October 2021 Newsletter

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Participate in Ecology Ottawa’s Fall Bioblitz

Join us this long weekend, October 8th to 11th, for our second fall bioblitz!

What is a Bioblitz? It’s a community event that highlights the importance of citizen-science, where the effort is to record as many species possible. The goal is to collect as many natural observations as you can from birds to plants to insects, you name it! Download the iNaturalist app and help us better understand the rich biodiversity present in Ottawa that needs protection. Find out how to participate.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage in Ottawa Neighbourhoods

The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study has partnered with Ottawa Public Health to map neighbourhood-level COVID-19 vaccination rates. In Convent Glen-Orléans Wood, 80.1% of eligible people are fully vaccinated. Great job neighbours! If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you can find out how and where to book your appointment here: COVID-19 Vaccine – Ottawa Public Health

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It’s municipal budget season!

The draft budget for the City of Ottawa is developed in the summer and fall. During this time, members of the community can provide input by asking questions, communicating with the Mayor and Council, and completing surveys. There are Councillor led public consultation sessions for you to share your views with Council. The session for Orléans will take place on October 26 – registration to come.

In the meantime, you can provide feedback through Engage Ottawa (City Budget 2022 | Engage Ottawa) or by writing directly to our councillor, Matthew Luloff (matt.luloff@ottawa.ca). The City’s 2022 draft budget will be tabled at a Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday, November 3 and considered for adoption by Council on Wednesday, December 8.

You can learn more about the budget and the process at Budget, finance and corporate planning | City of Ottawa

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Contemplating Yoga – Crescent Moon (Urdhva Hastasana)

Tips from Sandy Jones, a Certified Yoga Teacher & Accessible Yoga Ambassador offering Chair Yoga (all postures seated) and Gentle Yoga (on the Mat) via Zoom and in Orleans – www.sandyjonesyoga.com

This posture opens the sides of the body, stretching the spine and muscles along the torso.

Stand with a tall, elongated spine, roll the shoulders down and away from the ears.  Feet are hip-width apart, insteps parallel.

Inhale. Raise arms overhead, palms facing one another, interlacing the fingers, index finger up pointing, relax the shoulders down.   Exhale, bend to the right. Hold posture for 3-5 breaths, inhale back to centre and repeat on other side.

If discomfort in shoulders only raise one arm at a time (i.e. raise your right arm and bend left) or keep both arms at the side of the body and tip only the torso to the side.

For a deeper stretch bring feet/legs together and when tipping to the left press deeply down through the right foot as though you are trying to leave an imprint on the floor, repeat other side.

September 2021 Newsletter

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Annual General Meeting for the Convent Glen Orléans Wood Community Association

Please join us virtually on Monday, September 27th at 7pm for the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

On the agenda:

  • A presentation from the LRT Stage 2 team
  • An overview of the Community Association’s activities and finances over the past year
  • The election of our board members

Have questions about the LRT? Share them with us by sending an email to conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com and we’ll pass them along to the Stage 2 team.

Interested in joining the board? Let us know by sending an email to conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com.  Make sure you are part of our catchment area, which is bordered by the Greenbelt to the west, the Ottawa River to the north, Champlain St. to the east and St. Joseph Blvd. to the south

You can find out more about the association on our website: https://www.conventglenorleanswood.com/

Register here for the zoom link to participate in the AGM: https://bit.ly/391EZ22

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Local Events Calendars Worth a Look

Looking for something to do in our area?  Wondering what virtual event options are out there?  Here are a few events calendars run by local agencies:

  • Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre:  https://eorc-creo.ca/calendar/ Events posted for most week days during the day.  Options in both French and English.  Events are free.
  • Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre: https://events-evenements.crcoc.ca/event-evenement/ Events for all ages.  Options in both French and English.  Some in-person events are included.  Events are free.
  • The Heart of Orléans BIA:  https://heartoforleans.ca/news/ Several events posted per month.  Postings include events hosted by other organizations and festivals.  Some training opportunities and workshops are included. 
  • Shenkman Arts Centre: https://shenkmanarts.ca/en/eventsMost events have a cost, but many are less than $20 per ticket.  Options in both French and English.
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Covid-19 Updates

As always, it’s important to get facts about the pandemic and current public health measures from reliable sources.  Ottawa Public Health has a wealth of information.

Summer 2021 Newsletter

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Ecology Ottawa’s Summer Bioblitz

What is a Summer Bioblitz? Ecology Ottawa’s Summer Bioblitz is a 3-day event that challenges you to get outside and explore your nearby surroundings for all kinds of wildlife. Participants will document their observations on iNaturalist, a mobile and web app that allows users to document all the nature they encounter. The goal is to collect as many natural observations as you can from birds to plants to insects, you name it! Help us better understand the rich biodiversity present in Ottawa that needs protection.

