Ward 5 News
Ward 5 Clean-up Challenge
I am issuing a friendly challenge to all West Carleton-March residents, community associations and businesses to take part in Ottawa’s Spring Cleaning the Capital Campaign. The team that collects the most trash during their registered clean-up this spring will be eligible to win Tim Hortons gift cards (one per person, up to a maximum of 20). Please invite me to your clean-up event so I can see how much trash has been collected. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-580-2424,ext. 32246. Fill out the registration form at ottawa.ca/clean or call 3-1-1 to register your project and request your project starter kit. Registration closes April 30.
Have you seen Spongy moths (formerly known as gypsy moths) on your trees? Help reduce the number of this invasive and destructive species before they hatch! If you spot eggs on your tree, scrape them off and submerge them in a soapy bucket for two days to keep your tree safe. For more information, click here.
Sandbag-Filling Stations & Water Levels
Sand and sandbags are available at designated City works yards for residents wishing to prepare for low-level flooding in the coming weeks. An updated list can be found here. Join the City’s Spring Flood 2022 Facebook group to stay up to date on information about river conditions and how to protect your property in the event of flooding.Helpful links
- Ontario Power Generation: www.opg.com/water
On this page you will find information on water management, including an infographic on the freshet timeline. To find information specific to this region, including levels and flows, and other helpful information, please click Eastern Ontario.
- The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board: www.ottawariver.ca
Now that the milder weather is here, there is more activity on and near our roads – cyclists, runners, children at play, dog walkers, horseback riding and wild animals crossing. Residents are reminded to report speeding to Ottawa Police by calling 613-236-1222, ext. 7300 or submitting a complaint at ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.aspx. Your reports allow police to identify and monitor problem areas.
Wild Animal Baby Season is here
Photo by Holly’s Haven/Facebook
Holly’s Haven Wildlife Rescue a local charity run by a team of volunteers and based in Dunrobin. Last year, HHWR took in over 850 wild mammals to be rehabilitated and released back into the wild, healthy and away from places where they might cause trouble. This is the time of year when baby squirrels and raccoons are being born. Every year, we’ll be asked to take in more animals than we can handle, so we ask for the community’s help in supporting us while keeping the need for our services down. Most of the animals needing our help are orphaned because either the mother was killed or has been trapped and relocated. Please know that if you see a raccoon or skunk out during the day, it is probably a mother desperately trying to feed herself on a break between baby feedings. Our website recommends humane removal companies that will keep the mother and babies together. These companies also help with squirrels, that may have nested in your eaves or in a tree that you are having taken down. In many cases, animals wouldn’t need help if humans didn’t interfere, and often they can be reunited with their mother. Contact us for advice and we’ll be happy to help if we possibly can. If an wild animal is very sick or suffering, you can call Ottawa Bylaw at 3-1-1. They have a trained team to respond and take the animal to the Ottawa Humane Society for assessment.
If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, you can sign-up here. Find out more about us on our website, Facebook page or Instagram. Sincere thank you to our community of volunteers and supporters from Team HHWR!
Catch Basins, Ditch Drainage & Potholes
Residents concerned about ditch drainage, those who need assistance clearing a catch basin or wish to report a pothole can call 3-1-1 or create an online service request at ottawa.ca/en/3-1-1/report-or-request. Please remember to record your service request number so you can track your file or request an update.
- The total number of potholes repaired between January 1 and March 21, 2022 reached 42,398.
- The total number of potholes filled for the same period last year was 36,869 – an increase of 5,529.
- The three-year average (2019-2021) of potholes filled for a full year is 222,571.
- In Ottawa, the five-year average of freeze/thaw cycles over the winter season is 79. Freeze/thaw cycles are the leading cause for potholes, which thrive in these types of environments.
Household Hazardous Waste Depots
The City is hosting hazardous waste depots again this year where household hazardous waste can be dropped off. The Canadian Tire Centre is a new addition this year. Located at 200 Cyclone Taylor Boulevard, this depot is scheduled for June 26. The schedule of depots will be updated as needed at Hazardous waste and special items | City of Ottawa. Residents are also encouraged to consult the Waste Explorer tool for a full list of items accepted at the HHW events: ottawa.ca/en/garbage-and-recycling/waste-explorer. In addition, the Waste Explorer provides a list of retailers throughout the city that accept household hazardous waste materials at any time.