VOLUME 6, ISSUE 110, NOVEMBER 20, 2020

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 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
    • Notice from Dr. Vera Etches
  • City News
    • The city has updated Geo Ottawa
    • Pay Automated Speed Enforcement Tickets Online
    • Committee approves Draft Budget 2021 with $218 million for water infrastructure
    • Committee invests in emergency services, long-term care
    • CPO Board and Forum Recruitment and OPH COVID-19 survey
    • Victims and Survivors of Crime Week
    • Transit Commission Approves OC Transpo Draft Budget
  • Federal Updates
    • Government of Canada Charts Course for Clean Growth by Introducing Bill to Legislate Net Zero Emissions by 2050
    • Government of Canada Launces Redress System for the Secure Air Travel Act List
  • Provincial Updates
    • Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders
    • Ontario Making Adoption Process Easier for Families
    • Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training
    • Ontario Expands Online Tool to Keep Drivers Safe During Winter
  • Community and Ward News
    • Bobby B Production
    • South Nation Conservation Authority
    • NROCRC
    • Osgoode Township Museum Rooted in Rural

 

Ottawa public health updates

Notice from Dr. Vera Etches

Special Focus Report: Acquisition exposures of COVID-19

  • OPH published a report looking at where the transmission of COVID-19 is occurring in Ottawa.
  • To look more closely at the impact of Stage 3 reopening on the spread of the virus, OPH analyzed the data collected from Ottawa residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 to find sources of infection and chains of transmission in our community.
  • Common risk factors identified in the report include:
    • Socializing outside of one’s own household where talking, eating and drinking was involved – whether that occurred in homes, bars and restaurants, patios or parks (indoors or outdoors).
    • Close contact in small spaces during social and workplace settings – indoors at home and in sports venues, small poorly ventilated spaces such as locker rooms, cars, meeting rooms, and break rooms.
    • Inadequate/inconsistent mask use when interacting with people outside of one’s own household in crowded environments and where physical distancing is not maintained – when socializing, coaching, teaching or caring for friends, family, students or clients.
  • These locally identified risk factors align with what the World Health Organization has identified as the ‘Three Cs’ where COVID-19 spreads more easily, particularly when all three overlap:
    • crowded places with many people nearby;
    • close contact setting with close-range conversations; and,
    • confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.
  • The full report can be found here.
  • Seeking feedback from residents
  • Phase 4 of our engagement strategy launched this week and includes a new survey and forum questions available on Engage Ottawa in English or Participons Ottawa in French.
  • This is the fourth phase of the public engagement strategy since the beginning of the pandemic. Reports and findings from the first three phases are linked below.
  • We need to continue to remind everyone to keep up the hard work of practicing the basics every day (physical distancing, mask wearing and proper hand hygiene). 

Taking care with COVID-19 in the community 

  • The Province announced a new framework that placed Ottawa in the “Restrict” phase. 
  • We have to keep our guard up to keep COVID-19 levels down. 
  • Residents are encouraged to connect with others by catching up with a friend or loved one outside their household, virtually, if at all possible. 
  • If residents do choose to meet in person, OPH would like to remind them to always maintain a physical distance of at least two metres, wear a mask and stay outdoors if possible.  

Flu Vaccine  

  • OPH is not able to fill any more order requests from local physicians for the high-dose vaccine and the HD-TIV will no longer be available in our community influenza immunization clinics.
  • The vaccine may still be available in some pharmacies or from some physicians in limited quantities.
  • Residents may wish to call their local pharmacy or health care provider to inquire about the availability of HD-TIV, though delaying vaccination is not recommended.
  • For more information about influenza immunization, please refer to www.ottawapublichealth.ca/flu.
  • Should you have questions regarding the provincial vaccine order please contact uiip.moh@ontario.ca.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health  

  • As daylight hours get shorter, it is important to check in with ourselves and our loved ones to see how things are going and ensure we are practicing good coping skills to support our mental health.
  • It is important to speak to one another about mental health - this can help us increase dialogue, knowledge, and help-seeking, while reducing stigma.  
  • OPH encourages everyone to engage in activities that support mental wellness
  • Please note that the Counselling Connect service in Ottawa is available to residents who are seeking mental health supports. 
  • Should immediate support be required, we ask residents to reach out to the Ottawa Distress Centre at 613-238-3311 or the Crisis Line at 613-722-6914. 

 

City News

The city has updated Geo Ottawa

 

Pay Automated Speed Enforcement Tickets Online

  • Both the Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) and red-light camera tickets are issued by the Province of Ontario.
  • Due to COVID-19, in-person Provincial Offences Act (POA) court services have been suspended and people’s payment options are limited to either by mail or online.
  • Check out how to pay your water utility bills and property taxes online too
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/pay-automated-speed-enforcement-tickets-flash-online

 

Committee approves Draft Budget 2021 with $218 million for water infrastructure

  • The City’s Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management approved its portion of the draft budget for 2021.
  • It includes a $218-million investment in the water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure that delivers essential services to residents, businesses and visitors.
  • To help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca

 

Committee invests in emergency services, long-term care

  • To better serve Ottawa’s growing population and address increasing emergency call volumes, the City would invest $7.5 million towards a new fire station in Kanata North and hire 14 new paramedics next year.
  • These are both key highlights of the Community and Protective Services Committee’s portion of the draft budget for 2021, was approved.

