Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


IN THE NEWS

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


Community Tribute

Message on behalf of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association: The Kanata North Community Associations are sponsoring a “community edition” tribute to celebrate the Mother of Kanata’s 50 years of community giving and 29 years in municipal politics. The event is on Sunday, November 4th, from 2 – 4 pm, Mlacak Centre, Halls C/D, 2500 Campeau Drive.
 
The event will include exhibits on Marianne’s contributions over the years and feature a number of speakers from her many walks of life since arriving in Beaverbrook in the mid 1960’s, and a chance to mingle and chat with all those who have known Marianne over the years.
 
If you are interested in speaking about Marianne or have questions or comments: info@kanatabeaverbrook.ca.


Susan Finch Room Dedication

The Susan Finch Room will be officially named on October 30th at 3 pm in the Mlacak Center (2500 Campeau Dr). Susan was a longtime volunteer who dedicated her time to teach the art of ceramics to local residents. Susan passed away in 2015, and the room that she had created in the Mlacak Centre for ceramics devotees will be dedicated in her memory.


Radon Awareness

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. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
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Testing is prevention and winter is the ideal time to test for Radon in your home. Some homes in Kanata and other areas of the City have been found to have high levels of Radon. There are affordable three month test kits (only buy certified kits) available from a variety of sources, including local home hardware stores.


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 $35 from local hardware stores and radon professionals.

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


Cannabis Parent Information Nights

Cannabis is now legal in Canada as of October 17. This may lead to questions from teens. Come join Ottawa Public Health and its partners to learn more about cannabis, the new legislation, how to talk to your youth as well as available resources and services. Attend the meeting in Kanata North on Tuesday, October 23rd.

  • Tuesday, October 23
    Earl of March Secondary School

    4 The Parkway
    7 pm to 9 pm
    Session will be held in English

Click here for more information and additional dates/locations.


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.  Space is limited – please bring a non perishable food item to receive your ticket. Hope to see you there.

When: October 26, 2018, 5-8PM
Where: Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, 4101 Innovation Drive


School Crossing Guards

There are 15 locations across the City, including three in Kanata North, that met the warrants for a crossing guard but none had been provided due to the 2018 budget for guards being used up. I undertook to find funds to get them approved, drafting a motion and then checking it with staff. Unfortunately it was made clear that the 2018 Council can’t approve a budget addition that would be a commitment on the next Council. After further discussion staff agreed that I could make a formal written inquiry at our Council meeting to have staff put forward options to the new Council in December that would enable these crossing guards to be hired early in 2019, prior to the 2019 budget being approved in March. This has been done so I’m hopeful the new Council it will move forward quickly in December to approve the necessary funds.


Wildlife in Winter

The days are getting shorter, and winter is coming.  Just like us, wildlife are busily preparing for Ottawa’s challenging winter weather.  Some animals can escape winter by migrating south, but others use different strategies to survive.  The City invites residents to learn more about how our wild neighbours make it through the winter.  This event includes displays by local environmental organizations and a presentation by Michael Runtz, renowned naturalist and professor at Carleton University. 

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Kanata Central Spooktacular Halloween Event

Information provided by the Kanata Central BIA:

Taking place:  Saturday, October 27th from noon – 4pm;
Rain date: Sunday, October 28th

Where: Starting next to Barbecue World

What’s Happening?

  • Registration begins at our station where participants will receive a scavenger hunt map along with a goodie bag
  • Participants will bring a canned donation for the Kanata Food Cupboard as form of entry to our FREE event
  • There will be 3 starting points based on the questions to disperse the crowd
  • We will have 5 Spooktacular challenges including: Halloween colouring, pumpkin tossing, Eeeery Halloween mystery boxes, dress the scarecrow, trivia questions
  • Children will be given Halloween candy at the challenges
  • There will be a harvest themed photo opportunity to be shared with our social media

There will be 3 Grand Prizes to be won:  (Entrants place their completed forms in the box of their choice by 4pm on the day of the event)

  • Family Day Out
    Movie passes for a family of 4

    $100 to the new relaunched Jack Astor’s
  • Spa Day
    $200 gift card to Its a Wrap Studio & Spa
  • Pizza for a Year!
    $50 for Pizza Pizza

    $50 for Boston Pizza
    $50 for Dominos
    $50 for Tomaso Grilled Pizza & Panini

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KBCA Co-Existing with Wildlife

Info provided by the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association:

The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) is hosting an information session about co-existing with the wildlife in our neighbourhood by Kate MacNeil, Executive Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre.  It will take place on Monday, October 15 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Beaverbrook Community Centre and is open to all.

Connecting to Nature – Backyards and Beyond

We are very fortunate that in the Nation’s Capital, not only do we have an abundance of nature to explore at our finger tips, but we also have a significant range of species that live in and around our City.

The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre will talk about some of the amazing species that we share our spaces with. This will include what actions we can take to help mitigate human/wildlife conflicts in our backyards and neighbourhoods.

When we learn to coexist with other species it allows us to connect and enjoy the natural world. There is growing evidence of the benefits nature has to offer people of all ages. It is far reaching, encompassing mind, body and spirit.

For 30 years the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre has been educating people about wildlife and helping to foster an appreciation of the natural world.

If you have questions, email info@kanatabeaverbrook.ca.


Property tax deferral information for damaged structures due to the storm

The City of Ottawa may cancel, reduce or refund part of the property taxes levied on properties where the structure has been razed or damaged by Friday’s tornadoes and windstorm. 

Residents must submit an application form by February 28, 2019:

  • By mail:
    City of Ottawa Revenue Services c/o Tax Adjustments Section
    100 Constellation Drive, 4th Floor East
    Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
  • By fax: 613-580-2457
  • By email: taxadjustments@ottawa.ca

Residents will have to provide details about the damage and repairs, including pictures and insurance reports. 

For more information, please contact Revenue Services at 613-580-2444.


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. (Update – this is currently under review)


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.

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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. Thank you to our event sponsors.

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Sponsors

Event Sponsor
Calian Health

Venue Sponsor
Brookstreet Hotel

Contributing Sponsors
Minto
Shirley Greenberg
Martello and Canopy Growth Corp.

Floral Sponsor
Lepine Corporation

Corporate Tables
Kanata Central BIA
Taggart Realty Management
GDG Environment
Robinson Consultants
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
Urbandale Construction and Richcraft Homes
Kanata North Business Association
Hydro Ottawa
Lepine Corporation
Mitel
Mattamy Homes
Phoenix Homes
Colonnade-BridgePort
Regional Group and eQ Homes
Algonquin College
University of Ottawa
OSEG

Audio Sponsor
FMAV

Balloon Sponsor
Cody Party