Weekly Newsletter

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it; it is also a time to take action. Working together we can help prevent and address gender-based violence by remembering and learning from our past, listening to survivors, and speaking up against harmful behaviour.

December 6 falls within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Add your voice to the conversation between November 25 and December 10 and share the ways you are being part of the solution to end gender-based violence using the hashtag #16Days.

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 whether there are other large numbers of empty beds across the province in Long Term Care and ask the government to look into this issue.
This week, I asked the Minister again to make sure that excessive government regulations regarding COVID protocols are not resulting in empty beds in LTC homes.
I celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) in the Legislative Assembly

COVID-19 specific

Ontario Appoints Members of the Ministers’ COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force

Investing in Ontario’s Tourism Industry During COVID-19

Ontario Collaborates with Industry Experts to Plan the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

Ontario Providing Additional Financial Support for Young Learners – families can apply for the funding online until January 15, 2021

Government of Canada announces funding to train 4,000 personal support worker interns, support sector

Government expands Canada Emergency Business Account loans

Government of Canada and partners invest $1.8M in strengthening pandemic preparedness in long-term care and retirement homes 

Government of Canada Releases Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020

Government of Canada announces extension of travel restrictions

SEX, DRUGS & SANTA CLAUS: a very very long post from Ottawa Public Health

Provincial News

Ontario Helping Employers Train and Hire More Apprentices

Ontario Adopts New Law to Protect Public Safety and Food Supply

ServiceOntario Offering Appointment Booking to Help Alleviate Wait Times

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

The Festive RIDE season is upon us, please do not drive impaired

To date in November, more than 40 persons have been arrested and charged for impaired driving. This included one man who was stopped, in a construction zone while workers were present, with a blood alcohol content over twice the legal limit of 80 mg of alcohol in 100 ml of blood. 

With the holiday season upon us, the Ottawa Police will commence its Festive RIDE campaign starting this weekend and continue into January 2021. Police will be looking for impaired drivers at various locations throughout the City.  

“Every week, we see good people make a terrible decision and get behind the wheel of their car when impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Sgt Troy Froats, with Impaired Countermeasures.  “Please plan your safe return home in advance, arrange a ride with a sober driver or take public transit.  There is no excuse for impaired driving.” 

It is an offence to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs – including cannabis and prescription drugs. Persons charged with impaired driving face an immediate 90 day driving suspension and lose their vehicle for 7 days. 

“If convicted, an impaired driver can face a minimum one-year driving suspension and monetary fines,” added Sgt Froats. “And that may be the least of it when you consider the risk that a driver may have to live with a resulting tragedy as a consequence of their decision to drive impaired.” 

If you suspect someone is driving impaired, call 9-1-1. 

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at crimestoppers.ca.  


Ottawa Police collecting personal hygiene products for women until December 16th

CHEO First – First baby in Canada identified with SMA using newborn screening:


CHEO is receiving the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for the fourth time row. This award is given to hospitals that met or exceeded TGLN’s target of converting potentially eligible organ donors into actual organ donors. With a Conversion Rate of 83%, CHEO had 5 organ donors in 2019/20.

CHEO is also receiving the Provincial Routine Notification Rate Award for the third time. This award is given to hospitals that met the target of 100% Routine Notification in 2019/20. The Routine Notification Rate is the rate of compliance with the legislative requirement to notify TGLN when a patient has died or is at risk of imminent death.

The Ottawa Hospital

The Ottawa Hospital is receiving the Provincial Conversion Rate Award for the seventh time. With a Conversion Rate of 75%, The Ottawa Hospital had 27 organ donors in 2019/20.

The Ottawa Hospital is also receiving the Award of Excellence for the seventh time. This award is given to hospitals for meeting or exceeding provincial targets for Conversion Rate for four or more consecutive years, demonstrating an outstanding commitment to the implementation of donation leading practices.

City launches virtual sign language service

Ten ways to celebrate safely during the holidays

Rink of Dreams and Ben Franklin Place skating rink to open for another skating season

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.