Column: June 11, 2018

Reminder: Public Meeting on the Carp Barrens

I would like to remind resident that the Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) is holding a public meeting at the Huntley Community Centre Mess Hall at 2240 Craig Side Rd., this evening (June 11) at 7pm to share your views on the conservation and use of the Carp Barrens on land owned by the City of Ottawa. I will be on hand along with City staff to participate and answer questions. For more information visit www.carphills.ca. Anyone that cannot attend this evening can send their feedback to info@carphills.com.

Rural Root Theatre fall auditions

Rural Root Theatre is holding auditions for their fall musical "Leader of the Pack" on June 20 and June 24 at 7pm at the Constance & Buckham's Bay Community Centre. There are several roles that need to be filled. Please check www.ruralroot.org for all the details.

Strawberry Tea Social

The Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre is hosting a Strawberry Tea Social on Tuesday, June 19, from 1:30pm-3pm, at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Center, 184 Jack Lougheed Way. The event is free to attend, but registration required by June 15. Call 613-591-3686 ext. 327 to reserve your spot.

City’s public beaches opening for the season

The City of Ottawa has four public beaches that residents can enjoy this summer. Beginning June 16, lifeguards will be on duty every day until August 26, from noon to 7pm at the following locations:

  • Britannia Beach, 805 Carling Avenue, 613-820-1211
  • Westboro Beach, 745 Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, 613-792-3875
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach, 2926 Riverside Drive, 613-248-0863
  • Petrie Island Beach, 727 Trim Road, 613-824-5704

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) tests beach water quality daily for the presence of E Coli bacteria. Visit www.ottawapublichealth.ca for more information on advisories.

OPH would also like to remind residents to stay safe around lakes, rivers and backyard pools by following these important water safety tips:

  • Always keep children within arms’ reach in and around water
  • Children & weaker swimmers should wear lifejackets or personal flotation devices in & around water
  • Supervise and swim with children only when free of alcohol, drugs and distractions
  • Keep safety equipment and a phone close to the pool
  • OPH recommends installing four-sided fencing to ensure access to pool is separate from the house
  • Children under the age of five should never use a hot tub – not even with an adult. Hot tubs are too hot for young children, may have high bacteria, and the drain in the hot tub can trap children
  • Always wear a properly sized lifejacket/PFD when in a boat. When not in use, lifejackets/PFDs need to be kept in a dry, ventilated area and out of direct sunlight
  • Know what to do in an emergency, including CPR and calling 9-1-1

Column: June 4, 2018

MTO to commence Highway 17 bridge replacement work

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has notified our office that, commencing June 14, they will begin work on replacing the bridge on Highway 17 at the Mississippi River. The bridge replacement will be ongoing for the next year-and-a-half. MTO will put in place a signed detour re-routing commuters to Upper Dwyer Hill Road between Kinburn Side Road and Galetta Side Road.

As a reminder, Highway 17 is a provincially owned road and therefore MTO is responsible for the work being done. The City of Ottawa has no role in the bridge replacement work, other than to provide information to residents of the work. Questions or concerns should be directed to the MTO representative: Dan Brandao, Project Engineer, Ministry of Transportation, dan.brandao@ontario.ca, 613-545-4741.

Public Meeting on the Carp Barrens

The Friends of the Carp Hills (FCH) is holding a public meeting at the Huntley Community Centre Mess Hall at 2240 Craig Side Rd., on June 11, at 7pm to share your views on the conservation and use of the Carp Barrens on land owned by the City of Ottawa. I will be on hand along with City staff to participate and answer questions.
 
The FCH has an agreement with the City of Ottawa to maintain low-impact recreation trails for public use in the Carp Hills. The FCH has offered to host the meeting in this capacity and will publicly post feedback from the meeting on its website. In the last two years, public use of the Carp Barrens for hiking, hunting, mountain biking, dirt biking, birding, field naturalist outings, orienteering, snowshoeing, and skiing has increased substantially. Users have created and marked new trails without City authorization. The sensitive vegetation and wildlife of the area have experienced damage and disturbance. Parking on the narrow shoulder of Thomas A. Dolan Parkway creates a safety hazard. The City’s policies for its natural lands do not distinguish between more and less sensitive habitats in regulating uses. City staff will consider feedback from this meeting in a review of its management practices. If you cannot attend, send your feedback to info@carphills.com.

