We’re emerging from lockdowns, winter blahs into green growing things and warmer weather.
COVID rates are declining, vaccinations are accelerating and we’re starting to breath a little easier. Enjoy this nice weather, be safe and enjoy the outdoors!
One snowy January morning, an email arrived from the David Suzuki Foundation, calling on communities across Canada to help restore habitats for local bees, butterflies and other pollinators on the verge of extinction. On a cold wintry day there is something deeply satisfying in dreaming of butterflies, and pink, purple and yellow flowers being kissed with plump bumblebees and hummingbirds. The images of Hunt Club’s green spaces and beautiful yards and gardens from my neighbourhood walks, rushed into my mind, and before I knew it, the Butterflyway cocoon was born.
Why You Should Care
One third of the food we eat and three quarters of world’s flowering plants depend on the tireless work of pollinators. They contribute to the biodiversity and resilience of ecosystems, to agricultural production and our nutritional security, and production in medicine, biofuels, fibres and even construction materials. The estimated economic value that pollinators create in the world’s crop production is approximately half a trillion dollars every year.
Beyond the economic impacts, global pollination experts warn that the extinction of pollinators would lead to an ecological and food production disaster of unseen proportions. While the volume of pollinator-dependant crops has grown by 300% in the last fifty years, the number and variety of pollinator species are in a consistent and staggering decline. Some 40 species of bees alone are being seriously endangered. The cumulative impacts of the extensive use of pesticides, intensive agriculture management, invasive plant species, pathogens, and pollution have led to a shrinking number of indigenous plants and a sharp decline of pollinator species and their habitats.
First Butterflyway Pollinator Patches
Thankfully in Hunt Club, Councillor Riley Brockington is championing the Butterflyway Project, and there are residents who are interested in helping to restore pollinator habitats.
As a result, the city has recently installed a pollinator patch at the Hunt Club Riverside Park Community Centre. With a bit of loving care, in two-to-three years from now, this will turn into a lush carpet of colourful wildflowers where pollinators can survive through the winter and thrive in warmer days. Similarly, volunteers on the Butterflyway Project will plant pollinator patches of varying sizes at several Hunt Club locations this summer, and at least five private properties will be hosting a Butterflyway pollinator patch. All these actions will help create habitats where pollinators can find food, water and shelter.
Councillor Riley Brockington in the first public space pollinator in Hunt Club
First Butterflyway pollinator patches in Hunt Club’s private yards and gardens
We will be marking the locations of Butterflyway patches in Hunt Club’s public and private spaces, and adding pollinator gardens of all shapes and sizes, from a balcony’s mini patch to a garden pollinator site. Our vision is for Hunt Club to become a leading community in Ottawa in establishing pollinator patches, and we will strive to ensure that at least half are certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation as a wild-life friendly habitat. Keep an eye on the map of local pollinator patches which will be updated periodically.
What You Can Do to Help
You can help out on the Butterflyway Project or plant a few wildflowers in planters or in your garden and ask your neighbours to do the same. Often the smallest things can make a big difference.
If you want to add your pollinator patch to Hunt Club’s pollinator patches map, or if you would like to volunteer on the Butterflyway project, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form. Learn more about Hunt Club’s Butterflyway Project here.
Ottawa’s Vaccination Updates
Beginning Tuesday, May 18, the Province extended vaccine appointments to residents 18 years and older. As of Sunday, May 23, youth between 12 and 17 years of age are eligible to book a vaccine. Book yours with the provincial online booking system at Ontario.ca/BookVaccine or call 1-833-943-3900.
Second dose information
Residents who are waiting to schedule the date of their second vaccine dose will be able to access an appointment within the specified interval. The second dose interval for some is approaching next month. A solution is in place to accommodate appointments for these individuals. Contact my office to have your name included on our second dose notification list if you require this information. You can also sign up for the COVID-19 vaccination updates e-subscription for regular news on the vaccine roll-out, including updates on second doses.
