COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

For the past 51 weeks, Councillor Gower has provided the Stittsville Central weekly updates to the community. This is his 52nd, and we appreciate being able to share these important updates with Stittsville residents. This update contains information on the upcoming Hazardous Waste Depot, various events happening until November 1 including Councillor Gower’s Councillor Chat on October 26, development, tree planting in Stittsville and more.

COVID-19 vaccination for children ages 5-11
The next big step in Ottawa’s vaccination roll-out will be to kids ages 5-11, once the federal and provincial governments give their approval. Planning is well underway by Ottawa Public Health to ensure that we’re ready to move as quickly as possible once the vaccines are supplied to us. Dr. Vera Etches has written an open letter to parents of school aged children in Ottawa regarding the current COVID-19 situation and local schools. You can read it here…

The current situation in Ottawa is promising: Almost 90 per cent of people 12 and older have the protection of vaccines and so very few people are requiring hospitalization with severe COVID-19 illness now. Physical distancing, screening for symptoms, limiting close contacts, wearing a mas kwhen indoors or in close contact with others is still important. So is getting vaccinated if eligible, and staying home and getting tested when sick.

Thanks to everyone for your co-operation and support!

Hazardous Waste Depot on Sunday, October 24
The City is hosting a Hazardous Waste Depot this weekend at the Westbrook Snow Dump (200 Westbrook Road, off Carp) from 8am-4pm. If it’s corrosive, flammable or poisonous it’s hazardous waste. These types of products contaminate water and landfills and should never be poured down the drain or put out with your regular garbage. Please note that no electronic waste will be accepted. More info…

More upcoming events in the community:

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 on Zoom will include a 30 minute presentation plus Q&A.Register for the free webinar on our Eventbrite page.

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 6:30pm. Check out my web site for more information & the zoom link.

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…

Halloween on Tempest Street

October 31 – Team Stittsville Halloween
Trick or treat! My team will be giving out treats at Village Square Park from 4:30pm-6:00pm on October 31. Stop by to say hi, we can’t wait to see your costumes!

Stittsville Pumpkin Parade 2013. Photo by Trevor Eggleton.

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…

Development application: 37 Wildpine Court
The City of Ottawa has received Zoning By-law Amendment, Plan of Subdivision and Plan of Condominium applications for the property at 37 Wildpine Court. The proposal is to build 27 two-storey townhomes and two semi-detached homes. The plan also involves a new public street connecting Wildpine Court to Ravenscroft Court, along with a new private street. More info…

Fall 2021 tree planting update
Starting this month and continuing til the end of November, the City’s Forestry Services team will be planting new trees in parks, at City facilities, and at homes in our community. Over 300 trees are being planted this fall in Stittsville. Learn more, including how to request a tree for your property…

Highway 417 / Pedestrian Bridge maintenance
Highway 417 will have intermittent overnight lane closures on the shoulder lanes in both directions between Eagleson Road/March Road and Terry Fox Drive on weeknights from October 15 until mid November, for rehabilitation work on the Marianne Wilkinson Pedestrian Bridge. The closures are required to ensure the safety of the workers on the bridge structure. The pedestrian bridge will be closed 9 pm to 6 am weeknights during rehabilitation activities. Signage will be placed on site in advance of the closures.

Reminder for dog owners
Please remember that dogs are not allowed on school property, including sports fields and play areas. Also a reminder to pick up after your pet. Dog waste in bags can go in your green bin for pick-up.

New Civic Hospital site
Council approved a master site plan for The Ottawa Hospital’s new campus near Dow’s Lake. The main building will offer 2.5 million square feet of hospital space with over 28 operating rooms and more than 641 single beds to treat residents, and the plan outlines additional phases of development over the next 25 years that would see a new research building, mixed-use towers with ground floor commercial space along Carling Avenue and the relocation of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Kanata North vacancy
Council has decided to fill the vacant seat in Ward 4, Kanata North by appointment. The Municipal Act, 2001 allows Council to fill the vacancy by appointing a consenting individual within 60 days of declaring the seat vacant. Interested, qualified individuals can apply to serve as Ward Councillor from Monday, October 25 to Friday, October 29 at 4 pm. Applicants must schedule an appointment to submit their forms in person at the Elections Office at 1221 B Cyrville Road. Appointments can be scheduled Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with the City Clerk or his designate by calling 613-580-2660 or by emailing

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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