Councillor’s View – Canada 150 Maple Tree Grove Project


Dear Residents,


I would like to take a moment to share an exciting project taking place this Spring/Fall in commemoration of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary.


As announced in the City’s 2017 Council-approved budget, each of the 23 wards within the City of Ottawa will be planting a grove of 150 native Canadian Maple Trees to celebrate one of our Country’s most prominent natural symbols.


The maple leaf has is one of the few national flag emblems of a living entity, as such it has always meant a great deal to me personally as it embodies the living spirit and vitality that comprises our great country of Canada.


Stittsville’s selected location can be found on the pathway link at 46 Beverly Street.


The grove will consist of a combination of 50 Red Maple, 50 Silver Maple, and 50 Sugar Maples and trees will stand at about 5-7 feet tall. Planting should take place before the end of May.


Each grove will be adorned with a stone site marker, engraved to commemorate the 150th anniversary celebrations.


Residents are invited to read more about the project and for your benefit, I have attached a Frequently Asked Questions PDF available here.



For a full list of locations receiving the groves across the City, please visit


I, for one, am thoroughly excited for Stittsville to be a part of this outstanding project and am excited to see the final result of added greenery to our beautiful community once it is complete.




Come Visit Me for a City Chat at the GRC


At the Stittsville Planning Primer, a large amount of information was presented showing the complexity of the planning process.


For a complete picture of the active and pending development applications in Stittsville I encourage you to review the Ward 6 Development Applications Map. You can search the development name or file number on my website or on the City’s Development Application site


I would like to invite residents to join me on Saturday, April 22 from 10am-Noon in the Lobby of the Goulbourn Recreation Complex at 1500 Shea Road for a City Chat on Planning and Development.


My City Chat sessions offer an informal setting where I can speak to residents one-on-one on topics of interest.


I would also like to get a better understanding of what topics are most of interest to Stittsville residents in regards to development. I would like to request that you take 10 seconds out of your day and give your feedback on our Planning and Development Poll available here.


Thank you for keeping involved and I look forward to chatting with residents on April 22.

Proposed Park Plans in Abbottsville Development


The City is seeking feedback on the park plans for a park to be constructed in the new Mattamy Homes Abbottsville Development located at 570 Hazeldean Road.  This site is part of the Fernbank community and is located south of Hazeldean Road, east of Iber, west of the Carp River and north of the Trans Canada Trail.


The parkette is located at the intersection of Malahat Way and the extended Abbott Street within the first phase of the Abbottsville Crossing development. The parkette is 0.4Ha and features a puddle rink, junior playground, sand play area, and swing set. There are open spaces and native seed areas, with a small berm.

Please view the plans here and ensure you scroll down to view both pages.

Residents are encouraged to visit for more information and and send their comments to the Planner, Jennifer Shepherd, before April 26, 2017 at or 613-580-2424 ext. 13771.

Spring 2017 Transit Service Changes + Route Renumbering


In preparation of the OC Transpo network’s integration to our upcoming Light Rail Transit, sevice changes have been taking place incrementally to alleviate residents during the adjustment period.


Residents can review the upcoming Spring changes, which will take effect April 23rd, in their entirety by clicking here. Most significant of the changes is the route renumbering which will affect several major routes including the 92 and 96. The complete list is attached here:
Also noted in the adjustments is that the the time of a trip on Route 62 (currently Route 92) and on Route 262 will be adjusted to improve convenience and better match the travel needs of customers in Stittsville. The capacity on Route 261 will be increased with the use of a higher capacity double-decker bus in the afternoon.


This is great news as I have heard concern from some Stittsville residents regarding the capacity of some of Stittsville’s former express routes.


I hope that residents take the time to review these changes so they will not be caught unaware as many changes affect multiple areas of the City as well.

Kanata LRT EA Study Open House


I would like to advise residents that an Open House regarding the Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA) Study will be held on Monday June 5th.


An EA is conducted prior to all large projects within the City of Ottawa to ensure that the area being built or developed on will not be negatively impacted by the construction.


The Open House will take place from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A (100 Charlie Rogers Way).


I would like to invite all residents to mark it in their calendars and join the discussion with any questions they may have pertaining to environmental safety standards for LRT construction in Kanata. I hope to see you there.

