Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


IN THE NEWS

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


Closure of Private Rail Crossing

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.

Railway Closure

 


Commemorative Naming Proposals – comment until July 18th

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
Fax: 613-580-9609
E-mail: namingottawa@ottawa.ca(link sends e-mail)

Comments on this proposal must be received no later than July 18th, 2017.


Kanata Town Centre Lands Public Meeting and update

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.

Kanata Town Centre Lands


Volunteers needed for the Kanata North Picnic

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?

 

Volunteer for the Picnic (2)


Light Rail Coming Closer

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.


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, 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. Rain or Shine!

When: Wednesday, July 19th from 4-8pm
Where: Sandwell Green Park, on The Parkway across from Earl of March S.S. 

Volunteers are needed. Click here to sign up to help.

Kanata North Picnic 2017


INTERPROVINCIAL PICNIC ON THE BRIDGE AUCTION

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

Interprovincial Bridge Picnic.png


Public Meeting: Hydro One & Hydro Ottawa’s plans to plant & maintain the Morgan’s Grant Hydro Corridor

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:

Hydro Notice_Page_1

Hydro Notice_Page_2


Carling Avenue Cycling Improvents

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


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.  More info: http://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/transportation/herzberg-road-improvements-cyclists-and-pedestrians

 


Open House: LRT to Kanata

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.


HYDRO EASEMENT IN MORGAN’S GRANT

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.


Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association, Beaverbrook Clean Up Day

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


Woodlot tree removal &rehab: Beaverpond, Kimmins Crt, Marconi

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.

Background
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:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/plants/plant-protection/directives/forestry/d-03-08/areasregulated/eng/1347625322705/1347625453892

To learn more about the Emerald Ash Borer or the City’s EAB Strategy, please visit:
http://ottawa.ca/en/env_water/tlg/trees/preservation/eab/

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Routes #63/64 Spring Update from OC Transpo

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 marianne.wilkinson@ottawa.ca 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.

GPS Issues

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. 


Kanata Public Meeting – Noise By-Law Review and Consultation

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


2017 Multi-Use Pathway Renewals

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


Canadian Tapestry: A Celebration of the Music We Love

April 29, 7 pm, Glen Cairn United Church choirs present “Canadian Tapestry: A Celebration of the Music We Love” to recognize Canada’s 150th anniversary.  Music of Canadian composers and musicians, plus audience singalongs.  Freewill offering to support the Ruddy-Shenkman Hospice and The Oasis in Kanata, a place for caregivers of people with mental illness.  140 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata.  Refreshments following the show.  All are welcome.


Canada 150 Maple Groves tree planting and sponsor opportunity

2017 croppedAs we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, special projects are being implemented to leave a legacy for future generations. The goal of the Canada 150 Maple Groves project is to plant a grove of 150 nativeCanadian maple trees in each of the City’s 23 wards.

Ernest Smith Park/Village Green (43 Bishop Mills Way/84 Birkendale Dr) has been selected as the location for the Kanata North Canada 150 Maple Grove.  Planting of 50 Red, 50 Silver and 50 Sugar Maples will take place this Spring.  Each site will be marked with an engraved stone.

What is a grove? The Canada 150 Maple Groves may take the form of a formal cluster of trees, linear groupings, or maples planted with a reforestation site or natural area.

What species and size of trees are planted in the Canada 150 Maple Groves project? The trees planted in the grove will be native Canadian sugar, red, and silver maples. The trees will be potted 25 mm caliper (about 5-7 ft tall).

Can community groups or organizations participate in planting a maple grove? Due to the size of the trees, scheduling, and site preparation requirements, the Canada 150 Maple
Groves will be planted by contracted services and not by volunteers.

Sponsorship Opportunity
The City of Ottawa is inviting local businesses to be part of this exciting project by supporting the Canada 150 Maple Groves. Through various sponsorship opportunities, your generosity will contribute to the legacy of Canada’s 150th birthday and enhance the City’s forest cover for generations to come. For more information or to participate in this sponsorship opportunity, please contact corporatepartnerships@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2424, ext 25632.


Public Meeting – Richardson Ridge Phase 4 (467 Terry Fox)

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City of Ottawa will hold a Public Meeting on April 10, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (presentation at 7:00 PM) in the Kanata Seniors’ Centre to discuss a proposed plan of subdivision. The Kanata Seniors’ Centre is located at the rear of the John Mlacak Centre at 2500 Campeau Drive. The presentation will be streamed via Facebook Live on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/marianne4kanata/

The proposed residential subdivision is located at 467 Terry Fox Drive, on the east side of Terry Fox Drive, north of the existing Richardson Ridge subdivision. The Owners, represented by Regional Group, are proposing to develop a total of 194 residential units, consisting of 42 singled detached dwellings and 152 townhouse units. The proposed subdivision also includes a public park, pathway connections, several environmental blocks, and open space. A location map showing the land proposed to be subdivided is attached.

Additional information relating to the proposed plan of subdivision is available for inspection by the public. For more information on this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, please direct inquiries to:

Louise Sweet, Assigned Planner
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th floor
Ottawa ON  K1J 1P1
Tel: 613-580-2424 ext. 27586 Fax:613-580-2576
e-mail: Louise.Sweet@ottawa.ca

467 Terry Fox - Revised Location Map