VOLUME 6, ISSUE 109, NOVEMBER 13, 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.



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



  • Ottawa Public Health Updates
    • Orange Status for Ottawa
  • City News
    • It’s time to write your letter to Santa!
    • City Winter Bans, What is Winter Weather Parking Ban?
    • City applauds support for local business community
    • Winter aquatics, take the plunge to register on December 1
    • SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants Apply Now
  • Federal Updates
  • Provincial Updates
    • Ontario Updating COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19
    • Ontario Supporting Agricultural and Horticultural Societies During COVID-19
    • Ontario Takes Steps to Make Government Services More Convenient, Reliable and Accessible
    • Ontario Helping Veterans Find New Careers
    • Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities
    • Connecting Southern Ontario to High Speed Internet with Universal Broadband Fund
  • Community and Ward News
    • Remembrance Day Osgoode Legion
    • Sole Bag Piper Entertains at OCC
    • Halloween House Decorating Winners Announced
    • Support Small Business Drive In Tour
    • Fundraiser for Greely Legion
    • Cheque Presentation to Greely Legion
    • Bobby B Productions Small Business Drive-In Tour
    • Virtual Trivia Night supports the training of guide dogs
    • The Greely Legion needs your help
    • South Nation Conservation Authority Notice
    • Scouts Canada Coffee Fundraise


Ottawa Public Health Updates

Orange Status for Ottawa

  • Ottawa is CURRENTLY classified as Orange (Intermediate Measures) on the province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework.
  • For more information on the current situation in Ottawa visit our Statistic page.
  • Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 developments by following Ottawa Public Health on Twitter and Facebook.


City News

It’s time to write your letter to Santa!

  • Register for your Letters to Santa Kit. This year, we won’t be able to get together in person at the City of Ottawa Archives due to COVID-19, but Santa will still be waiting for your letters!
  • To reserve a kit, email archives@ottawa.ca
  • Registration opens November 12-28,2020. The deadline to register is November 28, 2020.
  • Note: One kit per child. Maximum 4 kits per family. Limited kits available. 
  • Contactless pick-up is available at one of two locations:   
    • City of Ottawa Archives, James Bartleman Centre, 100 Tallwood Drive (corner of Woodroffe Avenue)  OR
    • Barbara Ann Scott Gallery, City Hall – Lisgar Street Entrance, 110 Laurier Avenue West 
  • Pick-up times for both locations are:  
    • Thursday December 3, 2020 | 3-6 pm  
    • Saturday December 5, 2020 | 11 am-2 pm  
  • For more information visit: https://bit.ly/3mBD8FH


City Winter Bans, What is a Winter Weather Parking Ban?

  • The City moved to a new parking ban system that was timed to match winter weather patterns rather than set times. 
  • Between November 15 and April 1, The Director of Roads and Parking Services may declare a winter weather parking ban for inclement weather including freezing rain or when Environment Canada forecasts 7 cm or more of snow in the Ottawa area.
  • This includes any forecast for a range of snow more than 7 cm, including 5 to 10 cm. 
  • During a winter weather parking ban, vehicles without a residential parking permit that are parked on the street during a parking ban may be ticketed and towed.
  • The parking ban ends when snow clearing is completed and the City issues an advisory indicating the ban has been lifted.

How Will Residents Know There is a Winter Weather Parking Ban in Place?

  • Residents are responsible for moving their vehicle during a winter weather parking ban.
  • Residents can sign up to receive an email notice about the parking ban at Ottawa.ca. 
  • Residents can also follow the City’s TwitterFacebook and Ottawa.ca webpage for updates.   
  • Local media will also have information about the winter weather parking ban. 

Where Can Residents Park During a Winter Weather Parking Ban?

  • Residents are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are removed from the roadway when a winter weather parking ban is in place.
  • Residents may wish to approach a neighbour, local business or friend to see if they can park their car at their home or workplace during a ban.
  • The City also offers free parking at select municipal parking facilities and four specific OC Transpo Park and Ride Locations. 
  • A list of the available locations that can be accessed during a winter parking ban is available at Ottawa.ca.


City applauds support for local business community 

  • During the challenges of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to recognize their contributions to Ottawa’s economy and to our community. 
  • The Ottawa Coalition of Business Improvement Areas (OCOBIA) and the 19 BIAs in Ottawa collectively represent more than 6,400 businesses who employ 120,000 people. 
  • The BIAs provide valuable programs and services to support the growth of Ottawa’s business community.
  • In 2019, BIA members contributed approximately $7.3 million within their respective districts towards beautification, promotion, cleanliness and safety, in order to improve the visitor and resident experience and enhance business growth. 
  • For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401).


Winter aquatics: Surf online November 16 and take the plunge to register on December 1

  • Get ready to make a splash in the New Year by joining one of the City’s COVID-modified winter aquatics programs with select offerings at hub locations to learn swimming and lifesaving skills or get fit.
  • The aquatics eGuide goes online Monday, November 16 and registration starts on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 pm.
  • Swimming programs start the week of January 4, 2021 for most locations. 
  • Visit ottawa.ca/recreation to explore the City’s aquatics programs and for more details on City safety protocols.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/winter-aquatics-surf-online-november-16-and-take-plunge-register-december-1


SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants, Apply Now

  • Apply for a Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) youth arts microgrant to help bring your ideas to life.
  • The call for proposals is now available. The art projects should be completed by April 30, 2021.
  • This grant is to support artists aged 12-25. Lead applicants must be 18 years old or older.
  • Community agencies supporting youth artists are also welcome to apply.
  • For more information about funding, please visit crimepreventionottawa.ca  for the program guidelines and application form. 
  • Applications must be completed by Monday, November 30th, 2020. 


