Flu Clinics, Woodlot Rehabilitation Program, and Dickinson House News

While the November 1st Finance & Economic Development Committee meeting will have already taken place by the time you read this, there are two key items on the agenda with relation to Rideau-Goulbourn, specifically Manotick. One is a report that I brought forward that seeks Committee and Council approval to retain Dickinson House and Carriage Shed in City ownership. This would conclude the Manotick Mill Quarter Community Development Corporation process and ensure that Dickinson Square remains as you see it today with Watson’s Mill and the Rideau Township Historical Society calling these two buildings home.

The other item is a land swap that will place the woodlots on the Mahogany lands in City ownership. This is something that came from the OMB decision approving the Minto development in the south end of the village. The woodlots are years away from seeing development occur near them, but this land swap will ensure that these lands are protected from development.  As part of the deal, the City is giving up lands in South Nepean to Minto.

Forcemain Project

On October 25th, a Commence Work Order was issued by the City of Ottawa to Robert Excavating to complete the upgrades to the forcemain project.  As many of you are aware, this is the culmination of nearly two years of planning and consultation

The original forcemain was built in the early 1980’s and is in need of repair. The construction project will involve repairs and modifications to the existing 500mm diameter forcemain, the installation of a new bypass 300mm diameter forcemain to facilitate the repairs, the installation of a new section of 600mm diameter forcemain for the proposed future development within the Village of Richmond, and decommissioning of an abandoned forcemain in the immediate vicinity of the Richmond Sewage Pump Station (RSPS).

This work is tentatively planned to begin any day now and be completed by October 2017. Spot repairs and modifications to the transition couplings, valves and valve accessories will be made at various structures along the existing forcemain between the RSPS and Lagoon Cell C as well as on Eagleson Road between the Jock River crossing and Robertson Road. An abandoned forcemain will also be decommissioned as part of the works and runs from the RSPS from Royal York St and along King St to Chanonhouse Dr. before heading north at Chanonhouse park through adjacent wooded lands prior to reaching the Lagoon site.

Ottawa Public Health Flu Clinics

During the 2015-2016 flu season, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) administered over 10,000 influenza vaccines at community clinics, while it distributed over 379,000 doses of the vaccine across the City through physicians’ offices, pharmacies, long-term care facilities and other vaccine providers. For the 2016-2017 flu season, OPH will again focus on providing access of flu vaccine to the general population through physicians’ offices and pharmacy providers, and outreach to vulnerable populations. As in previous years, OPH will continue to run community-based clinics in areas of low pharmacist / physician coverage.

For the upcoming season, over 170 Ottawa pharmacies will be offering the influenza vaccine.  Many pharmacies are open long hours, and are located throughout the city, making the publicly funded influenza vaccine ever more accessible.  In addition, more than 300 physicians’ offices across the city will be offering the flu vaccine to their patients.

OPH will be offering 12 community clinics in different areas of the city from October 29, 2016 to November 16, 2016, including at the Alfred Taylor Recreation Centre on Thursday, November 10th and at South Carleton High School on Tuesday, November 15th.  Both clinics run from 3:30pm until 7:30pm. Local pharmacies offering flu shots include Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart and Paul’s Pharmasave in Manotick; Richmond Village Pharmacy and Richmond IDA; and North Gower Pharmacy. The eQuinelle Pharmasave and the Kemptville Shoppers Drug Mart also offer flu shots.

Woodlot Rehabilitation Program

As ash trees continue to decline within the City of Ottawa due to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), it is important to address the safety issues and necessary tree removals within our parks and woodlots.

Part of the City’s EAB strategy includes selective park and woodlot rehabilitation; identifying City parks and woodlots with a high percentage of ash to remove unsafe dead, dying or invasive trees, encourage non-ash trees and shrubs with the exception of buckthorn and plant a selection of native tree species.

Many parks and woodlots hold significant plant and wildlife populations and make large contributions to human health and the environment: it is important to manage these significant areas, not only for public safety but also to conserve the many benefits they provide.

This winter, the City of Ottawa will begin removing all dead/dying trees from Beryl Gaffney Park, Ashton Woods and Van Vliet Park. For public safety reasons, identified areas of the park will be closed to the public during the tree removal operations. While most of these are passive parks, maintained areas of the park will be cleared of small woody debris once the snow has melted and conditions are dry enough for equipment access.

All areas subject to tree removal are to be replanted. Reforestation species will include: red maple, sugar maple, silver maple, serviceberry, hackberry, white pine, burr oak, red oak, American elder, white cedar, basswood, nannyberry, large tooth aspen, trembling aspen, dogwood and speckled alder.

