VOLUME 6, ISSUE 111, NOVEMBER 27, 2020

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 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.

 

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK

  • Ottawa Public Health Updates
    • Flu Clinic Vaccinations
    • Latest statement from Dr. Vera Etches
  • City News
    • The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration has been cancelled
    • Special Winter Parking Ban Notices
    • The New Official Plan is now live on the Engage Ottawa site
    • Pay Automated Speed Enforcement Tickets Flash Online
    • City seeks public input on New Official Plan and how Ottawa will grow
    • Groove to the Sounds of You City
    • Winter Activities
    • Browse the winter recreation and arts eGuides
    • SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants
  • Federal Updates
    • Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth Facing Barriers to Employment
    • Government of Canada Signs New Agreement for a Covid 19 Antibody Therapy
    • Government Moves Forward With, Pay Transparency Measures for Greater Equality in Workplaces
    • New Targeted Support to Help Businesses Through Pandemic Receives Royal Assent
  • Provincial Updates
    • Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support Covid 19 Response
    • Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely
    • Ontario Expanding Existing Community Paramedicine Programs to Long Term Care
    • Ontario Providing Additional Funding to Enhance Safety and Protection in Schools
    • Province Proposes Cap on Delivery Fees to Support Local Restaurants
  • Community and Ward News
    • Metcalfe Christmas Farmers Market
    • Osgoode Outreach
    • Bobby B Production - Save the Greely Legion Concert
    • ITR Theatre presents The Christmas Tree live Via Zoom - Registration now open!
    • Orchard View To Go
    • Osgoode Township Museum Rooted in Rural
    • SNC Accepting “Over the Counter” Tree Orders for 2021: Order Before the Holidays!

 

Ottawa Public Health Updates

Flu Clinic Vaccinations

Latest statement from Dr. Vera Etches

 

City News

The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration has been cancelled

  • Due to the evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mayor’s 20th Annual Christmas Celebration, scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at City Hall, has been cancelled.
  • The holiday lights at City Hall will be turned on from Tuesday, December 1, 2020 to Thursday, January 7, 2021.
  • The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Celebration in support of the Ottawa Food Bank is made possible with the help and contributions of many volunteers and generous corporate sponsors.
  • The health and safety of all residents is of paramount importance.
  • Residents are reminded to practice physical distancing, wear a mask and follow public health guidelines as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

 

Special Winter Parking Ban Notices

 

The New Official Plan is now live on the Engage Ottawa site

  • The City of Ottawa's Official Plan provides a vision for the future growth of the city and a policy framework to guide the city's physical development.
  • In 2019, the City of Ottawa is beginning a multi-year process to develop a new Official Plan.
  • The draft New Official Plan is a complex document.
  • There are twenty-two of these documents providing a brief overview of the New Official Plan proposed policies. You can select the topics of interest to you or go through them all.
  • https://engage.ottawa.ca/the-new-official-plan 

 

Pay Automated Speed Enforcement Tickets Flash Online

  • Avoid any delays and pay easily and quickly online at paytickets.ca. You can only use your credit on this 24-7 secured site.
  • Delays can result in fees for past-due dates and possibly pose difficulties when renewing your driver’s license or license-plate sticker.
  • The pay tickets site has a fee of 1.75 per cent on the amount owing on the ticket – with a maximum fee of $3.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/pay-automated-speed-enforcement-tickets-flash-online

 

