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ORLÉANS | If Stephen Blais has his way then herbicide is the City of Ottawa’s solu- tion to the growing problem of wild pars- nip in the National Capital Region. Cumberland Ward’s representative and his fellow Ottawa councillor Scott Moffatt want Ottawa city staff to look into using herbicide to combat the growing infesta- tion of wild parsnip in roadside ditches, city parks, and onto private properties. They say it is a health and safety matter. Wild parsnip is an invasive species of weed. While the root is edible, the plant’s stem contains a caustic sap that can cause chemical burns on skin and potential blind- ness if it gets in a person’s eyes. Using a mower of any sort to cut down wild parsnip growth creates a risk of flying sap droplets for city workers or anyone else not wearing

during a July 29 phone interview. The case has been before the court for several years now with postponements and reschedulings. “There’s always some obstacle coming up,” Gatien said, adding the next hearing session before a civil court justice may be this fall. He expressed surprise at hearing the ru- mour that there was an out-of-court settle- ment between him and Lalonde and dis- missed the idea. Gatien resigned as the city’s CAO in 2011 following a long drawn-out dispute be- tween himself and the new mayor and several of the new council members over a variety of issues. He is now the economic development di- rector for Russell Township.

protective clothing. Provincial regulations set strict limits on herbicide use for dealing with noxious weeds. Exceptions are allowed for dealing with plants that poisonous to touch. The Rideau Valley Conservation Author- ity is urging caution with any weed control plans involving herbicide and advises limit- ing such use to large infestation areas.


ROCKLAND | Contrary to rumour the law- suit between Daniel Gatien and Stéphane J. Lalonde is still on the court docket. Gatien has filed a slander suit against Lalonde relating to articles that were pub- lished in Les Mousquetaires, the bi-weekly journal that Lalonde co-edited and co-pub- lished for two years prior to the November 2010 municipal election. The articles were written during the time that Gatien was chief administrative officer (CAO) for the City of Clarence-Rockland and focused on his actions in the position. “It (lawsuit) is still ongoing,” Gatien said

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