Kanata North COVID-19 Update July 9

Good evening Kanata North neighbours, 

I hope you have all been able to stay cool through this heat wave. The city has opened emergency cooling centres to help residents escape the heat. All centres have been designed to follow physical distancing protocols and residents are reminded to wear a cloth mask. In addition, earlier this week, some outdoor pools began to open. To ensure physical distancing guidelines are being followed, residents can register for a time slot by phoneyou can find more information here. 

As a country, we are seeing that our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 are working. Case numbers, hospitalizations, and deaths continue to decrease. With businesses reopening we need to continue to be diligent. We are still in the midst of a pandemic. We have seen in other cities that an outbreak can reoccur when health and safety guidelines are not strictly followed. Keeping residents in our city safe should be the top priority for everyone. We are in this together. Wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain physical distance, and stay safe! 

Kanata North Updates 

  • As we continue to spend more time outdoors it is important that we share the paths within our community. Please be mindful when passing others. 
  • Many residents have reached out regarding dog waste being left in city waste receptaclesPlease note that dog waste is not permitted in public waste receptacles. The heat amplifies the smell and attracts insects. Please dispose of pet waste in your green bin.  
  • The ClubLink court proceedings that were scheduled for this week were rescheduled due to personal circumstances involving a lead attorney. The proceedings will now take place July 13, 14, 15 and we will be able to follow virtually using these links: 

City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health Updates (OPH) 

Here are the latest updates from the City of Ottawa and OPH: 

  • Today, OPH reported four new cases and no new deaths. This brings the cumulative total of cases to 2,128 and 263 deaths. 
  • Wearing masks helps save lives. Earlier this week, Medical Officers of Health from local jurisdictions announced a regional approach to the use of masks. Each public health unit from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health and Ottawa Public Health will be requiring individuals to wear a mask in certain enclosed public spaces. Under the directive, the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting. The mask must cover your mouth, nose and chin and it is important for Ottawa residents to know how to properly wear a mask, as per OPH’s guidance. Find more information about masks in this OPH video here 
  • The City of Ottawa and OPH have shared that swimming at the city’s beaches does not pose a great risk in contracting COVID-19. The virus typically transmits short distances through the air by respiratory droplets from an infected person, by direct contact with an infected person or by contact with a surface that an infected person has touched.  Practicing physical distancing and wearing a mask is the best way to minimize transmission of COVID-19 when at a public beach or park. 
  • On Monday, July 6 the city began opening some of the services and facilities that have been closed due to COVID-19. This is based on guidance from OPH and follows the Province’s plan to gradually reopen. This phased reopening plan prioritizes programs and services that promote a safe and strategic expansion of Ottawa’s economy, with ongoing support for Ottawa’s vulnerable communities. The following are open: 
    • Ben Franklin and Ottawa City Hall Client Service Centres: 
      • Will open by appointment only for the following counter services: marriage licences, Commissioner of Oaths, OC Transpo products/Presto payments, access to information requests, and Yellow Bag purchases for small business that participate in City waste and recycling collection. 
      • Residents will be able to purchase on-street parking permits online and all other services can be accessed at 3-1-1 online. 
      • Building Code Service desk will provide services by appointment only: building permit application drop offs, issuance of building permits and payment. The City will continue to provide online services at ottawa.ca for building permit applications, issuance of building permits, sign applications, zoning information, compliance reporting, and all forms, applications and fees. 
      • Residents can also make appointments to pay new planning application fees, Committee of Adjustment, Cash in Lieu of Parkland fees, and recirculation fees, or to have the planning application form affidavit commissioned at a Client Service Centre.  
    • Employment and Social Services (Financial Services) and Rent Supplement Program Service Offices 
      • Limited counter and document drop-off services will be available at all four centres, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. All other services will be provided by both telephone and email support from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
      • The Mary Pitt Centre location will also be the only location for limited counter and document drop-off services for the Rent Supplement Program, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. The staff will continue to provide telephone and email support on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
    • Safety protocols and measures have been implemented at all open client service centres. To promote physical distancing and lower the risk of spread, the following have been installed: 
      • Plexiglass sneeze guards. 
      • Physical distancing signage and seat and floor decals. 
      • Sanitizing products in common areas for both visitors and staff. 
      • A Client Service Centre representative will greet visitors, help control the flow of clients, and guide them to the appropriate counter. 
      • Designated entrance and exits at facilities. 
    • The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee approved a temporary zoning amendment to relax regulations around restaurant and retail patios, to help encourage economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow more physical distancing by flexible sizing and locations of restaurant patios and outdoor retail spaces. Business owners could add patios and pop-up retail areas to private lands like parking lots, and nearer to residential areas than previously permitted. This temporary change to regulations would apply until Saturday, October 31. The City’s Planning Committee approved this amendment on Thursday, June 25. 

