VOLUME 8, ISSUE 4, JANUARY 28, 2022

 

NEWSLETTER UPDATE FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2022

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

  • Mental Health, Substance Use and COVID-19

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

  • Metcalfe Fair AGM Meeting
  • Osgoode Pharmacy Vaccinations
  • Osgoode Township Museum Talk
  • Osgoode Township Paint and Pixels
  • Greely Lions Flower Basket Fundraiser
  • A Message from Constable Andrew Worth
  • South Bear Brook Wetland Evaluation Information Pages

CITY NEW

  • Snow Moles 2022
  • Snow Angel Challenge 2022
  • Grandparent’ scam preys on your emotional factor to de-fraud you
  • Snowmobile Safety

FEDERAL UPDATES

  • Canada Raising Awareness on Zero-Emission Vehicles in Ontario

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

  • Ontario Building Strong Rural Communities
  • Ontario Launches New Intake to Support Economic Opportunities in Rural Ontario
  • Ontario Investing in Inclusive and Accessible Communities
  • Ontario Helping Municipalities Build Storm and Wastewater Infrastructure

 

 

OTTAWA PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES

Mental Health, Substance Use and COVID-19

 

COMMUNITY AND WARD NEWS

Metcalfe Fair AGM Meeting

It’s that time again when the Metcalfe Fair AGM begins planning for their in person 2022 fair! Over 45 people joined in the virtual meeting, this exciting announcement was well received. The Ontario Ag Society will also be hosting their in-person convention with all the safety protocols in place for the first time since Covid. I was excited to hear all the news and want to thank the entire board for an awesome, safe and well-done Metcalfe Fair in 2021!!

I look forward to 2022 and working with the new and returning members of this incredible group.

 

Osgoode Pharmacy Vaccinations

The Osgoode Pharmacy located at 3192 Logan Farm Dr, Osgoode, phone 613 826 0667 has Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines available as well as the pediatric vaccines. Please contact the pharmacy for availability.

If other local pharmacies have vaccines available, you can send me an email at George.Darouze@ottawa.ca

 

Osgoode Township Museum Talk

  • This virtual talk is all about the fascinating and little-known history of the Farmerettes! From 1941-1952 approximately 20,000 girls 16 -18 years of age enlisted in the Ontario Farm Service Force, ensuring that food would continue to be cultivated and harvested as they replaced the men who left farm labour to enlist for military service.
  • Their motto was "WE LEND A HAND" and that they did.
  • Hear about the Farmerette Camps, their accommodations, the work in fields, orchards and vineyards, the fun, and the experiences of the women who were part of the group of people known as the greatest generation.
  • REGISTER HERE.

 

Osgoode Township Paint and Pixels

  • Join them virtually Friday, February 11 for their first Paint & Pixels of 2022!
  • Follow along as our artist walks you through the birch tree painting step by step! No painting experience is required!
  • REGISTER IN ADVANCE HERE.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Suggested Supplies:
    • Canvas
    • Acrylic paints - We used black, yellow, blue, red, white & brown for this one!
    • Paint brushes - Various sizes
    • Paint palette - a paper plate or cardboard to mix your paints
    • Cup of water - for rinsing brushes
    • Paper towels
    • Apron or old t-shirt to wear
    • Hair dryer to speed up drying time

 

Greely Lions Flower Basket Fundraiser

 

A Message from Constable Andrew Worth

In case you missed this message in last week’s addition.

With the new year comes tax season, which means an increase in tax-related fraud calls and scams.

I would like to highlight some of the common fraud scams circulating around tax season and red flags to look for.

You may receive an unsolicited text from CRA stating your refund is waiting, all you have to do is click on the link in the text. CRA will never text a link for you to get a refund OR access their site. This is a Phishing scam, its an attempt to have you enter your personal details, or bank details, which is captured by criminals on the other end of the text.  IF YOU RECEIVE A TEXT FROM ANY COMPANY ASKING FOR INFORMATION, CALL THE COMPANY USING A VERIFIED PHONE NUMBER, NOT THE ONE PROVIDED IN THE TEXT/ EMAIL AND SPEAK TO THEM DIRECTLY.

CRA enforcement branch arrest warrant- This is similar to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) warrant scam, which threatens you with arrest for unpaid taxes. CRA will not call you and threaten arrest for unpaid back taxes or tax fraud, ever. This is an attempt to have you transfer money, which you don’t owe. If you receive this call, hang up. if your concerned about owing money, log into your “my CRA account” online or call them directly by using the phone number on their website.

