VOLUME 6, ISSUE 104, OCTOBER 9, 2020

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 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 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.

 

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

Since March, we have faced many new challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic. As we give thanks this year with our friends and family,

I encourage everyone to thank frontline workers everywhere.

On behalf of Team Darouze, we thank you all for your hard work and service.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Ottawa Public Health Updates
    • Ottawa Ward Data Update
    • Dr. Vera Etches
    • Ottawa Covid-19 Testing Taskforce Transition to appointment-based testing
    • 2020/2021 Flu Season Update – Fixed clinic locations 
  • City News
    • City Clerk declares 2020 Cumberland By-election results official 
    • “Operation Mask Up”
    • Social Gatherings for October
    • Ottawa Police reminds you to drive safely this Thanksgiving weekend
    • Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19
    • Thanksgiving Day schedule changes
    • Bike Parking Strategy
  • Federal Updates
    • Prime Minister announces additional support for food banks and local food organizations
    • Liberals' 2021 single-use plastic ban which will be finalized by the end of 2021
  • Provincial Updates
    • Important Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region
    • Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe
    • Province Leads Nation in Testing and Continues to Add Locations and Capacity
    • New COVID-19 Precautions at Long-Term Care Homes
    • The Ontario government announced it is providing additional funding to help critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19
    • Main Street Recovery Act, 2020
    • Ontario Supporting Local Festivals and Events
  • Community and Ward News
    • Count-Cillor’s Halloween Decorating contest
    • South Nation Conservation Authority
    • South Nation Conservation Shrub Giveaway
    • Community Police Make a Visit to Kenmore
    • Metcalfe Community Association AGM
    • Osgoode Outdoor Rink - Volunteers Needed
    • Scouts Canada Coffee Fundraiser

 

Ottawa Public Health Updates

Ottawa Ward Data Update

  • Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has published updated data regarding the Snapshot of COVID-19 across Ottawa Wards map
  • The Ward data is based on the place of residence of Ottawans with confirmed COVID-19 and does not necessarily reflect where the disease was contracted.
  • Exposure to COVID-19 can occur anywhere people congregate, such as social gatherings, workplaces or services open to the public.
  • The best way to limit your exposure to COVID-19 is by practicing physical distancing, limiting your exposure to your immediate family, and washing your hands. 
  • It’s important to understand that OPH’s Mapping Product is not a map of “COVID-19 hot spots” in Ottawa, but rather a map showing cumulative rates of COVID-19 cases and their distribution by Ward.  

 

Dr. Vera Etches

  • Chief Medical Officer of Health, Vera Etches, sounded the alarm last week that #OttCity is at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Government of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health have updated limits and recommendations on gatherings ahead of this long weekend.
  • More on that: https://bit.ly/3jrkKyi
  • OPH is recommending that residents who plan on celebrating Thanksgiving should stay local, keep gatherings to members of their household only, and connect with extended family and friends virtually instead of in person.
  • They have published Guidance for Social Gatherings During COVID-19 on the OPH website to help support residents during the holiday and winter season.  Please stay safe and read through the guidelines.

 

Ottawa Covid-19 Testing Taskforce Transition to appointment-based testing

  • Including transitioning to appointment-based testing beginning Tuesday, October 6 and discontinuing walk-in services.
  • Who is eligible to get a test at an assessment centre?
  • There are four reasons to seek testing for COVID-19:
    • You are showing COVID-19 symptoms OR
    • You have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by Ottawa Public Health, or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app OR
    • You are a resident or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by Ottawa Public Health OR
    • You are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care
  • Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena

Brewer Park Arena 151 Brewer Way

Everyday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. By appointment*

  • CHEO Assessment Centre at Brewer Park Arena

Brewer Park Arena 151 Brewer Way

Everyday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. By appointment

  • Coventry Drive-Thru Assessment Centre

300 Coventry Road

Everyday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. By appointment

  • COVID-19 Care Clinic – Moodie Location

595 Moodie Drive

Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. By appointment**

  • COVID-19 Care Clinic – Heron Location

1485 Heron Road

 

