final pages next month.

Last week’s deal between Postmedia Network Canada Corp. and Torstar Corp. to swap 41 papers, and their decision to close most of them, means that many communities are saying goodbye to their own publications – some more than a century old. The Kanata Kourier-Standard is one of them, and while not as aged, the paper serving the Ottawa suburb has a unique history.

Far from the whisky-soaked stereotype of the newspaperman, Mr. Munter started the Kanata Kourier before he could legally drink.

In 1982, 14-year-old Alex Munter secured startup money from his parents and printed his first, eight-page issue of the Kanata Kourier.

It was 1982, he was 14 years old and he commandeered the family Ping-Pong table to lay out the pages.

Marianne Wilkinson, now an Ottawa city councillor representing Kanata North – and the first mayor of the former City of Kanata – says she has fielded calls from citizens in tears over the paper’s closure. Ms. Wilkinson wrote for the Standard, the paper that later merged with the Kourier, beginning in 1969, just before her political career started.

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CFRA: Clothing donation bin stolen from Legion on Wednesday night

As reported by CFRA:

Half a dozen very heavy clothing donation bins were stolen from spots around town overnight on Wednesday. All six, belonged to the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ottawa.

The steel bins weigh in at about one thousand pounds apiece and would require more than one person and a truck to move them…

Reports have been filed and anyone who may have spotted something suspicious on Wednesday night or Thursday morning should contact police.

The bins were taken from:

  • Stittsville Legion
  • All Saints Catholic High School x2
  • George Vanier Catholic School
  • St. Francis Xavier School
  • St. Jerome School

 


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LETTERS: Lamenting the loss of the Stittsville News

We’ve been deluged with comments and letters from our readers about the demise of the Stittsville News.  Here is a sample of what you’ve been saying.  The last edition will be published January 12, 2018.


I have fond memories of the paper as a young resident and personally. My first memories of the paper was having my picture taken by John Curry performing in baton, figure skating and tap dance, starting in pre-K era. Also, I can remember being in Kindergarten and Grade 1, seeing John C. come onto Stittsville Public grounds, wearing his typical, dress pants, dress shirt, tie and Mr. Dressup cardigan. I’d run up … “Hello Mr. Curry!” Continue reading


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Kanata councillor wants to set up alternative to soon-to-be closed paper

Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson is looking to set up a community news site to replace the Kanata Kourier-Standard, which is to be closed in January, writes Paul Adams, an iPolitics columnist.

The Kourier-Standard is closing along with Metro Ottawa and seven other Ottawa community newspapers previously owned by Torstar Corp., but swapped with Postmedia Network Canada Corp. in a deal that will see dozens of papers shuttered across Ontario. Continue reading


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COMMENT: Turning the page on the Stittsville News

“That daily experience of seeing your local places, names and events creates a kind of resonance and connection and investment with where you live. Canadians pay a lot of lip service to the importance of telling Canadian stories. We are so used to seeing American references that just watching a movie, for example, set in a Canadian place will “charge us up” with local feeling. A sense of seeing “ourselves” portrayed.

That’s the daily charge of a local paper. Investing you with news and culture of YOUR PLACE. Take that away and you genuinely diminish that feeling in a community. That is a real loss. Especially in a world where people are increasingly living in a central abstract space. A ‘no place.'”

–Seth, on the role of local newspapers. From the Globe & Mail, January 2016.


After decades being one of the only constants in our community, the Stittsville News wound up being just another line item on a big corporation’s balance sheet.

The Stittsville News is one of dozens of community papers being closed by corporate conglomerates Postmedia and Torstar. About 250 people will lose their jobs in January when the last papers roll off the presses.

Stittsville will lose an institution that has been publishing for 60 years. The first edition was published on December 12, 1957 by founder Howard Maguire, who was also Goulbourn’s first full-time fire chief.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve run into current reporters John Curry and Brian Dryden and the now-retired John Brummell at local events. They are everywhere in our community. They are the reporters who sit through hours of community association meetings and cover local hockey games. They are the photographers who chronicle school graduations and neighbourhood picnics and music recitals.

I feel for Curry the most.  He bought the paper as a young newspaperman in 1975 for $6,000, and stuck with it as a reporter and editor for more than four decades, some of it under various corporate overlords after he sold the paper in 2001.

“It was a tough gig,” reported Devyn Barrie in a profile of Curry published in the Algonquin Times. “The hours were long and the pay was low. The newspaper served a small community and barely broke even. But Curry wasn’t in it for the money. He wanted to do good journalism, report for the community and have fun doing it.”

