“I have been walking in Bell Park admiring the trilliums and ferns but this weekend I discovered an added attraction,” writes Janice Blain, who sent along the photos you see on this page.
“Someone has, or some people have, turned the woodland walk into a magical mystery tour with pretty painted stones placed along the paths. I imagine they are the work of at least two children and would like to thank them for sharing their artwork and adding such a lovely surprise to my walks.” Continue reading →
We spotted this guy (or gal?) on a path near Poole Creek on the weekend. It’s a snapping turtle, and they’re a common sight in Stittsville near creeks and marshes at this time of year. Don’t get too close though – these guys won’t hesitate to snap if they feel threatened. In late May and early June, you’ll start to see mother turtles burying their eggs in the sand at local playgrounds, and then the turtles hatch in September. More photos & stories about Stittsville turtles here…
A provincial court has ordered a company and its director to rehabilitate a provincially significant wetland on Rothbourne Road that they damaged over five years ago.
On Thursday, Justice Diane M. Lahaie of the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa upheld an appeal initiated by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MCVA), and issued a court order to a numbered company, 1634088 Ontario Inc., and its director, Rodolfo Mion, to rehabilitate and restore the wetland on Rothbourne Road near Highway 7.
Essentially, the judge ruled that the original $7,500 fine imposed wasn’t much of a punishment (or a deterrent) for bulldozing a wetland to create developable land.
To control nuisance mosquito growth in Kanata North and the surrounding areas, larvicide will be applied throughout the summer, beginning with ground applications on April 21, and ending September 15. Continue reading →
Thanks to photographer Jacinta Cillis-Asquith for sharing these pics. “I was just driving by when I found this creature having a late breakfast in Amberwood. This critter demolished two full fish each one in little more than a gulp!” Continue reading →
(via Scott Moffatt,Councillor for Rideau-Goulbourn)
When we get these extreme weather events, there can tend to be adverse effects on certain operations. Last week’s rain was no exception as the Richmond Pumping Station was impacted.
This past Friday afternoon (April 7), the Pumping Station was nearing capacity and a by-pass was put in place to prevent a potential failure of the system. The by-pass diverted overflows directly into the Jock River. By-pass pumping from the Royal York Street Pumping Station ceased at 9:00pm that same evening. Continue reading →
With continuing heavy rainfall in the forecast, the City advises residents to take necessary precautions for any potential flooding in low lying areas that are adjacent to the rivers. Continue reading →
(ABOVE: Black bear near Hazeldean Road and Jinkinson Road, June 4, 2015. Photo by Kenny B Images.)
(We haven’t heard of any bear sightings in our area yet this season, but it wouldn’t be unusual for this time of year. Here’s a public advisory release by the Ontario Provincial Police.)
The Ontario government and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reminding people to take extra care not to attract bears to their neighbourhood.
In some parts of the province, this year’s mild winter means black bears are coming out of hibernation early. Taking simple precautions can help prevent black bears from visiting your community. Continue reading →
Thanks to Kiera Delgaty-Pak for sending along this photo: “I was driving home from South Carleton H.S. at 7:30pm Tuesday evening and absolutely had to stop and take a picture of this beautiful sunset. Spring is finally here!”
CBC reports today that Waste Management is backing away from its plans to accept Quebec waste at the Carp Road landfill facility:
A proposal to allow construction waste from Quebec to be dumped at a processing facility in Carp has been trashed.
Waste Management Canada had sought and won approval from Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal on March 1 to transfer construction and demolition waste from western Quebec to the Ottawa processing and recycling facility at 2301 Carp Rd.
The city announced last week it planned to appeal the decision.
But on Monday Waste Management said after talking with city officials, the company is backing away from the plan.
“After discussing the matter with the city and the ministry, we have decided not to proceed with our proposal to include portions of Quebec within the service area for the West Carleton Environmental Centre and … we will as soon as practicable take such steps as are necessary to amend the [Environmental Compliance Approval] accordingly,” said spokesperson Wayne French in a letter to city councillors and community stakeholders.
During public consultations on the plan last year, members of the public raised concerns about increased truck traffic flowing over the bridge into Ottawa, and worried Ottawa could become a dumping ground for other regions.
The City of Ottawa’s communications department sent this memo from City solicitor Rick O’Connor to media outlets today.
Today was the deadline to request an appeal to the Ministry of Environment’s decision to allow Waste Management to accept Quebec garbage at the Carp Road landfill facility. The City of Ottawa, along with seven residents and community groups, each submitted a request for leave to appeal the decision. Now it’s in the hands of the Environmental Review Tribunal to decide if an appeal can go forward.
O’Connor also shared a letter the City received from Waste Management, who runs the landfill facility, where they state that they are “taking steps to review its position”. A copy of the letter is included below.Continue reading →
(ABOVE: Coyote spotted in the Fairwinds neighbourhood, near Khamsim Street, mid-February.)
A City of Ottawa biologist says that coyotes in Stittsville pose a low safety risk to residents.
Dr. Nick Stow met with residents on Hesse Crescent in Wyldewood and councillor Shad Qadri on Friday morning to address concerns from residents about frequent coyote sightings in their neighbourhood and around Stittsville. Continue reading →
The memo was circulated to media outlets yesterday, and Councillor Shad Qadri confirmed on Facebook that the city would be moving forward with an appeal.
“…for leave to be obtained, it is only necessary that a preliminary review of the evidence shows that the decision is unreasonable and that significant harm to the environment could result. Therefore, in light of the City’s longstanding position on limiting the geographic area from which waste is brought to Ottawa landfills, it is my view that it would be appropriate to seek leave to appeal the MOECC’s decision in this instance,” he wrote.
The City of Ottawa is pleased to announce the annual GLADCleaning the Capital campaign will take place from April 15 to May 15. Early-bird registration is now available.
Registrationis quick and easy:
Go to ottawa.ca/clean, or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to register for the cleanup. The interactive map on our website will show you which locations have already been claimed, allow you to register your own project site and choose the cleanup supplies that you need.
Select a location such as a park, ravine, shoreline, bus stop, pathway or any public area that requires litter pickup or graffiti removal.
Volunteers who register their cleanup project before April 14 have a chance to win one of many early bird prizes donated by our generous sponsors. Volunteers who submit a final cleanup report by May 31 will be eligible for more prizes.
GLAD Cleaning the Capital is a city-wide event that brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 72,000 volunteers collected more than 58,182 kilograms of litter from 1,300 projects.
This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.