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 my newsletter, on our COVID-19 Information Hub, on Facebook.

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



New This Week

  • Ward Boundary Review: Why It Matters! Last chance to have your say.
  • Attention Cumberland Ward, Advance Vote Days for the 2020 Cumberland By-election are one week away
  • Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings
  • Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies
  • Ontario Provincial Police News Release
  • Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste
  • Ontario Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth in Rural Communities
  • Public invited to provide input on Transportation Master Plan update
  • Ottawa Police Service Reminder
  • OPS Community Tour
  • Area 31 Grand Opening
  • NROCRC Shine The Light Online Gala


Ward Boundary Review: Why It Matters!

I am so happy to see all the Ward Community Associations supporting this very important message by encouraging residents to be actively involved in the Ward Boundary Review.  To simplify it more, the Manotick Village Community Association (MVCA) president Grace Thrasher has nailed it with why we should all get involved and voice our rural opinions on this proposal.  If implemented, it will be in effect for the next 4 election years….that is 16 years. Today is your last chance to submit the survey and your comments on the Ward Boundary review.

Long Read, but worth it https://www.manotickvca.org/ward-boundaries-review


Attention Cumberland Ward, Advance Vote Days for the 2020 Cumberland By-election are one week away

  • Advance Vote Days for the 2020 Cumberland By-election will take place between 10 am and 8 pm on Monday, September 28 and Tuesday, September 29. Voting Day will take place on Monday, October 5 from 10 am until 8 pm.
  • Voting places will offer anywhere voting, meaning that electors can vote at any voting place regardless of their address. Electors may cast a ballot at any of the following locations on Voting Days:
    • Bearbrook Community Hall, 8720 Russell Road
    • Carlsbad Springs Community Centre, 6020 Piperville Road
    • François Dupuis Recreation Centre, 2263 Portobello Boulevard
    • Navan Memorial Centre, 1295 Colonial Road
    • Redeemer Alliance Church, 4825 Innes Road
    • R.J. Kennedy Arena and Community Hall,1115 Dunning Road
    • Sarsfield Community Hall, 3585 Sarsfield Road
    • South Fallingbrook Community Centre, 998 Valin Street
  • Voting places are listed on Voter Notification letters and can also be found using the Where Do I Vote? tool on ottawa.ca/vote.
  • Eligible electors should bring an acceptable piece of identification with their name and qualifying Ottawa address when they vote.
  • If you feel sick, are self-isolating, please stay home. You can arrange to have someone vote for you by proxy.
  • A proxy is someone that can go to the voting place and cast a ballot on your behalf. 
  • A proxy representing one family member can also be a proxy for additional family members.
  • A person cannot be appointed as a proxy for a non-family member and a family member at the same time.
  • You can appoint a voting proxy until Monday, October 5. Fill out an Appointment for Voting Proxy (Form 3) with your chosen proxy.
  • The individual that has been appointed must take the completed forms to the Elections Office or to any open Client Service Centre, by appointment only, to have them certified by City staff.
  • Please refer to the Voter Identification section of ottawa.ca/vote for a list of documents that may be presented as identification.
  • For more information on the 2020 Cumberland By-election, including voter eligibility and proxy voting, visit ottawa.ca/vote or contact the Elections Office at 613-580-2660 (TTY: 613-580-2401) or elections@ottawa.ca.
  • You can also connect with the Elections Office through Facebook and Twitter.


Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings

  • Unmonitored and private social gatherings include functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.
  • The new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored private social gathering across the province is:
    • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
    • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering (previous limit of 100).
  • Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. Gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted.
  • The new limits will not apply to events or gatherings held in staffed businesses and facilities, such as bars, restaurants, cinemas, convention centres, banquet halls, gyms, places of worship, recreational sporting or performing art events.
  • Existing rules, including public health and workplace safety measures for these businesses and facilities, continue to be in effect.
  • These new limits are effective immediately.
  • To support better compliance with public health guidelines, amendments to the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act would, if passed, establish:
    • A new offence regarding hosting or organizing a gathering in residential premises or other prescribed premises that exceeds limits under an order.
    • A minimum fine of $10,000 for organizers of these gatherings.
  • Ontario Limits the Size of Unmonitored and Private Social Gatherings across Entire Province


Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies

  • The Ontario government is providing people with convenient and timely access to free COVID-19 testing at pharmacies in the province.
  • As of Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks.
  • Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies

Effective immediately, Ontarians should only seek testing at assessment centres if you are:

  • Showing COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app.
  • A resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by your local public health unit.
  • Eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
  • Testing continues to be available at any of the province's 150 assessment centres currently open, and at participating pharmacies starting this Friday.
  • To find the closest pharmacy or assessment centre, please visit Ontario.ca/covidtest.


