June 2020 Newsletter

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Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit – Jeanne d’Arc on-ramps Update (from Public Notice)

This notice is to advise that, as part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, crews and equipment will be working on modifying the access to Jeanne d’Arc on-ramps at Highway 174, in order to create safer connectivity across the Jeanne d’Arc bridge. In tandem, there will be on-going electrical and utility work required prior to the construction of the new Jeanne d’Arc LRT station.

WHAT: The Jeanne d’Arc Blvd works involving the westbound ramps to the Highway 174 and the existing intersection north of Highway 174 will include modifications to remove the existing Jeanne d’Arc southbound to Highway 174 westbound on-ramp and replacing it with a new ramp that shares the existing bus only ramp. Future modifications will include a new squared off configuration for the Jeanne d’Arc northbound to Highway 174 westbound on-ramp.

  • Construct a portion of the final intersection configuration including pedestrian crossings and leave the existing northbound Jeanne d’Arc to Highway 174 westbound on-ramp as is for the time being.
  • Construct the new pedestrian facilities on the east and west side of the intersection.
  • Construct new right turn lane for southbound Jeanne d’Arc to Highway 174 westbound on-ramp traffic
  • Repurpose the existing bus-only access to Highway 174 westbound, to enable accessibility to all traffic.
  • Remove the existing Jeanne d’Arc southbound to Highway 174 westbound on-ramp and restore it to a landscaped area once the works have been completed.

Future modifications are required and will move forward once the Jeanne d’Arc LRT station is operational.

WHY: Realigning westbound on-ramps access to signalized intersections will create safer connectivity for all road users including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.

WHERE: Jeanne d’Arc at Highway 174

WHEN: June to September 2020

HOURS: Hours of operations vary and are as follows:

  • Daytime construction will occur Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 5:30pm for works outside the existing roadway including excavation, utilities, grading, and paving.
  • Overnight work requiring some intermittent nightly lane closures from 7:00pm to 5:00am, and Highway 174 westbound on and off ramp closures from 10:00pm to 5:00am.
  • Weekend overnight work might occur intermittently between 11:00pm Friday to 5:00am Monday.

ANTICIPATED IMPACTS

All pedestrian, cycling, bus, and vehicular movements will be maintained during construction apart from the nightly highway ramp closures. Localized pedestrian detours and temporary bus stop relocations during the nightly closures and the weekend ramp closures are required. Temporary concrete barriers and/or traffic control devices will be in place to ensure safe passage for vehicles, buses, cyclists, and pedestrians in and around active work zones. Pedestrians and cyclists should use extra caution when localized detours are in place.

Motorists may wish to allow for some extra travel time, and should adhere to orange traffic control signage, posted speed limits, and instructions of traffic control personnel or paid duty officers when in use.

A City of Ottawa Noise By-law Exemption Permit is required for the overnight work identified above.

The safety of workers and the public is paramount, and we thank you for your patience during construction

CONTACT US

Any changes to the duration or impact of this work will be only be communicated via the Stage 2 project newsletter. To receive these newsletter updates please sign up at Ottawa.ca/Stage2 and click ‘Connect with us.’ Be sure to select updates for Jeanne d’Arc Station. For other accommodations, or any questions, please contact:

Alison Lynch

Stakeholder Relations, Rail Construction Program, City of Ottawa

alison.lynch@ottawa.ca

www.ottawa.ca/stage2

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Covid-19 Updates:

Access to Public Spaces

Here are some highlights about changes to what residents are now allowed to do as of May 19th.  For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, visit ottawa.ca/covid19 or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us through Facebook (link is external)Twitter (link is external) and Instagram (link is external).

  • Provincial Orders remain in effect prohibiting the use of play structures, swings, slides, splash and spray pads, wading pools and exercise equipment.
  • During the first stage of reopening, Emergency Provincial Orders remain in place prohibiting gatherings of more than five people outside of your current household.
  • Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields, including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, frisbee golf locations, tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, BMX parks and skate parks, are now open. In addition, off-leash dog areas, benches, picnic areas and shelters are also open. In all cases, physical distancing of at least two metres is required.
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Where to find Non-Medical Masks in Ottawa

It’s important to remember that even if you wear a cloth mask, physical distancing, hand washing, and monitoring your health continue to be very important. Keeping a 2-metre distance is important, but it isn’t always possible (e.g., in a grocery store, on the bus). Wearing a mask adds an extra layer of protection, especially for others in case you have COVID-19; it may also help reduce your risk in case others have COVID-19.

