Column: April 23, 2018

City-wide fire ban is currently in effect

Ottawa Fire Services has placed a city-wide fire ban into effect to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through tall dead grass.

Certain periods in the year create conditions that make even controlled burning dangerous, and this risk can quickly lead to fast and uncontrolled spread of fire. There are a number of conditions that warrant restrictions throughout the year. These circumstances include, but are not limited to: high winds, prolonged dry spells, early spring surface conditions, cut fields or wet conditions that do not allow our firefighting equipment to access remote or rural locations.

All open air fires are prohibited during a fire ban, including for those properties that have an Open Air Fire Permit. This ban applies to agricultural burns, brush pile burns, as well as campfires. There will be zero tolerance enforcement during the fire ban.

Reduce your risk around the home – residents are encouraged to take advantage of weekly yard waste collection and use the following tips to prevent grass and brush fires:

  • Clear all combustible materials such as tree limbs, leaves and other dry materials away from buildings and propane tanks
  • Keep barbecue propane tanks at least three metres from buildings
  • Wood piles should be stored a safe distance from your home
  • Trees should be pruned to create a good vertical separation from the ground
  • Clear out any accumulated dry or dead debris from your property
  • Carelessly discarded cigarettes are a major cause of grass fires during dry periods. Smokers are reminded to please use care when butting out. Do not throw lit cigarettes out vehicle windows.

Clean up the Bay

As part of the Glad Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign, the Constance & Buckham’s Bay Community Association is hosting a “Clean Up the Bay” event on Sunday, May 6, from 9am-1pm (rain date May 12). Register, choose a location – the beach, forest, roadways or community centre grounds – and pick up your supplies in the Northwinds Wireless Fibe Centre parking lot at 262 Len Purcell Drive. Join the fun and help beautify Constance Bay!

Constance Bay Community Market Annual General Meeting

The Constance Bay Community Market is having their AGM on Saturday, April 28 starting at 10:30am at the Northwind Wireless Centre (formerly the Constance and Buckham's Bay Community Centre) in the Multipurpose Room. All are welcome!

Kanata Sailing Club Open House

The Kanata Sailing Club is holding an Open House April 28, from noon to 4pm, 1610 Sixth Line Road, in Dunrobin. KSC has been operating on the Ottawa River for 40 years. Visit their website at