Upcoming City and Community Meetings, Events and Public Information Sessions:
City and Community news and and events, my newspaper column, Public Service Announcements and much more:
- Read my weekly Kanata Kourier column for August 17, 2017
- Kanata North June 9th e-news is out READ and SUBSCRIBE
- COMMUNITY and DEVELOPMENT pages of my website are accessible on the top menu bar
- City of Ottawa Services and Tools
- NEW: Blasting at 5100 Kanata Ave/130 Goulbourn Forced Road
- NEW: Traffic & Parking By-Law Survey online until August 22
- NEW: 2017 Multi-Use Pathway Renewals
- New: Herzberg Road Improvements for Cyclists and Pedestrians
- New: Carling Avenue Cycling Improvements
- New: Kanata Town Centre Lands Public Meeting and Update
- New: March Road Resurfacing – Campeau to Teron starting end of July
- NEW: Closure of private rail crossing at 4048 Carling Ave. (Gateway Plaza)
- NEW: Ward 4 Parks – Sprayed for Wild Parsnip
- NEW: Have your say on upcoming and ongoing City of Ottawa projects
- NEW: Kanata Food Cupboard School Supplies Needed!
- Light Rail to Kanata update on June 6 Public Meeting
- KNL Expansion Lands updates and files
- Where would you like to see traffic calming treatments and an update on 2017 locations
- Opioid drug situation and Chain of Survival
- Kanata North address changes
- Kanata North Cycling Map now available
- Transportation Action Committee Kanata North- learn more and volunteer
- Radon Awareness presentation by Health Canada
- Have you spotted a fox or coyote? More info on wildlife in Kanata North
- Phoney sales pitches prompt City warning – be vigilant of door-to-door salespeople
- Responsible Dog Owners Campaign
- Ticks and Lyme Disease
- Nuisance Mosquito Program
- Award for 25 years in elected municipal office
- Affidavits for Kanata North residents
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.
I will be hosting the 21st annual Kanata Expo 55+, an exposition of health and social services and other not-for-profit entities that serve older adults, on September 15th. 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. Mayor Jim Watson plans to attend again this year.
Do you support changing the 3-Hour Parking Rule from a maximum parking duration of 3 hours to 6 hours on weekends and statutory holidays between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.?
Please click on the link below to complete the survey prior to August 22, 2017:
If you are unable to complete the survey, you can also email your comments and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org
The property owner has closed access in advance of the August 9th date mentioned in my June update below.
June 2017: It has been brought to may attention by City staff that the private rail crossing at 4048 Carling Ave will be closed effective August 9th, 2017, with permanent closure taking effect in August 2018. The City’s termination of the private rail crossing agreement was made due to unsafe vehicle queuing and after discussions with the owner. The owner may wish to reinstate the agreement in the future but would be required to install numerous upgrades including a gated rail automatic warning system.
The Kanata Food Cupboard has launched their annual Back-to-School Program for 2017. They provide school supplies to children and adults in the Kanata area who are in need of supplies for the upcoming school year. The pickup dates for the program are August 31st, September 1st and September 2nd. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 18th. The program provides school supplies based on the suggested School Board school supplies lists. The application form can be found on their website: http://kanatafoodcupboard.squarespace.com/backtoschool-form
Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.
The City of Ottawa wants your input on the projects, policies, programs and services that affect your daily life. From open houses to workshops and online consultations, your feedback helps shape City decisions.
Residents wishing to get involved can participate in upcoming opportunities:
Monday, July 10
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Property Standards By-law Review
McNabb Recreation Centre, Assembly Hall
180 Percy Street
A review of the Property Standards By-law is being conducted and residents are invited to provide their feedback on possible amendments.
In addition, there are a number of ongoing online consultations where residents can offer their feedback. They include:
- Cummings Avenue Area Traffic Management: until June 30
Online consultation on an area-traffic study along Cummings Avenue, between Montreal Road and Donald Street.
