Community Voice Column – April 28, 2020

April has truly been like nothing we’ve experienced before. I have been preparing daily COVID-19 updates to provide you with the latest information. You can read them on my website at KanataNorth.ca or visit my website to sign up for my newsletter. I hope you are finding these updates useful as we navigate this pandemic.

Since taking office, re-paving March Road has been a priority for me, and I am very proud to have secured the funding in the 2020 budget for this work to move forward. This much-needed repaving of March Road from Carling Avenue to Shirley’s Brook Drive is expected to take approximately 2 months to complete. Given the currently reduced traffic, it is ideal timing to get this project underway. The work will happen during the day, with some lanes remaining open for traffic. I will continue to provide updates as I have them.

The Kanata North Mosquito program is ramping up again with aerial treatments already underway. The goal of the program is to reduce the mosquito population by 80%, meaning there will still be mosquitoes, just not as many. To improve results, GDG has added additional treatment areas this year. I will continue to work with GDG on the program and keep you informed over the coming weeks and months.

Despite COVID-19, the city has not suspended work on the Campeau Drive Extension project. The city is working closely with the construction industry and complying with restrictions and recommendations provided by health officials.

I know the Kanata North community cares deeply for the environment and shares a love for our greenspaces. This year, I was excited to celebrate Earth Day with EnviroCentre on Facebook Live. The video is available to view on my website if you’re interested in learning more about living more sustainably.

This past month, I have been working with city staff on a new opportunity for businesses and innovators to help with our recovery from COVID-19 using the city’s Innovation Pilot Program. The city is extending a challenge to businesses to submit proposals for technology innovations that will accelerate Ottawa’s ability to get the workforce back to work safely. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with the city, test your innovations, and contribute to our economic recovery as a city.

As a result of COVID-19, Traffic Services have adjusted the delivery of its services and programs, including the installation of Temporary Traffic Calming Measures (TTC) in our community. Due to the new regulations, the TTC schedule has been adjusted to better protect staff. The regular measures will roll out later than in previous years.

Happy to share that earlier this month my motion to hang Canadian flags in support of the frontline employees working tirelessly to protect us from COVID-19 was unanimously passed by my colleagues. Please consider putting out your flags to show solidarity with Canada that we will get through this together.

Stay safe, Kanata North!