Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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

One sided winter parking restrictions – new locations

The City is expanding it’s seasonal one-sided parking initiative. This restricts parking on some City streets to one side from December 1st to March 31. These are streets where Surface Operations consistently has issues clearing snow in the winter due to parked cars. If it is difficult for a plow to get through, it would be difficult for school buses and emergency vehicles as well. All but one of the 21 streets (listed below) in Kanata North that will be signed are located in Briarbrook, Brookside and Morgan’s Grant areas.
Banchory Cres.
Inverary Cres.
Aberfoyle Circle
Caterick Cres.
Macara Cres.
Applecross Cres.
Celtic Ridge Cres.
Glenbrae Ave.
Arncliff Ave.
Fordell Ave.
Braecreek Ave.
Windance Cres.
Streamside Cres.
Forestbrook St
Woodmill Terrace
Hunterbrook St.
Galatina Way
Abbeydale Circle
Breckenridge Cres
Woodchase St. (#433-#401)
Canadian Shield Ave.

Time Traveller App

The power to travel back in Ottawa’s history is now in your hands – with the new Time Traveller app. The app utilizes geo-mapping technology that allows the user to identify sites and stories of historical significance near or around their current location. It covers significant events and milestones in Ottawa’s history, from Confederation to present day. Discover the great Hull-Ottawa fire, the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic, the origin of Lord Stanley’s Cup, along with tributes to the human spirit, like Project 4000 and the establishment of the Gays of Ottawa in 1977. It also features some unknown or quirky historical facts, such as the Flying Saucer Research Centre. It is available on Apple and Google Play stores. Click here for more information.

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March Road at Carling and Herzberg intersections

September 6, 2018: The majority of the work has been completed. The only outstanding item is the application of the required thermoplastic prior to opening the bicycle facilities. 

Update May 10, 2018: Construction is set to resume mid-May 2018 and is expected to take approximately five weeks to complete. 

The remaining work within the Carling Avenue and March Road intersection is limited to pavement markings and the installation of traffic signal detector loops.

The remaining work at the March Road and Herzberg Road intersection includes landscaping and the construction of a short segment of cycle track and sidewalk on the southwest side of March Road. The City will also be implementing the final pavement markings and activating the bicycle traffic signals.

Update February 8, 2018:  Staff have let me know that the optically programmable signal heads are working well and that they will continue to monitor the intersection. 

Update January 24, 2018:  I received an update today letting me know that crews are scheduled to install the optically programmable signal heads by the end of this week, with a focus on the south bound left turn signals. “There are some challenges due to the curvature of the roadway with regard to keeping the signals visible for the turning vehicle lanes and keeping them invisible to the thru lanes.  There may be a period of adjustment while we fine tune these heads”.

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. 

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.

Terry Fox Road Work

From Wednesday, August 22 until Friday, September 28, there will be intermittent lanes closures on Terry Fox Drive from Didsbury Road to Campeau Drive to allow for construction. Lane closures will be limited to evening and overnight. There will be no peak or daytime lane closures.

Public Meeting – KNL Rezoning Request

When: Thursday, August 16th, 7pm
Where: Beaverbrook Library (Mlacak Centre), 2500 Campeau Drive

  • KNL has applied to change the zoning to delete a small high density site and change all of the lands to a zone that permits low-rise apartment buildings not permitted under the current zoning. The existing zoning primarily permits single family and townhouse dwellings.
  • The impact of these changes would also include smaller side yard setbacks, similar to those in Riverside South.
  • The net result of these changes is unclear but would permit the addition of 4 storey apartments anywhere, potentially creating a higher-density development.
  • The City Planner and a representative with KNL will be present to answer your questions.

Background and most recent updates, including a link to my FAQ on blasting can be found on the KNL Expansion Lands page of my website.


Kanata sculpture vandalized by arson

I am saddened and outraged that someone has decided to attack the sculpture that the City of Kanata made to thank all of the employees at the time of amalgamation. The damage has been classified as arson by the police, as it did substantial damage and in dry weather could have spread to do more damage.  If anyone knows who did this, it needs to be reported to the police. City staff have been notified and once the police investigation has been concluded will clean up the site and arrange for repair of the sculpture.

22nd Annual Expo 55+

I will be hosting the 22nd annual Kanata Expo 55+, an exposition of health and social services and other not-for-profit entities that serve older adults, on September 14th.  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.  

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Marianne Wilkinson Moving On Gala

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite. This event is a fundraiser for the development of a new Health Hub in Kanata. As the populations of Kanata grows so does the wait lists for a number of health services in the Kanata area. Numerous people have told me it is difficult to receive urgent care in Kanata and I want this to change.  With this in mind, I have brought together a number of experts in the field to explore the possibility of a Health Hub in the community that will provide needed health services, such as clinics, day programs and special facilities. We have had our initial meeting to develop a footprint for this hub. I am encouraged by the interest of the top health professionals in our area who have agreed to work together to make this a reality. Come and help me celebrate my more than 50 years of community service at the “Marianne’s Moving On” Gala on November 20 at the Brookstreet Hotel and be part of the first fundraiser for our Health Hub! Tickets are $150 per person.

