Community Voice Column

On December 8th, Ottawa City Council approved the City’s 2022 budget, ensuring the City can continue to deliver essential services while still advancing Council priorities, including affordable housing, support for social services, affordability for small businesses and the health and safety of residents. The budget will help keep Ottawa affordable by capping the overall municipal tax increase at three per cent. This means the average urban homeowner will pay an additional $119 per year while the average rural homeowner will pay an additional $91 per year. A detailed update on specific Kanata North improvements found in the budget can be found at KanataNorth.ca.

I was particularly impressed with the budget discussions Council had on how we can better serve residents needing mental health supports in addition to, or instead of, police services’ supports. Chief Sloly outlined an important vision for police and community services to work together towards a better model for meeting the needs of all Ottawa residents who would traditionally call police. It became clear that municipal government, police, social service organizations and the people of Ottawa can work together to create a better system for all. 

I was honoured to get unanimous Council support to appoint me to the Finance and Economic Development Committee, the Planning Committee, the Transit Commission, the IT Sub-Committee, and the Board of Hydro Ottawa for the remainder of the Council term. Given my experience on various boards across the city, I welcome these additional responsibilities. More importantly, this gives Kanata North representation on Committees that are highly relevant to issues in the ward.

Last week’s storm with heavy, wet  snow created icy conditions everywhere the next day. The City’s snow clearing and salting equipment was challenged. A reminder to please contact 3-1-1 for any issues concerning snow removal, icy sidewalks and roads, to report potholes as well as any concerns regarding garbage collection. Alternatively, if you send the Kanata North office an email at cathy.curry@ottawa.ca, we can forward it to 311 to ensure your concern receives a tracking code so that we can follow up.

If you wish to receive future Ward 4 updates, you can do so on the Kanata North website at KanataNorth.ca. The Kanata North office will be closed from December 24th to January 3rd. I’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and all the best for the New Year!