City seeks public input on New Official Plan and how Ottawa will grow

  • The City of Ottawa is seeking your input as we develop a New Official Plan that will guide the physical development of Ottawa until 2046.
  • A draft of the New Official Plan is now available for review and comment at ottawa.ca/newop.
  • You’re welcome to offer feedback on any or all surveys. You can send questions to newop@ottawa.ca.
  • Some of the themes include:
    • Intensification vs. Regeneration: Moving away from the term intensification, which narrowly describes development based on density, the New Official Plan introduces the term regeneration to better consider how neighbourhoods evolve in terms of housing options, design, tree protection, commercial development, roads and transit, and access to community facilities.
    • Urban boundary expansion: Within the 26-year timeframe of the New Official Plan, Ottawa will need about 195,000 new dwelling units to house more than 400,000 new residents, based on population projections, and we’ll need to add more land to our urban area to accommodate that growth.
    • Climate emergency: The New Official Plan will be key to helping Ottawa reduce emissions and prepare for future climate conditions. Policies will encourage opportunities to develop local energy supplies, buildings that require less energy, communities that minimize the need to travel and systems that reduce reliance on personal vehicles.
    • Affordable housing: With housing challenges affecting more people than ever, the New Official Plan will need to support diverse needs – from emergency shelters to rental apartments to houses – and encourage approaches that produce the kinds of housing most needed in a neighborhood.
    • Infrastructure: As Ottawa grows, the New Official Plan will ensure there’s enough infrastructure capacity in the right areas and at the right time to accommodate development.
    • Hubs and corridors: New area designations in the New Official Plan will consider the context of how people live in and use them, and how they will evolve. Located across the city, hubs are the most densely developed areas of town, linking to other hubs and downtown via rapid transit and corridors. Corridors are more developed than neighbourhood streets nearby, and provide a variety of services, jobs and housing, while feeding into hubs and rapid transit.
    • Greenspace: As an essential component of liveable neighbourhoods, the New Official Plan will protect and improve public greenspaces and keep them accessible to all urban residents. It also encourages a connected network of natural areas in rural Ottawa to support biodiversity and resiliency to climate change, reduce flood risks, protect drinking water and support the rural economy.
  • The City will collect feedback on the draft New Official Plan until Wednesday, February 17.

 

Groove to the Sounds of You City

  • Each year, musicians are asked to submit songs for the City’s Music on Hold program and we annually choose 25 to play on our telephone systems when residents call 3-1-1.
  • What happens with all those other great entries? We make an awesome playlist out of them, of course!
  • Check out City Sounds and enjoy local music while you do just about anything. These 62 tracks represent a wide range of musical styles, but they all have one thing in common.
  • The music was made right here. By Ottawa artists!
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/groove-sounds-your-city

 

Winter Activities

  • Swim Registration
    • The eGuides for our swim programs are online. It’s almost time to book. Click on the barcode in the swimming eGuide next to your chosen class to register on December 1 at 9 pm.
  • Indoor Public Skating
    • Indoor public skating will return at 11 arenas starting Tuesday, December 1. You can reserve your 50-minute skate time up to two days in advance by clicking on ottawa.ca/recreation.

 

Browse the winter recreation and arts eGuides

  • Stay active this winter and register for one or more City of Ottawa COVID-modified winter recreation and arts activities, starting on Monday, December 7 at 9 pm.
  • In advance, browse our winter eGuides, which go online Monday, November 30, and discover our selection of recreation and arts activities.
    • Winter programming will include:
    • Cross-country and skate-ski lessons for all ages and skill levels, including beginners, at the Terry Fox Athletic Centre, located at Mooney’s Bay.
    • Pottery, dance, digital arts, visual arts, multi-media, and music classes at the City’s three arts centres: Nepean Creative Arts Centre, Nepean Visual Arts Centre and Shenkman Arts Centre.
    • PA and winter break day camps for school-aged children between the ages of 4 and 12, featuring crafts, games and other social activities.
    • Low-ratio inclusive recreation, PA days and winter break camp programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities.
    • French instruction dance classes, PA days and winter break camp programs for pre-school and school-aged children.
  • Remember, registration for the City’s aquatics programs starts on Tuesday, December 1 at 9 pm. Visit ottawa.ca/recreation to explore our aquatic offerings and to register.

