We are living history right now as we see the daily changes in response worldwide to Covid-19. The CGOWCA wishes everyone, near and far, health and positivity during this time of uncertainty. We’ve seen and heard of many positive actions being taken in our neighbourhood. Let’s keep this going in ways that are safe for everyone.
What can you do to be a good neighbour?
- Check in on your neighbours to see if anyone needs help – we’ve seen posts on Facebook and have witnessed people doing neighbourly things like offering to pick up groceries or supplies for others who can’t leave their home.
- Limit your activities and outings – the fewer contacts we have during the next few weeks, the more we limit the spread and protect everyone
- If you do go out, practice social distancing – keep six feet between you and anyone you are interacting with who doesn’t live in your home
- If you do go out, drive slower – many people are using the time they would have spent commuting to go outdoors to walk, run and bike. There are more people outside, but fewer cars on the road. Please respect speed limits when driving.
- Take care of your mental health – it feels strange to be out of our routines and cut off from coworkers, friends and family. Here are some suggestions from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to help us keep feeling good through the next few weeks: https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health
What’s the best way to stay up to date on Covid-19?
Trust reliable sources:
- Local: Ottawa Public Health: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/novel-coronavirus.aspx
- Provincial: Ontario Ministry of Health: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
- National: Health Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
National Volunteer Week (April 19-25)
This year’s National Volunteer Week is from April 19th to 25th and the theme is “It’s time to applaud this country’s volunteers!”
In Convent Glen and Orléans Wood we have an active community thanks to volunteers who work every day in our schools, seniors’ homes, parks, sports associations and many other organizations. From April 19 to 25, please help Volunteer Canada in celebrating them. Post a “thank you” message to a volunteer in our community on social media and add the hashtag: #NVW2020
Get involved in City of Ottawa Planning from Home
There are many ways to contribute to the City of Ottawa planning activities from the comforts of home. Currently, there are consultations open on the following: Solid Waste Master Plan, Orléans Corridor Secondary Plan Study, Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, Ward Boundary Review.
To have your say, visit Engage Ottawa: https://engage.ottawa.ca/ This Website is updated regularly with new consultations. Be sure to check on the dates that specific engagement opportunities close.