COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

Have you registered for Cleaning the Capital? Councillor Gower brings you details about the program; along with sharing his thoughts on the recent mailing about the Service Line Warranties of Canada protection program for homeowners; an upcoming zoom meeting for 6111 Hazeldean Road; a liquor license application; mental health seminars organized by our local Rotary Club; and, a new Councillor’s newsletter being mailed to Stittsville homes this week.

Cleaning the Capital
Early registration is now open for the City’s 2021 Cleaning the Capital Program campaign, running from April 15 to May 15.  Visit ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register your cleanup. Select a location, such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop or pathway – any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal. The interactive map will show you which locations have already been claimed, and the online registration form will allow you to choose your own project site and indicate the cleanup supplies that you need. The campaign is a citywide event that brings together communities, neighbours and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green.

In Spring 2019, volunteers signed up to help clean just about every park and public place in Stittsville. Let’s try to repeat that in 2021!  Click here to find more information about the program, including COVID-19 safety precautions.

Watch your mailbox!
Check your mailbox this week for a special community newsletter published by me and my team! You can also download and read the PDF version here…

Rotary Club mental health seminars
As one of its community services, the Rotary Club of Ottawa-Stittsville is offering three Free Mental Health Seminars by Zoom on March 30, April 6 and April 8 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.mDetails here…

6111 Hazeldean
We’re hosting an information session on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00pm via Zoom to discuss the proposed commercial development for 6111 Hazeldean Road. All residents are welcome to attend and share their feedback or ask questions. You can also send questions in advance to glen.gower@ottawa.ca.

Liquor license application
The Smoque Shack (1016 Carp Road) as submitted a liquor license application to the AGCO.  Deadline for comments is April 16 and you can share your feedback via the AGCO web site.

A note about Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC)
We’ve had a number of resident inquiries about a letter from Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC) about protection plans to help cover repair costs associated with their water and sewer service lines. 
 
This is a legitimate program — however in my opinion the way that the company is marketing the program (including the use of the City of Ottawa logo) is problematic. I am advising residents to check with their insurance provider to see if their policy already covers this, or if coverage is required at all.
 
Participation in this program is optional and voluntary for Ottawa homeowners. Your insurance may already cover this, or you may decide that you do not require any additional coverage. Please take some time to review the information and make the right decision for your family and situation. 
 
I’ve shared additional information here…. The Ottawa Citizen also published a Q&A with additional info…


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