If you are going to a public place, Ottawa Public Health asks residents to consider wearing a cloth mask, as they may offer some additional protection to those around you where physical distancing is challenging.

Ottawa Public Health has a list of local options for finding non-medical masks:  https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/masks.aspx#13-Where-can-I-purchase-a-cloth-mask-in-Ottawa-

We like this image from a US artist, Teafly: https://teafly.com/about/

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Seniors Staying Connected during Covid-19

The Council on Aging has a regular newsletter specifically for seniors that tackles many topics related to Covid-19.  Topics so far include: Physically distancing: How to stay connected, Food for thought: Getting the food you need, Caring for self and others, Getting out and about safely, Money Matters, and Finding the right balance.  You can sign up for ongoing newsletters here: https://coaottawa.ca/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/. You can also consult previous editions here: https://coaottawa.ca/special-covid-19-updates/

If you are feeling lonely or isolated, remember that there are resources out there to help.  A Friendly Voice is a phone line for seniors.  You can call 613-692-9992 or 1-855-892-9992 to speak to someone.   Every day of the year, trained volunteers are available to receive calls.  Volunteers visit with the callers and, when asked, can help identify programs and services in the community.   

For those in Convent Glen and Orléans Wood who are not seniors, if you have an elderly neighbour and are able to check in on them safely, we encourage you to do so.  A note in the mailbox, or a conversation from the driveway extending an offer to run an errand or drop off groceries can go a long way for those at higher risk from Covid-19.  Let’s do our part.

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City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force

As part of the emergency response to Covid-19, the City has established this task force to collaborate with over 50 community partners around Ottawa.  There are additional supports available – spread the word!

The Family and Social Services COVID-19 webpage on the City of Ottawa site is a great resource for community members to gain up to date information on the City’s social services that have been added or adapted to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webpage also includes a collection of community resources available to residents in need. Content is organized into 6 categories:

  • Childcare and online activities
    • Information on emergency childcare for essential workers, virtual EarlyON programs, licensed childcare centres, and more.
  • Financial Assistance
    • Information on Ontario Works and emergency assistance, applying for provincial and federal help, and more.
  • Resources for people in need
    • Information and fact sheets on food banks, grocery supports, and meal delivery, who to call for help, mental health supports, community gardens, and more.
  • Housing Services
    • Information on emergency shelters, shower and washroom facilities and more.
  • Seniors’ supports and City-run long term care homes
    • Information on food, transportation and mental health supports for seniors, updates and FAQs for long-term care homes, and more.
  • The Human Needs Task Force
    • Information for our community partners.
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Ottawa Public Library: New Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up Service

The OPL now offers a Curbside Returns and Holds Pick Up service at six branch locations: Main, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro and Ruth E. Dickson during new hours of operation.

  • On Monday, June 8, these locations will begin accepting returns; and,
  • On Monday, June 15, holds pick up by appointment will start.

Find the details of this new curbside service here.

All other branches, including the Orléans Branch, remain closed.

May 2020 Newsletter

Updates from the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association:

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TENTATIVE – Community BBQ on Saturday July 18

The CGOWCA will be monitoring the situation with Covid-19 and will adjust its plans based on directives from Ottawa Public Health.  That said, please tentatively save the date for our 2nd annual Community BBQ.  Details will follow if this goes forward this year.

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THANK YOU from the CGOWCA Vice President, Louise McLaren:

With Covid-19, I’ve noticed that Convent Glen Orleans Wood has united.  I am so proud of my community.  This is what I have seen from my neighbours:

  1. Neighbours picked up groceries for other neighbours.
  2. People walked on road or grass to self-distance as much as possible
  3. People played music to support essential workers
  4. People shared resources, such as where to go for a free homemade mask
  5. People shared how the stores are full and tips for dealing with it
  6. People practiced social distancing at the beer store and LCBO patiently.  (ha ha)
  7. Neighbours shared positive, beautiful pictures of the neighbourhood.
  8. People shared ideas of what to do while staying inside.
  9. People raked and tidied their lawns.
  10. People stayed off gym equipment in parks.
  11. People walked and walked and walked.
  12. People stayed home – the number one thing we can all do. 

Keep going neighbours!!!  We will get through this a better and stronger neighbourhood!

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Activities you can do from home:

Updates from Ottawa Public Health regarding Covid-19:

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To all Ottawa-area Community Associations,

Thank you to the residents of Ottawa who continue to support planking the curve – staying home and keeping physical distance. We can change the impact that this pandemic has on our city when we all work together. 

It is important to recognize that the COVID-19 situation is evolving very quickly. Please refer to OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Coronavirus to stay up-to-date on the latest information. 

