Forest Tent Caterpillars


Last spring/summer, many residents may have noticed an upsurge in large silky caterpillar nests adorning their trees. These nests are home to the popular forest tent caterpillar, an overpopulated species notorious for overconsuming the foliage of trees, and they are expected to make another return this spring.

The City’s Forestry department has provided the following information this year to help residents better understand the insect:

What are they?

Currently, populations of forest tent caterpillar are found to be increasing in many parts of the City of Ottawa. Forest tent caterpillars are native insects that can periodically reach high population levels and feed on the leaves of several tree species. As a caterpillar, this insect will feed on leaves of tree species such as poplar, birch, maple, and oak. Caterpillar feeding occurs during the months of May and June. In July, the insect will become a moth and lay eggs which overwinter for the following season.


Forest tent caterpillars have a similar life cycle to other tent caterpillars, with one distinct difference: instead of building tent-like webs, they make a type of silken mat on the trunk or branches where they collect to rest, leaving only to feed on the leaves. These caterpillars are black, and have a series of white spots on their back. The adult moth is a yellow-brown colour.


What is the City doing about it?

The City has communicated with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and they report to be monitoring the issue with increased populations of this insect in other areas of the province, including around Kemptville. City staff continue to monitor this issue.

What might residents notice?
Residents may see large groups of caterpillars on tree trunks and branches and some loss of leaves (defoliation) on trees this spring as a result of this insect. Healthy trees are able to sustain loss of leaves and some trees will produce a second flush of leaves in the same season following leaf loss. It is only repeated years of caterpillar feeding that cause concern with tree health.
Should residents be concerned?

On their properties, residents can consider the following to reduce damage to trees and reduce caterpillar numbers:

  • Caterpillars can be physically removed with a broom or knocked down with a stream of water from a garden hose.
  • Burlap can be attached to the trunk of trees just below the lowest branches. The burlap can be attached with a string in a band around the trunk and folded in half. Often caterpillars will congregate in the burlap and this can be disposed of daily in compost etc.


For more details about this insect, please visit

Cleaning the Capital


The time has come once again to organize your teams to help “Clean up the Capital”.


Now in its 25th year, this bi-annual city-wide cleaning campaign brings together neighbours, communities and friends to help keep Ottawa clean and green! Last year alone, 75,547 volunteers collected 60,437 kg of litter during 1,259 cleanup events.

This is a great opportunity for families and friends to work together on community cleanup projects that help make Ottawa clean, green, graffiti-free and litter-free. GLAD Cleaning the Capital is also an excellent way for high school students to earn their community volunteer hours.

To participate, simply:

  • Pick your project site, your cleanup date (rain date too!), and time.
  • Promote your project and gather your project team.
  • Be sure to plan ahead for the proper disposal of compost, garbage, recycling, leaf-and-yard waste and any other hazardous items you may collect.

This week in Stittsville:


This week, residents are invited to join the Fairwinds Poole-Creek Community Association as they venture out on April 21st/22nd to tackle every park in the Fairwinds area! Awesome organization, team!


Other clean-ups this weekend include:

Fernbank Road April 21st 1:00-4:00
Upcountry Park April 21st 11:00-1:00
Tempest Drive (select areas) April 21st 10:00-12:00
Woodhurst Cres April 21st 11:00-12:00
Liard St (select areas) April 21st 11:00-3:00
Trans Canada Trail April 22nd 10:00-3:00
Rosehill Ave April 22nd 10:00-12:00
Stittsville Main St (select areas) April 22nd 9:30-10:30
Sacred Heart High School April 23rd 10:00-11:00
Stittsville Main St (select areas) April 26th 8:30-3:00
Trans Canada Trail (Abbott and Talltree) April 27th 9:00-11:00


Thanks to all the volunteers doing clean-ups around Stittsville for keeping our community looking great!

To learn more or to register a team of your own, please visit



Oompa-pa-looza is coming to the Johnny Leroux Arena on Saturday 28th and everyone is invited to show their support for A. Lorne Cassidy’s Theatre Program.

