Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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

Nov. 21 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 a number of radon professionals. Last year’s session was attended by more than 100 Ottawa residents.

When: Monday, November 21st 7-9pm
Where: Mlacak Centre, Halls B-D, 2500 Campeau Drive, Kanata North

radon-for-october-newsletterRadon 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.

This meeting is open to all residents, not just those in Kanata North, as radon can be found everywhere.  Please let your friends and neighbours across the city 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.

Radon test kits will be available for purchase from Ottawa Public Health or one of the radon professionals at the meeting.

1st Pedal Play Event a Big Success

My office helped to support this great initiative that took place on Saturday October 1st, 2016, starting at the Beaverbrook Community Centre. The event was brought to the Kanata North Community by the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, Sustain Kanata North, The Transportation Action Committee Kanata North (TACK) and Safer Roads Ottawa. It was an opportunity, for both young and old, to increase their knowledge and experience with cycling and cycling safety. This was the first year that the event took place and we had many participants. I look forward to the event again next year and hope to see an increase in the number of children and adults biking to and from school or work. 

Thank you to the wonderful team of volunteers who helped make Pedal Play a big success. A special thank you to the members of the organizing committee, Natasha D’Souza, Monna-Leigh McElveny, Julie Gourley, Neil Thomson and Karrie Turner who worked tirelessly on planning the event to bring it from concept to reality.


Be a part of the 2017 Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival

ARE YOU PART OF A CULTURAL, DANCE OR ENTERTAINMENT GROUP IN KANATA NORTH? Help us celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday in Kanata next year on May 27, 2017.  I am working with art, drama, dance and music groups to promote their activities in the community and have them be part of this great celebration. We would like all entertainment/cultural groups in the area to be part of the festival. Please contact my office at 613-580-2474 or by e-mail at to participate or to pass on information about a group!

My motion to council re: Autonomous Cars in Kanata North

A week ago I tabled a motion at Council to get City support for work being done in the Kanata North Business Park, where a number of companies are involved in developing the software to first improve safety of driver assist software (e.g. to park your car, keep you in your lane) and secondly to permit road testing of Autonomous Vehicles in the Business Park.  The province plans to set up a Centre of Excellence for this technology and since Kanata is already a hub, locating it here makes sense.  Companies like QNX already provide the software for cars around the world and other Kanata companies work on communications aspects.  The head of the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence (CAVCOE) lives in Kanata and others have provided me with the information used in the motion that is scheduled for debate on Oct. 12th.

Comment until Oct 7 on Huntsville and Terry Fox – new traffic signal, Terry Fox aux. lanes and cycling lane

Road modifications including; a new traffic signal at Huntsville Dr. and Terry Fox and new auxiliary lanes and cycling lanes on Terry Fox Dr. are planned. Comment on these plans by going to until Oct 7th.  The signal may be installed as early as this November.

Kanata North Mobile Bike Rodeo

Join me on October 1st, 10 am – 3:30pm (Staggered departure times 10am – 1pm), for the Pedal Play Kanata-North Mobile Bike Rodeo. This event brought to you by the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, with support from Envirocentre’s Sustain Kanata North project, the Transportation Action Committee Kanata North and Safer Roads Ottawa, is an opportunity for cyclists of all ages to increase their knowledge and experience with cycling and cycling safety. Participants of all ages will cycle a predetermined route through Beaverbrook and Kanata Lakes (children accompanied by their parents), participate in interactive activity stations located along the route, as well as have a chance to win prizes. Safer Roads Ottawa will check all bikes for safety equipment and ensure helmets are worn correctly. For more information and to register, visit Watch for updates on the Pedal Play website.

If you are interested in volunteering on Rodeo Day as a cyclist guide or at the stations, please email, with your contact information and level of cycling expertise (people with no cycling experience are also welcome). This is a great opportunity for students to earn your volunteer hours.


Learn how trees keep us healthier

The City of Ottawa invites residents to celebrate National Tree Day on Wednesday, September 21 by learning more about the connection between their own health and our urban forests. Healthy Trees, Healthy City will feature Councillor David Chernushenko, Chair of the City’s Environment Committee, Gillian Connelly, Manager, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with Ottawa Public Health, and guest speaker, Professor Marc Berman, a psychologist from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Berman will present his research demonstrating that people who live in neighbourhoods with a higher density of trees report significantly better health. The event will feature the opening of PhotoSynthesis 2, a Tree Fest Ottawa photography exhibit.

Date:    Wednesday, September 21
Time:  6 to 8 p.m. (presentation at 7 p.m.)
Location: Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park
1525 Princess Patricia Way

This event is brought to you in partnership with Tree Fest Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health, and is part of the City’s Wildlife Speaker Series. Admission is free.

