VOLUME 7, ISSUE 26, JULY 2, 2021

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2021

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.

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

  • Dr. Vera Etches Update
  • Vaccine Updates

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS 

  • Zero Emission Bus Statement
  • Annual Strawberry Social
  • Metcalfe Farmer’s Market
  • New Metcalfe Meet and Greet
  • NROCRC Tools 4 School
  • NRCORC Energy Saver

CITY NEWS

  • Canada Day schedule changes
  • Update to City Outdoor Rentals, Events, Meetings and Organized Sports
  • Ottawa Public Library- The Human Library
  • Update on City outdoor rentals for events, meetings and organized sports
  • Committee moves to give farmers more opportunity to diversify

WARD TRAFFIC SUMMER CONSTRUCTION LIST

FEDERAL UPDATES

  • Federal Minimum Wage of $15 Per Hour to Come Into Effect on December 29th, 2021

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

  • Kick Summer Off With Family Free Fishing in Ontario
  • Ontario Further Eases Long Term Care Home Restrictions
  • Ontario Launches Online Renewal Tool For Accessible Parking Permits
  • Province Launches Online Renewals for Ontario Photo Card Holders

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Dr. Vera Etches Update

 

Vaccine Updates

Youth Aged 12-17 Across Ontario Eligible for Accelerated Second Dose

 

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS 

Zero Emission Bus Statement

In January 2020, Council approved the Climate Change Master Plan as the City’s overarching framework to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and respond to the current and future effects of climate change.  To meet the goals of the plan, the full electrification of public transit is necessary, and the transition to a full fleet of battery electric buses by 2036 along with expansion of the O-Train system moves the City in this direction

Last week, City Council approved a plan for OC Transpo to convert its bus fleet to zero-emission buses.  The project, pegged at a cost of $986 million, is contingent on securing a loan from the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which would cover the upfront premiums of buying the electric models over diesel standards, and a grant from Infrastructure Canada to cover 35-50 per cent of the costs.  The agreement with the CIB and potential Infrastructure Canada funding will offset any added capital costs for OC Transpo’s transition to battery-electric buses, and ensure the conversion is affordable under the City’s Long-Range Financial Plan for transit.

If funding is secured, OC Transpo will purchase 74 40-foot battery-electric buses and charging infrastructure as part of the City’s 2022 capital budget. OC Transpo aims to phase in 450 zero-emission buses by 2027 and have a fully electric bus fleet by 2036.

The recommendations of last week’s report are based on taking full advantage of the Infrastructure Canada and CIB programs to supplement the capital funding for bus fleet growth and replacement identified in the LRFP, with all of these funding sources working together to make possible the conversion to a zero-emission bus fleet. All of the costs in this report are preliminary and will be confirmed through the procurement and program management work that are described in the report.

As well, operating and maintenance costs are expected to be lower for battery-electric buses when compared to diesel. This allows OC Transpo to achieve the savings required to pay back the Canada Infrastructure Bank loan for the acquisition of buses and charging infrastructure. Based on the experiences of other transit agencies, staff forecast the cost to maintain a 40-foot battery-electric bus to be about 65 percent of the cost to maintain a diesel bus. Charging the battery-electric buses will cost about 40 percent of the cost to fuel diesel buses.

Council also passed a motion that city staff needs to confirm all zero-emission bus purchases meet the City’s operational needs, including functionality in Ottawa’s winter.  This means, city staff will report back and confirm these items meet the qualifications before a purchase would take place.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out.

 

Annual Strawberry Social

Rain or shine the Metcalfe Fair Family Division of the Metcalfe Agricultural Society were on point dishing out pre ordered delectable Strawberry Shortcakes this past Saturday at the Lion’s Den on the Metcalfe Fairgrounds. There was nothing better than fresh strawberries to fill the gap and share the incredible fresh taste of seasonal strawberries.

 

Metcalfe Farmer’s Market

Even though the weather wasn’t the best, taking a quick stroll through the Metcalfe Farmers' Market to see a few more vendors that we’ve missed over the past few weeks was a pleasure as well as running into many friends.  So good to see Debbie Lyall owner of Lyall's Art and Design is back for the summer too!

 

New Metcalfe Meet and Greet

Marc Sauve, president of the Metcalfe Community Association and Toni owner of signs and stitches presented the unveiling of the new Metcalfe Meet and Greet business sign. Many local businesses contributed their business logos as advertising in the Metcalfe community. The Metcalfe Grasshopper will be donating landscaping flowery to dress the location. The owners of these business attended to unveil including George owner of the Metcalfe Pizza. Thank you to all who contributed to the work and planning that went into this project. 

 

NRORCRC Tools 4 School

  • NROCRC’s annual Tools 4 School Program registration is open from June 28th – August 3rd for Kindergarten to Grade 12 students.
  • Registration is online this year! To register, CLICK HERE: 
  • Visit our website HERE for more information.
  • Families without internet access can register by calling 613-596-5626 ext. 304.

