We encourage feedback on any and all issues of concern to residents. Please join us at our monthly meetings to discuss issues or send an email to President@khca.on.ca. We look forward to hearing your views!

Friday, April 29, 2011

OC Transpo: Response to feedback regarding changes in Katimavik

Response from Councillor Hubley's office to Rod MacLean, KHCA President:
Good Afternoon Rod,

We have taken all your suggestions to OC Transpo for their consideration. Thank-you for taking the time to provide us with all this input.

With regards to the suggestion that route 61 and 62 by-pass the Park ‘N’ Ride or pick-up on Eagleson be arranged as opposed to entering the Park ‘N’ Ride to save time. OC Transpo would not recommend this because pick-up on Eagleson could become a safety hazard for pedestrians and it also may create congestion on Eagleson. It could also create problems for those entering the on-ramp to the Queensway. There is also the issue Mr. McNichol raised which is that by not stopping at the Park ‘N’ Ride it would put strain on other parts of the system.

Secondly, rush-hour service on the 161 is provided at the usual thirty minute intervals during the peak periods ( approximately 06:00 to 09:00 and 15:00 to 19:00). We have requested the 161 correspond with route 62 at the McCurdy/Castlefrank stop. OC Transpo indicates route 62 will operate frequently enough that this will not be a problem.

It should be noted that it will be more difficult to make a connection to the 161 in the evening as it is dependent on which bus 62 is taken from downtown.

OC Transpo indicates that the travel planner at octranspo.com will help customers to choose the best trip and to make comparisons between connecting to route 161 or walking from stops on either 61 or 62.

Thirdly, OC Transpo is working out the details on route #161 regarding off peak service but they have provided us their thoughts which include three midday trips at 10:30, 12:00, 13:30. It would be at least one hour after the last peak hour 19:00 trip before the first evening trip will operate(meaning the first evening trip will be around or shortly after 8 p.m).

There will be one late trip at approximately 22:30 which will be timed to allow connections from university classes and this will operate only as far south of the Hazeldean Mall serving the Katimvik area.

After 20:00, Route 164 would be altered so that all trips, northbound and southbound, operate via Abbeyhill, Castlefrank, Sheldrake, Glamorgan, and Rothesay.

OC Transpo has indicated that this would allow for the following:

In this way, evening service in the Katimavik area is provided by Routes 96 (on Katimavik and Castlefrank), 118 (on Hazeldean, Terry Fox, and Katimavik), 161 (two trips on Kakulu and Pickford West), and 164 (on Eagleson); evening service in the Glen Cairn area is provided by Routes 96 (on Haxeldean), 118 (on Hazeldean), and 164 (through the community); and evening service in the Bridlewood area is provided by Route 164 (through the community).

With regards to bunching, this will partially be addressed by the fact that there are fewer bus routes therefore sequencing will be easier to facilitate within the schedules. This will also be addressed with the acquisition of double-decker buses which carry more passengers than an articulated bus in less space.

If you have any more suggestions we would gladly bring them to the table in our talks with OC Transpo.


Eric Charron
Assistant to Councillor Allan Hubley
Kanata South, Ward 23

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Federal Election Info

Are you voting?

Please find attached some information on Federal Elections in our
Carleton-Mississippi Mills electoral district, including:

- a chance to meet the candidates: three all-candidates debates this week!
- a really interesting 'vote compass' tool to link your views to the platforms of the political parties
- Coalition to Move Ottawa Forward resouces ('DON'T VOTE! If you're between
the ages of 18-35, older people are doing a great job voting on your behalf...')
- French and English 'VOTE' resources (why it matters, how and where to vote, etc)

Material provided by:
Maria Matthews
Community Developer
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre
2 MacNeil Court, Ottawa, ON K2L 4H7
matthews at communityresourcecentre . ca

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Next regular meeting: May 9, 2011

Agenda has been added to the Meetings page.  Note that this meeting was originally scheduled for May 2nd, but has been rescheduled so you can exercise your democratic responsibility and vote! 

Added link to crime map

Just added a link to the Crime Map (which was launched a few years ago to replace the weekly crime stats that were compiled in a few community papers across the city).

Also added contact information for CRIMESTOPPERS.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Do You have Concerns about April 13 Recommended Route Changes?

The “Network Optimization – Recommended Route Changes” were presented to the Transit Commission and City Council this afternoon.
There are many Kanata –Stittsville route changes which may affect residents of Katimavik-Hazeldean.     The changes are found on pages 16, 17, 18, 19, 32, 33 and 34 may be viewed through this link to the full report  
Should you have concerns that should be considered for presentation to the April 20 meeting of the Transit Commission, do let us know by Sunday night April 17 at     president@khca.on.ca  

Monday, April 11, 2011

Nature-Friendly Gardens and Healthy Forests

Sarah Coulber (CWF) and Sarah Dahler (KEN) will be presenting this Wed, April 13 at the Kanata Environmental Network meeting on the topic of maintaining healthy forests and greenspaces in Kanata, growing beautiful gardens and native plant species.  They will also be talking about some of the invasive plant control initiatives taking place in Briarbrook, Morgan's Grant and Brookside and in Beaverbrook.