Notice of Sidewalk Construction

Construction of new sidewalks on Teron Road will begin tomorrow at Beaverbrook/Penfield intersection and proceed towards Campeau Drive. Construction at the Campeau Drive and March Road intersection is expected to begin on Monday, 26 September. Please note the eastbound left turn lane from Campeau Drive onto March Road will be closed on 30 September and again if necessary on 07 October. Portable variable message signs will be deployed beginning 27 September.

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers nominations until October 1

Each City Councillor has been asked to nominate 6 outstanding volunteers in their ward for The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. This is a prestigious national honour that is awarded to recognize volunteer achievements in a wide range of fields. If you have any suggestions of nominees for this award, please forward them to me by October 1st with their contact information and documentation as to why they deserve this award. For more information visit

Federal funding announcement for public transit infrastructure for Kanata North

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 Central Business Improvement Area public consultation for business owners

Many businesses in the Kanata Central Area (including Centrum, Signature Centre, Canadian Tire area and Kanata Commons) are anxious to work together to improve business in their area and make it a better place for residents. They are working towards setting up a Business Improvement Area to do so. A BIA would help with marketing, branding, beautification, reduction of vacancies, improved traffic flow, events and more. If you are a business in the area and are interested in getting involved please contact my office as soon as possible. We are holding a public consultation for all businesses within the boundary, shown on the map below, on September 20, 2016 at the Beaverbrook Library at 8 am. For more information call 613-580-2474.


OC Transpo major changes in Kanata North

On December 25th, major changes will occur due to the opening of the Innovation Park and Ride, changes in fares (no express fares) and preparing for the LRT at Tunneys Pasture in 2018. As a result of input at the public meeting in August, and feedback that was sent directly to OC Transpo, some changes have been made to the original proposal. Full details will be on my website by the end of the week.

In summary, buses that were to go along Brady will now only do so Monday to Friday from about 6:30 am to 9 pm. They will not run late evenings and weekends. The 93 will be cancelled. Bus numbers will be changing to 63 and 64, which will be all-day routes serving the business park as well as Morgan’s Grant and Briarbrook. The 63 and 64 will go downtown in the morning rush and from downtown in the evening. The rest of the days and weekends they will go to Lincoln Fields. The 165 will run during off-peak hours Monday to Friday and will now include stops in Briarbrook as well as Morgan’s Grant. The 264 replaces the express route in the Richardson Ridge and Goldridge area and will take passengers from Terry Fox Station to and from downtown. The 182 will go from 4 to 12 buses in the morning and afternoon peak hours, and serve the east part of Terry Fox to 2500 Solandt. Five 63 buses will go from the Eagleson Park and Ride to the Business Park in the morning rush hour. Innovation Drive will now get all-day service on weekdays.

There are many changes, so when detailed maps and routes are available in November please check them carefully on the OC Transpo website.

3 Confirmed Cases of Measles in Ottawa & Lanark County

Ottawa Public Health is investigating 3 related cases of measles in unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated individuals who have not received their required measles vaccines. Having been very ill with measles when I was 5, I know how serious the virus is. Ensure your family’s vaccinations are up-to-date. Locations where exposure could have occurred are available at

If you think you may have come in contact with the virus, please call your local health unit: Ottawa Public Health (613)580-6744 or Leeds Grenville Lanark Public Health (613)345-5685.

New Sidewalks: Teron Rd – Penfield Dr to Campeau Dr, and Campeau Dr – March Rd to 125 m West of March Road

September 22 update: Construction of new sidewalks on Teron Road will begin tomorrow at Beaverbrook/Penfield intersection and proceed towards Campeau Drive. Construction at the Campeau Drive and March Road intersection is expected to begin on Monday,  26 September. Please note the eastbound left turn lane from Campeau Drive onto March Road will be closed on 30 September and again if necessary on 07 October. Portable variable message signs will be deployed beginning 27 September.

August 25th update: The City of Ottawa has hired the Contractor, Ottawa D-Squared Construction Ltd to complete the construction of a new 1.8m ashpault sidewalk on the north side of Teron Rd between Penfield Dr and Campeau Dr,  and a 2.0 m concrete sidewalk will be constructed on the north side of Campeau Dr (from March Rd) to 125 m West of March Rd (bus stop). Construction is expected to begin late August 2016 and be completed by end of fall 2016. Every effort is being made to reduce the duration of the construction impacts in your community. View Notice to Resident (Aug 2016 – Teron Rd Notice- EN) for more details.


Expo 55+

I will be hosting the 20th annual Kanata Expo 55+, an exposition of health and social services and other not-for-profit entities that serve older adults, on September 16th.  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. 


Nuisance Mosquito Program August 16 Update

For more information on the program go to:

Aug 16: Update from GDG Environnement – Mosquito treatment is presently ongoing in the Kanata area. Due to the accumulation of 64 to 89mm of rain during the weekend, larvae have appeared in most sites. Terrestrial treatment started on Monday, August 15th, and should be ongoing until Friday, August 19th. Aerial treatment around the Goulbourn Forced Road/Beaver pond will be done either Thursday or Friday. The helicopter will fly for less than an hour in that sector.

