COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

This week, Councillor Gower shares updates on the recently announced mobile vaccination team from Ottawa Public Health who will administer doses of vaccine to various larger groups; the new Green Park Pilot initiative at Stittsville parks; an online Neighbourhood Walk for Women’s Safety hosted by the Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE); upcoming watermain cathodic protection work on Abbott Street; an opportunity to provide feedback to the Goulbourn Museum survey on their stategic plan to serve our community better; and new temporary signs along the Trans Canada Trail.

Mobile Vaccination Team
Ottawa Public Health is expanding the way that residents can access the COVID-19 vaccine. Workplaces, community organizations, places of worship and other groups can now request a mobile vaccination team to administer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on-site, at their own location.

This program is intended to help reduce barriers for residents who have not yet received the vaccine by working with community leaders to provide comfortable, convenient and easily accessible options for vaccination. This is just one more initiative to help ensure that anyone 12 years of age and older in Ottawa who wants the COVID-19 vaccine can get vaccinated.

If you are a community organization, community leader, faith leader, or employer in Ottawa and have a group of people that may benefit from a mobile vaccination team coming to you, please reach out through the following ways:

Based on your group’s needs, Ottawa Public Health will coordinate the planning and can set up a mobile team, assist in promotion of your mobile vaccine clinic, and even help answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines. Services can be provided in a variety of languages.

Other ways to get vaccinated
There are many appointments available for anyone who still needs a vaccine. Visit the provincial booking system or use this this tool to find a convenient time and date, or drop-in at certain clinics without making an appointment. The drop-in locations are updated daily on and on the City’s FacebookTwitter and Instagram accounts. You can also book an appointment with your local pharmacy.

If you are booked for a vaccination in the fall, you are encouraged to move your appointment up to take advantage of the many appointments that are available.

Green Park Pilot
We’re launching a “Green Park” pilot project at select Stittsville parks. We’re asking park users to “Carry in / Carry Out”, and bring home any garbage and waste that they create. The goal is to reduce the volume of waste and create a healthier and more pleasant park experience. As of 2019, dog waste can be bagged and disposed in household green compost bins. Household waste needs to be disposed as part of your curbside on collection day or taken to the landfill. Learn more about the pilot and locations here…

WISE Neighbourhood Walk for Women’s Safety
From July 25 to August 2, WISE is inviting Ottawa residents to explore their neighbourhood to show their support for the safety of all women and to make an impact to end gender-based violence. (WISE uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people.)  Click here for more information about how you can participate.

Goulbourn Museum Survey
The Goulbourn Museum has been working on a strategic plan to provide clear direction for the Museum over the next five years. One of the most important components of the plan is identifying strategies to better serve the community. Click here to take the survey…

Watermain Cathodic Protection
The City will soon begin watermain cathodic protection work on Abbott Street. This work is being conducted to extend design life of watermain pipes and to reduce the risk of watermain breaks by installing anodes along the watermain. This work is accomplished by welding sacrificial anodes to the watermain at specified intervals to protect the pipe from corrosion. In Stittsville, work is planned on Abbott Street from Granite Ridge Drive to 275m south of Carberry Drive. More info…

Share the path signage
We’ve added some temporary “Share the Path” signage along the Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail). Whether your a cyclist, walker or jogger, please be courteous to your fellow path users. Some tips:

  • Be aware that different pathway users travel at different speeds. Make sure your speed allows you to react in time for whatever might arise.
  • Keep right, pass left.
  • Don’t block the path.
  • Sound your bell or call out when passing.
  • Keep pets on a short leash.

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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