Councillor’s View – Hair Donation Ottawa

Dear Residents,


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. But thanks to advances in medical technology, we can all contribute to change that.


Before research began receiving funding from institutes such as the Canadian Cancer Society, it was understood very differently than it is today. What was initially thought of as one disease is now more generally considered as 200 distinct disease each brought upon by different causes and thereby requiring different treatments. Likewise, in the 1970s, only half of those diagnosed with the disease could expect to live for another five years. Now, that number has risen to more than 2/3.


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 supporting cancer research.



Stittsville Appreciation Award Nominations Open!



The nomination period for the 9th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards is now open!


You don’t have to look far to recognize excellence in our community. It could be a neighbour, a friend, or even a family member. This is your opportunity to bring their special contributions forward.


Nominations must be received by Sunday April 16th!

The Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year is awarded to an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation. The Senior of the Year is awarded in recognition of a senior citizen who has made a significant and long-standing contribution to our community. The Youth of the Year is presented to an individual who contributes leadership, volunteer service, serves as a peer example, and has overcome personal challenges or responds in an emergency situation.   The Business of the Year is awarded to a Stittsville business that has contributed significantly to our quality of life.


Last year’s winners include Jo-Anne Ilkiw, Phil Sweetnam, Ella Sultan, and Jo-Jo’s Pizza. This year, it could be someone you nominate! For further qualifications on these awards, I encourage you to visit my website.

Winners will be announced at the Appreciation Awards celebrations, which will be held on Tuesday May 16th commencing at 7:00pm at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.

I encourage you to fill out the attached nomination form and email it to me at or print the form for either drop off at my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex or mailed to 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1. Please include a detailed, written submission outlining why you are nominating a particular individual or business.

Stittsville Planning Primer – April 6


As announced in a previous newsletter, my office is working with the City’s Planning Department to bring a Planning Primer event to Stittsville.


We are one of the fastest growing areas of the City with many development applications on the go.  I am frequently posting information regarding development projects in Stittsville to keep the community informed of what is being planned in the community. It can sometimes be overwhelming to those unfamiliar with just how the planning process works.


A Planning Primer is the perfect opportunity for residents and community associations to learn about the necessary background in understanding the development process. It is a great means of keeping our community educated and up-to-date on all things that are going on in Stittsville.


A full detailed invitation with agenda is available for review here.


The event will take place from 6:30-9:30 Thursday, April 6th at the Goulbourn Recreational Complex Hall A and will provide a condensed introduction with materials covered in the City’s Planning Primer 1 and 2. City’s Planning staff will also be explaining a variety of common topics specific to Stittsville including the process behind tree removal, the implementation of the Fernbank Community Design Plan (CDP), and an overview of the Ontario Municipal Board’s appeal process, to name a few.


Seating is limited and will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. For accommodation requests, please email me at by March 31, 2017.


In advance of the Primer, I would also like to take a moment to provide residents with some information pertaining to how planning is conducted within the City of Ottawa. This week, I encourage residents to review some background information on what is a Site Plan and Plan of Condominium.


For more information on Planning and Development Applications, you can also review:

Potter’s Key Construction Update


I would like to take a moment to share a quick update regarding construction of the Potter’s Key site.


At the present time, work is running approximately one week behind schedule due to weather but blasting is expected to be complete by Friday, April 7th. The updated Potter’s Key construction schedule is as follows:

  • Rock Removal – January 15thApril 7th, 2017
  • Rock Crushing – April – June 30th, 2017
  • Servicing (Sewers & Roads) – February – December 2017 (entire subdivision)
  • House Construction – August 2017 to December 2019
  • First Homeowner Moved-In – March 2018


For more information you may contact my office or visit my web site at . You are also welcome to contact the Minto Communities Construction Manager, Jean-Michel Le Blanc at, 613-782-5717. In addition you can reach out to Domenic Idone as the secondary contact for Minto at  or 613-786-7922.

Sidewalk and Pathway Reconstruction Project

I would like to take a moment to share with residents an update to the planned construction pertaining to the Sidewalk and Pathway Reconstruction Project.


Due to the age and condition of the existing sidewalks and pathways, the City of Ottawa will be proceeding with the reconstruction at various locations. Work will involve the removal and replacement of existing sidewalks and curbs, as well as catch basin adjustments. During the construction there may be temporary lane reductions and parking restrictions.


The commence work order was issued on Tuesday, March 21 with construction beginning as early as this week.