Federal Updates

Provincial Updates

Ontario Updating COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19


Ontario Supporting Agricultural and Horticultural Societies During COVID-19


Ontario Takes Steps to Make Government Services More Convenient, Reliable and Accessible


Ontario Helping Veterans Find New Careers

  • The Ontario government is investing $511,100 in the Pathways to Post-Military Employment program to support the return of 180 military veterans and reservists to civilian life.
  • This program, administered by non-profit organization Helmets to Hardhats Canada, will help veterans draw upon their unique skills and experience and connect them with good jobs in the construction industry.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59120/ontario-helping-veterans-find-new-careers


Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities

  • Ontario is investing $2 million over two years through its new Inclusive Community Grants program to strengthen communities and provide local opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities.
  • Municipalities and local organizations can use the funding towards projects such as:
  • Undertaking local needs assessments to determine gaps in existing supports for seniors and people with disabilities; developing action plans and implementing virtual programs; retrofitting buildings with ramps and accessible washrooms; and installing self-serve kiosks with software that people with vision or hearing loss can use.  
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59119/ontario-supporting-inclusive-communities-for-all-ages-and-abilities


Connecting Southern Ontario to High Speed Internet with Universal Broadband Fund

  • Originally announced in Budget 2019 as a $1 billion program, the Government is now providing additional funding to advance large, high-impact projects, which will leverage partnerships including with the Canada Infrastructure Bank broadband initiative.
  • The program will include a $150 million Rapid Response Stream with an accelerated application process that will allow shovel-ready projects to get started right away.
  • This investment will help connect 98 per cent of Canadians across the country to high-speed Internet by 2026 so that they can better participate in the digital economy.
  • Canadian satellite company Telesat to secure low-earth-orbit satellite capacity, which will improve connectivity and expand high-speed Internet coverage to rural and remote regions across Canada.
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/innovation-science-economic-development/news/2020/11/connecting-southern-ontario-to-high-speed-internet-with-the-universal-broadband-fund.html


Community and Ward News

Remembrance Day Osgoode Legion

It was a different kind of Remembrance Day all around this year with only one very small,  low key ceremony at the Osgoode Legion.

We gave time to remember those who left for War and never returned as well as those who have come back but are never going to be the same.  Thank you to the legion for arranging the short ceremony and for placing wreaths at cenotaphs throughout the Ward with the inscription “All Veterans We Remember”.


Sole Bag Piper Entertains at OCC

A very special moment for residents at the Osgoode Care Centre took place on November 11th.   The joyous sounds from a lone bagpiper playing in several courtyard gardens in honour of Veterans for Remembrance Day brought a special touch to the otherwise dreary, misting day. Thank you Hugh for taking the time to play for the residents and staff.


Halloween House Decorating Winners Announced

My office is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Halloween House Decorating competition for the following villages:

  • Kelly & Ruby OBrien-Lindsay:   Osgoode
  • Donna Warren:   Kenmore
  • Neil Robichaud & Jen Cullen:  Greely
  • Mara Golle: Greely
  • Sarah Dooley:   Metcalfe

We had a good number of submissions for the first-time event and it was a tough call for #TeamDarouze. The Greely village was a tie between two that had us at an impasse and as such, we awarded both. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the many that took the time to submit their photos. 

Stay tuned for more exciting news coming soon that involves Christmas AND decorations! Jingle Bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way ….!


Support Small Business Drive In Tour

Fundraiser for Greely Legion

Talk about incredible community support and spirit to help the Greely Legion this past weekend! Much thanks and gratitude going out to Robert Brown and Alison Rooney of Bobby B Productions that reached out to the Legion to do a weekend at the movies through the #supportsmallbusinessdriveintour!  Both evenings were a great success through ticket sales as well as donations that were gratefully accepted from local businesses and individuals to help the Legion. Thank you again Bobby and Alison for donating your time and resources to make this happen. #CommunitySpirit

Cheque Presentation to Greely Legion

I was thrilled to help present a cheque to Greely Legion President Linda Wyman and her husband Ivan, for over $5,000 tallied up from donations to the Legion during the drive in movie weekend. The legion is in great need of funds to keep the doors open as COVID has all but shut them down completely. Please support your local Legion by donating directly to them whatever you are able. Let’s keep the Legion open for those that have served our country so greatly. Stay tuned for another fundraiser in the works!


bobby b productions small business drive-in tour

  • Calling 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 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


Virtual Trivia Night supports the training of guide dogs

  • Saturday, November 21, 2020, join in for a fun game of Virtual Trivia at 7:00pm (Eastern).
  • As this is virtual you can play in any time zone from anywhere in Canada.
  • Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online. Compete for awesome prizes!
  • The game will last approximately 45 minutes.
  • You will need to purchase a separate ticket for each person joining the game and their own computer or mobile phone.
  • The game link will be sent to your email on Friday, November 20, so you’ll be able to just click and play on November 21st.
  • No app download is necessary. We are limiting this to the first 100 players.
  • Purchase your ticket today on the events page at www.guidedogs.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



South Nation Conservation Authority Notice

  • As we gear up for the winter season South Nation Conservation Authority will have some trails remain open.
  • Please note that people and their pets are reminded to stay on marked, maintained trails, and dogs are not permitted to be off leash. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on any SNC Community Land.
  • For full details please go to the SNC website at www.nation.ca/recreation.


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