Last week the owner of 2 The Parkway notified the city that they would reduce their zoning request to a maximum height of seven storeys, which is the height that city planners had determined was the maximum permissible under the Official Plan. As a result, the report is being referred back to planning staff for revisions to account for this change. The planning committee will then deal with the zoning for this site on Dec. 11. With any revision, the planning concepts in the Official Plan, as well as those used in Beaverbrook, must be followed, particularly with respect to density and to building setbacks from both Teron Road and the Parkway.
Interested residents are invited to meet on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Beaverbrook Community Centre at 7 p.m. to discuss the revised report, which should be available for review by that time. Please check my website in advance in case there is a change of venue.
KANATA FOOD CUPBOARD’S FRESH FOOD REVOLUTION
I was pleased to be present at the kickoff of the Kanata Food Cupboard’s Fresh Food Revolution, a new way of providing food to clients. They have set up their premises like a food market so clients can take a cart and pick the type of food their family enjoys. Clients are given a list with the number of each type of food for a family of their size and can choose which items they want from each section of the ‘market’.
The Food Cupboard exists to help those who can’t afford nutritious food for themselves and their families. It is a confidential service that provides for both short-term and chronic needs. Thank you to the many volunteers who provide this service to our community. Extra volunteers for the Christmas season are welcome. You can help fill the OC Transpo buses at Kanata Loblaw stores on Saturday, Dec. 8. Later that day, join me in unloading buses at the Christmas Depot at 2 The Parkway, with an official start at 5 p.m. and unloading at 6 p.m.
MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION AT CITY HALL
Join me at the Mayor’s 12th annual Christmas Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at city hall. There will be fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy both inside city hall and outdoors on Marion Dewar Plaza, so dress appropriately. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate, skating on the Rink of Dreams and roasting marshmallows outside. Inside city hall meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, have your face painted, create a craft in Santa’s workshop and enjoy live performances.
NOBLE LAUREATE TAWAKKOL KARMAN
It was marvellous to attend an event at Centrepointe Theatre to bring greetings and hear directly from Tawakkol Karman, a co-recipient of the Noble Peace Prize in 2011. A native of Yemen, Ms. Karman spoke about her non-violent activities in Yemen to end the political corruption in the Yemen government. Her activities led to Arab Spring, urging Arab women to become leaders in creating a new system of government which had human rights, freedom and peace at its centre. The Centrepointe event was organized by the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations, which is based in Kanata. The proceedings were in English and Arabic, and the pride and support given to Ms. Karman was a joy to see. I wish her success in ensuring that democratic reforms in Yemen are implemented.
Enjoy some beautiful music during the Christmas Season by attending local concerts:
Kanata Choral Society on Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s, 20 Young Road.
Kanata Symphony on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Kanata Legion.
Goulbourn Jubilee Singers’ concerts on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 1:30 pm. at Glen Cairn United Church.