Kanata Timeline History 1990 (part 1 of 3)


Kanata Timeline History 1990 (part 1 of 3)
1990 (part 1 of 3)

January 1, 1990
Mary Ann Given and Peter DesBrisay were the parents of Kanata’s first new baby of the decade. Their baby boy, Paulson, was born at 9:42 am. Kanata Standard, January 4, 1990:6.

January 4, 1990
It was reported that the Ontario Ministry of Heath had verbally committed $20 million to build two community health centres, one in Cumberland and the second in Kanata. Kanata Standard, January 4, 1990:3.

January 4, 1990
The staff at the Kanata Standard had difficulty selecting an individual as the Kanata Newsmaker of 1989. Rather, they chose Kanata City Council itself, and stated: “More than any other year, the actions and behavior of council generated more top news stories and more reader interest than any single person.” Kanata Standard, January 4, 1990:4.

January 5, 1990
Employees leaving the Kanata License Bureau on Hazeldean Road were robbed of an undisclosed amount of the day’s receipts. One masked man was armed with a shotgun, while another waited in a nearby van. Kanata Standard, January 10, 1990:5.

January 6, 1990
Kanata’s newest and largest outdoor skating rink was officially opened. The 5-acre rink was located on the “ Beaver Pond” in Kanata Lakes. Genstar Corporation and other developers of the area donated $20,000 towards its maintenance. Kanata Standard, January 10, 1990:10.

January 10, 1990
It was reported that Campeau Corporation was facing some financial difficulty. The “cash-starved” developer was facing foreclosure on a $2.3 billion U.S. loan unless it could prove solvency to its major creditor, Citibank. Kanata Standard, January 10, 1990:1,30.

January 10, 1990
Mayor Des Adam published a Mayor’s Interim Report to Kanata Residents in the Standard. It was essentially a review of 1989 and the actions of Council. Kanata Standard, January 10, 1990:2.

January 13, 1990
Kanata City Council held an all-day budget meeting. Council entered into the meeting facing a 5.7% tax increase unless they could eliminate approximately $60,000 from the budget. A previously proposed cut to the Kanata Public Library did not happen. However, some social service agencies experienced cuts. Youth Services would receive about $30,000 less than it had requested. Council decided to consult the public over cutting garbage collection. Depending on the response, the Youth Services cut could be less drastic. The Operating Budget passed that night left the City’s portion of the tax bill at a 5% increase. Mayor Adam stated in From The Mayor’s Desk: “This marks the fourth consecutive year that your municipal tax bill has increased less than the rate of inflation.” Kanata Standard, January 17, 1990:3; Kanata Standard, January 24, 1990:17..

January 14, 1989
The last westbound VIA Rail train went through Bridlewood on the Canadian Pacific tracks, which were scheduled for abandonment. Kanata Standard, January 17, 1990:1.

January 17, 1990
The Kanata Theatre opened their production of And A Nightingale Sang. Kanata Standard, January 4, 1990:8.

January 17, 1990
The Pinhey’s Point Foundation voted unanimously in favour of a $1 title transfer to the City of Kanata for Pinhey’s Point Estate. It was the view of the Foundation that the City was in a better position to deal with the financial obligations of maintaining the heritage estate on the Ottawa River. Kanata Standard, January 24, 1990:5.

January 22, 1990
British Telecom announced that it was selling its controlling shares in Mitel Corporation because of a change in its corporate philosophy. BT decided to focus more on international telecommunications networks. Mitel spokesman Tom Travers said that this was good news for Mitel. Kanata Standard, January 24, 1990:28.

January 23, 1990
In a Kanata City Council meeting, Mayor Adam asked that Council hold a public planning forum, called “Forum 2000 – Where We Are, Where Are We Going?” Adam said that the main purpose of the forum would be to get residents more involved in city planning. Kanata Standard, January 24, 1990:1.

