Our Kanata North Councillor Cathy Curry initiated her first motion at Council and hit it right out of the park! The motion asks our provincial government to assist in opposing ClubLink’s ongoing legal and planning pursuit of a residential development of the Kanata Golf Club lands and requests an intervention equal in scale to the solution Oakville received for its Glen Abbey problem. It passed unanimously!
We’ve got GREAT news to share…
An Impactful Day for Greenspace at Ottawa City Council
Our Kanata North Councillor Cathy Curry initiated her first motion at Council today and hit it right out of the park! A big thank you to her seconder, Mayor Jim Watson for some good words along the way. The motion requests the active involvement of our provincial government at Queen’s Park in opposing ClubLink’s ongoing legal and planning pursuit of a residential development of the Kanata Golf Club lands to the detriment of both the City’s interests and the interests of our Kanata North communities and requests an intervention equal in scale to the solution Oakville received for its Glen Abbey problem. It passed unanimously!
This is an initial step in elevating the issue for discussion between the City and Queen’s Park at the highest levels. Our Mayor is hopeful that discussions can soon be organized with the various Ministers involved. We’ll be in touch with the next steps in our provincial campaign of awareness.
…and lots of letters keep rolling in
We’re not sure how many letters were written following our last e-news but we were copied on a ton of them. And they keep coming. Here is the link to our April 17 e-news and the letter template if you didn’t get your letter written. We were copied on this letter by Kanata-Carleton MP Jenna Sudds this past week. Thank you for the support Jenna!
A hugely successful Speak Up for Greenspace in the Kanata North Tech Park yesterday
The KGPC and the Kanata North Business Association (KNBA) were excited to host Speak Up for Greenspace on Tuesday evening, a networking/presentation event which highlighted how key our greenspace is in helping the Kanata North Tech Park attract talent, discussed the critical links between ESG corporate values and global competitiveness and showcased the synergies between corporate ESG initiatives and community based environmental stewardship.
We enjoyed this event coverage by Carolyn Phillips in the online Ottawa Business Journal OBJ April 27, 2022 . Here’s a snapshot…
KNBA: Kanata North tech park to lose talent if golf course razed for homes
Presentation sends strong message that tech business park must protect green space to keep competitive edge
From left, Jamie Petten, president of the Kanata North Business Association, with angel investor Deborah Naczynski, at the Speak Up for Greenspace presentation hosted by the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition and KNBA, at the Hub350 RBCx Finance Quarters on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Photo by Caroline Phillips
And…more coverage of our issue
Here’s a great issue overview by Patrick Uguccioni published in the April 14, 2022 Issue of the Kanata North Community Voice.
… and a map that paints a picture of the ugly alternative
You’ve heard it before… a picture paints a thousand words.
As part of our SWM townhall presentation we included this map of the potential impact zone resulting from the bedrock blasting on the Kanata Golf Course lands to make way for a SWM system, roads and other aspects of the development. It generated a lot of feedback and suggestions that we release it more broadly.
The 1.25 distance was chosen based on anecdotal evidence, corroborated reports of noise, dust and air pollution and vibration in homes secondary to the blasting for the KNL development north of the nearby Beaver Pond. Using this as a guideline, essentially none of Kanata Lakes, Beaverbrook, Kanata Estates and Heritage Hills will be spared the 10 years of expected construction blasting and noise nor will the Kanata North Tech Park or the Kanata Centrum and March Road business areas. Even Katimavik across the 417 will be impacted.
This map should remind you why it is critical that we continue our opposition to this development. We cannot let our quality of life be held hostage for a decade as Minto and Richcraft blast and churn their way through this land. The only way to stop them is to ensure we stay involved and keep our experts working in opposition. To do that, we need your contribution to get us to our fundraising goal of $250,000. We are two-thirds of the way there now. Please consider a donation today to get us across that finish line.
And on that note… consider donating that refund to a great cause
During our SWM townhall, James, a local resident suggested that we encourage folks to donate your recent windfall to our good cause– that unexpected license plate refund from the provincial government. We then heard from another resident the next day…
“I received a cheque from the Ontario government to refund the license-plate sticker for my car. I think our fight to save our trees, green environment and our public spaces is a much better use for this money. I’m going to donate my refund to the KGPC. You should ask others do the same.”
And so, we’re asking!
Please consider contributing your license plate refund to SAVE OUR GREENSPACE. We assure you, it will be put to very good use. Thank you!
It’s been a busy and important week. Planning is in the works for an All-Candidates Townhall in advance of the anticipated June 2 provincial election. We’ll have more on that in the next issue. You can count on the KGPC being there with a question or three!
All the very best as Spring rolls in… slowly! Keep your gloves handy! We’re always hopeful… we meant gardening gloves!
Thank you for staying with us! Enjoy our good coverage today!
Chair, Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition
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