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Public Meeting Arcadia Phases 3+

When: Thursday, July 12 at 7pm
Where: Mlacak Centre, Hall C, 2500 Campeau Dr.
I will also be streaming the meeting via Facebook Live if you are unable to attend in person.

Join myself, City staff and the Developer to learn more and have questions answered about the newest Arcadia subdivision proposals. Click here for more info.

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Canada Day in Kanata 2018

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Despite reports to the contrary, a fabulous event will again take place on July 1st for Canada Day. This is a great event of all ages and particularly safer if you have young children. I agreed, along with Councillor Hubley to help to get the support needed for this year’s incredible celebration. My thanks to Tracey from my office who has been able to find additional sponsors for our Canada Day. The event is completely volunteer-led with minimal funds from government, so donations, sponsorships and booth rentals are essential to pay for the costs. Enjoy the midway, musicians, family fun zone, craft area, food court and displays. For information on sponsoring, please contact my office. For a list of activities and to donate go to Join me  at Walter Baker Park on Terry Fox to enjoy this year’s Canada Day. I will have my maple leaf tattoos again this year.

Wild Parnsip in Parks – Program Update

Six parks in Kanata North will have herbicide sprayed. These parks are Jim Malone Park, Richcraft Recreation Complex, Holly Acres Park, Recreational Trail (Klondike Hydro Corridor), Insmill Park, and the Kanata Town Centre Pond. 

Click here for more information about the treatment program and on the invasive Wild Parsnip Plant (identification and safe removal advice).

Upcoming bus pad improvements

OC Transpo has let me know that will be improving 22 bus pads  in Kanata North – see chart below. New bus pads will be constructed “within the City property limits and will increase the level of service, safety, accessibility and comfort experienced by OC Transpo’s customers”. The pad construction will occur between June and late fall 2018 and may require localized lane closures at each site location.  Notices will be delivered to residents in the immediate vicinity of each site.

Bus Stop Improvements

Annual Kanata North Picnic

I would like to thank everyone who came out to participate and enjoy all that the Annual Kanata North Picnic offers. I hope you had a great time. It was my last one as your Ward Councillor and I think it was the best one yet. Thank you to to our wonderful Emcee Steve MadelyThank you to Karen McCrimmon MP for showing her support and to my colleagues Mayor Watson, Councillor Qadri, Councillor Hubley and Councillor Qaqish as well. Thank you to the Ottawa Senators for a personalized Ottawa Sens Jersey with #18 – it will be warn often at the games. Thank you to Jean Teron, Beth Mlacak, Forestry and my office staff for surprising me with a tree and plaque be planted this fall in the Beaverpond Arboretum – A Serviceberry tree! Thank you to event participants from a wide variety of City and community organizations and to our live entertainers. A big thank you to all the volunteers helping in a wide array of capacities to help everything run smoothly. And finally a huge thank you to the Picnic’s sponsors! Their support helps make an event of this size possible.

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WOW Event!

When: June 21, 4-6 pm
Where: The Beaver Pond on Walden Dr.

Join me for Welcoming Ottawa Week – Kanata NorthThursday June 21st from 4 – 6 pm at the Beaver Pond (Walden Dr) for an afternoon of education and fun. Our event is an opportunity for all residents to welcome newcomers to Kanata North and to learn more about our natural areas. The event is free and outdoors, with activities including a scavenger hunt, guided Junior Rangers Walk and information booths. More info to follow.

What is Welcoming Ottawa Week? It is an annual, week-long series of dialogues, cultural and celebratory events, sports activities, documentary screenings, and other fun events designed to convey the genuine welcome and hospitality of Ottawa to newcomers. It provides opportunities for quality interactions among residents, long-term and new. More info at…/welcoming…/welcoming-ottawa-week-2018/


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Kanata LRT & EA Assessment updates

Update April 25, 2018: The report for the Kanata LRT Extension mentioned below is now public and can be accessed here (it is Item 3). 

Update April 24, 2018:  The final report for the Kanata LRT extension (from Moodie Dr. to Hazeldean) will be presented to Transportation Committee on May 2, where residents are able to make delegations to the Committee if they so wish.

Highlights of the report include:

  • A preferred route selected out of 13 options (seen below):


  • Staff note that this route will bring 90% of Kanata residents within 5km of rail
  • Proposed as a part of the LRT design is 5.5 km of at-grade LRT, 1.5km below grade, and 4 km elevated; pedestrian and cycling connectivity with the stops; public washrooms, and four park and ride facilities.

I supported the report and the recommendations and mentioned that we need to be taking future technologies (like autonomous vehicles) into consideration while we are planning for the future.

The report will be available when the Transportation Committee agenda for May 2 is released online here.


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. 


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.

Kanata North Community Recognition Awards Ceremony

You are invited to my annual volunteer awards ceremony on April 24 at 7pm at the Mlacak Center. We can all celebrate the achievement of volunteers in our community who have, through their dedicated efforts, made a difference in our community. Join MC Steve Madely and me for an evening of celebration followed by a reception. All are welcome. A big thank you to our event sponsor, the Kanata Central Business Improvement Area, for their generous donation.

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