Weekly Newsletter

This week in the Legislature, I was advocating for pharmacists to be able to administer flu shot to 2-5 year olds in Ontario. I encourage everyone to get the regular flu shot this season.

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:

Be Social WISE

Continue 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.

I question why the government has not made any strides since March in eliminating the overcrowding in Long Term Care to avoid the spread of further COVID-19 cases in homes across Ontario.
I ask the Premier again if he will disavow his ties to Charles McVety.

COVID-19 specific

Ontario Taking Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 – Toronto and Peel regions are in Lockdown

Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders

Inspection Blitzes Helping to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 and Keep Workers Safe

Investment to provide new online resources to help entrepreneurs during COVID-19

Province Approves 13 New Ontario Health Teams

Ontario Opens COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream for Municipalities

Ontario Updating COVID-19 Response Framework to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

New, targeted support to help businesses through pandemic receives Royal Assent

Independent panel to review Global Public Health Surveillance System

Use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information required for entry into Canada.

The US-Canada border will remain closed until December 21, 2020

Provincial News

Ontario Making Adoption Process Easier for Families

Ontario Expands Online Tool to Keep Drivers Safe During Winter

Ontario Launching New Agency to Centralize Government Procurement

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 9, 2020 at 5 PM ET.

First launched in 2008, studyonline.ca is a 24/7 gateway providing easy and quick access, in English and French, to information on more than 1,300+ online programs and 30,000+ online courses from Ontario’s education and training providers.

It also features easy access to resources and support services for students interested in studying online in Ontario, including a direct link to staff who can answer your questions about available online programs and courses, help you register and other services.

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.

The City is gradually restarting recreation services under Ontario’s orange-restrict status

Pay Automated Speed Enforcement tickets in a flash online

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 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.