Volunteer at MVCA this summer

Two creeks in the City of Ottawa are the focus of this year’s City Stream Watch program, and Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is calling for volunteers to help obtain, record and manage valuable information on the physical and biological characteristics of Poole and Cody Creeks.

The goal of City Stream Watch is to ensure creeks and streams in the City of Ottawa are respected and valued natural features of the communities through which they flow. This year’s program will run from June 11 to August 10. It offers excellent hands on experience and volunteers will receive all of the necessary training. Volunteers will work closely with experienced staff members, wading up the stream taking detailed measurements and site characteristics every 100 metres. Each group will be made up of 2-3 volunteers and 1-2 staff members. Scheduling is based on volunteer availability. Anyone looking to volunteer is encouraged to send an email to monitoring@mvc.on.ca with the following information:

  • Date(s) of availability
  • Shoe size (for hip waders)
  • Phone number

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park

I am proudly sponsoring Concerts in the Park for another season at Fitzroy Provincial Park. Concerts will take place every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical line up includes Sidewinder (July 5), Heartbeats (July 12), Eddie & The Stingrays (July 19) and Ambush (July 26). Every week, festivities begin at 6pm with a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. Concerts begin at 7pm. Attendees are reminded to bring lawn chairs and bug spray. All funds raised will go towards local youth initiatives. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Column: May 28, 2018

Temporary Road Closure – Section of Ridgetop Road

Ridgetop Road from Dunhaven Road to Thomas A. Dolan Parkway will be closed from Monday June 4 to Friday June 8, 2018 to complete culvert replacement work. Notification signs will be posted, and there will be a signed detour in place. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained. The impact to traffic should be low.

Upcoming events in the Corkery community

This coming weekend, on June 2, there are some community events taking place in Corkery as follows:

  • Corkery Firefighters Pancake Breakfast: On June 2 start your day off by stopping by the Corkery Fire Station at 3449 Old Almonte Rd. for a hearty pancake breakfast. The breakfast runs from 7:30am to 11:30am.
  • Bake Sale:  After you’ve filled up on pancakes, make sure to swing by the Corkery Community Centre (3447 Old Almonte Rd.) between 8:30am and 11:30am for a bake sale.
  • Corkery Garden Club: The Corkery Garden club will also be on hand on June 2 with beautiful plants to help you fill your garden.

Doors Open Ottawa

Doors Open Ottawa is back again this year on June 2 and 3. This is a free architectural event that celebrates Ottawa’s built heritage. Discover the secrets and stories of over 140 buildings that have shaped the Ottawa landscape. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete listing of all buildings participating from across the City. Below are the buildings participating in West Carleton-March:

Canadian Space Services, 2336 Craig's Side Rd.
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Carleton Masonic Lodge 465, 3704 Carp Rd.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Carp Exhibit Hall, 3790 Carp Rd. Map
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 to 13:00

Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum*, 3929 Carp Rd. Map
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
* pre-registration is required. Register here: https://diefenbunker.ca/events/event/doors-open

Ottawa Fire Stations
Station 84 - 3449 Old Almonte Road, Carp
Station 64 - 475 Donald B. Munro Drive, Carp
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

Pinhey's Point Historic Site, 270 Pinhey's Point Rd.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00

St. Mary's Anglican Church, 2574 Sixth Line Rd.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 16:00
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 12:00 to 16:00

Column: May 22, 2018

Community Information Session: Kanata Highlands Urban Expansion Area

On Tuesday, May 29, the City of Ottawa and Richcraft are hosting an information session to present and discuss the preferred concept plan design for the development of the Kanata Highlands Urban Expansion Area. The session is being held at the Mlacak Community Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive. It will run from 6pm to 8pm, with a presentation at 7pm. The purpose this session is to present the Preferred Concept Plan for development of the lands at 820 Huntmar Drive. The Preferred Concept Plan proposes boundaries for future development and environmental protection, as well as the location of stormwater management facilities and municipal parkland. A question and answer period with City staff and Richcraft’s consultant team will follow the presentation. This study will inform an Official Plan Amendment to re-designate these lands to General Urban Area. For more information, visit ottawa.ca/kanatahighlands or contact Robin van de Lande at 613-580-2424 ext. 43011, robin.vandelande@ottawa.ca.