January 23, 1990
Kanata’s newly formed Environmental Advisory Committee reported to Kanata City Council and outlined their priorities. The group would create an Environmental Code of Ethics for the City, look at use of the pesticide 2,4-D, study issues surrounding the Municipal Industrial Strategy Abatement, and implement school educational programs. Kanata Standard, January 24, 1990:5.

January 23, 1990
Alderman Eva James, Chairman of the Kanata Ottawa-Carleton Transportation Committee, reported to Kanata City Council with a recommendation to designate one of the existing lanes on the Queensway strictly for the OC Transpo buses and multi-passenger vehicles. Kanata Standard, January 31, 1990:2.

January 24, 1990
It was reported that a petition from 64 Kanata residents, including former Mayor Marianne Wilkinson, was sent to Premier David Peterson asking for a provincial audit into Kanata’s deal to lease a new City Hall. In December, Kanata City Council had approved a $7.3 million, 10-year lease for City Hall space in a new building to be built on Terry Fox Drive. Kanata Standard, January 24, 1990:1,7.

January 25, 1990
A report prepared by the Bridlewood Residents Hydro Line Committee was released at a meeting at the Bridlewood school. More than 100 residents attended. The report, based on measurements form the National Research Council, indicated that magnetic field readings in the north wing of Bridlewood Elementary School were two to three times higher than classrooms farthest from the controversial hydro line corridor. Some of the levels were significantly higher than recommended by a study by the New York Power Authority, which stressed that constant exposure posed an increased risk of cancer in children. John Morrel, the Carleton Board’s health coordinator, stated that there was still no concrete evidence of risk to students. Alderman Judy Hunter said that ultimately, the best solution was to have the lines torn down. Alternatively, she indicated that they would attempt to close the school down. Kanata Standard, January 31, 1990:1-2.

January 26, 1990
The Bank of Nova Scotia in the Beaverbrook Mall was robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash by a lone male with a gun. He escaped with another male waiting in a nearby car. It was the second time in a month that the bank had been robbed. Kanata Standard, January 31, 1990:3.

January 31, 1990
The Kanata Standard newspaper expanded its distribution into Stittsville and Carp. Kanata Standard, January 31, 1990:1-2.

February 2, 1990
The Kanata Winter Carnival: Rendezvous 90 began, and ran until February 11. It was later reported as an “overwhelming success.” Kanata Standard, January 31, 1990:24-5; Kanata Standard, February 21, 1990:22.

February 3, 1990
The long-awaited opening of the Kanata Recreation Complex was held. According to arena manager, Larry Williams, the opening was a success and gave the arena full exposure. Kanata Standard, February 7, 1990:5.

February 5, 1990
The Carleton Board of Education overturned a decision to abolish Junior Kindergarten. More than 500 parents attended the meeting to support the JK program. Kanata Trustee Hal Hansen, who first suggested eliminating JK in CBE schools, said that he was disappointed with the decision. The initial proposal was made in an attempt to keep taxes down. In his CBE Report, Hansen provided more detail of his rationale on why to cut JK. Kanata Standard, February 7, 1990:1,7; Kanata Standard, February 14, 1990:21.

February 6, 1990
A 1990-94 Corporate Strategic Plan for the City of Kanata was released at a Kanata City Council meeting. One of the major weaknesses identified in the report was public relations. The Plan also said that Kanata lacked economic diversity. Kanata Standard, February 14, 1990:6.

February 12, 1990
Kanata resident Elizabeth (Licita) Zarma, 21, died at the scene of a car-truck collision. Kanata Standard, February 14, 1990:6.

February 12, 1990
Kanata City Council voted to approve the site plan for a four-storey office building in the Terry Fox Business Park. It was meant primarily to be the new City Hall, with a 10-year lease. Kanata Standard, February 21, 1990:7.

