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Our office continues to work remotely.
If you require immediate assistance, please email us at jfraser.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or call us at 613-736-9573.

Consider doing an act of kindness for Kindness Week!
February is Heart Month!

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.

The Legislature has resumed as of February 16 and I will continue to work hard for the constituents of Ottawa South and press the government on those issues that matter most such as safe classrooms for students and teachers, a transparent and clear vaccine roll out and
protecting seniors in Long Term Care.

I asked the Premier how he can justify his government’s delayed decisions and putting those in LTC in a further vulnerable situation.
I asked the Minister of Long Term Care (LTC) why the government is spending triple the money on security guards in LTC than on PSW recruitment and training.

We have shifted into the Orange-Restrict zone. 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 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.


The COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing Site at the AMA Community Centre will open on Tuesday, February 23.
AMA Community Centre (1216 Hunt Club Road) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Residents can book an appointment by calling 613-737-8193, however, same-day just in time arrivals can also be accommodated.

Similar to the model in Vanier, Sawmill Creek’s testing site extends beyond testing to many factors that impact work and life. It includes knocking on hundreds of doors to offer access to other supports in multiple languages, including health education, employment and income support. Plus, referrals to community organizations that offer culturally safe services to access basic necessities, including food and support to isolate if needed. This temporary testing site aims to serve residents who face barriers accessing other testing locations. This might include those who don’t have access to a car, residents who experience language barriers, or those who need additional supports to self-isolate. Residents who do not experience similar barriers are encouraged to access Ottawa’s other testing sites by booking an appointment on Ottawa Public Health’s website.

COVID-19 specific

Stay-at-Home Order Extended in Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions Along with North Bay-Parry Sound

Ontario Launches Education Campaign to Help Workplaces Reopen Safely

Ontario Expands Eligibility for Main Street Relief Grant

Transport Canada fines two individuals for presenting falsified COVID-19 test results

Provincial News

Ontario Takes Action to Combat Racism and Hate Crimes

Ontario Takes Steps to Grow the Greenbelt – Consultations could result in largest expansion of the protected lands since 2005

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

No one should face dementia alone. Dementia can be highly isolating and recent social distancing requirements have made it more challenging. The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County is the recognized dementia and Alzheimer’s support agency in Ottawa and Renfrew County. We offer FREE multi-lingual support, education and programming. Contact us to learn more about our FREE Make a Connection virtual and remote visiting program for people living with dementia: a social connection for them, a break for the person caring. info@dsorc.ca | 1.888.889.6002| DementiaHelp.ca

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.