On Mother’s Day my husband and I walked from the National Arts Centre down the path by the canal to the Ottawa River and continued along behind the Parliament Buildings.
I was appalled at the amount of garbage and debris floating in the Rideau Canal and at the juncture of the canal and the river.
Surely the National Capital Commission can afford to hire a team of students who do nothing but scoop and clean garbage and debris from the river to Dow’s Lake from the beginning of May until the end of October.
Clean up one of your most valuable assets so that locals and tourists alike can enjoy it. Louise Stewart, Nepean
Susan Marcil -
I drive by the canal almost everyday and hate seeing and smelling all of the debris that is floating in big round heaps along the canal. A lot of this is caused by the trees used during Winterlude etc, it truly is disgusting and a shame to see this when the setting is so gorgeous!
ret'd ottawan -
Instead of students why not pick up a load of non violent offenders at the Regional Detention Centre, preferably those with 30 days or less left on their sentence, let them pick up the garbage and for every day worked give them a credit of a day. Everybody wins.
Visit Montreal, Quebec, Paris all beautiful and clean. Then visit Ottawa tourist areas Canal, Byward Market it is dirty, gum stained sidewalks and over flowing public garbage cans. Try walking without being accosted by a drugged out or drunk homeless person. Sad state of affairs.