VOLUME 6, ISSUE 108, NOVEMBER 06, 2020

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 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.

 

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

 

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Ottawa Public Health Updates

    • Latest statement from Dr.Vera Etches

  • City News

    • Remembrance Day activities and schedule changes
    • An Invitation: To attend the Council on Aging of Ottawa-Pedestrian Safety & Walkability
    • City outlines successes of grants for rural water projects
    • Ontario Launches Innovative Solution to Improve Long Term Care in Ottawa
    • Ottawa City Budget 2021
    • Albion Traffic Study UPDATE - Online Consultation
    • Reminder: Important tips to protect your vehicle from car thieves
    • Ottawa Smart Farm at Hunt Club and Woodroffe
  • Federal Updates

    • Government introduces legislation for new, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic
    • Government Announces New Supports and Financial Tools to Help Fruit and Vegetable Growers
  • Provincial Updates

    • Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open
    • Province Increasing Direct Care for Long Term Care Residents to Four Hours Per Day
    • Ontario Releases Report on Covid 19 Emergency Measures
  • Community and Ward News

    • Metcalfe Free Parking
    • A &W is Open
    • Vibration Studio Opens A Coffee House
    • Osgoode Care Centre Halloween Walkabout
    • Bobby B Productions Small Business Drive-In Tour
    • Fundraising Goes Virtual: SNC’s Online Art Auction Raises $6,500 for Tree Planting
    • The Greely Legion needs your help
    • Scouts Canada Coffee Fundraise

 

Ottawa Public Health Updates

Latest statement from Dr.Vera Etches

 

City News

Remembrance Day activities and schedule changes

  • This year, to commemorate #VeteransWeek, the Poppy Flag will be flown at all #OttCity facilities from Thursday, November 5 to Wednesday, November 11.
  • The annual Candlelight Tribute honouring Canada’s Veterans at the Canadian War Museum, to kickoff Veterans’ Week from November 5 to 11, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Royal Canadian Legion is planning to broadcast live the National Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11. Residents are encouraged to pay their respects from home.
  • To commemorate Veterans’ Week, the Poppy Flag will be flown at Ottawa City Hall and at City facilities from Thursday, November 5 to Wednesday, November 11.
  • The flags at all City of Ottawa sites will be lowered to half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, to commemorate Remembrance Day and honour all Canadians who have served their country in time of war.
  • The following services will operate on different schedules on Remembrance Day, Wednesday, November 11.
  • You can find a list of City services and facilities affected by COVID-19 on OC Transpo

Client services

  • The Client Service Centres including the Government Service Centre at 110 Laurier Avenue West and the service centre at Ben Franklin Place will be closed.
  • 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

  • Green bins, recycling and garbage will be collected as normally scheduled.
  • The Trail waste facility will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.

Parking and roads

  • All City parking regulations and restrictions apply.
  • Veterans who wear their medals or uniforms or who have a veterans’ license plate on their vehicle can park for free at City Hall on Wednesday, November 11 between 6 am and 1 pm.

Transit

  • All City parking regulations and restrictions apply.
  • Veterans who wear their medals or uniforms or who have a veterans’ license plate on their vehicle can park for free at City Hall on Wednesday, November 11 between 6 am and 1 pm.
  • Use the OC Transpo Travel Planner to plan your trip.

Para Transpo

  • Para Transpo will begin taking bookings for Remembrance Day on Wednesday, November 4.
  • Regular bookings will not be automatically cancelled, so please call 613-244-4636 or use the online booking system to suspend a regular booking for Wednesday, November 11.

Recreation services

  • All facilities will be open as normally scheduled for drop-in activities.
  • All registered programs at swimming pools will operate as normally scheduled. Check with your facility to confirm, as there are some exceptions.
  • Inclusive Recreation programs will not be running.

Ottawa Public Health

Assessment Centre and Care Clinics:

  • COVID-19 Care and Testing Centres at Ray Friel, Moodie, and at Heron will be open regular hours -  8 am to 3:30 pm.
  • CHEO Assessment Centre at Brewer will be open during regular hours - 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.
  • The Brewer Assessment Centre will be open during regular hours - 8:30 am to 7:30 pm.
  • The COVID-19 Drive-thru Assessment Centre on Coventry Road will be closed on Wednesday, November 1

Cultural services

Archives services

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

Municipal child care

Library Services

 

An Invitation: To attend the Council on Aging of Ottawa-Pedestrian Safety & Walkability 