2020/2021 Flu Season Update – Fixed clinic locations 

  • To avoid crowding, clinics will be by appointment only.
  • Appointment booking will be available by phone and online in the coming weeks. 
  • OPH flu clinic locations are now posted on the OPH Influenza (Flu) webpage with the following fixed clinic locations. 
  • Clinic locations: 
  1. Notre-Dame-Des-Champs, 3659 Navan Road, Orléans 
  2. Ottawa Public Library-Orléans Branch, 1705 Orléans Blvd., Orléans 
  3. Lansdowne - Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia, Downtown 
  4. Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Dr., Nepean 
  5. Chapman Mills Community Building, 424 Chapman Mills Drive, Barrhaven 
  6. Eva James Memorial Centre, 65 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata 

 

 

City News

City Clerk declares 2020 Cumberland By-election results official 

 

 “Operation Mask Up”

  • From October 9 to 23 Operation Mask Up stated to help change the behavior of the small number of customers failing to comply with OC Transpo’s mandatory mask policy
  • Wearing a mask has been mandatory on OC Transpo since June 15.
  • Education about mask wearing has been ongoing since then, and most people wear one. During Operation Mask Up, OC Transpo Special Constables will be travelling across the transit system and talking to those customers not wearing a mask to remind them of the requirement.
  • Those who continue to NOT wear a mask will receive a written warning under the City’s Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law and will be provided with a disposable mask.
  • Special Constables may ask customers not to enter stations it they are not wearing a mask.

 

Social Gatherings for October

  • To respond to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases, the Province of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health recommend that you limit close physical contact to people within your household.
  • For those who are living alone, it is recommended that they consider having close contact with one additional household.
  • Should I host or attend a social gathering?
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/what-you-need-know-about-social-gatherings-october

 

Ottawa Police reminds you to drive safely this Thanksgiving weekend

  • Throughout Thanksgiving weekend, officers across the city will be on the lookout for impaired driving on roads and trails, speeding, stunt and aggressive driving, as well as safety on sidewalks.
  • RIDE check points will be set up throughout the weekend to check for impaired driving by drugs or alcohol. 
  • We have already seen the serious and fatal collisions on our roads. No matter what you are doing to enjoy the long weekend, make safety your first priority. 
  • If you are hitting ATV trails this weekend, don’t operate your ATV impaired by drugs or alcohol and have all documentation with you (e.g. license, ownership and proof of insurance).
  • Visit ottawapolice.ca for ATV safety tips.
  • Officers from our Marine, Dive and Trails Unit will also conduct hunting enforcement.
  • Consult the City’s website for information on traffic disruptions due to construction. Please slow down and drive safely when approaching these roadwork sites and their workers. 

Safer Roads Ottawa

  • Traffic enforcement is a key deliverable by the Ottawa Police Service towards the City of Ottawa’s Road Safety Action Plan (RSAP). 
  • The RSAP is led by the Safer Roads Ottawa Program, which is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department.
  • Also participating in the Safer Roads Ottawa Program are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Sûreté du Québec, Department of National Defense’s Military Police and Gatineau Police Service to improve road safety for all residents of the national capital region.
  • Safer Roads Ottawa Program is committed to using available resources to make Ottawa roads safer for residents. 
  • Learn more about the Road Safety Action Plan:  https://ottawa.ca/en/parking-roads-and-travel/road-safety/safer-roads-ottawa-program#road-safety-action-plan.

 

Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19

 

Thanksgiving Day schedule changes

  • The following services will operate on different schedules on Thanksgiving Day, Monday, October 12.
  • You can find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on ottawa.ca and octranspo.com, and you can read up on the City’s tips for getting through this COVID-19 Thanksgiving.

