COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

This week, Councillor Gower has a jam-packed update of information to keep Stittsville residents aware of community happenings. If you have questions or comments for the Councillor, join him virtually on Tuesday evening from 7:00-8:00pm during his Councillor’s Chat. Some of the issues and updates below are: street racing/loud engines, construction garbage, a new cannabis license application, dogs in parks, the local horticultural society seeking volunteers, cleaning the capital, and the virtual Let’s Bike urban cycling session on June 16th, along with some additional topics.

June 8: Councillor Chat
Join me on Facebook and Zoom on Tuesday, June 8 for my next Councillor Chat.  I’ll take your questions live from 7pm-8pm about any topic relating to Stittsville.
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82482447301
Facebook: http://facebook.com/councillorglen/

Vaccine update
To date, more than 569,000 people in Ottawa have received at least one dose of vaccine, representing more than 66% per cent of eligible adults. 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.

In Ottawa, we’re continuing to have problems with the provincial supply of vaccines. The Province keeps expanding eligibility, but not providing Ottawa with enough doses to keep up with the demand. I’ve been supporting Dr. Etches, Mayor Watson, and Chief DiMonte (head of the vaccine task force) in their efforts to negotiate with the province for more vaccines. It’s a very frustrating situation and I encourage residents to write to MPP Ghamari and Premier Ford as well.

Street racing & loud engines
Ottawa Police continue to hand out dozens of tickets each weekend to reduce speeding, stunt driving and excessive noise on City streets across Ottawa. On Saturday night alone, 52 tickets were issued for speeding, improper mufflers, and other offences. Last month, I had an update call with our community police officer to share resident concerns about racing on streets like Carp Road, Hazeldean Road, Abbott Street, Robert Grant, and Fernbank. Police are asking residents to report unsafe driving via ottawapolice.ca/report/.

Cannabis retail store
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has received an application for a licence to operate a cannabis retail store at 1539 Stittsville Main Street. That’s just south of Orville Street in the new building under construction. The AGCO file number is 1148818. You can find more information or share feedback here…

Construction garbage
I want to thank local homebuilders who have pooled their resources to pay for a clean-up crew to pick up construction debris that has blown into ditches and fields. Builders are responsible for securing construction bins and building materials, as well as for cleaning up any debris that blows away from their worksite.

Volunteers needed to help with gardening at Village Square Park
The Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society is looking for volunteers to help with planters at Village Square Park – planting and watering. Contact Brenda Raid at barberb55@hotmail.com.

Dogs on leash
We keep hearing from residents with concerns about dogs off leash on paths and in parks in our community. Please check the signage and respect the rules. You can find more info and a map of dog-friendly parks here…

Give your feedback on the Parks and Recreation Facilities Master Plan
The City wants to hear your feedback on Ottawa’s future parks and recreation facilities. Visit engage.ottawa.ca to provide your feedback before June 17. From pools to ice pads, tennis courts to cricket pitches, the final plan will create a roadmap for the City until 2031. Read more…

2021 Volunteer Awards
On Thursday night, nominees and special guests joined us via Zoom as we presented the 2021 Stittsville Volunteer Awards. This year’s recipients:

  • Youth: Alexis Heitman & Amatur Raheem Salam-Alada
  • Senior: Marcia Buchanan
  • Teacher: April Soni, Goulbourn Middle School
  • Business: Mandy Hambly
  • Group: Stittsville Food Bank
  • Roger Griffiths Memorial Citizen of the Year: Allan Ryan

Read a recap of the awards and watch a video of the ceremony here… To the nominees and award recipients – you should be very proud about what you’ve accomplished. I am proud to continue this yearly tradition so that we can continue to thank these leaders for their outstanding contributions to life in our community. Thanks to all of you for getting involved!

2021 Cleaning the Capital re-starts
If you’ve already registered for this year’s Cleaning the Capital campaign, heads up that clean-up kits will be made available for pick-up by registrants beginning the week of June 7 via outdoor, COVID-Wise set-ups at seven City facilities. Watch for details via email. You can still register to clean up a park or public space on the City’s Cleaning the Capital web site. The campaign has been extended until June 30, so let’s clean our Capital in time for Canada Day!

Household waste
The first Household Hazardous Waste Depot event of 2021 will take place at the Conroy Snow Dump (3100 Conroy Road), in an extended five-day period from June 22 to 26, from 8 am to 4 pm. Additional dates and locations will be announced soon. More info…

Indigenous History Month
June is Indigenous History Month, an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures and learn from Indigenous Elders and community leaders. MASC and the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) are hosting an event called Indigenous Experiences on Wednesday June 16, as part of the Rural Roadtrip Concert Series. At the end of each concert, OPL staff connect the audience with the performers through a Q&A session. More info…

Let’s Bike! A virtual workshop on urban cycling (June 16)
As part of Let’s Bike Month, we’ve partnered with EnviroCentre to offer a free community workshop giving tips on urban cycling. The virtual event will be held on Wednesday June 16 at 6 pm, via Zoom. More info…


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