NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 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.
From the offices of Councillor Darouze and Councillor El-Chantiry
We are very happy to announce that the City of Ottawa has reached a Licences of Occupation agreement for all local snowmobile trail clubs to use City owned land through to the spring of 2025!
Previously, each area club had their own agreement with the City and by completing this, we’ve been able to streamline the processes so that all regional clubs have the same agreement.
We’ve been working closely with City staff during this process, and would like to thank the Real Estate Department, particularly Derrick Moodie and Tim Holland, as well as our Legal Counsel, Geneviève Langlais, for the long hours they’ve put in over the last year, ensuring we’re able to use the trails for the next 5 winter seasons!
We would also like to express our gratitude to the hard-working volunteers at our local clubs, who came together and gave their time so we could reach this agreement.
To the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs - OFSC, Beautiful Eastern Association of Snowmobile Trails (BEAST), Osgoode Carleton Snowmobile Trail Club, West Carleton Snowmobile Trails Association, Carleton Regional Snowmobile Club, and Rideau Snowmobile Club, WE THANK YOU!
Please be sure to thank our City of Ottawa Staff, as well as the local clubs and volunteers when out riding this year, as this would not be possible without them.
We’re looking forward to Mother Nature giving us some snow so we can all dust off our sleds and RIDE!
With our sincere thanks,
Councillor George Darouze Ward 20
Councillor Eli El-Chantiry Ward 5
Count-Cillor’s Halloween Decorating contest
NEW THIS WEEK
- Ottawa Public Health Updates
- Covid-19 Transmission in Organized Team Sports
- City News
- Celebrate and support Ottawa's small businesses #ShopLocal
- CHEO offers vital care with new drive-up Mental Health Vitals Clinic
- Pre-pandemic this would have been done during a full, in-person visit
- Crime Prevention Ottawa Home Takeovers Report & Infographic
- Clearing Catch Basins
- Solid Waste Master Plan News Time to touch base
- Tips for Leaf and Yard Waste
- Committee approves $2.6 million for Energy Evolution
- Compare your hydro bill time-of-use
- Bell Capital Cup Postponed
- Federal Updates
- Federal Support Towards New Youth Initiative Tackling Online Hate
- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance speaking remarks on business supports
- Provincial Updates
- Stay Safe and Follow Public Health Advice This Halloween
- Ontario Expanding Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
- Long Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossing Plan
- Province Developing a New Blue Box Program
- Ontario Takes Action to Reduce Electronic Waste
- Community and Ward News
- Emerald Links Community
- ROSSS Update
- Osgoode Outdoor Rink - Volunteers Needed
- The Greely Legion needs your help
- Scouts Canada Coffee Fundraise
Ottawa Public Health Updates
Covid-19 Transmission in Organized Team Sports
- Transmission of COVID-19 is possible before, during and after training. Precautions are required to reduce the risk of transmission while enabling training to occur.
- Minimize social gatherings of participants and spectators both before and after the activity. This includes spectator stands, change rooms – which are now both closed during the modified stage-two restrictions – and the areas outside of recreational facilities.
- Limit carpooling and meals (in homes or at restaurants) to those within your household.
- Limit gatherings inside and outside the facilities. Ensure a two-metre physical distance and wearing masks if parents and/or participants are socializing in the facility parking lots.
Celebrate and support Ottawa's small businesses #ShopLocal
- Mayor Jim Watson proclaimed October 18 to 24 Ottawa Small Business Week.
- Now more than ever, it is time to support small businesses in your neighbourhood and recognize their vital contributions to Ottawa’s economy and to our communities.
- Small businesses are the foundation of Ottawa’s economy, providing important services and a variety of employment opportunities.
- They bring life and vibrancy to our neighbourhoods and main streets, offering unique retail, restaurant, and service experiences that contribute to the quality of life in Ottawa.
- To help you support Ottawa’s diverse and vibrant small business community, we’ve assembled a page of useful links and resources.
- Please support them today in any way you can, including ordering takeout and delivery, shopping online with curbside pickup, and purchasing gift cards.
- Ottawa Public Health has resources available for businesses that are permitted to be open, to help them keep their workplaces safe for staff and customers.
- Local business owners who want to set up an online store or expand their digital presence can get help for free from Invest Ottawa through the Digital Main Street program.
- #ShopLocal Ward 20 https://www.owba.ca/membership/owba-business-directory/
CHEO offers vital care with new drive-up Mental Health Vitals Clinic
- COVID-19 has caused many services to pause or stop but doing so can be detrimental when it comes to the mental health and well-being of children and youth.
- To safely meet the needs of children and youth who are accessing CHEO mental health services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- CHEO has transformed its Montreal Road location into a drive-up clinic for monitoring vital signs — a necessary in-person service needed to provide the best care possible.
- The new drive-up clinic complements the 94% of CHEO’s outpatient mental health visits currently being done virtually.
Pre-pandemic this would have been done during a full, in-person visit
- These check-ups assess height, weight, heart rate and blood pressure, and allow our care team to see how a child or youth is adjusting to a new medication, monitor for any negative side-effects, order bloodwork if necessary, and detect potential problems early.
