VOLUME 6, ISSUE 112, December 4, 2020

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, December 4, 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

  • COVID-19 and Holiday Celebrations
  • 2020-21 influenza vaccination campaign - FluMist® vaccine

City News

  • 13 drive-thru Santa parades
  • City launches virtual sign language service
  • International Volunteer Day 2020 Saturday, December 5
  • Give back this Year
  • Deliver a special holiday meal
  • Committee approves $335.7 million for transportation-related infrastructure
  • Committee adds to investment in rural infrastructure

Federal Updates

  • Highlights of New Supports in the Federal Government’s Fall Economic Update
  • Government of Canada Announces Extension of Travel Restrictions
  • Workplace Safety Contest Open to Youth Across Canada
  • Government of Canada Announces Investments to Support Supply Managed Dairy, Poultry and Egg Farmers

Provincial Updates

  • Service Ontario Offering Appointment Booking to Help Alleviate Wait Times
  • Ontario Government Investing in Tourism Industry During Covid-19
  • Ontario Collaborates with Industry Experts to Plan the Covid 19 Vaccine Rollout

Community and Ward News

  • Metcalfe village branch of Ottawa Public Library will move location in 2021
  • Greely Legion Drive-In Concert Sets a Record
  • Vernon Variety Adds LCBO
  • MCA Youth Teams Up with OTHS Youth
  • MCA Annual Tree Lighting
  • Birthday Drive Thru for Anne Velthuis
  • Osgoode Outreach
  • ITR Theatre presents The Christmas Tree live Via Zoom - Registration now open!
  • Osgoode Township Museum Rooted in Rural

 

Ottawa Public Health Updates

COVID-19 and Holiday Celebrations

  • We know this year the holidays will be like no other and you are encouraged to consider safer alternate arrangements such as those listed in this section that do not include in-person activities.
  • We hope that the steps we take together this holiday season will support our ability to bring communities together next year at traditional gathering events.
  • This holiday season is bound to be unforgettable for many, if only for the fact that people across the world will be celebrating in new and innovative ways as a result of the pandemic.
  • This winter season, OPH is recommending keeping the number of people you interact with small: those in your household plus essential supports.
  • OPH has updated our website to help Ottawa residents prepare for a COVIDWise holiday season, including suggestions for hosting virtual holiday gatherings and ideas for finding memorable ways to celebrate.
  • This will keep everyone as safe as possible, such as opening gifts during a video call with family or friends, organizing a Zoom Karaoke night or virtual dance party and other creative ideas.

 

2020-21 influenza vaccination campaign - FluMist® vaccine

  • OPH is entering the fourth week of our influenza vaccination campaign and demand this year has far surpassed previous years.
  • FluMist® was not originally offered as a part of the 2020-2021 Ontario program (but has been distributed by OPH in previous seasons) and was only available by private purchase.
  • FluMist®-LAIV is a nasal spray offered in pre-filled syringes and authorized in Canada for use in children and adults 2 to 59 years of age.
  • Both vaccines are proven to be effective and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization supports the use of both.  
  • Starting Friday, December 4, 2020 FluMist® will be the primary vaccine available for residents 2 to 59 years of age in Ottawa at all OPH clinics.
  • 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.  

 

City News

13 drive-thru Santa parades

 

City launches virtual sign language service

  • Residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired can now connect with a sign language interpreter to access real-time interpretation for telephone calls to the City.
  • The City launched this new video relay service as part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Using Canada Video Relay Service, people with hearing or speech disabilities would connect with a sign language interpreter via video conference before calling the City at 613-580-2400.
  • The interpreter would then connect the caller with the City, relaying conversations between both parties.

 

International Volunteer Day 2020 Saturday, December 5

  • As International Volunteer Day 2020 takes place tomorrow, please join me in recognizing the valuable contributions of the thousands of volunteers in our City.
  • Throughout the world, despite facing their own difficulties during the pandemic, individuals have come forward to assist their neighbours and others in need.
  • The theme of International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2020, Together We Can Through Volunteering, intends to thank volunteers worldwide, and highlights the impact of volunteers in their communities throughout the crisis.
  • Not surprisingly, the residents of Ottawa have once again stepped forward, and many have signed up to offer assistance with current COVID-19 volunteer opportunities.

