Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Garbage Tree At Petrie Island

- October 23rd, 2014


Orléans Coun. Bob Monette sent me this picture of him checking out a tree that fell at Petrie Island recently.

Check out the garbage hanging from the bottom.

Peculiar findings of garbage at Petrie have been documented before and it’s still shocking when the evidence of a former dump surfaces from time to time.

The dump on a portion of Petrie closed about 50 years ago.

I was talking to Monette for this election-related garbage story and he made the point about how important it is that the city avoids opening a new landfill. “Just because you cover the garbage doesn’t mean it goes away,” he said.

There’s your proof.

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Morning Twitter Snark

- October 20th, 2014

A bit of morning snark for you to start your week.

Apparently a remark Kitchissippi incumbent Katherine Hobbs made about being disappointed in the environment committee has been eating at her colleague, Rideau-Goulbourn incumbent Scott Moffatt.

Moffatt, if you didn’t already know, is the vice-chairman of the environment committee.

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One Mammoth Sewage Overflow

- July 2nd, 2014

I’m trying to catch up on various pieces of news over the past week and was reminded of that massive downpour we had on June 24 (Jazzfest visitors will remember). I don’t think the rain stopped downtown all day. I marked down a reminder to check the volume of combined sewer overflow that ran into the Ottawa River.

Grand total?

More than 324 million litres, according to the city’s records.

Environment Canada recorded about 70 mm of rain that fell at the Central Experimental Farm.

It’s the largest overflow in one single day since at least since 2011. If you take a look at the annual volumes during the April-November reporting period, those six-month totals are well below what was recorded on June 24.

Another illustration of why the city wants to build that $195-million sewage-intercepting tunnel, the cornerstone of the Ottawa River Action Plan.

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Winter Rain Does A Number On The Ottawa River

- February 24th, 2014

I stopped writing about every combined sewer overflow some time ago because it happens rather frequently, as you can see.

But since it’s a new year and the topic has been in the news, I thought I would highlight the most recent entry in that list. Rain last Friday caused more than 13 cubic metres of sewage to spill from the sewers into the Ottawa River (1 m3 = 1,000 litres).

Winter rain can test the combined sewers since they’re swallowing rainfall and snowmelt, and we have had plenty of snow this season.

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Rod Bryden The Comic (?) Answers Question On History

- August 22nd, 2013

I put the question mark in the title because I think Bryden is joking here, but he delivers the answer with a completely straight face.

During the press conference after today’s environment committee meeting on Plasco, the Citizen’s David Reevely asked Bryden about the businessman’s ventures of the past, like World Heart, and how they inform people’s views of the Plasco project.

The video:

You might have heard Reevely’s off-microphone “Is that the best that you have?” before Bryden continued.

Bryden went on and gave a more fulsome and honest answer. He talked a bit about how people once doubted that Ottawa could have an NHL team again and build a new arena. (He owned the Sens from 1992-2003). He acknowledged the Plasco project has taken much longer and cost much more than first anticipated, but the prospect of the technology making a massive difference in global waste management keeps the company chugging along.

However, I will forever remember his first response and the line, “Yes, the Plasco system is not implantable.”

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