By Barrhaven Ward Councillor Jan Harder
Now that snow last week was a surprise…kowabunga! Hopefully that is the end of the winter and a bunch of April showers will bring on May flowers. As well hopefully numbers for COVID decrease in these next few weeks. I certainly am counting on our kiddos getting back to school. They need to. I am thankful the playground rules were reversed. So many of you were right to tell me your thoughts on so many issues. I value those of you who take the time to reach out. Keep on doing so and in the meantime you all know what we need to do to stay safe. After a solid year we have all found our way to manage and keep ourselves and loved ones safe. We can do this….and we will!
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Barrhaven Traffic Update
- Jockvale Road from Longfields Drive to Greenbank Road – Thursday, 6 May 2021 7:00pm to 5:00am and Friday, 7 May 2021 7:00pm to 10:00am on Saturday 8 May 2021.
- Jockvale Road from Longfields Drive to Greenbank Road – Friday, 28 May 2021 7:00pm to 10:00am on Saturday 29 May 2021.
Tartan Pumping Station
The Tartan Pumping Station Reliability Improvements project will provide basement sewer backup protection to the community by adding a new below-grade chamber, new bypass valves and piping to allow the pumping station to be bypassed for emergencies and maintenance purposes. In addition, an overflow connection will provide relief in the unlikely event that the pumping station cannot manage incoming flows.
Construction started August 2020 and has encountered some delays. The Contractor will continuing their operations mid-Feb 2021 and is expected to be completed by Summer/Fall 2021, with landscaping restorations occurring in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022.
This sanitary pumping station is located at 84 Tartan Drive at the west end of Houlahan Park.
Walter Baker Pool Update
The pools are shutdown to July with anticipation of an extension to Sept. 1st. The Main and Dive pool has a major filtration issue with the “laterals” inside the filter. One of these laterals have broken and will start to see sand flowing entering the pools.
As it stands, City staff have found the filter with broken laterals for the main. The main is now empty and sand is on order so that the filtration system will be back on track.
The Log Farm – Barrhaven
As some of you were aware, we were not able to open the farm for our traditional spring Sugarbush visits. We were not comfortable because spring always brings line-ups and we just could not find a way to do it safely. We did have the farm open for a couple weekends with very limited number of visitors, to try and offer an outdoor area for families to enjoy themselves as safely as possible. Of course, with the latest regulations and the COVID numbers so high we have once again closed the farm until further notice. So, if you could possibly share the information below about us offering home delivery of our maple syrup we would greatly appreciate.
Like last year The Log Farm was not able to allow guest to visit our sugarbush but we did make syrup. Although not a plentiful as last year this years syrup is ready and it is very good. We are once again this year offering local free contactless home delivery of our Maple syrup. All the details are on our website www.thelogfarm.com
Relay For Life Committee at the Ottawa Carleton Virtual Secondary School Message
OCDSB schools are making a difference for Canadians living with cancer by hosting a Relay For Life event in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Relay For Life is a community based fundraising event run by many schools that raises money to fund game-changing research in all cancers. On May 28th, our team will be hosting a Relay For Life event with several schools across the Ottawa Carleton District School Board from 2-4pm. Relay For Life is important to us because we want to fund Canada’s most promising and ground-breaking research against all cancers, as well as make a difference in our community. Our event is helping those living with cancer get to life-saving treatment appointments and providing access to other key support programs.
We are asking you for any kind donations to support our event. Your donation and support will go a long way to help us to achieve our fundraising goal of $10,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society. We would appreciate any sort of donation, for example, gift cards or items as could be given away as incentives to attend our event. With your help, we can make this goal a reality, as we work together to create a world where no Canadian fears cancer. Message Kelly Pham at email@example.com for more information.
News from Ruth E. Dickinson: your local library branch
Here are some tips to help you use this service:
- Please bring your library card or card number to pick up your holds
- Appointments are not required to pick up holds or return library items
- Books and other materials can be ordered online through the OPL website or by calling InfoService at 613-580-2940
- Our hours of operation remain the same
- Mandatory: Masks are required to be worn outside while waiting in line, picking up holds, or returning items
This year’s theme is Resilience: Resilience is the courage to start each day anew. We celebrate, reflect on, and respect the resilience that has made us who we are. Join us at OPL in appreciating, reading, writing, sharing, and listening to poetry!
- Monday May 3 at 7:00 pm: Join us for Rebel with a Rhyme, spoken word poet Britta B will be hosting a virtual poetry workshop.
Concerns about open-air fires
Ottawa Fire Services does not approve of open-air burning in urban areas or near buildings. The use of an outdoor fireplace (either masonry or metal) is considered open-air burning. Although these fireplaces are designed to be used outdoors and may limit the heat and sparks through their design, these reduced levels are still cause for concern. Outdoor fireplaces are not permitted in urban areas.
Devices that do not require a permit are allowed in residential areas including outdoor natural gas, propane or ethanol fireplaces and natural gas, propane, pellet, or charcoal barbecues. These devices must be used according to the manufacturer’s directions and must not be used to burn wood, tree limbs, branches and/or non-compostable material.
Crime Prevention Ottawa – Webinar Series
In Ottawa, Canada and the U.S., there have been many successful models for responding to mental health crises. We invite you to this webinar series to learn what is currently being done in response to mental health crisis situations.
Each event in the series will feature one approach to a mental health crisis response, with a presentation highlighting how and why it was developed, how it works and the lessons learned. A Q&A will follow the presentation.
To register for this free event visit www.ocphe.ca/webinars. You will not need to register separately for each event, one registration gives you access to the whole series.
May 5, 2021, 12noon – 1pm ET
DOPE, (Drug Overdose Prevention and Education) Response team, Ottawa, Ontario
May 19, 2021, 12noon -1pm ET
CAHOOTS in Eugene-Springfield, Oregon
Guest Speaker: Berkley Carnine
To learn more about the series and to register, visit: www.ocphe.ca/webinars
Help During Self Isolation
Do you need help during self-isolation? Call 2-1-1 for information on resources from the Community and Social Services Line.
Do you need a space to self-isolate safely?
The Voluntary Isolation Centre (VIC) is for people who do not have access to an adequate shelter or cannot self-isolate safely in their own homes. To find out more or to apply please call 613-580-2424 ext. 25890 or email OPHisolationcentre@ottawa.ca.
Here are some resources that might help:
- Access to food: goodfoodottawa.ca
- Access to mental wellness support: counsellingconnect.org
- Supports for seniors & adults with a disability: communitysupport.covidresponse.ca
- Delivery of food & supplies – Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre: 613-591-3686
- CRB- Canada Recovery Benefits information & support – Service in English & Arabic: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com