- Commemorative naming proposal for William Bradley Park in Ward 6 – Stittsville: until July 18
- Commemorative naming proposal for Allan Frederick Moore Park, in Ward 6 – Stittsville: until July 18
- Commemorative naming proposal for the Lyndall Winters Trail, part of the Richardson Ridge Recreational Trail system in Kanata North: until July 18
- Commemorative naming proposal for the Susan Ruth Finch Meeting Room, in the John G. Mlacak Centre: until July 18
- Snow Plow Driveway Markers: until July 20
The City is formalizing rules for driveway markers used by snow plow contractors following a pilot project. Residents and stakeholders are invited to provide feedback. Comments can also be e-mailed to email@example.com.
- Ogilvie Road Multi-use Pathway: until July 21
An opportunity to provide feedback on a functional design study to provide a cycling connection along Ogilvie Road, between Blair Road and Montreal Road.
- Property Standards By-law Review: until July 24
Residents are invited to provide their feedback on possible minor amendments to the Property Standards By-law
- Marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children and youth: until August 14.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) wants feedback on marketing unhealthy food and drinks to children and youth.
The City offers residents a variety of opportunities to share information, consult and collaborate. Stay informed on upcoming engagement opportunities to see your ideas, suggestions and concerns incorporated into the work that impacts you and your community.
You are invited to celebrate the unveiling of the Kanata Sculpture on Wednesday July 12, 2017. Gathering is at 4pm and the unveiling is at 4:30pm. Followed by refreshments at the Beaverbrook Library, Room A, 2500 Campeau Drive.
At the time the City of Ottawa was formed, the City of Kanata commissioned a sculpture engraved with the names of all the City of Kanata employees at that time. The unveiling is at the new permanent location.
Please forward any pictures of your days in Kanata for a slideshow presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The spray program for Wild Parsnip in City parkland locations is underway. Below are the Kanata North locations that have been treated as of Friday, June 16, 2017.
- Richcraft Recreation Complex
- Holly Acres Park
- Jim Malone Park
- Kanata Town Centre Stormwater pond
- Stormwater pond (425 Statewood Dr)
- Insmill Park
The City seeking public input on commemorative naming proposals – two are in Kanata North. Click here for more information.
Lyndall Winters Trail – (Ward 4 – Kanata North)
In recognition of the excellence, courage and exceptional service to the citizens of Ottawa as well as the extensive community service record of Mr. Lyndall Winters, a proposal to name a portion of the Richardson Ridge Recreational Trail system in Kanata North in his honour has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. Over the course of his 35-year career with the RCMP, Mr. Winters bore security responsibilities for Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Queen Elizabeth and served as chief security head for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Following retirement, Mr. Winters pursued his passion for nature by adopting Fentiman Park, serving as the Vice President of Environment with the Kanata Lakes Community Association and patrolling local pathways, with his “litter stick” in hand, collecting garbage.
Susan Ruth Finch Meeting Room – (Ward 4 – Kanata North)
In recognition of the exceptional community service record of Ms. Susan Ruth Finch, a proposal to name a meeting room within the John G. Mlacak Centre in her honour has been submitted to the Commemorative Naming Committee. As a long time resident of Kanata North, Ms. Finch developed strong ties to her community while teaching ceramics classes at the John G. Mlacak Centre. Susan demonstrated charisma and warmth as she helped residents explore their creativity within the same meeting room.
If you would like to submit comments regarding these proposals or obtain further information, please contact:
Emma Lee Leroux
Office of the City Clerk and Solicitor
Ottawa City Hall110 Laurier Ave. W.
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, extension 28705
E-mail: email@example.com(link sends e-mail)
Comments on this proposal must be received no later than July 18th, 2017.
Resurfacing of March Road from Campeau to Teron Road is expected to start in late July, 2017. All lanes will be maintained North bound in the morning and South bound in the afternoon but there may be a reduction to two lanes South bound prior to the afternoon rush time.
