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We have moved and our office is open

Our new address is 1883 Bank St. Unit D (beside MP David McGuinty’s office and Chadha Medical) and still at the corner of Bank and Walkley

If you require immediate assistance, please email us at or call us at 613-736-9573.

Attention Drivers – Remember to Renew your Licence Plate before your Birthday!

Your vehicle must have a valid licence plate and be insured to drive legally in Ontario. The licence plate renewal period varies depending on type of vehicle and if you choose to renew for 1 or 2 years.
Renew online at: Vehicle registration | or visit a Service Ontario location.

When you renew:

  • you will no longer receive a sticker
  • you do not have to pay licence plate renewal fees
  • law enforcement will be instantly aware your licence plate was renewed

Get ServiceOntario digital reminders!
Get free reminders by email, text message, or phone call 60 and 30 days before it’s time to renew your licence plate, driver’s licence, health card, or Ontario Photo Card.
Mailed renewal notices for driver’s licence holders and vehicle owners will continue for:

  • individuals aged 70 years and older
  • individuals with a driver’s licence class A, B, C, D, E, or F

Apply online: Get ServiceOntario digital reminders |

What’s Happening
Upcoming in June

National Indigenous History Month
Italian Heritage Month
Portuguese History and Heritage Month
Filipino Heritage Month
Launch of Pride Season
Portugal Day – June 10
Franco-Ontarian Festival (Ottawa) – June 16-18
United Empire Loyalists’ Day – June 19
National Indigenous Peoples Day – June 21
National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism – June 23
Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – June 24
Canadian Multiculturalism Day – June 27

Provincial News

Ontario Launches Peak Perks and Expanded Energy-Efficiency Programs

Ontario Honours Outstanding Bravery of Paramedics

Protect Yourself from Tick Bites This Summer

Applications Open! Sign Up Today for Ontario’s Learn and Stay Grant

211 is completely free, confidential and calls are answered 24/7 in 150+ languages. If you prefer, you can also text the number 2-1-1 or use the online chat at Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Ontario Senior Achievement Award

Nominations are open for the 2023 Ontario Senior Achievement Award.

Each year, the program recognizes extraordinary seniors who, after the age of 65, have made significant contributions to their community and/or province.

The deadline for nominations is June 15, 2023. For more information about the program, please visit the Ontario Senior Achievement Award website.

To submit a nomination online, please register for the Ontario Honours and Awards Portal.

If you have questions about the Ontario Senior Achievement Award or how to submit a nomination online, please contact the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat at

The Legislative session ends on June 8. I look forward to being in the community and attending events over the summer.

Earlier this month, the Ontario Liberal Ottawa Caucus called on The Premier to give Ottawa its fair share for housing and homelessness prevention after shortchanging them in the budget, we are happy to hear that our request has been answered.

Ontario must control the onslaught of sports betting advertisements.

Since sports betting became legal in Ontario, we’ve been beaten over the head by gambling ads while watching sports, listening to the radio, using social media, or simply walking down the street.
You can’t watch a hockey game without being constantly bombarded by these advertisements.

Kids watch sports and we have seen a drastic increase in the number of children under 18 gambling real money online.
While for many of us these ads are an annoyance – for some of us, it has more serious consequences.

In Our Community

I was pleased to attend the Imam Ali Masjid 10th Anniversary dinner on April 28

From Ottawa Public Health

West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease in Ottawa
When ticks and mosquitoes are active, they have the potential to spread infections to Ottawa area residents.

What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacteria transmitted through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis), most commonly during the spring, summer and fall months. If a person finds a tick on their body, they should remove it as soon as possible. The risk of Lyme disease increases the longer the tick is attached. Because blacklegged ticks in Ottawa are known to carry this bacteria, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) recommends that, if a person finds a tick on their body that has been attached more than 24 hours, they speak to a healthcare provider or pharmacist. The healthcare provider or pharmacist will provide recommendations on what to do, which may include monitoring for symptoms for the next 32 days and, if appropriate, taking post-exposure prophylaxis (antibiotics). Early signs of Lyme disease occur three to 32 days following a tick bite. This may include an expanding, circular rash, which may look like a “bull’s eye,” but is not present in all cases. Other symptoms can include fatigue (tiredness), fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle and joint pain. If untreated, the infection can cause additional rashes on other areas of the body, fatigue, weakness, and may harm the heart, liver, nerves and joints.

What is West Nile virus?
West Nile virus (WNV) is a disease primarily spread to humans by infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes, especially the Culex type, become infected after biting a bird with the virus and then spread the virus to humans. It can take between three and 14 days before symptoms occur after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most people infected with WNV will remain asymptomatic, but approximately 20% will develop symptoms of usually mild (through to sometimes debilitating) febrile illness, which may include headache, fatigue, body aches, rash, nausea and vomiting. Less than 1% of those infected may develop severe neurological illness. In Ontario, locally acquired WNV occurs in the summer months, with the majority of cases occurring in August and September.

