Weekly Newsletter

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This week in the Legislature

I questioned the readiness of the government’s vaccine plan.
I questioned why the online vaccination booking portal has been delayed.
My comments on the the Long Tern Care Commission’s work.

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 has opened.
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

Canada to receive 2 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India

Health Canada authorizes AstraZeneca and Verity Pharmaceuticals Inc./Serum Institute of India COVID-19 vaccines

Public Health Agency of Canada to begin COVID-19 testing at land borders on February 22

Vaccinations in Ottawa area begin next week for adults 80 and older in high-risk communities

Provincial News

Ontario Takes Action to Support Working Families and Improve Child Care

Ontario Helps More Municipalities Prepare for Extreme Weather

Ontario Introduces New Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

Ontario Supports Training of Hundreds of Personal Support Workers

COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business


In the Community

Lowe’s Canada will hold a province-wide hiring event on March 5 and 6 online at https://lowescanadahiring.ca/ and in our corporate stores, including Lowe’s Ottawa Gloucester

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.