February 14, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that the Wetlands Preservation Group of West Carleton attended the Ontario Municipal Board hearing. The group was concerned with the Eagle Creek Golf Course development by R.J. Nicol, where four holes of the course were on 50 acres of Constance Creek, a Class 1 wetland. They asked that the hearing be delayed until it knew whether the Ministry of the Environment would grant a full environmental assessment. If this were to occur, it meant that two hearings would be combined. Kanata Standard, February 14, 1990:3.

February 14, 1990
The newly formed Kanata Rails to Trails group met with the region’s transportation committee to request support for its plan to turn the abandoned CP rail line in Bridlewood into a bicycle path. The group’s chairman, Linda Makela, said the meeting was to ensure that transportation uses were not the only options considered for the rail corridor. Regional staff were to come back to the issue four weeks later, but they acknowledged all of the options for the abandoned corridor. Kanata Standard, February 14, 1990:9; Kanata Standard, February 21, 1990:8..

February 20, 1990
Judy Hunter and Paul Griffiths, of the Bridlewood Residents Hydro Line Committee, met with the Ontario Energy Minister, Lyn McLeod, in Toronto. One of their requests was to have a hearing to allow the BRHLC to present new evidence from monitoring the magnetic radiation on and adjacent to the Bridlewood hydro line corridor. They also asked the minister to limit the amount of current running through the lines. Hunter said that she felt very positive about the meeting. Kanata Standard, February 28, 1990:6,43; Kanata Standard, February 28, 1990:17.

February 21, 1990
It was reported that the Steinberg grocery stores would be franchised, including the Kanata store. The main reason for the move was the highly competitive grocery market. Some employees indicated that there were negative effects from the franchising. There were 35 full-time and 78 part-time employees at the Kanata store. Kanata Standard, February 21, 1990:1.

February 21, 1990
It was reported that the City of Kanata had no plans to declare itself “unilingual,” as several other municipalities in Ontario had done. Mayor Adam said that the issue was a provincial and national affair. A Standard editorial stated: “And it is also heartening to learn that Kanata, with an overwhelmingly English population, has no intention of making political hay out of an issue which would be ludicrous were it not for the ominous message such a declaration holds. Kanata Standard, February 21, 1990:1,4.

February 21, 1990
The City of Kanata nominated Beaverbrook native Diana Pilsworth for Canada’s 1990 environmental achievement awards in the lifetime achievement category. She was instrumental in the recycling program with 21 years of continuous operation, the longest running program of its kind in Canada. Ms.Pilsworth was also heavily involved with Kanata Pollution Probe. At the time, she was an economist with the federal department of Energy, Mines and Resources. Kanata Standard, February 21, 1990:13.

February 23, 1990
Wilbur Bradley died at the age of 77. He was the last of the original landowners of what became Glen Cairn. Kanata Standard, February 28, 1990:1,41.

February 26, 1990
Following months of delay, the Kanata branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was presented with its official charter. Kanata Standard, February 28, 1990:3.

February 26, 1990
At a Kanata City Council meeting, Alderman Hunter moved that a public meeting be held on the use of the herbicide 2,4-D. The rest of Council except Alderman James voted against the motion. Rather, Council voted to circulate a three-page report prepared by the recently formed Environmental Advisory Committee. Hunter claimed that this was yet another example of secrecy in Council, by shying away from a public airing of controversial issues. The EAC stated that it could find no reason why the City should stop using 2,4-D, as it did not pose a “serious risk.” However, the Committee still recommended that alternatives be considered. Mayor Adam later stated that Hunter was “headline grabbing,” in implying that something sinister was going on. Kanata Standard, March 7, 1990:1,4,7; Kanata Standard, March 14, 1990:1,5.

February 27, 1990
The Cowpland riverfront estate was sold to a company owned by the McMurtry family, who previously owned the property in the 1960s. All 238 acres of the property were put on the market two years earlier by Michael Cowpland, Mitel co-founder, and was rumored to be worth about $3 million. Kanata Standard, March 7, 1990:3.