Hunt Club resurfacing
Hunt Club Road westbound from the Airport Parkway to Paul Anka Drive is scheduled to be resurfaced sometime this year. The project has yet to be finalized. Once it is, it will then go through the tender process and a contract will be awarded. Staff will keep my office updated and I will share information about the schedule and traffic impacts with the association and local residents.
I am supporting the creation of a new pollinator garden with nine varieties of native wildflowers and two butterfly houses at the front of the Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre this Spring. City staff are also planning to make “pollinators” the theme of the City’s summer camps at the centre and have the campers maintain the garden before local residents take over its care this autumn. The new garden is an excellent opportunity for residents of all ages to become involved in their local community, to instil a sense of local pride, support natural ecosystems and enhance the natural beauty of the area. The garden itself will feature asters, butterfly bushes, milkweed, echinacea, yarrow, salvia, black-eyed Susans, day-lilies and stonecrop/sedum.
Sawmill Creek Pathway Upgrades
Three segments of the Sawmill Creek Multi-Use Pathway are scheduled to be rehabilitated this year. One section is at the northern end to the west side of the pond, and west of the north end of the Greenboro Station’s park and ride. A second section is on the west side of the middle pond directly west of Loblaws at the South Keys Shopping Centre. The third location is on the east side of the southerly pond east of Michael’s at the shopping centre. The exact dates for the pathway’s rehabilitation in 2021 have not been finalized.
Stage 2 Trillium LRT Construction:
Work on the Trillium Line, which is extending south 16 kilometres from Bayview to Limebank in Riverside South, is progressing. This massive project includes eight new stations, renovations to five existing stations, a new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility and an airport link. To date, the Stage 2 LRT Construction Team has installed 127 girders on 14 rail and pedestrian bridges across the entire O-Train South extension.
Greenboro LRT Station
Greenboro Station is an existing transfer station on the O-Train South Line that will receive a new, longer platform. Crews have completed demolition, and platform construction is underway. Structural backfilling is ongoing, as are formwork, rebar and concrete works. This year, crews will also continue prepping and laying track in this area. Across the South Line, track work between Walkley and Greenboro Stations is expected to be the first segment completed in Summer 2021.
South Keys LRT Station
Concrete foundation work is now complete at the new South Keys Station. Forming and reinforcement of the walls that will support the platform continue and installation of engineered, lightweight fill is underway north of the station. In the coming months, crews will proceed with installing light weight fill and utilities south of the station. Backfilling and waterproofing of the pedestrian tunnels and station walls are ongoing, as are formwork, rebar and concrete works at the platform level. A slight change in the temporary multi-use pathway was implemented April 21 and will be in place until June 14. This serves as a temporary detour of a segment of the MUP to route pedestrians and cyclists around the work zone and to maintain station access. Throughout the duration of the station’s construction, the MUP will be altered to make way for construction. Pedestrians and cyclists will be required to pay attention and adhere to flagging personnel and detour signage to reach their destination.
Hunt Club Rail-over-Road Bridge and MUP
The Hunt Club MUP will run along the rail bridge to connect South Keys Station via the Sawmill Creek Pathway to pathways south of Hunt Club Road. Pedestrians and cyclists using this new link will be safely separated from rail lines by a 2.4-metre-high cement barrier. The crane and drill rig have been demobilized from the Hunt Club Road median following the completion of the drilling of the caissons, which form the deep foundations that will support the bridge structure above. The remediation work now includes caisson remediation and excavation work to prepare for the column pours. Fencing has been installed around the site to minimize traffic disruptions.