  • Council on Aging of Ottawa – Pedestrian Safety & Walkability upcoming virtual event, Worried About Winter Walking?
  • Join the Snow Mole Patrol,  taking place on Friday, December 4th at 1:30 p.m.
  • This will be an opportunity to formally launch the Snow Mole Report 2020 – Winter Walking in Ottawa, launch the 2021 Snow Mole Campaign with Snow Mole leaders in communities all across Ottawa.
  • This is to promote the physical and mental benefits of safe outdoor exercise during the winter months. 
  • Please register for the event at: https://coaottawa.ca/event/worried-about-winter-walking-join-the-snow-mole-patrol/

 

City outlines successes of grants for rural water projects

  • Rural property owners completed 44 projects in 2019 to protect Ottawa’s waterways, wetlands and groundwater.
  • The City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today received the annual report for the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program, outlining more than $111,000 in grants the City provided over the last two years.
  • Many rural residential properties along the Ottawa River were affected by flooding in spring 2019, leading to an increased risk of shoreline erosion.
  • Erosion control projects were most popular, with 21 projects receiving grants of up to $7,500 to repair shorelines and address erosion issues.
  • Recommendations from today’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, November 25
  • Learn more about eligible projects and how to apply at ottawa.ca/cleanwater.

 

Ontario Launches Innovative Solution to Improve Long Term Care in Ottawa

  • This new long-term care focused community paramedicine program will leverage the skills of paramedicine practitioners to help reduce hallway health care and provide additional and appropriate care for seniors.
  • This program, which will be implemented in phases, will delay the need for long-term care for our seniors by providing them with enhanced at-home supports. The program will be fully funded by the provincial government and operated in partnership with local municipalities.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/ontario-launches-innovative-solution-improve-long-term-care-ottawa

 

Ottawa City Budget 2021

 

Albion Traffic Study UPDATE - Online Consultation

  • This message is to inform you that an online consultation is taking place for the Albion Road Traffic Study until the end of November. 
  • The residents in the study boundaries (between Bank, Airport Pkwy, Lester, and Hunt Club) will be notified this week by buckslip (flyer) and an email blast to the mailing list.
  • The consultation includes a proposed draft concept design which primarily consists of traffic calming features.  There is no proposal to introduce access restrictions.

 

Reminder: Important tips to protect your vehicle from car thieves

  • The Ottawa Police reminds the community that the risk of thefts, and repeat thefts, of high-end vehicles.
  • We remind car owners of the following tips to protect their vehicle:
    • Make your vehicle less vulnerable to theft by parking it in a locked garage and or by blocking it in tightly with a second vehicle.
    • Exterior lighting and video surveillance around the driveway can also serve as a deterrent.
    • Consider installing an after marker electronic immobilizer devices which can interfere with the starting of the vehicle.
    • Be vigilant that there is no damage to the door locks mechanisms as this could be an indicator that your car has been targeted.
    • Consider protecting your vehicle with devices such as car alarms or steering wheel locking devices such as "The Club".
    • GPS tracking devices have become increasingly popular. Some even allow the vehicle owner to electronically "fence-in" their vehicle whereby an alarm cue would occur if the vehicle were to leave the fenced-in area without authorization.
    • Locks to restrict access to the on-board diagnostic plug exist and when applied can impede a thief from re-programming a key.
    • If you are selling your vehicle, be wary not to let anyone have access to your car keys and do not let your vehicle out of your sight. This prevents a thief from copying your key during a “test drive” so they can return to steal it.
    • Finally, good old fashioned neighbourhood watch is a great deterrent. Be vigilant and call 911 to report any suspicious vehicles in your neighbourhood.  Most thefts occur between midnight and 5am in the morning.
    • More safety tips https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/about-us/Organized-Auto-Theft.aspx

 

Ottawa Smart Farm at Hunt Club and Woodroffe

  • The Ottawa Smart Farm consists of two working fields, a total of approximately 100 acres and several demonstration fields.
  • There is a learning command centre inside the administration building where information, progress displays, and technology demonstrations are offered.
  • Visitors can observe and gain firsthand knowledge of best management practices and innovative monitoring solutions, such as sensors and weather stations, and learn how data can be used to optimize decision-making and management processes.
  • Go to  https://ottawa.ca/en/business-and-tourism/ottawa-smart-farm to learn more today.

