COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

Councillor Gower shares an abundance of information in this week’s update that is relative to the community. Just some of the important news: cleaning up the community; a GoFundMe has been set-up for a family who lost their vehicle, and mode of income, in a vehicle accident last week; the open air fire ban in effect; maintenance taking place; pesticides; bus route detours; and it’s Pride Week. Below you will find much more information as it pertains to Stittsville..

Pitching in to clean up our community
Registration is now open for this year’s Cleaning the Capital Fall campaign, with clean-up projects taking place between September 13 and October 15.

We’re encouraging families, schools, community groups, and other organizations to register to clean up a park or natural area in Stittsville and keep our neighbourhood beautiful.

Registration forms are available online at Ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 613-580-2424, extension 13458. Also online is an interactive map that will show the locations chosen for clean-ups.

Clean-up kits will include garbage bags, gloves and – while supplies last – leaf and yard waste bags, and will be made available for pick-up by registrants at one of seven City facilities across Ottawa.

If you’re organizing a clean-up event, let me know about it – I’d love to drop by and say hello!

Celebrating Pride Week
Happy Pride Stittsville! This week is an opportunity to celebrate, respect and be an ally for the 2SLGBTQ+ community.  This year’s Pride Week theme in Ottawa is “We Still Demand!”, in recognition of the first large-scale queer rights demonstration in Canada that took place in 1971. For more information about this year’s in-person and online events, visit capitalpride.ca.

Weekly video & podcast updates
My Saturday morning updates are now available as a podcast on SpotifyiTunesand more. Search for “Councillor Glen” on your favourite app. You can watch the video version on YouTube and Facebook.

The latest from Ottawa Public Health

  • Find answers to your COVID-19 questions in 8 different languages including Punjabi, Hindi, Spanish, Turkish and others! For more information: Multilingual Resources for Diverse Communities 
  • As of August 18, children born in 2009 or earlier can now be vaccinated at any of our clinics (all of which have walk-in appointments available daily). Learn more, including clinic locations and hours here: COVID-19 Vaccine

Open-air fire ban in effect
Ottawa Fire Services (OFS) has implemented a ban on open air burning for the entire City of Ottawa.All open air fires are prohibited during a ban, including properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, as well as campfires and wood burning outdoor fireplaces. Devices which do not require a permit such as propane, ethanol, and natural gas outdoor fireplaces and barbecues are not included in the ban and residents are advised to follow the manufacturer’s specifications for safe clearances and operation. Please call 3-1-1 for more information.

A note about pesticide use
We’ve received several questions from residents about mosquito control companies operating on private property. Provincial law and regulations allow the application of approved pesticides for control of mosquitoes and ticks on private property, as long as the pesticide does not drift off the property and the pesticide does not enter any waterbody or water course that runs off the property. This is especially important to keep in mind for residents leaving near Poole Creek and other natural areas. If residents believe that pesticides are being applied in contravention of the Pesticide Act and regulations, they can submit a complaint directly to the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks via  https://www.ontario.ca/page/report-pollution-and-spills

Community GoFundMe fundraiser
Neighbours have set up a Go Fund Me to help a family affected by a vehicle collision on Fringewood Drive last week. One of the cars that was hit is used to instruct new drivers, which means the family’s main source of income has been affected. You can find more information here. Thank you to neighbours for showing their support to a family facing a very difficult and stressful situation!

AUGUST 30: Information meeting about Brightside/Hopetown pathway improvements
Please join us on Monday, August 30 at 6:00pm for an info meeting about the proposed pedestrian upgrades for the pathways that link Guardian Angels school with Brightside Avenue and Hopetown Street. More info…

Bus detours at Moodie
Starting 3:00 am on Sunday September 5 many west-end buses will be on detour due to Moodie Station being temporarily relocated and the Transitway between Holly Acres and Moodie closing for construction of Stage 2. More info…

Tree removal behind Buttonwood Trail
A forestry crew from the City will be removing trees along the walking trail behind Buttonwood Trail due to Emerald Ash Borer. The trail will be closed while work is underway for one or two days next week, weather permitting.

Ongoing maintenance work along the Trans Canada Trail
City crews will be doing maintenance work along the Trans Canada Trail over the next several weeks, with some closures planned that will impact to trail users.Stage 1 starts this week including ditch cleaning between Henry Walker Grove Trail and the Trans-Canada Trail. Stage 2 is planned to start in September/October. More info…

Road closures & construction:
• Palladium Drive
 will be closed between the Automall and the Queensway starting on August 30, for construction of a new roundabout at the future Robert Grant Avenue. (This work was scheduled to start on August 23 but has been delayed.)  More info…
• The Highway 417 eastbound exit ramp at Bronson Avenue and westbound access ramp at Lyon Street are scheduled to close starting on August 23, 2021. These closures are required to replace retaining walls, noise barrier walls and repair existing infrastructure along the highway. The Highway 417 eastbound exit ramp at Bronson Avenue closes at 10 pm on Monday, August 23. Work is expected to continue until June 5, 2022. The Highway 417 westbound access ramp at Lyon Street closes at 10 pm on Monday, August 23. Work is expected to continue until November 21, 2025.

Have your say on curbside waste diversion options
The City of Ottawa wants to hear from you about curbside collection options to divert household waste from garbage bins and into compost and recycling bins.

Over half of what Ottawa residents throw out as garbage right now could instead be recycled or composted. At this current rate, the Trail Road landfill will be full in about 15 years. A new landfill, or new technology, could cost taxpayers up to $200 million.

To extend the life of the Trail Waste Facility—as well as gain from environmental benefits like greenhouse gas reduction—we have to do a better job at reducing waste from garbage bins. Part of achieving that will involverethinking how we collect garbage at the curb.

Read more about options being considered and take the survey…

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 glen.gower@ottawa.ca or leave a voicemail at 613-580-2476. 


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