COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

Keeping you informed, Councillor Gower has provided updates for pedestrians and cyclists, dogs and cats in the community, vaccines, the Stittsville Rotary Club’s Staycation bike ride supporting the Stittsville Food Bank while focusing on our local businesses, and the new zero-emission plan for OC Transpo buses. Two informative upcoming events will be hosted by the Councillor – a webinar on waste diversion and a public meeting on the proposed development for 6171 Hazeldean Road.

Missing links for pedestrians & cyclists
As part of the outreach for the new Active Transportation (AT) Master plan process, we asked Stittsville residents to identify “missing links” for pedestrians and cyclists in the community. Our office received nearly 100 emails with issues and suggestions, along with comments on social media. This was a very high amount of feedback – it may be the the most feedback we’ve received from Stittsville residents for any City consultation in this term of council.

It’s clear that pedestrian and cycling safety is a priority in this community and more investment is needed from the City to make improvements as quickly as possible. Read a summary here…

Thank you to every resident who sent comments and ideas.  Your feedback was constructive and thoughtful and very helpful to better understand how you walk and cycle in our community. Next: staff will release a draft Active Transportation Plan for public consultation in the fall of 2021.

A reminder for dog & cat owners
Please be a responsible pet owner and respect private and public property in our community. We’ve been receiving far too many inquiries from residents about dogs off leash, dog owners who aren’t picking up after their pets, and cats that are damaging property. You can find more info about dogs and cats in the City of Ottawa here…

Dogs on Leash / Stoop & Scoop signage at Bandmaster Park in Fairwinds

Vaccine update
To date, more than 75% per cent of eligible adults.  More than 17% of Ottawa adults have now received two doses.  This week, a new vaccination clinic opened at Canadian Tire Centre. You can use the provincial booking system to make an appointment for a first or second dose.  Many local pharmacies also have vaccines available. You can search for nearby locations at

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.

Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride in support of the Stittsville Food Bank
Pick a day between June 26 and July 4 and bicycle a 14 km route around Stittsville. Cycle around Stittsville and discover unique restaurants, pubs, craft breweries, coffee & ice cream shops that make Stittsville special. Complete the ride to be entered into a draw for a $100 gift card at the checkpoint business of your choice. Additional prizes from Bushtukah. Registration is $10/individual; $20/family. Details here…

JUNE 24: Waste diversion webinar
Sorting is simple—and it’s the right thing to do. Join me and members of the City’s public works team on June 24 at 6:00 pm for a virtual presentation about Ottawa’s waste diversion programs. Not sure what to put in which bin? Staff will let you know what’s accepted in your green bin and your recycling bins. More info…

NOTEBOOK: Moving towards a zero-emission fleet for OC Transpo
Last week at Transit Commission, I supported a plan that will see OC Transpo transition to a zero-emission bus fleet over the next 15 years. This is great news and a major step forward to meeting our emission reduction targets to tackle climate change. 

OC Transpo will negotiate an agreement with the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and apply for funding from Infrastructure Canada to replace as many as 450 buses by 2027. As older diesel buses are retired, the bus fleet (nearly 1,000 buses) would become fully electrified by 2036. More info here…

JULY 6: Public meeting for 6171 Hazeldean Road
The City of Ottawa will hold a Public Meeting on Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30 pm on Zoom to discuss the proposed plan of subdivision at 6171 Hazeldean. The land is immediately south of the Potter’s Key neighbourhood, just a it west of Giant Tiger. More info…

Keep in touch with your comments or ideas with Councillor Gower. Contact him by telephone 613-580-2476 or email at Check out his website for updates and news as well –


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