Some updates from the City and the NCC

While we do our best to share updates in our community, the best places to go for updates are the sources of our information such as Ottawa Public Health, the Province and the City of Ottawa. Any info that we publish will likely be outdated soon, so check as much as you can with the sources instead. Do go outside when you are healthy, but stay 6 feet (two arms lengths) away from each other.

The message remains the same though: we will have more cases, but we must try to spread those cases out over time so that the health care system can handle it. In order to save our health care workers, we need to make sure the virus spreads as slowly as possible (or preferably not at all obviously). We can do that by maintaining our distance, wash our hands, stay home if you have a cough or a sneeze, and making sure to touch as few surfaces as possible. Have you also noticed now how often you actually touch your mouth, eyes and face? Have you been trying to suppress that itch in your eyes and it is really hard to do that? Did you all of a sudden notice that you have your hand around your mouth once again, even though you try not too? You are not alone, but the positive side is that you are now actually aware of it….

Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health on Twitter

Ottawa Public Health on Facebook

Ontario Ministry of Health

Nepean Neighbours

Councillor Egli would like to share the following information for the volunteer group “Nepean Neighbours”.

Their services include grocery pick-up and drop-off, prescription/pharmacy supplies pick-up and drop-off, dog walking and pet supply pick-up/inquiries.

Individuals can fill out a quick “Service Request Form” letting them know how to best support them at the following link: https://airtable.com/shrvf9b0dXVSI4Wne  or by phone at 613-212-0054. They can also be reached by email at nepean.neighbours@gmail.com.

Vehicle Access to Greenbelt Temporarily Closed

Like many organizations, the National Capital Commission (NCC) is doing its part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

With that objective, we are temporarily closing vehicle access to the Greenbelt as of 9 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020, until further notice. All parking lots at trailheads and off-leash dog parks will be closed.

This is consistent with the decision made on March 23 to temporarily close Gatineau Park, and end its winter recreation season.

We recognize that this decision will affect residents’ enjoyment of the Greenbelt, but we must make every effort to protect employees, contractors and trail users from COVID-19, and ensure compliance with public health directives from all levels of government, particularly the call to avoid all non-essential trips.

We encourage everyone to enjoy the outdoors close to home — on foot or by bike — rather than driving to a destination further from home. Trail users arriving in a vehicle will be unable to park in the trail head parking lots or on adjacent roadways. Local authorities will enforce these parking prohibitions.

Accordingly, people who live near a trailhead or a dog park and can access it locally may still do so, provided they respect public health recommendations, including physical distancing.

Early Reopening of Multi-Use Pathways

The NCC is striving to facilitate National Capital Region residents’ safe access to the outdoors closer to their homes. 

We are now working at progressively reopening NCC multi-use pathways as quickly as possible, relying on heavy machinery to clear ice and snow, along with the help of Mother Nature. Please check our social media feeds for updates regarding pathway openings.

At this time, we are currently not considering roadway closures of either the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway or the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway to vehicle traffic due to logistical challenges, staffing requirements and the need to ensure continued access for transit and emergency services. 

Subject to, and consistent with, ongoing advice from public health agencies, and in consultation with partner municipalities, the NCC will reassess options for road closures, including Sunday Bikedays, as the situation allows.    

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April 2020 FHACA Newsletter is now online

The paper newsletter should be delivered already or will soon will be delivered at your door. However, we also have an electronic newsletter which you can find here.

Note the COVID-19 situation is changing so rapidly that what is printed in the newsletter might be out of date an hour or two later. The Gypse Muse event on page 7 is postponed in the meantime.

In this newsletter:

More news about the Dymon storage case, Park Clean up May 9 (perhaps?), events at our community building cancelled, rummage sale postponed, mixed use retirement residence planned at Walmart vacant spot on Baseline, roadwork starting this year on Deer Park (but maybe not), independent reviewer for financial report wanted, ward boundary review and more…..Read the April 2020 newsletter here (PDF).

Make sure you check our website for updates too in these challenging times. Stay save, keep your distance (if only to keep our healthcare providers healthy) and don’t stock up too much, leaving food for others too. Food Basics has switched to 2 items per product per customer in the entire store and Loblaws is rationing supplies of milk, flour, eggs, frozen veggies TP and several other in-demand products.

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St Patrick’s Day

Hey Neighbors!

Over the next few weeks, many of us will be increasing our time spent at home. If you have young children it can be hard to find things to do all day, for potentially 21 days. And not lose your mind. 

So someone was thinking about a way for our community to still get outside and do something fun, without touching or coughing on each other. St Patrick’s day is coming up and s/he thought it’d be fun to have a city wide ☘️Shamrock Hunt☘️!

Put a shamrock in your window

☘️All you have to do is put a Shamrock in your window on March 17th. ☘️ That’s it! Color it, paint it, cut it out, print it from the printer, whatever. Then we can get outside, walk around and see how many Shamrocks we can find! It would be awesome to post pictures of your finds back here. It’s easy. No human contact. Get fresh air. Just put a shamrock in your window. ☘️

Download a shamrock

You can find a shamrock here, or just put your Ipad with this image in the window 🙂

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Neighbours Helping Neighbours

Time and again officials have been telling us that we don’t need to worry about food supply. But eventually, we need to go out and get some food or perhaps medication. Living in one of Canada’s electoral districts with a high average age, we will have elderly in our community who prefer to avoid all contact for the next few weeks.

Let us know if you need help to buy groceries, pick up prescriptions or need assistance. Your neighbours are here to help. Send us a message or email  info.fhaca@gmail.com and we will send out an email to our volunteers to see if someone can help you. Make sure you include your first name, last name, phone number and address.

Did you know: the hamster can stuff a quarter of its body weight in its cheeks:

Instacard home delivery

Loblaws teamed up with instacard.ca and supplies groceries in Nepean (just checked this am): click here for more info.

These are unprecedented times for our communities. Make sure you check on your vulnerable neighbours, but keep your distance of 2-3 meters as you don’t want to spread the virus. That would be counter productive.

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Nepean Gardeners: talk about the corner pollinator garden on March 19, 2020

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CITY VIEW CURLING CLUB – OPEN HOUSE

Are you a former or perhaps a new curler: try curling for FREE  on SUNDAY March 15th 2020: 11 am to 2:30 pm. at our Curling club on 50 Capilano Drive (off Merivale Road)

City View is hosting an Open House for individuals to try curling. Members will be available to answer your questions about the game and our club. 

There will be ice available for those interested to actually give it a try.

Wear warm and comfortable clothing. Bring clean indoor running shoes to wear on the ice and we will supply the brooms and the coffee!

QUESTIONS? CONTACT CHERYL CARROLL – 613-224-7280

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Ward Size Review On Its Way

As you know, our city is divided in 23 wards. Every ward is represented by a ward councillor, in our case Keith Egli. However, as our population grows, some wards have many more residents then others: West-Carleton ward has less then 26,000 residents, Barrhaven has over 61,000 residents, making the Barrhaven voice count less. Our ward 9 has just under 40,000 residents, which is in the middle of the pack.

Consultations are coming up. Here is a link to the process and a list with dates for the open houses. The closest for us is:

Tuesday, March 10 – 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Ben Franklin Place, Atrium Half Chamber End and The Chamber, 101 Centrepointe Drive

If you would like to take the survey, start here.

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