Community Voice Column – June 3, 2020

I hope everyone is doing well during these difficult times. I have been sharing regular COVID-19 updates that provide our community with the latest information. You can find them on my website at KanataNorth.ca/COVID19. Also, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will now test anyone who would like to get tested. Please visit the Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena or the COVID-19 Care Clinics at 595 Moodie Drive or 1485 Heron Road.

In the past few weeks, there have been updates regarding easing of restrictions. However, we are still in a pandemic situation. We must continue to be diligent to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the recommendations provided by OPH.

The much-needed repaving of March Road from Carling Avenue to Shirley’s Brook Drive began on May 4th and will take approximately two months to complete. This has been a priority for me since taking office and I am very proud to have secured funding in the 2020 budget for this project to move forward. Updates on this project are provided weekly on my website.

Construction has resumed on the Herzberg Trunk Sewer Project and will be ongoing until late Fall 2020. The next phase of work includes the contractor preparing the pump station on Legget Drive followed by construction on Herzberg Road.

The Kanata North Mosquito Program has started again this year with ground and aerial treatments done by drone. The goal of the program is to reduce mosquitoes by 80 percent. Mosquitoes will still be in our community, however there will be less. Should you have questions or concerns regarding treatment, please email GDG at info.mosquito@gdg.ca or call 1-877-227-0552.

The Ontario Superior Court has agreed to hear the ClubLink Forty Percent case virtually and has requested that three days be set aside in June for this hearing. I know that being able to view these proceedings is important to our community. The courts have committed to exploring technical solutions to allow us to view the application virtually. I will keep our community updated as I receive more information.

Recently, I have had questions from residents regarding encroachment of city property. Residents are not permitted to build structures, plant gardens, or leave any materials on city property, including city right of way and parks and facilities. I would ask residents to please respect this and not encroach on any city property.

At the last City Council meeting we spent hours discussing the New Official Plan – Growth Management Strategy. This plan will determine how our city continues to grow. Council has approved a Balanced Scenario Expansion, which pairs a moderate expansion of the urban boundary with a focus on new dwellings in established neighbourhoods. This is a very complex issue with many contributing factors. I know many of you don’t want to see the urban boundary expanded, however, it is this conflicting interest that I have the job of representing. As our city grows, we need intensification, but that is not enough. We will need to build out and build up while we must protect the character and greenspace of our current neighbourhoods in the process. For more details on why and how this matters to Kanata North, please see my website.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have seen many examples of residents’ generosity and compassion helping neighbours and strangers alike. You make me proud Kanata North. Thank you for being such an incredibly caring community.

Upcoming dates:

  • Every Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Kanata Farmers’ Market
  • June 11, 12, 13: Rural Root Therapy Theatre performs “Couples” virtually
  • June TBD: Virtual court hearing regarding the Forty Percent Agreement