Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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Winter Weather Advisory Jan 11, 2018

Update from the City’s Director of Roads:

Environment Canada: A Special Weather Statement and Flash Freeze Warning in Effect

Weather conditions

  • Periods of rain continue through this morning accumulations 5-7mm. Rain changing to wintry mix between 1-3pm followed by snow through the evening and overnight, accumulations 5-10cm.  High plus 10C, temperatures dip to plus 2C by 12 noon and minus -7C by 5pm. Winds NW 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h by noon.
  • Saturday January 13, 2018 snow predicted to end by mid morning, accumulations 2cm. High minus 15C, low minus 26C and wind chill minus 28C. Winds NW 30 km/h gusting to 50 km/h with possible local blowing snow.

 

City preparations 

Residents are advised to exercise patience and caution as roads and sidewalks may become icy and slippery, please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts. Staff are monitoring weather forecasts and will be patrolling roads throughout the event. The afternoon commute is certain to be impacted as a result of the rain/snow mix and the quick drop in temperatures, roads and sidewalks may ice up quickly.

  • We will deploy combo units to plow, salt/sand/grit on priority roads, deploy units on sidewalks, bus stops and winter cycling networks as the temperatures dip below the freezing mark later today.
  • Roads and sidewalks are bare and wet this morning. Ice build up on the edge of the streets and curb lines will be slippery. Expect localized ponding in low lying areas.
  • City staff continue to proactively open catch basin’s for drainage purposes. We also have staff monitoring for potholes and will activate pothole crews as necessary.
  • We will deploy salting/sanding and plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.

We will continue to provide operational updates as weather conditions change.


Winter Weather Advisory Jan 11, 2018

Update on operations from the City’s Director of Roads:  

Environment Canada: Freezing Rain Warning in Effect and A Special Weather Statement in Effect

Weather conditions
• Periods of light patchy drizzle this morning with foggy conditions and showers through the day. Accumulations of drizzle 1-3mm. High +7C, temperatures steady tonight +7C into Friday morning, winds SW 20 km/h gusting to 30 km/h.
• Friday January 12, 2018 showers changing to snow mid afternoon, risk of freezing rain in the afternoon as temperatures fall to minus 4C with snow developing in the afternoon. High + 6C and a low minus 12C.

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

• We have deployed combo units to plow, salt/sand/grit on roads, deployed units on sidewalks, bus stops and winter cycling networks as ice accretions builds on snow covered areas.
• Priority roads and priority sidewalks will be bare and wet with possible slippery sections in sheltered areas, some ponding areas in low lying areas and intersections. We will be actively applying sand/grit on residential streets, sidewalks and scarifying gravel roads.
• City staff proactively opening catch basin’s and opening trouble spots for ponding areas with the above freezing temperatures and rain accumulation. 
• We will deploy salting/sanding and plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.


Winter Weather Advisory Jan 10, 2018

From the City of Ottawa Director of Roads, Luc Gagne:

Environment Canada: Freezing Rain Warning in Effect

Weather conditions

  • Periods of light freezing rain or drizzle mixed with snow beginning early this evening (6pm) and then changing to straight drizzle near midnight through early Thursday morning. Accumulations of freezing rain/drizzle 1-4mm.  High minus 2C, temperatures rising to +7C by morning, winds SE 20 km/h gusting to 30 km/h.
  • Thursday January 11, 2017 scattered showers, drizzle and foggy conditions throughout the day and into early Friday morning, accumulations 5mm. High + 8C and a low + 6C.

City preparations

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

  • We will deploy combo units to plow, salt/sand/grit on roads, sidewalks, bus stops and winter cycling networks as ice accretions or snow accumulations starts.
  • This event may affect the Wednesday afternoon commute with ice or snow build up on roads and sidewalks.
  • City staff proactively opening catch basin’s and trouble spots for ponding areas with the anticipated rise in temperatures.
  • We will deploy salting/sanding and plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.


Road Services Update for January 9th and 10th, 2018

Update from Roads West Manager Chad Findlay:  

Please be advised Road Services is planning the following operations over the next 24hrs.

Clean up of all priority and residential roads (sanding/gritting), gravel road scarifying, all sidewalks resources deployed many with blowers, clean up bus stops, intersections, dead ends, cul de sacs and push buttons at signals. Snow removal will gear up with staff at site lines, school zones, pedestrian islands, turning lanes and casting where snow storage available.  Crews are preparing materials and equipment to deploy in case of flooding or freezing rain in the upcoming forecasts.  

Weather

 


Upcoming Road Work March Road at Carling and Herzberg intersections

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. 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.


Light Rail Coming Closer

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. 

KLRT-Full-Alignment

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.

Map

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: 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.

lrt-to-moodie

 

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.


December 12th Winter Weather Advisory and City Preparations

From the Director of Roads:

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Environment Canada: Special Weather Statement in Effect.

Weather conditions

Snow forecasted to start near midnight tonight, amount 2-5 cm accumulation overnight. High minus 8C, low minus 8C and winds NW 10 km/h.

  • Tuesday Dec 12 snow through the day with accumulations of 15 cm ending around midnight with lingering flurries into Wednesday. High minus 6C, low minus 10C and winds ENE 15 km/h gusting to 30 km/h causing local blowing snow.

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.

  • The Tuesday morning commute will be affected as a result of the overnight snow accumulation.
  • Staff will be salting and plowing the priority roads, sidewalks, and winter cycling networks. 
  • We will deploy salting/sanding and plowing resources over the remainder of the transportation network as necessary as the weather or road conditions change.

We will continue to provide operational updates as weather conditions change.


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


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


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