Summer FunFEST for residents of Arcadia

Announcement from the Arcadia Community Association: 

Bring your family and friends to Arcadia’s First Summer FunFEST

SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016  –  11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Meet your neighbours,enjoy some food from a food truck – there will be fun and games (and prizes!) for kids and adults, a firetruck and police cruiser, too! Read the attached newsletter for event details and more. 


If you’re not already connected, LIKE us on Facebook and please let your neighbours know about our Facebook page, too. 

The Arcadia Community Association group
Ongoing discussions, questions answered, and more. 

Did You Know? Connecting with us on Facebook supports the work of volunteers who represent your Arcadia community association. Thanks to everyone who participates in discussions and brings forward concerns and comments on our Facebook page. You’re helping to make our community better every day.

2017 Community Budget Consultation

Thursday Sept. 15th – 7 pm, Kanata Recreation Centre (off Terry Fox in Walter Baker Park)

West End Councillors are joining together to hold a pre-budget public consultation in advance of the draft City budget. The meeting will hold a different format this year and will include discussion tables as well as Q&A rather than presentations from City staff. Bring your ideas, comments and concerns and we’ll forward them to City staff and the Mayor for consideration in the draft to be tabled in November. Tell us what you want funded, where we can improve service and how we can achieve savings. I look forward to hearing all of your views on this important matter.

A Company of Fools Theatre makes it’s first ever trip to Kanata North with a Torchlight Shakespeare performance of-The Amazing Adventures of Pericles, Prince of Tyre  directed by Catriona Leger. The Fools perform for one evening only, Friday  August 19th in Whalen Park. (

Suitable for young and old, it is a tale of dueling knights, dastardly pirates, proper princesses, promiscuous prostitutes, an ancient goddess and not one but two shipwrecks!  How could the Fools have waited so long to tell the thrilling tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre!  When our hero discovers a dark secret about the evil king of Antioch, Pericles is forced to flee for his life.  So begins an epic voyage that takes him across several seas to far off lands where he discovers adventure, love and just maybe what life is all about.  Don’t miss this exciting, fast paced escapade set in a mythical world and played against the backdrop of your local park.

Showtime:  7pm  The show is 90 minutes in length with no intermission
Admission:  Pay-What-You-Can (suggested donation $20)

Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. The use of insect repellent is recommended

Proposed changes bus service to Kanata North

Information, map and feedback form on OC Transpo’s website:

Thursday August 18, 7-9 pm
Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (Minto Room) 
4101 Innovation Drive 

Due to the new Park & Ride that is currently under construction in Kanata North (on Innovation Drive); bus routes to service the new station (Innovation Station) will undergo major changes starting January 1st, 2017 (temporary connections will occur if the Park & Ride is completed earlier). A City wide change in January 2017 will eliminate express fares so all of these routes will be regular fare for everyone.  The new rush hour routes will follow a March/Teron Road route in rush hours. They will also provide all-day access providing service along Flamborough Way to and from the Park & Ride. The present 64 will be renumbered with a start at Huntsville and will serve the Terry Fox Park & Ride before going downtown. The 165 route will be extended to link with the Briarbrook community and Kanata Centrum. The 182 will have extended trips to Kanata North to improve connections to employment areas. The objectives of these changes include; improved service for Morgan’s Grant and Briarbrook residents, new direct service from Innovation station to downtown, increased service levels and these routes in 2018 will network to the LRT at Tunney’s Pasture. Details on these changes will be available at my picnic, on takeaways on the busses and will be posted on my website. Attend the meeting on Aug. 18th to make your final comments and suggestions, if possible send them in earlier on the comment form at and to 

Kanata Food Cupboard looking for donations of school supplies

Message from Karen Waters: Hope everyone is enjoying the summer like we are. We are also working on our Back to School Campaign, we are looking for school supplies for both elementary & high school students. We are in need of all supplies, such as backpacks, calculators (scientific), combination locks, markers, pencil crayons, math sets, duotangs, pencil cases, scissors, geometry set etc.
Donations can be dropped off at any of the grocery store bins in Kanata or the Walmart Centrum, our warehouse is also open Monday to Friday from 9am to Noon, except for stat holidays

Any questions please contact me at

Meetings at City Hall July 11 – 15

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted.

For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit, or call 3-1-1.

