COMMUNITY NOTES: From Councilor Gower’s office – Stittsville Central

Last week was a week like no other in our capital. Councilor Gower shares his thoughts on the events and asks residents to support affected businesses and restaurants by heading downtown to shop or grab a meal. It highlights upcoming development meetings for Fringewood and on Maple Grove; garbage collection delayed one day this week; local organization updates; tax information for small businesses; and congratulations to the Starlight Synchronized Skating Team as they depart for Calgary to compete at the Nationals.

Back to the occupation –

“We promised earlier this week that we would clear our streets and return them to residents.
And we promised to bring our city back to a normal state.
Hour by hour we are getting closer to our goal.
Please know that our entire police service remains committed to community healing which is yet to be encouraged in the days ahead. »

Acting Chief Steve Bell, Ottawa Police (Sunday February 20)

Some of my thoughts following the end of the downtown occupation:

  • To people who live downtown, work downtown, or have family and loved ones whose lives have been disrupted for nearly a month: we’ve let you down. You felt unsafe in your own community for days and felt left out by all levels of government and law enforcement. It’s gone on far too long, and we have a lot of work to do to fix it and make sure it doesn’t happen again. (The city council has already approved an independent investigation into the response to the protest.)
  • I am extremely grateful for the professionalism and dedication of the Ottawa Police and its partners across Canada. What an incredible effort over the weekend to take back our streets. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to efforts to end the occupation.
  • Downtown businesses are hurting. On Wednesday, at the Council, we are introducing several relief measures, in addition to the federal relief programs already announced. I’m asking Stittsville residents to come downtown if you can to support any of the businesses or restaurants affected by the occupation.
  • Thank you to the residents of Stittsville for your thoughtful comments and words of encouragement. This has been one of the most challenging times this term and I appreciate the many emails and phone conversations I have had with residents.
  • I’ll end with a quote I saw last year that bears repeating:
    “We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm. Some have yachts, some have canoes, some drown. Just be kind and help where you can.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters now available for 12-17 year olds
Starting today, youth aged 12 to 17 can receive their third (booster) dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at Ottawa Public Health immunization clinics. Walk-ins are welcome at all clinics. Please visit the Ottawa Public Health webpage for clinic locations and times.

Business hours
I am organizing opening hours for residents next Friday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in my neighborhood office in CARDELREC. No appointment necessary. Meetings and phone calls are also available by appointment – see below under ‘Contact Us’ for contact details.

Waste collection delayed this week
Due to the family day, the collection of green bin, recycling, garbage or large items are delayed one day for the rest of the week.

Pre-construction meetings
Construction is starting soon on two developments in our community and we are having Zoom meetings with the builder to share information on expected impacts and timelines. On March 1, we will meet about Development of the 5 orchards of Campanale at Fringewood, and on March 8, we will meet Mattamy Development at 1837 Maple Grove Road at Fairwinds.

Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association AGM
The Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association is hosting a virtual Annual General Meeting on March 2 at 8 p.m. All residents of the Fairwinds and Poole Creek communities are welcome. To receive a link to the meeting, email [email protected]

Congratulations Starlight Skaters
I popped into the Starlight Skaters morning practice on Sunday to wish them well as they head to the Nationals this week in Calgary! Two synchronized teams will represent the Goulbourn Skating Club this year.

The Goulbourn Museum is recruiting
The Goulbourn Museum is seeking three post-secondary students to fill the following summer positions: Recovery assistant: Duties include working with the collection, cataloging artifacts, supporting research requests and day-to-day operations; Program Wizard: Duties include developing and delivering public programs and events and facilitating visitor experiences; and Assistant Museum Administrator: Duties include updating social media channels and website, supporting communications and marketing, and assisting with operational administration. For more information or to see all job openings, visit:

WOCRC seeks Board Members
The Western Ottawa Community Resource Center provides health and social services and programs to people of all ages in Ottawa’s far west. The management of the center is ensured by a board of directors. The Center is currently seeking candidates who reflect the full diversity of the communities we serve to fill Board vacancies for our 2022-23 year, and is also seeking Directors with particular expertise in the areas law and human resources. More information:

The province will match the city’s small business property tax subclass
The Province of Ontario has now confirmed that it will match the municipal property tax reduction with a corresponding 7.5% reduction in the school tax portion of the property tax for qualifying small business properties. for the 2022 tax year. Read more…

Vacant building strategy review
The City is conducting a review of the Vacant Buildings Strategy. This strategy introduced a proactive inspection and enforcement regime for vacant buildings and lots, with the goal of reducing community nuisance and public health and safety concerns for these properties. Do you own a building or vacant land? The project team would appreciate your contribution to this review. More information…

Get in touch!
My team and I work every day to answer your questions and connect residents to the resources they need. If there is any way we can help you, please email me at [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 613-580-2476. NEW: Send us a message on WhatsApp at 613-277-0193. – Councilor Glen Gower


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