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Happy Family Day – February 15th!

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

Today, the Province announced we’ll shift into the Orange-Restrict zone as of Tuesday. This doesn’t change what we need to do. Why?
The behaviours of the virus do not depend on the current ‘zone’ of public health restrictions. And, to be perfectly candid, neither should ours.
Want to ease the strain on our healthcare workers? We can avoid gatherings, only socialize in-person w/those we live with & limit our non-essential outings.
Want to help ensure that once our local businesses reopen, they stay open? We can wear masks & physically distance.
Keeping schools open & as safe as possible? We can monitor ourselves daily and we can get tested & isolate if we have COVID symptoms (got kids? Ditto).
Helping those who are isolated or have been disproportionately affected? We must get our vaccine when our time comes.
The vaccine rollout plan (based on the current delivery schedule) will see the general population of Ottawa begin to get their vaccines in August.
Between now and then, we’ll be following our COVID-19 Vaccination Plan: http://ow.ly/icfy30rwpgr.
This means 2 things: there’s light at the end of this dark tunnel & we must do everything we can to keep that light bright.
It’s about knowing our actions now will pay dividends later.
And with the new variants, we don’t have a choice but to be as vigilant as we can, every day. These variants are new, but the ways to keep them at bay are not. We know how to do this, we just need to commit to it.
While our experiences of this pandemic haven’t been shared, we do have a shared goal.
And we can reach it together.

(Taken from OPH Facebook post: 

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.

COVID-19 specific

Ontario Returning 27 Public Health Regions to Strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework – Orange-Restrict: Ottawa Public Health

Ontario Deploys Rapid Tests to More Essential Workplaces and Settings

Ontario Delays March Break in an Effort to Reduce Community Transmission of COVID-19

Canada negotiates accelerated delivery schedule for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine

Government of Canada invests $53 million to address COVID-19 virus variants of concern

Government of Canada expands restrictions to international travel by land and air

COVID Alert updated to help evaluate its effectiveness in reducing the spread of COVID-19 

Health Canada issues label change authorization for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Government of Canada addresses CERB repayments for self-employed individuals and announces interest relief on 2020 income tax debt due to COVID-19 related income support

February 11, 2021 – Special statement from Dr. Vera Etches

Provincial News

Ontario Restarting Passenger Road Tests in Most DriveTest Centres Across the Province

Ontario Making It Easier and Less Costly to Manage Small Estates

Ontario Improves Commodity Loan Guarantee Program

Ontario Celebrates the Contributions of Dedicated Volunteers

Ontario government released the province’s 2020-21 Third Quarter Finances

Ontario Extends Off-Peak Electricity Rates to Provide Relief for Families, Small Businesses and Farms

Ontario Supporting COVID-19 Response in High Priority Communities

Ontario Increases Mental Health Funding for Postsecondary Students

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business


In the Community

The 43rd Winterlude Invites You to Celebrate the Joys of Winter in Canada Virtually, February 5–21, 2021

Family Day schedule changes and cancellations

Heritage Day goes virtual this year – Feb.16


Family Day Weekend Snowmobile Safety

The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) Marine, Dive and Trails Unit snowmobiles will be out on local trails throughout the Family Day long weekend. They will be doing routine stops, photo radar and RIDE checkpoints.

“Many fatalities on snowmobile trails involve alcohol. The laws regarding impairment and snowmobiling are the same as operating a car or a boat,” said OPS MDT Acting Sergeant Walter Lushman. “We conduct this type of enforcement to ensure drivers are being responsible, for everyone’s safety.”

While most residents will be happy to soon welcome increased temperatures, the Ottawa Police Service is reminding residents of the many dangers that may arise as the snow begins to melt.

Here is some advice to keep out of danger:

  • Ice is inherently dangerous at this time of year and is always unpredictable. Stay away from open bodies of water. Always supervise children playing outside who may wander or want to play near rivers, ponds, creeks or ditches etc. A child can drown in less than two inches (5 cm) of water.
  • Less than three inches (8 cm) of ice thickness is a hazardous environment. 
  • Falling into water at this time of year can lead to hypothermia and death. 
  • Cold water temperatures at this time of year can prevent even strong swimmers from escaping once they’ve fallen through the ice.
  • If snowmobiling, stay safe on the trails and away from water or thin ice. Over half of drownings related to snowmobiling occur after dark and consumption of alcohol and/or drugs continues to be a contributing factor in snowmobiling-related drownings.

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.