Column: February 26, 2018

MVCA issues statement on water safety

With above seasonal daytime temperatures and several millimetres of rain forecasted over the next few days, the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA)  is advising residents to use extreme caution if venturing onto rivers and lakes as ice conditions may be unstable. General flooding is not expected at this time. However, runoff amounts may result in higher water levels in area creeks and streams and along roadside ditches. As spring approaches, parents are urged to remind their children about the dangers of playing on or near ice covered surfaces or fast flowing water. Residents in low lying areas, historically susceptible to flooding, should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:

  • ensuring sump pumps are clear and in good working condition
  • removing or securing items that might float away as flows and water levels increase

Daily water levels and flows are available on the MVCA website. The MVCA flood forecasting and warning program monitors weather conditions, snowpack water content, estimates expected river flows and water levels and issues flood advisories or warnings as required. MVCA provides early warning and continuous monitoring to municipal and provincial emergency response personnel through a flood event.

11th Annual Fishing Derby in Constance Bay

Mike & Peter's 11th Annual Fishing Derby is taking place in Constance Bay, from Horseshoe Bay to the Constance Bay point, on Sunday, March 4, 7am-4pm (weather and ice conditions permitting). $20 registration fee for adults/children, and includes lunch from 11:30am-1:30pm. Pre-register at the Dunrobin LCBO or registration can also be done the day of the event at Peter Strong’s Shack the day of the Derby (marked by a pirate flag).

616 Fish & Game Club

The 616 Fish and Game Club is asking all members to weigh in if the 616 Fish and Game Club should continue to go forward (form a new executive) or fold. Please advise Ian Bottriell or Gord Johnson at by March 1, 2018, if you are interested in leading the Club. If there is not sufficient interest by that date, the Club will fold.

Summer Student Employment Program

As a last minute reminder, students still have a couple of days (until February 28) to submit their applications for summer employment with the City of Ottawa. Go to for full details and to apply online.