Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


EVENTS

Upcoming City and Community Meetings, Events and Public Information Sessions:


IN THE NEWS

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


Winter Weather Advisory Nov 18 & 19

Winter Weather Advisory – update from the City’s Manager of Roads:
 
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm watch is in effect
 
Weather conditions
 
• Tonight low -8C, winds ESE at 10-15km/h gusting to 20.
• Saturday Nov 18 a mix of light snow and freezing drizzle is expected to begin early 8-10 am and remain through to the afternoon with a risk of freezing rain or rain (5-10mm) through the evening transitioning to snow overnight into Sunday morning tapering to flurries in the afternoon/evening (snow accumulations 10-15cm)
• Saturday a high of 0C/low-1C sustained ESE winds 15-20 km/h gusting to 30. Sunday a high of 0C/low -11C sustained NW winds 20 km/h gusting to 40
 
City preparations
 
Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution as roads and sidewalks may become slippery. Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and will be patrolling roads throughout the event.
 
• We are prepared to salt & plow the priority road and sidewalk network
• We will deploy plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.
• A residential plow deployment and or an overnight parking ban will be determined as accumulations will trigger these initiatives


Kanata Highlands Urban Expansion Area Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting presenting the concept plans for the Kanata Highlands Urban Expansion Area on December 12, from 6pm – 8pm. The location is to be determined.  Information materials and an agenda will be distributed closer to the date—please keep an eye on my website for confirmation.
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You can find more details on the Comprehensive Study previously conducted on this property here.


Light Rail Open House

The last public Kanata Light Rail Transit Planning and Environmental Assessment Open House is taking place on December 7, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm at the Kanata Recreation Complex. This is your opportunity to view the proposed route to bring Light Rail to Kanata and provide your feedback. You can find documents from the previous public Open House here.


Briarbrook Morgan’s Grant Community Association

When: Wed, Nov 15 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, 4101 Innovation Drive

From the BMGCA Facebook Page:  (Join their group page for more information)

The BMGCA is looking for new volunteer leaders to join the executive of the community association. This facebook group demonstrates that there are a lot of residents who care about this neighbourhood and the people who live here.

If you would like to play a bigger role in making good things happen in our community, consider stepping up!

Stay tuned for information on a “no-commitment” informational meeting to find out more about being involved and to share your ideas on how you would bring continued positive change for our community.

 

 

 


Remembrance Day

Join me this Saturday to remember those who have fought for our freedom in this great country of ours. The ceremony begins at 10:45 am at the Cenotaph located on Colchester Square just off Campeau Drive. Let’s show the members of the military how much we appreciate the work they have done and are still doing. This is a great opportunity for children to learn about the sacrifice so many have made for our country. On behalf of myself and my staff, to all Veterans and active Military personnel, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

 


2017 Christmas Card Contest

It’s that time of year again—it’s time for Councillor Wilkinson’s Christmas Card Contest!

I’m looking for young artists to create some holiday entries to include on my Christmas Mailer.

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Rules and regulations:

  • Entries must be drawn on this entry sheet
  • Once completed, entries can be dropped off to my office in the Mlacak Centre (2500 Campeau Drive), or mailed to this address:
    • Councillor Marianne Wilkinson
      110 Laurier Ave West
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      K1P 1J1
  • Age categories are 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years (please mark it off on the entry sheet).
  • The deadline is November 29, 2017
  • If you have questions or want more information, you can email me at marianne.wilkinson@ottawa.ca or call my office at 613-580-2474.


Radon Public Information Session

Thank you to representatives from Health Canada, City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health and participating radon professionals for your support of my annual Radon Public Information Session.

For anyone that is interested and wasn’t able to attend, you can watch the Facebook Live video from the event at any time here.

Here is a video taken at Mr. Radon’s table showing what radon looks like using dry ice. 

Did you know that 7% of homes in Canada have high radon levels? It is important to test to find out what the level is at in your home. Certified 3-month tests can be purchased for as little as $21.50 from Ottawa Public Health, radon professionals and even local hardware stores.

Kits from Ottawa Public Health:
100 Constellation Cr. 8th floor East
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
Tel: 613-580-2424 x 33782
Please call ahead to ensure kit availability (cash or cheque only)

Additional information:
www.healthcanada.gc.ca/radon
https://www.takeactiononradon.ca/
http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/radon-in-your-home.aspx
How to find a certified professional
Copy of 2016 Health Canada presentation slides from 2016 info session


Ottawa Police Service Tools and Reports

Below are some useful online tools and reports:


TGIF For Mental Health Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Come out to TGIF for Mental Health at Big Rig Brewery in the Kanata North Business Park and support a worthy cause! Bring your friends & colleagues and enjoy a beverage and appetizers in the company of Chris and Erin Phillips and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson. You will be supporting the fundraising efforts of the City Councillors’ Hopes Rising Campaign to raise $500,000 towards improving Mental Health facilities at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. There are great silent auction prizes to bid on too!

