Stittsville Appreciation Awards Recap

Last night, I was thrilled to once again present the 10th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex.


This is the one night a year where Stittsville residents can show their appreciation by nominating any individual or business for their outstanding service and positive attitude toward bettering the Stittsville community.


It is a great opportunity to help shed some light on the Stittsville neighbours who have helped to make a difference in our lives. Residents can be nominated in any of the following categories:

  • Business of the Year;
  • Senior Citizen of the Year;
  • Youth Citizen of the Year;
  • Educator of the Year; or
  • Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year


The Business of the Year award is presented in recognition of a business that has contributed significantly to our community’s quality of life through charitable efforts and the promotion of community spirit.


The Senior Citizen of the Year is awarded to the individual who has over the years continually demonstrated a selfless giving of themselves with the utmost interest in bettering the community.



The Youth Citizen of the Year is presented to an individual who demonstrates qualities that are examples to all other youths while developing the skills to be leaders throughout their lives.



The Educator of the Year is a new award, conceived in celebration of the 10th Annual Stittsville Appreciation Awards 2018. This inaugural award recognizes an instructor that has created a lasting impact on the lives of their students and inspires youth to achieve the very best of their abilities whilst giving back to their community.


The final award to be given out each year is the Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year Award. It was conceived in loving memory of Roger Griffiths and presented each year to an individual who best exemplifies community involvement and participation by a member of the Griffiths family.

This year, an exceptional group of 23 residents/businesses were nominated for the prestigious accolades. These nominees and recipients of each category were as follows:

  • Business of the Year – Pathway Jiu Jitsu, Stittsville Central / Ottawa Start, Stittsville District Lions Club, U-Rock Music School, Värdera Café, Warmstone Family Dentistry (recipient)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year – Ron Hauck, Carole Herbert (recipient)
  • Youth Citizen of the Year – Rohan Abraham (recipient), Lexis Berkin, Robyn Davy, Elisabeth Pilon, Shannon Wallace
  • Educator of the Year – Nicole Charest, Maura Cuffari, Noelle Georganas (recipient), Jonathan Hare, Curtis MacNeil, Sheryl Stonehouse
  • Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year – Kim Bonin (recipient), Melanie & Marek Driver, Tanya Hein, Wesley Smith, Karla & Murilo Torres


As we wrap up another great year of appreciation, I would like to thank Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor for taking the time to join us at the Awards and Dylan Black for taking part as our special guest MC for the evening. A special thank you goes to John Brummell for celebrating 10 years of Appreciation by being the official photographer of the Awards ceremony for the past decade. I would also like to thank the nominators for taking the time to recognize the recipients, Mia Gosham-Hamer – our National Anthem singer, Jordan McConnell – our bagpiper, the guests who came by to show their support, and, of course, my office team for their hard work in ensuring that the event was successful and enjoyable for all.


Lastly, I would like to take one final moment to once again publicly acknowledge all of the nominees and recipients from last night’s awards for their tremendous contributions toward bettering life in Stittsville. You are a shining example of just what it is that makes Stittsville a wonderful place to live. Though Stittsville has changed a lot in the 10 years since the awards were re-launched in their current incarnation, it is and always will be the people who bring our community to life. As long as we care for our neighbours in the way that we do, that will never change.

Cleaning the Capital Recap

Registration for the spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign is now closed.


I would like to formally thank all Stittsville residents who took the time out of their busy lives to register a clean-up project to help keep our streets looking great. It is always great to see individuals within our community step up on a volunteer basis to ensure that we can take pride in where we live.


This morning, my team and I took part in our bi-annual clean-up project at Fringewood Drive!


For all those who are still pursuing a registered clean-up before the end of the month, I would like to wish you the very best!


And remember, it’s never the wrong time to take pride in your community!

Bus Detour at Stittsville Main and West Ridge

As residents may be aware, the intersection of West Ridge and Stittsville Main will soon be undergoing modifications, resulting in the access from Stittsville Main to West Ridge being temporarily closed.


Route 162 current uses this this access and will require a detour from Wednesday, 23 May 2018 (07:00) through to Thursday, 21 June 2018 (18:00).

The proposed detour, as shown in the image below, maintains service to the West Ridge community between Stittsville Main and Fernbank. Unfortunately, given the constraint of the local road network, the detour would introduce transit service to streets that do not normally have transit service, specifically along Eckerson and Cresswell, and three bus stops would be missed. A temporary stop would be added on West Ridge at Traditions Park to maintain service coverage within the community. The image below details the detour routing, the temporary removal of service, and affected bus stops. This will require seven weekday trips and fourteen Saturday trips to operate on this detour.



