NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, JULY 9, 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
COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS
- All Way Stop Control at Gregoire Road and Marvelville Road/Route 400
- Metcalfe Farmers Market
- Cindy Girard Book Launch invitation
- NROCRC Activities
- Metcalfe Community Association Youth Committee
- NROCRC Save the date for shine a light online
- Level I Low Water Condition Maintained for South Nation River Watershed
- The GottaGo!
- City Reaches Key Milestone in The Development of The Solid Waste Master Plan
- Join the City as a Solid Waste Operator
- Better Home Loans Program
- Indoor Swimming Lesson Registration
- Farm Diversified Uses By-law Amendments
- George Nelms Park – OSU Update
WARD TRAFFIC SUMMER CONSTRUCTION LIST
- Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16
- Ontario Investing in Ottawa’s Tourism Sector
- Ontario Making Amendments to the Drainage Act
- Ontario Increasing Opportunity for on Farm Renewable Natural Gas Production
OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES
Covid-19 and Vaccine Update
COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS
All Way Stop Control at Gregoire Road and Marvelville Road/Route 400
- The All-Way Stop Control at Gregoire Rd. and Marvelville Rd./Route 400 was carried at City Council this week.
- The new stop controls should come into effect by the end of summer, after the resurfacing of Gregoire Rd.
- The goal of this AWSC request is to keep the residents of Osgoode Ward and Prescott/Russell safe and provide a safer environment for people who use the intersection.
Metcalfe Farmers Market
- If you can’ make it Saturday’s to the Farmers Market, you can now enjoy an evening market.
Cindy Girard Book Launch invitation
Cindy is thrilled to announce that her book, The Great Escape: Helping Someone Break Free from the Deep, Dark Dungeon of Depression has just been released!
She has applied her science background (BScH in chemistry from Queen’s University) and her personal experience, as well as the expertise and experience of many others to write a book to help people dealing with depression. She would like to personally invite you to her book launch celebration on July 24, in Vernon. The details are on the enclosed invitation.
Metcalfe Community Association Youth Committee
NRORC SAVE THE DATE FOR SHINE A LIGHT ONLINE!
- On Saturday, October 23rd, 2021, NROCRC will be hosting our 10th Annual Shine a Light on our Community Gala.
- This will be an online fundraising event that will feature a live performer, a silent auction, an at home meal, speeches, and the opportunity to connect with friends and community members, both old and new.
- For more information, or to see how you can get involved, please contact Ella Matheson at email@example.com / 613 596 5626 x 245
LEVEL I LOW WATER CONDITION MAINTAINED FOR SOUTH NATION RIVER WATERSHED
- SNC will continue to monitor watershed conditions and will provide updates as required.
- For more information, please contact Katherine Watson or Sandra Mancini at 1-877-984-2948 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Campaign is calling all Ottawa & Gatineau-based artists to submit work for the advocacy campaign, “Our Ottawa Needs Public Toilets”.
- We’re looking for visual, spoken word, song, poetry or video pieces that raise awareness and advocate for improving the network of safe, clean and accessible public toilets in the National Capital Region.
- Artists of all ages and skill levels are welcome to submit their work!
- The deadline for all art submissions is September 1, 2021.
- Our Ottawa Needs Public Toilets page on your social media platforms, in your newsletters and with your staff.
- 7 works will be selected, and each artist will receive an honourarium of $500.
- The selected works will be publicly shared by the GottaGo!
City Reaches Key Milestone in The Development of The Solid Waste Master Plan
Join the City as a Solid Waste Operator
- Be part of an incredible workforce. Our employees receive competitive pay, a pension plan, a benefits package, comprehensive workplace wellness programs, and ongoing training that offers opportunities to develop new skills.
Better Home Loans Program
- Homeowners will soon hopefully have access to new financing to help pay for home energy improvements and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Finance and Economic Development Committee approved the launch of the Better Homes Loan Program, which uses funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to offer residents low-interest loans tied to their properties through local improvement charges.
- Residents could qualify for funding up to $125,000 or 10 per cent of the current value of their home for eligible improvements, which include upgrades for space and water heating, as well as renewable energy systems.
- The program would launch in the third quarter of 2021 for an initial term of three years.
Indoor Swimming Lesson Registration
Farm Diversified Uses By-law Amendments
- 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.
- This was carried at City Council on July 7th.
- Interested residents can also find more information about how farmers might diversify their businesses at ottawa.ca/farmdiversified.
George Nelms Park – OSU Update
- Finance and Economic Development Committee carried a new proposal for the development of a fieldhouse by Ottawa South United Soccer Club at George Nelms Park this week.
- In the past three months, OSU has signaled a renewed interest in moving ahead, resulting in the collaborative development with myself and city staff, of a recommendation for a long term lease agreement to allow for the construction of an OSU funded fieldhouse in George Nelms Sports Park, with resulting community benefits for all site users.
- Finally, the fieldhouse will include universally accessible washroom facilities that will be open and available for general public use in prime-time hours.
- This item will now go to City Council to review its feasibility and obtain its proper delegated authority, and if carried, consultations will begin taking place in the community afterwards.
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
- PARKWAY RD from 9TH LINE RD to YORKS CORNERS RD, Starting June 21, 2021 to September 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
- 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 Closed Tuesday, 20 July 2021 to Monday, 2 August 2021.
- MANOTICK STATION RD from MITCH OWENS RD to APPLE ORCHARD RD Closed at 6:00 p.m. Friday, 23 July 2021 until 6:00 a.m. Monday, 26 July 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
Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16
Ontario Investing in Ottawa’s Tourism Sector
Ontario Making Amendments to the Drainage Act
Ontario Increasing Opportunity for on Farm Renewable Natural Gas Production
- The Ontario government is changing biogas rules to create new ways for farmers to expand the emerging biogas and renewable natural gas market in the province, creating economic opportunities while maintaining the province’s strict environmental protections.
- The regulation changes will enable new on-farm biogas systems and expansion of existing systems to be approved more easily and at a lower cost to help ensure that Ontario continues to be a biogas sector leader in Canada.
- The changes will also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting waste from the landfill through increased maximum allowable limits and new types of off-farm anaerobic digestion materials (such as food processing waste and source separated organics) and by encouraging production of renewable natural gas.