I feel for the dozens of community groups like the Legion, the Lions, the Rotary Club who rely on the Stittsville News to get their info out into the community.  And I feel for the army of kids (and few adults) who earn a bit of pocket money delivering the paper to our doorstep each week.

New companies will step up to try to provide some semblance of the coverage that the Stittsville News and others like it provided.  And to be sure, there are still a few independent papers left in the Ottawa area.

But in Stittsville we’ve lost an institution that has reflected us, has connected us, has shaped us for six decades.

 

"The Two Johns". Longtime Stittsville News reporters John Curry (left) and John Brummell at City Hall in January 2017. Brummell received a Mayor's City Builder Award after his retirement from the newspaper.
“The Two Johns”. Longtime Stittsville News reporters John Curry (left) and John Brummell at City Hall in January 2017. Brummell received a Mayor’s City Builder Award after his retirement from the newspaper. Photo via Deborah Brummell / Stittsville Neighbours.


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OTTAWASTART: Postmedia to close community newspaper, including Stittsville News

(PHOTO: The Stittsville News is one of eight local community papers that will be closed after a swap between Postmedia and Torstar. File photo.)

From our sister site, OttawaStart.com:

Nine Ottawa-area newspapers will be shuttered after a trade between Canada’s two largest newspaper chains.

The swap, announced Monday, saw Postmedia Network Canada Corp. acquire the local newspapers from Torstar Corp. In the deal, Postmedia acquired from Torstar 22 community papers and two commuter dailies and Torstar received from Postmedia 15 community papers and two commuter dailies. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: The Legion’s new building, connecting Eagleson to the 416, more

LEGION REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
I gotta admit, I would have never predicted that the first significant development to fall under the auspices of the Stittsville Main Street Community Design Plan would come from the Stittsville Legion.

The Stittsville News reports this week on an ambitious $1.5-million redevelopment plan for the Stittsville Legion’s headquarters.  They want to demolish the existing 1932 building and replace it with a two-storey building that will include a pub and meeting hall.

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COMMENT: The “creative activism” behind the Rosehill Expressway launch

(PHOTO: Unveiling the Rosehill Expressway sign. Photo by C.W.)

A huge thank you to my neighbours in Bryanston Gate, Fairwinds and Poole Creek Village for helping to open the Rosehill Expressway on Sunday afternoon.

The event was a tongue-in-cheek “celebration” to bring attention to traffic safety issues in our community.  You could call it a piece of “creative activism”.   Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Breaking down the City budget from a Stittsville perspective

Continued protection of our critical infrastructure and assets! Keeping our communities safe and vibrant! Making the environment a top priority! A progressive future for our city and its residents!

That’s how the City of Ottawa’s PR department touts the 2018 draft budget.  News outlets like CBC have done a good job at outlining the city-wide, big picture spending items.  (You should definitely read Joanne Chianello’s analysis.)  But what are the specifics for Stittsville? Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Shea Woods, Fairwinds parking, and a few odds and ends

AT CITY HALL
City Council gave full approval today for the acquisition of 5 hectares of Shea Woods. The City will pay CRT (Claridge-Richcraft-Tamarack) Developments just over $1.5-million for about one-third of the land … Council also approved a zoning bylaw amendment for 1620 And 1636 Maple Grove Road, paving the way for a 945-unit residential development. Continue reading


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NOTEBOOK: Carp-Hazeldean collision stats, 2011-2015

(ABOVE: Collision at Carp and Hazeldean on September 25, 2017. Photo via Wendy Wright / @wrightofwayCFRA)

Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri says he’s asked the city’s traffic department to review resident concerns about the Carp-Hazeldean intersection.  But if you read between the lines, it doesn’t look like this intersection is dangerous enough to warrant any immediate changes.

In his weekly newsletter published on Thursday, Qadri shared the most recent collision data available from 2015.  The Carp-Hazeldean intersection had 10 reported collisions, ranking it 167th on the list of intersections with the most reported incidents. (By comparison, the intersection of Hunt Club and Riverside was the worst in the city with 60 collisions.) Continue reading


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TransCanada drops plans for Energy East pipeline

TransCanada announced today that it has cancelled plans for the Energy East pipeline. It would have would have carried 1.1-million barrels of crude oil each day across the country, including a stretch on the western boundary of Stittsville.  (The photo above shows the part of the pipeline route, looking south from Jinkinson Road.)

