Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


City and Community news and and events, my newspaper column, Public Service Announcements and much more:

Public Meeting – KNL Rezoning Request

When: Thursday, August 16th, 7pm
Where: Beaverbrook Library (Mlacak Centre), 2500 Campeau Drive

  • KNL has applied to change the zoning to delete a small high density site and change all of the lands to a zone that permits low-rise apartment buildings not permitted under the current zoning. The existing zoning primarily permits single family and townhouse dwellings.
  • The impact of these changes would also include smaller side yard setbacks, similar to those in Riverside South.
  • The net result of these changes is unclear but would permit the addition of 4 storey apartments anywhere, potentially creating a higher-density development.
  • The City Planner and a representative with KNL will be present to answer your questions.

Background and most recent updates, including a link to my FAQ on blasting can be found on the KNL Expansion Lands page of my website.


Kanata sculpture vandalized by arson

I am saddened and outraged that someone has decided to attack the sculpture that the City of Kanata made to thank all of the employees at the time of amalgamation. The damage has been classified as arson by the police, as it did substantial damage and in dry weather could have spread to do more damage.  If anyone knows who did this, it needs to be reported to the police. City staff have been notified and once the police investigation has been concluded will clean up the site and arrange for repair of the sculpture.

22nd Annual Expo 55+

I will be hosting the 22nd annual Kanata Expo 55+, an exposition of health and social services and other not-for-profit entities that serve older adults, on September 14th.  This remains as a wonderful opportunity to learn about the resources that are offered in our community, as well as to meet and chat with your neighbours.  Refreshments will be served, and some lucky attendees will leave with door prizes.  

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Marianne Wilkinson Moving On Gala

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite. This event is a fundraiser for the development of a new Health Hub in Kanata. As the populations of Kanata grows so does the wait lists for a number of health services in the Kanata area. Numerous people have told me it is difficult to receive urgent care in Kanata and I want this to change.  With this in mind, I have brought together a number of experts in the field to explore the possibility of a Health Hub in the community that will provide needed health services, such as clinics, day programs and special facilities. We have had our initial meeting to develop a footprint for this hub. I am encouraged by the interest of the top health professionals in our area who have agreed to work together to make this a reality. Come and help me celebrate my more than 50 years of community service at the “Marianne’s Moving On” Gala on November 20 at the Brookstreet Hotel and be part of the first fundraiser for our Health Hub! Tickets are $150 per person.

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Campeau Drive Resurfacing

Update: Work was expected to begin starting with curbs on Thursday, July 19th, but the contractor is behind schedule. The Project Manager with the City is keeping me posted. I will update as soon as the start date is confirmed.

Campeau Drive, from March Road to Terry Fox Drive, will be resurfaced some time between the June and September. I will post the actual date when this is available. In order to minimize disruptions to both home owners, and drivers, they will be doing some of the paving work at night. I was concerned when I heard this and discussed my concerns with the project manager. He let me know that if everything goes according to plan, most work will be done during the day and they will only be doing actual paving near any group of homes for one day. Campeau Drive has been in desperate need of resurfacing and I am happy that the work is finally being done.

Public Meeting Arcadia Phases 3+

When: Thursday, July 12 at 7pm
Where: Mlacak Centre, Hall C, 2500 Campeau Dr.
I will also be streaming the meeting via Facebook Live if you are unable to attend in person.

Join myself, City staff and the Developer to learn more and have questions answered about the newest Arcadia subdivision proposals. Click here for more info.

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Canada Day in Kanata 2018

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Despite reports to the contrary, a fabulous event will again take place on July 1st for Canada Day. This is a great event of all ages and particularly safer if you have young children. I agreed, along with Councillor Hubley to help to get the support needed for this year’s incredible celebration. My thanks to Tracey from my office who has been able to find additional sponsors for our Canada Day. The event is completely volunteer-led with minimal funds from government, so donations, sponsorships and booth rentals are essential to pay for the costs. Enjoy the midway, musicians, family fun zone, craft area, food court and displays. For information on sponsoring, please contact my office. For a list of activities and to donate go to Join me  at Walter Baker Park on Terry Fox to enjoy this year’s Canada Day. I will have my maple leaf tattoos again this year.

March Road at Carling and Herzberg intersections

Update May 10, 2018: Construction is set to resume mid-May 2018 and is expected to take approximately five weeks to complete. 

The remaining work within the Carling Avenue and March Road intersection is limited to pavement markings and the installation of traffic signal detector loops.

