Community Voice Column – April 2021

April has been a challenging month. Schools switched to remote learning, we are under a province-wide stay-at-home order, and highly transmissible COVID-19 variants are in our community, along with high case numbers.  While none of this is easy to process, the most important thing you can do right now is to stay home as much as possible, wear a mask, physically distance, and only make essential trips in public to reduce the spread of the virus.

Please remember, it is okay not to be okay. If you are struggling with your mental health, please don’t do so in silence. Virtually check in with family and friends and seek help, if needed.  While the situation is constantly evolving, please remember that things won’t be like this forever.

Through all of this, there has been some good news. Ottawa is now in Phase 2 of the Province’s vaccine distribution plan. While distribution is dependent on vaccine supply, many more people are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. I urge you, if you are eligible, please make arrangements to get vaccinated as soon as possible with whatever vaccine is offered to you. Vaccines are a proven way to prevent serious infections, and when getting vaccinated, you are protecting yourself and your community.  Ottawa Public Health provides detailed information on COVID-19 vaccines on their website at: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVID19. I will also continue to provide regular updates via my website, social channels, and newsletter.

Several new Kanata North development applications have been submitted for various locations in our community. I recently hosted virtual community meetings for proposed developments at 910 March Road and 927 March Road. More details and the recordings can be found on my website.

The Court of Appeal has granted an expedited hearing for ClubLink, which will occur on June 17. I will share more details closer to the date. As I shared previously, the Ontario Superior Court ruled the Forty Percent Agreement to be valid. Protecting Kanata North’s greenspace is  very important  to me, and I will continue to fight alongside our community to preserve this greenspace.

Thank you for your patience, sacrifices, and for your efforts to flatten the curve. We will get through this. In the meantime, if you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

 

Upcoming Community Meetings

  • Fire Prevention Awareness Virtual Meeting: May 5th 6:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Kanata North Virtual Community Meeting: May 18th 7:00pm – 8:30pm