Community Voice Column – December 11, 2019

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday season!

My team and I kicked off the festivities by taking part in the Kanata Santa Claus Parade, which was a lot of fun. Sunny skies, snow, and smiles all around – many thanks to the organizers and all volunteers! The holiday season is a great time to give back to our community, and I encourage you all to please consider supporting local in any way you can.

Last month, the City of Ottawa planning department and ClubLink hosted a 7000 Campeau Drive statutory meeting to discuss the process and development plans while answering questions from our community. Thank you for showing up in such large numbers and ensuring your voice and opposition is known. Many of you left frustrated, and I share this frustration. ClubLink provided no real answers. We deserve better! Please know, I continue to work to oppose this development.

Reliable transit continues to be an issue. I have heard from many of you about issues you face daily due to inconsistencies. I know there is still lots of work to be done. OC Transpo senior staff is working tirelessly to improve quality of service for all riders, and I will continue to advocate on your behalf.

Winter weather has arrived! Whenever possible, please clear catch basins and fire hydrants around your house. You can request additional winter maintenance by calling 311, online at Ottawa.ca, or by emailing me at Jenna.Sudds@ottawa.ca.

The Kanata Lakes Community Association is looking for volunteer rink operators for the 2019-2020 season. If you are interested or have questions, please reach out to the Kanata Lakes Community Association at kanatalakesca@gmail.com.

On November 27th, City Council passed a motion that will put limitations on short-term rental accommodations, such as Airbnb. As the Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, this is something I worked hard on with city staff. I believe these restrictions will assist in shutting down “ghost hotels” and returning houses to long-term rentals.

Many thanks to all who attended my two community consultation meetings to discuss the future of the Mosquito Program. It is now up to our community to decide whether this program continues for another four years. Please be sure to vote in January! Visit KanataNorth.ca/Mosquito for details and to share your questions or concerns.

Blasting for Phase 4 of the Richardson Ridge development is set to begin in December and will last approximately three months. Please note, there will be no work between Christmas and New Year’s. Please email me directly at Jenna.Sudds@ottawa.ca should you have any questions or concerns.

Upcoming Events

  • December 14, 11:30 am to 4:30 pm: Santa’s Live Reindeer free family event at the Kanata Centrum (outside Landmark Cinemas)
  • December 16, 11:30 am: Kanata Seniors Café Christmas Lunch, Kanata Seniors Centre
  • December 31, 11 am: Noon Year’s Eve, Beaverbrook Library
  • January 2 to 22: Mosquito Program vote
  • January 20, 5-9 pm: 7000 Campeau Drive Development Applications statutory meeting, John Mlacak Centre