Client services

  • The 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters that require the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 (TTY: 613-580-2401) to speak to a customer service representative.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection

  • There will be no curbside green binrecycling or garbage collection. Pickup will resume on Tuesday, October 13. Collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.
  • Multi-residential garbage containers will be collected on the regular scheduled day.
  • Multi-residential recycling, green bin and bulky-item collection will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.
  • The Trail waste facility will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.

Parking and roads

  • All City of Ottawa parking regulations and restrictions will apply on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Free parking will be available at City Hall from Friday, October 9 at 6 pm until Tuesday, October 13 at 6 am.

Transit

  • On Monday, October 12, OC Transpo bus and O-Train service will operate on a Sunday schedule.
  • O-Train Line 1 will run from 8 am until 11 pm, and O-Train Line 2 replacement bus service will operate from 7:30 am until 11 pm.
  • Use the OC Transpo Travel Planner to plan your trip.

Para Transpo

  • Para Transpo will operate a holiday service. Regularly scheduled trips for Monday, October 12, will be cancelled automatically. You can book trips for that day by calling 613-244-7272 or by using the online booking system.

Recreation services

  • Some indoor and outdoor pools will be open for public swimming, with modified schedules.
  • Some weight and cardio rooms with be open with modified schedules.
  • Most registered programs will be cancelled. Check with your facility to confirm as some exceptions will apply.

Ottawa Public Health

Assessment Centre and Care Clinics:

  • The Moodie Care Clinic will be open during regular hours, from 9 am until 3:30 pm.
  • The Heron Care Clinic will be open during regular hours, from 9 am until 3:30 pm.
  • The Brewer Assessment Centre will be open during regular hours, from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • CHEO Assessment Centre at Brewer will be open during regular hours, from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm
  • The COVID-19 Drive-thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road will be will be closed on Monday, October 12.
  • The COVID Care Clinic at Ray Friel Complex in Orléans is not open.

Cultural services

Archives services

  • The City of Ottawa Archives Reference Services and Gallery 112 will remain closed.

Municipal child care

Library Services

 

Bike Parking Strategy

  • We will be engaging the public by holding Virtual Open Houses taking place in mid-October. 
  • We are inviting residents to participate in a Virtual Open House that will include a presentation about the Bike Parking Strategy goals and objectives, and we will discuss some of the feedback we received and look at how it might be applied. 
  • We have tentatively set the dates for the Virtual Open Houses for:
  • Tuesday, October 20th – 9:30 AM (English)
  • Thursday, October 22nd – 1:00 PM (French)
  • Thursday, October 22nd – 6:30 PM (English)
  • Residents are able to register for one session prior by visiting our Bike Parking Strategy website  and providing their contact information.
  • Registration is open until Friday, October 16th. 

 

Federal Updates

Prime Minister announces additional support for food banks and local food organizations

 

Liberals' 2021 single-use plastic ban which will be finalized by the end of 2021

 

Provincial Updates

Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health Measures in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Region

 

Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures to Keep People Safe

 

Province Leads Nation in Testing and Continues to Add Locations and Capacity

  • The best way to combat COVID-19 is to continue to follow strong public health advice that reduces the risk of transmission and helps keep Ontarians safe.
  • Testing is available by appointment only for those within provincial testing guidance at assessment centres and participating pharmacies. To find the closest assessment centre or pharmacy, please visit Ontario.ca/covidtest.
  • To date, 77 pharmacies offer testing by appointment only to asymptomatic individuals within provincial testing guidance.
  • All assessment centres will be offering online booking for testing appointments.