The remaining work at the March Road and Herzberg Road intersection includes landscaping and the construction of a short segment of cycle track and sidewalk on the southwest side of March Road. The City will also be implementing the final pavement markings and activating the bicycle traffic signals.

Update February 8, 2018:  Staff have let me know that the optically programmable signal heads are working well and that they will continue to monitor the intersection. 

Update January 24, 2018:  I received an update today letting me know that crews are scheduled to install the optically programmable signal heads by the end of this week, with a focus on the south bound left turn signals. “There are some challenges due to the curvature of the roadway with regard to keeping the signals visible for the turning vehicle lanes and keeping them invisible to the thru lanes.  There may be a period of adjustment while we fine tune these heads”.

Update January 9, 2018:  Thank you to everyone who contacted me regarding your concerns about the signals at this intersection. I was also very concerned about this and have been in touch with staff. At my request, they did make some changes prior to the new year but after further investigation they will be undertaking additional changes at the intersection. Staff will be installing signs next to the signal heads tomorrow. In addition, they will be bringing in electronic variable message display for drivers to help get the message out. The Program Manager is also looking at optically programmable signal heads which will reduce confusion significantly. He explained that they will be mainly visible on approach to drivers in the specific lanes to help minimize confusion. Staff will be keeping me up to date on this and I will post an update once I know more.

Note: I have been informed by the project manager that the work will be done during off peak hours.

As part of the City of Ottawa’s initiative to increase pedestrian safety by providing pathway connectivity, the City will undertake bicycle-lane improvements on Carling Avenue east of March Road and on Herzberg Road north of March Road. Carling Avenue will be widened by 0.5m to 2m to accommodate the new bicycle lanes.

WHO: Karson Asphalt Paving Inc. has been hired by the City of Ottawa to construct the work.

WHY: The proposed works at Carling Avenue and March Road will provide new eastbound and westbound bicycle lanes, which will connect to existing paved shoulders on Carling Avenue. 

WHAT: The work within the Carling Avenue and March Road intersection will be limited to new pavement markings, new curb installation and some grading.

The work at Herzberg Road and March Road will involve new raised cycle track, upgraded traffic signals, new sidewalk, and roadway resurfacing within the intersection. It will also include the construction of a new retaining wall along the south side of March Road.

WHEN: The work is to commence in October and is anticipated to take approximately ten weeks.

WHERE: The project limits for this construction are:
• Carling Avenue – north and south side of the road, from March Road to approximately 400m east of March Road.
• Herzberg Road – east and west side of the road, from March Road to approximately 300m north of March Road.
• March Road from approximately 150m west of Herzberg Road to approximately 150m east of Herzberg Road.

Wild Parnsip in Parks – Program Update

Six parks in Kanata North will have herbicide sprayed. These parks are Jim Malone Park, Richcraft Recreation Complex, Holly Acres Park, Recreational Trail (Klondike Hydro Corridor), Insmill Park, and the Kanata Town Centre Pond. 

Click here for more information about the treatment program and on the invasive Wild Parsnip Plant (identification and safe removal advice).

Upcoming bus pad improvements

OC Transpo has let me know that will be improving 22 bus pads  in Kanata North – see chart below. New bus pads will be constructed “within the City property limits and will increase the level of service, safety, accessibility and comfort experienced by OC Transpo’s customers”. The pad construction will occur between June and late fall 2018 and may require localized lane closures at each site location.  Notices will be delivered to residents in the immediate vicinity of each site.

Bus Stop Improvements

Annual Kanata North Picnic

I would like to thank everyone who came out to participate and enjoy all that the Annual Kanata North Picnic offers. I hope you had a great time. It was my last one as your Ward Councillor and I think it was the best one yet. Thank you to to our wonderful Emcee Steve MadelyThank you to Karen McCrimmon MP for showing her support and to my colleagues Mayor Watson, Councillor Qadri, Councillor Hubley and Councillor Qaqish as well. Thank you to the Ottawa Senators for a personalized Ottawa Sens Jersey with #18 – it will be warn often at the games. Thank you to Jean Teron, Beth Mlacak, Forestry and my office staff for surprising me with a tree and plaque be planted this fall in the Beaverpond Arboretum – A Serviceberry tree! Thank you to event participants from a wide variety of City and community organizations and to our live entertainers. A big thank you to all the volunteers helping in a wide array of capacities to help everything run smoothly. And finally a huge thank you to the Picnic’s sponsors! Their support helps make an event of this size possible.

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WOW Event!