March 1, 1990
The Kanata Lakes Community Association was officially formed. More than 300 people attended the meeting and elected an interim executive. Merle Nicholds was the president. Also elected were Bob Molloy, Mary Anne Penner, Dan Westaff, and Roger Nickerson. One of the main areas of interest seemed to be tax issues. Kanata Lake residents had recently voiced discontent with the high property taxes they were paying. Kanata Standard, March 7, 1990:8.

March 1, 1990
The Kanata Racers competed in the Canadian Junior Cross-Country Ski Championships. Some of the Kanata competitors were Erik Allen, Ramon Tavares, Stephen Hui, Erik Groves, Niall Wilkins, and Iain Skinner. Kanata Standard, March 14, 1990:34. Kanata Standard, March 14, 1990:34.

March 4, 1990
The Kanata Community Christian Reformed Church celebrated its eighth year in Glen Cairn. Kanata Standard, March 14, 1990:22.

March 7, 1990
It was reported that Alderman Bill Berry had retired from the real estate business to devote more time to politics and his passion for sailing. Kanata Standard, March 7, 1990:7.

March 7, 1990
Alderman Bill Berry published the first of a series of feature articles in the Standard to mark the 170th Anniversary of the original survey of March Township. Reflections of March Past: A Tribute to One of Kanata’s First Settlers, focused on the early descendants of the Monk family. Kanata Standard, March 7, 1990:19.

March 7, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that Swim Magazine named Kanata resident Jacki Brunetta one of the nation’s top ten swimmers. The eight-year-old ranked sixth out of 101 swimmers in the country. Kanata Standard, March 7, 1990:36.

March 14, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that Kanata resident Christine Woodley was organizing an environmental group made of local citizens. Tentatively called The Environmental Network, the group would start small and focus on local issues. It would not be a lobby group and would not conflict with the City’s Environmental Advisory Committee. Kanata Standard, March 14, 1990:3.

March 14, 1990
Bill Berry continued his series in the Standard on the history of March Township with Wentworth Monk: The Prophet of March. Kanata Standard, March 14, 1990:14.

March 19, 1990
Kanata City Council decided to explore the feasibility of a new shopping centre west of Marchwood-Lakeside, despite a staff report stating the proposal was premature and that the market study accompanying it had “serious flaws.” Campeau Corporation’s proposed centre required a rezoning from residential to commercial. Council decided to delay approval of the project for one month. Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:1,46.

March 20, 1990
At a Kanata City Council meeting, Alderman Hunter moved to open up all City committees, boards, and commissions to public input. It was defeated in a 6-1 vote. The issue seemed to be less straightforward. As Brian Switzer pointed out, certain advisory bodies, commissions, and committees fell under provincial rules, and he pointed out that municipal committees and commissions were all open unless the committee members decide otherwise. Hunter stated that she was not looking to criticize committee members, but rather for Council to give direction to its committees to be more open. Alderman Berry accused that this motion was the result of the controversial 2,4-D issue and the recommendations of the Environmental Advisory Committee, where “one of its recommendations was not agreeable to one member of council, so the accusation of openness comes up.” Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:5.

March 20, 1990
John Sellers, from the Ministry of Natural Resources, made a presentation to Kanata City Council on Kanata-area wetlands. Kanata had several Class 1 wetlands, ranked high in their significance. Maps of the region’s wetlands were also made available. Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:6.

March 20, 1990
There was a preliminary meeting of the Environmental Advisory Committee to discuss the issue of the proposed Eagle Creek Golf Course on Constance Creek. More than 100 residents attended. The Creek had been identified as essential wetlands, according the Wetlands Preservation Group of West Carleton. Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:7.

