VOLUME 7, ISSUE 33, September 3, 2021

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, September 3, 2021

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

  • Update from Dr. Brent Moloughney
  • Ottawa Public Health Releases Guide to Support Workplace Vaccination Policies

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

  • Police investigate three arson fires in Osgoode
  • 8TH Line and Parkway Road Intersection
  • Metcalfe village branch of Ottawa Public Library will move to Metcalfe Town Hall next year 
  • Vernon Public Library
  • Terry Fox 2021
  • NROCRC Activities
  • South Nation Conservation Property
  • Shine a Light Gala Ticket Info and Silent Auction Donations
  • Metcalfe St. Andrew’s United Church Fish Fry
  • The Greely Lions and Greely Community Association Bike Rodeo
  • OBVU Life After Loss Grief Support Sessions

CITY NEWS

  • Labour Day Schedule Changes
  • Project NoiseMaker 2021 still going strong
  • Ongoing high-end vehicle thefts -- police offers tips to protect your vehicle
  • Webinar Series: Responding to mental Health Crises: Learning from Ottawa and Beyond
  • Ottawa Police Services Registration is Open!
  • City of Ottawa Bike Rodeo sign up
  • Committee Extends Leeway Undersized Rural Property
  • Shelter Movers Ottawa
  • 2021 Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards call for nominations
  • Have your say on three different curbside garbage collection options
  • Cleaning the Capital Fall Campaign

WARD TRAFFIC SUMMER CONSTRUCTION LIST

FEDERAL UPDATES

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

  • Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings
  • Ontario Reinstating Renewal Requirements for Driver’s Licences, Licence Plate Stickers and Health Cards

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Update from Dr. Brent Moloughney

 

Ottawa Public Health Releases Guide to Support Workplace Vaccination Policies

  • Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends all Ottawa employers implement workplace vaccination policies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. 
  • Businesses and organizations have a responsibility to maintain a safe work environment for employees and volunteers. Supporting employees and volunteers to get fully vaccinated is the best way to help protect them from the risks of COVID-19, prevent outbreaks and build confidence in the workplace as we face a resurgence in our community driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant.
  • This new Guide on How to Create a Workplace Vaccination Policy for employers provides key considerations for the development and implementation of their own workplace vaccination policies.
  • https://ottawa.ca/en/news/ottawa-public-health-releases-guide-support-workplace-vaccination-policies

 

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

Police investigate three arson fires in Osgoode

The Ottawa Police Arson Unit is appealing for the public's help after three arson fires in Osgoode this week. This is extremely disheartening, and I am saddened somebody is doing this to our community. This must stop!

Ottawa Police has assured me that they have put forth extra resources and extra patrols, to ensure the safety of the area, and attempt to catch the culprits. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Arson Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 4587.

 

8th Line and Parkway Road Intersection

  • On September 1st, I brought forward an inquiry at Transportation Committee to ask staff from the City’s Transportation Services Department to advise on the status of its current safety review for the intersection of 8th Line Road and the Parkway Road in Metcalfe, as well as bring forward any measures that may be taken to prevent future collisions and injuries to all users of this rural area.
  • Unfortunately, these incidents have become all too common at this intersection over the years. From 2015 to 2019, the City’s Traffic Collision data shows 12 crashes have been reported to the police near or at that same intersection in Metcalfe.
  • In fact, just last week there was another serious collision between a car and a tractor-trailer at the intersection that sent three people to the hospital.
  • This has resulted a lot of feedback from residents near the intersection, as well as from our local Metcalfe Community Association regarding their experiences. I’ve also been working hard to make any improvements that we can to this area to make it safer, such as overhead flashing lights, larger signs and adding white bars to the approach.
  • It’s imperative that we continue to work with staff to see what other options might be possible to help drivers be safer.
  • I will be sure to keep you all informed once I have the final information from staff on their findings.
  • Please scroll to 2:32:15 for my statement.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjfhlLfl2dA

 

Metcalfe village branch of Ottawa Public Library will move to Metcalfe Town Hall next year 

  • The Metcalfe village branch of Ottawa Public Library will move next year to the old Metcalfe Town Hall, down the road from the current location. Contactless holds pickup and returns service will continue at the current location -- Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm until the new location is ready, expected in spring 2022. 
  • The facility currently housing Ottawa Public Library's Metcalfe village branch, at 2782 8th Line, has major structural issues that make it unusable for library purposes. The former Metcalfe Town Hall, located at 8243 Victoria Street, has been secured as a nearby alternative location to ensure continued library services in the community.  
  • Renovation work, originally slated for spring 2021, was delayed due to provincial construction shutdowns. Construction at the Metcalfe Town Hall location will begin this fall. 
  • The Metcalfe Town Hall will be renovated to ensure it meets building code, life safety, and accessibility requirements. These renovations will be a long-term investment in the building that will serve the community well beyond use by the library. Library furniture will be as mobile as possible so it can be moved to accommodate periodic community events that may take place at the Metcalfe Town Hall while the Library branch is located there. 
  • Next year’s move to the Metcalfe Town Hall location will locate Library services alongside City services in one convenient location for OPL customers and all residents who would like to use the Metcalfe village branch.  
  • Once in the Town Hall location next spring, OPL will study the optimal long-term solution for the Metcalfe village branch.  
  • Hours and location of all OPL branches are available at on OPL’s website:  https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en/branch/metcalfe-village 

