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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.

Thank you to everyone who came out to join us at our New Year’s Levee on January 8 at the Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink and for bringing donations for local food banks.

Attention Drivers – Remember to Renew your Licence Plate on 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

Tamil Heritage Month in Ontario
Thai Pongal and Tamil New Year – January 14
Lunar New Year begins – Year of the Rabbit – January 22
Bell Let’s Talk Day – January 25  Call 211 or visit here for mental health help and resources
International Holocaust Remembrance Day – January 27
National Day of Remembrance of the Québec City Mosque Attack and Action Against Islamophobia – January 29

Upcoming in February
Black History Month
 Provincial News
Statement from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

Pharmacists Now Treating Thirteen Common Ailments and Renewing Prescriptions for Most Medications

Ontario Expanding Learn and Stay Grant to Train More Health Care Workers
Ontario Expanding Mental Health Services for Children and Youth in Every Corner of the Province

Ontario Boosting Economic Development Opportunities in Indigenous Communities
In our community

Congratulations to Rejéanne Fairhead!

She has been selected to receive the Ontario Senior Achievement Award.
The Ontario Senior Achievement Award recognizes individuals who, after the age of 65, have made significant contributions to their communities.

She has been volunteering at Perley Health Community of Care for over 25 years since they opened their doors in 1995. As a vital member of the Perley Health community, Réjeanne has held 20 different roles, from welcoming new long-term care residents with afghan blankets, to handing out flyers in her apartment complex and has made countless contributions in-between. Réjeanne has also logged over 3,000 hours volunteering with Spiritual Health, assisting with Ecumenical service, funerals, and pastoral visits. 

From Ottawa Public Health

National Non-Smoking Week was January 15 to 21 
January 15-21 marked the 46th annual celebration of National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW), which provides an opportunity to encourage people who smoke to consider joining thousands of others as they take their first steps to becoming smoke-free. Counselling and medication, such as nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) like the patch, is the best support we can recommend to anyone trying to quit. Here are a few services and supports that Ottawa Public Health recommends:  Telehealth Ontario provides no cost and confidential smoking cessation service 24 hours, seven days a week. For help to quit smoking, residents can call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.  Residents can also sign-up online and get free NRT patches and gum mailed to them by joining STOP on the Net | Nicotine Dependence Services ( or the Community Program | Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation ( by calling 1-888-645-5405 or by emailing For OHIP covered tailored quit plans and one-on-one support in a nurse led clinic, residents can register with the Quit Smoking Program by calling 613-696-7069 or emailing Your neighbourhood Community Health Centre (CHC) and many Family Health Teams (FHT) in the community also offer quit smoking counselling and/or no cost nicotine replacement therapy; while doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists can prescribe quit smoking medications.   

What about vaping as a cessation aid?  
There is a lack of evidence that using vapour products as a smoking cessation aid is effective. If a person does decide to use vaping products to quit smoking, counselling can help. They can reach out to one of the services listed above.  

For more information about other resources to help Ottawa residents quit smoking, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s website at  

Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs
Ottawa Public Health offers free drop-in services to all residents of Ottawa at our accessible Neighbourhood Health and Wellness Hubs. Find updated information on our website:
Reduce Your Risk of Falling
Anyone can fall. But as we age, our risk of falling becomes greater. The first step to avoiding falls is to understand what causes them. Poor balance, decreased muscle and bone strength, and winter snow and ice can increase your chance of falling. Staying safe and on your feet is a matter of taking some steps to protect yourself. For more information, visit
Here are some resources to help reduce your risk of having a fall.
You Can Prevent Falls! Winter Walking Strength and Balance Exercises

COVID-19 Booster Information
Vaccination is the most effective way you can protect yourself and your loved ones from the most serious effects of COVID-19. Read more about why and when you should get a booster dose:

Currently: Our monitoring indicators continue to paint an encouraging picture of our overall situation, though it’s important to note that while many of our indicators are in decline, there are still high levels of COVID-19 circulating in Ottawa.

The layers of protection we’ve all been using throughout these winter months are still helpful in reducing the spread of these viruses. Wearing high-quality & well-fitted masks, staying home when sick & getting your vaccines (flu & COVID-19) help keep you and our community safe.

It’s always time to get your COVID-19 bivalent booster, so long as you’re eligible. Find out if you’re eligible on our website:

Upcoming local Ottawa South Winter Festivals and Fun Days

February 11, 2023
Hunt Club Park Winter Festival – Elizabeth Manley Park 10:30am-1:00pm
Herongate Winter Fun Day – Sandalwood Park 11:00am-1:30pm

February 20, 2023 – Family Day
South Keys Greenboro Winter Carnival – Pushman Park 10:00am-1:00pm
Playfair Park Winter Carnival – Playfair Park 1:00pm-4:00pm
Alta Vista Rink Fun Day – Alta Vista Park 3:00m-7:00pm

Queen’s Park Resumes as of February 21, 2023

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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