The recording for the  All Candidates debate from Tues, Sept 7 at 7 PM is now available: 

Kanata Carleton Fed Election All Candidates Debate - Tues, Sept 7, 2021

 

The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) is partnering with the Briarbrook Morgan's Grant Community Association (BMGCA) and the Kanata Lakes Community Association (KLCA) to present an All Candidates Meeting for the Federal Kanata-Carlton riding.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this will be an online meeting using YouTube Livestream. Details will be announced closer to the event.

If you have a question for the Candidates, please submit it via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). There will be no questions from the audience during the meeting.

All Candidates have confirmed:

• Jennifer McAndrew - Conservatives

• Dr. Jennifer Purdey – Green Party

• Jenna Sudds - Liberals

• Melissa Coenraad – New Democratic Party (NDP)

• Scott Miller – People’s Party of Canada (PPC)

 The meeting format will be a moderated question and answer session. Candidates will be given a 3 minute open and closing statement, separated by 6 to 8 questions, which each Candidate is provided 2 minutes to answer. The target end time is 8:45 PM

The meeting format will be a moderated question and answer session. Candidates will be given a 3 minute open and closing statement, separated by 6 to 8 questions, which each Candidate is provided 2 minutes to answer. The target end time is 8:45 PM

Gypsy Moths in Kanata North

What you need to know and what you can (and should do about it)

 

Lymantria dispar dispar, known locally as "Gypsy Moths" have surged in 2021 (they surge every 6 to 7 years), causing substantial damage to trees in several areas in Ottawa.

In the caterpillar stage, they can quickly eat or remove leaves and needles from a wide variety of trees (although Oak is their favourite), which can damage or kill the tree.

In 2021, Kanata North has not been a hot spot, but many of you will have seen the caterpillars on trees in your neighbourhood and (especially now in mid-July) male moths fluttering around trees and bushes.

There is only one mating per season. July is when the moths hatch and the laying of eggs happens for next year.

 

How to deal with them:

  • Prevent the caterpillars from climbing the tree by wrapping the trunk in burlap
  • Prevent the hatched moths from breeding with simple traps for the males

The following are links for more information

 - Gypsy Moths (Wikipedia)

 - Ottawa (link)

 - Ontario (link)

The following are two ways of making your own male moth traps:

  • Pan Trap instructions (link)
  • Bottle Trap instructions (link)

 For both traps you will need a "lure", to include in the trap. The KBCA has access to a limited number of lures.

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With our second year under COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 KBCA Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021, online using "Google Meet"

The KBCA continues to support our community and community groups, but it has been difficult to have much impact when we've been locked down for much of the last 12 months.

We are looking for ideas and suggestions on what priorities and new projects the KBCA can make a difference on, including environmental, connecting neighbour w neighbour or any in-community group who is looking for support.

For online/Google Meet connection information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information on how we modified our AGM process and procedures and how to use the GoToMeeting technology are available here:

Meeting Documents and Presentations

Agenda

External organizations

- City of Ottawa Recreation Dept
- Ottawa public library
- KGPC - Golf Course update
- Neighbourwoods (tree inventory)

KBCA

  • City of Ottawa (our sponsors) - Brenda Denault
  • Ottawa Public Library - Jennifer Evans, Coordinator, Beaverbrook Branch
  • Presidents report
  • Financial outlook, plan
  • Renovation Planning
    • Renovations to date
    • Planned renovations
    • City Grant applications
    • Planning for post COVID restriction community events
      and programs
  • Slate of Candidates
  • Elections

Looking for

The KBCA needs additional Directors, Volunteers and part-time paid staff

Volunteer:

  • Treasurer
  • Tech Director
  • Communications Director

Paid part-time:

  • Tech support (Mailing apps (e.g. mailerlite), Website, Google Apps management, VOIP, FB, Twitter

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With everyone spending more time outdoors, litter and garbage in public areas of Beaverbrook have been increasing. 

While COVID-19 restrictions means we cannot do the traditional one-day Cleaning the Capital event we do every Spring, this year we are hosting a Virtual Clean-up Event.

  • Do the clean up any time from May 21 to the end of June 2021
  • Restrict your clean-up team to members from the same household
  • Restricted to cleaning up public areas, pathways, parks, etc.
  • Options
    • If you are not sure where to do clean-up, contact the KBCA and we'll assign an area
    • If you do clean up an area, let the KBCA know 
    • The KBCA has garbage bags and vinyl gloves for pickup
    • Please take the full bags home for disposal with regular garbage, but if not let KBCA know and we'll arrange for pick-up 

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The following areas have been claimed for cleanup:

  • Numbers: 4, 6, 7, 9, 17
  • Letters: C, D, I

Understand what the 40% Agreement means

There is a common misperception that the ClubLink application to redevelop the Kanata Golf Course and the 40% agreement only affects the golf course.

The reality is that the golf course is only 12% of the area of the overall lands described in the 40% agreement and only 30% of the protected lands in the agreement.

In addition to the golf course, the lands projected by 40% agreement include:

  • The Beaver Pond and the lands above, below and west of the actual pond (extends to Terry Fox)
  • Trillium Woods
  • Other smaller trails, parks and wooded areas in Kanata Lakes

All of these lands would potentially be available for re-development if the 40% Agreement is declared void or otherwise weakened in the court case between the City and Clublink

The following video and presentation provides an illustration of these lands:

Introduction

The new reality is that meetings -  for the foreseeable future and more likely permanently - will be mostly held online, including Community Association meetings and AGMs. This has several advantages:

  • It can be held at any time of year, in any weather
  • Participants can be anywhere there is internet access
  • It allows those who are vulnerable to health issues or have mobility issues to attend

Online Tool Consideration

In addition to a meeting moderator (as would run an in-person AGM), running an AGM requires a technical "host" to organize and run the technology side of the meeting who has experience with the online tool including setting up security, control who can speak, being able to mute interruptions and,  if necessary, eject someone disturbing the meeting.

There are many tools out there for online meetings, but only some are geared up to being capable of holding a meeting with potential interruptions for a large group of people and to be able to record the video, audio and chat (online text discussions) and - if the group is sophisticated enough - manage online minute taking and inputs from the participants.

Realistically you also need a paid subscription to the online meeting tool both for sufficient time (e.g. more than 40 minutes) and to have access to the required features

Requirements

  • Able to host the largest possible audience for your meeting
  • Restrict who can attend via meeting specific password and (desirable) email address
    • Ideally have participants register and verify their name and email addresses
  • Tech host can control
    • Who can speak (select primary speaker)
    • Block audio interruptions
    • Who can present their screen
    • Block high-jacking the screen
  • Able to record the video, audio and chat windows
  • Ability for participants to direct chat comments to a specific person or group (e.g. moderator, organizers)

At this time we would recommend only business class on-line meeting tools (vs. party sharing or personal sharing tools (e.g. Skype))

  • GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar
  • Zoom

We do NOT (currently) recommend:

  • Google Meet (marginal security & control)
  • Microsoft Teams (unknown, changing rapidly)

However, we do expect major improvements on control and security within 6 months from every vendor (e.g. Zoom has set the standard)

How we did it