Urban Cycling Workshop
Join me for Urban Cycling – a Virtual Workshop presented by EnviroCentre’s Let’s Bike Program on June 21 at 6:30 p.m. Delivered by an experienced cyclist, this workshop will provide participants with tips on incorporating cycling into their everyday lives. You’ll learn helpful hints, rules of the road, and receive advice on choosing a route to your destination. This workshop is adapted for cyclists of every age and ability. REGISTER AT: tinyurl.com/CycleWithMe
Hello, my name is Kim and I am a Puppy Walker for Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB). You may have seen me around the neighbourhood walking Pebbles, who is a 16 month old Golden Retriever. Pebbles has been living with my family since she was 4 months old. She came to us as a friendly, rambunctious puppy – which she still is! As part of the Puppy Walking program it is our job to help raise her to be a well mannered dog that has been socialized in as many different environments as possible. That has been a challenge during Covid but Pebbles comes with me to as many places as possible. Whether that be grocery shopping, going to appointments, or just running general errands. The goal of a volunteer Puppy Walker is to help the dog get ready before they go to formal training at the Guide Dog Centre. Typically puppies are placed in volunteer homes between 8-12 weeks old. And will stay with that family for 12-18 months. Pebbles has attended obedience classes run by CGDB and we meet with the program co-ordinator around once a month so they can check on her progress and help problem solve any issues we may be having.
Pebbles is the second dog that we have been Puppy Raising. In March of 2020 the black lab that we had for the previous 18 months went in for formal training. It was very hard to say goodbye to Dahlia. But we knew she was destined for greatness! And we were very proud that Dahlia successfully completed her training and started working as a Guide Dog in March of this year. It was a bittersweet moment when we got to see her one last time before she started working. But she was still the same sweet dog that loved getting belly rubs from everyone that she meets! If you ever see me out walking with Pebbles while she has her training vest on then please do not approach or try to engage her. It takes a lot of mental focus for a dog to learn what is expected from them. And once they are working it could be dangerous to the client if the dog is not 100% focused on them.
Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind was founded in 1984 and does not receive any government funding. They rely on donations from the public, often through fundraisers. They provide Guide Dogs to clients across the country and Mobility Dogs in the Ottawa area. If you’re wondering how you can help please check the CGDB website https://www.guidedogs.ca for volunteer opportunities and fundraising initiatives.
Thank you from Pebbles and all the other future Guide Dogs!
You need a résumé: it is the document that tells employers about your qualification for a job and showcases how you could be an asset to a company. It contains your name and contact information, employment objective, education, experience, skills, achievements or interests.
A résumé shows your work history by date order, listing your last job first. If you have not had a job before, highlight your skills and expertise for specific jobs. A one-page résumé is recommended.
References: ask 2 teachers for references; get full name, telephone number and email.
Job Search: look for department stores, supermarkets, drugstores and other businesses within 10-15 minutes travel distance from your home. Go to each location, greet a staff member and hand in a résumé. If a company uses application forms, take the form home, read it carefully, complete it and return it with your résumé on the same day.
Interview answers: If you are applying for your first job, use the skills you learned during your Co-op placement to answer interview questions. Be honest and upbeat, show your ability to fit in as part of a team. Share positive experiences about sports, musical performance, poetry or helping classmates.
Attire: wear comfortable sneakers and casual summer clothing and neutral nail polish.
Ladies: no low-cut V-neck tops, spaghetti strap top, or blouse that exposes your belly button.
Gentlemen: no identifiable logo on t-shirts, no low-cut jeans with knees or underwear exposed.
It’s all over except for the growing. For the second year in a row, gardeners in Hunt Club were invited to sign up to receive a free seedling, package of vegetable seeds and an information pamphlet through GetGrowing Hunt Club. This year 250 seed kit packages were delivered door to door. The value of produce that can result from this locally grown harvest is $16,000! That’s a lot of nutritious green beans and carrots and tomatoes! As the growing season stretches in front of us, watch the Hunt Club Community Association Website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter , share pictures of your garden and learn of local initiatives such as opportunities to share excess produce.
GetGrowing Hunt Club is funded by the Hunt Club Community Association and City Councillor Riley Brockington. We are grateful to our sponsors: Lee Valley Tools, Richmond Nursery, BWYL Group and Riocan. And none of this would be possible without the many volunteers working with dedication and spirit during the COVID 19 pandemic. All of it was done to deliver the promise of fresh locally grown produce to doorsteps in our ‘hood. Thank you one and all!
