NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
Below you will find this week’s updates on the COVID-19 situation and other important news.
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.
New This Week
- Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 - Round 2 public consultation | public meetings
- OPH Dr. Etches Update
- Breaking News Gatherings reduced
- Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law
- New COVID-19 Screening Tool to Help Protect Students and Staff
- The City prepares to gradually reopen its cultural facilities
- Ontario Introduces Legislation to Freeze Residential Rent in 2021
- City to support North Grenville's green-bin program launch
- Enforcement of on-street parking limits resumes on September 21
- An innovative approach to gang intervention
- SNC Board Elects New Executive
- McEwen Family Bridge Rededication
- Third Rural Tour
- Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign
- Trot or Treat
Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 - Round 2 public consultation | public meetings
- New: Registration https://s-ca.chkmkt.com/?e=205331&h=4A398E3CFBB42F5&l=en for the virtual public meetings listed below is now open. You can register over the phone, by calling 613-580-3620.
- Please complete and submit the registration form as early as possible or at least one day prior to the start of the session you would like to attend. Following receipt of your registration, the consultant team will provide you with information and login details for the virtual meeting.
- Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 7 to 9 pm (rural focus)
- This meeting will be held virtually through Zoom.
- Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 7 to 9 pm (urban focus)
- This meeting will be held virtually through Zoom.
- Simultaneous interpretation in both official languages will be available at the three city-wide sessions. For the three remaining (urban, rural and suburban) sessions, translation services will be provided on request.
- Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require accommodation, please make a request to the consultant team at firstname.lastname@example.org. We require one week’s notice to arrange accommodations or supports.
OPH Dr. Etches Update
- We must limit our close contacts. Close contacts are people that we see, particularly indoors, without masks on, where two metres distance is not kept, for more than 15 minutes.
- Keep your distance, wear masks and stay outside with anyone else.
- OPH is currently only recommending COVID-19 testing for those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- We are hearing of very long wait times at testing sites and we need to prioritize testing for those who have symptoms or are close contacts who have been instructed by public health to get tested.
- The purpose of a test is to determine if you have COVID-19 so we can provide information on treatment, identify close contacts and prevent further spread.
- We are concerned about the rise of individuals testing positive in long-term care settings.
- OPH recognizes the substantial challenges facilities face in safeguarding residents, staff, family and essential visitors.
- We continue to work closely with the province and owners of long-term care homes to ensure the guidance on outbreak management is clear and carried out in a timely manner.
- Testing criteria and recommendations
- COVID-19 Care Clinics
- COVID-19 Assessment Centre
- COVID-19 Drive-thru Assessment Centre
BREAKING NEWS Gatherings reduced
- Ottawa gathering sizes reduced, fines of up to $10K announced by province.
- Premier Doug Ford says starting Friday only 10 people will be allowed to gather indoors, down from the current limit of 25, while the number for outdoor gatherings will drop from the 100 to 25.
- This restriction is supported by data that shows the majority of cases are a result of close contacts in private social gatherings, such as parties and large barbecues.
- Fines for the organizers of events that violate the new rules will be a minimum of $10,000, while those attending the gatherings with face $750 fines.
- The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres or banquet halls, gyms, and recreational sporting or performing art events.
- Existing rules for these businesses and facilities, including public health and workplace safety measures, continue to be in effect.
- The City’s By-law and Regulatory Services will be stepping up enforcement to ensure businesses comply with provincial and local health guidelines and regulations – including access to hand sanitizers, signage and masking requirements.
Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law
- The warning phase for the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law is ending.
- Officers will continue to exercise discretion, but tickets will be issued in cases where a warning is not deemed sufficient or when repeat offenders are encountered.
New COVID-19 Screening Tool to Help Protect Students and Staff
The City prepares to gradually reopen its cultural facilities
- The City is gradually reopening its cultural facilities this week, with the initial offering of room rentals at the following locations:
- Arts Court
- Nepean Creative Arts Centre
- Nepean Visual Arts Centre
- Meridian Theatres@Centrepointe
- Shenkman Arts Centre
- Most City-run galleries will open through the month ahead.
- To safeguard residents and staff, all COVID-19 measures and protocols will be in place – including hand washing, masking requirements, physical distancing and capacity restrictions.
- Rentals of performance spaces for classes or presentations will require the host to conduct wellness self-assessments and register all participant information for contact tracing.
- In addition, the resumption of all other COVID-modified instructional programming and performing arts will be done in a slow, gradual and cautious manner over the next few weeks:
- September 24 – Trinity Art Gallery at Shenkman Arts Centre will open a new exhibit.
- October 13 – Courses – virtual and in-person – begin at Nepean Creative Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre.
- October – Performances begin at Meridian Theatres @Centrepointe and Shenkman Arts Centre, with limited audience capacity. More information on shows, dates and COVID-related measures will be announced soon.
- Both theatres will be lit up in red on September 22 to mark the Day of Visibility – recognizing the pandemic’s impact on live entertainment.
- Visit ottawa.ca for more information on facility offerings, room rentals, and all COVID-related protocols and restrictions.
Ontario Introduces Legislation to Freeze Residential Rent in 2021
- The Ontario government has introduced the Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act that would, if passed, freeze rent in 2021 for most rent-controlled and non-rent-controlled residential units.
- The bill would provide the vast majority of Ontario's tenants with financial relief as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery.
