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

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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 ottawa.ca 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 kinburn.ca.

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.