Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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

Promoting Women in Municipal Government

I am honoured to be participating in this upcoming event, Promoting Women in Municipal Government. RSVP today:

The National Capital Region Chapter of Equal Voice is hosting this event to put the 2018 Municipal Election in people’s minds and to promote women in municipal politics. A panel discussion will allow attendees to hear what it’s like to serve, contemplate considerations leading to a decision to run, hear about attracting volunteers and donations, what people wish they knew beforehand etc. The event will also include a networking opportunity for all concerned, which can serve as a great way for people to drum up support for a campaign and for individuals to let someone know they’re interested in working on a campaign.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
5:00 to 8:00 pm (program begins at 5:30)
Light refreshments will be served.  Cash bar.

Jean Piggot Place at Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa

“Two of our Ottawa City Councillors will be guest speakers on the panel, alongside various female leaders in the field of politics. Please mark your calendars and come out for the first EV-NCR Municipal Government event!”


Join with our residents in Kanata North who are of Chinese descent as they celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster.   A fabulous day of entertainment, feasting and visiting exhibits will be held at the Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata (4101 Innovation Drive) on Sunday, February 5nd from 10 am to 4 pm.  The opening with the spectacular Lion Dance is at 2 pm.  This year they are including community groups as well as Chinese dancers and singers.  It’s a great and fun filled way to meet and support your Chinese neighbours. Hope to see you there!

Nov. 21 Public Information Session on Radon Gas

Thank you to the more than 150 people who attended this years Kanata North Radon Public Information Session. Thank you also to Kelley Bush and members of staff that participated and to the professionals who set up booths.

Click here for a copy of Health Canada’s presentation (pdf format): kanata-public-info-session-nov21-2016

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. Home owner, Jeff Strickland, will also speak about his experience with testing and remediation. 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 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.


Innovation Drive Park & Ride Grand Opening

Join me, Mayor Watson, Councillor Blais and west-end Councillors at the grand opening of the Innovation Drive Park & Ride:

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 8am-9am
Where: Innovation Station Park & Ride (5025 Innovation Drive, on the Southwest corner of Innovation Drive and Terry Fox Drive)
Parking: Available at the Park and Ride
Attire: Outdoor weather

Note – the Innovation Drive Park & Ride is now open and buses are providing service. See picture below.


New Year’s Eve Celebrations at City Hall

Countdown to the New Year and kick off the Ottawa 2017 festivities during an energizing and momentum-building event!

Join us on December 31, 2016, for this early-evening, family-friendly celebration that will include the lighting of a spectacular cauldron at Ottawa City Hall. The sparking of this special landmark will cue hundreds of Ottawa-area students to form a human chain, connecting young people from diverse backgrounds and weaving a line of youthful optimism through downtown Ottawa streets.

The evening will be crowned by a musical sow and fireworks on Parliament Hill.

Events at City Hall Presented by Ottawa 2017:
5:30 p.m.  The Enbridge New Year’s Eve BBQ (free hot dogs while quantities last)
Free coffee and hot chocolate offered by Tim Hortons, DJ Rise Ashen and on-site animation
6:15 p.m.   Official ceremony begins
6:45 p.m.   Fire of Friendship Torch Relay departs City Hall

Events on Parliament Hill presented by Canadian Heritage:
7:45 p.m.    Fire of Friendship arrives at Parliament Hill

8:17 p.m.    Pyromusical Show
9 p.m.         Music show with Carly Rae Jepsen, Radio Radio and Brett Kissel
Midnight    Fireworks

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau is working closely with the schoolboards and indigenous community to recruit the participating students.

For more info on the spectacular Ottawa 2017 programming and to learn how to get involved, visit the! Check the online calendar often as we keep adding new events!


Young Writers Awesome Authors Contest

Young Writers: Get ready to create!
Awesome Authors youth writing contest on from December 1 to February 13

Ottawa –  On your mark, get set, write: starting December 1, young Ottawans are invited to create a poem, a short story, or a comic for the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors youth writing contest!  Are you between the age of 9 and 17 and have things to say? Sharpen your pencil (or ready your keyboard) and get your imagination flowing — this contest is for you! Submit your poem, your short story, or—new this year—your comic, in English or in French, before the contest deadline of February 13, 2017.

Why should you participate? In the words of a past Awesome Authors winner: “This contest is a perfect opportunity for youth to express themselves, to share their ideas with others, and to show what they can do! I’ve learned to never underestimate my talents, I’ve learned how to set goals, and how to synthesize my text and prioritize my ideas”.

Several workshops are planned to help you create your poem, short story, or comic:

For ages 9-12

For ages 13-17

Entries must be submitted electronically on the contest webpage, or in person at your local branch. All the details of the Awesome Authors contest rules can be found at

Awesome Authors winners will be revealed and receive their prizes at a ceremony on March 28, 7:00 p.m. at Centrepointe Theatre.

This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association (FOPLA) who publish pot-pourri, an annual anthology of the winning Awesome Authors poems and stories, and new this year, comics. pot-pourri makes a great Christmas gift! To get your copy, visit the FOPLA website at

Christmas Concert Listing

  • Dec. 3, 7:30 pm and Dec. 4, 2:30 pm: Goulbourn Jubilee Singers 40th Anniversary Christmas Concert, Glen Cairn United Church, 149 Abbeyhill Drive – Information available by clicking here.
  • Dec. 4, 2:30 pm:  A Christmas Kaleidoscope, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1817 Richardson Side Road; for details & tickets email
  • Dec. 9 – Dec. 11: The Nutcracker at Algonquin Commons Theatre by Linda Jamieson School of Dance – For information and tickets click here.
  • Dec. 11, 2:00 pm: Rejoice & Sing Noel with Goulbourn Male Chorus, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1817 Richardson Side Rd. – Info at
  • Dec. 11, 3:30 pm: Concert Band of Kanata concert, Sacred Heart High School, 5870 Abbott Street East – Information available at
  • Dec. 17, 7:30 pm: The Many Joys of Christmas concert by Kanata Choral Society at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road – For information call 613-592-1991 or visit
  • Dec. 27 – 30: High School Musical (“a musical for the holiday season” by Kanata Theatre), 1 Ron Maslin Way – Tickets are $10, for information click here.