Come join our orange friends as they rock out with acts: “Take Five” and “relativelyTHIN.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids (4-17) and free for children under 4. For more information and for tickets, please contact Julie Rumer at

Doors open at 6:30 and bands start at 7:00.

Chips & Cheese for CHEO – Pong’s Poutine Annual CHEO Fundraiser

2018 chips for cheo.jpgIt’s time again for Pong’s Poutine Annual CHEO Fundraiser. This 4th annual event will be held Saturday May 5th from 11-3 rain or shine at Pong’s Poutine – 2079 Carp Road.

This is a great initiative that sees all proceeds from the specialty CHEO poutine donated directly to the Children’s of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) foundation.

Mark your calendars as this is certain to be a delicious way to give back.



The Walter Baker Chapter IODE (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) 6th annual BBQ and Bake Sale is taking place Saturday April 28th at the Giant Tiger Mall (6081 Hazeldean Rd).

The event runs from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

I will be a special guest BBQer from 12-1 so I encourage everyone to come and support the hard work of the IODE in support of Operation Come Home!

Events at St. Paul’s United Church

St. Paul’s United Church has some great events coming up so be sure not to miss out!



Soupindipity is the regular soup and sandwich lunch. On the first ad third Tuesday of each month, stop by between 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM for a tasty soup and sandwich social.

Gently-loved clothing and quality books will be available for sale and everyone is welcome as the event is free with a donation.


Bridge/Euchre Luncheon


On May 8th at 11:30, you are invited to a Bridge/Euchre Luncheon at St. Paul’s to help raise money for the Rudy Shenkman Hospice and St. Paul’s church. This promises to be a wonderful afternoon costing only $20 to play and have lunch.

Please purchase tickets in advance by contacting Eileen Brown 613-839-2876 or Jill Caldwell 613-839-9096.

Murder Mystery Dinner


St. Paul’s United Church at 3760 Carp Road, Carp will be presenting a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre evening on May 11th at 5:30 pm.

Don your detective hats and come prepared to solve the crime! Please invite your friends and family and bring a group to help you solve “who done it”.

As everything is prepared in advance tickets will not be available at the door. Tickets for the dinner and theatre are $30 and can be purchased by contacting Rev. Debbie Roi at or 613-839-2155 ext.1

Spring Concerts

Spring is in the air and the birds are singing – and so are some of Stittsville’s beloved choral groups!

West Ottawa Ladies Chorus

April 28, 2018 JPEG Concert Poster

Hang up your vacuum, put away your mop and bucket. It’s time to celebrate that your spring cleaning is done by attending a fun and upbeat spring concert as the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus take you on a Sentimental Journey on the Chattanooga Choo Choo or to Austria where Edelweiss blooms.


‘Musical Memories’ will take place at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Rd on April 28th at 7:00 PM.


Tickets are available on line at or $15 advanced at Dragon’s Lair Beads – 10 Mill St. Almonte; Gaia Java – 1300 Main St. Stittsville; Graham’s Shoes – 139 Bridge St. Carleton Place; Kanata Barbershop – 2 Beaverbrook; Kanata Cleaners – 1029 Teron Rd.; The Scottish & Irish Store – 2194 Robertson Rd. Nepean. Children under 12 are free.

Goulbourn Male Chorus


Then, on April 29th, visit the Trinity Presbyterian Church (1817 Richardson Side Road, Kanata) at 2:00 for the Goulbourn Male Chorus’ presentation of “Swing Into Spring”

This 4-part harmony chorus will be presenting tunes by Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Billy Joel, and more!

Tickets are available at Brown’s Independent Grocer – 1251 Stittsville Main St – or by visiting

Meetings at Ottawa City Hall next week

All public meetings are held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.