 

Give back this Year

 

Deliver a special holiday meal

  • Food brings people together, regardless of distance. Whether or not your friend or family member lives nearby, arranging for a delicious meal or two is a great way to brighten their holidays.
  • If you’re within driving distance, consider making their favourite dish and dropping it off. If you live in different regions, have a holiday meal or some baked goods delivered to their door. The demand this year will be especially high, so plan ahead.
  • If your loved one lives within the Ottawa area, consider supporting a local business.
  • Visit Ottawa.ca/BuyLocal for inspiration

 

Committee approves $335.7 million for transportation-related infrastructure

  • The City’s Transportation Committee approved its portion of the draft budget for 2021, which includes $335.7 million in capital funding for transportation infrastructure.
  • This includes roads, bridges, sidewalks, pathways and intersection improvements, along with investments in integrated infrastructure projects and lifecycle replacements of the City’s fleet.
  • Rural areas would benefit from an investment of $41.5 million in infrastructure – mostly related to transportation – on par with the four-year average of $39.7 million.
  • For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca

 

Committee adds to investment in rural infrastructure

  • The City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee today approved its portion of Draft Budget 2021, which commits $2.35 million to renew rural infrastructure.
  • The City plans to adopt a New Official Plan next year. To implement the policies and objectives of that plan, the City will need a corresponding new Comprehensive Zoning By-law.
  • The Committee approved a work plan to prepare that new by-law, which would see Council consider a final draft by the end of 2024.

 

Federal Updates

Highlights of New Supports in the Federal Government’s Fall Economic Update

  • The Fall Economic Statement proposes new measures to see Canadians and Canadian businesses through the pandemic and support a robust and resilient recovery, including:
  • Increasing the maximum Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning December 20, 2020, and extending this rate until March 13, 2021;
  • Extending the current subsidy rates of the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy to March 13, 2021, to provide greater certainty to businesses and other organizations;
  • Extending the deadline to apply for a Canada Emergency Business Account loan to March 31, 2021;
  • Creating the Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program for the hardest hit businesses in sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts and entertainment;
  • Earmarking 25 per cent of all Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) funding as dedicated to supporting local tourism businesses, ensuring the industry will have benefitted from more than $500 million in RRRF support through June 2021.
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/12/minister-fortier-highlights-new-supports-in-fall-economic-statement-during-virtual-roundtable-discussion-with-economic-stakeholders-in-quebec.html

 

Government of Canada Announces Extension of Travel Restrictions

  • Announced that Canada will extend the Mandatory Isolation Order and temporary travel restrictions for all travelers seeking entry into Canada from a country other than the US, until January 21, 2021.
  • Travel restrictions for US citizens and foreign nationals arriving from the US remain in place until December 21, 2020 and may be extended at that time.
  • The Government is amending its order and creating a framework for considering applications from high-performance amateur sport organizations seeking to hold International Single Sport Events.
  • To be considered, applicants would need to include written commitments of ongoing support from provincial/territorial and local public health authorities and provincial/territorial governments, as well as a robust plan to protect public health and the health of participants.
  • Authorization would be issued by the Department of Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada) in consultation with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2020/11/government-of-canada-announces-extension-of-travel-restrictions.html

 

Workplace Safety Contest Open to Youth Across Canada

  • The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) invites youth aged 13 to 19 across Canada to share their perspective about what working safely means to them.
  • Contestants of the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest are encouraged to produce an original video (in two minutes or less) to illustrate the importance of working safely.
  • The contest offers three ways to win to allow full participation across every province and territory in Canada:
  • Provincial Contest
    • Each participating province and territory will hold its own contest, co-sponsored by CCOHS, with specific eligibility criteria, deadlines, and requirements.
    • The first-place winners of these contests will be entered into the national contest.
  • Regional Qualifier Contest
    • This contest is open to youth aged 13-19 who reside in provinces or territories that are not running youth video contests.
    • The winning individual or team will receive $1,000 and the winning video will be entered into the national Focus on Safety Youth Video Contest.
    • Video submissions for this category must be received by Wednesday, April 15, 2021.
  • National Contest
    • The first-place winners of the regional, provincial and territorial contests move onto the national stage.
    • The first-place video at the Canadian finals will win $2,000, second place will receive $1,500, and third place will receive $1,000. Each winning school or institution will also receive a matching prize.
    • Winners of the national contest will be announced during Safety and Health Week in May 2021.
  • Full contest details as well as links to each provincial contest are available on CCOHS’ Young Workers Zone website.
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/centre-occupational-health-safety/news/2020/12/workplace-safety-video-contest-open-to-youth-across-canada.html

 