Dickinson House News

To commemorate Remembrance Day, you are invited to Dickinson House where there will be a special display featuring the contributions made during WW2  by the late Lt.- Col David L. Fromow  and  Mrs. Barbara Fromo, both long-time residents of Manotick.  The House will be open on weekends from 10:00am to 4:00pm in November, and will be open on November 11th from 10:00am to 4:00pm as well.  Admission is free; as always, donations are welcome.

The Victorian Tea, which is at 2 p.m. on November 5th, is sold out; if you wish to be put on a waiting list, please call 613-692-6455.

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If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.

Flu season is upon us - vaccine information

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This Friday, October 25th, I want to invite residents to help celebrate the opening of Major W. Ross Chamberlain Park at 10:00am.  Manotick’s newest park is located in the Mahogany community at 520 Bridgeport Avenue, directly in front of the new CHEO Dream Home.  Joined by Mayor Jim Watson, members of the Royal Canadian Legion, as well as members of Mr. Chamberlain’s family, this ceremony will also celebrate Mr. Chamberlain and all he contributed to our country and our community.

Women’s Day in Manotick

As November fast approaches, it is once again time for Manotick’s annual Women’s Day.  This great event, organized by the Manotick BIA, takes place on Saturday, November 2nd, between 10:00am and 5:00pm. Come discover (or rediscover) Manotick with its great shopping, fantastic restaurants and village charm.  Women’s Day Passports will be available at all participating retailers.  Get your passport stamped by all participating businesses, drop off your passport at the last location and you will be entered into a draw for great local prizes.  For more information, please visit www.manotickvillage.com.

Ottawa Public Health Flu Clinics

It’s that time of the year again and flu season is upon us. This year, there are more convenient options throughout the city for Ottawa residents to get their flu shot.

Ottawa Public Health will be starting community vaccine clinics on Saturday, October 26. This year, there are 22 clinics, including two by appointment only and an additional six public clinics at local hospitals. A full clinic listing, along with a complete list of more than 130 local pharmacies offering the vaccine, can be found online at ottawa.ca/flu.

As pharmacists can only administer the flu vaccine to residents over the age of five, OPH will also be holding flu vaccine clinics by appointment only for children under five years of age and for their parents and siblings at the OPH Immunization Clinic located on the main floor at 100 Constellation Drive.

Local clinics include Monday, November 4th, between 3:30-7:30pm, at Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Stittsville; Saturday, November 16th, between 9:00am and 2:00pm at the Richmond Arena; Wednesday, November 20th, between 3:30-7:30pm, at the Greely Community Centre.  Local pharmacies are also offering flu shots and they include Paul’s Pharmasave (Manotick), Rexall (Manotick), Richmond Pharmacy, Shoppers Drug Mart (Manotick), Shoppers Drug Mart (Stittsville) and Stittsville Pharmacy.

The influenza vaccine is for anyone six months of age and older who lives, works or goes to school in Ontario.

Residents are reminded:

  • the influenza vaccine is safe, and the most effective way to protect yourself and your family from the seasonal flu
  • to wash your hands with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • to cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, not your hand

For more information, visit ottawa.ca/flu or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Line at 613-580-7744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).

Kids and Drugs Ottawa

Kids and Drugs Ottawa is a workshop for parents, guardians, friends and family members who are concerned about preventing their children from using drugs. This is an education program developed and presented by the local and provincial police forces to reach out and educate parents regarding drugs. This session is for parents of and /or youth leaders working with grades 5-9. It will cover current drug trends, signs and symptoms to look for, the role and power of parents, talking with children and helping them make good decisions.

The event will take place on November 2nd, from 9:00am - 12:00pm (registration opens at 8:30), St. James Church, 1138 Bridge Street in Manotick. Contact church office at 613-692-2082 or register online at kidsdrugs.eventbrite.ca. Cost is $10 for adults (to cover cost of coffee and snacks), free for youth leaders age 16-18. Registration is limited to 50 people.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.

Halloween Fun at Goulbourn Museum

There’s a horde of hair raising Halloween hijinks brewing at Goulbourn Museum! Mansion Mayhem is back by popular demand and the costumes, candy and cackling will be better than ever. The eerie afternoon adventure takes place Sunday, October 27 from 1 - 4 p.m. Parents can leave the kids at the Museum and enjoy some alone time while their little devils decorate edible haunted houses, make creepy crafts and play ghoulish games.