 

Vernon Public Library

  • Hey Vernon!!! I want to let you know that the Vernon Public Library will be reopening on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021.
  • The hours for reopening will be as follows:
    • Tuesdays: 10am-1pm 
    • Wednesdays: 4:30-8:30
    • Thursdays: 4:30-8:30

 

Terry Fox 2021

  • For the second year in a row The Terry Fox event will be virtual, one day, your way. 
  • Jump on the Greely loop, 10 AM, Sunday, September 19.
  • The full loop is 10.5 km, but just starts where you like off where you like bike, strollers, dog walking, running, whichever way works.

 

NROCRC Activities

 

South Nation Conservation Property

  • Did you know that over 8,500 acres of SNC-owned are accessible for hunting with permission from the Conservation Authority?
  • Click link to find out how you can apply for a permit to hunt on certain SNC properties: https://bit.ly/3h4fX3z

 

Shine a Light Gala Ticket Info and Silent Auction Donations

  • On October 23rd, 2021, the Nepean, Rideau, and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) will be hosting their 10th Annual Shine a Light on our Community Fundraiser.
  • This will be an online event that will feature the dynamic Dylan Black as emcee, a live performance by singer/songwriter Riley Burns, a delicious at home meal from Krackers Katering, an exciting silent auction, a celebration of NROCRC programming highlights, and lively interaction with members of the community.    
  • NROCRC is looking forward to trying this new online format and hopes you will join them by purchasing tickets to this Shine a Light fundraiser.
  • Please share this with the people in your life whom you think would enjoy this dynamic event and supporting the work of NROCRC. Tickets are on sale now! 
  •  auctria.events/shinealight2021

 

Metcalfe St. Andrew’s United Church Fish Fry

 

The Greely Lions and Greely Community Association Bike Rodeo

 

OBVU LIFE AFTER LOSS GRIEF SUPPORT SESSIONS

Osgoode Baptist & Vernon United Church is about to commence year three of our LIfe After Loss Grief Support Sessions.

 

CITY NEWS

Labour Day Schedule Changes

 

Project NoiseMaker 2021 still going strong

  • NoiseMaker is still going strong in Ottawa, resulting in 2050 charges laid since early May. The highlights of charges laid, per various legislation, include:
    • Stunt driving:  142
    • Speeding: 1103
    • Improper muffler / excessive noise: 126
    • Cell phone (distracted driving): 70
  • Since July 1st stunt driving charges under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) apply to those driving 50 km/h and over the posted speed limit as well as those going 40 km/h over when the posted speed limit is less than 80 km/h.
  • When charged with stunt driving, your vehicle is impounded for 14 days instead of 7.
  • Beginning Sept 12th, 2021, anyone charged with stunt driving in Ontario can have their licence suspended for 30 days instead of 7.
  • Traffic Unit officers continue to target aggressive drivers in response to requests from people everywhere across the city. Traffic safety complaints can be made online.

 

Ongoing high-end vehicle thefts -- police offers tips to protect your vehicle

  • The Ottawa Police reminds the community that the risk of thefts, and repeat thefts, of high-end Lexus and Toyota vehicles in Ottawa remains present, particularly with Tacoma and Highlander.
  • The Ottawa Police have received over 200 reports of newer model Lexus/Toyota SUVs and Tacomas over the course of 2020 and a further 35 so far this year.
  • Anyone with information about any of the vehicle thefts is asked to call the Ottawa Police Central Criminal Investigations Section at 613-236-1222 ext. 4127.
  • Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at www.crimestoppers.ca
  • Make your vehicle less vulnerable to theft by parking it in a locked garage and or by blocking it in tightly with a second vehicle. Exterior lighting and video surveillance around the driveway can also serve as a deterrent.
  • Consider installing an after-market electronic immobilizer device, which can interfere with the starting of the vehicle.
  • Be vigilant that there is no damage to the door locks mechanisms, as this could be an indication that your car has been targeted.
  • If you are selling your vehicle, be wary not to let anyone have access to your car keys and do not let your vehicle out of your sight.
  • Most thefts occur between midnight and 5am in the morning.
  • More safety tips are available online https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.aspx?_mid_=2026

 

Webinar Series: Responding to mental Health Crises: Learning from Ottawa and Beyond

  • Join us for the sixth webinar in our series on Responding to Mental Health Crises to learn about the Niagara Mental Health & Addictions Response Team
  • Wednesday September 15, 2021, 12pm to 1pm EST via Zoom  
  • To register, visit: Zoom Registration Link  
  • Missed the previous webinars? Scroll through  www.ocphe.ca/webinars to find previous recordings online.

 

Ottawa Police Services Registration is Open!