 

NRCORC Energy Saver

 

CITY NEWS

Canada Day schedule changes

Client Service Centres

  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative.
  • For persons with a hearing-related disability, call TTY: 613-580-2401.
  • The Client Services Centres at Ottawa City Hall and Ben Franklin Place and the City’s Provincial Offences Court at 100 Constellation Drive will also be closed.

Green bin, recycling and garbage collection

  • There will be no curbside collection of green binsrecycling or garbage on Canada Day. Collection scheduled for Thursday, July 1 will be collected on Friday, July 2. Friday’s collection will take place on Saturday, July 3.
  • Garbage at multi-residential properties will be collected on the regularly scheduled day. Collection of recycling and green bins will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.
  • The Trail Waste Facility will be open on Canada Day and Saturday, July 3 from 9 am to 5 pm.

Parking

  • All overtime parking, signed or unsigned, are not being enforced on residential streets. All other parking restrictions are in effect.

Transit service

  • OC Transpo will offer no-charge service all day on Canada Day. Use OC Transpo’s Travel Planner to plan your trip.
  • For more information on Canada Day service, visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.

Fireworks

  • Consumer fireworks may only be discharged between Wednesday June 30 and Friday, July 2.
  • Fireworks displays must be directly supervised by someone 18 or older and must take place on private property with the property owner’s permission.
  • Minimum safety distances, as indicated on the fireworks product, must be maintained from spectators, buildings, vegetation and vehicles. The display must not cause danger or nuisance to any person or property.
  • Sale of consumer fireworks is prohibited in the City of Ottawa, except on Canada Day and the seven business days immediately preceding it.
  • It is prohibited to sell or use firecrackers in the Province of Ontario at all times. Please review Ottawa’s Fireworks By-law for further details.
  • It is prohibited to discharge fireworks on City property – which includes parks, sports fields and beaches.
  • Ottawa’s four school boards also do not allow discharging fireworks on any of their school properties, including sports fields and tracks.
  • The use of consumer fireworks dramatically increases risk of fire and injury. Ottawa Fire Services does not recommend holding personal fireworks displays. For safety tips on how to reduce risks if you do choose to use fireworks this weekend, please visit ottawa.ca/fire-safety-holidays-and-special-occasions.

Outside fires

  • A permit is required to light a fire on private property anywhere in the City of Ottawa. This includes having a backyard fire, using an outdoor wood-burning fireplace or using a large fire pit.
  • A permit is not necessary for outdoor natural gas, propane or ethanol fireplaces.
  • It is unsafe to set and maintain open air fires in certain areas of the City. Check online through MyServiceOttawa to verify if your address is eligible for a permit.

Recreation services

 

Update to City Outdoor Rentals, Events, Meetings and Organized Sports

  • City is providing an update on rentals for events, meetings and organized sports – with the requirement for participants to follow all public-health measures and protocols.
  • Outdoor team or group sports now permitted
    • Grass and synthetic turf sports fields and ball diamonds are now available for rental permits for organized and league team play. 
    • Step Two allows outdoor team sports to restart. Play must be non-contact or modified to avoid contact.
    • Spectators will be limited to 25 per cent of the bleacher or sideline capacity.
  • Outdoor event and meeting rentals
    • Step Two limits capacity of organized outdoor events or meetings at 25 per cent capacity of the rented space – based upon the type of event. Table sittings can now accommodate up to six people per table, with each table separated by at least two metres.
    • Outdoor tennis and cycling summer programs for adults and youth will also resume in early July as scheduled. Spaces remain available.
    • Visit the Summer 2021 eGuide on ottawa.ca/recreation to view and register for these programs.
    • In addition, spaces are still available in July and August for the City’s low-ratio Summer Day Camps, which provides physically distanced activities, game and crafts for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
  • Visit ottawa.ca/recreation  for more information on outdoor recreation facility locations and rental information, as well as COVID-safety protocols. Residents will be required to follow all COVID-safety protocols and measures. 
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/update-city-outdoor-rentals-events-meetings-and-organized-sports

 

Ottawa Public Library- The Human Library

 

Update on City outdoor rentals for events, meetings and organized sports

  • With the Ontario government’s second step of its reopening plan relaxing more outdoor restrictions, the City is providing an update on rentals for events, meetings and organized sports – with the requirement for participants to follow all public health measures and protocols.
  • Outdoor team or group sports now permitted
  • Outdoor event and meeting rentals
  • Visit ottawa.ca for a list of the City outdoor rental spaces that will be available.
  • Outdoor tennis and cycling summer programs for adults and youth will also resume in early July as scheduled. Spaces remain available.
  • Visit the Summer 2021 eGuide on ottawa.ca/recreation to view and register for these programs.
  • In addition, spaces are still available in July and August for the City’s low-ratio Summer Day Camps, which provides physically distanced activities, game and crafts for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
  • You can register and view our 2021 Summer Camp eGuide on ottawa.ca/recreation.

