Column: July 30, 2018

Rehabilitation of Peter Robinson Bridge

Residents should note that Peter Robinson Bridge will be undergoing rehabilitation, which is set to begin at the end of July and go until mid-November, 2018. Affected residents in the area on Peter Robinson Road, Vaughan Side Road and Carrol Side Road should have already been advised of this work. A signed detour will be in place while the construction takes place.

Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service

On Sunday, August 5 at 10am there will be a Torbolton Cemetery Memorial Service at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kilmaurs (1325 Kilmaurs Side Road). All are invited to attend. Proceeds will go to the care of the cemetery.

Used book donations requested

As mentioned in a past weekly column, the West Carleton Food Access Centre is getting ready for their Used Book Sale in September and they are accepting donations of used books. Donations will be accepted until August 10. They are looking for DVDs, CDs and gently used books such as fiction, children, cookbooks, gardening, westerns, war, etc. No encyclopedias or textbooks are needed. Donations can be brought to their warehouse at 3075 Carp Rd., or my ward office at Kinburn Client Service Centre, 5670 Carp Rd. You can also call 613-913-4234 and leave a message to arrange for a pick up. The book sale will be happening Friday, September 7 (noon to 7pm) and Saturday, September 8 (8am-2pm) at the Carp Agricultural Hall, 3790 Carp Rd.

First mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa mosquitoes again this year. There have been no reported confirmed or probable human cases of WNV in Ottawa in 2018.

WNV is an infection spread in Ottawa primarily by the northern house mosquito that, in a small number of cases, can cause serious illness. Most people will not develop any symptoms if infected with WNV, but about 20 per cent may experience flu-like symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches, and, possibly, a rash. The risk for more serious illness increases with age, with older adults and the elderly as well as people with weakened immune systems being at higher risk. TOPH urges residents to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites by:

  • Applying a Health Canada-approved mosquito repellent containing DEET or icaridin to exposed skin and clothing
  • Protecting yourself especially between dusk and dawn, periods when mosquitoes are most active, and at any time in or near shady, bushy, or wooded areas
  • Wearing light-coloured, tightly woven, loose-fitting clothing including long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.
  • Making sure all windows and doors in your home have screens that are in good condition
  • Reducing standing water sites around your home (bird baths, toys, flower pot saucers, swimming pool covers, old tires, wheelbarrows, buckets, cans, etc. ­– anything that can hold water for 7 days or longer)
  • Ensuring all openings to rain barrels are covered with screen mesh at all times

OPH has a proactive plan to deal with WNV that includes weekly surveillance and, when necessary, mosquito larvicidal treatment of natural and man-made standing water sites located on City property, such as ditches and storm water management ponds. As part of this plan, OPH also has regular applications of larvicide in City-owned roadside storm sewer catch-basins to reduce the mosquito population.

West Carleton Online

As a reminder, this is the last that residents can take a look at West Carleton Online for free. The free preview of the website ends on August 3, 2018. Take a look around and see how easy it will be to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March. Make sure to subscribe!

Column: July 23, 2018

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several residents regarding dogs being off leash and owners not cleaning up after their pets. I would like to remind dog owners that they must comply with the City’s Animal Care & Control By-Law. A few main points to remember:

  • In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam.
  • Leashing is required on public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.
  • Dogs may be off leash in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly. Go to ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
  • Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are caught "in the act" of not removing your animal’s waste you may be fined. The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home – so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles. There's a fine for that too.

Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

  • Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
  • Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours

Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

Know your dog ownership responsibilities

I’ve recently heard concerns from several residents regarding dogs being off leash and owners not cleaning up after their pets. I would like to remind dog owners that they must comply with the City’s Animal Care & Control By-Law. A few main points to remember:

In the interest of public safety and animal welfare, dogs must be under the control of their owners at all times, and must not be permitted to roam.
Leashing is required on public property and leashes should be no longer than three (3) metres.
Dogs may be off leash in some City parks. These areas are signed accordingly. Go to ottawa.ca to find dog park locations.
Dog owners must remove waste from public property. If you are caught "in the act" of not removing your animal’s waste you may be fined. The by-law also requires that dog waste be disposed of at the dog owner's home – so don't leave it in park or street waste receptacles. There's a fine for that too.
Please remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs – big or small. No matter friendly a pet may be, when an off leash dog is barreling towards an unsuspecting child or someone who may have a fear of dogs, it can be a very frightening experience. Please be mindful of this as you continue to enjoy the outdoors with your pet.

Registering for fall 2018 & winter 2019 recreation programs

The fall and winter City of Ottawa Recreation eGuide will be available as of today (July 23). Visit ottawa.ca to review all of the classes and programs available. Registration for the fall and winter sessions will be as follows:

Registration for Aquatics and Aquafitness begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 13 and in person on August 14 during business hours
Registration for all other programs begins online/touch tone, 9pm on August 15 and in person August 16 during business hours
Please donate to the West Carleton Food Access Centre

The West Carleton Food Access Centre (WCFAC) are in need of non-perishable food donations. During the summer months, donation levels decrease significantly and WCFAC are currently in need of your generous donations. Currently, they are particularly in need of canned fruit and condiments (ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, etc.). In addition to these requested items, WCFAC will also gladly accept items such as canned ham, canned tomatoes, canned beans, peanut butter, cereal and jam. Residents can drop off donations to my ward office (5670 Carp Road) Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Please, no expired products can be accepted.

West Carleton Online

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Residents looking for a way to stay informed on current news and happenings in and around West Carleton-March should subscribe to westcarletononline.com. West Carleton Online is a subscriber-owned media outlet covering Ward 5 news and information. This online publication launched on July 3, 2018 and they are currently allowing free access to allow everyone to preview the website. Make sure to subscribe before the free preview ends on August 3, 2018.