Please join us for the Ottawa Police Service Board (OPSB) & Ottawa Police Service (OPS)

Community Consultation for the 2022 Operating Budget

  • The Ottawa Police Services Board (OPSB) and the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) are asking residents to provide their feedback to help us determine priorities in line with our annual budget. 
  • Residents from all of Ottawa’s diverse communities are encouraged to participate and let us know where we should invest our resources, a public online survey will be available in eight (8) languages. (English, French, Farsi, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Somali and Spanish)

Transparency, meaningful community input, real accountability, and sustainable resources

  • Participants will explore an operating budget that is entirely focused on improving community safety and well-being (CSWB) in the city, meeting the evolving policing needs of the community as well as addressing health, safety and wellness needs of our members.
  • https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BBX2JVJ

 

Committee Extends Leeway Undersized Rural Property

 

City of Ottawa Bike Rodeo sign up

If you or someone you know would like to book this type of event for their organization or group, Please complete the following request form  2021 Bike Rodeo Request Form  or email us at cycling@ottawa.ca . 

 

Shelter Movers Ottawa

  • Shelter Movers is a national, volunteer-powered charitable organization established in 2016 that provides moving and storage services at no cost to survivors of abuse. 
  • We collaborate with local business and community agencies to support families transitioning to a life free of violence. 
  • If you wish to learn more about our organization, further details can be found on our website.  

 

2021 Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards call for nominations

  • Help us celebrate them by nominating them for the 13th annual Crime Prevention Ottawa Awards.   
  • All nominees must have been involved in reducing crime and creating a safer community for a minimum of two (2) years. 
  • You can find the nomination form, criteria and frequently asked questions at www.crimepreventionottawa.ca.
  • Please send nominations to cpo@ottawa.ca by October 7, 2021.  
  • The awards ceremony will take place online on Monday, November 8, 2021 from 12 to 1 pm 
  • After a successful online awards program in 2020, we plan to perfect our approach this year!

 

Have your say on three different curbside garbage collection options

 

Cleaning the Capital Fall Campaign

  • This year’s Cleaning the Capital Fall campaign will proceed with registration taking place between September 13 and October 15.
  • Registration forms are available to participants online at www.Ottawa.ca/clean or by calling 613-580-2424, extension 13458.
  • Online is an interactive map that will show the locations chosen for clean-ups.

 

WARD TRAFFIC SUMMER CONSTRUCTION LIST

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)

  • SPRATT RD from BORBRIDGE AVE to SOLARIUM DR., Watermain installation, Starting Monday, September 13, to November 5th, 2021
  • MITCH OWENS RD from BANK ST to RAMSAYVILLE RD, Watermain improvement, Starting Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 5am to Monday, September 13th, 2021 at 5am.
  • MITCH OWENS RD from BANK ST to OLD PRESCOTT RD, Watermain improvement, Starting Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 5am to Monday, September 20th, 2021 at 5am.
  • DALMAC Rd from DALMANEY to SPRINGHILL RD, Bridge work Starting July 15th, 2021 to Wednesday, 6 October 2021
  • RIVER RD from FLAG STATION RD to MITCH OWENS RD (OR 8) Starting August 2021 to September 2021
  • BANK ST from MITCH OWENS RD TO RIDEAU RD. Road closure starting August 21, 2021 at 5am until August 23, 2021 at 5 am
  • THUNDER RD culvert from Hall Rd to Farmers Way, Starting July 16 at 6pm to July 19 6am, 2021
  • GRÉGOIRE ROAD from CASTOR ROAD to CARLETON CORNER LANE- culvert replacement Starting July 5, 2021 to July 13, 2021
  • BOUNDARY RD from PANA RD to VICTORIA ST, Starting August 9, 2021 to August 22, 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
  • 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

 

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

  • To further protect Ontarians as the province continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021.
  • As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities.
  • This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:
    • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
    • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
    • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
    • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
    • Sporting events;
    • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
    • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
    • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
    • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000779/ontario-to-require-proof-of-vaccination-in-select-settings

 

Ontario Reinstating Renewal Requirements for Driver’s Licences, Licence Plate Stickers and Health Cards

  • The Ontario government is reinstating renewal requirements for driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, Ontario Photo Cards, Ontario health cards, and other products that would have expired on or after March 1, 2020, but were extended to provide immediate relief to Ontarians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To ensure everyone has enough time to renew, Ontario has extended the renewal deadlines for most driver’s licences, licence plate stickers, and Ontario Photo Cards and health cards until February 28, 2022.
  • Heavy commercial vehicle owners will need to renew their vehicle validations by December 31, 2021. Novice licence holders (class G1, G2, M1 or M2) will have until December 31, 2022, to requalify for or upgrade their novice driver’s licence. People who have not renewed their products during the Extended Validity period will be required to pay the fee for previous years, in addition to the current year renewal fee.
  • To make it easier for people to renew their driver’s licences online, Ontario has temporarily waived requirements for people to renew their driver’s licences in person, including those for senior drivers. Eligible drivers can renew their driver’s licence online at ServiceOntario.ca, including those aged 80 and over.
  • For a complete list of renewal deadlines, please visit Ontario.ca/RenewalDeadlines.
  • https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000778/ontario-reinstating-renewal-requirements-for-drivers-licences-licence-plate-stickers-and-health-cards