Column: Woodroffe Avenue & Carp Road updates

Woodroffe Avenue Closure

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that the Woodroffe Avenue closure was to come before Planning Committee on February 11th.   Unfortunately, the closure was approved and will move forward.  One individual from Manotick came down to City Hall to speak against the closure and I very much thank him for taking the time to do so.  Many other residents submitted their concerns via email.  I am not a member of the Planning Committee so I did not have the ability to vote against the closure although I was present to speak against it as well.  In the end, the planning that took place after the initial decision to close it in 1997 was too strong with its legal and financial implications and Committee ultimately approved it. The item does not rise to Council, therefore I will not have an opportunity to officially register a vote against it. I’m sorry that I couldn’t have done more to prevent this closure.

Carp Road Widening Environmental Assessment Study

As I have discussed in this column in the past, the City of Ottawa is undertaking the Carp Road Widening Environmental Assessment Study. The City’s Transportation Master Plan identifies the need for Carp Road widening from two lanes to four lanes between Highway 417 to Hazeldean Road as a Phase 2 project to be completed between 2020 and 2025.  This was a project originally scheduled earlier but affordability has pushed that project back.

This second Open House, to be held at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex on Wednesday, February 26th from 6:30pm until 9:00pm, will provide an overview of study progress to-date, including the alternative designs considered and the evaluation criteria and methodology used to determine preliminary preferred design for the corridor. Your participation in Open House meetings is important where you can discuss the project with the study team and provide feedback. There will be on-going public consultation activities during the remaining course of the study.

Further information on the Carp Road Widening EA Study is available at ottawa.ca/carproad. Interested persons can provide comments throughout the EA process. Any comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. For further information or to provide comments, please contact jabbar.siddique@ottawa.ca.

North Gower Nursery School Casino Night & Silent Auction

The annual North Gower Cooperative Nursery School fundraising event was a tremendous success last year with their Casino Royale theme.   If you missed it last year, this is your chance to see what all the fuss was about.   Keeping with the casino theme, the NGCNS invites you to this year’s Casino Las Gower and Silent Auction on Saturday, February 22nd.  Try your luck at one of the several casino tables, including Black Jack, Poker, Roulette, and more, or take a spin at the Wheel of Fire.  Peruse and bid on the numerous auction items available.  Enjoy a snack from The Marlborough Pub and Subway, or satisfy that sweet tooth with a dessert from Cinnamon Catering or Sugar House, and of course the bar is always ready to serve up a cold beer or a tasty martini!  I will reprise my role from last year as the master of ceremonies keeping everyone on their toes and well informed about when auction tables are closing to give you that last chance to outbid your neighbours and friends on that item that you just can’t go home without.  I look forward to seeing you at Casino Las Gower

The doors open at 8:00pm, and the last auction table closes around 12:00pm.  Tickets are $15 which will get you entry, food, and $500 in gambling chips – don’t forget that this is a ‘fun’draiser so chips have no monetary value, although they can be used to purchase raffles tickets for a door prize.  Additional gambling chips will also be available for purchase.  Tickets can be purchased from: Roxy’s, Perkins Lumber and at the door.

City’s Wildlife Speakers’ Series

Last year, the City of Ottawa approved a Wildlife Strategy that featured education as a strong component.  The Speakers’ Series stems from that Strategy.  Dr. Stan Gehrt, world renowned wildlife ecologist from Ohio State University, will provide insight on how people in urban and rural developments can coexist with coyotes, at the first event of the City’s Wildlife Speakers’ Series at 7:00pm on Friday, February 28, at Ben Franklin Place (101 Centrepointe Drive).

Dr. Gehrt is the lead investigator in the Cook County Coyote Project, which has been studying the coyote population in the greater Chicago metropolitan area since 2000.  This project has led to many interesting discoveries about how coyotes behave in different settings, and how they interact with humans and other animals.

Dr. Gehrt will share his extensive knowledge and experience to provide a better understanding of coyotes – including how and why they live in settled areas. He will also show how residents can avoid problems with coyotes, such as taking simple preventative measures around their properties.

In addition to the presentation, information booths will be on display from 6:00 to 9:00pm for residents to learn more about Ottawa’s wildlife and natural environment.

The City will hold three more events in the Wildlife Speakers’ Series this year. The series is intended to increase residents’ knowledge and appreciation of wildlife and promote coexistence through understanding and respect. The next event is planned for April on the topic of Backyard Biodiversity.  For more information on the coyote presentation, visit ottawa.ca.

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If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.