Here’s a press release from Ecology Ottawa, who have been campaigning against the project for several years:

Ecology Ottawa is celebrating TransCanada’s announcement earlier today that officially terminated the company’s proposed Energy East pipeline project. Energy East, which would ship 1.1 million barrels of diluted bitumen across Ottawa, posed a direct threat to the city’s water, land and climate. Since the pipeline project was announced in 2013, Ecology Ottawa has been working in communities across Ottawa to mobilize resistance to the pipeline.

“TransCanada will tell you it has abandoned Energy East because of technical reasons. They will cite the price of oil and the additional burden of new National Energy Board requirements as the reason for scuttling the project,” says Robb Barnes, Ecology Ottawa’s Acting Executive Director. “More important still is the fact that Energy East lost on political grounds. Like other communities along the pipeline route, Ottawans rejected this project because it threatened the health of their city and was completely incompatible with our community doing its fair share to fight climate change.”

Ecology Ottawa volunteers have been working for years to raise awareness and mobilize opposition to the proposed pipeline project. Since 2013, over 8,000 residents of the city signed a petition opposing Energy East. Volunteers have been knocking on thousands of doors in their communities, holding information sessions, engaging with their elected officials and staging rallies to demonstrate their opposition to the project.

“The end of Energy East is a moment to reflect on the real energy priorities of the 21st century,” says Anthony Garoufalis-Auger, Ecology Ottawa’s Clean Energy Organizer. “Instead of dirty pipeline projects that benefit massive transnational companies and produce few jobs, we can now renew our focus on the renewable energy transition, where the jobs are more plentiful, more local, and don’t threaten the environment. Ottawa can play a leadership role in this transition, but we need to see consistent leadership from our elected officials.”


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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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LINKED: British military officer wounded in Kanata drive-by

UPDATE, September 15: CBC reports that more than a dozen rounds were fired out of a white Jeep Cherokee in a drive-by shooting early Thursday morning, and Ottawa police are asking for the public’s help to find the vehicle. Read more…

From CBC Ottawa:

A British military officer visiting Ottawa to participate in a military shooting competition was injured in a drive-by shooting at the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre early Thursday morning, Military Police say.

Ottawa police were called to a parking lot off Roland Michener Drive, near the Crazy Horse bar, just after 2 a.m. Thursday.

A 28-year-old man suffered a serious gunshot wound in the leg, Ottawa police said. Paramedics took him to hospital, where he was listed in stable condition later Thursday morning.

A 22-year-old man also suffered a minor gunshot injury, Ottawa police said.

Both shooting victims were not the intended targets, Ottawa police said in a tweet Thursday afternoon.

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LINKED: TransCanada may abandon Energy East pipe facing tougher review

Here’s an article from Reuters about the possible cancellation of the Energy East pipeline project. Plans include a portion of pipeline that travels just west of Stittsvill, as shown in the map above. .About 70km of existing natural gas pipeline near Ottawa would be converted to carry crude oil.

TransCanada Corp (TRP.TO) seeks to suspend the application for its Energy East pipeline for 30 days and may abandon the project, the company said on Thursday, weeks after Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) announced a tougher review process.

TransCanada will do a “careful review” of the new assessment process to gauge its effect on the costs, schedules and viability of the pipeline to the Atlantic coast, the company said in a statement.

The NEB in August expanded the scope of Energy East’s review, saying it will consider the project’s indirect greenhouse gas contributions and will provide “more visibility” to the evaluation of risks associated with accidents such as oil spills.

The regulator said on Thursday it will consider TransCanada’s request to pause its Energy East application and will make a decision “in a timely fashion.”

Energy East, which would take crude from Canada’s oil heartland of Alberta, would attain higher prices for Canadian producers, whose landlocked product trades at a discount to the West Texas Intermediate benchmark.

Assessing indirect emissions had been opposed by TransCanada, which had called it “completely redundant and unnecessary.”

In a filing to the regulator on Thursday, TransCanada also requested an extension to the deadline for filing Energy East updates to Oct. 27.

Should TransCanada abandon the project, “the carrying value of its investment … as well as its ability to recover development costs incurred to date would be negatively impacted,” the company said.

TransCanada said it will continue to advance its other projects despite pausing Energy East.

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WETLANDS: A regulatory loophole you can drive a dump truck through

(PHOTO: Ken McRae says he believe some landowners on Flewellyn Road are dumping fill into wetlands to avoid Provincially Significant Wetland designation. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

A local environmental activist believes some Goulbourn property owners are taking advantage of a regulatory loophole to destroy wetland on their property.

Ken McRae says he’s seen dump trucks delivering fill to a property on Flewellyn that he believes is being dumped into wetland. Continue reading


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