 

SHINE: Youth Arts Microgrants

  • Apply today! Applications must be completed by Monday, November 30th, 2020. 
  • Let your artistic talents shine bright this winter.
  • Apply for a Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) youth arts microgrant to help bring your ideas to life.
  • 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.
  • View the presentation from our virtual information session on Monday November 16th

     

Federal Updates

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth Facing Barriers to Employment

  • Announced an investment under Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS) that will help 125 young people in Guelph, Ontario, get the skills and experience they need.
  • Second Chance Employment Counselling Inc. will receive nearly $1.4 million over the next three years for their innovative Ways2Work project.
  • This project will provide job readiness training and opportunities to 125 young people in Guelph who face barriers to employment, including youth with disabilities, youth with mental health concerns and racialized youth.
  • www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2020/11/x0.html

 

Government of Canada Signs New Agreement for a Covid 19 Antibody Therapy

 

Government Moves Forward With, Pay Transparency Measures for Greater Equality in Workplaces

 

New Targeted Support to Help Businesses Through Pandemic Receives Royal Assent

  • The government is taking targeted action to support Canadians and Canadian businesses, non-profits and charities that continue to face uncertainty and economic challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Bill C-9, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) received Royal Assent, implementing new, targeted support to help hard-hit businesses.
  • These measures will help businesses get through the second wave of the virus so they can protect jobs, continue to serve their communities, and be positioned for a strong recovery.
  • The measures adopted as part of Bill C-9 are:
  • The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy.
  • The new Lockdown Support.
  • The extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy until June 2021.
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/11/new-targeted-support-to-help-businesses-through-pandemic-receives-royal-assent.html

 

Provincial Updates

Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support Covid 19 Response

  • The Ontario government has deployed new COVID-19 rapid tests to provide faster results in regions of high transmission and rural and remote areas.
  • As an additional tool to help keep essential workers safe, rapid tests will also be used to screen staff in long-term care homes and select workplaces.
  • These new tests will provide Ontarians with more access to innovative testing options and will help to quickly identify and manage outbreaks to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/59330/ontario-deploys-rapid-testing-to-support-covid-19-response

 

Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely

 

Ontario Expanding Existing Community Paramedicine Programs to Long Term Care

 

Ontario Providing Additional Funding to Enhance Safety and Protection in Schools

 

Province Proposes Cap on Delivery Fees to Support Local Restaurants

 

Community and Ward News

Metcalfe Christmas Farmers Market

Attended the first of 2 days the Metcalfe Christmas Craft Market such amazing items so thank you all for sharing your creations with us! Come out and support the Metcalfe Farmers' Market at the #greelycommunitycentre for their final Saturday, December 19, 2020 they will be open.

Osgoode Outreach

Delivering Christmas gift bags with Osgoode Outreach this morning! Enjoyed being out in our community and seeing smiling faces from a distance! Royal Canadian Legion Osgoode Branch #589. Thank you to all the local businesses who donated items for these gift bags: Raymonds, Foodland and Osgoode Pharmacy to name a few. 

 

Bobby B Production – Save the Greely Legion Concert

Last chance for tickets for an outdoor drive-in concert.

 

ITR Theatre presents The Christmas Tree live Via Zoom – Registration now open!

  • ITR is pleased to announce The Christmas Tree by Norm Foster as our Christmas play and our first ever play done live via Zoom from December 10th – 13th, 2020
  • The show will begin at 7:30 pm on December 10th, 11th and 12th and we are holding a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on December 13th.  There is no cost to register for the show, we are instead asking that those who can, donate to The Ottawa Mission.
  • This play is being presented live via Zoom which is a videoconferencing tool which will enable you to watch this play via a computer, table or smartphone.  More information on Zoom can be found at www.zoom.com
  • Registration is now open via this link http://itrtheatre.com/tickets.html and you will need to register in order to watch the show.
  • If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 613-800-1165 or at info@itrtheatre.com.

 

Orchard View To Go

 

 

The Metcalfe Community Association Food and Toy Donations

 

SNC Accepting “Over the Counter” Tree Orders for 2021: Order Before the Holidays!