Category Archives: Nature & Environment

WETLANDS: A regulatory loophole you can drive a dump truck through

(PHOTO: Ken McRae says he believe some landowners on Flewellyn Road are dumping fill into wetlands to avoid Provincially Significant Wetland designation. Photo by Devyn Barrie.)

A local environmental activist believes some Goulbourn property owners are taking advantage of a regulatory loophole to destroy wetland on their property.

Ken McRae says he’s seen dump trucks delivering fill to a property on Flewellyn that he believes is being dumped into wetland. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

CARP RIVER RISING: Restoration project raises concerns in Arcadia

(ABOVE: Carp River, April 8, 2017. The Arcadia neighbourhood is in the background.)

(Guest post from Daniel J. Kucherhan with the Arcadia Community Association.)

Residents of Arcadia have been watching the Carp River closely over the past few weeks, as record rainfall has caused water levels to submerse pathways, bridges, and trees that were delivered as part of the Carp River Restoration Plan (CRRP). Continue reading


SHARE THIS

Horticultural Society is accepting photo contest entries

(ABOVE: “Through The Garden Gate” by Brian Carson, Best in Show winner for 2017.)

The Stittsville-Goulbourn Horticultural Society is accepting entries in their annual photo competition.

Class 1: We See Thee Rise – a spring garden
Class 2: Glorious and Free – a summer garden at sunrise
Class 3: With Glowing Hearts – autumn’s full colour
Class 4: The True North – a winter scene – your interpretation
Class 5: Stand on Guard – the Maple – showing a tree, a branch or a leaf
Class 6: Garden Pollinators– close-up of a pollinator(s) on a bloom
Class 7: Fun with Foliage – capture texture on garden foliage
Class 8: Rushing Water – stream, water fall or fountain; must include vegetation
Class 9: Rocks and Roots – a rock garden
Class 10: Trans Canada Trail – Leaves, trees, wildflowers and bushes
Class 11: Richmond Fair – Outstanding fall arrangements, vegetables, flowers and houseplants
Class 12: Local Beauty – barns, silos, buildings in Richmond, Stittsville, Munster landscape.

You must be a member to enter. Memberships cost $15.00 for individuals and $25.00 per family. Five dollar 1st prize for each class. Stittsville Goulbourn Members can also enter the District 2 2018 Competition in March.

Rules:

  • Entries and membership information must be submitted by Sunday February 4/2018.
  • One entry per image.
  • One entry per class.
  • Photos will be accepted in digital format only. Digital photos can be e-mailed to SGHortcultural@gmail.com.
  • Entries will be judged by an independent judge.  Entries will be judged with 40% to horticultural value, 40 % to photographic value and 20% to appearance.
  • Colour and balance can be enhanced. Removal or addition of images into a photo results in disqualification.
  • The judges decision is final.
  • Prizes will be awarded Tuesday February 20, 2018 meeting.
  • We reserve the right to show images at our meetings, in our newsletters or on display at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex display case or at other events for the society.

For more information visit https://sites.google.com/site/sghortsoc/

Class 2 Winner Jim Gillick 2017 Stittsville Goulbourn Horticultural Society Annual Photo Competition
(Photo by Jim Gillick. Class 2 Winner from 2017.

SHARE THIS

First human case of West Nile virus reported in Ottawa

(via City of Ottawa)

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has received lab confirmation of the first human case of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ottawa for the 2017 WNV season. OPH reminds all Ottawa residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to remove standing water where WNV-carrying mosquitoes can breed. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

LINKED: Residents question Hydro One easement plans in Kanata

UPDATE (Sept 1): Hydro One commits to trimming trees in Beaverbrook

***

Jessica Cunha reports in the Kanata Kourier-Standard:

Many Beaverbrook residents are concerned after discovering Hydro One has marked trees on their properties. A number of homeowners discovered orange spraypaint on their trees last month. Neighbours, concerned about what the markings could mean, sent a flurry of emails back and forth. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

LINKED: Cavanagh fined for discharging sediment into wetland

From CBC Ottawa:

An Ottawa construction company convicted of discharging construction sediment into a drain that flows into the Jock River in 2013 has been fined $275,000.

Thomas Cavanagh Construction Limited was convicted in June of four charges under the Ontario Water Resources Act, according to Ontario’s environment ministry. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

PHOTOS: Hail & rainbows from the early evening storm

Quite the storm earlier this evening… torrential rain, hail, winds… then a double rainbow followed by sunshine. Here are some photos captured in the Stittsville area.

(We love seeing photos from in and around our community. Please send your pics to us at feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca)


SHARE THIS

JUNE 24: Plant a sunflower and build an insect hotel at JoJo’s Garden

(via Jo-Jo’s Community Garden)

All Stittsville kids are invited to come out to the Jo-Jo’s Community Garden on Stittsville Main Street this Saturday from 10am-12pm to plant a sunflower of their own at the garden and also participate in building our new Insect Hotel. Continue reading


SHARE THIS

PHOTOS: Magical mystery walk through Bell Park

“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


SHARE THIS

PHOTO: Turtle near Poole Creek

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.
Photo by Glen Gower

 

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…


SHARE THIS

Court upholds fine, orders rehabilitation of Rothbourne Road wetland

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.

Continue reading


SHARE THIS

Deadline for Jo-Jo’s community garden plots is April 20

The deadline to apply for a garden plot at the new Jo-Jo’s Community Garden is Thursday, April 20. You can access an application form here.

Four different sizes are available with a range of fees for the season:

  • 5’x5′ $25
  • 5’x10′ $35
  • 10’x10′ $45
  • 10×20′ $60

For more information about the garden, check out our article from March: Jo-Jo’s Pizza provides land for new community garden.


SHARE THIS

MOFFATT: Update on wastewater from the Richmond Pumping Station

(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


SHARE THIS