Column: May 14, 2015

Summer roadwork in Ward 5

West Carleton residents will notice that a number of roads in our area will be undergoing work as part of the 2015 road upgrade program. The roads listed below have been tendered and contracts awarded, and work will commence shortly:

Kinburn Side Road from Woodkilton Road to 80m west of Hwy17
Golden Line Road from Hamilton Side Road to 760m North of Old Almonte Road
Baskins Beach Road from Vance’s Side Road to the dead-end
Loggers Way from Mississippi Drive to Galetta Side Road
Spruce Ridge Road from Richardson Side Road to Speedway Road
Old Almonte Road from Beavertail Road to Corkery Road
Richardson Side Road from Carp Road to Beavertail Road

There is more roadwork that will be happening shortly, and when I receive confirmation an update will be provided in a future column.

Wild Parsnip Strategy

At the Agricultural & Rural Affairs meeting on May 7, city staff introduced a report outlining the 2015 wild parsnip strategy. (The full report is available for review on ottawa.ca). The focus of the strategy will be to pilot several tools while monitoring for environmental impacts. It will consist of identifying several locations for herbicide application, increased mowing frequency, a monitoring project and an education and public health awareness campaign.

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that is commonly found within the rural areas, such as uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, and areas surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild parsnip may pose a health risk to humans as the plant’s sap contains chemicals that will cause skin irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to sunlight. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant and can result in long-term scarring of the skin. Children should be reminded to be careful when picking wild flowers – make sure they can identify it in order to avoid exposure.

Visit www.invadingspecies.com for detailed images as well as information on how to protect yourself from exposure.