Column: December 10, 2015

Turtle fencing on March & Upper Dwyer Hill Roads

My office has received a few inquires about fencing installed along part of the road at the intersection of March Road and Upper Dwyer Hill Road. This fencing is required as mitigation and compensation for the surrounding wetland habitat as per the Provincial Endangered Species Act. The City of Ottawa must comply with the Act and has no choice in the matter.

When traffic lights at the March and Upper Dwyer Hill Roads intersection were installed, the City was required to complete a Species at Risk Study in the area before any work could take place at the intersection. The study identified the area as a wetland habitat for endangered species. As a result the City of Ottawa, as per Provincial law, had to install turtle fencing to comply with the Endangered Species Act. The budget for this fencing was $700,000, and unfortunately no funding came from the province.

“In My Neighbourhood” online tool

In My Neighbourhood ( is a useful online tool that offers a quick way for residents to locate schools, libraries, parks, recreation facilities, community services, events, land development applications and more within a geographic neighbourhood. The interactive map shows details such as building outlines and address numbers, landscape features, property lines, roads and parks tailored to the address they have entered.

“Join Ottawa” web application

Join Ottawa ( is a web application which offers an improved search experience for recreation and leisure programs. Now residents can search, view and register for a large range of services, programs and activities offered by the City, all in one place. It is also helpful in identifying programming for specific age groups.

We’re collecting non-perishable items

Please don’t forget that my ward office, at 5670 Carp Road, is accepting non-perishable food donations for the West Carleton Food Access Centre until December 19. Items needed are: peanut butter, canned soup, packaged oatmeal cookies, 100% fruit juice boxes (pure or from concentrate) and whole grain breakfast cereal. Please check expiry dates. Drop off items Monday to Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Thank you for your generosity!