Column: July 11, 2019

Changes to the Green Bin Program

Starting on July 2, plastic bags are now allowed to be used as a clean and easy bagging option for your food scraps. If residents choose to use plastic bags to dispose of their organics, they are encouraged to reuse bags that may otherwise be thrown out, such as grocery/retail, milk or bread bags. The organic waste facility has been retrofitted to rip open the plastic bags and separate the organic waste for composting. The plastic bags are then disposed in the landfill. Residents can explore all options and learn what type of organic materials go into the green bin at ottawa.ca/greenbin.

Why this change to allow plastic bags in the green bin? When asked in a market research survey, 60% of people who seldom use or do not use the green bin said they would participate if plastic bags were allowed. The use of plastic or compostable bags will address the inconvenience and ‘yuck’ factors for residents who are hesitant to use the green bin. These changes will also make the green bin even more convenient and easier to keep clean.

Developing a Waste Master Plan

On June 25, The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management recommended Council approve a two-year process to develop the City’s second Solid Waste Master Plan. The new 30-year master plan would provide the overall framework, direction and goals for solid waste management, diversion and reduction policy over the short, medium and long term. It would look at how the City collects and processes waste, and how we could increase waste diversion rates. Refocusing our approach to waste management will help keep Ottawa clean and livable over the long-term and help extend the life of the Trail Road Landfill, which is currently expected to reach capacity in 2042. Following extensive, inclusive and ongoing public engagement and consultation, the master plan would come to the Committee for consideration by the end of 2021, along with the initial five-year implementation plan. Staff would provide updates and new implementation plans every five years, making the master plan adaptable as new technologies, legislation, policies, information and ideas emerge. This item will go to City Council for final approval at the Council meeting on July 10, 2019.

Column: July 4, 2019

Changes to the green bin program

Starting on July 2, plastic bags are now allowed to be used as a clean and easy bagging option for your food scraps. If residents choose to use plastic bags to dispose of their organics, they are encouraged to reuse bags that may otherwise be thrown out, such as grocery/retail, milk or bread bags. The organic waste facility has been retrofitted to rip open the plastic bags and separate the organic waste for composting. The plastic bags are then disposed in the landfill. Residents can explore all options and learn what type of organic materials go into the green bin at ottawa.ca/greenbin.

Why this change to allow plastic bags in the green bin? When asked in a market research survey, 60% of people who seldom use or do not use the green bin said they would participate if plastic bags were allowed. The use of plastic or compostable bags will address the inconvenience and ‘yuck’ factors for residents who are hesitant to use the green bin. These changes will also make the green bin even more convenient and easier to keep clean.

Order of Ottawa & Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching

The City is now accepting nominations, until September 13, for both the Order of Ottawa and the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching.

The Order of Ottawa is a prestigious civic award that recognizes exceptional citizen contributions in the many areas of city life including arts and culture, business, philanthropy, health care, education, public service, labour, communications and media, science, sports, entertainment or other fields of endeavour that benefit the citizens of Ottawa. Past recipients from West Carleton-March who have received this award are Todd Nicholson, Emily Glossop and Dr. Barry Bruce.

The Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching to acknowledge the contribution of an amateur coach who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership and commitment that have been the hallmarks of Brian Kilrea's exceptional career. Ward 5 resident Greg Patacairk is a past recipient of this award.

For more information on the nomination process and eligibility requirements for both awards, please visit www.ottawa.ca/orderofottawa. If you know someone in our community that would be a worthy recipient of either of these awards, please consider nominating them so they can receive some much-deserved recognition.

Committee recommends two-year process to develop waste master plan

On June 25, The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management recommended Council approve a two-year process to develop the City’s second Solid Waste Master Plan. The new 30-year master plan would provide the overall framework, direction and goals for solid waste management, diversion and reduction policy over the short, medium and long term. It would look at how the City collects and processes waste, and how we could increase waste diversion rates. Refocusing our approach to waste management will help keep Ottawa clean and livable over the long-term and help extend the life of the Trail Road Landfill, which is currently expected to reach capacity in 2042. Following extensive, inclusive and ongoing public engagement and consultation, the master plan would come to the Committee for consideration by the end of 2021, along with the initial five-year implementation plan. Staff would provide updates and new implementation plans every five years, making the master plan adaptable as new technologies, legislation, policies, information and ideas emerge. This item will go to City Council for final approval at the Council meeting on July 10, 2019.

Column: June 27, 2019

Culvert replacement work

Several culverts in Ward 5 are scheduled for replacement and work will beginning soon. Be mindful when travelling of lane reductions and follow posted detour signage in the areas of work:

- Upper Dwyer Hill Road approximately 0.49 km north of Grainger Park Road
- Upper Dwyer Hill Road approximately 1.41 km north of Vaughan Side Road
- Kinburn Side Road approximately 0.31 km east of Dominium Side Road
- March Road approximately 0.25 km west of Huntmar Drive
- Creek Drive approximately 0.05 km east of Frome Street
- Ivy Acres Road approximately 0.33 km south of Ritchie Side Road
- Pinhey Point Road approximately 0.70 km east of Sixth Line Road
- Panmure Road approximately 0.49 km east of Breezy Heights Road

Road closure - Ritchie Side Rd.