The City of Ottawa will be replacing sidewalks in the following areas:

  • Ward 6: Palladium Dr/Cyclone Taylor Blvd and Frank Finnigan Way
  • Ward 8: Centrepointe Park Multi-use pathway
  • Ward 9: Canfield Rd (Valleyview Rd to Greenbank Rd)
  • Wards 10 and 16: Albion Rd (Walkley Rd to Kitchener Ave)
  • Wards 14 and 17: Metcalfe Street (Isabella to Catherine Street)
  • Ward 14: the corners of Lisgar and Metcalfe.
  • Ward 15: Clearview Ave (Northwestern Ave to Keyworth Ave) and Premier Ave (Northwestern Ave to Keyworth Ave)
  • Ward 16: Paul Anka Dr (Uplands Dr to McCarthy Rd)
  • Ward 21: Beaverwood Rd (Ann St to Manotick Main St)


Completion of the work is anticipated by fall, 2017, weather dependent. For any questions, please call 3-1-1 or email

School Presentations on Opioids with Ottawa Public Health


As a response to the recent surge in illicit opioid overdoses in our communities, the Board of Education has partnered with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and a variety of other community groups in conducting presentations at some schools to share information with concerned parents and students.


As Chair of the Board of Health, I have been pleased to lend my support and speak with many of you at these presentations, fielding any questions.


I have also heard interest expressed by some residents unable to attend one of these information sessions for a recap of some of the information covered at these meetings. You can now find Ottawa Public Health’s presentation to these schools at the attached link.


I would like to thank the Ottawa Carleton District School Board for the opportunity to help shed some light on this difficult subject as well as OPH’s community partners, Ottawa Police Services, Rideauwood Addiction and Family Services, Youth Services Bureau, and all those who came out to share their resources with the community.
I encourage residents to reach out to Ottawa Public Health with any additional questions you may have. Awareness is the first step toward remedying any problem. Please email OPH at I, as your Councillor, also welcome your inquiries.


Please visit for more information.

Upcoming 2017 Events

Fly Our Flag 2017


I would like to remind all residents to participate in my special year-long event for 2017!


I am beginning to see more and more flags around the community and I would like to thank those of you who are already participating. Now, I am inviting all other residents to participate as a community project for 2017!


Make Stittsville proud by representing our home and native land!


For the remainder of the year, residents are welcome to stop by my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex (1500 Shea Road) to pick up small Canadian flags (maximum of 5) while quantities last. Then, I invite you to email, Facebook, or tweet me photos of your flag proudly on display so that I can add it to our commemorative “Fly Our Flag” album available on my website and on Facebook here.


The Canadian flag is one of few that optimally features a living entity such as the Maple Leaf. To me, that is the country of Canada and the community of Stittsville – a living and growing community that takes pride in its spirit.

I encourage you to get creative to make this an event to remember within Stittsville. For instance, you could build a snowman dressed with the Canadian flag in hand or wearing a Canadian hockey jersey; you could use food colouring to paint the flag into your front lawn; you could place flags in your windows, affix them to your pets, photograph them around the community, or even incorporate them decoratively into your clothing. I want to see your imagination, Stittsville, to set the trend for the rest of Canada to catch on.

I would like to thank our MPs, Karen McCrimmon and Pierre Poilievre, for lending their support to this project by offering to donate flags to my office. If you have flags from previous years around the house, I also encourage you to bring them out for what is certain to be a phenomenal year to showcase your national pride.

Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival – Volunteers needed

Logo 2017 Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival

Are you looking to volunteer for a community event, are you interested in the arts, do you have volunteer hours you need to complete? Then consider volunteering for the Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival!


This unique full-day, free festival will be packed with a lineup of performances, displays and activities provided by the area’s local talent, all with Canadian-themed music and art!


May 27

Outdoor Venue: Sandwell Green Park

  • 10:00 am – 5 pm

Indoor Venue: Earl of March Secondary School

  • School Foyer: 12 pm- 9:30 pm
  • Auditorium Daytime Performances: 12:00 pm – 5 pm (Free – First Come Basis)
  • Auditorium Evening Concert: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Free – First Come Basis)


Join in the excitement and be a part of making history at our Canada 150th celebration. To register as a volunteer, you can access the application on-line at


Applications are due April 30th, 2017. If you have any questions about the event, please email


JUNO Awards Week


The 46th Annual JUNO Awards are taking place Sunday, April 2nd, and this year, they are coming to the Canadian Tire Centre located in Stittsville!


Hosted by Bryan Adams and Russell Peters and featuring performances by Shawn Mendes, Alessia Cara, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Talent, The Arkells, The Strumbellas, A Tribe Called Red, Ruth B, Dallas Smith, and July Talk, this is an event you certainly won’t want to miss.


The ceremony begins at 6:30 PM and, for those who prefer to watch at home, will also be broadcasted live on CTV.