Provincial Updates 

Here are the latest updates from the Ontario government: 

  • The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to at least July 22, based on advice from the Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work.  
  • Last week, Premier Ford announced that the Ontario government will provide an additional $150 million to municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners to help protect vulnerable people from COVID-19. This investment will be used to improve homeless shelters and create opportunities for longer-term housing. This funding can also help renovate existing shelters to accommodate more physical distancing. In addition, it could also be used to provide vulnerable people with food, shelter and supplies. 
  • To make it easier for truck drivers to access COVID-19 testing, the Ontario government has partnered with DriverCheck. The pilot program will allow truck drivers to access voluntary testing at various locations where there is high volume truck traffic. DriverCheck is being rolled out in phases, until September 8, 2020, and is a private sector company that currently administers drug and alcohol testing for the trucking industry. 
  • The Ontario government is expanding access to reliable broadband and cellular service in underserved and unserved parts of the province to ensure more people can connect online. The application intake for the $150 million Improving Connectivity for Ontario (ICON) program opens today. Any areas across Ontario that do not meet the national standards for broadband speeds would be eligible for provincial funding. Telecommunication service providers, municipalities, Indigenous communities and non-profits are invited to submit innovative proposals and lend their investment, expertise and experience to improve connectivity in communities across Ontario. The preliminary application deadline for the first intake of the ICON program is August 21, 2020. 
  • In May, the Ontario government responded immediately to the disturbing findings of the Canadian Armed Forces report. The Ministry of Long-Term Care has worked to address issues around infection control, standards of practice/quality of care, supplies, local practices, communication, staffing and inappropriate behaviour. To date, the following action has been taken:
    • Each home identified at that time as high-risk has been inspected or has an inspection underway. 
    • Inspections at all the Canadian Armed Forces-supported homes have been completed and have since been expanded with inspectors remaining onsite. 
    • Temporary management has been appointed at Altamont Care Community, Camilla Care Community, Orchard Villa, Extendicare Guildwood, River Glen Haven, Downsview Long Term Care, Woodbridge Vista Care Community, Forest Heights and Hawthorne Place Care Centre. 
    • Each home identified as high-risk has been required to submit a plan to the ministry that details how they are improving care standards. 
    • Additional measures taken to support staff and residents in long-term care homes include emergency funding, regulatory flexibility, staffing support, expanded testing, direction and guidance on outbreak management, infection prevention, and assistance provided by public hospitals to homes in outbreak. 
  • As the province continues to safely reopen, the Ontario government is investing $3 million to provide free online health and safety training for the first time. These virtual courses will make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practicing physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. There are 10 courses on offer, which include topics such as infection control, conducting health and safety incident investigations, ladder safety, slips, trips and falls prevention, and preventing workplace violence and harassment. Job seekers should contact an Employment Ontario service provider in their area to enroll. 
  • The Ontario government proposed legislation that, if passed, would give the province the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed legislation would ensure important measures remain in place to address the threat of COVID-19 once the provincial declaration of emergency has ended. Specifically, the legislation would:
    • Continue emergency orders in effect under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) under the new legislation for an initial 30 days. 
    • Allow the Lieutenant Governor in Council to further extend these orders for up to 30 days at a time, as required to keep Ontarians safe. 
    • Allow the Lieutenant Governor in Council to amend certain emergency orders continued under the EMCPA if the amendment relates to: 
      • Labour redeployment or workplace and management rules. 
      • Closure of places and spaces or regulation of how businesses and establishments can be open to provide goods or services in a safe manner. 
      • Compliance with public health advice. 
      • Rules related to gatherings and organized public events. 
    • Not allow new emergency orders to be created. 
    • Allow emergency orders to be rescinded when it is safe to do so. 
  • Given that the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted all Ontarians, the Provincial government has introduced the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, as part of a plan to help boost Ontario’s economic recovery, create new jobs, provide more opportunities to businesses, build infrastructure projects faster, and improve the quality of life for all across the province. To do this, the Ontario government will adjust and amend many acts including:
  • Restarting Jobs and Development: 
    • Building Code Act
    • Drainage Act
    • Reducing Delays for Environmental Infrastructure Projects
    • Environmental Assessment Act
    • Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act
    • Planning Act
    • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Act
    • Occupational Health and Safety Act
    • Invest Ontario
    • Reducing Regulatory Costs to Business Act, Burden Reduction Reporting Act and Modernizing Ontario for People and Businesses Act
    • Transit-Oriented Communities Act and Ministry of Infrastructure Act
    • Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act
  • Strengthening Communities
    • Environmental Assessment Act
    • Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act
    • Planning Act and Development Charges Act
    • Focusing on the Environment and Health 
  • Creating Opportunity for People
    • Education Act
    • Justices of the Peace Act
    • Marriage Act
    • Ontario Educational Communications Authority Act and Ontario French-language Communications Authority Act
    • Payday Loans Act
    • Provincial Offences Act 

Federal Updates 

Here are the latest updates from the Federal government: 

  • The Prime Minister has announced that the Canadian government will invest $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program. This investment will ensure Canadians are getting back to work and are able to get the training needed to pursue trades. 
  • Earlier this week, Prime Minister Trudeau held a two-day virtual Cabinet retreat to map out our approach going forward to keep Canadians healthy and safe and keep our economy strong. They discussed strategies to make our country more resilient to potential future waves of the virus. 
  • The government released an economic and fiscal snapshot showing Canadians a representation of where the economy is right now, how our response compares to that of other countries, and what we can expect in the months to come. 
  • Additionally, the government provided a new COVID-19 epidemiology and modelling updateThe key highlights include: 
    • Daily case and hospitalization numbers are steadily decreasing. 
    • Small spikes in case numbers are attributed to localized outbreaks. 
    • Public health measures including physical distancing, testing, and contact tracing remain essential to control the spread of the virus. 

Please reach out should you need anything. Stay safe.