Rev up your jets for Saturday’s Sens game


April 28, 2017 – The Canadian Forces will be part of the pre-game show on Saturday as the high-flying Ottawa Senators prepare to do battle with the New York Rangers in game two of the NHL playoffs.

Two Canadian Forces CT 155 Hawk aircraft will fly past the Canadian Tire Centre from east to west sometime between 2 and 2:30 p.m.

Residents in the area can expect a brief but load noise as the jets fly overhead.

Go Sens Go!

Credit: Press Release from City of Ottawa

Councillor’s View – the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers

Dear Residents,

On Friday April 28th I had the sincere privilege of attending the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers presentation at City Hall.  Five of the 64 recipients receiving the medal were residents from the Stittsville community.  Her Excellency, Sharon Johnston and Mayor Jim Watson, presented Barbara Bottreill, Brenda Tirrell, Paula Farrell, Tysen Lefebvre and Thomas M. Grasza with this most prestigious recognition. In addition to these five it was a pleasure to also see John Curry of the Stittsville News and Cyril Leeder receive the Medal for their continuous efforts and community contributions.

This event marks National Volunteer Week to celebrate volunteers across our City who work hard to make a difference every day with no expectation for recognition.

 I would like to extend my sincere congratulations and thanks to these residents for all of the outstanding and selfless efforts that they put forward to benefit our communities.

Each year, I am reminded of just what an incredible community of people Stittsville is comprised of. I witness them in the autumns and winters when help is offered to neighbours who struggle in raking their leaves or shovelling their driveways, in the spring when community volunteers put together their efforts to clean up our neighbourhoods, and in the summers when I have the great privilege of reviewing our annual Stittsville Appreciation Award nominees.

 I would like to invite all residents to attend this year’s celebration of the Stittsville Appreciation Awards taking place on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 PM where we will honour four new outstanding community members nominated by their peers. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by email to or call my office at 613-580-2476. I encourage everyone to show pride in our great community. Bricks and mortar do not make a community home it is the people who live in it that do.  Thank you to you for all that you do to make Stittsville a wonderful place to live, work and play.


Overview of Active Development Files

This week I was invited by a local real estate office to make a presentation on the developments in Stittsville.  I thought I would be useful to also share this information to the community as it provides a great overview on the active developments in Ward 6 Stittsville.


Stittsville is undergoing a large amount of residential developments as well some mixed use and commercial units as well.  The 2016 estimated population for Stittsville is 32,829 with an estimation of 11,333 households.  To provide perspective, once all the planned developments are undertaken in the ward the population is expected to reach up to 75,000. It is anticipated that it may not be completed until 20-25 years from now.


Based on current development applications that are either Active/File Pending or Draft Approved there are approximately 7500 residential units that are planned to be constructed.  These units include low, medium and high density forms of residential development.  In addition there are also 3 retirement residences that in total will be providing approximately 860 units.  In response to the increase in housing there are also new commercial, retail and office spaces that are also proposed.   Included in these development plans are parks, recreation complexes, greenspace, stormwater management, park and rides, new road and transit routes.


To view the presentation of all the Active/File Pending or Draft Approved developments please visit here.


Over the last decades we have seen Stittsville grow and we will continue to experience more growth in the future.  This grows follows the City’s mandate for growth within the urban boundary and the policies that are outlined the Ontario Provincial Policy Statement.


As Councillor for this area it is my priority to ensure that new growth is designed and constructed properly.  We have definitely experienced growing pains, and to address these issues the City developed the Building Better and Smarter Suburbs initiatives to ensure that we respond and improve upon development issues we have and continue to face.  I will be working to ensure existing residents and new residents are served properly by myself and the City.

What to do if you find a tick?

With the warmer temperatures more people will be outdoors so too will the dreaded tick. If you find a tick on your or your pet’s body, remove it as soon as possible. The risk of getting Lyme disease increases with the length of time the tick remains attached.

 Since Ottawa is now considered an at-risk area for Lyme disease, it is important to contact your doctor if you believe a tick has been attached to you for 24 or more hours, or if you are unsure how long the tick has been attached to you, so that your doctor can determine if you need treatment with antibiotics. Treatment with antibiotics would be considered when:

  • the tick has been attached for 24 or more hours or is fully or partially engorged and
  • it has been less than or equal to 72 hours since the tick has been removed. If the tick was attached for less than 24 hours and its body does not appear swollen from feeding or if you removed a tick and more than 72 hours have passed, you should still be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of Lyme disease for the next 30 days. If you do develop symptoms, consult your health care provider. If For more information on ticks and removal of an imbedded tick please visit the following link.

World Para Hockey Championship





On Thursday April 20th former Stittsville resident Tyrone Henry, along with his team mates of the Canadian National Sledge Hockey team, won gold in the 2017 IPC World Para Hockey Championship in South Korea, beating the United States 4-1. I had the sincere pleasure of being on hand at the airport, Sunday April 23, to welcome home Tyrone along with his team mate Ben Delaney.

Congratulations to all for their hard work and perseverance.  You are truly an inspiring group of individuals.


Potter’s Key Construction Update

I have received the following update from Minto Homes with respect to the Potter’s Key development.  This land is located to the west of Jackson Trails, north of Hazeldean Road, and east of Echowoods.