In 1994 the City of Kanata purchased land along Kanata Ave for a Town Centre Park, for a City Hall and for Central Business Functions (mixed use designation). The 20 acre park was partially funded by donations and is protected as parkland. The remainder of the property, designated for development and no longer needed for a City Hall was transferred to the Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation to prepare a development plan and then market the property. Public meetings were by the City of Kanata and more recently on this June 11, 2013 and June 19, 2017. OCLDC will be selling one small parcel and completing a missing road link this year. Starting in the fall design plans for the parkland and for the remaining development lands will be developed with input from the community. Please see the map highlighting this area below.
Are you looking to support your community? Need more community service hours? Want to meet new people in your community and get free food?
Sign up below to volunteer for the 11th Kanata North Picnic on Wednesday, July 19th.
Contact Amy Zhou for additional information or if you have any questions?
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 Services Department
City of Ottawa
Email: Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca (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.
I have a ticket to this event (up to 4 people), which sold out quickly, and am auctioning it to donate funds to the Kanata Food Cupboard and Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre.
What is being auctioned?
8’x8′ picnic space for a maximum of 4 people at the Interprovincial Picnic on the Bridge on July 2nd, 2017, 11am – 12:30pm
Minimum bid is $200.00
Rain or shine
Instructions and additional information:
The tickets will be awarded to the highest bidder. Minimum bid $200.00
Submit your bid via email to KanataNorth@Ottawa.ca no later than 4pm on June 16th, 2017. Winning bidder will be announced on June 19, 2017.
Include your full name, address, address telephone number(s).
Note: Only payment by cheque will be accepted, and only by the person notified that they have won the auction. Payment is required prior to delivery of the tickets. Additional details will be provided to the auction winner via email.
More information on this first ever event can be found HERE
When: Monday May 29th, 7pm
Where: Mlacak Centre Halls A & B, 2500 Campeau Drive
Join me and representatives from Hydro One and Hydro Ottawa for this information session, where you can learn more about plans to improve the corridor as a community asset. This includes cultivation, removal of invasive species, replanting with low maintenance plants and also a seed mixture of grasses and wild flowers developed by the Suzuki Foundation.
Copy of Hydro One Community Notice:
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. More info: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/transportation/carling-avenue-cycling-improvements
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. More info: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/transportation/herzberg-road-improvements-cyclists-and-pedestrians
When: Monday, June 5th
Where: Kanata Recreation Centre in Walter Baker Park on Terry Fox
An open House and consultation on the route for future rail and Environmental Assessment is being held at the Kanata Recreation Centre in Walter Baker Park on Terry Fox on Monday June 5th from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. A presentation will be given at 6:30 pm. This is your opportunity to provide your suggestions on the extension from the present financially approved plan to Moodie to extend from Moodie to Canadian Tire Place. Along with the other West End Councillors I’ve been pushing to have plans in place to bring rail to Kanata and this study is an essential first step. We need the public to step forward to help us get ready for rail and to ensure it will be located in the most useful location. Thanks to our MP, Karen McCrimmon, for obtaining 50% of the funding for this study.
I recently met with representatives from Hydro One and Hydro Ottawa on their plans to maintain the corridor. I’ve also been in discussion with the Stewardship Council who are willing to help to clean up the corridor. At this time, there are pathways in the corridor and a community garden that was approved by Hydro One. The remaining lands are full of weeds, wild parsnip, poison ivy, ragweed, ticks and invasive species such as buckthorn and more. The idea is to clean it up and provide plantings that are low maintenance. To this end, Hydro One plans to cultivate the corridor and seed it with a mixture of grasses and wild flowers developed by the Suzuki Foundation. I will update my website with information on an upcoming public meeting about the hydro corridor as soon as a date and location has been decided.
The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association’s Annual Clean Up Day is on May 6th from 10AM to Noon, starting and ending at the Beaverbrook Community Centre (2 Beaverbrook Rd).
Rain date is Sunday May 7, also from 10 AM to 12 Noon.
Garbage bags, leaf bags and vinyl gloves will be provided, but gardening gloves and boots are recommended.