Ottawa 2017 Youth Ambassadors

Young Canadians will have the opportunity to take part in Ottawa 2017 celebrations thanks to a partnership with Encounters with Canada.

Each year, more than 3,200 young people from across Canada cross the organization’s doorstep to live a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the nation’s capital.

Encounters with Canada participants visiting Ottawa in 2017 will have the opportunity to represent Ottawa as Youth Ambassadors. The students, aged 14 to 17 years, will participate in Ottawa 2017 events, help with marketing and media activities, including social media outreach, and join the Ottawa 2017 volunteer program for certain events. Upon their return home, they will then serve as special representatives of Ottawa, making presentations in their communities about their Ottawa 2017 experience.

These dynamic participants will mark history, becoming ambassadors for Canadian youth and representing their provinces, territories and their communities during Canada’s 150th celebrations!

For more info on the spectacular Ottawa 2017 programming and to learn how to get involved, visit the! Check the online calendar often as we keep adding new events!



Holiday Social and Special 2017 Presentation

When: Thursday December 8, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Beaverbrook Library, Rooms A & B (2500 Campeau Drive)

Join me for some holiday fun that will include refreshments, entertainment, crafts and a special presentation given by Guy LaFlamme, head of the 2017 group, on exciting events in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday! This is a fun event for the whole family and is a great opportunity to meet with your local Councillor. All are welcome.


Kanata Central Business Improvement Area

When: Monday November 21, 8:00 am
Where: The Holiday Inn (101 Kanata Ave.)

All managers and business owners located within Kanata Centrum, Signature Centre, Canadian Tire area and Kanata Commons, shown on the map below, are invited to attend this consultation to hear about a new development planned by Pen Equity along Kanata Avenue and to find out what a Business Improvement Area (BIA) means for the Kanata Central District.

The site plan for the development will be presented, along with a presentation on “What is a BIA?” You will be able to hear from experienced BIA members and provide input on first-year marketing and event initiatives, network with local business owners and managers and find out how a BIA can benefit your business. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this meeting, to RSVP e-mail

Central BIA Boundary.jpg

My motion to council re: Autonomous Cars in Kanata North

Update November 16:

As the first step, Council approved my motion to request that Ottawa be made a Centre of Excellence for Software in Autonomous Vehicles (as well as a road testing location). I have invited a number of representatives from education, local companies, business associations and government to a roundtable discussion to consider and support recommendations in a White Paper being prepared for submission to the province. Since many companies in the Kanata North Business Park are already involved in software and other aspects of driverless vehicles it makes sense to put the software centre here.   As we move from software to making operating cars safer there will be many opportunities for technology companies, so this could become a significant economic opportunity for Ottawa.  Stay tuned for further information as we move forward on this initiative.

Update November 3: 

City Council approved my motion to apply for a Centre of Excellence in Kanata North that would create a national software hub for autonomous vehicles here, and included the testing of driver-assist and driverless vehicles in our business park. I’m working with many partners to make this a reality.  Much software for vehicles is developed here, with QNX software found in more than 60 million cars worldwide, so it would be natural for such a hub to be located in the Kanata North Business Park. This Centre of Excellence would support many existing companies and foster development of many start-up organizations.

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.

Remembrance Day – Kanata Cenotaph

Join the Kanata Legion at the Cenotaph (Village Green Memorial Park at Colchester Sq.) at 10:45 am for the arrival of the parade.  A moment of silence to remember the soldiers who fought for our freedom and country will take place at 11 am followed by the laying of wreaths.  Most City Buildings, including libraries, as well as my office will be closed on Nov. 11.

2017 Kanata-Carleton Cultural Festival Guide


I have reached out to many arts and cultural groups (music, art, dance and theatre) in the Western Ottawa area of Kanata, Stittsville, West-Carleton-March and Goulbourn to create a guide listing all local groups in our area.  If you know of any local groups (it can be a community group or one sponsored by a church or school) please contact my office to have it featured in the booklet for 2017. The goal is to tell residents about all of the wonderful groups in our area and the entertainment they bring to us.  Then, on May 27, 2017 many of these groups will come together to hold the First Kanata-Carlton Cultural Festival celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary (details to come later)!  To be included in the booklet, please send me your information by November 15th, as we don’t want to leave anyone out.

Marianne Wilkinson
Phone: 613-580-2474



Campeau Dr. widening – Huntmar to Country Glen

Widening of Campeau from Huntmar to Country Glen will commence the week of Nov. 14th to mid-December, and from May 2017 to completion.  During the Contractor’s working hours, Campeau Drive between Huntmar Drive and Country Glen Way will be reduced to one alternating lane. Outside of working hours, two lanes will be maintained. A full road closure is not anticipated.

This is the first phase to connect Huntmar to Terry Fox.  The remaining section will commence as soon as a drainage facility is available – likely later in 2017 as a new storm water pond is required.  Construction of that part will take about 2 years.


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!

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.