  • Tree removal – complete
  • Rock Blasting – estimated completion by May 5, 2017 (weather permitting)
  • Sewers and Road Installation – February – December 2017
  • House Construction Start – August 2017
  • Home Occupancies – starting in March 2018


Phasing timelines are as follows:

  • Phase 1 – North of Creek to start all this year and close in 2018
  • Phase 1 – South of the Creek about 40% to start this year and close in 2018 with remainder to occupy in 2019
  • Phase 2 – to start home construction and close in 2019


You can review the phasing map for construction here.

Try it! At the GRC

With summer around the corner, now is the perfect time for Stittsville residents to shift their focus toward healthy living. Ottawa residents are invited to sample a variety of fitness opportunities at City recreation facilities during the spring edition of Try it!

During the entire month of May, residents may try up to three free fitness sessions at City facilities. This is a great opportunity to try aqua fitness, SpinningTM and group fitness classes, or to work out in a participating City of Ottawa cardio or weight training centre free of charge.


Visit a participating facility to set up your free membership access card, which provides you three visits during the month of May.

Most fitness centres are participating including the Goulbourn Recreation Complex, so visit to find a facility that suits you.


Cleaning the Capital

The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the annual GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is taking place from April 15 to May 15.

Registration is quick and easy:

  • Go to, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
  • Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal. GLAD Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects. This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.
  • On April 30th, volunteers from the Stittsville Food Bank will be cleaning up Stittsville Main St with a Canadian theme, celebrating 150 years of Canada. Residents are also welcome to join their project by meeting at the Food Bank (1631 Stittsville Main) at 9:45. By 10:00, they will be moving from the Food Bank on Stittsville Main toward Hazeldean Road and they will have big red bins available to accept donations. If you see them, feel free to stop by and bring some non-perishable food donations.


  • The Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society’s annual clean-up day is taking place Saturday, April 29th at 10:00. Residents are invited to meet at Village Square Park to pick up gloves and bags to clean up a portion of the Trans Canada Trail. High School students can earn volunteer hours doing this task. Bring along forms so that someone can sign off on the hours. Many hands make light work and they look forward to seeing as many volunteers as possible!


  • The Jackson Trails annual spring clean-up will also be held on April 29th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Pioneer Plains Park. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided!


  • As well, the Bryanston Gate Community Association has organized their cleanup on Saturday, April 29th beginning at 10:00 AM. Volunteers are welcomed and advised to “bring a rake and a smile!”

Each year, I am thrilled to see so many Stittsville residents showing pride in their communities as they help to keep things clean. I encourage all residents to organize a team for participation and share your project with me at

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa: Big Spring Clean Up

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa (BBBSO) would like to invite residents to attend the Big Spring Clean Up in Stittsville located at the Stittsville Legion (1481 Stittsville Main Street) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 29th.


BBBSO’s Clothes For Kids’ Sake initiative began last March with the placement of five clothing bins across Ottawa. This initiative was so successful that we currently have a total of nine bins and will be adding another three bins to new locations soon. Of our current nine bins, two are located in Stittsville (Stittsville Legion Branch 618 and Food Basics Stittsville).


During April and May, BBBSO is hosting “Big Spring Clean Up” at each of our bin locations across the city. BBBSO employees and volunteers will be on-hand accepting donations of used clothing, shoes, accessories and textiles.

Young at Art

I would like to take a moment to let residents know about a unique art exhibition taking place in April.


Young at Art 2017 is an exceptional opportunity for Ottawa visual artists between the ages of 12 and 19 to gain recognition for their artistic efforts and abilities within their communities through the experience of a citywide, juried art exhibition.


Some of Ottawa’s best young artists will be recognized at Young at Art 2017 exhibitions and awards ceremonies to be held at community galleries citywide. A vernissage (opening reception) will be held at each gallery to celebrate the artists who took part in the exhibition process. Prizes for outstanding work in various categories will be presented at a city wide awards ceremony, for all three exhibitions, at Centrepointe Theatres.


West Exhibition (Participants from wards 4, 5, 6, 7 & 23)

Date:            April 20 to May 14, 2017

Location:      Kanata Civic Art Gallery

John Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive

Vernissage:   April 27, 2017, 7 p.m.


East Exhibition (Participants from wards 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20)

Date:            April 20 to May 15, 2017

Location:      Shenkman Arts Centre – Trinity Art Gallery

245 Centrum Boulevard, Shenkman Arts Centre, Lower Level

Vernissage:   April 23, 2017, 7 p.m.


Central Exhibition (Participants from wards 3, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, & 22)

            Date:           April 20 to May 14, 2017

Location:      Atrium Gallery and Nepean Fine Arts League Gallery,

101 Centrepointe Drive

Vernissage:   April 25, 2017, 7 p.m.


Citywide Awards Ceremony (participants from all wards)

Date:            Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7 p.m.

Location:      Centrepointe Theatres

101 Centrepointe Dr.

Young at Art began 21 years ago and has grown into a citywide event with the participation of youth artists from east, west and central Ottawa. Last year’s call to artists received submissions of artwork from 379 young artists representing 50 Ottawa schools.


Congratulations to all youths participating in this event and good luck. I hope that all residents have an opportunity to support some of our young and talented artists. For more information, please visit