COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

From blasting, coyotes, Tewin, development and other important information pertaining to Stittsville, Councillor Gower shares the information you need to know this week.

Blasting in Stittsville – We’ve had many inquiries to our office about recent blasting in Stittsville. There’s blasting underway in the south part of Stittsville at the site of the future Shea Village subdivision near Shea & Fernbank, and there’s blasting at Hazeldean Crossings at Hazeldean & Victor.

According to provincial regulations, blasting companies are required to complete a detailed survey for structures, and notify property owners of the blasting work within a 75-metre radius of the construction site. To monitor the level of blasts, blasting companies place monitors around the construction site and nearby structures to ensure that the blasts do not exceed permitted levels.

We’ve published a list of Frequently Asked Questions about what’s involved in blasting, and what to do if you think your home has been damaged. Click here to read more…

COVID-19 Updates – The Province announced that the City of Ottawa is in the Orange zone. However, this doesn’t change what we need to do. Why? Kindly read these 14 tweets & we’ll tell you. Read more about these measures on the Province of Ontario’s website.

To date, there have been close to 35,000 doses administered in Ottawa. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution FAQs page for answers to questions frequently asked by residents.

SAVE THE DATE: A webinar about coyotes on March 1 – We’re hosting an info session about coyotes in our community on Monday, March 1 at 7:00pm. Watch for details in the coming week.

WOCRC Call for Board Members – The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre offers health and social services and programs to benefit individuals of all ages in far west Ottawa. The Centre is currently looking for candidates who reflect the full diversity of the communities that they serve to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors.  I served on the board several years ago and it was a very rewarding and worthwhile experience. You can find more information here…

Tewin, reconciliation and financial risk – Last week, City Council approved 1,281 hectares of new land for future urban expansion in Ottawa, including 445 hectares in the east end for an area known as Tewin, advanced by the Algonquins of Ontario (AOO).

There’s been a lot of discussion about reconciliation over the past two weeks.  The AOO have made a very specific request about what one part of reconciliation looks like for them. I think it’s important to listen to the request from the AOO, and to understand that this isn’t going to be the path forward for all Indigenous communities, but it is for this one.

I wrote last week about potential risks from the Tewin project. To ensure that we’re not giving carte-blanche to develop without consideration of the cost to our municipality, I introduced a motion at Council to better protect us against these risks. The motion was passed with unanimous support from City Council. Read more…

Share your feedback about snow clearing – In less time than it takes a snowflake to fall from a cloud (approximately 45 to 60 minutes for those who might not be aware) you can share your opinions on the City’s Winter Maintenance Quality Standards. Head to Engage Ottawa before midnight, February 19.

Local development updates

1518 Stittsville Main – Thanks to residents who joined us last week for the info meeting about the proposed mixed-use building on Stittsville Main just south of Abbott. We’ve shared a video of the meeting here…

Hazeldean Crossings construction meeting – We’re holding an info meeting on Monday, February 22 at 6:30pm to discuss construction plans for Hazeldean Crossings, located the corner of Hazeldean and Victor.  The builder will be on hand to share information about construction timelines and potential impact to residents. More info…

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