 

Committee moves to give farmers more opportunity to diversify

  • The City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved changes to several City regulations that would enable farmers to diversify their businesses, permitting a range of small-scale commercial and industrial activities on agricultural properties.
  • The aim is to build on the pivotal role that rural Ottawa plays in the city’s overall economic prosperity, growth and diversity.
  • The revised permissions would fall under two categories:
    • Agriculture-related uses include those that support local farming operations directly. These would be limited to businesses that store farm products, like grain and farm machinery, for other farms.
    • On-farm diversified uses refer to those not directly related to farming, like restaurant or retail businesses. The revised policies would regulate the size of these uses rather than the specific use itself, to allow opportunity for new business ideas.
  • Interested residents can also find more information about how farmers might diversify their businesses at ottawa.ca/farmdiversified.

 

WARD TRAFFIC SUMMER CONSTRUCTION LIST

KEEP WATCHING FOR UPDATES

  • For updates on construction and roadwork activity across Ottawa, or for information about traffic and travel planning, visit the City’s traffic map or follow the City’s traffic account on Twitter.
  • For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401)

 

  • DALMAC Rd from DALMANEY to SPRINGHILL RD, Starting July 15th, 2021 to Wednesday, 6 October 2021
  • THUNDER RD between Anderson Rd and Ramsayville Rd Starting May 24th, 2021
  • PARKWAY RD from 9TH LINE RD to YORKS CORNERS RD, Starting June 21, 2021 to September 2021
  • ALFALFA ST from BOYD RD to LAWRENCE ST Starting the beginning of June and to finish in July 2021
  • RIVER RD from FLAG STATION RD to MITCH OWENS RD (OR 8) Starting August 2021 to September 2021
  • BLANCHFIELD RD from SNAKE ISLAND RD to STAGECOACH RD Starting June 2021 to September 2021
  • HAWTHRONE RD from 275m SOUTH of LEITRIM RD to 250m NORTH OF LEITRIM RD Starting June 20, 2021
  • BANK ST, from SNAKE ISLAND RD to SOUTH of MITCH OWENS RD, Starting May until August 2021
  • BANK ST from MITCH OWENS RD to PARKWAY RD. Road closure starting 16 July 2021 at 7:00pm to Monday, 19 July 2021 at 5:00am.
  • MITCH OWENS RD CLOSED from BANK ST to ALBION RD Starting Friday July 23rd, 2021 from 7:00pm until Monday July 26th 2020 at 5:00am
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  • LIMEBANK RD, SOUTH OF EARL ARMSTRONG ROAD, Limebank Bridge, overhead deck work, June28, 2021 to July 2, 2021
  • GRÉGOIRE ROAD from CASTOR ROAD to CARLETON CORNER LANE- culvert replacement Starting July 5, 2021 to July 13, 2021
  • GRÉGOIRE ROAD from SPRINGHILL ROAD to CRAIG STREET may be closed Tuesday, 20 July 2021 to Monday, 2 August 2021.
  • STORM TRUNK SEWER Starting from July 5th and end August 13th
  • Watermain insulation on SPRATT ROAD from 200m south of the BORBRIDGE AVENUE AND SPRATT ROAD INTERSECTION to the 30m south of the future SOLARIUM AVENUE AND SPRATT ROAD INTERSECTION. Road closure is from the 2nd week of July to late September 2021
  • Construction on Leitrim Parks 2 and 9, construction of both parks is anticipated to be completed in late summer or fall 2021.  Please note that it may take approximately two years after the seeding of the soccer field at Leitrim Park 2 for the turf to be sufficiently established and ready for field bookings. https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/leitrim-parks-2-and-9
  • PXO-Pedestrian Crossovers, construction will be on Parkway Rd at Good Street, Starting Late summer 2021

 

FEDERAL UPDATES

Federal Minimum Wage of $15 Per Hour to Come Into Effect on December 29th, 2021

 

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

Kick Summer Off With Family Free Fishing in Ontario

 

Ontario Further Eases Long Term Care Home Restrictions

  • Ontario is making additional changes to enhance long-term care home residents’ quality of life. The changes will take effect Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
  • Working with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and based on feedback from residents, their families, and other partners, the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s website and guidance document have been updated to set out the following:
    • Residents can have outdoor visits of up to 10 people.
    • All residents may have up to two general visitors and two caregivers for an indoor visit.
    • Personal care services can resume.
    • Cohorting of residents can be relaxed during outdoor activities.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000435/ontario-further-eases-long-term-care-home-restrictions

 

Ontario Launches Online Renewal Tool For Accessible Parking Permits

 

Province Launches Online Renewals for Ontario Photo Card Holders