March 21, 1990
It was reported that Steinberg employees had filed a claim with the Ontario Labor Relations Board against their union representatives over the unsatisfactory contract they had signed with the company. Supposedly, employees did not hear about the October deal until sometime in February. Under the new contract, employees were taking home significantly less money and working more hours. The cuts seemed to stem from an earlier announcement the grocery store chain intended to franchise its operations. The Union president, Jim Crockett, said that they made the best deal they could, and that in a 1988 contract employees agreed not to strike for five years. Kanata Standard, March 21, 1990:2.

March 21, 1990
Mayor Des Adam said that he and his wife, Marg, had listed their home in rural March and were planning to move to Kanata Lakes. Adam said that it was no longer practical to have the large property and pool. Kanata Standard, March 21, 1990:3.

March 21, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that the home of Alderman Judy Hunter and her family was conditionally sold. It had been on the market for nearly a year. It was claimed that because it bordered the controversial hydro line corridor, it was a very difficult home to sell. Hunter stated that when they moved there in 1983, smaller lines ran through the corridor. The Hunters, taking a loss on the house, hoped to remain in Bridlewood. Kanata Standard, March 21, 1990:6.

March 21, 1990
A ten-month $30,000 commissioned study by Ekos Research Associates was released. The study determined that Kanata’s Parks and Recreation Department faced some challenges to meeting future needs for recreational facilities and services. Most serious, existing facilities were operating at full capacity and were unable to expand services. Kanata Standard, March 21, 1990:8.

March 21, 1990
Bill Berry continued his series in the Standard on the history of March with General Lloyd’s Great Bessborough Estate. Kanata Standard, March 21, 1990:14.

March 28, 1990
It was reported that Ontario Hydro had announced they would string a second set of transmission lines on the 500 kV towers that ran through Goulbourn, Kanata, Nepean, and Ottawa. Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:2,47.

March 28, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that the National Capital Commission was paying $7.3 million for the expropriation of land to create a buffer zone for Stony Swamp. This was the result of deals with Coscan Development Corporation and Douglas MacDonald Development Corporation. Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:8.

March 28, 1990
Bill Berry continued his series in the Standard on the history of March with Brewery Trade Flourished in March in the 1800s. Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:13.

March 28, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that the 13th Annual Kanata Book Fair was a great success. A record-setting 34,000 books were collected by Stephen Leacock students. Kanata Standard, March 28, 1990:20.

April 7, 1990
Peter Murphy received a Volunteer Recognition Award from Alderman Judy Hunter. Kanata Standard, April 11, 1990:14.

April 10, 1990
The long-term plan for Pinhey’s Point was presented to Kanata City Council. The municipality had taken control of the historic estate in February. Over ten years, the City planned to spend $280,000, beginning with the construction of a new road and amphitheatre. Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:8.

April 10, 1990
Kanata City Council approved a $60,000 loan for the Kanata Kountry Music Festival at Pinhey’s Point. Kanata Standard, May 17, 1990:1-2.

April 11, 1990
It was reported that the City of Kanata had applied to have the mid-19th century limestone Grierson homestead on Hazeldean Rd. designated as heritage. Kanata Standard, April 11, 1990:6.

April 11, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that the City of Kanata was planning to contest an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board regarding charges that its group home policy was discriminatory. The appeal was launched by Don Anderson after Kanata City Council approved its policy on group homes, which restricted the number of occupants for correctional group homes to six and required a special institutional zoning. Anderson wanted Kanata’s policy to be 3 to 10 residents in all group homes, regardless of use, and no change in zoning. Kanata Standard, April 11, 1990:7; Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:3.

April 11, 1990
Bill Berry continued his series of articles in the Standard on the history of March Township with Following the Lineage of the Sweeney Family. Kanata Standard, April 11, 1990:17.

April 12, 1990
Kanata-based Leigh Instruments Ltd. announced that it was eliminating nearly 700 area jobs and 163 employees in Kanata. The company’s Board of Directors voluntarily voted the company into bankruptcy. Mayor Adam was among the many surprised at the action. Adam was also quick to lay blame on the federal government and their inability to control foreign takeovers of Canada’s high-tech firms. A Standard editorial stated: “If anyone deserves to have a finger pointed in its direction, it’s the federal government for failing to provide the kind of economic leadership it so loudly trumpets towards increasingly deaf ears.” Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:1,4,12.

