Kanata North COVID-19 Update August 6

Good afternoon Kanata North, 

I hope you have been taking advantage of this break in extreme heat to get outdoors. It has been nearly a month since we have entered Stage 3 of reopening the Province. Over the last few weeks, we have seen COVID-19 case numbers begin to rise. Health officials have indicated that the rise is not a result of reopening more businesses, but from individuals not practicing safe socializing. I can’t stress enough the importance of following health guidelines while we socialize. Please wear a mask, stay 2 metres apart from others, wash your hands regularly, stay home and get tested should you have COVID-19 symptoms. We have shown that we are able to control the virus, let’s continue to work together to stop the spread. 

Kanata North Updates 

  • Unfortunately, throughout the pandemic, scammers are trying to take advantage of individuals by calling, sending emails, or door knocking asking for money and other personal information. Please practice heightened diligence when opening emails. Do not open attachments or links from senders that you do not know, and never send money to someone you do not know. More details are available from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.  
  • Today, I shared the latest planning documents the city received from ClubLink and its partners Minto and Richcraft in response to the over 200 technical comments provided by the city during ClubLink’s first submission. The planning team will now review and comments and new documents.  
  • This month, construction work will begin at the Huntmar Drive and Richardson Side Road intersection for a new roundabout. While not directly in Kanata North, this much-needed infrastructure project will improve traffic flow to and from Arcadia. Traffic disruptions are expected, and construction is scheduled to be complete by the end of fall 2020. You can find more details here
  • The Kanata Food Cupboard has launched their annual Back to School Program. This year, they have partnered with Menstrottawa to provide period kits. Please consider donating school supplies at local grocery stores or at the warehouse at 340 Legget Dr. 
  • It’s important to stay active through this pandemic! Park Run Kanata has launched #notparkrun to challenge residents to a 5k around Kanata North. I encourage you to get out and enjoy our beautiful community! 
  • I am proud to be a part of the Let’s Move Forward: Anti-Racism in the Our Community online forum. On August 18 at 7 p.m., join Leading Ladies Canada, Councillor Gower, Councillor Hubley, and me for a discussion with Black women from Kanata and Stittsville. The panel of women will share their experiences with racial inequalities in our community and discuss ways we can move forward. Optional registration can be found here

City of Ottawa and Ottawa Public Health Updates (OPH) 

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

  • Today, OPH reported 19 new cases and 0 new deaths. This brings the cumulative total of cases to 2,595 and 264 deaths. 
  • OC Transpo Service Changes start on August 30. Highlights include: 
  • Earlier this week, the city reopened its museums and historic sites with strict COVID-safety protocols in place. Visitors are asked to reserve a time slot online by 4 p.m. one day prior to their planned visit. Only a certain number of visitors can be admitted at once, to allow for proper physical distancing. Anyone without a formal booking will only be admitted if capacity allows. The museums and historic sites reopening include:  
    • Billings Estate National Historic Site 
    • Cumberland Heritage Village Museum 
    • Fairfields Heritage House 
    • Nepean Museum  
    • Pinhey’s Point Historic Site 
  • Earlier this week, the city resumed more in-person counter services at the City Hall and Ben Franklin Place Client Service Centres, and the Business Licensing Centre at 735 Industrial Avenue. As part of the city’s COVID-related safety protocols to support physical distancing, all counter services at City Hall and Ben Franklin Place are by appointment only. The Business Licensing Centre at 735 Industrial will continue to accept clients. More in-person services have been added to their counter offerings including:  
    • Roll books (at City Hall Client Service Centre only) 
    • Fire inspections 
    • Burn Permits 
    • Committee of Adjustment applications, payment and commissioning 
    • Pet registrations 
    • Various businesses licenses 

Provincial Updates 

Here are the latest updates from the Ontario government: 

  • The Ontario government in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health has been implementing additional measures for restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, as the province carefully and gradually reopens. In order to keep patrons in these establishments safe, the Province announced amended orders and will implement the following new measures:   
    • All patrons will be required to be seated at all times, in both indoor and outdoor areas, with limited exceptions. 
    • Bars and restaurants (and also tour boat operators) in Ontario will be required to keep client logs for a period of 30 days and to disclose the client logs to the medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request, which will support case and contact tracing. 
  • On Tuesday, August 4, the Ontario government reintroduced road testing for class G2 and all motorcycle licences as part of the second phase of the reopening of driver examination services across the province. The following services are available at DriveTest centres: 
    • Class G2 road tests. 
    • Class M2 and class M motorcycle road tests. 
    • Commercial driver road tests availability will expand to 42 DriveTest locations across Ontario. 
    • Part-time Travel Point locations will resume driver examination services as the shared facilities they are located in become available for the public’s use. 
    • People with birthdays between January to June will be allowed to visit a centre one week, and people with birthdays between July to December will have access to DriveTest services the following week. For information on which customers are being served this week, please visit DriveTest.ca.   
  • The new COVID Alert app is now available for smart phone users. The app lets users know if they may have been exposed to the virus. The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Work on COVID Alert was initiated in Ontario by the Ontario Digital Service and volunteers at Shopify, in partnership between the governments of Canada and Ontario. The app was developed in consultation with the Privacy Commissioners of Canada and Ontario to ensure the highest level of privacy for everyone using it. The app notifies users if they have been in close contact with someone who has anonymously disclosed that they have tested positive for COVID-19. They can choose to let other users know without sharing any personal information. Those also using the app who may have been in contact with the individual will receive an exposure alert and can then get tested to prevent them, their families, and their friends from spreading COVID-19 throughout the community. 
  • The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, has extended the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses by one month to help eligible small business pay rent for August. 
  • A new sanitization device called the Clean Flow Healthcare Mini, made by Clean Works Medical and Pure Life Machinery will receive $2 million in funding from the Ontario Together Fund. This Ontario-made device can decontaminate up to 800 N95 masks per hour along with other personal protective equipment. 

Federal Updates 

Here are the latest updates from the Canadian government: 

  • The Government of Canada is adjusting the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to provide provinces and territories the opportunity to use federal funding to act quickly on a wider range of more pandemic-resilient infrastructure projects. Under a new COVID-19 resilience funding stream worth up to $3.3 billion, projects will be eligible for a significantly larger federal cost share – up to 80 per cent for provinces, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations in provinces, and raising it to 100 per cent for territorial and Indigenous projects designated under the new stream. 
  • The Government of Canada is working hard to purchase and develop COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and related supplies to protect Canadians and to strengthen Canada’s biomanufacturing sector. This includes engaging with international and domestic scientists and with businesses and manufacturers that are stepping up to fight COVID-19. A Vaccine Task Force, comprised of vaccine and immunology experts, has been created to advise the Government on how best to support vaccine research in Canada and help ensure Canadian leadership in vaccine development, related bio-manufacturing and international partnerships to secure access for Canadians to safe and effective products. 

Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping yourself, your family and our community safe. Please reach out should you need anything. Stay safe.