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!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Break & Enters Into Sheds and Garages

Public Advisory: Break & enters into sheds & garages

The Ottawa Police Break & Enter Unit has started to see an increase in reports of break & enters into insecure sheds & garages.    

With the arrival of warmer weather, the Ottawa Police Service Break & Enter Unit has started to see an increase in the number of break & enters to insecure sheds and garages across the City. It takes moments to enter a garage or shed and make off with commonly stored items within, such as powered yard equipment and bikes. 

Residents are reminded that the best deterrent to avoid this situation is to ensure your sheds and garages are properly secured. Garage doors should be left closed when left unattended for a period of time. 

An insecure garage door can also facilitate entry to the residence. Visit the Ottawa Police website for more tips. 

In the event of a break & enter, investigators are greatly assisted when important information about property is properly recorded. 

Police will ask about the availability of make, model & serial numbers of stolen property, and/or unique identifiers where relevant. 

Additionally, photographs of unique items or items again with unique identifiers, such as higher end bikes, assists investigators and increases the potential of the successful recovery of the stolen property. 

With the advent of social media, images of unique stolen property can also be quickly disseminated by the police to a significant number of people in the community.   

Anyone with information regarding a break & enter is asked to call the Ottawa Police's Break & Enter Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 4533. 

 Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

Mayor Watson May Newsletter

Mary Deacon to be guest speaker
at Mayor's Breakfast Series

Each month I host the Mayor's Breakfast Series which is produced by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce & the Ottawa Business Journal. Please join me:

Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Ottawa City Hall

With Guest Speaker:
Mary Deacon, Chair, Bell Let's Talk. 

Registration required. Click here to purchase tickets.

Creating a lasting green legacy for future generations

One of Ottawa’s most unique characteristic is its particularly large geographical scale. Its total land surface of 2758 km² is large enough to encompass the cities of Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Much of our City’s land surface is made up of rural and farming areas which boast a rich and diverse green space and tree canopies.
As our City’s population grows, so do our family-centric suburbs and vibrant urban neighbourhoods. To keep our urban core green and our neighbourhoods beautiful, Ottawa is working with numerous partners and organizations on tree planting initiatives that will see thousands, if not millions, of trees planted in our city this year alone.

2017 marks Canada's 150th anniversary and in addition to the many exciting events and celebrations planned for our nation’s sesquicentennial, special projects are being implemented to leave a legacy for future generations. One of the legacy projects is the Canada 150 Maple Groves project. The City of Ottawa will plant a grove of 150 native Canadian maple trees in each of our 23 wards. These groves, which may take the form of a formal cluster of trees, linear groupings, or maples planted within a reforestation site or natural area, will consist of native Canadian sugar, red, and silver maples. The sites within each ward have already been selected, and tree planting will start this month. You can find more information on the City’s Trees and community forests at www.Ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-and-environment/trees-and-community-forests.

Canada’s 150th birthday has also inspired Ecology Ottawa and Tree Ottawa’s One Million Trees legacy project. This ambitious project is a great example of collaboration, as local schools, community associations, corporations, charities and residents will work together to plant one million trees in the city of Ottawa. Just last month, Ottawa 2017 announced that the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship event will head to Ottawa for the very first time. In support of the One Million Trees project and to further support this important legacy of the sesquicentennial year, the series’ organizers have committed to planting 3,000 trees to off-set the event’s carbon footprint. Visit www.TreeOttawa.org and find out how you can also get involved!

The legacy would not be complete without honouring Ottawa’s history as a lumber town. Last season, Ottawa’s Canadian Football League and 2016 Grey Cup Champions the REDBLACKS, announced that for each touchdown the team scores at TD Place Stadium, a tree will be planted at the OC Transpo Trim Park and Ride in recognition of the thousands of football fans who use transit services to get to the games. The newly planted green space, the REDBLACKS Forest, will be a mix of different species of trees. 26 trees, the number of home touchdowns for the REDBLACKS in the 2016 season, will be planted in June. Ottawa football fans who cheered the REDBLACKS can now also celebrate the addition of green space. The REDBLACKS Forest is a great example of the City’s commitment to support an environmentally sustainable Ottawa, while leaving a lasting green legacy for future generations.

Ottawa Welcomes the World
FREE family-friendly celebrations at Lansdowne Park

Ottawa Welcomes the World is a celebration of Canada's diversity and multicultural identity. Experience over 75 different countries and cultures through food tasting, musical celebrations, artistic performances and more! This series of world-class cultural events takes place in Aberdeen Pavilion and Horticulture Building in 2017, and will promote and strengthen ties between nations on the occasion of Canada’s 150 anniversaryVisit www.Ottawa2017.ca or click on the flags below to discover the countries that are participating in these FREE, family-friendly events. 