Tickets are $25 and available on Eventbrite, and by cash or cheque at my City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W) and Ward office (2500 Campeau Drive, Mlacak Centre).  Please contact my office by phone: 613.580.2474 or email: kanatanorth@ottawa.ca, to arrange a pickup time. 

For more information on sponsorship opportunties, click here

TGIF Letter Size Poster


RRCK Halloween Party

Join me at the Richcraft Halloween Party.  I will be hosting the cooking decorating.  Come and decorate a Halloween cookie then enjoy a great evening of events for ghost and goblins of all ages.  Hope to see you there.

When: October 27, 5-8PM
Where: Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, 4101 Innovation Drive


Upcoming Road Work March Road at Carling and Herzberg intersections

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. The project will also add a two-staged left turn bike box for cyclist heading southbound on March Road and making a left turn onto eastbound Carling Avenue.

The proposed works at Herzberg Road and March Road will connect the existing bicycle lanes along Herzberg Road to the upgraded March Road intersection, as well as to the existing bicycle lanes along March Road and the multi-use pathway on the southwest side of March Road.

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.


OC Transpo update Winter Service additional service for routes 63 and 64

OC Transpo has let me know that they will be adding an additional trip to both 63 and 64 routes in the busiest hour of both the a.m. and the p.m. peak periods in late December 2017 (Winter Service Schedule). I had asked OC Transpo to look into the reason why so many 63 and 64 bus trips were cancelled. Their analysis showed that there was a timing issue with the afternoon peak period, due to the route the bus is on just prior to the 63/64 service. The change can’t be implemented mid-schedule but will start with the next winter service schedule.


EnviroCentre Electric Vehicle Days

When: Oct. 20, 12-6pm
Where: Kanata Research Park, Community Hub Area

Join me at this free and family friendly event. Envirocentre and the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa will be showcasing private electric vehicles.  Learn more about infrastructure available and speak with owners of electric vehicles. 

Plug N Drive Kanata


Glen Cairn United Church Oasis Program

When: Oct. 30, 7pm
Where: Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbey Hill Drive

Glen Cairn United Church will be introducing a new Community Outreach Program starting in early 2018. Senior’s typically face many life-altering transitions which often present daunting challenges involving financial, housing, health, legal or personal issues for which they have little information and experience.

Called prime time in kanata, the Program will offer “life coaching” for Seniors. On a personal,  one-on-one basis, qualified and trained coaches will work to identify and articulate the Senior’s particular issue, find relevant information and someone to help, and follow-up with the Senior to monitor success. The coaching will be confidential and free to all Seniors.

A program preview will be presented to the congregation, community support organizations and Seniors on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Glen Cairn United Church , 140 Abby Hill Drive in Kanata. As the issue of Power of Attorney for Financial and Personal Care was frequently raised by Seniors during focus groups, the meeting will highlight a presentation by Michael Laughton, Royal Bank of Canada, an expert on the subject of  Power of Attorney.

 


Nov. 6 Public Information Session on Radon Gas

I am once again hosting a Public Information Session on radon gas, with assistance from Health Canada, the City of Ottawa and radon professionals. More details to follow.

When: Monday, November 6th, 7-9 pm
Where: Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata North
or Online via Facebook Live: http://www.facebook.com/marianne4kanata/

Radon is a colourless, odourless, radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the environment, coming from the natural breakdown of uranium in soils and rocks.  It is widely found in homes across Canada.  It does not tend to be an issue outside, as it dilutes to harmless levels in the atmosphere. However, in a confined space – like a basement – radon can accumulate to high levels.  Exposure to high concentrations of radon can increase a person’s risk of developing lung cancer.

Please let your friends and neighbours know about this information meeting which will both inform you and provide recommendations on actions that can ensure you have a safe level in your home.

 

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Carling Avenue Cycling Improvements

The City of Ottawa is in the process of designing improvements to Carling Avenue for cyclists from a point approximately 200 m east of March Road to March Road.  The work will correct a gap between existing bike lanes on March Road and existing paved shoulders on Carling Avenue by slightly widening the road, in order to create enough width for the new facilities.

New: see latest drawings below

March and Carling

 


Herzberg Road Improvements for Cyclists and Pedestrians

The City of Ottawa is in the process of designing improvements to Herzberg Road for cyclists and pedestrians from a point approximately 200 m north of March Road to March Road.  The work will correct a gap between existing bike lanes on March Road and existing paved shoulders on Herzberg Road by installing new cycle tracks and add a new sidewalk where it is needed.  

New: See latest drawings below.

