PRESS RELEASE:                                                                        August 13, 2004

                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Michael Campbell,
Willola Beach Property Owner’s Association
235 Moorhead Drive,
Fitzroy Harbour, ON, K0A 1X0
Phone: 613-623-0272 Fax: 866.664.0665

Tuesday, (August 17th), at 2:30 pm:
before Corporate Services and Economic Development Committee...

Rural Residents to Fight Chats Falls Boat   Bypass at City Hall

Fitzroy Harbour, ON – August 13th , 2004 - Residents of Willola Beach, Fitzroy Harbour and Vydon Acres are meeting at Ottawa City Hall on August 17th to show their concern against the proposed Truck/Boat Trailer system to circumnavigate the Chats Falls Dam. The residents do not object to a boat bypass, but object to the proposed route going through quiet residential streets and the Morris Island Conservation Area, destroying both their way of life and environment at the same time.

Residents plan to speak against the proposal on August 17th 2:30 PM at Ottawa City Hall. This time may change unexpectedly by the City. A bus will take residents from the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre to City hall two hours before the meeting. Please contact Mike Campbell (623-0272) for latest details in case of a time change and to reserve a seat on the bus.

Attendance by all interested residents is encouraged.

The City staff report has been promised for Monday, one day before the meeting. Typically, residents are given five business day's access to staff reports prepared by the City prior to a meeting. Residents find this unacceptable. Other information regarding the project has not been provided to the residents, as well.

The residents oppose the proposed route of the boat bypass based on:

  • Safety,

  • Social Impacts,

  • No need as a similar service is available on the Quebec side (and doesn’t use tax dollars),

  • Unneeded Environmental damage,

  • Lack of business case

  • The residents are backed by other groups, including The Rural Council, The West Carleton Rural Association, The Sierra Club, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Lanark Landowner’s Association, and many others.

    The residents are seeking a better route for the proposed boat bypass.