Government of Canada Announces Investments to Support Supply Managed Dairy, Poultry and Egg Farmers

  • Government has set a schedule to deliver the remaining $1.405 billion through direct payments to farmers over a timeline of only three years. 
  • The owner of a farm with 80 dairy cows will be awarded compensation in the form of a direct payment of approximately $38,000 each year.
  • These amounts also build on the $250 million CETA on-farm investment program and provide certainty on the schedule and form of remaining payments in the $2 billion total compensation package for dairy farmers.
  • The Government is also announcing $691 million for 10-year programs for Canada's 4,800 chicken, egg, broiler hatching egg, and turkey farmers. Responding to sector demands, these programs will drive innovation and growth for farmers.
  • Program details will be designed in consultation with sector representatives and launched as soon as possible. 
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/agriculture-agri-food/news/2020/11/government-of-canada-announces-investments-to-support-supply-managed-dairy-poultry-and-egg-farmers.html

 

Provincial Updates

Service Ontario Offering Appointment Booking to Help Alleviate Wait Times

  • To help reduce wait times and manage customer flow, ServiceOntario is now offering appointment booking at 42 of its busiest locations.
  • Appointments will minimize lineups and wait times for customers and help staff to safely facilitate services that need to be completed in-person.
  • Over 40 of the most common transactions – like driver’s license and license plate sticker renewals - are available 24/7 at ServiceOntario.ca
  • Due to the risks associated with COVID-19, it is strongly recommended that customers continue to access services available online and only book an in-person appointment if necessary.
  • ServiceOntario Offering Appointment Booking to Help Alleviate Wait Times

 

Ontario Government Investing in Tourism Industry During Covid-19

 

Ontario Collaborates with Industry Experts to Plan the Covid 19 Vaccine Rollout

 

Community and Ward News

Metcalfe village branch of Ottawa Public Library will move location in 2021

 

For available please go to the OPL website https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/branch/metcalfe-village 

 

Greely Legion Drive-In Concert Sets a Record

All I can say is Wow! The amount of time and effort that went into the Greely & District Branch #627 Drive-In Concert weekend by Bobby Brown owner/operator of Bobby B Productions and the legion paid off big time.

In all, between the Drive-In movie nights, concerts and very generous local businesses contributions, they raised over $15,000 setting record for the most raised during the pandemic.

Nothing short of incredible indeed. With the legion in danger of closing their doors due to COVID causing cancellations of events and fundraisers, they were desperate to find ways to raise funds. I was happy to help where I could along with many other individuals that made their own personal donations.  The GoFundMe page is still open as well where these funds will help with the bills for heating, hydro etc.  Thank you to everyone that came forward to keep this historic location open. Community support and spirit are alive and well in Greely for sure.

 

Vernon Variety Adds LCBO

Vernon Variety has some special news to share! They now have a LCBO Convenience Store Outlet which means the community can support the local business further and not have to venture out of their Village. Congratulations to the owners Farit and Hiam for bringing this service to the Village. Well done!

 

MCA Youth Teams Up with OTHS Youth

The Metcalfe Community Association (MCA) Youth Committee and Osgoode Township High School (OTHS) youth partnered for a drive thru that collected toys for ages 4-14 and food items  for the Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard families in need.  They will be at the Lions Den (Metcalfe Fairgrounds) again this Saturday (Dec.5th) for their final collection between 11am and 2 pm.

 

MCA Annual Tree Lighting

What a pretty sight as the Metcalfe Community Association (MCA) headed by President Marc Sauve were turned on the lights in Victoria Park with a new tradition of selecting a resident and family members to flip the switch. Mr. Cy Leman and his family were the first to be selected for this community honour. I was happy to be in attendance to share in this spirited event with invited guests as well. I hope everyone has a chance to see the lights at some point.

 

Birthday Drive Thru for Anne Velthuis

Such a wonderful surprise drive thru for a pillar in our community today as Anne Velthuis turned a young 90 years young this past weekend.  With all the current restrictions and concern for healthy and safety, Anne’s family organized a unique surprise for her with the drive thru.  Great to see her surrounded by family and see so many friends in line to give birthday greetings.

 

Osgoode Outreach

Always a pleasure to be Santa's helper out in our community! Thank you to Osgoode Outreach for including me in the Christmas gift bag deliveries.The rain held off just long enough for us to finish our deliveries, then a stop at Good Vibrations Studio for a delicious cup of hot chocolate - yummy!

 

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.

 

Osgoode Township Museum Rooted in Rural