Staff estimates that this will impact approximately four Route 162 customers, who currently use the bus stops on Fernbank or Stittsville Main Street.


It has been determined that parking would need to be removed along the south side of Eckerson and the east side of Cresswell in order to allow buses to safely maneuver through the community. In addition, the contractor will be required to complete a mail drop to all affected residents in the area advising them of the temporary introduction of buses on their street. Staff will ensure that the detour information is listed on the OC Transpo website, and notices will be posted at all affected stops directing customers to the next available stop.


I thank residents for their patience at this time.

Bike Rodeo Recap

I would like to take a moment to thank all Stittsville residents who took the opportunity to join last Saturday’s Bike Rodeo at the Johnny Leroux Arena!

The event was well attended with lots of future cyclists mastering the skills necessary to enjoy safe cycling for many years to come!

Many thanks go to Rob Wilkinson and his team at Safer Roads Ottawa for taking the time to provide hands-on instruction and share some useful safe cycling items with the community. I would also like to thank the Stittsville Girl Guides and Scouts for coordinating the event as well as the Ottawa Police Services who dropped by to show their support and the staff at the Johnny Leroux Arena for their assistance with the day.


Crossing Guard Appreciation Day


Today, I had the great pleasure of attending the Crossing Guard Appreciation Day celebrations at the Roch Carrier Public School.

Crossing guards play a very important role in ensuring our kids get to and from school safely each day while enjoying outdoor exercise.

I was also thrilled to give my congratulations to Dennis Bresee, a crossing guard around many of Stittsville’s schools, who was named Ottawa’s Favourite Crossing Guard of the year!

Congratulations, Dennis, and thank you for keeping our communities safe!

Information on Ticks and Lyme Disease – Tick Kits Now Available at My Ward Office (Limited Supply; 1 Per Family)

Insects are a sign of spring but there is one insect in particular this year to keep an eye on – ticks and the threat they have to carry and spread Lyme Disease.
Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. In Ontario, Lyme disease is spread by the bite of a black-legged tick, commonly known as the deer tick. Most humans are infected through the bite of an immature tick called a nymph, which is very small and are most active in the spring. Adult ticks are larger and active during the late summer and fall.
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. Tick keys are a great tool for removing ticks and are available for sale at local retailers. 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.


Once again, Ottawa Public Health has put together Lyme disease “kits”, which are available for pickup free of charge (while supplies last; quantities are limited; one tick kit per household) at my ward office in the Goulbourn Recreation Complex for your information, use and distribution. Each “kit” includes a Lyme disease factsheet, which offers details related to the symptoms of Lyme Disease, tick removal processes, testing protocols and ways to prevent tick bites. The kits also include a tick key, which is designed to help remove any tick that may have attached themselves to a person, a family member, friend or pet.

I encourage all residents to be prepared for what to do in case you find a tick attached to you or your pets.


The government of Canada has also prepared a useful video to help protect yourself and your family from ticks carrying lyme disease which is available below:


For more information on ticks and removal of an imbedded tick please visit\LymeDisease.

Wild Parsnip 2018 Strategy


The 2018 Wild Parsnip Program will start on May 23rd, 2018, weather permitting.  Similar to years’ past, the goal is to reduce the growth of wild parsnip in areas that are highly infested while ensuring that environmentally sensitive areas and public safety are not adversely impacted. In total, Council has approved $198,000 for the year’s strategy.


Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties.


Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin.


The best way to avoid contact with Wild Parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like so you do not accidently come in contact with the plant.


The 2018 Strategy consists of the following:

  • Continue and expand ClearView herbicide application to highly infested areas and test the effectiveness of the Truvist herbicide at specified sites
  • Continue with mowing, adjusting frequency and timing to best coincide with herbicide applications
  • Monitor test plots for the herbicides effectiveness
  • Re-map infestation levels
  • Continue the communication and awareness campaign in collaboration with partners in Ottawa Public Health, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), NCC, etc.
  • Staff will prepare weekly updates to Councillors on parkland spraying locations within each ward.
  • Communication materials (a postcard and an information sheet) are available for distribution to Councillors for their constituents; materials will also be sent to local schools

The program will use Clearview Herbicide (PCP #29752, containing aminopyralid and metsulfuron-methyl) and Truvist (PCP #30920, containing aminocyclopyrachlor and chlorsulfuron) under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada).

