Ottawa 2017 Construction Restrictions: June – July
As the City prepares for the peak of the 150th anniversary celebrations all City departments will move into heightened construction restrictions on activities that will impede traffic and disrupt the public realm for the period of June 24th to July 10th and July 24th to July 30th in the zone of influence (map below).
All requests for temporary ROW encroachments and lane and road closures that would impede traffic flow on key arteries the zone of influence will not be granted unless for emergency needs;
No utility or maintenance improvements in the ROW in the zone of influence will be permitted unless for emergency needs;
The aesthetic impact of private development projects will be expected to be minimized to the greatest extent possible;
Zone of Influence:
Downtown core bound by Bronson, Ottawa River and Rideau River, extending into LeBreton Flats
Capital Corridor – City Hall to Lansdowne
Main transportation corridors, particularly those crossing the Ottawa River, Rideau River and leading to the key zones referenced above
For more information, please contact your development or traffic inspector assigned to your project.
NCHCA Bursary Program
The NCHCA awards 4 bursaries every year to all member employees and their families. Details can be found online at http://www.nchca.ca/default/493/US_EN/Bursary_Program/About_the_Bursary_Program If you require further help or have any questions, feel free to contact me.
The Stormwater Pond proposed for Baseline and Woodroffe received considerable public and Councillor opposition of the Environmental Assessment Report presented at the June 20th Environment Committee. Councillor Rick Chiarelli attacked infrastructure staff about consultation and project justification. Justification seems to have started with Ottawa River Action Plan and switched to LRT. The potentially $18-million project was eventually approved 9 to 1 after Transportation boss John Manconi and LRT Stage 2 planner Chris Swail were summoned to the Environment Committee by Transportation Chair Keith Egli to point out the importance of the project to the $3-billion stage 2 rail plan.
Please watch for these important wildlife tips
Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), information from the City of Ottawa.
Wild Parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties.
Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin.
The best way to avoid contact with Wild Parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like so you do not accidently come in contact with the plant.
Wild Parsnip is a highly branched plant, with hollow green stems. It has two growth stages: non-flowering leafy rosettes at ground level and 0.5 to 1.5 meter-tall flowering plants.
Early Growth: In the first year of growth, low-growing non-flowering rosettes of leaves form with a cluster of spindly, compound leaves that resemble celery leaves.
In Bloom: When Wild Parsnip is in bloom usually in the second and third year plants have tall, branched yellow flowering stalks that usually bloom in early June to late July.
Mature Plant: Starting in August the blooming plant will begin to turn brown and the leaves and stems will begin to dry up. This means that the toxic sap from the plant will also begin to dry up, and contact with the plant is less likely to cause a reaction. Once the plant is completely dry the seeds will fall to the ground.
Seeds are flat and round. It is a biennial plant, reproducing only by seed. The seeds can lie dormant for years making it even more challenging to control.
Education and Awareness
How to avoid the plant
It is recommended that the public stay on the groomed areas of parks, roadsides and pathways where there are less instances of wild parsnip.
When working around Wild Parsnip or when walking through dense vegetation, wear goggles, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Thoroughly wash boots and gloves with soap and water before taking off your protective clothing.
Children should be reminded not to pick wild flowers. Ensure children are able to identify Wild Parsnip in order to avoid exposure.
If you are exposed to the plant sap, wash the contaminated area(s) thoroughly as soon as possible, and seek medical attention if skin irritation occurs.
This year’s construction blitz topics from the Ministry of Labor will be:
Construction Sector Blitzes
May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016
Mobile Cranes and Material Hoisting
August 1, 2016 – September 30, 2016
November 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016
To focus on one of these topics, regarding the recent events in the Ottawa area, cranes are the currant topic of many conversations. Our industry uses cranes safety and without incident daily. That said, a reminder for our crews can be a good way to refresh our teams about the dangers of working around cranes and suspended loads. A safety talk for cranes would look like:
Summer BBQ Shine N’ Show
The Summer BBQ/Chicken and Rib fest is always a well-attended industry favorite event. We are soliciting sponsors prior to the event so that you can be recognized during the event marketing campaign. Contributing to the event, as a sponsor not only provides your company with an excellent opportunity for industry exposure, it also helps to defray the costs of the BBQ to ensure the financial success of the event.A friendly reminder to register for our upcoming Summer BBQ Shine N’ Show on July 13th. Please log online to register at www.nchca.ca or at http://www.nchca.ca/ecommerce/4
Details are as follows:
Location: 1299 River Road
Date: Thursday, July 13
Time: 4:00 pm
Dinner: 6:30 pm
Menu: Chicken and Ribs
Cost: $100.00 pp
Please make reservations on line at www.nchca.caby Monday, July 3, 2017
All levels of sponsorship will be filled on a first come basis. Members interested in sponsorship are asked to call: