COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

Keeping you informed, some updates from Councillor Gower for this week include the Stittsville Library, the Rotary Club’s Staycation Ride, waste management, nominations are open for the Order of Ottawa and Brian Kilrea Awards, just to name a few. Don’t forget to get in touch with the Councillor should you have any questions or concerns that you feel he can help you with – his contact information is below.

Vaccine Update – Great News!
Last week our city reached an incredible milestone with one million vaccine doses delivered!  Over 79% of residents 12+ have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 36% have now received two doses.

This is great progress!  Check out Ottawa Public Health’s vaccination dashboard for more information.

For residents who have yet to get a dose – please consider booking a vaccine appointment today. I know for some the process to book appointments has been cumbersome or confusing. With more vaccine supply, there are many appointments available at pharmacies and at clinics like the one at Canadian Tire Centre.  Click here to book an appointment…

“All adults 12 and older are eligible to get a second dose sooner. If you already have your second appointment a few months from now, Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends that you register for an earlier appointment as soon as possible. Make this your summer of two doses.” Read the latest statement from Dr. Vera Etches.

Library update
On Monday July 5, the Ottawa Public Library will move to “Step 2” (book browsing, expanded services and higher capacities).  Hours will stay the same and limited time spent in branch will be appreciated in this phase. Stittsville’s library staff looks forward to seeing you.  Also, as of this week, kids can also pick up the Summer Reading club reading booklets, stickers, and website access codes. Let the reading begin!

(Ottawa-Stittsville Rotary Club Staycation Ride. Graphic: Stittsville Central

Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride
Due to the weather last week and to increase the opportunity for cyclists to visit some great Stittsville small businesses into July, the Rotary Club has decided to extend their Stittsville Staycation Rotary Ride until July 11.  Details & registration…

Tracking ticks and lyme disease
Thanks to Peter H. for letting us know about, a web site and app to help monitor ticks in Canada. The citizen science project invites the public to submit tick photos on for identification by a professional. The identification results, combined with other data such as collection date and locality can then be consulted and mapped.  You can learn more about Lyme disease and how to protect yourself from tickets on the web site.

A new vision for waste management in Ottawa
This week at City Council, we’ll discuss and likely approve a new vision and goals to manage solid waste, increase waste diversion and extend the life of the landfill over the next 30 years. The second phase of the Solid Waste Master Plan envisions a Zero Waste Ottawa achieved through progressive, collective and innovative action, by changing lifestyles and practices over the short, medium and long term.  Read more…

(Order of Ottawa Award and Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. Graphic: Stittsville Central)

Nominations open for 10th Annual Order of Ottawa and coaching awards
The City is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

The Order of Ottawa, now in its 10th year, recognizes the professional achievements and outstanding service of exceptional Ottawa residents – those who have made significant contributions through their professional endeavours, to life in the city in any of the following areas: arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports and entertainment and other fields that benefit Ottawa.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching recognizes the contribution of an amateur coach who exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea’s career.

You can find more information on both awards at

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 or leave a voicemail at 613-580-2476. 


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