Find out more, including the results of June’s Bioblitz, here: https://www.ecologyottawa.ca/summer_bioblitz

Rain Ready Ottawa

Rain Ready Ottawa is a pilot program that encourages and supports residents to take action on their property to reduce harmful impacts of rainwater runoff.

Rain Ready Ottawa offers:

  • Information on rainwater management projects for your home
  • Home Assessments that offer custom advice and solutions to your rainwater problems (Eligibility requirements apply, learn more at Rain Ready Ottawa Home Assessments)
  • Rebates up to $5,000 to help you install practices that help manage rainwater where it falls (Eligibility requirements apply, learn more at Rain Ready Ottawa project rebates)

What’s the problem with rain?

Many of Ottawa’s older urban areas were developed without thinking about managing rainwater. Buildings, streets and parking lots don’t absorb rain like natural areas do. When rain falls on these surfaces, it moves quickly into storm sewers that drain straight into our streams and rivers, picking up pollutants along the way. This can cause problems like:

  • Poor water quality in creeks and rivers
  • Increased risks of flooding and erosion
  • Habitat degradation
  • Beach closures

We all play a part in reducing the harmful effects of rainwater run-off on our streams and rivers.

Be part of the solution

What is the solution?

Soaking up the rain! Through simple actions, each Ottawa home can manage rain where it falls, helping to prevent pollution, maintain healthy creeks and rivers, and ensure our beaches stay open.

Taking on some simple ‘do-it-yourself’ yard improvement projects you can help solve rainwater issues. From simple downspout redirection to more involved projects like rain gardens, you can have an impact on the health of our streams and rivers through actions on your property. Many projects can also add beauty and curb appeal to your home, providing brilliant colours for the growing season as well as winter interest for our colder months. For many residents, properly managing rainwater also brings peace of mind by reducing the risk of surface flooding and basement seepage.

To find a project that is right for your home, learn more on the Rain Ready Ottawa website.

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Covid-19 Pandemic Updates

Ottawa Public Health remains your best source of information locally if you’re looking for case rates, managing your risk by being Covid WISE, or information about vaccines.

It’s a race to get as many people vaccinated as possible to limit our risk from current variants and to limit the creation of new variants.  Ottawa Public Health has a new vaccine wait-list tool for same-day openings at community clinics (kind of like flying stand-by but for vaccines).  More information here: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/new-vaccine-wait-list-tool-same-day-openings-community-clinics

The Public Health Agency of Canada has released guidance on “Life after vaccination” and has provided an infographic to break it down:  INFOGRAPHIC

We’re getting closer to vaccination thresholds and it’s important to keep on keeping on until the experts tell us otherwise.

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Yoga in the Park

Our summer Yoga series has begun. These free sessions are open to all and are being held each Wednesday night at 7pm. Bring a yoga mat or a towel, and your water bottle.

  • July 7, 14, 21, and 28 will be at Décarie Park (7883 Décarie Dr, Orléans, ON K1C 2J4)
  • August 4, 11, 18, and 25 will be at Hiawatha Park (near the corner of Voyageur and Voyageur)

We hope to see you there!

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Save the Date:  Community Association Annual General Meeting

When:  Monday September 20th at 7pm

What:  Learn about the last year’s activities and finances.  Elect volunteers to the Board of Directors.

If you would like to know more about joining the Board of Directors for the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association, please reach out to the current board at conventglenorleanswood@gmail.com.  If you aren’t interested in joining the board but would like to help the Community Association with an event or in some other way, please reach out as well!

June 2021 Newsletter

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Send us your garden photos

Over the course of the last year, many folks spent more time in the garden. Since the lockdown has prevented garden parties, we want to have an online showcase of garden pictures. Whether you are growing flowers for beauty, food for the table or a natural spot for nature’s creatures, we want to see what creative things folks have worked to grow. 

From July 2nd to 4th, we invite you to post a picture (or two) of your garden in our Facebook group so we can all admire your handiwork. If your spring flowers have peaked, feel free to use a picture from their prime and tell us what you are growing next. If your garden will peak in the late summer or fall, take your before shot for a similar fall showcase at the end of September. We welcome all types of gardens, from first gardens to fairy gardens to wild gardens to formal gardens.

Yoga in the Park with the CGOWCA.  Wednesdays at 7pm in July and August 2021.  Subject to Covid Restrictions.  July7, 14, 21, 28 at Décarie Park.  August 4, 11, 18, 25 at Hiawatha Park.

