Column: June 15, 2017

Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus

Ottawa Public Health continues to be diligent in testing for the West Nile Virus throughout the mosquito season. OPH treats any standing water that has had a positive result with the appropriate treatment. If you are concerned about a specific area of standing water and you would like to check if that area is being tested, simply call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-6744 or 3-1-1. The City's website at has useful tips and suggestions on avoiding mosquito bites and eliminating standing water around your home.

I have received a couple of inquiries wanting to know if the City can spray for nuisance mosquitoes in the Ward 5 area. There are no plans at this time to implement such a program. There is currently a trial program running in Ward 4 (Kanata North) relating to nuisance mosquitoes. It is too soon to conclude if positive impacts are occurring, and the research program will continue for another two years. As well, it should be noted that the residents of Kanata North have to pay a yearly tax levy of approximately $40 for this program. As West Carleton-March is over 30 times larger than Kanata North and boasts many ponds, creeks, and other bodies of water, it would be challenging to institute a similar program in our ward. It should be noted too that the tax levy that would be incurred by the Ward 5 taxpayer would be much higher than what Kanata North is currently paying.

Celebrate Canada’s 150th in Kinburn

The Kinburn Community Association is taking part in Ottawa 2017 celebrations. They hosting Kinburn Fun Day on Saturday, June 24 at their community centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Rd. The day will be filled with free activities for all ages. The schedule of events is listed on

Fitzroy Concerts in the Park back for another season

I am sponsoring this year’s Concerts in the Park series happening at Fitzroy Provincial Park every Thursday evening in July. This year's musical line up includes John Henry & The Steel Driving Band (July 6), The Heartbeats (July 13), The Debenham Brothers (July 20) and Ambush (July 27). Beginning at 6pm there will be a cash BBQ available courtesy of local youth groups. All funds will go towards local youth initiatives. Concerts begin at 7pm. Donations will also be collected for CHEO.

Column: April 28, 2016

No Mosquito Control Program in Ward 5

This spring Ward 4 started a mosquito control program. Kanata North residents are being charged a tax levy to fund it, which is about $35/year.

Ward 5 is not participating in this program for a couple of reasons. First, the tax levy amount is relatively low for Kanata-North residents due to the small geographic area that needs to be covered. If such a program were implemented in the whole of West Carleton-March the cost would be much greater as we are the largest Ward in the City. Secondly, and most importantly, as the Ward 4 program has only just started, we need to see the type of results achieved before any possible action would ever be taken in West Carleton-March. I will not simply go ahead and charge residents a hefty tax levy before we have proof of its effectiveness in the Ottawa area.

I will be following up with Councillor Wilkinson in the next few months to see how the program is working and the type of feedback she’s getting from her residents.

Questions regarding the railway crossings in Ward 5

I’ve received several inquiries regarding the decommissioned rail crossings in our ward. Residents have noted rough road conditions at some of the rail crossings, and have also asked why school buses are continuing to stop at the crossings even though the tracks are inactive.

CNR owns the rail lines and the tracks that cross the roads. As per Transport Canada Grade Crossing Regulations and Grade Crossing Standards the signs must remain in place until the rails are removed from the road crossing. Until the rail crossing signage is removed, school buses must comply with the rules of the road and will continue to stop at all rail crossings regardless of whether the rail line is active or not.

CNR has indicated that this removal work will be completed before the fall of 2016, at which time the City can then remove the signage.

There are rough road conditions at some of the locations where the decommissioned tracks cross roads. City crews have attempted to temporarily repair these locations, but as these areas are still technically CNR property, the City is limited to the amount of repair work that can be done.