Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Issues & Community Items

Online Kanata North Community Resources

There are many wonderful communities in Kanata North. Click on the link above for links to their websites and social media accounts to get involved.

Nuisance Mosquito Program

Information from GDG Environment on the nuisance mosquito program. Click here.

Where would you like to see traffic calming measures implemented in Kanata North?

Speeding is an issue across the City and is also common in Kanata North. Recently, through the City’s Strategic Initiative process, a program for new Temporary Traffic Calming (TTC) treatments was created to help focus on individual community problem areas. I am seeking input from community members on what streets you would like to see evaluated for TTC treatments.  You can submit your comments until February 15th. Click here for more information and to submit comments online.

Wild Parsnip

Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that is increasingly common within the City of Ottawa in areas of uncultivated land, roadside ditches, nature trails, as well as on and surrounding rural and residential properties. Wild Parsnip may pose a health risk to humans. The plant sap contains chemicals that may cause skin and eye irritation and make the skin prone to severe burning and blistering when exposed to the sun. The blisters typically occur one to two days after contact with the plant. This can result in long-term scarring of the skin. The best way to avoid contact with Wild Parsnip is to become familiar with what the plant looks like so you do not accidentally get burned. Click here for more information including locations of spraying.

Speed Board Reports

Speeding is an issue across the City and is also common in Kanata North.  I invested in three portable speed monitor boards which display speeds. These are rotated around Kanata North in the summer months.  I will be posting the reports for residents to review <click here> and will also be sharing them with Cst. Lori Fahey -our Community Policing Officer.  Please contact my office if you would like your street added.

Wildlife in Kanata North

Have you seen a coyote or red fox in your neighbourhood? We are very fortunate in Kanata North to have a lot of green space and wildlife to enjoy. Foxes and coyotes are actually very common in Ottawa. They are more readily spotted during the winter months given the lack of foliage and because they are following their primary food source – mice.  During the colder months, mice look for shelter around our homes and sheds, which attracts foxes and coyotes closer to our living space. They are extremely tolerant of human development and adapt readily to living in close proximity to humans and traffic.  Knowing more about some of the species that we share our spaces with will help to avoid concerns and potential conflicts. <Click here> if you have spotted a fox or coyote or are concerned about their presence.

Kanata North Beaverpond Arboretum

The Beaver Pond Arboretum started as a compelling idea in the mind of a few local residents harbouring the desire to share their deep love of that space in an original, uplifting and educational way. Taking advantage of funding opportunities, a multi-year plan was developed, trees were planted and protected, interpretation was added. At the moment we have 150 trees in the park, including 30 species already identified. Clickhere for more information or to schedule a guided tour.

Kanata North Junior Rangers

Junior Rangers is a pilot program to benefit our natural environment areas through maintenance of trails, removal of invasive species and tours of our wonderful natural areas.  As well as supporting camp programs at the Richcraft Complex, our two rangers will be taking tours of our new arboretum at the Beaver Pond. Clickherefor more information or to schedule a guided tour.

Watts Creek (including Beaver Pond) and Shirley’s Brook

Final study for the Shirely’s/Watts Phase 2 Storm Water Management Study can be found here.

Yearly Report January 2015

View a low resolution version of my bi-annual yearly report delivered to households in Kanata North here.

Transportation Action Committee Kanata (TACK) North

The Transportation Action Committee Kanata (TACK) North is a dedicated group of volunteers formed in 2014 by Councillor Marianne Wilkinson as a quasi-independent organization which reviews the transportation needs of Kanata North residents and advocates on behalf of these residents.  Click here if you would like to learn more about TACK, submit your questions or concerns, and or volunteer.

OC Transpo

Here you will find the most recent information on OC Transpo in Kanata North, including upcoming route changes and additions to be implemented June 29, 2015.

Knudson Drive Area Traffic Management Study

In February 2012, Knudson Drive residents requested an Area Traffic Management study for Knudson Drive which I fully supported.  Concerns were traffic volumes, speeding and pedestrian safety. The main focus of the study was to address speed and driver behavior issues. There was extensive public consultation during the process. You can view the approved plan here. The traffic calming measures will be implemented in summer 2016.

Winter Snow Clearing FAQ including new tool Where’s My Plow

Winter is here once again. Each year I receive many calls and complaints regarding winter maintenance in Kanata North. This page will answer many of your questions and provide an overview of winter maintenance in the City of Ottawa. During a significant snowfall, particularly when it is heavy, wet snow such as occurred on Dec 29, there may be delays.  I am frequently in touch with our surface operations staff to ensure the best service possible for the conditions at the time. Click here to read the FAQs.