Weekly Newsletter

On November 11th, we remember the extraordinary courage and ultimate sacrifice of the brave men and women who fought for our freedoms. We honour and pay tribute to those who have served at home and abroad. 
In 2016, I co-sponsored the Remembrance Week Act, legislation to ensure that our recognition of this sacrifice is not limited to a single day. The Remembrance Week Act proclaims the seven-day period each year that begins on November 5 and ends at the end of November 11 as Remembrance Week. 
Although in-person celebrations will be limited this year due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever to honour members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their courage, bravery and dedication to our country. 

For the first time, the Royal Canadian Legion is asking the public to pay their respects virtually instead of in person for the 2020 National Remembrance Day Ceremony

Every year the Remembrance Day ceremony is held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on November 11 to commemorate the men and women who have served and continue to serve in Canada’s military. This year, the ceremony will look different as changes have been made to ensure health and safety. You can watch the ceremony and take part in the two minutes of silence via the Legion’s Facebook page. The event is usually also broadcast nationally on television as well as radio locally. Please visit the Royal Canadian Legion website at https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/remembrance-day/the-national-ceremony for up to date information on the ceremony. 

Earlier this week, I had the chance to stand in the Legislature and speak about my personal connection to our veterans and why Remembrance Week is so important.

Flu Clinics

Book your appointment here.

To avoid crowding, clinics will be by appointment only. OPH flu clinic locations are now posted on the OPH Influenza (Flu) webpage with the following fixed clinic locations. 

Clinic locations: 

  • Notre-Dame-Des-Champs, 3659 Navan Road, Orléans 
  • Ottawa Public Library-Orléans Branch, 1705 Orléans Blvd., Orléans 
  • Lansdowne – Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia, Downtown 
  • Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Dr., Nepean 
  • Chapman Mills Community Building, 424 Chapman Mills Drive, Barrhaven 
  • Eva James Memorial Centre, 65 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata 

As a reminder, this year Ottawa residents have different options for obtaining their flu shot:  

  • OPH-run public influenza clinics in fixed locations. To avoid crowding and to control the flow of clients in and out of these locations, the clinics will be by appointment. 
  • Pharmacies will provide flu vaccine to Ottawa residents 5 years and older, including the high-dose vaccine that is publicly funded for seniors. A map of all participating pharmacies is available on the OPH website. 
  • Doctor’s offices and Nurse Practitioners in the community will continue to provide flu vaccine to their clients. 
  • OPH is working hard to ensure vaccination clinics throughout the city and is identifying locations for potential mobile vaccination clinics. 

Please consider signing the petition I’ve created asking that the COVID-19 Command Table appear before before the Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight. You can find it here.

My question this week to the Minister of Colleges and Universities about granting Charles McVety’s Canada Christian College accreditation.
Be Social WISEContinue to follow Ottawa Public Health guidelines, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, wash hands frequently, socially distance 2 meters apart and stay home if you are not feeling well.

OPH recommends limiting gatherings as much as possible. In other words, limit gatherings to those who live in your household or those providing support services, such as a caregiver.  If you live alone (single parent, student, etc.), one or two contacts outside your home can be important social supports to draw on.

Ontario Budget 2020-2021

Yesterday, the Minister of Finance tabled the 2020-2021 Budget, which builds on the COVID-19 action plan released in March. You can view my response to the budget here

COVID-19 specific

Ontario Moves Public Health Unit Regions into COVID-19 Response Framework to Keep Ontario Safe and Open

Ontario Releases COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Keep the Province Safe and Open

Ontario Releases Report on COVID-19 Emergency Measures

Province Increasing Direct Care for Long-Term Care Residents to Four Hours per Day

Government extends international travel restrictions

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on November 5, 2020

Government of Canada announces new mandatory requirements for travellers to Canada

Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches

The City of Ottawa – The COVID-19 balancing act

Provincial News

Ontario Committing Funding to 2022 Valour Games

Ontario Investing to Expand and Improve Broadband and Cellular Access

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB)

Through OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund, eligible non-profit organizations can apply for a grant for capital and non-capital activities to:

  • aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts
  • help with their stabilization
  • build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19

The Resilient Communities Fund grant application deadline is Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5 PM ET.


In the Community

In June 2020, the Ontario government announced that it would offer Regulated Price Plan (RPP) customers the opportunity to choose the electricity rate plan that best meets their energy needs and lifestyle: time-of-use (TOU) rates or tiered rates.

As such, starting October 13, 2020, residential and small business customers who are billed under the RPP and want to change rate plan can submit a rate selection form to Hydro Ottawa.

OPH has developed and made available a standardized Attestation for Return to School for Students Following Illness template letter for families with children returning to school following symptoms of illness

Ontario has created a self-assessment tool
If you think you have 2019 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.  ET, the 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.