VOLUME 7, ISSUE 29, August 6, 2021

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, August 6, 2021

We are back!

My office has received a higher-than-normal volume of calls and emails while away on holidays.  My team and I are working as quickly as we can to follow up with each inquiry.

I want to thank you in advance for your patience, and we look forward to connecting with you soon.

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

  • Dr. Vera Etches Update

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

  • We want your covid19/pandemic stories!
  • St. James United Church Fundraiser
  • NROCRC Activities
  • High School tools 4 school

CITY NEWS

  • Municipal State of Emergency Lifted in Ottawa
  • Door to Door Scam
  • Make the Right Call!
  • One-day household hazardous waste depots return
  • City’s fall 2021 recreation and culture eGuides now online
  • City commemorates National Peacekeepers’ Day on Monday, August 9
  • Apply to Join Advisory Group that Will Help Shape City’s Anti Racism Strategy
  • City Seeking Public Input Commemorative Naming Proposals

WARD TRAFFIC SUMMER CONSTRUCTION LIST

FEDERAL UPDATES

  • Old Age Security to be automatically increased
  • Government Extends Covid 19 Benefits and Business Supports to Support Stronger Economic Recovery
  • Government Launches Consultations on Reducing Credit Card Transaction Fees

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

  • Province Investing in Local Businesses to Boost Economic Growth in Ottawa Region
  • Taking Action for Ontario’s Tender Fruit Growers
  • Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Safe Innovative Festivals and Events

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Dr. Vera Etches Update

 

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

We want your covid19/pandemic stories!

Osgoode Township Museum calling all rural residents! We are excited to announce that they will be launching a virtual exhibit to the public later this summer, but need your help! The exhibit will focus on how COVID-19 has impacted rural communities with comparisons to the Influenza of 1918 in the Osgoode Ward. They're asking you to submit anything that you think represents your pandemic experience during the past 17 months or even family accounts of the 1918 pandemic. From journal entries to photographs, to videos... they want your stories to include in their exhibit! You can email them submissions until August 16th or ask us questions by emailing othsvernonstudent@gmail.com.

 

St. James United Church Fundraiser

NROCRC Activities

 

High School Tools 4 School

  • Your have extra time, the deadline has been pushed back.

 

CITY NEWS

Municipal State of Emergency Lifted in Ottawa

  • Mayor Jim Watson today announced that the State of Emergency in Ottawa will be lifted at 12:01 am on Thursday, July 22.
  • The State of Emergency was declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 25, 2020. The City will now move one level down in its emergency management to ‘Activated Operations’.
  • While the City continues the activation of the Municipal Emergency Plan to manage the COVID-19 response, the powers afforded under the State of Emergency are no longer deemed necessary.
  • Check the Ottawa Public Health website and ottawa.ca for the latest guidelines.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/municipal-state-emergency-lifted-ottawa

 

Door to Door Scam

 

Make the right Call!

  • If you witness traffic violations, heavy trucks on a non-truck route or a crime in progress, please make the right call and call police.

 

One-day household hazardous waste depots return

  • The City is returning to its usual, one-day household hazardous waste depots, starting with an event on Sunday, August 8 at the Innes snow dump, 2170 Mer Bleue Road. All one-day depots will run from 8 am to 4 pm.
  • You can always check out https://ottawa.ca/en/garbage-and-recycling/waste-explorer to find other locations for your hazardous waste

 

City’s fall 2021 recreation and culture eGuides now online

  • Thanks to our two-dose summer, we are pleased to welcome back more in-person recreation and arts programming this fall. Browse the fall 2021 recreation and culture eGuides for COVID-modified activities being offered at select City facilities.  
  • Aquatics registration starts on Monday, August 16 at 9 pm and registration for all other recreation, arts and special interest offerings starts on Wednesday, August 18 at 9 pm – including new virtual programs.
  • Fall 2021 aquatic programs – offered in English and French – include:
    • Swimming lessons for all ages
    • Power swim
    • Aquatic certifications for all levels

 

Tourism Relief and Investment Program funding in place to help businesses like yours

  • Have you spent money getting your business ready to welcome visitors now that restrictions are beginning to lift in order to adapt to COVID protocols and safety?
  • You may be eligible to receive 80% reimbursement of that money through Ottawa Tourism’s Tourism Relief and Investment Program
  • This provides up to $20,000 in non-repayable grant funding.  Funds are still available, with businesses such as yours benefiting from this relief funding that is meant to help get businesses in rural and semi-urban locations back up on their feet after a challenging time.
  • Don’t delay – the program will be in place until funds run out, so while there isn’t a deadline, there is some urgency to apply before funds are depleted. Funds are available to cover expenses from June 1, 2020 through to December 31, 2021, and eligibility details can be found here.

