50th Edition Covid-19 Update



Below you will find today’s updates on the COVID-19 situation.​

My team and I are monitoring the situation closely and sharing resources and information here in our daily newsletter, on our COVID-19 Information Hub, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Our goal is to help you have the latest facts at your fingertips during this challenging time.



  • Council approves expansion of Ottawa's urban boundary
  • Greely Sand & Gravel helping Ottawa families
  • Update from Ottawa Public Health
  • Ontario extends emergency orders until June 9 – What this means
  • Widening Highway 17 from Arnprior to Renfrew
  • Independent commission into long-term care starting in July instead of September
  • 45,000 summer jobs for young Canadians posted online
  • ‘Operation Overwatch’ Enforcement
  • Toolkit to help businesses reopen safely
  • Support & Share Meetings


Council approves expansion of Ottawa's urban boundary

  • Ottawa is projected to grow by 400,000 people between now and 2046.
  • Where will everyone live? And how will this impact our Ward?
  • Council voted today in support of the Balanced Approach scenario to growth that will add between 1,350 and 1,650 gross hectares of residential land and employment land to Ottawa’s urban area.
  • As a rural Councillor, protecting our farmland, the unique character of our villages, and our rural lifestyle are priorities for me, as is promoting economic development and fostering collaboration between our farmers and local businesses. I raised these points throughout discussions on Ottawa’s growth management strategy.
  • I support the Balanced Approach scenario and voted for it.
  • Find out more in my statement here: https://georgedarouze.ca/PoliticalUpdates.


Greely Sand & Gravel helping Ottawa families

  • Together with Councillor Kavanagh I introduced an emergency motion today that passed unanimously at Council.
  • Many families across Ottawa rely on food from community gardens.
  • With the current pandemic, Just Food can’t keep up the demand and need our help.
  • Brent and Donna Pyper from our very own Greely Sand & Gravel have stepped up, like they always do, by donating $25,000 worth of mushroom compost.
  • This will go a long way to helping families.
  • On top of the incredible contribution from Greely Sand & Gravel, the City will grant $30,000 to Just Food for emergency purchases like soil support even more families.

Update from Ottawa Public Health

  • The message from Dr. Etches to Council today was that the spread of COVID-19 appears to be slowing, but we can’t let our guard down.
  • There are fewer institutional outbreaks and hospitals have been handling the caseload well.
  • The two-metre rule still applies when it comes to people from different households, and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is still advising everyone to wear a cloth mask when distancing is difficult.
  • OPH still advises against attending picnics or barbecues where there's shared food, playing contact sports and hosting others at your cottage.
  • Letting things slide risks undoing the progress the city has made, and that could result in a spike of new infections that could overwhelm the health-care system.
  • Dr. Etches said most people are waiting more than two days after first feeling symptoms to get tested and is urging people to act faster if they think they might have contracted COVID-19.
  • Even if you’re not showing symptoms, you can go for testing at the COVID-19 Assessment Centre or the COVID-19 Care Clinics:
    • Ottawa’s COVID-19 Assessment Centre is located at Brewer Arena. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week.
    • Ottawa’s two COVID Care Clinics are located at 595 Moodie Drive and 1485 Heron Road.  The clinics are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Dr. Etches also said mental health issues seem to be worsening as the pandemic drags on, pointing out the Ottawa Distress Centre received more than 9,000 calls over the last two months, a record for the help line.
  • OPH has a dedicated page with tips and resources for people feeling stressed, worried or in crisis.
  • Ottawa Public Health has developed an infographic to illustrate the level of risk associated with various activities:


Ontario extends emergency orders until June 9 – what this means

  • The provincial government has extending all emergency orders in Ontario for another two weeks.
  • This means that the ban on social gatherings of more than five people remains, playgrounds and public swimming pools will stay closed, and bars and restaurants still cannot offer dine-in service.
  • Government news release


Widening Highway 17 from Arnprior to Renfrew

  • The province is moving forward with the first stage of widening Highway 17 from Arnprior to Renfrew.

  • Highway 17 go from two to four lanes between Renfrew and Arnprior and include four new interchanges.
  • The government is requesting Expressions of Interest from contractors for stage one. Construction will start once the contract has been awarded and the design and environmental assessment are done.
  • More information: here


Independent commission into long-term care will start in July instead of September

  • The province will establish an independent commission to look into the handling of COVID-19 at the province’s long-term care homes.
  • The independent commission will start in July instead of September.


‘Operation Overwatch’ Enforcement

  • The Ottawa Police continues to focus on high speed drivers and riders across the City with Operation Overwatch, with 971 speeding-related traffic stops made during the first month of the project.
  • This past Monday, Chief Peter Sloly highlighted at the monthly Ottawa Police Services Board meeting.
  • Speeding/dangerous and stunt driving is number one traffic complaint during COVID.

By the numbers (April 25th to May 20th): 

  • 823 - Speeding Charges/Provincial Offence Notices (PONs)
  • 36  - Stunt Driving/Racing Charges (Part III’s per the Highway Traffic Act)
  • 112 - Speeding Warnings


Toolkit to help businesses reopen safely

  • In consultation with Ottawa Public Health, the City of Ottawa has created a business reopening toolkit for our business community.
  • This online toolkit provides information on how to safely prepare your workplace, employees & operations, with links to official resources
  • City news release


Support & Share Meetings