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



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”

Congrats to owners Monique Haugen and Craig Beaudry. Please open soon, we’re getting hungry.

Monique Haugen and Craig Beaudry from Wiches Cauldron.
Monique Haugen and Craig Beaudry from Wiches Cauldron. Photo by Jordan Mady.

fundraising calendar is on sale now, featuring 12 months of great photos of local dogs and their humans. It’s a fundraiser for Golden Rescue, with photography by our good friend Barry Gray. The calendar is on sale at the coffee shop.


Councillor Shad Qadri says that special parking on West Ridge Drive for snowmobiles likely won’t happen.  Qadri asked for feedback on the plan back in December, that would see designated parking spots built near the Trans Canada Trail, at a cost of around $80,000.

Qadri told the Stittsville Village Association that upon further review, there are a few problems with the plan: “It’s not really long enough to accommodate trailers… [and] you can’t designate a parking area for a single use”.  In other words, there would be no way to restrict parking access only to snowmobiles.


A couple of Kanata development projects of note.  First, the city has received a site plan proposal for 150 Katimavik at the Kanata Town Centre for a “single storey restaurant pad and additional parking”. The restaurant would be another Mandarin location,  a popular Chinese buffet.  The proposal calls for an additional 148 parking spaces (and one bike rack too), raising the total number of parking spots at Town Centre to 728.

That seems like a heckuva lot of parking doesn’t it?  I mean, the proponent even says: “The proposed site is a prime location for a new restaurant development, in an area that is within walkable distance from numerous Kanata neighbourhoods without infringing on their character. It is in close proximity to Ontario Highway 417, situated on an arterial road, and is served well by both local area and citywide transit routes.”

The other site plan proposal is for 3280 Palladium Drive, across the street from Tanger Outlets: “The applicant proposes to develop the subject lands in two phases. The purpose of this application is to review the first phase of the development, which will consist of a single storey building at the front (western side) of the site. The proposed 1,000 square metre building is intended to be a medical facility and will also include additional space anticipated to be leased for office or personal service uses.” Brace yourself — the main medical use would be for an orthodontist.




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