COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

Councillor Glen Gower wants residents to be up-to-date and aware of the following upcoming and ongoing news that is relevant to our community. He wants to hear your ideas to improve walking and cycling in Stittsville; provides an update on vaccines; ensuring that those with mental health issues due to COVID-19 have the correct resources to seek assistance; informs us of upcoming utility work; confirms dates for the return of his Councillor Chat; announces upcoming information sessions for new development applications; brings awareness of the UPTick Project and a Town Hall to find out more; the Mental Health webinars hosted by the Ottawa-Stittsville Rotary Club; the Rain Barrel fundraiser hosted by St. Thomas Anglican Church; and the Stittsville Volunteer Awards.

Help identify missing links for cyclists and pedestrians
The City is currently in the process of updating the Transportation Master Plan, which will include an Active Transportation Plan for pedestrian and cycling facilities. This new plan will set the priorities and timelines for infrastructure improvements over the next ten years.

Do you have ideas on how to improve walking and cycling in Stittsville? Know of any “missing links” that need connecting? Tell me about it by sending an email to glen.gower@ottawa.ca, and then join us on May 11 for a Q&A on Zoom.  More info…

Vaccine update
To date, more than 255,000 Ottawa residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That represents 29% of the population over 16 years old.

I was fortunate enough to get an appointment last week at a local pharmacy as part of the “40+” eligibility group. Please get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible to keep our community healthy and safe.

Visit the OPH Covid-19 Vaccination page to learn who can currently get the Covid-19 vaccine and check out COVID-19 in Ottawa for the latest updates.

Taking care of your mental health
It’s normal for situations like COVID-19 to affect your mental health. Everyone will experience these events in their own way. It is completely natural to feel stress and concern during these times and so it is important to practice positive coping strategies.

Visit ottawapublichealth.ca for a listing of Mental Health Resources available to you. If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-722-6914. If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1.

Bell utility work in Fringewood and Amberway
After a delay due to winter weather, Bell’s contractors will be starting up work again on fiber installation in the Fringewood and Amberway neighbourhoods. Work is expected to resume this week and last about six weeks. And yes, Bell is required to restore the lawns, driveways and landscaping back to its original condition. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Councillor Chat
Mark your calendar for May 4 for my next Councillor Chat on Zoom. I’ll be answering your questions live from 7pm-8pm on Zoom and Facebook. Details to follow.

Upcoming Development Information Meetings

UPTick Project Town Hall meeting – May 6
The UPTick project will soon be launching its second year of field activities in four Ottawa neighbourhoods. University of Ottawa researchers will continue their project on ticks and Lyme disease in areas of Kanata North & South, Stittsville and Carp this season. The project aims to assess the impacts of urban change on tick populations and tick-borne disease transmission. The researchers will hold a virtual town hall meeting to share information about this project and the first-year’s results. More info…

Rotary Club hosts mental health webinars
The Stittsville Rotary Club is offering two free webinars during Mental Health Week in May. The first webinar on May 3 is titled “Are the Kids OK?” Three panelists will discuss youth mental health and addictions issues followed by questions and answers. Register here… The second webinar on May 6 with Ryan Forsyth will discuss men’s mental health issues. Register here…

St. Thomas Church rain barrel fundraiser
Save water, save money, and grow great gardens. This sale benefits St Thomas Anglican Church in Stittsville and includes optional home delivery. The pickup event will be held at 1619 Stittsville Main St, on Saturday June 12, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with home deliveries to Stittsville commencing after the event and continuing daily until completed. More info…

(Barry Gray was named Senior Citizen of the Year in 2019)

Call for Nominations – Stittsville Volunteer Awards
Do you know a person, business or community group going above and beyond to make a difference in Stittsville? We want to hear about them! The Stittsville Volunteer Awards are an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the dedication of volunteers in our community. Nominations are now open in six different categories. Nominations must be received by email at the end of day on April 30, 2021, and the awards celebration will take place online on June 3, 2021. More info…

Get in touch!
My team and I are working every day to answer your questions and connect residents with the resources they need. If we can help in any way, please email me at glen.gower@ottawa.ca or leave a voicemail at 613-580-2476. You can also follow on – Twitter, Facebook – or visit the website for further information. 


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