VOLUME 7, ISSUE 46, December 3, 2021

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, December 3, 2021

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

  • Update from Dr. Vera Etches
  • Expanded eligibility - Third dose of COVID-19 vaccines available starting December 13 to residents aged 50 and older
  • Schedule for after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics now available

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

  • Councillor Community Volunteer Awards 2020 – 2021
  • Silent Auction for Don Hubbard
  • Free Pictures with Santa and the Grinch for a Good Cause
  • 1st Greely Cubs
  • Hydro One Planned Power Outage Notice
  • Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade and Food/Toy Drive 2021 Message
  • Whitehorse Park - Playground Lifecycle Project
  • Orchard View Holiday Menu
  • Goode Run 2022
  • Greely Lions Flower Basket Fundraiser
  • Greely Community Association Upcoming Events
  • Osgoode Township Museum Tree lighting with Mr. & Mrs. Claus
  • Metcalfe Community Association Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony

CITY NEWS

  • Make The Right Call
  • Making a Report to 311
  • International Volunteer Day 2021
  • National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 
  • 2022 Winter Recreation and Arts eGuides now online for next week’s registration
  • Solid Waste Services’ Waste Free Holiday Contest
  • Audit Committee receives three new audits and approves 2022 budget
  • City to increase rural infrastructure funding by $25 million in 2022
  • Committee approves $427.3 million for transportation infrastructure
  • Better Homes Ottawa – Loan Program will help Ottawa homeowners make energy efficiency improvements

FEDERAL UPDATES

  • Government of Canada addresses healthcare challenges in remote communities and beyond
  • Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

  • Ontario Offering New Fundraising Options for Legions
  • Ontario Helping More People Train for New Careers and Opportunities
  • Ontario Supporting Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care Homes
  • Ontario Investing in New Children’s Treatment Centre in Ottawa
  • Ontario Increasing Access to Services for Children with Autism

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Update From Dr. Vera Etches

 

Expanded eligibility - Third dose of COVID-19 vaccines available starting December 13 to residents aged 50 and older

  • Starting Monday, December 13 at 8 am, individuals aged 50 and over (born in 1971 or earlier) will be eligible to schedule a third dose (booster) appointment if at least 6 months (168 days) have passed since their last dose.
  • This aligns with the recent provincial announcement on expanded eligibility and provides Ottawa residents with an extra layer of protection against COVID-19 and its variants. 
  • Individuals already eligible for booster doses, who can book an appointment now, include:
    • Individuals aged 70 and over (born in 1951 or earlier)
    • Health care workers
    • Staff and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings (such as long-term care and retirement homes)
    • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine)
    • First Nation, Inuit and Métis adults (16 and over) and their non-Indigenous household members.

 

Schedule for after-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics now available

  • After-school COVID-19 vaccination clinics available from Thursday, December 2 to Thursday, December 23, 2021.
  • 73 schools across the city will host vaccination clinics on a rotating schedule.
  • Clinics are open to anyone born in 2016 or earlier who lives in a neighbourhood near the school and does not need to be students at that school.
  • Parent or guardian consent is required for children ages five to 11.
  • Drop-in appointments are available on a first come first served basis during clinic hours.
  • schedule is now available

 

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

Councillor Community Volunteer Awards 2020 - 2021

It was so wonderful to present the annual 2020 and 2021 Councillor Award’s on Monday evening with Mayor Jim Watson. It’s an honour to recognize these important members of our community who go above and beyond. The generosity of these caring recipients is what makes the Osgoode Ward such an amazing place to call home. Congratulations everyone for your well-deserved award. A big thank you to Orchard View Wedding & Event Centre for the beautiful room and delicious treats!

If you would like to nominate someone for the 2022 Councillor Awards please email me at George.Darouze@Ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2490.

 

Silent Auction for Don Hubbard

The Royal Canadian Legion Osgoode Branch #589 held a fundraiser in support of Osgoode resident Don Hubbard last Saturday. There were beautiful knitted items, baskets and hand carved items that surely peaked the interest of the silent auction. A special thank you to Rick and Susan Hovencamp owners of the Osgoode Foodland and their staff for organizing the fundraiser.

 

Free Pictures with Santa and the Grinch for a Good Cause

There was lots of fun by all who came out to Concrete Garden Supply last Sunday for pictures with Santa and The Grinch! A big thank you to Karin Mahoney and Todd McCooeye for making the afternoon memorable for families. An additional thank you to Memories by Cherie for taking some great picture keep sakes and a huge thank you to Metcalfe Community Association's Youth Committee for your efforts in support of local food banks.

 

1st Greely Cubs

The 3rd year Cubs were eager to complete a community project that allows them to be awarded the Top Section Award for Cubs: Seeonee Award.

I had a great time participating in this project by building a Birthday-in-a-box boxes for the Food Bank. Families who rely on the Food Bank to make ends meet, might not be able to afford extra supplies to have a special day for their children. In these boxes they are filled with items like cake mix, icing, sprinkles, candles, decorations like balloons, plates, streamers, party hats, napkins, etc. Job well done 1st Greely Cubs.

 

Hydro One Planned Power Outage Notice

 

Metcalfe Santa Claus Parade and Food/Toy Drive 2021 MCA Message

Hello friends and neighbours,

Your participation in past parades and involvement in our community have helped to make our parades a success. We hope to bring an incredible parade to our residents this year!

The parade will take place at 2pm, on Sunday. December 12th, 2021. As in previous years, we ask that floats arrive at 1pm and line up along Glen Street, in front of the Community Christian School. There is no set order to the floats- we will have volunteers to guide you along Glen Street in order to arrive at the corner of Johannes and Victoria for the 2pm start.