April 13, 1990
The McMurtry family, who had recently purchased the Cowpland estate, asked Kanata City Council for permission to build 92 new homes and an 18-hole golf course on the site. The mansion was originally owned by Robert Campeau and purchased by Mitel co-founder Michael Cowpland in 1981. Alderman Berry stated that the family would have to apply for a zoning change to both the municipal and regional official plan. Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:6.

April 13, 1990
Two Kanata men, Bruce Green and Robert William Richer, were charged with attempted robbery following an aborted hold-up at the Royal Bank in the Terry Fox Shopping Centre while an employee was making the day’s deposit. Kanata Standard, April 25, 1990:5.

April 16, 1990
A fire gutted a classroom in the Glen Cairn Public School, which police said was the result of arson. There was an estimated $20,000 damage. Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:1.

April 17, 1990
The Hazeldean Steinberg grocery store was officially declared a franchise. The new owner was Michael Drouin. Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:2.

April 17, 1990
Kanata City Council adopted a report from the Environmental Advisory Committee regarding the controversial herbicide 2,4-D. The report had previously been deferred to allow for circulation for additional feedback. The committee recommended that certain parks be 2,4-D free and that only a granular form of the chemical be used on the majority of City parks. They also recommended an educational program on non-chemical methods of weed control. Alderman Hunter refused to support the report, stating that nothing had changed since it was originally tabled. Mayor Adam stated that the lack of response from the community on the issue indicated that concern over the City’s use of 2,4-D was not widespread. Kanata Standard, April 25, 1990:8.

April 17, 1990
Kanata City Council adopted a wide-ranging environmental code of ethics, developed by the Environmental Advisory Committee, that committed the municipality to consider the environment in every aspect of its operations. Kanata Standard, April 25, 1990:9.

April 17, 1990
In a Kanata City Council meeting, Mayor Adam proposed that the City “emphasize the capital projects that promote environmental consciousness and wellness “for the community.” Council unanimously endorsed the directive. Adam indicated that this was a shift to smaller, more healthy capital projects for the City. Kanata Standard, April 25, 1990:1,8.

April 18, 1990
It was reported in the Standard that the Kanata’s Environmental Advisory Committee held its first ’open’ meeting, after some controversy over so-called closed meetings. Three members of the public attended along with three aldermen. An environmental code of ethics was discussed. Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:7.

April 18, 1990
Bill Berry continued his series of articles on the history of March Township with A Behind the Scenes Look at Hamnett Pinhey. Kanata Standard, April 18, 1990:17.

April 21, 1990
Kanata’s Ross Nixon, 16, placed first in the senior division in the Ottawa Regional Science Fair for his invention of a Multiple Length Ribbon Cutter. Kanata Standard, May 2, 1990:15.

April 24, 1990
Kanata City Council decided to contribute $2,000 towards a program to help reduce the caterpillar population. It was claimed that the Gypsy Moth was threatening to harm hundreds of acres of trees in Kanata and West Carleton. Kanata Standard, May 2, 1990:9.

April 25, 1990
Bill Berry continued his series of articles on the history of March Township with Controversy Surrounded the Development of St. Mary’s Church. Kanata Standard, April 25, 1990:20

April 27, 1990
There was an explosion around the area of a construction site on Bluegrass Drive which sent pieces of rock flying. Sub-contractors in the area were trying to blast away two feet of rock from a long trench, which meant that explosives were closer to the surface than normal. A six-year-old boy walking nearby was nearly hit by a rock the size of a golf ball. A similar incident had occurred two months earlier in Kanata Lakes. Kanata Standard, May 2, 1990:1,44.

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