The actions that members of your groups and organizations are taking will save lives and make a difference for your friends, family, neighbours, and colleagues. Remember that COVID-19 affects everyone: regardless of age and current health status. It is important for all of us to continue to practice physical distancing. This means:

  • Stay home as much as possible. Only leave your property for essential travel such as grocery shopping or visiting a pharmacy;
  • Stay at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from people outside of your household;
  • Wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly and often;
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands;
  • Clean phones and other devices, and frequently touched surfaces regularly.

For more information on physical distancing visit: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/PhysicalDistancing

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Masks

Medical masks and N95 respirators should not be worn by healthy community members.

Wearing non-medical masks may offer additional protection, especially when physical distancing is hard to maintain (e.g. in a grocery store, on the bus). Non-medical masks may include those that are made from cloth (for example cotton); those that have pockets to insert filters; and those that are used to cover other masks or respirators to prolong their use. Wearing a non-medical mask is NOT a replacement for physical distancing, hand washing, and monitoring your health.

For more information about the use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit: OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Masks

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Symptoms and Testing Criteria

If you are in distress (e.g. significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to the Assessment Centre or a COVID-19 Care clinic. Go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

  • COVID-19 has common symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.
  • COVID-19 also has less common symptoms such as unexplained fatigue, delirium (a serious medical condition that involves confusion, changes to memory, and odd behaviours), falls, acute functional decline, worsening of chronic conditions, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills, headaches, croup, or loss of taste/smell.
  • COVID-19 may also present as new or worsening respiratory symptoms such as: sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, or difficulty swallowing

The following list of individuals are recommended to be tested for COVID-19 IF they have at least one common symptom of COVID-19 OR one less common symptom of COVID-19 OR one new or worsening respiratory symptom (see list of symptoms above):

  • Healthcare workers or staff who work in health care facilities and members of their households;
  • Residents and staff in long-term care homes, retirement homes, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, mental health institution, hospice, and other congregate living settings;
  • Hospitalized individuals and those who likely will be hospitalized;
  • Members of remote, isolated, rural, and/or indigenous communities;
  • Caregivers and care providers;
  • First responders such as firefighters, police, and paramedics;
  • Individuals with frequent healthcare contact such as patients with cancer or undergoing chemotherapy, dialysis therapy, pre- or post-transplant, pregnancy, and newborns.

The following list of individuals are recommended to be tested for COVID-19 IF they have at least one common symptom of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

  • Close contacts of confirmed or probable cases;
  • Returning international travelers who seek medical attention;
  • Critical infrastructure workers – this includes grocery stores, food services, maintenance and transportation workers, and utilities.

Patients who meet the criteria above will be tested for COVID-19, which involves taking a sample from the throat or nose with a swab.

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use the COVID-19 self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care

This revised testing criteria has been added to the Ottawa Public Health website: www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca

Testing and Treatment Locations:

Assessment Centre – Brewer Park
151 Brewer Way
Accessed from Bronson Avenue opposite Carleton University
Open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 7 days a week

COVID-19 Care Clinic – Moodie Location
595 Moodie Drive
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COVID-19 Care Clinic – Heron Location
1485 Heron Road
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone with serious illness should never hesitate to go to Emergency Departments. The Ottawa-area hospitals all have capacity to provide emergency service to those who need it, and are using strict infection prevention and control measures.

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Multilingual COVID Information

Ottawa Public Health is working to ensure all community members have access to important information to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We have developed a website with essential COVID-19 information offered in over 30 languages. www.OttawaPublicHealth.ca/COVIDMultilingual

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Supports for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence

Unfortunately, physical isolation has increased risk and incidence of elder, spousal, LGBTQ2, and child abuse. We want to encourage people to access the incredible resources available to help prevent and assist in these situations. 

  • The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario;
  • The Children’s Aid Society;
  • The Distress Centre of Ottawa 613-238-3311;
  • The Youth Services Bureau Crisis Line 613-260-2360 or visit chat.ysb.ca;
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or text #686868;
  • The Champlain Community Support Network’s resources for older Adults;
  • The Ottawa Police Service.

There is also a new program launched with the support of Crime Prevention Ottawa, “Unsafe At Home Ottawa,” a chat and text resource for people who feel trapped at home with someone who is abusive. To use this program, you can send a text to 613-704-5535 or chat online at UnsafeAtHomeOttawa.ca. 