Built Heritage Sub-Committee – Monday, July 11, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Update on Strategic Initiative 42: Heritage Inventory Project, Phase One (Inside the Greenbelt)
  • Application to Alter the Somerset House, 352 Somerset Street West, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District

Planning Committee – Tuesday, July 12, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Kanata North Urban Expansion Study Area – Integrated Official Plan Amendment and Environmental Assessment
  • Highway Name Change Application – Nortel Drive
  • Development Charge Complaint – 300 Greenbank Road
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – Part of 570 Hazeldean Road
  • Application to Alter the Somerset House, 352 Somerset Street West, a Property Designated Under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and Located in the Centretown Heritage Conservation District
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 950 Terry Fox Drive and Part of the Unaddressed Parcel Immediately to the North
  • Zoning By-Law Amendment – 318 Lisgar Street
  • Update on Strategic Initiative 42: Heritage Inventory Project, Phase One (Inside The Greenbelt)
  • Permanent Signs on Private Property By-Law Review
  • Status Update – Planning Committee Inquiries and Motions for the Period Ending June 30, 2016
  • Waiver to Permanent Signs on Private Property By-Law – Mural at 595 Gladstone Avenue

Ottawa Public Library Board Meeting – Tuesday, July 12, 5 p.m., Champlain Room
Public Delegations are requested to register in advance

City Council Meeting – Wednesday, July 13, 10 a.m., Andrew S. Haydon Hall

Public Art for the Innovation Station Park and Ride

Innovation Station Public ArtLynda Cronin’s public art proposal Tempus has been selected for the new Innovation Park and Ride on Innovation Drive, Kanata. Tempus will be made up of several undulating petals of different shapes gradually decreasing in size , organized around an aluminum  column. Each petal will be painted a different colour to represent the movement of light from sunrise to sunset. Cronin’s artwork is inspired by time, movement and sustainability, and the essential role that sunrise and sunset has in determining nature’s daily rhythms. The daily commute rhythms of transit users aligns with nature, and directional arrows within the petals mirror the navigational system of transit and pick up and drop off points. Tempus will be installed in a central location beside one of the platforms within the Park and Ride facility.

Describing her proposal, Cronin writes that “there is an abstract organic feel to the work reflecting the sustainability of intelligent transit systems as they relieve pressure on the natural ecosystem, carrying many passengers on a collective journey.”

Lynda Cronin was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied at the National College of Art and the University of Ottawa. As multi-disciplinary artist, she uses a wide variety of media and art-making strategies in order to communicate meaning  drawing references to geography, social migration and history within her work. Cronin is an active member of the arts community, and has received many awards from Canada Council, Trillium, Ontario Arts Council and others.

The City of Ottawa initiated a two-stage public art competition for Innovation Park and Ride in February 2016. After reviewing comments from the public, a peer assessment committee selected Tempus based on criteria that included artistic excellence, strength of proposed concept as well as how the proposal integrates with the style and function of the building.

Tempus is scheduled to be installed in 2017 when construction of the park and ride facility is complete.

Meetings at City Hall July 4 – 8

All public meetings will be held at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, unless otherwise noted. For a complete agenda and updates, please sign up for email alerts or visit, or call 3-1-1.

Finance and Economic Development Committee Tuesday, July 5, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Appointment to the Orléans Business Improvement Area
  • Institutions Designated as Eligible for a 2016 Annual Levy Pursuant to Section 323 (1), (2), (3) and (5) of The Municipal Act
  • Ottawa Economic Update
  • Ottawa Tourism Summit
  • Sparks Street Business Improvement Area and Mall Authority Governance Review
  • Lansdowne Partnership Plan Annual Report
  • Brownfields Grant Program Application – 245 Rideau Street
  • Expropriation of Lands, Brian Coburn Boulevard Extension, Navan Road to Mer Bleue Road
  • Declaration of Surplus 5045 Innovation Drive

Transportation Committee – Wednesday, July 6, 9:30 a.m., Champlain Room

  • Review of Winter Operations on Roadways
  • Temporary Outdoor Patio Encroachment – 204 Rideau Street

10th Annual Kanata North Picnic

Come and enjoy a free BBQ, cotton candy and snow cones while supplies last, children’s play zone (with bouncies, face painting, adventure zone and petting zoo), entertainment stage including new acts, community information booths, fire trucks and police vehicles to visit and more!

Please bring a donation for the Kanata Food Cupboard as well as your refillable water bottles – water supply onsite.


Picnic for Newsletter


Emcee David Gourlay

Crash the Clown
Maria Hawkins
Capital City Dance Group
Sri Lanken Dance Group
Jegatheeswaralyay Fine Arts Dance Studio
Emma Lamontage
Andrew Cassara Band
Kanata Chinese Seniors Performance
Guitar Groovers
Highland Dancers
WEJ Guitar Club

Majic 100 Radio Van

Petting Zoo

Adventure zone
Face painting
Science and crafts

City vehicles including police car,
 ambulance and fire truck.
A wide variety of City and community organizations
Bring your bike to try the OC Transpo Rack n’ Roll
Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Kanata Food Cupboard


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