Hair Donation Ottawa

Hair Donation Ottawa 2016

This year on April 30th, I will be continuing my annual tradition of shaving my hair in support of cancer research with Hair Donation Ottawa.


Cancer is a disease which affects all of us; whether directly or indirectly, we all know someone whose life has been permanently altered by this tragic condition.


I am proud that this is my sixth year participating in a hair donation campaign in support of various cancer research organizations and my fourth with Hair Donation Ottawa.


My goal for this year is to raise $500 in support of cancer research; however, as with any charitable institution, I would welcome the idea of surpassing that goal!


I would like to invite residents to share their generosity with this excellent campaign by sponsoring my hair donation at this link. I would also like to encourage residents to take this opportunity to start their own campaigns. Every little bit of funding helps to bring Canadians one step closer to preventing cancer from taking another life.
The event takes place on Sunday, April 30th from 9:00-5:00 PM at the Algonquin College Salon and Spa “A” building, Room #A112 and Mayor Watson has graciously offered his barbering talents for my head shaving at 1:00 PM.


I would like to thank Helene Hutchings and Perry Pavlovic with Hair Donation Ottawa for all of her hard work in creating this campaign which has now raised over $370,000 for cancer research since launching in 2011. I would also like to thank Mayor Watson for offering his time as well as the entire community of Stittsville for all of their donations of support over the years in benefit of this charity.


Donations can be made by clicking here. Thank you for your support.

Speeding + Slow Down for Us Campaign


Speeding is an issue that the Ottawa Police Service and I as your councillor take very seriously.  The Ottawa Police rely on different sources of information, including assistance such as yours, to highlight problem areas and direct their resources appropriately.


If you witness speeding in your neighbourhood, please make note of the details of the car including make, colour, location and time of the occurrence, and if possible, license plate number and contact the Ottawa Police by utilizing their online reporting system at:

Once your report is taken, you will be provided with a case number and the report will be assigned to the area traffic enforcement section for follow-up.  A police officer will then contact you in relation to their action.

Unfortunately, speeding is one of the top traffic violations in all City of Ottawa communities. I need the help of residents to report any instances of speeding to the police – the more speeding complaints the police receive from a certain area, the more resources they’re able to deploy to monitor that area.


Slow Down for Us Spring Campaign


As has been done in previous years, I would like to invite residents who are concerned with speeding on their streets to contact my office to request a “Slow Down for Us” sign for their front lawn.


Slow Down for Us is a temporary signage posting campaign organized by Safer Roads Ottawa. It is geared towards drawing attention to and educating motorists on the local residential streets to be aware of children at play. It alerts drivers to be more conscious and responsible to obey the speed limits that are put into place. This program receives enforcement support from the Ottawa Police Service accordingly.


Requests can be emailed to with your name, phone number and house address. For more information, please visit


Thank you for your assistance in keeping our communities safe.

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 toca/clean, 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

Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team wins Gold!

I am happy to share the news that this week, the Canadian National Sledge Hockey Team has won Gold in South Korea in a 4-1 win over the USA.

Their previous game against the USA ended in a 2-1 loss in what was an unbroken string of losses for the past 4 years to the USA. With this commanding win, this sets Canada back on top of the world and we have 3 local players and two staff who contributed.

I would like to send my sincere congratulations to the whole team including Stittsville locals Ben Delaney, Rob Armstrong, and Tyrone Henry as well as the Team Doctor, Lindsay Bradley and the Mental Performance Coach, Adam Kingsbury.

The Stittsville members of the team will be arriving from Air Canada flight 466 from Toronto at 9:20 PM Saturday, April 22nd and it would be great for any residents to show up to greet them to show their support.

Great job on representing your home and country!

Spring Plant Swap at the Stittsville Library

female hand holding a green plant

The Stittsville Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (1637 Stittsville Main Street) is hosting a plant swap on Saturday, May 13th from 10am-5pm.


This is a great opportunity for residents to get together with other gardening lovers and exchange plants, seedlings, seeds or cuttings!


If you have planted too many seedlings or are dividing up your perennials, bring some to the library to trade for others.


I hope that any residents with a flair for gardening and a missing touch to their garden take the opportunity to stop by.