For the past few years I’ve enjoyed a Chinese New Year celebration in Kanata.
This year it is being held in the Mlacak Centre on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 5 p.m.
There is a $5 entrance fee.
Enjoy Chinese music, dance, song and food.
Come and meet your many neighbours of Chinese ancestry and welcome in the Year of the Snake. I’ll be providing lucky coins (made of chocolate) to those in attendance.
This Friday is the start of Winterlude.
Check the National Capital Commission website for all of the activities and come out to enjoy winter. On Feb. 2, there is a free pancake breakfast at city hall, by the Rink of Dreams.
Enjoy skating at the rink or at the canal which is now fully open.
Ottawa is a winter city and despite the cold weather we’ve recently endured, we can all have a lot of fun outdoors in many ways – including Winterlude.
BUILDING A LIVEABLE OTTAWA
The city is inviting residents of Ottawa to give their feedback on proposals designed to shape how and where the city grows, how we get around, how we can improve our city and how we can make it even more liveable and affordable for residents.
You can submit your suggestions to the city until March 1 through an online survey ottawa.ca/liveableottawa.
The information collected will be used in revisions to the city’s five official plans.
These are: the Official Plan, including land uses for all areas; the Transportation Master Plan, which includes both transit and road requirements; the Infrastructure Master Plan for water, sewers and drainage; the Ottawa Cycling Plan and the Ottawa Pedestrian Plan. These plans are reviewed every five years as required by the Planning Act and will be completed by year end.
The information in these plans is then used to calculate development charges paid on all new development, which pays for needed infrastructure, including parks and libraries, to serve new those new developments.
This year more attention is being applied in the plan to ensure quality development and neighbourhoods that serve their communities. Take part and help create the Ottawa of the future.
I’ve been speaking with community representatives about holding a planning summit in Kanata north where residents can learn more about these plans and put together their ideas for Kanata and each local community. More on this later.
YOUNG AT ART
Young Ottawa artists between 12 and 19 years of age are encouraged to enter Young at Art 2013, the citywide artist-juried exhibition for youths that originated with the Kanata Art Gallery. Application forms, details and guidelines are at ottawa.ca/youngatart, libraries and community centres. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 1 at 4 p.m.
NUNAVUT SNOWSUIT FUND
You can help to provide warm winter wear to children and adults in Nunavut. With the cold temperatures, low incomes and high food costs it is difficult for many to afford snowsuits.
Gently used or new snowsuits, boots, coats etc. can be dropped off at the Larga Baffin, 1071 Richmond Rd.
Canadian North Airlines will transport them free of charge and they will be distributed with the help of the RCMP. For more information, or to make a donation email Nunavutsnowsuitfund@hotmail.com or Facebook at Nunavut Snowsuit Fund. I was in Iqaluit last summer and took children’s snowsuits and clothing for the women’s shelters there and found these were both needed and welcomed.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is coming soon and I’d like to highlight women in Kanata who are authors. If you are a published writer please email me so that I can include you and your publication.
- Students looking for a summer job can apply at the city until Feb. 7. Details are available at Ottawa.ca. I have a position for one summer student – to apply, email me your resume.
- Family Day is on Feb. 18. Together with Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP Jack MacLaren, I have booked the Mlacak Arena for free skating from 1 to 3 p.m.
- For information on the city’s March break camps go to ottawa.ca.