Friday May 5 to Sunday May 7
Wednesday, May 17

Friday, May 19
Sunday, May 21

Monday, May 22
Sunday, May 28

“One Tulip ~ One Canada”
Celebrate Canada’s 150th at Ottawa’s
multi-award-winning 65th Canadian Tulip Festival

The Canadian Tulip Festival showcases the Capital’s official flower as a symbol of international friendship with millions of tulips! This year’s special 65th anniversary program offers activities at four official sites as well as breathtaking Tulipmania Fireworks set to music, guided tours, vintage military displays paying tribute to our veterans and the WWII liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops, and restaurant and hotel special offers. Explore four distinct experiences at venues cross the City:

Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – The Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experience 
Featuring floral exhibits and installations from artists across Canada, the Tulip Café in Aberdeen, interactive family programming, arts and crafts.

Commissioners Park Tulips– The Garden Tulip Experience
Spend some time in the tulips and enjoy live musical entertainment; watch artists at work among over 250, 000 show-stopping mass-planted tulip beds.

ByWard Tulip Park(ing) – The Urban Tulip Experience 
Pop artist, Bex, creator of the Festival’s One Tulip One Canada flag icon, brings his stylized tulip art to this city central marketplace.

Tulips on the Garden Promenade – The City Tulip Tour Experience
Showcasing the best of Ottawa’s public gardens.

Join us for a very special 65th tulip celebration one of a kind in the world!

Mayor in the City

Sunday, May 7 | 2:30 p.m.

Join me for the free and family-friendly Multifaith Housing Initiative Tulipathon!

Commissioners Park
Dow's Lake Road, Ottawa

Saturday, May 27 | 3 p.m.

Walk the Ottawa Race Weekend Family 2K with me. Click here to register.

Ottawa City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West. Ottawa

Friday, April 28, 2017

Preliminary Agenda for May 1st KHCA Meeting

KHCA meeting will be held at the
Kanata Recreation Complex, 
100 Charlie Rogers Place 
in Kanata's Walter Baker Park 

Meeting Begins at 7:30 pm

Public Health – Alcohol in Ottawa

Adoption of agenda

Adoption of Draft - April 3 Minutes

President’s Update:  Sidewalk on Chimo Drive;   Garden Plot;   Maritime Way;  heads up for 737 Silver Seven Road / 15 Frank Nighbor Place: rezoning to allow add additional uses to the Light Industrial – IL6 zone;    hate crimes reporting;  Mid-rise buildings defined  stories;  ((bus shelter on East side of Eagleson at Kakulu;  extension of Larsen Linear Park to Eagleson Road sidewalk;))  R4 buildings – May 31;   FCA Meeting – May 17;   BBQ program May 25;   Community Yard Sale June 3rd;

Treasurer’s report

Secretary’s Update::   Action Items;         lighting on Millman and Barrow as well as suspicious activity at school parking lot;   speeding on Barrow in the mornings;         pedestrians recklessly crossing Eagleson Park & Ride;

Street Scaping - new trees on city ROW and private property

Getting Around - Whatever Your Age May Be

New Business


Councillor Hubley  (if he is able to attend)

 Next Meeting:          Monday,   June 5, 2017

Purging for a Safer and More Organized Home


Spring is a great time to clean and purge items from your home.  As kids grow out of their toys and clothes and adults buy new items, the number of things you have can really add up.  If you don’t manage it, you’ll eventually run out of storage space and end up putting things where they don’t belong.  Aside from storage concerns, a lot of clutter can lead to other problems, including excessive mould and fire hazards, as well as uninvited guests like animals and insects which can also have an impact on your home.

We’ve prepared the following spring purging tips to help you create a more organized and safe home.

Getting organized

Set a goal. 
It’s easy to get overwhelmed if you plan to clean your entire home at one time, so choose something manageable for you. Know what you would like to accomplish by the end of the day whether it be cleaning out a drawer, closet, or entire room.

Recruit help. 
Many hands make light work, so get your kids and your partner to help out. After all, they likely contributed to a lot of the mess.

Get rid of unused items.  
If you haven’t used something in over a year, there’s a good chance you won’t miss it if it’s gone.  Take the time to go through items such as clothing, shoes, electronics, DVDs, and books to purge items you no longer need or use.

Take the opportunity to donate usable items to local charities. Some charities may even come to your house to pick up your donation.  Consider holding a garage sale with the unwanted items and donate the money earned to a charity of your choice.