Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North


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TGIF For Mental Health Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Come out to TGIF for Mental Health at Big Rig Brewery in the Kanata North Business Park and support a worthy cause! Bring your friends & colleagues and enjoy a beverage and appetizers in the company of Chris and Erin Phillips and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson. You will be supporting the fundraising efforts of the City Councillors’ Hopes Rising Campaign to raise $500,000 towards improving Mental Health facilities at the Queensway Carleton Hospital. There are great silent auction prizes to bid on too! Tickets are $25 and available on Eventbrite at

TGIF Letter Size Poster

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.  Hope to see you there.

When: October 27, 5-8PM
Where: Richcraft Recreation Complex Kanata, 4101 Innovation Drive

Upcoming Road Work March Road at Carling and Herzberg intersections

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. The project will also add a two-staged left turn bike box for cyclist heading southbound on March Road and making a left turn onto eastbound Carling Avenue.

The proposed works at Herzberg Road and March Road will connect the existing bicycle lanes along Herzberg Road to the upgraded March Road intersection, as well as to the existing bicycle lanes along March Road and the multi-use pathway on the southwest side of March Road.

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.

OC Transpo update Winter Service additional service for routes 63 and 64

OC Transpo has let me know that they will be adding an additional trip to both 63 and 64 routes in the busiest hour of both the a.m. and the p.m. peak periods in late December 2017 (Winter Service Schedule). I had asked OC Transpo to look into the reason why so many 63 and 64 bus trips were cancelled. Their analysis showed that there was a timing issue with the afternoon peak period, due to the route the bus is on just prior to the 63/64 service. The change can’t be implemented mid-schedule but will start with the next winter service schedule.

EnviroCentre Electric Vehicle Days

When: Oct. 20, 12-6pm
Where: Kanata Research Park, Community Hub Area

Join me at this free and family friendly event. Envirocentre and the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa will be showcasing private electric vehicles.  Learn more about infrastructure available and speak with owners of electric vehicles. 

Plug N Drive Kanata

Glen Cairn United Church Oasis Program

When: Oct. 30, 7pm
Where: Glen Cairn United Church, 140 Abbey Hill Drive

Glen Cairn United Church will be introducing a new Community Outreach Program starting in early 2018. Senior’s typically face many life-altering transitions which often present daunting challenges involving financial, housing, health, legal or personal issues for which they have little information and experience.

Called prime time in kanata, the Program will offer “life coaching” for Seniors. On a personal,  one-on-one basis, qualified and trained coaches will work to identify and articulate the Senior’s particular issue, find relevant information and someone to help, and follow-up with the Senior to monitor success. The coaching will be confidential and free to all Seniors.

A program preview will be presented to the congregation, community support organizations and Seniors on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary of Glen Cairn United Church , 140 Abby Hill Drive in Kanata. As the issue of Power of Attorney for Financial and Personal Care was frequently raised by Seniors during focus groups, the meeting will highlight a presentation by Michael Laughton, Royal Bank of Canada, an expert on the subject of  Power of Attorney.


Nov. 6 Public Information Session on Radon Gas

I am once again hosting a Public Information Session on radon gas, with assistance from Health Canada, the City of Ottawa and radon professionals. More details to follow.

When: Monday, November 6th, 7-9 pm
Where: Mlacak Centre, 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.

Please let your friends and neighbours 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.


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Carling Avenue Cycling Improvements

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.

New: see latest drawings below

March and Carling


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.  

New: See latest drawings below.

March and Herzberg

March and Herzberg 2


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.

Meeting Agenda:

  1. Introduction – Councillor Wilkinson, Ward Councillor
  2. Councillor El-Chantiry, Chair Ottawa Police Services Board
  3. Update from Ottawa Police Inspectors re Kanata North Incidents
    Representative from Guns & Gangs
    Representative from Robbery
  4. Community Policing Office – Safety and Prevention
  5. Crime Stoppers Presentation
  6. Neighbourhood Watch Presentation
  7. Crime Prevention Ottawa Overview
  8. Question & Answer
  9. Wrap Up


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, Qadri and Moffatt, 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.