 

Federal Updates

Government introduces legislation for new, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic

 

Government Announces New Supports and Financial Tools to Help Fruit and Vegetable Growers

  • Minister Bibeau highlighted the Government of Canada's efforts to support produce farmers and processors who are facing significant challenges during the pandemic, including the new $35 million Emergency On-Farm Support Fund to support farm workers' health and safety and the $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program to ensure surplus goods reach vulnerable populations while providing a fair return to producers.
  • The Government has also recently extended to November 30, 2020 the $50 million Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which helps growers cover the costs of observing the mandatory quarantine periods for those workers.
  • At the event, Minister Bibeau also announced three new projects to benefit the sector totaling $387,000 under the AgriRisk Initiatives program.
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2020/11/minister-bibeau-highlights-government-support-and-announces-new-financial-tools-to-help-fruit-and-vegetable-growers.html

 

Provincial Updates

Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open

 

Province Increasing Direct Care for Long Term Care Residents to Four Hours Per Day

  • Is new commitment to improve quality of care includes:
  • Average daily direct care of four hours a day per resident. Direct hands-on care is provided by nurses or personal support workers to support individual clinical and personal care needs.
  • Hard targets set over the next four years to achieve this standard by 2024-25. Progress against these targets will be measured and reported regularly.
  • Unprecedented changes to educate and recruit the tens of thousands of new personal support workers, registered practical nurses and registered nurses that will be required.
  • As part of the province's COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan, the province is taking the first step by recruiting an additional 3,700 frontline workers for its health workforce.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59030/province-increasing-direct-care-for-long-term-care-residents-to-four-hours-per-day

 

Ontario Releases Report on Covid 19 Emergency Measures

 

Community and Ward News

Metcalfe Free Parking

You too can land on FREE PARKING! (no actual monopoly sign posted) We have had FREE PARKING provided by the City of Ottawa on Victoria St. for some time now, so you can access local businesses. Please be sure to use this parking lot and NOT the street since there are many No Parking areas (clearly marked with signs) which are leaves you open for tickets from bylaw. 

 

A &W is Open

It was a real pleasure to meet Anurag “Reddy” Anugu, franchise owner of the new A & W that opened this week in The Shoppes of Greely Plaza. I took the opportunity to present him with a certificate from my office as well as one from Mayor Watson as we chatted about the excitement and buzz in the community for the first fast food and take out restaurant in the plaza. I’m confident he and his staff will be met with much enthusiasm in the coming weeks and months as the restrictions ease up for in house dining. The drive thru is also fully operational after a small glitch on opening day.

Hope to see you there! #SupportLocal

 

Vibration Studio Opens A Coffee House

Another innovative way to adapt during the COVID restrictions for owners of Vibration Studios was to introduce a takeout coffee shop that began this week. Until guidelines are modified to allow people back into enjoy a cup of java in person, they are hopeful it will be a success. What better way to start the morning before a meeting than with a fresh coffee and muffin from Vibration Studios.

 

Osgoode Care Centre Halloween Walkabout

Upbeat, jubilant, lively, anyone of these words can describe the Costume Walkabout participants and residents at the Osgoode Care Centre this past weekend.

Not being able to celebrate Halloween in the usual manner with a parade indoors the staff and the Metcalfe Community Association came up with yet another great way for the residents to take part and celebrate safely. The smiles on the residents faces as children, babies and families did their window visits showed just how much they really enjoyed the gesture. A great variety of costumes were worn in the event, but personally, I think my Dinosaur was one of the more chipper participants with all the bouncy steps he took!

 

Bobby B Productions Small Business Drive-In Tour

  • Calling on the Greely community to help support your area Legion while having a fun family movie close by! Let's show some love for the Greely Legion, November 7 or 8th at the Small Business Drive-In Tour by Bobby B Productions. Get your tickets now.
  • Support Small Business Drive-In Tour. Please hit the link below to purchase your tickets before there gone.
  • November 7, 2020 / HONNY I SHRUNK THE KIDS / Greely Legion
  • November 8, 2020 / E.T / Greely Legion
  • November 14, 2020 / JAWS / The Stable Restaurant
  • November 15, 2020 / JURASSIC PARK / The Stable Restaurant
  • Please arrive hungry and order from the establishment. Help save small businesses . Support Local
  • https://bobbybproductions.ca/drive-in-tour-1

 

Fundraising Goes Virtual: SNC’s Online Art Auction Raises $6,500 for Tree Planting

  • South Nation Conservation’s (SNC) first ever Art for Trees online silent art auction has raised nearly $6,500 for the Conservation Authority’s spring 2021 tree planting season.
  • The silent auction ran entirely online from October 8th to 29th using the website www.32Auctions.com.
  • All funds raised are going towards helping SNC reach a record-setting goal for 2021: planting 200,000 native trees across its Eastern Ontario watershed in a single year.
  • Donations to SNC can be made online at www.nation.on.ca/donate or by contacting the Conservation Authority’s head office in Finch at 1-877-984-2948 or info@nation.on.ca.
  • SNC is a registered charity with the Canadian Revenue Agency and may issue donation receipts for tax return purposes.
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Taylor Campbell, Communications Specialist, 1-877-984- 2948, tcampbell@nation.on.ca.

 

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

https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/local-legion-branches-just-scraping-by-as-war-of-attrition-with-covid-19-wears-on

 

Scouts canada coffee fundraise

  • 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