In early July, Ritchie Side Rd. from Ivy Acres Rd. to Walter Bradley Rd., will close to undertake rehabilitation work on the Ritchie Side Rd. bridge. A signed detour will be place and local/emergency vehicle access will be maintained. Work will be done by the end of August.

Carp Rd. slope stablization & culvert renewal

In early July work will begin between 4203 and 4185 Carp Rd. on slope stabilization and culvert renewal. This work will provide stabilization to the slope along the south side of Carp Rd. The culvert is being replaced at the same time due to its current condition. Throughout the construction, there will be single lane closures as required to facilitate the work. When construction is not active, the roadway will be fully open. Work will be done by fall 2019.

Sandbag processing site on Kinburn Side Rd.

I’ve received inquiries about the ‘sandbag mountain’ at the Public Works site at 1444 Kinburn Side Rd. This location is being used as a sandbag processing site. Staff have begun work here and are separating the sand from the bags with the appropriate shredding and screening equipment with this process taking about two to three weeks. The separated sand will then be stored in neat piles on site and within the next 4 weeks will be put through a final separation process preparing it for future winter material use. Residents should see a gradual reduction in the pile of used sandbags soon. Any likelihood of critters or bugs is quite low as staff will be constantly working on the piles.

Column: June 20, 2019

Ottawa Public Health Community Information Session

I am hosting a Community Information Session where Ottawa Public Health will present information well water testing, ticks/Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. Ward 5 residents are invited to attend the session on Tuesday, June 25, 7pm-8:30pm, at the West Carleton Community Complex, 5670 Carp Rd.

Sandbag processing site on Kinburn Side Road

I’ve received inquiries about the ‘sandbag mountain’ at the Public Works site at 1444 Kinburn Side Rd. This location is being used as a sandbag processing site. Staff have begun work here and are separating the sand from the bags with the appropriate shredding and screening equipment with this process taking about two to three weeks. The separated sand will then be stored in neat piles on site and within the next 4 weeks will be put through a final separation process preparing it for future winter material use. Residents should see a gradual reduction in the pile of used sandbags soon. Any likelihood of critters or bugs is quite low as staff will be constantly working on the piles.

Garbage collection for flood affected properties

The City clearly understands that some residents are continuing with their clean up efforts from the spring flood event. Even though the City has returned to regular waste pick-up operations in these flood affected neighbourhoods, staff will continue to monitor the areas and will arrange special pick-up of flood related materials as needed.

Well water testing returns to normal schedule

Now that the state of emergency has been lifted, Ottawa Public Health has updated it’s well water testing webpage to reflect regular weekly operations. Residents can drop off their water samples on Tuesdays at the usual frequency prior to the flood. The courier will pick the samples up on Wednesdays only. Water testing bottles can be picked up during normal business hours. Please see below for the current Tuesday drop off locations:

• Carp Library, 3911 Carp Rd., 10am-8pm

• Darvesh Grocery, 3084 Kinburn Side Rd., 7am-8pm

• Nicholls General Store, 3798 Dunrobin Rd., 6am-10pm

• MacEwen Gas, 1794 Dunrobin Rd, 5:30am-11pm

• Kinburn Client Service Center, 5670 Carp Rd., 8:30am-4:30pm

• Lighthouse Restaurant, 655 Bayview Dr., 7am-9:30pm

• Constance Bay Pharmacy, 131 Constance Bay Rd., 10am-7pm

Column: June 13, 2019

State of emergency lifted

As of June 12, Mayor Watson terminated the state of emergency, which was declared on April 25 in response to flooding along the Ottawa River. The City’s emergency operations centre remains in operation while the flood response and recovery are ongoing. The City of Ottawa continues to assist residents and businesses return to a state of normalcy following the flooding. The City has implemented a demobilization guide to oversee ongoing work in the following areas:

• Debris Management
• Infrastructure services
• Building Code services
• Well water testing

Keep up-to-date with latest flood information through www.ottawa.ca and the City’s “2019 Spring Flood” Facebook group page.

Ward 5 resident receives City Builder Award

At the City Council meeting on June 12, Ward 5 resident Janet Mason was presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award. While working over 30 years in management positions within the defence and technology industries, Janet Mason has always found time for the environment. In the last several years, she has volunteered for several environmental groups and initiatives. She helped co-found the Friends of the Carp Hill and led the development of the recreation trail system. She still chairs the volunteer organization, as she does with the Friends of the Carp River. Her commitment to the environment does not end there. For the past five years, Ms. Mason has sat on the board of directors for the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. She has spent the last five months as chair, representing the City of Ottawa. She has served as the Chair of the Ottawa Stewardship Council and sat on the boards of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust and the Macnamara Field Naturalists’ Club. She remains a champion for environmental issues facing Ottawa’s west end. Congratulations to Janet!

West Carleton Garden Club - Garden Tour

The West Carleton Garden Club is hosting a Garden Tour of nine local gardens on Saturday, June 15 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $20 and proceeds will go towards the purchase of a garden bench for Carp Memorial Hall. The tour will include a diverse variety of gardens in and around the Carp area: large and a small suburban properties, some larger acreages, a community garden, the garden of a commercial business and also, KIN Vineyards. A Victorian tea will be served at the Huntley Mess Hall. More information including where to buy tickets can be found on the Garden Club’s website at www.wcgc.ca.