Credit card calls- You may receive a call from Mastercard/ Visa/ Amex etc saying your card is compromised, asking for your personal details by phone or have you log into a website. The credit card company will not call you, you would receive a call from your financial institution, for example, PC Mastercard, TD Visa etc.  Consider it a red flag if they ask what company your card is with.  If they are calling you, they should know this. This, like the scams outlined above, it’s an effort to have you provide or enter your details into a fraudulent site. In some circumstances they are requesting a transfer of money to pay off what is owed to prevent arrest, or personal credit issues.  Hang up and call your credit card company at a verified number.

TIPS:

  • Very few, if any legitimate business will call you and request personal information. If you receive a call ask for a case number/ ticket number or reference number, then hang up and call the business back. DO NOT USE A NUMBER THEY PROVIDE, always get a verified number to call them back.
  • CRA/ credit card companies do not accept payment with Google play cards, Bitcoin or other types of electronic money. They accept cash, credit card and payments online.  
  • For unsolicited service calls such as hydro, water and gas, ask for the area code they are calling from and once they give that to you, ask what city that is from. This often will result in them hanging up on you, as it’s a scam. If the information about the area code checks out, ask for a ticket/ reference number and call them back at a verified number. 

A legitimate business will understand you are taking precautions and will not pressure you into continuing the phone call. A scam caller will pressure you, and threaten you to attempt to gain compliance.

If it seems to good to be true, it is. You cannot get rich in five days doing nothing, a prince in a far way land did not leave you millions of dollars, CRA did not discover they owed you $10 000 which can only be accessed for 24 hours via a strange text link.

We all work very hard for what we have, the scammers work equally hard trying to take your money. I understand none of us have extra time in our day, but when it comes to finances and your personal information, slow things down, call the company directly, even if it means waiting on hold. The damage that can be done to you both financially and long term by way of credit score could take years to rectify.

To learn more about scams and how to protect yourself, go to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre.

Here is the link if this letter is not being sent electronicallyhttps://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/index-eng.htm

 

South Bear Brook Wetland Evaluation Information Pages

 

CITY NEW

Snow Moles 2022

  • Snow Moles are volunteers who report on what it is like to walk outside in the winter.
  • The Snow Mole Campaign began January 1st and runs until the end of March.
  • For more information, tips, list of 2022 community leaders and the 2021 Snow Mole report, please visit: https://coaottawa.ca/snowmoles/

 

Snow Angel Challenge 2022

  • Snow Angel Challenge is a 28-day winter challenge to get outdoors and experience socially distant winter fun while raising funds and awareness to help The Snowsuit Fund keep Ottawa kids warm.

https://snowsuitfund.com/2022-snow-angel-challenge/

 

Grandparent’ scam preys on your emotional factor to de-fraud you

  • The Ottawa Police Service is advising residents a ‘grandparent’ scam is active in Ottawa, and to be vigilant when receiving calls for help from supposed family members. 
  • The scenario usually involves a tearful phone call from someone claiming to be a family member in an urgency to the situation.
  • The caller may advise that they have been arrested and they urgently need you to send money or gift cards for their bail. That’s not how the legal system works. States Sgt. Arsenault.
  • Bail Hearing in Canada takes place in Court and does not necessarily involve money.
  • If you get a call like this, here’s what you should do:
    • Never confirm any personal information over the phone.
    • Always verify who is calling. If it is a family member as they claim, tell them you will call them back and use the number you have for this person. Don’t use a number given by the caller. Use 411 or the Internet to get the phone number if you don’t have it.
    • Don’t be pressured. Take some time to process what you have been told, to see if it makes sense. Ask a trusted friend or family member for their opinion, or if in doubt, call your local police service.
  • Make sure you, and elderly family members or friends, are aware of current scams and how they work. You can get information from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

 

Snowmobile Safety

 

FEDERAL UPDATES

Canada Raising Awareness on Zero-Emission Vehicles in Ontario

 

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

Ontario Building Strong Rural Communities

Ontario Launches New Intake to Support Economic Opportunities in Rural Ontario

Ontario Investing in Inclusive and Accessible Communities

Ontario Helping Municipalities Build Storm and Wastewater Infrastructure