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,, 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

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 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.