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Section of Rideau Trail south of Kanata closed due to wild parsnip

Wild parsnip growing along the ditch on Huntley Road south of Stittsville. Photo by Barry Gray.
Wild parsnip growing along the ditch on Huntley Road south of Stittsville. Photo by Barry Gray.

Part of the Rideau Trail has been closed south of Kanata due to wild parsnip.  From the Rideau Trail Association web site:

Regrettably we will be closing a portion of the Rideau Trail, approximately 3.2 kilometers in total, that being unopened road allowances east and west of Eagleson Road (south of Rushmore Road) and west of Richmond  Road due to the danger posed by wild parsnip growth.  We have contacted the City of Ottawa public works manager who has advised that they are looking into the situation but cannot yet provide us with a definite time as to when the wild parsnip will be eradicated. We will be posting signage in the near future redirecting members to an alternate route. In the interim, we ask your co-operation to avoid  this area.

It grows in the ditched along the roads, just off our soccer fields and along our walking and bike paths. It looks pretty with it’s golden flowers, but it is nasty!

The City of Ottawa says: “Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin. The best way to avoid contact with wild parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like so you do not accidentally get burned.” (You can learn more about how the city is combatting the problem here…)

Be careful! It is out there… everywhere.

Wild parsnip growing along the ditch on Huntley Road south of Stittsville. Photo by Barry Gray.
Wild parsnip growing along the ditch on Huntley Road south of Stittsville. Photo by Barry Gray.

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PHOTO: Bird’s eye view of the new French Catholic high school

The photo above was taken by Front Page Media Group and shows the progress so far on the new French Catholic high school under construction on Abbott Street.

The new school will be called École secondaire catholique Paul Desmarais and is scheduled to open in February 2016.  Students will be temporarily housed at École secondaire catholique Pierre-Savard in Barrhaven at the start of the 2015-2016 school year.


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PHOTO: Iber Road from above at night

Here’s a different perspective on Iber Road. This photo from Front Page Media Group was taken at around 9:00pm on Tuesday night. It’s looking north towards Hazeldean Road. The auto park across from Scotiabank Place is all lit up in the upper-left corner, and the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills are in the distance in the upper right.

Leon Switzer from Front Page Media Group says that the photo was part of a test shot for their new DJI Inspire 1 drone. He wanted to test the camera quality in lower light in a safe environment.

Iber Road, 9pm on May 27. Photo by Front Page Media Group.
Iber Road, 9pm on May 27. Photo by Front Page Media Group.

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VIDEO: Raising the hydro poles along Huntmar

“On my way to work yesterday, I noticed that Hydro One was in the process of erecting the replacement wood hydro poles along Huntmar,” says videographer Hien Hoang.

“I quickly pulled over and asked the crew chief if it would be ok if I captured some video of what’s involved in their task… and he agreed.” Continue reading


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PHOTO ESSAY: Welcome to Stittsville (Part 1 of 4)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Back in November I walked the length of Stittsville Main from Brown’s Independent to the library, and back. Usually I drive down this strip of road, but when I walked it I had plenty of time to take in all the details, good and bad. I thought that the old buildings would make for a great collection of photos, so I got in touch with Joe Newton.

Newton’s photos have been featured on our site before, including his photos of the old Bradley-Craig barn on Hazeldean Road. He tends to photograph a lot of old, decaying rural buildings just beyond the suburbs of Ottawa. You can see more of his photos on Instagram.

In this post, the first of four sets of photos of Stittsville Main, Newton has captured something beautiful among the tired, aging buildings along Stittsville’s main drag.

With the weather warming up, take some time to walk down the road yourself and see what you can discover.

See Part 2 here…

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PHOTOS: Bradley-Craig farm, revisited

We can’t resist sharing photos of Stittsville’s heritage buildings. Here are two photos of the Bradley-Craig farm from Krista Woltman.  (You can read more about the farm here…)

If you have a great photo of our community, send it along to feedback@stittsvillecentral.ca.

Bradley-Craig barn on Hazeldean Road. Photo Krista Woltman.
Bradley-Craig barn on Hazeldean Road. Photo by Krista Woltman.

 

Bradley-Craig farmhouse on Hazeldean Road. Photo Krista Woltman.
Bradley-Craig farmhouse on Hazeldean Road. Photo Krista Woltman.

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