 

New COVID-19 Precautions at Long-Term Care Homes

  • The province has updated its visitor policy to address areas where there is higher community spread of COVID-19. Starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020.
  • General visitors will not be allowed in long-term care homes in the following communities.
  • Only essential visitors, including up to one caregiver per resident, will be allowed to visit. If the home is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 the local public health unit will provide direction on further visitor restrictions and other measures.
  • All visitors to long-term care homes are required to follow public health measures (e.g., active screening, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masking for source control) during their visits.
  • These are the communities where the visitor restrictions will apply: City of Ottawa, Region of Peel, City of Toronto
  • New COVID-19 Precautions at Long-Term Care Homes

 

The Ontario government announced it is providing additional funding to help critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19

 

Main Street Recovery Act, 2020

 

Ontario Supporting Local Festivals and Events

 

Community and Ward News

Count-Cillor’s Halloween Decorating contest

 

South Nation Conservation Authority

 

 

South Nation Conservation Shrub Giveaway

We had a great day for residents to pick up their free shrub from South Nations Conservation (SNC) giveaway.

This program aims to promote local forest ground cover and growth with native plants for rural areas.  All 60 shrubs were given away to those that had pre-registered with SNC recently.  Thanks to SNC for this great program and look forward to hopefully doing the spring seedling giveaway in 2021.

 

Community Police Make a Visit to Kenmore

Trying to keep the communication line open within Villages and the Community police was the goal when I dropped into Kenmore to meet with a few community members. Bringing the community police along was insightful when speaking about speeding, possible options and how important reporting every incident really is.

Thank you Constable Marc Leroux for taking the time to join us and chat with residents as well.

 

Metcalfe Community Association AGM

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the outgoing president Eli Kapsalis and the board of the Metcalfe Community Association for working closely with my office over the last while to bettering their community.

Congratulations to incoming President Marc Sauve, who is well known and respected in the Village of Metcalfe as a mover and shaker. He’s worked very closely with my staff for many community events and issues since I was elected in 2014.

We look forward to the continuing respect and connection that has established between us. Congratulations to all new and returning board members as well.

 

Osgoode Outdoor Rink - Volunteers Needed

The Osgoode outdoor rink needs your help again this year. They are looking for a community association that would take on the contract or private operators. If they don’t find volunteers for this rink, it will be made dormant for the 2020/2021 season.
If interested you can contact Elizabeth Grabiec at 613 580 2424 x 20861

 

Scouts Canada Coffee Fundraiser

Scouts Canada programming is continuing across the country this fall and winter with safe, socially distanced outdoor programming to help contribute to the healthy development of youth in our communities.  Be it Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers or Rovers, youth will be spending time outdoors learning valuable outdoor skills and helping to develop their skills to become future leaders of tomorrow in our communities.

Unfortunately, the global pandemic has had a direct impact on the traditional fundraising activities that Scouting Groups utilize to help fund the various programs that are offered to youth in our communities.  Apple Days have been cancelled; Scouts popcorn sales are postponed until at least spring next year; and door to door bottle drives are not allowed for safety reasons.

To help out Groups, Scouts Canada has introduced a new, contact-free fundraiser that will commence on 12 October 2020 and will run until 15 November 2020.

The new Scouts Coffee fundraiser will involve supporters going to scoutcoffee.ca and placing their order for any of the products featured in the PDF brochure attached and selecting the name of the Group (1st Greely, 1st Osgoode, 1st Gloucester, 1st North Gower-Kars or 2nd Russell) to whom the fundraising portion of their order should be directed.  35% of all sales will be provided to the named Scouting Group on each order to help with programming and Group expenses.

At the end of the fundraising campaign on 15 November, all items ordered will be shipped directly to supporters by Canada Post to maintain contact free sales for the safety of our Scouting youth.

So, if you would like to help out Scouting in your community, please consider going to scoutcoffee.ca between 12 October and 15 November and order some coffee.

 

Your support in this is greatly appreciated.

Scouter Matt Tucker                     Scouter Karen McNaught             Scouter Tracy Burtt

1st Greely                                       1st Osgoode                                    1st North Gower-Kars

Group Commissioner                   Group Commissioner                   Group Commissioner

 

Scouter Gennesse Walker-Scace             Scouter Frances Rutherford

1st Gloucester                                               2nd Russell

Group Commissioner                                  Group Commissioner