Admission is free.

More information is available at: http://www.kanataenvironmentalnetwork.com/

Saturday, April 9, 2011

March Road Bus Transitway Connection

On April 19, 2011, there will be a Public Open House at Earl of March Secondary School, 4 the Parkway, Kanata to receive Kanata residents responses to initial conclusions about the choice of the route for the proposed March Road Connection at the March/Eagleson 417 Interchange to the Kanata North business Park from the future Western Extension of the Transitway from Moodie Drive to Scotiabank Place.

City staff and consultant participating in the planning study that is part of the new Environmental Assessment process authorized by the Province some three years ago.  At the Open House the staff will present preliminary recommendations in regarding the use of March Road for the bus rapid transit Transitway connection from a proposed Transitway Station and new Park and Ride on the North side of the Highway 417 at the March/ Eagleson Interchange through to the Kanata North Business Park and the possible Kanata North Urban Boundary Park and Ride.

When further detailed information is received in a few days, you will be advised that the material will be posted on the Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association website for your viewing.

No Smoking at Katimavik Play Structures


Because of the risks to young children in particular from exposure to tobacco smoke in an effort to remind smokers that they should refrain from smoking near children, The Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association has invited the City’s  Medical Officer of Health staff to include our 20 Katimavik Park Play Structures in its program of posting No Smoking Signage at City Park play structures.

We have been advised that this Spring the signs  will be posted at some Katimavik Park Play Structures, but probably not all of our Katimavik Park Structures.
When we are informed as to which ones we shall advise the Katimavik Community.       

We trust that all residents will cooperate in this effort to safeguard our children from the dangers of second hand smoke especially while they are enjoying the play structures at our Katimavik Parks.

Thank you very much in advance,

Rod MacLean
The Katimavik-Hazeldean Community Association

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

RSD: proposed catchment area changes

Voir / see presentation: http://www.roger-saint-denis.ecolecatholique.ca/vm/newvisual/attachments/760/Media/PresentationKanataNord.pdf

Comments need to be submitted by April 18, 2011.
Échéance pour soumettre des commentaires au CECCE: 18 avril 2011.

Joint Ottawa-NCC Transportation Infrastructure Study set to begin

KCHA is pleased to inform that Councillor Hubley has confirmed that both the City and the NCC have initiated the Joint Study to Assess Cumulative Effects of Transportation Infrastructure on the National Capital Greenbelt. This comprehensive study will provide a framework to guide the review of the Greenbelt Master Plan and to evaluate adequately the proposals in the City’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP).
 “This is the good news residents have been waiting for, and the first step toward solving the traffic problems in Kanata South, especially Bridlewood, that have been festering for too long,” stated Councillor Hubley.  “City staff are well informed of the needs of Kanata South, and this joint study provides us with a seat at the table in determining the solutions.”
Ref. http://councillorallanhubley.ca/ as of 2011-04-06

reminder: Open House for bi-weekly garbage collection at KRC, TONIGHT!

Starts at 4:30pm. see http://ottawa.ca/residents/recycling_garbage/waste_slr/index_en.html for details.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Ottawa Home Care Public Forum

The following invitation-at-large was received from Quality Care Alliance:
On behalf of the Ontario Quality Care Alliance, I invite you to the Ottawa Home Care Public Forum on Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at 10am.  It will be held at the Jack Purcell Community Centre (320 Jack Purcell Lane, Ottawa).

The public forum will include a discussion about the increasing importance of sustaining quality home care, followed by a light healthy lunch of sandwiches and juice.

For more information, consult their event description online at http://ontariansforqualityhomecare.ca/2011/03/quality-care-alliance-meeting-in-your-area.html

Monday, April 4, 2011

Digital Billboard Signs in Ottawa – What should be allowed?

The sign industry would like to introduce digital technology in billboard signage to better manage advertising material and to increase the frequency for changing advertising messages.

For the opportunity to experience this technology and to gauge public reaction, City Council has approved a pilot project to install a digital billboard sign at the following three locations:
• St. Laurent Boulevard at Tremblay Road
• Carling Avenue at Kirkwood Avenue
• Carp Road, east of Highway 417

To have your say, read the discussion paper, view a photo and video clip and complete the questionnaire posted on ottawa.ca under Public Consultation.  If you prefer, call 3-1-1 or pick up an information package at one of the City Client Service Centres.

The city will review comments and reflect them in the report that will be considered by the Planning Committee.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Solid Waste choices

Since the issue is rushing to an Environment Committee vote on April 11 and then a full Council vote on April 13, everyone should answer the two questions linked to under "Next Steps on the city's website as soon as possible:
  1. Are you a green bin user?
  2. What is your preference?
    • Status Quo (regular garbage every week, Green Bin bi-weekly in winter (and weekly the balance of the year))
    • Recommendation (Green Bin weekly year-round, regular garbage bi-weekly, special diaper program, $9 million savings)
Either way, no change to blue and black box on alternating weeks.

FYI: Councillor Hubley, due to volume of emails received as of April 2nd, intends to vote against bi-weekly garbage collection.