The workshop is geared to children aged 6-11 and costs $20 per child ($15 for Connexion Cardholders). Registration is required and this annual event fills up fast so call 613-831-2393 or email education@goulbournmuseum to reserve a spot. The Goulbourn Museum is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville, at Stanley’s Corners. For more information, please the Goulbourn Museum's website or call 613-831-2393. Like the Museum’s Facebook page to get regular updates.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email me at Scott.Moffatt@ottawa.ca or contact me by phone at 613-580-2491.

Monday, February 18th is Family Day - here's what's open and closed

The City of Ottawa would like to remind residents of the following schedule changes for Family Day (Monday, February 18).

Recreation services:

  • Rink of Dreams, located on Marion Dewar Plaza at Ottawa City Hall, is open on Family Day for the Mayor’s Annual Family Day Skating Party, weather permitting.
  • Most recreation facilities will be modifying their hours of operation on Monday, February 18. There may be changes to schedules and program cancellations in order to provide special programming for the Family Day holiday. Additional swimming and skating sessions will be offered at many sites. Please check schedules at ottawa.ca or with the facility of your choice.

Client services:

  • Ottawa City Hall and all seven Client Service Centres, including the Government Service Centre located at 110 Laurier Avenue West, will be closed on Family Day, February 18. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 19.
  • The City’s Provincial Offences Court, located at 100 Constellation Crescent, will also be closed on Family Day. Business will resume as usual on Tuesday, February 19.
  • The City’s 3-1-1 Contact Centre will be open for urgent matters requiring the City’s immediate attention. Call 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 to speak to a customer service representative. For persons living with a hearing-related disability, call (TTY): 613-580-2401.

Garbage, green bin and recycling collection:

  • There will be no curbside green bin , recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 19. In addition, the collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the week of February 18. For curbside collection enquiries, refer to the collection calendar tool.
  • There will be no multi-residential green bin and recycling container collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 19. Collection will also be delayed by one day for the week of February 18. However, multi-residential garbage container collection is not delayed and collection will take place on its regularly scheduled day during the week of February 18.
  • The Trail Road landfill site is closed on Family Day, Monday, February 18.

Transit service:

  • OC Transpo will operate a revised weekday schedule with minor reductions on Monday, February 18. Special school trips and school routes numbered in the 600s will not operate. The $7.75 DayPass will be valid as a Family DayPass. Call 613-560-1000 or text 560560 plus your four-digit bus stop number for automated schedule information. For more information, holiday schedules and travel planning, phone 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.
  • OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres will be open from 7a.m. until 6p.m. on February18, except the Rideau Centre office, which will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
  • The OCTranspo Telephone Information Centre (613-741-4390) will be open from 7a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The OC Transpo Customer Relations Department (613-842-3600) will be open from 8a.m. to 5:30p.m.

Cultural services:

  • Billings Estate National Historic Site and Shenkman’s Arts Centre are open for Family Day events.
  • City of Ottawa Archives, arts centres, galleries, theatres,Cumberland Heritage Village Museum and Pinhey’s Point Historic Site will be closed on Family Day. However, clients should check with ottawa.ca or their facility to confirm holiday hours, as some exceptions may apply.

Municipal child care services:

Library services:

  • All branches, departments and services of the Ottawa Public Library will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 18. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, February 19.

Ottawa Public Health:

It's cold out there today - take care and be safe!

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has issued a Frostbite Warning to ensure people take appropriate precautions before going outside and to encourage homeless people to seek shelter from the cold indoors. This warning is in effect for the evening of January 22 until the morning of January 24, 2013.

A Frostbite Warning goes into effect when:

  • A wind chill of -35 or colder is predicted for the Ottawa area
  • Extreme weather conditions, such as a blizzard or an ice storm is predicted

With a wind chill of -35 or colder, exposed skin can freeze in less than ten minutes. There is also an increased risk of hypothermia for people who stay outside for long periods of time without adequate protection. Overexposure can result in severe injury and even death. OPH recommends that you wear several layers of clothing to keep warm and make sure that the outer layer protects you from wind and wetness.

The homeless are particularly vulnerable to cold weather. There are many services available to help the homeless:

  • Emergency sleeping spaces in Ottawa shelters
  • Street outreach services to encourage homeless people to come in from the cold
  • Provision of emergency transportation and other services by the Salvation Army

To seek assistance for a homeless person, concerned citizens are encouraged to call The Help for the Homeless Phone Line at 613-580-2626.

Calls are answered by the City of Ottawa Call Centre on a priority basis and referrals are made to the appropriate services.

Look for our live extreme weather updates on Twitter @OttawaHealth

For more information visit ottawa.ca/health or call 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with OPH on Facebook and Twitter (@ottawahealth) for the latest news from OPH.

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