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Helping children and teens cope during the COVID-19 pandemic

Being apart from friends and family can be challenging for everyone. For children and teens, it can be even more difficult. It is important that everyone practice physical distancing, but this idea can be hard for young people to understand. Here are some things parents can do to help their children cope with this situation.

  • Reassure them that they are safe;
  • Encourage them to ask questions, and to talk about how they feel;
  • Be understanding – they may have problems sleeping, be upset, and need extra care and attention;
  • Remember that kids look to their parents to feel safe and to know how to respond – reassure them and let them know you’ll tackle this together;
  • Try to keep to normal routines and schedules – allow them to get outside and have supervised play. This is not a play date, so while out, remind them to keep 2 metres or 6 feet from others;

Encourage them to keep in touch with their friends or other kids their age through supervised video chats or phone calls;

Physical Distancing for Parents, Teens, and Children
 
Physical distancing involves taking steps to limit the number of people with whom you and your family come into close contact. As COVID-19 spreads from person-to-person through direct contact or over short distances by droplets through coughing or sneezing, this is critical to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community. A person may also get COVID-19 by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. Though being apart from friends and family can be challenging even for adults, it can feel more like the end of the world for children and teens. Children can be more easily socially distanced than teens, who – quite frankly – push back more out of a need for greater independence.

The concept of physical distancing applies outside your home. Household contacts (people you live with) do not need to distance from each other unless they are sick or have travelled within the past 14 days. Physical distance and emotional distance are not the same. These recommendations are meant to keep physical space from other households, while staying emotionally connected!

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Support for Older Adults

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health is strongly urging those over the age of 70 to stay at home and self-isolate. Follow these general instructions on self-isolation.
While seniors’ activity centres across Ottawa have shut down to limit the spread of COVID-19 among the vulnerable older adult population, senior/community centres continue to coordinate volunteers, plan meals, and reach out by phone.
Resources available:

 
For more information on activities and services, please visit our webpage for Older Adults.

Mental Health and COVID-19

Check in with yourself. It’s OK not to be OK. It is normal for situations like these to affect your mental health.

  • If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991.
  • If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1.

Stay connected to others in different ways. Check in with others by phone or other technology. Find positive coping strategies that work for you.  For more resources, please visit our Mental Health and COVID-19 webpage.

Thank you again for all the actions you are taking as a community – these actions matter. Together we are making a difference.

April 2020 Newsletter

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Covid-19

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:

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 PlanOrléans Corridor Secondary Plan StudyCommunity Safety and Well-Being PlanWard 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.

March 2020 Newsletter

3rd Annual Community Winter Carnival was a success!

On Saturday February 15th, more than 50 community members came out to Jeanne d’Arc Park to enjoy some winter fun together.  There were games, maple taffy, and very popular tug of war competitions.  Thanks to the dedicated team of rink volunteers, the ice was also in excellent condition!

Thank you to everyone who came out, and for those who missed it this year, we have a photo gallery to share the fun that was had by all.  See you next year.


LRT Stage 2 Presentation

Please join us for an update on the eastbound extension of the Confederation Line. City staff will provide information on what to expect during construction, how the stations are shaping up, and how they can address resident concerns. This free public meeting is hosted by the CGOWCA. For background on LRT Stage 2, see: www.ottawa.ca/stage2

Date: Tuesday March 3, 2020

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 255 Centrum Blvd, room 340

RSVP for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/505280480401752/

Orléans Corridor Secondary Plan Study Open House

The City is undertaking a review of land use in proximity to the Orléans Light Rail Transit Corridor and its four future stations. The goal is to prepare a new plan that will guide future development of neighbourhoods that are livable, resilient, affordable, support transit and complementary to existing neighbourhoods. The study will produce plans that identify permitted land uses, height and density of development as well as improvements to pedestrian, cycling and transit connections to and from the future stations.

At this first open house residents will have the opportunity to engage with city staff who will be undertaking the study in the coming months. Come and tell the City your ideas about future development in the Orléans corridor.

https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/future-orleans-corridor#2072046

Date: Wednesday March 4, 2020

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm (presentation at 7pm)

Location: Shenkman Art Centre (245 Centrum Blvd)

Special thanks to Worry Free Snowplowing!

After the big dump this week, Worry Free blew the snow off the outdoor rink at Jeanne d’Arc Park (1155 St. Moritz Court). Thanks so much! It was a big help for all the volunteers who shovel and flood the rink all winter long.

Carnival postponed to Feb 15

Brr, it’s cold today. We have postponed the Carnival until next weekend, February 15th from 12 to 2 pm

If you want to brave the cold, the ski track around the park and the rink are still open for everyone.