COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower

The Stittsville business population is growing with two new operations opening this week. Councillor Gower is pleased to share that Ritual on Main opens Wednesday and the new and larger Farmboy opens on Thursday. Our community is fortunate that these two businesses chose Stittsville as their home. Another exciting event the Councillor shares is the official sod-turning for the new Stittsville High School taking place on November 18. Councillor Gower also shares other news on the LRT and free December transit. He shares more on the Green Parks initiative and thanks our volunteer firefighters for all they do in our community. Updated information is also shared by Councillor Gower on new developments and public meetings.

Celebrating new businesses in our community
This week we’re celebrating grand openings for three businesses in the Stittsville area. A new café called Ritual on Main is set to open Wednesday on Stittsville Main (at Abbott). Farmboy opens their new location at Carp & Hazeldean on Thursday. This weekend, Mayor Jim Watson and I will be dropping in at Masakali restaurant on Hazeldean Road to try some of their delicious Indian food. It’s great to see so many entrepreneurs and businesses investing in our community.

No Frills plaza: We’ve had a few questions from residents about what the new stores will be at the new plaza under construction near No Frills. Most of the tenants are still under wraps, but Huntington Properties has confirmed that Starbucks will be a part of the new development. Opening sometime next year.

Bonus: On Thursday, I’ll also be attending a sod-turning for the new public high school in Stittsville, at the corner of Robert Grant and Cope.

O-Train is back in service
LRT service is back up and running as of Friday, with partial service of 7 trains ramping up to full service in December. Partial service means trains every 7-8 minutes in rush hour, compared to the usual 3-4 minutes, but with enough capacity to meet ridership demands. The R1 bus replacement service will continue to run in parallel until full service resumes.

The train was out of service for one month and 23 days while repairs and inspections were carried out by Rideau Transit Management, under the supervision of OC Transpo and TRA (a rail safety consultant from Philadelphia).

The two recent derailments could have been prevented with stronger safety management and procedures, so I’m glad to see that TRA will continue to work with the City to provide a higher level of oversight on RTM’s maintenance and operations.

We absolutely need LRT to work in this City. As we grow from 1-million to 1.4-million people in the next 25 years, there is no way that we can handle the transportation needs of a City so big without reliable transit.  LRT needs to be a reliable spine for our system, and we need to continue to invest in the bus network for areas that the trains don’t yet serve. We have to get this right so that our City and our economy can continue to grow.

Also last week: the City confirmed that OC Transpo (buses, trains, and ParaTranspo) will be offering free fares during the entire month of December.

(Signage seen in Stittsville’s ‘Green Parks’.)

GREEN PARKS PILOT: What we learned and what’s next
Thank you to all residents who shared feedback on our “Green Parks” pilot project and attended our community meetings earlier this fall. We’ll be taking the feedback and results from this pilot into account as we continue to look for ways to encourage people to take responsibility for their waste, and promote cleaner and healthier parks. You can read a summary here…

(The volunteer firefighters of Station 81, who provided a tour to Councillor Gower. Photo: Councillor Glen Gower)

Thanks to firefighters at Station 81
I really enjoyed the opportunity last week to tour Stittsville’s Station 81 (Stittsville Main Street) and meet with volunteer firefighters who serve our community. These men and women do so much to support Stittsville and help keep us safe. Thanks to Sector Chief Tom Miller and his crew for the tour!

Note: The crew at Station 81 are now accepting toy donations for Toy Mountain at the station. They are accepting unopened toys, preferably in a clear bag, on Mondays between the hours of 7pm-9pm. The station is at 1641 Stittsville Main Street next to the library.

(A map of proposed new development in Stittsville)

1927 Maple Grove Road: Zoning By-Law Amendment and Plan of Subdivision
The City of Ottawa has received a Zoning By-law Amendment and Plan of Subdivision applications to permit the development of 38 townhomes at 1927 Maple Grove Road. Read more…

If you live in Bradley Commons, be aware that there is a supply delay for street signs on some of the roads. Permanent City of Ottawa signs will be installed in the new year, and the builder will be installing temporary signage in the next week or so.

37 Wildpine: The public info meeting will be held on Monday, December 6 at 6:30pm. We’ll be sharing the Zoom co-ordinates soon to my web site:

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


2 thoughts on “COMMUNITY NOTES: from the desk of Councillor Gower”

    1. We believe that between 22 to 25 shops will be included. There is a Starbuck’s confirmed for the location and a (Quid brand) cannabis store is confirmed.

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