A group of residents have been meeting on the zoning in the Central Business District south of Campeau Drive. They have been developing recommendations that both meet the official plan and minimize impact on residents living north of Campeau. They have met with a representative of the Hilton group which plans to build a resident hotel (long term) in the area and found that the company was open to their suggestions on location and scale of the building.
On Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in Hall C, at the Mlacak Centre, 2500 Campeau Dr. there will be a final public meeting on this zoning. It is your opportunity to hear from the local group, the lead planner, myself and the developer, to raise questions and suggestions and help to come up with a plan that best meets the needs of all involved. It is anticipated that the staff report on the zoning will go to the planning committee on Jan. 14 for approval. Those who have submitted comments will receive a copy of the report to the committee in advance of the meeting.
HEALTHY HINTS FOR SENIORS
With winter weather upon us the city’s public health department has made recommendations to help seniors stay healthy and avoid falls (they are also good tips for younger adults as well). As a senior I do most of these but need to add more exercise sessions. Key recommendations are:
* An annual check up including a physical, a review of medications, and an eye exam.
* Aerobic physical activity for at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) each week.
* Strength and balance activities such as lifting weights and Tai Chi at least twice a week.
* Three daily servings of foods high in calcium.
* A daily vitamin D supplement of 400 IU if over 50.
* Making your home safe by keeping it well lit, removing trip hazards, installing secure grab bars in bathrooms and sturdy hand rails on both sides of stairs.
OTTAWA’S LIGHT RAIL IS ON TRACK
View the plans on Ottawa.ca. Council will be giving approval to the consortium, which will finalize the design, construct the line and maintenance yard, provide the trains, provide interim funding and maintain the system for 30 years.
KANATA NORTH SCHOOL COUNCILS
I’ve been pleased to meet with four school councils recently – W. Erskine Johnston, Jack Donohue, École élémentaire publique Kanata and Stephen Leacock. In 2013, I plan to meet with all of the other schools in the ward. These councils do a great job enhancing the services provided by our schools, raising funds to support school activities and connecting with the community. At each meeting I hear of concerns, such as speeding and the need for sidewalks, and provide information to the council on what is happening in their area. Thank you to all of the volunteers who serve on these councils and add so much to our communities.
DEC. 6 VIGIL IN KANATA
I was pleased to read Nelson Mandela’s poem “Our Deepest Fear” at the vigil in Kanata for the 14 women who lost their lives at École Polytechique in Montreal in 1989. Thank you WOCRC for organizing this annual event and Mayor Jim Watson for participating also. Violence against women still occurs and everyone needs to work together to stop it.
Think of giving someone you love the gift of an active and creative lifestyle. You can purchase recreation and culture gift certificates, which are redeemable for any city class, activity or membership, at any City of Ottawa recreation or culture facility.
The Kanata Seniors Council will beautifully wrap your gifts at the Hazeldean Mall from Saturday, Dec. 15, to Monday, Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. I’m happy to participate, as the funds collected by the volunteer wrappers provide services to benefit seniors in our community.
On Saturday, Dec. 15, Running On Empties will be at the Terry Fox Beer Store asking for donations of empty bottles to help needy families through the Christmas Exchange Program. I will be there assisting at 11 a.m.