Coffee, juice boxes and baked goods will be provided
The Kanata United Church is holding their annual Flea Market & Bake Sale on Saturday, May 6th 8:00am to 12:30pm at 33 Leacock Drive. They will have everything from toys, china, furniture, Christmas decorations and even homemade treats.
Updated April 28, 2017
Staff have let me know that Great Lakes Ave. will be closed from Canadian Shield Ave. to Campeau Drive from Monday, April 10th through May 19th, in order for a contractor to connect new services to 1100 Canadian Shield Ave. Local and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.
Click here for a copy of the Power Point slides presented by Forestry at the April 24th meeting.
Update: The Marconi section of tree removal has been delayed until 2018 due to soft soil condition.
Removal timing: Winter, 2017
Removal areas: all dead/dying trees are to be removed from the areas highlighted in pink on the maps below.
Removal method: mechanized (feller buncher and skidder).
Park access: for public safety reasons, identified areas of the park will be closed to the public during the tree removal operations.
Site preparation timing (debris/brush clean-up, invasive species control, etc): Spring, 2017
Maintained areas of the park will be cleared of small woody debris once the snow has melted and conditions are dry enough for equipment access. Wood is good! Small to medium sized wood pieces within the woodlot are to remain on site to provide habitat for a wide range of wildlife and invertebrates, to retain growing sites for plants and fungi, to supply a slow release of nutrients to the soil, to absorb and retain moisture for the benefit of newly planted trees, to minimize soil compaction and to deter woodlot users away from newly planted sites.
Reforestation timing: Spring 2017 planting season
Reforestation areas: all removal areas highlighted in pink on that attached maps are to be replanted. Typical reforestation species: red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, serviceberry, hackberry, white pine, burr oak, red oak, American elder, white cedar, basswood, nannyberry, large tooth aspen, trembling aspen, dogwood and speckled alder.
As ash trees continue to decline within the City of Ottawa due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), it is important to address the safety issues and necessary tree removals within our parks and woodlots. Part of the City’s EAB strategy includes selective park and woodlot rehabilitation; identifying City parks and woodlots with a high percentage of ash to remove unsafe dead, dying or invasive trees, encourage non-ash trees and shrubs with the exception of buckthorn and plant a selection of native tree species. Many parks and woodlots hold significant plant and wildlife populations and make large contributions to
human health and the environment: it is important to manage these significant areas, not only for public safety but also to conserve the many benefits they provide. To learn more about the Ministerial Order restricting the movement of ash material, please visit:
To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer or the City’s EAB Strategy, please visit:
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I have received a long awaited update from OC Transpo in response to the main comments and concerns raised by Briarbrook and Morgan’s Grant riders at the February 2nd public meeting, Facebook and email, which you will find below. There have been some issues with the new Spring service changes which OC Transpo is addressing on a case by case basis. These include buses going off the route onto local streets and some buses ending at the Innovation Park and Ride when they should go through the community. Please continue to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with follow up comments, questions and concerns so I can bring them directly to OC Transpo. You can also register to receive alerts about cancelled or delayed route and to keep posted on the latest transit information at http://www.octranspo1.com/alert-registration/
Service Improvements and Adjustments Previously Implemented in Kanata North
Improved Travel Time in the Morning
The Route 63 and 64 eastbound rule was implemented on Feb 2, 2017. This rule ensures that inbound buses stop only on request at Queensway (upper level), Lincoln Fields, Dominion, and Westboro Stations, in order to improve travel time for customers in the morning
Fixed Issues with Destination Signage of the Bus
At the community meeting we were notified that the destination signage on the buses to and from Mackenzie King Bridge or Lincoln Fields was often incorrect. Following this feedback, we conducted an investigation and noticed a system error, which prevented the proper destination signage being displayed on the buses when the Operators signed in to commence their trip. This has now been rectified and all signage should be corrected.
