July 15, 2022 newsletter from Rawlson King, City Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe.
I hope that residents are having a much less chaotic Friday than last with the Rogers nationwide outage. Indeed, the outage hampered my own office's capacity to run smoothly, and a weekly newsletter was unable to be sent out. I truly hope that this event sparks a much-needed conversation about Internet and telecommunications infrastructure in Canada.
This week, the province announced that Ontarians aged 18 and up are eligible for a second booster shot. Additionally, residents will continue to be able to obtain free rapid antigen tests in places such as grocery stores and pharmacies until December 31, 2022. The City of Ottawa is seeking feedback on the preliminary policies and program recommendations of the Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP). Residents and stakeholders can provide their feedback until Friday, July 22 by filling out the online feedback form. As Overbrook is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022, there are a multitude of events that residents can partake in. Whether it be Overbrook Day on August 6, a treasure hunt with questions all about Overbrook, or a morning of gardening at the Adawa Crossing, there is something for everyone. Find out more about these events in this newsletter. On Saturday, July 23, join the Manor Park Community Council for their event “Pints in the Park.” This adult focused event will feature a variety of local vendors. Finally, the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre has announced that the MarketMobile will be visiting the Overbrook Community Centre (33 Quill St) every Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm starting this Friday. All residents are welcome to come and purchase fresh fruit and vegetables from the market!
Ontarians Aged 18+ Eligible for Second Booster Shot
Starting on Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 a.m., eligible individuals can book an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Eligible individuals can also book an appointment directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics and participating pharmacies. Appointments are based on availability, which may vary by region.
Second booster doses are being offered at an interval of five months after an individual receives their first booster dose. While most individuals aged 18 to 59 years old will continue to have strong protection more than six months after their first booster dose, expanding second booster dose eligibility will ensure that Ontarians can make an informed decision based on their personal circumstances. A new bivalent COVID-19 vaccine is anticipated to be approved by Health Canada this fall, which may offer more targeted protection against the Omicron variants. Ontarians are encouraged to speak with their health care provider about whether getting a second booster dose now is right for them.
High-risk individuals who should get their second booster dose as soon as possible and many of whom have been eligible to do so for months include:
- Individuals aged 60 and over;
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over;
- Residents of a long-term care home, retirement home, or Elder Care Lodge and older adults living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services; and
- Individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.
The Ontario government will also continue to provide free rapid antigen tests to the general public through existing channels like grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as to workplaces, schools, hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes and other congregate settings until December 31, 2022.
Have your say in the City’s Infrastructure Master Plan
The City of Ottawa is seeking resident and stakeholder feedback on the preliminary policies and program recommendations of the Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP).
The IMP is a strategic document that sets growth-related goals, objectives, and priorities for municipal infrastructure related to water distribution, wastewater collection, and stormwater management, supporting the City’s New Official Plan project.
The draft preliminary policies and program recommendations include detailed infrastructure-related policies that support the New Official Plan and provide clarification on City expectations related to infrastructure planning, approvals, and implementation. It also includes new program recommendations to support intensification.
Feedback from residents and stakeholders is important to the City of Ottawa and will be considered as the City prepares the draft final IMP for consideration by City Council. If you have any comments or feedback on the document, please fill out the feedback form by Friday, July 22.
For more information on the IMP, please visit the Engage Ottawa webpage.
Since the storm hit, lots of tree debris has been stored at Public Works facilities across the city. That debris is being made into woodchips and given away free of charge.
Residents can pick up free mulch for beneficial reuse in their own back yards or community gardens at the following locations:
Navan Memorial Centre, 1295 Colonial Road
Nepean Sportsplex, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue (Minto sports field parking lot, between Minto field and Hamilton baseball diamond)
29 Hurdman Road
2145 Roger Stevens Drive
4244 Rideau Valley Drive
1655 Maple Grove Road
Please note that woodchips from storm-related tree debris may differ in size and quality from what is for sale at a garden centre. The chips will be available while quantities last. There is no per-person limit.
Please bring your shovel and containers for loading the chips. Wear work gloves and appropriate footwear and be mindful of other people and vehicles to keep everyone safe.
The MarketMobile is Coming to Overbrook!
Staff at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre are pleased to announce that the MarketMobile will be visiting the Overbrook Community Centre (33 Quill St) every Friday from 4:00 – 5:30 pm starting this Friday.
Fresh fruit and vegetable will be available for purchase, and all residents are welcome. Residents are advised to bring their own bags and either debit, credit, or cash for their purchases.
Manor Park Community Council Presents:
PINTS IN THE PARK
BEER. FOOD. MUSIC.
July 23 2022
2:00 – 7:00 PM
100 Thornwood Road
Manor Park Community Centre
Adult focused and family friendly.
We are looking forward to welcoming you once again for an afternoon of cold pints in Manor Park. Manor Park’s favourite community event returns.
Featuring taps from:
- Good Prospects Brewing Co
- Orleans Brewing Co
- Whiprsnapr Brewing Co
A variety of restaurants will be on hand, including:
- Snack O Shack
- Almanac Grain
Shop our local vendors!
- Little White Lantern
- Lemongrass & Lavender
- Market 13
- Meeple & Sheep
- Naturals & Oddities
- Thirteen A Social Enterprise
- ...and more!
Our favourite brewers will be slinging ice cold pints all afternoon for you to enjoy with friends and neighbours in the park. Live music from We Were Sharks front man, Randy Frobel. Along with some other special guests! This event has been created to bring Manor Park, plus surrounding communities together, through an adult-centered, but family friendly outdoor, atmosphere! ALL ARE WELCOME.
Gather up your friends and neighbours and head to the Manor Park Community Centre and share some pints in the park on July 23.
Best of all - PLAYGROUNDS/PLAY STRUCTURES ARE OPEN AND ADMISSION IS FREE!
Food, ice cream, beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) for purchase. Bring credit/debit.
Vendors may accept cash if they are not equipped to accept card or tap.
Sprucing up Overbrook Gardens for the 100 Celebration
Date: July 23rd / rain date July 24th
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 1 Donald
Come help us clean up the gardens at the Adawa Crossing and learn about perennial gardening and native plants from local experts.
What to bring: gloves, wheelbarrow, shovel, long sleeve shirts, clippers, sunscreen and hat.
Leaf bags will be provided.
Overbrook’s 100th Anniversary Treasure Hunt
Participate in a treasure hunt in celebration of Overbrook’s 100th anniversary from July 16-30. There are 100 questions about Overbrook to be answered! To participate, simply email [email protected] or pick up the printed questions at the Overbrook Community Centre, 33 Quill Street. There are prizes to be won, and the winners will be announced on Saturday, August 6 on Overbrook Day.
Montreal Road Revitalization
As a result of the LiUNA Local 527 worker strike that went into effect on Monday July 4, the majority of work has been temporarily suspended on Montreal Road. A construction restart date will be provided once the strike has ended. Some underground watermain work is taking place on Granville Street as well as some concrete work. Additional updates will be provided next week.