23 May 2021

World Turtle Day


Think Turtle Conservation Initiative is celebrating this special day for turtles with a fun competition. Paint a turtle rock for your garden or yard, then send a photo of it for a chance to win a $25 Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre gift certificate. Competition deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday May 30. Click HERE for more details.

Use online app to report polluters

Ontario has launched a new user-friendly online tool so the public can conveniently report incidents of pollution in real-time from a smartphone. The new digital solution will mean photos and videos can be uploaded immediately so staff can respond quickly and effectively to keep communities safe. Using the tool, users can capture a wide range of information directly from the scene, including photographs, audio files and videos. They will also have the option of creating a secure login so they can receive real-time status updates on the incident after it has been reported.

Members of the public can fill out a simple form to report immediately if they witness:

  • pollution (e.g. solvents, oil, fuels or chemicals) on land, in the water or air
  • industrial or commercial noise pollution
  • waste being dumped into the natural environment
  • improper disposal of commercial waste

For more details and to report an incident, please visit ontario.ca/reportpollution

How to social distance on a boat

During Safe Boating Awareness Week (May 22 to 28) and in preparation for the reopening of the province, Boating Ontario offers these useful tips:

Ottawa Valley Community Arts Open Studio

Pop Up Art keeps popping up. If the stay-at-home order has prevented you from visiting Fifth Chute Coffee in Eganville, you can still enjoy the work of Ottawa Valley artists in the Welcome To My World exhibition. Click HERE for the artists’ virtual galleries at ov-caos.org

And everyone can participate in the Wish You Were Here postal art exhibition. What’s postal art? This exhibition is a form of postal art, which is an art movement centered on sending small scale art works through the postal system. Participants are invited to create an art work responding to this statement: Wish You Were Here. Your art work must come through the postal system, stamped by the post office. Click here to download a postcard template, to print out and mail in. Just download a postcard template or send your 4×6 inch artwork through the postal system before August 2 to enter.

Clinics, COVID-19 tests, community notices

If you need to book a COVID-19 test this week or can’t remember what to take to your vaccination appointment, click HERE to check out The Current’s Classified/Notices page.

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