On sunny summer days after rain, we may see butterflies gathering around the edges of mud puddles in nature. Have you ever wondered why? Butterflies get most of their nutrition from flower nectar but they need moisture. They also re-mineralize their bodies by bathing in mud puddles which are rich in salt and minerals.
If you wish to enjoy the sight of butterflies in your garden this season, help them by providing a butterfly puddling station. You can easily make it yourself! For this quick project you can use a bird bath which you may already have or just a larger-size terra cotta saucer with some gravel, and a couple of rocks on which the butterflies can land to sip mineralized water. If you do not have a terra cotta saucer at hand, use a plastic saucer. Either way, the saucer should have a raised edge so that butterflies can land easily. Fill the saucer with sand and a bit of manure compost, mix it together, and add water until the sand is wet. Place the saucer either in a bird bath, on a large flat stone or on the soil. Make sure to refill with water when the sand gets dry. Watch a step-by-step video on how to make butterfly puddling station.
Butterfly Puddling Station
Also, on the top of your puddling station (for example, at one corner), you can place another smaller-size saucer with fruits (ripe or overripe) such as banana, sliced apples, oranges or other. Butterflies and other insects will love it.
Ottawa is a great place to live, but nobody chooses it for the climate. Summer heat and winter cold are stressful. We look forward to warmth in January and get too much of it in July. Here are tips for living more comfortably when the thermometer climbs.
Know the weather conditions beforehand. There’s plenty of weather information via the media and short-term forecasts are very accurate. Plan activities accordingly. Listen for heat warnings from the City and know places where you can cool off.
Hunt Club has two splash pads, at Owl Park and McCarthy Park. Two others are nearby south of Walkley. Arnett Park is west of McCarthy and Stanstead Park to the east. Mooney’s Bay beach is close by.
Wear light clothing, which reflects the sun’s rays, and sunscreen. Be especially careful if you are susceptible to sunburn. Limit exposure and be sure to reapply sunscreen after going in the water.
Avoid exercising at peak hours of heat, or exercise in an air-conditioned gym. Plan outdoor exercise during the early morning or evening. If competing in an event during the heat of the day acclimatize your body to conditions in advance.
Drink fluids regularly. We perspire and lose water to cool off. If your mouth feels dry it’s a sign of dehydration so drink plain water and plenty of it. Infants, children, and the elderly need to be especially careful not to become dehydrated. Sports drinks may be appropriate to replace electrolytes if exercising for an hour or more.
Do you recognize this place in our community? Hunt Club Creek flows into the Rideau River, just upstream from the rail bridge and the lowest point in Hunt Club, about 76 m above mean sea level.
Reach it from a trail that winds beside the creek from the north end of Rivergate Way. There’s easier access from Old Riverside Drive north of the train tracks.
Just over 1 Km from the lowest point is the highest — at 112 m — on the grounds of the Hunt and Golf Club. While there is no public access, adjacent Riverside Drive rises to 107m. The ground ascends to 119m at the airport.
Another high point in our community is north of McCarthy Road, from the Quarry Coop to Huntview Condominiums rising to 106m.
It’s National Volunteer Week (Apr 18 – 24). With so many issues happening—especially during a pandemic, the world could use more helping hands. A single volunteer can change a life, just imagine a whole community. Whether it’s taking time to collect goods for a food bank, deliver supplies to doorsteps of the vulnerable, looking after kids, taking someone to a medical appointment, or even sharing letters or creative pieces with senior homes. Every little deed collectively adds up to make a big difference.
In studies, results found that people who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem and overall well-being. The more you connect with your community, the higher your confidence grows. It opens up opportunities to meet new friends or neighbours, and provides a positive experience to add to your resume. It can also provide a large amount of satisfaction and appreciation for what you have in life.
In recognition of the volunteers who provide their care and compassion, we wish everyone a happy National Volunteer Week. We encourage you to perform even a small gesture whenever you can. Thank you!
