A message from the new librarian to our neighbourhood (was addressed to the CPCA board, but the general parts are worth repeating here). By the way, I was there yesterday dropping off a book. They now have a desk just inside the front door, with a plexiglass shield, where they will take your returned books or give you books you’ve ordered online.
Subject: Update from the Rosemount branch of the OPL
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 20:58:14 +0000
From: Sirett, Kelly <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My name is Kelly Sirett and I’m the new Supervising Librarian at the Rosemount branch of the Ottawa Public Library. […]
I’m writing to introduce myself, provide an update on the Rosemount branch, and to connect with your organization. To tell you a bit about myself, I have been working at the OPL since 2014, most recently as the Coordinator of the Sunnyside branch in Old Ottawa South. I live in Hintonburg, love this neighbourhood and am excited to be working in this community.
As you may know, the Rosemount branch temporarily closed its permanent location (at 18 Rosemount) in Spring 2019 for major renovations. During the renovations, the branch operated out of a temporary location on Wellington Street. Like for everyone else, COVID has caused to major changes in Library services. Since July, Rosemount has been offering holds pick up and returns in a variety of ways, depending on provincial regulations. We moved back into our permanent location at 18 Rosemount in early December. While we are operating only on the first floor of the building & with limited services (currently curbside holds pick up and returns), staff are very happy to be back “home”! For more information on current services and hours, please visit our website: https://biblioottawalibrary.ca/en
Important notice – Provincial Shutdown Update – Outdoor Rinks
On Monday December 21st, the Government of Ontario announced a province-wide shutdown effective Saturday, December 26th. Additional public health measures include the closure of all indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities with limited exceptions until Saturday, January 23, 2021.
City of Ottawa Seasonal Recreation confirmed that the outdoor rink program is permitted to proceed within the shutdown regulations.
Details are available at https://files.ontario.ca/moh-provincewide-shutdown-en-2020-12-22.pdf.
Although outdoor skating is permitted, there are restrictions and requirements that must be adhered to:
– Any person who enters or uses the [outdoor rink] maintains a physical distance of at least two metres from other persons using the [outdoor rink] (excluding members of the same household). Seasonal Recreation is in the process of updating signage for the rinks to ensure this information is prominently displayed for rink users.
– Team sports, or other sports or games where people may come within two metres of each other, are not practiced or played within the [outdoor rink].
- This means that hockey and ringette are not permitted within the current restrictions. Goal nets will not be provided at rinks to support the implementation of this restriction
– Any locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed, except to the extent they provide access to equipment storage, a washroom or a portion of the amenity that is used to provide first aid.
- Skaters are required to change their skates outside.
- Where washrooms are available, anyone who is entering the building to use them must adhere to the City of Ottawa’s Mandatory Mask By-Law.
- The indoor space can also be used for first aid treatment, if there is a risk of frostbite, or if you are concerned about the cold weather affecting a participant at your rink. Again, the City of Ottawa Mandatory Mask By-Law must be followed.
- Indoor spaces should have high touch point areas cleaned frequently. This includes door-knobs and counter tops.
Public requests for ice time permits will continue to be forwarded to the rink operators. The restrictions for hockey or ringette apply to permit requests as well.
Please let your Rink Supervisors know if you have any specific questions pertaining to your rink at email Matt @ ChamplainParkRink@gmail.com
The city has a couple of articles / newsletters about avoiding contact with people during Thanksgiving to cut down on the spread of COVID-19 disease.
Say no thanks to COVID-19 this Thanksgiving
To say this year has been tough is an understatement. Thanksgiving is one of our most beloved traditions, and the prospect of missing out on the social connection we all crave right now is hard to bear. At this critical time, we must stick to our households and refrain from gatherings that could put us and our loved ones at risk. If you’re feeling disappointed, you’re not alone. Seven months into it, we are still in this together.
We know we can flatten this curve. How? Because we’ve done it before. Together.
The question then becomes – what’s next? Take a deep breath and consider the following tips to have a great Thanksgiving 2020 while still staying safe.
Continued at… https://ottawa.ca/en/news/say-no-thanks-covid-19-thanksgiving
What you need to know about social gatherings in October
We are at a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic.
To respond to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases, the Province of Ontario and Ottawa Public Health recommend that you limit close physical contact to people within your household. For those who are living alone, it is recommended that they consider having close contact with one additional household.
The Province has also reduced limits on the number of people allowed to attend private social gatherings, and these limits could change at any time.
With this in mind, if you still plan to have a gathering, here are the answers to some key questions.
Continued at… https://ottawa.ca/en/news/what-you-need-know-about-social-gatherings-october
From: City of Ottawa ( email@example.com)
Date: 10/02/20 15:20
Subject: City postpones fall recreation and arts programming registration
Due to the evolving situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is postponing its fall recreation and arts programming registration, which was originally scheduled to open on Monday, October 5 at 9 pm. Stay tuned for further updates and any program changes.
For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
City of Ottawa, 110 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1, Canada
Family Law, Access, and COVID-19
COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of society, including family life. Please join Reach for a discussion on family law and access issues. In speaking about access in the context of COVID-19, the presentation will, among other things, touch on considerations for families with parents and/or children living with disabilities, as well as provide information on navigating the current family law court process during the pandemic. Our speaker will be Lisa Sharp, a family law and immigration lawyer practicing in Ottawa.
Lisa Sharp has practised family law for fifteen years, including family and child protection litigation, adoptions, and fertility law. Lisa is a parent / step parent to seven children; some of whom are persons with disabilities. Lisa offers a welcoming and accessible office to all families and has worked with families led by lesbian, gay, straight and transgender parents.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
There is no fee to attend this event, but advanced registration is required. This Legal Information Seminar is made possible with support from the Ottawa Community Foundation.
Silent Auction Coordinator
A couple of upcoming events via the Federation of Citizens’ Associations:
PIED and FCA Planning Updates – Wednesday, September 9 at 7 p.m.
INVITATION FCA.PIED AGENDA. SEPT 9 . sp.pdf
Energy Mix – What We’ve Learned from the Pandemic – Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Learning from the Pandemic backgrounder v.1.pdf
How the CPCA will operate this season:
- Undertake only outdoor community activities, where physical distancing can be achieved, to be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact the CPCA Board via the website if you are interested in organizing such an activity (Include details).
- Covid waiver to be signed where applicable.
- All meetings and AGM to be virtual.
- Note that Board members remain active, attending virtual meetings and responding in writing to the City Councillor, City of Ottawa Committees and Committee of Adjustment regarding issues and proposals that affect our community.
Champlain Park Fieldhouse:
- The CPCA has decided that we will not open the fieldhouse for any activities (rentals or CPCA use) this season.
- This is because the Champlain Park Fieldhouse is an unstaffed, volunteer-run facility. The Covid-19 procedures and requirements outlined by the City would be difficult for our volunteers to undertake and to monitor. These include general hygiene practices to be followed by participants of indoor activities (hand hygiene, masks, physical distancing) plus Covid-19 cleaning, charting and monitoring responsibilities.