COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

This week, Councillor Gower extends his thanks to those who called 911 and the firefighters who responded quickly to extinguish the fire in the neighbourhood of Ballinora Lane and Culdaff Road. There are a number of outdoor and virtual events taking place in the coming weeks that the Councillor is bringing to your attention.

(Photo: Ottawa Fire)

Last week’s construction fire
Thank you to residents who called 911 to report last Wednesday’s fire, and thank you to firefighters and other agencies who responded. I spoke with Mattamy that evening and confirmed that there were no workers injured in this fire. The investigation is ongoing.

Ottawa Fire Services responded to heavy smoke and flames coming from a new development under construction near Culdaff Road and Ballinora Lane. The townhomes were all unoccupied and there was no power to the units. The fire was deemed under control at within an hour, and 24 of the 36 units were saved.

There are lots of events coming up in Stittsville. Here are some highlights:

October 16 – 9RunRun
Over 12 years, the annual fundraiser has raised more than $200,000 for mental health initiatives. This year’s fundraising will support the First Responders Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the mental wellness of the region’s First Responders and their families. Please note the following road closures to allow runners to safely complete the 10k course. For up-to-date information, please visit

  • 7am-1pm: Abbott Street West – both directions will be closed from Stittsville Main St. to West Ridge Drive.
  • No access to Abbott Street West from Johnathan Pack or Stitt Street
  • Traffic delays on West Ridge (police will control traffic at Abbott Street West and West Ridge intersection.

October 16 – Bike safety giveaway
Join me and Safer Roads Ottawa at Village Square Park Drop from 3pm-5pm for the “Be Safe Be Seen” campaign, where we’ll be handing out free bike lights and reflective gear. (Rain date: Sunday, October 17 from 9am-11am.)

October 25 – Webinar on indigeneity in Canada
Join Stittsville’s Geraldine “Jibby” King for a webinar about the history of colonization in Canada, its impact on Indigenous peoples, and reconciliation. This one-hour webinar runs from 6pm-7pm and includes a 30 minute presentation plus Q&A. Watch for a registration link soon on my web site.

October 25 – Virtual Budget Consultation
I’ve joined with Councillor Allan Hubley (Kanata South Ward) and Councillor Theresa Kavanagh (Bay Ward) to organize a virtual consultation session for residents to share comments and provide input on what the City’s priorities should be and where to find potential savings.  Starts at 7:30pm. Watch for a registration link soon on my web site.

October 26 – Councillor Chat
Join me for my next Councillor Chat. I’ll take your questions live from 7 pm to 8 pm about any topic relating to Stittsville. Details…

November 1 – Stittsville Pumpkin Parade
Bring your jack-o-lanterns and your masks (and your costumes, too) for a night of spooky fun. Prizes for best pumpkins. At Village Square Park from 7pm-8pm. Details…

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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