 

City commemorates National Peacekeepers’ Day on Monday, August 9

  • The date was chosen to commemorate August 9, 1974, when nine Canadian Forces peacekeepers were killed when their plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, the highest number of Canadian peacekeepers killed in a single incident.   
  • For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca

 

Apply to Join Advisory Group that Will Help Shape City’s Anti Racism Strategy

  • The City is now accepting member applications for the new Anti-Racism Advisory Table, a group that will help inform the City’s first Anti-Racism Strategy
  • The advisory table will be made up of anti-racism leaders from racialized communities who will provide subject matter expertise to the City’s Anti-Racism Secretariat.
  • You can apply online to be a member of the advisory table before the deadline of August 10. Appointments for members will be finalized by August 31.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/apply-join-advisory-group-will-help-shape-citys-anti-racism-strategy

 

City Seeking Public Input Commemorative Naming Proposals

  • Bert Dowler Park, in recognition of the historical significance, the City has been asked to name the unnamed parkland located at 100 Highgarden Terrace as Bert Dowler Park. Bert was a successful farmer who started off by delivering milk, selling approximately 280 litres a day.
  • He owned his first 55-acre farm on Bank Street, where he raised horses and cattle for sale. Bert played a pivotal role in the farming community in Ottawa South and was a senior member of the Billings farming committee. He was the go-to person to help the farming community and a mentor for new farmers.
  • If you would like to submit written comments regarding one or more of the proposals or obtain further information, please contact Commemorative Naming. Comments must be made in writing and received no later than Friday, August 27.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-seeking-public-input-commemorative-naming-proposals-4

 

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, Bridge work 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

HAWTHRONE RD from 275m SOUTH of LEITRIM RD to 250m NORTH OF LEITRIM RD Starting June 20, 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

THUNDER RD culvert from Hall Rd to Farmers Way, Starting July 16 at 6pm to July 19 6am, 2021

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.

BOUNDARY RD from THUNDER RD to PIPERVILLE RD, Starting August 13th at 6pm to August 16th at 6am, 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-...

PXO-Pedestrian Crossovers, construction will be on Parkway Rd at Good Street, Starting Late summer 2021

 

FEDERAL UPDATES

Old Age Security to be automatically increased

 

Government Extends Covid 19 Benefits and Business Supports to Support Stronger Economic Recovery

  • Announced the extension of crucial COVID-19 support measures for Canadians and Canadian businesses in recognition that uneven economic reopening across regions and sectors means workers and businesses continue to need support. These extensions include:
    • Extending the eligibility period for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support until October 23, 2021, and increasing the rate of support employers and organizations can receive during the period between August 29 and September 25, 2021.
    • Extending the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB), and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) until October 23, 2021.
    • Increasing the maximum number of weeks available for the CRB, by an additional 4 weeks, to a total of 54 weeks, at a rate of $300 per week, and ensuring it is available to  those who have exhausted their employment insurance (EI) benefits.
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/07/government-extends-covid-19-benefits-and-business-supports-to-support-stronger-economic-recovery.html

 

Government Launches Consultations on Reducing Credit Card Transaction Fees

  • The Department of Finance Canada is launching consultations with the aim of lowering the cost of doing business by reducing credit card transaction fees.
  •  These savings will allow small and medium-sized businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic to direct financial resources toward growth and job creation.
  • As announced in the recent federal budget, the government is seeking input from small business owners, key stakeholders and all Canadians to:
    • lower the average overall cost of interchange fees for merchants;
    • ensure that small businesses benefit from pricing that is similar to large businesses; and
    • protect existing rewards points of consumers.
  • https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2021/08/government-launches-consultations-on-reducing-credit-card-transaction-fees.html

 

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

Province Investing in Local Businesses to Boost Economic Growth in Ottawa Region

 

Taking Action for Ontario’s Tender Fruit Growers

  • The Government of Ontario is investing $867,484 to support Ontario Tender Fruit Growers in purchasing branded display bins to make it easier for consumers to identify delicious, locally grown tender fruit at their local grocery stores.
  • In partnership with Ontario Tender Fruit Growers, this cost-share project will help Ontario’s growers remain competitive by promoting fresh Ontario tender fruit while increasing food literacy.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000621/taking-action-for-ontarios-tender-fruit-growers

 

Ontario Makes Historic Investment in Safe Innovative Festivals and Events

  • Ontario government is investing nearly $50 million to help festival and event organizers deliver innovative and safe experiences that allow people to safely reconnect with their communities.
  • The Reconnect program (known as Celebrate Ontario prior to the COVID-19 pandemic) was developed to help festival and event organizers adapt to new public health measures with virtual, drive-through and other safe offerings.
  • This ensures support is directed to community-based events with safe, innovative experiences, while creating opportunities that encourage Ontarians to reconnect with the beauty and diversity of their community in new ways.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000650/ontario-makes-historic-investment-in-safe-innovative-festivals-and-events