Ottawa Police Services BoardMonday, April 23, 4 pm, Champlain Room

  • Chief’s Verbal Report
  • National Capital Area Crime Stoppers: Semi-Annual Update
  • Update on Accommodations
  • Review of Board Policies
  • Renewal of Adobe Enterprise Term License Agreement
  • Appointment of Special Constable: Ottawa Police Service
  • Appointment of Special Constables : OC Transpo
  • Re-Appointments Of Special Constables: OC Transpo
  • Service Initiative Quarterly Report
  • Workplace Injuries, Illness & Incidents: 2017 Annual Report
  • Wellness Strategy Update
  • Complaints Report – Part V, Police Services Act – First Quarter 2018
  • Board Monitoring Requirements Status Report:  First Quarter 2018
  • Legal Services Status Report – 2018 First Quarter
  • Report on SIU Investigation
  • Outstanding Board Inquiries & Motions:  April 2018
  • Letters of Commendation


Court of RevisionMonday, April 23, 7 pm, Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre, 2300 Community Way, North Gower

  • Court of Revision – Engineer’s Report Cranberry Creek Municipal Drain Modifications, Improvements and Maintenance (Ward 21 – Rideau-Goulbourn)


Planning CommitteeTuesday April 24, 9:30 am, Champlain Room

  • Site Plan Approval – 195 Meandering Brook Drive (Ward 10 – Gloucester-Southgate)
  • Official Plan Amendment – 4305, 4345 and 4375 Mckenna Casey Drive and 3285, 3288, 3300, 3305 and 3330 Borrisokane Road (Ward 3 – Barrhaven)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 373 Princeton Avenue (527 Melbourne Avenue) (Ward 15 – Kitchissippi)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 740 Springland Drive (Ward 16 – River)
  • Application to Alter 132 Lisgar Road, A Property Located In Rockcliffe Park Heritage Conservation District, Designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act (Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 473 Albert Street (Ward 14 – Somerset)
  • Application to Permit the Demolition of the Ugandan High Commission, 231 Cobourg Street, A Property Located in the Wilbrod Laurier Heritage Conservation District and Application for New Construction on the Same Site (Ward 12 – Rideau Vanier)
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 231 Cobourg Street (Ward 12 – Rideau Vanier)
  • City of Ottawa Zoning By-Law 2008-250: Omnibus Amendments Q2 2018 (City Wide)
  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending 9 April 2018 (City Wide)


Accessibility Advisory Committee (Special Meeting)Tuesday April 24, 6:30 pm, Champlain Room


City Council MeetingWednesday, April 25, 10 am, Andrew S. Haydon Hall


Ontario Senior of the Year Award

seniorsThe Province of Ontario’s Senior of the Year Award nomination deadline is April 30th and residents are encouraged to help acknowledge some of the outstanding seniors in our communities.


This annual award was established in 1994 to give each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local senior; who, after the age of 65, has enriched the social, cultural, or civic life of his or her community. The award pays tribute to this accomplishment, while simultaneously showing how seniors are making a difference in the lives of those around them.


A certificate will be provided by the Ontario government and include as signatories: Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor, myself, Minister of Seniors Affairs, and the local Head of Council. The award certificates are presented to recipients at a local event, typically during Seniors’ Month in June.


To learn more and to submit a nomination, please visit

Walk for Dementia


The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is holding their annual Walk for Dementia (formerly the Walk for Alzheimer’s) on the morning of Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Tunney’s Pasture.


20,000 people in our community currently live with dementia and this number is expected to double in the next 10 years. More than 40,000 caregivers are providing thousands of hours of help each year with the journey of dementia being one of the hardest roads a family will ever walk.


This year’s goal of raising $300,000 will support The Dementia Society in helping an additional 1,000 caregivers and people living with dementia in our community! All funds raised at The Walk for Dementia will stay in our local community. They go directly to one-on-one and family support services, special programs for people with dementia and their caregivers, and peer support programs serving Ottawa and Renfrew County.


Pre-walk registration opens at 8 a.m. with a group warm up at 9 a.m. and the Walk starts immediately afterwards.


I highly encourage residents to get involved in this great initiative!


To register or for more information, please visit