Update Info Sheet:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE BITTEN
One of the best features of Kanata North is having the environment close by where residents can enjoy nature with its variety of flora and fauna. The one drawback in the spring and summer is the mosquitoes. We now have an opportunity to demonstrate that you can live close to the environment with few mosquitoes. There is a program used in Gatineau, Winnipeg and other centres that can reduce the number in our area by 80%. The cost is a small charge to each property. It is a biological treatment for the larva (no spraying of adult mosquitoes is involved) using Bti (Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis) which keeps the mosquito and black fly larva from hatching. Since Bti only affects mosquito and black flies, a large population of insects will remain unharmed and available as food for birds and other species.
The Health Canada Regulatory Agency has stated that Bti has no effect on humans, birds, fish, animals or other insects, but destroys the stomachs of mosquito and black fly larvae that hatch in water. The City’s Environmental Planner has researched information on Bti and cleared this program for use on City lands.
City staff assisted me by putting out a proposal for a program in Kanata North that determined the cost. The winning bidder is GDG Environment, the company that also does the West Nile virus reduction program in Ottawa using Bti and has carried out nuisance mosquito programs in other communities for more than 30 years. Using this program will mean that children and parents can play sports (soccer, baseball, Frisbee, picnics, etc…) in our parks with few to no bites, residents in Morgan’s Grant, Kanata Lakes, Beaverbrook, Village Green, Heritage Hills and others (all of which live near environmental lands and have a history of high mosquito counts from work done on the West Nile virus program) will be better able to enjoy their neighbourhoods and their own backyard.
The project is subject to a majority vote from residents who return their ballot (included in this mailing). It would run from spring to fall for four years, to deal with the (approximately 40) types of mosquitoes that hatch at different times of the year. Moreover, in conjunction with a University research team, a three year research project would take to further monitor the effects of Bti on the ecosystem – as one of the main goals of this project is to be protective of the natural environment. Existing research clearly shows that it is very specific to mosquitoes and black flies.
The program will be funded by a Kanata North special levy. The City Treasurer calculated the cost for the average home assessment at $17 but it will vary depending upon each assessment. This includes funding for the research component. This fee may be reduced if I am successful in getting grants for the research. The final fee will be added to your June property tax bill. If you consider what you pay for mosquito repelling products and other items to ward off adult mosquitoes, this should be a saving to most households.
Each Household has one vote and a majority of those returned will determine whether or not the project will be implemented. Your ballot must be received by 4 pm on Feb 16th, 2016. It can be dropped off at
the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (4101 Innovation Dr), Beaverbrook Library, 2500 Campeau Dr. (at the front desk) or mailed by Feb 9th in the enclosed envelope or turned in at the public meeting on Feb 6th or at the Public Skate at Mlacak on Feb 15.
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