 

CPO Board and Forum Recruitment and OPH COVID-19 survey

  • What is the Board of Directors?
    • Crime Prevention Ottawa is governed and guided by a Board of Directors which is responsible for setting strategic direction, assuring sound financial management and hiring an Executive Director. 
    • The Board of Directors includes up to 20 members.  It is a mix of community and institutional representatives.
  • What is the Community Forum?
    • Ottawa residents can make a difference in their community by becoming a volunteer member of Crime Prevention Ottawa’s Community Forum. 
    • The Community Forum is an advisory body. 
    •  It gives feedback to the Board of Directors with regard to planning and operations and advises with regard to emerging issues in the community, priorities and successes. 
  • How to apply?
    • Please submit a one-page letter of application outlining your qualifications, specific skills, interests and background. 
    • Applications may be submitted by electronic mail.  Please submit your application by December 31, 2020 to: CPO@ottawa.ca

 

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

We are pleased to share the following information about important virtual events November 22 to 28, 2020. https://www.victimsweek.gc.ca/
Please Note: CPO is a partner in Tuesday’s event.
 
Monday, November 23, 2020
National Symposium: Recognizing Courage, Renewing Commitment
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Registration deadline is November 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (EST).
Registration for the event is free. Register now
For questions, please contact victimsweek-semainedesvictimes@justice.gc.ca.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Community Responses to Homicide
Hosted by Algonquin College's Victimology Research Centre in partnership with the Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime (CRCVC), and the Ottawa Police Service and Crime Prevention Ottawa
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/community-responses-to-homicide-tickets-125491623825
 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
OVS Essential Tools from a Trauma Expert
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/127223457787
 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Federal Ombudsmans Office: 5 year recommendations on the Victim Bill of Rights
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
https://bit.ly/3cZTtk1
 
Thursday, November 26th, 2020
OVS Tools to Safeguard Your Well-being
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/127224272223

 

Transit Commission Approves OC Transpo Draft Budget

  • The 2021 Draft Budget includes the following:
    • Freezing EquiPass fares and the Community Pass at 2019 levels.
    • A 2.5 per cent fare increase effective January 1, 2021, except for low-income customers and those who are Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) recipients
    • Because of the 2020 fare freeze, there is a budget pressure of $5.1 million in 2021 that will be funded from Transit reserves
    • Costs of the 2020 fare increase deferral have been included in the RTG claim
    • No service expansion on all modes of transit
    • Discretionary spending pause continues in 2021
  • UTA boundaries will now be consistent with the boundaries of the Urban Policy Area and will ensure that funding for urban transit service is consistent across all properties in the Urban Policy Area.
  • Transit ridership in Ottawa has been at 28 per cent of usual levels since the start of the fall service change.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/transit-commission-approves-oc-transpos-2021-draft-budget

 

Federal Updates

Government of Canada Charts Course for Clean Growth by Introducing Bill to Legislate Net Zero Emissions by 2050

 

Government of Canada Launces Redress System for the Secure Air Travel Act List

 

Provincial Updates

Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders

  • The ROA allows certain orders to be amended, subject to criteria, and does not allow new orders to be created.
  • The ROA requires the Premier to table a report on any amendments or extensions of any orders within 120 days after the first anniversary of the act coming into force.
  • Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders

 

Ontario Making Adoption Process Easier for Families

  • The Ontario government is investing $1.5 million annually in programs and services to make the adoption process easier, a key commitment of the province’s plan to redesign the child welfare system.
  • The funding will help bring more prospective adoptive parents, children and youth together permanently through the development of a centralized intake service and expansion of online matching. It will also provide additional supports and training for families post-adoption.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59278/ontario-making-adoption-process-easier-for-families

 

Ontario Supporting Small Businesses with Financial Advice and Training

 

Ontario Expands Online Tool to Keep Drivers Safe During Winter

  • The Ontario 511 app is now available to all drivers and includes these additional features:
    • Track My Plow which will allow drivers to track the location of snowplows and salt trucks on provincial highways in Ontario
    • Information on winter road conditions so drivers can see which roads are bare or covered with snow
    • Weather warnings from Environment Canada to alert drivers of upcoming storms
    • Up-to-date information on rest areas across the province
  • Ontario Expands Online Tool to Keep Drivers Safe During Winter

 

Community and Ward News

Bobby B Productions

is at it again and this time it's a Drive-In Concert to help the Greely & District Legion - RCL Branch #627

raise funds to stay open. Check out the individual nights as well as the weekend packages at www.bobbybproductions.ca Also note the price is per car, not per individual. #supportlocal

 

South Nation Conservation Authority

 

NROCRC

 

Osgoode Township Museum Rooted in Rural