COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

(Remembrance Day wreaths placed on the Stittsville Cenotaph on November 11, 2020. Photo: Stittsville Central)

In honour of Remembrance Day on November 11th, Councillor Gower shares the details of the Stittsville Legion ceremony taking place at the Cenotaph at the Johnny Leroux Arena. He thanks the many volunteers who came out last Friday to help rake leaves for some Stittsville residents. Also being shared are updates on the LRT; the City’s Anti-Racism priorities; vaccines; a new proposed development for Bobolink Ridge; flex stake removal; and upcoming hydro work on Steggall Crescent. If you have any concerns or questions, please get in touch with the Councillor at the details provided below.

(Remembrance Day cross and poppies left at the Stittsville cenotaph by a school child. Photo: Stittsville Central)

Remembrance Day
Thursday is Remembrance Day, and again this year the ceremony in Stittsville will be smaller than the traditional event due to the pandemic. The ceremony will take place at 2:00pm in front of the cenotaph at Johnny Leroux Arena. Residents are welcome to attend, but be aware that the usual parade and extra seating will not be part of this year’s event. I will be attending to lay a wreath on behalf of City Council and the City of Ottawa.

I encourage you to take time on November 11 to remember the sacrifices of those who served our country.

(The volunteers who help our Stittsville seniors with some raking on Friday, November 5, 2021. Photo: Councillor Glen Gower team)

Thank you!
I am so impressed with the community spirit in Stittsville. I put out a call for volunteers last week to help some residents in our community … and 30 people showed up to help rake leaves on Friday afternoon! Many hands make for light work! Thank you to everyone for getting involved and making a difference.

(Photo of the LRT at Tremblay Station. Photo: Railways)

Technical briefing on the safe return-to-service of O-Train Line 1
Repairs and safety testing continues following the derailment in September. Rail safety consultants TRA gave a briefing last Friday on the progress. It’s still possible that service could resume in November but a number of conditions need to be met, mostly around RTM’s maintenance procedures. Read more…

Update from the Anti-Racism Secretariat
More than 600 Ottawa residents have provided feedback so far about proposed recommendations to address systemic racism. Feedback has focused on six key priority areas: employment equity, housing, governance, economic development, health and youth. The City has also established a 24-person anti-racism table, with staff, leaders and individuals from Indigenous and racialized communities. The table will provide subject-matter expertise and ensure community voices guide the City’s anti-racism strategy. Read more…

(Photo: Google Maps)

360 Bobolink Ridge: Site Plan Control Application
The City has received a site plan control application from Broadstreet Properties to construct four six-storey apartment buildings and a two-storey commercial building at 360 Bobolink Ridge.  I’m glad to see the inclusion of at least *some* commercial space on this mixed-use site. The applicant was originally planning only residential apartments — which is allowed in the zoning. I met with the applicant several weeks ago and emphasized the lack of retail space in the Fernbank community, encouraging them to include retail space in their plan. Still, there’s much room for improvement. This initial plan shows an awful lot of surface parking and pavement, for example. Read more…

Ottawa Public Health is expanding clinic operations to serve additional groups eligible for third doses
Following the Provincial announcement on eligibility for third doses (booster doses) of the COVID-19 vaccines, Ottawa Public Health is expanding capacity at its four community clinics to operate seven days per week. Read more…

Traffic calming signage along West Ridge. Photo by Barry Gray.
(Traffic calming signage and flex stake along West Ridge. Photo by Barry Gray.)

Traffic calming – flex stake removal
City staff have started to remove temporary flex stakes from roads in our community to prepare for winter.  Snow plows and flex stakes don’t go together very well. Unfortunatelywe’re already hearing about more speeding in areas where the flex stakes have been removed. Please remember to slow down, follow the posted speed limit, and come to a full stop at all stop signs.

Hydro pole relocation on Maple Grove on May 14.
(Electrical pole replacement on Maple Grove. Photo: Stittsville Central)

Hydro work on Stegall Crescent
On November 12, remediation work will be completed following a transformer replacement that will impact residents located on Steggall Crescent. Hydro Ottawa continues to follow the provincial directives surrounding COVID-19 and would like to confirm that this work has been deemed essential to providing a safe and reliable supply of power to our customers. Residents may notice increased construction presence throughout the day, including construction vehicles. Traffic control and lane reductions will be implemented throughout the day to ensure that roads and sidewalks remain safe and accessible to residents and staff. Tree trimming will be required.

A planned power outage is required as a result of this work. Customers impacted by the power outage will be notified by phone, text, and/or email. Customers will also receive a written notice delivered to their door where applicable. Further, notifications will be provided if the power outage is to extend beyond the original duration time. In case of adverse weather, the outage may be rescheduled.  There are 12 homes that will be impacted from 8:00am-3:00pm. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

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. 
Message us on WhatsApp at 613-277-0193. – Councillor Glen Gower



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