Column: June 6, 2019

Urgent call for volunteers

On Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, volunteers of all abilities, age 12 and over, are urgently needed for sandbag and debris removal at flood-affected properties in West Carleton-March. Work will take place between 9am and 7pm both days. If you are able to help, please report to the Volunteer Registration Centre located at the Constance and Buckham’s Bay Community Centre, 262 Len Purcell Drive. Registration is from 9am to 4:30pm. There will be a shuttle bus option from the Innovation Park & Ride (1321-3043 Innovation Drive). The first bus departs at 8:30am and the last bus leaves at 4pm.Volunteers will be supplied with gloves and may be required to lift up to 22kg/50lbs. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing with long sleeves, pants and boots is recommended. Clothing may get dirty, wet or damaged. Volunteers may bring food. Water and snacks will be provided. Volunteers under 18 need a parent or legal guardian to sign their registration forms and must be supervised by an adult on site. Updates about the daily need for volunteers will be made through www.ottawa.ca and the City’s social media channels. During the weekdays there is no City-led volunteer management on site. Anyone wanting to volunteer on weekdays before this coming weekend should register directly with Samaritan’s Purse online at www.samaritanspurse.ca or by calling 1-844-547-2664.2019

Wild Parsnip Strategy

Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The City's Wild Parsnip Program for this season has begun and will end in October. Similar to past years, the goal is to reduce the growth of wild parsnip in areas city-wide along rural and suburban roadsides. The 2019 Strategy consists of using Clearview Herbicide (PCP #29752, containing aminopyralid and metsulfuron-methyl) and Gateway adjuvant (PCP# 31470, containing mineral oil – paraffin base [adjuvants], surfactant blend) under the Pest Control Products Act (Canada). The City's Public Works and Environmental Services Department has been proactively mapping out wild parsnip infestation levels across the city along roadsides, parkland and pathways. The strategy includes monitoring, mapping, the use of herbicides, mowing and evaluation. To notify the public of the herbicide application, “Notice of Herbicide Use” advertisements appeared in local newspapers on May 13. Also, given the large number of public access points for parks, signs will continue to be posted every 100 m. Similar to last year, rural residents who do not wish to have the roadside adjacent to their property sprayed have been given the option to “OPT OUT” of the Wild Parsnip program. The best way to avoid contact with Wild Parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like. Visit ottawa.ca for more information on this plant.

Carp stormwater pond maintenance

A dry pond stormwater facility located on Juanita Avenue in Carp requires landscaping maintenance. The City plans to go in and grub out some willows that are growing in the bottom of the facility. They have coordinated with the Forestry Department to confirm that this planned maintenance would not conflict with their reforestation activities. Once the work is completed, staff will be able to repair a concrete headwall that has been damaged. The work is estimated commence in coming few weeks.