December 4, 2020 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.
Great news! We are pleased to announce the reopening of more library branches that will offer contactless returns and holds pickup on these dates:
•Rockcliffe Park branch*** - Monday, January 11, 2021
***Please note that the date previously announced for the reopening of the Rockcliffe Park branch was Monday, January 18, 2021.
Influenza Vaccine Update
OPH is entering the fourth week of our influenza vaccination campaign and demand this year has far surpassed previous years. During the 2019-2020 OPH influenza vaccination campaign 11,321 residents were vaccinated against the flu during the fall and winter months. In comparison, since launching in October 2020, OPH has already vaccinated over 48,000 residents to date.
This year, with the presence of COVID-19 circulating in our community it is especially important to get the flu vaccine. As the demand for the flu vaccine continues to be high throughout the province, the Ontario government is now offering FluMist® Quadrivalent, a live attenuated influenza vaccine (FluMist®-LAIV), as a part of the Ontario Universal Influenza Immunization Program. FluMist® was not originally offered as a part of the 2020-2021 Ontario program (but has been distributed by OPH in previous seasons) and was only available by private purchase. FluMist®-LAIV is a nasal spray offered in pre-filled syringes and authorized in Canada for use in children and adults 2 to 59 years of age. Both vaccines are proven to be effective and the National Advisory Committee on Immunization supports the use of both.
Starting Friday, December 4, 2020 FluMist® will be the primary vaccine available for residents 2 to 59 years of age in Ottawa at all OPH clinics. The quadrivalent (QIV) shot will be available for people who cannot receive the FluMist® vaccine such as certain people who are immunosuppressed, people with uncontrolled asthma, people who are pregnant and residents older than 59 years of age or younger than 2 years of age.
OPH will continue to offer available appointments on our website based on community demand and vaccine availability. OPH continues to recommend that individuals at high risk of influenza-related complications seek out opportunities to get the flu vaccine as soon as possible.
For more information about influenza immunization, please refer to www.ottawapublichealth.ca/flu.
Rink of Dreams and Ben Franklin Place skating rink to open for another skating season
Skaters will be able to lace up at noon on Friday for a scenic downtown skate at the Rink of Dreams at City Hall’s Marion Dewar Plaza. The Ben Franklin Place skating rink is set to open Monday, December 7. The City’s other two outdoor refrigerated rinks, the Jim Tubman Chevrolet Rink and Lansdowne Park Skating Court, are already open daily for free skating.
Weather permitting, the Rink of Dreams will be open daily from 7 am to 11 pm until the end of the skating season. Access to the rinks is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Each rink has its own capacity limits, based on the size of the ice surface to ensure skaters can maintain proper physical distancing. Rink attendants are onsite during peak periods to ensure capacity limits are maintained. Please limit your ice time during busy periods so everyone can get a chance to skate.
While some rinks do have heated skate-change huts, additional benches and seating are provided to encourage skaters to change outside.
Ottawa Public Health reminds everyone that staying active is important to you and your family’s physical and mental health.
Throughout the season, a red flag adjacent to the rink, along with statuses on ottawa.ca, will notify residents of any weather-related closures, such as warm or rainy condition. Residents can also download the free City of Ottawa App, available now through the Apple Store or on Google Play, to get notifications on their handheld devices
O-Train Line 1 Partial Closures
On Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, O-Train Line 1 will temporarily close between Hurdman and Blair stations and be replaced by frequent R1 bus service. Train service will continue to run between Tunney’s Pasture and Hurdman stations on both days.
The entrance grilles and doors will be closed at Tremblay, St-Laurent, and Cyrville stations. All other stations will remain open, including Blair Station in order to allow customers to reach R1 bus service from the local platforms, the pedestrian bridge and Gloucester Centre. Staff will be present at Line 1 stations to help direct customers.
These closures will enable Rideau Transit Group the opportunity to conduct the final installation, commissioning and testing activities associated with the new switch heaters, which will ultimately improve the performance of the system.