Similar to last year, rural residents who do not wish to have the roadside adjacent to their property sprayed have been given the option to opt-out of the Wild Parsnip program.

Staff will continue to monitor and map wild parsnip infestation levels throughout the remainder of the year.

For additional information on wild parsnip, please consult the City of Ottawa website.

Splash Pads, Beaches and Outdoor Pools – Pioneer Plains Splash Pad Delayed

Warm weather has arrived in Stittsville and that means the City’s beach, outdoor pool, wading pool and park programs are on their way! Beginning May 18th, here are just a few of the ways you can beat the heat!


Splash Pads are active from May 18 – September 14 (weather dependent) and run from 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Splash Pads are available in Stittsville at Pioneer Plains Park, Haliburton Park, Bandmaster Park, Upcountry Park and Deer Run Park.


Please note that due to mechanical issues, the splash pad located at Pioneer Plains Park (1018 Stittsville Main St.) will not be ready by opening date (Friday, May 18th). Public Works have identified that there is a broken pipe, which will require further work in order to repair the problem.

For a list of all splash pad locations across the City, please visit To report a malfunctioning splash pad, please call 3-1-1 or email




There will be 9 outdoor pools (deep pools) in operation this summer with schedules for public swimming available at:
For outdoor pool information, please visit: and select Pool Locations.



Site Location Contact # Open-Closed
Mooney’s Bay 2926 Riverside Dr. 613-248-0863 June 16 – August 26
Britannia 2805 Carling Ave. 613-820-1211 June 16 – August 26
Westboro 745 Ottawa River Parkway 613-792-3875 June 16 – August 26
Petrie Island 727 Trim Rd. 613-824-5704 June 16 – August 26


Beaches will be lifeguard supervised Monday to Sunday – 12:00 – 7:00 pm from June 16 – August 26, 2018.


Washroom facilities will open Saturday, May 19 to September 3, 2018 inclusively at Mooney’s Bay, Britannia and Petrie Island Beaches. Washroom Hours are:

  • Mon – Thu, 10:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Fri – Sun 10:30 am – 7:00 pm

Washrooms at Westboro Beach are open as part of the canteen concession and reflect canteen operating hours.

For information on water quality at beach locations, contact Public Health: 613-580-2424 ext.13219 or visit


For general information on beaches, please visit: or email


Ottawa Paramedic Service meets all response time goals in 2017


The Ottawa Paramedic Service met Council-approved response times in 2017 for emergencies of every acuity level as well as for cases of sudden cardiac arrest, despite a 1.1 per cent increase in response volume. That was a key accomplishment in an annual report received this week by the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee.


This is great news as it means the City is working efficiently at prompt response to emergency situations, helping to keep Ottawa residents SAFE.


The service implemented a variety of strategies to mitigate the increasing volume of calls. Community paramedics conducted proactive home visits to patients with complex medical needs. They also administered flu shots and treated patients outside the emergency department during peak flu season, diverting patients away from paramedic transport.


The Committee also received 2017 annual reports for the 9-1-1 service and the Security and Emergency Management branch.


Despite a six-per-cent increase in volume, the Ottawa Police Service answered 98 per cent of the 256,294 calls to 9-1-1 within six seconds.


The Office of Emergency Management responded to 79 situations and coordinated the response of City services to several other situations, including the spring flooding. Corporate Security completed 13 security audits and more than 140 electronic security projects, and rolled out the Protective Measures Program to all staff.

Update on Work at Stittsville Main and Hazeldean

The Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence will be doing a final repair of the pavement at Stittsville Main Street and Hazeldean Road. The reason that the work has not been completed yet is that the asphalt plants only opening mid-May and the City’s imposed half load restriction has been in place.

Every year, the City monitors thaw progression by utilizing the forecast temperature data to calculate the Thaw Index. When the Thaw Index reaches its threshold value, the load restrictions are imposed. Once the pavement strength has been restored, the load restrictions are removed.

The reason for the initial work done on the south bound lane of Stittsville Main Street was to connect the sanitary sewers to the upcoming Hazeldean Gardens Retirement Residence.

As of Tuesday, May 22, seasonal load restrictions will be lifted.
Since trucks are no longer limited to half-capacity, that means that summer infrastructure projects will soon be underway!


I will be certain to update the community as I receive updates but I expect the paving work at Stittsville Main and Hazeldean to be completed some time in the next two weeks (weather permitting). I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as I can appreciate that travelling this area has not been a smooth ride.