24 August 2012

Hazardous waste, teenagers’ brains, litter, organic gardening, crime-fighting, rescuing baby squirrels and, of course, Lansdowne Park — this newsletter covers a pretty broad range of topics.

And speaking of Lansdowne, I've added a new section to my website to provide residents with as much information as I can about the ongoing construction work and other issues. Visit capitalward.ca/lansdowne for updates, frequently asked questions and more.

David Chernushenko
Councillor for Capital Ward
613-580-2487 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lansdowne CPU

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has posted the Draft Certificate of Property Use (CPU) for Lansdowne Park & Sylvia Holden Commemorative Park. It will remain on the Environmental Registry for a 45-day public comment period, closing on October 4, 2012.

A CPU is a document issued by the provincial government in cases where the cleanup of a property is based on a risk assessment, rather than on the full treatment or removal of contamination. This may require risk management measures and limit the scope of property uses in order to prevent risks from contamination left on-site. The Lansdowne CPU spells out required risk management measures related to soil management and environmental site monitoring, as well as administration and reporting.

Household Hazardous Waste Depot

Saturday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
150 Tunney’s Pasture Dr. between Goldenrod and Sorrel

The City is hosting a one-day mobile household hazardous waste collection depot. For a complete listing of acceptable household hazardous waste, visit ottawa.ca/hhw.

This depot is for household waste only (maximum 100 L). No commercial waste will be accepted.

If you are unable to attend the depot, some materials, such as paint, oil, compact fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries, can be returned to participating local retailers.

For more information, visit ottawa.ca/recycle or call 3-1-1.

Resilient & Ready?
A Luncheon Conversation for Parents

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 11:30)
Centurion Convention Center, 170 Colonnade Rd.

Gain a better understanding of how your teenager's brain works and how to help them deal with the ups and downs of life. A panel of clinical experts and neuroscientists from The Royal and CHEO will discuss:

  • How the brain rewires itself during puberty
  • How to deal with life transitions (i.e. changing schools, going to college or university, moving away from family and friends)
  • Risk factors for mental illness and suicide, and effective coping strategies

Click HERE for details and to purchase tickets. Admission $25.

For more information about D.I.F.D. (Do It For Daron), please visit www.difd.com. For more information about The Royal, visit www.theroyal.ca.

Cleaning the Capital

Show your community pride and help keep Ottawa graffiti-free and litter-free! Take part in Cleaning the Capital by cleaning up public property where you live, work or play. Cleanup supplies provided.

The Fall Cleaning the Capital campaign runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with a special Capital Cleanup Weekend Sept. 28-30.

Register your litter pickup or graffiti removal project before Sept. 15 to be eligible for an early bird prize donated by our generous sponsors.

For more information, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.

The 2012 Spring Cleaning the Capital campaign was a very successful, with close to 64,000 community volunteers joining in to keep Ottawa’s parks, roadways and green spaces clean, green, graffiti- and litter-free.

Senior Organic Gardeners

Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa is launching a new pilot project called Senior Organic Gardeners. The initiative offers opportunities for seniors to enjoy and grow organic food whether they live in a home, apartment or retirement residence, using tools adapted to their abilities.

Find out more at http://cog.ca/ottawa/goo.

New & improved Neighbourhood Toolkit

Do you want to make your community a better place to live and deal with crime and safety concerns? Tap into the new Neighbourhood Toolkit created by Crime Prevention Ottawa.

It’s full of ideas, information and resources to help you create safe environments, learn how to stay safe, protect your property, deal with neighbourhood problems, and prevent crime and violence at work. It provides information about community programs and resources, as well as who to call in the event of an emergency or problem.

The Neighbourhood Toolkit is also designed as a community-building resource. After all, crime prevention starts locally, when neighbours know their neighbours and take pride in their communities.

What to do if you find a baby squirrel

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary says squirrels have been having their second litters of the season, and Ottawa residents are finding orphaned babies but don't know what to do.

When people find baby animals alone, their first instinct is often to scoop them into a shoebox, try to feed them and call for help. But wait — that baby might not need rescuing, and feeding it may cause harm.

If the mother is nearby or a baby has fallen out of a nest, the mother may retrieve the baby if it is warm and healthy, and it is safe for her do to so.

So how do you know if a baby squirrel needs your help? If it follows people or pets, it needs rescuing. Ditto if it shows signs of illness or injury, raspy breathing or sneezing, or bugs on its body. Animals handled by a cat also need rescuing, even if there are no visible injuries. In these cases, put the animal in a box in a warm and quiet place and call a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for advice. Visit www.rideauwildlife.org, call 613-258-9480 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If the baby seems healthy and is not in imminent danger, such as near a road or predators, it may be possible to reunite it with its mother. Put the baby in a small box it cannot climb out of and attach it to the trunk of a tree a few feet off the ground. Do not cover the baby with any bedding. It is very important to keep the baby warm, as the mother will not retrieve a cold baby. You can fill a small soda bottle with hot water, wrap it in a towel and brace it inside the box. Be sure the baby is not in full sun.

The mother will not return if there are people or pets around, so monitor from a distance. Never leave a baby squirrel out overnight since the mother will not retrieve it after dark. Bring the squirrel inside for the night to keep it warm and put the box back outside first thing in the morning. If the mother has not retrieved the baby within a few hours, it might need rescuing.

Do not give the baby anything to eat or drink until you have talked to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Feeding the wrong thing, in the wrong way or at the wrong time can be very harmful to a baby.

The Rideau Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is the only local Ministry of Natural Resources-licensed rehabilitator of wild mammals and turtles. Visit their website for more advice on what to do if you find Potentially Orphaned Animals.

Upcoming meetings

Here are some meetings I'm organizing in the near future. Please check this website in the coming weeks for dates, times and locations:

  • Capital Ward Budget 2013 Public Consultation
  • Public Meeting Regarding Inappropriate Infill in Old Ottawa East
  • Mid-Term Town Hall Meeting