COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

Councillor Gower shares with our Stittsville community the challenge of the City budget and asks for your feedback; keeping our catch basins clean; he’s hiring a part-time assistant; City flu shot clinics and locations; and, the last hazardous waste depot taking place this month. Read his updates and the information that affects you in daily life.

A challenging year ahead for the City’s finances

The City budget for 2021 will be a challenge due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city is working on a budget that limits the property-tax increase to no more than three per cent – keeping Ottawa affordable, especially for those who have faced financial hardship because of the pandemic. On October 28 at 7:00 pm, I’ll be joining my council colleagues, Jenna Sudds and Allan Hubley, along with Mayor Watson and the City Treasurer, Wendy Stephanson, to host a virtual Q&A. For details visit, We also have launched a survey to gather your feedback, which you can find on my web site. You can find the survey here.

Keeping catch basins clean

This month’s rain has brought down a lot of leaves and water at once. If you see pooling near your home your catch basin may need to be cleared. A clear catch basin will allow water to drain off the roadway. Visit to find a map of catch basin locations on your street.

We’re hiring!

We’re looking for an individual to join #TeamStittsville as a Councillor Assistant in our Stittsville office starting this fall.  This is a part-time position (25 hours per week) focused on constituency work and community engagement. Details at

2020/2021 Flu Season Update – Fixed Clinic Locations – Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will be holding flu clinics at several fixed locations across the city, which are expected to open on October 29th, 2020. Find out more at…/2020-2021-flu-season%E2%80…/.

Last Hazardous Waste Depot of 2020 – October 21 – 25

You will be able to dispose of household hazardous waste at the Barrhaven snow facility, at the intersection of Strandherd and Dealership drives, daily between 8 am and 4 pm. We recommend accessing the site from the Strandherd Drive exit of Highway 416. We have consulted with Ottawa Public Health to develop COVID-19 safety precautions for the depot. You can find the procedures online. The City will not accept electronic waste, only household hazardous waste. You will be asked to remain in your vehicle as staff unload materials. Due to operating restrictions, staff will not be able to empty and return bins, totes, gas cans and boxes. This information is subject to change based on further developments related to COVID-19. For information about impacts of COVID-19 on City programs and services, visit



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