March and Herzberg

March and Herzberg 2

 


Kanata North Public Meeting w Representatives from Ottawa Police and Neighbourhood Watch

I have organized a public information meeting for Monday, October 2nd, at 7:00pm, at the Mlacak Centre (2500 Campeau Drive). Join me and representatives from Ottawa Police Service to hear more about the recent incidents that occurred in Kanata North, provide input and ask questions. A volunteer from the Neighbourhood Watch Program will share information on setting up a program in your community.

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Introduction – Councillor Wilkinson, Ward Councillor
  2. Councillor El-Chantiry, Chair Ottawa Police Services Board
  3. Update from Ottawa Police Inspectors re Kanata North Incidents
    Representative from Guns & Gangs
    Representative from Robbery
  4. Community Policing Office – Safety and Prevention
  5. Crime Stoppers Presentation
  6. Neighbourhood Watch Presentation
  7. Crime Prevention Ottawa Overview
  8. Question & Answer
  9. Wrap Up

 

Police Public Information Meeting Oct 2 2017


Richardson Heritage Park Plaque Unveiling

In commemoration of the Richardson Family, I will be unveiling a plaque at Richardson Heritage Park off Huntsville Drive.  This park is on the land that was once part of the Richardson Family farm. The Richardsons were one of the first families to settle in March Township and their original farmhouse has been designated heritage and is part of a new development.  Please come out and join me and the family on September 21 starting at 3 pm to celebrate.  Light refreshments will be served.


Tea for Cornerstone Housing for Women

Tea for Cornerstone Housing for Women will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 2 – 4 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church, 325 Sandhill Road, Kanata. Traditional Afternoon Tea with live piano music for your enjoyment.  Finger sandwiches, delectable homemade scones with cream and homemade jam, fruit and delicious desserts. Silent auction. Please wear your favourite hat or fascinator and come ready to enjoy the afternoon! Tickets $10. All proceeds to the Cornerstone Capital Campaign for the new Cornerstone building at 373 Princeton Avenue, Westboro.  Info: (613) 592-4747.


Try Sledge Hockey Event

Come out and try this exciting sport that people of all ages and abilities can play.  The West End Councillors have partnered with Sledge Hockey of Eastern Ontario to host a Try Sledge Hockey event on September 16, from 9:15am – 11:15am at Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Road.


2017 Fall Cleaning the Capital

Early bird registration for the annual fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign is now open. Participants can register their cleanup projects by calling 3-1-1 or by using the online registration form available at ottawa.ca/clean. The interactive map on our website shows which locations have already been claimed, and allow residents to register their own project site.

Key Campaign Dates:
August 15: Early-bird registration begins

September 15 to October 15: Fall GLAD Cleaning the Capital campaign
September 22 to 24: Capital Cleanup Weekend
October 15: Registration ends
October 31: Deadline to perform cleanup project and submit the online cleanup report for a chance to win prizes.


West end Have Your Say: 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations

As fall comes so does preparation for the City’s budget.  I am partnering with my colleagues, Councillors Hubley, Qadri and Moffatt, to hold a consultation session on October 5th, 6:30 pm at Kanata Rec Centre Hall “A”.  Come out to hear from Finance Staff, ask questions and provide input. The city has launched it’s 2018 Budget webpage, “Have Your Say” on www.ottawa.ca where you can also provide feedback on how you would like your tax dollars spent.

You can also offer budget input by sending an email directly to budget@ottawa.ca.


Sidewalk Renewal Campeau South Side – March to 100m East of Colchester

In mid-September, the City of Ottawa will begin construction work to renew the sidewalk along the South side of Campeau Drive from March Road to 100 metres East of Colchester Square.  The work will involve the removal of the existing sidewalk and the construction of new sidewalks. During construction, there may be temporary lane reductions during off peak hours and parking restrictions in the vicinity of the work taking place.  The work is planned to begin in mid-September and is expected to be completed by the end of October.  This project is one of the stimulus projected funded through the Federal Public Transportation Infrastructure Fund.


Meeting for Beaverbrook residents backing onto the Hydro Corridor

When: Tuesday, August 29, 7-9pm
Where: Beaverbrook Library, (Mlacak Centre) 2500 Campeau Dr.

This meeting is for residents of Beaverbrook and Village Green who have a Hydro One line through their backyard or adjacent to their property. You will be updated on progress made and be able to add any information about your property that would be helpful to the committee group, in working with Hydro One to minimize impacts on your properties.


124 Battersea Information Meeting – rezoning application

Brigil Development has asked for changes to the Rezoning Application at 124 Battersea Crescent. There will be a community meeting on Thursday, August 17th from 6:30pm – 7:30 in Room A at the Beaverbrook Library to answer any questions with regards to the development and changes that are requested.  This request will be going to the Planning Committee on August 22 so come out and have your say.

Additional information can be found on Dev Apps: Click Here

Note: The incorrect weekday appeared in August 10th Kanata Kourier weekly column.