When: June 21, 4-6 pm
Where: The Beaver Pond on Walden Dr.

Join me for Welcoming Ottawa Week – Kanata NorthThursday June 21st from 4 – 6 pm at the Beaver Pond (Walden Dr) for an afternoon of education and fun. Our event is an opportunity for all residents to welcome newcomers to Kanata North and to learn more about our natural areas. The event is free and outdoors, with activities including a scavenger hunt, guided Junior Rangers Walk and information booths. More info to follow.

What is Welcoming Ottawa Week? It is an annual, week-long series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings, and other fun events designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa to newcomers. It provides opportunities for quality interactions among residents, long-term and new. More info at…/welcoming…/welcoming-ottawa-week-2018/


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Kanata LRT & EA Assessment updates

Update April 25, 2018: The report for the Kanata LRT Extension mentioned below is now public and can be accessed here (it is Item 3). 

Update April 24, 2018:  The final report for the Kanata LRT extension (from Moodie Dr. to Hazeldean) will be presented to Transportation Committee on May 2, where residents are able to make delegations to the Committee if they so wish.

Highlights of the report include:

  • A preferred route selected out of 13 options (seen below):


  • Staff note that this route will bring 90% of Kanata residents within 5km of rail
  • Proposed as a part of the LRT design is 5.5 km of at-grade LRT, 1.5km below grade, and 4 km elevated; pedestrian and cycling connectivity with the stops; public washrooms, and four park and ride facilities.

I supported the report and the recommendations and mentioned that we need to be taking future technologies (like autonomous vehicles) into consideration while we are planning for the future.

The report will be available when the Transportation Committee agenda for May 2 is released online here.


Update December 5: I would like to thank the large number of residents who came to the meeting concerning the Light Rail Environmental Assessment Process. Your comments and suggestions will be considered in preparing the final report that will recommend a route, provide a high level cost estimate, and indicate how it could be built in phases if insufficient funds are available to construct the entire route at any time. West-end Councillors are all supportive of moving forward as soon as the track reaches Moodie in 2024, so I’ve asked the Mayor to work with us to find a means of getting the necessary funding. At this time, it is not in the affordability plan that goes to 2031. The consultant’s report will go to the Transportation Committee next Spring, at which time you can attend to make any further comments, within a within a 5 minute limit. 


Update June 7, 2017: I was pleased to attend the Kanata LRT Environmental Assessment Open House on Monday, June 5th. About 130 residents from various West End wards attended the presentation and Q&A session. Thirteen potential corridors for the Kanata LRT extension stretching from Moodie Station to Palladium were identified. Corridor 8 was presented as the preliminary preferred option with two others (5 and 13) required further assessment.  The map below shows these 3 routes.  The remaining routes were not carried forward as options for further analysis. Next steps are further analysis into the three corridors mentioned above and another Open House in Fall 2017.


I would appreciate receiving your comments on these routes and please contact Angela at the city (details below) as well.

Click here to view or download the presentation slides in pdf format.

If you would like to be placed on the study mailing list, submit comments, or simply learn more, also contact:

Angela Taylor, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
Email: (link sends e-mail)
613-580-2424 x 15210


Update February 22, 2017: Last week the City presented the implementation report on phase 2 of the LRT project which extends LRT to Moodie Drive.  This is good news for Kanata as it moves LRT a little closer to our community.  With the Environmental Assessment now getting underway to determine the route to Canadian Tire Place we are moving to obtaining the information to get phase 3, LRT to at least Terry Fox Station moved forward.  Construction to Moodie will be complete in 2023 and that’s when we need to be ready to start the next phase and finally get Kanata connected into the LRT system.



Update from September 8, 2016:
The City has received confirmation that 57 projects related to transit and active transportation have been considered eligible by the Federal and Provincial governments for funding. The federal contribution, based on 50% partnership with the City, is $155.9M. Three of the projects are in the Kanata North area. These are

1) Kanata LRT Extension- Environmental Assessment. This is the previously announced study to determine the route for light rail transit from Bayshore to Canadian Tire Place.

2) Two Cycle Links, one at Carling at March Rd and 3) the other at Herzberg at March. These will improve commuter access to the Kanata North Business Park and Eagleson Park and Ride. Further information will be provided as details are made known.

Kanata North Community Recognition Awards Ceremony

You are invited to my annual volunteer awards ceremony on April 24 at 7pm at the Mlacak Center. We can all celebrate the achievement of volunteers in our community who have, through their dedicated efforts, made a difference in our community. Join MC Steve Madely and me for an evening of celebration followed by a reception. All are welcome. A big thank you to our event sponsor, the Kanata Central Business Improvement Area, for their generous donation.

