Community Voice Column – October 28, 2020

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween. This year, we have seen that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we celebrate 2020 holidays. Unfortunately, this includes Halloween celebrations as Dr. Vera Etches has explicitly said that there will be no trick or treating this year. This does not mean we can’t celebrate though. Ottawa Public Health encourages us all to be “HalloWise” and celebrate at home. Share your ideas for a safe Halloween by using #HalloweenAtHome to inspire others.

With the move to a modified Stage 2, small businesses are facing incredibly large challenges. They need our help now more than ever. There are many ways we can safely support them. Please consider ordering takeout, purchasing a gift card, or promoting your favourite spots within your network. Every little bit helps!

The 2021 Budget will be a difficult one due to the financial unknowns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that the city will have limited options for how to spend your money, your feedback is important to make sure we’re investing in your priorities. In addition to a virtual consultation I created a survey to garner your feedback. Each Standing Committee will be able to review the draft budget in November and the 2021 budget will be tabled in early December.

The city is planning to construct a new sidewalk on Halton Terrace from Newcastle  Avenue  to  Flamborough Way  to improve connectivity and safety for our community. Earlier this month, I hosted a virtual public consultation where residents had the opportunity to share questions and concerns. You have until October 31st to share your concerns directly with city staff. Staff is reviewing all feedback and will work on addressing concerns to create a detailed design plan for the sidewalk.

Crews continue to work hard on the Herzberg Sewer Trunk project. Unfortunately, earlier this year, there were unforeseen delays when commissioning the sanitary sewer forcemain, as the flow rate was lower than expected. Since then, this issue has been resolved; however, this has postponed the completion date of this project to summer 2021.  Construction will continue for the remainder of 2020 and Herzberg Road is expected to be paved prior to the winter. The pedestrian pathway between Legget Drive and Carling Avenue will continue to be maintained.

Lastly, Remembrance Day is fast approaching. While we won’t all be able to gather in person, a ceremony to recognize the sacrifices of our veterans remains just as important. I encourage you to take a moment on November 11th to remember and give thanks to the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and our Veterans. Stay safe Kanata North!

 

Upcoming Dates

  • Nov. 9, 11am: Virtual Remembrance Day Service
  • Nov. 17, 7pm: Virtual Kanata North Community Meeting