We have also taken the opportunity to improve the destination signage, in order to better clarify the direction of travel for Routes 63 and 64. The signage for these routes now shows the community name (i.e. Morgan’s Grant or Briarbrook), which helps clarify to customers the areas the routes serve beyond Innovation Station.
We have received comments from customers regarding inaccurate GPS information affecting buses travelling west towards Kanata North. In early January, there was an update to the software that manages the GPS system, and this update created an error in the system that would not allow the buses to be tracked on customer facing apps.
We have performed some minor edits that have been on-street for a few weeks, and following this update, no further complaints have been received. Further adjustments were also made on April 23rd that help to further ensure the accuracy of the GPS system.
Incorrect Signage at Innovation and Lincoln Fields Stations
At the February 2nd meeting, customers informed us that signage at Innovation Station and Lincoln Fields Station was incorrect, placed in the wrong location or was confusing to customers. Staff went out immediately to conduct an audit and fabricated/installed new signage at the correct locations.
Parking and Snow Narrowing on Flamborough Way
Due to the amount of snow received during this past winter, the plow rows narrowed the operating width of Flamborough Way. This in combination with parking along this street made it challenging for passing buses, often resulting in one bus waiting for the other to pass before proceeding and thereby increasing travel time for customers on board. This issue was raised with The City of Ottawa’s Road Services team for increased attention. In addition, ‘No Parking’ signs were implemented along the east side of Flamborough Way.
Service Improvements and Adjustments Implemented with the April Service Change
Improved Connections at Innovation Station
Every Route 63 and 64 trip from LeBreton or Lincoln Fields, arriving at Innovation, has been scheduled to service their respective community areas before looping back towards downtown. In light of this, changing buses will no longer be necessary, however, a short break of up to two minutes might be required at Innovation Station in order to maintain schedule adherence.
Improved Frequency to/from the Kanata Business Park on Weekdays
Additional trips on Routes 63 and 64 now operate to/from Kanata North in the morning and afternoon peak periods. Service frequency has been increased from every 20 to 30 minutes to every 15 minutes on each route.
Route 63 and 64 Schedules
Route 63 and 64 can sometimes be delayed, and as such the buses can arrive at the same time or appear to be following each other. With the April service change, the schedules for Route 63 and 64 are now more evenly spaced in order to allow for a better distribution of service at Innovation Station.
The City of Ottawa’s By-law and Regulatory Services Branch is conducting a Noise By-law review, and residents are invited to provide their feedback through an online public consultation survey or by attending one of the three public workshops. The online survey runs until Monday, May 1.
The online survey provides residents with brief facts on the by-law and an opportunity to give their opinions on the possible changes and additions.
Staff have agreed to run a meeting for Kanata and area residents in addition to the three initial meetings that were advertised. Please take your time to either attend one of the Public Consultations or complete the survey online.
- Tuesday, May 2 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Mlacak Centre, Halls C&D
2500 Campeau Drive
- Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Greenboro Community Centre
Room: Meeting Room A & B
- Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
McNabb Recreation Centre
Room: Assembly Hall
- Monday, May 1, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Overbrook Community Centre
Room: Main Reception Hall
Thursday, April 20 at 7:00pm
St. Paul’s Anglican Church
20 Young Road
Register at www.stpaulshk.org
Mark Barnes from Pharmasave will be speaking on Respecting Prescriptions.
More information will follow closer to the date.
Monday, June 5th, 2017
5:30 – 8:30pm, with presentation at 6:30pm
Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A
100 Charlie Rogers Way
We have a number of multi-use pathways in Kanata North. Many of the older ones are narrow and need widening and restoration. This year the City is rebuilding a number of pathways in Kanata North via funds from the Federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. These are in addition to the City funded Campeau Drive multi-use pathway.
• Sandwell Green Park, from Leacock Drive to The Parkway
• Beaverbrook Park, from The Parkway to Campeau Drive
• The Parkway, from Leacock Way to Sandwell Green Park
• Gow Park, from Beaverbrook Road to Sandwell Crescent