Since the weather is warming up, the insects are starting to come out. That includes the ticks living in our area. Have a look at the NCC’s Tick information post to find out how to deal with these half spiders at https://ncc-ccn.gc.ca/blog/tick-safety-in-the-capital
Via Heather and Daniel:
Mechanicsville Community Association and Big Trees of Kitchissippi invite you to make your voice count in efforts to say YES to more trees and No to embassies at the NCC Burnside property on the Ottawa River in Kitchissippi Ward.
First, send a video message (hug) to Councillors and Federal Ministers before Earth Day next week, using this simple video platform: https://app.vidhug.com/yes-to-trees-no-to-embassies-/HyZ-FoNL_/record
Use your phone, or record directly on the platform, indoors or (preferably) outdoors to say Yes (and No).
Second, sign this petition calling on the City of Ottawa and NCC to honour their commitments to addressing the climate emergency, by saying Yes to more trees on the site, and No to embassies: See Petition
From our city councillor Jeff Leiper’s newsletter today:
Island Park/Clearview crossing
Last year, we’d been told that construction of the pedestrian crossing at Island Park Drive and Clearview was proceeding, but then the work was paused apparently because of covid-related supplier issues. Indications to my staff are now that work should proceed in May. We’re all impatient for that and I appreciate your patience.
Subject: Tunney’s Pasture redevelopment plans, history, update on current status and a survey
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 19:26:47 -0400
From: Heather Pearl
After years of silence, we may soon know more about the redevelopment proposals for Tunney’s Pasture. Here is some history:
- Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) presented a draft plan to local community associations and the West Wellington BIA in 2012.
- The CAs and BIA responded that the site needed to be redeveloped as much more than an attractive employment campus.
- Our MP, Paul Dewar held a public meeting, attended by a large number of residents from the adjacent communities, to discuss what the Tunney’s Pasture Master Plan (TPMP) needed to address.
- The resulting TPMP Community Report (attached) was posted on Paul’s website. In-house negotiations began, to which the CAs were not privy.
In 2013, PSPC held a public consultation to gather comments on their new, very different proposal, for a substantial mixed-use development, that responded to most of the issues raised in the TPMP Community Report.
- Jeff Leiper has regularly asked for updates, but has learned only that the 2014 TPMP is being, for the most part, followed. Recently, he heard that more information should be coming soon.
- The Wellington Village CA (WVCA) recently heard from PSPC that more information may be available by late spring.
- WV is inviting all interested residents of Champlain Park to respond to their survey questionnaire on the Tunney’s redevelopment plans. The survey can be found at https://forms.gle/mEWU8BTBj2Rg3oZ6A
Their intent is to:
- Gather preliminary information on awareness, concerns, and priorities associated with the coming redevelopment.
- Gather information for a mailing list of keenly interested residents.
- Take the first step in a series of steps as they attempt to obtain more information, and participate in public consultation.
Based on the survey responses, they hope to form a small working group amongst neighbouring CAs to keep the ball rolling.
Please consider completing the short survey and staying current as this issue matures. Whatever happens at Tunney’s Pasture has a direct impact on Champlain Park.
TPMP Community Report.pdf
Survey on Gatineau Park parkway use
The NCC would like to invite you to take part in an online survey about Gatineau Park parkway use.
Public consultation on the NCC Forest Strategy
The National Capital Commission (NCC) invites you to participate in an online public consultation on its Forest Strategy.
This strategy will guide how the NCC manages forests and trees on its lands. It will align our efforts, and prepare us to meet current and future challenges. Previous rounds of public consultation on the strategy were held in June and October 2019. We are now in the final phase of developing this strategy.
Through this online consultation, you’ll have an opportunity to:
- learn about the context of the strategy, including the challenges affecting our trees and forests;
- review the strategy’s proposed vision, goals, long-term objectives and short-term actions;
- read the full draft of the strategy; and
- provide feedback on the strategy before it is finalized.
We invite you to provide your input via the comment box on the Forest Strategy webpage from February 16 to March 3, 2021.
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The SJAM Winter Trail is collecting cleaned up Christmas Trees for use as a windbreak. Yes, your #xmas2020 tree still have a lot more lovin’ to give! Your little sweet heart can spend the rest of the winter sheltering the wind and making this rest area, or what we call the #NordicVillage, a winter’s paradise. @NCC_CCN
We are accepting your recycled Christmas Trees at 2 locations:
Remic Rapids Park
- Behind the Baseball diamond net in the Champlain Park
Many thanks, these trees will be further recycled as mulch after the winter season.
Just a FYI that the NCC has some design ideas about Westboro Beach and wants public feedback, until January 18th.
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A literal heads-up about some drone activity at Tunney’s Pasture via Heather…
FYI: There will be planned drone flights over Tunney’s Pasture between Nov. 23 & 27 (weather permitting) for new central heating/cooling plant project east of Banting Building, west side of Jeanne Mance Building parking lot.
Appropriate coordination with NAV Canada & Transport Canada will be part of flight arrangements. Future additional flights may be needed.
Originally from http://www.mechanicsville.ca/news/2020/11/22/planned-drone-flight-over-the-tunneys-pasture
Time for an update on what volunteers from our community have been doing in the NCC Woodlands.
- NCC Woodland Trail Maintenance – Buckthorn Root Removal
- Purple Martin Birdhouse Project
- Japanese Knotweed Invasive Species Removal Project
- Pollinator Garden ready for Winter
- Tree Saplings doing well
NCC Woodland Trail Maintenance – Buckthorn root removal
Left to right – Kris Phillips, Catherine Shearer and Adrian Bradley showing some of the Buckthorn roots removed from the pathway as part of ongoing trail maintenance in making the trails safer and more accessible.