Construction, fire permits and beetles

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day Wednesday last week.  I’d like to thank and congratulate Sara Charron and everyone involved in making the Canada Day in the Gower celebrations a reality each and every year.  Aside from a couple downpours, it was a fantastic day to be in North Gower.  My kids thoroughly enjoyed the bike parade alongside well over 100 kids from the community and the huge evening crowds were entertained by a beautiful fireworks display.  Thank you as well to the volunteer firefighters from Station 83 for their assistance throughout the day as well.

In last week’s column, I mentioned that the City of Ottawa is replacing two culverts; one under Shea Road, near Garvin Road and one under Eagleson Road, just north of Perth Street.  Both of these culvert replacements will require road closures and detours.  I assured you last week that I would make sure these closures did not occur at the same time.  I can now confirm that the Eagleson Road closure, between Perth Street/Old Richmond Road and Rushmore Road will not occur until after Shea Road, between Brownlee Road and Garvin Road, has been re-opened to traffic.  The Shea Road closure is expected to be put in place on July 13th.

Long Island Road

As mentioned in a previous column, Cavanagh Construction was awarded the contract for the Long Island Road resurfacing project.  This work is slated to begin this week and be completed by August 28th. 

We had originally been working on a plan to bring sidewalks to Long Island but those plans had to be shelved for the time being as the planned watermain installation had to be delayed.  The twinning of the two projects would have allowed for the budget and necessary infrastructure to install sidewalks.  That said, we are looking to expand the paved surface as much as possible to create a wider road between West Avenue and Bridge Street.  I’m also working with staff to see if we have the necessary width as a result to shift the centre line and create a pedestrian space on one side of the road.

A  Birthday Celebration at Dickinson House

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet Sir John A. Macdonald in person!  On Sunday, July 12th at 1:45pm, Canada’s first Prime Minister will deliver a speech on the lawns of Dickinson House.  This visit commemorates Sir John’s 200th birthday, and his visit to Manotick in 1887.  Lemonade and cake will be served.  There is no admission; donations toward the upkeep of Dickinson House are welcome.

Disclaimer: It isn’t really Sir John A. Macdonald, it is an impersonator named Brian Porter.

Open Air Fire Permits

As many of you are aware, prior to setting an open air fire you require a burn permit and are also required to contact Ottawa Fire Services at 613-580-2880 to ensure that a fire ban is not in effect. Open Air Fire Permits can be obtained at any City of Ottawa Client Service Centre or at the fire administrative offices from 8:30am to 4:00pm:

  • Vars (6090 Rockland Road – Tuesday & Wednesday)
  • Manotick (5669 Manotick Main Street – Monday, Thursday and Friday)
  • Carp (475 Donald B. Munro Drive – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
  • Stittsville (1643 Main Street – Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Permits available include:

  • Annual Open Air Fire Permit: $13 /permit
  • Agricultural Open Air Fire Permit: $13 for up to, and including, four properties
  • Specific Event Open Air Fire Permit: $50 / permit 

*Specific Event Permits can only be obtained at the Fire Prevention Division, 101 Centrepointe Drive, 3rd floor, given the requirement for a site inspection by Ottawa Fire Services staff prior to permit issuance.

For more information about open air fire permits and regulations, please refer to the Burn Permit webpage at

Emerald Ash Borer

Many of you have likely seen the incredible surge in dead ash trees dotting our landscape.  This rapid deterioration in our ash trees has been caused by Emerald Ash Borer.  Emerald Ash Borer is a non-native, highly destructive wood-boring beetle that feeds under the bark of ash trees. All species of ash are susceptible to attack, except mountain ash, which is not a true ash species. Since it was first identified in Michigan in 2002, EAB has killed millions of ash trees in Ontario and many parts of the United States. It poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas. It was confirmed in Ottawa in 2008 and its impacts can now be clearly seen throughout the city.

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer, visit or

Corrections & Clarifications

I can’t say I have ever done this before in my column but I just felt the need to briefly correct a couple of misleading pieces of information that were published in recent edition of Messenger.  First, a Letter to the Editor was published in the June 18th edition that stated that the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority is responsible for storm water run-off.  Simply put, that is wrong.  Storm water management is the City of Ottawa’s responsibility.

Secondly, a headline in last week’s edition may have led to some confusion.  The headline on the weekly Village Voice article suggested that City Council was approving a $2M expansion to the Manotick Arena.  While we are working on that very item, the only approval at this time was the project’s inclusion in a submission for funding to the Canada 150th Infrastructure Grant. The project, itself, isn’t yet fully funded.  The community has been doing a tremendous job raising money and awareness and the City is looking at all funding options.  The Village Voice article was accurate; it was just a minor error in the headline.  Simple mistake, no harm done.

If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.