- Ontario Introduces Legislation to Freeze Residential Rent in 2021
City to support North Grenville's green-bin program launch
- The City could help North Grenville launch a green-bin program next year, saving both municipalities money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management today recommended Council authorize the City to partner with the township, which would let North Grenville leverage the City’s experience.
- The proposed partnership would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting organic waste from private landfills and save the City between $80,000 and $160,000 per year by allowing it to divert additional leaf-and-yard waste to the Barnsdale composting facility.
- The partnership could lead to similar agreements with other municipalities or partner organizations.
- The City delivered safe, high-quality drinking water and met provincial standards for drinking water management in 2019.
- The Committee received an annual update on Ottawa’s drinking water systems, which reports that the City continues to improve its drinking water management.
- Water from the Shadow Ridge communal well in Greely continues to be within safe drinking-water standards. While the concentration of nitrates in the well increased in recent years, it has levelled off slightly since 2017. The City is drilling two deeper wells to better serve the community.
Enforcement of on-street parking limits resumes on September 21
- Starting Monday, September 21, the City will resume the enforcement of parking in excess of time limits in all areas of the city, including those that are not marked with signs.
- Parking limits in unsigned areas are three hours, Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 7 pm, and six hours on weekends and statutory holidays, between 7 am and 7 pm.
- Officers will begin to issue tickets on Thursday, October 1.
- All other parking restrictions remain in effect, including no-stopping zones, no-parking zones, fire routes, accessible parking spaces and rules around sidewalks, driveways and fire hydrants. Parking restrictions continue to be enforced in areas with Pay and Display machines.
- Visit ottawa.ca for information about parking permits
An innovative approach to gang intervention
- Time for Change (T4C), a ‘gang exit’ program that helps individuals involved in serious criminal activities to turn their lives around.
- T4C takes a unique approach to gang intervention.
- The program is delivered as a partnership of the John Howard Society of Ottawa and Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO).
- The Ottawa Police Service is an important referral partner.
- A safer city for everyone T4C benefits the wider community through its work with at-risk individuals:
- It increases feelings of safety.
- It protects potential bystanders to crimes that were prevented.
- It reduces the burden on the healthcare system by preventing violence.
- It contributes to the local economy by helping participants find legitimate employment and increase their income.
- More information about T4C and the Ottawa Street Violence and Gang Strategy can be found on the CPO website at crimepreventionottawa.ca/cpo-initiatives/street-violence/
SNC Board Elects New Executive
Board Members appointed by South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) 16 member municipalities were confirmed at the Authority’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) that took place Thursday, September 17th, 2020. I was elected as the new Chair. Pierre Leroux, Mayor of Russell Township, was elected Vice-Chair, and Bill Smirle of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry was confirmed as Past Chair. Composed of 13 members, SNC’s Board of Directors oversee the Authority’s budget, programs and services, and work alongside staff to champion local conservation initiatives. AGM also marked the first time since February that the Board meets in-person at SNC's head office in Finch while following health and safety precautions. The public meeting was live streamed online and is available to watch on the Conservation Authority’s public YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/SouthNationCA
McEwen Family Bridge Rededication
It was a pleasure to address the McEwen family earlier this week at Heather Crest family farm with Mayor Watson as we rededicated the McEwen Family Bridge with a bronze plaque. Two previous signs had gone missing over the last 10 years and were not replaced until now.
I’m happy to have helped them out with their quest to have a more permanent plaque that will be installed on the bridge at a later date. It was nice to see family members and close friends gathering to honour this wonderful Osgoode Ward family.
Third Rural Tour
What an incredibly busy day out on my 3rd Rural Tour with Mayor Watson visiting several businesses and having tasty treats along the way.
Who knew we had tasty Mini Donuts in the neighbourhood? We also dropped in to see the skating trail at RiverOak as well we visited as few food trucks, (Eva’s and newly re opened Stagecoach Fries) Iron Workers 765 training facility; and presented a business certificate after a mini tour of RoJo Construction Management.
Last stops on the tour were to Allan Johnston Repair & Sales, Metcalfe Golf and Crerar’s Honey. We were happy to have a quick check-in on these businesses to see how everyone was doing and received warm greetings throughout the tour Whew! What a day that was!
Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign
Eat one! Share some!
A very early morning start to the work week kicking off #SmileCookieWeek at Tim Hortons in Kanata with Councillor Jenna Sudds in my capacity as Deputy Mayor.
From September 14 -20, 2020 any Tim Hortons restaurants in Ottawa will be offering freshly baked Smile Cookies for $1 each to support The Snowsuit Fund. With each cookie purchased, the entire dollar will be donated so that more Ottawa kids can play outside in cold winter months.
It was a pleasure to present a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Watson to Chris McLusky, owner and operator at the Kanata location at the same time.
Trot or Treat
- Trot or Treat is a free and socially distanced pre-Halloween celebration being held this October at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.
- Attendees are invited to dress up, walk the track, take part in various activity booths, and raise funds in support of Ausome Ottawa’s free, inclusive sports programming.
- Many families have felt isolated due to the lockdowns and restrictions in place, especially families of children with autism.
- This event is a great opportunity for families to come together in support of their community in a way that is safe, fun, and responsible.
- If you know of any families who would benefit from taking part, please pass these details along!
- Our event website with further details can be found at www.trotortreat.com