Constance Bay Community Market back for another season

This year, the Constance Bay Community Market (located at 205 Bayview Drive) will host four markets offering the full market experience with vendors selling a variety of products and services, such fresh vegetables and fruit, honey, maple syrup, jams, jellies, pickles, baked goods, bath and body products, handcrafted gifts, clothing, and decor as well as ready to eat food. You can expect the same great social venue as last year – Barking Barista coffee will be available for purchase, local community groups will be on site sharing their initiatives, and hopefully entertainment as well. The markets will be held on June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15, with special markets celebrating Thanksgiving being held on October 6 and Christmas on December 1. In addition, the market is planning a series of mini markets when the regular full market is not being held. These markets will make it possible for food producers to provide the community with local produce when it’s freshest, and will feature offerings such as fresh produce, honey, preserves and home baked goods made with local ingredients. For more information go to their website at www.marketinthebay.com.

City of Ottawa Careers Showcase

The City of Ottawa is hosting a special career showcase on Friday, June 8, from 9am to 1pm, at Ottawa City Hall’s Jean Pigott Place: “Connections: ottawa.ca/careers Showcase.”

Over the next five years, the City of Ottawa will see 30 per cent of its workforce either retiring or being eligible to retire. As a result, the City wants to connect with the community to promote its respectful, inclusive and collaborative work environment, making it a workplace of choice. The event will feature information booths where visitors can come and meet representatives from all of the City’s departments to learn about the various career choices and areas of expertise. In addition, people can register for and attend several helpful employment workshops, such as:

  • How to create an online profile and apply for positions on ottawa.ca/careers
  • Learn effective resume writing and interview skills
  • Hear from employees from diverse backgrounds as well as local community members.

Since available spaces at the workshops are limited, people are encouraged to reserve their spot at ottawa.ca/careers.

People planning to attend are reminded that hard copy resumes will not be accepted at the event. However, people who are planning to attend the online profile development workshop can bring a listing of their experience on a USB stick to assist them in creating their ottawa.ca/careers profile.

Column: May 14, 2018

Tick & Lyme Disease in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is resuming its Lyme Disease Program for 2018. While there are tremendous health benefits to getting out and enjoying activities in the City’s many outdoor areas, it is important that residents be aware of the risks of Lyme Disease, particularly if they are in areas suitable for ticks (wooded areas, areas with tall grasses, etc.). Key messages for the prevention of Lyme Disease continue to be:

  • Applying an approved insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin
  • Wearing long pants and tucking them into your socks
  • Doing a tick check on yourself, your children and pets
  • Checking your pet daily for ticks, especially if it spends time in wooded or overgrown areas
  • Removing ticks as soon as possible. If you find a tick on your body, using fine-pointed tweezers, grasp the tick's head as close to the skin as possible and pull slowly until the tick is removed. Do not twist or rotate the tick. Do not use a match, lotion or anything else on the tick.
  • Seeing your doctor if a tick has been attached for 24 or more hours or if it appears partially or fully engorged or if you are not sure. Also see your doctor if you develop a fever and other symptoms of Lyme Disease within 30 days of having had a tick attached.

OPH continues to work closely with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Public Heath Ontario to inform its programming and communications. For more information and a fact sheet about ticks and Lyme Disease, visit www.ottawapublichealth.ca.

My office has a supply of tick removal keys that can be used to safely remove ticks. Residents interested in picking one up, can stop by my ward office at 5670 Carp Road Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30pm.

Orphaned (baby) animals

In recent days, Ottawa By-law & Regulatory Services has received an increased number of calls regarding orphaned wild animals. In many cases, these animals have not been orphaned, rather their mothers have gone out to forage for food and will return. Should you come upon an animal that you suspect has been orphaned, please do not attempt to remove it. It is best to leave it alone and allow time for its mother to return. If you have moved the animal, please return it back to the spot you found it. It is a myth that their mothers will reject a baby because a human has handled it. Allow some time for the mother to return. If the mother does not return, please call 3-1-1 to report the animal as orphaned. Further information can be found at the Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and Ottawa Humane Society websites.

Victoria Day schedule changes
 
As a reminder there will be some changes to City services on Victoria Day (Monday, May 21). One change of note is that there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Victoria Day. Pick-up will take place on Tuesday, May 22. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of May 21. A full listing of all changes for the holiday can be found on ottawa.ca.