Do you know the high rises in our community? You may be surprised; they’re spread out from east to west.
Starting in the east at 136 Darlington Private is this 11 storey, 80 unit high rise built by Tamarack in 2005. It’s known as The Landmark, officially Ottawa-Carleton Standard Condominium Cooperation No 697.
There’s information on amenities and sale prices through the years here.
Centrally located in our area are two rental buildings at Uplands and Paul Anka Drives, serviced by buses on two routes, close to shopping and the community centre.
Gilboa Place Apartments at 3301 Uplands Drive is on the northeast corner of the intersection and comprised of two offset blocks. There are 1 and 2 bedroom units with rents from $1,350 per month inclusive of heat, hydro and water. There’s further information from District Realty.
On the northwest corner, at 3360 Paul Anka Drive is 12-storey Royalton Place. The footprint is three wings with studio,1 and 2 bedroom units which rent from $1,250 to $1,475. Find out more from the rental agent.
Air conditioning is not mentioned as a feature of these buildings. Before you rent, ask residents and look for comments about the building and facilities on social media.
At the Rideau River end of our Hunt Club community are two luxury condominium high rises together known as Riverside Gate. At 3590 Riverdale Ave, OCSCC 667 was registered under the Condominium Act in 2003. It has 149 units. Its twin, oriented at right angles, is 3580 Riverdale Ave. OCSCC 769 was registered under the Condominium Act in 2007 with 144 units. There’s information on these properties here.
You may have noticed something unusual in the previous photo — unusual that is for Hunt Club — hydro lines on poles. They cross Riverside Drive north of Uplands on a slant, a remnant of the time when they ran alongside the Bowesville Road. This photo, taken from where the road crosses the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club shows the hydro wires still present with Riverside Gate seen in the distance. And there’s another high rise on the left.
Unlike the others, it’s commercial, occupied by IBM since they acquired Cognos in 2007 for $5 billion. At 3755 Riverside Drive, there are two towers. The larger 10-storey 180,000 sq. ft. building constructed in 2000 connects to the original six-storey tower, erected in 1985, by an elevated walkway.
Dangerous speeds were recorded each day by the Uplands Drive radar speed sign in 2020. Four in every hundred vehicles exceeded 60 Km/hr.
The chart shows the daily maximum values. Over the year the average highest daily speed was 82 Km/hr. On 23 days reckless drivers blew past at twice the speed limit—that’s stunt driving under the Highway Traffic Act, penalties for which include 6 demerit points, a fine of $2,000 to $10,000 and other penalties.
What was the irresponsible person recorded at 130 Km/hr on 5 July thinking? We don’t know who it was, what they were driving and under what conditions, only that they were being extremely reckless. The radar speed board does not have a camera so, short of someone with miraculous investigative powers, we’ll never know.
There’s more to dangerous driving than exceeding the speed limit. If you’ve ever slid across an intersection or off the road during freezing rain you know how hazardous it can be. City traffic statistics show accidents are over four times as likely during freezing rain events.
Black ice is deceptive, occurring when water vapour in the air freezes directly onto a cold surface —that’s why there are warnings about ice on the road surface of bridges, especially those over water where humidity is higher. Watch out for cold clear nights when the temperature drops rapidly. Still not convinced of the danger? Check out “black ice” videos on YouTube.
Combining radar speed and weather data shows that each additional centimetre of snow recorded increases adherence to the speed limit by 1 percent. Snow also marginally reduces traffic volume on Uplands. On cold winter days, traffic moves on average a bit more slowly.
Overall the data show a large majority of drivers on Uplands drive within the speed limit, Three-quarters of all vehicles approach the sign within the 50 Km/hr speed limit, and 85 percent travel at less than 53 Km/hr. A few recklessly ignore it. Keep yourself and others safe by observing speed limits, slowing down and being extra careful in adverse weather.
A photo radar pilot project is now underway at nine school locations, none of them in Hunt Club. Given these findings, should the City extend the project to other locations to deter and catch dangerous drivers?