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April 14 Winter Weather Advisory update from Director of Roads

Winter Weather Advisory Saturday April 14, 2018

Environment Canada: Special Weather Statement in Effect.

Weather conditions

  • A mix of rain, snow, ice pellets and freezing rain this weekend into Monday. Today, showers this morning with periods of rain this afternoon and tonight. Accumulations 5-10mm. Rain changing to snow after midnight accumulations 2cm overnight into Saturday morning. High plus 8C, low of minus 3C. Winds NW 20 km/h.
  • Saturday April 14, wintry mix of snow and ice pellets for Saturday morning changing to light snow mixed with ice pellets through the day and overnight, changing to freezing rain by Sunday morning accumulations 5-10cm of snow and ice pellet. High minus 2C and a low of minus 3C overnight. Winds NE 30 km/h, gusting to 50 km/h.
  • Sunday April 15, freezing rain remains all day possibly mixed with snow accumulations of freezing rain 10-20mm.  High 0C and a low minus 1C. Winds NE 30 km/h gusting to 40 km/h.
  • There remains uncertainty with regards to precipitation amounts and which areas will be most affected. However, there is a potential for this to be a high impact storm, particularly Sunday night into Monday

City preparations

Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution as roads and sidewalks and may become slippery, please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts.  Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and will be patrolling roads throughout the event.

  • We have staff on day and night shifts through the weekend and will deploy as accumulations starts on the priority roads, sidewalks and winter cycling networks.  
  • Residents will find snow covered, wet and slushy conditions on the roads. There will be standing water in areas. Residential streets will be covered with snow and slush.
  • The Monday morning commute will be affected as the freezing rain and rain continues into mid day before warmer temperatures move in as the storm leaves the area.   
  • We will deploy salting/sanding and plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.

Open House – Huntley Quarry Blasting Operations

Karson Aggregates will be hosting a Public Open House to discuss noise and vibration issues related to Huntley Quarry blasting operations. The Public Open House will be taking place on April 19th, 2018 at 7:00 pm at their offices at 3232 Carp Road.

All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For additional information regarding the Huntley Quarry operations, please contact:

Kerry Currie
Property Manager

Bill Teron Tribute Service


Our family settled in Kanata because we were so taken by Bill Teron’s concept of a garden city, where nature and urban development could be in harmony, that we could go nowhere else. That’s why I became involved in the community and remain so to this day. I’m pleased to be working with the Beaverbrook Community Association and members of Bill’s family to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by Bill Teron as the founder of Kanata. As well as his contributions to the community, Bill did many other things serving Canada and worldwide. Together we have organized a celebration of Bill’s life and accomplishments, with mementos, photographs, music, brief tributes and reminiscences to honour a great Canadian. The event is open to the public but we ask you to RSVP at or by calling my office so we’ll know how many are coming. (If you forgot to do so please join us anyway).  I have been asked to speak about Bill’s role in creating Kanata and would appreciate hearing from you about your memories as well.

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Bike to Transit Survey until April 30th

Survey open until Monday, April 30, 2018, 5:00pm

The City is starting a Bike to Transit project in the neighbourhoods around Innovation Park & Ride Station, Trim Park & Ride Station and Greenboro Park & Ride Station.

The goal of the project is to introduce residents to short, comfortable and convenient cycling routes that connect from nearby neighbourhoods to their Park and Ride Station.
Each of these three Park & Ride Stations is feature sheltered bike parking.

Your feedback will help the City design education and outreach activities like cycling workshops, travel planning booths and a neighbourhood cycling map that are the best fit for your community.

Click here for more information and to complete the survey.

Green Bin Program Enhancements

This week the Environment and Climate Protection Committee and City Council approved changes to the Green Bin Program. Starting mid 2019, this program will include dog waste as well as the ability to put your organic wastes in plastic bags. Although I prefer keeping plastic bags out of the Green Bin and encourage residents to minimize their use, I supported the program as a means to encourage those not presently using their green bin to participate. Keeping organics out of landfills is one way to reduce carbon emissions and help to fight climate change. I applaud those who compost much of their own organic materials and encourage them to continue to do so as that is an excellent way to deal with organics and provides them with the best material to enrich their garden soils. For more information about the Green Bin program (including how to participate without problems) please call the city at 3-1-1 or review information on the City website.