- With the launch of our new drive-up Mental Health Vitals Clinic, children and youth are able to quickly and easily have this important vital-sign check-in.
- The drive-up clinic is by appointment only, for children and youth referred by our Mental Health team.
- On the day of their appointment, families fill out CHEO’s online self-screening and then go to our Montreal Road location.
- Only one child or youth and their parent or caregiver goes into that room for an appointment at a time.
- The waiting room is reserved for anyone arriving by transit.
Crime Prevention Ottawa Home Takeovers Report & Infographic
Clearing Catch Basins
- This week was a rainy one. The city is asking residents to clear their local catch basin of leaves and debris.
- A clear catch basin allows water to drain off the road, making it safer for resident travel.
- As temperatures drop, water that is left on the road may freeze causing dangerous conditions.
- Small steps taken now to keep catch basins clear will help prevent water pooling on our roads.
- Catch Basin Locator Map
Solid Waste Master Plan News Time to touch base
- It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada!
- They are working towards the same goal, so let’s take the opportunity to update you on where we’re at with the Solid Waste Master Plan.
- Since the public consultations wrapped up in July, the project team has been reviewing all the input they collected.
- The next step will be finalizing the long list of options. Once it’s completed, each option will be assessed, using the triple bottom line evaluation tool. Whether or not an option makes it on the short list will depend on its overall scoring.
- Engage Ottawa.
Tips for Leaf and Yard Waste
Committee approves $2.6 million for Energy Evolution
- The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management approved investing the $2.6-million.
- This investment is part of the final report for Energy Evolution, the City’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- The City would collaborate with the community to carry out these projects over the next five years.
- The Committee approved the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee's workplan through 2022.
Compare your hydro bill time-of-use
Bell Capital Cup Postponed
Federal Support Towards New Youth Initiative Tackling Online Hate
- The Government of Canada is committed to taking action against online hate and preventing the promotion of racism and violence.
- The four-year project will examine hate speech trends across Canada and work with experts to develop online tools and digital literacy training for young Canadians aged 14 to 30 across ten communities.
- YWCA Canada is a leading voice for women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender diverse people, and works to advance gender equity by responding to urgent needs in communities through national advocacy and grassroots initiatives.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance speaking remarks on business supports
Stay Safe and Follow Public Health Advice This Halloween
- Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended and people should consider alternative ways to celebrate.
- It is recommended that you also check with your local municipality or public health unit for any additional advice or restrictions that may be in place.
- It is also critical that families not travel outside of their neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween.
Ontario Expanding Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
Long Term Integrated Interprovincial Crossing Plan
- The NCC is developing this plan which will provide a strategic long-term framework to best manage crossings over the Ottawa River, as more and more people and goods cross back and forth between Ottawa and Gatineau.
- This first online public consultation will be held from October 19 to November 2.
- The webpage will be updated on Monday morning with additional reference material and will include a link to an online questionnaire.
Province Developing a New Blue Box Program
Ontario Takes Action to Reduce Electronic Waste
- The Ontario government has introduced a new regulation that require producers to collect and safely manage the full life-cycle of their electrical and electronic equipment, such as cell phones, computers, printers and gaming equipment.
- These new requirements will not only reduce the amount of waste produced by electronics but will create opportunities to enable innovative solutions for managing electronic waste and the evolving demands of the tech sector.
- Ontario Takes Action to Reduce Electronic Waste
Community and Ward News
Emerald Link Community
It was a beautiful morning to put up speed boards in Emerald Links Golf Course community. I want to thank Jim Butcher president of the Emerald Links Community Association for bringing the issue of speeding ￼to my attention.￼
This location was deemed a high priority due to the amount of extra vehicles who don’t live in the community traveling to the Emerald links golf course to enjoy a round of golf.
I look forward to working together with the Association and the Emerald Links community again for future projects.
- ROSSS is bringing back Meals on Wheels with food by Miller’s oven.
- ROSSS is also continuing to provide a free grocery delivery service which you can arrange by calling: 613-692-4697 ext 241.
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
The Greely Legion needs your help
Unfortunately, in March 2020 due to the world health emergency we had to close our doors. As a Not-For-Profit organization we depend solely on revenue from bar sales, hall rentals and kitchen sales to pay operating expenses. Further, we are prohibited from using any of the Poppy funds raised to pay for heat or hydro, any utilities – those funds can only be used to support veterans and community projects to support veterans. Click here for more information https://bit.ly/319mhlo
Scouts Canada Coffee Fundraiser
- 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.
- If you would like to help out Scouting in your community, please consider going to www.scoutcoffee.ca between 12 October and 15 November and order some coffee.
- Don't forget that 35% of all orders goes straight back to our group and another 5% supports youth experiencing financial hardships to gain access to the program.
- The option to allocate support to your local scouts will come up once you go to checkout your order. List is below.
- Thanks for supporting 1st Greely Scout group, 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