Community Voice Column – November 25, 2020

It is hard to believe that it has almost been nine months since the pandemic has started. While these past few months have been challenging, it has been amazing to see the positives that have stemmed from this. I have seen neighbours help each other, businesses pivot their operations to respond to the pandemic, and many people volunteering to make masks, help with errands, and more. I believe the silver lining of this pandemic is that it has brought us closer as a community (while staying apart).

We are fortunate to have amazing small businesses in Kanata North. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, many have struggled. I encourage you to support our local businesses throughout the holiday season. There are many ways to support; purchase gift cards, order takeout, or promote your favourite spots! Our support now will help our beloved businesses, owners, and employers hold on through the pandemic.

The 2021 Budget will be challenging due to the financial unknowns from the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this month, the 2021 Draft Budget was tabled at City Council and my colleagues and I will have the opportunity to discuss it on December 9. Next year’s budget contains important investments in our community, including building a new trail system at the Kizell Drain, outdoor volleyball courts at Richcraft Recreation Complex, and funds to build a new park in the Arcadia community as it continues to grow.

Winter is on its way! It is important to understand the winter weather parking bans. Parking bans can be declared between November 15 and April 1 when inclement weather is expected in Ottawa. During a parking ban, vehicles that do not have a residential parking permit are not permitted to park on the street. Parking bans are called to support cleaning operations to allow crews to plow closer to the curb. Please visit my website for more information at KanataNorth.ca/Winter-Parking-Ban.

I am happy to share that funding has been approved for two new crossing guards at two intersections in Kanata North: Milne Crescent and Varley Drive, and Terry Fox Drive and Old Second Line Road. This will enhance safety for students both before and after school.

The Holiday season is fast approaching! The Kanata Food Cupboard launched their annual Adopt-A-Family Program to support local families during the Holidays. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, the program will use gift cards this year. If you are able, I encourage you to consider supporting this important program to help local families in need. Please visit the Kanata Food Cupboard’s website for details at KanataFoodCupboard.ca, the deadline to apply is December 14.

Please remember to be COVIDWise, Kanata North, to help keep the transmission of COVID-19 under control in our community. We all have a role to play in the fight against this pandemic, and I count on you to make the right choices. Thank you.