What is OPH’s Role?
OPH works to prevent Lyme disease and West Nile virus through a variety of measures, including:

  • OPH investigates every case of a person being infected with Lyme disease or WNV to identify the likely source of infection and, where appropriate, takes action to minimize further risk to the population.
  • OPH provides information to physicians to aid in clinical diagnosis.
  • OPH also conducts public education on tick and mosquito bite prevention and conducts surveillance of mosquito and tick populations.

Additionally, OPH contracts services to:

  • Apply biological larvicide (Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis – Bti) on surface waters (e.g., ditches, storm water management ponds) and chemical larvicide (methoprene) to treat non-surface waters for mosquito larvae
  • If necessary, conduct mosquito control using adulticide (malathion), based on assessment of increased transmission and risk

How can individuals protect themselves from these infections?

  • Apply a Health Canada approved insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin to exposed skin and clothing
  • When possible wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes, and socks to cover exposed skin
  • Tuck your pants into your socks
  • Wear light-coloured clothing to spot ticks more easily; this is also appropriate for mosquitoes as they are attracted to darker colours
  • If possible, stay on the trails when hiking in the woods and other natural areas. Enjoy mowed and maintained areas in parks and playing fields but be mindful of the borders adjacent to natural areas that may be suitable tick habitat
  • For ticks, do a “full body” check on yourself, your children, and pets. Pay careful attention around your toes, knees, groin, armpits and scalp
  • For mosquitoes, avoid being outside during dusk and dawn – periods when they are most active – and at any time in shady, wooded areas – remembering to use repellent and protective clothing if you must be out during these periods
  • Make sure all windows and doors in your home have well-fitting screens that are in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from entering
  • Mosquitoes need water to breed. Eliminate mosquitoes around personal property by reducing or eliminating areas or objects that can accumulate or retain water

For more information about West Nile virus and Lyme disease, visit the OPH website at Insects, Animals and Bites – Ottawa Public Health.

Hunt Club Cares Garage Sale

The HCCA is organizing a community garage sale on Saturday, June 3rd.
Register your garage sale with us for only $10. This fee will go directly to Interval House to support women, children (and their pets) escaping domestic abuse. Your sale will be added to our map of participating homes, ensuring potential buyers can easily find you. We will also provide a Garage Sale sign for your lawn.

Find out more here:

As part of its 25th anniversary, the RONA Foundation is launching Build from the Heart, an initiative that will present $500,000 to eight Canadian charities with a project to improve the quality of life of Canadians in need by revitalizing their living environments or making it easier to access housing. This initiative is especially aimed at supporting victims of domestic violence and their children, low-income families and people with disabilities or mental health issues.

Organizations’ Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be an organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
  • Must be based in a province where one of our corporate or affiliated stores is located.
  • Must not promote racist, religious, political, hateful or elitist ideologies.
  • Must demonstrate direct assistance to people and their communities, not to other charities.
  • Must submit a project aimed at improving the quality of life of the populations in need listed above by revitalizing their living environments or facilitating access to housing.
  • Must demonstrate that the funds received will be used for concrete projects to be completed by December 31, 2024.*

To view the program rules, click HERE.

Charities that meet the criteria listed above are invited to submit their project by filling out this form before June 9, 4 p.mEDT.The projects selected will be announced during the Summer of 2023 on the Foundation page of the website.

If you have questions or are having difficulties completing the form, contact

*Funds provided through the Build from the Heart program are to be used for the purchase of building materials and products or for the cost of hiring construction professionals.


Have a special day coming up? Commemorative Scrolls are available from the province of Ontario to recognize events and special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or other notable events like the anniversary of a church, a major act of heroism, recognizing outstanding community service, or winning provincial championships.

For 60th wedding anniversaries and 100th birthdays, greetings from His Majesty the King can also be obtained, but a minimum of eight weeks advance notice is required as well as proof of birth or marriage.

Ontario has a self-assessment tool:

If you think you have novel coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use this self-assessment to help determine if you need to seek further care. Visit here.

If you require help in Ottawa South, please visit our website for Community links and contacts.

Ottawa Public Health
For the latest updates, please click here.

Government of Ontario
Every day at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  ETthe Province of Ontario’s novel coronavirus (COVID-19) web page will be updated with the most up-to-date information including the status of cases in Ontario.

Government of Canada
For the latest COVID-19 updates, please click here.
For the latest on Employment and Social Development changes for employees and employers, click here.

Find out about the current reported scams related to COVID-19.

Learn how to protect yourself when banking online.

Know what to do if you’re a victim of fraud.


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