As in previous years, music is welcome, holiday spirit is mandatory! We are not permitted to throw candy from floats as this poses a danger to spectators who may run into the road to retrieve candy. You may have volunteers walking alongside the floats, handing out candy. These walkers must wear masks.

The parade will proceed east on Victoria, turning South onto 8th Line, continuing down 8th Line Rd. We will not be having photos with Santa this year. We ask that when you reach the Metcalfe Fairgrounds, you turn into either the fairgrounds (on the left) or the high school parking lot (on the right) to disembark from your float.

We are thrilled to be able to host our traditional parade this year. We are eager to sign up floats and volunteers. Please send us an email to confirm your attendance!

 

Whitehorse Park - Playground Lifecycle Project

 

Orchard View Holiday Menu

All payment methods are accepted. Contact Orchard View for orders www.orchardview.ca/contact

 

Goode Run 2022

 

Greely Lions Flower Basket Fundraiser

  • The Flower Basket committee would like to announce that we are now ready to accept flower basket orders!
  • Their website is now set up to accept live orders, and from our website you have the option to print a customizable card for a gift recipient. 
  • Available now through to January 31st
  • http://www.greelylions.ca/great-flower-basket-event-2022/

 

Greely Community Association Upcoming Events

  • 2nd Annual Christmas Home Decorating Contest: Registration of Homes until Wednesday December 15: If you see a house that should be entered, please send to Chris at Secretary@greelycommunity.ca with the address
  • 2nd Annual Caroling and Tree Lighting: Sunday December 19th, Greely Community Centre. 4:30-5:30 pm. This event will not be a Drive-In event but residents can gather around the tree with precautions in place.

 

Osgoode Township Museum Tree lighting with Mr. & Mrs. Claus

 

Metcalfe Community Association Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony

 

CITY NEWS

Make The Right Call

 

Making a Report to 311

 

International Volunteer Day 2021

  • On International Volunteer Day 2021, please join Mayor Watson in recognizing the valuable contributions of the thousands of volunteers in our city.
  • The United Nations coordinates International Volunteer Day on December 5th every year to recognize and promote the tireless work, not just of UN Volunteers, but of volunteers across the globe. 
  • You are encouraged to visit Volunteer Ottawa to see the wide variety of volunteer opportunities available across the city.

 

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 

 

 2022 Winter Recreation and Arts eGuides now online for next week’s registration

  • The City is ready to welcome you and your family back to City recreation and arts facilities with a wide range of activities which you can browse in the Winter 2022 Recreation and Arts eGuides, now online.
  • The 2022 Winter eGuides provide many choices of activities, offered in English and French.
  • Registration is easy. Explore the eGuides to select the program that interests you and follow these simple steps:
    • 1. Go to www.ottawa.ca/recreation to view the eGuides
    • 2. Click the relevant barcode – it will take you to the course page, with details about the number of spaces available, fees and dates.
    • 3. Add the class to your cart and then proceed through the checkout.
    • We’ll email you your receipt.
  • Visit www.ottawa.ca/recreation for additional details on City safety protocols and measures.

 

Solid Waste Services’ Waste Free Holiday Contest

  • Solid Waste Services is encouraging residents of Ottawa to waste less this holiday season with a fun, festive contest.
  • The contest Started November 27, 2021 and closes on Monday, December 6 at 11:59 pm. 
  • Check out @cityofottawa’s English and French Facebook page for your chance to win one of three prizes by sharing how you will consider the environment in your festivities.
  •  #OttWasteFreeHoliday – Contest Official Rules

 

Audit Committee receives three new audits and approves 2022 budget

  • The Audit Committee received three new audits which examined the City’s grants and contributions program, benefits processing for long-term disability and the competitive procurement process.
  • In all three audits, the City agreed with all the Office of the Auditor General’s recommendations.
  • The Committee also approved its 2022 budget and the Auditor General announced her 2022-2023 workplan.

 

City to increase rural infrastructure funding by $25 million in 2022

  • The City’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved its portion of Draft Budget 2022, which commits $4.4 million to renew rural infrastructure.
  • That funding includes $3 million to renew and replace guiderails and $1.4 million to upgrade rural roads.

 

Committee approves $427.3 million for transportation infrastructure

  • The City’s Transportation Committee approved its portion of Draft Budget 2022, which includes $427.3 million in capital funding for transportation infrastructure.
  • The funding would help improve roads, bridges, culverts, sidewalks, pathways and intersections, and includes investments in integrated infrastructure projects and lifecycle replacements for the City’s fleet.
  • Council will consider Draft Budget 2022 on Wednesday, December 8.

 

Better Homes Ottawa - Loan Program will help Ottawa homeowners make energy efficiency improvements

  • The program allows Ottawa homeowners to apply for a zero-interest loan of up to $125,000 or 10 per cent of the current value of the home to cover the cost of home energy improvements.
  • Eligible projects include:
    • thermal envelope upgrades (basement/attic/exterior wall insulation, window/door replacements)
    • mechanical systems (thermostats and controllers, air/ground source heat pumps, solar hot water systems)
    • renewable energy (solar photovoltaic systems)
    • and electric vehicle chargers.
  • The BHOLP is part of the City’s Climate Change Master Plan.
  • Funding is provided through the Community Efficiency Financing initiative, which is offered through the Green Municipal Fund and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
  • To learn more, including eligibility and application requirements, please visit betterhomesottawa.ca.

 

FEDERAL UPDATES

Government of Canada addresses healthcare challenges in remote communities and beyond

 

Use ArriveCAN to enter Canada

 

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

Ontario Offering New Fundraising Options for Legions

 

Ontario Helping More People Train for New Careers and Opportunities

 

Ontario Supporting Not-For-Profit Long-Term Care Homes

 

Ontario Investing in New Children’s Treatment Centre in Ottawa

 

Ontario Increasing Access to Services for Children with Autism