Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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:

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

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


Police Public Information Meeting Oct 2 2017

Richardson Heritage Park Plaque Unveiling

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

Tea for Cornerstone Housing for Women

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

Try Sledge Hockey Event

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

2017 Fall Cleaning the Capital

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

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

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

West end Have Your Say: 2018 Pre-Budget Consultations

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

You can also offer budget input by sending an email directly to

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

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

Meeting for Beaverbrook residents backing onto the Hydro Corridor

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

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

124 Battersea Information Meeting – rezoning application

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

Additional information can be found on Dev Apps: Click Here

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

21st Annual Kanata Expo 55+

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.

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Traffic & Parking By-law Survey online until Aug 22/2017

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:

On-Street Parking Survey

If you are unable to complete the survey, you can also email your comments and concerns to parkingrule/

Closure of Private Rail Crossing

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.

Railway Closure


Kanata Food Cupboard – Back-To-School Campaign

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:

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

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Have your say on upcoming and ongoing City projects

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.
Public workshop:
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:

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

Residents are invited to provide their feedback on possible minor amendments to the Property Standards By-law

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.

Unveiling of the Kanata K Sculpture

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


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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: 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.


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: (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 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

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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:

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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:

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:


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.


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