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.

February 2020 Newsletter

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3rd Annual Winter Carnival

Only a few more days until our 2020 Winter Carnival on Saturday February 8th!  Bring the whole family out to the community outdoor rink at Jeanne d’Arc Park.  It’s located behind Convent Glen Catholic Elementary School.  There will be fun for people of all ages.  You can bring your skates to enjoy the rink.  If you aren’t a skater, there will be other activities too. 

We’ll be there between 10:30am and 12:45pm.  This event is free, but donations to the Convent Glen-Orléans Wood Community Association are welcome.  We hope to see you there!

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Expanding Winter Recreation in Orléans

Guest article by Ski Heritage East

Winter can be a long season if you don’t get out and enjoy it. That’s why Ski Heritage East put in operation a plan to groom a multi-use winter trail along the banks of the Ottawa River.

The Ski Heritage East Trail was launched in 2017 and, now, in it’s third year of operation, is enjoyed by approximately 5,000 users a winter. A group of local volunteers raises funds and grooms the Trail for use by cross-country skiers (skate and classic), snowshoers, fatbikers and walkers.

In addition to donations from individuals in the community, operation of the Trail is funded through support from the City of Ottawa, Brigil, the NCC and several local businesses. This funding has enabled the group to purchase and operate grooming equipment including snowmobiles, drags and, new this year, a Ginzu Groomer. Our volunteer grooming team grooms regularly and their hard work shows in the excellent quality of the trail!

Stretching 13.5 km from Shefford Rd. in the west to Trim and Jeanne d’Arc, the Trail is walking distance from several bus stops and is easily accessible from many access points, including the north ends of Trim, Champlain and Orléans Blvd. The full Trail map, trail conditions, and a complete list of local sponsors is available at www.skiheritageeast.ca.

To lend your support you can visit the Ski Heritage East GoFundMe page or e-transfer funds to skiheritage.east@gmail.com. Come out and enjoy the Trail soon!

Butterfly Garden

Our community is looking for a group or individual who could tend a garden near the Orléans YMCA.  There is a butterfly garden on Centrum that was established by the Lions Club in 2014.  They are looking for someone (an individual or group) to adopt this garden.

Do you love gardening?  Do you know of a Scouts, Brownies, or Girl Guides group that would be interested?  The garden is not too large, so it should be manageable for people of all gardening ability (approximately 10 square metres).

For more information about the origin story of this garden, check out this article in the Brampton Guardian: https://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/6778021-butterfly-garden-officially-opens-in-orl-ans/ If you would like more information or you are interested in caring for this garden come spring, please contact Councillor Luloff’s assistant, Peter MacDonald.   Peter’s email address is Peter.macdonald@ottawa.ca