But the fun doesn’t stop there. Ottawa 2017 has a whole slew of great events planned for Juno Week


On Thursday, March 30th, at 8:30 PM, Ottawa’s Bourbon Room will be hosting the second annual JUNO Cup Jam, a benefit concert with ticket proceeds going to support MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).


The concert will feature Kathleen Edwards (of Quitter’s Coffee fame in Stittsville), Jim Cuddy, Amanda Rheaume, Darryl James of the Strumbellas, Devin Cuddy Band, Gord Bamford, Jonathan Roy, and more. Tickets run at $25 and are available for purchase here.


Building on the excitement, the 14th annual Juno Cup will take place on Friday, March 31st 7:30 at the TD Place Arena. This interesting matchup pits NHL Greats: Daniel Alfredsson, Paul Coffey, Chris Phillips, Gary Roberts, and more against Juno music champions such as: Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo), Sam Roberts, Jon Gallant (Billy Talent), Kathleen Edwards, and Darryl James (The Strumbellas).


This hockey/music alliance will join forces to support MusiCounts in a celebrity hockey game you need to see to believe. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at


Beyond these great events, there is also JUNOfest, JUNO Fan Fare, and the JUNO Songwriting Circle all slated to be excellent celebrations of Canadian music.


I am thrilled about all of the spectacular entertainment scheduled for JUNO week and am happy to see so many Canadian artistic talents gathered in the nation’s capital. I hope to see many of you at the festivities. For more information, please visit


India’s influence on Modern Day Rock n’ Roll


During JUNO Week, I would like to share an event being hosted by local Stittsville group, Aroha Fine Arts.


On Thursday, March 30th, at 7:30 pm in the Ale Lounge at the Amberwood Golf Course in Stittsville, “India’s influence on Modern Day Rock n’ Roll” is an arts showcase of the culture of India through dance and music.


I am happy to be able to support this local venture in celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary and I highly encourage residents to take this opportunity for what is certain to be a fun evening. But arrive early as space is limited to approximately 150 spots.
For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 613-831-2442 or visit

Stittsville Lions Club Bursaries


Each year, the Stittsville District Lions Club supports Academic Achievement by awarding Bursaries to five (5) First year College or University students. Each Bursary awarded is $1000.00 dollars.


I would like to take a moment to encourage all eligible students going to school in the fall to apply!


To be eligible, the student must live within the Stittsville District Lions Club area that encompasses Stittsville, Richmond, Carp, Munster and the associated rural areas.


Applications are available at


Applications must be mailed or arrangements to drop them off at the hall by leaving a message at 613-836-4964 by May 15th, 2017.


You can mail your application to:


Stittsville District Lions Club

4-1339 Stittsville Main St.,

Stittsville, Ontario

K2S 1C6


To all those applying, remember to get your applications in before the deadline and good luck.

Euchre Nights at the Revera


Euchre nights are back! The Stittsville Seniors’ Community by Revera is pleased to be taking over this fun tradition from the Stittsville Lions Club. Every Thursday in April beginning April 6th, residents are invited to the Villa located at 1354 Stittsville Main St.


All residents are welcome to this incredibly fun community event.


Doors open at 7:00 and Euchre begins at 7:30.


For more information, call Jenna @ 613-720-4803.

Dance 4 Wishes Spring Showcase


I am happy to let resident know about a local event taking place Sunday, March 26th at Sacred Heart High School.

Stittsville’s Pointe of Grace Dance Company is holding its fifth annual Dance 4 Wishes Showcase at Sacred Heart High School. There will be two performances for this fundraising event – a Junior show at 1:00 p.m. and a Senior show at 5:30 p.m.


Pointe of Grace is teaming up once again with Tysen Lefebvre and will be donating net proceeds from the event to Tysen’s Mission to Million in support of Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario.  Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario a non-profit charitable organization that grants wishes to ill children with life-threatening medical conditions. To date, Tysen has raised more than $500,000 towards his goal of $1 million.

Over the past four years, Pointe of Grace’s Dance 4 Wishes shows have raised more than $40,000 for the cause. Last April, members of the studio’s junior competitive team were on hand with Tysen as he revealed to 15-year-old Daijah that her wish to go to Vancouver was being granted. The team’s dancers took part in a flash mob and then unfurled a large banner telling Daijah her wish was going to come true.

A limited number of tickets for Dance 4 Wishes will be on sale at the door of Sacred Heart High School, located at 5870 Abbott Street, on March 26. They can also be purchased in advance by emailing Tickets are $10 per show. Pointe of Grace dancers can come see a show for $5.

For more information, please visit the Facebook event here.