Ontario Provincial Police News Release

  • A local resident has brought to our attention that the OPP have released a composite sketch of a suspect after a woman was stabbed by a stranger in North Dundas Township.
  • On Sept. 17, officers responded to an assault on Spruce Drive, north of Winchester.
  • The male suspect fled the scene on a red bicycle on a 10-speed bicycle.
  • The suspect is described as a white male, 5'5" to 5'7", slim build and facial hair. It's believed he was wearing a blue shirt, blue pants and blue canvas sneakers.
  • Investigators released a composite sketch of the suspect.
  • Investigators want to speak with any witnesses or people who may recognize the individual in the sketch.
  • Police are also looking for anyone who travelled along Spruce Road between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Sept. 17 who may have an onboard camera in their vehicle.
  • You can also reach the OPP by calling 1 888 310-1122 (toll-free in Ontario). Our Provincial Communications Centres operate 24/7, answering emergency and non-emergency calls for service.
  • Many less serious incidents can be reported online.


Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste

The third and final extended Household Hazardous Waste Depot in 2020 will be held:

Wednesday, October 21 to Sunday, October 25, 2020
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Barrhaven Snow Disposal Facility - Strandherd Drive and Dealership Drive

No electronic waste will be accepted at this site.

To address operational restrictions the following procedures will be in place:

  • Upon arrival, residents will be directed into a queue where they will wait their turn to park in a designated area. All vehicles will be spaced accordingly, and residents must remain in their vehicle at all times;
  • Residents arriving on bicycles are permitted to drop-off materials, and they must follow the instructions provided by staff on site;
  • Residents will not be able to sort their material on site. Residents must remain in their vehicle at all times. Staff will remove the material from the trunk of the vehicle by complying to restrictions of physical distancing;
  • The depot will accept household hazardous waste only. No electronic waste will be accepted.
  • Residents can bring electronic waste to the Trail Road Landfill facility at no cost or can contact a participating Take it Back member to arrange for proper disposal;
  • Bins, totes, gas cans, etc. will not be returned to the resident;
  • If using a cardboard box to transport your material, please line the box with a garbage bag for possible leaks;
  • The last vehicle will be emptied at 4:00 p.m. 
  • A list of items to bring https://ottawa.ca/en/garbage-and-recycling/hazardous-waste-and-special-items


Ontario Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth in Rural Communities

  • Applications will be accepted from September 21 – October 9, 2020.
  • All costs must be incurred on or before March 31, 2021. Projects will not be extended beyond that date.
  • Projects need to meet the following criteria:
    • benefit rural Ontario
    • have tangible outcomes
    • reach beyond one county, region, or district
  • The next regular intake of the RED program is scheduled to open in December 2020.
  • Ontario Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth in Rural Communities


Public invited to provide input on Transportation Master Plan update

You are invited to fill out an online questionnaire about the City’s Transportation Master Plan update until Friday, October 23.

The update will be based on the information available, in consultation with stakeholders, other levels of government, elected officials and residents.

The update to the Transportation Master Plan will review the ways in which people, vehicles and goods move through our city.  

For this phase of engagement, we are seeking input on:

  • The Active Transportation Plan
  • Fair and equitable transportation systems
  • New technologies that are changing the way we move around the city

Visit www.ottawa.ca/TMPUpdate where you will find the online questionnaire and a link to the mapping activity.

Transportation planning decisions affect all Ottawa residents and businesses. Fill out the questionnaire today.


Ottawa Police Service Reminder

  • Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility - please report impaired drivers
  • Road safety continues to be a priority for the Ottawa Police Service.
  • Frontline officers and the Ottawa Police Collision Investigations Unit has responded to three fatal collisions in the past two weeks and continue to charge impaired drivers.
  • We want to remind all road users to slow down, be aware of your surroundings, and respect all traffic signals and right of ways. Do your part in keeping our roads safe.
  • This is a reminder that impaired driving, by alcohol or drugs, remains illegal and endangers the lives of all road users. Make planning your ride home part of your plans.
  • If you suspect someone is driving impaired, call 9-1-1.
  • It can also be done on line at https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.aspx?_mid_=15486 or by phone at 613-236-1222 Ext 7300.


OPS Community Tour

A great big thank you to Supt. Jamie Dunlop from our Community Police Unit for your time yesterday. We visited each village in Ward 20 to review some of the most common issues I’ve heard from traffic enforcement to vandalism to youth programs.The biggest message we brought to each area is to report issues directly to police. This will allow the analysts review what issues are happening in each community so they can deploy the appropriate officers.Reports can be made online at https://www.ottawapolice.ca/.../Online-Reporting.aspx... **posting on social media is not effective** Police do not have access to see posts on community pages or personal profiles.Thank you to our local community members who have reached out with issues and took the time to meet with us to discuss each of the communities concerns. Ottawa Police Service


Area 31 Grand Opening

I want to congratulate Bytown Motorcycle Association (BMA) President Chris Moyle on the grand opening today. In attendance to present the certificate was Goldie Ghamari, Councillor Meehan.The BMA is a not for profit organization and now has over 800 members! They host and promote various rides off road around the Ottawa Valley and various districts.Riders with BMA membership can attend with their motorcycles insured and plated. Their vision is to see a concentration of riders in a controlled environment and keeping them off the streets and off private property!The club is family oriented. They host family days, rider orientations, rider training seminars, trail clearing events to keep the tree foliage off our faces, GPS courses, trail riding mechanic courses, and host charity rides. Ride for dad, humane society to name a few. This initiative has been supported by local business, tradespeople and family who all look to expand upon our current legal riding areas.


NROCRC Shine The Light Online Gala