Yoga in the park

Join us again this year for Yoga in the park.  We offer this free of charge each Wednesday at 7pm.  July’s sessions will be at Décarie Park.  August’s sessions will be at Hiawatha Park.

Sessions are subject to Covid restrictions and we will follow all public health guidelines.

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Yoga is for Everyone

Tips from Sandy Jones, a Certified Yoga Teacher & Accessible Yoga Ambassador offering Chair Yoga (all postures seated) and Gentle Yoga (on the Mat) via Zoom and in Orleans – www.sandyjonesyoga.com

Two to One Breath.  Try it … it works wonders

It can be done anywhere, sitting on a chair, on your yoga mat, laying on your back, in your bed, at the grocery store, driving your car …

Start by noticing your breath then begin to slow the breath down.  Count how long it takes to breath in and breath out twice as long.  For example, if you inhale to the count of 4, exhale to the count of 8 (or close to it). 

Connecting with the breath is a tool to help prevent the nervous system from jolting into the sympathetic nervous system (fight-flight-freeze).    With all that is going on, this breath can really help, so easy to do, and all it takes is the breath.

May 2021 Newsletter

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Get Your Bike Ready for the Season

Guest Author: Gary Bradshaw

Has your favourite bike been sitting neglected in the basement or garage throughout the winter months?  Going through this easy eight step tune-up will not only ensure your bike functions smoothly but will prevent any unnecessary wear and tear on your components.

  1. Wash your bike.  The first thing to do is a general full cleaning of the bike to help identify what needs to be done. Use some degreaser to clean off the chain, chain rings and wheels on the rear derailleur. Use a wet rag to wipe off the braking surfaces on your rims and any grit that is accumulated on your frame.
  2. Check the chain for wear and replace it if needed.
  3. Check your brakes.  Inspect the brake pads at their wear indicator lines. Replace the pads if they are getting thin. Give the wheel a spin to make sure the brake pads are not rubbing.
  4. Make sure your wheels are in good condition and true.
  5. Check and make sure your cables are in good condition.  First inspect your brake and shift cables for fraying at the ends and proper tension. If you find nicks or fraying, replace the cable. If they are stretched, tighten them.
  6. Make sure your headset is properly tightened.  First, turn your stem to make sure it moves freely and smoothly. “Drop the front end of the bike to see if you hear any rattle that would indicate anything in the headset is loose.
  7. Check that your pedals and bottom bracket are rotating smoothly.  Before you jump on your bike, remove the chain from the chain ring. Rotate the crank and just feel how the pedals and bottom bracket are rotating. Removing the pedals and the BB to clean and lubricate them seasonally is also a good idea.
  8. Check your shifting.  Go through all the gears and make sure the chain is not skipping. Make any final necessary adjustments with the barrel adjuster and finally lubricate your chain.
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Bike Theft Prevention Tips

From Ottawa Police Service News Release

Take steps to enhance the security of your bikes:

  • Use a sturdy bicycle lock (such as a U-Lock);
  • Store your bike in a locked shed or garage;
  • Register your bike on 529 Garage to let thieves and potential future buyers know the bike is registered and help police quickly locate and return your bike if it’s stolen.

Please report it! We rely on the public to help us identify those responsible; if your bike has been stolen you are encouraged to file a theft report online at www.ottawapolice.ca/onlinereporting. You can also help police by pre-registering your bike on the 529 Garage app.

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Fun for Little Ones

As the pandemic continues, parents may be running out of ideas for things to do with little ones.  Check out a few ideas (most are free) below:

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LRT Construction Headaches

There has been some discussion in the Association’s Facebook group about the intermittent disturbances being caused to many in our neighbourhoods who live near the LRT Stage 2 construction zones. 

While it can feel good to vent and know that others relate to what you are going through on Facebook, the messages may not be seen by those who can do something to solve the problem. 

We want to encourage residents to write to LRT Stage 2 team with any questions or concerns when they arise:  Stage2@ottawa.ca (and you could copy our City Councillor matt.luloff@ottawa.ca).

If you are being disturbed by noise or vibrations after 11pm, you can report the noise or vibration complaint to Ottawa Bylaw by calling 3-1-1 or online: https://so311.serviceottawa.ca/selfserve/?reqId=2003002&lang=en

It may also be helpful to connect to our Councillor, Matthew Luloff, who has spoken about his efforts to minimize disruptions to his constituents on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matthewluloff4orleans/ .  Finally, you can read the most recent update on the project here:  Project updates | City of Ottawa